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This is a mystical safari experience through Soysambu an area of breathtaking beauty, also home to many rare species of animals, located  just a short distance to the famous Flamingo filled Lake Nakuru. Proceed to Masai Mara National Reserve. These two areas provide some of the most stunning landscapes in Africa and are home to a wide variety of game including the “Big Five”, over 420 species of birds, Reticulated Giraffe, Cheetah, numerous different antelopes, and Zebra.

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Soysambu Wildlife ConservancyThe nomadic Maasai had passed through the area for centuries and the name Elmenteita derives from the Maasai Ol muteita for “place of dust”. Then in 1897 one of the first pioneers arrived, after walking over 1,000 km south from Berbera on the coast of Somalia. This was the third Baron Delamere, who dedicated his foresight and fortune to pioneering farming methods in the Rift Valley. He moved to Elmenteita in 1906, where he further experimented with sheep and cattle ranching, advised and assisted by the Maasai – with whom he had a great rapport. He named his farm Soysambu, Maasai for “striated rock” – Sambu is also a cow colour
Lake Nakuru National ParkThis is one of Kenya’s two Premium Parks, and is a birdlover’s paradise with over 400 bird species recorded. This park hosts one of the world’s highest concentrations of the Black Rhinoceros and was also the first national Rhino sanctuary.
Masai MaraCottar’s maintains the original safari tradition and feel of the 1920’s. An authentic white 1920’s style camp,with no fences or manmade structures (other than roads) for hundreds of kilometres. The South East Mara has most of the Mara’s Rhino population, so Cottar’s guests see them often. There are also many lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, gazelle and other migratory wildlife. Colobus monkeys can be seen in the hills behind the camp. The hills are great for hill walks, where Verreaux’s eagles can be seen on cliff nesting sites, as well as rare Chandler’s reedbuck in the moor-like hill tops. Cottar’s does have a varied hilly terrain & wilderness feel to its area, making drives private. Pure wilderness, privacy & uninterrupted views ~ no cars or other lodges, no balloons ~ this is what is different about our area.


Day 1: Arrival Nairobi | Soysambu Conservancy

Upon arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International airport, Inclusive Holidays Africa representatives will warmly meet you and welcome you to Kenya. After a short briefing we depart to The Great Rift Valley – a drive that will take us through Nairobi city and proceed westwards via the observation points where we will stop briefly then proceed to Elmentaita to arrive in time for lunch. Afternoon spent at leisure or embark on a game drive in Soysambu conservancy. The Conservancy protects over 450 bird species and 15,000 wild animals.  Rothschild giraffes have found a safe haven for breeding here, while a diverse variety of terrain shelters many species – from herds of giant elands to tiny dik-diks and cliff-dwelling klipspringers. Night game-drives offer a unique opportunity to spot nocturnal creatures including the curious-looking aardvark and elusive leopard.

Dinner and overnight at Elmentaita Serena Lodge              LDBB



Day 2: Soysambu | Lake Nakuru National Park | Soysambu

Today we will have an early morning breakfast and drive to the nearby Lake Nakuru National Park for a morning game drive. The lake is world famous as the location of the greatest birds spectacle on earth – myriads of pink flamingos whose numbers are legion often more than a million may be tow. They feed on the abundant algae which thrive in the warm waters. The park also serves as a Rhino sanctuary with more than 25 rhinos – one of the largest concentration in the country and because if the parks’ size you are almost guaranteed to seeing some. There are also a number of Rothschilds’ giraffe, lions and leopard are among the big predators in the park as well. Later in the day drive back to Soysambu for late lunch. Afternoon spent at leisure enjoying the serene environment in the conservancy.

Dinner and overnight at Elmentaita Serena Lodge              LDBB



Day 3 : Soysambu Conservancy | Loldiah & Flt to Masai Mara Game Reserve

Today after breakfast check-out and transfer to Loldia airstrip for your morning scheduled flight Loldia/Masai Mara 1015Hrs/1100Hrs. On arrival at Keekorok airstrip you will be met and transferred to the comfort of you camp in time for lunch. Later embark on an afternoon game viewing drive in this vast and expansive reserve teaming with game. Be on the look-out for the ‘big five’ Mara is famous for and the most sought after in the early 20th century when Kenya was a hunters’ paradise. Killing any of them game one some class, pride, heroism. These include the lion, Cape buffalo, the savanna elephant, black rhino and the elusive leopard. The vast savanna grasslands as far as the eye can see is home to impalas, Maasai giraffes, waterbucks, wart hogs, Thompson & grand gazelles, topis, the resident wildebeests among many others.

Dinner and overnight at Cottars 1920’s Camp        LDBB



Day 4 - 5 : Masai Mara Game Reserve

Full day in Masai Mara with morning and afternoon game viewing drives in search of the ‘big five’. Masai Mara is the northern most extension of the Serengeti Plains and one of the richest wildlife Game Reserves. It is home to the awesome black-manned lion, the elusive leopard, stately giraffes, and vast herds of elephants, rhino, thundering herds of zebra, migrating wildebeest and numerous other plains game.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Today’s adventure begins just before dawn. Flames from the hot air balloon burners light the darkness as the crew inflate their craft. The first, pink tongues of sunlight flicker across the skies and the hot air balloon fills then rises. Suspended in a basket beneath the rainbow-coloured canopy, you’re off for a game-viewing adventure with an entirely different perspective. Apart from the occasional hiss of the burners, a lion’s roar, elephants crashing through the bush, baboons perched in the tips of the trees startled and screeching to see something above them, the flight above the Masai Mara plains is magically silent. At the end of the flight, the passengers are treated to a champagne breakfast in the bush, complete with flowers. China and crystal are set out on the table that is placed under a convenient acacia tree. The finishing touch to the flight is a game drive back to the camp, and the possibility of seeing the same pride of lions, or herd of elephants that had been viewed while ballooning. A flight certificate is issued on completion of the balloon safari.

Back at Camp enjoy a sumptuous lunch and a well-deserved rest.

Dinner and overnight at Cottars 1920’s Camp        LDBB



Day 6 : Fly Masai Mara Game Reserve | Nairobi

Today we will have an early breakfast check-out and and transfer to Keekorok airstrip with en route morning game drive – your last trail of the African savanna – hopefully, you’ll see some big game. Arrive at the airstrip in time for your morning scheduled flight 1100Hrs/1215Hrs. On arrival at Wilson airport Inclusive Holidays Africa team will be waiting to meet you and proceed to to Karen Blixen restaurant for your farewell lunch. After lunch you will be transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International airport in time for your onward international flight.


Enjoy  breathtaking beauty of Lake Elementeita, also home to many rare species of animals and just a short distance to the famous Flamingo filled Lake Nakuru.  Evocatively styled to echo the area’s rich history, our safari camp blends aristocratic elegance with modern luxury and offers cuisine and service of fittingly high standards. Then proceed to Cottars 1920 camp for a feel of what Africa was, what africa is and what Africa could be.


DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 30 mins before the flight.
Airfare Accommodations
Local transportation Professional guide
Entrance fees
Guide gratuity

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