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Bush Homes – A Kenya Safari

Your unique adventure to Kenya’s beautiful luxurious camps/lodges/hotel and best game sanctuaries and game parks with old time hospitality. Flying from one park to the other gives you an opportunity to view the beautiful landscapes from the air and eliminate hours of driving. Enjoy expert-guided game drives in 4×4 vehicles or join a walking safari for more intimate encounters.

Your safari starts with the luxurious Tortilis Camp that lies in the shadow of Africa’s highest mountain –Mount Kilimanjaro. Continue to Meru National Park –home to Elsa the lioness, made famous by Joy and George Adamson in the film Born Free. The game here is truly shy and wild. Birdlife is fantastic. Accommodation is in well-appointed cottages incorporating rocks, boulders and trees of the hillside itself. Your last leg is to the famous Masai Mara at Little Governors Camp, situated across the Mara River. Accommodation is intimate in character – luxurious tents and guests can enjoy dramatic game-viewing from the comfort and safety of their verandah. Lighting here is by gas, lanterns or candles.

Day 1 – Nairobi

On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will be met and transferred to your Nairobi Hotel, situated within the city centre. The rest of the day is at leisure.

  • Overnight Norfolk Hotel

The Norfolk Hotel

The Norfolk Hotel has played a leading role in Kenya’s colorful history, and continues to be Nairobi’s finest and best-known hotel. The town and later the modern city of Nairobi grew up around The Norfolk, which still has its own private tropical gardens. The hotel is still the traditional starting point for safaris and the Lord Delamere Terrace is modern Nairobi’s most famous meeting place, where drinks and light meals are served continuously from morning until midnight.

The Norfolk was expanded in 1999 and subsequently renovated in time for its centennial, which it celebrated in 2004. The hotel now offers accommodations in 168 guest rooms and suites, has three conference rooms, the largest seating 175 delegates, a heated outdoor swimming pool, health club with gym, sauna and steam room, beauty salon, book shop and gift shops.

All guest rooms are luxuriously furnished and have air conditioning. Back-up generators in the hotel allow for 24-hour electricity.

Day 2 – Amboseli Game Reserve

After an early breakfast you will be transferred to Wilson Airport to catch your scheduled flight, departing at 07:30 to Ambosel, N.B. luggage allowance is strictly 15 kgs per person. Amboseli National Park is famous for its magnificent views of Africa’s highest mountain – Mount Kilimanjaro. You will be met on arrival at 08:10 and transferred to your next two nights accommodation.

Enjoy an afternoon game drive to view Amboseli’s elephant population that numbers over 1000 elephants in the Park eco-system, and contains some of the biggest elephants in Africa – the bull elephants here have some of the largest tusks in Kenya.

In Amboseli, the traditional cultural heritage is strong: the Maasai communities adhere to an age-old lifestyle, herding and trading cattle; a life which they will share with you in their Manyattas (Maasai homes), a circle of dung and mud huts protected by a barrier of thorns against the predators.

  • Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Overnight at Tortilis Camp

Tortilis Camp:

Named after the Tortilis Acacia (the Umbrella Thorn Tree), this charming rustic tented camp, built into the side of a hill, faces the foothills of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro. As you walk into camp, your first view across the tree-studded plains towards the snow-capped mountain stops you in your tracks. The camp nestles in abundant trees and shrubs, bustling with bird life.

The tents are spacious, with king-size beds, elegant en suite bathrooms with steaming hot showers and modern flush toilets. There is a main lounge, bar and dining area, all exquisitely built with natural materials and thatched roofs, with magnificent view of Kilimanjaro.

Day 3 – Amboseli Game Reserve

Today you have the opportunity to spend time in this beautiful park with 2 game-drives to view wildlife against the backdrop of Mt Kilimanjaro. Amboseli is a place of contrasts: during the hot dry season, mirages appear on the dusty horizon; year around, the elephant herds follow their ancient rituals, migrating daily from the Tortilis forests to the swamps. In the green season water birds: Flamingo, Pelican. Egyptian Geese flock to the park and the arid plains turn emerald green overnight.

In addition to its vast herds of elephant the park offers a wide of wildlife including zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, impala, leopard, caracal and serval cat. The park also boasts a rich bird life with more than 300 species of birds including ibis, egret, avocet, common and saddle-billed stork, secretary bird, vultures, ducks and geese.

  • Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Overnight at Tortilis Camp

Day 4 – Meru National Park

After breakfast transfer to the airstrip for your scheduled flight departing at 08:20 and arriving at Nairobi’s Wilson Airport at 09:00. Your connecting flight departs for Meru 09:15, arriving at approximately 10:25 (again luggage allowance is strictly 15 kgs per person). You are met and driven in a lodge vehicle to Elsa’s. Go out on afternoon game drive. Note that a night game drive is possible instead.

  • Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Overnight at Elsa’s Kopje

Elsa’s Kopje:

Situated on the Mugwangho Hill, Meru National Park, Elsa’s Kopje is an architectural marvel on a hill above George Adamson’s old bush camp. It was here that George and Joy Adamson released their lioness Elsa before writing Born Free about her life.

The lodge is built entirely from local materials and blends into the hill so well that it is hard to see from a distance. From the infinity pool outside the main dining area and bar, one can look out over the Meru plains for hundreds of miles. And uniquely for a national park, guests here are allowed to walk across the plains and through the forests with the lodge’s highly trained safari guides.

Eight cottages built into the rocks of the hill surround the main lodge building. Thatched with reeds from the rivers below, they are extremely eco-friendly, a point underlined by the many environmental awards the lodge has been awarded. Each cottage has its own romantic bathroom with broad views through the trees and out over the park. In this arid area, the design emphasis is on air and space. All the rooms are secluded and private but linked to the lodge and a personal butler by walkie-talkie. There is also a spacious private house, with its own swimming pool, and a large honeymoon suite spread over three levels.

The food is traditional Northern Italian cuisine blended with a selection of local and international dishes, fresh baked bread, crisp salads and locally grown vegetables.

Activities include game drives in open-sided safari Land Rovers, driven by knowledgeable driver-guides. Guided walks are led by a Professional Safari Guide and accompanied by the Ranger. Other attractions include bush breakfasts, sundowners and visits to the Tharaka tribal village on the Southern Boundary of the Park.

Day 5 – Meru National Park

The day is spent participating in the game activities offered by the Lodge.

Meru National Park has numerous permanent streams crossing the Park, and three large rivers straddle the reserve: the Tana to the south, the Ura to the south-west and the Rojeweru to the east. The park was made famous by the writings of Joy Adamson, most noted for her book Born Free, the true story of Elsa, the lioness, and her return into the wild. A variety of wildlife can be seen here.

  • Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Overnight at Elsa’s Kopje

Day 6 – Masai Mara

After breakfast, transfer to the airstrip for your scheduled flight to Masai Mara, 10h35/13h25 (luggage allowance is strictly 15 kgs) per person. N.B. This flight is via Nairobi, however may fly directly to Mara depending on the passenger loads.

On arrival in the Masai Mara you are met and transferred to your camp. Masai Mara is a unique area with constant and unrivalled flow of wildlife throughout the year. From July to October the Mara becomes a backdrop for one of the last great natural wonders of the world, when 1.4 million wildebeest and zebra surge up from the Serengeti plains in their annual search for the seasonal grasses that sustain them. Other animals found here are predators such as lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyena and other plains game. After lunch in camp enjoy an afternoon game activity.

  • Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Afternoon game activities
  • Overnight at Little Governors Camp

Little Governors Camp:

Little Governors Camp is intimate in character, with just 17 luxury tents tucked around a large watering hole that teems with both birds and wildlife. Each tent is spacious with en-suite bathroom and wooden decks with large verandas where guests can relax and enjoy the view of animals visit the waterhole.

The camp is approached by a boat ride across the Mara River, then an escorted walk through the riverine forest. Vehicles are left on the far riverbank, and the camp is therefore quiet and undisturbed.

All Governors’ properties are unfenced, and at Little Governors’ there is a resident family of warthogs that wander freely through the camp. Guests may need to make way for elephants which sometimes visit the camp at lunch time.

Breakfast and lunch are served in the open air, and the resident family of warthogs frequently wanders amongst the tables.

Days 7 & 8 – Masai Mara

Two full days with daily game viewing activities to explore this beautiful region and enjoy out its abundant wildlife. An optional activity is a Hot Air Balloon safari, where you rise over the gently rolling landscape of the Mara. The flight over this African Paradise lasts about an hour and on landing a lavish champagne-style, picnic breakfast is served. Truly the experience of a lifetime! (it is recommended to pre-book this.)

  • Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Overnight at Little Governors Camp

Day 9 – Nairobi/Depart

After breakfast in camp return to the airstrip to catch your scheduled flight departing at 11:00 to Wilson Airport, Nairobi. On arrival at 12:15 you will be met and transferred to the Norfolk Hotel where there is a day room available for your comfort and convenience. At a suitable time you will transfer to Nairobi international airport for your onward flight.

  • Includes: Breakfast

BUSH HOMES SAFARI: LAND ONLY RATES in US$

DEPARTURE ANY DAY Minimum TWO

2015 VALIDITY

Per person sharing

Single supplement

JAN 03 – MAR 31
JUN 01 – JUN 30
NOV 01 – DEC 15

7020.00

1130.00

APR 01 – MAY 31

6040.00

670.00

JUL 01 – OCT 31
DEC 16 – 31

7990.00

1430.00

N.B. luggage allowance on domestic and certain regional flights is strictly limited to 15 kgs per person in soft bags (preferably duffle bags) inclusive of hand luggage.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation is on bed and breakfast in Nairobi and full board basis on safari.
  • Domestic Scheduled flights:
    • Day 2 – Nairobi/Amboseli
    • Day 4 – Amboseli/Nairobi
    • Day 4 – Nairobi/Meru
    • Day 6 – Meru/Mara
    • Day 9 – Mara/Nairobi
  • Park/conservation entrance fees
  • Shared game drives in 4×4 vehicles in Amboseli, Meru and Masai Mara.
  • Guided walks in Amboseli
  • Night game drive in Meru
  • Soft drinks, beers, house wine, in Amboseli, Meru and Mara
  • Bush breakfast, sundowners in Amboseli and Meru
  • Limited laundry in Amboseli, Meru and Mara
  • Transfers as indicated
Price Excludes

  • Tips, porterage, beverages, items of personal nature such as laundry where not included, phone, fax, insurance etc.
  • International flights, visas and airport taxes
  • Any other item not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Deviation from the itinerary

 

Please note: Prices and dates are subject to change at any time. Please call (647) 231-0067 or email us (info@africaonsafari.com) for current pricing.