Always wanted to travel to Kenya during peak safari time? Well now is your chance with HUGE savings on offer for 2023!*
Kenya’s prime wildlife area, the Greater Masai Mara ecosystem plays host to the annual Wildebeest & Zebra migration from July-October. This is truly a bucket-list experience not to be missed! Stay at beautiful Sala’s Camp, located close to the confluence of two major rivers, offering incredible opportunities to witness the wildebeest and zebra in their thousands. Outside of this time, the Masai Mara still offers superb game viewing, with lion, leopard, cheetah and a variety of plains game seen year-round.
This incredible offer includes light aircraft inter-camp transfers and combines the Masai Mara with two of Kenya’s other renowned safari destinations – the Solio Conservancy in the Laikipia region, renowned for its population of rhino, and the Samburu Game Reserve, home to several unique desert-adapted species including the gerenuk antelope and Grevy’s zebra.
Plus, spend one night at the legendary Giraffe Manor, where you can interact with the resident, and highly endangered, Rothschild’s giraffe.
Prices for this incredible itinerary start from $xxxx per person twin share*
Masai Mara – Sala’s Camp
Sala’s Camp boasts an enviable location on the banks of the Sand River in the southern tip of the reserve. Just 2 kilometres for the Tanzanian border, Sala’s is one of the first camps (and one of the best) to experience the annual wildebeest and zebra migration, which arrives in the Masai Mara each year from June to September. It is also home to a variety of other fantastic game year-round.
An intimate camp, Sala’s accommodates a maximum of just 18 guests in 7 spacious tents (including two family suites). The tents all feature superb floor-to-ceiling glass doors that lead out onto either a private patio or wooden deck as well as private plunge pools. If guests wish, there is also plenty of space for private star-lit dining.
Masai Mara – Wildlife Viewing
Meaning “spotted” in the Maa language of the Maasai, the rolling plains of this beautiful reserve are dappled by sun and shadows, and dotted with distinctive acacia trees. As part of the Serengeti ecosystem, the Masai Mara plays host to one of earth’s greatest wildlife spectacles. Every year between mid-june to mid-October, over two million wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle migrate north from Tanzania’s Serengeti searching for water and grass.
The Mara is magnificent at any time of year, with plenty of resident game, including graceful herds of giraffe, topi, eland and elephant, as well as all manner of predators. Leopards thrive in the riverine forests, while the grasslands are the perfect habitat for cheetah. The park also has one of the highest lion concentrations in Africa. As a result, the Mara has been the inspiration for many famous wildlife photographers and the focus of successful documentaries such as the BBC’s Big Cat Diary.
This boutique hotel is a Nairobi icon and offers one of the city’s most unique experiences: the opportunity to feed and walk with rare Rothschild’s giraffe. The manor boasts a beautiful facade as well as elegant interiors. The peaceful courtyards and terrace, coupled with the superb gardens that are home to the resident Rothschild Giraffe’s, make Giraffe Manor one of the most famous (and instagrammed) properties in the world. The property offers accommodation in just 12 guestrooms (including two suites), that certainly bring to mind an earlier era, with their charming antiques, canopied beds and classic Baroque furniture.
What sets Giraffe Manor truly apart is its herd of endangered Rothschild’s giraffe. One of the most unique experiences in the world, be joined by these magnificent animals for breakfast – as they cheekily peer in through the windows and doors looking for a morning snack.
- Stay at some of the best lodges in Kenya
- Enjoy 1 night at the legendary Giraffe Manor
- Search for unique wildlife such as gerenuk, Besia Oryx and Grevy’s Zebra
- Witness the magic of the Masai Mara and the Great Migration
- Chances for cultural interactions with Samburu and Maasi peoples
- Visit the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and see orphaned elephants
- 3 nights at Sassab
- 2 nights at Solio Lodge
- 4 nights at Sala’s Camp
- 1 night at Giraffe Manor
- Meals and transfers as per itinerary
- Light aircraft transfers between camps
- Flights not mentioned above
- Travel Insurance
- Personal expenses
Nairobi Wilson Airport is located just 16 kilometres (30 minutes drive) from Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Major airlines that fly into Kenya’s capital city include Middle Eastern airlines Emirates and Qatar Airways, while major European airlines include British Airways, Lufthansa, Air France and KLM Dutch Airlines. Kenyan Airways also fly directly from New York (John F Kennedy International Airport).
11 days/10 nights ex Nairobi, Kenya
Samburu National Reserve
Transfer this morning from Nairobi to the Samburu National Reserve in Northern Kenya by light aircraft. On arrival you will be met and transferred by road to Sassab, a lavish Moroccan-inspired tented camp located in the neighbouring Westgate Community Conservancy. The 9 glorious tents are spread out across a ridge line with sensational views over the Ewaso Nyiro River. Each boast enormous open-air bathrooms and private plunge pools.
While you are here, enjoy guided game drives in both the Westgate Conservancy and the Samburu National Reserve, searching for iconic desert-adapted species such as gerenuk, blue-legged Somali ostrich, Beisa Oryx and Grevy’s zebra. A range of other activities are also possible including cultural interactions with the local Samburu community, camel-back safaris, exploring by quad bike or fly-camping. D (day 1 only) B L D (days 2 and 3)
Solio Game Reserve
This morning, if time permits, enjoy one last game drive at Sassab, before transferring by light aircraft to Solio Game Reserve. Transfer by vehicle to nearby Solio Lodge – the only property in this 19,000 acre conservancy. With just 5 contemporary cottages, it’s a truly intimate safari experience. Rhino are a highlight here, as the reserve is internationally recognised as a private rhino breeding sanctuary. Aside from game drives, activities also include cycling or walking across Solio Ranch or perhaps visiting a local flower or coffee farm. Alternatively, get a view of the landscape from a birds-eye view, on a helicopter excursion (additional cost). B L D
Masai Mara National Reserve
Transfer by light aircraft today to Sala’s Camp, located on the banks of the Sand River in the southern tip of the reserve. Just 2 kilometres for the Tanzanian border, Sala’s is one of the first camps (and one of the best) to witness the annual wildebeest and zebra migration, which generally arrives in the Masai Mara each year from mid-June to mid-October. It is also home to a variety of other fantastic game year-round.
Other than productive game drives exploring the magical landscape, guests can enjoy classical African sunsets sipping their sundowners, as well as spectacular star-gazing opportunities at night. Bush breakfasts are also a favourite amongst guests. When not out on safari, make the most of the camp’s facilities, including the gym, day spa or onsite games such as bocce. Alternatively, relax on your private outdoor deck and plunge pool. B L D
Please note: The Masai Mara is Kenya’s premier safari destination, we highly recommend adding additional nights here and slowing down your itinerary. A 6+ night stay is highly recommended! To speak to one of our Destination Specialists, please contact us on 1300 363 302.
Nairobi, Giraffe Manor
Enjoy a final morning activity in the Masai Mara, before transferring to Nairobi by air. On arrival you will be met and transferred by road to Giraffe Manor – a Nairobi icon that offers one of the most unique experiences in the world: the opportunity to feed and walk with rare Rothschild’s giraffe. B D
The property accommodates guests in 12 beautiful guest rooms that feature charming antiques, canopied beds and classic Baroque furniture. Whilst here you can relax and walk amongst the gardens. Guests can also visit the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (the world’s leading orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation programme) as well as author Karen Blixen’s former home – which is now a museum.
Nairobi, Tour Ends
This morning, enjoy a memorable breakfast, perhaps meeting some of the local residents who might poke their head in through a window or door.
Afterward, transfer to the airport where your tour ends. B
*Valid for travel between 01 June – 31 Oct and 16 Dec – 31 Dec 2023. Stay at any combination of the following four properties: Giraffe Manor, Sala’s Camp, Solio Lodge or Sasaab for the discount to apply. Discount only applicable to accommodation. Percentage discount does not apply to Giraffe Manor but Giraffe Manor can be used in the combination. Price based on 10 night itinerary (twin share). Strictly subject to availability. Singles on request. Conditions apply.