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The Best of Kenya – Private Custom Safari

Africa’s Original Safari Destination, Where Wilderness and Wildlife Still Abound
The following itinerary is a sample of the highlights of Kenya.  To customize this itinerary to your wishes and preferences, please contact one of our Adventure Specialists at 1-800-543-8917. 

Day 1: Nairobi, Kenya
Arrive in Nairobi and transfer to The Emakoko, an atmospheric new safari lodge in secluded setting bordering Nairobi National Park. Though it's a mere 20-minute drive from both of Nairobi's airports, The Emakoko fulfills the vision of its founders, which was to create a place where travelers can commence or complete their safari in the wildlife environment they have traveled so far to enjoy. Here, guests fall asleep to the sounds of Africa—a lion roaring or the yip of a hyena—in stark contrast to the traffic, fire engines and barking dogs that are the normal sounds of the urban night.

Days 2-4: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy — Lewa Safari Camp
Transfer this morning to Wilson Airport for your flight to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and Lewa Safari Camp, a small luxury tented camp founded in 1924 and run by the same family still today. The camp enjoys a stunning location within the 65,000-acre Lewa Conservancy, with views of Mount Kenya’s snowy summit in one direction, and wildlife-rich lowlands in the other.

Lewa Conservancy offers a firsthand experience of groundbreaking wildlife conservation work. A pacesetter for bringing back endangered species, this private refuge has become the leading role model for sustainable conservation in East Africa. It has played an instrumental role in returning black and white rhinoceros from the brink of extinction and its mixed habitat is also a sanctuary for rare endemic species found only in the north of Kenya such as Grevy's zebra, sitatunga, gerenuk, reticulated giraffe and Beisa oryx. The Big Five—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo—thrive here alongside cheetah, wildebeest, hartebeest, hippo, hyena, colobus monkey and wild dog. Lewa is home to more than 400 bird species, including Somali ostrich, kori bustard and lilac-breasted roller.

Camp activities include walking safaris and day and night wildlife drives in 4-x-4 vehicles, as well as optional scenic flights in an open-cockpit biplane, cultural visits to the village of Il Ngwesi, excursions to the Ngare Ndare forest, and horseback riding on the reserve. All optional activities can be arranged and purchased on arrival at the lodge.

Days 5 & 6: Leleshwa Camp — Private Maasai Mara
Depart by light aircraft this morning for Leleshwa Camp in the Siana Conservancy where you’ll enjoy a rare experience of the “hidden” Maasai Mara, unsullied by crowds. The conservancy boasts a rich diversity of wildlife and birds—resident predators include three lion prides, numerous leopards and cheetah in pursuit of large herds of plains wildlife. Night drives offer a chance to observe nocturnal wildlife, an opportunity not available within the public reserve. Cultural interactions with the Maasai, traditional pastoral herders who have grazed cattle in East Africa for centuries, are also a highlight of your stay at Leleshwa. Meet community members and learn about their customs on visits to a nearby village, school and/or market.

Days 7-9: Maasai Mara National Reserve
On a wildlife drive from Leleshwa you'll arrive at Natural Habitat Camp, Maasai Mara, our own private mobile camp situated in a remote region where wildlife viewing is best. The reserve is named for the Maasai tribespeople who have traditionally inhabited this area, and the Mara River that runs through it. One of Africa’s most acclaimed wildlife reserves, the Mara is renowned for its annual wildebeest migration, prides of lion and huge herds of plains wildlife. The reserve is the northern extension of Tanzania’s Serengeti Plains and hosts outstanding wildlife-viewing year-round. You’ll have a chance to see the classic Big Five, and cheetah, giraffe and varied antelope are common sights. Hyenas also patrol the plains in some of the largest numbers in Africa. Back at camp, sleep beneath canvas under the stars, listening for the roar of lions in the distance. Despite the remote setting, you'll lack for no comforts, enjoying spacious safari tents with full beds, en suite facilities and private verandas.

Day 10: Nairobi / Home
Your Kenya Africa safari comes to a close today as you fly back to Nairobi. On arrival you are transferred to a nearby hotel where a dayroom awaits. Since most international flights depart late at night, there’s time to relax before your departure to the airport, or inquire about optional activities such as a visit to the David Sheldrick elephant orphanage or Giraffe Center.

Physical Rating: Easy

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