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The Great Kenya Migration Safari

Follow the Herds Across the Maasai Mara in Africa's Most Celebrated Safari Destination!
Important Note: The following itinerary applies to departures that stay at Kicheche in the private conservancy first, and our exclusive mobile camp in the Maasai Mara National Reserve second. The August 10-17, 2014 departure operates in the opposite direction, staying in our mobile camp first, followed by Kicheche.

Day 1: Nairobi, Kenya
Our Kenya safari tour begins in Nairobi, where we transfer to the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden & Cottages on the site of Isak Dinesen’s original hunting lodge and estate immortalized in her memoir Out of Africa. The historic home is a fine example of early colonial architecture in Kenya, while the cottages are set among some of the country’s oldest colonial gardens, shaded by jacaranda, candelabra and bottlebrush trees. Each cottage has beamed ceilings and an inviting veranda, evoking the character of Kenya in the early 1900s.

Days 2 & 3: Kicheche Bush Camp, Private Maasai Mara
Transfer to the airport for our flight to Kicheche Bush Camp. This intimate tented camp is set on the private Olare Motorogi Conservancy just outside the boundary of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Strict limits on guest numbers means unprecedented wildlife viewing without crowds, especially of the wildebeest migration that occurs in close proximity. In addition to daily wildlife drives, we are also able to enjoy escorted walking safaris and night drives in search of nocturnal wildlife. Kicheche is a permanent camp, allowing for a coveted level of luxury in the wilderness. Secluded in an unfenced thicket of euclea and African olive trees, the camp impinges so little on the reserve’s natural inhabitants that we are likely to see animals wandering nonchalantly through the grounds at any time. Optional hot air balloon safaris with a champagne breakfast on landing are available from camp (additional cost) during our stay at Kicheche.

Please note that our July 21-28, 2014 departure stays in the Naboisho Conservancy at Kicheche Valley Camp, which offers the same style of wildlife experience and exclusivity in a similar 6-tent camp situated in a lush valley.

Days 4-7: Natural Habitat Camp, Maasai Mara
We transfer today via a safari drive into the Maasai Mara Reserve, to get even closer to the heart of the annual wildebeest migration. The legendary Mara is the northern portion of the Serengeti Plains, and we find excellent wildlife viewing in these grasslands. The reserve is named for the Maasai tribespeople, the traditional inhabitants of the area who still graze cattle here, and the Mara River that runs through it.

We stay at Natural Habitat Camp, Maasai Mara, our own luxury mobile camp that allows access to an exclusive campsite near the Mara River where wildebeest cross during the migration. Our deluxe canvas tents are situated in a private and secluded spot, with ample trees providing shade from the midday heat. Located in a wildlife hotspot, the site also provides easy access to the rest of the reserve, including the main river systems. Wildlife drives take us among myriad plains animals – not only the thundering herds of thousands of wildebeest and their zebra companions, but also gazelle, impala, hartebeest, topi and giraffe. Predators follow in close pursuit, and the Mara is especially famed for its lions – we may see them hunting in the early morning or evening, or resting beneath acacia trees in the heat of the day. Hyenas also patrol the plains in some of the largest numbers in Africa.

Day 8: Nairobi / Home
Fly back to Nairobi today for the close of our Kenya safari tour, where day rooms await for relaxing prior to a group farewell meal and standard evening departures for international destinations.

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