Kenya Intrepid Safari - Sample Itinerary

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Sample Kenya Intrepid Safari Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1 – The Fairmont Norfolk Hotel/Nairobi – Bed and Breakfast – This evening, on arrival into Jomo Kenyatta airport, you will be met by your driver and driven about 45 minutes to the Fairmont Norfolk hotel for a 2 night stay.

DAY 2 – The Fairmont Norfolk Hotel/Nairobi – Bed and Breakfast – This morning you will be collected by your driver and taken to Nairobi’s best attractions, the Karen Blixen Museum, Sheldrick’s Elephant Sanctuary to see the baby elephants, and the Giraffe Centre. We also suggest the Talisman Restaurant for a nice lunch.

DAY 3 – Karisia Walking Safari – Nayasura Camp – Full Board – This morning, you will be driven to Wilson airport in time to fly via scheduled flight to Nanyuki airport. On arrival you will be met by Karisia Safaris and transferred by road to Nyasura for the start of your 3 night walking with Camels Safari. Tonight you will be camped beside Nyasura and in the evening after a jaunt about, will scale its slopes for breath taking panoramic views and a sundowner.

DAY 4 – Karisia Walking Safari – Nyarara Camp – Full Board – After breakfast, you will continue your walking safari toward Karisia Nyarara Camp. Hugely popular with the elephants who love to wallow in its muddy stretches, the Ewaso River offers a great opportunity to approach, study and photograph these riveting animals.

DAY 5 – Karisia Walking Safari – Ewaso Camp – Full Board – A wonderful shady campsite on the edge of Ewaso Nyro River. The Ewaso Nyiro River originates on Mt Kenya and the Aberdare Mountain Ranges. It is a lifeline to wildlife in the dry season, including elephants, Grevy’s Zebras and many other animals looking to quench their thirst.

DAY 6 – Lewa Wilderness/Lewa Conservancy – Fully Inclusive – From Ewaso River camp you will be picked up and transferred to your next destination, after a hearty goodbye from the entire team. Your next destination is Lewa Wilderness Lodge in the Lewa Conservancy where you will be staying for the next 3 nights.

DAY 7 – Lewa Wilderness/Lewa Conservancy – Fully Inclusive – Morning game drive to scout out the Big Five, afternoon horseback riding and evening nature walk with your Masai guide.

DAY 8 – Lewa Wilderness/Lewa Conservancy – Fully Inclusive – Am activity – For those seeking the ultimate thrill have access to an open-cockpit biplane. The flight skims over the primary forests and flies down the gorges and gives a wonderful eagle’s eye view of the conservancy. Afternoon cultural visit to a local Masai Village and Pepo la Tumaini, a local orphanage, clinic and senior school.

DAY 9 – Richards River Camp/Mara North Conservancy – Fully Inclusive – This morning, you will be driven to the airstrip on Lewa Conservancy in time to check in for your scheduled flight across to the Masai Mara National Reserve and to Richard’s River Camp where you will be spending the next 3 nights. Afternoon/evening game drive in the conservancy and sundowners.

DAY 10 – Richards River Camp/Mara North Conservancy – Fully Inclusive – Early morning scenic guided bush walk and bush breakfast. Afternoon game drive.

DAY 11 – Richards River Camp/Mara North Conservancy – Fully Inclusive – Up early again for a special hot air balloon excursion. Soaring over the plethora of wildlife on the lush plains of the Masai Mara will be a memory of a lifetime. Afternoon game drive followed by a bush dinner.

DAY 12 – Richards River Camp/Mara North Conservancy – Breakfast – This morning, after breakfast you will be flown back to Wilson airport. On arrival you will be met and driven to Jmo Kenyatta International airport for your onward flight home.

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Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel/Nairobi

Situated in the heart of Kenya, the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel offers a sophisticated retreat that is within easy reach of world-renowned wildlife centers, golf courses, and museums. The luxurious rooms and suites are tastefully furnished and include en-suite bathrooms, armchairs, work desks, and plasma screen TVs. The hotel offers four dining establishments featuring a variety of cuisines, as well as an all-day dining restaurant. Guests can enjoy leisurely walks through the tropical gardens, have a splash in the pool, work out at the fitness center, or enjoy relaxing massages and treatments at the spa.

ACTIVITIES

The Norfolk is located just minutes from Nairobi’s best attractions, including the home of Karen Blixen, from the Academy Award-winning film ‘Out of Africa’, Sheldrick’s Elephant Sanctuary, and the Giraffe Center.

ROOM CONFIGURATION

The Fairmont Rooms have beautifully appointed décor that give them a warm and inviting feel. Some of the features in the room include: Refreshment Center, tea and coffee facilities, bedside lamps, 32′ TV, hairdryer, digital & cordless phone, iron & ironing board, safe and reading desk. The bathroom is three parts with 115/240v shaving socket, rain shower, flush toilet and washbasin.

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Activity Desk, Bar, Battery Charging Facilities, Business Center, Communal Dining, Conference Center, Disability Services, Eco Friendly, Gym, Internet Access (Complimentary), Kiddies Club, Laundry Service (Available), Malaria Free, Meal on Request, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Private Vehicle Available, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Clothes Press, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Disabled Rooms, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fan, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Iron / Ironing Board, Laundry Service (Available), Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Mosquito Nets, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Sala, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Smoking Rooms, Tea / Coffee, Television, Wheelchair Friendly.

SERVICES

Airport Shuttle (Complimentary), Babysitting Service, Chauffeur Service, Credit Card, Foreign Exchange, Room Service, Room Service (24 hours), Travel Desk.

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Karisia Walking Safaris

Karisia Walking Safaris is a small, family-run operation in a remote part of Northern Laikipia, about 2 hours from Nanyuki and north of Mt. Kenya. Based on Tumaren ranch, a 3000-acre wildlife conservancy, this area is known for its wilderness and wildlife. Karisia specialize in camel-assisted walking safaris that explore the farther reaches of Laikipia.  The area boasts the highest diversity of large mammals in Kenya and is also home to several endangered species such as the Grevy’s Zebra, Wild dog, and Jackson’s Hartebeest.

On all the safaris, riding camels are available for tired members of the party, and kids love the view from on high! Most walkers will carry day packs, but your main luggage is carried by the camels. On multi-day walking safaris, each day typically consists of a 4-5 hour walk of around 8-15km, depending on the fitness of the party and the terrain being crossed, and allowing for rest stops and pauses to watch wildlife. The walks usually stop at lunchtime, leaving the afternoon free for rest, reading, pottering around the camp, or further activities such as guided nature walks and exploring for children and energetic adults.

As you are walking, the wildlife tends to be more skittish than if you were in a vehicle, but you are likely to see, at a distance, elephant, reticulated giraffe, various species of antelope and plains game as well as some of the endangered species, such as Grevy’s zebra and wild dog.

Accommodations

The Camel Luxury walking safari is a journey. The camp and staff moves along with you. There will be anywhere from 10 to 25 camels, depending on the group size.  The 4 poster bed is left behind, but the king size mattress, feather pillow and duvet are not. Your accommodation is in a large, traditional, canvas tents with a chair, table, mirror, drinking water and a basin on the veranda. The bedding has 2 pillows, sheets and duvets, dressing gowns, towels, hot water bottles, solar lights and carpets.

You can request a bucket shower that comes with plenty of hot water. There is a toilet behind each tent. If you want a family-style tent, we can join two tents together so that the children feel secure. Meals are freshly prepared each day with breakfast and dinner served at the table and lunch is an informal buffet-style. A choice of luxury beer, wine and spirits are also included for those who love to have their taste of alcohol in the wild.

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Lewa Wilderness/Lewa Conservancy

Lewa Wilderness is one of Kenya’s oldest private safari experiences. For forty years guests have been coming to this remarkable region to be part of an adventure like no other. Those four decades have seen that passion passed down through the Craig family who proudly continue to run Lewa Wilderness today.

Guests can relax by the fire in the cozy sitting room and share meals around a long banquet table in the open-air dining room. Natural springs, home-raised livestock, and a 5-acre organic garden are transformed by skilled chefs into incredible, healthy and delicious food.

Spanning over thousands of hectares of vast open savannah grasslands in northern Kenya, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is home to the world’s largest population of Grevy’s zebra. Renowned as a pioneer and leader in responsible tourism, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy actively advances and develops community engagement and wildlife conservation. It serves as an important sanctuary for a large selection of wildlife including the endangered black rhino and white rhino. Lewa offers visitors the opportunity to have close encounters with these prehistoric creatures against an unspoiled backdrop, making it one of Kenya’s top game-viewing destinations. Boasting one of the highest wildlife densities in Kenya, the park is also inhabited by elephants, lions, buffalo, wild dogs, giraffes, cheetahs, and over 400 bird species.

ACTIVITIES

Activities to take part in while staying at Lewa Wilderness include game drives, game walks, camel safaris, horseback riding, visit to the nearby Ngare Ndare Forest and waterfall and fly in a chartered plane over forests, herds of game and treetops. There is a very good chance of seeing all of the “Big Five” and Lewa is one of the only game parks where visitors are almost guaranteed to see the endangered black and white rhinos.

ROOM CONFIGURATION

There are ten comfortable thatched cottages with spacious en suite bathrooms, fireplaces in the sitting areas and verandahs. The Hillside cottages take advantage of the stunning northerly views from Lewa. On a clear day, which is most days, the view stretches away giving a true perspective of just how remote this setting is. Each room is unique in its layout and sleeping configuration and takes advantage of the uneven hillside to form unusual shapes that lends character.

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Bar, Battery Charging Facilities, Eco Friendly, Gym, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Library, Malaria Free, Meal on Request, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Secure Parking

ROOM FACILITIES

Balcony / Deck, En-Suite, Fireplace, Laundry Facilities, Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Shower, Verandah

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Richard’s River Camp/Mara North Conservancy

Richard’s River Camp is perfectly situated on the banks of the Njageteck River and is surrounded by 70 acres of private land in the Mara North Conservancy, allowing for total privacy and exclusivity. The Ngoyanai springs provide permanent water, drawing in large numbers of animals to the area around camp. This camp is also particularly known for its resident lion pride which can often be seen hunting right in front of the camp and heard roaring during the night.

With only six tents and one large suite, this camp is ideal for individuals as well as exclusive groups who wish to experience the Masai Mara in a personal and intimate setting. Beautifully appointed with furnishings and fabrics collected from all across the world – the result is a casually luxurious tented camp, combining exceptional wildlife with a contemporary ‘Out of Africa’ experience.

Situated in southwest Kenya, the Mara North Conservancy is a beautiful private wilderness area spanning more than 30,000 hectares. It is home to a spectacular array of plants, reptiles, birds and mammals; including elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and large concentrations of wildebeest, zebra, gazelle and other migratory wildlife. Leopard Gorge, in the heart of the conservancy, is famous as the setting of countless BBC Big Cat Diaries and National Geographic documentaries. Neighboring the well-known Maasai Mara National Reserve, this conservancy is vital for sustaining the famous Serengeti wildebeest migrations as well as the highly-threatened African wild dog and black rhino.

ACTIVITIES

Included while staying in camp are the following activities:

  • Day and night game drives within Mara North
  • Birding and scenic guided bush walks within Mara North
  • Cultural visits to the Masai village and local schools
  • Sundowners excursions
  • Bush meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Visit to the National Reserve

Extras:

  • Exclusive use of vehicle
  • Hot air balloon excursions

ROOM CONFIGURATION

The luxury tents are spacious and beautifully furnished in comfortable safari style. All tents have 24-hour solar lighting. Each canvas tent is a customized design that allows for significant size and light. Raised on concrete platforms with low wooden steps, the tent walls are high with netted windows and a low roof pitch, therefore creating a fantastic airflow and good ventilation throughout. The tents are beige in color and the ceilings have been covered with hand-printed fabric which makes the tent interior brighter compared to the standard dark green canvas.

The rooms consist of a large bedroom area, behind which there is a dressing room followed by the bathroom. The dressing rooms can accommodate up to two extra beds each should it be required – therefore each standard tent can sleep up to four people.

Bathroom details: each tent is en-suite with a flush loo and shower area.
– Hot and cold running water.
– Soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion provided.
– Power system does not support hairdryers, shavers or any other high wattage device.

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Battery Charging Facilities, Communal Dining, Eco Friendly, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Library, Malaria Free

ROOM FACILITIES

Balcony / Deck, Detached Private Bathroom, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite,  Laundry Service (Complimentary), Outside Shower, Pure Cotton Linen, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Verandah

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