Kenya Luxury Safari - Sample Itinerary

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Kenya Luxury Safari
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Sample Kenya Luxury Safari Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1 – Hemingways/ Nairobi – Bed & Breakfast – Upon arrival into Nairobi,  you will be met and driven to Hemingways Hotel for an overnight stay. If time permits, we recommend visiting the Giraffe Center and Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage.

DAY 2 – Elsa’s Kopje Meru/Meru National Park – Fully Inclusive – This morning you will be collected by your driver and taken to Wilson airport in Nairobi in time to check-in for your scheduled flight to Meru National Park. On arrival you will be met by your guide and driven to Elewana Elsa’s Kopje Lodge for a 3-night stay. Afternoon game drive and sundowners.

DAY 3 -Elsa’s Kopje Meru/Meru National Park – Fully Inclusive – Morning guided bush walk to the top of Mughwango Hill, enjoying a 360-degree view from snow-capped Mt Kenya in the west to the vast Meru plains to the east. This afternoon, take your rod, afternoon tipple with some canapés and a good book, and settle on the palm-lined banks of one of Meru’s many rivers. The fishing is fun, with plentiful catfish, tilapia and barbell.

DAY 4 – Elsa’s Kopje Meru/Meru National Park – Fully Inclusive – Morning visit to a local primary school and local community and game drive. Afternoon swim and late afternoon/night game drive. The Elsa’s Kopje guides know their backyard intimately. All the guides are Bronze, Silver and Gold level KPSGA certified.

DAY 5 -Sirikoi Lodge/Lewa Conservancy – Fully Inclusive – After breakfast, you will fly on a private charter from Meru National Park to Sirikoi Lodge in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy for a 3-night stay. Afternoon game drive.

DAY 6 – Sirikoi Lodge/Lewa Conservancy – Fully Inclusive – Morning horseback riding in the Conservancy. Riding is a fantastic opportunity to get close to plains game such as zebra and giraffe, and to view the beautiful scenery from a new perspective. Late afternoon/evening game drive and sundowners.

DAY 7 – Sirikoi Lodge/Lewa Conservancy – Fully Inclusive – Morning helicopter excursion – Sirikoi offers three different helicopter excursions, taking you through incredible scenery on an immersive and thrilling wilderness experience like no other. Afternoon quad biking or game drive.

DAY 8 – Cottars 1920’s Safari Camp/Masai Mara National Reserve – Fully Inclusive – After breakfast, you will fly from Lewa airstrip to the Maasai Mara and to Cottars 1920’s camp for a 3-night stay. Afternoon massage, game drive, sundowners and bush dinner.

DAY 9 – Cottars 1920’s Safari Camp/Masai Mara National Reserve – Fully Inclusive – Morning Masai warrior school – Learn the ways of a warrior with the African bush as your classroom. A session includes spear throwing ; bow and arrow practice; Maasai jumping, dancing and singing and tracking. Afternoon bush walk and game drive.

DAY 10 – Cottars 1920’s Safari Camp/Masai Mara National Reserve – Fully Inclusive – Early morning game drive and bush brunch. Afternoon spa treatment or canvas bath. Afternoon visit to a Masai village and game drive. After dinner enjoy the Masai singing and dancing.

DAY 11 – Denis Island Resort/Denis Island, Seychelles – Fully Inclusive – Today is a travel day. You will fly from the Mara to Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta airport in time to check-in for your scheduled flight to Mahe Island in the Seychelles. The flight will take around 4 hours. On arrival, you will be transferred onto a short flight to Denis Island.

DAY 12 – Denis Island Resort/Denis Island, Seychelles – Fully Inclusive – For the next 3 days you will have your choice of activities including cycling around the island, guided flora and fauna tours, tennis, beach-going and swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, or fishing.

DAY 13 – Denis Island Resort/Denis Island, Seychelles – Fully Inclusive – choice of activities including cycling around the island, guided flora and fauna tours, tennis, beach-going and swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, or fishing.

DAY 14 – Denis Island Resort/Denis Island, Seychelles – Fully Inclusive – choice of activities including cycling around the island, guided flora and fauna tours, tennis, beach-going and swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, or fishing.

DAY 15 – Denis Island Resort/Denis Island, Seychelles – Fully Inclusive – On day 15, you will fly back to Mahe, the main Island in time to check-in for your onward connection.

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Hemingways Nairobi/Nairobi

Hemingways Nairobi, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the world, is an elegant boutique hotel situated in Nairobi’s Karen residential area with magnificent views of the nearby Ngong hills. Sensitively designed for the discerning business and leisure traveler, Hemingways Nairobi offers the full facilities expected in a modern-day luxury boutique hotel.  The Hemingways Nairobi Brasserie serves classic dishes and the very best of local and international cuisine and is open everyday for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.

ACTIVITIES

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.  The hotel is also a short drive to artisanal craft shops, modern shopping centers and the National Museums of Kenya.

ROOM CONFIGURATION

The hotel offers forty-five luxury suites which include the Hemingways suite, The Blixen suite, 19 Executive rooms and 24 deluxe rooms.

Deluxe suite – These spacious rooms are 80m² and are located on the ground floor of each wing. Each Deluxe Suite features a seating area and private terrace. Large en-suite marble bathrooms feature walk-in closets, double vanity units and separate bath, shower and WC.

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Bar, Battery Charging Facilities, Business Center, Disability Services, Gym, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Meal on Request, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, Bath, Clothes Press, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Cooking Facilities, Disabled Rooms, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fan, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Heater, Internet Access (Complimentary), Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Mosquito Nets, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Television, Wheelchair Friendly

SERVICES

Airport Shuttle (Available), Babysitting Service, Credit Card, Foreign Exchange, Room Service (24 hours)

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Elewana Elsa’s Kopje Meru / Meru National Park

Elewana Elsa’s Kopje remains one of the most elegant lodges in Africa, in one of the most spectacular settings. Every cottage has a wonderful view and is uniquely designed and crafted, incorporating the natural features of the rocky hillside.

Facilities include an open bar, lounge and dining room with an exceptionally inviting infinity pool overlooking the Meru plains. Elewana Elsa’s Kopje is renowned for its delicious cuisine. Guests can eat at their own individual tables and dinner is almost always outside, with candlelit tables laid out under the stars. Private romantic dinners can also be arranged.

Situated east of Meru, in beautiful Kenya, Meru National Park is one of the most popular parks in Kenya. Covering over 800 square kilometers, this park is wild and beautiful featuring diverse scenery with lush swamplands, thick jungle, vast savannah, and thirteen rivers. Game includes some of the less regularly sighted animals like oryx, lesser kudu, duiker, dik-dik and over 300 species of birds have been recorded. It is here that Else the famous lion from the book and movie ‘Born Free’ lived out the latter part of her life and is buried. Visitors can soak up the spectacular views of Mount Kenya, spot game along the Tana River and view the cascading Adamson’s Falls.

ACTIVITIES

  • Day and night game drives
  • Guided bush walks
  • Sundowners
  • Line fishing (catfish, tilapia, barbel)
  • Visit to the local school and community
  • Massage and spa
  • Swimming

ROOM CONFIGURATION

Elewana Elsa’s Kopje offers ensuite cottages, honeymoon cottages, a family cottage and a private house. Rooms feature standard amenities and come with spacious double or twin beds with elegantly appointed bathrooms.

Cottage Suites – Nestled into the hillside and overlooking the vast plains of Meru National Park, each of Elsa’s Kopje’s six open-fronted cottages are uniquely designed incorporating the features of the kopje, and enjoying a magnificent view. Each cottage consists of a main bedroom, ensuite bathroom and sitting area/private deck. Five doubles, one twin. Two cottages offer day/extra beds to make triples.

Honeymoon Cottages  – Africa is undeniably romantic, and three Honeymoon Cottages at Elsa’s Kopje offer the ultimate in romance and seclusion. Two of the Honeymoon Cottages feature a main double bedroom, ensuite bathroom, a small private deck and gorgeous outdoor bath. The third honeymoon cottage is a large three-leveled luxury suite, with main double bedroom, bathroom, open sitting room and a private deck.

Family Cottage – The family cottage consists of an ensuite double bedroom, ensuite twin bedroom, joined by a sitting room and large private decking. The family cottage also offers an outdoor bath.

Elsa’s Private House is an exclusive accommodation set slightly apart from the rest of the lodge. It is an exclusive retreat for families, with its own garden, infinity pool, sitting room and dining area. The Private House has a double ensuite master bedroom with bath and an outdoor shower, and a twin ensuite bedroom with shower.

PROPERTY FACILITIES/SERVICES

24-hour Security, Bar, Battery Charging Facilities, Eco Friendly, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Malaria Free, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Spa, Babysitting Service, Credit Card, Room Service

ROOM FACILITIES

Balcony / Deck, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Lounge Area, Mosquito Nets, Outside Shower, Private Pool / Jacuzzi, Pure Cotton Linen, Shower, Verandah

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Sirikoi Lodge/Lewa Conservancy

As a small and intimate family-owned safari lodge, Sirikoi offers unrivaled exclusivity and charm. The four luxury tents, Sirikoi Cottage and private Sirikoi House are perfectly positioned along the spring-fed Sirikoi stream, immersed in nature with wildlife all around.

Sirikoi resembles an eco-chic African home and while it offers a sure sense of luxury and high level of service, it manages to be welcoming, comfortable and unpretentious. All the rooms are spacious and tastefully designed, with unique décor touches, a sitting area, big Victorian bathtubs, rain-showers, fireplaces and a private deck.

Surrounded by 68,000 acres of pure wilderness of the renowned World Heritage Site, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, the location of the lodge is truly exceptional. With Kenya’s arid North to one side and the lush foothills of Mount Kenya on the other, Sirikoi enjoys a beautiful spring-like climate year-round.

Days are as action-packed or as rejuvenating as desired, and Sirikoi offers a range of unique and adventurous activities for all ages to experience and explore the wilderness and wildlife. The wildlife on Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is abundant and includes many endangered species such as black and white rhino, and the largest resident population of Grevy’s zebra in the world.

ACTIVITIES

Each group receives their own designated safari guide and vehicle while at Sirikoi. Activities include:

  • Day and night game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Horse riding
  • Ngare Ngare Forest visit
  • Helicopter excursions – The Mathews Range, Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, Mount Kenya
  • Quad Biking

ROOM CONFIGURATION

Four en suite tents with a private deck sold individually. Each luxury tented room has a sitting area leading onto the outside deck, a large double bed or two single beds with a wardrobe behind the bed, a fireplace which is lit each evening, and an en-suite bathroom with a free-standing bath and rain shower overlooking more beautiful views.

Also on the property for guests to enjoy is the organic vegetable garden, Sirikoi Gift Shop, and infinity pool. Guests in the luxury tents enjoy all meals outdoors on the Sirikoi deck.

PROPERTY FACILITIES

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

ROOM FACILITIES

Balcony / Deck, Victorian Bath, Rain Shower, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fireplace, Hair Dryer, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Lounge Area, Pure Cotton Linen, Digital Safe, Handmade Organic Toiletries, International plug sockets Tea / Coffee, Verandah

SERVICES

Airport Shuttle (Complimentary), Babysitting Service, Credit Card, Room Service, Travel Desk

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Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp/Masai Mara National Reserve

Vintage luxury at its best, the award-winning Cottar’s 1920s Camp has its own 7,600-acre private conservancy and is situated one kilometer from the famous ‘seventh’ natural wonder of the world, the Masai Mara in Kenya and the Tanzania Serengeti game reserve. Owned and managed by the oldest established and continuing safari family in Africa it extends an era of luxury and quality and returns to the original spirit and essence of ‘safari’.

The 1920s Camp provides the romance of safari under cream canvas tents, the style of the bygone era of the twenties, and provides the amenities required by today’s modern, world travelers. The camps professional guides qualifications are some of the highest in Africa. Offering an abundance of wildlife, a guarantee of privacy, and the highest standards of professional guiding in a luxurious and authentic safari environment.

ACTIVITIES

  • Day and night game drives
  • Guided bush walks
  • Sundowners and bush dinner
  • Spa treatments
  • Swimming
  • Live of a hunter/gatherer walk
  • Local school visit
  • Masai warrior school
  • Traditional canvas bath
  • Masai singing and dancing
  • Masai village visit

ROOM CONFIGURATION

There are a total of 9 luxury tents as follows:

Luxury Double Tent – includes private en-suite dressing room and bathroom, main bedroom with veranda.

Luxury Family Suite – these luxury suites consist of 2 en-suite bedrooms with a shared sitting/dining room and include private ensuite dressing room and bathroom, main bedroom with veranda and a living room with a fireplace.

Luxury honeymoon tent – includes private en-suite dressing room and bathroom, main bedroom with veranda.

PROPERTY FACILITIES

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

ROOM FACILITIES

Balcony / Deck, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Laundry Service (Complimentary), Lounge Area, Mosquito Nets, Safe, Shower, Verandah

SERVICES

Babysitting Service, Chauffeur Service, Credit Card

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Denis Island Resort/Seychelles

Named after a French explorer, Denis Island Resort offers accommodation each nestling near the ocean shore amid lush tropical gardens where comfort and a natural Creole flair go hand in hand to provide you with an unforgettable stay. If you are seeking to do more than just soak up the sun on any one of Denis’ magnificent beaches, the island boasts numerous activities to give you a memorable touch of adventure in paradise.

Offering visitors an exclusive luxury retreat in some astonishingly scenic surroundings, Denis is a north-lying island in the archipelago that forms the famously beautiful Seychelles. With top-quality and increasingly eco-friendly facilities (including pampering spa treatments), this private island resort provides a wonderfully relaxing base for enjoying the white sandy shorelines, thick forests, rich birdlife and clear warm waters of Denis Island, which is easily traversed via bicycle and crisscrossed by a number of walking trails. There are guided tours of the island’s flora and fauna, not to mention exquisite diving and snorkeling sites dotted around the island’s close-lying coral reef. Other activities available on the island include kayaking, windsurfing, sailing and tennis, while the on-site restaurant offers the best of traditional Seychelles cuisine.

ROOM CONFIGURATION

Spacious rooms echo the Seychelles’ colonial past, from the furniture and wood flooring fashioned at the island’s carpentry workshop just a few hundred meters away, to the refined simplicity of the décor. Open-air bathrooms and garden courtyards in all of the rooms once again defer to nature’s calming influence.

Three accommodation categories provide a breadth of choice to suit any holiday preference including:

Beach Cottages – 3 units each 90 sqm – These cottages lie directly on the beachfront; with chairs to lounge on in the verandah or on the sun loungers on the beachfront. The Interior includes a sitting area, writing desk and wine chiller.

Deluxe Beach Cottages – 10 units of 110 sqm – Sea facing and with open terrace leading into a private garden and onto the beach; With sun loungers and personal sala and daybed. The Interior includes a sitting area, writing desk and wine chiller. Furnished sea-facing verandah and an outdoor courtyard.

Beach Villa – This luxury villa has a private beachfront with an extensive outdoor living and relaxation area with a private courtyard featuring twin alfresco showers. The interior includes a king-size bed, lounge area, wine chiller. The exterior is an extended sea-facing private deck with outdoor sitting and dining pavilion, day bed and plunge pool.

PROPERTY & ROOM FACILITIES/SERVICES

Each Cottage features a Sitting area, IDD telephone, Tea/Coffee-making facilities, Mini-fridge, Iron/ironing board, Safe, Air-conditioning, Ceiling fan, Dressing table, Hairdryer, Amenity kit. The open-air bathrooms include a Ceiling fan, Shower, Bath, W.C, Bidet, Double vanity, Private courtyard, Alfresco shower.

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