Captivating Kenya

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Day 1

On arrival, after clearing customs and immigration, proceed to the Arrivals Hall. Here you will be met by a Luxury Trips representative for your private road transfer to House of Waine where you will stay for one night.

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Day 2

You will be collected from your hotel for your private road transfer to the Nairobi Wilson Airport. Board your scheduled charter flight to Tsavo West / Chyulu Hills. On arrival you will be met by your driver-guide who will transfer you to Ol Donyo Lodge where you will stay for three nights. Enjoy a game drive en route to the lodge, arriving in time for lunch and an afternoon activity.

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Day 3

Enjoy two full days of activities at Ol Donyo Lodge. Strong populations of wildlife find their habitat in this area. While the "Big Five" are here – rhino, elephant, lion, leopard and buffalo – they are frequently masters of elusivity; however, cheetah, fringe-eared oryx, gerenuk, and giraffe make for frequent viewing. The entire area is reserved exclusively for ol Donyo Lodge guests. Each day is different, there is no set routine. It is there for the making – a safari of the guest’s design. While it may be tempting to laze around the lovely suites, and bask in the sun next to the private pool, the diverse activities at ol Donyo Lodge are equally as alluring.

Search for wildlife on day and night game drives. Often, we will simply set out tracking and walking as a means of wildlife viewing. The Mbirikani Group Ranch features an incredible diversity of habitats. Perhaps the most unique is the high-altitude mist forest, where leopard and rhino lurk, and an incredible amount of biodiversity is present. It is a microcosm, unlike any other area of the ranch. So in addition to tracking, a hike to this area, from the lodge, is very rewarding.

The Chyulu Hills and its diverse ecosystem lend itself perfectly to horseback safaris. From the mist forests, to the open plains, to the dense woodland, a horse navigates the landscape gracefully. To come along for the ride, and experience wildlife on horseback, is an experience not to be missed.

Wildlife viewing from mountain biking is an exhilarating exploratory activity. Set out across the savannahs with an armed guide and enjoy the freedom of riding on the open plains potentially viewing amongst others, zebras and wildebeests.

You can also visit the Maasai villages on the ranch, without a sense of voyeurism. It is an authentic experience, giving guests insight into the culture and traditions of the Maasai. Please note the Maasai do charge a small fee for taking photos.

Our proximity to Amboseli National Park gives the opportunity for full day excursions to the park. This can be booked at an additional cost and should be booked in advance.

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Day 4

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Day 5

At a time to be advised by camp management you will be transferred to the airstrip for your scheduled charter flight to Nairobi Wilson Airport. Connect with your scheduled charter flight to Nanyuki. On arrival you will be met and and assisted to your private charter flight to Segera Retreat where you will stay for three nights. Arrive in time for lunch and an afternoon activity.

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Day 6

Enjoy two full days of activities at Segera Retreat. Segera is the central wildlife sanctuary in Laikipia, situated in the wooded savannah and grasslands of the Laikipia Plateau at an altitude of 5,577 – 5,906 ft and immediately north of the equator. Home to a vast array of animal, bird and plant life, Segera provides an important corridor for the migration of elephant and other wide ranging species. Segera’s central location and expansive 20 000 hectares (50 000 acres) at the very heart of Laikipia ensures that it is essential to effective wildlife and habitat management for the Ewaso ecosystem as a whole, forming part of a vital migratory corridor and providing a permanent home to many endangered species.

Activities on offer include game drives, guided nature walks and local community visits. Scenic light aircraft or helicopter flights can be arranged at an additional cost, offering a bird’s-eye view of the incredible landscape and insights into the ecosystem. Flying is one of best ways of appreciating the scale and diversity of the Laikipia Plateau. Enjoy regular exhibitions of locally and internationally acclaimed artists which allow you the rare opportunity to view the private contemporary African art collection of Segera’s owner. Wellness is an experience that nourishes your entire being. The spa suites are complemented by the Rasul Tower with steam bath, saltwater swimming pool at the Retreat and a gym with state-of-the-art equipment.

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Day 7

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Day 8

At a time advised by camp management, you will be transferred to the airstrip for your private charter flight to Nanyuki. Connect with your scheduled charter flight to Mara Plains Camp where you will stay for three nights. Arrive in time for lunch and an afternoon activity.

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Day 9

Enjoy two full days of activities at Mara Plains Camp.

Mara Plains Camp is a one-of-a-kind, seven tent camp located in the private 35,000-acre Olare Motorogi Conservancy, just on the northern boundary of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. This intimate camp blends the finest wildlife viewing with the absolute best of safari hospitality and guiding. No other camp offers the extensive traversing area of Mara Plains Camp, with access to a total of 100,000 acres of private conservancy land as well as the world-renowned Masai Mara, home to the Great Migration. Olare Motorogi Conservancy is reputed to have the lowest vehicle density vehicles in the Maasai Mara region, while also having the highest concentration of big cats anywhere in Africa. But most of all, Mara Plains is a showcase for one of the world’s most magnificent wildlife havens.

Game drives (day & night) take place in some of the Mara’s most coveted vehicles which are open sided, canopied and customized for photographers. With just four to six guests each, the Cruisers also have fully-stocked fridges stocked with drinks and snacks. No two days are the same on safari. Game drives typically start at sunrise, returning for lunch and depart again in the mid-afternoon before returning just after sunset. However, very often we will go out all day, deep into the Reserve or Conservancy with pack breakfast and lunch. Very often, our safaris will continue into the night, a possibility because of our location on a private conservancy. Night drives are particularly prolific in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, and while they take patience, sightings commonly include lesser known nocturnal mammals and even lion and hyena hunts.

Mara Plains also offers walking safaris. Feeling the soil of Africa beneath our feet is an enriching and invigorating way to safari, and we are lucky enough to be able to do this rare activity in Olare Motorogi Conservancy.

Hot air ballooning is available at an additional cost and should be booked in advance and is subject to availability and additional cost. Departures are very early in the morning to allow time to transfer to the nearest launching point.

If a chance to learn about the Maasai is of interest, then cultural visits to a nearby Maasai village (locally known as an “enkang”) are also a highlight. Locally produced crafts are available for purchase at the camp, all proceeds of which go toward the community, and particularly the women’s groups and schools.

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Day 10

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Day 11

At a time advised by camp management you will be transferred to the airstrip for your scheduled charter flight to Nairobi Wilson Airport. On arrival you will be met and transferred to The Carnivore Restaurant for dinner (drinks are payable directly). After dinner you will be transferred to the Nairobi International Airport for your international flight.

Included

• Scheduled activities and tours (i.e. with other guests) as specified. Most safari camps and lodges include two game activities a day in their tariff (one in the morning and the other in the afternoon);
• Luxury Trips’ local representatives available 24/7 while travelling;
• Services of the lodge guides and staff;
• Air/ground transfers as specified within the program;
• Relevant park fees;
• Accommodation taxes, the applicable Tourism Levies and all relevant Value Added Tax (VAT) or Government Sales Tax (GST);
• Luxury Trips Final Documentation;
• All accommodation as specified within the program;
• Excursions/activities as specified within the program;
• Drinks – drink inclusions differ between camps/lodges;
• Laundry can be done at most camps/lodges and hotels. In some cases this is included in the tariff quoted.

Excluded

• Meals, drinks, laundry, entrance fees, porterage, tours/excursions and transfers not specified in the program;
• Any scheduled flights and related taxes;
• Cancellation, baggage and medical insurance;
• Staff gratuities;
• Any new Government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control;
• Any items of a personal nature or anything not specifically stated as included;
• International Airfare from USA to Africa and back.