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Full Day by Day Itinerary
Upon arrival into Nairobi, after completing immigration and customs formalities, collect your baggage and proceed to the Arrivals Hall. Here you will be connect with your private charter flight to Ol Donyo Lodge, where you will stay for three nights.
Time permitting, enjoy lunch and an afternoon activity.
Day 2 – 3
Enjoy two full days of game viewing 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.
At a time to be advised: You will be transferred by a camp vehicle to the airstrip for your private charter flight to Ol Seki Airstrip. On arrival, you will be met by a camp vehicle for your road transfer to Mara Nyika Camp, where you will stay for three nights.
Time permitting, enjoy lunch and an afternoon activity.
Day 5 – 6
Enjoy two full days of game viewing activities in the Maasai Mara.
While staying in the Maasai Mara, you will have one evening set aside for a night game drive.
“Nyika” means “Large Plains or Great Plains” and as such Mara Nyika is the perfect sister camp to Mara Plains in Kenya. It rings with the romance of the vast open plains of East Africa from a time when light canvas flapped in the light breeze across those plains as wildebeest and zebras call to each other and at twilight, “simba”, the great lions roar across the Nyika.
Many may think of Mara Nyika as a tree top camp, with the walkways from tent to the main area giving a feel of a tree house under canvas but the camp’s ethic and inspiration is still one of exploration and adventure – a sense of impermanence in this ever-changing world.
Mara Nyika is unique in that it allows guests to explore the private and exclusive 50 000-acre Naboisho Conservancy in which it is located and further afield with safari drives into the Maasai Mara Reserve. Guest’s stay enables us supporting over 500 Maasai families with a sustainable livelihood through the payment of conservation fees and which ultimately ensures the conservation of the wildlife in this vital corridor of the Maasai Mara eco-system.
At a time to be advised: You will be transferred by a camp vehicle to the Ol Seki Airstrip for your private charter flight to Nairobi. On arrival, connect with your scheduled flight to Seychelles. On arrival, you will be met by an Alluring Africa representative for your private road transfer to Maia Luxury Resort & Spa, where you will stay for four nights.
Day 8 – 10
Enjoy three full days at leisure exploring Maia and the Seychelles.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding: Discover the hidden secrets of uninhabited Thérèse Island as you glide across the waters on your stand up paddleboard under the expert guidance of Seychelles’ most experienced surf instructors. Chosen for its calm azure waters, Thérèse Island’s stretch of white sand and swaying palms creates an island-stylish backdrop.
Wine Experience: The MAIA Wine Boutique’s intimate space sets the scene with wall to wall wines of enviable variety. A selection of over 300 vintages from the worlds most revered vineyards includes a sommelier picked selection of unique, rare and ultra-rare vintages. Enjoy an innovative and interactive experience created exclusively for MAIA by famous oenologists from Bordeaux. The MAIA Wine Experiences include a choice of three wines and paired hors d’oeuvres or a selection of six exceptional wines and a dinner created for the tasting experience.
Aride Bird Sanctuary Excursion: Aride hosts one of the most important seabird populations in the Indian Ocean. Eighteen species of native birds (including five only found in the Seychelles) breed on Aride; far more than on any other granite island.
Diving: Along with our preferred dive partners we can arrange scuba certifications and private diving trips for discovering an underwater world of coral and granite, turtles and whale sharks. Discover more.
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Watersports: MAIA includes complimentary use of canoes, kayaks and paddle boards for relaxed bay-traversing. The north of the island is where to head for jet skiing and paragliding for anyone interested in some more adrenaline heavy water adventures. One on one surf and paddleboard lessons can be arranged as well as excursions with ocean experts to secret surf spots.
Copolia Trail: 1.5 hours. One for those looking for least exertion for maximum rewards. The trail climbs up and opens onto a 360-degree island view. With weather conditions in your favour walkers can see coast to coast.
Mare aux Cochons: 3 hours. Not one, but several trail routes deep within the dappled light and towering palms of the Morne Seychelles National Park. Choose a route depending on fitness and keenness.
Anse Major: 2 hours. From jungle to beach, this is the perfect combination of what makes the Seychelles special. Beginning in Bel Ombre and climbing through a mixture of sinewy granite paths, lush greenery and photo-worthy panoramas, the trail ends with a refreshing swim off the pretty and quiet Anse Major beach.
Beaches: With over 60 on Mahé alone, there’s no shortage of incredible and secluded beaches for snorkeling, swimming and sun worshiping.
At a time determined the night before: You will be transferred by a hotel representative to the airport for your departure flight.
Return home, taking with you the sights, sounds, and memories of an incredible African safari!
Included / Not Included
- Scheduled activities/tours (i.e. with other guests) as specified. Most safari camps and lodges include two game activities per day (morning and afternoon);
- Alluring Africa’s local reps available 24/7 while traveling;
- Services of lodge guides and staff;
- Air/ground transfers as specified;
- Accommodation taxes, applicable tourism levies and all relevant Value Added Government Sales Tax (GST);
- Relevant park fees;
- All accommodation as specified;
- Excursions/activities as specified;
- Drinks – differs between camps/lodges;
- Laundry can be done at most camps/lodges and hotels. In some cases this is included in the tariff quoted;
- Alluring Africa final documentation.
- Meals, drinks, laundry, entrance fees, porterage, tours/excursions and transfers not specified;
- Any scheduled flights and related taxes not specified;
- Cancellation, baggage and medical insurance – which is essential;
- Staff gratuities;
- Any new gov. 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.