Kenya and The Great Migration Safari
September 11 - 18
B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner
Wednesday, September 11: Arrive Nairobi, Kenya; Welcome Dinner (D)
Your Kenya safari begins in Nairobi, where we transfer to our boutique hotel located in the quiet residential suburb of Karen on the outskirts of the city. This area at the foot of the Ngong Hills is named for Danish author Karen Blixen, also known by her pen name Isak Dinesen, who wrote the famous memoir Out of Africa, chronicling her life on a Kenyan coffee plantation in the early 20th century. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with your safari Expedition Leader, and a preview of the adventures that lie ahead.
Tuesday - Saturday, September 12 - 14: Mara Naboisho Conservancy—Private Mobile Camp–Naboisho (B, L, D)
After breakfast you will transfer to the airport for your flight to the Mara Naboisho Conservancy. Secluded within this private 50,000-acre reserve, your private mobile camp offers bush luxury in classic canvas tents, surrounded by all the natural wonders of the Maasai Mara ecosystem without the crowds. The conservancy, established in 2011, has made a name for itself as a place to experience the Mara’s spectacular wildlife in peaceful seclusion, and the Private Mobile Camp–Naboisho is one of just a handful of camps located within its bounds. Strict limits on guest numbers mean unprecedented wildlife viewing without crowds, especially of the wildebeest migration that occurs in close proximity. The conservancy serves as a migration corridor for several hundred thousand animals between the Maasai Mara National Reserve and the Loita Plains to the east.
A multitude of species flourishes here, and Naboisho actually has a higher density of wildlife than the adjacent Maasai Mara National Reserve. Great herds of antelope dot the grassy, rolling plains while stands of acacia woodland shelter prolific birdlife. Rich volcanic soils nurture a verdant landscape where we find more lion per square mile than anywhere else in Kenya—some 100 lions live on the conservancy, including the largest pride in the Greater Mara region. Impressive herds of elephant, giraffe and zebra are also at home here. Our activities make the most of our unrivaled access to pristine wilderness. In addition to daily wildlife drives, enjoy guided bush walks, wilderness picnics, off-road safaris and night drives in search of nocturnal wildlife—pursuits not permitted in the national reserve.
Sunday - Tuesday, September 15 - 17: Maasai Mara National Reserve—Migration Base Camp–Maasai Mara (B, L, D)
Today we will transfer via a safari drive into the Maasai Mara National Reserve for another exhilarating vantage point on 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 will stay at the Migration Base Camp–Maasai Mara, our private luxury mobile camp that allows access to an exclusive campsite near the Mara River where wildebeest cross during the migration. 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. Optional hot air balloon safaris with a champagne breakfast upon landing are also available during our stay at the Migration Base Camp.
Wednesday, September 18: Nairobi; Farewell Dinner; Departures ( B, L, D)
After breakfast we will fly back to Nairobi, where day rooms await for refreshing and relaxing on arrival. Later, we'll have a farewell meal together to close our Kenya safari tour before evening departures for international destinations.