Day 1: Nairobi
Upon arrival at Nairobi International Airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Nairobi has several hotels of international standard and numerous restaurants; with all manner of ethnic and European cuisine available. Three excellent museums (two features in our city tour) offer insight into the fauna, culture and history of Kenya. This afternoon you relax and acclimatize with your new surroundings or explore the area by participating on the many available excursions before your dinner and overnight at the hotel.
The Stanley Hotel: Situated in the city centre, the Stanley has a history of famous travelers, including Earnest Hemingway, who regularly gathered for a drink at the legendary Thorn Tree Cafe before or after a long safari. The hotel has recently been refurbished to a high standard and still retains the original Victorian charm. With just over two hundred rooms, popular bars, good food and friendly staff, the Stanley is still one of the best places to stay in Nairobi.
Day 2: Amboseli
Depart Nairobi on the shuttle bus transfer to Selenkay Conservancy (about 3 hours) to arrive for lunch. Afternoon walk with Maasai warriors to a village to get an insight into their fascinating culture and way of life. Overnight Amboseli Porini Camp. All game activities, meals, house wine, beer and sodas are included.
Amboseli Porini Camp: The facilities include 6 spacious guest tents, comfortably furnished and with en suite bathrooms including shower, wash basin and flush toilet. Tents have solar-powered electric lighting. The camp is small and is on the lines of the traditional luxury safari camp, but with more comfortable bathroom arrangements than were available to the big game hunters of earlier years! The camp provides an exclusive experience catering to a maximum of 12 guests at a time. All transport on this safari is in a specially designed open-sided Land Rover 4 wheel drive safari vehicle. Going on safari in a 'proper' safari vehicle gives a far better safari experience than traveling in the minibus vans with window seats used by other tour operators. As Selenkay Conservation Area is a private game reserve you will not see any other vehicles or minibuses.
The Selenkay Conservancy lies a few miles north of Amboseli National Park and is an important dispersal area and rangeland for wildlife migrating out of Amboseli. In May 1997, a Kenyan organization called Porini Ecotourism agreed with the local Maasai community to set aside the area for a reserve for wildlife, so that the habitat could be protected and wildlife conserved. The community is receiving rent for the lease of the area by Porini Ecotourism, plus an entry fee for each tourist visitor. All roads have been constructed using local labor so that the members of the community gain employment from the conservation area. In addition to the road maintenance team, Game Scouts have been employed to carry out patrols to see that the wildlife is protected.
Selenkay Conservation Area is well off the beaten track and has not been visited by tourists until now. It lies in the heart of Maasailand and the animals are truly wild and not yet habituated to the presence of vehicles. The numbers of tourist visitors are being limited to a maximum of twelve per day to retain the wild and unspoiled nature of the area and to minimize the impact on the environment. Within the conservation area the following animals have been seen recently: elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, Thompson's and Grant's gazelles, gerenuk, impala, oryx, lesser kudu, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, warthog, striped hyena, jackal, bat-eared fox, caracal, African wild cat, serval cat, genet cat, honey badger, mongoose and ostrich. Birdlife is prolific, especially birds of prey.
Day 3: Amboseli. Morning game drive exploring the park, with a picnic lunch, then sundowners and night drive. Overnight Amboseli Porini Camp. All meals.
Day 4: Mt. Kenya
Early breakfast and then drive through Amboseli park to the airstrip for the 0945 Safarilink flight to Wilson, connecting onto the 1020 flight to Nanyuki, arriving at 12:40. You will be met at the airstrip and transferred to Porini Rhino Camp, located in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, in the foothills of Mount Kenya. Lunch and afternoon tea in camp and then head off to look for rhino with your driver-guide in the camp's 4x4 safari vehicle. Return to Porini Rhino Camp for dinner and overnight. All game activities, meals, house wine, beer and sodas are included.
Porini Rhino Camp is located in Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a 90,000 acre wildlife conservancy situated between the foot hills of the Aberdares and the magnificent snowcapped Mount Kenya. Ol Pejeta Conservancy boasts an astounding variety of animals including all the "Big Five" (the endangered black rhino, leopard, elephant, buffalo and lion) as well a sanctuary for rescued chimpanzees and also incorporates the smaller Sweetwaters Game Reserve. The combination of amazing wildlife and stunning views across the open plains of Ol Pejeta guarantees an unforgettable safari experience.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy has a large area of over 60,000 acres reserved exclusively for 4x4 safari vehicles and small exclusive eco-camps. Porini Rhino Camp is hidden in a secluded valley and set amongst shady acacia trees on the banks of a seasonal river. The camp consists of six spacious guest tents, each comfortably furnished with en suite bathrooms. The camp is very environmentally-friendly with solar powered lighting and no generator. Game drives are taken in the camp's 4x4 safari vehicles with qualified safari guides. Guided walks are taken on the open plains escorted by Maasai warriors. Night drives are also taken to see the nocturnal animals. All the Big Five have been seen on game drives from the camp.
Day 5: Mt. Kenya. Full day in Ol Pejeta with game drives and walking activities from camp. Overnight Porini Rhino Camp.
Day 6: Maasai Mara
Depart Porini Rhino Camp and fly from Nanyuki on the 9:45 am Safarilink flight to Mara arriving at 11.00. You will be met and transferred to Porini Lion Camp. Lunch and afternoon tea in camp and then go on a game drive or escorted walk followed by a sundowner and night drive with spotlight. Return to Porini Lion Camp for dinner and overnight. All game activities, meals, house wine, beer and sodas are included. Porini Lion Camp is located in the exclusive 20,000 acre Olare Orok Conservancy. This expansive conservancy, which borders the Masai Mara Game Reserve is home to an abundance of animals including the Big Cats for which the Mara is famous. Lion Porini Camp location The Camp is situated along the banks of the Ntiakatiak River, a seasonal river with some permanent hippo pools near the camp. With 10 luxury guest tents the camp is very exclusive and giving you a real in the bush experience.
The tents are very spacious and have private verandas along the length of the tent, providing a secluded and private 'space' for you to relax and enjoy the beauty of this African wilderness. Each tent has en-suite bathrooms with flush toilets and hot showers. Food is excellent with fresh baked bread and high quality meals prepared by the camp Chef. At camp guests enjoy morning, evening and night game drives in custom built 4x4's. Sundowners at scenic viewing points, from where you can enjoy a drink watching the sun set over the Mara. And escorted bush walks with Maasai warriors and safari guide, where you can get an insight into the Maasai people, their way of life and also learn more about the animals, birds and plants of the Mara.
Day 7: Maasai Mara. Full day in Mara Game Reserve with picnic lunch. Overnight Porini Lion Camp. All meals.
Day 8: Depart. Morning game drive, lunch and transfer to airstrip for flight to Nairobi, then on to your flight home.
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