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CONSERVING AFRICA'S BIG CATS - KENYA

OVERVIEW

Kenya is the stomping ground of Africa's iconic safari, it's the wide-open savannahs dotted with lone acacia trees and herds of millions of antelope, elephants and giraffes, it's the Africa of storybooks and documentaries, it's the extraordinary experience of a lifetime and we're bringing you right to it. Hop from National Park to Game Reserve and plop down on luxurious king-size beds at some of the continent's finest safari lodges after your adventure-filled days. Explore three wildly different parts of this astoundingly diverse country, while absorbing some of the modern-day challenges which face the wildlife, people and conservation of this beautiful land. You’ll come away inspired, challenged and renewed after what will be nothing short of an unforgettable journey.

WHAT WE LOVE

  • Visit three distinct geographic regions of Kenya: the dry south of the Amboseli/Tsavo region, the high plateau of Laikipia and the vast grazing area of the Masai Mara.
  • Conservation in action – at each location you’ll meet people and places at the crux of some of the region’s most pressing conservation issues from human/wildlife conflict to water management.
  • Hike to the top of ol Donyo Wuas in the Chyulu Hills and look out toward Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • Mountain bike or horse ride among zebra, giraffe and ostrich
  • Observe the highly unique behavior of endangered African wild dogs at Sosian
  • 4x4 through “Africa’s Eden” on the Masai Mara’s wide open plains, harboring the greatest density of predators in the world while at Mara Toto camp
  • Stand mere feet from some of Africa’s largest tusked elephants
  • Sleep out under the stars after gourmet dining and fireside chats
  • Impromptu meetings with local Maasai people, renowned for their culture, beauty and survival

REST & REJUVENATE

  • Mara Plains: At Mara Plains, rarely a night passes without the echo of a lion's roar nearby, while cheetah have officially established territories on the savannah surrounding the main area and leopard are regularly found to boldly wander about the camp as they please. If that wasn't convincing enough, the camp itself is one of the most personal properties in the entire Masai Mara region, hosting just seven private canvas camps built upon raised decks with sweeping panoramic views across Kenya's notable savannahs. Located on the border of the Game Reserve, right in the heart of the 30,000 acre Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Mara Plains offers day and night game drives, balloon safaris, authentic local village visits and unrivalled access to superior wildlife habitats. 
  • Giraffe Manor: Enjoy the extraordinary experience of sharing the grounds with Rothschild giraffes that will often appear at your window and join you at the breakfast table. The surrounding grounds are also home to worthog, bushbuck and many other spectacular species. The Manor itself exhudes an air of old world charm throughout with a subtle hint of contemporary design and custom touches. So relax, interact with spectacular animals and make sure to visit the nearby Elephant Sanctuary and Nairobi's National Park. 
  • Ol Donyo Lodge: Located on the slopes of the Chyulu Hills National Park in Southeast Kenya, this exclusive safari lodge features 10 luxurious suites, none without majestic views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Take advantage of a variety of activities, climb to the top of the Ol Donyo Wuas, feel the African winds in your hair as you ride horseback through the Mbirikani Group Ranch and witness elephants migrate through your back yard. 
  • Sosian Lodge: Sosian Lodge is a beautifully restored African ranch house that was built in the 1940's by Italian artisans and features romantic cottages nestled in tropical gardens overlooking Mt. Kenya and miles of unspoiled Africa. Located on the high plateau in the heart of the Laikipia region, breaking the skies at 6000 feet, Sosian has a variety of activities for you. Thunder through the plateau on thrilling game drives, search for camels and birds on safari, and walk through the majestic gardens of African flora. After a long day of adventure, cool off in the rushing waterfalls behind the ranch. 
  • Mara Toto: A relatively new camp situated at the forested bend of the Ntiaktiak River, close to thriving game reserves teeming at every inch. Here you can thunder through the Mara on a 4x4 whilst surveying the greatest density of predators on the planet, before retiring to 1 of 5 custom designed canvas tents. 
  • The Emakoko: The Emakoko allows people to start and finish their safari in the wildlife environment they have travelled so far to enjoy. The beautifully appointed rooms look out over the game park so one can fall asleep to the sounds of Africa, a lion's roar or the cry of a lone hyena, a stark contrast to the usual sounds of bustling streets, traffic, ambulances and fire engines. Uniquely positioned on the side of a valley overlooking the Nairobi National Park and directly above the Mbagathi River, so relax from your private veranda and take it all in.

WHAT TO KNOW

  • Available year-round. Mid-November through December are Kenya’s “short rains” usually consisting of afternoon showers. April through mid-May are Kenya’s “long rains” which can persist for hours each day.
  • The famous wildebeest migration usually takes place in Kenya from late July to late September, but is entirely unpredictable
  • Flights by light aircraft to the camps:
    • Nairobi to ol Donyo Wuas: 45 minutes
    • Ol Donyo Wuas to Sosian (via Nairobi): 2 ¼ hours
    • Sosian to Masai Mara (via Nairobi): 3 hours
  • How to get there: Connecting flights are available to Nairobi, Kenya from most European gateway cities. From Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi, connect on arrival by light aircraft to each camp. From the airstrip, you will be transfered by private game vehicle to your lodge.

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