Always wanted to explore in the Footsteps of the Maasai and Samburu?

Day 1 | The Emakoko, Nairobi National Park
Nairobi National Park

Nairobi is Africa’s 4th largest city and is a vibrant and exciting place. Although it has developed a reputation which keeps tourist visits brief, there are some fascinating attractions, namely its café culture, unbridled nightlife, the National Museum, Karen Blixen Museum and most notably, just 20 minutes from the city centre, wild lions and buffalo roam in the Nairobi National Park.

Overnight: The Emakoko
The Emakoko is a luxury lodge artfully built into the side of a valley on the Mbagathi River, bordering the Nairobi National Park. Great care has been taken to incorporate the beautiful fig trees which grow on the cliff where the lodge is situated. All rooms look straight over the river and into the Park.

The Emakoko allows people to start and finish their safari in the wildlife environment they have travelled so far to enjoy. Within 20 minutes of clearing customs they can now be viewing game in the amazing Nairobi National Park. The only “transfer” delays likely to be encountered en route to or from The Emakoko are the natural pauses to watch a pride of lions or waiting for a rhino or journey of giraffe to cross the road.

Whether you are enjoying an Emakoko cocktail in the viewing area or simply a coffee by the pool overlooking the river, relaxation is assured.  There is also the chance to see the resident hippo, who also likes to keep an eye on you. He can be seen grazing on the lawn outside the rooms in the early evening or the morning.

Days 3-6 | Ol Donyo Lodge, Chyulu Hills National Park
Chyulu Hills National Park

The Chyulu Hills National Park was formed between the Amboseli and Tsavo West National Parks to protect this unique habitat and because of its significance as a water catchment area. A magical land of open grass plains and tree covered rolling green with Mount Kilimanjaro as a backdrop. The Park is surrounded by miles of Maasai land, dusty, dry and stalked by scarlet cloaked herders and dust plumed cattle.

Overnight: ol Donyo Lodge
ol Donyo Lodge is located on the Maasai-owned Mbirikani Group Ranch, comprising 275,000 acres of wilderness between Amboseli  and Tsavo National Parks, bordering Chyulu Hills National Park. This stunningly beautiful area is incredibly diverse, and often has spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro.

ol Donyo Lodge is a harmonious blend of contemporary and rustic, merging the landscape into each suite. Designed for a wide appeal, the lodge is a perfect getaway for families, honeymooners or multi-generational groups. What makes it a standout is its notable variety of activities – from cultural visits, good quality wildlife viewing, hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking – ol Donyo Lodge is a place to feel Africa, and get out from behind the wheel. Add to this the lodge’s creature comforts of fine dining, massage, infinity pool, star beds and multiple lounges, and it is a place to relax and unwind for days.

Each suite has a private plunge pool, and two are connected for a ‘villa’ concept, perfect for families or couples traveling together. Constructed of local thatch and gunnite, the suites blend with the environment despite their commanding design.

The lodge’s main lounge, complete with grand stone fireplace, a small library, inviting open bar and expansive verandah are the place to rendezvous with new friends, and the local staff. The attached dining area as well as the nearby pool lounge/dining is where sumptuous meals are served, and good times abound. The main infinity pool, curio shop and office provide other diversions should exploring the area not be enough.

Days 6-9 | Ol Malo Lodge, Laikipia
Laikipia

Laikipia is where Kenya’s wild and semi arid northern frontier country starts. The majority of the conservation occurs on privately owned and community ranches centered round the Laikipia National Reserve.  Many of the ranches run cattle together with wildlife safaris and you can experience conservation that includes people going about their day to day lives, conserving not only wildlife but a way of life. Many of the lodges are family homes and despite this domesticity the wildlife includes dangerous game like lion, leopard, buffalo and elephant.

Overnight: Ol Malo Lodge
Ol Malo is a privately-owned game sanctuary on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River in Kenya’s wild and beautiful North Eastern Province – 5000 acres of spectacular bush country overlooked by Mount Kenya and teeming with the elusive kudu antelope from which Ol Malo takes its name. In this majestic setting – on a rock escarpment on the edge of the Laikipia Plateau,bordering the tribal heartlands of the nomadic Samburu people – the Francombe family and their Samburu neighbours have created a home for themselves and a dream destination for the privileged few who seek a glimpse into the true heart of Africa.

Near the original family home a comfortable sitting and dining room welcome guests to one of Kenya’s most breathtaking views. Ideal for honeymooners and couples, a maze of slated pathways wind down to four rock and olive wood cottages.

Nestled in the cliffs each room has its own veranda and complete privacy, with ensuite bathrooms and the famous Francombe baths. Looking out from cosy cedar post beds, large picture windows frame Mt Kenya and the constantly changing landscape. An infinity pool adds to the beauty as well as the amenity of the lodge.

Horse riding, camel riding, nature walks, night drives, picnic breakfasts, lunches, river walks, sundowners on the rocks, barbeques in the bush, a visit to the Samburu workshop are some of the many activities on-site and offers guests an experience of a life time.

Days 9-12 | Mara Plains Camp, Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Maasai Mara
Maasai Mara National Reserve

The Maasai Mara is one of Africa’s most famous wildlife parks. The image of acacia trees on endless wildlife filled grass plains epitomises Africa for many. Add Maasai warriors and the conversation need go no further.

The greater Maasai Mara Reserve offers unparalleled game viewing opportunities; large prides of lions, elephants and giraffes in grasslands, gazelles and eland to mention but a few. Aside from traditional open game drive vehicle safaris and guided walking safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential and you can even do a horseback safari.

Overnight: 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 outstanding 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 Maasai Mara, home to the Great Migration.

Each of the seven tents has deep canvas canopied ceilings, rough hewn wood floors and accents of East Africa’s rich safari history. The well-appointed en-suite facilities (including a deep copper bath) plus the extensive private verandah complete what is genuinely a stunning concept. Each guest tent has a set of professional Canon camera and lenses available for guest’s to use on a complimentary basis. Add in a pair of Swarovski binoculars, and it is impossible not to see and capture the region’s incredible wildlife scenes.

Olare Motorogi Conservancy is reputed to have the lowest vehicle density in the Maasai Mara region, while also having the highest concentration of big cats anywhere in Africa. There is only one guest bed per 350 acres, leaving the land unadulterated for the wildlife to roam and thrive, as nature intended. By day and night, the camp is a sanctuary for resident animals, including many of the Maasai Mara’s 300 bird species. After dark, larger mammals frequent the camp and Maasai warriors escort guests to and from their rooms. Hippos snorting and leopards barking often provide the night’s chorus.

Mara Plains offers walking safaris and day & night game drives. Hot air ballooning is available, but 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. 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.

Day 12 |  Safari Ends

2018 Recommended Selling Rates

Hemingways, Ol Donyo Lodge, Lewa House, Mara Plains Camp  – Lewa House closed for April and November.
US$
Per Person Sharing
1 July – 30 September 2017 $ 13,900
1 – 31 October 2017 $ 13,600
1 November – 30 November, 2017 Ol Malo closed in November
1 – 19 December 2017 $ 9,750
20 December 2017 – 10 January 2018 $ 13,900
11 January – 31 March 2018 $ 11,950
1 April – 30 May 2018 Ol Malo closed April & May
1 June – 14 June 2018 $ 10,400
15 June – 30 June 2018 $ 14,500
1 July – 15 September 2018 $14,900
16 September – 31 October 2018 $ 14,500
1 November – 30 November 2018 Ol Malo closed in November
1 December – 19 December 2018 $10,400
20 December 2018 – 10 January 2019 $14,900

The pricing above is intended to serve as a guide. Pricing may vary based on changes or customizations made to the itinerary. Pricing assumes 2 guest sharing a room (single supplements are applicable during the peak and holiday seasons). Fully inclusive of accommodation (including Deluxe Pool Room at ol Donyo), conservation levy, scheduled wildlife activities (horseback riding is included in the rate at ol Donyo but excluded at Mara Plains Camp and Mara Expedition where is available at $250 per ride), meals, laundry, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (excluding champagne), return airstrip road transfers, flights between the camps and based on the itinerary starting and ending in Nairobi. A minimum flight load of 2 guests per sector. Great Plains Conservation reserves the right to review published rates in the event of currency exchange rate fluctuation or increases in costs or taxes, which are beyond our control.