When one thinks of heading off on a safari to Africa, conventional wisdom encourages travellers to stick to one or two countries and explore all that be experienced in those areas.
There is a lot of merit to that. It allows you to truly immerse yourself in the local customs, see the sights, hear the sounds, taste the flavours.
However, we have seen that an increasing number of our guests are “Time Poor” – meaning that they don’t have the luxury of spending a multitude of days in a select area or region, but would still like to see as much as possible of what Africa has to offer.
We are thrilled to launch this fantastic 13 day Cape to Kenya Safari, designed specifically for guests wanting to experience some amazing and iconic regions in Africa.
Our safari journey starts off in Cape Town with a three night stay at Cape Town’s beautiful Ellerman House. This Relais & Chateaux property is set overlooking Bantry Bay and is the ideal location to call home whilst exploring the magic that is Table Mountain, Robben Island, the Cape Peninsula and the famous Cape Winelands.
Victoria Falls beckons next with a two night stay at our new Mpala Jena Camp, who also just so happens to be the latest member of Relais & Chateaux too! We love Mpala Jena and where it is located in the Zambezi National Park. Just outside Victoria Falls it allows you to explore the famous landmark
David Livingstone stumbled across whilst being just far away enough, set in a natural bush surrounding along the Zambezi, that one can escape the throngs of tourists that do flock to this frontier town. A guided tour of the Falls themselves as well as all transfers and scheduled activities is automatically included in your nightly rate here.
Taking advantage of the direct flight service from Victoria Falls to Kenya, we head toward Kenya to experience the magic that this East African country has to share.
ol Donyo Lodge welcomes you first and is a “must include” property in any safari trip to Kenya. Not only is it set under the watchful gaze of Mount Kilimanjaro, which just happens to be the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, but also offers a myriad of safari and wildlife viewing activities. These range form walks with the Maasai, mountain biking safaris, sleeping out under the stars, open vehicle game drives, horse riding opportunities to explore extinct volcano lava tubes nearby.
The private Naibosho and Olare Motorogi Conservancies, located along the northern boundary of the famous Maasai Mara beckons next with stays at the brand new Mara Nyika Camp and gorgeous Mara Plains Camp waiting.
Both these superb safari camps offer intimate stays and opportunities to explore natural habitats that so important to preserve. Without these northern private conservancies the greater Masai Mara ecosystem would not be what it is today. Being located with these private areas allows guests to truly relax and see Africa’s finest wildlife up close without the throngs that do descend in the national reserve that is the Maasai Mara.
Expansive safari tents raised up on decks with view across the plains await. Days can be spent in open air wildlife viewing vehicles viewing Africa’s wildlife under the guidance of our excellent guides or simply on your private deck, jotting down memoirs, recharging your soul whilst gazing at the smaller animals that migrate past your room.
Mara Plains and ol Donyo Lodge are proud Relais & Chateaux members as well as being founding members of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World collection!
Our reservations team is standing by to assist you with regards to your travel requirements. As always though, our programs are not cast in concrete and can be curated and redesigned around your requirements – whether this is the amount of time you have to travel, the size of your travelling party, any specific destination you would like to include (or exclude) or just simply one based around budget – there is an African safari that can suit your personalised desires.