Travel Day: Depart USA
Fly from your respective city to Nairobi, Kenya (NBO)
Board flight to Nairobi
Your exotic journey to Kenya begins as you board your flight bound for Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.
Please note: Because there are many different departure cities and many different airlines that can be used, with varying ARRIVAL times in Nairobi, you will need to pay particular attention to make sure your ARRIVAL DATE is Friday, September 15th AFTER 6:00 am and before Midnight. (Arriving prior to 6:00 am will incur an additional hotel night.)
Day 1 ~ Sept 15th: Arrive in Nairobi, Kenya
Flight arrives in Nairobi
Arrive in Nairobi, after Immigration and Custom formalities you will be picked up by your guide and transferred to the 4-star Ole Sereni Hotel. Breakfast is included with your room.
Day 2 to 5 ~ Sept 16th to 19th: Maasai Mara
Our safari begins on Day 2 as we board our flight on Safarilink Airlines and fly from Nairobi Wilson to Mara Ol Kiombo. There is a strict 15kg (35 lbs) per person baggage allowance, with a further 100kg (220 lbs) limit on total baggage and bodyweight which can be averaged across the group. Bags should be small and soft (duffle bag types); as larger hard-case cases will not always fit into the baggage compartments of smaller aircraft. Local departure tax has been pre-paid as part of the ticket price.
Once we arrive in the Maasai Mara, our group will be split into two groups. Group 1 will head to the Rekero Naboisho Conservancy Camp while Group 2 heads to the Rekero Confluence Camp for three (3) nights.
Group 1: Rekero Naboisho Conservancy Camp
Rekero Naboisho Conservancy Camp A vehicle and guide from Rekero Naboisho Tented Camp will be waiting for you at the airstrip ready for the 90 minute drive into camp. The route passes through game areas all the way, so you may choose to take a little longer and make a game drive of it along the way.
The 50,000 acres Naboisho Camp is comprised of the Northeast portion of the Maasai Mara National Reserve and provides an exclusive safari experience. The land includes contributions from over 500 Masai landowners and conservancy fees are directed back to these landowners, providing them with a sustainable livelihood and it remains untarnished by heavy tourism. By financially supporting the landowners and the surrounding communities, Naboisho Camp celebrates a spirit of “coming together” – the Masai definition of the camp’s name.
The 9 tents at Naboisho Camp emulate hotel suites set in the middle of the vast plain. Safari-chic accommodations are appointed with plush fabrics and ample living space, with modern bath facilities that include both indoor and open-air outdoor shower options, double-basin sinks and flush toilets. The camp is anchored by a lounge tent and dining tent where guests enjoy gourmet family-style meals, place set with fine linens and glassware and moments of respite between game drives and activities. The staff specializes in inventive dishes with bush breakfasts, picnics and evening sundowners providing a more private dining experience.
The wildlife includes lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, wild dog and a host of plains game. The camp’s recent establishment and the new presence of game vehicles is still a curiosity for the wildlife, making interactions incredibly special and intimate. Masai guides lead expeditions on foot and by vehicle into the wilderness. Naboisho has special permits allowing night drives as an additional option, one of only a few in East Africa. This Conservancy has the highest densities of lions in Africa. One of the major prides, comprised of 22 lions, makes its home nearby the camp. There are also an impressive number of elephant, giraffe, and other plains animals, in addition to hosting some of the rarest animals in Kenya, such as wild dog. The Mara Naboisho Conservancy also limits the number of tourists who may enter the area, thereby reducing the crowds of vehicles. Guests often find themselves the only vehicle around, giving spectacular, unspoiled views of exciting wildlife. This camp is among the finest in all of Africa and requires reservations well more than a year in advance for periods during the great migration.
Group 2: Rekero Confluence Camp
Rekero Confluence Camp Co-owned by Asilia Group and Jackson Looseyai World Famous Masai Guide and BBC spokesperson. Watch this video to find out more about Jackson Looseyai.
A vehicle and guide from the Rekero Tented Camp will be waiting for you at the airstrip ready for the 30 minute drive into camp. The route passes through game areas all the way, so you may choose to take a little longer and make a game drive of it along the way.
Maasai Mara National Park: This is the section of the greater Serengeti ecosystem which lies on the northern side of the Kenya/Tanzania border. The area is of course best known for its massive wildebeest and zebra migration, around 1.5 million large herbivores combined into one enormous lawnmower. The migration is drawn into this Northern area during the dry season months August to October by the presence of permanent water in the Mara River and its tributaries. This camp is in an absolutely prime game-viewing location, on the broad grasslands and close to the confluence of the Mara and Talek rivers, this is where much of the main migration action takes place in August to October and the best spot for major river crossings. You will see tens of thousands of animals in a 3 day period.
There will be waves of Giraffes, Elephants, Zebras, Lions, Cheetahs, Wildebeests, often in close proximity to the camp.
Wildebeest River Crossing By choosing this camp your organizers are positioning you for the best chance of witnessing one of the greatest spectacles of the migration; a mass crossing of the Mara River. This is where 10’s of thousands of wildebeests, zebras, antelope, springbuck, and other grazers pile up at the bank of the river and are forced by sheer numbers to cross a crocodile infested river. This phenomenon occurs several times during the period between August and October with the greatest likely hood occurring in late September.
Day 5 to 8 ~ Sept 19th to 22nd: Maasai Mara
Afternoon Game Drive
On Day 5, our groups will switch camps. The transfer will take approximately two (2) hours, but usually it will involve leaving camp some time after breakfast and game driving your way to the other camp location for another three (3) nights of safari.
Day 8 ~ Sept 22nd: Maasai Mara
Game Drive During Camp Transfer
Our safari ends on Day 8. We spend the morning out on safari, returning to camp for an early lunch before heading out to the airstrip. Board your flight out of the Maasai Mara to Nairobi for your return flight to the USA.
Rates – $7995 Per person double occupancy (8 day land package only, including Kenya domestic flights)
(Required)Travel & “Flying Doctors” emergency medical evacuation Insurance as required by camp regulators.
Payment details are as Follows:
Deposit of $1500 per person + $495 per person for required travel insurance is due at the time of booking.
Balance due after deposit will be divided into three (3) equal installments.
All payments are non refundable. Any cancellation for a ‘non insurance covered reason’ are non refundable. However, in the event of unforeseen ‘non covered’ cancellation, we will do our best to resell a cancelled reservation and return all funds less a facilitation fee but there is no guarantee. Reservations may be assigned to a 3rd party. 3rd party is subject to approval from our office.
This is a 8 day “Full Board” All inclusive Luxury Safari that includes but not limited to the following:
Arrival Transfers in Nairobi from airport to Hotel.
4+ Star Luxury Hotel in Nairobi (1 night)
Transfers from Nairobi Hotel to Airport
Domestic Flights from Nairobi to Masai Mara
Transfers to Camps
All Permits (night drives included) for Game Reserve at $150 per person per day ($32,000 for our group)
7 days/6 nights on Safari, Full Board including all meals and drinks (beer, wine, mixed drinks)
Land Rover Game Drives 2 to 3 per day/night with Naturalist Guide/Driver
Transfers from Camps to Mara Airport
Board your flight out of the Masai Mara to Nairobi for your return flight to the USA
There are a few minor exclusions as follows:
1) International Airfare to Nairobi.(we expect a group rate from Heathrow to Nairobi)
2) Entrance Visa for US citizens to Kenya; $60 per person must be paid by each individual. Visa cannot be included in Package. This may be purchased upon arriving at the airport in Kenya HOWEVER to save time for the group at airport during Nairobi arrival, we STONGLY recommend pre purchasing by sending your passport to Kenya Embassy in Washington DC. We will recommend a Visa facilitator here in the USA.
3) Specialty/Premium Brand Liquors. (you may bring duty free premium liquors to the camps with you)
4) Excursions or Spa services in Zanzibar . (mountain biking, big game fishing, massage, etc)
5) Upgrades to Ocean front rooms
Early Arrival: Contact Us for price details
2 days/2 nightsin Ole Sereni Hotel, Museum tour of author Karen Von Blixen’s home and Giraffe Sanctuary in the town of Karen, Tour of African bead factory and stop at shopping area