DAY 1:
Arrival / Nairobi

Jambo! Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, you will be met by one of our representatives and they will assist you with the transfer to Giraffe Manor hotel for overnight.

The Giraffe Manor, built in 1932 by Sir David Duncan, is situated on 140 acres of land just a few miles from the center of Nairobi, Kenya's capital city. In 1974, Jock Leslie-Melville, grandson of a Scottish earl, and his wife Betty, who also founded the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW), bought the Manor. They then moved five babies of the highly endangered Rothschild giraffe to their property where they have been successfully reared and they now have their own babies. When Jock passed away, Betty decided to open her house, now called the Giraffe Manor, to visitors. The Giraffe Manor is an elegant, personally hosted, small and exclusive hotel offering a rich blend of welcoming accommodation, highly trained and friendly staff, as well as one of Nairobi's finest kitchens. Travelers from all over the world now make The Giraffe Manor part of their East African safari, the only place in the world where you can enjoy the breathtaking experience of feeding and photographing the giraffe over the breakfast table and at the front door. As well as the giraffe, the property is also home to many species of birds, large families of warthogs and the elusive Bush Buck.

Overnight: Giraffe Manor  
Meal Plan: Full Board     

DAY 2 - 4:
Meru National Park: Elsa’s Kopje 

You will be collected at 07h30 from Giraffe Manor and transferred to Wilson Airport to catch the Air Kenya scheduled flight to Meru which departs at 09h15.  On arrival into Meru you will be met at the airstrip and transferred to Elsa’s Kopje.  Accommodation is booked for 3 nights on a full board basis.

Elsa’s Kopje is named after Elsa the lioness, made famous by George and Joy Adamson’s biographical book and film “Born Free”. Elsa’s Kopje remains one of the most elegant lodges in Africa, with one of the most spectacular settings. Invisible as you approach its home on Mughwango Hill, Elsa’s Kopje blends into the rocky crags of the “kopje” (small hill), built above the site of George Adamson’s original campsite. Every cottage is the ultimate ‘room-with-a-view’, uniquely designed and crafted, incorporating the natural features of the rocky hillside. Activities include day and night game drives, bush walks, bush meals, sundowners, Tana river excursions, line fishing and massage.

Overnight: Elsa’s Kopje
Meal Plan: Full Board

DAY 5 & 6:
Shaba Game Reserve: Joys Camp

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip for your scheduled flight to Samburu departing at 1035hrs arriving at 1100hrs. You will be met at Samburu airstrip and transferred to Joy’s Camp. Accommodation is booked for 2 nights on a full board basis.

Joy’s Camp is situated in Shaba National Reserve, on the site of Joy Adamson’s original campsite. Its ten spacious luxury tents are set overlooking a large, natural spring that attracts endless game to the area around camp. Each tent is decorated with sumptuous details and vibrant tribal cloths, creating a unique and attractively chic style, as well as private verandas - ideal for game viewing, relaxing, reading and soaking up the wilderness that is Shaba. Joy’s Camp is the perfect choice for discerning guests interested in a glimpse of Kenyan history, as well as an authentic wildlife experience combined with the comfort of a luxury tented camp.

Overnight: Joy’s Camp
Meal Plan: Full Board     

DAY 7 - 9:
Maasai Mara National Reserve: Cottar’s 1920s Camp

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip for the Safarilink scheduled flight to the Masai Mara departing at 09h10. You will be met at the Keekorok airstrip where transferred to Cottar’s 1920’s Camp where you are booked for the next 3 days on full board.

Cottar's 1920's Safari Camp in the Maasai Mara returns to the original spirit and essence of 'safari', reminiscent of a golden era - one of romance, professional guiding, adventure and elegance, in a timelessly unspoiled setting with panoramic views and boundless wildlife. The Cottar’s 1920 Safari Camp is situated in the Maasai Mara and borders the Serengeti and Loliondo reserves in an untouched 250,000 acre exclusive concession providing the discerning client a guarantee of privacy and an abundance of wildlife. The Cottar Safari tradition which began in 1919 captures the original spirit and essence of safari, reminiscent of an era when safaris were unrushed, elegant and romantic.

Overnight: Cottars 1920’s Safari Camp
Meal Plan: Full Board     

DAY 10:
Nairobi

After a last game drive in the Masai Mara, at 8h30 you will be transferred to the airstrip to catch the 11h00 Safari Link flight back to Nairobi. Arriving at 12h15, you will be met and transfer you to your Nairobi hotel.

Overnight: Giraffe Manor
Meal Plan: Full Board     

DAY 11:
Departure

You will have breakfast this morning. After this last taste of Africa, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight back home.

Say good bye to the wonderful country and promise to join us on another expedition.

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