Focus on Kenyan Wildlife


Posted on May 1st, 2013 by Mike Haines in Safaris: Kenya.

An eight night safari focusing on the incredible wildlife viewing in the Masai Mara, and including Amboseli with its great elephant herds and view of Mount Kilimanjaro.
This safari can form the basis of a longer Kenya trip or combined with the Serengeti in Tanzania.

Day 1

Evening arrival in Nairobi.
You will be met in the arrival hall by our Kenya representative.
From the airport you will be transferred to your Nairobi hotel, such as Ole Sereni Hotel which is a 15 minute drive away.

Day 2

This morning you fly by scheduled flight to Amboseli and Tortilis Camp.

Tortilis Camp is situated in the undeveloped western half of Amboseli, away from other lodges.
The tents are all large and spacious, with king or twin beds, elegant en suite bathrooms. There is a main lounge, bar and dining area, all exquisitely built with natural materials and thatched roofs, with magnificent views of Kilimanjaro. Activities include game drives, walks, sundowners and bush meals take place both inside the park, and within a private 30,000 acre game concession.

Kilimanjaro Amboseli

View of Kilimanjaro from Amboseli.

With an invitingly lush and healthy vegetable garden, Tortilis Camp prides itself in serving up its fresh homegrown salads and vegetables with every meal. From a lavish bush breakfast out in the middle of the plains, to fresh homemade pastas and breads at the camp, the Tortilis chefs excel themselves with every meal. The spacious dining room overlooking Mt Kilimanjaro, where guests eat at their own individual tables (not family style).

Mikes note: I highly recommend an afternoon walk with a Masai guide and a discussion on his culture, whilst walking through the African bush. The walk usually ends at a look out point for a sundowner drink, followed by a night drive back to the lodge.

Day 3

Activities in the Amboseli area.

Day 4

Today you fly by scheduled flight to the Masai Mara.
On arrival in ‘the Mara’ you will be met by a guide from Little Governors Camp.

Little Governors Camp tent

Tent at Little Governors Camp.

Little Governors’ Camp has 17 luxury en-suite tents tucked around a large watering hole that teems with both birds and wildlife. The camp is approached by a boat ride across the Mara River, then an escorted walk through the riverine forest. Vehicles are left on the far river bank, and the camp is therefore quiet and undisturbed.
The camp is unfenced, and guests may need to make way for elephants which sometimes visit the camp at lunch time. Guest tents have recently been recently renovated; each one is spacious with an en-suite bathroom, and polished wooden decks with large verandas to enable guests to relax and enjoy the panorama of animals visiting the watering hole in front.

Breakfast and lunch are served in the open air, and the resident family of warthogs frequently wander amongst the tables.  In the evening a warming log fire burns in front of the Bar Tent, and dinner is served in the nearby Dining Tent.
The camp is located inside the Masai Mara National Reserve in the heart of one of the best wildlife viewing areas, which means you won’t waste time getting to the action. All the guides are highly trained, enthusiastic experts who know this area of the Masai Mara and its wildlife like their home. The fleet of custom built 4wd vehicles are specifically designed for wildlife viewing in the Masai Mara National Reserve.

Cheetah family with a kill in the Masai Mara.

Cheetah family with a kill in the Masai Mara.

For a more up market and exclusive option, Little Governors can be replaced with Governors Il Moran Camp.

Day 5

You have a full day of activities in the Masai Mara.

Day 6

Today you will enjoy a game drive transfer across the plains to Elephant Pepper Camp.

Elephant Pepper Camp is situated in the prime core of the protected Mara North Conservancy wilderness area, being in the same location for 20 years, and one of the original, very small and exclusive tented camps in the Mara ecosystem. Nothing rivals sitting around the campfire enjoying the sounds of the African night. With extended game drives in the best equipped 4×4 game drive vehicles, guests participate in the most unique wildlife experience in the world. Elephant Pepper Camp brings people back to nature ~ no traffic, no permanent structures, just the sights and sounds of the African bush.

Elephant Pepper Camp tent

Tent interior at Elephant Pepper Camp

A small boutique camp, the spacious canvas tents are stylishly furnished with Indian “Raj campaign furniture”. Each tent overlooks the savannah plains, offering a luxurious but authentic safari experience. There are 8 en-suite tents – 4 doubles and 4 twin tents. Each tent consists of a main bedroom, with en suite bathroom (traditional safari shower and flush toilet), private veranda and hammock.

Activities at Elephant Pepper include game drives, walking safaris, visit to local Masai boma (village) and balloon flights (extra cost).

Mikes note: During the months when the wildebeest migration occurs, a key attraction is to witness ‘a crossing‘. I full day is required for those who are interested in witnessing one Africa’s most incredible nature events. You will stay out all day, with the camp arranging a picnic lunch to take with.

Days 7 & 8

Two days of varied safari activities in the Masai Mara.

Day 9

After a final activity this morning, you fly back to Nairobi and connect with your onward arrangements.

Further details:

The schedule outlined above, is an example of the many types of trips we can put together for you in Kenya. For more details on customising the ideal trip, and costs, please contact us.