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9 Days of Exceptional expeditions

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Day 1

Welcome to Kenya!

You arrive at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Kenya's capital city. This is East Africa's international flight hub, where a Jamii tours & Travel ltd representative will meet you and transfer you to Nairobi Tented Camp, about 30 minutes from the airport.

This unique stopover is tucked away in a beautiful riverine forest within in the Nairobi National Park - a protected reserve with resident big game on the rural edge of the city. It may be a domesticated wilderness but it is also a charming introduction to your Kenyan safari.

Day 2

Best of Nairobi

The perfect 2-night stopover, Nairobi Tented Camp offers game drives and guided nature walks in addition to optional excursions to Nairobi’s top attractions. Your stopover includes a game drive and a visit to the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. We also recommend highlights such as the Giraffe Centre and the Karen Blixen Museum.

Day 3

Into the Masai Mara

A road transfer takes you to Wilson Airport for your charter flight to the Masai Mara National Park. Your guide meets you on arrival and transfers you via a game drive to Nkorombo, Serian’s tented mobile camp. Nkorombo is set on a private riverside site along the banks of the Mara River. This is an authentic safari camp with an intimate five Meru-style tents decked out in traditional style with comfortable single cots, plush carpets and en suite bathrooms with flush toilets and bucket showers.

While your activities centre exclusively on game drives in the National Park, you once again have your own vehicle, guide and tracker, which means you determine the pace and extent of your expeditions. Set out early in the morning when the game is on the move and stop off for a picnic lunch under trees or head out in the afternoon heading slowly for a superb sundowner spot on the plains – your schedule is up to you.

Days 4-5

Rhino, lion & leaping wildebeest

A salt lick next door to the camp regularly attracts an abundance of plains game. And where you find plentiful resident antelope, you find predators like lion and leopard. Birdlife is prolific with over 450 recorded species, 57 of which are magnificent birds of prey. The bird and game viewing is spectacular year-round but Nkorombo also offers front-row seats to the Great Migration’s river crossings.

Depending on the rains but generally occurring between June and November each year, thousands of wildebeest and zebra migrate into the area. Between July and August, they cross the Mara River, which the camp overlooks. River crossings are an unforgettable spectacle – the herds may gather at the edge of a steep bank, hesitant, building the internal pressure to cross. Eventually, a few courageous individuals plunge into the water, often followed by a stampede that carries the whole herd across.

There are few other natural spectacles that allow you to witness such a primal fight for survival: the creatures struggle to survive the enormous, snapping jaws of crocodiles, the sweeping currents of the river and the broken limbs that accompany with panic and steep river banks. It is impossible to witness a river crossing and not be moved by what you see – to resonate with that deep instinctual urge within all mammals to intuitively fight for life.

Day 6

Your private wilderness

A game drive carries you from Masai Mara National Reserve to the Mara North Conservancy and Ngare Serian, your home for the next three nights. Settle into your tented suite before sitting down to a welcome lunch. Refreshed and recharged, you have ready for an afternoon game drive – your first expedition into the magnificent wilderness you have come to explore.

Known as the Masai Mara’s most intimate camp, Ngare Serian is reached via a charming roped bridge or by boat, giving it a truly adventurous air, but the camp itself is stylish and contemporary. The elevated decking offers superb views and each of the four luxury en suite tents comes with a private guide and vehicle, a rare and very valuable advantage. Your suite is spacious with a 4-poster bed and full bathroom - including a flush toilet, twin basins, a sunken bathtub and a separate shower.

Days 7-8

Exceptional expeditions

You are in a private conservancy, which offers distinct advantages, most especially the freedom to explore on foot. A guided nature walk is one of the most satisfying ways to discover the wilderness. Your senses become heightened, soaking up the sights, scents and sounds of Africa, opening you up to experience moments that create lifelong memories: the delicate dewy web of a spider, the story behind paw prints on a trail, the secret universe of a termite mound.

The game drives are also exceptional. Having your own vehicle, guide and tracker means exploring at your own pace and focusing on what you are most interested in – be it big game, bird life, photography or all of these! The scenery is classic African savannah – the rolling grassy plains of children’s stories beneath azure skies and populated with iconic wildlife. Make the most of your freedom: spend a day following where the tracks take you, stopping to picnic in shady spot, or spend the morning exploring and the afternoon indulging in a comfortable siesta in camp.

You have 1 500 acres to enjoy and plenty of ways to explore. In addition to guided walks and game drives, try your hand at fly-fishing on the Mara River or hop aboard a hot-air balloon for a bird’s eye view of dawn over the Masai Mara.

Day 9

Homeward bound

After a delicious breakfast, bid the Mara farewell as you head back to the airstrip for your charter flight to Wilson Airport. As you fly over the vast plains on your way back to Nairobi, you remember the adventures of the previous week, the moments you will never forget, the scent of wild basil in the evening and the cry of the African fish eagle. You have stories to tell – what it felt like to witness thousands of wildebeest charge the Mara River, how enormous an elephant is up close, or how the setting sun over the Masai Mara took your breath away, every single day…

COST PER PERSON USD7999

Cost Includes:

  • Transport to / from JKIA 
  • All Airport Transfers 
  • Full Board accommodation on Safari
  • Game viewing drives as specified
  • All Park entrance fees
  • Drivers allowance and his meals
  • Vehicles used - 4 wheel drives vehicles.

Cost does not include:

  • Tips to driver / guides, porters, hotel staff, etc.
  • Things of personal nature e.g. laundry, telephone call etc.
  • Extra activities not mentioned in the itinerary e.g. hot air ballooning, etc
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