10 nights - Masai Mara & Deloraine
$9400 per person sharing
You will be collected from your Nairobi hotel or directly from the international airport and transferred to Wilson Airport for a 10h30 charter or 10am schedule flight to Naiboisho, in the Masai Mara. It is a beautiful flight passing over the fertile Kikuyu Highlands before reaching the Great Rift Valley. We fly across the volcano studded floor of the Rift before reaching the Loita Hills and Naiboisho airstrip. You will be met by your guide and there will be an hour’s game drive to camp. We reach our camp, Olare Lamun (rhino salt lick), in a grove of acacia trees, by a small stream at the southern edge of the Loita Plains, in time for lunch. There will be an evening ride. Overnight Olare Lamun
We will have a full day to explore this remote area and will go for an early morning ride before breakfast followed by a game drive and walk to the top of Oloiburburmut (which means long white neck mountain in Masai). Your climb is rewarded with a stunning panoramic 360 degree view of the plains below. We return to camp for lunch and an afternoon siesta and the option of another ride in the evening or a visit to a local Masai village before sundowners and dinner under the stars. Overnight Olare Lamun.
Our first moving day and we break camp in good time as it is the longest ride of the trip covering nearly 50kms. We ride across rolling open plains and the game generally becomes more plentiful as we approach the greater Mara ecosystem. We should see herds of zebra, topi, giraffe, wildebeest, gazelle and there is a good chance of seeing elephant and buffalo as well. We reach our camp on the edge of the Masai Game Reserve, on the Olare Orok lugga late in the afternoon. From camp we are likely to hear lion and hyena at night and the abundance of game is apparent everywhere. Overnight Olare Orok.
DAY 4 & 5
Two full days of morning and evening rides from camp with the option of driving into the game park for some good photographic opportunities. From the Land Rovers we can get much closer to lion, elephant and buffalo than we are able to do from the horses. Overnight Olare Orok.
Another moving day. We head west across the Mara plains and reach the Mara River on the Park boundary. We hopefully ford the river (unless in complete flood) at one of the famous wildebeest crossings and then head south west across the Mara Triangle where we have our picnic lunch. After lunch and a siesta we ascend the Soit Olololol Escarpment, to reach our camp in a forest glade overlooking the whole Mara ecosystem. Overnight Soit Olololol.
We descend the escarpment again and ride across to the same wildebeest crossing on the river. We head in a North Western direction and after lunch, we find our final campsite set up on the banks of the Mara River. Close by there are some hippo pools and their grunting at night is a special feature of this camp. Over night Mara River.
After an early morning ride on the other side of the river, we will come back to camp for a light breakfast followed by a game drive around the Mara North Conservancy where the game has been incredible recently. We will return in time for brunch and a siesta before setting off on another ride in the cool of the afternoon. We will be back in good time to shower and maybe set off in the vehicles once more for a sundowner and night game drive before supper. Over night Mara River.
Leaving camp after breakfast with a picnic lunch we drive to Deloraine via the impressive tea growing area of Kericho (or perhaps fly directly). We arrive in time for tea and an evening walk around the beautiful gardens. Overnight Deloraine
An early morning ride before breakfast is optional. Also day trips to either Lake Nakuru or Bogoria, famous for their flamingos, can be arranged with a picnic lunch. Overnight Deloraine.
Transfer by road back to Nairobi, leaving after lunch.