10 nights - Masai Mara & Deloraine

$9400 per person sharing

Day 1

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

DAY 2

A full day to explore this remote area with abundant game. Drives, rides and walks may be taken from camp. Overnight Olare Lamun. 

DAY 3

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.

DAY 6

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.

DAY 7

We ride south west along the top of the escarpment enjoying glorious views to the east on excellent going for the horses.   We hopefully see the beautiful Mrs Ross’ and Schalows Turaco as well as much plains game.   We descend the escarpment on foot, along a rocky cattle track and have a picnic lunch under some acacias at the foot of the escarpment.  After lunch we ride back through the Mara Triangle at the foot of the escarpment before ascending on a game trail.   Many bachelor buffalo herds are a feature of the afternoon. Overnight Soit Olololol.

DAY 8

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.  Overnight Mara River.

DAY 9

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

DAY 10

An early morning ride before breakfast is optional, with polo, cross country jumping or a mountain ride for those who wish.  Day trips to either Lake Nakuru or Bogoria, famous for their flamingos can also be arranged with a picnic lunch.  Or simply relax by the stunning swimming pool! Overnight Deloraine.

 

DAY 11

Transfer by road back to Nairobi, leaving after lunch.