Meet our representative upon arrival Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
Road transfer to House of Waine (± 45 minutes)
Stay at House of Waine for 1 night
Set in the leafy Nairobi suburb of Karen, this classic boutique guesthouse allows you easy access to all of the capital’s charms while making you feel a world away from its bustle. The 11 en-suite rooms here are individually styled and tastefully decorated, adding amenities like satellite television, mini bar and marble en-suite bathroom with a separate shower and bath. The indulgences continue outside the confines of your room: the menu, for example, is a mouth-watering reflection of the diversity of Nairobi, featuring a range of impressive dishes that can be enjoyed in several locations around the serene 2.5 acre property. The heated swimming pool is superb for getting a bit of exercise, while the two bars—reserved for guest use only—are excellent places to unwind and enjoy some of the renowned service here. Of course, one of the finest features of the hotel is its proximity to the best attractions in Nairobi, including The Matbronze Art Gallery and Foundry, Nairobi National Park, the Daphne Sheldrick Wildlife Sanctuary and the Giraffe Centre, where you can get the unforgettable experience of hand-feeding giraffes. The House of Waine offers all of the elegance of an upscale city hotel in a peaceful setting reminiscent of a country manor.
Transfer to Wilson Airport (± 30 minutes)
Air Kenya Express flight Wilson – Mara (Ol Kiombo)
Stay at Angama Mara for 4 nights
Twice daily scheduled activities included
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Welcome to Angama Mara, a remarkable new owner-run safari lodge inspired by the Swahili word for ‘suspended in mid-air’. Located high above the floor of Africa’s Great Rift Valley overlooking Kenya’s Maasai Mara – considered by many as the loveliest game reserve on the continent. Days are as action-packed or as gentle as guests choose them to be. The Mara Triangle is home to Africa’s great mammals, a mere 25 minute drive from the lodge, and guests can experience hot air ballooning, walking safaris, cultural visits to neighboring Maasai villages – or simply do nothing at all. Architect duo Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, in collaboration with Jan Allan, Kenya’s ‘king of canvas’, designed Angama Mara’s elegant and classical tented suites with an 11-metre wide floor-to-ceiling glass front. Each tent has the same breathtaking view – no one is better than the last – and every day, the sunrise provides guests with early morning theatre as the hot air balloons float gently by. Highly polished parquet floors, distinctive splashes of Maasai red, a handsome drinks cabinet (with personal bar and safe tactfully tucked away), vanity with double basins, separate w/c, writing desk with ample charging points and tablet with guest information, WiFi, Africology guest amenities, a collection of East African books, a beautiful John Vogel woven screen, and a butler’s lobby allowing for the discreet delivery of early morning tea and coffee, all add to the comfort and delight of guests in their suites. Inspired by what Denys Finch-Hatton’s cook might have prepared way back in the early safari days, Angama Mara’s chefs prepare classic safari food, focused on perfectly cooked and freshly made, yet beautifully and simply presented. The chefs use only the best and freshest ingredients, celebrating the finest local produce for which Kenya is renowned: grass-fed beef, green beans, seafood from the coast – amongst many others. The result is food which is simple yet delicious; unfussy but oh-so-good to look at; and always generous and joyful and sometimes surprising.
Mombasa Air flight Mara (Ol Kiombo) – Ukunda
Transfer to Kinondo Kwetu (± 30 minutes)
Stay at Kinondo Kwetu for 3 nights
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Home to Ida and Filip Andersson, a Swedish family related to the famed Baron Blixen, Kinondo Kwetu is often described as a ‘home away from home’ – a paradise for those wanting a more personal experience on the Kenyan coast. Located on a tranquil private beach south of Diani, distanced from residential neighbors by rocky cliffs and endless beach, Kinondo Kwetu is classified as a ‘Kaya’ area (protected by the National Museum) due to its surrounding holy forests and sacred land. Every room and cottage has its own personalized character, furnished and decorated with Swahili culture handicraft and antiquities. Rooms are equipped with king size beds, fans and mosquito nets. There are plenty of quiet, beautiful spots where you can retire to spend time with yourself or in company, in the library or in one of the living rooms. Or outside, in one of the water towers, where you can watch the sun set over the mountains, on a cliff by the sea or in any of the secluded spots you find in the area. Your three-course lunch is taken on the beach, in the soothing shade of trees or in our boathouse by the sea. Your dinner may be served under a clear moonlit sky or in the water tower. A key ingredient is local fish, caught each morning by Kinondo village fishermen, using traditional methods. Local vegetables and meat is sourced daily to create fresh and flavorful dishes. Kinondo Kwetu’s bartenders specialize in preparing healthy, fresh tropical drinks and the wine list features a selection of South African vintages. Kinondo Kwetu offers an impressive selection of exciting activities ranging from watersports such as Kite Surfing, deep sea fishing and Scuba Diving, to land activities such as Game Drives, Horse Riding and Yoga.
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