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Rafiki Safari – $8,925 to $9,950 per person

Day 1
  • Meet our local representative on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
  • Transfer to Emakoko Lodge (± 60 minutes)
  • Stay at Emakoko Lodge for 1 night
  • Half day use of vehicle with private driver/ guide
  • Breakfast included

The concept for The Emakoko was the brainchild of Anthony and Emma Childs – your hosts during your stay. They live on site with their small family and their dedicated team of staff, who are delighted to welcome guests and for whom nothing is too much trouble. The Emakoko is a twenty-bed, luxury lodge artfully built into the side of a valley on the Mbagathi River, on the border of the Nairobi National Park. Great care has been taken to incorporate the beautiful fig trees which grow on the cliff where the lodge is situated. All rooms look straight over the river and into the Park. The Emakoko allows people to start and finish their safari in the wildlife environment they have travelled so far to enjoy. Within 20 minutes of clearing customs they can now be viewing game in the amazing Nairobi National park. The only “transfer” delays likely to be encountered en route to or from The Emakoko are the natural pauses to watch a pride of lions or waiting for a Rhino or journey of Giraffe to cross the road. Whether you are enjoying an Emakoko cocktail in the viewing area or simply a coffee by the pool overlooking the river, relaxation is assured. There is also the chance to see our resident hippo, who also likes to keep an eye on you. He can be seen grazing on the lawn outside the rooms in the early evening or the morning.

Day 2
  • Transfer to Wilson Airport (± 45 minutes)
  • Air Kenya Express flight Nairobi Wilson – Amboseli 8:15am
  • Transfer to Tortilis Camp (± 45 minutes)
  • Stay at Tortilis Camp for 3 nights
  • Twice daily scheduled activities included
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Staying at Tortilis Camp, there is one thing that immediately captures your attention: the stunning views of towering Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. Yet there is so much more that makes this 17-tent camp just outside Amboseli National Park so enchanting.  Each of the tents is en-suite, featuring elegant bathrooms with hot-water showers and modern flush toilets, as well as tasteful décor that will have you believing you are in an elegant auberge. Sheltered from the sun by a mukuti (thatched) roof, your large stone verandah is a perfect place to wile away the hours, as is the cozy, lantern-lit main lounge and the refreshing swimming pool. And as the scents of the home-style North Italian cuisine waft through the air, you’ll no doubt find your way to the dining room as well. Outside of camp, the wildlife of this renowned park is impressive– lion, cheetah, hyena, jackal, and especially the 1,000 elephants that call the area home—yet you can also connect with the deep cultural roots here by visiting the local Maasai village. Tortilis is also a camp that takes the term “family friendly” seriously, offering a family tent and a family house as well as the option for early mealtimes and babysitting service if needed.
Day 5
  • Transfer to Amboseli Airstrip (± 45 minutes)
  • AirKenya Express Amboseli – Wilson – Lewa Airstrip 10:20am
  • Transfer to Lewa Safari Camp (± 40 minutes)
  • Stay at Lewa Safari Camp for 3 nights
  • Twice daily scheduled activities included
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Lewa Safari Camp is now known as the place where Prince William and Kate Middleton stayed right before he popped the question, but it has had a long history as a cloistered getaway built around the ideals of vigorous conservation and velvet comfort. Twice named a Top 20 choice by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler, the camp prides itself on being a top destination for low-impact tourism and a leading model for conservation on private land. In fact, Lewa pioneered practical conservation in the 1970s when it developed a successful rhino conservation habitat. Comfort goes hand-in-hand with conservation here, though: each en-suite tent here is placed on raised platforms and stonewalls of local lava rock, and has a thatched roof and verandah with breathtaking views of Mt. Kenya to the north and the sweeping lowlands to the south. In the central areas of camp, you can walk amid manicured gardens, relax on the verandah, take a dip in the swimming pool or simply unwind by the log fire in the lounge. You can also take advantage of the prolific wildlife viewing opportunities out in the bush—the conservancy is home to 10% of Kenya’s black rhino population, and the single largest population of Grevy’s zebra in the world, for starters—and can further savor the spectacular setting with bush breakfasts and sundowners.
Day 8
  • Transfer to Lewa Airstrip (± 40 minutes)
  • AirKenya Express Lewa Airstrip – Mara North 9:05am
  • Transfer to Elephant Pepper Camp (± 30 minutes)
  • Stay at Elephant Pepper Camp for 3 nights
  • Twice daily scheduled activities included
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Elephant Pepper Camp so named for the trees that are commonly found around it, is a camp devoted to maintaining the pristine beauty of the Kenyan wilds. One of the original camps in the Mara North Conservancy, Elephant Pepper was designed to create a harmonious escape from the everyday world. For example, there are no generators to drown out the symphony of the bush, allowing guests a deeper connection to the wilderness. The camp is entirely free of cement, and is actually removed for two months out of the year, leaving the site impeccably pristine. Each of the eight tents includes an en-suite bathroom with eco-friendly flush toilets and traditional safari showers, as well as a private verandah and hammock ideal for alfresco naps. Meals, prepared by professional chefs, feature traditional North Italian recipes mixed with international and local favorites. Depending on your mood, they can be enjoyed in the classic mess tent, by the light of the campfire or out on the open plains. And when those plains call out to be explored, you can do so in one of the camp’s Land Rovers, or on foot with an expert guide on fun, intellectually stimulating excursions. Whether it is days in the bush, evenings by the campfire or dinner beneath the stars, Elephant Pepper is a perfect place to become one with nature.
Day 11
  • Transfer to Mara North Airstrip (± 30 minutes)
  • AirKenya Express Mara North – Nairobi Wilson 11:00am
  • Transfer from Nairobi Wilson to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

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