Your East Africa Explorer begins in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, where you can adjust to Africa time, with a night at Hemingways. Enjoy a dawa on the terrace as the sun sets over the Ngong Hills, made famous by Isek Dineson’s “Out of Africa”. Fly north to the Lewa Conservancy for 3 nights at Kifaru House, where you'll enjoy some wildlife unique to this stunning region, including the reticulated giraffe and Grevy's zebra, as well as being home to some endangered species, both black and white rhino. Then it's on to the iconic Maasai Mara, at Sand River Mara Camp, located close to the Tanzanian border – this is a lovely camp, in a superb location with excellent wildlife viewing. You'll spend 3 nights enjoying game drives and if the migration should have arrived in the Mara, perhaps a chance to witness a river crossing. In addition to the superb resident game viewing, you will have a further opportunity of witnessing the world's greatest wildlife phenomenon, the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra, as you cross the border into Tanzania for 3 nights in the world famous Serengeti, at Serengeti Pioneer Camp (Migration Camp is seasonally substituted). Your adventure concludes with a final two nights at the Manor at Ngorongoro, an ideal location from which to visit the Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The caldera formed by this extinct volcano is home to rich landscapes and the largest population of permanent wildlife anywhere in Africa. You'll enjoy a picnic lunch during your full day excursion into the Crater itself. Then relax at The Manor or participate in the other activities at the lodge.
Situated in along the Nairobi River in beautiful Kenya, the capital of Nairobi is East Africa’s most cosmopolitan city. It serves as an excellent starting point for African safari trips around Kenya. Hemingways Nairobi, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the world, is an elegant boutique hotel situated in Nairobi’s Karen residential area with magnificent views of the nearby Ngong hills. Sensitively designed for the discerning business and leisure traveller, Hemingways Nairobi offers the full facilities expected in a modern day luxury boutique hotel. The hotel offers forty-five luxury suites which include the Hemingways suite, The Blixen suite, 19 Executive rooms and 24 deluxe rooms. The Hemingways Nairobi Brasserie serves classic dishes and the very best of local and international cuisine and is open everyday for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
A visit to Elewana Kifaru House is to plunge into the timeless tranquility of Africa. Located within the world-famous Lewa Conservancy, home to East Africa’s healthiest black and white rhino populations, this bijou property, appropriately takes its name from the Swahili word for rhino. A haven of luxury in the bush, guests will immediately feel at home on arrival, warmly welcomed by the friendly and attentive staff. The comfortable sitting room with well-stocked bar and elegant dining area extend out to a large, comfortably furnished terrace. Here, guests can enjoy a sunny breakfast al fresco and watch the busy goings-on at the waterhole below, or they can choose to relax by the picturesque infinity pool and enjoy the magnificent views over the distant plains. The property luxuriates in total exclusivity with five charming thatched cottages tucked away in an oasis of vibrant lawns, filled with birdsong. All have well-appointed bedrooms, with sumptuous four-poster beds and generous en-suite bathrooms. With an excellent library and log fires in the lounge and dining rooms, guests can truly sink into delicious, cosy comfort during the cool evenings, and luxuriate in the peace and serenity of the African night. Game drive vehicles at Kifaru House are 4×4 open-sided Land Rovers, they are custom-designed for comfort, optimum game viewing and photography. For the more adventurous, exploring the Conservancy’s diversity on foot is also an option. And for those who like to expend less energy and enjoy a loftier view getting closer to the game, horseback or camel walks are also available.
The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve. The image of acacia trees dotting endless grass plains epitomizes Africa for many, then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. Situated along the banks of a river from which it has taken its name, Sand River Masai Mara is located within the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya on a secluded and picturesque site. The camp enjoys stunning views over the Sand River and out to the neighbouring grassy hills and plains of Tanzania. The camp sits on the migration route for the millions of wildebeest, zebra and Thompson’s gazelle that move between Serengeti and Maasai Mara every year. Guests enjoy the privilege of exclusive views of the plains and hills dotted with thousands of animals as well as being in the thick of the excitement of frenetic and famed river crossings, all from the comfort of camp. Comprising of 16 tented accommodations, Sand River Masai Mara replicates the heyday of exclusive permanent tented camps of the late 1920’s. Divided into two separate but adjoining campsites of 10 and 6 tents, each area possessing its own designated dining and public areas, Sand River Masai Mara provides an atmosphere of exclusivity and class. As the Masai Mara is renowned for its spectacular game viewing and wildlife interactions, why not enjoy it with the most traditional of safari activities – a game drive!
Note: From July to October accommodation in the Serengeti will be at Migration Camp to maximize the opportunity to view the Migration
Located in the Southern Serengeti (within the Moru Kopjes area), Serengeti Pioneer Camp is ideally situated to offer superlative access to the annual migration and the ‘Big 5’ with sweeping views overlooking Moru Kopjes, Lake Magadi and the endless plains. Serengeti Pioneer Camp has its own individual style and feel, paying homage to the mobile camps of the 1930’s, a time when an African safari was truly a journey into the unknown, Serengeti Pioneer Camp’s ‘zero footprint’ and close proximity to nature combines to make an unmistakably distinctive and truly individual offering. Comprising of twelve tented accommodations, all of which have en suite facilities including a flushing toilet, vanity basin, and showers, the tent interiors are designed to evoke the very best of an era long-gone but certainly not forgotten. A dining tent hosts the Camp’s guests for both breakfast and dinner, whilst luncheons are taken either in the camp or in the bush during what will no doubt be yet another enthralling day in the Serengeti. Serengeti Pioneer Camp captures the original essence of the mobile African safari, engendering nostalgic wonderment whilst unlocking the adventurous spirit within all of us. The drama and beauty of the Serengeti National Park is indeed awe inspiring. Serengeti Pioneer Camp’s prime location allows guests to be on game drives in the midst of the drama of the annual Great Migration calving season, which occurs January – March.
Poised adjacent to the famous Ngorongoro Conservation Area, The Manor at Ngorongoro is a grand mansion that exudes old-world charm in north-west Tanzania. The manor is comprised of 18 cottage suites, each with its own private entrance and adjoining private sun terrace. In-room amenities include an en-suite bathroom with a rain shower, Wi-Fi and tea and coffee making facilities. Guests can enjoy an array of activities such as lunch on the Ngorongoro Crater Floor, a game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National Park, and horse riding around the 1500-acre coffee estate.
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