Your safari begins in Nairobi, East Africa's most cosmopolitan city, featuring some fascinating attractions: its cafe culture, unbridled nightlife, the National Museum, the Karen Blixen Museum and we strongly recommend a visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for a once in a lifetime experience. From Nairobi you fly to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, spanning thousands of hectares of vast open savannah grasslands in northern Kenya, and home to the world’s largest population of Grevy’s zebra. It has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and serves as an important sanctuary for a large selection of wildlife including the endangered black rhino as well as the white rhino. Activities while staying at Lewa Wilderness include game drives, game walks, a camel safari, horseback riding, and a visit to the nearby Ngare Ndare Forest and waterfall. From Lewa you continue on to the Mara North Conservancy, a beautiful private wilderness area covering more than 30,000 hectares situated in southwest Kenya. It is home to a spectacular array of plants, reptiles, birds and mammals including elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and large concentrations of wildebeest, zebra, gazelle and other migratory wildlife. Hugging the banks of the Mara, Ngare Serian is cozy and intimate. It can only be reached on foot, over a narrow rope bridge. The cornerstone of a safari experience at Serian is that each group has their own open-top safari vehicle, and their own dedicated guide and spotter. The freedom this grants you is key to getting the most out of your stay: go where the day takes you. Your safari experience continues in the Northern Serengeti, a remote African wildlife wonderland. This vast, rolling savannah is known as the hub of the great migration. The landscape is characterized by vast stretches of savannah interspersed with acacia trees and riverine woodlands. Wildlife can be seen along the banks of the Mara River and visitors can view the annual spectacle of the half a million migrating wildebeest. Lamai Serengeti sits tucked amongst the rocks of Kogakuria Kopje with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, only a few miles from where the wildebeest cross the Mara River. Game drives allow you to get closer to the big game and cover greater distances so that you can explore further afield in this beautiful part of the Serengeti. Located in Northern Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Crater is best known for its natural beauty and abundance of diverse wildlife; which makes it one of Africa’s most popular safari destinations and a wonderful conclusion to your Tanzania safari. Surrounded by Tanzania’s highlands, this UNESCO-listed crater is said to be the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. You can look forward to spotting the world-renowned Big Five and a host of other wildlife species including large herds of zebra and wildebeest. Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp offers breathtaking views of the spectacular surrounding scenery and will be a relaxing, yet spectacular final few days on safari.
Situated 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 traveler, 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 every day for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
Lewa Wilderness is one of Kenya’s oldest private safari experiences. For forty years guests have been coming to this remarkable region to be part of an adventure like no other. Those four decades have seen that passion passed down through the Craig family who proudly continue to run Lewa Wilderness today.
Lewa Wilderness is one of the original family homes and is still home to Will and Emma Craig. Guests can relax by the fire in the cozy sitting room and share meals around a long banquet table in the open-air dining room. Natural springs, home-raised livestock, and a 5-acre organic garden are transformed by skilled chefs into incredible, healthy and delicious food. There are twelve comfortable thatched cottages with spacious en suite bathrooms, fireplaces in the sitting areas and verandahs.
Activities to take part in while staying at Lewa Wilderness include game drives, game walks, a camel safari, horseback riding, visiting the nearby Ngare Ndare Forest and waterfall and flying in a chartered plane over forests, herds of game and treetops. There is a very good chance of seeing all of the “Big Five” and Lewa is one of the only game parks where visitors are almost guaranteed to see the endangered black and white rhinos.
Ngare is nestled in the private Mara North Conservancy, and is also perfectly positioned to take advantage of 1,500 acres of exclusive conservation area. ‘Ngare’ translates to ‘by the river’ in the Masai language, and the idea behind this snug little camp was to transport the serenity of the original Serian camp to the water’s edge. Hugging the banks of the Mara, Ngare Serian is cozy and intimate. It can only be reached on foot, over a narrow rope bridge – and in a way the crossover is symbolic: a call to step out of touch and out of time, and give yourself over to the natural charm of the place. There’s something special about being on the water’s edge – the water slipping and sloshing over the stones sets a soothing soundtrack, but at the same time, its energy and movement lends lightness and life – green shoots, verdant growth and glossy rocks that metamorphose into hippos.
Located between the Central Serengeti and Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve to the north, the Northern Serengeti is a remote African wildlife wonderland. The vast, rolling savannah of the Northern Serengeti, is known as the hub of the great migration. Lamai Serengeti sits tucked amongst the rocks of Kogakuria Kopje with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, only a few miles from where the wildebeest cross the Mara River. For roughly a quarter of the year, between late July and October, this is where you’ll find the migration. Right here, on our doorstep. For the rest of the year, it is wild Serengeti with all the resident game of the Masai Mara but without the people. Each of the rooms is designed to fit into the complex geometry of the kopje and to make the most of this sensational location, its views and its natural space and light. The rooms are a blend of canvas, plaster and natural poles.
Located in Northern Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Crater is best known for its natural beauty and abundance of diverse wildlife; which makes it one of Africa’s most popular safari destinations. Surrounded by Tanzania’s highlands, this UNESCO-listed crater is said to be the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp comprises ten luxury safari room tents – each with its own ensuite bathroom and indoor bucket shower. The room tents also feature hairdryers, plug points and a small sitting area in front of each of the tents. The three large and comfortable communal tents provide a dining area where scrumptious meals are served, a lounge area perfect for afternoon relaxation, and lounge bar where pre-dinner drinks are served. All of the main areas include breathtaking views of the spectacular surrounding scenery and large trees surrounding this intimate camp. For a more intimate experience, you can choose to dine on individual tables set in special spots around the camp.
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