Your journey at a glance
Delve deeper into the African bush on the wide open plains of the Laikipia Plateau with an adventure that breaks away from the traditional, such as a camel or horseback safari. Kenya’s most famous safari destination, the Masai Mara, is the iconic finale to your adventure.
Enjoy picturesque landscapes filled with rolling hills where crimson-clad Maasai warriors tend their herds among vast numbers of resident wildlife, including the thronging herds of Africa’s most famous animal spectacle, the Great Wildebeest Migration.
What to expect …
Transfer from Jomo Kenyatta Airport Day 1
Upon your arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will be met by a member of the &Beyond team who will drive you into vibrant Nairobi.
Kenya’s capital is one of the largest and most influential cities in Africa, an important commercial and financial hub. It is the port of entry for most travellers to Kenya and offers bustling markets, interesting history and numerous attractions. Named after a Maasai watering hole, “enkare nyarobi”, which means “place of cool waters”, Nairobi is known for its leafy streets and parks. The skyline, with towering skyscrapers and imposing architecture also draws one’s attention soon after arriving in the city. Not-to-be-missed are visits to the city’s beautiful Uhuru Park and an informative excursion to the Karen Blixen Museum.
Overnight in Nairobi Day 1
Spend one night at Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, a chance to recharge a little before heading out on safari the next morning.
Transfer to Wilson Airport Day 2
After a delicious breakfast you will be driven to Wilson Airport for your scheduled flight to Lewa Airstrip
Flight to Lewa Airstrip Day 2
Take a scheduled flight to Lewa Airstrip, followed by a road transer to Sirikoi Lodge in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.
Sprawling over the Laikipia plains, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is a prolific wildlife conservancy that is popular with celebrities, conservationists, writers and photographers. Lewa found recent media attention with stories of a blossoming Royal romance. Underpinning the glamorous magnetism of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is a serious mission: a pioneering and pragmatic approach to conservation, founded in the 1970s that has developed into a thriving and globally recognised rhino conservation habitat.
Overnight in Laikipia Day 2 - 3
Spend two nights at Sirikoi Lodge, enjoying the vast array of safari experiences on offer in Laikipia. As the sun chases the cool of the Laikipia night from the plains, awaken to friendly call of “Jambo!” from outside your room, and find steaming coffee waiting for you outside. Listen to the quiet swish of long grass against your trousers as the expert walking guide leads you through the quiet hours of the waking wilderness. Tuck in to a delicious late breakfast and plan the day ahead. Perhaps buckle up and let the powerful rotors of a helicopter sweep you up along the picturesque slopes of Mount Kenya.
Help save Africa’s wildlife Day 3
A stay in the Laikipia region wouldn’t be complete without stopping to visit the Lewa Downs Conservancy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, and recognised for its exceptional community conservation model, the conservancy is a stronghold for the protection of East Africa’s black rhin
Flight to Masai Mara Day 4
After a wholesome breakfast you will be driven back to the airstrip for your scheduled flight to the Masai Mara. From the airstrip, you’ll embark on a game drive en route to your home for the next few nights.
The Masai Mara is Kenya’s most renowned game park, situated in the northern extension of the Serengeti. Its legendary Great Migration, of over two million wildebeest and other antelope, has been described as one of nature’s greatest wildlife spectacles – and an experience every safari enthusiast should witness at least once in their lifetime. Game viewing in this celebrated park is wonderful throughout the year, with virtually guaranteed sightings of the Big Five. The park takes its name from the Mara River, which flows through the reserve, and the Maasai people, a tribe whose red dress and proud demeanour have ensured they are probably Kenya’s best-known (and most-photographed) people.
Overnight in Masai Mara Day 4 - 7
Spend three nights at &Beyond Bateleur Camp in the fabled Masai Mara, where the plains are dotted with iconic umbrella thorn trees and watched over by tall Maasai in their distinctive red clothing. Perch comfortably on the high seat of the 4×4 as the guide interprets each sighting of the abundant resident game. Gape in astonishment at the endless, seething mass of the great migration and feel your pulse race during the madcap rush of a river crossing. Spend endless happy hours trying to fit it all into a photograph.
Take off into the African dawn Day 5
Experience the beauty of the Masai Mara on a hot air balloon flight. Take off at dawn and float in whichever direction the morning winds take you. Your altitude may vary from treetop height or lower, offering a unique perspective and great photographic opportunities, to 300 metres / 1 000 feet, showcasing the wonderful panorama. From time to time the pilot must put more heat into the balloon with the powerful whisper burners. In between these burns, there is silence apart from the natural sounds below. The flight lasts about an hour and is followed by champagne and a full English breakfast.
Get a taste of classical safari Day 6
Game drives in the Masai Mara are unforgettable due to the abundance of wildlife and the spectacular landscapes. With gently rolling hills and wide open plains, this is the quintessential African safari experience. Travellers can expect to encounter large numbers of animals year round, with big herds of elephant, buffalo and other plains game. It is also common to see predator interaction. The Great Wildebeest Migration passes through the Mara for approximately three months each year. Game drives may last from a couple of hours to the whole day, with a picnic breakfast and lunch.
Transfer to Wilson Airport Day 7
Enjoy an early morning game drive and breakfast before we wave a fond farewell as you make your way back to the airstrip. From here, you will board your scheduled flight to Wilson Airport, where you will be picked up by a member of the &Beyond team who will drive you to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, for your onward flight.