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Kenya and the Crown Explore Kenya like a royal, inspired by the television series, The Crown

Your journey at a glance

As documented in the recent television series, The Crown, it was in Kenya that Queen Elizabeth first received the news of the death of her father, King George, and her ascension to the throne. Inspired by this and the many other connections between the royal family and this former colonial stronghold, we have created a modern safari fit for a queen, combining Kenya’s most regal landscapes with the most noble choice of accommodation, all inspired with the grace of a bygone era. This grand itinerary visits places made famous by explorers and royals of old, including special touches like vintage vehicles, which will take the intrepid traveller on a journey far back in time.

What to expect …

Transfer to Norfolk hotel Day 1

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On arrival at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by a member of the &Beyond team, who will assist you through passport control and baggage claim before driving you to the Norfolk Hotel.

Overnight in Nairobi Day 1

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The Norfolk Hotel is featured in films such as ‘White Mischief’ and ‘Out of Africa’ and has hosted a plethora of famous names – Hemingway, Blixen, Baden-Powell, Finch Hatton, to name but a few.

Spend one night at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel in a Fairmont Room.

When you depart the next morning know that it was these very same steps from which Theodore Roosevelt departed on his epic 1909 safari!

Flight to Laikipia Plateau Day 2

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After a wholesome breakfast, you will be collected for your flight to the Laikipia Plateau.

Lying on the edge of Northern Frontier, the Laikipia Plateau stretches from the slopes of snow-capped Mt Kenya to the rim of the Great Rift Valley. Laikipia boasts one of the largest elephant populations in East Africa and is one of the last strongholds of the endangered black rhino. Despite its scattered mosaic of farms and cattle ranches — it is essentially still an untamed wilderness area, a refuge supporting huge numbers of game.

Overnight in Laikipia Plateau Day 2 - 4

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Spend three nights at Lewa Downs Wilderness in an ensuite cottage. Your stay includes all meals, soft drinks, beer, non – premium wine, laundry, local airstrip transfers (excluding Lewa airstrip ), shared game drives (day and night), guided walks, horse riding, camel walks , pre-historic site visits, community crafts, visits to Il’Ngwesi cultural boma (entrance fees extra and payable direct), a visit to the aerial walkway in the Ngare Ndare Forest (entrance fees extra and payable direct), visit to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy HQ (educational talks, school or project visits and much more) and conservancy fees.

Visit the Lewa Downs Conservancy Day 3

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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 rhino.

Once a sprawling cattle ranch, Lewa was transformed into various conservation areas by working closely with the region’s communities. This tour offers the fantastic opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the conservancy’s conservation and community initiatives as well as embark on excursion to a pre-historic archaeological site.

Enjoy a 30 minute biplane flight Day 4

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Enjoy a 30 minute biplane flight. Fly in the open cockpit of a biplane with pilot, Will Craig. A former crop-dusting pilot, Will takes guests right above the treetops and weaves through gorges to show off the beauty of his homeland.

Flight to Masai Mara Day 5

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Today, you will be collected for your flight to the Masai Mara.

As Kenya’s most renowned wilderness destination, the Masai Mara National Reserve offers exceptional game viewing, including the opportunity to witness the Great Migration — one of nature’s greatest wildlife spectacles. The park takes its name from the Mara River, which flows through the reserve, as well as from the Maasai people. The Masai Mara is renowned as the home of the Golden Age of Safari. Its beauty has inspired authors worldwide.

Overnight in Masai Mara National Park Day 5 - 7

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Celebrating an era of classic luxury, Cottars 1920’s Safari Camp allows guests to experience the original spirit and essence of ‘safari’ ― reminiscent of the 1920’s. Spacious canvas tents, sumptuously furnished with safari antiques, boast four-poster beds, dressing rooms, ensuite bathrooms, private butlers and outdoor verandas.

Spend three nights at Cottar’s 1920’s Camp in a luxurious tent.

Get a taste of classical safari Day 6

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Embark on a game drive in one of Cottar’s iconic vintage game drive vehicles.

Take a walk back in time Day 7

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Take a walk with a Maasai guide who will introduce you to a culture that goes back centuries – long before the ‘Iron Snake’ of the railway that wound its way into the interior.

Flight to Tsavo National Park Day 8

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Today, you will be collected for your flight to the Tsavo National Park.

Tsavo is Kenya’s biggest park and one of the world’s largest wildlife sanctuaries. It is especially known for its thundering herds of elephant and captivating landscapes. It is one of the less populated game areas in Kenya and perfect for those who want to give tourist buses a miss, and experience a pristine wildlife experience.

The wilderness of Tsavo is where the Lunatic Line encountered its most infamous setback, in the form of two prolific man-eating lions. Famously chronicled by their eventual nemesis, Lieutenant Colonel James Patterson, they still retain a near-mythical status. Hollywood has also immortalised them – in the 1996 film ‘The Ghost and the Darkness’ starring Michael Douglas and Val Kilmer.

Overnight in Tsavo National Park Day 8 - 10

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Spend two nights at Finch Hatton’s in a Finch Hatton’s ensuite Suite.

Experience the feel of the bush first-hand as you head out on foot, led by experienced walking guides. When you head back to camp, it won’t be to a railway shanty but a retreat inspired by another icon in safari history – the Honourable Denys Finch Hatton.

Affectionately named after Denys Finch Hattons, one of Kenya’s great adventurers, Finch Hattons camp offers guests a unique opportunity to relive the golden era of the safari. Spacious tents boasting panoramic vistas of the surrounding springs and forest include ensuite bathrooms, personal bars and private verandas, complete with comfy chairs and daybeds.

Walk among ancient geological formations Day 9

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Experience the bush the way the earliest safari goers and pioneers would have – on foot, surrounded by its tranquillity and mystery.

If you are lucky, you might enjoy a site of the iconic Mt Kilimanjaro on a clear day.

Flight to Nairobi Day 10

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After a delicious breakfast, you will be collected for your flight back to Nairobi.

On arrival in Nairobi, you will be met by an &Beyond representative who will drive you to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your homeward flight.

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