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The golden plains of Kenya are the very essence of wild Africa—teeming with herds of zebras and wildebeests, dotted with acacia trees, and inhabited by the fascinating Maasai people. Set off in open safari vehicles by day to discover a breathtaking array of animals with an expert guide, and spend three nights at our exquisite lodge in the Chyulu Hills. Take a bush walk with a tracker, get to know Maasai tribespeople, and ride horses against a backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. Then head to the rolling grasslands of the legendary Masai Mara and experience some of the best game watching and bird viewing in Africa.
Enjoy a variety of activities, including day- and nighttime game drives, walking safaris, horseback riding, and sundowners on a hilltop with a view of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Stay in luxury lodges and tented camps known for excellent service and fabulous views, located on private concessions where vehicle traffic is limited.
Itinerary - 10 Days
Days 1 & 2 — U.S./Nairobi, Kenya
Depart on an overnight flight and arrive in Nairobi the following evening. Our local staff is on hand to greet you at the airport and take you to the Emakoko Lodge, on the border of Nairobi National Park, for check-in and dinner.
Emakoko Lodge (D)
Days 3, 4, & 5 — Chyulu Hills National Park
This morning, transfer to the regional airport for a scheduled charter flight to Chyulu Hills National Park.
On arrival, take a short game drive on the way to Ol Donyo Lodge, a stunning lodge that looks out on Mount Kilimanjaro. Settle into your private suite and spend the next three days exploring the splendid Chyulu Hills area as you wish. Head out on daily safaris, spotting elephants, giraffes, lions, cheetahs, and much more. Ride over the hills on horseback or go mountain biking. Join a Maasai guide for a walking safari and learn how to track wildlife and identify some of the area’s less well known species. Visit a Maasai village and meet the villagers to learn about their everyday life and traditions. If you choose,
take a day trip to Amboseli National Park and spend a night “fly camping” in the bush with only a mosquito net between you and the starry sky.
Predators and people are a focus of the Great Plains Conservation efforts in this area. During your stay, you will see the work of the lion guardians and game scouts, who employ innovative projects to ameliorate the conflicts between the Maasai, their livestock, and the region's big cats.
Ol Donyo Lodge (B, L, D daily)
Days 6, 7, & 8 — Masai Mara Nature Reserve
After breakfast, take a scheduled charter flight to Mara Plains via Nairobi. A private concession adjacent to the legendary Masai Mara Nature Reserve, Mara Plains offers incredible wildlife viewing away from the crowds. Check into your camp, and set out on game drives to see throngs of wildebeests and zebras, leopards perched languidly in trees, and marabou storks and Abyssinian rollers, not to mention lions and rhinos. Venture into the bush on foot with a tracker, spot nocturnal creatures on nighttime game drives, and get to know the local Maasai and their culture.
The Mara region is under immense pressure from development, agriculture, and wildlife. You will be exposed to the dynamic relations between the Maasai and land use conflict. Visits to the local villages will provide a chance to learn about lease arrangements and conservation efforts to balance the needs of people, wildlife, and commerce.
Mara Toto Camp (January-May) or Mara Plains Camp (June-December) (B, L, D daily)
Days 9 & 10 — Masai Mara Nature Reserve/Nairobi/U.S.
This morning, drive to the airstrip for a scheduled charter flight to Nairobi’s regional airport. Later, transfer to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your flight home, arriving the next day. (B)