This ten-night safari in Kenya is not only the epitome of safari chic, it also helps to support community-based tourism to keep the vital balance between the African bush and the people that live within it.
First, ease yourself in gently with a night in Nairobi, where you can relax and recharge following your flight. After a good night’s rest, fly north to Samburu and stay at Saruni Samburu Lodge for three nights. It will offer you an intimate glimpse into the traditions and customs that play a vital role into the daily life of the Samburu tribe. A good portion of the staff are native Samburu warriors and a safari at Saruni (one of Kenya’s luxury safari lodges) is like nowhere else, thanks to the Samburu’s passion for the land and the chance to see first-hand how they track animals. They’ll be your guides as you explore 200,000 acres of unspoiled African bush in search of wildlife – this patch of prime wilderness is particularly known for its herds of Samburu elephants but also for its rare endemic species, the Samburu Special Five: Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Beisa oryx, Somali ostrich and the gerenuk.
You’ll then board a small Cessna plane and head south to the Mara and Hemingways Ol Seki Mara Camp the Naboisho Conservancy, to the north-east of the Masai Mara National Reserve for the second part of your safari in Kenya. These luxury tents in Kenya are in one of the country’s prime safari spots; visitor numbers permitted in Naboisho are limited in order to reduce the amount of safari vehicles in the conservancy, guaranteeing you a more personal encounter on your luxury Kenya tour and allowing the wildlife to fully thrive on the plains. The number of lions in Naboisho is one of the highest in Africa and you’ll be able to see some of the most enchanting animals in Kenya, such as the wild dog, elephants and giraffes.
Filled with nostalgia, you’ll wave goodbye to the team at Ol Seki and then fly to Kenya’s southern coast for the next part of your luxury Kenya tour and immerse yourself in the Swahili beach vibes of Kinondo Kwetu. Enjoy long beach walks, canoeing, snorkelling and swimming in the Indian Ocean, and sipping a delicately prepared dawa cocktail (a Swahili alcoholic ginger beer) in the shade of a palm tree – take a step back and feel inspired by the laidback rhythm of the coast for your final three days.
Conveniently situated just a few minutes' drive away from Nairobi's main gateway, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, and close to the domestic Wilson Airport, Emara Ole-Sereni is a supremely comfortable option for the beginning or end of any Kenya holiday. The rooms are cosy and welcoming, while the hotel's location on the fringes of Nairobi National Park means you can acclimatise for your upcoming safari by trying to spot the park's wildlife while dining from the Acacia Restaurant's open-air terrace.
Step into the eco-chic glamour of Saruni Samburu on the private Kalama Conservancy neighbouring the famous Samburu Game Reserve. The open fronted villas make the most of the spectacular views of the conservancy and if you can pull yourself away from the view then you’ll be rewarded with a wide range of safari and cultural activities. In the heart of tribal land, Saruni Samburu is a fine example of community-based tourism and the lodge supports the local communities which benefits the wildlife down the line.
Presiding over the Mara savannah from a rocky ridge, Ol Seki is a small tented camp pitched in the private Naboisho Conservancy, a wilderness bordering the Masai Mara. Ol Seki is where your ideal of the African bush comes alive. Candle-lit dinners in the wild, campfire chats with your fellow guests and guides, and lazy afternoons admiring the acacia-speckled wilderness that unfolds before you like a sun-baked carpet.
Greetings from your Kenyan 'home from home' – Kinondo Kwetu means 'Our Home at Kinondo', after all. This is castaway elegance at its ultimate, where time moves delightfully slowly. Thanks to its owners, Scandi-cool influences thread the resort but Kinondo Kwetu is an oasis of Swahili chic with its traditional textiles, carved sculptures and whitewashed walls. Most come back raving about the scrumptious home-cooked meals, often featuring fresh local seafood, that are taken al fresco with other guests conducive to a very sociable atmosphere.
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