Kenya's Classic Safari - Out of Africa
Escorted by Colin Carpenter - Kenya's wild places and wilderness paradises
Kenya is the home of the original safari, and teeming with game, is still deservedly Africa’s most popular wildlife destination. The most famous National Park being the Masai Mara, big cat headquarters and a wildlife sanctuary without rival. North of the equator, the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy is well off the beaten track and offers a world of contrast – dramatic, arid and remote, this pristine wilderness is the home of the age-old Samburu people and is one of the most successful community and wildlife conservation initiatives in Africa. Close to Mt Kenya is the Laikipia Plateau where endemic game roam on the privately owned concessions of Kenya’s founding wildlife conservation and farming families.
Join your host, Colin Carpenter, to discover East Africa’s most rewarding wildlife & cultural destination, where you will walk with the Samburu and enjoy the privilege of the Singing Wells in Namunyak, experience Masai culture, mountain bike and camel trek, fly over the breathtaking Rift Valley, visit an elephant orphanage, experience three vividly contrasting wilderness landscapes and enjoy the best luxury accomodation in Kenya and game viewing an African safari can offer.
Departing 11 February 2017, this handpicked 11 night journey into the home of the original safari gives focus to a wonderful mix of abundant and diverse game, the breath-taking African landscapes of your dreams, top notch safari outfitters, active pursuits and the fascinating Masai and Samburu culture. Escorted by Colin Carpenter, this is an opportunity to travel as part of a small like-minded group to Kenya, an endless adventurer’s playground and genuinely ‘classic Africa’.
Kicking off the adventure in Nairobi allows time to recover from your flights and get into the swing of Africa by visiting some of the city’s highlights including the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, the Karen Blixen Museum and some colourful markets. And soon you will be ready to fly by charter plane into the wilderness!
The biggest draw card to Kenya is undoubtedly the Masai Mara, a destination without rival in terms of game viewing. Here, you can expect to see the stuff that documentaries are made of! This is the home of the big five: elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard and lion, plus abundant wildebeest, zebra, a wide variety of antelopes and wonderful birds. Your home for three nights is Offbeat Mara Camp, a small and exclusive traditional camp with classic East African Meru walk-in tents. Situated within the pristine Mara North Conservancy you can delve into the high concentrations of wildlife without the tourist masses and enjoy days of amazing game viewing, evenings sampling cocktails by a cosy campfire and delicious three-course meals under an awe inspiring canopy of stars. Full day game drives are on offer along with evening drives, picnic lunches, and the opportunity to visit a local Masai village and rhino sanctuary.
From the plains of the Mara you will fly to the far north of Kenya to Sarara Camp, located in the Namunyak Conservancy at the foot of the Matthews Ranges. Well off the beaten path and a truly special camp, you are offered a wonderful insight into the conservancy and community work going on here. Whilst the focus isn’t on big game, what Sarara does offer is a wonderful Samburu cultural experience and the camp itself is warm, friendly and owner operated with top accommodation and excellent food.
There are numerous activities including nature walks, visits to local villages and schools, horse riding on Ethiopian mountain ponies and game viewing from the comfort of the camp or bedroom! However it is the morning and evening visits to the Singing Wells that are the real highlight. This is an ancient tradition in which each Samburu family takes their herd of cattle to the family well where they dig for water to fill the troughs. As they dig and bring the water up they sing to their livestock and the cattle recognise their family song and come down to drink – the experience is a mix of cattle, Samburu, singing, cowbells ringing, sunset and swirling dust. Once the cattle have finished in the evenings the water source is then taken over by elephants and leopards. This is such a rich, unique and uncontrived cultural experience that no photos or video are allowed, and is a must see.
From Sarara you will fly south-west to the wild, rugged and remote Laikipia Plateau. Your home for three nights will be Ol Malo House, stunningly designed and inspired by the area’s wild landscape, and located on a privately managed cattle and game ranch. Owned by the Francombe Family, the house is full of character and activity and will provide an experience which will showcase this part of Kenya superbly – walking, camels, swimming and tubing in the river, picnics, riding, hanging out with the local staff and just enjoying Kenyan farm life at this stunningly located owner operated lodge. The Laikipia is a region of sandy rivers, forested hills and valleys. There is wonderful wildlife here so your game drives and walks can show you elephants, the special Greys zebra, oryx, buffalo and many species of antelopes as well as lion and leopard, and if you are very lucky, the endangered painted dog. There are many ways to game view here so you can be as active, or chilled, as you like. There will be plenty of time to get to know the local Samburu tribe and your stay will not be complete without a visit to the village.
At the end of the safari you will return to Nairobi where there will be time for some shopping or a farewell meal before your flight home.
With a limited number of seats available, we encourage you to enquire below as soon as possible should you wish to secure a place on this amazing adventure.
Based on the itinerary presented the international flights you will require to join this tour are: Sydney to Nairobi and return. International flights are not included in the land only cost quoted and all airfares and applicable prepaid departure taxes ex-Sydney will be available upon request. Airline and routing recommendations are available, as is assistance with flight bookings.
Please do not hesitate to call us should you wish to discuss the itinerary or flights, or simply complete our Enquiry Form and we will get in contact with you.