DAY 01: Welcome to Nairobi, Kenya’s Bustling Capital
Once you arrive at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), you’ll be warmly received by HTT Operations Manager who will give you a short brief of your safari. You will then be transferred by private vehicle to Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel located in the heart of Nairobi's commercial, retail and entertainment suburb about 20 kilometers from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Villa Rosa Kempinski provides easy access to the city center and diplomatic district and is the perfect base to explore Kenya’s capital. The hotel offers the perfect fusion of European luxury and Kenyan hospitality. Depending on when you arrive, you may have time to explore the city and its attractions.
Some of the most popular excursions include:- Visit to the Karen Blixen Museum (once home to the author of the evocative “Out of Africa” book). Giraffe Centre; which protects the highly endangered Rothschild's giraffe. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust; an orphanage for young elephants. Nairobi National Park; the only wildlife national park in the world that is located within a city.
Lunch and dinner on own basis: You can have lunch/dinner at the hotel’s signature restaurants that serve an array of sumptuous local and international cuisines. We can also recommend one of the several city restaurants that serve various delicious cuisines; African, Chinese, Italian, Indian and Vegetarian.
Overnight Stay: Villa Rosa Kempinski
DAY 02: Panoramic Views of Mount Kilimanjaro at Amboseli
0500hrs: Enjoy an early morning breakfast at Villa Rosa Kempinski to get you started on your safari experience to the majestic Amboseli National Park.
0530hrs: Check out. Afterwards, you’ll be transferred to our domestic airport, Wilson Airport, for your flight to the Amboseli National Park.
0730hrs: Depart from Wilson Airport to Amboseli. The flight takes about 40 mins. (15 Kgs baggage allowance per person allowed).
The short flight to Amboseli is mesmerizing. We’ll fly over the Athi plains, catching a glimpse of the sweeping vistas of the spell binding scenic hills and as we approach, be welcomed by the snowy peak of Mount Kilimanjaro.
0805hrs: Arrive at Amboseli Airstrip where you’ll be met by the camp’s representative and be transferred towards your lodge. Enjoy enroute shared game drive as you head over to your lodge at Tortilis.
Amboseli National Park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to freeranging elephants. Other attractions include spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world and opportunities to meet the Maasai people.
The park is also home to lions, cheetahs, buffalos, giraffes, zebras, wildebeests and impalas among others.
You can enjoy plenty of attractions here including:- Panoramic views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest freestanding mountain in the world. Meet the Maasai people and learn about the Maasai culture and their indigenous lifestyle. Visit Observation Hill, which allows an overall view of the whole park especially the swamps and elephants.
0930hrs: You’ll arrive at Tortilis Camp for check in and to freshen up.
Tortilis Camp is a luxury camp located in Amboseli Park. The camp is small and private and offers amazing views, service and game drives. With the majestic backdrop of Africa’s highest mountain, Tortilis Camp is widely regarded as the prime location for witnessing the majesty of snow-capped Kilimanjaro.
The tents are all spacious, with king or twin beds and elegant ensuite bathrooms. There is a main lounge, bar and dining area, all exquisitely built with natural materials and thatched roofs, with magnificent views of Kilimanjaro.
1200hrs: Enjoy a sumptuous lunch at the camp. Tortilis Camp has an invitingly lush and healthy vegetable garden. Its spacious dining room overlooks the Mount Kilimanjaro. The camp's menu can also be tailored for preferences and special diets such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc. (available only on prior arrangements).
Spend your afternoon at your own leisure.
1600hrs: Venture out on an exciting evening game drive on a shared basis. You’ll enjoy a mesmerizing game drive and explore the flora and fauna of the park. Evening is an ideal time to go on game drives as there is less heat and the wildlife are slowly coming out of their hideouts onto the open plains.
1830hrs: Return to the Camp for dinner and overnight stay.
During your 2 nights stay at Tortilis Camp, you will enjoy below services:-
Full board accommodation, Soft drinks, beer, house wines & selected spirits, Safari activities including game drives, bush picnics, sundowners and guided bush walk
DAY 03: Explore the Wonders of Amboseli National Park
Option 1: 0700hrs: Be woken up by the sounds of chirping birds. You can opt for an early morning coffee/tea. 0730hrs: You’ll depart for a full day shared game drive with a delicious picnic lunch to enjoy in the middle of the bush. Activities for this day will include game drives, bush picnics, guided bush walks and sundowners.
1830hrs: Return to the camp for dinner and overnight stay.
Option 2: 0700hrs: Be woken up by the sounds of chirping birds. You can opt for an early morning coffee/tea. 0730hrs: Depart for a morning game drive in open vehicles where you’ll be able to see a wide variety of wildlife. Early morning game drives are recommended as you’ll easily witness predators seeking out their prey and animals lounging in the warmth of the morning.
0930hrs: Return to the lodge for a sumptuous breakfast and then spend the rest of the morning relaxing and admiring the picturesque Mount Kilimanjaro. You can also opt for the various activities offered by the camp. Safari is also a holiday and a rest – a break from every day’s frenetic lifestyle. Enjoy the scintillating massages after a long day’s game drive.
You’ll enjoy your lunch and afterwards spend the afternoon at your own leisure. Have a dip in the pool and enjoy the cool waters in the heat of the day! Within the lush green gardens, the pool is shaded by palms and acacia Tortilis and a haven for tropical birds.
1600hrs: Evening game drive followed by an exciting sundowner; stop and watch the spectacular African sunset with a drink in hand. Truly epic!!!
1830hrs: Return to the camp for dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 04: Maasai Mara Game Reserve, 8th Wonder of the World
0630hrs: Wake up to an early buffet breakfast at Tortilis Camp and then check out.
0700hrs – You’ll be driven to the Amboseli Airstrip where you’ll board your flight to Wilson Airport, Nairobi (You will depart for Wilson Airport at appx. 0815hrs time).
0850hrs: Arrive at Wilson Airport, Nairobi and board a connecting flight to Maasai Mara (You will have approximately 45 mins to freshen up i.e. visiting the wash rooms).
1030hrs: Depart Wilson Airport, Nairobi for Maasai Mara Game Reserve. The flight takes approximately 45 minutes. (baggage allowance is 15 kgs per person).
1110hrs: Arrive at Maasai Mara Airstrip where you’ll be warmly received by the lodge’s representative and transferred to Sanctuary Olonana Safari Lodge. You’ll enjoy an enroute game drive.
1230hrs: Arrive at Sanctuary Olonana Safari Lodge in time for check in. After you have settled, you can then proceed to have a sumptuous lunch.
Sanctuary Olonana is an exceptional luxury safari lodge set on a private stretch of the Mara River in the heart of Kenya’s most famous game reserve, the Masai Mara. Featuring 14 glass-sided suites, Sanctuary Olonana is inspired by the Maasai Mara’s breath-taking natural wonders, an abundance of wildlife, and a dramatic river which runs right past its forest setting. Game drives, cultural visits, bush dinners, sundowners, scenic flights and balloon rides at Olonana makes for a wonderful African safari.
Spend the afternoon at your own leisure. You can relax in your comfortable room.
1600hrs: Enjoy an evening game drive on shared basis to the expansive Mara plains.
The Maasai Mara National Reserve is one of the most popular safari destinations in Africa. The Maasai Mara is regarded as the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife viewing areas. There have been some 95 species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles and over 450 birds species recorded on the reserve.
Nowhere in Africa is wildlife more abundant, and it is for this reason a visitor hardly misses to see the big five (buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, and rhino). Other animals that can be spotted here include hippos, cheetahs, gazelles, antelopes, zebras, giraffes, dik-dik, and warthogs among others.
The annual wildebeest’s migration alone involves over 1.5 million wildebeests, zebras, gazelles and other animals that cross over from the Serengeti to the Maasai Mara in search of pasture and water. They cross the Mara River in July and make the return journey in late October/November. The migration, especially the Mara River crossing has been dubbed one of the 8th wonders of the modern world.
1830hrs: Return to Sanctuary Olonana lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Below are the services that you’ll enjoy during your 3 day stay at Olonana:-
All meals, non-alcoholic beverages and alcoholic beverages (with exception of premium brands and Champagne). All game viewing activities, nature walk, a visit to a Maasai village and bush meals. Laundry services and emergency medical evacuation.
DAY 05/ 06: Enjoy Captivating 2 Days in the Maasai Mara
0630hrs: Wake up for a refreshing hot cup of coffee or tea. Then depart for a morning game drive to explore the Mara plains and its intriguing wildlife.
Alternatively:- You can opt for a Hot Air Balloon Safari instead of a morning game drive. This is truly a fun and exciting way to see Africa’s landscapes and wildlife.
The trip is magical: spend about one hour floating over the Mara plains. You float in the sky, drift with the whim of the wind, overlooking the plains, just in time to experience a breathtaking sunrise and catch a bird’s eye view of the reserve. Please Note: BALLOON SAFARI IS BOOKED AT EXTRA COST AS SHOWN BELOW IN OUR EXTRAS. The cost includes Balloon Safari + Out of Africa Bush Breakfast. A certificate will be presented by the pilot after the ride. For a seamless experience, we recommend that you book your Balloon Safari with HTT.
0830hrs: Return to the lodge for a full buffet breakfast and spend the morning at your own leisure.
1230hrs: Enjoy a scintillating buffet lunch at the lodge. Afternoon spent at leisure. You can relax by the swimming pool or you can visit a traditional Maasai Village where you’ll get insight into the vibrant and traditional way of life of the Maasai.
1600hrs: Depart for an evening game drive. 1830hrs Return to the Lodge for dinner and then overnight at Sanctuary Olonana Safari Lodge.
DAY 07: from Maasai Mara to Nairobi and Onward
0730hrs: Enjoy a buffet breakfast at the lodge and then check out. 1000hrs: You’ll be driven to the Mara airstrip by Olonana lodge representative for your connecting flight to Nairobi.
1100hrs: Flight departure: Say goodbye to the sights and sounds of the Mara Plains below as you hold on to the memories of the last few days and mentally plan for your return. (15kgs baggage allowance per person allowed).
1300hrs: Flight arrival: You’ll be met at our domestic airport (Wilson Airport, Nairobi) by our representative, who will drop you off at the Nairobi airport for your flight back home. Please Note: 3 hours prior check-in is required.
YOUR SAFARI EXPERIENCE IN KENYA ENDS TODAY, WE HOPE YOU’VE HAD A WONDERFUL TIME, & FORMED MEMORIES THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME.
We Look Forward to Hosting You Again.