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Lions, Masai Mara, Kenya

8 Days Wild Romantic Adventure

Fairview Hotel Nairobi | Elsa's Kopje, Meru | Cottars 1920's Safari Camp

Package Summary

Fairview Hotel Nairobi | Elsa's Kopje, Meru | Cottars 1920's Safari Camp

Package Inclusions

  • Air Transfers to and fro Destinations
  • Use of 4X4 open Landcruisers for Game Drives
  • Use of charters & schedule flights where possible
  • Park Entry Fees
  • All Inclusive Accommodation as Stipulated
  • Luxury Safari Experience
  • Travel Insurance within East Africa

Package Exclusions

  • International Flights
  • Select Premium Alcoholic Drinks
  • Activities not stipulated in itinerary
  • Medical Insurance
  • Tips & Gratuities

Itinerary Summary

Step back in time, growing nostalgic over the glamour, intimacy and adventure of early 20th century Kenyan safaris. Recreate the magic as you retrace the trails of Kenya’s early explorers, bearing witness to the country’s spectacular past, prolific wildlife and vibrant communities. This package carries discerning guests through Kenya’s top safari destinations as they exclusively capture a glimpse of an era rich with luxury, elegance and romance in the heart of the African bush.

Detailed Itinerary

Day by day itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Nairobi

Upon arrival into Nairobi, you are met by our representative and transferred to your luxurious accommodations in one of Kenya’s most famous hotels. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Stay: Fairview Hotel Nairobi

Day 2: Meru National Park

This morning you will wake up for an early flight to Meru. From Meru, you will transfer to Elsa’s Kopje in the heart of Meru National Park. Located on a rocky kopje – a granite outcropping in an otherwise flat landscape – this lodge offers spectacular views of the surrounding plains, streams and Mount Kenya. It is the only operational lodge within the park boundaries, meaning that in addition to these sweeping views, you will also enjoy near exclusivity when exploring this unique and quiet landscape.

Stay: Elsa's Kopje

Day 3: Exploring Meru: Safaris Retracing the Steps of Joy and George Adamson

Today you will rise early to begin exploring the landscape that fueled the Adamson’s passions, and became home to Elsa and her family. There is no better way to orientate yourself in this landscape than through a guided game drive and a picnic breakfast in the bush. The guides at Elsa’s Kopje live in Meru National Park and know the area intimately. With a fleet of new Toyota Land Cruisers, outfitted with photographic equipment stands and charging sockets, you will experience total comfort as you exclusively explore this seldom-visited bush.

Stay: Elsa's Kopje

Day 4: Diving Deeper Into Meru: Further Explorations of the Varied Landscapes of the National Park

This morning you may plan for another game drive or perhaps a walking safari. Exploring the bush on foot under the guidance of Meru’s park guides often offers guests a level of intimacy that is often impossible to attain at larger more populated parks. Following animal tracks, investigating insects and learning of the micro-ecosystems offers insight into the minute dynamics and behaviors that sustain this truly spectacular ecosystem. Elsa’s Kopje also offers walks that climb to the top of Mughwango Hill, where you can experience great panoramic views.

Stay: Elsa's Kopje

Day 5: Meru to the Mara: Transfer by Private Charter to the Infamous Plains of the Masai Mara

After an activity-packed two days at Elsa’s Kopje, it will be time to move on from this private sanctuary to the rolling plains of the Masai Mara. You will leave Meru on a private charter that will fly via Nanyuki to the Mara. Be sure to look out your window as you touch down temporarily in Nanyuki – this airport is located right at the base of the snow-capped Mount Kenya. From the air, you are sure to receive your most impressive views.

Descending into the Mara, a representative will transfer you to Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp. Elegant and timeless, this lodge is located on a stunning conservancy a kilometer from the Mara park gates. The Cottar family has a deep history with the region that began with a family of professional hunters and adventurers, and transformed into a family of photographic safari enthusiasts. Now in its fourth generation – with a fifth generation growing up on the property – there are few areas to experience the bush with more personality and passion. The family’s understanding of elegance, quality, privacy and luxury has attracted the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, in addition to numerous other high profile guests.

Stay: Cottars 1920's Safari Camp

Day 6: Traversing the Masai Mara: Safaris Introducing the Rolling Plains and Acacia Trees of the Mara

Today you will begin to traverse the picturesque plains of the Masai Mara under the seemingly endless and ever-changing African skies. The conservancy itself is strategically located, bordering the Masai Mara, the Serengeti and Loliondo, and has some of the richest wildlife populations in Africa. With no fences and limited human interaction, your time in the region will truly send you into the bush. Led by some of Kenya’s most highly rated professional guides, you will begin a series of close encounters with Africa’s richest wildlife. They avoid the throngs of safari trucks, characteristic of some regions of the Mara, and encourage engagement rather than ‘animal box ticking’ during your days in the bush.

Stay: Cottars 1920's Safari Camp

Day 7: Greater Intimacy With the Mara: Interactions With Wildebeest, Masai Warriors and the Big Five

This morning, after being awoken by fresh coffee delivered to your tent, venture out into the bush to have a picnic breakfast beside the river coursing through the conservancy. From there, you can continue through the bush either by truck or on foot, depending on your preference. Again learning about the intricacies of the park from gold-standard guides, you will have an unparalleled tour through the bush. As the temperatures begin to rise, and the animals doze off in the shade, it is often nice to end the morning swimming at the nearby waterfall or fishing for catfish in the surrounding rivers with lines made of sticks and twine.

In the afternoon, guests will have the opportunity to visit one of the local Masai communities with which the lodge works in partnership. The Masai are the original owners of the land, and as such, Cottar’s has made it a longstanding priority to support the development of these communities through aid, business opportunities and environmental conservation.

Stay: Cottars 1920's Safari Camp

Day 8: Heading Home: Transfer by Private Charter From the Masai Mara to Wilson Airport in Nairobi

This morning you will pack your belongings and return to the present day from the 1920s as you depart the Mara on a flight to Nairobi. As your flight departs, you will have one final glimpse of the endless plains of the Masai Mara before returning to the rapidly developing Nairobi skyline.

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