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A Private Pilgrimage – 7 Days / 6 Nights

$7,263.00

Safari means journey in Kiswahili, the language of East Africa, and Kenya is the home of safari. Its varied ecosystems and landscapes mean that the biodiversity here is higher than any other country in Africa. It has been the natural home of celebrity safaris, big game hunters and royalty since the 18th century and remains the most spectacular safari destination with unparalleled wildlife viewing.

A complete safari includes at least three of the main ecosystems: the semiarid dramatic landscapes of the north, the tropical woodlands of the Rift Valley and the lush savannahs of the Masai Mara. We recommend booking three nights in each area in order to give your guests the best possible safari.

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Description

Introduction

Safari means journey in Kiswahili, the language of East Africa, and Kenya is the home of safari. Its varied ecosystems and landscapes mean that the biodiversity here is higher than any other country in Africa. It has been the natural home of celebrity safaris, big game hunters and royalty since the 18th century and remains the most spectacular safari destination with unparalleled wildlife viewing.

A complete safari includes at least three of the main ecosystems: the semiarid dramatic landscapes of the north, the tropical woodlands of the Rift Valley and the lush savannahs of the Masai Mara. We recommend booking three nights in each area in order to have the best possible safari.

  • Experience two privately owned properties, while covering two very different, but renowned ecosystems.
  • Encounter the tribal inhabitants of the areas, whose authentic, traditional and colourful tribal ways remain relatively untouched.
  • On Olderkesi Conservancy, learn from the renowned guide, Calvin Cottar, about the intricacies of the Mara ecosystem and the wildlife and people found therein.

Considered the best beach in Kenya, Diani offers all of the activities of a beach visit in the seclusion of a lavish, opulent private villa.

Full Itinerary – What to Expect.

7 Days / 6 Nights

Special Interests: Families, Groups, Photography, Adventurers, Birding, Naturalists, Outdoor Enthusiasts, Watersport Enthusiasts

Day 1 to 3Cottar’s Bush Villa
Arrive in Nairobi, fly to Masai Mara
Day 4 to 6Alfajiri Villas
Fly to Ukanda, Diani
Day 7Fly to Nairobi, Transfer to Nairobi International Airport

from USD 7,263 nett per person (based on a group of 6 guests)

3 Nights in Masai Mara National Reserve

The vast open grasslands of the Masai Mara are famous throughout the world as the host of the annual migration, when 1.3 million wildebeest and zebra cross from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara in search of greener pastures from June to October.

With high densities of both resident and transient populations of game including lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, rhino, giraffe, hyena and over 450 species of bird, the Masai Mara provides unrivaled game viewing throughout the year.

The 1510 square kilometres Masai Mara National Reserve bordering Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park is surrounded by approximately a dozen conservation areas. These conservancies have been established as partnerships between the private sector and local Maasai pastoralist landowners to ensure the conservation of the Great Mara-Serengeti ecosystem and the protection of the wildlife within it.

The 70,000 acre Mara North Conservancy (MNC), is one of the largest community and private sector owned conservancies in the world. Regarded as one of Kenya’s most successful conservation models, MNC is an exclusive safari destination in a prime wildlife area, open only to the guests of the 12 member camps within it.

Cottar’s 1920s Game viewing

Highlights

  • Classified among the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ as host to the annual migration from July to November
  • Home to resident and transient game including the Big Five and over 450 bird species

You Stay at Cottar’s Bush Villa

Cottars Private Villa – living room

Your Stay

3  Nights

Luxury Family Villa, No. Rooms: 5 | Spoken Languages: English

Special Interests: Adventure, Big 5, Birding, Hiking, History & Culture, Indigenous Culture / Art, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

All Local Brands (Spirits, Wine and Beers) Included

The 7,000 acre untouched Cottar’s Private Conservancy provides tranquility and an abundance of wildlife.

With sweeping views over the Masai Mara and Serengeti, the exclusive private bush villa is set away from Cottar’s 1920’s Safari Camp. Complete with private swimming pool and dedicated staff, Cottar’s Bush Villa provides the ultimate exclusive safari experience.

3 Nights at Diani Beach.

The palm fringed white sandy beaches of Kenya’s picturesque coastline with exotic coral reefs, secluded islands, sacred forests, unspoilt bays and breathtaking white sand beaches provide an idyllic tropical paradise and perfect destination for an exclusive beach holiday.

 

Whether you are looking to stand-up paddle board on the crystal clear warm waters of the Indian Ocean watching dolphins swim beneath you or scuba dive on a colourful coral reef; the Kenyan coast is an unparalleled holiday destination for families or couples, groups or single travellers, young or old.

The East African coast has a shallow shelf stretching out to a coral reef. At low tide the coral rock pools provide a view in to fascinating marine life: crabs, shells, eels, starfish, sea urchins and fish nursery pools. At high tide, the warm sheltered waters are ideal for swimming and snorkeling

Alfajiri Villas Diani Beach Aerial

Highlights

  • Diani Beach was voted seventh best beach in Africa by TripAdvisor 2017.

You Stay at Alfajiri Villas

Your Stay

4 Nights

Garden Villa, | Spoken Languages: English, French, Italian, Swahili

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

All Local Brands (Spirits, Wine and Beers) Included

Special Interests: Beach / Coastal, Fishing, Golf, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Shopping, Watersports

This Italian jewel, comprising three glamorous villas overlooking the exquisite Diani beach, is a memorable place to stay. The individual villas with private swimming pools – Beach Villa, Cliff Villa and Garden Villa – were created and are hosted by the Molinaro family. With delicious cuisine and outstanding service as their hallmarks, hosts Marica and Fabrizio plan individual daily itineraries for their clients. Enjoy the magnificent view and swim in the pool, walk on the ten kilometre-long white sandy beach, go snorkelling on the edge of the coral reef, explore the local craft markets, play golf at the nearby 18-hole course or visit the elephant sanctuary. Alfajiri really is a luxurious boutique destination.

Recommended Experiences

  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Boat Excursions, Sailing
  • Skydiving
  • Surfing
  • Kitesurfing
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Stand-up Paddle Boarding
  • Canoeing
  • Water Skiing
  • Dolphin Watching
  • Whale Watching
  • Horse Riding
  • Cultural Community Visits

7 Days / 6 Nights

  • 3 Nights in Cottar’s Bush Lodge – Masai Mara National Reserve.
  • 3 Nights in Elfajire Villas – Diani Beach

Included :

  • Exclusive use full board accommodation
  • Soft drinks, beer, house wines and selected spirits
  • Park and conservancy fees
  • Safari activities including day and night game drives, bush meals and sundowners, running with a Maasai warrior, Maasai warrior school, traditional canvas bush baths, Maasai singing and dancing, sustainability tour, life of a hunter-gatherer tour, and conservation and community tour at Cottar’s Bush Villa
  • Coastal activities including ngalawa (Swahili boat) coral reef and snorkelling excursions, one daily massage per adult/teenager, cultural community visits, use of gym at nearby property
  • Scheduled flights and domestic flight departure tax
  • Meet and assist at JKIA, airport/airstrip transfers
  • AMREF Flying Doctors Membership
  • Laundry and all statutory taxes
  • Laundry and all statutory taxes

Excluded

  • Champagne, luxury spirits & wines
  • Additional activities not mentioned in inclusions
  • All statutory increases beyond our control
  • International flights & visa fees
  • Gratuities.

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