You will arrive in Nairobi and find our experienced team waiting ready to transfer you to a luxurious hotel for delicious meals and refreshing. You will spent your night at the hotel waiting to start your adventure the following day.
Wake up early in the morning, after breakfast our driver will pick you at your hotel and drive to Born Free. After six-hour drive you will arrive at Shaba National Park – a small lesser-visited reserve in the north of the country, and the place where Joy Adamson – conservationist and author of Born Free – lived a fascinating life. En route, you’ll have lunch at the Trout Tree Restaurant near Mount Kenya for an interesting dining experience within and around a huge fig tree! Once you arrive in Shaba, you’ll embark on a game drive towards the elegant oasis of Joy’s Camp. Shaba is dry country, similar to nearby Samburu, and wildlife here includes the Grevy’s zebra and gerenuk, as well as abundant birdlife. With just ten tents, Joy’s Camp overlooks a natural spring and is built on the site of Joy Adamson’s tented home.
This is the area where Joy reintroduced Penny the leopard into the wild and where she lived for many years until her death in 1980; there’s a small gallery here telling her life story. An esteemed Elewana-managed property, the camp is environmentally aware and works with the local community to share with its guests the secrets of a wild, forgotten area; and for Adamson admirers and Born Free fans, it’s a place full of romance and nostalgia. In the evening you will be taken to Joy’s Camp for dinner and overnight stay.
You will wake up early in the morning and prepare for the game drive in the Shaba National Reserve .After this amazing experience, you will return to the camp for your breakfast. A mid-morning game drive provides another opportunity to see the reserve’s fascinating landscapes. After lunch, continue to Meru National Park, the historic home of Elsa the lioness. It was here that Joy and George Adamson returned Elsa to the wild. Encounter a true wilderness experience on a private game drive through the park’s diverse landscape dominated by huge baobab trees. This little-visited and unspoilt park is also home to the exclusive Elsa’s Kopje – an elegant and secluded safari lodge with spectacular views. Opened by Virginia McKenna in 1999, this eco-friendly lodge is sculpted into the hill above George Adamson’s first campsite – the place where he raised and released orphaned lions. In the evening, after the exciting adventure you will be taken to Elsa’s Kopje for dinner and overnight stay. B, L, D.
Wake up to the beautiful rising sunshine followed by a traditional bush breakfast arranged by the lodge. After the hearty breakfast, explore this beautiful park further on three game drives, during which you may spot black rhino, cheetah, leopard and rare antelope amongst other African wildlife. You will also make a visit to the site of Elsa’s grave. In the evening you will return to Elsa’s Kopje for dinner and overnight stay.
You will wake up early in the morning, after breakfast at the lodge, begin the seven-hour drive to Nairobi with a picnic lunch en route, arriving late afternoon. Here you’ll have the rest of the day and evening at leisure, giving you the chance to relax in the comfortable Nairobi Serena Hotel and the choice of dining at the hotel or venturing out to a local restaurant. You will spent your night at Nairobi Serena Hotel. B, L.
Wake up in the morning followed by a leisurely breakfast before being met by a Born Free representative to accompany your visit to the world-famous Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. Spend some time with the elephants as they are fed by staff, who are also on hand to answer any questions and talk about their experiences with these rescued baby elephants. Having visited historic properties central to the Born Free story over the last few days, enjoy lunch before moving on to the second part of the itinerary to see the Foundation’s current work in action. After lunch at Pampa Grill, travel on to Amboseli National Park, where a game drive en route to Ol Tukai Lodge provides the opportunity to spot large herds of elephant, cheetah and buffalo against the dramatic backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. Ol Tukai Lodge has some of the best views of Mount Kilimanjaro, plus chalet-style rooms and an open-air bar. Stay: In the evening you will be taken to Ol Tukai Lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
You will wake up to the beautiful sunshine and sweet voices of birdlife. After breakfast, visit the Amboseli Elephant Research Project (AERP); the research arm of the Amboseli Trust for Elephants (ATE). Born Free provides funding for the AERP through the elephant adoption packages that it sells. A short talk from an AERP representative will explain the work of the trust as well as the research projects being undertaken. As a result of their work, the park’s 1,500 elephants are amongst the most studied large mammal population in the world, with the knowledge gained helping to conserve them, the park and the surrounding ecosystems. This afternoon, visit Ol Moti School, supported by Born Free (you may like to bring small gifts for the children such as pens and books). Funds raised so far have enabled the school to expand from just 74 children in 2004 to educating more than 365 children today, with new dormitories, classrooms and toilets. Stay: In the evening you will be taken to Ol Tukai Lodge for dinner and overnight stay. B, L, D.
Sweet voices of birdlife will wake you up in the morning. After breakfast, visit one of the lion-proof Maasai bomas created by Born Free in collaboration with the Kenya Wildlife Service. Amboseli is a region of high human-wildlife conflict, with lions destroying livestock, and the local community destroying the lions in return. Typically, Kenyan livestock is held in enclosures made of thorn bushes. The problem with these enclosures is that lions can find a way through the bushes and are then able to drag out cattle and goats to feed on. The difference with a lion-proof boma is that it is constructed of chain fences around the homestead, enclosing the families and their livestock. The thick mesh is able to prevent night-time attacks from lions on the hunt and, so far, this method – piloted in Amboseli – has proved to be 100% lion proof. Return to Nairobi with a picnic lunch en route. Upon arriving you will be transferred to a comfort day room at the Eka Hotel to refresh and dinner. In the evening you will be driven to Jomo Kenyatta International airport to catch your flight back home.
You may also opt to stay longer and explore this exciting destinations:
Kenya beach 3 nights
Fly to the vibrant city of Mombasa – gateway to Kenya’s tranquil coast, which has a diverse blend of cultures and over 300 miles of beaches stretching from the small town of Malindi in the north to the dazzling white sands of Diani in the south. The warm, clear waters are excellent for snorkelling and diving, and watersports include windsurfing and waterskiing. Popular with both families and honeymooners, the choice of accommodation ranges from good value hotels to luxury all-inclusive resorts.
Zanzibar beach 3 nights
Fly to Zanzibar’s palm-fringed beaches, which are lapped by warm Indian Ocean waters and regularly voted amongst the world’s best. It’s the perfect tonic following a safari. Spend your days simply soaking up the sun, enjoying pampering spa treatments, trying your hand at watersports and snorkelling amongst the colourful corals.
We have designed for you a perfect itinerary to tour the world-famous Zanzibar city, African island of paradise.
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