Three of Kenya’s best private wildlife destinations are on the itinerary of this Big 5 Wilderness safari experience and you have a chance to experience them in different ways. The emphasis is on spotting the region’s big game but you will have time to stretch your legs on nature walks with a Maasai warrior and armed tracker, the best way to discover the secrets of the Savannah.
Game viewing is excellent all year round but little can beat the magical sight of migrating wildebeest and zebra between July and October as they pour nervously onto the Mara plains, followed closely by hungry predators. The tension increases as the migration crosses the Mara River where lurking hungry crocodiles await their next meal – this is an Africa safari at its most dramatic
Adventurous, extremely comfortable and with an emphasis on providing a diverse wildlife and cultural experience, the Big 5 Wilderness Experience is ideal for travelers looking for a slightly different safari to the mainstream. Its lovely accommodation and high standards of service mean it is also suited to fit honeymooners and active couples.
Land Cruiser 4×4 or Mini Bus
On arrival at JKIA you will be met by representative who will transfer you to Ole Sereni Hotel for your overnight stay. Ole Sereni Hotel offers the ideal location from which to start your safari adventure as it is the only city hotel situated within a game park. With the stunning greens and golds of Nairobi National Park’s landscape punctuated by giraffe, zebra, antelope and buffalo lounging near their waterhole, the views alone make Ole Sereni one of a kind.
After having breakfast, you’ll check-out of your Nairobi hotel and take a road transfer to Amboseli National park and your home for the next two days-Tortilis Camp. Tortilis Camp has a prime location for witnessing the majesty of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro Located in a private conservancy bordering the national park, game drives, walks, sundowners and bush meals take place both inside the national park and in the conservancy, where guests enjoy exclusivity.
The tents are all spacious, with king or twin beds and elegant en suite bathrooms.
Expert guides will lead game drives in search of animals ranging from elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah and striped hyena to jackal, giraffe, warthog and zebra. Bird watchers will be thrilled by the abundant bird life in the area, especially birds of prey.
Your morning will kick off with a hearty breakfast followed by a full morning of game viewing in the famous Amboseli National Park. After a morning of big game and big cats, find a shady spot for a picnic lunch before returning to camp to relax. After a refreshing dip in the pool, catch up on some sleep or set off on a Maasai guided walk to a nearby village for some remarkable insights into local Maasai culture. As the heat of the day ebbs away, set off on an afternoon game drive, stopping for a sundowner drink at a scenic viewpoint. If the weather plays along, you may enjoy breathtaking views of iconic Mount Kilimanjaro. Heading back to camp, a spot light is used to locate nocturnal animals such as aardvarks, bush babies and serval cats on the prowl. Return to camp for a wholesome dinner around a campfire beneath a canopy of stars, ready to swop stories about the day’s adventures
After an early breakfast at Tortilis camp, you will check-out and drive to Asilia’s Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, situated in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. The conservancy is both home to the Big 5 and a haven for endangered species such as the super-rare black rhino, endemic Grevy’s zebra and non-indigenous rescued chimpanzees.
Once you reach the entrance of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy a short game drive will take you into camp. Once in camp you will get the opportunity to settle in your new surroundings and relax before heading to the dining area to enjoy a delicious dinner, and maybe a drink or two while sharing stories of old times. There is also an option of going on a night game drive if you wish to do so
After an early breakfast in camp head to the lounge area where your guide will get you for your morning game drive in Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy. While on the game drive you will have the opportunity to view all the local wildlife pertinent to the conservancy such as the Big Five. You will stop and enjoy a delicious packed lunch from Ol Pejeta before heading back to camp.
Once back at camp you will have the opportunity to relax and refresh before meeting everyone in the dining area for a three course home cooked meal prepared by the amazing chefs. You can also enjoy a refreshing gin and tonic around the camp fire while talking about the adventures of the day.
After an early breakfast in camp, head to the lounge area where you will be met by your expert guide and head out into the bush on foot for a morning guided walk in the Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy. There is no better way to experience the wilderness of East Africa up close and personal than on foot with the sun rising in the background. The morning walk will last for around 3-4 hours (temperature dependent), offering the chance to the Big Five.
A picnic lunch will be served before your journey back to camp for a well-deserved rest. Once you are relaxed and refreshed you will enjoy dinner at the camp and head to the campfire where whiskies are poured and safari tales are told late into the night
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Nanyuki Airstrip for your SafariLink flight to Mara Ol Seki Airstrip. On arrival at Mara Ol Seki Airstrip you will be met by a driver guide and transferred to Saruni Mara, the only small boutique lodge in the Mara, making it very intimate and exclusive. The beautifully decorated and individually themed rooms have a classic safari feel, with luxurious bathrooms and showers with a view.
The lodge is tucked away in a secluded valley in Mara North Conservancy – a private and exclusive 74,000 acre wildlife concession bordering the Masai Mara National Reserve, the world’s most naturally rich wilderness. Encounter the abundant wildlife away from the crowds and uninterrupted by other vehicles.
Enjoy the Italian-inspired cuisine, the relaxed and elegant atmosphere and being immersed in nature from your private veranda, the Maasai Wellbeing Space and the open lounge and dining area. Discover an array of unique and exciting activities to enjoy in total exclusivity.
Maasai warriors guide you, sharing their ancient wisdom and local knowledge of the animals, their way of life and their secret corners of the most iconic and celebrated game reserve in Kenya – a truly authentic safari experience
After an early breakfast in camp, you will head to the lounge tent where you will meet your guide driver and depart on a game drive in Mara North Conservancy. You will then have the opportunity to view all the local inhabitants and wildlife pertinent to the Conservancy such as big cats, elephants, giraffe and wildebeest. You will stop and enjoy a delicious packed lunch from Saruni Mara before heading back to camp. Once back at camp you will have the opportunity to relax and refresh before meeting everyone in the dining area for a three course home cooked meal before heading to the camp fire for a refreshing drink and good company
After an early breakfast in camp you will meet up with your expert guide and depart on a morning guided walk in the Mara Mara North Conservancy. You will get the opportunity to view all wildlife pertinent to the conservancy such as giraffe, wildebeest, elephant and any of the big cats.
Once back at camp you will have the opportunity to relax and refresh before meeting everyone in the dining area for your final three course dinner. You can either choose to head back to your tent for a good night’s rest before your departure or head to the camp fire area with a drink.
After breakfast, pack your bags and depart for Mara Ol Seki Airstrip for your SafariLink flight to Wilson Airport. You will then be transferred to JKIA where you will bid farewell to your guide for your onward journey