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11 Day Adamsons Footsteps

Kenya (Meru – Chaffa – Masai Mara)

Overview

Your first night in Kenya will be spent in the small boutique hotel, the House of Waine in the leafy suburbs of Nairobi. From Nairobi, a scheduled flight will take you to Elsa’s Kopje in Meru, one of the loveliest lodges in Kenya and called after Elsa the lioness, made famous by the film, Born Free. After 3 nights, you will transfer to Joy’s Camp on the site of Joy Adamson’s original campsite (Joy and her husband George wrote the book Born Free, upon which the film was based). The last two nights will be spent at Elephant Pepper Camp in the heart of the Maasai Mara, before you transfer to Nairobi for your flight home.

Safaris

1 night in House of Waine
3 nights in Elsa’s Kopje, Meru
3 nights Joy’s Camp, Chaffa
3 nights in Elephant Pepper Camp, Masai Mara

Day 1 – House of Waine
On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport an Adams and Butler representative will meet you and transfer you to the House of Waine. Accommodation is booked for one night on a bed & breakfast basis.
The House of Waine is an eleven room boutique hotel in the forested suburbs of Nairobi. The hotel is only forty five minutes from the international airport and twenty five minutes from Wilson Airport. Each bedroom is individually styled with en-suite bathroom. All rooms have satellite TV, mini bar, room safe with coffee & tea making facilities. Within the surrounding gardens there is a heated swimming pool and poolside bar. It is located close to the Giraffe Centre, Nairobi National Park and the Elephant Orphanage.

Day 2 to 4 – Elsa’s Kopje, Meru
You will be collected from House of Waine and transferred to Wilson Airport for the Air Kenya scheduled flight to Meru which departs at 09h15.  On arrival into Meru you will be met at the airstrip and transferred to Elsa’s Kopje.  Accommodation is booked for three nights on a full board basis.
Elsa’s Kopje is named after Elsa the lioness, made famous by George and Joy Adamson’s biographical book and film “Born Free”. Elsa’s Kopje remains one of the most elegant lodges in Africa, with one of the most spectacular settings. It is the best upmarket location to view rhino in their natural habitat in Kenya. Elsa’s Kopje blends into the rocky crags of the “kopje” (small hill), built above the site of George Adamson’s original campsite. Every cottage is the ultimate ‘room-with-a-view’, uniquely designed, incorporating the natural features of the rocky hillside. There is an open bar, lounge and dining room with an exceptionally inviting infinity pool overlooking the Meru plains. Elsa’s Private House is a spacious, stylish, exclusive hideaway set slightly apart from the main lodge with a large private living and dining area which leads seamlessly into a private garden and swimming pool.

Day 5 to 7 – Joy’s Camp, Chaffa
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip for your private charter flight to Shaba. You will be met at Chaffa Airstrip and transferred to Joy’s Camp. Accommodation is booked for 3 nights on a full board basis.
Joy’s Camp is situated in Shaba National Reserve, on the site of Joy Adamson’s original campsite. Its ten spacious luxury tents overlook a large, natural spring that attracts endless game to the area around the camp. Each tent is decorated with sumptuous details and vibrant tribal cloths, creating a unique and attractively chic style. Each has a private verandas – ideal for game viewing, relaxing, reading and soaking up the wilderness that is Shaba. Joy’s Camp is the perfect choice for discerning guests interested in a glimpse of Kenyan history and an authentic wildlife experience combined with the comfort of a luxury tented camp.

Days 8 & 9 – Elephant Pepper Camp, Masai Mara
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip for the Safarilink scheduled flight to the Masai Mara departing at 09h10. You will be met at Mara North Airstrip and transferred to Elephant Pepper Camp. Accommodation is booked for 3 nights on a full board basis.
Elephant Pepper Camp is a small and exclusive safari camp, situated in the heart of the Masai Mara’s protected Mara North Conservancy. The camp looks out across the Mara’s vast open savannah plains. Our spacious canvas tents are comfortably furnished, featuring solar lighting, en suite bathrooms with flush toilets and traditional safari showers. Elephant Pepper Camp brings people back to nature with no traffic, no permanent structures, just the sights and sounds of the African bush.

Day 10 – Departure
After a last game drive in the Masai Mara, at 10h00 you will be transferred to the airstrip for the 11h00 Safarilink scheduled flight back to Nairobi. Arriving at 12h15, a representative will meet and transfer you to your Nairobi hotel or to the international airport for your journey home

Location

Kenya is in East Africa and has borders with Somalia, Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania. It also has a coastline on the Indian Ocean.

Experiences

One of the top draws for visitors is Kenya’s annual Wildebeest Migration. Nowhere in the world is there a movement of animals as immense as the wildebeest migration, when over two million animals migrate from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the pastures of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya during July through to October. However, Kenya is known throughout the world for its huge variety of wildlife and one of the best countries in Africa to see the Big 5 - lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo.

Nairobi National Park is one of the most successful of Kenya’s rhino sanctuaries and as a consequence is one of the few parks, where a visitor can be certain of seeing a black rhino in its natural habitat.

Samburu National Reserve is one of the lesser-known national parks but the reserve is rich in wildlife with an abundance of rare species such as the Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk and the beisa oryx (also referred to as the Samburu Special Five). The reserve is also home elephants, lion, leopard and cheetah. Wild dog sightings are

For elephant lovers, the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, located near Nairobi National Park, is a must-visit. This orphanage for elephant calves and rhinos from all over Kenya was founded and is still managed by Daphne Sheldrick, the widow of one of Kenya’s best-known Game Wardens David Sheldrick. David Sheldrick was at the centre of the 1970’s ivory poaching wars in Tsavo National Park and today, the Sheldrick Orphanage is a focal point for elephant conservation.

Accommodations

Private luxury camps and game reserves

Useful Info

Capital: Nairobi

Time: Kenya is three hours ahead of GMT and eight hours ahead of EST.

Currency: The Kenyan Shilling is the currency of Kenya.

Health: You must be vaccinated against Yellow Fever if you are coming from a high-risk area. However, even if you are not, it is advisable to get the jab as you can catch Yellow Fever in Kenya. Vaccinations against tetanus, diphtheria, typhus, poliomyelitis, hepatitis A and B are also suggested. Also take tablets to guard against Malaria.

Water: Bottled water is the only guaranteed safe drinking water but make sure to buy it from reputable outlets.  Avoid drinking water straight from the taps.

Climate: Kenya's daytime temperatures average between 20°C/68°F and 28°C/82°F. The coast is tropical and therefore hot and humid all year round, but the heat is pleasant and tempered by the monsoon winds. Kenya is too close to the equator to experience a real winter and summer.

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