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7 Day Lavish Getaway

Kenya (Meru – Masai Mara)

Overview

For anyone familiar with Elsa the lioness - made famous by the book and film, Born Free - staying at Elsa’s Kopje in Meru will be a dream come true. Named after the lioness, it’s one of the most beautiful lodges in Africa. In the Maasai Mara, your home is Cottar’s 1920s’ Safari Lodge where luxurious canvas tents with en-suite dressing rooms and bathrooms, evoke an era of romance, elegance and adventure. Day and night game drives and bush walks mean that you can make the most of the variety of wildlife.

Safaris

3 nights in Elsa’s Kopje, Meru
3 nights in Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp
7 day/6 night flying safari

Days 1 to 3 – Elsa’s Kopje, Meru
On arrival into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will be met by an Adams and Butler representative who will transfer you to Wilson Airport to connect with your Air Kenya scheduled flight which departs at 09:15. On arrival into Meru you will be met at the airstrip and transferred to Elsa’s Kopje.  Accommodation is booked for 3 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 and 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, leading seamlessly into a private garden and swimming pool.

Days 4 to 6 – Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip for your private charter flight to Nanyuki, here you will connect with a scheduled flight to the Masai Mara. On arrival at the Keekorok airstrip you will be met and transferred to the camp with a game drive en route.  Accommodation is booked for 3 nights on a full board basis.
The Cottar Safari tradition began in 1919. Over 90 years on, we continue to provide an unparalleled safari experience to discerning clients in Africa. Extending an era of luxury and quality, we return to the original spirit and essence of ‘safari’, reminiscent of a golden era – an era of romance, professional guiding, adventure and elegance. Situated in an untouched exclusive concession bordering the Serengeti, Masai Mara and Loliondo reserves, the camp and the area guarantee privacy and an abundance of wildlife. The luxurious white canvas tents include private ensuite dressing rooms and bathrooms, main bedrooms and verandas, with family tents also having a living room with a fireplace. Cottar’s luxurious Mara Homestead can cater for up to 10 guests and is only available on exclusive use. Activities include day and night game drives, bush walks, river swimming and fishing, bush meals, sundowners and massage.

Day 7 – Departure
After one last game drive in the Masai Mara you will be transferred to the Keekorok Airstrip to connect with the Safarilink scheduled flight back to Nairobi, departing at 11:00. Arriving at approximately 12:15, an Adams and Butler 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

The coastline north of Mombasa is full of natural beauty. The coast is lined with pristine palm-fringed beaches leading into the inviting waters of the Indian Ocean. The peaceful beach havens of Mtwapa and Takaungu offer an ideal escape from the outside world, with endless deserted beaches. The off-shore reefs are alive with coral, myriad fish, sea turtles and dolphins. Both outer and inner reef walls offer world-class diving with spectacular coral gardens and drop-offs, and Kenya’s best wreck diving on the MV Dania. The small town of Malindi is at the centre of a strip of idyllic tropical beaches offering the visitor to Kenya a range of world-class resorts and quiet relaxing hideaways. Further south, the sleepy village of Watamu is fronted by wide white sandy beaches and a Marine National Park has been established, ideal for divers and snorkellers. The whale shark, the world’s largest fish, is an elusive oceanic fish that occasionally ventures to a handful of coastlines and swimming with one is truly a memorable experience. The Kenyan coast has in the recent past seen an increase in whale shark population and there is almost guaranteed sightings of these elusive giants. Whale sharks are mostly seen on the surface hence divers and snorkelers can swim with this gentle, curious creature while watching the research teams go through the delicate tagging process. Lamu is a peaceful tropical island with lovely beaches where tiny villages nestle among coconut and mango plantations. The town of Lamu began life as a 14th-century Swahili settlement, but the island has seen many visitors and influences, including Portuguese explorers, Turkish traders and the Omani Arabs. Lamu’s narrow streets remain unchanged however and in the markets and squares around the fort life moves at the same pace as it always has. There are no vehicles on Lamu and the donkey and the dhow remain the dominant form of transport.

Accommodations

Luxury beach lodges, well-established resorts and secluded boutique hotels

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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