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Kenya - Flying Safari to the Mara

Explore Amboseli, Meru and the Mara

10 days

from £5,395pp (excluding flights)

Fly in comfort, on a chartered plane, across Kenya’s wild landscape. Begin with the elephant-dominated grasslands of Amboseli, before flying north to the baobabs of Meru. End in the spectacular Masai Mara, the highlight of any trip to Kenya.

  • Fly in a eight-seater, chartered plane, avoiding the hassle of scheduled flights
  • Watch the elephants of Amboseli roaming against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Explore the unspoilt landscapes of Meru National Park
  • Spot wildlife in the iconic Masai Mara – rich with plains game, big cats and birdlife

AMBOSELI

Take to the skies in a comfortable Cessna Grand Caravan and fly south to Amboseli National Park. Stay at the beautifully designed Tortilis Camp, with its stunning views of the surrounding grasslands. From here explore the private Kitirua Conservancy, as well as the remote western reaches of the park.

Led by Masai guides, take a dawn bush walk as the sun rises over a cloud-topped Kilimanjaro in the distance. Explore further afield in open safari vehicle, searching for the ambling elephant herds that roam this fertile landscape.

As well as these slow-moving animals, spot an array of faster predators. Look out for spotted hyenas and cheetahs, which hunt on these green plains. And admire the colourful birdlife that flits across from tree to bush.

MERU

Return to the skies and fly north to the wild vistas of Meru National Park. This remarkable tranche of wilderness is set against the backdrop of Mount Kenya. Too often overlooked, it is home to an array of wildlife, as well as fantastic scenery.

Stay at Elsa’s Kopje, named after the famous lioness that was raised here. This stylish retreat looks out over the plains and wetlands that lie below its raised location. Employing natural themes and immersed in wilderness, the camp combines luxury with an effortless warmth.

Spend time exploring during the day and at night, searching for game amongst the baobabs, kopjes and swamplands of Meru. Look out for rarer species, including caracals, lesser kudus and aardwolves.

MASAI MARA

From Meru, head west and to the plains of the Masai Mara. Stay at the Sand River Mara, which combines a traditional bush camp ambience with a beautifully tranquil location. Spread along the banks of the river, it is shaded by tree branches, with swimming hippos frequent passers-by.

Spend a full day exploring one of Africa’s greatest safari destinations. Drive across these fertile plains, which are alive with animals and birds. Watch prides of lions stalking prey, see young elephants joust with their tusks, admire a courting cheetahs frolicking in the grass and listen as a herds of gazelles scamper over dry earth that breaks beneath their hooves.

WHY WE LIKE IT

This journey offers an easy alternative to the hassle of scheduled flights, allowing travel in comfort and with flexibility, accompanied by just seven other passengers. It combines some of Kenya’s best safari locations with ease, making use of beautiful camps – all of which offer stunning views.

DEPARTURE DATES

These safaris operate on a fixed schedule, departing once a week. 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 5395 £ 700
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what is included

  • All accommodation and meals as stated in the itinerary
  • Voyage gratuities
  • All transfers

PLEASE NOTE THE COST SHOWN INCLUDES INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK, BASED ON AN APPROXIMATE AIR FARE. PLEASE ASK YOUR TRAVEL EXPERT FOR AN ACCURATE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT QUOTE. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Amsterdam

Fly Amsterdam to Nairobi overnight

Day 2

Day at leisure in Nairobi


Used mainly as a quick stopover, Nairobi is an interesting city with some good places to visit. Central Nairobi is like many other African cities with traffic jams, noise and a hint of chaos. The suburbs, however, are quite different, with excellent markets, restaurants and great places of interest to visit, such as The Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, the wonderful Giraffe Centre and the Karen Blixen Museum.


You will be staying at Hemingways Hotel, Half board

Day 3

Travel from Nairobi to Amboseli National Park (Air Transfer Journey)


Set against the iconic backdrop of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, Amboseli National Park is situated near the border of Kenya and Tanzania. Year round springs which filter down from the snows and glaciers of the mountain provide an excellent source of water for the numerous species of wildlife.

Amboseli is renowned for being one of the best places to see large numbers of free ranging elephant. Habitats range from open plains, acacia woodland, thick thorn-bush and swamps where the bird life is colourful and prolific.


Afternoon Game Drive
Set out on an afternoon game drive, led by an expert guide, in an open safari vehicle. The camp's western location guarantees seclusion, with most lodges positioned close to the park's eastern entrance. Also drive within Tortilis's private 30,000-acre Kitirua Conservancy, which adjoins the park.

Renowned for its magnificent elephants, Amboseli is one of the best places to get close to them. The park also offers spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Have the chance to photograph elephants, with the mountain in the background. As well as these impressive herds, spot numerous plains animals and the big cats that hunt them.


You will be staying at Tortilis Camp, Full board

Day 4

Day of Game Drives
Before breakfast, set out on a dawn bush walk across this impressive landscape, as the sun rises on distant Kilimanjaro. Follow a skilled Masai guide, from the local community, across the fertile plains. Spot the herds of elephants that kick up dust as they tramp across the grassland and gain an insight into the smaller aspects of the natural environment. Identify tracks, watch dung beetles and learn about traditional uses for indigenous plants.

Afterwards, eat breakfast in the bush, before setting out on another game drive, returning to the camp for lunch.

Have some time to relax, then return to the safari vehicle later in the afternoon, taking a game drive as the shadows begin to lengthen. Look out for some of the park's less common predators, including cheetahs and spotted hyenas. Also admire the host of birdlife that decorates these endless plains.


You will be staying at Tortilis Camp, Full board

Day 5

Take a final game drive, before a bush breakfast.

Travel from Amboseli National Park to Meru (Air Transfer Journey)


The unspoilt nature of Meru National Park offers a remarkable wilderness treat. This lesser known and visited Park is off the tourist track and offers a chance, against the backdrop of Mount Kenya, to witness great scenery and although not as vast in numbers as other reserves, great game - all seemingly to yourself.

Made famous by the pioneering work of Joy and George Adamson Meru now ranks as one of the most rewarding and most overlooked park in the country. The big 5 are all found here in an area that is fed by a series of 13 streams, so a beautiful mix of grassland, woodland and uncrowded wilderness hide a handful of excellent lodges providing exceptional game viewing in a refreshingly wild environment.


Take an afternoon game drive through the park.


You will be staying at Elsa's Kopje, Full board

Day 6

Day of Game Drives
Take a morning game drive through the beautiful landscapes of Merus National Park. Set out in an open game-drive vehicle, led by a bronze or silver level guide. Drive past ancient baobabs, palm-lined streams and lush swamplands. Spot the numerous elephants, lions and plains animals that fill this captivating terrain. Also look out for rarer species that are found in this fascinating park, such as caracals, lesser kudus and aardwolves.

Return to the camp for lunch and have the afternoon to relax, before setting out again at dusk. As the sun sets, take a night drive through Meru National Park. Led by a guide armed with a red-light spotlight, search for the nocturnal animals that appear at this time of day. Spot predators stalking prey, a variety of owls and wide-eyed bush babies.


You will be staying at Elsa's Kopje, Full board

Day 7

Walking Safari
Leave the 4x4 vehicle behind and get closer to this fascinating natural environment. Led by an expert guide, walk across the landscape of Meru National Park. Spot animal tracks, identify droppings and watch naked mole-rats burrowing in the red earth.

For some of the best views in the park, climb to the top of Mughwango Hill. Here, admire the snow-capped Mount Kenya and look out over the endless Meru plains to the west.

Travel from Meru to Masai Mara (Air Transfer Journey)


The Masai Mara is an iconic safari destination. Famous for countless wildlife documentaries, the wildlife viewing here remains the best in Africa. Over the course of a few days, it is possible to see almost every animal indigenous to the region, with notable highlights being the well-established prides of big cats and the annual migration of zebra and wildebeest, one of the world's most spectacular wildlife events.

There is always something to see and every month can offer spectacular wildlife drama - the open plains and endless skies are a photographer's dream.

Adjoining the Serengeti in Tanzania and forming the northern end of the great migration ecosystem, this is the traditional land of the Maasai people. A visit also offers a chance to encounter this nomadic tribe, who offer a fascinating cultural dimension to the area.

Everybody has an opinion on the Mara, but it remains the best place in Africa for consistently superb big game viewing and should not be missed.


Arrive in time for sundowners at camp.


You will be staying at Sand River Mara, Full board

Day 8

Game Drives
Over the next few days, you can spend time exploring one of Africa's foremost wildlife destinations. Drive across the plains of the Masai Mara, accompanied by an expert guide. Admire this phenomenal landscape, packed with a myriad of animal species. Watch prides of lions stalking gazelles, spot cheetahs hidden amongst the long grass, scour the treetops for the tell-tale spots of a resting leopard and hear the clash of tusks as young elephants tussle. Rich with sights and sounds, this landscape is alive with wildlife.


You will be staying at Sand River Mara, Full board

Day 9

Spend the morning relaxing or take a final game drive.

Travel from Masai Mara to Nairobi (Air Transfer Journey)

Fly Nairobi to Amsterdam overnight

Day 10

Fly Amsterdam to London


Arrive into London Heathrow

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Elsa's Kopje

Elsa's Kopje

Elsa's Kopje camp is a stylish wilderness retreat, offering breath-taking panoramic views of the surrounding plains and wetlands below....

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Hemingways Hotel

Hemingways Hotel

This plantation-style property has 45 spacious suites, all overlooking the garden, towards the distant Ngong Hills....

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Tortilis Camp

Tortilis Camp

Tortilis Camp is a tented camp on the edge of Amboseli National Park with open views of Mount Kilimanjaro, offering one of the most dramatic settings for any camp in the area....

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Sand River Mara

Sand River Mara

Taking its name from the river over which the camp looks, Sand River is a classic, East African bush camp....

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