Kenya Fly-In: Masai Mara, Amboseli & Samburu

Safari, Kenya Fly-In: Masai Mara, Amboseli & SamburuSafari, Kenya Fly-In: Masai Mara, Amboseli & Samburu

Kenya Fly-In

Masai Mara, Amboseli & Samburu

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For nonstop adventure, there is nothing quite as action-packed as a Fly-in CW Safari to one of the most dynamic wildlife destinations on Earth. Our exclusive flying itinerary gives you exceptional coverage, showcasing many of Kenya’s most famous sights. You’ll optimize every minute of your stay, as you safari by land and air through the richly varied scenic wilderness filled with big game and endless species of wildlife.

Your dreams take wing in Amboseli, with an airborne safari that guarantees sightings of large elephant herds against the dramatic backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. Flying on, discover the rugged beauty of the arid northern frontier. A day later, fly southwest to the remote Tanzanian border. Here, where the Masai Mara and Serengeti share the same massive ecosystem, the thundering migration of great wildebeest sends clouds of red-clay dust across the endless plain. Your light chartered aircraft makes every aspect of travel a pleasure, from personalized meet-and-greet services to elegant lodging in some of Kenya’s most luxurious tented camps.

Activity Level
Limited easy
walking with travel
and safari days
interspersed
Meet
Nairobi, Kenya
Depart
Nairobi, Kenya
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7 days, 6 nights Trip Includes 

Trip Includes

  • Experienced, friendly, and knowledgeable guides
  • All meals included
  • Premium tented camps (with private baths) while on tour
  • Airport “meet and greet” service
  • Transportation from the meeting to the departure point
  • Internal flight(s)
  • All park fees and special events as noted in the itinerary
  • Basic travel insurance coverage
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the CW staff
Compare Dates & Prices

2014 Seasonal Pricing Starting From...
Season 2+ travelers Single Supplement
Jan 1 - March 15
$56,698
$798
March 16 - 31
$5,898
$598
April 1 - May 31
$5,798
$598
June 1 - 30
$6,598
$798
July 1 - Sept 30
$7,598
$898
Oct 1 - 31
$6,798
$798
Nov 1 - Dec 14
$6,698
$798


*Price is based on per person, double occupancy.

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Itinerary and Accommodations

Days
Destination
1
Nairobi to Amboseli
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2
Amboseli
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3
Samburu
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4
Samburu/Shaba
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5
Masai Mara
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Masai Mara
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7
Masai Mara to Nairobi
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Day 1

Nairobi to Amboseli

Your safari begins with a flight from Nairobi’s private Wilson Airport to Tortillis airstrip in Amboseli National Park. Meet-and-greet services will soon have you comfortably ensconced at Tortillis Tented Camp. After lunch, experience the thrill of your first game drive in Amboseli.

Amboseli is best known for its local elephant population and unrivaled views of Kilimanjaro. There are over 1,000 elephants in the park’s ecosystem, featuring some of the largest specimens in Africa, and other plentiful game.

As the sun sets, enjoy exclusive sundowner cocktails before majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, followed by dinner.

Included: Game drive and internal flight. Meals: LD
Approximate Travel Time: 1 hour

Tortillis Tented Camp

Amboseli, Kenya

Tortillis Tented Camp boasts soaring views of the legendary snows of Kilimanjaro. Its on-site waterhole attracts a great diversity of animal life, particularly elephant. The camp is named for the flat-topped, umbrella thorn trees that comprise the surrounding woodland. Tents are large and spacious, with king or twin beds and elegant en suite bathrooms. The main lounge, bar, and dining area are exquisitely built with natural materials and thatched roofs, featuring magnificent views of Kilimanjaro. Amenities include pool and “bush spa.”

Day 2

Amboseli

The day is yours to explore as you wish. Perhaps an early morning Maasai-guided nature walk before or after breakfast. Or a morning game drive in the park – an International Biosphere Reserve featuring the dry lake-bed of prehistoric Lake Amboseli, rolling savannah, and lush green swamps. On the plains you may sight antelope, spotted hyena, jackal, warthog, olive baboon, vervet monkey... and even an elusive lion, leopard, or cheetah. Observation Hill, a conical peak, is easily climbed to attain stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro.

After lunch (which can be taken as a picnic lunch on safari), enjoy your afternoon with another game drive, a guided nature walk, or both–all are inclusive. Another exciting option is a cultural interaction at an authentic Maasai village where warriors greet visitors with displays of dance and song.

Sundowner cocktails, which can be taken on safari or in the camp’s Rondavel Bar, are followed by dinner and an evening relaxing at camp.

Included: Walking safari, game drives, and village visit. Meals: BLD

Tortillis Tented Camp

Amboseli, Kenya

Tortillis Tented Camp boasts soaring views of the legendary snows of Kilimanjaro. Its on-site waterhole attracts a great diversity of animal life, particularly elephant. The camp is named for the flat-topped, umbrella thorn trees that comprise the surrounding woodland. Tents are large and spacious, with king or twin beds and elegant en suite bathrooms. The main lounge, bar, and dining area are exquisitely built with natural materials and thatched roofs, featuring magnificent views of Kilimanjaro. Amenities include pool and “bush spa.”

Day 3

Samburu

After breakfast, a flight from Amboseli to Nairobi’s Wilson Airport will connect you with your flight to the Samburu National Reserve. Immediately on arrival, you will be swept into the beauty of the area with a brief game drive en route from the airstrip to Joy’s Camp.

After lunch at the camp, you are invited on an exclusive game drive in the Shaba Reserve. Vast, magnificent, and still largely unexplored, Shaba displays an evocative mix of uniquely contrasting habitats, from stark cliffs and boulder-strewn scarps to lush swamps and muddy sandbanks. Across the habitat roam large prides of lion and herds of elephant. Return to camp in time for a swim in the refreshing pool. Sundowner cocktails can be enjoyed at leisure on your private veranda, in the camp’s panoramic bar, or at a scenic location in the bush. After dinner, evening at leisure.

Included: Game drive and internal flight. Meals: BLD
Approximate Travel Time: 2 ½ hours

Joy’s Camp

Samburu, Kenya

Joy’s Camp, named after Joy Adamson, author of Born Free, is an elegant oasis in the wildly beautiful landscape of Samburu. Highly exclusive, with just 10 luxury tents, the camp is built on the site of Joy’s original bush camp, where she raised Penny, the leopard she wrote so movingly about. The secluded camp overlooks a large natural spring attracting abundant wildlife.

Day 4

Samburu/Shaba

Take the whole day to explore the riches of Shaba. Your options include morning, afternoon, and night game drives; guided nature walks; and cultural visits. Shaba’s dramatic landscape features rocky battlements, dry riverbeds, and extensive thorn shrub against a backdrop of distant hills. The wildlife is equally varied, this being one of the few sanctuaries for endangered Grevy’s zebra, rare Beisa oryx, and blue-shanked Somali ostrich. Large elephant herds roam the hills. Depending on your choice of adventures, breakfast and lunch can be taken in camp, or enjoyed as a picnic in the wild.

End this special day with sundowner cocktails in a scenic bush location, arriving back at camp for dinner. If the spirit moves you, a night game drive can be taken after dinner.

Included: Game drive, nature walk, and bush meals. Meals: BLD

Joy’s Camp

Samburu, Kenya

Joy’s Camp, named after Joy Adamson, author of Born Free, is an elegant oasis in the wildly beautiful landscape of Samburu. Highly exclusive, with just 10 luxury tents, the camp is built on the site of Joy’s original bush camp, where she raised Penny, the leopard she wrote so movingly about. The secluded camp overlooks a large natural spring attracting abundant wildlife.

Day 5

Masai Mara

After breakfast, transfer to the airstrip for your direct flight to the Masai Mara National Reserve. Your guide will welcome you and bring you to Saruni Mara Camp.

After lunch, there’s time to relax or spring right into action with a guided nature walk or game drive in this world-famous reserve. An abundance of buffalo, reticulated giraffe, and other herbivores makes the Mara ideal hunting grounds for the famous “big cats.” The reserve hosts Kenya’s largest population of lions and offers the best chance of finding a leopard. Other predators include cheetah and spotted hyena.

Sundowner cocktails can be taken in camp or in a scenic location, followed by dinner.

Included: Game drive, nature walk, and internal flight. Meals: BLD
Approximate Travel Time: 1 hour

Saruni Mara Camp

Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Saruni Mara Camp is a deluxe, eco-friendly safari lodge offering the thrill of authentic adventure coupled with the highest standards of accommodation. Guests will enjoy privileged seclusion in one of six cottages set in the remote valley of forests and hills, overlooking the open savannah. In massive cedar beds, guests can lounge in total privacy as elephant, leopard, waterbuck, bushbuck, and impala traverse the grounds. Each cottage has a large bathroom with elegant fittings and, when the canvas wall is raised, a shower with a view. A dining room and library are beautifully furnished in traditional and modern design with colonial antiques, Persian carpets, and African art. The menu features fresh, locally grown and organic produce.

Day 6

Masai Mara

Take a full day to explore the wonders of the Mara. Morning and afternoon game drives are offered, as are guided nature walks and ornithological tours. Lunch can be taken “on safari” if you wish.

Teeming with wildlife, the Mara is famous for the large herds of elephant and buffalo that meander its plains; also for the fat pods of hippo that wallow in its mud-brown rivers. Other stars include the distinctive Masai giraffe, plum-colored topi, Coke’s hartebeest, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelle, zebra, impala, Kirk’s dik-dik, bushbuck, waterbuck, and red duiker. The reserve also boasts plentiful Nile crocodile, monitor lizard, baboon, vervet, blue- and red-tailed monkeys, nocturnal bush babies, and tree hyrax. Bird-watchers will delight in more than 550 resident and migratory species of birds.

Sundowner cocktails are served on safari or in camp, as you prefer. Dinner in camp.

Included: Game drives, nature walk, and ornithological tour. Meals: BLD

Saruni Mara Camp

Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Saruni Mara Camp is a deluxe, eco-friendly safari lodge offering the thrill of authentic adventure coupled with the highest standards of accommodation. Guests will enjoy privileged seclusion in one of six cottages set in the remote valley of forests and hills, overlooking the open savannah. In massive cedar beds, guests can lounge in total privacy as elephant, leopard, waterbuck, bushbuck, and impala traverse the grounds. Each cottage has a large bathroom with elegant fittings and, when the canvas wall is raised, a shower with a view. A dining room and library are beautifully furnished in traditional and modern design with colonial antiques, Persian carpets, and African art. The menu features fresh, locally grown and organic produce.

Day 7

Masai Mara to Nairobi

After a farewell breakfast in camp, you’ll be transferred to the airstrip for your return flight to Nairobi’s Wilson Airport. There you will be met and escorted either to a city hotel or directly to the international airport depending on your flight schedule.

Included: Internal flight and airport transfers. Meals: B
Approximate Travel Time: 2 hours

Itinerary Disclaimer

Bear in mind that this is a typical itinerary, and the actual activities, sites, and accommodations may vary due to season, special events, weather, or transportation schedules. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance, and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve the tour and your experience. If you are currently booked on a CW adventure, an itinerary has been sent to you for your exact departure date. Please call CW at 800.464.9255 if you have any questions about the exact itinerary or hotels selected for any of our tours.

Guides

Chris Nyambu

Chris brings knowledge and dedication to his career as a safari guide. Highly focused and passionate about his profession, he is accredited by the Kenya Professional Safari Guide Association with eight years guiding experience. Because Chris speaks fluent English and Swahili, he is a perfect bridge between our safari guests and the places they visit. His conversance with the African wilderness—its geography, flora, and fauna—is equally fluent. Driven by his love for wildlife and desire to conserve nature, he became a member of the Friends of Tsavo. Among his favorite places to travel: Masai Mara, Samburu, and Lake Nakuru. When not travelling or guiding, he enjoys football and photography. His favorite subject? The African elephant.

Stephen M. Kyengo

Stephen is a proficient safari driver and enthusiastic guide. His wealth of knowledge about the African wild, combined with his fluency in English, Swahili, and intermediate Japanese, make him a most remarkable travel companion. His seven years experience in safari guiding is reflected in his intimate familiarity with the flora and fauna. His passion for the region may be partly inherited, as his father is also a professional safari guide. Outgoing and lively, Stephen loves meeting new people and is an accredited member of the Kenya Professional Safari Guide Association. His favorite parks are Samburu and Masai Mara; his favorite animal is the giraffe.

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