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Laikipia, Maasai Mara and Loita Hills Safari

Experience Kenya's Wildlife Wonders and Trek with the Maasai

This 11-day fly-in safari features Kenya's Laikipia highlands, Maasai Mara wildlife sanctuary and the Loita Hills "Forest of the Lost Child".

Day 1: Arrive in Nairobi

Your vehicle will be waiting upon your arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and you will be driven to Fairmont's The Norfolk Hotel. This 5-star hotel is an oasis in bustling Nairobi with its own private tropical gardens--the perfect place to relax and unwind after your long flight and to prepare for your safari ahead!

Days 2-4: Sabuk Lodge in Laikipia

An hour flight from Nairobi and a 30-minute game drive delivers you to Sabuk Lodge where two days of adventure await--bush walking, camel safaris and wildlife viewing! Open-fronted cottages are perched on the side of a river valley overlooking the cascading Ewaso Nyiro River. Northern Laikipia is home to thousands of elephant, greater kudu and the elusive, endangered African Wild Dog. This is a great opportunity to explore and walk close to wildlife guided by magnificent Laikipiak tribesmen. If you wish to camp out for a night under the stars there is a comfortable fly-camp. Visit a colorful Samburu village and be entertained by their dances representing courtship and celebration.

Days 5-7: Speke's Camp in the Maasai Mara

Another flight and game drive take you to Speke's Camp, located along the banks of the Olare Orok River on a private reserve in the Maasai Mara. This is one of the best areas for viewing wildlife in east Africa, especially for the big cats as well as the annual great migration of millions of wildebeest, zebra and other plains game. Speke’s Camp has eight comfortable traditional safari tents with en-suite bathrooms with hot water. Unsurpassed game viewing, picnics and sundowners, and the opportunity to embark on an epic walking safari in the Maasai Mara are just some of the highlights of this camp!

Days 8-10: Jan's Camp and Maasai Trails Camp in the Loita Hills

We drive from the Maasai Mara to Jan’s Camp in the Loita Naimina Enkyio Forest, sacred to the Maasai and an Africa that few travelers ever see. After a night at Jan's Camp, a donkey-supported caravan takes you into the hills to camp under the stars in your fully prepared and equipped camp. Maasai Trails provides a one-of-a-kind cultural exchange with one of the most famous tribes. Your Moran (Maasai warrior) will be there to guide you while teaching you along the way about their customs, rites and lore of the African bush.

Day 11: Flight to Nairobi

Either from your last camping spot or Jan’s Camp, we drive to the closest airstrip and fly back to Wilson airport, Nairobi and transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your onward journey.

Trip Details

11 Days / 10 Nights

  • Trip Type:

    Wildlife Safari
  • Trip Rating:

    Moderately Easy
  • Price:

    $7098
  • Single Supplement:

    $1475
  • Gateway City:

    Nairobi, Kenya
  • Meeting Place:

    Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

2014 Dates:

  • Dec 01 - Dec 31
       (anytime)

2015 Dates:

  • Jan 01 - Mar 31
       (anytime)
  • Dec 01 - Dec 31
       (anytime)

Activities:

  1. Bush Walking
  2. Camel Riding
  3. Cultural Encounters
  4. Game Drive
  5. Internal Flights
  6. Trekking
  7. Wildlife Viewing

Highlights:

Our accommodations run the gamut from the 5-star Fairmont hotel in Nairobi to open-fronted cottages overlooking a river valley in Laikipia to luxurious tented camps in the Maasai Mara and a Maasai-led and donkey-supported mobile camp in the Loita Hills.

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