February 20, 2021 – Day 1
We will meet you at Nairobi International Airport and deliver you to our lodge in Nairobi. I’ve chosen a lovely nearby colonial-style lodge to ease comfortably into the local time zone. You’ll for sure feel the “Out of Africa” vibe of Macushla House. It’s my absolute favorite space in Nairobi.
The overnight accommodation is spacious with ensuite bathrooms for a maximum of ten guests. Open beamed ceilings, natural woodwork, log fires in the lounges and views over one of the last pockets of indigenous forest, complement the serenity and style of Macushla.
The bar and dining room take on an ambiance of intimacy yet have been host to many a celebratory function and informal business dinner. The food at Macushla will leave you in no doubt that you are in a private home and not a hotel. The terrace and swimming pool are regular venues for guests to relax, choose a tasty dish from the daily menu offered throughout the day and evening, or just a traditional tea with a hint of indulgence – scones, strawberry jam, and cream.
There are some great birds and Vervet Monkeys in the gardens, and you can get some practice in for our safari. Oh, the managers are Carrie and Grant! How cool is that?
“Nothing but breathing the air of Africa, and actually walking through it, can communicate the indescribable sensations.”
William Burchell, 19th Century Explorer
February 21, 2021 – Day 2
Sleep in as you please today and have breakfast at your leisure at Macushla House. We have a light schedule today, and we will have time to do a little shopping for forgotten items, curios, and some local sightseeing.
The highlight of the day will no doubt be our trip to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Orphanage. The DSWT has been rescuing orphaned elephants for years, and to date, they have saved the lives of more than 150 African Elephants! I have made special arrangements with DWST to go on a private tour. We will walk out into the bush with the handlers as they bring the babies home for the night. Along the way, we will stop and watch the elephants drink and play in a waterhole. This is particularly special as it is for our group only.
I’m sure it’ll be a battle to get you out of the baby elephant orphanage so your reward will be dinner at the world famous, Carnivore restaurant. The Carnivore is the ultimate ‘Beast of a Feast’ A variety of meat including ostrich, crocodile, and camel, is roasted over charcoal and carved at your table. Delicious side dishes and an exceptional array of sauces complement this fixed price feast that also includes soup, a selection of desserts and Kenyan coffee. Set in attractive tropical gardens, the service, and the décor are outstanding. Those of you that are not carnivores, there is something for everyone on the menu.
February 22, 2021 – Day 3
Our safari gets underway after breakfast. We’ll head to Nairobi Wilson Airport for our 50-minute flight to the spectacular Amboseli National Park. The park is home to the most amazing elephants in all of Africa. The elephants here have a very high percentage of big tuskers. Fingers crossed we will photograph one of these magnificent beasts.
Our home for the next two days will be Porrini Amboseli Camp (Trip Advisor – 5 Stars) in the private reserve, Selenkay Conservancy.
The camp includes nine spacious guest tents, comfortably furnished and with en suite bathrooms including shower, wash basin and flush toilet. Our tents have solar-powered electric lighting. The camp is small and is on the lines of the traditional luxury safari camp.
Once you settle into your tent, we will re-group for lunch and discuss the rest of the days’ activities. After we eat, we’ll take a short walk to visit the local Masai village for some insight into their way of life and culture. Photography is welcome.
After we return to camp, we will head out on our first game drive. You never know what to expect on a game drive, I’ve been on hundreds, and none of them have ever been the same. The one thing I will guarantee is that you’ll be very excited! We’ll photograph until the sunsets and stop to enjoy a sundowner in the bush before we enjoy a night drive back to the lodge and our evening meal.
February 23-24, 2021 – Days 4 & 5
For the next 2 days, we will explore the conservancy and Amboseli National Park. Amboseli is the home of the elephants, and we will spend a considerable amount of time with the numerous breeding herds in the park. This will be the best photo opportunities of the safari for elephants.
February 25, 2021 – Day 6
After an early breakfast, we will break camp and game drive our way to Porini Mara Camp (Trip Advisor – 5 Stars) in the Ol Kinyei Conservancy on the edge of the Masai Mara.
Once we are settled in and fed, we will head out on a game drive.
February 26-27, 2021 – Day 6 & 7
We will have game drives morning and night as we explore the Ol Kinyei and the magnificent Mara. The Masai Mara and the conservancy are home to lots of big cats! We will surely find lions, leopards, and cheetah. With some luck, we may also find African Wild Cats and some of the other nocturnal felines. We won’t be picky though and take whatever mother nature offers. There is so much wildlife here even the camp offers great wildlife, with a Bush Buck living in the camp and a tree full of birds by the mess tent!
February 28 – March 2, 2021 – Days 8 thru 10
We move camp today to the Olare Moroogi Conservancy and the wondrous Porini Lion Camp (Trip Advisor – 5 Stars). Lion Camp would get 10 stars from me! It’s superb!
Porini Lion Camp is in a unique and stunning setting on the banks of the seasonal Ntiakatiak River within the Olare Motorogi Conservancy. This vast area borders the Masai Mara National Reserve and is home to an abundance of animals including Mara’s great Big Cats. There is excellent game viewing within the Conservancy due to its pure natural state and the Porini Lion Camp – with just ten tents – ensures guests have a genuine “away from it all” experience deep in the African bush.
I have certainly seen a lot on the hundreds of game drives I have experienced, but I’ve been blown away by the game viewing at this camp. Two safaris ago we saw 24 lions in the first hour of the first game drive! This will no doubt be the highlight of this Kenya Safari!
The tastefully furnished tents feature solar-powered lighting, ensuite facilities (with hot shower and flush toilet) and a private verandah.
Our active safari life; sleep, eat, game drive, eat, rest, game drive, drink, eat and sleep continues at Lion Camp!
March 3, 2021 – Day 11
Sadly, it’s our final game drive, and then we drive through Masai Mara Reserve (cameras out) on the way to the airstrip. We’ll return to Nairobi and enjoy the luxuries of a day room at the Eka Hotel. Think showers that never run out of hot water, TV, fast internet; wait don’t reflect on that it sounds like home!
We take you by private vehicle to Nairobi International Airport where you can connect with your onward flight.
Note: camp managers or guides may change the daily activities or daily scheduled activities
Note: “delayed departure” options with a later flight back from the camps still require checkout of your tent at the standard time.