Kenya is the birthplace of the safari (safari means "journey" in Kiswahili) and offers unparalleled game viewing experiences. From the Mt. Kilimanjaro backdrop while on safari in Tsavo East and Amboseli National Parks and the vast plains of the Masai Mara, Great Plains Safaris offers the best safari experience in an exclusive setting.
Depart from New York JFK on your South African Airways flight.
Tsavo National Park
After breakfast, take an early morning transfer to Wilson Airport for the scheduled flight to Tsavo National Park. Upon arrival, you will be met by a guide from the lodge and enjoy a game drive en route to the lodge. Following lunch, there is an afternoon game drive returning to the lodge as the sun sets.
While at Ol Donyo enjoy scheduled activities ranging from a choice of early morning and late afternoon/early evening game drives in a 4×4 open vehicle, guided bushwalks, bush breakfast and dinners, night drives, hiking, horse riding (for all guests, novice to professional), mountain biking, tracking, conservation and community outreach programs, wildlife viewing in an open air hide), daily laundry and non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages.
Each vehicle includes one pair of Swarovski HD binoculars for guests' complimentary use during game drives and Big Life conservation fees.
Ol Donyo lies in the foothills of the Chyulu Range. The Chyulu Hills are the youngest range of volcanic hills in Africa with the last volcanic activity having happened about 600 years ago. They are situated halfway between Tsavo and Amboseli National Parks on a concession of 300,000 acres of communally owned Masai land, which is also part of the Amboseli ecosystem. Being a natural corridor for wildlife between Tsavo and Amboseli National Parks, this land is to be protected. Habitants range from grasslands of the savanna to green river woodlands and cool mountain forests.
The lodge consists of eight cottages and panoramic views of the plains and Mount Kilimanjaro.
Overnight at Ol Donyo Lodge.
Following breakfast, there will be a game drive en route to the airstrip for the scheduled flight to Nairobi. Upon arrival, connect to the flight to Masai Mara. Upon arrival, guests will be met and transferred to the camp. Following lunch, there will be an afternoon game drive returning to camp as the sun sets.
Overnight at Mara Plains in a guest tent on full board basis including local village visits, scheduled early morning, late afternoon and night game drives in an open, 4×4 vehicle on the Masai Mara Reserve (one day during entire three-night stay), Olare Motorogi and Mara North Conservancies, all meals, laundry, non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages (excluding champagne). Each guest tent includes one pair of Swarovski HD binoculars and a professional Canon camera body and lens kit for complimentary use.
Mara Plains Camp is one of the smallest and most personal camps in Masai Mara. Guests can game drive in both the Masai Mara National Reserve, which is only a few hundred meters away, or in the privacy of the neighboring Olare Orok Conservancy away from the crowds. The Conservancy is a fabulous wildlife reserve of nearly 20,000 acres, rich in wildlife (including the predators and big cats in particular.) Mara Plains Camp opened in 2008 in an extraordinary location that appears to be the epicenter and hunting grounds for many of the big cats. Hardly a night passes without the exciting sounds of predator activity and lions roaring nearby. The camp caters for only 14 guests in 7 spacious and comfortable ensuite canvas rooms built on raised decks.
The camp has been designed and built to be as environmentally friendly as possible, and it proudly boasts that not even a teaspoon of cement can be found anywhere on the property! In addition to the tented rooms, the camp has a raised dining room under canvas as well as a comfortable lounge. The outdoor dining area is a great place to relax in the cool shade of the large trees along the Ntiakatek River. The 4x4 open game-viewing land cruisers have been designed for comfort with only four to five guests per vehicle, giving clients an ultimate game viewing experience.
Overnight at Mara Plains Camp.
Following an early morning game drive and breakfast, you will be transferred to the nearest airstrip for a scheduled flight to Nairobi. Upon arrival, guests will be met and transferred to Hemingways Nairobi Hotel. Lunch is on your own arrangements, and your afternoon is at leisure. Dinner is also on your own arrangements.
Overnight Hemingways Nairobi Hotel on bed and breakfast basis.
After breakfast, you will depart to Nairobi airport where you will board your flight to Johannesburg and connecting flight to the United States.
Arrival in the United States at New York JFK airport.
• Meet and greet services • On air-safari packages game drives will be on a shared basis in camp/lodge 4x4 vehicles. Where lodges are located in particular conservancies, the game drives will be carried out in the conservancy and additional costs apply for going into the Masai Mara reserve park • Meals and accommodations as specified • Respective conservancy fees as indicated and government taxes • One entry to the Mara Reserve during entire stay • Flights as specified on the itinerary
• Visas, airport taxes (clients pay direct) • Driver-guide gratuities, drinks, dining rooms tips and porterage • Personal travel, baggage and medical insurance • Telephone bill, laundry and any items of a personal nature