East Africa Fly-in Safari

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Our East Africa Fly-in Safari, covering both Kenya and Tanzania, is perfect for those who want to spend as much time viewing animals as possible in a 15-day safari. Because we travel from place to place by plane you are able to minimize travel time and maximize your animal viewing!

Discover the world-renowned safari regions of the Great Rift Valley in Kenya and the Serengeti in Tanzania. Trip highlights include Lake Naivasha, a freshwater lake that is home to hippos, fish eagles and other birdlife and Lake Nakuru, a rhino sanctuary and home to thousands of flamingoes. The Maasai Mara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater are the home of scores of game and predators- lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena – that continue the natural circle of life, hunting and death.

Note that our accommodation are in top class luxury hotels, guest lodges and tented camps to ensure a classic East African safari experience like the days of old!

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Itinerary:

Day 1 - Arrive JKIA Nairobi, meet, greet & transfer by Origins Safaris, 1 o/n Fairmont Norfolk Hotel

Days 2 & 3 - Fly schedule to Amboseli, 2 o/n Tortilis Camp

Days 4 - 6 - Fly schedule to Samburu, 2 o/n Elephant Bedroom Camp

Days 7 - 9 - Fly schedule to Maasai Mara, 3 o/n Naibor Camp

Days 10 - 12 - Fly schedule via Lake Victoria (Isebania) to Serengeti, 3 o/n Lemala Mara Serengeti Camp

Days 13 & 14 - Fly schedule to Manyara, 2 o/n Lemala Ngorongoro Camp (Option to drive November – March)

Day 15 - Fly schedule via Kilimanjaro to Nairobi, transfer to Panari Airport Hotel, dayroom & depart


Day 1 Nairobi: 
Our safari begins in Kenya's capital city, Nairobi, at the Fairmont Norfolk, an elegant, historic hotel. The Norfolk is still considered to be Nairobi's best-known and finest hotel.

1 overnight Fairmont Norfolk Hotel

Day 2 & 3: Amboseli
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to Amboseli National Park. You will be met at the airstrip and taken on your first game drive across the park towards the Kitirua Hill and eco-award winning Tortilis Camp, on the edge of the Park boundary.

Bordering Tanzania, Amboseli is one of the most scenic of Kenya's wildlife reserves. The majestic, snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro in neighboring Tanzania dominates every vista. The grandeur of this imposing feature provides a superb backdrop for photographing and viewing big game. This vast tract of land spreads out as far as the eye can see at the foot of snow-capped Kilimanjaro: the world's highest freestanding mountain.

Tortilis Camp is named after the flat-topped, umbrella thorn tree, the Acacia Tortilis, and is situated in one of Amboseli's areas of Acacia Tortilis woodland, with the majestic backdrop of Africa's highest mountain, and the world's highest free-standing mountain, snow-capped Kilimanjaro.

Game drives, walks, sundowners and bush meals take place both inside the park, and within a private 30,000-acre game concession.
2 overnight Tortilis Camp 

Days 4 - 6 Samburu Reserve:
We fly to the dry northern territory known as the Northern Frontier District (remote, beautiful and extremely dry) home to the most northerly representatives of Kenya's tribes who speak the Maa language. The Samburu still adhere to their traditional way of life as nomadic pastoralists, co-existing with the plentiful wildlife that ranges across this arid and beautiful landscape. The next three days will be spend exploring the Samburu National Reserve – it offers incredible scenery, cultural immersion and game viewing opportunities.

Day safaris to nearby Shaba and Buffalo Springs are well worth the drive for the contrasting scenery and endemic wildlife viewing opportunities (Somali Ostrich, Grevy Zebra).

In Samburu itself you see almost everything. Leopards are easy to see here and Elephant are plentiful. The juxtaposition of the wildlife inside the reserve and the Samburu herdsmen across the river is fascinating: you can sit on the river bank and watch the Samburu warriors and younger boys going about their daily routine of herding large flocks of goats and sheep accompanied by whistles and the soft tones of traditional wooden goat bells.
3 overnights Elephant Bedroom Camp

Days 5, 6 & 7 Maasai Mara Reserve:
After a leisurely breakfast we fly to the Maasai Mara. Here we spend the next 3 days exploring the world's greatest wildlife spectacle with miles and miles of open plains: Rhino, Elephant, Giraffe and herds of Buffalo, Wildebeeste, Zebra and other plains game attended by their predators - Lion, Cheetah, Leopard. This is the heartbeat of Africa: the chase, the kill, the mating…the rituals of daily survival.

The Maasai Mara is undoubtedly the Jewel in the Crown of East Africa, forever to be associated with vast numbers of game, the unique spectacle of its animal migration unchanged over the centuries.

This is Hollywood Africa: vast rolling grass plains interspersed with rounded hills, groves of woodlands, dense scrub thickets and the riverine forest of the Mara River which bisects the area. Smaller rivers feed massive fig trees growing along their banks.

The Mara is the northernmost extension of the Serengeti ecosystem and is a micro-habitat in its own right. The inner reserve of 518sq km (200 sq miles) allows no intrusion of human settlement, while the outer remains basically undeveloped, an area where local Maasai pasture their cattle and co-exist with the game.

It is probably the most famous reserve in Kenya. Its breathtaking views became familiar worldwide when the film 'Out of Africa' was released, as much of it was filmed in the Mara. It is perhaps the only region left in Kenya where visitors may see the super-abundance of animals that existed a century ago.
3 overnights Naibor Camp

Day 10-12 Fly schedule via Lake Victoria Isebania to Serengeti, 3 o/n LEMALA MARA CAMP (June-October) or LEMALA NDUTU CAMP (November-March):

The Serengeti is Tanzania's most famous Game Park, and arguably the best-known conservation area in the world. The subject of many a film, book and Disney block-buster, the Park has become the signature-tune for Africa's wild places. Many people visit more than one part of the Serengeti during a single visit because different areas offer very different landscapes. The south is dry and features short grassy plains.

In the central area the savannah is dotted with acacia woodland, and further north the verdant grasslands are concentrated around the tributaries and main waterways of the Grumeti and Mara Rivers.

Different again, the western corridor is a region of woods and sticky black cotton soil swamps.

Wildebeest, perhaps not the prettiest animals with their sloping gait and bearded chins, are nonetheless the stars of the Serengeti show. On a nonstop mission to follow the grass, they trek northwards and south again over a year; a spectacle that culminates between January and March, when the south eastern part of the Park becomes the world's biggest, noisiest mammalian maternity ward.

At the other end of their seasonal migration, the wildebeest cross the Grumeti River into Kenya, like endless columns of ants frantically scrambling up the riverbanks to escape the marauding crocodiles.

The grasslands are so rich that they sustain many other herbivores too - a sort
of 'on the hoof', eat-all-you-can 'buffet' for the marauders who follow their grass-eating prey. Lion, hyena, cheetah, leopard all shadow the migration feasting on the injured, young and old; and during any game drive you will almost certainly have at least one big cat encounter.
 3 overnights Lemala Mara or Ndutu Camps

Day 13+14 Fly schedule to Manyara, (private vehicle option drive via Olduvai, Nov-Mar) transfer to Ngorongoro Crater, 2 o/n LEMALA CAMP:
We fly on across the Ngorongoro Crater to the Serengeti Plains. On arrival you will be met and game drive en route to the beautiful and remote Lemala Ngorongoro Camp.

The crater protects an incredible wildlife spectacle: the floor of this extinct volcano, some 2000 feet below the rim spans, 102 miles of savannah, lakes and marshes conserves over 30,000 large mammals, the greatest concentration of resident mammals in all of Africa. Spend the next two days exploring the Ngorongoro Crater and one of Rift Valley's legendary soda lakes and ecosystem – Lake Manyara.

This is a garden of Eden, packed with some 30,000 animals and one of the very few places where because of the sheer concentration of game you are quite likely to see all the big five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo) in one short
morning, let alone large numbers of other creatures including eland, zebra, wildebeest, ostrich, hippo, and many others. It is also home to one of world's few remaining populations of black rhino.

The area is also renowned for its birdlife and in particular the great numbers of migratory birds that visit during the rains from Europe, Russia, Asia, and other parts of Africa.
2 overnights Lemala Ngorongoro Camp

Day 15 Fly schedule via Kilimanjaro to Nairobi, dayroom Panari HotelDay 14 Nairobi:
Fly back to Nairobi, dayroom at Giraffe Manor & depart. We will transfer you to the Nairobi Airport for your international flight.


Date - Rates:

Date Information

Daily departures January-April & July-December.


Rate Information

2014-15 Tour Prices (subject to change; please call our office to confirm)

June & November - March
$12,495 per person, twin occupancy
$14,495 single occupancy

July - October
$13,495 per person, twin occupancy
$15,695single occupancy

NOTE: This safari is also available as a private-guided safari with from 1 - 7 passengers per vehicle. Please contact our office for a quote.

Tours Include: All accommodation and meals on safari; hotel taxes and service charges;land transport and airport transfers; game drives in safari vehicles; national park and reserve entrance fees; nature and birdwalks; entries to Maasai and Samburu Manyattas; internal air transport as specified in itinerary; porterage and airport assistance; bottled mineral water with meals and in vehicles for game drives, knowledgeable, KPSGA certified guides throughout, Temporary Flying Doctor (AMREF), emergency evacuation to Nairobi (on tours within Kenya).

Not Included in tour price
: Airfare to/from your home to Nairobi, visa fees, optional meals in larger cities, personal laundry, beverages, personal expenses, tips to bar staff or room service, gratuities to driver / guides, airport taxes, gratuities and model fees to local tribes people.

 

Lodging:

Norfolk HotelThe Norfolk Hotel
No other hotel in Kenya captures as much of Nairobi's splendid past and exciting present, and few hotels anywhere can claim a more romantic history. Adventurous visitors such as 26th American President Theodore Roosevelt, Lord Baden-Powell, the Earl of Warwick, Lord and Lady Cranworth, and the Baron and Baroness von Blixen have all been part of the Hotel’s history. Today, the Hotel boasts 167 luxurious guest rooms, an outdoor heated swimming pool, a fully equipped health club, a ballroom, elegant public areas and the choice of four dining venues.


Torilis_CampTortilis Camp is named after the flat-topped, umbrella thorn tree, the Acacia Tortilis, and is situated in one of Amboseli's areas of Acacia Tortilis woodland, with the majestic backdrop of Africa's highest mountain, and the World's highest free-standing mountain, snow-capped Kilimanjaro. Game drives, walks, sundowners and bush meals take place both inside the park, and within a private 30,000-acre game concession.

It has 17 traditional beige canvas safari tents mounted on wooden decks and covered in local thatch, each with its own stone verandah and Lamu daybed and excellent views of Kilimanjaro. The tents are all large and spacious, with king or twin beds, elegant en suite bathrooms. There is a main lounge, bar and dining area, all exquisitely built with natural materials and thatched roofs, with magnificent views of Kilimanjaro.


Elephant_BedroomElephant Bedroom Camp: Set on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in Samburu National Reserve surrounded by doum palms and other beautiful indigenous trees and shrubs sits this small and exclusive camp of 12 luxury tents - all furnished in
rustic African style while offering all the comforts expected of a luxury Camp (hot & cold running water, electricity and herbal products).

The lounge and dining area offer vibrant safari colours with original oil paintings, soft intimate lighting designed to relax guests returning from an exciting game drive. Huge herds of elephant, prides of lion or the solitary leopard amongst other game are regular visitors around the camp providing excellent game viewing in spectacular scenic background of rugged rolling hills.

Dining is a culinary experience with al-fresco breakfast, 3-course lunch and 4-course candle lit gourmet dinner set either under the African sky or inside the well appointed dining area.


Naibor-campNaibor Camp: Originally designed by Anthony Russel, is a luxury tented camp, a striking combination of contemporary style and comfort, in the heart of Kenya's world famous Masai Mara Game Reserve.

The camp is hidden in a grove of riverine woodland on the banks of the Talek River and consists of sweeping pale canvas tents, king sized beds made from local fig-wood, wide sofas furnished with bolster cushions, and wool rugs -
a luxurious base from which to explore the Mara.

Since Naibor is in the heart of the Masai Mara Game Reserve, guests are able to enjoy fabulous wildlife viewing throughout the year. Naibor is also strategically placed for the wildebeest migration, being close to all the major wildebeest crossing sites over the Mara River.

Naibor Camp is about 2km from the point where it flows into the Mara River, just about the very heart of the Mara Game Reserve. This is a superb location from which to explore the Mara habitat, host to a vast array of wildlife. Many species of herbivores and ungulates support the many carnivores living here. There is fabulous wildlife viewing throughout the year, and from July to November the annual wildebeest migration passes through this area.

Main Naibor has a total of 7 tents. Each tent is a private unit complete with shady verandah, his & hers wash basins, ensuite bathroom with flush toilet and safari shower. The tents are all carefully positioned amongst the trees so that each can enjoy the surrounding woodland in complete privacy.

Naibor-camp2Dining and relaxing usually takes place in the main 'Mess Tent' or under the shade of the adjacent trees, ideally located overlooking a wide bend of the Talek River. Comfortable floor-cushions, rugs and sofas invite the weary to relax and enjoy the sounds of the wilderness.

The evening campfire provides a welcome spot for pre-dinner drinks after a day of wildlife viewing. Meals are made from the finest fresh ingredients prepared by our experienced chefs. Dinner is usually enjoyed at the long banquet table, whilst breakfast and lunch may be under the shade of the surrounding trees whilst watching the resident pod of hippos.

Little Naibor is located within the immediate vicinity of Naibor Camp, and is made up of two spacious suites, which are uniquely designed. Each suite contains a double and a twin bedded room, with their own bathrooms, inter-joined by a communal lounge and verandah area.

A dedicated team of staff caters to your every need. Each of these stunning suites have their own private fire places and dining areas set up strategically overlooking the Talek River with complete privacy and spectacular views. Little Naibor can be booked and used as an exclusive private arrangement, or used in conjunction with the Main Naibor Camp and its facilities.

The Naibor Spa tent is also carefully secluded for the perfect ambience for enjoying a massage.


Lemala-mara-serengeti-campLemala Mara Serengeti Camp: Lemala Mara is the ultimate seasonal camp in Serengeti, within touching distance of the Mara River and set in a grove of large
Euclea trees in the heart of the best game viewing area of the Northern Serengeti. Here, in this immense remote wilderness, almost double the size of the Masai Mara, guests can enjoy fabulous landscapes and terrific off-road game viewing with practically no crowds. Resident wildlife numbers are exceptionally
high with prides of lion up to 30 strong but when the migration starts arriving from June onwards, the area turns into a wildlife paradise par excellence.

Through June, July and August the wildebeest continues moving through the area, crossing and re-crossing the Mara River before heading north towards Masai Mara, but several large herds remain behind and weather changes could easily bring the vast herds flooding back into the area from the Mara. Migration and predator action lasts up to end of October assuring this area's reputation as one of the finest in Africa.

At the camp's superb location, Lemala guests will be amongst the vast herds of migrating wildebeest and zebra. Two of the largest crossing points on the river are nearby and occasionally guests may observe the exciting crossings from the comfort of the camp. The spectacular Lamai triangle, Wogakuria kopjes and Kogatende airstrip are all very easily accessible.

Lemala Mara's naturalists/guides have exceptional local knowledge, enabling them to take guests to where the action is in open 4x4 vehicles, on or off the road, and away from the crowds. Lemala's vehicles are specifically designed for long game drives and come equipped with comfortable seats, charging units and a large refrigerator.

The camp organizes great picnic breakfasts and lunches for those who want to go on full day game drive. The camp is open from 1 June to 31 October and has 8 luxury tents and 1 family tent, which can accommodate 4 to 5 guests. Each spacious tent is very comfortable and outfitted with large single or king-size beds with warm duvets, wooden flooring with rugs, 24-hr solar lighting, and en-suite bathrooms with a dressing area, flush toilet and a great safari shower.

The mess tent is beautifully furnished in contemporary style with comfortable sofas, lamps, book and corner cabinets, chests and rugs. In the evening, guests gather around the campfire for sundowners before retiring for dinner under chandeliers hosted by the camp manager. House alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are included at mealtime.

Without a doubt, Lemala Mara is an exceptional camp with an exceptional location offering a high quality safari experience with superb local guides.


Lemala_Ngorongoro_CampLemala Ngorongoro Campis an intimate seasonal camp set in a delightful ancient acacia forest on the rim of the crater next to the quiet Lemala access route. The camp offers accommodation under canvas in only 8 luxury tents and 1 family tent (accommodating 4 to 5 guests) to ensure seclusion in a pristine forest environment.

Each spacious tent is outfitted with a gas heater, large single or king-size beds with warm duvets, wooden flooring with rugs, 24-hr solar lighting, and en-suite bathrooms with a dressing area, flush toilet and a large safari shower. House alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and laundry are included.

The mess tent is beautifully furnished with grand sofas, lamps, and book and corner cabinets in old wood, chests and rugs. In the evening, guests gather around the campfire for sundowners before retiring for dinner under chandeliers hosted by the camp manager. The camp works closely with the local Masai
community who often provide a talk on the Conservation area or the Masai community. Guests enjoy the opportunity to interact with the Masai.

Lemala's major advantage over any other accommodation is the quick and easy access into the crater, which maximizes game viewing and avoids the morning crater traffic. Game viewing from the camp can start as early as 6.15am and it only takes 15 minutes to descend to the floor - the scenery is stunning and the wildlife abundant.

Very often game drives are taken in solitude for nearly 2 hours in the best morning light before the traffic builds up. Lemala guests thus enjoy longer and significantly higher quality game drives. The other advantage is the close proximity to Ol Moti and Empakaai craters for optional walks with an armed
ranger and the Masai. For special occasions, Lemala can also organize optional private lunches inside the crater or breakfast with the Masai.

Lemala offers great charm and luxury in a delightful prime location on the crater rim. It is perhaps the most intimate way to experience the crater's splendours. Don't miss this delightful seasonal camp facing a lovely forest filled with sounds of wildlife, birds and the bells of Masai cattle.

 
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