From the start of the safari in Nairobiyou will have wildlife encounters. The Daphne Sheldrick foundation is an amazing project and a great way to get hands-on experiences with a very reputable and responsible wildlife Orphanage. Laikipia and Samburu is home to a myriad of dry land mammal species that is not seen anywhere. Not to mention the Samburu tribe that calls this region their home. Once you fly into the Masai Mara you will realise how diverse and big this amazing country is. The Mara offers incredible wildlife, especially preadator sightings, so take your time with your guide to explore the endless plains in the hope to spot a few predators. Try and also consider doing an early morning balloon flight over the plains followed by a visit to a local masai boma (village). Your safari ends at the comfortable Ole Sereni hotel in Nairobi, it is located in close proximity to Jomo Kenyata International Airport and would make the transfer from the hotel to the airport for your departing flight home, painless.
Day 1: Nairobi
On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta international airport, you will go through customs and immigrations formalities and thereafter, you will be welcomed by a journey’s Intent representative and transferred to Nairobi Serena Hotel where you will be assisted to check in (check in not guaranteed before 12:00 hrs). Located a short walk from downtown Nairobi, the Nairobi Serena blends a charming ambience with full five-star facilities in a surprisingly green and peaceful setting. The large and luxuriously-furnished rooms are all well-appointed, with views over the lush gardens or the green expanse of Central Park. The Serena boasts one of the country’s finest health centres, the Maisha Health Club, and several restaurants catering to a wide variety of tastes, including the acclaimed and newly-refurbished Mandhari Restaurant.
DAY 2 : Nairobi
Day at leisure in Nairobi with tour of Elephant Orphanage, Karen Blixen and Giraffe Centre. Daphne Sheldrick Elephant orphanage Set on the edge of Nairobi National Park, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust was set up by the late Dame Daphne Sheldrick in 1977 in order to raise and rehabilitate orphaned wild animals (mainly elephant and rhino) and later successfully reintroduce them into the wild. The sanctuary provides a perfect home for growing youngsters, with the habitat and space mimicking those that elephants enjoy in the wild. The orphans grow up in mini herds, are bossed about by mini matriarchs and enjoy mud baths, filled with a hose pipe, when they slap wet mud to their skins as sun block and insect repellent. Their care in the sanctuary is described by the head keeper during a visit. Guests who wish to adopt an elephant do so at 17:00hrs when they feed and go to sleep. Karen Blixen Museum is located in Karen, the beautiful Nairobi suburb that was once part of Karen Blixen’s vast coffee estate, ‘Mbogani’ was Karen’s home from 1917 until 1931. The house and grounds were made famous by the film ‘Out of Africa’ and have been restored by the Danish community of Kenya. Visitors have a glimpse of typical colonial life in Kenya at the turn of the twentieth century. As well as many of Karen’s original belongings, replicas replace items that have been lost over the years. From the beautiful gardens there are magnificent views of the Ngong Hills, held dear by Karen and described so tenderly in her writings. At the front of the house the original millstone tables can be seen from which Karen conducted much of her farm business. Giraffe Centre is the headquarters for AFEW, the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife. Made famous by ‘Daisy Rothschild’, a giraffe calf rescued from Soi, on the border of Western Kenya, Giraffe Centre was established in 1983 as a sanctuary for the then endangered Rothschild giraffe. The breeding programme has been a great success and visitors can now watch these gentle giants at eye level from a raised platform.