Meru, Masai Mara, Loisaba - 10 days
This safari is for those who wants to be a the perfect spots, having the best service and great food. Add to this the perfect spots for wildlife viewing and your safari destination has been decided. Price for this safari starts from 4900 USD or 18000 ae per person based on two people sharing in the low season. Including are local transfers, accommodation, park fees, safaris, all meals, house beverages. Price excludes international flights.
Day 1 Meru
Morning arrival in to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (own flight arrangements). You will be met at the airport and have a scenic drive to the Meru.The drive itself is an approx 5 and a half hour drive through the country with its splendid views. You arrive in Elsas kopje for a late lunch. There’s a chance to relax before heading out on your first game drive in the afternoon. Meru means “remote and rugged wilderness” which is strikingly scenic, delightfully un-crowded and offers excellent game viewing opportunities with a wide variety of wildlife to see; including lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, black and white rhino’s, eland, gerenuk, beisa oryx, grant’s gazelle, grevy’s zebra, lesser kudu and reticulated giraffe as well as over 280 species of birds.
Accommodation: Elsa's Kopje – Elsa’s Kopje enjoys breathtaking views over swamps and plains to the foothills of Mount Kenya. Each cottage at Elsa’s Kopje has an en suite bathroom and from your private verandah you will enjoy a stunning 270-degree view. The central bar and dining area as well as the swimming pool also afford spectacular views over the plains.
Days 2- 3 Meru
Meru National Park, in the Northern Frontier District of Kenya, is untamed Africa at its most alluring. The animals are shy and unused to their human counterparts. This park is singled out as the driest in the country with little rainfall, although it is crisscrossed with numerous rivers and streams running off nearby mountains. The landscape is blessed with dense ribbons of vegetation with baobab trees and palms running through dry valleys. The park is best known for Elsa, the lioness of Joy Adamson’s Born Free. With herds of elephant and northern species such as Grevy’s zebra, oryx and reticulated giraffe, one can observe animals without being disturbed by another soul. Lion and leopard are also found here. The swamps of Meru are home to most of Meru’s 5,000 buffalo, sometimes seen in herds of more than 200. Lesser kudu, gerenuk and cheetah can be found along with hippo and crocodile within the Tana River area.
Day 4 Loisaba
This morning you will take a 4x4 to drive you to Loisaba. You will spend the next 3 nights here. Loisaba is a huge private area on the edge of Kenya’s Northern Territories with many different types of habitat. One unique opportunity offered by Loisaba Lodge is the chance to sleep out on ‘Star Beds’.
Accommodation: Loisaba Star Beds. Each "Star Bed" is on a raised, handcrafted wooden platform, which is partially covered with a thatch roof. As the name suggests you are either able to wheel these out onto the platform and sleep under the stars, or just leave them under the shelter of the roof. The platforms are also fitted with en-suite bathrooms, and there is a thatched dining area and fire pit. There are two sets of three platforms. The Kiboko Star Beds are a twenty minute drive from the lodge and located among a kopje of rocks in one of the eastern valleys overlooking the ‘Kiboko’ waterhole. The second set, The Koija Star Beds, are slightly further from the main lodge (a thirty minute drive) and are positioned on the banks of the Ewaso N’giro River and are reached by footbridge from the opposite bank. The latter is an exciting joint venture between Loisaba and the Laikipiak Masai people and guests will be hosted by members of the local Koija community.
Days 5- 6 Loisaba
Whilst not traditionally associated with big game, the area is home to wild dog, lion, leopard, buffalo, and elephant. There are also many activities on offer, including horse riding, camel riding and river rafting. Quad biking is offered at an extra cost, with the income from this activity benefiting the local school – so far three classrooms have been built with the proceeds
Day 7 Masai Mara
This morning, after breakfast, you will be driven to the Meru airstrip in time to catch a scheduled flight to the Magical Masai Mara. On arrival you will be met and driven to Governors Camp your base for the next 3 nights. As you drive through the Mara’s magical savannah plains you never know what you might spot on the way – plains game abound and the big cats are never far away. After a late lunch you can relax in this peaceful spot before heading out for a afternoon/evening game drive.
Accommodation: Governors Camp This luxury tented camp is situated along the Mara river. Its situation in the heart of the Mara area gives it good access to this diverse area where the migrating herds and resident game are free to roam. The Mara offers amazing game viewing throughout the year and features the annual wildebeat migration in July – September. The camp has only twelve large tents for a more intimate bush stay and each tent has its own en-suite bathroom with hot bucket showers, wash basins and flushing loos. The spacious tents are all furnished with large, hand made cedar beds, 24 hour solar lighting and the finest linen.
Days 8- 9 Masai Mara
The next couple of days are yours to explore the wonders of the Masai Mara eco-system. You have the flexibility to choose what you want to do and see, with the possibility of day and evening game drives in the Mara as well as in the surrounding Masai lands. You can also enjoy bush breakfasts and sundowners provided by the camp and during your stay you will also have an opportunity to mix with the local Masai community – a great experience. If you aren’t out all day you can also relax in the bar and living room tent, which is furnished with comfortable sofas, library and fully stocked bar. In the evening sit back and reflect on your days adventures by the camp fire and listen to the sounds of the wild.
Days 10 Departure
After your flight to Nairobi you will be met by our representative to guide you either to your dayroom in Nairobi to catch your flight back home or he or she will escort you to your onwards flight to Zanzibar or Lamu
Prices for the safari includes:
Pick up from the airport and drive to the Meru - Elsas' kopje, road transfers from Meru to Loisaba, full board accommodations, game drives, park entrance fees, one way flight from Loisaba to the Mara, one way flight from the Mara to Nairobi, drivers allowance, drop off at the airport in Nairobi.