The Masai at their manyattas

Although many Masai have migrated to the cities for university educations, many others still prefer the traditional life of raising cattle and roaming the wild Serengeti with their cattle herds.

Photo by John Warburton Lee / Danita Delimont Agency

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Wings Over Africa

A Safari to Kenya’s Amboseli, Samburu, and Masai Mara

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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $8695  
Length: 12 days
Arrive: Nairobi, Kenya
Depart: Nairobi, Kenya
Lodging: 10 nights luxurious wildlife camps, 1 night B&B
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History, Walking
Trip Level: 4WD gameviewing, easy walking
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Highlights

  • Fantastic lodging, fly from camp to camp over stunning landscapes (no long drives!)
  • Masai Mara National Reserve, an African wildlife paradise, Amboseli, with mighty Kilimanjaro as a backdrop
  • Desert wildlife and traditional Samburu people of Samburu National Reserve


A once in-a-lifetime trip...excellent on every account!Elaine C.—Warwick, RI

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Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Departure Notes

Once you have signed up on the trip, we send a complete packing list, relevant health information, and required travel documents.

Looking for the classic bush experience but don’t want to rough it? Our superb wing safari (think Out of Africa) is our most elegant, with carefully selected permanent tented camps that offer stylish lodging in sublime settings—and gorgeous views right from your tent! Imagine elephants silhouetted beneath the snows of Kilimanjaro, lions on the prowl in golden savannas, cultural encounters with Masai and Samburu peoples, romantic dinners under a starry sky—it’s all the enduring magic of Africa enjoyed in supreme comfort. Spectacular bush flights between our camps minimize your travel time and grant you bird’s-eye perspectives of this splendid land.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-3
Nairobi / Amboseli National Park

Our bush flight brings you to elegant Tortilis Camp for gameviewing among Amboseli’s famed elephant herds.

Days 4-5
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

Flying to Kenya’s highlands, set out on foot and by 4WD vehicle, looking for Cape buffalo, lion, and leopard. This is also your best chance for spotting rhinos.

Days 6-8
Samburu National Reserve

Search for Kenya’s unique desert species in a magnificent landscape of palm-fringed rivers and enjoy cultural encounters with the Samburu, called “the butterflies of the desert” for their bright red robes.

Days 9-12
Masai Mara

In the Masai Mara, you’ll find excitement in every direction—prides of lions stalking wildebeest and solitary leopards surveying from their perches in acacia trees. An optional balloon safari is an unforgettable experience. Depart on Day 12 via Nairobi.

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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

What the Trip is Like

The trip is rated Level 2+, moderate. This is a deluxe camping and lodge safari with gameviewing by 4WD vehicle and nature walks that can be enjoyed by anyone in reasonably good health. There are a few long driving days over rough roads and rugged dirt tracks. Although this is not a particularly rigorous trip, we recommend that each participant undertake a preparatory program of physical conditioning. Daily walking or regular hiking, jogging, and stair-climbing are excellent for preparing for the trip. Any African safari is an adventure, and the traveler to Africa should bring along flexibility, a sense of humor, curiosity about new peoples and places, and an openness to the unexpected.

Game Drives and Wild Animals
During drives, we can at times get quite close to wild animals. Being very quiet improves everybody’s chances of observation. In the interest of safety, your Trip Leader explains limitations on movement while on game drives, in the safari vehicles, and around camp. Incidents with wild animals are extremely rare on safaris, but no camping safari can guarantee immunity from such incidents. Wilderness Travel is not to be held responsible for incidents involving the behavior of wildlife.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures

2014
Dec 22, 2014-Jan 2, 2015
2015
Jul 11-22, 2015
Aug 15-26, 2015
Dec 19-30, 2015

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015
$8695 (9-12 members)
$8995 (5-8 members)
Single supplement: $1895
Forced single supplement: $1895
Internal airfare: $1480 (subject to change)
Holiday surcharge (Dec): $530
Park fees: $930
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Extension Costs
Zanzibar Extension: Serena Inn, Breezes or Palms Resort
   from: $1395
Zanzibar Extension: Mnemba Island
   from: $1995
Lamu Extension
   from: $1995

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodations, based on double occupancy
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All meals included
  • Land transportation
  • Airport transfers as noted
  • Baggage handling and sightseeing as noted
  • House beverages and laundry service are included at Lewa Safari Camp and the Mara Explorer

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare to and from Africa, internal airfare within Africa, meals not specified after each itinerary day, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors, cost of medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.). Optional side trips and excursions are also at your own expense. Note: Beverages and laundry service are not included at Tortilis Camp or Larsens Camp.

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20%
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

More than 90 days prior to departure: No charge!
46-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Karen Blixen Cottages

Karen Blixen Cottages

Day 1 (1 night), Nairobi, Kenya

This peaceful haven, well away from the hubbub of Nairobi, is in Karen, a leafy suburban neighborhood named for author Karen Blixen, who once lived ...
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Tortilis Camp

Tortilis Camp

Days 2 to 3 (2 nights), Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Tortilis is set on a hill overlooking Amboseli and Mt. Kilimanjaro, with 17 tented rooms and a spacious bar and dining room just a short walk ...
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Lewa Safari Camp

Lewa Safari Camp

Days 4 to 5 (2 nights), The Highlands, Kenya

Overlooking the rolling hills of Kenya’s highlands, with Mt. Kenya on the horizon, Lewa Safari Camp has an intimate setting. There is a ...
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Larsen’s Camp

Larsen’s Camp

Days 6 to 8 (3 nights), Samburu National Park, Kenya

Set on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River in Samburu National Park, Larsen’s is one of the most intimate tented camps in Samburu. The 20 ...
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Mara Explorer

Mara Explorer

Days 9 to 11 (3 nights), Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

With a superb location right on the Talek River, this small and unfenced tented camp has ten beautiful and well-spaced tents with their own river ...
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Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions options:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

Kenya

Lamu Extension

Relaxing on Kenya's Indian Ocean Coast

Cultural Adventures, Snorkeling
4 days  -  Level 1

Rwanda

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Gorilla Tracking In Rwanda's Parc Des Volcans

One of the World’s Most Thrilling Wildlife Experiences

Hiking / Trekking, Wildlife & Natural History
4 days  -  Level 4

Tanzania

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Zanzibar Extension: Mnemba Island

Snorkeling and Diving in a Magnificent Aquatic World

Cultural Adventures, Sea Kayaking, Snorkeling
4 days  -  Level 2

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Zanzibar Extension: Serena Inn, Breezes or Palms Resort

Tropical Island Beauty and Indian Ocean Snorkeling

Cultural Adventures, Sea Kayaking, Snorkeling
4 days  -  Level 2

Client Comments

A once in-a-lifetime trip...excellent on every account! Elaine C., Warwick, RI Our guides, Felix and Edwin, were absolutely fantastic and were a major factor in this being the experience of a lifetime. Not only were they knowledgeable about everywhere we went, they too enjoyed seeing the animals and both had a real passion for showing and teaching us about Kenya. Alison B., West Hollywood, CA A wonderfully put-together itinerary with great locations. Patricia O., Buford, GA Each lodge was unique and charming, the food was amazing---so well prepared and well presented. Our two Trip Leaders were a huge part of our excellent experience and each one was a top-notch guide. Lynn B., Portland, OR
I don't think you could improve much on this trip. The accommodations were wonderful, the food was much better than we expected and the guides were very good. Mary M., Stillwater, MN We loved the entire experience with Wilderness Travel and would not hesitate to recommend you or to travel again with you. Gary R., Garrison, NY