Giraffes, Camels & Big Cats

9 days
FROM £ 5,035
Countries Visited: Kenya
Ultimate Luxury

Giraffes, Camels & Big Cats

This fabulous trip incorporates three very different lodges in diverse areas of Kenya. Stay at the iconic Giraffe Manor, Karen where you can breakfast with endangered Rothschild's Giraffes and visit the nearby Sheldrick Trust elephant nursery, fly to the heart of the Masai Mara to Sala's Camp, a wonderful riverside tented camp in a prime wildlife area and in an excellent position for the Great Migration between late June and September, and stay on the edge of arid Samburu, above the famous Ewaso Nyiro River at Sasaab where you can walk, stargaze and even safari by camel.

The Safari Collection is heavily focused on sustainability and giving back with a low impact, community and conservation orientated ethos. Specific projects include the Mara Cheetah Project, using a research-driven conservation approach through a combination of long-term population monitoring, ecological research and community-based conservation. Sala's guides are at the core of the monitoring programme, taking images and identifying individuals for the Kenya Wildlife Service.

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Safari Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrive Nairobi
You will be met on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International airport and taken to the lovely Ole Sereni airport hotel so you can relax and recover from you flight.

DAY 2

Giraffe Manor
After breakfast you will be collected and taken to Giraffe Manor for the 11am check-in. Since its founders, Jock and Betty Leslie-Melville, rescued a baby giraffe named Daisy from a heavily-poached area of western Kenya in 1974, their home has become a household name among wildlife lovers worldwide – and Daisy a star in her own right. Today, Daisy’s home has been opened to the world – and provides what we feel is the very best place to begin or end your safari in Kenya. Set in 120 acres of untouched indigenous forest eight miles from downtown Nairobi, Giraffe Manor is a world away from the bustle of the city. The 1930s manor house is run by Betty’s son, Rick Anderson, and his wife Bryony, who have created the ultimate ‘home from home’ with their rich blend of warm surroundings, welcoming staff, and delectable home-cooked cuisine. Meals are almost invariably interrupted by one of the manor’s celebrated four-legged residents, who poke their heads through the giant windows to politely request a titbit or two! The house comprises five double bedrooms, immaculately furnished in the style of their day, with large four-poster beds, antique furnishings and striking Art Deco bathrooms. Two of the rooms convert to a family suite, while the rear of the house has a large extension ideal for older children. One of the main bedrooms boasts the original furniture of Karen Blixen’s guestroom, and is hung with exquisite wildlife paintings by her famous cook Kamante.

DAY 3-5

Samburu
After breakfast with the giraffes, you will be collected and transferred to the Nairobi Wilson airstrip for your flight north to the Samburu Buffalo airstrip. After a short game drive you will arrive at stylish Sasaab where you will stay for the next 3 nights. Enormous Moroccan styled rooms with vast bathrooms and superb views over the river and landscape are a welcome retreat from the Samburu sun. Enjoy the spa, game drives, walks, camel safaris and star gazing.
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Includes

  • Domestic flights specified
  • accommodation and board basis as specified
  • all transfers
  • fly-in safari with daily game drives operated by the camp in their 4X4 vehicle with other clients
  • all game activities and park entrance fees on safari
  • laundry on safari
  • flying doctors medical evacuation cover
  • ATOL protection
  • Services of our offices in Kenya and the UK with 24/7 contact details
Not Included: International flights, travel insurance, meals not specified, driver/guide tips, gratuities, any items of a personal nature i.e. Spa treatments, optional sightseeing tours etc.visa fees

Price Guide

  • The cost is from £5,035.00 per person travelling between 11 May – 14 June (last day at Sala’s Camp) and from 01 November – 15 December 2017 (last day at Sala’s Camp).

This is based on the best priced flights and the accommodation listed. Should these not be available, the price will increase. For an exact quotation and itinerary for the dates you require, please do get in touch. This tour operates throughout the year (subject to camp opening dates) so if you wish to travel at a different time not mentioned above please advise and we will be happy to send you a quotation.

**Please note: Giraffe Manor generally closes 24 April - 11 May annually. Sala's camp closes 19 April - 31 May and all of November. Sasaab closes 9-30 November. These dates are based on 2017 and on information provided by the Safari Collection at time of writing. Dates are subject to change.  We can confirm exact dates when we check availability for you. 

Flight costs from the UK start from £695 per adult depending on the time of year you travel and subject to special offers.  We can easily arrange international flights for you if required - our airline partners offer special rates throughout the year so please contact us so we can provide an accurate tailor-made costing based on your travel dates and preferences. 

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