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7 day Zamani – ‘Old Africa’

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Zamani in Swahili means olden times ~ our luxury Zamani Safari recreates that time in East Africa when a safari was an expedition, a true adventure. This trip will take you to three fascinating Safari locations in Kenya which were among the first to be explored as Safari destinations– Amboseli, Samburu & Masai Mara.



Highlights


- Visit Amboseli National Park {2 nts} , Samburu National Reserve {2 nts} and Masai Mara National Reserve { 2 nts }.
- See a magnificent collection of wildlife - chance of seeing not just the ‘Big 5’, but the ‘Big 9’.
- Stunning Scenery - from the mighty snow-capped Kilimanjaro, to picturesque semi-arid Samburu and the vast savannah plains of the Mara Reserve.
- Luxurious stay at three acclaimed, small-sized luxury Tented camps in East Africa.
- Embark on up to three Safari drives daily. Safari drives are provided by the Camp’s 4x4 Vehicles and their expert Driver-Guides.
- Fly over the African savannah in a Hot Air Balloon at break of dawn in Masai Mara – end the flight with a ‘Champagne Breakfast in the Bush’ complete with wait staff.
- Glimpse into the unique traditional life style of the Maasai People during an informal, fun visit to a traditional Village.
- Close to Nature – Enjoy a guided Bush & Bird walk in the morning.
- This is a Fly-in Safari with minimized road travel within Kenya.
- All Ground transfers are included, such as airport transfers in Nairobi and Masai Mara.

itinerary


Day 1

We will collect you from your hotel or the International airport and transfer you to the domestic , Wilson airport for your 07.30am flight [ subject to schedule changes]. You will be brought to the airport at least 45 mins prior to the flight. Board your flight to Amboseli. Flying time approx 35 mins:

Upon arrival you will be received and transferred from the airstrip to your Tented Camp by the camp’s Driver guide in a 4x4 safari vehicle.

The camp you are staying at an exclusive luxury property which offers beautiful views of the surrounding Amboseli park. You will likely also be able to see Africa’s highest mountain – Kilimanjaro, from the lodge, during a clear day. Kilimanjaro , for all its beauty, has a ‘shy’ peak, often remaining shrouded in cloud cover – Dawn and Dust are often great times to see the peak.

Enjoy the rest of the morning at leisure before proceed for the delicious buffet lunch. After a short time for some ‘siesta’, get ready for your first African Safari game drive, at approx 3.30pm during which you explore the surrounding parts of the park and see its amazing wildlife. (The safari vehicle may carry other guests from the lodge).

Return to the camp by evening [ typically 6 to 6.30pm], in time for dinner.

Overnight stay at Tortillis Camp:

Day 2

Today you have an early rise for your estimated 6.15am Safari game drive during which you will see more of the Amboseli’s great wildlife. Early morning, and late afternoon are considered the best times to spot animals at their most active.

Amboseli is especially known for its prolific Elephant population. In fact the park is a research base for an Elephant project [ not open to visitors] and helps us understand these highly perceptive and what we’d call ‘’sixth sense intelligent’’ animals.

Return to the camp for a relaxed breakfast – rest of the morning at leisure. The camp has a swimming pool but also offers a variety of add-on activities, such as nature walks .

After the sumptuous lunch, enjoy another mid afternoon safari game drive to further explore the park and its eco system. Return to the Lodge by evening [ typically 6 to 6.30pm] in time for a relaxed evening which may be enlivened by entertainment provided by the lodge, followed by dinner. Upon request you may also organize a pre dinner, dusk sundowner – cocktails and drinks served at a scenic spot near the camp while enjoying the setting sun.

Overnight stay at Tortillis Camp:

Day 3

Today you have an early breakfast and check out from the lodge by 7.15am for a short transfer to the nearby airstrip. Board your 08.10am flight back to Nairobi [ 45 mins flying time]. Upon arrival at Wilson, you board your onward flight to Samburu Reserve, arriving here by 10.30am.

You will be received and transferred from the airstrip to your overnight camp by the camp’s Driver guide in a 4x4 safari vehicle.

This camp is a renowned, small luxury property located by the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River, inside the main Samburu Reserve, offering beautiful views of the surrounding wilderness.

Samburu, semi-arid yet very beautiful, almost Classic Africa in a sense, is famous for some species found only in this area – such as the Grevy’s Zebra, which differs in physical features from its cousin the Grants Zebra.

Late afternoon, typically at 3.30pm, you embark on a two to three hour Safari Game drive during which you explore the surrounding parts of this picturesque reserve. Though set in the semi-arid part of Kenya, the reserve is still colorful with patches of bright ever-green shrubs, trees and often bright blue skies.

Return to the camp by evening [ typically 6.30 pm] in time for dinner.

Overnight Samburu Intrepids Camp:

Day 4

Today you have an early rise for your estimated 6.15am Safari game drive during which you will see more of the Samburu’s vast wilderness. Early morning, and late afternoon are considered the best times to spot animals at their most active.

Return to the camp for a relaxed breakfast – rest of the morning at leisure. The lodge has a swimming pool and also offers a variety of add-on activities, such as nature walks { some optional activities are a extra cost}.

After the sumptuous lunch, take a late afternoon safari game drive before returning to the camp by evening [ typically 6 to 6.30pm] in time for a relaxed evening which may be enlivened by entertainment provided by the lodge, followed by dinner.

Overnight Samburu Intrepids Camp.

Day 5

Today you have an early breakfast and check out from the lodge by 7.30am for a short transfer to the nearby airstrip. Board your 08.30am flight onwards to Masai Mara, arriving there approx 10.30am:

You are now in Masai Mara – one of the premier wildlife conservation areas on the planet.

Upon arrival you will be received and transferred from the airstrip to your overnight Tented Camp by the camp’s Driver-guide in a 4x4 safari vehicle.

Your overnight camp is a highly rated, small, boutique-sized luxury property which offers beautiful views of the Mara and is located in the heart of the Reserve.

Enjoy some time at leisure as you take in the surreal surroundings. Thereafter proceed for lunch. Embark on your first Masai Mara Safari game drive, late afternoon [typically 3.30pm] during which you explore the surrounding parts of the Mara and see its amazing wildlife.

Return to the camp by evening [ typically 6 to 6.30 pm] in time for dinner.

Overnight stay at Mara Explorer Camp – Masai Mara:

Day 6

Begin your morning with a spectacular Hot Air Balloon flight at the break of dawn – ‘float’ gracefully over the scenic African savannah teeming with wildlife. The balloon takes off approx 6 to 6.15am, which means you will be collected from your camp by around 5.30am – yes, an early start but so worth it ! The one hour flight concludes with a ‘Champagne Breakfast in the Bush’’, at your landing site.

Return to the Camp for the rest of the morning at leisure , or you could choose to visit a nearby Maasai village – this, typically one hour visit provides a fascinating insight into the day to day life of the famous Kenyan tribe, the nomadic Maasai. You also get to see their unique mud dwellings – the Manyatta huts.

For those who want to laze off the day, there is a swimming pool at this camp’s sister property nearby and they will take you there upon request. After the sumptuous lunch, take a mid afternoon safari game drive to further explore the reserve. Return to the camp by evening [ typically 6pm] in time for a relaxed evening which may be enlivened by entertainment provided by the lodge, followed by dinner.

Overnight stay at Mara Explorer Camp – Masai Mara:

Day 7

Today you bid farewell to Masai Mara as after a relaxed breakfast and check out, you will be transferred to the nearby airstrip for your 10.30am flight back to Nairobi. **

Upon arrival in Nairobi, we’ll have our Driver-guide waiting for you at the Wilson Airport for onward transfer to your hotel or to the International airport.

In case you wish to explore some of Nairobi’s attractions, then do let us know in advance and we can add these into the schedule before dropping you off at the airport for your return international flight.

[** Upon availability and a minor additional fee, we may be able to book the 4pm outward flight instead].



Notes:


Flight Baggage Limit:

All domestic Kenyan flights have a 15 kgs per person :

* All Flight timing schedules listed in the itinerary are subject to change

Gamedrives:

These will be non-exclusive, meaning other guests from the lodge may also be in the Safari vehicle during the gamedrive.

Exclusive Gamedrives

[ with just yourselves in the vehicle along with the Driver-Guide] are available at additional cost, subject to availability: This may also include a full day Safari game drive with a packed Picnic Lunch served under a tree on the Mara plains.



Accomodation during the Safari


Day 1 : Tortillis Camp

Day 1 : Tortillis Camp

Day 3 : Samburu Intrepids Camp

Day 4 : Samburu Intrepids Camp

Day 5 : Mara Explorer Camp

Day 6 : Mara Explorer Camp



photos


Tortillis Camp Amboseli
Tortilis Camp - views
amboseli - kilimanjaro3
flight to masai mara
samburu intrepids camp kenya
samburu intrepids activities
samburu intrepids swimming pool
samburu giraffe
baby elephant masai mara
balloon safari kenya
mara explorer camp rooms
activities mara explorer camp

price & dates


Travel Dates Per Person Sharing (US $)
03 Jan - 31 Mar 17 5350
01 Apr - 31 May 17 4925
01 Jun - 30 Jun 17 5100
01 July - 31 Oct 16 6700
01 Nov - 15 Dec 16 4950



Tour Price Includes:
- Accommodation as specified in the itinerary on Fullboard* basis in the Camps.
- Domestic Flights, Nairobi-Amboseli (Return),Nairobi-Samburu, Samburu-Masai Mara & Masai Mara-Nairobi, incl taxes.
- Hot Air Balloon flight in Masai Mara including Champagne-style Bush Breakfast.
- 12 Private Safari gamedrives for the tour provided by the Camps in their 4x4 vehicles.
- Services of Professional, English speaking Driver-guides during gamedrives.
- Maasai Village Visit including transfers and contribution fee.
- Bush Breakfast or Bush Dinner subject to weather and pre~booking.
- Bird & Nature Walk led by the Naturalist / Camp Guide in Masai Mara.
- Selected Drinks such as Soft drinks, Tea & Coffee, Local Beers, House Wine and Bottled Water.
- Limited Laundry.
- Services of a Personal Butler at Mara Explorer.
- Flying Doctor Evacuation Cover service.
- 24 hour Back Up support if required.

* Full Board basis includes 3 meals per full day starting with Lunch , ending with Breakfast.

Tour Price Excludes:
- International flight tickets and visa costs.
- ALL Park / Reserve entry fees ( USD 440 per person payable in cash US dollars)
- Tips, drinks, laundry, calls, and all such costs of a personal nature.
- Credit Card Surcharge of 4% or Bank Transfer Fees of USD 30.

To Enquire about this Safari, tell us How many you are [ Adults / Children], required Room Plan, and your Dates of Travel - we shall reply promptly, usually before 12 hours: In case of Children please state the age at the time of Travel: