Kenya

Out of Africa reminded us of all of the beauty of Kenya with its special colonial history and extraordinary landscapes and wildlife. Savour the smells, sounds and stunning landscape of the dark continent. Dates: December January

This safari embraces the major facets of game, landscape, bird life, seaside and safari condensing the experience into two weeks.

You start in Nairobi with a lunch party to introduce you to friends of your hosts who have lived in Kenya all their life. Lunch is on the verandah looking over the Langata forest and the Ngong hills. We will leave Nairobi the next day and start your journey in the African bush. The Masai Mara game reserve is world famous for its quality of game and we stay in a beautifully located, fixed, tented camp on a bend of the Masai river. There is no walking in the Masai Mara. This is an ideal opportunity to see game in the comfort of four wheel drive Land Cruisers and where you are looked after hand and foot.

Kenya is synonymous with timeless landscape. The Loita hills are an example of this timelessness. Lying between the Rift Valley and the Masai Mara you will enjoy watching the colobus monkeys and an extraordinary variety of bird life as you wander on your way to the Rift Valley escarpment.

The Rift valley is one of the landscape wonders of the world and where our existence as homo sapiens supposedly began with an exodus north some hundred thousand years ago. After a long morning’s walk you will be staying three nights in the shades of the fig trees on the banks of the Ewaso Ngiro river.

The ruggedness and beauty of the African bush is balanced by an idyllic coastline of palm trees, yellow sands and the turquoise blue waters of the Indian ocean. Three nights at the Driftwood Club, an old English style country club on the shores of Malindi will finish your week of Kenyan experience.

James hosts this trip. James worked there for two years as a fine art auctioneer. He has returned to Kenya innumerable times. The safaris he has chosen are run by well established Kenyans who are friends of his. All safari equipment is of excellent quality. James' invaluable Kenya experience goes towards making this a very off-the-tourist-route affair.

Accommodation

THE FAIRVIEW HOTEL

Located close to the city centre this lovely hotel of 40 bedrooms is set in 2 hectares of landscaped gardens.  We take the First Class rooms which are modern, comfortable and spacious with bathrooms en suite and around the large reception are various seating areas.  Restaurant.  Swimming pool.  Wi-fi.  TV.  2 nights.

TENTS

These are large tents with double or twin beds, a verandah and private bathroom facilities for the fixed camp in the Masai Mara game reserve.
When we go walking in the Loita hills the tents become good-quality, strong, domed, tough canvas, safari tents with small verandahs.  You can stand up in them.  They will be packed up by the team and re-erected at the next port of call.  Bath facilities are a classic safari affair with a shower that will give you hot water fixed up in a tree with a tarpaulin surround so that you are private. The loo has a similar surround.  It is a safari loo which has a seat and a hole in the ground and a pile of earth … we will explain!  It will be located privately and away from the camp.  9 nights.

DRIFTWOOD CLUB

A small, private hotel on the shores of the Indian Ocean outside the coastal fishing village of Malindi with accommodation for up to 70 guests.  20 of whom can stay in the cottages that we take. Each cottage has a bedroom each with its own bathroom en suite and air-conditioning.  There is a large swimming pool.  There is also a much larger sea.  Wi-fi is available in the hotel.  3 nights.

Grade Of Walking

In this fortnight’s safari there would be 3 days recommended walking. With parties or families the amount of days walked can be discussed but 4 days would be the maximum for this particular safari. We do not walk in the Masai Mara preferring to drive in the mornings and evenings to see the huge variation of game.

The walking is quite tough in that there are several long hills and one long descent into the Rift Valley down the Nguruman escarpment. It is exhilarating though. You feel exhausted by the time you get to camp but with a long cold gin or glass of wine or bottle of Tusker beer you will be thinking what an extraordinary journey you have achieved.

FOOD & WINE

Being a former colony the food in Kenya is predominantly of British origin with porridge, fruit, bacon and eggs carried by camels and cooked in the middle of the bush or dinners cooked on an open fire by Andrew, the imperturbable chef. At the club on Kenya’s glorious coast is a full menu with wonderful curry lunches on Sundays. Exotic fruits are available throughout and fresh juices when not on safari.

Boxed wine and Tusker beers will be the main tipple during the safari but always with a good selection of sundowner drinks for that all important aperitif moment of Kenyan culture.

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DURATION

15 Days

DISTANCE

36 miles

PRICE

£3990 pp (subject to change)

SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT

£460 pp

BOOKING

Private Tours (Contact us for availability and details)