Amboseli & the Masai Mara Fly-in Safari
Ol Donyo Lodge is set deep in the wilderness between Amboseli and Tsavo National Parks. Perched on a hillside, the lodge has fantastic views of Mount Kilimanjaro and out across the classic savannahs below. With just ten suites, the lodge offers unparalleled luxury in a very private setting. No two of the lodge's suites are the same, but each offers a luxurious rooftop bed for sleeping out under the stars. Eight of the suites have private plunge pools, and two are connected for a 'villa' concept, perfect for families or couples traveling together! Constructed of local thatch the suites blend seamlessly with the environment. You will be spoilt for choice on how to spend your days! Choose from cultural visits, game drives (complete with Swarovski 8 x 42 binoculars!) hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. Add to this the lodge's creature comforts of fine dining, massage, infinity pool, star beds and multiple lounges, and it is a place to relax and unwind for days on end.
After Ol Donyo, you fly back to Nairobi and then to the Mara Plains Camp. You will take an unparalleled adventure into one of the most iconic wildlife destinations on the planet, where the battle for survival plays out in front of you each and every day. The Mara Plains Camp is located in the heart of the 35,000-acre Olare Motorogi Conservancy, in the middle of one of the richest wild ecosystems in the world. The design of Mara Plains is one of understatement and quiet class. The decor pays homage to the essence of East Africa and its chief influences - Maasai and Arab culture. Ancient Swahili heritage is reflected in large wooden doors from the coastal island of Lamu, and accents of deep red and purple honour the great Maasai chiefs and warriors. Add to this cultural melting pot a nod to the colonial era, with rich leathers, copper and brass used in expedition-style campaign furniture and you have a lavish, residential atmosphere which complements the surrounding wilderness. One of only five camps on the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, guests at Mara Plains have unrivalled access to more than 100,000 acres of exclusive land, home to extensive areas of important habitat for a vast number of wildlife species, while still having access to the Maasai Mara's additional 375,000 acres.
Day 1: Nairobi > Ol Donyo Arrive at Wilson Airport, Nairobi. Transfer to Ol Donyo Lodge.
Days 2 & 3: Ol Donyo Stay 2 nights at Ol Donyo Lodge where you can choose from many options. To have such a vast area to explore, from high-altitude mist forest through lava fields, then woodland to savannah, and ending at the famous kopjes, it's a paradise of discovery.
Each day, choose your mode of transport be it on foot, by vehicle, on horseback or even bike. There is no routine here and experiences are tailor-made for each guest. You can also simply laze around the pool, indulge in a massage or go shopping. Another option is to meet the local Maasai and visit the school for a closer look at what makes the country of Kenya so colorful and dynamic.
Activities on offer • Game drives (day & night) in five vehicles of six guests each and stocked with snacks and drinks. Private vehicles have a Canon 40D camera with wide angle and 100-400mm lenses. • Horseback riding in a range of terrain, and abilities from novice to advanced, over a range of terrain and often among giraffe • Mountain biking across the open savannah to the beautiful rock kopjes • Bush walks and hikes (through the lava tube caves or to the top of ol Donyo Wuas) • Scenic Kilimanjaro flights • Log-pile hide at waterhole for close-up wildlife encounters • Day trips to Amboseli Park • Visits to Maasai villages • Learning about the conservation efforts of Big Life Foundation • Fly-camping in the Chyulu Hills
Day 4: Ol Donyo > Nairobi Depart Ol Donyo lodge and fly to Wilson Airport, Nairobi.
Day 5 & 6: Nairobi > Masai Mara Fly from Nairobi to Mara Plains Camp, superbly located on the 35,000 acre private Olare Motorogi Conservancy which lies on the northern border of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in southwestern Kenya. Spend your days on early morning, late afternoon and night game drives in an open, 4Ã—4 vehicle, and local village visits. No other camp offers the extensive traversing area of Mara Plains Camp, with access to a total of 100,000 acres of private conservancy land as well as the world-renowned Maasai Mara, home to the Great Migration. We highly recommend a balloon flight across the Maasai Mara! (additional cost).
Day 7: Masai Mara > Nairobi Transfer from Masai Mara to Wilson Airport, Nairobi.
• 6 nights accommodation • All conservation/park fees • Scheduled wildlife viewing activities on the Maasai Mara Reserve (one day per stay), Olare Motorogi & Mara North Conservancies • All meals • Laundry • Return Olare Motorogi airstrip road transfers • Non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages (excluding champagne) • Each guest tent includes one pair of Swarovski HD binoculars and a professional Canon camera body and lens kit for complimentary use.
Pricing (per person) $NZD