SkySafari East Africa
• Amboseli • Laikipia • Masai Mara • Serengeti National Park • Ngorongoro Crater • Arusha
Delight in the wildlife and iconic parks of East Africa on this exciting and seamless 13 day safari! Travel in luxury on an executive class aircraft, fitted with bespoke leather seating, with a total of just 8 seats. Arrive in Nairobi and stay at the fabulous Nairobi Hemingways hotel. You'll then fly to Amboseli for a luxurious stay at Tortilis Camp. From Amboseli fly to the Loisaba Conservancy in Laikipia and then to the Masai Mara, a huge expanse of rolling grassland dotted with acacia trees and trampled by massive herds of zebras and wildebeest during the Great Migration. Fly from Kenya to Tanzania and sample the drama of the Serengeti plains, experience the beauty of Lake Manyara and wonder at the unique wildlife in the Ngorongoro Crater.
Experienced professional guides and highly equipped safari vehicles will ensure you have the best wildlife experience possible. After your days exploring, relax in one of Elewana's collection of award-winning lodges and camps in iconic locations where you'll enjoy a luxurious and diverse mix of accommodation. After Ngorongoro you continue to Arusha where your journey ends.
This journey is perfect for couples as well as family groups! Family units are available as well as child focused activities at each of the properties. The lodges also offer babysitting during meal times, a children's menu and fun distractions during tea or sundowners break.
Day 1: Nairobi Set between Nairobi National Park and the foot of the Ngong Hills, Hemingways Nairobi is an exclusive plantation-style boutique hotel far from the bustle of central Nairobi. An all-suite property providing full butler service, gourmet restaurant, a brasserie and a bar, it is perfectly placed for trips to Nairobi National Park and the capital. Hemingways Nairobi has a sophisticated and tranquil ambiance. Each of the 45 suites is a generous size, all lined with hand cut Italian marble, walk-in wardrobe, double vanity, separate toilet, bath and shower and a terrace. The hotel's spa makes use of sacred rituals to cleanse and reinvigorate while its restaurant offers contemporary modern cuisine using locally sourced artisan producers and accompanied by the finest selection of wines.
Days 2 & 3: Amboseli National Park Enjoy breakfast and a briefing at Hemingways before you transfer to Wilson Airport, Nairobi. The SkySafari takes to the air. Arrive in Amboseli National Park, the second most popular wildlife area in Kenya, famous for its large population of over 1000 resident elephants and for its scenic beauty with the backdrop of the world's highest free-standing mountain, snow-capped Kilimanjaro. Amboseli National Park covers 96,865 acres (392km2), which constitutes less than 5% of the entire 2 million acre ecosystem of the Amboseli basin crossing from Kenya into Tanzania. The lush green wetlands in this otherwise dry area make Amboseli National Park one of the best wildlife-viewing areas on the planet, attracting over 600 species of birds including pelicans, kingfishers, crakes, hammerkops, 47 types of raptors as well as the African elephant, cape buffalo, impala, hyena, giraffe, zebra, gazelle and wildebeest with lion and cheetah among the big cats that roam the area.
Amboseli opens your eyes to Africa's vast space: a photographer's paradise. Around camp the Acacia Tortilis forest is host to many bird species and literally thousands of weaver nests hang above the tents adding a rousing dawn chorus into the mix. Tortilis Camp has unrivalled views of Kilimanjaro, rising out of the semi-arid bush studded plains - Africa's highest mountain, and the highest free standing mountain in the world. Winner of British Airways' prestigious eco-tourism award, Tortilis pioneered low impact, high comfort tourism. Guests have access to a private 30,000 acre conservancy facing the mountain and can enjoy walks with experienced Masai guides, bush breakfasts and sundowners. Tortilis is famous for Northern Italian cuisine based on original family recipes. Tortilis Camp is a classic luxury safari camp with 16 tents, each of which has an en-suite bathroom, spacious veranda and glorious views of Mt Kilimanjaro. There is a main lounge, bar and dining area, all exquisitely built with natural materials and thatched roofs, with magnificent views of Kilimanjaro. Located slightly separate to the main camp, and sharing a pool, are a family tent (with two en-suite bedrooms and a private veranda) and a private house (with two en-suite bedrooms and a private living area with veranda), both with magnificent mountain views.
Days 4 & 5: Loisaba Conservancy, Laikipia Today transfer to the Ambosei airstrip to board your SkySafari flight to Loisaba Conservancy. On arrival enjoy a briefing about the conservancy followed by a game drive en-route to Loisaba Tented Camp where you will arrive in time for drinks & dinner. Loisaba Conservancy is outstandingly beautiful, its abundant wildlife is truly wild and its accommodation is comfortable beyond measure. Loisaba is made for adventure: guests enjoy complete freedom to choose how they spend their time so the only barrier is your own imagination. Trek through the bush with camels, enjoy a waking safari with traditional Samburu guides, mountain bike down the escarpment, raft, horseback-ride or drive through the wild canyons of the two great rivers that span the vast property.
You can also witness Loisaba's cutting-edge conservation first-hand. Visit the conservancy headquarters to see the extraordinary work being done here and meet the sniffer dogs - Warrior, Machine, Memusi and Nanyokie - and the anti-poaching team to find out how they safeguard the wilderness. Loisaba is immense: bigger than ten of the world's fully-fledged nations. You could take months exploring this land and never encounter the same view twice. We can assure you that you will not bump into anyone else and you will see the most extraordinary natural wonders - spectacular animal life that is wild, free and exhilarating to observe and a kaleidoscopic variety of birds, both endemic and migratory. Perched on the edge of an escarpment with unhindered views across the Laikipia plains to Mt Kenya, Loisaba Tented Camp is the ultimate blend of sophistication and nature. A main bar, lounge and dining area with chic Africana decor, and a tantalizing infinity pool are designed to maximize on the expansive views. For the ultimate sleep on your second night at Loisaba consider the option of rolling a four-poster Star Bed out onto your deck and drifting off to the sounds of the bush with only the stars above you.
Days 6 & 7: Masai Mara National Reserve After breakfast at camp enjoy a game drive en-route to Loisaba Airstrip for your SkySafari flight to the world famous Masai Mara. Game drive en-route to Sand River Masai Mara Camp. Located on the banks of a river from which it has taken its name, Sand River Masai Mara is located within the Masai Mara National Reserve, close to the Tanzanian border. Situated on a secluded and picturesque site, the Camp replicates the heyday of exclusive permanent tented camps of the late 1920's. The interior fixtures and furnishings mirror this period perfectly, reminding all who visit of those countless Hollywood movies that have paid homage to a classic era of African adventure.
After your first night in the Mara rise early for breakfast before a full day game drive. Enjoy a picnic lunch served in the bush. The Masai Mara is famous for its astounding numbers of wildlife. With both resident and transient populations of lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, giraffe, elephant, to name a few, as well as over 450 bird species, the vast fertile plains are dense with game. The area has been classified among the "Seven Wonders of the World" due to the extraordinary annual migration from July to November when over 1.3 million wildebeest and zebra cross from the Serengeti to the Maasai Mara in search of greener pastures. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner under the stars at camp.
Days 8-10: Serengeti National Park After breakfast transfer to the airstrip for your flight to the world-renowned Serengeti National Park. On arrival transfer to your accommodation at either Serengeti Pioneer Camp or Serengeti Migration Camp (depends on the season) in time for lunch and an afternoon game drive. Spend three nights in luxurious tented accommodation enjoying the drama and beauty of the Serengeti's abundant wildlife - and for most of the year the amazing sight of the annual migration.
The annual migration involves over a million wildebeest - each one driven by the same ancient rhythm, fulfilling its instinctive role in the inescapable cycle of life: a frenzied three-week bout of territorial conquests and mating; survival of the fittest as 40km (25 mile) long columns plunge through crocodile-infested waters on the annual exodus north; replenishing the species in a brief population explosion that produces more than 8,000 calves daily before the 1,000 km (600 mile) pilgrimage begins again. Waking up to the sounds of the hippos barking and splashing in the Grumeti River just 100 metres from the Camp, enjoy early breakfasts followed by full day game drives in the park with picnic lunches provided. The length of the drives depends on the season and the proximity to the Camp of the annual migratory animals.
Days 11 & 12: Ngorongoro After breakfast enjoy one more morning game drive through Serengeti National Park before flying to Manyara airstrip. On arrival enjoy a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park followed by lunch and transfer to The Manor at Ngorongoro, a beautiful and magnificent homestyle lodge set in a lush and verdant Arabica coffee plantation. You will then be transferred to your very own Manor Cottage to unpack, unwind and relax before being invited back to the Main House for evening dinner. And for those who wish to explore, the swimming pool, spa, games room and stables await discovery.
The following day, after an early breakfast, you will travel to what undoubtedly is one of the 'Natural Wonders of the World' - The Ngorongoro Crater. Filmed and documented by naturalists from the four corners of the earth, the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest 'dry' caldera of its kind, is rich in wildlife. Large herds of zebra and wildebeest graze while sleeping lions laze in the sun. At dawn, the endangered black rhino returns to the thick cover of the crater forests after grazing on dew-laden grass in the morning mist. Just outside the crater's ridge, tall Maasai tribesmen herd their cattle and goats over green pastures through the highland slopes, living alongside the wildlife as they have for centuries. Lunch is served in the Crater under an awning in a campaign-style luncheon. This spectacular setting at times belies belief. Whilst the resident hippos enjoy their daily bathe, and herds of zebra and wildebeest keep a wary eye out for any number of predators, you can sit and watch this 'live' show whilst enjoying a lovely picnic lunch. Following this exciting day, you will take the one-hour transfer back to The Manor for dinner.
Day 13: Ngorongoro > Arusha Breakfast at The Manor is followed by a transfer to the airstrip for your SkySafari flight to Arusha Airport. On arrival you will be transferred to Arusha Coffee Lodge for the afternoon (depending on your departure flight a day room is available for your use) before transferring to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your outbound flight.
• All internal flight transfers between the Elewana Collection lodges and camps via SkySafari executive Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft. • VIP fast track arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Day 1 of your SkySafari. • All road transfers to and from the camps and lodges, airports and airstrips. • Overnight stays at the selected Elewana Collection lodges and camps as per itinerary. • All meals and drinks (except champagnes, cognacs, single malt whiskeys, and any wines from Elewana's exclusive cellar wine list). • Wi-Fi in main areas of all lodges and camps. • Laundry service. • Park and Conservancy fees • Taxes • Day room on the last day • Safari activities including game drives on private vehicle exclusively for SkySafari guests • All tips including for guides, lodge/camp staff, airport porters and transfer drivers
Pricing (per person) $NZD
5, 17, 31 Jul
2, 4, 12, 14, 16 Aug
9, 11, 13, 27 Sep
1, 9, 15, 23, 29 Oct
6, 12, 20, 26 Nov
4, 10, 18, 24, 30 Dec
5, 17, 31 Jul
Booking conditions Departures are guaranteed with just two passengers
There is no single room supplement charged in low season (1 - 31 May) nor charged for the first single room per booking
Child under 12 prices are based on sharing with 1 or 2 adults (max 2)
Departures are guaranteed with just two passengers There is no single room supplement charged in low season (1 - 31 May) nor charged for the first single room per booking Child under 12 prices are based on sharing with 1 or 2 adults (max 2)