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East Africa Safari

A luxury tailor-made adventure for the Fane family from 13 to 26 August 2022 

Itinerary includes all accommodation on board basis stated, drivers, guides, international and internal flights and all transfers

Your tailor-made adventure includes two luxury safari camps, followed by 5 nights on the beach in Zanzibar. 

13 August: London to Nairobi

Depart Heathrow 18.25 on Kenya Airlines in Business Class, arriving Nairobi 05.50 the following morning. 

14 August: Nairobi

Upon arrival you will be met at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your transfer by private vehicle to Nairobi Wilson Airport, with the chance to freshen up en route. You will then depart by scheduled light aircraft flight for the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in central Kenya, departing 10:20; arrive into Lewa at 11:20, where you will be met and transferred to the Elewana Lewa Safari Camp in time for lunch, and a first afternoon on safari.

You will spend 3 nights here in a luxury Family Tent, on a fully inclusive basis.

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is a family owned 60,000-acre game reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the foothills of Mt. Kenya. Although just 30 miles north of the equator, it is home to animal species not seen in the southern hemisphere, including reticulated giraffe, the endangered Grevy's zebra and blue-skinned Somali ostrich. Black and white rhino, introduced here in the early eighties in an effort to provide safe haven, thrive here and are relocated to other parks in Kenya. 

 

All three of the big cats, up to 200 elephants, Greater kudu and the graceful Gerenuk antelope with its elegant neck, are part of the unique experience that is Lewa. Lewa is a world leader, a pioneer in conservation and has won many awards for its efforts. It leads the way in community based initiatives. As an activity based reserve, it offers unique bush experiences that are restricted in national parks: you can ride on horseback alongside herds of giraffe, zebra and antelope, take a night game drive, walk with armed rangers, or enjoy a camel ride to a bush breakfast. Several springs bubble up and feed the reserve's perennial water supply supporting the game and ensuring wildlife sightings year round - including rare Sitatunga antelope which, with their splayed hooves, are swamp residents.

Your base in the Conservancy is at Elewana Lewa Safari Camp. Images below, including the luxury thatched 2 bedroom Family Tent.

Elewana Lewa Safari Camp

Lewa Safari Camp is in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy on the Laikipia plains in north Kenya. Each of the camp's 13 tents - including two family tents which will accommodate up to five - are huge and set upon timber decks which stretch out as thatched verandahs that lean into long, long Africa views. There's lot to do at Lewa - you can chill by the pool, have a massage, or up the pace with a ride on horseback or camel, or you can take a guided walk in the bush with the excellent guides. Underpinning the elegance and the luxury of this place is a serious wildlife endevour. It's hard work is evident in the huge populations of game that live and thrive on the ranch. Rare and endangered species - rhino, Grevy's zebra and the sitatunga antelope - are regularly seen as are elephant, lion and leopard. And when you're done with being busy - or not - you can decide on where to dine: enjoy a candlelit supper in the bush, eat by the light of hurricane lamps around the pool, by the fire or on your private
verandah as nightime Africa clicks and calls around you.

15 and 16 August: Lewa

Over these two days you will enjoy morning and afternoon safari activities in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. The following is just some of what you can expect to enjoy during your stay at Lewa Safari Camp...


Game Drives: With the whole of the eastern half of the Conservancy to itself, and with strict limits on tourism numbers within the Conservancy, guests can enjoy an almost private game viewing experience. Although a vast area, the Conservancy is fenced, (fencing of wildlife areas is very unusual in Kenya), specifically to protect the rhino. The game driving is outstanding with plentiful rhino, elephant, buffalo, the rare Grevy's zebra and resident predators, to a backdrop of beautiful views of snow-capped Mt. Kenya.


Guided Bush Walks: Elewana Lewa Safari Camp’s walking guides are trained wildlife rangers from the Conservancy. Apart from their knowledge on rhino conservation, they are also knowledgeable about the tracks and botany. Most walks leave from camp. Take the time to leave the car behind and enjoy the small things – tracks, dung beetles, micro-ecosystems.

Day Trip to Ngare Ndare Forest: The lush Ngare Ndare forest borders the Lewa Consevancy and is wonderful for a day trip of exploring. Swim in crystal clear mountain springs, walk along a canopy bridge above high above the forest floor, and enjoying a gourmet picnic lunch in the shade of a dense and beautiful forest.

Bush Breakfasts & Sundowners: Take a moment to sit back, enjoy the spectacular views, the smells, the colours, and the gentle breeze. Bush breakfasts are a chance to enjoy a full breakfast, al fresco, in the middle of the plains, surrounded by wildlife. Sundowners are a safari tradition after a day of safari: stop and watch the spectacular sunset with, traditionally, a gin and tonic in hand!

There's also the option for cultural visits to neighbouring local Samburu homesteads.

17 August: Lewa to Masai Mara

After a final morning game drive en route to the airstrip, you will today fly to the Masai Mara. You will depart Lewa at 09:15; and will arrive into the Masai Mara at 11:00. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to Ishara Tented Camp, where you will arrive in time for lunch, and a first afternoon on safari in the Masai Mara.

Your will spend 3 nights here on 2 x River Suites on a fully inclusive basis.

Masai Mara 

The jewel in Africa's crown, the Masai Mara is host to the most spectacular array of wildlife. 1,510 square kilometres of open savannah, woodlands and tree-lined rivers creates an eco-system support huge numbers of bird and mammal species. The western border of the park is the spectacular Siria Escarpment, which together with the acacia dotted plains, creates scenery of stunning beauty. Lion are found in abundance throughout the park as are elephant, giraffe, a variety of gazelle species and zebra. Cheetah and leopard are also regularly seen and, if lucky, you may also find rhino.


The annual wildebeest migration traditionally is present in the Mara from July-September and at this time nature's dramas unfold before your very eyes at every turn. As well as wildlife, the Masai Mara is also home to many members of the colourful Maasai tribe who may be seen around the borders of the park - morans (warriors) loping across the plains, young boys herding goats, or elders grouped under a tree discussing matters of the day.

Ishara Tented Camp

Built along the Talek River at the heart of the Masai Mara, Ishara is not only luxurious but designed to give an immersive experience of what is arguably the world's greatest wildlife reserve. The camp is connected by several elevated bridges which give astonishing views of the surroundings plains and the river. The camp's safari suites are tucked in the bush facing the savannah while the river suites and family suites are nestled along the river. For an incredible night under the stars, Ishara's offers the first star-bed in the Masai Mara. In between game drives, you can lounge in the infinity swimming pool or enjoy a glorious wine bath at the Aya Spa. Ishara is a photographer's haven and has the first Canon Studio in the Mara that comes complete with cameras, lenses, binoculars, and a resident pro to make sure you have spectacular photos of your safari.

18 and 19 August: Masai Mara

Over the next two days you will enjoy morning and afternoon safari activities in the Masai Mara. With one of the greatest bio-diversities in Africa, the Masai Mara boasts more than 95 mammal species, 550 bird species, and 1,000 plant species.


Ishara is a space to connect with oneself, to invigorate the spirit with moments of wonder and tranquillity. While wildlife remains the star of the show, Ishara provides an atmosphere inspired by balance and rejuvenation. Bliss awaits you at the spa, floating serenely above the stunning sweeping plains. Cleanse, restore, and fortify your body and mind with the friendly and experienced therapists.

20 August: Masai to Zanzibar 

After your final morning game drive in the Masai Mara, you will depart by shared scheduled flight for Zanzibar via Nairobi Wilson Airport. The estimated time of departure from the Masai Mara is 10:15; and you will arrive into Nairobi Wilson 11:45. You will be met upon arrival and assisted onto your onward flight to Zanzibar. You will depart Nairobi Wilson at 13:50; and arrive into Zanzibar at 15:20. Upon arrival into Zanzibar you will be met and transferred by private vehicle to White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa on the south-east coast. The transfer time is approx 1 hour.

You will spend 5 nights in a 2 Bedroom Family Pool Villa on a half board basis. 

White Sands Luxury Villas and Spa

The next few days are yours to do as much or as little as you please. White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa is as much about enjoying a cocktail on the rooftop champagne bar as it is about kitesurfing in the sunset or indulging in a massage at the spa after a day of sunbathing. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, family holidays or treating your loved ones to a luxury experience, it is their mission to ensure unforgettable holidays and utmost comfort in a stunning setting.

25 August: Departure

After a final morning at leisure, you will this afternoon be met in the reception of your hotel for your transfer back to Zanzibar Airport.

The transfer time is approx 1 hour. 
Depart: Zanzibar International Airport at 17.15, arriving Nairobi 18.55. Overnight at the airport Sheraton.

26 August: Flying Home...

Flight Class: Business with Kenya Airways
Depart Nairobi 09.20, arriving Heathrow at 16.15 (same day)

Price and Inclusions

Total: £66,000

 

Price includes 24/7 support whilst travelling, international and domestic flights, all ticket taxes and air passenger duty
tax, 
all transfers, accommodation on board basis specified, ATOL protection.

Not included: Immunisation and visas fees (see below), local airport departure taxes.

Visas

Kenya
UK passport holders require a visa to enter Kenya. Other nationalities should contact the embassy for information. You can only get your visa before travel; you can no longer get your visa on arrival. You can apply for single entry and transit visas on the evisas website -
https://accounts.ecitizen.go.ke/register. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Kenya. Please make sure you have two blank pages in your passport on arrival. The current cost is 50USD per person. The cost of the visa may change at any time. Please note that children under the age of 16 are free of charge on a British passport.


Tanzania
British passport holders currently require a tourist visa to enter Tanzania, which can be obtained on arrival or online
before travel. At a cost of USD50 per person for a single entry. The link for the online visa is:
https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa.

Please consult your doctor regarding immunisation and other medical questions. Please note that Yellow Fever vaccinations are mandatory.