Join Bon Voyage Boutique Travel on a Bucket List Trip! May 17-27, 2024
Join us as we explore some of Kenya's iconic game parks using camps and lodges that truly encapsulate luxury in safari. This trip will start in Nairobi and continue on to Amboseli National Park, Samburu National Reserve, and Masai Mara. While on safari enjoy game drives and tick "The Big Five" off your list. End each safari day with a Sundowner, a nightly ritual of watching the sun set over the reserve with a cocktail in hand. Relax in luxurious lodges each night while on safari and marvel at the incredible scenery around you.
African Safari in Kenya
DAY 1 : MAY 17 : DEPART UNITED STATES DAY 2 : MAY 18 : ARRIVE KENYA Welcome to Nairobi! Private transfer from the Nairobi Airport to the House of Waine Luxury Hotel! House of Waine is an 11-bedroom property positioned on one hectare of land, that blends the elegance of gracious living with the spirit of modern Africa, in an exclusive and serene setting. In the afternoon you will have free time to catch up on jet lag, followed by a group Carnivore dinner! Overnight at your hotel. DAY 3 : MAY 19 : OUT OF AFRICA EXPERIENCE Breakfast at your hotel. Follow in the footsteps of Karen Blixen as you travel towards the Ngong Hills, you feel swept immediately onto the film set of Out of Africa the moment you arrive. The old colonial farmhouse is simple, housing a few items that Karen Blixen chose and once enjoyed herself. There are also the colorful gardens to explore, where several old coffee machines have laid untouched for decades. From here visit the Giraffe Centre, where the highly endangered Rothschild giraffe lives in peace. Dinner at leisure & Overnight at your hotel. DAY 4 : MAY 20 : TRANSFER TO MASAI MARA Early pick up from your hotel and transfer to Wilson Airport for the scheduled Safari Link flight to Masai Mara National Park. Upon arrival, you will all be met by a guide from the lodge and depart for your first game drive en route to the lodge. Following lunch, there will be an afternoon shared game drive returning to lodge as the sun sets. Elewana Sand River Masai Mara is 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. Sand River Masai Mara will continue to demonstrate all the qualities that have made the Elewana Collection the premier choice in East Africa. With carefully crafted interior designs, exceptional standards of service and a sublime and carefully chosen location providing optimal access to the wildlife, Sand River Masai Mara Camp will surely become the standard to surpass. The Camp comprises of 16-tented accommodations, divided into two separate but adjoining campsites, with each area possessing its own designated dining and public areas, thereby creating an increased sense of exclusivity and privacy. Overnight at your hotel. DAY 5 : MAY 21 : MASAI MARA GAME DRIVES Early breakfast at your hotel, then enjoy a morning and afternoon game drive! The Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya is one of Africa’s top safari destinations. Encompassing more than 580 square miles, the reserve harbors a diverse fauna and gets its name from the pastoral tribe known as the Masai that calls it home. A number of private conservancies function as extensions of the reserve, where safari goers can develop their own itineraries or leave the logistics to a tour operator. Overnight at Hotel. DAY 6 : MAY 22 : TRANSFER TO AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK After breakfast, guests are transferred to the airstrip for the scheduled Safari Link flight to Amboseli . On arrival in Amboseli, you will all be transferred to the camp for lunch. Following lunch and an afternoon siesta, there is a shared game drive that returns to the camp as the sun sets. Elewana Tortilis Camp: Tortilis Camp is named after the flat-topped, umbrella thorn tree, the Acacia Tortilis, and embraces a hill in one of Amboseli’s areas of Acacia Tortilis woodland. Located in a private conservancy bordering the national park, game drives, walks, sundowners and bush meals take place both inside the national park and in the conservancy, where guests enjoy exclusivity. The tents are all spacious, with king or twin beds and elegant en suite bathrooms. There is a main lounge, bar and dining area, all exquisitely built with natural materials and thatched roofs, with magnificent views of Kilimanjaro. The Private House and Family Tent are located slightly separate to the main camp, upon the hill where they share a pool and enjoy magnificent views of Kilimanjaro. Overnight at your hotel. DAY 7 : MAY 23 : AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK GAME DRIVES After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a morning & afternoon game drive in Amboseli! Amboseli belongs in the elite of Kenya’s national parks, and it’s easy to see why. Its signature attraction is the sight of hundreds of big-tusked elephants set against the backdrop of Africa’s best views of Mt Kilimanjaro (5895m). Africa’s highest peak broods over the southern boundary of the park, and while cloud cover can render the mountain’s massive bulk invisible for much of the day, you’ll be rewarded with stunning vistas when the weather clears, usually at dawn and/or dusk. Apart from guaranteed elephant sightings, you’ll also see wildebeest and zebras, and you’ve a reasonable chance of spotting lions, cheetahs and hyenas. The park is also home to over 370 bird species, and it has an excellent array of lodges and an agreeably mild, dry climate. Overnight at your hotel. DAY 8 : MAY 24 : TRANSFER TO LEWA CONSERVANCY | Lewa Safari Camp Following breakfast, there will be a game drive en route to the airstrip for the scheduled Safari Link flight to Lewa, via Nairobi. Upon arrival, you will all be met by a guide from the camp and enjoy a game drive to the camp. Following lunch, there is an afternoon shared game drive returning to camp as the sun sets. Lewa Safari Camp has a stunning location within the prolific Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, sprawling over the Laikipia plains, with outstanding game viewing from camp and unsurpassed views of Mount Kenya to the south. Popular with celebrities, conservationists, writers and photographers, Lewa Safari Camp hit the headlines with tales of Royal romance. Underpinning the glamour is a serious mission: Lewa Safari Camp pioneered pragmatic conservation in the 1970’s, developing a world-renowned, successful rhino conservation habitat. Wildlife viewing is spectacular here, with lion, leopard, cheetah and jackal thriving on the rich diversity of prey. The 26,300 hectare (65,000 acre) conservancy is home to ten percent of Kenya’s black rhino and 15 percent of Kenya’s white rhino population, and the single largest population of Grevy’s zebra in the world. The conservancy also holds a substantial population of sitatunga – a spectacular aquatic antelope, which is extremely rare in Kenya. Overnight at your hotel. DAY 9 : MAY 25 : LEWA CONSERVANCY GAME DRIVES Breakfast at your hotel followed by morning and afternoon shared game drives in the Lewa Conservancy. The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, based at the foothills of Mount Kenya, works as a model and catalyst for the conservation of wildlife and its habitat. They do this through the protection and management of species, the initiation and support of community conservation and development programs, and the education of neighboring areas in the value of wildlife. For the last three decades, their practices have resulted in thriving black rhino habitat and population, which in turn has created a robust ecosystem for a multitude of species including the endangered Grevy’s zebra, elephant, lion, cheetah, giraffe and more. They envision a future where people across Kenya value, protect and benefit from wildlife. This future depends on communities being able to derive their day-to-day livelihoods in ways that are compatible with thriving wildlife habitat. As a result, they invest heavily in the livelihoods of their neighbors through programs in education, healthcare, water, micro-enterprise, youth empowerment and more. As a catalyst and champion of this model that puts people at the center of conservation, Lewa has influenced and supported the conservancy management for both private and community lands across northern Kenya. Lewa has combined the techniques of world-class anti-poaching operations, including cutting edge monitoring technology, with the engagement of the surrounding communities as critical partners in conservation. Dinner at Resort & Overnight at your hotel. DAY 10 : MAY 26 : FLIGHT TO NAIROBI, RETURN TO US Following an early morning activity and breakfast, you will all catch the scheduled Safari Link flight to Nairobi. on arrival at Wilson airport you will be met and transferred to Jomo Kenyatta Airport. Board flight to USA.
DAY 11 : MAY 27 : RETURN TO USA Overnight flight from Kenya, arrive in to USA.
Trip cost Land cost - $7482.00 per person for double occupancy *Limited single rooms available by request.
Estimated flight cost from Appleton is $1600 per person in economy. (Actual flight cost is available 11 months in advance of tour dates)
Deposit payable by check. If you choose to pay by credit card there will be an additional 3% processing fee added to the trip cost.
LAND PRICE INCLUDES: ACCOMODATION 2 nights hotel accommodation at House of Waine (Nairobi) 2 nights hotel accommodation at Elewana Sand River (Masai Mara) 2 nights accommodation at Elewana Tortilis Camp (Amboseli) 2 nights accommodation at Lewa Safari Camp (Lewa Conservancy) ACTIVITIES & VISITS according to the above program - Meet and greets upon arrival - Car & Flight Transfers as listed - Tour in Nairobi - Flights in country - 10 Game Drives in Masai Mara, Amboseli & Lewa Conservancy - All meals while on safari - All drinks while on safari - Local Guides & Drivers
NOT INCLUDED IN PRICES Any meals not listed above, optional experiences, tips or personal expenses, luggage handling. City taxes, to be paid locally at the hotels Travel Insurance - optional but strongly recommended - cost is based on final trip cost and age of passenger
Deposit Schedule $1200 per person deposit for the land due at time of booking. A second deposit may be due depending on hotel policies. Final payment due February 1, 2024 Airfare will become available in June. Airfare cost due in full at time of booking.