Safari Pioneers – Exclusive Kenyan safari
Great Plains Conservation has unveiled a 12 night, ultra-exclusive safari direct to Kenya’s best safari camps from New York city. This once-in-a-lifetime vacation departs John F Kennedy airport on Saturday 21st November 2020 and returns to the USA on Friday 4th December.
The Safari Pioneers will have exclusive use of the business class section of the Kenya Airways direct Boeing 787 overnight flight to Nairobi. On arrival into Nairobi International Airport, you will be met straight off the plane and head to Kenya Airways’ private lounge where you will deal with the formalities of passport control and immigration. A number of executive Cessna Caravan aircraft will be awaiting your arrival to whisk you to your first safari stop. All further travel between the safari camps is on board private Caravans.
Your 12 night safari is spent in four exclusive safari camps.
Ol Donyo Lodge – this private lodge is set on the slopes of the Chyulu Hills in a 300,000 acre Masai community ranch. The views are breathtaking, over the surrounding plains to snow-capped Kilimanjaro and beyond. The enormous suites are complete with a lounge, private swimming pool, verandah to enjoy the scenery, and our favourite bit is the rooftop sundowner/star bed spot where guests can enjoy the dramatic views and a night sleeping under the stars.
Arijiju – an uber exclusive property situated on the privately owned Borana Ranch on the edge of the Laikpia pleateau in northern Kenya. The interiors have been beautifully finished with every detail carefully thought of, the main area comprises an exquisite living room, games room, library and even a cinema and swimming pool. Arijiju is also home to a superb spa offering a variety of treatments to help you unwind.
Mara Plains – ideally placed for superb wildlife viewing in the world famous Masai Mara, Mara Plains sits on the edge of Ntiakatek River under the cooling canopy of the riverine forest with wonderful views of the surrounding plains. The spacious, luxurious canvas tents are on raised wooden decks complete with en-suite bathrooms and a deep copper freestanding bath. Each tent has an extensive verandah, where you can sit and enjoy hours of game viewing.
Mara Nyika – a brand new camp in a secluded position in the Naboisho Conservancy of the Masai Mara. Each tented suite comprises three inter-connected tents to give a lounge area, bedroom and bathroom. Each tent has a private deck, offering the perfect platform from which to view the wildlife as it wanders through camp.
With its breathtaking backdrop formed of the vast open plains of the Masai Mara, the rolling Chyulu Hills and the rocky kopjes and steep sided gullies quintessential of Laikipia, this safari showcases incredible wildlife amid superb scenery. Predators such as lion, leopard, hyena and cheetah make for dramatic and thrilling game viewing. Towers of giraffe and enormous herds of elephant, zebra and buffalo mingle on the plains and provide some incredible photographic opportunities. The diverse range of habitat also supports a great diversity of bird life. Activities include vehicle based wildlife drives, night drives where you discover the nocturnal species, and guided bush walks which give you a different perspective of the bush. The adventurous can enjoy horse riding, mountain biking or spend a night fly camping under the stars.
$37,900 per person sharing
• International business class flights
• Private inter-camp air transfers
• Lounge access in all airports on arrival and departure
• All meals, drinks (premium cellar wines, champagne and spirits excluded at Arijiju)
• Shared activities
• Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) donations worth thousands of dollars for distribution to the Kenyan communities.
• Travel insurance
• Nightly conservation levy
• Personal spending
• Spa treatments