Kenya Safari & Lamu Island - African Encounters

Kenya Safari & Lamu Island

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28 February - 13 March 2023
28 February - 13 March 2023
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  • Small group safaris with the personal touch
  • You'll be supporting conservation & community projects
  • We are your independent Africa specialists with 35 years experience
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Availability : 28/2 - 13/3/23
Nairobi, Kenya
Nairobi, Kenya
Max People : 8

If you want to venture off the regular tourist route with exceptional safari guides, and experience wildlife conservation first-hand, then this Kenya safari is for you!

Amboseli and Maasai Mara

The private conservancies in Amboseli and Maasai Mara provide an important dispersal area for wildlife. The animals have discovered the tranquility of the conservancies in contrast to the busy national parks and game reserves. And local communities also benefit from the conservancies with income from land leases, employment, and community support. You’ll experience incredible game viewing well away from the masses of tourist vans in the National Parks. Explore the African wilderness and track animal footprints on guided walks with Maasai warriors. And after a day full of amazing wildlife encounters, relax in the comfort of your superb safari camps.


Your 3 days in a private conservancy in Samburu, an arid, remote region in northern Kenya, are filled with so many highlights. From nature walks with Samburu guides and rangers, learning traditional beading and crafts from Samburu ladies, to the centuries-old tradition of the Singing Wells as Samburu herders water their livestock – these are highlights that few travellers get to experience.

But a visit to the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary will possibly be the most memorable of all. Situated in the remote Mathews Range in the heart of Samburu country, Reteti is the first community-owned and run elephant sanctuary in Africa. Orphaned and abandoned elephant calves, along with giraffe, other wildlife, are fostered with the principle aim of releasing them back into the wild when they are ready. Visiting the Sanctuary will not only be a highlight of your safari but also supports the local community and helps protect all the animals they care for. To support the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary we include a 12-month adoption of one of these babies for every booking on this safari.

In contrast to the well-known elephant orphanage in Nairobi, visitors to Reteti are strictly limited in numbers, making it a much more personal experience. You’ll be able to chat to keepers and the on-duty vet, before watching the babies having their milk bottles and playing in the mudbath.

Lamu Island

After all the excitement of your safari it’s time for some R&R and Lamu Island, just off the Kenya coast, is the perfect place for that. You’ll stay in a small family-owned beachfront hotel and explore the limestone alleyways that crisscross Lamu Town (a UNESCO world heritage site) – some so narrow they can fit little more than a donkey. That’s why there are only five (government) vehicles on the island! Transport is by donkey, dhow – the traditional sailing boats, or on foot. It’s the ultimate end to a truly amazing safari. 

IMPORTANT: All of the camps on this safari are small and intimate, and can accommodate a very limited number of guests.  Early bookings are essential to secure your place!

This African Encounters Signature Safari will be personally escorted from Nairobi by company founder and director Karen Platzer for a group of 4 or more participants. For a group smaller than 4 people the tour will be guided by qualified local guides.

Combination: Your Kenya safari can be combined with our Tanzania’s Secret South safari.

  • Take a behind-the-scenes visit to the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in remote northern Kenya
  • Avoid the crowds by staying in small exclusive tented camps in private conservancies.
  • See unique wildlife like the gerenuk, Grevy’s zebra, and oryx in Samburu National Park. 
  • Each camp has just a few tents with comfortable beds and en-suite bathrooms.
  • Game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles, perfect for wildlife viewing and photography.
  • Enjoy walks with Maasai and Samburu guides, night game drives, picnics & sundowners.
  • Experience incredible wildlife encounters with no other vehicles around!
  • Fly between camps to avoid long drives on very rough roads – spend more time with the animals!
  • After your safari spend a few relaxing days on car-free Lamu Island

This African Encounters Signature Safari will be personally escorted from Nairobi by company founder and director Karen Platzer for groups of 4 or more participants. For groups smaller than 4 people the tour will be guided by qualified local guides.


Arrival & Departure

Arrival: Nairobi, Kenya

Departure: Nairobi, Kenya

Price Includes

  • Arrival and departure transfers.
  • Quality accommodation in luxury tented camps in private conservancies.
  • Visit Reteti, Africa's first the community-run Elephant Sanctuary
  • All Park and Private Conservancy fees
  • Game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles
  • Meals: Full board on safari, breakfast only on Lamu.
  • Sundowners, guided bush walks and night game drives
  • Flights between camps as per itinerary.
  • Return flights Nairobi - Lamu Island
  • Escorted from Nairobi, Kenya by Karen Platzer, African Encounters tour director*, and local guides

Price Excludes

  • International airfares
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Any Personal Expenses
  • Tips & gratuities

Day 1Nairobi, Kenya

Independent arrival in Nairobi and transfer to your very comfortable tented camp in the heart of Nairobi National Park. Tonight you’ll sleep to the sounds of the African bush around you. 

Days 2 - 4Amboseli, Kenya

Morning flight to Amboseli and transfer to your camp in a private conservancy adjacent to Amboseli National Park. Spend 3 days exploring the abundant wildlife and landscapes in our private conservancy on game drives, walks with Maasai guides, and a day trip into Amboseli National Park. 

Days 5 - 7Samburu, Kenya.

Morning flight to Samburu in the remote and wild northern frontier of Kenya. The Samburu ecosystem is one of the most exciting in East Africa, famous for its large population of elephants and for the Samburu Special Five, unique species of animals that are only found in this dry, arid region. They are Gerenuk, Somali ostrich, Grevy’s zebra, Beisa oryx, and the reticulated giraffe. 

A highlight will be your visit to the community-run Reteti Elephant Sanctuary where orphaned and abandoned elephant calves, along with other wildlife, are raised and eventually released back into the wild. In contrast to the well-known elephant orphanage in Nairobi, visitor numbers here are strictly limited and you’ll enjoy a much more personal behind-the-scenes experience.

Days 8 - 10Masai Mara, Kenya.

This morning you’ll fly to the Masai Mara where you’ll spend 3 days exploring our private conservancies with their profusion of wildlife – and no other vehicles in sight! The conservancies provide a sanctuary for many animals seeking respite beyond the Game Reserve with its high volume of tourists and safari vehicle traffic, especially in the peak season months.  

Days 11 - 13Lamu Island

Fly via Nairobi to Lamu, a small island in the Indian Ocean, just off the north-east coast of Kenya. Founded in the 14th century, Lamu is the best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa. Your small family-owned hotel is on the beachfront, where you’ll meet the locals and watch dhows plying their trade as you enjoy a cold drink on the deck.

Day 14Departure

Fly to Nairobi and transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International airport for your onward journey.

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Dick & Kristin Quinn

Couple Traveller

The knowledge of the Maasai guides blew us away. The attention to detail at the camps was second to none. To see so many animals so close up was just magic. Thank you, thank you, thank you!