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.
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.