Fly to private game reserves at both Masai Mara and Amboseli, and back, on this authentic camping safari, cutting out the long drives between Nairobi and Kenya's top two game viewing destinations.
The most outstanding features of this real African bush experience:
Explore Amboseli and the Selenkay Conservancy, as well as Masai Mara and the Ol Kinyei Conservancy, staying inside the remote and private wildlife conservancies located at the national parks. Your expert local guide will be your host at these crowd-free camps, where a cook and service staff take excellent care of you - a genuine Kenya safari adventure.
This safari begins in Nairobi, starting with a domestic flight from the Wilson Airport. We fly south to the Selenkay Conservancy, just north of Amboseli, in a light aircraft. Selenkay is a private game reserve covering part of the Amboseli ecosystem.
Arriving at the airstrip near Amboseli Park in the morning, you are met by a friendly staff member who takes you to the Adventure Camp in Selenkay Private Reserve. The 15 minute drive to the safari camp gives you the chance to spot game en route. After settling in at camp we embark on our first 4x4 game drive in this private conservation area of Amboseli.
We head back to the shaded camp for lunch, followed by some time to relax. Later we set off on another 4x4 game drive in Selenkay Conservancy, returning to camp for dinner and an evening in the untamed bush under star-filled skies.
Selenkay is a private conservation area, lying just north of Amboseli National Park. The Selenkay Conservancy is closed to the public, ensuring crowd-free game drives, bush walks and night drives in this untamed wilderness area. This is one of the first community projects in Kenya to successfully combine wildlife conservation with local social and economic development. The private reserve belongs to the local Maasai who lease the land out to ecotourism ventures, instead of grazing livestock here. At the exclusive Adventure Camp your expert guides, trackers and camp staff are almost all local Maasai people.
As part of the greater Amboseli ecosystem the private game reserve now hosts animals migrating from the national park, offering a remote 4x4 game viewing adventure. The private game park is home to elephants, lions, leopards, wild cats, foxes and cheetahs, an abundance of zebras and giraffes, and a rich variety of antelope species.
We get an early start on day two, heading into Selenkay Conservancy, after breakfast at camp. We spend the morning exploring the private reserve in our 4x4 safari vehicle and on foot. One of the major perks of game viewing in Selenkay is that you can do guided walking safaris, unlike the official national park. The bush walk is conducted by a local Maasai guide with in-depth knowledge of the area.
Returning to camp we have lunch and rest, before visiting a Maasai village not far from camp. The village tour gives us a chance to meet the striking Maasai people, learn about indigenous culture in Kenya and find out more about the lifestyles of the locals.
Later on we venture back out into the bush on an exhilarating night drive. Another advantage of game viewing in this private conservation area at Amboseli is that night drives are permitted. A powerful spotlight is used on the night game drive to find the elusive nocturnal animals encountered in the bush. Back at our exclusive camp we enjoy dinner and a peaceful night in the African wilderness.
On day three we rise early and tuck into breakfast before making our way into Amboseli National Park proper.
The whole of day three is spent game viewing in Amboseli National Park, stopping for a picnic in the national park. The game drive offers excellent photographic opportunities of roaming wildlife flanked by Mount Kilimanjaro, so don't forget your cameras.
After our open 4x4 game drive in Amboseli Park we head back to the Selenkay Private Conservancy for dinner and drinks around the campfire.
Day four, early breakfast, and back to the airstrip for our return flight to Nairobi. From the Wilson Airport in Nairobi we hop on a one-hour flight southwest to Ol Seki, at the one and only Masai Mara National Reserve. Landing at Ol Seki near Masai Mara we are taken to our next Adventure Camp, located in the Ol Kinyei Conservancy.
Settle in, have lunch and unwind at the private camp. Later in the afternoon we embark on a thrilling late afternoon to evening game drive in the private Ol Kinyei game reserve. This is our first memorable game viewing adventure in the famous Masai Mara area. We may encounter the lion pride of more than 30 individuals in the private conservation area, along with leopards and other wildlife. After our exciting game drive we have dinner and soak up the wild setting at the secluded camp, where wild animals and birds can be heard.
Ol Kinyei Conservancy is an over 7000 hectare private conservation area in the Masai Mara eco-system, offering 4x4 game viewing away from the crowds.
A pioneer in community-based conservation the Ol Kinyei Conservancy has won ecotourism awards for its social and environmental achievements, being the first initiative of its kind in the Mara region. Local Maasai own the Ol Kinyei land, which is free from human settlements and livestock, managing the protected area in partnership with private safari companies. The Maasai benefit from wildlife tourism here, gaining employment, earning land leasing fees and receiving commissions per guest.
The Ol Kinyei Conservancy hosts over 300 different bird species, in addition to the big cats and other large mammals found in its open grasslands, riverine zones and forests. At the exclusive Adventure Camp in Ol Kinyei guests enjoy top quality service from local Maasai guides, trackers and camp staff, and world-class game viewing in 4x4 safari vehicles. The back-to-basics camping style at the remote camps enables guests to experience the same high quality game viewing offered at luxury camps, at a fraction of the cost.
Today kicks off with an early morning 4x4 game drive in Ol Kinyei private conservation area near Masai Mara. The early morning is an excellent time to spot birds and wildlife, settling down after a night of hunting or beginning to stir at daybreak. After our open game drive it is time for brunch at the rustic camp, having worked up a good appetite.
Next, we set off into Ol Kinyei Conservancy on foot, taking a guided walk with an expert local guide. As with the Selenkay Conservancy, advantages of game viewing in the private Ol Kinyei Conservancy include, being able to go on bush walks and night drives, whilst escaping the crowds. After getting up close to the flora and fauna of the African bush on foot, we return to the camp for a lunch break. After the well-prepared lunch, you can snooze and sit back in nature, watching the birds and animals around camp.
Then we set off on another 4x4 adventure in Ol Kinyei private game reserve, going in search of Africa's wildlife as the day fades into night. We use a spotlight to find our way back after dark, looking out for the shy creatures that wake up at night.
Enjoy dinner in the mess tent and relax around the campfire, gazing up at star-studded African skies, before falling asleep in the unspoilt bush.
Our last full day on safari - it is time to visit the world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve, one of the finest game reserves in the world.
After breakfast we drive into Masai Mara, entering the national park early in the morning. Our 4x4 exploration takes us through some of the most iconic African landscapes on earth, providing us with superb wildlife sightings. We pause in the bush for a scenic picnic, surrounded by the wild plains of Mara. The Masai Mara Game Reserve is famous for its sizeable big cat populations, frequently presenting encounters with these felines - cheetahs, leopards, lions.
After our inspiring wildlife adventure in Kenya's top national park, we return to our exclusive camp, unwinding in peace and quiet. The day winds down with dinner, drinks at the bar and time to share stories around the campfire.
Our last day on safari - we are up early to embark on one more game drive in the private Ol Kinyei Conservancy. Then we have breakfast at the private adventure camp, before packing up and driving to the Ol Seki airstrip for our flight back to Nairobi, the capital of Kenya.
Our unforgettable Kenya Fly-in Camping Safari ends at Wilson Airport in Nairobi.
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