Cheli's Premier Tented Safari - 9 Days PDF Print E-mail

Duration:                    9 Days
Departures:                Daily on request

A safari with Cheli & Peacock is about fulfilling dreams, getting back to nature, living alongside the wildlife and traditional culture and experiencing Kenya’s dramatic landscapes. For visitors seeking an exclusive trip, extremely knowledgeable guides, romance, authenticity and well-prepared food, this is the safari we would recommend. Camps and Lodges are all small and personal, rustic but well-catered for, with attention given to comfort. As the camps/lodges are off the main tourist routes, they allow a great deal of flexibility. Whether it is a game drive, walking safari, camping or a camel-trek, all activities are accompanied by a first-class guide.

Also worth considering and highly recommended for outdoor enthusiasts is a fly-camping safari with camels. Perhaps spend the first night at Sabuk, followed by the second night in the bush on a camel or walking by day and fly-camping at night (all at an additional cost). For other options using Cheli & Peacock properties, please contact us.

Day 1        Nairobi - Amboseli National Park

Depart from Nairobi to Amboseli on the morning scheduled flight. Upon arrival, you’ll be met by a guide from camp and transferred to camp with a game drive en route. After lunch and a siesta, you depart on an afternoon game activity, either a game drive or a walking safari – returning to camp late afternoon.
Overnight at Tortilis Camp on a full board basis.

Tortilis Camp
Tortilis lies in unspoilt woodland on the edge of Amboseli National Park. The main lodge is open sided, where guests can relax and gaze out towards the soaring snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro – a great place for sundowners and enjoying delicious Italian food! Luxury thatch roofed tents are scattered among acacia and comprise of a stone veranda, elegant bathrooms, king size beds and many traditional decorations. Tortilis also provide interesting nature walks guided by local Masai. These are fascinating, as local traditions and medicinal/folk lore are heartily discussed. Within Amboseli, the elephants are very habituated to people (it is the site of the longest running elephant study in the world) and visitors may relax here, to observe the herds. There are also lion, a high concentration of hyena, Cape buffalo, waterbuck and serval among many others. With over four hundred bird species including flamingo, a variety of waders and one weaver particular to Amboseli, the birding is excellent.

Day 2        Amboseli National Park
Early morning and afternoon game activities.
Overnight at Tortilis Camp on a full board basis.

Day 3        Amboseli National Park – Meru National Park

After breakfast, you’ll catch the morning scheduled flight to Meru via Nairobi, on arrival in Meru you’ll be met by a guide and transferred to camp. After lunch and time to relax, the remainder of the day will be spent on a game drive or walking safari or enjoying any of the other activities offered here.
Overnight at Elsa’s Kopje on a full board basis.

Elsa's Kopje
Named for Elsa the orphaned lioness reared by George and Joy, this private hideaway is perched on top of Mugwongo Hill, the site of George Adamson's first camp. This park is renowned for its low rainfall, yet at the same time thirteen rivers and numerous streams run off the nearby mountains to provide an arid landscape laced with ribbons of green. From your cottage you will enjoy a 270-degree view of the surrounding park with its scattered kopjes and mysterious baobab trees. The open plan rooms are individually designed, incorporating the rocks into the structure. Traditional African-made furniture, bright ikat fabrics and whitewashed walls are simple yet superbly comfortable and stylishly effective. There is a swimming pool, game drives (day and night – note KWS activity charge for night game drives payable directly) are in open 4x4 vehicles and walks are accompanied by a knowledgeable naturalist. The food is of a very high standard and the service excellent.

Day 4         Meru National Park

Morning and afternoon game activities.
Overnight at Elsa’s Kopje on a full board basis.

Day 5        Meru National Park – Laikipia
After an early breakfast you’ll depart by Tropic air flight to Loisaba. From here, you’ll be met by a guide and transferred to camp. After lunch and time to relax, the remainder of the day will be spent on a game drive or walking safari or enjoying any of the other activities offered here.
Overnight at Sabuk on a full board basis.

Sabuk Camp
Sabuk is set in a stunning wilderness area, perched on the high banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in the Northern Frontier District, overlooking the Laikipia Plateau. The lodge has just 5 rondavels (open sided cottages) with a veranda, shower and toilet, and a fabulous view. Its delicately fashioned into the hillside using local materials. This hilly area with dense acacia bush is host to a lot of game which varies according to the season: including greater kudu, reticulated giraffe, buffalo, impala, elephant, warthog, klipspringer, zebra, eland, dik dik, waterbuck, lion, leopard and good bird watching. Walk with a professional safari guide and a team of trained Laikipiak Maasai warriors as your guides. There will not be any other tourists here, only wildlife and their tracks, breathtaking scenery and the sounds of the bush. Each trip is tailor-made to suit the group and includes all non imported drinks and excellent cuisine. Also of interest are camel safaris.

Day 6        Laikipia Plains
Early morning and afternoon game activities. Perhaps take the opportunity of an early morning balloon ride over the Laikipai Plateau. (at an optional extra cost)
Overnight at Sabuk on a full board basis.

Day 7        Laikipia Plains – Masai Mara Game Reserve

Following breakfast, transfer to the airstrip for Tropic Air flight to the Masai Mara. On arrival at the airstrip you’ll be met by a guide from camp who will transfer you to camp with a game drive en route. After lunch there will be a game drive returning to camp as the sun sets.
Overnight at Richards Camp on a full board basis.

Day 8        Masai Mara Game Reserve
Today will be spent on various game activities depending on the local game movements. These will be tailored around your requirements.
Overnight at Richards Camp a full board basis.

Richards Camp – Masai Mara

Richard’s Camp is a traditional tented camp in true African safari style with a few modern surprises. Each individually decorated tent has either twin or double beds with triple rooms available for families upon request. The solar system provides clean, silent power and 24-hour light to all the tents. All of the 7 large and spacious custom-designed tents feature an en-suite flush toilet and shower - rarely has sleeping under canvas been made so comfortable.

As the weather almost always permits, meals are most often enjoyed outdoors under Kenyan skies. During those rare rainy or chilly evenings, dining moves indoors, adjacent to the beautiful, cosy sitting room with a roaring fire. Enjoy flopping on the sofa to read or just relax. At the end of the day, guests can indulge in an open-air Victorian bath tucked away in the forest, surrounded by flickering candles and the sounds of the bush.

Day 9        Masai Mara Game Reserve - Nairobi
Early morning game activity followed by breakfast and then board a scheduled flight back to Nairobi. On arrival at Nairobi Wilson Airport you will be transferred to your city centre hotel or to the International airport.

Optional add-on: 3 Nights at Manda Bay, Lamu Archipelago, Call us for prices.

Manda Bay is a place to relax and restore your soul. Miles of deserted beaches, soft white sand and the sensual sound of waves lapping the shore, this beautiful bay will slowly soften your senses. With just ten chalets and a whole host of activities, this privately-run retreat is highly recommended.