Shaba Game Reserve
Days 1 - 3
Neighbouring the beautiful Samburu National Park in Kenya, Shaba National Reserve features the extinct volcano of Mount Shaba rising up from the plains. The reserve also served as one of the homes of the famous lioness from the 'Born Free' novel. This arid area is fed by the waters of the Ewaso Ngiro River which sustain a variety of wildlife species including: the generuk, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe and Grevy's zebras. The landscape features a unique combination of riverine forests and volcanic rocky outcrops. Visitors can enjoy excellent game viewing, fascinating Samburu village tours and visit the Joy Adamson Museum.
Solio Game Reserve
Days 3 - 4
One of Africa’s finest wildlife reserves, Solio Game Reserve, also called Solio Ranch, is a privately-owned wildlife conservancy. It rests in the southern fringes of Laikipia, near the foothills of the Aberdare range. Best known as Kenya's oldest rhino sanctuary, it is renowned for its major role in the breeding and protection of black rhinos in Kenya. This family-run, private 71-square-kilometre sanctuary is also home to an array of other African wildlife including white rhinos, gazelles, oryxes, giraffes, lions, hartebeests, hyenas and buffaloes. Visitors can soak up the incredible landscapes scattered with wild marsh and yellow-fever acacia meeting wide-open skies, stay overnight in the inviting Solio Lodge and spot wildlife on a dawn game drive. Other Solio activities include hiking, horse-riding and cycling near the airstrip and in safe areas.
Days 4 - 5
Elmenteita, meaning ‘place of dust’, is a photogenic, little soda lake situated in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. Famously attracting many visiting flamingos as well as many other birds, it has been named as a World Heritage Site for its prolific birdlife. This is where Kenya’s most famous settler Lord Delamere lived and he was responsible for much of Kenya’s early agricultural experimentation in this fertile area; it is still inhabited by some of his descendants. The shores are often filled with wildlife and the surrounding forests are perfect for long walks and bird watching. Visitors can look forward to visiting the idyllic Kekopey hot springs, game viewing along the lake’s edge, and numerous other activities. Look out for eland, kudu, zebra, gazelle, and warthog families.
Days 5 - 7
The Loita Hills area in Kenya’s Southern Rift Valley is one of the nation’s last frontiers of pristine, untouched wilderness. The hills rise to over 2000 metres, cover an area of some 200 square kilometres and form an important part of the Maasai Mara Ecosystem. There are patches of remote forest alongside wide open plains surrounded by picturesque hillsides dotted with abundant wildlife. Visitors can hike this remote area with local Maasai guides and explore the magnificent forest filled with cedar, podo, strangler figs, as well as waterfalls, and an impressive variety of birdlife. The area is inaccessible to vehicles, and the wilderness is relatively untouched. Visitors can look forward to viewing an array of wildlife including buffalo, elephant, baboon, bushbuck, hyena, leopard and over 2000 colobus monkeys.
Days 7 - 8
The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve. The image of acacia trees dotting endless grass plains epitomises Africa for many, then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The undeniable highlight of the Masai Mara National Reserve is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration traversing the vast plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. It is known as the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. Large prides of lions, herds of elephants, as well as giraffes, gazelles and eland can also be spotted in the reserve. Aside from horse riding safaris and traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential.