Have you seen the movie "OUT OF AFRICA" with Meryl Streep & Robert Redford? Have you every watched "BIG CAT DIARY", a documentary about the Lions, Leopards and Cheetahs that live in the Maasai Mara, on Animal Planet? You can bring these images to life on our "adventure of a lifetime" to the Maasai Mara in Kenya. This is a highly specialized luxury trip that will have very limited availability.
There is only space for 18 couples so book your spot now before it sells out!
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This is a photo safari of the highest caliber in the tradition of the Kerr & Downey Safari company. The oldest most prestigious company in Africa with previous clients the likes of Prince Charles & Lady Diana and movie stars like Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. Our organizer in Kenya will be the world famous guide Jackson Looseyai who guides the BBC's "The Big Cat Diary" documentary series on the Discovery channel. Additionally, we will camp where the "Big Cat Diary" is filmed, a BBC film documentary that airs on Animal Planet and the Discovery network. We will get to see many of the same things that are aired on this spectacular drama of how the Big Cats of Africa survive.
We will spend a week traveling through the heart of Kenya into the Maasai Mara in the Great Rift Valley of East
Africa. Each couple will lodge in a large LUXURY tent, complete with shower and toilet facilities, as well as
silk draperies, and fine linens. Each 2 couples will have their own Land Rover with a driver/naturalist/
guide. We'll have our own porters, and cooks in the camp along with Masai tribesman to guard us from lions.
They are all highly experienced Safari professionals that will expertly guide us on these great adventures.
We will witness, up close and personal, the extraordinary annual "Great Migration" of wildebeest and other
grazing herbivores across the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. It is one of the greatest spectacles in the natural
world where you will see 10's of thousands of animals migrating literally right in front of your eyes. There
will be lion kills, cheetahs chasing antelopes, giant African elephants, giraffes, and many other animals
moseying right in front of our Land Rover; so close you can just about reach out and touch them.
Take a look at this video to see an example of what you could experience while on safari.
If you would like to be one of the lucky few to join in this experience, call our office at 877-90-SWING!
Your exotic journey to Kenya begins as you board your flight bound for Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.
Please note: Because there are many different departure cities and many different airlines that can be used, with varying ARRIVAL times in Nairobi, you will need to pay particular attention to make sure your ARRIVAL DATE is Friday, September 15th AFTER 6:00 am and before Midnight. (Arriving prior to 6:00 am will incur an additional hotel night.)
Our safari begins on Day 2 as we board our flight on Safarilink Airlines and fly from Nairobi Wilson to Mara Ol Kiombo. There is a strict 15kg (35 lbs) per person baggage allowance, with a further 100kg (220 lbs) limit on total baggage and bodyweight which can be averaged across the group. Bags should be small and soft (duffle bag types); as larger hard-case cases will not always fit into the baggage compartments of smaller aircraft. Local departure tax has been pre-paid as part of the ticket price.
Once we arrive in the Maasai Mara, our group will be split into two groups. Group 1 will head to the Rekero Naboisho Conservancy Camp while Group 2 heads to the Rekero Confluence Camp for three (3) nights.
Group 1: Rekero Naboisho Conservancy Camp
A vehicle and guide from Rekero Naboisho Tented Camp will be waiting for you at the airstrip ready for the 90 minute drive into camp. The route passes through game areas all the way, so you may choose to take a little longer and make a game drive of it along the way.
The 50,000 acres Naboisho Camp is comprised of the Northeast portion of the Maasai Mara National Reserve and provides an exclusive safari experience. The land includes contributions from over 500 Masai landowners and conservancy fees are directed back to these landowners, providing them with a sustainable livelihood and it remains untarnished by heavy tourism. By financially supporting the landowners and the surrounding communities, Naboisho Camp celebrates a spirit of "coming together" - the Masai definition of the camp's name.
The 9 tents at Naboisho Camp emulate hotel suites set in the middle of the vast plain. Safari-chic accommodations are appointed with plush fabrics and ample living space, with modern bath facilities that include both indoor and open-air outdoor shower options, double-basin sinks and flush toilets. The camp is anchored by a lounge tent and dining tent where guests enjoy gourmet family-style meals, place set with fine linens and glassware and moments of respite between game drives and activities. The staff specializes in inventive dishes with bush breakfasts, picnics and evening sundowners providing a more private dining experience.
The wildlife includes lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, wild dog and a host of plains game. The camp's recent establishment and the new presence of game vehicles is still a curiosity for the wildlife, making interactions incredibly special and intimate. Masai guides lead expeditions on foot and by vehicle into the wilderness. Naboisho has special permits allowing night drives as an additional option, one of only a few in East Africa. This Conservancy has the highest densities of lions in Africa. One of the major prides, comprised of 22 lions, makes its home nearby the camp. There are also an impressive number of elephant, giraffe, and other plains animals, in addition to hosting some of the rarest animals in Kenya, such as wild dog. The Mara Naboisho Conservancy also limits the number of tourists who may enter the area, thereby reducing the crowds of vehicles. Guests often find themselves the only vehicle around, giving spectacular, unspoiled views of exciting wildlife. This camp is among the finest in all of Africa and requires reservations well more than a year in advance for periods during the great migration.
Group 2: Rekero Confluence Camp
Co-owned by Asilia Group and Jackson Looseyai World Famous Masai Guide and BBC spokesperson. Watch this video to find out more about Jackson Looseyai.
A vehicle and guide from the Rekero Tented Camp will be waiting for you at the airstrip ready for the 30 minute drive into camp. The route passes through game areas all the way, so you may choose to take a little longer and make a game drive of it along the way.
Maasai Mara National Park: This is the section of the greater Serengeti ecosystem which lies on the northern side of the Kenya/Tanzania border. The area is of course best known for its massive wildebeest and zebra migration, around 1.5 million large herbivores combined into one enormous lawnmower. The migration is drawn into this Northern area during the dry season months August to October by the presence of permanent water in the Mara River and its tributaries. This camp is in an absolutely prime game-viewing location, on the broad grasslands and close to the confluence of the Mara and Talek rivers, this is where much of the main migration action takes place in August to October and the best spot for major river crossings. You will see tens of thousands of animals in a 3 day period. There will be waves of Giraffes, Elephants, Zebras, Lions, Cheetahs, Wildebeests, often in close proximity to the camp.
By choosing this camp your organizers are positioning you for the best chance of witnessing one of the greatest spectacles of the migration; a mass crossing of the Mara River. This is where 10’s of thousands of wildebeests, zebras, antelope, springbuck, and other grazers pile up at the bank of the river and are forced by sheer numbers to cross a crocodile infested river. This phenomenon occurs several times during the period between August and October with the greatest likely hood occurring in late September. Check out this footage of the river crossing!
To fully understand what we mean by luxury camping or "lamping", take a look at this video.
However you should consult your doctor or a travel clinic to determine if you want to take certain precautions. There are a number of RECOMMENDED precautionary measures that can only be decided by each individual with the consultation of a medical professional.
These are the likely recommendations:
Each of the above have pros and cons that include benefits and side effects that only the individual can decide whether or not it is necessary to make use of these various medicines. We cannot recommend or warn you for or against using any of these items; however, we can offer a couple of suggestions base on our past experience. The organizers of this event have used all the above precautions in the past and made observations of other traveler's experiences with these medications and offer this information:
Below are photos taken by us during our various safari adventures.
Please note that travel insurance which includes "Flying Doctors" insurance is required by the safari company. You must provide our office proof of insurance 30 days prior to your arrival in Nairobi.
Tour includes stops at the Baron Von Blixen’s House, town of Karen, Wild Giraffe Encounter, Orphan Elephant Rehabilitation Center and shopping area.
Deposit of $2000 per person is due at the time of booking.
Balance due after deposit will be divided into three (3) equal installments.
This is a 8-day "Full Board" All-Inclusive Luxury Safari that includes but not limited to the following:
There are a few minor exclusions as follows:
You must book your flight in order to arrive in Nairobi, Kenya on Friday, September 15, 2017. Your departure flight must be booked for Friday, September 22, 2017 after 4:00 pm.
Feel free to contact our office for assistance in finding the best flight times.