The safari starts off at the recently reconstructed Finch Hattons in Tsavo West National Park. Days one and two are spent at the luxury camp set around natural fresh water springs and surrounded by views of Mount Kilimanjaro and Chyulu Hills. Designed to be minimally intrusive, the camp offers guests stunning views from the 17 luxury suites, which fuse modern design with rustic charm reminiscent of the golden days of safari.
Aside from the incredible wildlife and surrounding landscape, highlights at this destination include game drives, sundowners, guided bush walks, cultural visits with the Maasai and even doing yoga on the deck overlooking Chyulu Hills.
For days three and four, guests will fly by private air charter in an executive Cessna to Mahali Mzuri, which translates to ‘beautiful place’ in Swahili, and precisely describes Sir Richard Branson’s tented safari camp. Located in the private and exclusive Olare Motorogi Conservancy on the northern edge of Kenya’s well-known Maasai Mara National Park, guests can explore the wildlife-rich plains, led by experienced Maasai guides.
Twelve tents are perched on a ridge overlooking the valley below, each with a distinctive design adapted to the local climate and terrain. Guests at Mahali Mzuri can expect exciting game drives, delicious meals and a cozy and relaxing atmosphere.
The journey continues as guests then fly to Segera, the last safari camp, for days five and six. Segera lies at the heart of the Laikipia Plateau, nestled between Mount Kenya and the Great Rift Valley. A stunningly diverse environment, the Laikipia region boasts woodlands, grasslands and fertile riverbeds. The abundance of water in the area attracts herds of elephant, buffalo, giraffe, warthog and many other species throughout the year.
At Segera, guests can enjoy a philanthropic experience as one of the game drives leads to the SATUBO women’s beading group – an initiative that has transformed the age-old tradition of beading and handicraft into a financially viable enterprise. Guests can learn how to make beaded products and have the option to purchase handmade traditional jewelry.
Day seven is left at leisure with time to spend reminiscing over the magical moments experienced on the excursion.
The Flying Safari can be booked until December 15, 2015 and rates start at $12,000 per person for a six-night stay based on double occupancy. It includes the following:
- Full board accommodations
- All standard drinks
- All transfers to and from the hotels/lodges/camps
- All domestic flights in an Exclusive Grand Caravan 8 Seater
- All game drives in 4X4 safari vehicles with English-speaking guides
- All park entry fees