A Private Tour of Kenya's Safari's and Beaches
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A Private Tour of Kenya’s Safari’s and Beaches 12 Days Itinerary Overview Day Activity Day 1 Depart London for Nairobi/ Fly Loisaba Lodge Day 2 Loisaba Lodge Day 3 Loisaba Lodge Day 4 Loisaba Lodge Day 5 Loisaba Lodge / Transfer Kiwayu Safari Village Day 6 Kiwayu Safari Village Day 7 Kiwayu Safari Village Day 8 Kiwayu Safari Village Day 9 Kiwayu Safari Village Day 10 Kiwayu Safari Village Day 11 Kiwayu Safari Village Day 12 Kiwayu Safari Village / Return to London Introduction Loisaba Loisaba bestrides the border of Laikipia and Kenya's rugged Northern Frontier District. Only a few miles from the equator, this private game ranch is in country of transcendent beauty where the farm management and the local Laikipiak Maasai and Samburu community work together to preserve the environment and the wildlife that abounds here. The view from Loisaba extends for hundreds of miles - to Mount Kenya, the Lolldaiga Hills and the Mathews Range. They rise from plains where big game ranges free and undisturbed by the incursions of the twenty first century. Through Loisaba roam elephant, lion and leopard alongside the rare northern species that thrive here - gerenuk, Grevy's zebra and reticulated giraffe. It is a setting little changed since the Great Rift Valley split Africa in two, creating the escarpment on which the lodge is built. Luxurious yet in harmony with its surroundings, full of adventure yet an oasis of calm, Loisaba is a tranquil and life-enhancing haven for wildlife and visitors alike. Kiwayu East Africa is famous for her coastal superlatives: shimmering, palm-edged beaches washed by steady ocean breezes, where the soft white sands melt into sparkling azure waters. But nowhere on the whole East African coast – perhaps nowhere in Africa – is the sand softer, the breeze steadier, or the water sweeter than at Kiwayu Safari Village. This is where the early Arab traders put ashore to collect water from the area’s natural springs, and where The Pride sends its modern adventurers for a refreshing end to their African journey. In this natural Eden, Kiwayu offers a coastal retreat of the utmost simplicity and sophistication. The spacious thatched bandas blend into the sweeping sand dunes, where spiral-horned kudu roam and green turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. Kiwayu prides itself on being in tune with its pristine surroundings, and most of its big game fishing is restricted to tag-and-release sustainability.. DETAILED ITINERARY Day 1 Depart London to Nairobi You will depart at 19:00 from London Heathrow, Terminal 4 on Kenyan Airlines flight KQ 0101 to Nairobi which lands at 06:30 am the following day. Day 2 Fly Nairobi to Loisaba Lodge Upon arrival at Nairobi Airport at 06:30 you will be met by a representative of Southern Cross Safaris who will assist you with your transfer to your Air Kenya flight to Nanyuki which departs at 09:15 am. When you arrive at 09:55 am at the Nanyuki airstrip you will immediately connect for your private 30 minute charter in single engine Cessna 182 to Loisaba Lodge where you will be spending the next four nights. Set on a stunning thousand foot escarpment with views stretching away to Mount Kenya, Loisaba lies in a private conservancy brimming with bird and wildlife. Renowned for its hands on approach to conservation, the ranch is deeply committed to defending this unspoilt part of Africa and is run in conjunction with the local Samburu and Maasai tribes. Simple and stylish, Loisaba’s mantra is ‘body, mind and soul’. Comfort for all three comes in the form of seven sensational cottages, an amazing swimming pool, tennis court and relaxing spa, all enclosed by tranquil gardens. Set within the reserve and including guides and staff, those looking for the ultimate in exclusivity can retreat to their own private house complete with two ensuite bedrooms and a clifftop swimming pool. A few miles away lies the opportunity to spend a night or two in a romantic four-poster star bed which is rolled out onto a raised deck with just the night sky for a ceiling, mosquito netting for walls and the sounds of the bush for music. Adventure from Loisaba is limited only by the imagination. The ranch has camels, horses, mountain bikes, motor bikes and Land Rovers, so you can safari as you please with local guides that include a renowned ‘elephant whisperer’. There is also a helicopter, an aeroplane and a micro-light to explore the wilderness by air. At Loisaba, the sky really is the limit. Upon arrival at the Lodge you will be given a welcome drink and then transferred to your accommodation “Star Beds” by camel or horse which is located among the kopje rocks overlooking the “Kiboko” waterhole. The Star Beds, Loisaba's solution to finding comfort in the wild, are bespoke wooden platforms built craftily into boulders on a hillside overlooking a lake. Each platform is reached by a ladder and has a large double bed complete with “four- poster” insect netting, loo and camp shower that runs with warm water. The thatched roofs only partly cover the platforms and the beds, on sturdy wheels can be manoeuvred so you slumber sweetly under the African night allowing you to gaze out over miles of wilderness, under the canopy of stars listening to the cicadas and the visceral moan of a lion. . And in the morning you are likely to awaken to find elephant swimming in the pool below you, with timid wart- hogs and gazelles waiting their turn on the sidelines. After you have freshened up from your journey you will be transferred back to the main lodge for a late lunch. You are in for a treat as the cooks will have prepared you a traditional African barbeque which could include roasted warthog, Kudu, Impala or any number of exotic meats. Afterwards you will take a late afternoon drive round the reserve before stopping for a ‘sundowner’ drink. You will then continue to search by spotlight for nocturnal animals. Ever wondered what hippos do at night, how the roaring of a lion sounds close by, and maybe finally want to spot that magic leopard, all can be possible during this safari. Our guide is accompanied by a `spotter` and they will take you on a combined trip with two hours of daylight ending with another two hours of darkness. You are able to witness the change in animal life on close hand; from diurnal to nocturnal activities. Our safaris are conducted in open vehicles to let you smell and feel the bush even more. Our knowledgeable guide can tell you all you ever wanted to know on this tiny bird or that large grey mammal you come across in and out of camp Upon your return to the Lodge drinks and dinner will be served. And when you are ready you will be transferred back to your room by either vehicle or horse for a magical evening under the stars. Accommodation: Kiboko Star Beds on a fully inclusive basis. Day 3 – Day 5 Loisaba Lodge After a sumptuous breakfast served in your room you will have the rest of the day free to explore the reserve. The options of how to spend your day are almost endless but may include: • Game drives – early morning and late afternoon are the best times for game spotting. We offer the choice of open topped vehicles, horseback or camel safaris as well as escorted game walks and mountain bike safaris. • Helicopter safaris – your pilot Captain Humphrey Carter will fly you over the deserts of northern Kenya to view the game for the air or to drop you off for a really remote camping experience and/or fishing trip. • River Rafting down the Ewaso Ngiro and Ng’are Narok rivers that flow through Loisaba in our specially designed two person inflatable rafts provides a unique opportunity to see the animals at play in the water. • Cultural trips – a visit to a traditional Laikipiak Maasai and/or Samburu tribal village is often the highlight of our guests stay at is provides a glimpse into a traditional way of life. • Spa – we have blended western knowledge with local traditions to provide a unique range of complementary treatments which include full body massages and delicious wraps in mineral-rich Dead Sea mud as well as facials, manicures and pedicures • Other activities include tennis, croquet and bocce. Tonight you will dine under the stars back at your accommodation where the chef will have set up a camp fire to prepare your dinner. Drinking wine under the stars watching the nocturnal animals below at the watering hole surely must be one of life’s most magical moments. Accommodation: Kiboko Star Beds on a fully inclusive basis. Day 6 Loisaba Lodge / Transfer Kiwayu Safari Village You will awake before dawn to get in a final game viewing before breakfast and your 10:00 am flight to Nanyuki airstrip. Upon arrival you will immediately transfer to your Air Kenya Airlines flight to Nairobi which departs at 11:00 am. Upon arrival at Nairobi Airport at 12:00 you will transfer to your Air Kenya flight to Kiwayu which departs at 13:15 pm. On landing (14:45) at the airstrip you will be met by your driver and privately transferred the short distance over the dunes to Kiwayu Safari Village where you will be spending the next seven nights. Surrounded by 50 kms of deserted white beaches, Kiwayu Safari Village lies 30 kms north of Lamu on the mainland opposite Kiwayu Island. Clichés notwithstanding, it really is a Robinson Crusoe paradise, overlooking a sheltered aquamarine lagoon and flanked by both marine and game reserves. Few places in the world offer the same degree of seclusion and untouched, simple beauty; there are no other people except the occassional fisherman and water still comes from the fresh water ‘bubbles’ under the sand that have sustained sailors for centuries. Renowned for its simplicity and comfort, Kiwayu has eighteen huge thatched bandas scattered along the beach. Palm roofs, matting floors, large verandahs with hammocks and Lamu beds and ensuite bathrooms hit just the right balance for total relaxation. 3 kms away, the ‘Baobabs of Kitangani’ is an idyllic hideaway for two with staff, boatmen and a private kilometre of beach. Food at both is sensational with freshly caught lobster and crab featuring on a regular basis. Activities include world-class game fishing, watersports, birdwatching and walking amongst the dunes and into the Dodori Game Reserve. For those who want the luxury of nothing and nobody on their doorstep, Kiwayu is sheer heaven. Upon arrival you will be given an invigorating welcome drink before being taken to your Banda to freshen up from your journey. The rest of the afternoon can be spent lazing by the pool, strolling along the beach or simply relaxing in a hammock on your veranda overlooking the stunning views of the channel. Accommodation: Banda Suite and a bed and breakfast basis. Day 7 Kiwayu Safari Village A typical day at Kiwayu Safari Village might be something like: With the sun rising over the Indian Ocean you are free to leap from your bed, jog down the beach, swim or fish: or sleep on in your Super King-size bed until the lure of Kenya Coffee draws you to the breakfast table. If you feel like a stroll you can walk over the soft dunes with a guide to do some bird watching and breakfast in the bush bathed by the early morning light and maybe, catch a glimpse of the timid Lesser Kudu. Or return to the restaurant for a hearty English breakfast. The sports master will explain the choice of activities. To some extent these are governed by the tides but there is always plenty to chose from swimming, fishing, windsurfing, sailing or snorkeling. Whatever your choice, the gourmet lunch prepared by the chefs will lure you back to the restaurant to taste the spiny lobster or the giant crab and not forgetting the pasta served in many ways and perfumed by the herbs grown in the adjacent garden. A siesta in your banda may lure you in the hot afternoon hours with a wake up plunge into the cooling sea. Time for more sport or just relaxing on the beach or a cup of pure Kenya tea and home-baked cake. The early evening is a magic time for gentle fishing in the lagoon or waterskiing. Or take a walk over the dunes and watch the sun set and the star of Venus light up. When darkness falls it is surely sundowner time and an opportunity to meet and chat with other guests before enjoying another magnificent dinner.And so to bed, passing for a nightcap at the bar, telling those tall tales or watching the myriad stars in the sky. Accommodation: Banda Suite and a bed and breakfast basis. Day 8 – Day 11 Kiwayu Safari Village After breakfast you will have the rest of the day either to relax at the resort or explore the island. You may choose to do any of the following: • Relax by the pool, read a book in a hammock or swim in the Indian ocean just outside your room. • Walk along the endless miles of sandy beaches which surround the resort • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Old Lamu Town with its narrow streets, donkey carts, intricately carved doorways and spice vendors in their flowing white robes all evoking an earlier era in time. • Charter a Dhow to roam the Kiwayu archipelago of islands and sample some of the undisturbed Bajuni culture in this very sparsely populated area. You could also visit the Takwa Ruins on Manda Island or take a romantic sunset cruise around our bay. • The Indian Ocean, off the coast of Kenya, is the home of some of the best game fishing around, offering Tuna, Wahoo, Barracuda and Sailfish. Either a short or long day can be arranged, using our boats which come equipped with rods for trawling and a variety of lures and bait hooks. • Let our boating staff who are young men from the vicinity take you out aboard a fibre glass canoe with out-board engines, to trawl for fish in nearby creeks, and to explore the mangrove forest and surrounding environment. We can arrange an unforgettable desert island picnic where lobsters and crabs are the norm. • A whole host of water based activities such as scuba-diving, water skiing, wind surfing and laser sailing can also be arranged. Lessons are available for all these activities. • Kiwayu’s beaches are frequented by the green and the hawksbill turtle, which lay their eggs in the dry sand above the tide line throughout the year. Although the most important nesting season is usually September and October. Accommodation: Banda Suite and a bed and breakfast basis. Day 12 Kiwayu Safari Village / Return to London Enjoy your last morning of sunshine before what is sure to be another seafood extravaganza of a lunch At 14:30 pm you will be privately whisked back to the Kiwayu airstrip and board your Air Kenya flight to Nairobi which departs at 15:30. You will be met on arrival at 17:45 pm by a representative of Lateral Life and transferred to a sumptuous restaurant of your earlier choosing. Later, refreshed, tired although no doubt ‘happy’ you will return to the international airport for your 23:50 Kenyan Airlines flight KQ 0102 to London Heathrow, Terminal 4 which arrives at 5:45 am the following day.