Kenya Under Canvas

Day 1 - Day 2
  • Meet our local representative on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
  • Transfer from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to The Norfolk Hotel
  • Opened on Christmas Day 1904 (and still justifiably famous for its Christmas morning cocktail party) The Norfolk Hotel has hosted such luminaries as Lord Delamere, Theodore Roosevelt and Karen Blixen. Now expensively refurbished the hotel still retains a sense of history. The new reception areas of The Norfolk are light, bright and immediately welcoming. Ceiling fans, cane chairs, plump animal-print cushions and deep sofas combine with locally sourced woods to create a tranquil ambience with echoes of the colonial period in which The Norfolk featured so strongly. However, not all is new ~ the long case clock in the hall, for example, was presented to the hotel by the drivers in the Nairobi to Johannesburg Race on 26th October, 1936. The Ibis Restaurant, at The Norfolk, is renowned locally for its innovative use of the best and freshest of ingredients Kenya has to offer. The executive chef ensures that the chefs gain experience in the finest hotels and restaurants in Europe. The cosmopolitan cuisine features classic and new dishes exquisitely prepared, and finely tuned as to seasoning and accompaniments. The Lord Delamere Terrace and Restaurant offers less formal dining. Here you may take a light meal or indulge in the sumptuous themed buffets. The Hibiscus lounge is ideal for a colonial-style afternoon tea. Accommodation at The Norfolk varies from large opulent suites to smaller, more intimate rooms. All are beautifully furnished and many look out onto the hotel's lovely gardens. The grounds are immaculate and profusely planted with indigenous plants. Artifacts from the hotel's history are dotted around including a sedan chair from the colonial era. The Norfolk Hotel offers all the comforts of a modern first class hotel yet with an intriguing sense of history. Nairobi is the city at the heart of Kenya and the primary gateway to the vast game reserves and national parks of East Africa. One of the largest cities between Cairo and Johannesburg, Nairobi is cosmopolitan, lively and interesting. Visit the markets, museums, and even Nairobi National Park, located just a few kilometers from the city center. The remainder of the afternoon and evening are at your leisure.

    You stay at The Norfolk Hotel
    Day 2 - Day 5
  • Transfer from The Norfolk Hotel to Wilson Airport
  • Charter flight Nairobi Wilson - Laikipia
  • Safarilink flight Nairobi Wilson - Sabuk
  • Sabuk is positioned on the edge of the Laikipia plateau, overlooking the Ewaso Nyiro River and the plains of Laikipia towards Mount Kenya. The region nurtures exceptional wildlife and cultural diversity, home to many communities including the Laikipiak Maasai and the Samburu tribes. Perched high on the riverbanks, Sabuk’s 5 cottages are open at the front with stunning views of the river and cliffs. Each thatched rondavel (circular cottage) has its own unique design, crafted from local stone and ancient cedar and olivewood, gathered from the local area. En-suite bathrooms, modern flush toilets and a private verandah with a view make each cottage a haven in itself. Around Sabuk the area is wild and hilly, with dense acacia bush, Greater Kudu, Reticulated Giraffe, Buffalo, Impala, Elephant, Klipspringer, Zebra, Eland, DikDik, Waterbuck, Lion, Leopard, great bird watching and incredible scenery. Trekking with the Laikipiak Maasai, your professional guide will organise fly camping and walking amongst big game and shaded rest in the cool of the riverine forests. Leave your vehicles behind and get back to nature with walks along the river, accompanied by the local Laikipiak Maasai guides, who pass on their knowledge and traditional uses of the flora in the area. Guests enjoy picnics in the shade by the river, a refreshing dip in the natural rock pools below camp or just basking on the main deck overlooking the plains, lulled by the sound of the river which flows all year round. Sabuk is also the base for full walking and camel safaris. Led by a professional safari guide and his team of Laikipiak trekkers, guests can choose to fly-camp out in the wilderness for one or several nights before returning to the home comforts of the lodge.

    You stay at Sabuk Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 5 - Day 8
  • Transfer from Sabuk Lodge to Laikipia Airstrip
  • Charter flight Laikipia Airstrip – Samburu
  • Transfer to Samburu Airstrip to Joy’s Camp
  • An elegant oasis in the arid lands of Samburu, Joy’s Camp is built on the site of Joy Adamson’s tented home in Shaba National Reserve. The site was also home to Penny the leopard, the heroine of her last book. The 10 chic canvas bedrooms are set raised off the ground with breathtaking views of the surrounding hills. The camp overlooks a large natural spring where elephant and lion jostle for watering rights with herds of buffalo and the rare desert species of Beisa Oryx, Reticulated Giraffe and Grevy’s Zebra. Each sumptuous tent is uniquely decorated with Boran/Somali cloth design, handmade glass and the vibrant fabrics of the local nomadic tribes creating a chic, sophisticated and stylish camp. Each tent has it’s own private verandah, ideal for private game viewing as well as relaxing, reading and soaking up the truly wild environs offered by Shaba. The eastern corner of the Samburu eco-system, Shaba is a secluded idyll; an arid landscape dotted with lush springs and rocky river gorges. Joy’s Camp is the perfect choice for discerning guests interested in a glimpse of Kenyan history, as well as those looking for an authentic wildlife experience combined with the comfort of a luxury-tented camp. Activities include morning and afternoon game drives.

    You stay at Joy's Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 7 - Day 11
  • Transfer from Joy’s Camp to Samburu Airstrip
  • Air Kenya flight Samburu Airstrip – Mara Airstrip
  • Transfer from Mara Airstrip to Elephant Pepper Camp
  • Elephant Pepper Camp is situated on the Northern Edge of the Masai Mara reserve on the Koiyaki Community Ranch, within the protected Koiyaki wilderness area, away from other lodges. In order to preserve this special area, the camp is seasonal and is completely dismantled for three months of the year. Looking from the camp across the plains one can see the ‘greatest game show on earth’ when the annual wildebeest migration thunders past to seek new grazing in the lush savannahs of the Masai Mara. Elephant Pepper Camp has been recently refurbished and the 8 spacious canvas tents, with an en suite dressing room, flush loos and safari showers are comfortably furnished. The appetizing food is prepared by chefs trained by the owners’ family using traditional North Italian recipes mixed with international and local favorites. A barbecue by the campfire, dinner in the mess tent, or a bush breakfast on the open plains are some of the lasting memories to take home. Extended game drives each day and some night game drives make game viewing a complete experience. Leave the modern world behind, return to the traditional bush safari camp: starlit nights, campfire tales and hurricane lamps. Elephant Pepper Camp is a step back in time but with modern comforts: evenings by the campfire and dinner under the stars are a special feature of this tented camp.

    You stay at Elephant Pepper Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 10
  • Air Kenya flight Mara Airstrip – Nairobi Wilson
  • Transfer from Wilson Airport to The Norfolk
  • Transfer from The Norfolk to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
  • On returning to Nairobi, a day room has been reserved for you at The Norfolk Hotel where the remainder of the afternoon and evening are free before you are transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to continue with your onward travel arrangements.