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Meru & Masai Mara Premier Safari tour

Meru & Masai Mara Premier Safari

Siyabona Africa
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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
8 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage.
  • Discover the Meru National Park
  • Experience safari at Meru National Park
  • Experience game drive Masai Mara National Reserve

Short Description

This 8 Day Meru & Mara Premier Safari takes you to where Elsa the Lion of Born Free fame lived and the wildlife rich plains of the Masai Mara during your Kenya holiday.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Lodging Level Luxury - 5 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Nairobi
End City Nairobi

Trip Includes

  • Arrival & Departure airport transfers
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • Accommodation per itinerary or similar
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Services of an English speaking driver/guide
  • National park & game reserve entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Excursions & activities as per itinerary
  • All meet and greet services

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Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi

Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will be met by one of our representatives and driven to your accommodation for the night. Depending on when you arrive, set out and explore the sights such as the Karen Blixen Museum or the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. In the evening dine out at one of the local restaurants in town. (All Meals for Own Account)

Day 2: Meru National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

In the morning after breakfast you will be driven to Wilson Airport for a scheduled flight to Meru. One of the guides will meet you at the airstrip and drive you to the lodge for the next 3 nights. En route enjoy game viewing, spotting Eland, Lesser Kudu and Reticulated Giraffe during your Kenya holiday. The Reserve was made famous by George and Joy Adamson's biographical book "Born Free".

Day 3 & 4: Meru National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

During your safari holidays in Kenya; spend the next two days exploring the Meru National Park on guided game drives. Seek out some of the regions nocturnal animals such as Leopard on a night game drive. Explore on foot, touching the plants and learning about their uses in the company of an experienced guide. The Tana River is a good place to spot Hippo while on a river cruise. Sip on an ice-cold drink and watch the sun slip below the horizon.

Day 5: Masai Mara National Reserve

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

In the morning after breakfast you will be driven to the airstrip for a private charter flight to the Masai Mara. The scenic flight is a great opportunity to take in the scope of the landscape. After landing a guide from the Masai Mara camp will meet you and take you to the camp for the next 3 nights. Delight in some of the best game viewing in Africa en route. Home of the Great Migration, the plains of the Mara abound with wildlife, notably huge herds of Wildebeest.

Day 6 & 7: Masai Mara National Reserve

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The Masai Mara has open savannahs dotted with umbrella Acacia trees. See herds of Elephant, graceful Giraffe and many species of plains game while on game drives and intrepid bush walks led by knowledgeable guides who know the area intimately. As the Masai Mara camp lies in a private concession, night drives are permitted, allowing you to see the nocturnal animals.

Day 8: Nairobi

Meals: Breakfast

On the final morning of your Meru & Masai Mara Premier Safari , there will be a final game drive in the Mara, tuck into a delicious breakfast before being driven to the airstrip and catching a flight back to Nairobi's Wilson Airport. There a representative will meet you and take you to the international airport, or speak to one of our Destination Specialists about booking extra accommodation in Nairobi.

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Wonderful Safari Experience

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We had a wonderful safari experience that we booked through Siyabona Africa! The company was kind enough to pick us up from where we were staying inside Kruger, and our guide was extremely knowledgeable and made sure we had the best experience possible. Dominique Overmeyer (the reservation specialist) was very helpful in getting our safari booked. I would recommend Siyabona to anyone looking for a great safari experience!
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Memorable Safari

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Yolande did a fabulous job in planning our trip through Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda. There was not one glitch with the plans and she was an exceptional communicator before and after the journey. The properties were fantastic and the itinerary exceptional! We did not have to worry about one thing while traveling as all transfers, guides, flights and plans were pre-determined. Thanks for a memorable and easy safari experience. I would highly recommend Yolande and Siyabona and hope to use them in the future for another trip!
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Superb Holiday

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Our vacation at Kruger National Park was superbly organised by Siyabona. Lora-Leigh responded quickly to our queries and regularly kept us up to date with bookings, etc. We had a great holiday where everything ran very smoothly. We would definitely use Siyabona to arrange our next trip in Africa.
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Fantastic experience, exactly as promised. Siyabona arranged all details for a private one-day safari in Kruger Park, with a wonderful, experienced driver. We also had some luck on our side as we saw 4 of the Big 5 that day. I cannot wait to return with my entire family.
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Accomodations

Ngong House, Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa

Built entirely from wood the treehouses at Ngong's Kenya accommodation are on two levels with a bedroom area upstairs and a living area on the lower floor. They are raised 15 ft from the ground to gain an uninterrupted view of the Ngong Hills over unspoiled bush. They have grass roofs made in the traditional African way.

The treehouses are designed with extreme comfort in mind for the guests Kenya accommodation, yet the interiors have a decidedly rustic feel. The talents of regional artists and artisans add many of the finishing touches, such as hand woven rugs, bedcovers, lamps and stained glass. Large four poster beds grace the upper-level bedroom area, promising a luxurious nights sleep at ones Kenya accommodation.

On the lower level there is a comfortable sitting area and a dining table enabling honeymooners to be served a four course, candle lit dinner in the intimacy of their tree house. Decorated with beautiful paintings Ngong's Kenya accommodation gives you the feeling that you are in another world.

Ngong House has a reputation of serving refined food prepared with local ingredients; game meat, fresh lake fish, seafood flown in from the Indian Ocean, all prepared with a large variety of fresh vegetables, in tasty yet healthy way. The Kenyan chefs have been specially trained by several visiting chefs from Belgium, to provide you with the best meals for your Kenya accommodation. For those who prefer, there will be a selection of vegetarian dishes.

A pastry chef from Bruges (Belgium) spent a season at Ngong a few years ago. Lunch is served in the garden under one of the many indigenous trees. Dinner is served in a half open thatched rondavel at the Kenya accommodation with a huge fireplace and plenty of candles, creating this unique dinner atmosphere only found at Ngong House.

 

Elsas Kopje, Meru National Park, Kenya

Elsas Kopje is unlike other Kenya safari camps. Gasp-worthy open plan cottages and the private house set a new level for romance. Views to write home about greet you at every turn and it’s not hard to see why guests love Elsas Kopje. This camp has won many awards in a variety of categories including ecotourism.

The camp is cleverly constructed so as to be almost invisible from the front and many natural features have been incorporated into the unique design and décor. The main building has a bar, lounge and dining room as well as a beautiful horizon pool overlooking the plains of Meru. Elsas Kopje runs on a combination of generator power and solar inverter batteries. Bottled water is provided.

The Cottages (7 doubles and 2 twins)

There are 9 en-suite cottages that are built into the curve of the rocks on Mughwango Hill. Each suite has an open-front design with views from many angles and comprises of a main bedroom, en-suite bathroom and a private deck.

Some suites have an outdoor bath and one suite has a sitting room instead of a deck. Four suites can accommodate an extra bed while one suite can fit 2 extra beds for children under the age of 16 years. A maximum of 4 extra beds can be arranged in camp at any one time.

The Honeymoon Suite

This delightful retreat is built over 3 levels and includes a sitting room, private deck, spacious bedroom and an en-suite bathroom. This suite can be converted into a family cottage to accommodate 2 extra beds for children under the age of 16 years.

The Private House

This stylish and exclusive home is set slightly apart from the main lodge and has a private garden and pool. The house comprises of an open master bedroom (with a dreamy en-suite bathroom and dressing room) and a twin en-suite bedroom plus spacious living and dining areas which open seamlessly onto the pool and garden.

 

Cottars 1920s Safari Camp, Masai Mara, Kenya

This family-friendly and luxury Masai Mara lodge provides high comfort for discerning guests. Thoughtful features and homely touches ensure every visitor feels at home in spacious, well-appointed surroundings.

Tented Suites

There are 10 white canvas safari tents at Cottars 1920s Camp which include 1 honeymoon suite, 5 double suites (one with twin beds) and 4 family suites. All tents have vintage furnishings, verandas and en suite bathrooms with adjoining dressing rooms. The family tents consist of 2 en-suite bedrooms with a shared living and dining area as well as a cosy fire room.

The tents are spread over a wide area to ensure intimacy and privacy. There are 2 main tents providing central guest areas for reading, relaxing and dining in style. Communal meals in the camp follow a delicious set menu, or you can request private dining. The pool and spa area are ideal places to relax in the heat of the day.

The Homestead

This contemporary and private, self-contained house can sleep 10 people in 5 en-suite bedrooms. The home can only be booked exclusively and comes with a full complement of dedicated and discreet staff including a chef and safari guide with a game vehicle. Guests can use the pool at the main camp until the house pool is completed.

This huge home has all mod cons such as a computer, printer and internet access throughout, satellite TV and DVD and consists of a spacious living area, dining room and a fabulous viewing deck. All the bedrooms also boast magnificent views. A massage therapist is available on a daily basis and additional staff such as a personal trainer and bodyguards can be arranged on request.

General Facilities

  • Bottled drinking water provided
  • Wind, solar and generator electricity
  • 240v generator electricity in rooms
  • Lights work off an inverter and are on 24 hours

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations of confirmed bookings may only take place according to the procedure outlined in this clause. All requests for cancellations shall be made by the client in writing to Siyabona and shall only be effective on the date of actual receipt by Siyabona. The following cancellation fees shall be applicable and shall be calculated by reference to the total booking cost ("TBC") of the services booked for by the client.

Siyabona entitled to act as agent or principal with regard to the provision of the services. 56 days or more notice 75 percent of the TBC shall be refunded.

  • 55 - 49 days notice is given 50 percent of the TBC shall be refunded
  • 48 - 42 days notice is given 25 percent of the TBC shall be refunded
  • 41 - 35 days or less notice given no refund of the TBC shall be made

No refunds shall however be made to clients who make bookings less than 35 days prior to embarkation (for this purpose, embarkation shall mean the date on which a client is booked to commence travel or to commence an excursion for which the services are booked whichever is the greater), nor shall refunds be given to clients who arrive early, late or who do not show for a booking. In the event of a client terminating a booking for whatever reason, no refund shall be made unless with the prior written approval of a director of Siyabona.

Clients are therefore strongly recommended to obtain their own comprehensive travel insurance to cover such contingencies.

Any cancellations made, in terms of these standard trading conditions shall be subject to the following deductions and administrative charges:

Refunds to credit cards: the relevant cancellation fee, less a 6 percent credit card surcharge and an administrative charge.

Direct bank deposits: the relevant cancellation fee, less actual bank charges debited by Siyabona's bankers, less an administrative charge.

Forex transfers: the relevant cancellation fee, less actual bank charges debited by Siyabona's bankers, less an administrative charge.

Cash payments: the relevant administration charges, less actual bank charges debited by Siyabona's bankers, less an administrative charge.

Trip ID#:

MerMasSiy

Trip Excludes

  • Visas and related costs
  • Personal Border Taxes
  • Drinks, tips, laundry, telephone calls and other items of a personal nature
  • International flights and arrival and departure taxes
  • Meals not listed on the itinerary
  • Travel and personal accident insurance
  • Optional excursions and activities not listed in the itinerary

Meals Included:

7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 6 Dinners

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