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Classic East Africa Safari by Private Plane

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Fares
  • Accommodation

A journey overview

  • Amboseli National Park
  • Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Lewa Conservancy

10 Days Explorations
  • Departing:
  • 12 Oct 2021

A quintessentially African journey, where days stretch as long as shadows, made up of game drives in search for the Big Five and sundowners to salute a day on safari. We fall asleep to the symphony of the wild, in luxurious camps selected for their prime location in the heart of safari country. This journey is reserved for 20 guests.

Land Only Map Classic East Africa Safari 2021

Landing in Nairobi, we are instantly led onto our private plane to continue onwards to Amboseli National Park. Within this elephant kingdom, nestled in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, we’re likely to spot a matriarch of long-tusked giants roaming free across the park’s plains. Casting our gaze towards the swamplands, keen birders are sure to spot heron, hamerkop and crowned cranes, among others. Our arrival is celebrated with a Welcome Dinner.

Thanks to our camp’s unique location, we can savour an almost private game park experience. Take full advantage with a selection of Your World Experiences. Cross the park on a game drive, keeping watch for elephants, lions and Masai giraffe. Be guided by local Maasai on a nature walk. Or, visit a Masai homestead and get to know the families. Unwind in the afternoon, perhaps with a dip in the camp’s pool, and an evening game drive with sundowners.

We board our private plane to Masai Mara National Reserve. We are likely to spot a cheetah weaving through the gold grassland, or the lazy flicking of a leopard’s tail as it lounges in an acacia tree. Even more likely is a lion pride – here we find the world’s highest population density of lions. This time of year falls on migration season, and with four nights in Masai Mara, we have a good chance to witness this vast movement.

The next three days are spent discovering what the locals coin “the Mara”. We head out on custom-built 4x4 Land Rovers for game drives across the reserve’s vast expanse, looking out for elephants, spotted hyena and black rhino. There’s also the opportunity to visit some of the camp’s community projects, like the Health Centre at Mara Rianda and Mararianda School Program, both of which offer health care and education to the Masai community.

We board our private plane once more to Lewa Conservancy, a haven for the critically endangered black rhino and endangered Grevy’s zebra. With a heavy focus on conservation, the black rhino population is steadily recovering with over 600 now in Kenya as a direct result of the conservancy’s efforts. Since 2017, 14 black rhinos have been born within these perimetres – a triumph by conservation standards.

A slew of several Your World Experiences are available to tailor our time here. From exhilarating game drives, to cultural visits to local Samburu homesteads, or a trip to the Ngare Ndare Forest, we can appreciate the efforts taken to conserve the environment and its inhabitants. As our camp is based on 62,000 acres of private land, we are also able to stay close to the ground on guided bush walks and observe the workings of the wild at close quarters. For the final time, we board our private plane from our camp towards Nairobi, trading in wide open plains for a concrete jungle. Our cameras full to the brim with captured memories, we set off homeward bound.

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From Nairobi, we arrive in Rwanda’s largest city. Spread across several hills and valleys, Kigali is a lush contrast to Africa’s plains with flowering trees, boulevards and verdant hillsides. Upon touching down we are taken to our hotel. Dreams of the adventure ahead have us retire early.

Our morning is spent paying our respect to the 250,000 victims of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda at the Kigali Genocide Memorial and Museum. It is then onwards to Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge in Volcanoes National Park. Nestled at the foothills of the Virungas, we will spend two nights in the heart of mountain gorilla territory, surrounded by soaring volcanoes and misty forest.

The chance to see the rare and endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat is something only a privileged few experience. We begin our trek early, while a heavy blanket of mist still shrouds the forest. As this is essentially a safari, sightings are never guaranteed, however, Volcanoes National Park offers us the highest rate of success. Treks can often be long and arduous, as gorillas are free to roam across this wide expanse of forest. A good level of fitness is required.

Our time with the majestic gorillas has come to an end. Following a languid morning, we are taken to the airport for our onward flight.