The warm, dry-grass smell of the savannah, a lion’s roar rumbling through the star-streaked night, near endless bush teeming with life – Kenya is the Africa of your imagination: planet Earth on an epic scale.Our Kenya SkySafari delivers you directly into this soul-stirring wilderness, not a minute wasted. Touch down in sight of Kilimanjaro to wonder at Amboseli’s huge elephant herds roaming in the mountain’s shadow. Take off for Loisaba, where cutting-edge conservation helps preserve landscapes as dramatic as they are biodiverse. Fly right to the Masai Mara for arguably the finest game-viewing in the world.
Our carefully curated itinerary delivers maximum variety and adventure in high style, with high efficiency. There’s no needless waiting or stops en route: you’ll be driven straight onto the strip to board our private aircraft – to soar straight to your next exquisite home, deep in the wilderness. That means more time tracking big cats on foot, learning bird calls, searching for the Big Five and enjoying a cool G&T as the sun sinks below the horizon.
Our combination of executive plane, direct flights, top guides and luxurious camps and lodges in the most magnificent of locations provides A-list decadence at an affordable price. SkySafari allows you to explore deeper, to help conserve more and to spend longer immersed in the sights, sounds and sensations of the African bush.
Welcome to Africa!
Upon arrival, we'll fast-track you through the airport and onward to Hemingways, an enclave of sophisticated calm. This five-star all-suite retreat sits at the foot of the Ngong Hills, a perfect spot for sinking into safari mode.
A mid-sized colonial-style lodge, surrounded by gardens and offering views of the Ngong Hills on the outskirts of Nairobi. Chic, plantation-style rooms are bright, light and airy, with private balconies gazing over the lush gardens to the dreamy Ngong Hills – ideal for relaxing after a long flight. The restaurant serves fusion cuisine, light bites and hearty breakfasts; and there is also Hemingways bar, a spa, and small swimming pool.
Amboseli National Park
After breakfast, we'll drive you right onto the runway for your flight, direct to Amboseli National Park.In no time you'll be at Tortilis Camp, eating lunch in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro: unlike most Amboseli lodges, which are in the middle of the park, Gold Eco-rated Tortilis is set away from the rest, on the pristine southwest border, with the best mountain views and full access to both Amboseli and an exclusive private conservancy. Tortilis has been key in developing community-owned conservancies, where land outside national parks is secured for wildlife preservation. It's beneficial for animals and local people, and for you too - encounters with big game here tend to be higher quality and more frequent.
Also, few other travellers explore this area - when you head out on your afternoon game drive, you're unlikely to see anyone else, just prolific wildlife: from huge herds of elephant (Tortilis' guides know all the elephant families and their histories) to cape buffalo and hyena, giraffe and zebra, and over 600 species of birds. Discuss the late-afternoon's action over a delicious dinner back at camp, before a night in your luxe tent, sleeping soundly in the bush.
Tortilis CampAmboseli National Park, Kenya
Tortilis Camp is set away from other Amboseli lodges, on the pristine southwest border, with the best mountain views and full access to both Amboseli and an exclusive private conservancy, where game walks, bush breakfasts and off-road driving are allowed. 16 spacious tents, each consisting of a main bedroom, elegant ensuite bathroom, private veranda, and glorious view of the mountain are complemented by a family tent and private villa. A lounge, bar and dining area, exquisitely built with natural materials and thatched roofs, provide a place to catch up after safari activities.
Be prepared: your alarm will ring early, but it's worth the early wake-up to get out for that morning game drive when the plains are astir, the animals most active, the big cats returning from a night on the hunt. These are also the golden hours for photographers, as dawn light rose-tints the savannah and Kilimanjaro is most likely to be free of clouds. After a wild start, enjoy a lavish bush breakfast, served out amid the acacia trees.
Then there's time to relax back at camp - with a swim, a massage, a good book in the sun - before a buffet lunch. After, prepare for your most intimate encounter with the bush: local guides, who know almost every blade of grass, will lead you on a walking safari; you'll follow animal tracks, taste bush herbs, revel in the tiny details, perhaps encounter something larger... a bush walk offers a fresh, thrilling perspective.
As the day draws to a close, raise a classic African Sundowner. Nothing says safari like an ice-cold G&T, sipped as the sun disappears, before a private dinner under the stars.
Amboseli to Loisaba
Breakfast will never be the same, now you've eaten it with Kilimanjaro looming beyond your coffee cup.This morning, we venture out in the camp's custom-designed 4WDs for one last game drive - one last chance to see Amboseli's big cats and big herds. Then we'll whisk you to the airstrip for a seamless and spectacular flight to Loisaba Conservancy on the Laikipia Plateau. With the second-highest density of wildlife in the country, and forward-thinking conservation efforts, this is one of the most exciting destinations in Kenya.
You'll be met on arrival and plunged right into the action: the transfer from airstrip to Loisaba Tented Camp doubles as a game drive. Laikipia is one of only a few places in Africa where wildlife numbers are on the increase, and a huge array of animals - from the Big Five to endangered Grevy's zebra - might be spotted.
Loisaba Tented Camp sits perched on the edge of an escarpment, with unhindered views over rolling river valleys, rich forests and open plains to Mt Kenya. Intimate and elegant in design, the camp is also a hub for cutting-edge conservation. Find out more over drinks and dinner, before retiring to your tent, where floor-to-ceiling windows invite the outside in and the night sky views are unmatched.
Loisaba Tented Camp and Star-Beds, Kenya
Perched on an escarpment with unhindered views over the rolling valleys and open plains to Mt Kenya, intimate Loisaba Tented Camp is a hub for cutting-edge conservation. At the heart of a huge conservancy, owned by the Loisaba Community Trust, the camp is a delight: stylish tents with floor-to-ceiling windows, enveloped by this remarkable wilderness. For the ultimate night's sleep, consider the magical experience of drifting off in a Loisaba Star Bed. Sister property to the camp, four Star Bed rooms, each with a four-poster that can be wheeled out onto a panoramic veranda overlooking a permanent waterhole, allows sleeping under a sparkling canopy of stars.
This morning, a local Samburu guide will lead you on an early walk, so you can watch, smell, feel the bush wake up. Take breakfast back at camp, then enjoy some down time, relaxing on the decking or dipping in one of Africa's most astonishing infinity pools.
After lunch, the choice is yours. Head out on a game drive for more wildlife-spotting - rarities like patas monkey, reticulated giraffe or wild dog might be seen. Or, try casting a line in Loisaba's great rivers. Or pay a visit to the conservancy headquarters to meet the sniffer dogs and the anti-poaching team to find out how they safeguard the wilderness.
End the day the only way: with Sundowners as the sun sinks and dinner under the stars.
Today, you choose how the day begins. Another game drive, perhaps? Or how about a bush walk - or run - with your Samburu guide? Or maybe an outing on horse or camel back - an exhilarating way to get unusually close to wild animals. Whatever activity you pick, follow it up with breakfast in the bush and a rejuvenating pamper in the spa.
Linger over lunch on the deck before your final afternoon game drive: Loisaba is an important migration area for Laikipia's huge elephant population, so excellent sightings are frequent; unusual species such as greater kudu and beisa oryx are found here too.
Tonight, you could choose something rather special. Poised on a rocky kopje, Elewana Loisaba Star Beds - sister property to the Tented Camp - offers the chance to sleep outside in style. Roll your rustic four-poster out onto the verandah, lay back and look up at the endless, unpolluted, star-spangled African sky.
Into the Mara
This morning, we game-drive en route to Loisaba's airstrip, where we hop aboard our SkySafari flight and prepare to touch down in an African icon: the matchless Masai Mara.
Your ride from the airstrip to Sand River Masai Mara Camp, a secluded spot in the southern area of reserve, is your first game drive: don't be surprised if you meet most of the Big Five before lunch. Even if you don't, your afternoon game drive might oblige: these acacia-dotted plains are dense with game. Keep your eyes peeled for lion, leopard and cheetah, hyena, giraffe and elephant, and 500-plus species of bird.
Raising a classic Sundowner in this classic wilderness is the perfect way to toast the day. Returning to camp is the icing on the cake - there are few more elegant places to stay than this camp, which oozes 1920s glamour. The Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards 2020 named it one of the top places to stay in Africa.
Sand River Masai Mara Camp, Kenya
Sand River Masai Mara Camp, hidden far away from other lodges in the Masai Mara National Reserve, is big on game and big on glamour. Exuding 1920s safari elegance, it was named one of the 50 Best Resorts in the World in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards. Its handful of secluded tents are luxurious, with period furnishings, net-draped four-posters and a matchless wilderness locale - animals can be spotted right from the veranda. Indeed, the camp, which overlooks its namesake river, sits right on the route of the annual Great Migration.
Masai Mara Exploration
You'll know by now the benefits of an early start: after a dawn breakfast, set off with a packed picnic hamper for a full day's game drive, so you can delve deeper into the reserve. Nowhere in Africa is wildlife more abundant. And while the seasonal migration of two million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle crossing from the Serengeti is one of Mother Nature's greatest spectacles, the profusion of wildlife in the Mara - from hundreds of bird species to the Big Five - makes it one of the best safari spots year round.
The area is culturally fascinating too. Much of the Greater Mara-Serengeti Ecosystem falls under the ownership of Maasai communities, and a village visit - to see traditional Maasai homes and rituals, or even (for the kids) to try warrior training - makes for an eye-opening afternoon. There's also the chance to visit a local school supported by Land & Life Foundation so you can see its work in action.
Of course, you might enjoy your best sightings without going anywhere at all. The Sand River Masai Mara, overlooking its namesake river, sits right on the annual migration route, so the drama may play out just beyond your verandah.
Return to Nairobi
Enjoy your last few hours, gazing out from camp across the watercourse and riverine forest, looking out for breakfasting beasts and birds, before driving back to the airstrip for your final SkySafari flight to Nairobi. Rather than hang around the airport, we'll deliver you to the tranquility of Hemingways, where you can freshen up in a day room and enjoy that last ice-cold Tusker before flying home.
Please note that this is a typical itinerary, and actual activities may vary due to weather conditions, local events, and to allow serendipity to play a hand in your experience. Accommodations are as outlined in the itinerary, although we reserve the right to change these or the order visited should the need arise.
Multiple departures each month; please call 1-800-941-8010 to discuss availability for your preferred dates.
From $9,900 Per Person
First one reserved$
See single supplement policy below.
Park Fees (seasonal pricing) $1,050
Optional Hot Air Balloon Safari $440
Green Season (departures April 1-May 31): Land Cost $9,900 pp; Park Fees $1,050 pp
Mid-Season (departures in June, Nov 1-Dec 15, Jan 1-Mar 31): Land Cost $11,540 pp; Park Fees $1,050 until June 22; $1,450 pp Jun 23-Dec 31
High and Festive Season (July-Oct and Dec 16-Jan 4): Land Cost $12,590 pp; Park Fees $1,050 until June 22; $1,450 pp Jun 23-Dec 31
Up to two children (under age 12) sharing with 1 or 2 adults: $5,500 per child; Park Fees $535 until Jun 22; $775 pp Jun 23-Dec 31
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: Accommodations are based on double occupancy. A single supplement is paid by participants who specifically request single accommodations, subject to availability.
Single Supplement for Scheduled Group Departures. If you reserve at least 120 days prior to departure, you may be eligible for a reduced or free single supplement. This is generally limited to the first one or two solo travelers to reserve, and the reduction is outlined in the pricing for each trip. Free or reduced single supplements are not combinable with other offers or promotions.
If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate of the same gender. If you reserve at least 120 days ahead and request a roommate but one is not available, you will receive a $500 reduction from the standard single supplement (unless otherwise noted in the detailed itinerary for your specific trip).
Single Supplement for Custom Tours. Custom Tour prices are generally based on two or more participants; therefore, single supplements for “solo” Custom Tours will vary and are available upon request.
Boundless Journeys' trips are designed for active individuals who have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. SkySafari is rated 1, easy, on a scale of 1-5 (with 5 being the most strenuous). We combine deluxe camps and lodges as the base for our primary activity - game-viewing drives by 4WD vehicle. Depending on current conditions, there may be opportunities for optional guided bush walks, which can be enjoyed by anyone who is in reasonably good health.
Most Convenient Airport: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, Kenya (airport code NBO)
Meeting Time and Place:Upon arrival of your international flight to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi on Day 1 of the trip.
Departure Time and Place: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in time to check in for your departing flight. To accommodate our return from the Masai Mara, please schedule your departing flight after 6 p.m.
Unforgettable full and half-day game drives are the primary activity of Boundless Journeys' Kenya safari. On most days, we will depart our lodge or camp early and spend the morning tracking various animals in our custom-built, 4WD safari vehicles. Each day is unique and unpredictable - which is why our guides say never put away your camera, even on the way to the airstrip!
Drives may last from a few morning hours to a full day. Sometimes we will take a picnic lunch, and other days we will return to the lodge or camp for lunch. As we come upon groups of animals, we allow plenty of time to simply observe and also take photographs. Our guides are experienced naturalists and will add greatly to your understanding of the wildlife. We keep a respectful distance - although the same cannot always be said about the animals; it is not unusual to come nose-to-car with baboons, zebras, wildebeest, gazelles, and elephants.
The weather in Nairobi and the national parks is generally pleasant though the equatorial sun is strong. It can rain at any time, but chances are higher during the months of April, May, June, November, and December. Early morning game drives can be chilly, and dressing in layers is a good strategy, so that you can shed or add layers as the day heats and cools.
You may obtain more detailed weather information on www.weatherbase.com.
Our safaris coincide with important times in the annual migrations, as well as take advantage of other significant animal activities and weather patterns.
December-March: Calving SeasonThe migrating herds have typically left and are in the short grass plains of the southern Serengeti by now. A Kenya safari at this time of year will not encounter the migration, but will allow exploration of the Mara with fewer others around, and plenty of resident wildlife.
June-July: Migration moving NorthLarge herds are on their way north, migrating through the Western Corridor and into the Masai Mara. If you are lucky, we may witness herds crossing the Mara, as well as plenty of resident wildlife.
August-October: Migration in the NorthThe large herds are generally in the north and have scattered around the Mara and northern Serengeti, crossing back and forth over the Mara River. A safari at this time is most likley to witness herds crossing one of the large northern rivers - truly a sight to behold.
Other times: We suggest avoiding November and April through the first half of May, as those months comprise the rainy seasons in Kenya. Outside of those months, there are great reasons to visit Kenya at any time, and no matter when you choose to go, you will see more elephants, giraffes, wildebeest, zebras, gazelles, buffaloes, hippos, ostriches, baboons, and lions than you can keep track of. If you are interested in organizing a private safari for your own group of family or friends on the dates that work for you, please contact our office at 800-941-8010 to discuss the options.
Meals on safari are always a delight, whether it is under the stars with local Maasai warriors to entertain or in a surprisingly sophisticated dining area overlooking a floodlit waterhole. Vegetarians and other dietary needs can be accommodated with advance notice, though choices tend to be more limited.
All on-safari ground transportation is provided in safari vehicles with a maximum of 6 guests per vehicle. Charter flights are in a 8-seater Cessna Grand Caravan.
With a Boundless Journeys guide, your experience is that of friend and local adventurer. We believe strongly in working with local guides, experts in the areas to which we travel, and they hold the keys to unlocking the hidden delights of your chosen destination. Although you will never know they are at work—the mark of a truly great leader—our guides make magical things happen and add a dimension to your trip that you could not experience on your own. Over the years we have forged bonds with some of the best guides in the world, and we typically work with a small team of guides in each region. You will be informed of the guide for your trip one month prior to your departure.
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