NAIROBI – AMBOSELI – MASAI MARA
Conservation focussed safari
Gain insight into on-the-ground conservation
No booking fees
Why is this safari better?
50% of the profits from this safari will be donated directly to Mara Elephant Project.
MARA ELEPHANT PROJECT
Established in 2011, Mara Elephant Project (MEP) envisions the existence of a stable elephant population co-existing peacefully with people across the Greater Mara Ecosystem (GME). Their 10 years of experience using the MEP Method of boots on the ground rangers and applied research all while taking a collaborative approach has disrupted poaching in the region and combatted conflict and habitat loss.
Lean more about & help Mara Elephant Project and the fight against poaching, visit their website here
WHAT DO YOU GET?
Travellers get a phenomenal experience and Mara Elephant Project get valuable monetary donations through your support and conscious travel.
When to travel?
Kenya is an all-year-destination; big cats don’t migrate, so you will likely see lions, cheetah and hopefully the elusive leopard any time of the year. The famed Great Migration of wildebeest and accompanying zebra arrive in the Masai Mara from July-October (exact timings can differ year-to-year). Amboseli, home to the famed herds of magnificent elephants, is ever a must-do destination and on clear days, get stunning views of Mt Kilimanjaro.
Birding is excellent year-round, from beautiful migratory birds to resident species. Low season (January-June and November) is also a fantastic time to escape the crowds, with equally amazing sightings and experiences.
Low/Mid Season: April-June 2022 (rainy season is April)
High Season: January-March, July-December 2022 (peak season is July-September)
Day 1: Giraffe Manor, Nairobi for 1 night
Arrive into Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where you will be collected and safely transferred to your first taste of Africa.
Giraffe Manor is often referred to as one of the most “instagrammed” properties in the world, and is set in 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the Langata suburb of Nairobi. One of the most fascinating things about Giraffe Manor is its resident herd of Rothschild’s giraffes who may visit morning and evening, poking their long necks into the windows in the hope of a treat, before retreating to their forest sanctuary.
Morning breakfast will be spent with the giraffes. If you’d like to add a second night, guests may then make the most of local attractions: take a stroll to the nearby Giraffe Conservation Centre, adopt an elephant orphan with David Sheldrick and visit their nearby orphanage, afternoon tea, enjoy Giraffe Manor’s galleries, Go shopping in Nairobi or enjoy a spa treatment.
Day 2: Tawi Lodge, Amboseli National Park for 3 nights
Enjoy an unforgettable morning at Giraffe Manor, with breakfast with giraffes. Following this, you are transferred to the nearby Wilson Nairobi Airport for a light aircraft flight to Amboseli National Park. Arrive at the airstrip, where you will be met by your driver/guide for the transfer to your safari lodge.
Tawi, an oasis set in succulent rich gardens, interspersed with crystal clear springs and large shady Tortilis Acacia trees. Over 150 species of birds will serenade you on arrival. Beyond the bustling waterhole – look up! Mt. Kilimanjaro welcomes you…
Set plum in the heart of its own private conservancy and in one of the richest game areas in Kenya, Tawi Lodge is an idyllic retreat whilst exploring the Amboseli ecosystem on the lower foothills of Kilimanjaro. This Eco award winning lodge combines unpretentious comfort with subtle accents of style coupled with traditional East African hospitality, and a sense of warmth and genuine welcome, embracing traditional East African hospitality with our roots extending deep into our heritage here. Each of the “elegantly rustic” cottages are richly appointed, most with incredible views looking out over the mountain, the cottages have spacious bedrooms, private decks, en-suite bathrooms, with both bathtub and shower each cottage has large, snug 4-poster beds.
Day 3-4: Activities in Amboseli National Park
Enjoy fabulous game-drives across the ancient Amboseli landscapes, sundowners looking up at the mountain or take guided bush walks in the conservancy with our fabulous Maasai guides. With access to both Tawi Conservancy and Amboseli National Park, game drives are fantastic. Game vehicles are open sided, with camera charging facilities. Night game drives are available in the conservancy. Tawi guides are experts in their field, ready to share their extensive knowledge.
Take advantage of community visits, bush meals and sundowners, both are incredible ways to spent more time in nature and understanding local customs and traditions.
Day 5: Karen Blixen Safari Camp, Mara North Conservancy for 5 nights
It’s a farewell to the incredible guides and staff of Tawi and the scenery of Amboseli, as you are taken back to the airstrip for your connecting flight on to the fabled Masai Mara eco-system. You’re never alone on this journey, as you are once again met on arrival at the local airstrip in Mara North Conservancy by your guide and transferred to camp.
Karen Blixen Camp is uniquely situated on the rich banks of the Mara river while located in the Mara North, one of the most dense private wildlife conservancies in the Masai Mara ecosystem. Karen Blixen Camp is an eco-friendly luxury camp that gives a sense of the exiting explorer days when the savannah was seldom visited and elaborate and comfortable camps were set up providing a luxurious and stylish retreat after each day’s adventure. Each tent is en-suite and furnished with a large comfortable bed, Persian rugs and a cozy armchair giving you the ultimate in camping luxury. The private bathroom has a flush toilet, twin wash hand basins and a romantic outside shower with amazing view to the sky.
Day 6-9: Activities in Mara North Conservancy and conservation experience with Mara Elephant Project
Guests of Karen Blixen Camp are able to enjoy early morning game drives, afternoon game drives, full day game drives and thrilling night game drives within the Mara North Conservancy. Partake in game and nature walks with experienced local guides, hot air balloon flights (additional cost), community visits and even plant trees during your stay.
During the migration season (or on request) guests are offered the opportunity to go for a full day game drive to the Masai Mara National Reserve or the Mara Triangle to have a chance to see the thousands of wildebeests and zebras crossing the Mara River. Please note additional park fees apply for this option.
Conservation Experience (included)
MARA ELEPHANT PROJECT TEAM EXPERIENCE
This once-in-a-lifetime exclusive safari offers guests a behind the scenes experience in the protection of the gentle giants of the Maasai Mara. Join Mara Elephant Project’s long-term monitoring (LTM) team as they go out into nearby conservancies to collect data on the elephant population. These scientists are doing important data collection on the elephants living in the Mara that is helping Mara Elephant Project (MEP) find long-term solutions to protect elephants, communities and habitats in the Greater Mara Ecosystem. This afternoon experience would include a trip to MEP’s headquarters in Lemek Conservancy to meet the team before heading out to conduct research. Your group (up to 4 people) would go out with the LTM team for two hours and become their research assistants. You’d be taking detailed photos of elephants, learning how to identify different individuals and ride alongside a Maasai elephant scientist to learn more about the threats facing the ecosystem. This is a great activity for the whole family. The duration of this safari is 3 hours and is subject to availability of the MEP LTM team.
Time: 3 hours
Group Size: Up to 4 people
Conservation Experience (excluded)
MARA ELEPHANT PROJECT CONSERVATION FLIGHT
This once-in-a-lifetime exclusive safari offers guests a behind the scenes experience in the protection of the gentle giants of the Maasai Mara. Marc Goss, CEO of Mara Elephant Project (MEP), will fly two guests by helicopter over the Mara landscape tracking collared elephants and explaining how MEP uses the helicopter to increase protection for wildlife, communities and habitat in the Mara. The flight will start and end at your camp and includes tea/coffee with Marc at the camp to learn more about MEP. We can assure you that this experience will be memorable and authentic for guests. The duration of this safari is 2.5 hours and is subject to availability of Marc Goss and the helicopter, which is leased from Edeavours Far Beyond. For the 2022 season, Mara Elephant Project is asking for a $3,000 all-inclusive donation for two people to enjoy this experience paid directly to Endeavours Far Beyond and passed through to MEP.
Time: 2.5 hours
Group Size: Up to 2 people
Giraffe Manor are deeply involved in sustainable practices and conservation projects. From their reusable water bottles to their ‘save a bucket’ initiative, solar energy use, tree planting to help restore environmental impacts, locally sourced food, Giraffe Manor follow the three Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) to keep waste to an absolute minimum and conserve the planet’s natural resources. For each guest that stays at Giraffe Manor, The Safari Collection donates $10 to AFEW. These funds help the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW) run a successful breeding programme for the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe. The long-legged friends who share your breakfast have provided many offspring who have gone on to live in the wild and increase the population of this species.
Tawi Lodge is Gold eco-tourism rated. The lodge is an eco-friendly operation and takes maximum care of the environment and people. Tawi work hard to ensure this little piece of paradise is preserved and have a number of programmes; solid waste management, renewable energy solutions, solar power. Tawi also guarantee Maasai landowners revenue through the lease of their land which in turn preserves an essential natural corridor for the abundant wildlife to roam. The whole community also benefits with schooling and other projects.
Karen Blixen Camp has been awarded ‘Gold Eco Rating’ by Eco Tourism Kenya, an organisation that provides relevant and practical guidance for attaining sustainable solutions of concern for the environment and welfare of communities. Water is heated using solar panels to avoid any use of firewood and thus conserving the Mara Woodlands. Electricity is provided in all tents 24 hours a day by extended solar panel system and battery storing bank.
PRICE FOR YOUR SAFARI
TRAVEL ANY TIME
- per person sharing, inclusive
- per person sharing, inclusive
Low/Mid Season: April-June 2022
High Season: January-March, July-December 2022
OUR PRICE INCLUDES
- 50% of our profits donated to Mara Elephant Project
- All accommodation with the corresponding number of nights
- Giraffe Manor includes Arrival/departure transfers and transportation around the Karen & Langata area (included in the rate if the collection time is after 11:30 am on the day of arrival and prior to check out at 10:00 am on the day of departure), all meals, house wines, house soft drinks, house beers, house spirits, laundry, wireless internet access, entrance to the AFEW Giraffe Centre, Orchid House dining, boules, croquet and VAT
- Tawi Lodge includes three daily meals, drinks (inc house beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks), daily shared game drives, bush walks, night game drive, sundowners, airstrip transfers
- Karen Blixen Camp includes three daily meals, drinks (inc soft drinks, Tea, Coffee, local beers, house wines, Selected spirit and Vodka), shared game drives per day (optional full day game drive), one night game drive within Mara North Conservancy, return airstrip transfers in Mara, guided camp eco walk, visit to the cooking school and bead project when in session
- All local ground transfers between airports and accommodations
- All flights with Safarilink Kenya between Wilson Nairobi – Amboseli National Park – Masai Mara – Wilson Nairobi
- All park and conservancy fees
- Pricing in US Dollars
- Inclusive of Mara Elephant Project Team Experience (for up to 4 people)
- Transport from Karen Blixen Camp to MEP Headquarters in Lemek Conservancy
- Packed lunch on day of MEP conservation experience
- All Mara Elephant Project staff on campus are fully vaccinated. Guests are not required to wear masks; however, if they feel more comfortable wearing masks then we will ensure our staff follows suit
- Additional experience available to book: Mara Elephant Project Conservation Flight, please enquire if you would like to add this experience
- All conservation experiences must be pre-booked and donation costs are subject to change
- Better Safaris will donate 50% of our profits from this safari to Mara Elephant Project
- Each guest will receive official confirmation of all donations made by Better Safaris to Mara Elephant Project.
OUR PRICE EXCLUDES
- International airfare
- Visas and other entry costs
- Travel insurance
- PCR testing for your journey home (if applicable)
- Personal expense such as extra drinks/food, phone calls, curio shop purchases
- Gratuities for your tour driver/guide, waiters/staff at accommodations
- Laundry where not stipulated as included
- Cultural visits ($25-$30 per person, payable locally)
- Additional activities at Karen Blixen Camp (per person): game walk $35, hot air balloon flight $475, bush breakfast/lunch or dinner $40-50, wellness treatments
- Optional extensions available in Diani Beach, Zanzibar and other safari destinations in Kenya, Tanzania
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