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Lewa | Masai Mara

A 6 nights / 7 days safari in the wilderness hotspots where conservation and tourism make a difference.

All inclusive from US$5,365 per person sharing (low season rate)

Including: All-inclusive accommodation (Full board accommodation including soft drinks, beers, house wines and select non-luxury spirits), one complimentary Back & Neck massage (30 min) per room per stay at our Wellbeing Space, airport assistance, temporary Flying Doctors cover, shared day & night game drives in 4×4 vehicles, guided bush walks, bush meals, sundowner & picnic excursions, limited laundry service, cultural visits transfers, all internal flights and return airstrip transfers, conservation fees, VAT & taxes.

A unique and life-enriching journey through two of Kenya’s most celebrated conservation areas with breathtaking landscapes, abundant wildlife, diverse activities and truly Kenyan cultural experiences.

Encounter Kenya’s most iconic conservancies, from the World Heritage plains of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, shadowed by the snow tipped peaks of the mighty Mount Kenya, to the teeming open grasslands, rivers and mountains of the Masai Mara, a wonder of the world.

Delight in the diversity and uniqueness the rare, the endemic, the endangered and the spectacular wildlife and wilderness.

Discover the fascinating bond between local communities, tourism and conservation and experience these two significant conservation success stories first-hand, from community owned conservancies to the most renowned rhino conservancy in the world.

The Lodges

Lewa Wilderness

Lewa Wilderness sits within one of Kenya’s major private conservation success stories; the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. 62,000 acres of varied African terrain, overlooked by the magnificent Mount Kenya, has as good a wildlife experience as anywhere else in Africa. Lewa Wilderness is one of Kenya’s original private safari experiences and has been the Craig family home since 1972 where they proudly continue to entertain guests giving a truly unique and personal safari experience. Being the hub of all activities on Lewa, there is an endless list of activities on offer; owning East Africa’s only open cockpit biplane and a stable yard of horses suited to all levels of experience. Guests can also camel ride among the wildlife, game drive, take guided bush walks, visit the local community enhancement projects, and much more. Natural springs, home-raised livestock, and a 5-acre organic garden is the source of the healthy and delicious cuisine served against the backdrop of passing herds of wildlife. The lodge has nine cottages tucked into the hillside overlooking Lewa’s Eastern Marania Valley, each luxuriously comfortable with the rustic character of a ranch homestead.

Activities and amenities: daily game drives, guided bush walks, scenic flights in the Waco Bi-Plane, horse riding, camel rides, community visits, behind the scenes conservation activities, Ngare Ndare Forest day trips, farm visits, swimming Pool, tennis/gym, visits to Lewa Crafts Furniture and Kifuma Weaving project

Saruni Mara & Saruni Wild

Saruni Mara has one family villa, one private villa and five elegant cottages, and is the only small boutique lodge in the
Mara, making it very intimate and exclusive. The beautifully decorated themed rooms have a luxurious and classic
safari feel. The lodge is tucked away in a secluded valley in the private Mara North Conservancy, a prime and private
game viewing area, which borders the Masai Mara National Reserve – the most renowned wildlife park in Africa. Enjoy the Italian-inspired cuisine and being immersed in nature from your private verandah, the Maasai Wellbeing Space and the open lounge and dining area. Maasai warriors will guide you throughout your stay, sharing their ancient wisdom and local knowledge of the area and the animals, their way of life and their secret corners of the most loved wildlife reserve in Kenya.

Saruni Wild is a tented camp elegantly and comfortably furnished with all the necessary luxuries of a wild yet classic safari. The camp is located in the heart of the Masai Mara plains, on the border between Lemek Conservancy and Mara North Conservancy. Surrounded by tens of thousands acres of pristine, untouched wilderness, the camp has the most classic Masai Mara setting. The wildlife thrive right next to its tents. Enjoy endless views, fire-lit meals under the vast African sky, guided game drives led by Maasai warriors.

Activities and amenities: day and night game drives, bush
meals, guided walks, birdwatching, Maasai Wellbeing Space treatments (payable extra), picnics, library, balloon safaris
(payable extra), Saruni Shop.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Lewa Wilderness

  • Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where a Saruni vehicle will transfer you to Wilson Airport for your flight to Lewa Downs.
  • Depart Nairobi’s Wilson airport in the morning*, arriving at Lewa an hour later. You are met on arrival and transferred to Lewa Wilderness, enjoying a game drive en route. Depending on your arrival time either enjoy lunch and an afternoon of discovering Lewa Conservancy, or enjoy sundowners followed by a candle-lit dinner

Day 2: Lewa Wilderness

  • Lewa Wilderness offers a myriad of activities by which to enjoy Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, from traditional game drives to horse riding and camel safaris, or guided bush walks.
  • Your meals are served in the lodge while enjoying the picturesque views, or as a picnic out enjoying all Lewa Conservancy has to offer.

Day 3: Lewa Wilderness

  • Today another action-packed day of discovery lies ahead. As well as activities bringing you closer to the wildlife, a ‘behind-the-scenes’ visit of the Lewa Conservancy conservation activities gives you an insider perspective on protecting this precious eco-system. Or for a thrilling experience, enjoy a memorable scenic flight in the ‘Out of Africa’ Waco Bi- Plane (payable extra).

Day 4: Saruni Mara / Saruni Wild

  • Depart Lewa downs on your flight in the morning* and arrive in the Masai Mara an hour and
    a half later.
  • Game drive with a picnic lunch to enjoy under an acacia tree or by the river next to a pod of hippos, or
    head to Saruni Mara or Saruni Wild for some rest and an exclusive game drive later in the afternoon in Mara North Conservancy – over 30,000 acres of plentiful, protected land bordering the Masai Mara National Reserve. Enjoy a completely different and less-explored corner of the Mara ecosystem in total privacy, brimming with wildlife.

 

Day 5: Saruni Mara / Saruni Wild

  • Early morning game drive to look for the big cats and other predators of the Mara, returning to the camp or lodge for lunch and treatments at the Maasai Wellbeing Space.
  • In the afternoon, a game drive will take you to a special area where the largest tower of giraffe can be seen, followed by dinner at the lodge or camp and an optional night game drive.

Day 6: Saruni Mara / Saruni Wild

  • Walk through the valleys and plains surrounding Saruni Mara, accompanied by a vehicle, or a game drive up to the top of Kilileoni, the highest mountain in the Serengeti-Masai Mara ecosystem – led by your skillful and knowledgeable Maasai guides.
  • In the afternoon you will discover more of Mara North and its neighbouring conservancies and experience first-hand what makes the Mara one of the most exciting wildernesses in the world.
  • Weather permitting, experience a bush dinner in the middle of nature under the vast African sky, with Maasai warriors singing and dancing around the fire.

Day 7: Departure

  • Visit the rhino sanctuary on the way to the airstrip and once again admire the hippos and the crocodiles of the Mara River.
  • The flight back to Nairobi leaves the Mara at 11:00 AM and arrives in Nairobi at 12:20 PM.
  • Transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport with Saruni driver and vehicle. Depending on the time of your international flight, stop at the Talisman or Carnivore restaurant for dinner.

 

Note: The Saruni Tours team can modify and tailor this itinerary to suit your personal preference. Baggage allowance on internal flights is 15kg per person, preferably in small, soft bags without wheels. Seats on the schedule flights are subject to availability at confirmation. Rates with children or single occupancy are available upon request. *Flight times and durations may vary depending on airline and routing, and are subject to change. All guests travelling into Kenya with duty free plastic bags shall be required to leave the bags at the entry points and seek alternative carrier bags. We request that you do not carry plastic bags whilst visiting or working in Kenya as there are strict penalties for those caught with them.