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6 days Nairobi, Borana Wildlife Conservancy, Mount Kenya National Park

As seen in Atlas magazine. This active northern Kenya adventure puts a fresh and energetic spin on a traditional safari

This adventurous northern Kenya safari enables guests to explore the Mount Kenya region’s spectacular scenery through a diverse range of experiences. 

Commence your journey at Hemingways Nairobi, a stunning property overlooking the jade-green Ngong Hills renowned for its personal butler service, before being transported to the Borana Wildlife Conservancy. As this is a private Conservancy, it is highly unlikely that you shall meet anyone else along your way, enabling you to turn the plains – teeming with wildlife – into your personal wonderland. Days will be spent exploring the bush on foot, by bicycle and on horseback, and your evenings spent sipping sundowners at dusk.

Evenings at Borana involve freshly harvested feasts, straight from its own organic farm. As darkness envelops you, warm yourselves by the crackle of a fire, or step out to admire the stars. Your final morning here will include a helicopter excursion to Mount Kenya, in time for breakfast by a mountaintop lake as the early morning mists clear and reveal spectacular views in all directions. The final jewel in the crown is The Emakoko, a slice of paradise in a national park bordering one of Earth’s largest urban hubs.

This capsule itinerary replicates the adventure described in Atlas magazine and, as with all our example itineraries, can be adapted in duration and content to suit your travel preferences precisely.

What's included:

  • Private airport transfers
  • Professional local staff with fair salaries
  • Full-board accommodation
  • Internal transfers
  • Helicopter excursion to Mount Kenya
  • Full range of safari activities
  • National park & private conservancy fees

Call us on 0117 313 3300 to speak with our Luxury Travel Specialists and begin planning your bespoke Kenya safari


Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi

Day 1 – Arrival in Nairobi
Nairobi skyline

Upon arrival at the airport, you shall be met by a Wayfairer Travel representative and transferred to your accommodation at Hemingways Nairobi. Renowned for its personal butler service and spectacular views over the Ngong Hills, Hemingways is set at a peaceful remove from the bustle of Nairobi. At Hemingways, enjoy a signature spa treatment, unwind by the pool, or head to the bar for pre-dinner cocktails. Alternatively, a range of activities such as visiting the nearby David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage or the Giraffe Centre are popular starts to the safari experience.

Day 2 - 4: Borana Wildlife Conservancy

Day 2 – Transfer to Borana
Borana lodge northern kenya safari

On your second day, your Wayfairer Travel representative shall transfer you to Nairobi Wilson airport, where you shall meet your internal flight to take you to the heart of Laikipia County. Here, you shall be met by a representative from Borana Lodge and your safari commences the moment you step off the plane. Scan the horizon for your first glimpse of the endemic elephant, giraffe, antelope and zebra as you make your way to Borana Lodge, your home for the next three nights.

Once you’ve settled in, it’s time to commence your adventure in earnest. Opt to take a picnic lunch and head to Borana’s neighbouring forested playground, the Ngare Ndare Forest Trust. Walk through the canopy on suspended walkways, granting you a privileged viewpoint over the landscape and wildlife below. Explore its rock pools of crystalline spring water and cascading waterfalls, before returning to the lodge for dinner via a sun-downers at the spectacular Pride Rock.

Day 3 – 4 – On Safari at the Borana Wildlife Conservancy
Day 3 – 4 – On Safari at the Borana Wildlife Conservancy  Listing Image

Your next two days will be spent on an active safari, exploring the landscape and encountering wildlife in an array of exciting ways.

Early morning bush walks and exciting rhino tracking experiences are some of the most exhilarating ways to explore the Conservancy. During a rhino tracking experience, you will learn about the tireless work that goes into protecting these creatures, whilst also getting to know the rangers themselves.

Lunchtimes can be spent down by the river, with mountain bikes and a picnic lunch, spotting hippos and other wildlife along the way, whilst a visit to the organic farm at Borana is often a winning activity with guests. Before the sun sets, head out on picture-perfect horse-rides through the bush, covering a greater distance (and closer proximity to wildlife) than would often be possible on foot.

The action needn’t stop here: Borana is also home to ATVs, paragliding equipment and some excellent fishing spots.

Guests interested in the conservation element at Borana Lodge can accompany rangers on evening deployments or even during veterinarian visits, whilst those interested in the local culture are welcome to visit the school and the nearby Masai Village, where a village Elder will greet and guide you through the village, the community’s customs and their history, concluding with a tribal dance where you won’t be exempt from the action!

Day 5 - 6: Mount Kenya & Departure

Day 5 - Mount Kenya Helicopter Trip
Helicopter safari trip Kenya

On your final morning, enjoy a scenic helicopter excursion to Mount Kenya with Tropic Air. Soaring over the plains, you will soon reach the spectacular foothills of Mount Kenya, which pierces the sky in dramatic fashion. You will settle on the mountain to explore the rugged scenery and enjoy breakfast with a difference, before trying your hand at trout fishing in one of its beautiful, glittering lakes. Tropic Air is the leading provider of helicopter excursions in northern Kenya, and all pilots are trained as extensively knowledgeable guides, including your fishing-instructor-cum-pilot.

Upon your return, it shall be time to depart for Nairobi. Once back in the city, you shall be met by a representative from The Emakoko, who shall escort you back to your accommodation at this remarkable property offering a ‘safari in the city’ experience. You will return in time for a rest – perhaps by the pool, or maybe in The Emakoko’s library – before enjoying a dusk game drive, followed by a delicious dinner and drinks by the fire.

Day 6 – Dawn Game Drive in Nairobi National Park, Return Flight

This morning, enjoy a final dawn game drive, absorbing the peace of the morning as wildlife slowly wakes up. It will be a final chance to catch a glimpse of elusive and enigmatic species like cheetah, leopard and lion.

Return to the Lodge for a sumptuous breakfast and, depending on the time of your departing flight, opt to recline by the pool or in the communal living spaces in the lodge, or alternatively head into town for a cultural experience. By appointment, The Emakoko can arrange a variety of activities and visits to design studios and art galleries.

Finally, it will be time to bid you farewell and wish for your hoped-for return to Kenya.

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Why Wayfairer

At Wayfairer Travel, we invite you to enjoy luxury our way, with both sumptuous care and a responsible mindset. This active safari offers the opportunity to combine precisely these factors. From exploring the Ngare Ndare Forest, renowned for the success of its community conservation initiatives that directly involve local people in its preservation, to the flourishing of black rhino in Borana’s Wildlife Conservancy, and from the intrinsic care of guests and social responsibility employed by Hemingways Nairobi to the conscientious ethos of The Emakoko, this itinerary offers guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in nature by day, taking the road less travelled and exploring in innovative new ways, whilst being assured of the finest comforts come sunset.

Why Wayfairer Northern Kenya Adventure Safari

Call us on 0117 313 3300 to speak with our Luxury Travel Specialists and begin planning your bespoke Kenya safari