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Fly away for two weeks to a bush and blue safari in some of East Africa and the Indian Ocean's best kept secret wilderness areas. If you love incredible wildlife, of both the land and the sea, then this is an adventure you won’t be able to say no to.
This 12 night itinerary begins in the wildlife-rich Mara North Conservancy of Kenya’s Masai Mara, where you’ll spend your days game driving through the park, getting up close and personal with lions, leopard, cheetah, elephants, giraffe and more. Travel between July and October and you may even be able to witness the great migration, when millions of wildebeest migrate from the plains of the Serengeti into the Masai Mara.
An overnight in Nairobi will give you an opportunity to explore the rich culture and unique sights of the city. You could visit The Sheldrick Wildlife Centre and meet their adorable, orphaned elephants, get up close and personal with the giraffe at The Giraffe Sanctuary or visit local shops and markets.
When you land in the Seychelles you’ll be whisked off to a private island teaming with marine life, quiet, sandy beaches and swaying palm trees. Enjoy a wonderful week in paradise; lounge in the brilliant, warm Indian ocean water or go snorkelling, diving, fishing and swimming with dolphins.
Karibu Kenya (welcome to Kenya). You’ll be picked up from Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport off your morning flight and transferred to Wilson Airport for your light-aircraft flight to the Masai Mara in the afternoon. When you land you’ll be met by a guide from Serian 'The Original' who will drive you to camp through the bush, pointing out some of the incredible wildlife that the Mara is so famous for, as you go. This evening, enjoy a well-deserved “Dawa” cocktail by the fire, a hearty dinner and a good night’s sleep in your luxury safari tent, readying yourself for the adventures ahead.
Wildlife is most active in the early mornings and evenings of each day, so you’ll likely find yourself up before sunrise and game driving across the vast open plains in search of big cats, elephants, giraffe and other plains game. Breakfast will be served al fresco, under an acacia tree with the rolling Mara plains as your backdrop, before you amble back to camp for a lazy lunch and a siesta then head out again in the late afternoon.
There are just 5 tents at Serian 'The Original', each is built on hardwood decking, situated above the Mara River with views out over the Olooloo Escarpment. Every tent has an adjoining bush bathroom with hot and cold running water, flush toilet, shower and custom-made bathtub with stunning views out over the iconic landscape.
As well as day game drives you can also jump aboard a night drive, where you’ll have the opportunity to spot unique nocturnal species. And when you tire of being vehicle-bound you can stretch your legs on a bush walk or even overnight at a walk-in fly camp.
You’ll take one last game drive enroute to the airstrip to meet your morning flight to Nairobi and, on landing, be met and driven to Giraffe Manor. You’ll check in in time for lunch and be able to meet the hotel’s famous long-legged locals and perhaps explore the city a bit if you feel so inclined.
This afternoon, if you can tear yourself away from the beautiful hotel grounds you can browse the city’s markets, explore museums or local restaurants and the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, then rest up, ready for your day of travel in the morning.
You’ll be up early to get “that shot” of you sharing your breakfast with the hotel’s namesake and enjoy a hearty meal before you board your flight to Mahe. It’s a three-hour flight and a great time to work through the, probably thousands, of photographs you have taken from your time in Kenya. When you land you will be driven to the nearby Eden Bleu hotel.
Eden Bleu is just a ten-minute drive from the airport and an ideal stop over enroute from Nairobi to the islands. It has a lovely spot on the harbourside and everything you might expect from a luxury hotel including deluxe rooms with all the facilities, Creole fine dining and a rooftop infinity pool overlooking the bay.
If time allows we highly recommend lingering a little longer on Mahe, as the island has so much to offer on it’s own. Speak to your Wayfairer luxury travel specialist about extending your stay on Mahe.
This morning you’ll be driven to the airport after breakfast to connect with a charter flight to Alphonse Island. You’ll spend an hour in the air, cruising in a small plane over the sparkling azure waters of the Indian ocean and landing on an island seemingly in the middle of nowhere that will be your home for the next week.
This afternoon, explore the island’s rich flaura and fauna and settle in to your bungalow or beach suite, which is a stone’s throw from the beach and looks out over the vast ocean.
Alphonse Island is one of three islands in the Alphonse Atoll, in the waters The Seychelles’ outer islands. It's skirted by a brilliant white beach and, in the centre, a dense tropical jungle and old coconut plantation.
There are three room types; beach bungalows, beach suites with a private pool or the exclusive deluxe four bedroom beach villa. Wherever you choose to stay you won’t be compromising on luxury; even here, on a castaway island, you’ll find air conditioning, a mini bar and a Nespresso coffee machine in your room.
You can enjoy your meals in the shared restaurant and bar area, or in the privacy of your own room and each meal is a unique fusion of Creole and Western flavours.
Spend your days snorkelling, diving, fishing and swimming with dolphins and manta rays. You can hire a bicycle and explore the island, meeting giant tortoises, hatching turtles and range of birdlife. Or simply relax, kick back and cruise the nearby islands and atolls, soaking up the sun and magnificent scenery.
You’ll be flown via charter to Mahe, where you can connect with your international flight home or on to any further adventures you’ve arranged with your Wayfairer luxury travel specialist.