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In celebration of the 30 year anniversary since the release of the Oscar-winning film, Out of Africa, we've designed a special trip that visits many of the sights featured in the movie, and indeed the autobiographical book on which the film was based. Full of passion, drama and sorrow, this incredible movie, featuring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, took the world by storm when it was released on December 18th 1985. The film went on to win 28 awards, including seven Academy Awards, but more importantly it inspired a desire to experience Africa in a whole generation of people. Walk in the footsteps of the stars as you take a tour through historic Nairobi, before exploring three of Kenya's most renowned wildlife conservancies in Tsavo, Lewa Downs and the Masai Mara.
- Visit the Karen Blixen museum in a vintage car
- Enjoy a picnic lunch on the site where Out of Africa was filmed
- Have your photograph taken with a replica Gipsy Moth biplane
- Visit Denys Finch Hatton's grave in the Ngong Hills
- Stay at the brand-new camp, Angama Mara, set above the Masai Mara
Welcome to Kenya. You'll be met on arrival by one of our 'guardian angels', who will be on hand to take you through the airport. You'll be driven to a boutique hotel in Nairobi, Hemingways, for your first two nights. Its plantation-style design and location 16km out of the city centre brings a welcoming respite from the bustle of Nairobi.
Day 2 Nairobi
Your first full day in Kenya is packed with adventures, such as a visit to the Giraffe Centre, where you can feed the giraffe from a wooden platform. For your first taste of Out of Africa you'll be collected from your hotel in a vintage car, similar to the one used in the film, for a visit to the Karen Blixen Museum. Famous for its starring role in Out of Africa, the museum plays a significant role in the history of Kenya, and a tour of the house is an intimate experience; the infamous lantern that Blixen once hung on her veranda remains, as do the monogrammed books of her ill-fated lover which still line the bookshelves. Denys Finch Hatton's grave is a short distance from the Museum, and you'll be taken here by the museum's caretaker to see the site in the beautiful Ngong Hills. Here you can listen to stories about the fascinating life of the big game hunter and enjoy the spectacular views. A late lunch at Talisman, consistently rated the top restaurant in Kenya, affords the chance to taste innovative local cuisine before a visit to the Kazuri bead factory and the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage.
A member of the A&K team will drive you to Wilson Airport for your short flight to Tsavo, Kenya's largest wildlife stronghold. The beauty of Tsavo is its diversity: an incredible richness of alternating savannah and semi-desert, with thick belts of lush vegetation, fuelled by the local rivers, in between. You'll be met at the airport for your short transfer to Finch Hatton's Camp - an appropriate setting. An afternoon game drive is your first chance to spot Kenya's famous Big Five.
Days 4 Tsavo
Your time at Finch Hatton's Camp could be straight from Out of Africa. Finch Hatton himself was famous for going on safari with a bathtub, gramophone and the finest French wines, and his namesake camp is a perfect tribute, with its glinting chandeliers, crystal glasses and luxurious bathrooms. Here you'll experience one of his favourite areas in Kenya, where he ultimately met his early end in May 1931 in the plane crash that killed him and his employee, Hamisi. Game drives will help you to spot the elusive elephants, crocodile and hippos that call this area home, as well as buffalo, lion, leopard and oryx.
Day 5 Tsavo to Lewa Downs
A member of the A&K team will drive you to the airport, where you'll fly to Lewa Downs via a connection in Nairobi. A vast region of open savannah grasslands at the foot of Mount Kenya that's renowned for its commitment to wildlife conservation and community engagement, Lewa is one of the best safari territories in Kenya, and can get you almost within touching distance of elephants, rhinos and other spectacular beasts. Here you'll be staying at Lewa Wilderness, one of Kenya's most successful private conservation areas.
Days 6-7 Lewa Downs
Lewa is yours to explore: perhaps start your day with a horse ride through the plains, a novel way to enjoy safari minus the sound of car engines and getting close to fabulous game. Perhaps enjoy lunch with Will and Emma Craig, owners of the Lodge, who will regale you with stories of the bush. Later you'll enjoy a photo session with a replica of the yellow Gipsy Moth biplane, whose scenic flight helped garner some of those seven Academy Awards (Robert Redford sadly not included). There's a chance to take a ride in the biplane, should you wish. Alternatively, game drive, walking safaris, camel rides or cultural visits can be arranged to suit your tastes.
Day 8 Lewa to Masai Mara
A member of the A&K team will drive you to the airport for your short flight to the Masai Mara. On arrival you'll be met by a member of staff and driven to Angama Mara. Perched on the Olololoo escarpment with breath taking views of the Mara Triangle below, this new camp offers some of the most spectacular views we've encountered in Africa.
Days 9 - 10 Masai Mara
Here you could take a walking safari on the escarpment, visit the site where Denys Finch Hatton's grave was filmed in the movie or take an optional balloon flight over the Mara with a champagne breakfast on landing. We've also organised a very special picnic lunch on the same spot the movie was shot, with a chequered blanket, a hamper and a delicious spread for the ultimate reconstruction.
Day 11 Kenya / UK
Farewell, Kenya. You'll be driven to the airport for your short flight to Wilson. A member of the A&K team will meet you at Wilson airport and take you to the Eka Hotel in Nairobi where you can relax in a dayroom before being driven to Nairobi Airport for your return flight back to the UK.
This 11-day A&K itinerary to Kenya is based on two people sharing a twin/double and is priced from £6640 per person including accommodation, transfers, bed and breakfast board at Hemingway's in Nairobi and full board safari at Finch Hatton's, Lewa Downs and Angama Mara. Includes international flights. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.
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Nairobi or Mombasa
8 hours 30 minutes non-stop
GMT +3 hours
Required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an endemic area
Best time to travel
December - March, July - October
Kenya's equatorial location ensures warm weather year round, though it can be cool at night and first thing in the morning. There are two rain seasons, the long rains occur from late March to early June and short rains from October to December. The rainfall is sometimes heavy and when it does come it often falls in the afternoons and evenings. The hottest period is from February to March and coldest in July to August.