Upon arrival in Nairobi aboard your private Global Express charter, meet the A&K representative waiting to transfer you to your hotel for the night. Hemingways Nairobi is a plantation-style boutique hotel looking out to the emerald-green Ngong Hills. Enjoy a comfortable sleep in your spacious room, ready to explore East Africa come morning.
After private transfer to Wilson Airport, embark on a 50-minute, private charter flight taking you north to the Lewa Conservancy. This family-owned nature reserve comprises more than 24,000 hectares of UNESCO World Heritage wilderness. Located in the foothills of Mt. Kenya, it’s a wildlife haven home to several animal species not seen in the southern hemisphere, including reticulated giraffe, the endangered Grevy's zebra and blue-skinned Somali ostrich. This is also a thriving conservation ground for black and white rhino, helping to repopulate other wildlife parks in Kenya. Spend time with hand-raised orphan rhinos as you learn all about Lewa’s rhino rearing programme.
For the next two nights, experience more of Lewa’s diverse wildlife with exclusive safari drives, conservation experiences and more. We highly recommend a private bush walk; accompanied by an experienced armed ranger, reconnect with nature and gain renewed appreciation for even the smallest and most overlooked flora and fauna. A trip to the UNESCO-listed Ngare Ndare Forest and waterfalls is a must for adventurous families and keen ramblers. Discover the source of the river, and perhaps enjoy a bracing dip in the beautiful blue pools, filled with ice-cold water from the slopes of Mount Kenya. Afterwards, enjoy lunch served in the treetop walkway, from which you can watch colourful birdlife fly by.
Today, arrive at the local airstrip by private transfer, ready to board your chartered flight to the world famous Masai Mara wildlife reserve. The Masai Mara plays host to the most spectacular array of animal life. This 1,500-square-kilometre savannah hosts almost 600 species of bird alone, as well as all of the Big Five, and lies adjacent to the vast Serengeti; the two make up the most diverse ecosystem on the continent. Nestled on a scenic riverbank in the reserve is your accommodation for the next three nights – Sanctuary Olonana. As well as being provided with a private guide and vehicle, you’ll also have the best room in the house: the Geoffrey Kent Suite.
Time your visit for between July and September, and you have every chance of witnessing the annual wildebeest migration as it sweeps across the Masai Mara. This dramatic event sees millions of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle descend upon the plains to nibble the grasslands bare – and predators follow suit. It’s a chance to watch one of nature's most dramatic spectacles unfold before your very eyes. On top of enjoying private safari drives, you have the opportunity learn about the A&K Philanthropy-supported Safe Water for Schools Initiative, providing Maasai school children with clean drinking water.
This morning, bid farewell to Kenya as you embark on your privately chartered flight to the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. The Serengeti is one of the planet's biggest and most enduring wildlife havens. It takes its name from a Maasai word siringitu, which means ‘the place where the land moves on forever’. During the Great Migration, sleek cheetah pick off straggling grazers, whilst enormous crocodile – motionless most of the year – poise in anticipation of the annual feast. Your home for the next three nights is Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp, set in a prime location for wildlife viewing.
With your own guide and private vehicle at Kichakani, discovering this natural wonderland is made easy. Spend two days exploring the extensive plains of the Serengeti in search of the Big Five and a menagerie of other animals great and small. To maximize your time on safari, take a picnic lunch with you and dine in the vast savannah – all on a private basis – then return to your lodge later in the day.
This morning, take your private transfer east towards the vast UNESCO-listed Ngorongoro Crater. Lasting around five hours, the drive to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area takes you across sweeping grasslands with possible wildlife sightings en route. Along the way, you may also spot members of the Maasai tribe herding their cattle – offering glimpses of their age-old semi-nomadic lifestyle. At nearly 20 square kilometres across and 600 metres deep, the Ngorongoro Crater is the largest unbroken caldera in the world. Enjoy unmatched access to its natural wonders at the andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lordge, which perches on the caldera’s edge.
After breakfast, meet your A&K driver guide and depart for your first safari of the day – one certain to be like no other. Descend to the Ngorongoro Crater’s floor in search of wildlife, with the forest-covered caldera walls forming stunning backdrops for all your photographs. Travel through the Lerai Forest looking for leopard, and onto the plains where wildebeest and zebra graze whilst cheetah and lion watch. Admire passing elephant, wandering rhino and hippo hiding in the pools. A picnic lunch is provided, so you can maximise your time exploring the crater, and even visit a Maasai village.
On your final day, transfer to Legendary Lodge in the ‘safari capital of Tanzania’, Arusha. Situated in the northern highlands of the country, this city lies between the twin peaks of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro. Enjoy lunch and a day-stay at the lodge, ahead of your transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport and your private charter home.