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Abercrombie & Kent’s sweet spot. As the undisputed leader in unforgettable Kenyan safari experiences, Abercrombie & Kent is the ideal partner for this journey. And their unrivaled expertise in Kenya’s wildlife, natural landscape, and diverse cultural traditions will offer you a truly one-of-a-kind, memorable experience. Catch a glimpse of daily life in Nairobi, a city constantly striving to maintain its delicate balance of modernization and preservation. Visit two exceptional safari camps—one at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and a second at the celebrated Maasai Mara National Reserve. Learn about the rich cultural history of the country and absorb firsthand the intense passion the people of Kenya have for their natural environment and the wildlife they share it with. And enjoy unsurpassed convenience and luxury, thanks to handselected accommodations and internal flights chartered expressly to ensure you enjoy more time actually on safari and less time getting there.


African elephants, increasingly at risk from poachers across much of Africa for their prized ivory tusks, are protected in Kenya’s many wildlife conservancies and national parks.

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egin your journey in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi— a city filled with contrasts. Spend your nights at Hemingways Nairobi, a new boutique hotel overlooking the Karen Country Club. And enjoy a full day off exploring a giraffe sanctuary, an elephant orphanage and more. A morning spent overcoming your jet lag at the hotel’s rejuvenating spa (fees will apply) or simply relaxing and enjoying the beautiful grounds will leave you ready to begin your Kenyan adventure. Browse the exhibits at the Karen Blixen Museum, a gallery dedicated to life in Kenya at the turn of the 20th century as well as the influences of Ms. Blixen’s famed book Out of Africa. Enjoy private access to the Daphne Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a working elephant orphanage featured in the 2011 IMAX movie Born To Be Wild. Learn how the Giraffe Center is helping the Rothschild giraffe—one of the most endangered giraffe subspecies in the world—make a comeback, and get handson with a chance to feed the large but gentle animals.

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ravel via chartered flight to the next stop on your journey, Lewa Safari Camp. Settle into your authentic thatched tent before heading out on your first game drive in search of wildlife including black rhinos (approximately 10% of Kenya’s black rhino population calls Lewa home), zebra and more. While at Lewa, guides will escort you on daily game drives and even the occasional night game drive. Enjoy a day spent with the Maasai people of the Il Ngwesi village, learning their traditional songs and dances, their incredibly specialized hunting techniques and the community’s unique cultural history. Play a game with the children. Master the trick of herding their cattle before helping feed their livestock. And discover a cultural richness to Kenya that few visitors get to experience firsthand.

The maasai The Maasai people, well-known for their bright clothing, oversized necklaces and intricate head pieces, are a semi-nomadic East African tribe found throughout Kenya and Tanzania. In their strongly patriarchal society, male elders lead each Maasai group, directing the tribe’s future and enforcing the community’s oral law traditions, many of which date back centuries. And while they have been able to flourish, even growing in number by an estimated 100%+ over the past 20 years, the Maasai have begun slowly adopting some new, modern beliefs and agricultural techniques that will likely change some aspects of their lifestyle. But they remain warmly welcoming toward any visitors who wish to learn more about their culture, traditions and daily lives.

The theme of preservation of culture and wildlife will continue during a visit to an Anti-Poaching Center near Lewa, where you’ll meet the rangers who fight to end the merciless poaching that continues to target endangered species throughout Africa. And back at Lewa, enjoy many more opportunities to search for more wildlife, heading out into the bush on foot, on horseback and even by camel with your guide whenever you’re not out on a game drive.

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rom Lewa, you will travel again by chartered flight to the world-renowned Maasai Mara National Reserve, where your guide will greet you and escort you to your safari tent at Abercrombie & Kent’s Sanctuary Olonana. Of course, you’ll enjoy daily game drives here as well, tracking and likely spotting at least some of the “Big Five”— lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino—(and wildebeest as well) with the help of your guide. But your time in Maasai Mara will also include everything from a visit to a nearby school to “sundowners” (cocktails served at sunset, affording you stunning views of the Mara plains as the sun sinks below the horizon) and an optional hot air balloon ride (additional cost will apply). You can even join an expert naturalist on a walk through the bush, learning about the native trees, plants and insects and the roles they play in the daily lives of the Maasai tribe along the way.

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pon your return to Nairobi, you’ll check in once again at Hemingways Nairobi, where a room has been reserved for your use as you await your departure. Most flights back to Europe and the United States depart in the late evening, but if you prefer to depart the following day, the room will remain available for your use overnight at no additional charge.

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While the leopard population at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is small, there are a few—these expert predators are known for their elusiveness, stealth and compact strength. And for hiding out in tree branches high above the ground.

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Kenya’s Maasai depend on their livestock, primarily cattle, for their prosperity. Traditional Maasai warriors—identified by their bright red garments—dedicate their lives to protecting their livestock and grazing lands as well as their tribe.

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accommodations

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Slated to open in March 2013, Hemingways Nairobi is set to be the city’s premier boutique hotel. Your Executive Level Suite features handcut Italian marble in the exquisite private bath, butler service and a private balcony opening onto sweeping views of the Ngong Hills. You will spend the first two nights of your journey, as well as your last, here.

Nestled within the Lewa Wilderness Trust, a 65,000-acre private wildlife conservancy, Lewa Safari Camp offers an authentic safari experience. The surrounding conservancy is home to a significant number of black rhino as well as the single largest population of Grevy's zebra in the world, so amazing wildlife sightings on-site are frequent. And your traditional private safari tent features an ensuite bath and expansive views of the bush.

Abercrombie & Kent’s Sanctuary Olonana Camp lies on the banks of the Mara River in the heart of Kenya's big game country. When you’re not out searching for the “Big Five” (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino), you’ll enjoy the camp’s luxurious amenities and commitment to environmental conservation (think solar power, a tree-planting project and more). And your spacious canvas safari tent features parquet floors, an ensuite bath and a private veranda overlooking the river.

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e x p e r i e n c e d e ta i l s trip length

9 days, 9 nights

2014 dates of travel gulf of aden

July 12-21 • July 19-28 July 26-August 4 • August 2-11 August 9-18 • August 16-25 August 23 - September 1 August 30 - September 8 ideal for

Adults and families with children age 8 and older looking for a classic Kenyan safari experience with some cultural immersion as well.

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Up to six people (with three reservations, based on double occupancy; there are also a limited number of triple-occupancy accommodation units available for this experience for groups with at least one child under the age of 12)

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getting there

This journey begins and ends in Nairobi. Fly into and out of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). why you’ll love it

Abercrombie & Kent’s world-renowned expertise is at its absolute best in Kenya—it’s where the company was founded, after all. Collaborating with them to customize one of their signature experiences, we have crafted a journey that perfectly blends Abercrombie & Kent’s unmatched expertise in Kenya with our deep knowledge of the preferences of our members. You’ll discover the very best of Kenya’s exotic wildlife, complex history and unique indigenous culture while enjoying the best accommodations available in each location, the convenience of charter flights from point to point, the services of expert guides and the benefit of unprecedented access.

r e s e r va t i o n r e q u i r e m e n t s

1 Advanced Reservation 9 Plan Days (per double-occupancy accommodation unit) d a i ly f e e

$875 per person for more information

For more information about this 2014 experience, including a day-by-day itinerary, detailed information about what’s included in the program cost, and more, visit the Kenya: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy & Maasai Mara National Reserve experience overview page on ER Compass.

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2014 Exclusive Journeys - Kenya  

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