Combining 1 night The Emakoko, 3 nights Rekero, 2 nights Sayari, 3 nights Dunia and 2 nights The Highlands
On arrival at JKIA you will be met by a Penwell Safaris representative who will transfer you to The Emakoko for your overnight stay. Located close to the Nairobi National Park, The Emakoko offers the ideal location from which to start your safari adventure. With the stunning greens and golds of Nairobi National Park’s landscape punctuated by giraffe, zebra, antelope and buffalo lounging near their waterhole, the views alone make The Emakoko one of a kind.
Add to that the convenience of their location, of approximately an hour drive from Nairobi’s International and regional airports. The Emakoko offers an exclusive and personal environment for guest to enjoy with five rooms situated at the main level and five built into the cliff face higher up.
The climb to the upper rooms is worth it for spectacular views, the room design and interiors are designed for comfort, from huge, luxurious beds to the black-out curtains. Each room has a private veranda and this perfectly complements the experience of East Africa, offering an immersive first night stay in Nairobi.
After an early breakfast, pack your bags and depart with a private expert driver through to Wilson Airport. You will then catch your connecting SafariLink flight to Ol Kiombo Airstrip.
A welcome table will be set up either at the airstrip or a short distance away, with tea and coffee, cold drinks and snacks allowing you to refresh while your guide briefs you on the surrounding area. A short game drive takes you into Rekero. Once in camp lunch will be served with the opportunity to relax and settle into your new surroundings.
Once refreshed, you either have the option of heading into the bush for an afternoon game drive or relaxing in camp. You return to camp in time to wash away the days adventure before enjoying a delicious dinner and drinks around the camp fire.
Rekero overlooks an ancient animal river crossing point in the Maasai Mara, which gives guests a front row seat to witness the spectacular annual migration. Rekero has a long and proud history in the Mara that lends to it a depth of character and low key authenticity that is the hallmark of this luxury 9 tented camp.
Rekero is enfolded in the wilderness, the camp nestles under huge deciduous trees, hippos grunt in the pools below the mess tent, and with the fragrance of wild sage that floats in the air. Guests are able to watch the migration crossing the Talek River just 50 metres from the camp lawn. Warm, hospitable and intimate, with a guiding team widely recognized as being the best in Kenya, Rekero offers an unsurpassed Masai Mara safari experience.
Depending on your preference, there are a couple of options with regards to how your day is structured. One option is to break camp early and head out with a picnic breakfast for a morning game drive, returning to camp in time for lunch. Alternatively you can eat breakfast in camp and head out with a picnic lunch on an afternoon game drive, returning in the mid-afternoon. Rekero staff will do their best to ensure that your ideal structure is met.
After breakfast you will be transferred to Ol Kiombo Airstrip for your SafariLink flight to Migori Airstrip. On arrival at Migori Airstrip you will be picked up by your driver for a road transfer across the border and onto Tarime Airstrip.
On arrival at Tarime Airstrip you will catch your final connecting Coastal Aviation flight to Kogatende Airstrip. You will enjoy a delicious packed lunch from Rekero en-route to Kogatende Airstrip. On arrival Kogatende Airstrip, you will be met by a resident guide from Sayari. A welcome table will be set up for you with a brief introduction into the surrounding area before heading on a game drive en-route to camp.
Once at camp lunch will be served with an opportunity to relax and settle in. You will then have the option of either relaxing in camp or enjoying a refreshing dip in the pool or heading out on an afternoon game drive in an open safari vehicle. Once back at camp you will have a chance to freshen up before heading to the dining tent for dinner and drinks.
A spectacular 15 tented camp on the Mara River in the northern part of the Serengeti, Sayari ensures intimacy and personal service at all times. Each of the 15 luxury guests tents are very spacious and have a comfortable kind size bed and a large veranda, overlooking the Serengeti.
After game drives, guests can relax and continue admiring the view of Africa’s most “endless plains” from the spectacular infinity pool or choose the privacy of their veranda, the warmth of the fire place, or the comfort of the atmospheric library, bar or lounge area.
After an early breakfast in camp fetch your binoculars and camera and meet your guide driver and depart on a game drive in the Serengeti National Park. You will then have the opportunity to view all the local inhabitants and wildlife pertinent to the Serengeti as it offers the best game viewing in Africa.
You will stop and enjoy a delicious packed lunch from Sayari before heading back to camp. Once back at camp you will have the opportunity to relax and refresh before meeting everyone in the dining area for a three course home cooked meal prepared by the amazing chefs. You can choose to enjoy a drink by the bar or the outside dining area.
After an early breakfast meet your guide for your transfer to Kogatende Airstrip. You will then catch your connecting Coastal Aviation flight to Seronera Airstrip in the Central Serengeti. On arrival at Seronera you will be met by a resident guide from Dunia. A welcome table will be set up at either the airstrip or a short distance away with various hot and cold beverage items and snacks.
Once in camp you will have the opportunity to refresh and settle into your new surroundings before enjoying to the dining area for lunch. You then have the choice to either relax in camp or head out on an afternoon game drive in an open safari vehicle. Once back at camp you will enjoy a three course meal while enjoying a drink around the camp fire with fellow friends.
Dunia is a small, intimate camp that evokes a sense of being immersed in nature while still being able to enjoy the warm hospitality and luxury that the camp has to offer. Attention to detail is balanced with an essence of grateful simplicity that is in harmony with its tranquil and exclusive location.
Dunia offers superb game viewing all year round from its secluded location in the south west corner of the Central Seronera Valley – the heart of the Serengeti. This area is renowned for its abundance of game, especially big cats and is right in the path of the extraordinary annual Great Migration of hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra.
Depending on your preference, there are a couple of options with regards to how your day is structured. One option is to break camp early and head out with a picnic breakfast for a morning game drive, returning to camp in time for lunch.
Alternatively you can eat breakfast in camp and head out with a picnic lunch on an afternoon game drive, returning in the mid-afternoon. Dunia staff will do their best to ensure that your ideal structure is met.
After an early breakfast, pack your bags and depart with your safari jeep driver to your next destination. You will enjoy a delicious packed lunch from Dunia while taking into the beautiful scenery of Tanzania on your game drive.
Once you have arrived at your next destination, The Highlands, the you will have the opportunity to settle into your new surroundings, relax and unwind after the adventure of the long day. Once refreshed make your way to the dining tent where you will enjoy a delicious three course meal prepared by the amazing chef. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy a drink by the bar or relax by the indoor wood burning camp fire.
Set on the edge of the mountain forest hugging the Olmoti volcano, to the north of the Ngorongoro Crater, The Highlands camp strikes the perfect balance between a true wilderness experience and a stylish escape. The eight luxurious tented suites offer king size beds with bay windows and wood burning stoves keep the domed rooms warm throughout the night.
The unique location offers an excellent base from which to explore these wild highlands, redefining the crater experience; climb to the summit of the Olmoti crater directly from camp, visit local communities to catch a glimpse of the traditional Maasai way of life, or simply explore the surrounding area, home to leopard, buffalo and elephant.
An early start to the day is the best in order to avoid the influx of tourists into the Ngorongoro Crater. The park gate opens at 06h00, so it is best to be there as close to this time as possible. The Ngorongoro Crater is a large, unbroken, un-flooded caldera, formed when a giant volcano erupted and collapsed some three million years ago.
Had it not become a caldera, it is possible that the volcanic mountain would be about the same height as Kilimanjaro. Down on the crater floor there is an abundance of wildlife including black rhino, wildebeest, zebra and eland. There are a number of lion which are typically larger in size than an average lion due to the large amount of game in the area.
The crater floor tends to get very busy, with there often being numerous vehicles ay any wildlife sighting. Enjoy a packed lunch under the trees of the crater floor, but keep an eye out for the monkey’s which are always keen to take advantage of an opportunistic moment.
In the afternoon, drive up and out of the crater and back down the road towards The Highlands camp. Once in camp relax and unwind before sitting down to a delicious home cooked meal.
After breakfast depart for your transfer to Manyara Airstrip. On arrival at Manyara Airstrip you will catch your connecting flight to JRO Airport. Here you will bid farewell to your guide and catch your connecting flight for your onward journey.
“The trip itinerary that Penwell Safaris put together for me was the perfect balance of cultural and environmental explorations. Each camp I stayed in, from the Ngorongoro Crater to Central and Southern Serengeti, to the island of Rubondo, had a team of knowledgeable and friendly staff who celebrated the natural beauty of their surroundings. Their love and respect for their country inspired me to take in every moment with complete awe and appreciation for the diverse, intelligent ecosystems and majestic wildlife that thrived in the Bowl of Plenty and endless plains of the bush. Driving through thousands of wildebeests and zebras while they fed on grass and instinctively migrated through the great Serengeti was an overwhelming sight to behold with muffled sounds of hoofs and grunts, yet deeply peaceful at the same time. It sometimes took my breath away. Even the industrious dung beetles rolling their dung balls were as exciting to observe as the the big five and scavenging hyenas. But the strikingly beautiful faces and welcoming attitude of the Tanzanian people were the icing on the cake. Pure joy and a sense of belonging came through every “Mambo” greeting they shared with each other and with us as we wandered through their vast, abundant land. My trip was a life-affirming adventure that I would recommend to anyone. And I plan to go back for more!”
— Sue Baile
“We traveled to Africa in August 2018 and visited Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania. The tours were very well organized and could not have asked for a better experience or accommodations. Every guide and driver we had were knowledgeable, personable, and funny. They really wanted you to have the best Safari experience possible. In Uganda, it was such a great experience to see the gorillas in the rain forest. It was a hard trek but totally worth the experience. We got to see so much wildlife in Tanzania (lions, zebra, cape buffalo, hyena, jackals, cheetah, elephant and so much more), but most importantly we were lucky to see 5 Wildebeest migrations across the river!
We were really impressed with the food offerings and the chef at each camp was sensitive to the dietary needs of our party (vegetarian for one traveler and lactose sensitivity to another). From the early morning game drives and morning tea in the bush, to afternoon lunches at the camps, to beautiful sundowners in the evening, and delicious dinners we felt catered to at every stop. The staff at each camp was amazing! We look forward to our next trip over to Africa!”
— Marc Foreman
“I could not describe how magnificent my experience was on a 10 day safari through the Serengeti with Kathy. Of all of my world travels, this was the most memorable trip. From sundowners on top of beautiful rock structures, to an extraordinary lakeside breakfast watching the sunrise to the thrill of watching a cheetah hunt and kill. Every moment of the trip was memorable. Kathy brings a breadth of experience and opportunity that few other African safari companies can provide. I cannot plan my next trip soon enough! Happy Travels! Asante.”
— Michael Wilcox
“I met Kathy back in the late 1980s. One day 5 friends began talking about taking a trip together and Kathy mentioned Africa. How could anyone say “no” to tagging along with Kathy, since she was/is a world traveler and traveled to Africa tons of times. Kathy said she loved planning the trip and managed it all, from phone calls and tons of emails. She asked us if we wanted to rough it, go glamping or a bit of both. She arranged the entire trip and Oh Em Gee, WOW!! That was THE trip of a lifetime! We traveled to Arusha, where we met up with THE BEST safari guide (father, brother & uncle) there is, Jadim George Luangila. This was an amazing trip filled with wonderful people, 100% white glove customer care, the most beautiful animal kingdom you will ever witness, along with the most gorgeous night skies.
When you get that desire to travel to Africa, it’s a MUST you call Kathy Harvey!”
— Lisa Goldman