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Experience two of National Geographic's Unique Lodges of the World; the stunning Ol Donyo Lodge and the elegant Mara Plains Camp.
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six nights accommodation, meals as indicated, house beverages, flights and scheduled game activities as specified and park fees.
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Enjoy activities such as game drives, guided bushwalks, game drives, hiking and horse riding in Tsavo West National Park.
Bask in the magnificent atmosphere of Ol Donyo Lodge where you can sleep out under the stars on private beds.
Enjoy great wildlife viewing away from the crowds while on game drives in the Olare Orok Conservancy.
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Transfer from the hotel to Wilson Airport for the scheduled flight to Tsavo West National Park. Upon arrival, you will be met by a guide for a game drive en-route to the lodge. Following lunch, there is an afternoon game drive. Ol Donyo Lodge lies in the foothills of the Chyulu Range. The Chyulu Hills are the youngest range of volcanic hills in Africa, the last volcanic activity having only happened about 600 years ago. They are situated halfway between Tsavo and Amboseli National Parks on a concession of 121,000 hectares of communally owned Masai land. Habitats range from grasslands of the savannah to green river woodlands and cool mountain forests. Ol Donyo is located within a community "ranch" owned by 4000 Masai. All of the lodge's lease and conservancy fees are paid directly to the Masai communal landowners to support the local community's efforts to actively protect the land. (L)(D)
Activities include early morning and late afternoon/early evening game drives in a 4x4 open vehicle, guided bushwalks, night drives, hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, tracking, conservation and community outreach programmes, wildlife viewing in an open air hide and sleep outs on private "star beds". (B)(L)(D)
See Day 2 for today's itinerary. (B)(L)(D)
Following breakfast, there will be a game drive en-route to the airstrip for the scheduled flight to Nairobi. Connect with the flight to the Masai Mara. Upon arrival, transfer to the camp. After lunch, there will be an afternoon game drive. Mara Plains Camp is one of the smallest and most personal camps in the Masai Mara. Guests can enjoy game drives in both the Masai Mara National Reserve or in the privacy of the neighbouring Olare Orok Conservancy away from the crowds. The Conservancy is a fabulous wildlife reserve of nearly eight thousand hectares, rich in wildlife including predators and big cats in particular. The camp has been designed and built to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Mara Plains Camp is involved in numerous ongoing projects to preserve the region's wildlife and ecosystems. One example is National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative (BCI), a comprehensive program established by the Jouberts to raise awareness about falling populations of lions, cheetahs, and other large felines and to support efforts to reverse their decline. (B)(L)(D)
Depart for early morning game drives before breakfast. Enjoy the rest of the morning at leisure, followed by an afternoon game drive. (B)(L)(D)
See Day 5 for today's itinerary. (B)(L)(D)
After an early morning game drive and breakfast, you will be transferred to the nearest airstrip for the scheduled flight to Nairobi. (B)
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