Live Wild, Live in the Wild, Love Wildlife
You may know Kenya as the land of great athletes, excellent tea and horticultural exports. Most importantly, remember this country for its unrivaled beauty. Kenya is home to breathtaking scenery, luxurious lodges, enchanting attractions and exceptional weather with only two cold seasons in a whole year.
An expedition of the Great Rift Valley will take you to attractions on the northern border of Kenya to the southern border with Tanzania. Board the next flight to Kenya for fun and adventure. Ignite this adventurous spirit with a few nights in Ol Pejeta Conservancy and hop onto another of the Rift Valley’s wonders south of Kenya, Naboisho Conservancy, next to the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
Since adventure and luxury present the perfect combination for a safari in Africa, stay in luxurious lodges throughout your expedition. Get pampered and showered with modern comforts at Norfolk Hotel, dine alfresco after a round of pre-dinner drinks around a camp fire in Ol Pejeta Conservancy, and spend the early evening on a carpet overlooking the plains of Naboisho Conservancy adjacent to Maasai Mara. The eight expedition of the Great Rift Valley lets you live wild, live in the wild and love wildlife.
Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) for an eight day expedition of the Great Rift Valley. Our ground representative will welcome you into the country, and organize immediate road transfer from the airport to Fairmont, The Norfolk Hotel, which is a few minute’s walk from the city centre and just 20km from JKIA.
The Norfolk Hotel is one resort that has seen all the social, technical, economic and political changes in Nairobi and the country at large. Simply, this hotel is the mother of all modern luxury that the city’s resorts have to offer. Since 1904, The Norfolk continues to give excellent hospitality and it will take care of you for one night.
Lush gardens, spacious modern suites, courteous staff and lavish dining are some of the highlights of Norfolk Hotel’s atmosphere and accommodation experience. Lord Delamere Terrace is the one-stop restaurant for Italian and Asian cuisine, Tatu Restaurant is home to succulent steak and seafood while Cin Cin is the perfect watering hole after savoring everything the chefs put forth. All these and more dining and lounging quarters are under the expansive Norfolk Hotel premise. Enjoy a quiet evening that might seem strange because you are only short distance from the rush hours of one of Africa’s most industrialized cities.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Wake up to a sumptuous breakfast at Fairmont Norfolk Hotel. It may be hard to say goodbye to all the luxury, but you need to, and board a vehicle to Wilson Airport for a flight to Nanyuki Airstrip. The less than 30 minutes’ flight takes away the burden of a 3 ½ hour road trip from the capital city to Nanyuki. A guide will pick you up from the airstrip and transfer you to Ol Pejeta Conservancy. It is an hour’s journey through the Equator line that cuts across the northern and southern hemisphere. Drive through a scarcely populated section of Nanyuki Town towards the conservancy. Mount Kenya will be the ever present backdrop throughout your trip to Kicheche Laikipia Camp.
Stay in a spacious tent with stunning view of the plains of Ol Pejeta. Kicheche Laikipia has luxurious tents furnished with en-suite bathroom facilities and decorated beautifully with mats, potted flowers and furniture.
Unpack just in time for lunch and you can relax until the afternoon game drive through the savannah plains of Ol Pejeta. This conservation area has vast grassland vegetation teeming with wildlife such as lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos and buffalos among others.
Settle for three days of random adventures from game drives to nature walks, lion tracking to educational tours in the chimpanzee and rhino sanctuaries. Top it all with exquisite meals, refreshing sundowners on the plains of the conservancy and pre-dinner drinks around a campfire. Anything you have ever dreamt about is available on this safari from a breakfast in the plains to cycling alongside wildlife and canoeing in a dam.
Game drives in Ol Pejeta are amazing. Your vehicle wades through the plains to herds of different species. You may not come across another tour vehicle throughout your trip because this conservancy is not crowded.
Wake up to the bright rays of the sun, on the plains and the evergreen bushes of the conservancy, to give you a radiant morning on your last moments at Kicheche Laikipia Camp. Freshen up, grab a plate and dig into the delicious dishes set up in alfresco style. Board the road transfer vehicle to Nanyuki Airstrip for a flight to Maasai Mara. After three days of extensive adventure in Ol Pejeta, the journey out of Nanyuki brings back precious memories of the fun you had cycling in the plains, watching wildlife and enjoying the view of Mount Kenya.
Even from the airstrip, you can see the Mount Kenya begging you to at least extend your stay along the equator, but you have much more waiting for you in Maasai Mara so just board the plane. Your flight lands at Ol Seki Airstrip and a guide picks you up for a 10 minutes road transfer to Kicheche Valley Camp. The view is splendid. This is Naboisho Conservancy, which is adjacent to Maasai Mara. Even though the Mara is more popular, Naboisho has a higher population of wildlife and it has spectacular riverine forests and savannah plains. The landscape is a mix of riverine forests around Enniskeria River, natural pools that draw wildlife from the plains and rock formations. Acacia trees make the scenery even more beautiful. It is the African bush.
Kicheche Valley Camp lets you enjoy the scenery from your en-suite tent. This lodge gives you a 360 degree view of the conservancy when you sleep, dine and relax in the lounge; practically, the bush is with you all day and night.
Settle down for a sumptuous lunch, relax and await the first game drive in the afternoon. End this lovely day with a drink on the hill looking at the orange glow of the sunset. The staff lays out a carpet and lights your path with lamps leading to a comfortable spot in the middle of the valley. It is the perfect setting for a sundowner.
The next day greets you with a list of must do activities like a full day’s excursion of the plains in a four-wheel drive that gets as close to wildlife as possible. From your seat next to a window or through the sunroof, stare, see and marvel at elephants, lions, wildebeests and zebras. If a cheetah decides to bask on the hood of the car, it’s the best photo taking opportunity ever.
A third day of the bush is a chance to see any animal you may have missed or not had enough of in the other game drives. With hundreds of birds on the trees, a nature walk and birding safari is awesome. Do not leave this paradise before visiting the Maasai village in the vicinity, enjoying a picnic lunch and excellent meals daily in the dining tent.
Kicheche Valley Camp goes all out to give you an unforgettable safari. These three days will prove that indeed, this is the best camp.
Start your day with a delicious meal and head to the plains for the last game drive before you depart from Kicheche Valley Camp. Bid the conservancy goodbye, board a vehicle to Ol Seki Airstrip and fly back to Wilson Airport in Nairobi. A road transfer vehicle will take you from Wilson Airport to JKIA for your flight out of Kenya.