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The Masai Mara safari in Kenya

10 days of sheer indulgence in Kenya. Discover African wildlife in a landscape of far reaching views with romantic meals under the Kenyan night sky. Stay in the ultimate ‘room with a view’ at Elsa’s Kopje one of Africa’s most elegant Lodges. Experience the exclusive wilderness haven of Sabuk and the stunning Cottar’s 1920’s safari camp for the wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara.

This Masai Mara safari in Kenya showcases the true spirit of Kenya

  • Meru National Park
  • Laikipia
  • Masai Mara Reserve
  • 10 days/9 nights

This classic trip is ideal for a family holiday in East Africa

Highlights of the Masai Mara safari

  • Luxury full board accommodation in Africa’s most famous wildlife park
  • Spend 3 nights at Elsa’s Kopje, (former home of Elsa the lion from the book and film “Born Free”). One of the most elegant lodges in Africa in one of the most spectacular settings. The best upmarket location to view rhino in their natural habitat in Kenya. Cottages are the ultimate in comfort and style. Uniquely designed with fabulous infinity pool overlooking the Meru plains. Beautiful, wild, and diverse, home to the Dik, Kudu duiker, lesser and oryx and more than 300 species of birds. View the playground of Elsa the lion and the site of George Adamson’s camp. Elsa’s Kopje is the only lodge in the park, guests have this wilderness to themselves
  • The wild, semi-arid Laikipia is home to the majority of Kenya’s conservation. Alive with leopard, buffalo, lion and elephant, Laikipia is base for the next 3 nights. Stay at the exclusive wilderness of Sabuk high on a cliff overlooking the Ewaso Nyiro River on the Northern Laikipia Plateau. The Lodge is a family home with stunning views of the Laikipia plains and Mount Kenya
  • Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp sits in a 6,000 acre private conservancy. A perfect location for game walks, day and night drives to see the Masai Mara wildebeest migration. Meet and interact with the Maasai Community and learn about their culture. All accommodation is simply beautiful and elegantly furnished with rattan sofas and draped four posters. Full of colonial African style.P

Perfect for…

  • bush breakfasts, picnics on river banks and sundowners on hilltops
  • cultural visits
  • river swimming, line fishing, rock jumping, tubing the rapids (seasonal)
  • horse riding safari and Hot air ballooning safari (at extra cost)
  • South East Mara’s Rhino large impressive population
  • great for hill walks to see Verreaux Eagles on cliff nesting sites
  • Cotter’s Camp Swimming Pool (main camp), Massage & Spa treatments
  • Cotter’s Camp - Enjoy the most exciting shower or bath of your life - specially set up in the Savannah for a truly unique bathing experience!

When is the best time to go to the Masai Mara?

January, February, July, August, September or October - recommend travelling at this time of year
April, May and November - The heaviest rains fall.

This safari is ideal for singles, couples, and family safaris but is perfect for romantic getaways!

ItineraryFrom $8971

Day 1 - Arrival Meru National Park Day 1 - Arrival Meru National Park

You'll be met on arrival at Joma Kenyatta Airport for short transfer to Wilson Airport and onto a scheduled flight to Nanyuki. Transfer to Elsa's Kopje in the Meru National Park, full board.

Day 2 - Elsa's Kopje Day 2 - Elsa's Kopje

Scheduled game drives and activities including Camel trekking, walking, game drives, fishing, swimming in stunning swimming pools, relaxing in gorgeous bedrooms and enjoying superb hospitality.

Day 3 -  Elsa's Kopje Day 3 - Elsa's Kopje

Elsa’s Kopje is on Mughwango hill with 360 degree views toward Mount Kenya. There's a fertile spring at the foot of the hill which attracts herds of elephant, buffalo and giraffe.

Day 4 - Laikipia Day 4 - Laikipia

Fly on to the Laikipia Plateau, home to rhinoceros, elephant and lion among many other species. Your safari lodge is perched on a cliff and enjoys immense views across the Rift Valley.

Day 5 - Laikipia, Sabuk Day 5 - Laikipia, Sabuk

Stay at Sabuk, accommodation with all meals, soft drinks, house wines and beer, scheduled game drives and activities.

Day 6 - Laikipia Day 6 - Laikipia

Guided nature walks, day and night game drives by 4-wheel drive vehicles, bush breakfasts & picnic lunches on the river banks, hilltop sundowners, cultural visits, line fishing, river swimming, tubing

Day 7 - Fly to the Masai Mara

A true 'out of Africa' experience... stay at Cotter's 1920's Camp on full board basis with bush meals and sundowners and all scheduled game drives and activities.

Day 8 - Masai Mara, Cotter's camp Day 8 - Masai Mara, Cotter's camp

This area is home to most of the Mara’s population of rhino so there are regular sightings. Plus lion, leopard, , buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, cheetah, elephant and gazelle.

Day 9 - Masai Mara, Cotter's Camp Day 9 - Masai Mara, Cotter's Camp

Guided hill walks, spot Verreaux Eagles, rare chandlers reedbuck. Day & night game drives, bush meals & sundowners.Cultural Visits.River swimming & fishing,swimming pool (main camp), massage & spa.

Day 10 - departure

Game drive transfer to the airstrip for a scheduled flight to JK International airport. Continue under your own arrangements.

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Useful info How to get thereReviews

How to get there

From Nairobi, depart on a scheduled flight for Meru National Park, the spectacular wilderness where George and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lion.


A grand adventure in Kenya

"The trip was fantastic, a grand adventure. Having Rekero to ourselves was just amazing, it felt like being in the 1920s!! We saw a lovely leopard walking"

Anthea D
Tanzania Migration Safari - by John S.

""We spent an hour in Loliondo surrounded by a pride of 14 lions so close I felt I could reach out and touch them.""

John & Aileen S.

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