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Located within a pleasant forested area, The Residences at Karen embody comfort, luxury and serenity, perfect for any getaway. This lodge is truly your home away from home offering all the luxuries of a five star hotel, with special personalized service, a relaxed atmosphere and great attention to detail. A team of professional staff is eager to serve you and anticipate your every need. The Residences host six cottages and twelve apartment suites. The stunning cottages have two spacious bedrooms with its own accessible door from outside and a luxuriously furnished living room with a beautiful stone fire place, service area, dining area, and furnished terrace. All rooms are equipped with modern amenities.
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Continue to the AFEW Nature Center near Giraffe Manor where you may hand-feed the Rothschild giraffes that live here. The giraffes were brought here by Jock and Betty Leslie-Melville, who founded AFEW (African Fund for Endangered Wildlife) and built the Nature Center to help educate young African children about wildlife conservation. The Rothschild giraffe are the tallest species and may reach 18 feet in height, but you can see eye to eye with them on the elevated walkway at the center.
Enjoy lunch at Karen Blixen’s Garden Restaurant before visiting the Karen Blixen House, the former house of the Danish Baronness, Karen Blixen (1885- 1962) author of the book Out of Africa. Karen lived in this green residential area from 1914 to 1931 when she left permanently for Denmark. The house was built in 1910 and when Ms. Blixen bought the property, it had 6,000 acres of land but only 600 acres were developed for growing coffee; the rest was retained under natural forest. The house was bought by the Danish Government, which offered it back to Kenya in 1963. In 1986, the house, formerly used as a school, was transformed to a National Museum. Much of the original furniture is on display in the house and most objects were either used by Karen herself or for the shooting of the film, Out of Africa.
Your next stop is at the Kazuri Bead Factory, founded by Lady Wood, widow of the founder of the Flying Doctor Society Michael Wood. All of the beads and pottery in the shop are designed and created by mothers who would not otherwise have employment. The quality and beauty of designs has made the factory a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Return to your hotel in the early evening and enjoy a welcome BBQ bush dinner at your hotel this evening (weather dependent).
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Samburu Intrepids Club is a luxury tented camp in the midst of the rugged and savagely beautiful semi-arid desert of northern Kenya. Located in the Samburu National Reserve on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River, the Club offers unique wildlife viewing in its immediate surroundings. Twenty-five tastefully-furnished spacious tents are elevated on individual decks under the shade of the acacia trees overlooking the river. The roomy tents boast the very latest in luxury, with soft four-poster beds, handsome mahogany closets and writing desks, and en suite bathrooms with steaming hot showers. The bathroom also offers twin washbasins, flush toilets, and sockets for shavers and battery charging. The lodge is subtly constructed to enhance its closeness with nature. Time not on safari can be spent by the swimming pool or on an escorted camel safari across the river, also the nature bird walks provide a fascinating past time. (Available at additional costs.) Buffet luncheons and candlelit dinners are served on an elevated deck amidst the high shade trees. And the occasional visits from the elephants or other wildlife below the decks will make your stay most memorable.
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During your stay, you will also visit the 200-acre Chimpanzee sanctuary that has been set up here. Although chimps are not indigenous to Kenya, the aim of the project, initiated by Kenya Wildlife Services and the Jane Goodall Institute, was to set up a colony where chimps could be introduced, rehabilitated and taught to fend for themselves in an area similar to their natural living conditions. Priority is given to orphaned and abused chimps. The Sanctuary currently has over 40 chimps, including two babies born in the Sanctuary. There is also a new Visitor’s Information Center at Morani’s Boma.
At an optional cost, you can enjoy nature walks, night-game runs, camel safaris and horse-back riding.
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Arrive at Lake Nakuru National Park, a shallow alkaline body of water. The park boasts a huge variety of animals including leopard, lion, buffalo, hippo, waterbuck, warthog, baboon, and the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe (Only found in this part of Kenya), White rhino and the rare, protected Black rhino. Bird-watching enthusiasts will find 450 species with a vast concentration of water birds.
Your home for the next two nights, Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp, offers luxurious accommodations nestled in the amazing Rift Valley scenery. Uniquely situated on the shoreline of sapphire-blue Lake Elmenteita where hundreds of thousands of birds congregate, the small and exclusive Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp is new – opened in June, 2011. Evocatively styled to echo the area’s rich history, the camp blends aristocratic elegance with modern luxury and offers cuisine and service of fittingly high standards.
The nomadic Maasai had passed through the area for centuries and the name Elmenteita derives from the Maasai words Ol muteita for “place of dust”. Then in 1897 one of the first pioneers arrived, after walking over 1,000 km south from Berbera on the coast of Somalia. This was the third Baron Delamere, who dedicated his foresight and fortune to pioneering farming methods in the Rift Valley. He moved to Elmenteita in 1906, where he further experimented with sheep and cattle ranching, advised and assisted by the Maasai – with whom he had a great rapport. He named his farm Soysambu, Maasai for “striated rock” – Sambu is also a cow color.
Enjoy a walk at Hell’s Gate, so named because of this gorge’s interesting geological formation. If you’re active, you’ll love the chance to get out and experience nature on foot. Famous for its natural hot geysers, the area is also a haven for ornithologists with its eagle and vulture breeding grounds. During your walk, you may spot Verreaux’s Eagle, Augur Buzzard and thousands of swifts; 103 species of bird have been recorded in the park. The game won’t let you down either: buffalo, Maasai giraffe, eland, Coke’s hartebeest, lion, leopard and some cheetah are in the area, although not easily viewed. During your walk, your naturalist will once again point out the various plants and discuss their medicinal usage.
You will also be treated to a boat ride on Lake Naivasha, where hippos and water birds abound, en route to Crescent Island, which you can explore on foot. No predators are found on this island, so walking among the free-roaming antelope is sure to be a fun experience. This island, shaped like a quarter moon, is a sanctuary for herds of antelope and many species of birds. Over 350 bird species have been recorded, with Thomson’s gazelle, waterbuck, monkeys and other wildlife to keep them company.
Today’s Soysambu is a 48,000 acre Wildlife Conservancy, also a RAMSAR site – a wetland of international importance. The alkaline lake’s rocky islands are the only East African nesting site for Great White Pelicans. The Conservancy protects over 450 bird species and 15,000 wild animals. Rothschild giraffes have found a safe haven for breeding here, while a diverse variety of terrain shelters many species – from herds of giant elands to tiny dik-diks and cliff-dwelling klipspringers. Night game-drives offer a unique opportunity to spot nocturnal creatures including the curious-looking aardvark and elusive leopard.Walking safaris offer chances to experience the miracles of the bush close-up.(Optional activities available at addional costs.)
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The area is famous for rolling grassland and for the Mara River, which runs through the reserve from north to south. The reserve covers an area of 700 square miles and forms part of the Serengeti ecosystem. The Mara also has one of the highest concentrations of cheetah on the continent, as well as many magnificent black-maned lions.
Here you will also experience an interesting cultural interlude as you visit a Maasai village and they explain their way of life. Try a balloon safari for an exhilarating experience over the savannah as the early sun rises and the animals are more active, as your optional activity while you are in the Maasai Mara.
With only seven exclusive tents, Hammerkop Migration is an intimate safari camp in the heart of the world-renowned Masai Mara National Reserve. Hammerkop Migration camp enjoys a simply unique setting. The safari camp is set on an oxbow of the legendary Mara river, surrounding it except for the short opening that acts as entry to the site. The area thrives with wildlife and birds, and your game drives commence immediately you leave the unfenced camp with barely any distance covered before reaching the prime wildlife viewing areas. The area itself is famous for leopards. Hammerkop Migration camp’s five luxury canvas tents all have memorable views of the Mara river and the prolific woodland and beaches on the opposite bank. Each of the exclusive guest tents has an en suite bathroom providing a hot water shower, hand wash basins and flushing toilet. Overnights at HAMMERKOP MIGRATION CAMP.