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CHYULU HILLS TRIP IDEAS FOR YOUR KENYA SAFARI
When visiting Chyulu Hills National Park, we recommend combining your safari to Masai Mara for the wildebeest migration, Samburu or Laikipia - Lewa, Nakuru and Naivasha - Great Rift Valley Lakes. You can also day trek or climb the 2nd highest mountain in Africa - Mount Kenya.
TRIP IDEA & SAMPLE ITINERARY FOR YOUR SAFARI IN CHYULU HILLS NATIONAL PARK
You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas of Meru, Amboseli or Tsavo East - Tsavo West ending with a beach vacation and Swahili cultural tour in the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.
On your arrival in Kenya, we recommend spending one or two nights in Nairobi to unwind but also to give you an opportunity to experience this diverse and thriving city. The metropolis offers many local attractions where you can learn about the history of the pioneer city and the cultures that make Kenya a unique destination for any type of traveler, as well as partake of international restaurants, shop, markets in a vibrant afro-urban scene.
Hotel Tier 1 - Giraffe ManorIf you seek the graceful giraffe during your bush tour of Kenya, a stay at Giraffe Manor will give you one-on-one and once-in-a-life-time experiences with these incredible animals. The hotel maintains much of the original 1932 design while offering you all of the modern amenities you require for your stay. What truly sets Giraffe Manor apart from other travel accommodations in Kenya, though, are the resident Rothschild Giraffe that roam freely on the property and you don’t need to worry about trying to sight these creatures on its grounds as they regularly stick their heads through open windows and over balconies to garner feed pellets from AfricanMecca guests.
Hotel Tier 2 - Palacina NairobiThe Palacina Nairobi is residentially located for your historical and cultural tours in Nairobi, yet the location borders the Nairobi Arboretum Park and the presidential greens of the State House means that you are not disturbed by the city noise or air pollution from the traffic vehicle. You may choose from 14 boutique suites, including 2 penthouse suites, and, for travelers on extended business in East Africa, the hotel offers the choice of one, two or three-bedroom apartments. The standard amenities in the suites and apartments include internet access, satellite television with DVD player and mini bar. Suites are designed with a comfortable and spacious floor plan that includes living room, full private bathroom and private balcony, Jacuzzi tub and front-facing balcony.
Hotel Tier 3 - Fairview HotelDespite being sited in Upper Hill close to the heart of the buzzing Kenyan city of Nairobi, Fairview Hotel is a tranquil property laid out among acres of lush greenery. Colonial style, two story buildings are scattered around offering guests on their Nairobi stopover tour a peaceful oasis, secluded from the pulsating activities of the city. A value accommodation, the Fairview Hotel is primarily suited to business travelers, but also a small number of leisure lodgers who are passing through the city on their safari adventures in Kenya.
TOUR EXPERIENCES OF NAIROBI
You will proceed to Chyulu Hills for the next three nights. Chyulu Hills National Park is a striking landscape of emerald green hills, open vistas, winding rivers, dense forests and pools of water with reflections of white clouds in azure blue skies. Remote and wild, the park and surrounding conservancies are largely untouched by humans with the exception of the Maasai warriors who protect and depend upon the land. Described by Ernest Hemingway as "The Green Hills of Africa," this Kenyan treasure is not known as a big game destination, but rather, it is one of the few places where you will find almost no signs of tourism, lending to the surreal sense of isolation amidst surrounding resident fauna.
Safari Tier 2 & 3 Lodgings Are Not Available In Chyulu. Only Safari Tier 1 Option Is Available.
Safari Tier 1 - Ol Donyo LodgeOl Donyo Lodge is a premier, boutique accommodation for escapaders who want a glamorous and distinct safari in Kenya with AfricanMecca. Set within the 275,000-acre Mbirikani Group Ranch in the western foothills of Chyulu Hills, the lodge offers you a luxurious base for all of your game activities in Chyulu National Park and its private conservancy. With no set schedule, you simply tell your guide how you would like to spend your days, and they graciously exceed your travel expectations. A flexible, exploratory tour of Chyulu Hills means that you see the fauna that interest you the most, and you also have excellent opportunities to photograph the scenery to your liking, such as the quintessential image of elephant set against a backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. Guest numbers are small at Ol Donyo Lodge, as only 10 spacious suites in six distinct villas are available. Each is individually appointed with thatch, native wood, African art and other organic materials. Your guest room is absolutely heavenly, featuring a lounge, "star bed" and full bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers, private veranda and rooftop terrace. Most of the suites have private pools (except two).
Safari Tier 1 - Campi Ya KanziThe upmarket Campi Ya Kanzi, situated at the southern base of the Chyulu Hills, close to Tsavo West, is a one-of-a-kind boutique camp where you receive the highest level of service in an exclusive, remote location in Kenya’s bush country. Hollywood stars like Edward Norton and Naomi Watts have traveled to Kenya and stayed here. Built in collaboration with the Maasai community, the accommodation envelops you in the culture of these native people, and you cannot help but share their deep connection and appreciation of nature. The Maasai will proudly share their ancestry, beliefs and traditions with you as they gratify your yearning for the East African way of life during your stay. The camp luxuriously accommodates a maximum of sixteen guests in 6 thatched-roof tented cottages and 2 tented suites and ten other guests in the private Kanzi House. Whatever rooming option you choose, you will have your own personal Maasai attendant should you require anything during your stay. The rustic ambience and traditional design of the camp take you back to a time when Ernest Hemingway first described the area as the “Green Hills of Africa.”
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GREAT RIFT VALLEY LAKES OF NAKURU & NAIVASHA
Proceed to the alkaline Lake Nakuru and freshwater Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley for the next two nights. Lake Nakuru National Park is a must for your central Kenya tour. See firsthand one to two million lesser and greater flamingos dip their curved bills into the warm, soda water of the lake to extract their favorite food -- special algae that are found in abundance in the unique lake. The most prominent wildlife in the park includes 56 mammals and 450 bird species. Exploring Lake Nakuru Park is an opportunity to see many of Africa's most prized fauna in a natural and beautiful setting. Resting at an elevation of 1890 meters is the serene freshwater Lake Naivasha, a superb oasis to include on your exploratory holiday in Kenya. Just beyond its shores are papyrus swamps, acacia woodlands, forests and unique geologic features that are remnants of the area’s volcanic past. The nutrient-rich soil is fertilized by an abundance of water, including the Gilgil and Malewa Rivers, to create an ecosystem that is known around the world for a diverse avian presence, as well as game animals. More than 450 bird species have been identified including varied small and large mammals. Lake Naivasha is a RAMSAR site, a designation that reflects the ecological importance of the wetlands around the lake.
Safari Tier 1 - Loldia HouseJust less than three hours travel by road or twenty minutes by air from Nairobi is a place that gives you a taste for Kenyan country living – Loldia House. Enjoy a personalized holiday in central Kenya at the 6500-acre working farm set on the north-west shore of Lake Naivasha, a freshwater oasis in the magnificent Great Rift Valley. The colonial masonry architecture reflects an early settler style that luxuriously extends into the indoor common areas and 9 guest rooms. The four double en-suite rooms in the Main House feature muted color palettes that brilliantly accentuate the understated elegance of dressing tables, thatch and corrugated roofs, nightstands with lamps and chairs. Most rooms are positioned to provide views of the wild grounds and lake upon wakening, and private outdoor verandahs with lounging chairs invite quiet relaxation and conversation with a glass of wine. Spend the morning with an experienced guide that takes you to see hippos, zebras, elands, giraffes and other large mammals.
Safari Tier 2 - Flamingo Hill CampLocated at the border of Lake Nakuru National Park, Flamingo Hill Camp, a deluxe accommodation, gives you a front row seat to one of the most spectacular avi-fauna performances in the world! Each year, one to two million flamingos arrive at the lake to feed on the algae that flourishes in the warm alkaline waters. Watching the long-legged, pink-plumed lesser and greater flamingos wade around looking for food is interesting, but when all these birds take flight, the show really begins! The spectacle has made Lake Nakuru a favorite East African travel destination for wildlife photographers and nature filmmakers. While back at the camp, you are offered 25 guest tents in a homely, welcoming setting to ensure you have a comfortable and serene tour of Lake Nakuru with AfricanMecca, and the attentive staff are very helpful and responsive to your needs. Guest tents are situated amidst landscaped campgrounds with views of the surrounding flora, trees and valley.
Safari Tier 3 - ElsamereElsamere is the one accommodation in Lake Naivasha that has an air of history and preservation about it. This is home where Joy and George Adamson spent their vacations and the later years of their life. Converted into a Great Rift Valley accommodation for value guest traveling in East Africa, Elsamere revives “Born Free” memories of the 1960’s and is famous for the European-style high teas that are served even today. The property houses a museum that preserves several items belonging to the Adamsons such as paintings, literature and other mementos from the movie that was adapted from the novel Elsa the Lioness. 10 rooms are located in single-story cottages with a portioned patio, overlooking the lake. Some of the lodge's rooms have a double bed while others have twin and triple beds making Elsamere an ideal budget accommodation for families sharing rooms. The cottages have names that bring back memories of Joy Adamson's pets, Pati (rock hyrax), Pippa (cheetah), Penny (leopard) and Elsa, the legendary lioness.
TOUR EXPERIENCES OF NAKURU & NAIVASHA
CENTRAL MASAI MARA
You will proceed to Central Masai Mara for the next two nights. For our adventurous, thrill-seeking guests who desire a front row seat to the crossing of the Mara and Talek Rivers during the wildebeest migration season, the most well-known part of the Great Migration, we recommend the central zone of the reserve. Central Masai Mara is also a year-round game-viewing mecca with impressive populations of herbivores and predators which remain even after the spectacular hordes of wildebeests and zebras have gone.
Safari Tier 1 - Naibor CampNaibor Camp is an upmarket accommodation that is located along the Talek River, a superlative location for your boutique tour experience in central Masai Mara National Reserve. Being tucked away in the riverine forest that surrounds the camp makes you feel completely enveloped by some of Kenya’s untouched wilderness. The feeling is further enhanced by the proximity to wallowing hippos, crocodiles and other animals that are just meters away. With such an ambience, Naibor Camp is the perfect place to unwind and recuperate during your high-pace African safari activities. The camp is divided into three areas, and each area offers distinct facilities i.e. Main Naibor, Little Naibor and Naibor Wilderness. Naibor is a premium accommodation, so you are also treated to impeccable service by a staff that takes pride in helping guests feel at home. Their personable natures, excellent knowledge and outstanding professionalism exceed your every expectation. Main Naibor offers 7 guest tents with king size beds built from native fig wood, luxurious sofas, contrasting rugs along with other fused classic-modern design elements.
Safari Tier 2 - Rekero CampA blissful wildlife vacation in Kenya with AfricanMecca awaits you at Rekero Camp, a deluxe accommodation that is situated on the banks of the Talek River in the heart of Masai Mara National Reserve. The wilderness is known internationally as a premier destination for authentic African plains safari experiences, and Rekero captures the romantic and adventurous spirits of our guests. The entire camp is designed to celebrate the beauty of the Mara ecosystem with minimal environmental impact. All structures are under canvas, including a mid-size dining tent under shade trees and a small lounge area that rests upon a platform with incredible river views. 9 guest tents allow for a maximum of twenty guests, so you are assured the benefits of an exclusive Masai Mara tour, such as personalized service, exceptional food, immaculate tents with few in-camp guests, top notch personable guides and much more. The décor of your tent enhances the subtle romantic ambience of the setting through a tasteful use of natural blonde woods, neutral colors and rich fabrics.
Safari Tier 3 - Entim CampFor your modest bush travel in Masai Mara, we recommend Entim Camp located inside in the heart of the reserve. Situated at the meeting point of the Talek River and Mara River, the camp offers a secluded setting, fitting location for activities, palatable food and adequate service. Each of the 10 non-frill tents has the necessary furnishings that you need for a comfortable East African safari overnight stay, such as beds constructed of local wood, storage chest, nightstands, bedside lamps and curtains over the windows. Nature’s beauty is brought indoors with decorative fabrics and accents in chocolate brown, rich gold and bronze, burnt red, sage green, hints of white and many other contrasting colors. Your private verandah has safari-style chairs and a small table where you can enjoy some private game viewing and moments of complete relaxation. Your guest tent is set up to give you views of the river together with supplemented sounds of wildlife traveling to and fro, including hippos, elephants and other herbivores, as well as lions, hyenas and some other predators.
TOUR EXPERIENCES OF CENTRAL MASAI MARA
MASAI MARA - NORTH, EAST, SOUTH & WEST
After your stay in Central Masai Mara, you will proceed for two nights to a private conservancy in the northern, eastern, southern or western regions of the main reserve along its border, which serves as wildlife management buffer zones. Each conservancy is founded upon a mutually-beneficial collaboration between landowners, conservation organizations and guest camps. The private-ownership status of the conservancies also means that a greater variety of safari activities are offered to guests, many of which are restricted in the main reserve.
TOUR EXPERIENCES OF MASAI MARA NORTH, EAST, SOUTH & WEST
RECOMMENDED PRE AND POST SAFARI AND BEACH EXTENSIONS IN KENYA
After this distinct safari, we recommend a combination off-beat extension to either Samburu or the private conservancies of Laikipia in Northern Kenya combined with a visit to Tsavo, Shimba Hills or Meru in Southern and Eastern Kenya depending on your safari activity and wildlife preferences. Thereafter, harmoniously conclude with a beach rest and relaxation visit to the Eastern coast of Kenya with varied seashore, cultural and historic experiences available, including the Swahili islands and beaches of Mombasa (Diani, Galu, Tiwi, Nyali, Bamburi), Lamu, Malindi, Watamu, Kilifi, and the secluded Msambweni coast, idyllic islands of Funzi, Chale or also Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania. The options are endless!
NORTHERN KENYA SAFARI EXPERIENCE - RECOMMENDED FOR 3 NIGHTS STAY
1. Laikipia - Lewa ConservancyLocated in northern Kenya, the private conservancies of Laikipia represent an outstanding model of wildlife management that provides AfricanMecca guests with a distinctive safari vacation in Africa. The varied conservancies are home to the second highest wildlife density in Kenya, and while many other areas are experiencing dwindling populations of animals, Laikipia is recognized for its ever-increasing numbers of wildlife, including threatened, rare and endangered species. Guests who visit Laikipia during their bush travel in Kenya will not only see the Big 5 roaming freely, but also black and white rhinos, African wild dogs, Grevy’s zebras, reticulated giraffes, Jackson’s hartebeests and other rare species. One of the greatest advantages of visiting Laikipia during your adventurous tour of Kenya is an opportunity to view an abundance of wildlife while partaking of activities that are restricted in national parks in Kenya. These activities are further enhanced by the low number of other guests due to limited rooming capacity at the sub-conservancies, making Laikipia the perfect choice for those who desire an exclusive African safari experience. Dependent on where you are staying in Laikipia, activities include game drives, bush walks, horseback riding, camel walks and camel rides, aerial helicopter and bi-plan safaris, village visits and much more. With a history that spans over decades, we recommend as our preferred Lewa Conservancy in Eastern Laikipia, as one of today’s most successful conservancies in Kenya.
SOUTHERN & EASTERN KENYA SAFARI EXPERIENCE - RECOMMENDED FOR 2 OR 3 NIGHTS STAYMount Kilimanjaro, Africa's tallest peak, and the melting snow flows into underground springs that feed the swamps and wetlands that dot the plains. These water sources attract animals of all sizes, the most sought-after being the free-roaming elephants, but you may also see elands, common waterbucks, Grant's gazelles, Coke's hartebeests, zebras and other grazing herbivores. The abundance of large prey supports lions, leopards and other elusive hunters, as well as jackals, hyenas and many other scavengers.
EASTERN KENYA BEACH EXPERIENCE - RECOMMENDED FOR 3 TO 6 NIGHTS STAYThe contrast of soft white sand and azure blue water lulls you into the enchantment of Kenya’s many beaches and islands. Each beachfront setting offers a unique experience to suit the personal style of every guest. Bury your toes in the soft white sand while watching soothing waves lap the shoreline. The aquamarine water of the Indian Ocean stretches as far as the eye can see, meeting the baby blue sky on the horizon. A lovely cocktail refreshes your spirit like the breeze in the swaying palm trees. The beaches and islands of Kenya melt away your every concern and rejuvenate your body, soul and mind. Below the Indian Ocean surface is a breathtaking world of marine life. Kenya is, in fact, home to some of the world’s greatest dive sites, including the second longest barrier reef on the planet. You can experience scuba diving, snorkeling, water skiing, kitesurfing, boating and angling for marlin, sailfish and other large game fish. Complement your beach vacation with Swahili historic and cultural experiences in Mombasa, Lamu, Malindi, Watamu and Kilifi.
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WHERE TO STAY IN CHYULU HILLS
Chyulu Hills only has two luxury accommodations. These are Campi Ya Kanzi in the southern end near Tsavo West and Ol Donyo Lodge in the western Chyulu portion bordering the park in the Amboseli eco-system.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN CHYULU HILLS
Discover 741 sq. km of pristine Chyulu wilderness during your game drives, bush walks, hiking excursions, horseback riding, mountain biking, fly camping, birding expeditions and cultural activities.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT CHYULU HILLS
Wildlife behavior in Chyulu is significantly influenced by the abundance or scarcity of water thus tracking fauna is easier during the dry season as watering holes are more crowded than during the rains.
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Jambo Raza, I think I speak for both of us when I say that this was one of the best trips of our lives. The tour guides were extremely knowledgeable -- Steven, in Amboseli, was particularly outstanding.
Scott Aaronson - Associate Professor, M.I.T - Boston, United States
On behalf of myself, my wife and my two adult daughters, I want to sincerely thank you and AfricanMecca Safaris for our fabulous recent safari to Amboseli National Park and Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.
Robert Schenkein - prVision Photography Studio - Colorado, United States
Jambo Altaf, Many thanks for a brilliant holiday. Your choice of tented accommodation at the two Tsavos and Amboseli was superb, we didn't have a favourite. We would recommend AfricanMecca to anyone.
Geoffrey Topliss - Northampton, United Kingdom
The animals at Amboseli were amazing. We saw live wildebeest births, a pack of hyenas looking for a kill. Thank you to AfricanMecca for helping us plan the trip/honeymoon of a lifetime!
Holly & Michael Lapidus - New Jersey, United States
It was a terrific trip to the Masai Mara - Governors Il Moran, Amboseli - Satao Elerai, Zanzibar - Ras Nungwi & Zanzibar Serena Inn - one we will always remember. Thank you for everything.
Bow & Sandy Bowman - California, United States
Raza and AfricanMecca Safaris did an outstanding job with all of the arrangements lined up to help make our trip unforgettable. We do thank you from the bottom of our heart.
Kim and Mike Claiborne - Texas, United States
Our trip was outstanding. Amboseli National Park was one of our favorite places. There was a diversity of landscape, with marsh area as well as bush country. We saw numerous elephants close up.
Professor Donald S. Kisiel - Biology Department Suffolk County Community College - New York, United States
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