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NORTHERN FRONTIER TRIP IDEAS FOR YOUR KENYA SAFARI
When visiting Northern Frontier, we recommend combining your safari to Masai Mara for the wildebeest migration, Amboseli, 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 NORTHERN FRONTIER
You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas of Meru, Chyulu Hills 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 Amboseli for the next two nights. Amboseli National Park is a majestic landscape where predator and prey interactions unfolds every day across the 392 square kilometers (151 square miles) of protected wilderness. The park borders Tanzania and is situated at the base of Mount 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, waterbucks, grant's gazelles, warthogs, coke's hartebeests, zebras and other grazing herbivores. The abundance of large prey supports lions, leopards, civets, wildcats and other elusive hunters, as well as jackals, hyenas and other scavengers.
Safari Tier 1 - Tortilis CampTortilis Camp is situated secluded in the south-western portion of the park with spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro and access to its private Kitirua Conservancy. At 19340 feet, the extinct snowcapped volcano dominates the scenery and provides vital water to the plains in the park. Melting snow flows into underground springs that emerge in wetlands and swamps that attract an abundance of prey, predator and avi-fauna. Most of the guest accommodations are twin or double tents, but for families on an adventure travel in Kenya, the camp also offers a family tent and a two-bedroom boutique, private house. The makuti-covered tents are constructed of canvas with a thatched roof, and the open insect-proof windows allow fresh breezes to keep you cool during the day and to allow daylight in. The private house features a separate sitting and dining area, and the veranda is one of the finest places on the property to see Mt. Kilimanjaro. Tortilis also have a swimming pool to cool off from the warmth of the day and offers massage, pedicure and manicure bush services – great for vacationing honeymooners who want some coddling.
Safari Tier 2 - Satao EleraiAs part of the “Out of Africa Collection” of camps in Kenya, the Maasai partnered Satao Elerai is a 17-room boutique accommodation for your exclusive, luxurious wildlife safari in Amboseli National Park. Set within a remote section bordering the southeastern portion of the park, the nostalgic neo-design of the accommodation is reminiscent of the camps that were used by Kenya’s earliest explorers, and the hillside location gives you breathtaking views of the savannah plains and mighty snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. Advantageously, the camp is located in the private conservancy of Elerai thus affording AfricanMecca guests access to nature walks, Maasai village visits and night game drives within the dense conservancy. Constructed of acacia poles, cedar wood floors, thatch roof and other native materials, the 12 tents evoke the boutique romance of East Africa with unobstructed views of Mt. Kilimanjaro while the 5 chalet-style guest suites are designed with natural stone and acacia wood, and feature ensuite bathrooms with bathtub, as well as private verandas with a shrubland view.
Safari Tier 3 - Kibo Safari CampSet in the heart of Maasai life on the scenic African plains and in the shadow of the largest, free-standing mountain in the world, the legendary Mount Kilimanjaro, Kibo Safari Camp is a huge, non-frill abode to stay as part of your wildlife vacation in Africa. It can take in over 150 guests on a full-house so expect personalization of services to be at the bare minimum. On arrival at the camp, your budget holiday in Africa starts with a modest welcome cool towel and juice drink to refresh you following the warm, dusty journey to the site. The wilderness bush and environmentally conscious camp structure and furnishings blend with their surroundings to provide a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. Kibo Safari Camp has a total 73 canvas tents with a thatch roof to protect it from the heat of day, and options of double or twin, triple and family rooms are on offer. Each self-contained tent has an in-shower, sink and toilet, limited hot and cold running water and variable rationed electricity that operates only for few hours during the day and night.
TOUR EXPERIENCES OF AMBOSELI
Proceed to the Northern Frontier for the next four nights at Namunyak Conservancy or Desert Rose wilderness (Mount Oldonyo Nyiru) along with a day or overnight air safari to Lake Turkana by Sibiloi National Park. The Northern Frontier is a vast, pristine wilderness expanse in northern Kenya. The landscape, flora, fauna, archaeological sites and small villages contribute to an unsurpassed, authentic vacation in the wildest of Africa. The terrain varies from red deserts along the northern border to lush highlands in the south. Although the terrain can be inhospitable, you will not find a more strikingly beautiful setting of contrasting geological features. The experience reflects a dream, as you watch camels, cattle and indigenous herders follow ancient paths. In some locations, such as the sand dunes of Suguta Valley, fewer tourists have stood within the landscape than have been astronauts to space while other unbounded precincts have no human presence at all! Villages of the Turkana, Pokot, Rendille, El Molo and Samburu are scattered across the desert, lake and river terrain. The main interest areas in the Northern Frontier are Sibiloi National Park’s main attractions i.e. Lake Turkana including Central Island (the largest desert lake) and Koobi Fora, and further south are the Matthews Mountain Range amidst Namunyak Conservancy where you can explore its rugged ecology present with wildlife, shadowed by an expedition to Mount Nyiru where Desert Rose Lodge is sited.
Safari Tier 1 - Sarara Camp - Namunyak ConservancySituated on 850,000 acres of a private Namunyak community-based conservancy in Kenya’s Northern Frontier, Sarara Camp is a premium accommodation that fits the needs of even the most discerning African adventurous traveler. This accommodation is set overseeing the Matthews Mountain offers the exciting thrill of discovering pristine, remote, wild bush while ensuring that your every need is discretely and professionally met. The Northern Frontier wilderness is one of the most-untouched areas in Kenya that guarantees AfricanMecca guests a unique and luxurious wilderness holiday in East Africa. 6 up-market tents are designed to give you an authentic Kenyan outback safari experience much like those of the earliest explorers who first ventured into this rugged land. Each tent is constructed of canvas with open sides and doorway that can be flipped and zipped down at night. A thatched shelter over the tent serves as additional protective layer from the elements while camouflaging with the surrounding landscape. Inside you find all the luxury comforts you need.
Safari Tier 2 - Kitich Camp - Namunyak ConservancyFor an intimate experience with the natural beauty of the pristine and rugged Northern Frontier, Kitich Camp offers guests a rare insight into the outback habitats of authentic Kenyan wilderness. Situated within the dense forests of Matthews Mountain Range, the 6-tent accommodation offers the deluxe sophistication made popular by the most-romantic tales of “Out of Africa”. With a canopy of surrounding indigenous trees, your tent features tranquility and calm that connects AfricanMecca adventurers with the virgin landscape. For your dream holiday in this expanse of East Africa, choose from three double tents and three twin tents, each with ensuite bathroom. Inspired by the open landscape outside, your tent is specially designed so that you have a relaxing Northern Frontier trip without feeling crowded or disturbed. The split floor plan seamlessly blends the sleeping and bath areas. The large bed is set upon a wood platform with a shelf integrated into the headboard while beautiful pattern rugs add touches of color to the space.
Safari Tier 2 - Desert Rose - Mount Oldonyo NyiruAn intriguing East African outback safari filled with remote romance and mystery awaits you at Desert Rose in Kenya’s Northern Frontier, a mid-range accommodation for the highly adventurous traveler. Situated in the cedar forests on Mount Oldonyo Nyiru above the Elbarta plains and in between the mountains of Karisia and Lake Turkana, Desert Rose immerses you in a remarkable wild landscape that is home to the Samburu people. With only 5 cottages to accommodate a maximum of 12 guests, you are sure to savor in the exclusivity of one of Kenya’s most remote and wild places. With two cottages with double beds, two cottages with twin beds and a family-size guest house, the range of room offerings is sure to meet the needs of solo travelers, couples, families and small groups. To ensure that you have a comfortable holiday in the Northern Frontier, your guest cottage features hand-crafted furnishings and construction made from native stone and wood materials that are harvested using eco-friendly practices.
Safari Tier 3 - Lobolo Camp - Lake TurkanaFor the most basic accommodations at Sibilio National Park and Lake Turkana, there are simple, modest lodging options that are well-suited for archaeological researchers, independent outback explorers, specifically KWS self-catering at Allia Bay Guesthouse and Turkana Campsites. Oasis Lodge is another option at Loyanagalani, on the far southern end of Lake Turkana. The only decent option available in Lake Turkana is Lobolo Camp, a Tier 3 accommodation, located near the beach shores of the lake. It has eight modest, non-frill tents with en-suite facilities of a shower, flush toilet and wash basin. Tier 1 & 2 lodgings do not exist at Lake Turkana.
TOUR EXPERIENCES OF NORTHERN FRONTIER
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 Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha Tsavo, Shimba Hills or Meru in Central, 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!
CENTRAL KENYA SAFARI EXPERIENCE - RECOMMENDED FOR 2 NIGHTS STAY
SOUTHERN & EASTERN KENYA SAFARI EXPERIENCE - RECOMMENDED FOR 2 OR 3 NIGHTS STAY
1. Chyulu Hills National Park - Note: You can swap Amboseli for Chyulu HillsChyulu 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.
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 NORTHERN FRONTIER
The Northern Frontier has varied wildernesses, each with a distinct accommodation. In Lake Turkana, we recommend Lobolo Camp. Namunyak only has two camps: Sarara and Kitch. Desert Rose is sited on Mount Oldonyo Nyiru.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN NORTHERN FRONTIER
There are several activities on offer in the Northern Frontier depending on where you are staying e.g. game drives, bush walks, cultural visits, desert explorations, archaeological tours, camel rides, fishing and many more.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT NORTHERN FRONTIER
The climate in the Northern Frontier is less similar to other locations that you may visit during your Kenya wilderness safari. Daytime temperatures remain high throughout the year. Annual precipitation is low in comparison.
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NORTHERN FRONTIER WILDERNESS
The Northern Frontier is divided into 7 areas, each of which brilliantly lends to an adventurous and distinct safari. The areas are Sibilio, Lake Turkana, Koobi Fora, Matthews Mountain, Namunyak, Chalbi Desert, Suguta Valley.
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