~ Kenya ~
For the last 30 years we have run safaris in Kenya and we have considerable expertise in wildlife and cultural vacations there. These safaris have provided our clients with something beyond the ordinary; being able to avoid the mini bus routes, to get under the skin of the country, and to make personal connections with the people, the flora and the fauna.
Faraway Safaris takes you to two of the world's finest game sanctuaries where you will stay in very comfortable, permanent tented camps which provide excellent service in the midst of the wilderness. The trip also includes a stay in one of Kenya's most attractive colonial homes and a visit to a large cattle and game ranch. These contrasting experiences give the traveler a good insight into the fascinating, many faceted life of this dynamic country so famous for its huge herds of game and the richness of its bird life. The trip completely avoids the tawdry city of Nairobi and offers you easy and quick air service between destinations to save tedious road travel. It is an ideal trip to keep the whole family interested.
Our trip consultants can help you arrange custom trips and answer your questions with the advantage of their first hand knowledge.
The Masai Mara is undoubtedly one of the prime game viewing areas not only of Kenya but the world. It is particularly famous for the wildebeest migration which comes up from the Serengeti Plains from July through September. The luxurious tented camp where you will be staying is the perfect complement to the magnificent wildlife. Besides outstanding game viewing opportunities, you can go on guided walks with the Masai, visit their villages and learn more about their strong culture which revolves around their herds of cattle. These picturesque people, who were formerly fearsome warriors, have clung tenaciously to many of their traditions.
Deloraine was built by Lord Francis Scott who, with Lord Delamere, was instrumental in developing farming and ranching in Kenya. It is an imposing mansion with a four acre garden and lovely swimming pool surrounded by farmland and forest reserve. Your time here will reflect the elegant lifestyle of a bygone era. From Deloraine you can watch birds, ride horses or visit Lake Nakuru National Park, famous for its vast flocks of flamingoes and rhino preserve.
Sosian Ranch is a privately owned ranch located on the Laikipia Plateau, an area well known for its abundant wildlife and strong ranching traditions. Many of the large ranches in this area have been in the same family for generations. In addition to domestic livestock, Sosian hosts a vibrant and diverse amount of wildlife. The lovely old ranch house has recently been remodeled to a high standard. There are opportunities here for game drives, guided hikes and horse or camel rides all in the shadow of Mt. Kenya.
Meru National Park is on the edge of Kenya's Northern Frontier District and presents totally different terrain, animals and birds. Meru is a hidden jewel, with little tourist pressure but interesting wildlife and beautiful scenery. Here again you will be staying in an elegantly appointed camp and can participate in fascinating game drives, hikes and camel safaris far away from other tourists.
Wildlife Spectacular Itinerary Details
Best times to visit: December to March and July to September.
Price: From $5,000 (based on double occupancy, international airfare not included).
Highlights include: Two extremely comfortable tented camps, one of which borders the Masai Mara Game Reserve and the other Meru National Park, as well as one of the great old colonial homes of Kenya and a well established game and cattle ranch. Safaris can be customized with specialized itineraries and for up to twelve people. See the detailed itinerary.