Overnight flight from London to Nairobi.
After clearing customs and immigration at the airport, a shuttle bus will transfer to Wilson Airport on the Western side of the city, Land only passengers will join us here. This is normally during rush hour so expect some traffic. Wilson is a nice airport (much better than Jomo Kenyatta) and there should be time for some refreshments before boarding your 45 minute flight to the Mara. Here you will be picked up by custom built four- wheel drives and transferred to the our camp. After being shown to your spacious walk-in, luxurious tents, we take an afternoon game drive with sundowners. This is the first of many game drives in this prolific area.
Day 3 - 7
Game drives start right from the camp, as it is not uncommon to have wildlife wandering through at some stages of the day. Drives are very much a moveable feast. Some days, the drives will be big long, (13 hours or so although not driving all the time) and others much shorter, depending on the movement of the game and tips from the bush telegraph. Paul and his team will try to make good calls when it comes to viewing but they cannot always get it right. They will however be trying their hardest to ensure that photographic opportunities are frequent, but will not be dashing around ticking off species like other mainstream safari companies. Early, very early, starts are the order of the day but frequently on a full day unless a migration crossing or hunting cheetah gets in the way, we will find some shade for lunch in a beautiful spot and have some relaxation.
They are not endurance tests but a full day out on the plains can be quite tiring. They also will involve patience, as a hungry cheetah will often wait many hours before making her move.
Meal times are a delight under the stars in the evening or in the mess tent in bad weather. During time off you can relax in your tents however, it is the game and scenery that make this area so incredible: huge prides of predators feasting on an abundance of plains game. The camp often has a pride of lion's close-by and their call accompanied by the cackle of the hyena is an occasional nigh time companion. The property is very relaxing for those hours in the middle of the day (when you are there) and the haute cuisine and hot showers are a big bonus, but these luxurious trappings sometimes belie the fact that the camp is right in the heart of the most prolific savannah on earth and this should be respected.
Final game drive followed by brunch then late afternoon flight back to Nairobi. There will be time for some shopping and there will be dinner in a very nice Nairobi restaurant (probably the Rusty Nail) before heading to the airport.