Elewana Sky Safari in Kenya

Posted on June 20, 2019 by -

Elewana Sky Safari in Kenya – Classic or Connoisseur

The Elewana Sky Safari in Kenya actually has two variations in terms of routing. But both share some similarities includes a visit to three of the most popular national parks in northern Tanzania. You stay in some of the finest luxury lodges in Kenya.

The flying aspect

The Elewana Sky safari uses its own dedicated executive light aircraft, rather than the scheduled safari flights. So this makes it particularly convenient and comfortable. The Elewana safari is ideal for those who don’t want to waste time when they could be active! It is not inexpensive but the convenience makes this a popular choice.

Plus there are lots of extra activities and options already included in the Elewana Sky Safari. There are two different itineraries possible, the classic and the connoisseur. The Classic visits Amboseli National Park whereas the Connoisseur routing visits Loisaba. Both include Meru National Park and the Masai Mara.

Elewana Sky Safari at a glance:

1 night Hemingways Nairobi
2 nights Tortilis camp, Amboseli National Park
2 nights Elsa’s Kopje, Meru National Park
Finally 2 nights Sand River Camp, Masai Mara National Park

Elewana Sky Safari Connoisseur at a glance:

1 night Hemingways Nairobi
2 nights Elsa’s Kopje, Meru National Park
2 nights Loisaba, Laikipia
Finally 2 nights Sand River Camp, Masai Mara National Park

The Great Rift Valley Trek

Posted on June 12, 2019 by -

Great Rift Valley Treks - ol doinyo in background Lake Natron rift valley hiking

This walking safari adventure combines a 2 night trek (rustic conditions) with 2 nights at Lake Natron Camp at the end. It is ideal for those who like to explore off the beaten track and promises breath-taking scenery and cultural interaction.

Highlights of Great Rift Valley Trek

  • Empakaai Crater
  • Stunning vistas
  • Walking with Maasai warriors, learning about local tribes and customs
  • Unique habitat of Lake Natron
  • Flamingos feeding & preening in fresh water streams

In Summary:

The trek starts with a night at Empakai Crater in the Ngorongoro highlands, with stunning views inside the crater. Depending on your arrival time, it could include a descent into Empakai Crater. The following morning you trek to Leonotis Camp through picturesque Maasai villages. This is a remote camp just on the edge of the Gregorian Rift. After a magical night at Leonotis Camp, camping underneath the stars and golden acacia trees, you trek down the Rift Valley, with breathtaking views throughout. On arrival at the valley floor, you transfer by road to Lake Natron Camp. Here you can relax by the natural pool, have a massage and take part in activities such as waterfall gorge hikes, flamingo walks and seeing hominid footprints…and not to forget well deserved sundowners!

Day 1 – Overnight Empakai Crater
On arrival at Empakai crater there is the option to descend into the crater. This is around 40 minutes down. And, depending on season, can be quite slippery. But it’s certainly a great hike with stunning views. Flamingos often fly into the crater or feed in the lake at its base. Enjoy a  hot shower before dinner.
Dinner & overnight Empakai Camp (full board)

Day 2 – Rift valley walk to Leonotis Camp
Dawn rises and our lofty position affords a great sunrise. As we take breakfast our camp crew break camp and depart to send the camp ahead with donkeys. We then set off hiking with Maasai guides. The route is through picturesque Maasai villages and rolling hills. Enjoy a picnic lunch en route. Or if you are very fit, you can take a late lunch when you get to camp. This is a conservation project whereby we have leased a grove of magical acacia, and are protecting it from being cut down by putting in this camp. In the late afternoon there’s a hike up to a nearby viewpoint which is a great place for sundowners!
Dinner & overnight Leonotis Camp (full board)

Day 3 – Lake Natron
The final section of hiking has two options. One is a shorter hike or the other is a longer more strenuous walk right along the rift wall. The views are spectacular with the active volcano Ol Doinyo Lengai dominating the foreground. This volcano affects almost everything from hydrology to lifestyle, as will become apparent. Once down on the rift valley floor we are picked up and transferred to Lake Natron Camp. Here you can jump in the natural pools to cool down. Sundowners are served at any number of beautiful points close to camp.
Dinner & overnight Lake Natron Camp (full board)

Day 4 – Lake Natron
Lake Natron has a number of activities that are very easily combined with dawn walks and sundowners to the lakeshore. In the middle of the day there is the nearby Ngare Sero gorge that you can walk to or shorter hikes to waterfalls. The staff are on hand to make you stay as adventurous or relaxing as you want. See Lake Natron Camp for more info…

For the very active you can even climb Oldonyo Lengai. But this would be pretty exhausting and also an extra cost. We would recommend an Extra night in camp if you want to do this.

Day 5 – Depart
After breakfast there are some optional activities on offer before departure and picnic lunches are provided to ensure you reach your next destination well fed!

Empakai crater in Ngorongoro highlands

Ultimate Namibia Safari

Posted on June 7, 2019 by -


The Ultimate Namibia Safari

Namibia offers an exhilarating and varied safari experience. From the vast Etosha salt pan, to the shimmering dunes of Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert, to the waterways of the Caprivi. Namibia means ‘place of great arid plains’. This is an apt description of this starkly beautiful land.

Namibia is a large country, but this Ultimate Namibia Safari gives you the chance to experience the highlights of this  magnificent and memorable land in a relatively short time. This is a scheduled tour, the professional and experienced safari guide will enhance your enjoyment of this unique country by making it a fascinating and stress-free journey of discovery amidst very dramatic scenery.

Highlights of the tour:

  • Stay in the only camp inside the world’s 4th largest National Park.
  • Climb some of the world’s highest free-standing sand dunes.
  • Track for desert-adapted elephants in ephemeral river systems.
  • A site visit at the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Twyfelfontein.
  • Visit a Himba settlement.
  • Visit the world renowned AfriCat Foundation and learn more about conservation initiatives involving Africa’s large cats.

Accommodation at a glance:

Sossus Dune Lodge – 2 nights
a Hotel in Swakopmund – 2 nights
Camp Kipwe – 2 nights
Etosha Mountain Lodge – 1 nights
Onguma Tree Top Camp – 2 nights

Tailor-made Options & Optional extension:

Please note that this safari tour has set dates for 2020, so it makes a perfect add on to a Cape Town & Winelands Holiday. You have the option to extend your safari for an additional night or two at Okonjima, staying at a Luxury Bush Camp. This affords you the opportunity to get a more in-depth insight into the work being done by the AfriCat Foundation as well as getting to see more of cheetah, leopard and other big cats in the wild.

Contact our Namibian Safari experts for your next holiday in Namibia!

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