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African Finfoot Fly-in Safari

After a unique start in Nairobi National Park, classic, luxurious camps combine for a high-end and exclusive safari in fantastic wildlife destinations.

African Finfoot Fly-in Safari: Day-by-day

More detailed information of what each day entails, and the various places you’ll stay on the African Finfoot Fly-in Safari. Everything we do is completely tailor-made so while this is an idea which works well, we’ll always design an itinerary just for you.


Day 1

Starts: JKI Airport Nairobi

On arrival at the airport, you’ll be greeted by a driver after you’ve collected your bags.

Day 1

Nairobi to The Emakoko by private vehicle

You'll be met at Nairobi's JKI Airport for the drive through Nairobi National Park to The Emakoko, seemingly a world away from the city lights. During the journey of around an hour, look out for wildlife in the park – which can be particularly exciting if you're travelling after dark.

The Emakoko
Day 1

The Emakoko

1 night
Full Board & ActivitiesNairobi, Kenya

The Emakoko is a unique, owner-managed lodge that opened in 2012. It straddles the southern boundary of Nairobi National Park, marked by the gorge of the Mbagathi River in an area where three rivers converge. The lodge has the national park's much underrated game-viewing areas on its doorstep and easy access to both Nairobi's airports.

The Emakoko

The Emakoko is a unique, owner-managed lodge that opened in 2012. It straddles the southern boundary of Nairobi National Park, marked by the gorge of the Mbagathi River in an area where three rivers converge. The lodge has the national park's much underrated game-viewing areas on its doorstep and easy access to both Nairobi's airports.

"Perfect place to ease yourself into a safari... I saw fantastic wildlife"

AnnabelfromSomerset

Arrived 26 Jan 2022, 2 nights

For a Nairobi hotel, The Emakoko is a very special place. We have stayed here several times since it opened, most recently in February 2019. There is a palpable buzz about it that is infectious. We had to keep reminding ourselves that we were only a few miles from central Nairobi. The location is spectacular, and the opportunity to make a wildlife-watching virtue out of the transfer through the park to either of the airports – often a traffic-jammed torment from most hotels – is an outstanding asset. See our full report on The Emakoko

96%
84 reviews of The Emakoko by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Cultural excursion

Elephant encounter

Day 2

Nairobi to Laikipia by road & light aircraft

Following a transfer through the park to Wilson Airport of up to an hour, board your flight over the Central Highlands between Mt Kenya and the Aberdare range, landing after around 45 minutes. The drive to Sirikoi takes 30–90 minutes, maybe pausing to take in some wildllfe sightings on the way.

Sirikoi
Days 2-5

Sirikoi

3 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesLaikipia, Kenya

Sirikoi is a small, high-quality camp in Lewa with a sustainable ethos and top-notch wildlife, guiding, service and food. One of the most luxurious tented camps in Kenya, Sirikoi is the brainchild and passion of Sue Roberts and her late husband Willie. The Roberts – central figures in the Kenya safari tradition – have poured their decades of experience and enthusiasm into this outstanding camp in the Lewa Conservancy, and their influence shows in every aspect.

Sirikoi

Sirikoi is a small, high-quality camp in Lewa with a sustainable ethos and top-notch wildlife, guiding, service and food. One of the most luxurious tented camps in Kenya, Sirikoi is the brainchild and passion of Sue Roberts and her late husband Willie. The Roberts – central figures in the Kenya safari tradition – have poured their decades of experience and enthusiasm into this outstanding camp in the Lewa Conservancy, and their influence shows in every aspect.

With only a handful of tents and private cottages, Sirikoi offers a very high-quality, personal experience, combining zealous attention to detail with an unpretentious set-up, excellent food and friendly staff. The Sirikoi stream gives the camp its name, and creates the marshy ground, shaded by majestic acacias, which forms the panorama you gaze on from the lawn.

White rhinos, elephants and many other species are often seen by the natural waterhole and salt lick, and all the rolling hills and grassland of the Lewa Conservancy are yours to explore as soon you leave camp. Sirikoi is renowned for its commitment to sustainable principles, and they generate all their electricity with solar panels.

"Never has hospitality come close to what we experienced at Sirikoi."

Dr ZfromUSA

Arrived 6 Dec 2019, 4 nights

They also have a fine, organic garden supplying all their fruit and vegetables. Aided by top expertise in the kitchen, excellent wines and campfire talk, the combination of ingredients makes for memorable dinners. See our full report on Sirikoi

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2 reviews of Sirikoi by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Guided walking safari

Horse-riding

Night drive

Day 5

Laikipia to the Maasai Mara: light aircraft & game drive

Today's journey of around four hours starts with a drive to Lewa Downs Airstrip for your morning flight across the Rift Valley. On landing in the Maasai Mara, you'll be met by a guide from Mara Plains for the drive through the bush to camp, watching for wildlife en route.

Mara Plains Camp
Days 5-8

Mara Plains Camp

3 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesMaasai Mara Conservancies, Kenya

With its exacting attention to detail, immaculate green credentials and outstanding location, Mara Plains is one of Kenya’s top camps. The camp now known as Mara Plains was once called Film Safaris Camp, and during the annual wildebeest migration, extraordinary footage was captured here.

Mara Plains Camp

With its exacting attention to detail, immaculate green credentials and outstanding location, Mara Plains is one of Kenya’s top camps. The camp now known as Mara Plains was once called Film Safaris Camp, and during the annual wildebeest migration, extraordinary footage was captured here.

Originally founded by Warren Samuels of BBC Big Cat Diary fame and filmmaker Rob O’Meara, they chose this site, nestled in a grove of trees on the edge of the Ntiakatek stream, with an eye to impeccable positioning for their cameras in order to create the most arresting images. To the south, the plains of the Maasai Mara, thronged by a million wildebeest from July to October, seem to stretch endlessly from the unobstructed decks of the superb accommodation.

With only seven, magnificent guest tents, Mara Plains is one of the smallest camps in the Mara region, giving it a very personal and intimate feel and a high degree of flexibility. This camp is a zen-like lesson in how to be both down-to-earth and first-class: the welcome is warm, the service attentive without being overbearing, and the attention to detail impressive. The camp is extraordinarily eco-friendly too, despite its luxury and comfort, with an organic produce garden and a huge solar array.

"Excellent host...superb guide. Tent was stellar. Good game viewing every day."

TravellerfromCanada

Arrived 30 Nov 2019, 5 nights

Location and delivery together make it the best camp in the Maasai Mara. See our full report on Mara Plains Camp

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12 reviews of Mara Plains Camp by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Cultural excursion

Fly-camping

Guided walking safari

Horse-riding

Hot air ballooning

Night drive

Day 8

Maasai Mara to Nairobi by road & light aircraft

Depart the Maasai Mara by light aircraft, flying over Maasai compounds, and sometimes flocks of flamingos. From Wilson Airport, a driver-guide will accompany you either direct to JKI Airport or – if you arrive in the morning – while you explore Nairobi and perhaps enjoy dinner before checking in.

Day 8

Ends: JKI Airport Nairobi

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