Day 01: Arrival / Nairobi
Arrive into Nairobi in the morning and head to your hotel for breakfast. Thereafter at 10.00hrs depart for David Sheldrick wildlife. Spend some time with the elephants as they are fed by staff, who will be on hand to answer any questions and talk about their experiences with these rescued baby elephants.
Overnight at Eka Hotel
Day 02: Nairobi – Meru National Park
Depart after breakfast to Meru Meru National Park, the historic home of Elsa the lioness. It was here that Joy and George Adamson returned Elsa to the wild. Encounter a true wilderness experience on a private game drive through the park’s diverse landscape dominated by huge baobab trees. Afternoon game drive at his little-visited and unspoilt park where George Adamson’s raised and released orphaned lions.
Overnight at Leopard Rock
Day 03: Meru National Park
Explore this beautiful park further on three game drives. You will also make a visit to the site of Elsa’s grave.
Overnight at Leopard Rock
Day 04: Meru – Shaba game reserve
Depart Meru after breakfast and to Shaba National Park – a small lesser-visited reserve in the north of the country, and the place where Joy Adamson – conservationist and author of Born Free – lived a fascinating life. Once you arrive in Shaba, you’ll embark on a game drive towards the elegant oasis of Joy’s Camp. With just ten tents, Joy’s Camp overlooks a natural spring and is built on the site of Joy Adamson’s tented home. This is the area where Joy reintroduced Penny the leopard into the wild and where she lived for many years until her death in 1980; there’s a small gallery here telling her life story.
Overnight at Joys Camp
Day 05: Shaba game reserve - Nairobi
Depart Shaba Meru to Nairobi After an early breakfast at the lodge, begin the seven-hour drive to Nairobi with a picnic lunch en route at Trout Tree restaurant, arriving late afternoon. Here you’ll have the rest of the day and evening at leisure, giving you the chance to relax in the comfortable Eka Hotel and the choice of dining at the hotel or venturing out to a local restaurant.
Stay: Eka Hotel Hotel. B, L.
Day 06: Nairobi - Amboseli
Depart after breakfast for Amboseli National Park, game drive en route to Ol Tukai Lodge provides the opportunity. After Lunch leasure at the lodge before departing for the afternoon game drive spot large herds of elephant at the swamp against the dramatic backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Overnight at Ol Tukai Lodge
Day 07: Amboseli National Park
Amboseli After breakfast, visit the Amboseli Elephant Research Project (AERP); the research arm of the Amboseli Trust for Elephants (ATE). Born Free provides funding for the AERP through the elephant adoption packages that it sells. A short talk from an AERP representative will explain the work of the trust as well as the research projects being undertaken. As a result of their work, the park’s 1,500 elephants are amongst the most studied large mammal population in the world, with the knowledge gained helping to conserve them, the park and the surrounding ecosystems. This afternoon, visit Ol Moti School, supported by Born Free (you may like to bring small gifts for the children such as pens and books). Funds raised so far have enabled the school to expand from just 74 children in 2004 to educating more than 365 children today, with new dormitories, classrooms and toilets.
Overnight at Oltukai Lodge
Day 08: Depart / Nairobi
Depart for Nairobi after breakfast - marking the end of your safari adventure.