Nairobi is the capital of Kenya and East Africa’s most cosmopolitan city, with a vibrant population of 4.5 million. Unique to the city is the proximity of Nairobi National Park, a true wilderness area juxtaposed against the larger urban metropolis. It is the only national park like it in the world and a real embodiment of the human-wildlife conflicts that challenge many African communities who must learn to cohabitate with wildlife on their doorstep.
Dates: 2024 (TBC)
Hot Air Ballooning
Accommodation: Luxury Suites
Meals and drinks
Wildlife drives take place in some of the Mara’s most coveted vehicles. Each of the camp’s Toyota Land Cruisers is open-sided, canopied and customised for photographers (fold-down screens, raised roofs, photographic bars, multiplug invertors), with just four to six guests each. Game drives typically start at sunrise, return for lunch and depart again in the mid-afternoon. However, very often guests will go out all day, deep into the Reserve or Conservancy with a packed breakfast and lunch. Wildlife drives can also continue into the night because of the camp’s location on a private conservancy.
Each of Mara Plains Camp’s guest suites has a professional camera set, including a camera body and lenses. In addition to wildlife drives, both massages and hot air ballooning are available at additional cost. The Naboisho Women’s Group cultural experience is supported by the Great Plains Foundation, enabling the group to purchase raw materials in bulk including a tailor hired to work on leather products. Available to guests staying at Great Plains Conservation camps, all profits from the sale of their wares are ploughed back into the women’s business training to ensure this group is self-sustainable.
Day 1 - 2
Day 2 - 5
Day 5 - 8
Day 8 - 11
Day 1 - 2
Bordering the Giraffe Sanctuary forest on the outskirts of Nairobi, Eden sits on a four-acre property in the peaceful suburb of Langata and offers travelers an immediate connection to a deeply authentic expression of one family’s Kenyan home, history, and adventures. Originally designed and built by Tonio and Anna Trzebinski, the 9-bedroom former family home has been transformed into a living museum and private gallery space that is filled with the family’s own artworks and creations, as well as their personal library and artefacts that have been collected over a lifetime from across the continent.
Day 2 - 5
Olare Motorogi Conservancy
Mara Plains Camp is a one-of-a-kind camp located in the private 13,300-hectare Olare Motorogi Conservancy, just on the Maasai Mara National Reserve’s northern boundary. This intimate camp, one of Kenya’s only three Relais & Chateaux properties (other being sister properties ol Donyo Lodge and Mara Nyika Camp), blends the finest in wildlife viewing with the best of safari hospitality and guiding.
Olare Motorogi Conservancy is reputed to have the lowest vehicle density in the Maasai Mara region, while also having the highest concentration of big cats anywhere in Africa.
Day 5 - 8
Laikipia and Ol Lentille
The Laikipia plateau is fast becoming a region to rival the Maasai Mara. Rolling savannahs interspersed with riverine woodlands and granite inselbergs dot the landscape, with multiple rivers and streams eventually running off into the Ewaso Nyiro, northern Kenya’s largest river. Home to all the Big Five, this idyllic region affords a huge variety of experiences and activities without the larger numbers of visitors that are sometimes found in national parks. Guests have the possibility of seeing northern species of giraffe, ostrich, and zebra amongst others. Horseback, camel, and walking safaris are very popular.
Laikipia encompasses an area the size of Wales, and is located east of the Great Rift Valley and north of the snowcapped peaks of Mt Kenya, on the edge of Kenya’s fabled Northern Frontier District. A patchwork of huge ranches, many of which are still working cattle ranches, have assumed the role of custodians of Kenya’s free roaming wildlife and are now geared towards adventurous and often luxurious safari tourism. Groundbreaking conservation projects work in tandem with the local ecotourism industry, generating sustainable income for the local Samburu and Laikipiak and Mokogodo Maasai communities, amongst many others.
Located in northern Kenya’s spectacular Laikipia region, Ol Lentille is one of Kenya’s most unique safari lodges, in the most breathtaking location.
Ol Lentille also offers camel trekking, walking safaris, quad biking and mountain biking and wonderful spa treatments.
Day 8 - 11
Lamu and Jannah Lamu
To visit the mystical island of Lamu is to take a step back in time. There is only one vehicle on the island, otherwise people walk, ride donkeys, or sail on traditional Arab sailboats called Dhows or Ngalawas. The ocean side of the island is fronted by a huge, eight mile long deserted beach, with commanding dunes that shield the coconut and mango plantations and small villages behind. At the heart of the island is the Old Town, where narrow winding paths and traditional Swahili architecture reflect the combined influences of the Omani, Indian, and Portuguese merchants and explorers over a thousand years of spirited trade. Shela is the small beach community that has developed in walking distance from Old Town and become a favorite refuge for celebrities and European elite who don’t want to be recognised. Everyone is treated equally by locals who have welcomed visitors since the early white hunters took to visiting Lamu after their long early safaris of the 1920s and 30s. Safari-goers enjoy the laid back nature, amazing food, vibrant art scene, Swahili culture, and distinctive characters of Shela Town, said to contain some of Kenya’s most expensive real estate.
Welcome to Jannah Lamu, constellation hotel and artist in residence program in Shela Village on the Island of Lamu. The constellation, inspired by and named after stars in the Southern Cross, will include, for now, three different buildings, all located around the old village square to immerse guests in village life. All suites and common areas are decorated in a contemporary airy Swahili Chic Style, with Kenyan designer Anna Trzebinski’s signature attention to detail and layering of textures and colours as well as juxtaposing different worlds whilst always staying loyal to the Swahili DNA and putting it firmly in the African context.