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Hemingway Wing Safari
Explore Old Africa in Style
The Hemingway Wing Safari takes the road less travelled, journeying to the remote and dramatic Samburu region in Kenya's old northern frontier. It also offers both Kenya and Tanzania in a neat package of exactly two weeks, without ever rushing or sacrificing the quality of the experience. In fact, all of East Africa's legendary game parks are included, as well as a few hidden gems. We'll indulge in luxurious tented camps as well as four time-saving flights, expediting travel and providing aerial panoramas of East Africa's villages, farmlands, escarpments and endless plains.
14 Days Departs Tuesday, Returns Monday
Day 1 Depart Home
We board our flight and enjoy the anticipation of Africa.
Day 2 Arrive Nairobi
Touching down in Nairobi, we are whisked to Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel, the legendary starting point for grand safaris since the days of the earliest explorers.
Day 3 Nairobi
The name Nairobi alone conjures up images of dashing characters and romantic adventurers, and today we feel the intrigue that has seduced travellers for centuries. Of interest will be a talk by a Maasai warrior and an illuminating visit to Kenya's fascinating National Museum. The combination of personal interaction and cultural immersion will begin to weave the remarkable tapestry of Africa, as will a tour of author Karen Blixen's home and a visit with endangered Rothschild giraffes.
The day's highlight, however, is sharing a meal at the home of Micato Africa's founders, Felix and Jane Pinto. In the midst of a busy day in foreign surroundings, the warmth of their home will make you feel exceptionally welcome and well taken care of-indeed, at home in Africa.
Day 4 Samburu National Reserve
This morning we travel by light aircraft to Kenya's northern frontier. Wild and rugged, Samburu is fiercely beautiful with its arid savannahs watered by the lovely Uaso Nyiro River. It is also one of Kenya's most protected areas and home to species only found north of the equator, from the reticulated giraffe to the Grevy's zebra and Beisa oryx. Larsens Tented Camp is our luxurious hostelry, set beneath a canopy of acacia trees along the banks of the river.
Day 5 Samburu National Reserve
Dawn breaks in golden bands as we start our day in the bush by scanning the river from our tent's veranda with a cup of steaming coffee in hand. Before the dew is off the grass, we're off in pursuit of the elephants, lions, leopards, and cheetahs that thrive in the reserve's grasslands and acacia woodlands. And so the day is spent in alternating pursuits of exploration in the bush and relaxation in our cozy camp.
Day 6 - Day 7 Maasai Mara
Excitement and expectations build as we fly to the Maasai Mara with its myth-like stories of bountiful wildlife. Our game drives are rousing exploits in the company of guides who regale us with bush lore, educate us on conservation and entertain us with tall tales. Here we also experience a Maasai village visit, so foreign and yet so welcoming, and a Bush Walk to indulge all of our senses. And the climax? Bush Sundowners —a unique joy of safari life, where one savours the exotic contradiction of a civilised cocktail party staged in the untamed wildness of Africa. Our Fairmont Mara Safari Club accommodations provide delightful nights under canvas.
Day 8 - Day 9 Serengeti
Bush flights are a pleasure in themselves and we wing our way to the Serengeti via Arusha and Nairobi, discovering another legendary safari setting where the vast ecosystem plays host to the planet’s most awesome wildlife spectacle. So unique, in fact, that the Serengeti is a World Heritage Site and listed as an International Biosphere Reserve. Its arching landscapes embody quintessential Africa…golden and endless. Long peaceful days at Migration Camp bring the rewards of excellent game viewing and utter tranquillity.
Day 10 Ngorongoro Crater
The Great Rift Valley is called the “Cradle of Mankind” thanks in part to the discoveries of the Leakey family at Olduvai Gorge, where human fossils date back almost two million years. We explore this remarkable site before continuing to the next, Ngorongoro Crater. Unofficially the “eighth wonder of the natural world,” this ancient amphitheatre forms a unique haven for wildlife, with over 20,000 animals thriving in its near perfect conditions. We stay at the Exploreans Ngorongoro Lodge, a luxury log cabin retreat nestled within Ngorongoro’s volcanic landscape.
Day 11 Ngorongoro Crater
As sunrise streaks the early sky, we head into this magical two-and-a-half-million-year-old caldera. With landscapes unchanged since the dawn of time, the sheer number of species here is incomparable. Elephants, hippos, cheetahs, lions, zebras—with every turn of the head, the
Day 12 Lake Manyara
We make our way to the ancient lake of Manyara, where game is plentiful and the birdwatching magnificent. It is also one of the few places in Africa to see tree-climbing lions, which we may declare our day’s quest. Lake Manyara Escarpment Luxury Lodge, regally perched on the edge of a cliff, yields our own chalets with private decks, from which we can take in the beauty of the
Day 13 - Day 14 Depart Nairobi – Arrive Home
We spend a last morning in the bush admiring unspoilt Africa, preparing to return to civilization. Flying to Nairobi in the afternoon, we enjoy day rooms at the Norfolk before departing Africa in the evening, arriving home on Day 14.
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