Family and Friends/75th Birthday

Mid-July to Early August 2021

What’s the best way to celebrate three-quarters of a century? A Kenyan safari, of course. This trip promises the best of Kenya. The Mara. Amboseli. Naivasha. Mt. Kenya. Ena’s friends and family will explore the diversity of landscapes, animal life, and people that make Kenya such a famous destination.

Days 1-2: Depart the US (overnight flight) and Nairobi 1 night

Day 1: Depart the US
Day 2 Ole Sereni, Nairobi 1 night
• Upon arrival, Patrick meets our various flights just outside baggage for the transfer to the hotel –
only about a 15-minute drive.
Ole Sereni
Located just minutes from the international airport and bordering the Nairobi National Game Park, Ole Sereni offers views of animals in their natural surroundings at the waterhole from the restaurants, bar, roof-top swimming pool, and other parts of the hotel. Once home of the American Embassy, Ole Sereni combines the best features of a modern hotel anda traditional wildlife lodge offering world-class facilities and personalized service. Each of the 134 rooms is exquisitely furnished and air-conditioned.

Included: breakfast


Days 3-5: Amboseli Serena Lodge 3 nights

Days 3-5: Amboseli Serena Lodge 3 nights
• After breakfast at the hotel, we drive with Patrick to Amboseli Park. The total drive time is about 4 hours including a stop or two. Once we enter the Park, we are on a game drive to the Lodge. This afternoon, enjoy more game drives around Amboseli – known for its large elephant herds. After dinner, sit by the bonfire or on the porch sharing the day’s experiences with other guests.
• Today is full of game drives and/or nature walks with the Masai Warriors. There are other camp activities we might want to do. Usually there is a very casual “talk” with one of the warriors during the middle of the day. If you decide to do this, do not hesitate to ask anything at all – no subject is taboo.
• A third day of game drives and some time to relax.

Included: All meals, park fees, game drives, maybe a little surprise!

  • There is a cultural Boma near the Lodge. We can visit it to see how the Masai live. It is interesting, but it has been my experience that the Masai at this boma are very pushy trying to get us to buy things. There is another opportunity to visit a boma when we get to the Masai Mara.

Amboseli Serena Lodge
In the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro and beside a copse of giant acacia trees and a gently flowing natural spring stands Amboseli Serena Lodge, one of Africa’s finest safari accommodations. The lodge offers great views of many types of big game, particularly huge herds of elephants that roam around the area. On the lodge grounds one
encounters hundreds of species of wetland and migratory birds. The luxury en-suite rooms are
accommodated in two single-story buildings that lie to the right and left of the main reception and dining areas. Each tastefully-appointed room features a king-sized bed or luxurious twins, lavish all-encompassing mosquito-curtaining, bathroom (with walk-in shower), writing/vanity unit, and a private veranda to enjoy a view of either majestic Mount Kilimanjaro or the expansive Amboseli plains.

Amboseli National Park
At the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, Amboseli is one of the most popular of Kenya’s national parks. The snowcapped peak of Kilimanjaro, rising above a saucer of clouds, dominates every aspect of Amboseli. Despite its small size and its fragile ecosystem,
Amboseli supports a wide range of mammals (well over 50 of the larger species), birds (over 400 species), and gigantic herds of elephants. Years ago this was the locale around which Ernest Hemingway spun his stories of big-game hunting in the wilds of Africa.

Day 6: Mt. Kenya Mountain Lodge 1 night

Day 6: Mt. Kenya Mountain Lodge 1 night
After an early breakfast, we leave for the Mt. Kenya area arriving at the lodge for lunch. This is a long drive day. This afternoon there will be time to watch game and/or take an optional guided nature walk through the indigenous forest.

Mountain Lodge

The Mountain Lodge is a private hotel, located on the slopes of Mt. Kenya, surrounded by a dense rainforest that comes alive at dusk. At an elevation of 7200 feet, it is laid out specifically for bird and animal watching; all of the rooms have large windows and balconies, and a large artificial watering hole in the clearing attracts forest animals. Lights are kept on all night to attract animals for easy viewing. Elephants, buffaloes, rhinos and waterbucks are regular sights in the evenings and days. Another special feature is the specially constructed bunkers that are connected to the lodge by a short tunnel, allowing spectacular views of the animals while they drink at the waterhole.

Included: All meals, park fees

Days 7-9: Ol Pejeta Bush Camp 3 nights

Days 7-9: Ol Pejeta Bush Camp 3 nights

  • After breakfast, we leisurely depart for a short drive to Ol Pejeta. We can stop along the way if we want, take a bit of time to visit the Nanyuki Weavers, or not. Once we’re at Ol Pejeta, we will have game drives and other camp activities possibly using their guides and vehicles.
  • Another full day of game activities at camp and drives in the Conservancy including the chimpanzee center and a visit to the resident rhino.
  • There is time for more game drives, perhaps a visit to Mount Kenya Safari Club and the Animal Rehabilitation Center – one of my favorites. Might be time to witness the crazy equator demonstration.

Included: park fees, game drives, all meals, beverages, laundry, visit to Weavers, Chimpanzee Center, rhino sanctuary visit

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

The 90,000 acres of open Savannah grassland that is Ol Pejeta Conservancy has some of the highest predator densities in Kenya, and still manages a very successful livestock program. It is also the largest black rhino sanctuary in east Africa, and the 700-acre Endangered Species Enclosure is home to the world’s three last remaining northern white rhino. This is the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees. A 300- acre sanctuary was established to rehabilitate animals rescued from the black market. Ol Pejeta also seeks to support the people living around its borders, to ensure wildlife conservation translates to better education, healthcare and infrastructure for the next generation of wildlife guardians.

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, a traditional and very comfortable bush camp set on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River, offers guests the opportunity for a unique kind of safari experience in Kenya. Spend just one or two nights or stay as long as you want – being as active or as relaxed as you like.  The six traditional safari tents at Ol Pejeta are set along the river a reasonable distance from each other, but the thick vegetation makes each tent feel really private. Each tent comes with warm blankets for the winter mornings, rechargeable solar lights and en-suite bathrooms with hot-water safari bucket showers and flushing toilets. Each has a canvas floor with rugs, a large bed with bedside tables and a luggage rack. Solar power lights the rooms, but you cannot plug things in or charge batteries in your room; this has to be done in the main communal tents. Individual verandas provide the perfect spot to while away an afternoon in privacy, watching the animals come and go along the river bank. The tents suit people who are not after a room with lots of frills, but want it to be comfortable, spacious, clean and of good quality. The central area has two separate safari tents: the unfussy lounge tent decorated with small sofas, armchairs, director’s chairs; and the dining tent dominated by a central communal table.  While in camp view game at the salt lick on the opposite bank of the river. It often brings in rhinos at night, which causes great excitement.  Do remember that Ol Pejeta is at an altitude of 1 800 meters and so it gets extremely cold at night and in the early mornings, especially between June and September: wear plenty of warm layers that you can peel off as the day warms up.

Activities at Ol Pejeta Bush Camp

Activities focus on day and night game drives in 4WD vehicles and walks accompanied by an armed escort. Alex Hunter, the affable and very knowledgeable owner, enjoys taking guests out with a tracker for a few hours looking for birds and signs of wildlife in the bush. 
Some of the other included activities are guided visits to Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Hippo Hide; radio collared lion tracking with the Ol Pejeta predator researchers (when available); day to day cattle ranch activities; visits to the local community projects; bush breakfast, picnics and dinners. Visits to the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee refuge and the Northern White Rhino Sanctuary are also possible. Visits to the latter are best booked in advance due to limited daily visitor numbers.

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp also has two permanent hides.

  • Hippo Hide is located discreetly on the banks of the mighty Ewaso Nyiro river and offers fantastic views of the water – where hippos often spend the day keeping cool in the shallow water. From here, visitors can walk along the Hippo Hide nature trail, which loops back through the bush. Ol Pejeta guides are stationed at the hide and are on standby to talk more about the river, the hippos, and introduce you to the indigenous plants and their values in local medicine. Entry is free, and the hide opens daily from 07:00am – 6:30pm. The best viewing times are between 4.30pm and 6.30pm – when the majority of animals come to drink.
  • Scott’s Hide is located in a wooded area of Scott’s Plain, overlooking a water hole favored by a diverse range of animals. The hide offers photographers, bird watchers and nature lovers a fantastic opportunity to experience wildlife differently. The best viewing times are between 4.30pm and 6.30pm when the majority of animals come to drink. Salt is also periodically laid to attract wildlife. Scott’s hide can comfortably fit six to eight people. Visitors are advised that there are no toilet facilities here, but conveniences can be found at the headquarters not far away. Pre- booking is essential as the hide is locked, and the key will only be given to those with a confirmed booking reference number. Guests have the option to stay here overnight. A vehicle and guide stay with you for security. Dinner is taken along and you sleep on bedrolls on a tree platform. It is a simple and adventurous option that suits people who are keen to do something different.

Chimpanzee Sanctuary

The Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a project initiated in part by the Jane Goodall Institute, allows visitors to see chimps in their own environment. The aim of this project is to set up a colony where chimps can be rehabilitated and introduced to an area similar to their natural habitat.

Nanyuki Spinners and Weavers

Because the Kenyan highlands area around Nanyuki is a major center for sheep and wool production, the Presbyterian Church of East Africa conceived the idea of training women to become self-sufficient. Started in 1977, the women have been able to card, spin, dye, and weave sheep’s wool to make rugs and blankets to generate income for their families. Today over 100 women rely on their income from this project.

Mount Kenya Safari Club

High on the slopes of Africa’s second tallest mountain, the Mount Kenya Safari Club straddles the equator in a glory of luxurious cottages and elegant buildings set amid manicured lawns and decorative ponds. Ever since the
Club’s founding in 1959 by the late film star William Holden, eccentric American Ray Ryan, and Swiss
financier Carl Hirshmann, it has been a Mecca for the international jet-set. With renovations completed in 2008, all rooms have a telephone, log fireplace, and a private bathroom with shower. There are two restaurants and two bars, and the on-site orphan animal petting zoo can be visited at a minimal cost. The gallery of contemporary art and traditional artifacts and the excellent gift shop tempt everyone.

Animal Rehabilitation

There is a very minimal charge at the Safari Club, but you get to actually pet, touch, feed quite a few different
animals, and the monkeys will sit on your shoulder if you want. The Club also has some quite nice shops and is
a great place to stroll around, have a drink, and pretend you are in an era long past.

Mount Kenya National Park

At an elevation of 5,199 meters, Mount Kenya is Africa’s second highest mountain. To the Kikuyu tribes-people it is the home of the Supreme Being, Ngai. Part of the mountain’s fascination is the variation in flora and fauna at various elevations. These forest belts are host to many different animals and plants, with at least eleven unique species. Game to view includes monkeys, bushbucks, elephants, black rhinos, duikers, leopards, and bongos (a rare type of forest antelope). A number of other rare or endangered species, such as the sunni buck, Mount Kenya mole shrew, skink (a kind of lizard), and a variety of owls, can be found here.

Sweetwaters Game Reserve

This game reserve reveals magnificent views across the game-studded plains to the snowcapped peaks of Mount Kenya. The Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a project initiated in part by the Jane Goodall Institute, allows visitors to see chimps in their own environment. The aim of this project is to set up a colony where chimps can be rehabilitated and introduced to an area similar to their natural habitat.

Nanyuki Spinners and Weavers

Because the Kenyan highlands area around Nanyuki is a major center for sheep and wool production, the Presbyterian Church of East Africa conceived the idea of training women to become self-sufficient.  Started in 1977, the women have been able to card, spin, dye, and weave sheep’s wool to make rugs and blankets to generate income for their families. Today over 100 women rely on their income from this project.

Days 10-11: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge 2 nights

Days 10-11: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge 2 nights

(4 hours’ drive)

  • After breakfast, we depart for Lake Nakuru, world famous for its flamingos. The drive takes us through some beautiful landscapes and interesting towns. A stop at Thompson’s Falls is a good place to stretch our legs and explore the local market. After lunch at one of the lodges, enjoy a game drive to see the flamingos and other game. Then depart in time to arrive Naivasha in time for dinner. (or we may elect to spend the night at Nakuru)
  • Today we have a boat trip around the Lake and a game walk on Crescent Island. Watch for game on the lawn, take a guided walk with the on-site naturalist, or just relax in our rooms. There may be time to visit Hell’s Gate or some take a real game walk at Crater Lake.
    • When we go to Naivasha and if there is time, we can stop for lunch at my favorite restaurant. It is a truly local restaurant, no plumbing, no electricity, and authentic Kenyan food. I have eaten there for 10 years or more. Just if you want a truly Kenyan experience. I will pay for everyone as a little treat!

Included: meals, game drives, park fees, boat trip and game walk on Crescent Island

Lake Nakuru National Park
The size of the alkaline Lake Nakuru fluctuates with the seasons, but its international fame comes from its having
the largest flamingo concentration in the world. Lake Nakuru National Park should not be regarded only as a flamingo sanctuary, however, because the Park is also an outstanding place for watching a variety of other birds, including other brackish water species and birds of prey. Herds of waterbuck, gazelle, impala, and reedbuck graze in the surrounding acacia woods and grasslands of Lake Nakuru National Park. This park is an important
sanctuary for both Black and White Rhino, often seen resting under acacias by the shore, and the park offers one of the best chances in Kenya of seeing a leopard.

Thompson’s Falls
Located near Nyahururu, Kenya’s highest town, and set amongst lush tea plantations and conifer forests is Thompson’s Falls. The Ewaso River plummets over 200 feet into a boulder-strewn gorge. It was discovered in 1880 by the explorer Joseph Thompson who was the first of Kenya’s European settlers to walk from Mombasa to Kampala. There are many native shops, Kikuyu in native dress, and other interesting characters along the path to the falls.

Naivasha Sopa Lodge
On the southern shores of Lake Naivasha sits Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge. Naivasha, the only freshwater lake within Africa’s Great Rift Valley, teems with freshwater fish and bathing hippos. Here the avid bird watcher sees paradise in a vast array of exotic bird life, and the region is host to distinctive herds of plains game and the elusive black-faced colobus monkey. Lake Naivasha Sopa
Lodge has panoramic views of the lake and its environs, and luxuriously appointed rooms have spacious sunken lounges, with upper-floor rooms featuring their own private balcony on which to relax, sunbathe or view game.

Lake Naivasha

Naivasha, the highest and only freshwater lake within Africa’s Great Rift Valley (and Kenya’s second largest
freshwater lake), is unique in that it has no known outlet, normally a prerequisite for a lake. Teeming with freshwater fish and bathing hippos, the avid bird watcher sees paradise in a vast array of exotic bird life attracted by the large population of fish. The region also hosts distinctive herds of plains game and the elusive black-faced colobus monkey.

Crescent Island

This partially submerged volcanic crater is a private game sanctuary with herds of wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, gazelle, and other plains game. Visitors can walk freely around the  island among the herds of game. Crescent Island’s beauty is confirmed by the fact that much of Out of Africa was filmed here.

Hell’s Gate National Park

This tiny Park, located between Lake Naivasha and the Longonot and Suswa volcanoes, provides a variety of wildlife, unusual flora and many species of birds and is one of only two Kenyan parks where climbing, walking and biking are allowed. Covered by ashes from the Longonot eruption 100 years ago, the park is famous for its geothermal station, Lower Gorge, and spectacular scenery. Some of the more interesting points of interest are:

  • Fischer Tower, a 75-foot high rocky tower, was formed by semi-molten rock forced through a fissure, cooling and solidifying as it extruded. To the Masai community, the tower is a Masai girl who was turned to stone after disobeying the family before her wedding. Watch for the rock hyrax (dassies) that are quite unperturbed by humans. You might
    even venture to climb the tower.
  • Obsidian Caves are comprised of distinctive black glass-like obsidian rock, and there is a trail that leads you to a lookout over the plains around the Mt. Longonot. Obsidian resulted from the rapid cooling of molten volcanic lava coming in contact with water. Iron and magnesium give the obsidian a dark green to black color. Some obsidian contains small air bubbles that produce interesting effects such as a golden or rainbow sheen.
  • Ol Karia Geothermal Power Station stands over the lava flow of the Ol Karia extinct volcano and uses the super-heated steam locked 4,500 ft below surface (one of the hottest sources of the world) to provide 25 percent of Kenya’s electricity.
  • Hell’s Gate’s Cliffs are formed of columnar basalt. The best time to drive within the cliffs is late in the afternoon as the game comes out of cover and you may see herds of buffalo and eland drinking at the waterholes and hundreds of birds flying and nesting in the rocky walls. The large white droppings on the rocky cliffs indicate vulture nests. Grassy plains below the towering cliffs offer visitors a safe place to walk alongside giraffe, eland, hartebeest, buffalo, and other small gazelles and antelopes. Lion, leopard, and cheetah are very rare. Keep your eyes open for small troops of klipspringer and rock hyrax living in rocky area.

Lion Hill Camp
Situated in the heart of Kenya’s Rift Valley is Sarova Lion Hill Lodge, nestled on the banks of one of east Africa’s most famous soda lakes, Lake Nakuru. Two major features of this park are the birdlife (particularly the thousands of flamingoes that create a shimmering pink hue over the lake) and the rhino sanctuary that provides the opportunity to see the endangered black rhino. All bedrooms are chalets with private bath and a veranda with panoramic views of the flamingo pink-rimmed lake. Other facilities include a restaurant, bar with a large viewing deck overlooking Lake Nakuru and the distant hills, a swimming pool, sauna, laundry service, and gift shop.

Chui Lodge
Located in the privately owned Oserian Sanctuary (which is itself in the Great Rift Valley), the exclusive Chui Lodge overlooks a waterhole with the dramatic Mau Escarpment as a backdrop. This setting epitomizes the Masai translation of the word Oserian (“place of peace”). The five well-spaced cottages and the main building are constructed of simple bush stone and local woods. Each cottage is uniquely designed with en-suite bathrooms, a private veranda, fireplace and a magnificent four-poster olive wood king-sized bed. With only five rooms, Chui
Lodge is known for excellent service from staff and attention to detail like no other place ever visited. For the active guest, private game drives or walks with private guides through the sanctuary’s 20,000 acres or along miles of unspoiled lakefront are available. Other optional activities include sundowners, champagne breakfasts by the lake, boating trips on Lake Naivasha, climbing, swimming, bird watching, and trips to Hell’s Gate National Park.

Days 12-13: Encounter Mara Camp 2 nights

Days 12-13: Encounter Mara Camp 2 nights

  • We drive towards the Masai Mara and turn off to the Naboisho Conservancy. This is where I did the Big Cat Research a couple of years ago. We may be able to visit the volunteer base and Guide School on our way to the Camp. We have game drives, walks, night drives, a viewing platform and lots more. We may even travel on some of the roads I helped build!

Included: All meals, park fees, game drives, drinks, and laundry

Mara Encounter Camp

Encounter Mara is a luxury eco-camp tucked away in a stunning valley in the exclusive game-filled
Naboisho Conservancy. Each of the camp’s 12 spacious tents features its own private veranda with a view over the surrounding savannah. Tents are constructed from canvas and natural materials and furnished with handmade furniture. With a generous spacing between tents, guests have an entirely private space for personal relaxation. The tents boast simple and elegant décor, soaking in the beauty of the surrounding bush – pure luxury in the wild.

Naboisho Conservancy
The conservancy has been formed by putting together parcels of land owned by over 500 Maasai landowner families and conservancy fees are directed back to these landowners, providing them with a sustainable livelihood in return for setting aside their land as a wildlife reserve. The Mara Naboisho Conservancy also limits the number of tourists who may enter the area, thereby reducing the crowds of vehicles. Guests often find themselves the only vehicle around, giving spectacular, unspoiled views of exciting wildlife. Initial research indicates that Mara Naboisho Conservancy has one of the highest densities of lions in Africa. One of the major prides, comprised of 22 lions, makes its home near Encounter Mara. The conservancy also has impressive numbers of elephant, giraffe, and other plains animals, in addition to hosting endangered species like Cheetahs and some of the rarest animals in Kenya, such as Wild Dog which have been sighted recently in the conservancy.

Days 14-16: Entim Mara 3 nights
  • Days 14-16: Entim Mara 3 nights
    We leave this morning driving about 2 hours (maybe a stop at the REAL village) to the Masai Mara arriving in time for lunch and an afternoon game drive. We are on a game drive from the time we enter the Park until we reach our camp. Enjoy watching game from our tents and/or
    the camp common areas. Patrick is our personal guide on the Mara. For the entire time, we arrange with him what we want to do each day…. return to camp between game activities, take a picnic for a full day game adventure, many options.
  • We have an early game drive (or a full-day game drive) to witness the migration and other amazing wildlife so abundant on the Mara. One morning we have an early hot air balloon lift-off to watching the sunrise over the Mara and migration. Upon landing, feast on a full bush champagne breakfast followed by a game drive back to the camp. The rest of the day is at leisure for game drives and watching the migration.
  • Our final day on the Mara.

Mara Entim

Entim, meaning “forest” in Maasai, was designed to be in the best possible location to view the wildebeest migration in the Maasai Mara game reserve and for a few months of the year the migration is on its doorstep. Overlooking the Mara River only a short drive away from where the Talek and Mara rivers converge, the camp is positioned between major wildebeest crossings. At Entim you don’t have to drive for hours to get to the wildlife action because you
are right there in the middle of it, nor do you have to leave the Park before gates close at 6.30 pm. You can continue to witness the wild’s most important and dramatic events, which often take place at dusk and dawn, from your tent or while sipping a cocktail. Each of the 10 guest tents overlooks the Mara River and is en-suite with flush-toilets and hot showers. There is a cozy lounge area with a small library and a separate bar and dining area that is open-fronted allowing guests the unmatched experience of eating meals while watching the animals move to and from the river to drink and forage for their food. Enjoy delicious home-cooked meals and a selection of house wines from the famous wineries of South Africa. Bread, cakes and pastries are all baked in camp, while fresh produce is flown in regularly. If you wish you can dine
privately on your own verandah.

Included: hot air balloon safari, boma visit, game drives, park fees, all soft drinks, water, beers, house wines and non-luxury spirits are included in the room rates. Champagne, special wines and luxury spirits are at an
additional cost.

The Masai Mara National Reserve
The Masai Mara Game Reserve is widely considered to be Africa’s greatest wildlife reserve. The Mara comprises 200 square miles of open plains, woodlands, and riverine forest. Contiguous with the plains of the Serengeti in Tanzania, the Mara is home to a breathtaking array of life. The vast grassland plains are scattered with herds of zebra, giraffe, gazelle, and topi, and the acacia forests abound with birdlife and monkeys. Elephants and buffalo wallow in the wide Musiara Swamp while the Mara and Talek Rivers brim with hippos and crocodiles. Each year the Mara plays host to the world’s greatest natural spectacle: the Great Wildebeest Migration from the Serengeti. From July to October, the promise of rain and fresh life-giving grass in the north brings more than 1.3 million wildebeests together into a single massive herd. They pour across the border into the Mara, making a spectacular entrance in a surging column of life that stretches from horizon to horizon. At the Mara River they mass together on the banks before finally plunging forward through the raging waters, creating a frenzy as they fight against swift currents and waiting crocodiles. The Mara has been called the Kingdom of the Lions, and these hunters dominate the grasslands. Cheetahs are also a common sight in the Mara, as are hyena and smaller predators such as jackals.

Day 17: Giraffe Manor Karen, Kenya 1 night

Day 17: Giraffe Manor Karen, Kenya 1 night

  • Bid farewell to the Mara and the magnificent migration and drive (or fly) back to Nairobi. (If we fly, Giraffe Manor staff meets our flight.) Either way, we’ll be at the Manor in time for lunch. This afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the public giraffe center, visit the Karen Blixen Museum and then have cocktails with the giraffes as they come back to the Manor.

Included: All meals, all beverages, Giraffe Center, Nature Park, Giraffes at Breakfast, transportation to local
sites, laundry, free Wi-Fi

I’ve listed some other places of interest around Giraffe Manor. We can get the staff to take us this afternoon, or
Patrick can take us to any of these before our flight home.

Giraffe Manor

Built in 1932 by Sir David Duncan, Giraffe Manor is situated on 120 acres of land. In 1974 Jock Leslie-Melville (grandson of a Scottish earl) and his wife, Betty (who also founded the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife) bought the Manor. They then moved five babies of the highly endangered Rothschild giraffe to their property where they have been successfully reared and now have calves of their own. When Jock died, Betty decided to open her house to visitors. Exclusive, spacious, and elegant, it is the only place in the world where one can feed giraffes from the second floor bedroom window, over the lunch table, and at the front door. Guests can feed and photograph the giraffes and warthogs at the Manor, and also wander through the adjoining primeval forest to view the bushbuck, dikdik, and more than 180 bird species found there. One bedroom is furnished with Karen Blixen’s (Out of Africa) furniture that she gave to Jock and Betty when she left Kenya.

Giraffe Center at Giraffe Manor
The Center provides a taste of the Africa most tourists come to Kenya to see. In addition to the short nature walk, the Giraffe Center offers the rare opportunity to be (safely) close enough to the animals to feed and touch them. The entrance fee to the Center supports the re-establishment of the Rothschild giraffes in Kenya.

Karen Blixen Museum
This museum was originally the home of Karen Blixen, who came to Kenya from Denmark in the early part of the 20th century. The present museum sits at the heart of the larger coffee plantation run by Blixen between 1914 and 1931. Upon Kenya’s independence, the Danish government donated the house and surrounding land to Kenya. The house was restored by the Danish government and was used during the filming of Out of Africa. Much of the original furniture is on display in the house and,
combined with the beautifully landscaped gardens and encompassing view of the Ngong Hills, the Museum has continued to be a very popular destination for international and local visitors.

Kazuri Bead Shop
This workshop is located at the base of the Ngong Hills outside Nairobi, on a portion of the farm once owned by Karen von Blixen of Out of Africa fame. Lady Susan Wood founded Kazuri (which means “small and beautiful” in Swahili, the language of Kenya) in 1975, after observing that many women in the villages around Nairobi were nearly destitute. She and two Kikuyu women organized a ceramic workshop and taught jewelry making to the poor, and the instruction continues to this day. Each bead that
makes up a necklace or bracelet is shaped by hand, without the aid of molds or forms, by one of the 90 local women employed by Kazuri. The beads are then polished and kiln-fired, painted, and fired again before being strung. You will see the ladies making the beads at the shop.

Matt Bronze
This is a wonderful gallery with a large selection of hand-made bronzes. There are pieces of all sizes and prices – everything from tasteful animal footprint ashtrays to jewelry, picture frames, and life-size sculptures.

Days 18 and 19: Breakfast with the giraffes and Flight Home

Days 18 and 19: Breakfast with the giraffes and Flight Home

  • After breakfast with the giraffes, Patrick is available for any last-minute shopping or stops we want to make. We might consider going to the Daphne Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage (open from 11am – 12n only) and dinner at the Carnivore before going to the airport for our evening flight home. Depending on flight time, we can arrange a day room, activities, etc.
  • Day 19 Arrive Home

Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
The wife of the late David Sheldrick, founder and warden of Tsavo National Park, Sheldrick has been working with wild animals for some 60 years, and in 1977 she opened the elephant orphanage at her home in Nairobi. Here her trained staff of eight virtually replaces the baby elephants’ families. Watch and pet the babies while learning all about the elephant’s life.

The Carnivore Restaurant
Considered “Africa’s Greatest Eating Experience,” this open-air meat specialty restaurant has strikingly different food and atmosphere. All types of meat imaginable, including four choices of wild game, are roasted on traditional Masai swords over a huge, visually spectacular charcoal pit that dominates the entrance of the restaurant. The waiters then carry these meat-laden swords around the restaurant, carving unlimited amounts of the prime cuts onto sizzling, cast iron plates in front of you. A wide selection of salads, vegetable side dishes, and a variety of exotic sauces accompanies the meat feast. Dessert and coffee follow the meal. The Carnivore is also the home of the Simba Saloon, Nairobi’s most popular nightclub and disco. The informal outdoor atmosphere, exceptional snacks, and outstanding entertainment ensure a vibrant and exciting night out.

Cost and Terms

Cost and Terms

Please contact ena@enaja.com for more information about the cost and pricing of this trip.

Please note: This is basically an all-inclusive trip. Because of the potential group size, reservations (deposits) will have to be made no later than this spring. We will probably be reserving entire safari camps in a few locations. There is a good possibility that the rates may
change due to final group size, 2021 rate increases (hope not), use of family tents, children’s rates, etc. I have calculated this as close as I can. Once we have a committed number, I can work on finalizing the itinerary, rates, etc. You can expect to hear from me with LOTS of questions as the planning proceeds.

Because there has been so much interest in the idea of a family/friends/my 75th safari, I am going to ask for a non-refundable $250 deposit per person if you are seriously interested. Obviously, this would apply to your final safari cost. It is only with guaranteed interest that I am able to finalize everything, hold the space, and get the best rates.

Please CLICK HERE for Terms and Conditions of Enaja Safaris and Tours, Inc.


  • Airport transfers
  • All accommodations
  • Full-Board while on safari
  • All transportation in 4-wheel drive Land
  • Cruisers (maximum 5 per vehicle)
  • First aid kit
  • Wildlife books
  • Binoculars
  • Cool box with water and your choice
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Battery ports
  • Private driver/guides – excellent English
  • All game park entrance fees
  • All government taxes
  • Flying Doctor Society Membership for emergency evacuation to the closest hospital
  • All game drives
  • Hot-Air Balloon ($450)
  • Masai Boma visit
  • Daphne Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage fee

Also included:
Ol Pejeta Bush Camp

  • All beverages except premium and champagne
  • Laundry
  • Night game drives
  • Visit to Nanyuki Weavers
  • Rhino Sanctuary visit
  • Animal Rehabilitation Entrance Fee at Mount

Kenya Safari Club

  • Visit to the Chimpanzee Center


  • Lunch at my little local restaurant (weather permitting)
  • Boat trip on Lake Naivasha
  • Game walk on Crescent Island

Encounter Mara

  • All beverages except premium and champagne
  • Night drives
  • Laundry

Mara Entim

  • All beverages except premium and champagne
  • Laundry

Giraffe Manor

  • All beverages except premium and champagne
  • Laundry


  • Personal items such as: drinks, tobacco, phone calls, email
  • Laundry, except as noted
  • Drinks except where noted
  • Meals in Nairobi except where noted
  • Personal shopping
  • Incidental tips to camp staff
  • Gratuities to drivers/guides
  • International airfare
  • Kenyan Visa ($50)