Kenya's dazzling landscapes blend old-world charm with unforgettable safari experiences. Take your partner and escape into untouched Africa, journeying far from roads, tourists, and any other reminders of the modern world. Kenya becomes a private paradise as you explore the game filled wilderness on foot, horseback, and by vehicle. This 12 night luxury safari in Kenya showcases Kenya at its most romantic and remote, the whole experience...
Day 1 - 2
Nairobi – Welcome to Kenya!
After the flight to Kenya, two nights at your comfortable hotel ensure you're fully rested before the safari adventure. A renowned kitchen blends international and African cuisine, hundreds of bird species sing from the treetops, and a gaggle of ungulate species chase each other around the vast gardens. Soak up the grandeur and marvel at the first impressions of Kenya but remember, you're just 30 minutes outside the capital city, so just imagine how impressive the safari will be when you head out into the wilderness.
Meru National Park – Into the Wilderness
Leave Nairobi and fly north, landing in the remote ruggedness of Meru National Park. The airstrip is one of wilderness revelry, a strip of tarmac amongst high grass and wandering pachyderms. Mount Kenya dominates the landscape, its defined peak dominating green hills crisscrossed by rivers. Journey into the trees and your camp is tucked along a pristine space of riverine forest, elegant views of the Bisandi River greeting you on arrival. Check into a stunning en-suite tent and watch the river. Impala and kudu are drinking, tentatively sipping as they watch for predators. Elephants don't have the same fears. They charge down the banks and splash in the shallows, great water jets cascading out of trunks.
Camping might not sound like preferred accommodation for a romantic escape. But this is camping, Kenyan style. Canvas tents ensure the immersion in nature feels absolute, but the rest of your accommodation is more like a grand home than a camp. Traditional wood features abound; flushing toilets and hot showers can be found in your en-suite bathroom in the bush, and luxuriant beds are raised above the landscape. The evening campfire’s surrounded by wild animal silhouettes, private breakfasts watch over a wild game party at the river, and you can hear a lion roar as the sun goes down.
Day 4 - 5
Meru National Park – Spectacular Game Drives and Evening Walking Safaris
A hippo's wheeze-honk wakes you at sunrise. Open the curtains and from the bed you can spot the culprit, an indecisive youngster trying to choose between grazing and wallowing in the river. Your guide brings over a luxury bush breakfast and discusses today's options. Every day's safari activities will be individualized to your interests. Long game drives get intimate with Meru's big game. Expect leopards and lions hiding in the tall grass, dozens of ungulate species dining on overgrown wilderness, and a dazzling collection of bird species providing a feast for both eyes and ears. You're watching and admiring, chatting away as you both experience the intimacy of African safari. Then silence. Conversation is cut mid-sentence and you stare at the forest edge. Slowly, almost painfully slowly, two Black rhino emerge from the trees. You stand spellbound, silently marveling at the elegance of two rare and beautiful animals walking your way. Sometimes, there really isn't need for words.
Evenings provide dramatic opportunities to walk hand in hand. An armed ranger leads the way, taking you into this Big Five landscape as the sun relinquishes its power over the day. Follow ancient antelope trails and nothing is scared. Smaller wildlife may run from the sound of an engine, but ungulates aren't fearful of footsteps. Kudu and eland stand and stare, pointed horns belying gentle faces. Gazelle skip across the trail, and then an elephant bulldozes through the trees and you must quickly backtrack. Return to the camp and the evening's enchantment follows a similar pattern. It's just you, your partner, a kerosene lantern, and Meru's mesmeric soundtrack. Oh, and the full cast of Animal Planet drinking from the river below.
Laikipia – Dramatic Journeys Across the Laikipia Plateau
Mount Kenya continues to dominate the landscape as you drive across the Laikipia Plateau, en route to another of Kenya's hidden treasures. The vast rural plains between Mount Kenya and the Rift Valley offer an animal paradise. It's an unfenced land, home to just about every African mammal and virtually no roads. Journey across the hills, soaking up the stunning panoramas as you head towards your safari lodge. Hidden away on a 24,000 acre private ranch, the next three nights will provide a home away from home in the heart of Kenya's wilderness. You will arrive in time for a long afternoon game drive through Laikipia.
Laikipia – Soaking up Old World Charm in Laikipia Hills
Your en-suite cottage screams of yesteryear, bursting with a grandeur associated with the early explorers. As you share a bottle of wine on the private verandah, a herd of red hartebeest charge past. They've escaped three lionesses who have abandoned the hunt. That's the thing about this Kenyan safari vacation; even when all seems silent and the two of you are deep in romantic reverie, the wildlife springs up and offers something new. Like Meru, this is very much a private experience and your own piece of the Kenyan landscape. There are just a small handful of other guests at Sosian and you could go days without seeing them. Discreet staff brings sumptuous food and wine to your room and a personal guide is ready with a new set of safari experiences.
Laikipia – Unforgettable Horse or Camel Back Safari
Game drives take you close. Stop the vehicle beside a lion pride and the predatory cats will come to inspect. They'll wander around the vehicle, lucid expressions ensuring your hands remain firmly inside. Continue the drive and you could be eying a leopard jumping down from a tree, a hippo pod splashing about in the shallows, or a zebra herd galloping across the horizon. In fact, you'll probably be viewing all the above. African safari isn't a zoo experience; it's always unpredictable. But the abundance of Kenya's plains is what keeps it in the premier position of African safari destinations.
Game drives are merely the start. This itinerary unveils a multitude of authentic experiences to have with the Big Five and more. Laikipia's unique additions are horseback and camelback safaris. Experienced riders can gallop across these inviting plains, hooves thundering through the dust towards zebra herds. Horseback provides an unrivaled intimacy and thrill, the wind rushing through your hair as you gallop alongside a herd of black and white stripes. Stay calm as you trot past the elephants and then allow the horse to kick up dust and return to your cottage. Inexperienced riders can also take a horseback safari although it will be at a more sedate pace. Going by camelback really evokes the adventures of early explorers, the desert giant calmly plodding past all of Laikipia's remarkable wildlife. As always, all safari activities are included and your personal guide will plan a program to suit your interests.
Maasai Mara – First Impressions of the Maasai Mara
This morning you fly south, touching down beside the planet's most renowned safari destination: the Maasai Mara. Wildebeest are everywhere, dotting the plains with a patchwork of hooves and bushy hair. Come to the Mara from July to September and the wildebeest numbers increase exponentially, over a million of them migrating north from the Serengeti after crossing crocodile-infested rivers. But even outside these months, the omnipresence of wildebeest is staggering. Thompson's gazelle join them on the plains, further dots on the flourishing grassland. These first impressions quickly warp into hyper-reality, the same sights repeating themselves from every angle; wildebeest, gazelle, and a hidden collection of predators waiting to pounce. After you are picked up at the airstrip, the whole drive to your safari camp is a game drive. And these ubiquitous scenes keep repeating themselves from your luxurious camp balcony.
Day 10 - 11
Maasai Mara – Complete Immersion
The same iconic scene greets you in the morning; thousands of wildebeest, hundreds of zebra, a smattering of larger mammals, and the mischievous whiff of a big cat lurking nearby. Your camp is one of the Maasai Mara's most exclusive and a premier destination for a romantic escape. The camp has its own private concession, a vast area of the Mara that can only be explored by its handful of guests. Out on a game drive you spot a leopard. It's stalking, dipping into the grass and approaching an unsuspecting gazelle herd. Few scenes are as sought after, the interaction between predator and prey reaching its pinnacle. While the Maasai Mara's popularity often means that this kind of scene becomes surrounded by safari trucks, at your camp, the experience is only shared with your partner.
Lion prides seem to be everywhere in the Mara. They drink from shriveled waterholes, inspect the plains from rocky pinnacles, and lounge in the grass with content bellies. Cheetahs and hyena have also found abundant heaven here, one using grace and speed, the other snacking on leftovers. Spotting these big cats from your verandah is a strong possibility. Watching bushy buffalo from the tent is even more likely. You're drinking a fresh morning coffee and a whole herd of them graze just meters away. As always, your tent is fabulously furnished, well separated from other guests, and complete with a hot shower with views onto the wilderness.
The Maasai Mara isn't a one day destination. Appreciating its beauty requires an immersion in its scale. Long game drives cover vast stretches of the park, the interaction between predator and prey omnipresent. Grass keeps rolling, hooves continue to pound against the earth, and the immersion in nature's greatest theater becomes absolute. With four days here you get to explore at a relaxed pace, ensuring there's plenty of free time to sit back and watch the Mara unfold from your verandah. So uncork the champagne and experience a part of the Maasai Mara reserved for just the two of you.
Maasai Mara – Nighttime Safari Drives and Walking
Imagine walking through the Maasai Mara. Now try to imagine exploring at night, the plains eerily dark and lion roars rising out of the darkness. These experiences aren't possible in the main part of the park. But the rules are relaxed at your camp's private concession, so nighttime game drives and walking safaris are easy to incorporate into the itinerary. Surely there can't be a more memorable romantic walk than exploring the Maasai Mara. And few safari experiences are as memorable as waiting in the dark wilderness for a large herd of elephants to walk past. The focus for this whole itinerary has been to offer an individualized slice of Kenya's famed wildlife; one that elevates amorous reverie and provides delightful impressions of escapism. Perhaps that's epitomized by these two unique adventures in the world's most famous safari destination.
Nairobi – Departure
After 12 days you say goodbye to wild Africa, but first enjoy an aerial view of the Maasai Mara on a local flight taking you back to Nairobi. From here you will transfer onto your onward international connection.
- Completely escape into Kenya's spectacular safari wilderness by exploring the delights of three diverse reserves and national parks
- Combine the big game immersion with an old-world charm that evokes the adventures of early explorers
- Enjoy four days of unrivaled luxury in the world renowned Maasai Mara, watching all the Big Five roam past your romantic camp and then exploring further with long private game drives
- Start the safari adventure in remote Meru National Park, a hidden gem that catapults you straight into the intimacy of wild Africa; think campfires overlooking elephants, Black rhino spotted on a walking safari, and nature singing a nightly lullaby
- Soak up the delightful charms of Laikipia Hills, the reserve's stunning big game experienced from horseback, camelback, and private game drives
- Watch giraffe come to your luxury bedroom window in Nairobi, an idyllic first impression of Kenya's wildlife enchantment
- Elevate the romance with some of Kenya's finest luxury accommodation, including colonial grandeur on a private ranch, seductive camps overlooking the river, and your own private piece of the Maasai Mara
- All safari experiences are private and each camp has been carefully selected to offer maximum privacy and intimacy, both with the natural environment and your partner
Wake up. Look around. Elephants roam beneath the camp, rhino footprints are visible in the sand, and an eclectic cast wanders wild before your eyes. There are no other people, it's hundreds of miles from a road, and the immersion in wilderness is absolute. This is Kenya. This is your own private piece of big game paradise and a vacation of safari experiences that combine old-world charm with unforgettable nature. Over these twelve nights you explore off the beaten track Kenya, each of the four destinations reveling in luxury, inimitability, and intimacy. World renowned Maasai Mara, the remote Meru National Park, opulent grandeur in Laikipia...each destination has a unique appeal and colorful animal cast. Each excels in simultaneously providing impressions of escapism with the feeling of being alive in nature's greatest playground. Few vacations are as romantic. And few can deliver such an extraordinary concoction of individualized safari experiences.
Your romantic Kenyan vacation starts in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital hiding enchanting treasures. Gaze out from your luxuriant suite and giraffe cover the garden. Some will approach and feed from your hand, others will nod hello and peer into your bedroom. This is just the start, the relaxing trailer for what's to come. Fly into rugged Meru National Park, a pristine wilderness that only has two permanent camps. Elephants drink, hippos wheeze-honk, lions hide in the grass, and you get to experience it all from the romantic privacy of your wooden framed camp. Wake to the sounds of the wild, game drive through remote big game filled plains, enjoy campfires surrounded by animal silhouettes, and take evening walking safaris into your own piece of wild Africa.
Wildlife is obviously integral to the whole experience. Lion prides, leopards, rare Black rhinos, obscure antelopes; Kenya has all the game you've dreamed of and then an eclectic superfluity of species you can't even imagine. It's not just about individual sighting. These 12 days immerse you in the unforgettable scale and continual wildlife interaction of Africa. So don't think lion prides and gazelle. Think lion prides chasing gazelle and the scene repeating itself day after day. And remember, by staying in luxury camps and private reserves you won't be sharing the experience with other visitors. All the carefully selected accommodation exudes an old-world charm and grandeur, elevating the romance and showcasing a very intimate side to Kenya.
After Meru you drive across the Laikipia Plateau to Laikipia Hills, where you spend three nights on a vast private ranch. Follow ancient antelope trails on foot, horseback ride alongside zebra herds, take camelback safaris into a beautiful landscape, and enjoy individualized game drives that explore vast stretches reserved for those on four legs. Few African safari experiences are as opulent or elegant. Completing this handcrafted vacation is a four night stay in the Maasai Mara, home to the great wildebeest migration and one of nature's most flourishing collections of big cats. Your luxury camp has its own private concession, allowing you and your partner to be alone with arguably the planet's most famous game reserve. Walk hand in hand through the Mara, take nighttime game drives into lion country, and then lie back and watch the natural theater from the comfort of the bed.
All safari experiences on this vacation will be personalized to you and your partners' needs. Every safari activity is included and the day's itinerary can be decided with your private guide. The detailed itinerary provides an in-depth look at all the activities on offer. Like all Zicasso vacations, each facet of this itinerary is fully customizable. Be sure to visit the section for reviews of Kenya luxury trips.
$5,845 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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