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The Elephant Expedition

This is a 12 day safari that gives you exclusive access to the most magnificent African mammal; the Elephant. Your experience is further enhanced by your guides and their knowledge and experience, as well as their unique access to some of the experts that are helping to conserve these remarkable animals.

Your safari begins with a visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the orphaned baby elephants. You will spend the afternoon at a private viewing of the gorgeous creatures, watching them play and feed and you will be able to get up close and personal with these special babies.

The following day you will fly by private charter to Tsavo East National Park where you will spend 3 days with the Ithumba arm of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. This is where the orphaned elephants go once they are ready to be re-introduced back into the wild.

On the fifth day you will fly by private charter to the Chyulu Hills where you will be staying at Ol Donyo Lodge. Its location on the Mbirikani Group Ranch is unrivalled with full views of Mount Kilimanjaro and in the path of seasonal elephant migrations. This area is famous for it’s enormous “tuskers”; bull elephants with huge tusks.

After breakfast on the eighth day you will fly by private charter to our private mobile camp in the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The Maasai Mara is arguable the most spectacular wildlife experience, the variety of species, and the sheer numbers provide an unending feast for one’s safari appetite.

On the last day you will depart after breakfast by a private charter to Nairobi to catch your international flight back home. The safari has come to an end, but your memories will fill your dreams forever.

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Finch & Chimps

For many, an encounter with Chimpanzees and Gorillas is a once in a lifetime tick off the bucket list. This safari offers the two best places for viewing these incredible creatures. It is 10 days of 'monkey madness’ that will be something you talk about for years to come.

You will arrive in Tanzania and fly to Greystoke Camp in the Mahale Mountains which is situated on a stunning white sandy beach on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, at the base of the Mahale Mountains . Here you will spend the mornings trekking into the stunning tropical rainforest to spend time with the habituated chimpanzee families. In the afternoon you can enjoy the many other activities available to you, including kayaking, snorkelling, fishing, or taking a sundowner cruise on the lake.

On the 4th day you will fly by private charter to Kigali, in Rwanda, where you will take a private helicopter charter to the Parc National de Volcans. The mornings here will be spent trekking into the mountains to see one of the five habituated gorilla families in the area. For many this is perhaps the most poignant and thrilling wildlife experience to be had anywhere – to see the Mountain Gorilla in its natural habitat. The afternoons will be spent relaxing or visiting some of the community projects in the area.

On the 6th day after trekking for gorillas in the morning you will transfer by helicopter to Nyungwe Forest National Park. This flight gives you a spectacular perspective of the Rwandan countryside, it is no wonder that it is called the land of many hills. Nyungwe Forest NP is home to 13 different primates, including, Chimpanzees, Black and White Colubus, Grey-Cheeked Mangabey, the Blue Monkey and the Golden Monkey.

On the penultimate day you will be driven to Kigali where you can visit some of the historical attractions, including the genocide memorials and museums. Enjoy a final evening in Africa, and a good night’s rest before getting your international flight back home.

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Kenya Dig It!

This safari puts together some of the very best spots in Kenya. With over 35 years experience of safaris in Kenya we have been just about everywhere, and we know what’s good, when, and what’s not. In our opinion a perfect safari should have the combination of fabulous small & intimate lodges and luxury mobile camps in places that no one else goes. Kenya has incredible diversity in terms of wildlife, topography and landscapes, some of the animals that you will find in the Northern part of Kenya can not be found anywhere else in Africa. Using our intimate knowledge of the very best current destinations we have put together this must-do itinerary. It serves perfectly well for older groups and families alike.

The safari starts in Kenya’s dramatically picturesque Northeast at Sarara Camp, a stunning lodge in the Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust, an area of incredible beauty with good chances of seeing leopard and wild dog. The next stop is our private mobile camp on Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Lewa is home to 10% of Kenya’s black rhino and 14% of their white rhino, as well as having the largest single population of the endangered Grevy’s zebra. After Lewa we travel by road to the idyllic Enasoit Ranch in the Laikipia Plateau, where elephant, buffalo, lion and plains game form a constant procession to the waterhole in front of camp. The final stop on the safari is our Carr-Hartley Private camp in the great Maasai Mara National Reserve. This safari has been planned on two separate dates, so that you can enjoy the incredible wildebeest migration whilst missing the summer crowds.

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Photographing Kenya's Northern Tribes by Helicopter

The tribes of Kenya are remarkably photogenic. The mixture of beaded jewellery, colourful fabrics and dyes, feathers and striking features makes these people some of the world’s most fascinating to photograph. This safari gives you unique and exclusive access to some of the most interesting tribes in Northern Kenya, not only that, but due to the locations of these tribes you will fly by private helicopter for the entire 8 day safari.

Travelling by helicopter allows you to access areas that are difficult or time consuming to reach by traditional safari vehicle. You will fly over incredible landscapes and be able to set down at any point to get out and wander around, explore a particular area and then hop back in and jet away. During the safari you will fly over the Matthews Range, the Suguta Valley, Lake Logipi, the Chalbi Desert, Lake Turkana, Lake Baringo, The Great Rift Valley and much much more.

The tribes that we have chosen for you to photograph are amongst the most decorative tribes in Kenya, including the Maasai, Samburu, Rendille, Gabrra, Turkana and Pokot tribes.

This safari is a unique once in a life time opportunity to fly over Northern Kenya’s stunning landscape, to photograph Kenya’s striking Northern Tribes and return home with thousands of photographs that most people can only dream about.

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The Best of Bots

The Okavango Delta is one of the most incredible areas to safari in Africa. Not only for the stunning landscapes but also for the fantastic game viewing.

This itinerary was recommended to us by our friends Dereck & Beverley Joubert, renowned National Geographic Wildlife film-makers, as it encompasses three different parts of the delta, each one with it’s own unique areas of interest.

As the lifeline of the Selinda Reserve, the Selinda Spillway is a crucial gathering point for the wildlife of this pristine 320,000-acre Reserve.  The intention of Selinda Explorers Camp is to offer the same quality of wildlife experience, while allowing guests to explore outside of the vehicle, by foot and canoe.

The spirit behind Zarafa Camp comes from Colin Bell and Dereck and Beverly Joubert, who together designed Zarafa to incorporate all the components of what they envisioned as the ‘perfect’ safari camp. On safari it is possible to see a tremendous diversity of species, from resident prides of lion to huge herds of elephant and packs of wild dog.

Duba Plains Camp, located in the northern reaches of Botswana’s famed Okavango Delta and just north of the Moremi Game Reserve, is in a private 77,000-acre reserve. Inaccessible for most of the year by any means other than aircraft, it is this remoteness that solidifies Duba Plains as the soul of ‘wild Africa’.  Duba offers just 12 guests an idyllic all-round Okavango experience throughout the year, with vast, seasonally inundated floodplains, which are home to huge herds of buffalo, which are a tasty attraction for the resident lion prides.

Botswana offers huge, exclusive, unspoilt areas of wilderness which are shared by very few. If you are a safari enthusiast this is a trip not to be missed, and offers an alternative to those of you that have been to East Africa with us once or more times before.

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The Samburu Journey

Join the Carr-Hartley brothers on this unique journey into Kenya’s remote Northern Frontier and immerse yourself in an old-world adventure suffused with wild places, ancient traditions and tribal culture.

Journeying north to the luxurious Sarara Camp you spend your first two nights enchanted in leopard country, before venturing further north towards the banks of one of the many meandering sand-rivers in the foothills of the majestic Matthews Range.

From our renowned and indulgent mobile camp, three magical days are then spent exploring this harshly romantic country, walking with the Samburu people, watching their thousands of camels and listening to their singing wells at an oasis within the desert.

To reach the more remote experiences of the north, helicopter flights can be arranged to fly you to wonders like the Suguta Valley, the Jade Sea and vast craters and dunes of this inaccessibly diverse and ever-changing land.

A close relationship has been developed between Robert, William and the Samburu of Northern Kenya, an affinity that has spanned over 20 years. Conversant in the Maa language and deeply in tune with the ancient culture and traditions of these people, they will guide you expertly into a world of magnificent wildlife and magical tribes that have lived untouched for centuries.

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Luxury Dhow Safari

Tutsitiri has been enjoyed by many of our guests whilst sailing around the breath-taking Lamu archipelago in northern Kenya.

There is no better way to explore and experience the enchanting waters and secret islands of the Kenyan coast than by dhow. Traditionally handcrafted and exuding African luxury, Tutsitiri is a magnificent sailing vessel which will become your floating home on this exclusive 6 day safari.

Flying from Nairobi in your private plane you head to Lamu, where Tutsitiri and your crew await your arrival. Setting sail over crystal clear waters you explore the beautiful islands, fishing, swimming, scuba diving in pristine reefs and enjoying the serenity of remote beaches.

With the finest of wines and the very freshest of seafood and cuisine prepared on-board with traditional African spices and vibrant flavours, your time upon Tutsitiri is an indulgent affair offering every attention to detail. Sleeping on the cool decks of your dhow, you experience the vastness of the African night sky and wake up to the vitalising dawn before embracing the peaceful days ahead.

Expertly guided by Robert or William and hosted by John and Lulu, this truly unique safari can be perfectly merged with one of the Carr-Hartley brother’s other journeys to create a seamless safari encompassing the very best of Africa.

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