2016 Conde Nast Readers' Awards: Ultra Safari Itinerary

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One cannot ignore this list – which represents a resounding vote of the core of the public who read Conde Nast Traveler – in the main, a section of people who are extremely well-travelled with enquiring minds!

We are offering this extraordinary 'Ultra safari' which takes in the very top resorts in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Botswana, that are featured on the 2016 Conde Nast Traveler: Readers' Choice Awards for Best Resorts in Africa.

Day 1 :       Nairobi, Kenya      

Arrive into Nairobi where you are met and spend the night in your boutique Nairobi Hotel in Karen.

Days 2 - 5 :      Segera – Laikipia, Kenya

Transfer to the airport and fly to Laikipia north of the equator, to a lodge which is a little piece of heaven.

This lodge is important from so many angles, but probably the most important one is the owner – Jochen Zeitz, a businessman philanthropist, who uses his millions to change opinions on climate change. With Sir Richard Branson, he launched the B team, including top industrialists who believe there is more to life than merely plan A, the pursuit of profit. Plan B involves people and the planet as part of the equation.

His 50 000 acre ranch, Segera, is home to three endangered species and produces honey as well as housing his exclusive African art collection. Segera proves that luxury can be sustainable. Its ecologically sound practices pro-actively enhance comfort, with vast solar installations providing all energy and heating dramatic outdoor baths, recycled and captured rain water feeding the verdant gardens and homegrown vegetables pulled fresh from the earth enriching daily menus.

Keeping vital migration routes open to the surrounding environments, sustainable thinking grows in the gardens of nearby schools and has a powerful effect on the lives of the communities that live alongside Segera Ranch and Retreat. Over the last decade what started as degraded land has literally been brought to life; Segera is a catalyst for change.

Experience time at this incredibly spoiling retreat where you are made to feel like family yet given all the space in the world should you prefer. Have a wonderful night beneath the stars one evening and dine on the most delicious cuisine. Walk during the day, coming close to elephant and giraffe and learning all about these species and their behavior from your knowledgeable guide.

Days 6 – 8 :       Richard’s Camp – Masai Mara, Kenya

You will be flown from Segera to south of the equator and the Masai Mara where your home will be the magnificent Richard’s Camp – an authentic, tented camp which keeps true to its African roots.

Belonging to third generation Kenyan, Richard Roberts and his American wife, Liz, this place is stylish and comfortable too. The food and the staff are superb, but the real reason for coming here, of course, is the wildlife – unparalleled anywhere else on the African continent.

Whether during the time of the migration of the wildebeest or indeed at any other time, one will always be rewarded with good sightings, especially of elephant, lion and most other species! Perhaps even go in a hot air balloon across the skies, such a fabulous experience!

Days here are spent wildlife viewing by vehicle as well as on foot in the private concessionary area of Mara North and one has opportunities to meet with the local Maasai people.

Richard is involved with a charity called Mara Elephant Project which deals with anti-poaching patrols and human-elephant conflict management and is often involved with doing aerial elephant counts from his aircraft.

Day 9 :      Grumeti Serengeti Camp – Serengeti, Tanzania

Fly to the Grumeti region to stay at this wonderful tented camp in one of the most exclusive areas of the Serengeti, the Western Corridor.

An extension of the Masai Mara eco system, the Serengeti never fails to mesmerise! Karen Blixen said ‘the views were immensely wide. Everything that you saw made for greatness and freedom, and unequalled nobility’ and she may as well have been referring to the Serengeti.

It is archetypal Africa, long, savannah grasses waving on infinite plains teeming with wildlife. Whether at the time of the migration or any other time of year, like the Masai Mara, the Serengeti is spectacular.

This camp has wonderful wildlife viewing all year round and is exceptionally placed to enable you to witness dramatic river crossings during the Migration. This quintessentially African camp provides every luxury and each tent has a private deck overlooking beautiful river views. From here you can go on game drives, see colobus monkeys, cheetahs, lion and many endemic species of bird.

Days 12 - 13 :       Royal Chundu Lodge – Livingstone, Zambia

Depart from the Serengeti and fly to Nairobi and onto Livingstone for two nights at the resplendent Royal Chundu Lodge.

Owner managed, this luxury lodge is set on a private stretch of the Zambezi River offering our clients complete exclusivity and privacy just 30 kms from bustling Livingstone and Mosi oa Tunya – the Zambian side of Victoria Falls.

Spend time on the river and having the chance to simply relax and take in the beauty of the area and visit the Falls. Visit a school that the lodge supports and meet the local community - Zambians are extraordinary, warm and genuine people.

Days 14 – 16 :       Mombo Camp – Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

Drive to Kasane for your flight to the Okavango Delta where you stay for three nights at Botswana’s renowned Mombo Camp in the Moremi Game Reserve – recognised as the top game viewing area in the country.

It is also uniquely one of the only places where one can see rhino. With resident leopard, frequent sightings of wild dog and great lion populations – this camp is the perfect place to end a safari – in complete luxury. But another reason for choosing this camp is the rhino introduction project for both white and black rhino into the country – a joint project between the camp and the Botswana government and it is proving to be wonderfully successful. There is a rhino monitor in camp.  There is also the Botswana Lion Genetics study and the Okavango Large Herbivore Project.

Day 17 :       Return Home

Fly to Maun and onto Johannesburg for your onward international flight.

Prices from GBP £20,050 or USD $24,330 per person.

(Based on double occupancy. Prices subject to currency exchange rates and excludes flights.)

Images courtesy of Royal Chundu and Wilderness Safaris


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