A fortnight of great game viewing in two distinct reserves, followed by a beach break on a private cove in the Seychelles, before flying home: this is the good life. Visiting Kenya’s Samburu National Reserve and Olare Motorogi Conservancy, and then the incomparable island of Mahé, might make you feel like you’ve died and gone to paradise. From the dry, rocky ledges of Samburu to the lush fields of Olare Motorogi, and finally to the Hollywood-themed elegance of Hemingways Nairobi, each stop on the journey is filled with its own special brand of romance and awe. Experience the incredible wildness of East Africa’s unchanging rhythms while searching for the region’s endemic species, the Samburu Special 5 (Beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, gerenuk antelope, and Somali ostrich). Then, hop on a plane to Mahé, the largest island in the Seychelles, and the international gateway to this sun-soaked archipelago, where you will spend the next five days at your hotel.
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Spend one night at Hemingways in Nairobi, where a butler attends to your every need, and you'll be set up for a blissful two weeks. Rooms are large and comfortable, taking their lead from the big houses of yesteryear, and each has a balcony overlooking the Ngong Hills. You may let your loved ones back home know that you have arrived in East Africa safely since there is Wi-Fi.
Get in the vacation spirit at the spa before enjoying a meal at The Brasserie, which is aiming to be the first restaurant in Nairobi to receive a Michelin star and is a leader in the use of cutting-edge cooking technologies in Kenya. Champagne high teas at Hemingways' in-house patisserie are a must-try.
And when the meal is over, retire to your suite. Brass, wood, and leather round out the understated color scheme and natural components. These final touches of traditional safari gear you up for tomorrow's adventure into Kenya's Northern Frontier District.
The granite cliffs of the Kalama Conservancy, isolated from any roads, buildings, or crowds, are the perfect place to go on an adventure today. Elephants, giraffes, and zebras all come to the nearby waterhole to drink, and you can watch them from the comfort of your deck or the pool. It's easy to find your own space at the breathtaking Saruni Samburu, thanks to the property's high altitude and the large distances between the common areas, rooms, spa, swimming pools, and reception.
The Samburu Special 5 are the Beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe, Grevy's zebra, gerenuk antelope, and Somali ostrich, in addition to the herds of elephants that roam the reserve.
Saruni's local guides can also introduce you to the age-old customs and culture of the Samburu people. The lodge is kid-friendly, and the guides can show the young ones things like how to construct a bow and arrow or a toothbrush out of a branch from the "toothbrush tree."
Say goodbye to the amazing Samburu and go south to Mahali Mzuri in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, near the Masai Mara's northern border. The Great Migration passes through this enticing country, and the lodge provides a great vantage point for viewing the landscape below.
Each of Mahali Mzuri's twelve tents is situated on a high platform, maximizing the panorama that can be seen from the deck. But do take advantage of guided treks; the Masaai guides know all the best places to hear tales and maybe even spot a nocturnal leopard sleeping in the branches.
The Maa word for "refuge" is Nasaro, which is the name of the spa at the lodge. A hot-air balloon safari is a peaceful and unique way to see the plentiful animals in the reserve, and you can also visit a nearby village to learn more about the Masaai people.
In every sense of the word, Mahali Mzuri lives up to its name. Even though you don't want to, you have to go: the Giraffe Manor is waiting.
It's time to return to Nairobi for one last night at Hemingways before traveling off to your idyllic tropical island retreat. Perhaps now is the time to check out the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, the Giraffe Center, or the Karen Blixen Museum. Or, you can unwind in the hotel's luxurious spa and wellness center.
As your East African vacation comes to a close, you jet off to the dazzling Seychelles. The largest of the Seychelles' islands, Mahé provides guests with a classic tropical beach holiday and a taste of the unique Creole culture of the Seychelles.
The Enchanted Island Resort in the Indian Ocean is a true jewel, and you can expect to be enchanted by your visit there. Situated on a private island in the center of Saint Anne Marine Park, just a short motorboat ride from Mahé, this ultra-luxurious resort provides stunning villas with private pools and direct beach access. Enjoy the Seychelles from the comfort of your own private pool, unwind in the spa perched on a hill, or go for a swim in the resort's pristine waters during your stay at Enchanted Island Resort, a haven for romantic and enchanted vacations.