Inspired by the 1985 award-winning Hollywood film ‘Out of Africa’, this luxurious itinerary transports guests through Kenya’s wilderness to relive the movie’s famous scenes.
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This luxurious safari in Kenya invites you to step back in time and relive the timeless scenes of Meryl Streep and Robert Redford in “Out of Africa”. Lovers of the Hollywood film will be treated to an unforgettable adventure combined with age-old romance luxury hotels and camps in Nairobi, Ol Derkesi Community Conservancy and the Masai Mara. Here, you’ll visit the farmhouse once owned by Baroness Karen Blixen, stay at one of the oldest safari camps in existence, bathe in old-world canvas baths in the savannah, discover Kenya’s wild places in a vintage wooden-panelled safari vehicle and experience a private picnic on the Out of Africa Kopje – a nod to film’s renowned poster.
Your ‘Out of Africa’ safari starts on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. A Ker & Downey® Africa representative will meet you and assist you through customs for a seamless arrival. From here, you will be transferred to Hemingways Nairobi – a luxurious boutique hotel perfectly located a mere 15 minutes from the vibrant city center. The perfect starting point for an ‘Out of Africa’ safari, Nairobi served as the home of Danish author Baroness Karen Blixen-Finecke. After check-in, allow yourself time to stroll around the 10-acre grounds overlooking the Mbagathi River and as the sun is setting, sit on the wicker furniture on the spacious patio or visit the gym with a steam room and sauna. The bar has fantastic cocktails as well as Hemingway’s very own inventions. A full day private Nairobi city tour will be a highlight of your time in Nairobi, especially visiting the well-preserved farmhouse where Karen Blixen stayed from 1917 to 1931. We recommend visiting the Bomas of Kenya, a great place to learn about the lifestyle and culture of each tribe.
Considered one of the best 5 star boutique hotels in Nairobi, Hemingways Nairobi features 45 spacious suites each fitted with a private terrace overlooking the Ngong Hills and butler service. Guests can enjoy the hotel’s bar, swimming pool and inhouse Serenity Spa.
Explore Nairobi on a full day city tour. You will visit the Karen Blixen Museum to see her coffee farm and original 1917 farmhouse; the orphan-elephant rescue center – the Daphne Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and the Giraffe Centre. If time allows you will also visit the National Museum and Kazuri Beads Factory.
Wake up and enjoy a refreshing breakfast overlooking the Ngong Hills, before meeting your driver who will transfer you to Wilson Airport. From here, you will board a light aircraft flight to Cottar’s 1920s Camp – a historic camp dating back more than a century. The award-winning luxury camp is located in a private conservancy just one kilometer from the world famous Maasai Mara and boasts the vintage style of the bygone era, while providing you with modern facilities. During your stay, you can enjoy nods to the authentic safari experience. We’ve lined up a unique canvas bush bath set up in the savannah with champagne and an extra special sunset experience in a vintage wooden-panelled safari vehicle. You can also enjoy the services of a private butler with silver service, fantastic stargazing, educational talks, conservation experiences, coffee tasting and foraging. Dining is an opulent affair with three course dinners or romantic tables set up in the bush.
Located near the world-famous Maasai Mara, Cottar’s 1920s Camp is the oldest safari camp in existence! The camp accommodates up to 26 guests in cream canvas en-suite sleeping tents each complete with beautifully hand-built four poster beds, gramophones, old style showers and safari antiques that ooze old-world sophistication.
Each day is tailored to your interests. Fill your days with day and night game drives, bush walks, conservation activities (Pangolin Talk, Predator Project, conservancy talk, Vulture Rehabilitation, Elephant Experience and more), visit a local school or Maasai Warrior school, run with a Maasai warrior or join your guide on an excursion to the nearby waterfall to swim.
After breakfast, your guide will transfer you to the luxurious Angama Mara – the site where many of the ‘Out of Africa’ movie scenes were filmed. The lodge is located high above the floor of the Great Rift Valley and boasts jaw-dropping views of the Maasai Mara. The property consists of 15 spacious tented suites with floor-to-ceiling glass windows to make the most of the dramatic views. Here you can relax on the iconic red chairs with a copy of ‘Out of Africa’ in your hands. We have lined up a private picnic experience which takes you to the crest of the Out of Africa Kopje. A nod to the film’s renowned poster, the old-world picnic includes canvas safari chairs, a wicker picnic basket packed with elegant snacks, sparkling wine on ice, a blanket and comfy cushions, not to mention panoramic views of the sun setting over the Maasai Mara. At the lodge you will also be taken to the plaque in honour of Denys Finch Hatton.
Day 9 marks the final day of your ‘Out of Africa’ safari in Kenya. After a delicious breakfast at your lodge, you will board a light aircraft for a 45-minute flight back to Wilson Airport, followed by the short road transfer to the international airport for your outbound flight home.
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