This safari is different. It’s akin to being hosted at a friend’s private camp on the African Savannah, and then moving to another friend’s bush home on the edge of the virgin forest. You ll be one of only a handful of guests at each camp, experiencing the rhythms of safari life in the timeless manner of families who have spent their lives in Africa. There will be no schedules to follow and your phone may not find a signal everywhere. You will be, truly, on safari. 15 Days Departs Saturday, Returns Saturday Day 1 Depart Home We board our flights and the journey begins. Africa beckons! Day 2 – Day 3 Nairobi We land in the evening and drive to the boutique retreat of Hogmead in the wooded hamlet of Karen. The epitome of cozy luxury, Hogmead combines fresh, warm comfort sunny rooms, Egyptian cottons, and personalized service with colonial African English dacor. Fortunately for us, we’re practically at the doorstep of Karen Blixen’s home, with the same view of the Ngong Hills made famous by her novel Out of Africa. We will stop here as well as at the Daphne Sheldrick Wildlife Sanctuary, where legendary conservationist Dame Daphne is frequently tending to her beloved elephants. Perhaps this afternoon we’ll also have tea with owners Jane and Felix Pinto. By dinnertime, we’ll be content and energized as we anticipate our journey into the bush. Day 4 – Day 5 Chyulu Hills We wing our way to Campi ya Kanzi, a treasured retreat tended by owners and hosts extraordinaire Luca and Antonella Belpietro. A unique partnership between this dynamic Italian couple and a conservation-conscious Maasai community has resulted in an absolutely stunning camp, constructed entirely of local materials, with luxurious touches and grand safari style. Making our stay here unforgettable will be walking safaris led by Luca and knowledgeable Maasai trackers into the legendary Green Hills of Africa and through the Chyulu Cloud Forest. Under the delicious shade of enormous strangler fig trees we’ll see silvercheeked Hornbills, and wild forest hogs, as well as elephant and antelope. Game drives and sundowners high atop a hill will be equally sublime. We part ways reluctantly, buoyed by the knowledge that grand new adventures lie ahead. Day 6 – Day 8 Laikipia Plateau We fly in the morning via Nairobi to the much-celebrated Lemarti’s Camp. Nestled in an oasis of virgin wilderness beneath an exotic grove of enormous palms and fig trees, Lemarti’s is owned by local Samburu guide Loyapan Lemarti and his renowned fashion-designer wife Anna Trzebinski. The combination is captivating, as Lemarti’s connection to the land and its people mingles with Anna’s elegance and artistry. Luxury has been redefined in this lush hideaway with its exquisite canvas chic world that Anna, as a talented fashionista, has created. Tents are a stunning blend of old wooden handcrafted furniture with soft, earthy velvets and vintage textiles. The camp is without electricity by design, magically aglow at night from the warmth of a thousand candles and lanterns. Wildlife is never far from camp. A short trip across the Ewaso Nyiro River brings us to an untamed Africa, a private game ranch whose savannahs yield cheetah, lion, elephant, hippo and, perhaps, African wild dog. Days back in camp end as they should, relaxing on your private deck, spying lumbering elephants across the river and monkeys at play. As night falls, with the soft candlelight and warm breezes lulling you to sleep, you’ll dream of tarrying longer at Lemarti’s. Day 9 – Day 10 Maasai Mara The Maasai Mara beckons and we find ourselves winging our way to the Africa of our imagination. Rolling grasslands are artfully dotted by acacia trees and sweeping plains teem with wildlife seen and unseen. Our new favorite hideaway is Kicheche Bush Camp, nestled amongst ancient whistling thorn acacias. A mere six spacious and beautifully decorated tents comprise this retreat, which means our hosts will easily dote on us. Highly eco-friendly, the camp makes solar power available both day and night should we wish to peaceably read into the wee hours. Or as night falls, we may choose to sit on our verandah and let our eyes feast over the game-filled plains beyond our tent. Big cats, quite common in this area, are active in the early hours, so we set out in the cool of the morning on game drives in search of a dominant male lion or the lioness with cubs. Such is the glorious single-mindedness of the African hunt. Dinner at Kicheche is an exceptional affair whether in the dining tent, beneath the spreading boughs of an acacia or under the stars in true safari style. Day 11 – Day 13 Serengeti National Park Bound for Tanzania, we fly via Nairobi and Arusha, quitting the glory of the Mara for the spectacle that is the Serengeti, her vast rolling plains teeming with elephant, zebra, rhino, buffalo, antelope, and millions of other creatures. We have gorgeous accommodations for the next three nights at Dunia Camp. Situated between the prime wildlife areas of the central and southern Serengeti, Dunia is within the scenic Moru Kopjes region. Eight spacious and privately spaced tents overlook picturesque hilly kopjes, which we take in from our private verandah. Game drives will be a lesson in Serengeti topography with the rolling plains of the grasslands and rocky outcrops of the kopjes providing a spectacular backdrop for spotting big cats of all kinds. The nearby Seronera River helpfully creates a forest that’s a perfect hiding place for the leopard, so with a bit of persistence, we may see everyone’s favourite elusive cat before our safari comes to a close. Day 14 Depart Nairobi Flying to Nairobi, a room at old friend Hogmead will be made available. Perhaps we’ll visit a nearby artist workshop or simply savour the glorious African landscape from the poolside. As we depart tonight, we know the old adage is true: you may leave Africa, but Africa will never leave you. Day 15 Arrive Home We connect in Europe, nostalgic for Africa.