July’s tour of the month is the ultimate East African safari getaway that offers wildlife enthusiasts the perfect opportunity to dine with giraffes. Experience everything Kenya has to offer, including the absolute abundance of the Masai Mara and added magical ocean bliss for those more inclined to enjoy sand and sea.
We love Julia’s Magical East African Adventure because it combines East Africa’s charm and culture at its finest. Visit five unparalleled luxury destinations that include the absolute abundance and magic of the Masai Mara, Serengeti and Zanzibar all in one.
“An undeniable favourite of mine is the safari experiences found in both Kenya and Tanzania, the place I now call home.” Julia Fryer, Director – Iconic Africa. “My favourite tour is a combination of Giraffe Manor in Nairobi for a night and then onto one of the incredible camps in the Mara where you get to observe the migration in absolute awe. Having been a horse-safari-guide living in the Mara for extended periods, I can undoubtedly say that one will battle to ever experience the genuine, wild bush experiences like you do in East Africa. What stands out for me is the vast expanse of green grasslands, space for your soul to expand, game as far as the eye can see, starry nights, crossing the Mara river on horseback (and having to navigate inquisitive hippos), gigantic banks of dark, thunder clouds, escaping flash floods and the cacophony of beetles singing their sunset tunes.”
Day 1: Giraffe Manor
Giraffe Manor is an exclusive boutique hotel, set in 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in Nairobi. As one of Nairobi’s most iconic buildings, Giraffe Manor has extraordinary appeal, that extends back to the 1930s when European visitors first flocked to East Africa to enjoy safaris. With its stately façade, elegant interior, verdant green gardens, sunny terraces and delightful courtyards, guests often remark that it’s like walking into the film Out of Africa. Not to mention the herd of resident Rothschild giraffe who may visit morning and evening, sometimes poking their long necks into the windows, to say hi before retreating to their forest sanctuary.
Day 2 – 5: &Beyond Bateleur
On the edge of the Mara Triangle, beneath the Olooloolo Escarpment, Swahili for “zigzag,” lies a lush, magical oasis of giant fig and wild ebony trees that is home to an intimate, colonial, Kenyan escape. Bateleur is a sanctuary of comfort, shade, coolness and luxury, a welcome retreat from the heat and wide-open spaces of the surrounding savannah.
Accommodation: Bateleur Camp
Day 6-8: Angama Mara
Perched on the edge of Africa’s Great Rift Valley is a lodge that comes as close to heaven on earth, as possible. Angama Mara, Swahili for “suspended in mid air” boasts the best views in the Masai Mara. A place that constantly takes your breath away, where happiness reigns and peace is all encompassing, where you literally stand on the edge of the world. Owner managed and run by the reputable Fitzgerald family, Angama Mara is the ultimate African safari destination.
Day 9 – 11: Singita Faru Faru
Singita Faru Faru
Situated in the western corridor of the legendary Serengeti, Singita Faru Faru boasts its own beach and natural waterhole. Beyond that is the Grumeti River and the riverine woodland that surrounds it, home to a host of Africa’s most majestic creatures. Singita Faru Faru really is something else, it is the ultimate in classic safari lodges, set in one of the most exquisite locations, boasting incredible game experiences and the very best East African hospitality. Here you don’t even need to leave the lodge, due to the waterhole the safari comes to you.
Day 12 – 14: &Beyond Mnemba Island
&Beyond Mnemba Island
Just off Zanzibar’s north-eastern tip, resting on a secluded island, you will find Mnemba Island Lodge – Africa’s most exclusive beach lodge. Famous for its astounding coral reefs and its esteemed reputation for being one of the most amorous ocean destinations in the world, Mnemba Island Lodge is the perfect romantic getaway. With its rustic charm and its gorgeous ocean views, Mnemba will not disappoint!
This tour has been compiled especially for you by our very own East Africa specialist and combines only the very best in East African hospitality, classic safari experiences, sumptuous luxury and unbelievable wildlife encounters. For more please enquire here.