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Africa's Mountains

of the Mist

8 nights / 9 days

AN EXPEDITION BY PRIVATE AIRCRAFT 

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“All I wanted to do was get back to Africa. We had not left it, yet, but when I would wake in the night I would lie, listening, homesick for it already. Now, looking out”

Ernest Hemingway

1 night Nairobi |  3 nights Masai Mara| 3 nights Ngorongoro Crater | 

3 nights Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda | 

9

Days 

4

Destinations

Private

Departure

Light

Aircraft

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Highlights

  • A guided walking safari on the Rift Valley Escarpment

  • Discover the secrets of the Masai People

  • Explore the archaeological site of the Olduvai Gorge

  • a Hadzebe Bushmen experience

  • Private guided game activities

  • Gorilla Trekking in the Volcanoes National Park

  • Visit to Kigali & The Genocide Memorial

  • The Diane Fossey Trek at the original Karisoke site

  • The Musanze Caves, 2km of 32 underground caves

  • Private flights by  Light Aircraft throughout

This itinerary can be curated to your bespoke requirements.  Alternative commencement and destination cities available on request.

International flights to and from Nairobi are excluded as are visa charges.

PLEASE NOTE:  This itinerary operates with Turboprop aircraft

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Day One |

Start your Journey in the Capital of Kenya

Welcome to Nairobi, the bustling vibrant heart of Kenya.  A city with a mix of old colonial architecture vying for space with towering glass skyscrapers.  Nairobi is one of Africa's largest and most interesting cities.

Upon arrival at the International Airport, you will be met and transferred to Hemingways Hotel for one night.  If time permits, take some time to freshen up after your journey or enjoy a recovery treatment in the hotel's spa.  

If you would like to venture out, we can offer an optional selection of activities such as an African Shopping Tour to the Masai Market, a visit to the community of Mathare or Kibera to view empowerment projects or visit the David Sheldrick Elephant Sanctuary.

Dinner at leisure at your hotel this evening.

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ACCOMMODATION

Hemingways Hotel

This 45-suite boutique hotel elevates the standard
of luxury for travellers in the region. Beautiful in its symmetry and flooded with natural light, this plantation- style property is airy and spacious.  Each of our 80m² suites have a private balcony overlooking the iconic silhouette of the Ngong Hills, a magical view which can also be enjoyed over sundowners at the Bar.

 

Our service is personal and sincere, offering a luxury experience from the moment you touchdown in Kenya.

Day Two |

Masai Mara

After breakfast we transfer to Nairobi's Wilson Airport for your light aircraft flight to the Masai Mara.  We touch down at Angama Mara's airstrip.  

 

Maasai Mara, also known as Masai Mara, and locally simply as The Mara, is a large game reserve in Narok County, Kenya, contiguous with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. It is named in honor of the Maasai people (the ancestral inhabitants of the area) and their description of the area when looked at from afar: "Mara" means "spotted" in the local Maasai language of Maa, due to the many trees which dot the landscape.

It is world-renowned for its exceptional populations of lions, leopards, cheetahs and elephant, and the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra, Thomson's gazelle and other antelope, to and from the Serengeti every year known as the Great Migration.

We check-in at the stunning Angama Mara camp for 2 nights.

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ACCOMMODATION

Angama Mara

A remarkable safari lodge inspired by the Swahili word for ‘suspended in mid-air’. Located high above the floor of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, The Lodge overlooks Kenya’s Maasai Mara, considered by many as the loveliest game reserve on the continent.  Angama Mara’s elegant and classical tented suites all boast breath-taking views and 11m wide floor-to-ceiling glass fronts.

  • Accommodation in All Inclusive (excluding French champagne & Reserve wines)

  • Emergency medical evacuation

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Day Three & Four |

Masai Mara

The children were very young, men and women all seemed to be of the same age. There were no old people. They all seemed to be our greatest friends […] big and straight in their brown skins, with their massive hanging braids, their faces dyed in brick-red, leaning on their spears, following us with looks and smiling”. E.H.

 

Named in honour of the Maasai people who call this corner of Africa home, the Mara is world renowned for its exceptional populations of lion, leopard, cheetah, herds-a-thousand-strong of buffalo, the rare black rhino and a thriving elephant population.

West of the Mara River, beneath the Oloololo escarpment and bordered by Tanzania to the south lies the jewel of this great reserve: the Mara Triangle. Not only is this the most productive part of the entire Serengeti-Mara ecosystem in terms of grass nutrition, but it is also spectacularly scenic. The huge grassy plains are dotted with widely spaced Balanites trees that give the landscape an almost manicured look, which together with the steep-sided escarpment and broad Mara River, provides a breath-taking backdrop for wildlife photographers.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDED IN THE EXPERIENCE

  • All Guided safari in Mara triangle

  • Guided walking safaris on Rift Valley escarpment

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Site of the annual wildebeest migration

  • Iconic landscapes of open savanna

  • Maasai cultural encounters

Day Five |

Ngorongoro

Today we take a number of short hops by light aircraft as we fly on to Kilimanjaro in Tanzania via Nairobi with another short hop to the Lake Manyara strip before checking in at the utterly stunning Ngorongoro Crater Lodge.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a park and UNESCO World Heritage site in the Northeast Tanzania. It contains an old volcano that has collapsed and formed a crater (caldera). The steep sides of the crater have become a natural enclosure for a wide variety of wildlife.

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Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Guests can be forgiven for losing track of which era, or even continent, they are experiencing at &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. Nowhere else on earth can you wake up among all the trappings of an elegant baroque chateau – brocade sofas, gilt mirrors, beaded chandeliers and panelled walls – and be instantly transported into one of the most famous African landscapes with just one glance out the window of the lodge. In this place of dramatic contrasts, where Versailles meets Maasai, anything is possible and the natural luxury of the breathtakingly beautiful setting ensures the dramatic interior of your suite blends perfectly with its stilted thatch architecture.

SERVICES & FACILITIES INCLUDED

  • Accommodation

  • Soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees

  • Laundry

  • Gym

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Day Six |

Ngorongoro

If you looked away from the forest and the mountain side you could follow the watercourses and the hilly slope of the land down until the land flattened and the grass was brown and burned and, away, across a long sweep of country, was the brown Rift Valley and the shine of Lake Manyara” E.E.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area is in northern Tanzania. It’s home to the vast, volcanic Ngorongoro Crater and “big 5” game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino).  Olduvai gorge is a misspelling of Oldupai, a Maasai word for a wild sisal plant that grows in the area. The gorge is located in the Great Rift Valley, between the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park. It is 30 miles from Laetoli, another fossil-rich area. Olduvai Gorge was formed about 30,000 years ago, the result of aggressive geological activity and streams.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDED IN THE EXPERIENCE & HIGHLIGHTS

  • Olduvai Gorge & Shifting Sands
    Explore the breathtaking surrounds of the archaeological site of Olduvai Gorge, the cradle of mankind, best known as home of the earliest remains of homo sapiens

  • Hadzabe Bushmen Experience
    A fascinating cultural highlight now being offered to guests visiting & Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is a full-day, off-the-beaten-track adventure with the Hadzabe people

  • Private group Game drive safari activity

Day Seven|

Volcanoes National Park

Transfer to the Lake Manyara Strip for your light aircraft flight to Kilimanjaro Airport to connect to your flight to Kigali, Rwanda

Travelling across the mighty plains of East Africa we leave the vast savannah's of the Serengeti and Masai Mara behind as we head to the mountains of Rwanda in search of the mountain gorillas.  Upon arrival in Kigali, we transfer to a private helicopter for our flight to Kwitonda Lodge in the Volcanoes National Park, our home for two nights.  

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ACCOMMODATION

Singita Kwitonda

Boasting breathtaking views of the Sabyinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura volcanoes and surrounded by high- altitude forests, Singita Kwitonda Lodge offers an experience unlike any of Singita’s other destinations.

 

With its exceptional natural beauty, environmentally conscious luxury and transformative, purpose-driven experiences, the lodge was designed in response to this remarkable location, and the eight contemporary suites (as well as the private four-bedroom villa – Kataza House) are linked by volcanic rock pathways to the central lodge. The interiors emphasise local design.

SERVICES & FACILITIES INCLUDED

  • Full board

  • All meals and beverages (excluding French Champagne)

  • Laundry service

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Day Eight & Nine |

Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda was the first national park to be established in Africa in 1925, with the intention to protect its famous mountain gorillas from poachers.

There’s only one reason that visitors make the trek up into the misty, thickly forested uplands of Africa’s smallest and oldest national park – and that’s to spend 60 minutes in the company of mountain gorillas. Volcanoes National Park is also known to the world as the research base of American zoologist Dian Fossey, who studied the primates here until her death in 1985.

These Endangered primates are confined to small areas of Rwanda, Uganda and DRC, with numbers totalling 1,004. There are 12 habituated troops in Volcanoes. You can approach your designated group to within 7m.

Day Ten |

Nairobi

Transfer by helicopter to Kigali Airport for your flight to Nairobi. You may choose to extend your stay in East Africa with a trip to one of the many stunning beach resorts on the Kenyan Coast or Zanzibar.  Your Travel Advisor or Journeys by Private Jet will be happy to assist you in tailor-making this or any of our programmes to your specific requirements.   

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Africa's Mountains of the Mist

from $ 35 625.00 per person (8 passengers)

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What's Included

Your Iconic Journey Includes: 

Light Aircraft Flights | All transfers to and from Airports | 1 nights at Hemingways Nairobi on a bed & breakfast basis | 3 nights at Angama Mara including day & night game experiences,  walking safaris, full board including all drinks (excluding French Champagne and Premium brands) | 3 nights at the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge including all meals and activities,  Soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, laundry, game activities | Helicopter transfers to and from Singita Kwitonda Lodge including all meals and activities,  Soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, laundry, gorilla trekiing  | Park Entrance Fees | Aircraft Crew Expenses | Airport Departure Taxes.

Your Iconic Journey Excludes: 

Items of a personal nature | Meals and Drinks not mentioned above | Laundry if not included above | Gratuities | National Park Fees where these cannot be prepaid. Commercial airfare between your home city and departure/arrival destination | accident/baggage/cancellation insurance | Passport and visa fees | Inoculation,  testing and medication costs

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Your Flights

We operate a varied fleet and your specific aircraft type may vary from city to city.    We offer a range of private jet aircraft as well as turboprops and your Travel Planner will discuss your specific requirements at time of enquiry. 

 

Private flying offers a host of benefits both from a convenience point-of-view as well as health & safety.  To learn more about our Health & Safety Policy and Procedures, please Click Here.

We are also able to assist you with First/Business Class flights to and from your home city as well as exclusive private jet pricing.  

For Online Estimates on Private Jet Flights, CLICK HERE

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