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11 Days Elsa's Memory Safari

In the footsteps of the lioness Elsa

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    on request
  • Price
    from 2,599/- Euro per person sharing
    by participation of minimum 2 pax
    prices for residents on request
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    11 days/ 10 nights

This Safari is aimed to all those who want to follow in the footsteps of George and Joy Adamson and Elsa the lioness.

Let the story of the warden and his wife back to life, who together raised a lion cub in the 1960's and successfully reintroduced it into wildlife. Joy Adamson wrote down her experiences and gained international reputation. The story was filmed under the title Born Free.

Enjoy the beautiful nature that has fascinated even then the Adamson - from the national parks in the dry north to the lakes in the Rift Valley.

Stay in the estate of the Adamsons atLake Naivasha and hike in the magnificent scenery of Hell's Gate parks and at Crater Lake.

An perfect safari, if subsequently the warm waters of the Indian Ocean awaits you!

We will handle your onward journey and/or your beach extension!

Day 1  Nairobi

Day 2  Nairobi - Meru National Park

Day 3  Meru National Park

Day Meru National Park - Samburu/Buffalo Springs National Reserve

Day 5  Samburu/Buffalo Springs National Reserve - Shaba National Reserve

Day Shaba National Reserve - Nanyuki

Day 7  Nanyuki - Nakuru

Day 8  Lake Nakuru National Park - Lake Naivasha

Day Hell's Gate National Park

Day 10  Crater Lake Naivasha - Nairobi

Day 11  Lake Naivasha - Nairobi

Services included

  • 10 overnights, 7 with full board, 2 with half board and 1 with breakfast
    (B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner)
  • All entrance fees to the national parks/reserves/sanctuaries
  • All game drives
  • Entrance fee at Thomson's Falls
  • Guided walk at the foothills of Mt. Kenya
  • Guided walk at Hell's Gate NP
  • Guided walk at Crater Lake Sanctuary
  • One boat ride on Lake Naivasha and on Lake Oloidien
  • Insured, safe safari vehicles
    (maximum 6 pax in one vehicle; radio or mobile phone connection)
  • Windowseat is guaranteed
  • Very experienced drivers & guides (English/German/etc. speaking)
  • Every day adequate water in the vehicle
  • Binocular and coolbox in the vehicle

Services excluded

  • International flight – if you like, we book this for you!
  • Visa fees
  • meals which are not included in the itinerary
  • Drinks in the Lodges/Camps 
  • Expenditure for personal use
  • Tips

Price - depending on the choice of accomodation and season

By participation of minimum 2 pax

Price per person sharing

from 2,599/- Euro

Single supplement and prices for children & residents on request


Day 1  Nairobi
Transfer from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to your city hotel in Nairobi – 1 overnight.

Day Nairobi - Meru National Park
Today drive around a part of the Mt. Kenya and into the still unknown secret: Meru National Park. The park is a wild, rarely visited beauty that will take you in its spell. Many animal species were resettled here after the big poaching in the 1990's and have multiplied in number. On one of the famous Kopjes the orphaned lioness Elsa was reintroduced to the wild - today exists here a small luxury camp – 2 overnights at Ikweta Safari Camp (B/L/D). 

Day Meru National Park
Explore with your driver the beautiful, huge national park and let yourself be taken back by the rushing waters of the Tana River in the 1960's where Joy and George Adamson had pitched their camp here. Visit the grave of the lioness Elsa, which found her final resting place here (B/L/D).

Day Meru National Park - Samburu & Buffalo Springs National Reserve
After a good breakfast, we continue to the land of the Samburu. The national reserves are eserves and harboring rare Grevy's zebras, reticulated giraffes and Somali ostriches as well as prides of lions and elephant herds - 1 overnight at Samburu Sopa Lodge (B/L/D).

Day Samburu & Buffalo Springs National Reserve - Shaba National Reserve
Today you drive to the dry but charming Shaba National Reserve. The movie "To Walk With Lions" about George Adamson was shot here and there you can find plaques to Joy Adamson and Elsa the lioness  – 1 overnight at Sarova Shaba Game Lodge (B/L/D).

Day Shaba National Reserve - Nanyuki
Comfortable drive today to Nanyuki, a bustling small town at the foot of Mount Kenya. Either in the afternoon or even better early in the morning of day 7, you will do a guided nature walk or a short hike through the protected forest area at the foot of Mt. Kenya and learn more about the traditional use of different plant species and varieties. End your day in your small, simple finish hotel and admire the enchanting starry sky at over 2,000 meters above sea level – 1 overnight at Beisa Hotel (B/L/D).

Day Nanyuki - Nakuru
If you have decided to do the hike early in the morning, start at 7 a.m. with all your luggage and enjoy the cool fresh morning in the forest. After you lead towards Nakuru. Once again you cross the equator and can visit Thomson Falls in Nyahururu water. On your way to Nakuru you pass by fertile land with many tea and coffee plantations – 1 overnight at Eagle Palace Hotel (B/D).

Day 8  Lake Nakuru National Park - Lake Naivasha
Lake Nakuru National Park is a must among the pearls of the protected areas in Kenya. Known for its birdlife, it is also home to many rare and endangered species. To find the rhino here, for example, is almost guaranteed! After a picnic inside the park you slowly drive towards the exit and to Lake Naivasha. There you will stay on the legendary estate of Joy Adamson - a house that still conveys the spirit of the former days. An unforgettable atmosphere overlooking the lake - you will want to stay here much longer – 3 overnights at  Elsamere (B/L/D).

Day Hell’s Gate National Park
Early morning guided walk (easy - about 3 hours) through the remarkable Hell's Gate National Park, passing zebras, giraffes, warthogs and antelopes like Elands. If you still feel fit, hike down a romantic gorge (medium).  Then drive back to Elsamere for lunch and relax in the beautiful garden. An experience is a boat trip during blue hour on Lake Naivasha when the light is the most beautiful for impressive moments (B/L/D).

Day 10  Crater Lake Sanctuary
Start the day with a boat trip on Lake Oloidien. Watch swarms of lesser flamingoes as well as hippos. Then you go for a guided walk through the private Crater Lake Sanctuary. Some scenes of the movie Out of Africa were filmed here and the proximity to giraffes, zebras and other harmless animals will inspire you. After lunch in Elsamere you can watch the movie about Joy Adamson and visit the small Museeum. A walk over the extensive grounds and a visit to the study center you should do (B/L/D).

Day 11  Lake Naivasha - Nairobi
After an excellent
and leisurely breakfast (boat trip on the Lake Naivasha from day 9 with the sunrise can be taken before breakfast), spend the day at the lake or even use it for one last shopping. Then slowly drive back to Nairobi (B/L).

(B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner)

Beach extension
If you like to enjoy the sea, we are also happy to assist you booking your beach hotel.

The South Coast of Mombasa has probably the most beautiful beaches of East Africa. However, Zanzibar is worth the trip!
The exertions of the safari in the bush dissolve in warm water or during a relaxing massage.

Your security is our priority!
Changes to the itinerary are possible, if necessary, depending on the situation and conditions on the ground. They will be discussed with you.

Flash is required!
Born Free Trailer
Flash is required!
Elsa: The Lioness That Changed The World (BBC)

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