Private VIP Sojourns

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Description Sojourn guided by Maria Baltazzi and Shaun Mousley

Mindfulness + Photography + Restorative/Yin Yoga = A Happier You. This uniquely African experience can be curated to your desires. You can add or subtract what is meaningful to you.

This safari is more than a fantastic adventure for photographers. It is for anyone who wants to see the world through a more mindful lens. Your camera, whether it is a DSLR or the one on your phone, will be your access into the rich world of color, light, and texture unique to the African bush, and ultimately to a deeper look within.

The African savannah is an awe-spiring sensory landscape that we are privileged to experience. Together, we will explore what you see and how you see it. Mindfulness meditation and restorative/yin yoga will be used to guide you toward opening your awareness to the extraordinary world around you. Leave rejuvenated, with a refreshed perspective. This trip for all levels of photographer and is non-technical.

Experience Daily

  • Wildlife photography
  • Happiness and Mindfulness talks
  • Guided meditation; Meditation Sundowners
  • Guided reflective time for inner exploration
  • Restorative/Yin — a supportive and mindful yoga practice
  • Sharing your images with others

Lasting Benefits

  • Increased awareness
  • Increased creativity
  • Greater sense of joy and wonderment
  • More mindful of how you see and react to the world, including its stresses
  • Being refreshed and rejuvenated
  • Lifetime memories

Shaun Mousley, Wildlife Photographer and Safari Specialist

Shaun Mousley

Born and raised in Kenya, and having deep-rooted connections that afforded Shaun the luxury to explore many of the exclusive and unknown wild spaces that still remain in that incredibly diverse country. For four years, he managed two of Kenya’s top luxury lodges in the Maasai Mara and the Chyulu Hills/Amboseli ecosystem. With years of photography experience in the bush, his main passion lies in wildlife photography, and tutors interested photographers of all levels. He spends time down at the local waterholes, open grasslands or out in the field and is always in search of the best sites for night photography. Most recently, Shaun’s pictures were published in the Why I Love Kenya, a magazine started by the Kenya Tourism Board, and is sent around the world to promote tourism. Shaun’s combined proficiency as a safari guide and his expertise in travel logistics makes him the perfect ‘professional nomad’ – a traveler, a leader, a wilderness photographer and a lover of all things wild. He is the Director and Owner of Nomadic Africa and a partner of Africas oldest safari company, the Original Ker & Downey Safaris.

Charter Flights
All our private charter flights are operated by trusted companies that we work with all the time. The pilots we use are some of the best bush pilots in the world. We usually use Cessna Caravan 208 which can hold up to twelve passengers. Flying between destinations is a highlight of any safari. As you fly over the ever-changing landscape and ecotones, you get an incredible bird’s eye view of this extraordinary country.

Itinerary Varies based on your desires

  • Day 1 Arrival

    Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and transferred to 148 Boutique Hotel for your first night in Kenya.
  • Day 2 Amboseli National Park

    Fly by private charter to Amboseli National Park.

    On the outskirts of Amboseli National Park, in the Kitirua Woodlands, there is an area of land for which we have an exclusive partnership agreement with the local Maasai tribe. Amboseli has the highest density of elephants per square mile in Africa. Not only is it the density of elephants but the quality of viewing them. Here we will focus on low angled shots of these magnificent animals, being able to drive off road enables us to get into any position.

    Capped with snow and ascending into a blue abyss, Mt. Kilimanjaro, at a soaring 19,340-feet, provides a stunning backdrop for our private camp, situated only ten miles away. The area has a varied habitat with open plains, umbrella acacia woodland, and emerald green swamps, and surrounding marshlands created from the melting snows of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Early morning and evening drives will be key here to capture the mountain in all her glory. We will search the landscapes for photography subjects to shoot in the foreground.

    The game viewing and photography possibilities in Amboseli are superb; you can get close to the wildlife on drives and walks. Not many places on Earth do elephant mothers allow such close, uninterrupted viewing of their babies, while heavy-ivoried bulls of Kitirua can be followed in their daily round from woodland to waterhole and swamp just as if one was an invisible herd member.

    Sit by the vivid green swamps and enjoy watching hippos and spectacular birdlife or take a guided walk and learn about the tracks and spoor of Amboseli game.  Birdwatching is also often more rewarding while walking. The freedom to walk is a luxury afforded here outside of the national park. Our luxury mobile tented camp is located at Soit Naado where we can also enjoy night game drives, this could allow for the lucky sighting of a leopard hunting.

    Overnight Kitirua private conservancy in your own private mobile camp | B, L, D

  • Day 3 Amboseli National Park

    Overnight Kitirua private conservancy in your own private mobile camp | B, L, D
  • Day 4 Amboseli National Park

    Overnight Kitirua private conservancy in your own private mobile camp | B, L, D
  • Day 5 Borana Conservancy

    Fly by private charter to Borana Conservancy.

    Home to the Dyer family for three generations, Borana takes its name from the native Boran cattle farmed on these arid grasslands. The ranch sits within a vast conservation area. The family is dedicated to working alongside its neighbors to preserve the natural environment and to promote economic and social improvements in the area.

    Game drives are exciting and rewarding, with good chances of spotting some of the unique wildlife species to Northern Kenya, including Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, gerenuk, greater kudu, Beisa oryx, black rhino, cheetah, and lion also roam the plains. Nature walks, bush dinners, and sundowners are some of the exciting activities on offer.

    Borana is one of the strongholds for rhino in Kenya. Here we can focus on getting close to the second largest member of the Big Five. Spending time with white and black rhino is a highlight. With rolling hills, there are plenty of opportunities to capture silhouettes. Borana also hosting a different subspecies of giraffe and zebra means we can further our portfolio of images to put together a story at the end of the trip.

    Overnight Arijiju House | B, L, D

  • Day 6 Borana Conservancy

    Overnight Arijiju House | B, L, D
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  • Day 7 Borana Conservancy

    Overnight Arijiju House | B, L, D
  • Day 8 Maasai Mara

    Fly by private charter to the Maasai Mara.

    The 1800sq kilometers of rolling grasslands, which make up the Maasai Mara, are bordered by mountains to the North and East and the Siria escarpment to the West.

    The permanent meandering rivers traced by deep forest snake across the savannah. The Mara’s proximity to Lake Victoria, which creates its own weather patterns, ensures that the area receives much higher rainfall than the Serengeti ecosystem. This crucial fact enables millions of animals; gazelle, zebra, and antelope to survive through the driest time of year. An estimated one and a half million wildebeest make the annual migration up from the Southern Serengeti plains into Kenya and remain here from July into October.

    The sight of these animals all moving to some secret destination with what appears to be an almost religious determination is awe-inspiring. The zebra come first followed by gazelles and antelopes that prefer shorter grass. In their wake, of course, are the predators.

    The other spectacular attraction of camping in Amboseli are the Kisongo Maasai, regarded as the most traditionally conservative of all the Maasai peoples. They have remained virtually unchanged since the days of their beginnings. As fellow nomads, with our temporary encampment, we come in regular contact with these fascinating people. We are fortunate to be offered an insight into the Maasai way of life; one of the highlights of any safari.

    Throughout your time in Amboseli, you will get an opportunity to engulf yourself in the traditional Maasai way of life. We have worked closely with the community here for many years and have very intimate ties with the people that live there. We will get a chance to spend time in a traditional Maasai village and to experience firsthand how little life has changed for centuries. After the village, we will go to visit the school, which is a hugely entertaining and interactive experience, particularly if you are coming as a family. Maasai children are fascinated to learn about your culture and vice versa.

    One afternoon, we will see the Maasai warriors in action as they participate in a series of highly competitive games such as spear throwing, tug of war, running, and club throwing. This experience is extremely exhilarating, and one can learn much about the skills the Maasai warriors are taught from an early age. After the games, we will climb "Soit," a stunning hill set in the backdrop of Mt. Kilimanjaro, where we will watch, listen, and join the Masai warriors as they sing and dance. The cultural side of Amboseli is nothing short of spectacular. It is an incredibly humbling and enriching experience.

    Overnight Private Mobile Camp | B, L, D

  • Day 9 Maasai Mara

    The Mara offers fabulous game viewing at any time of year. Spot a leopard in a tree – perhaps with a kill. Or, have your morning coffee on the banks of the Mara River with the world’s largest reptile sunning itself on the opposite bank, the African crocodile.

    You may enjoy a picnic breakfast under one of the many “significant isolated trees,” which provide cooling shade and superb views across this extraordinary land. An hour can pass in nail-biting anticipation as a lioness painstaking stalks her prey, only to lose her meal at the last moment when the wind changes.

    Unique to the Mara does the whole spectrum of life and death, birth and growth seem to be there for you, right before your eyes. Most documentary wildlife filmmakers choose the Mara due to the abundance and easy access to wild animals here. You can get incredibly close to the world’s largest land mammal and hear it communicate with its family. See how dextrous their trunks are as they neatly pull up weeds and remove the soil from the roots before tucking them into their mouth.

    Watch the peculiar quality of the light, and the shadows of the clouds on the plains, the strange optical illusions of the distant herds silhouetted along the horizon. Light and shadow, rock and grassland, predators and prey, home to the Maasai tribe, this are quintessential primordial Africa.

    Overnight Private Mobile Camp | B, L, D

  • Day 10 Maasai Mara

    Overnight Private Mobile Camp | B, L, D
  • Day 11 Maasai Mara

    Overnight Private Mobile Camp | B, L, D
  • Day 12 Depart

    Fly by private charter back to Nairobi where you will have a day room at Hog House before catching your international flight home.

    At the heart of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s conservation activities is the Orphans’ Project, which has achieved worldwide acclaim through its hugely successful elephant and rhino rescue and rehabilitation program. The Orphans’ Project exists to offer hope for the future of Kenya’s threatened elephant and rhino populations as they struggle against the threat of poaching for their ivory and horn, and the loss of habitat due to human population pressures and conflict, deforestation and drought.

    To date, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has successfully hand-raised over one hundred and fifty infant elephants and has accomplished its long-term conservation priority by effectively reintegrating orphans back into the wild herds of Tsavo, claiming many healthy wild-born calves from former-orphaned elephants raised in their care.

    Visit the orphanage on your last day, where you can meet the elephant we adopted for you. This money goes to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to help keep this project going and to continue protecting Africa’s Wildlife.

Private VIP Sojourns

We specialize in curating bespoke experiences. Want to summit Kilimanjaro on a full moon so you can ask your sweetheart to marry you? Plan a gastronomic experience along the Camino De Santiago with your foodie friends? You dream it. We make it come true.

Price depends on the number of guests and time of year traveling. Maria is happy to guide solo journeys, couples, families, friends, alumni groups, or company teams. Contact us about planning your next adventure.

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PRICE PER PERSON (double/twin)

$18,735 based on 8 guests

Pricing based on the number of guests and time of year.

The more guests, the less it costs per person.

INCLUDED

  • 12 days
  • All accommodations
  • Meals, as noted (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Private guides throughout the trip
  • All transportation and transfers as noted in itinerary
  • 1 piece of luggage per person transported by vehicle to next accommodation
  • Air ambulance
  • Air charters
  • Exclusive use of a vehicle at all lodges/camps, including Nairobi hotels; four persons maximum to a safari vehicle except where specifically requested e.g. families with young children
  • Daily laundry (excluding undergarments due to local customs)
  • All service charges relating to accommodation and meals
  • Drinks (local beers, selected wines and spirits)
  • Park fees, camping and conservations fees.
  • Daily Happiness and Mindfulness talks, guided meditations, restorative/yin yoga

EXCLUDED

  • International airfare
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Visa (where applicable)
  • Any meals not described in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities to leader, guides
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)

BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • Cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
  • Deposit Requirements: 25% per person deposit is required to confirm your booking.
  • Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure.
  • The trip cost has been discounted by 3% for check payment, which is not applicable if a credit card is used. Bank wire fees will still apply.

INSURANCE

While on safari you are not covered by any insurance. We do arrange for AMREF/Flying Doctors membership which, in the event of a serious medical emergency, will fly the patient from the bush to Nairobi.  From then on your travel/medical insurance must be sufficient to take over. For us to make you a member of AMREF/Flying Doctors, we must have all our travel/medical insurance details (company name, policy number and emergency telephone number).  It is a condition of booking that the sole responsibility lies with you to ensure that you make arrangements so that you and your property are fully insured for the duration of your safari and also for travel in light aircraft, helicopters, balloons, and other activities if applicable. It is compulsory for you to have full medical, emergency evacuation and repatriation cover for the time you are away. Similarly, you are strongly advised to arrange adequate insurance to cover the unforeseen event of any postponement or cancellation of your safari.

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One Forty Eight Boutique Hotel

Located in the peaceful suburb of Langata, bordering the giraffe sanctuary, this beautiful little gem, with just eight rooms, is the ideal location to rest and relax in tranquil surroundings.

The location itself is utterly unique with warthog, parrots, peacocks, and monkeys freely coming and going through the garden of an urban area. Often lions and hyenas can be heard from the proximity of the incredible Nairobi National Park - the only major city in the world to share spaces with wildlife.

An incredible private home forms the foundation of the hotel, along with five brand new suites converted from the on-site artist's studio. The hotel spares no modern convenience - delicious food and wine, beautifully appointed rooms, first class service, in-room televisions and wifi throughout, boutique designer shops on site, as well as access to fabulous restaurants, museums, and wildlife on our very doorstep.

Private Luxury Camp

Our custom-made tents are vast and spacious. They consist of a bedroom, verandah and changing area with private shower and toilet. The tents are luxurious and very comfortable, allowing for plenty of room to move around and unpack your clothes.

Showers are available any time of day. They will always be piping hot and wonderfully soothing after a day in the bush. On the other side of the partition is your flushing toilets.  The nights are often chilly, so the beds are well equipped with feather-down duvets, blankets as well as hot water bottles. The insect-proof windows are huge allowing superb ventilation and exquisite views of the surrounding wilderness.

For lighting, we use a combination of solar lights, gas lamps, rechargeable fluorescent, and kerosene lanterns. Cameras and video recorders can be charged in our game driving vehicles.  A satellite phone available in camp at all times if the need arises to contact our home office or persons abroad. Mobile telephones with full international roaming will work in many areas.

The same tents and crew will move to a new and unique location when in the Maasai Mara. The days and evenings will be slightly cooler, the camp nestled along a small river underneath elephant pepper trees. You often fall asleep listening to the calls of lion and hyena. A different camp feel, though by now the staff has become family and your tent a home.

Arijiju House

Located in the hills of Laikipia plateau looking out over the plains towards Mt. Kenya, Arijiju is a private sanctuary that offers world-class wildlife, adventure and wellness facilities in surroundings of exceptional beauty and serenity.

Arijiju House consists of five bedroom suites, ideal for up to ten guests. The principal residence contains three double bedroom suites and two additional guest cottage suites linked to the main house, providing separate but connected accommodation. The main shared spaces include a central living room/dining room, bar lounge, library, media/cinema room, and roof terraces that all open out into a central courtyard.

Tennis and squash courts, fully equipped gym, 20-meter lap pool, running tracks, Hamman and spa are all part of Arijiju’s extensive wellness facilities that take advantage of its ideal, high-altitude training location (over 6,000 feet/2000 meters).

Hog House

Hog House in Langata is conveniently located to both of Nairobi's airports. It is an ideal place to rest and use as a base for the last day of your safari. Nestled in a one hundred and forty-acre Giraffe Sanctuary on Hog Ranch that boasts a spectacular view across to the Ngong Hills. You will hardly believe you are in one of Africa’s largest capital cities.

The house has two double bedrooms and a third twin room; all are en-suite. There is an additional cottage also with a double bed and en-suite bathroom. The dining/living area has an open floor plan with a roaring fire on a cold evening; it is really very cozy. Breakfast can be taken outside under the trees and lunch on the cool verandah. You have the place to yourself.

The house is close to Daphne Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage, the Karen Blixen Museum, the Giraffe Centre and many local shops and restaurants. Walking in the sanctuary is a great way to stretch your legs before that long international flight home. There is plenty of wildlife right on your doorstep. The sanctuary hosts the Rothschild’s Giraffe and also shy bushbuck, suni, dik-dik, and warthog.

Cuisine

Food is an integral part of your safari with us. We believe that the food has to match your vibrant and exciting experience. All our food is light, fresh, organic and locally sourced. Our trained chefs and their team of cooks create a fusion of cuisine from around the globe. It is a combination of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Swahili, Pan Asian and Moroccan.

Our food is very healthy, and we are happy to cater for all dietary requirements from gluten-free to vegan. Fresh fruits, vegetable, and salads are prominently featured on our menu as well as organic meats and cheeses, freshly baked breads and pastries. We aim to please the crowd by creating sumptuous meals out the finest local ingredients.

We also carry a large selection of fine wines, beer, spirits, sodas, soft drinks, freshly made juices, coffee, tea, herbal teas, and mineral water are provided in camp.

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