Travel back in time to the Golden Age of Safari with the legendary Don Young, archeologist, author, explorer and owner of Newton Tarleton Safaris, the safari operators that took Roosevelt on safari. Don is a modern-day Denys Fitch Hatton who lives the life that we all fell in love with when we were seduced by Meryl Streep and in “Out of Africa.” this is just a place holder. all text is just a place holder… first stab at how the itinerary gets presented.
In less than an hour of being met at the airport, you’ll be immersed in an “Out of Africa” experience as you check into the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages in the suburb of Karen, named after the Danish writer. Near the Karen Blixen Museum, the cottages are located located within the original Blixen family coffee plantation and boast over five acres of classic formal gardens favored by the “Happy Valley” circle that embraced Karen Blixen. Relax by the pool amidst huge jacaranda, candelabra, cactus and bottlebrush trees, over 200 different types of flowering plants. The original farmhouse, hunting lodge, and Grogan/MacMillan Manor House carefully renovated serve as lounge and restaurant areas. The first 24-hours we focus on evoking Kenya’s early pioneering days as we discover Kenya’s past.
We start the day with a Hearty Safari Breakfast with a local Kenyan artist who will enhance our visit to the Karen Blixen Museum with engaging stories about the Happy Valley settlers. From there, it’s bath time for baby elephants at the Sheldrick Elephant and Rhino Trust. We meet Maasai Chief Nickson Parmisa at the village of the Kitengela Maasai in the Nairobi National Park who will discuss with us the challenges of preserving the tribal culture and traditional lands. After lunch, we’ll join a beading workshop with the Kitengela Maasai beaders so renowned for their beadwork that they have been invited to participate in the prestigious 96th Annual Indian Market in Santa Fe. Then, it’s back to Karen to have tea with the graceful of Giraffe Manor followed by ‘sundowners with an inspired HipSilver Kenyan artist before dinner at a very special restaurant.
Today we transport you back in time to the classic canvas camp of the Golden Age of Safari. Choose between a 45 minute bush flight from Wilson Airport to the Maasai Mara giving you breath-taking aerial views of tribal villages and animal herds. Or, choose the 5- 6 hour overland drivethat gives you breath-taking views of the Great Rift Valley, Mount Suswa and Mount Longonot. A smooth paved road takes us from Nairobi to Narok where we visit to the Narok Muweum(?) to learn about the Maasai people. We enjoy a surprise lunch stop(?) and along the way we have a personal encounter (?). From Narok to the Mara the road is rougher and bumpy but the views of ? and? are spectacular and we may see wild animal sightings. (?). By sundown we gather again as a group for sundowners and dinner at Don Young’s ‘out of this world’ safari camp.