Take an Out of Africa flying safari with Finch Hattons and Mahali Mzuri

Two luxury safari camps, Finch Hattons in Tsavo National Park and Sir Richard Branson’s Mahali Mzuri have organised a flying safari package called “I Had a Farm in Africa” to celebrate the 30 year anniversary of Out of Africa.

The name is taken from opening dialogue in the 1986 Academy Award winning movie which starred Meryl Streep and Robert Redford as Karen Blixen and Denys Finch Hatton.

The impressive 8 day itinerary is as follows:

DAY 1

Finch Hattons

  • Transfer to Nairobi Wilson Airport from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
  • Flight to Finch Hattons airstrip, welcome by Finch Hattons team and transfer to camp for a guided tour and to settle in to your luxury tented suite.
  • 3 course lunch served on the outdoor terrace overlooking the natural fresh water springs.
  • Afterwards relax by the infinity pool, explore the research centre, or gaze out over the springs from your private deck.
  • Afternoon tea served on the outdoor terrace followed by an afternoon drive in the Tsavo West National Park where you can marvel at the geographical wonders of the park spot the famous red elephants and of-course, keep a keen look out for the infamous man-eaters of the Tsavo!
  • Sundowner with the backdrop of the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro.
  • Exquisite 6-course dinner served at the choice venue of the evening.
  • Overnight in your luxury tented suite.
Finch Hattons
Photo: Finch Hattons

DAY 2

Finch Hattons

  • Early morning drive in the Tsavo West National Park
  • Sumptuous breakfast served at Finch Hattons or perhaps out in the bush.
  • Morning at your leisure at camp, or why not relax the mind, body and spirit with a touch of yoga on our fabulous yoga deck overlooking the Chyulu Hills.
  • Lunch on the outdoor terrace at Finch Hattons.
  • Evening wish walk with experienced guides to learn more about the park and its rich history, the flora and fauna unique to the park and how nature lives and thrives in the Tsavo.
  • Pre-dinner drinks by the camp ‘boma’ where you can hear more about the rich history of the camp and the Tsavo, with entertainment from the maasai dancers and perhaps even our resident guitar enthusiast!
  • Dinner at the choice venue of the evening and end it with a night cap at the star gazing terrace.
  • Overnight in your luxury tented suite.

Day 3

Finch Hattons

  • Early morning drive in the Tsavo West National Park.
  • Sumptuous breakfast served at the Pavillion Deck.
  • Morning at your leisure by the pool or spa and wellness centre.
  • Lunch on the outdoor terrace at Finch Hatton.
  • After lunch why not treat yourself to a relaxing session in our hammam at the camps spa and wellness centre.
  • Pre-dinner drinks by the ‘boma’ where the camp guides will be happy to discuss the flora and fauna found around the camp and the park.
  • Dinner at the choice venue of the evening and end it with a night cap at the star gazing terrace.
  • Overnight in your luxury tented suite.
Finch Hattons
Photo: Finch Hattons

Day 4

Finch Hattons / Mahali Mzuri

  • Breakfast at Finch Hattons
  • Transfers to Finch Hattons Airstrip.
  • Flight to Mara North Airstrip via Nairobi welcome by Mahali Mzuri and transfer to camp for a guided tour and to settle into your tented suite.
  • Lunch on the shaded deck at Mahali Mzuri.
  • Explore Mahali Mzuri and get to know your new home for the next few days, perhaps a refreshing dip in the swimming pool, or help yourself to your favorite drink from behind the bar!
  • Afterwards relax and enjoy the views and the passing game of the Mara, there have been some incredible and exciting sightings straight from the camp, so make use of the binoculars provided.
  • Afternoon tea served in the lounge followed by an afternoon game drive in the Olare Motorogi conservancy. Experience the wildlife of the Maasai Mara in near solitude, only the vehicles of the conservancy partners are permitted out on game drives.
  • Dinner will be served in the main dining tent, or perhaps out in the bush followed by drinks around the camp fire.
  • Overnight in your tented suite.
Mahali Mzuri
Mahali Mzuri. Photo: Virgin

DAY 5

Mahali Mzuri

  • Early morning game drive in the Olare Motorola Conservancy.
  • Breakfast served at Mahali Mzuri.
  • Take a visit to the local market in Aitong, where the Maasai trade cattle and sell other local essentials, it’s a fascinating experience. Or if the market isn’t open, learn how to throw a spear or shoot a bow and arrow.
  • Lunch on the shaded deck at Mahali Mzuri.
  • Afternoon tea followed by an afternoon game drive with an optional visit to the Maasai community working closely with Mahali Mzuri.
  • Pre-dinner drinks around the campfire. Share your stories and photos of what you’ve seen with the team and other guests.
  • Dinner in the dining tent at Mahali Mzuri.
  • Overnight in your tented suite.

DAY 6

Mahali Mzuri

  • Optional early morning game drive in the Olare Motorola Conservancy.
  • Breakfast served at Mahali Mzuri or perhaps out in the bush.
  • Half day game drive in the Masai Mara with lunch served in the bush under the famous lone trees in the Mara plains.
  • Drive back to the Camp, afternoon at leisure or take a dip in the pool to cool off after the long day.
  • Pre-dinner drinks around the campfire.
  • Dinner in the dining tent at Mahali Mzuri.
  • Overnight in your tented suite.
Mahali Mzuri
Sir Richard Branson enjoys the view from his Mahali Mzuri lodge. Photo: Virgin

DAY 7

Mahali Mzuri

  • Very early morning wake-up call, coffee, tea and snacks are served in the main tent before transferring to your hot air balloon adventure. Enjoy a Hot Air Balloon safari over the Mara River for a birds eye view game experience of the Maasai Mara National Park (additional cost applies).
  • After breakfast at the landing site, take a leisurely journey back to Mahali Mzuri to relax before lunch.
  • Lunch on the shaded deck at Mahali Mzuri.
  • After lunch take a dip in the pool, or lounge around with a pair of binoculars at hand, watching the passing wildlife.
  • Afternoon tea followed by a magical afternoon game drive in the Olare Motorogi conservancy.
  • Pre-dinner drinks around the campfire. Share your stories and photos of your day with the team and other guests.
  • Dinner in the dining tent at Mahali Mzuri.
  • Overnight in your tented suite.

DAY 8

Departure

  • Breakfast at Mahali Mzuri
  • Transfer to Mara North Airstrip for your flight to Nairobi Wilson.
  • Arrival at Nairobi Wilson and transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International.
  • Airport for your flight back home.
  • End of safari

The “I Had a Farm in Africa” Flying Safari includes full board accommodations, game drives, transfers to and from the camps and all domestic flights. Prices begin at $5,977 (approx £4.2k or Ksh 606,665) per person.

For further information and bookings, please contact Finch Hattons by phone on 254 720 444419 / 254 20 3577500 or email at reservations@finchhattons.com.

The “I Had A Farm” package is available until December 2016.

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