Return of the safari Pioneers

Exclusive, 12-Day Luxury Safari to Kenya with Private, Chartered International Flights

Departing November 21st and returning December 4th

Indulge in Kenya on this extraordinary trip-of-a-lifetime that includes a private, chartered Kenya Airways flight from JFK to Nairobi, private fly-in camps and lodges, extensive COVID-19 protective procedures and medical support, generous cancellation policies for COVID-19-related changes, and four of the most stunning, luxurious safari properties in the world.

Return of the Safari Pioneers, is a collaboration between leading safari outfitters, Kenya Airways, and Extraordinary Journeys to jumpstart safe, private, luxury travel back to the African continent.

This truly extraordinary journey offers the ultimate in iconic Kenya. From elephants to lions (and cheetahs and leopards and wildebeests — the list goes on and on), endless landscapes, great wine, breathtaking rolling plains, views of Kilimanjaro, and expertly prepared cuisine, this is a getaway that cannot be beat. Add in an amazing local culture and knowing that health and safety are the utmost priorities throughout the trip, the time is now to book for our November  2020 departure.

15 Days / 14 Nights (12 nights in Kenya)


  • Spend 12 days in complete luxury while exploring Kenya’s wildlife, landscapes, history, cuisine, and culture. From the Big 5 to exotic birds to dramatic sunsets to pure indulgence, this itinerary is exactly the type of trip we would design for anyone seeking the ultimate in classic luxury on safari
  • To mitigate the concerns surrounding air travel in the age of COVID-19, we’ve booked a 30-seat Boeing 787 charter to fly our guests from JFK to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where you will go through customs through their first-class lounge, ensuring the maximum opportunity for safety and comfort while traveling.
  • Throughout the journey, you will travel in safari vehicles that have had seating adjusted to carry only four pioneers at a time, unless traveling in close family groups, and each camp has been redesigned to host only 10 guests at a time, with each room/tent thoroughly cleaned and aired before your arrival using medical grade disinfectants in order to provide safe hospitality.
  • All of our procedures include regular COVID-19 testing for staff and travelers alike to ensure we are healthy before, during, and after the journey.
  • Experience the luxurious accommodations of four incredible camps: Ol Donyo Lodge, where elephants are so close that from the safety of the sunken ‘hide’ you can almost touch their toenails; the Mara Plains Camp, where a single tree miles away offers a powerful, vast experience of the isolation in the Kenyan landscape; the Mara Nyika Camp, set up high on platforms under luxury canvas tents and East African flat-topped Acacia trees; and Arijiju, designed as a Swahili fort ruin with the finest interiors as you listen on our patio at night to the Borana Conservatory’s lions roaring just beyond the edge of camp.
  • Best game drives in the Mara and THE BEST WILDLIFE IN THE WORLD. Not only will you experience the most incredible, iconic safari destination in the world, but you’ll also experience:
    • Stunning views of Mt Kilimanjaro from Ol Donyo
    • Horseback riding at Arijuju and Ol Donyo
    • Exploring the Lava Tubes at Ol Donyo
    • Mountain Biking at Ol Donyo
    • Spend time and learn about  Masai and Samburu cultures.
    • Access to the best camera equipment for your photography at Mara Nyika, Mara plains and Ol Donyo

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Ol Donyo Lodge

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Mara Plains Camp

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Mara Nyika Camp

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$43,800 per person


When will you leave New York City? 

The Return of the Safari Pioneers private jet safari departs from John F Kennedy airport in New York City this Fall, 2020. 

How long is your safari? 

Each flight is an overnight between the U.S.A and Kenya. Added to that, are 12 nights in four exclusive safari locations in Kenya. 

How many people are on this safari? 

Of the 30 guests that the first class section of the Kenyan Airways flight will accommodate, guests are further looked after by joining one of three small, intimate groups totalling a maximum of only 10 guests as you safari over the 12 nights. 

How many others will be travelling with me? 

We have reserved the entire first class section of the first direct, overnight flight from New York City’s JFK to Nairobi’s Kenyatta International Airport. 

There are only 30 luxurious seats available on this departure ensuring social distance and peace of mind enroute. 

Once you land in Nairobi, you will be whisked away to a private lounge for customs and immigration formalities. Whilst on safari you will be part of one of three groups of a total of 10 guests - for your 12 nights on safari. 

We have limited all Covid-19 concerns 

From the moment you check in JFK at our exclusive check in desk, to private departure and arrival lounges, as well as private inter camp air transfers, travelling with limited number of guests, staying at remote, luxurious safari properties, your health and that of your companions is top of mind for us. We have spared no expense and have considered every detail to ensure that we limit any form of concern you may have around Corona and possible risks associated there. All travellers will be required to produce a valid, Covid-19 free medical certificate 72 hours prior to departure. 

How much will this cost? 

The Return of the Safari Pioneers private flying safari costs USD43,800 per person sharing and includes literally everything - from your international business class flights, private inter-camp air transfers, lounge access in all airports on arrival and departures, all meals, all beverages (premier cellar wine, champagnes and spirits excluded at Arijuju), all wildlife sightings and activities. 

Exclusions include comprehensive travel insurance, a nightly conservation levy, curios you decide to purchase from our safari boutiques, treatments you choose to enjoy in our wellness centres and gratuities. 

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