Discover the wonderful animals and people of Kenya on this family safari holiday.

Swap the hubbub of Kenya's capital for the calls of flamingos, zebras and rhinos as you journey from Nairobi to Masai Mara. The impressive Great Rift Valley and Lake Naivasha make an unforgettable backdrop as you camp out under the stars. Trek across the plains in search of Africa's largest residents, including lions, cheetahs and elephants. Spend time with the Masaai people and experience their fascinating tribal culture. Witness conservation projects that help protect animals from harm and extinction.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Nairobi, Kenya
Finish
Nairobi, Kenya
Country
Kenya
Style
Basix
Theme
Family, Wildlife
Code
YGFK
Physical rating
Ages
Min 4
Group size
Min 2, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Venture into the incredible Masai Mara National Reserve for a full-day game drive

  • Make friends with warriors of the Maasai tribe around the camp fire; they'll be on guard for lions while you camp overnight

  • Get a taste of Nairobi, an exciting, cosmopolitan city of sterling restaurants, cafes and museums

  • Keep your eyes peeled for black and white rhinos on an adventure through Lake Nakuru National Park

  • Encounter colourful birds and herds of zebra on a walk around Crater Lake

  • You'll be in excellent hands for the duration of your trip, travelling with a crew of three experienced locals – a leader, driver and cook

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a participatory camping trip and everyone will embrace the team spirit by helping with camp setup, food preparation and cleaning. You will be putting up and taking down your tent as you move from place to place.

  • In Loita Hills (Day 5) you will stay in a bush camp with no shower facilities. The rewards of experiencing the Maasai culture, however, should more than make up for the lack of creature comforts.

  • Our purpose-built overland vehicles allow for excellent game viewing, equipped with large sliding windows. They have no air-conditioning, however, so they can get dusty and hot at times.

  • The going can be slow over the long distances and often bumpy roads. A little bit of patience will go a long way towards your enjoyment of this beautiful land! Some days have driving times of 5-6 hours.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Jambo! Welcome to Kenya!

Meet the group for a tour briefing at 10 am in the hotel reception. Afterwards head off to visit Sheldricks Elephant Orphanage and the Giraffe Centre. These conservation projects allow you to see the animals up close while learning more about them and their plight in the modern world. 

Notes: Petty theft is common in Nairobi. As a general rule, the safest place for your valuables is on your person in a neck wallet or money belt. Your hotel room or reception may also have a safe in which to store things. If you do decide to go exploring, make sure you get local advice on where it is and isn't safe to walk – particularly for later in the day. Be careful not to leave bags unattended on chairs or the floor when you're in a bar or restaurant. Without being paranoid, appearing vigilant is a great deterrence to would-be thieves. Also, make scans of important travel documents and email them to yourself – this will save you hours of time in paperwork if anything does happen.
Included Activities
  • Nairobi - Langata Giraffe Sanctuary
  • Nairobi - Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning, drive approximately 4-5 hours to Lake Nakuru, arriving in time for lunch. Pitch a tent and then head out on an afternoon game drive around the lake. Keep a lookout for the white rhinos that can often be found around the shores.

The alkaline waters of this lake once supported an extremely large colony of flamingos – estimated to be up to two million strong! Over the course of the year the lake changes size considerably, shrinking to its smallest in March at the end of the dry season, and changing the type of birdlife and wildlife that inhabit the area. Unfortunately changes in water levels and chemical concentration caused the permanent population of flamingos to move elsewhere in the 1970s, however the lush area around the lake remains known for its bird life.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Encounter friendly locals on a village visit before reaching Lake Naivasha – a birdwatcher's paradise with floating islands of papyrus reeds. Afternoon wind and storms can cause the lake to become suddenly rough and produce high waves. For this reason, the local Maasai christened the lake Nai'posha meaning 'rough water’, which the British later misspelt as Naivasha. The waters of the lake draw a great range of game. Giraffes wander among the acacia, buffaloes wallow in the swamps and Colobus monkeys call from the treetops, while the lake’s large hippo population while away the day in the shallows.

Note: Pedal around the lake with optional bike hire.
Accommodation
  • Fish Eagle Inn (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lake Nakuru - Village walk
Optional Activities
  • Lake Naivasha - Bike hire - USD12
  • Lake Naivasha - Boat trip - KES4000
  • Lake Naivasha - Hell's Gate National Park - USD40
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After a camp breakfast, head towards Crater Lake and take part in a guided walk along one of the many trails. The lake is a haven for birdlife and other frequent visitors, such as zebra and giraffe, can also be spotted. The afternoon is free to relax around the camp and take advantage of the swimming pool.
Included Activities
  • Lake Naivasha - Game Walk in Crater Lake Game Sanctuary
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Depart Lake Naivasha, making a short stop in Narok to do a spot of food shopping. Continue to Loita Hills (approximately 5-6 hours), stopping for lunch en route. Today's drive crosses the Great Rift Valley, Africa's immense and spectacular great divide, and takes you into the remote region of Loita Hills. This is the home of the traditional Maasai people. Visit the Maasai, who are known for their vibrant red dress and elaborate jewellery, and gain an insight into the culture and ancient ways of this proud East African community. After setting up your tent, meet your Maasai hosts. A local elder will deliver a fascinating talk about the Maasai and their history and culture. You'll be shown around a traditional Maasai home and see where the resident cattle are kept. Showers, upgrades and WiFi are not available at tonight's bush camp.
Included Activities
  • Loita Hills - Cultural talk and village visit
  • Loita Hills - Village Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Travel from Loita to Masai Mara (approximately 1-2 hours). The road is dusty when dry, and could be slippery and soft when wet, so the going may be slow. The Masai Mara is the quintessential African experience, with sparse open plains, dramatic skies and some of the world's most tremendous animals. After setting up camp, sit down to some lunch, then jump back in the truck and go for a game drive through the wilderness of the Mara. Your campground tonight is located outside of the national reserve and has flush toilets and showers. There is an option to upgrade, depending on availability. WiFi is not available here.
Accommodation
  • Mara Springs Tented Camp (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Masai Mara - Full Day 4x4 Game Drive
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Rise early and venture into the Masai Mara National Reserve for a game drive. Explore this diverse environment and see a multitude of wildlife. Return to camp for lunch by the side of the Mara River – a great chance to spot crocs and hippos. Relax during the heat of the day before setting off again in the afternoon, expecting to return to camp around sunset. Depending on wildlife movements, we may, on occasion, do a full day's game drive; in this instance, we'll stop en-route for a picnic lunch.
Included Activities
  • Masai Mara - Full Day 4x4 Game Drive
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Cross the plains of the Mara and climb the Rift Valley’s eastern wall past Mount Suswa on the return drive to Nairobi (approximately 6 hours ). En route there may be opportunities to stop and make some final purchases. Once back in Nairobi perhaps enjoy a final dinner with the group in a local restaurant and reflect on this incredible African adventure.

If you're flying out today, please book a flight after 6:00pm.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners

Transport

Overland truck, 4 x 4 safari vehicle

Accommodation

1 nt hotel, 2 nts permanent tented camp, 1 nt camping no facilities, 2 nts Lodge, 1 nt camping with facilities

Included activities

  • Nairobi - Langata Giraffe Sanctuary
  • Nairobi - Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
  • Lake Nakuru - Village walk
  • Lake Naivasha - Game Walk in Crater Lake Game Sanctuary
  • Loita Hills - Cultural talk and village visit
  • Loita Hills - Village Visit
  • Masai Mara - Full Day 4x4 Game Drive

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Important notes

CHILD DISCOUNT: A discount of 10% applies on this trip to children aged 17 years and under at time of travel.
MINIMUM AGE: The minimum age on this tour is 4 years of age

Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.

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