Kenya Family: Masai Mara & Beyond

Safari, Kenya Family: Masai Mara & BeyondSafari, Kenya Family: Masai Mara & Beyond

Kenya Family

Masai Mara & Beyond

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The enchantment of Africa is yours to explore on this fun-filled, exciting family odyssey. It’s an active adventure that takes you from dense forested areas teeming with birds and rare wildlife to shadowing big game and their predators on the plains of the Masai Mara Reserve. You’ll tickle the velvety trunks of baby elephants and admire rare Rothschild giraffes. Visit a rhino sanctuary, and see clouds of pink flamingos on the lakes of Naivasha and Nakuru. It’s everything your family could want in one perfect, all-inclusive CW Safari.

 

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Meet
Nairobi, Kenya
Depart
Nairobi, Kenya
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12 days, 11 nights Trip Includes 

Trip Includes

  • Experienced, friendly, and knowledgeable guides and service of local representative
  • Eleven breakfasts, ten lunches, and ten dinners
  • Family-friendly lodges, tented camps (with private baths)
  • Airport “meet and greet” service
  • Transportation from the meeting to the departure point
  • All park fees and special events as noted in the itinerary
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the Country Walkers staff

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Itinerary and Accommodations

Days
Destination
1
Nairobi
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2
Mount Kenya Highlands
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3
Mount Kenya Highlands
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4 - 5
Samburu
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6
Lake Nakuru
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7
Lake Naivasha
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8
Lake Naivasha
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9
Masai Mara National Reserve
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10 - 11
Masai Mara National Reserve
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12
Nairobi
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Day 1

Nairobi

Arriving in the vibrant city of Nairobi, your family will be greeted and transferred from the international airport to your hotel. A predeparture meeting will prepare you for your safari and introduce you to your guide. An early arrival flight provides time at leisure to explore the sights and sounds of Kenya’s capital city. Gateway to East Africa, Nairobi is an energetic hub of activity. From street cafés, colorful markets, and historic buildings to the Nairobi National Park (filled with lions, leopards, black rhino, and over 400 species of bird), there are lots of great options for family enjoyment.

Included: Airport arrival transfer
Meals: No meals included
Approximate Travel Time: 30 minutes

The Fairview Hotel

Nairobi, Kenya

The Fairview Hotel is a city hotel with a comfortable ‘country feel’. Its leafy acres on Nairobi Hill seem a peaceful world away from the bustle of the city. Elegant, en suite guest rooms include complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water. Amenities include a lush tropical garden, large swimming pool, free wi-fi, brasserie and wine bar, plus a children’s playground.

Day 2

Mount Kenya Highlands

Your CW Family adventure begins after breakfast with the Langatta Giraffe Sanctuary. Managed by the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife, the park is a sanctuary for the rare Rothschild giraffe. Enjoy a unique opportunity to hand-feed and photograph these elegant creatures.

Next stop: a visit to Daphne Sheldrick’s Elephant Sanctuary. Kenya-born Dame Daphne worked alongside her late husband, David, the founding warden of Tsavo National Park, raising orphaned elephants and other species and rehabilitating them back into the wild. Admire the young elephants’ playful nature in an up-close encounter.

Following lunch at the Tamambo Karen Blixen Coffee Garden this afternoon, leave the city behind and safari to the fertile landscape of the highlands surrounding Mount Kenya, Africa’s second-highest mountain. After settling in at camp, take a self-guided walk through the forest to discover the prolific birdlife and black-andwhite colobus monkeys.

Included: Visit to Daphne Sheldrick’s Elephant Sanctuary and Langatta Giraffe Sanctuary, land transfer
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Approximate Travel Time: 3 hours

Serena Sweetwaters Tented Camp

Ol Pajeta Ranch, Kenya

Serena Sweetwaters Tented Camp is a sheltered oasis clustered around a water hole in the pristine calm of the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Camp is a charming blend of close-to-nature ambiance and premium safari comfort. The tents have en suite facilities and private balconies or verandas. Amenties include the Kashoggi Bar and Lounge with its blazing log fire, and the Waterhole Bar, built in the style of a game-viewing blind—a great spot for wildlife watching. Many service extras cater to families; babysitting. children's menus, high chairs, and early dining times. Youngsters will love the activities, and can join in evreything from family breakfasts by the riverside to local school visits and nightly wildlife talks.

Day 3

Mount Kenya Highlands

After breakfast, revel in your first safari game drive, stopping to visit the rhino sanctuary and chimpanzee sanctuary—both instrumental in saving these animals. The chimpanzee sanctuary provides lifelong refuge to orphaned and abused chimpanzees from West and Central Africa. Time allows for another game drive this afternoon for anyone looking for more action.

On returning to camp, enjoy a cultural interaction with the Maasai. This warrior tribe of nomadic pastoralists originated from northern peoples over 10 centuries ago. Their life is dominated by traditions and migrations centered on their large herds of cattle. Your family will learn about their time-honored customs and see the warriors perform a thrilling traditional dance.

Included: Morning and afternoon game drive in Sweetwater Reserve. Visit to the Ol Pejeta Rhino and Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Afternoon Maasai culture talk and traditional dance
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Serena Sweetwaters Tented Camp

Ol Pajeta Ranch, Kenya

Serena Sweetwaters Tented Camp is a sheltered oasis clustered around a water hole in the pristine calm of the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Camp is a charming blend of close-to-nature ambiance and premium safari comfort. The tents have en suite facilities and private balconies or verandas. Amenties include the Kashoggi Bar and Lounge with its blazing log fire, and the Waterhole Bar, built in the style of a game-viewing blind—a great spot for wildlife watching. Many service extras cater to families; babysitting. children's menus, high chairs, and early dining times. Youngsters will love the activities, and can join in evreything from family breakfasts by the riverside to local school visits and nightly wildlife talks.

Day 4 - 5

Samburu

After an early breakfast, drive north to the Samburu National Reserve. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed with lunch at the Samburu Ashnil Camp, followed by a game drive in the twin Samburu and Buffalo Springs reserves. Above you: endless skies; before you: dust-red plains and palm-fringed rivers. Samburu National Reserve lies on the borderland of a vast, physically dramatic desert featuring rocky battlements, craggy scarps, dry riverbeds, and fallen boulders. Thorn scrub rises against a backdrop of distant hills and the great red table mountain known as Ololokwe. The following day’s game drives provide ample opportunity to explore this fascinating reserve. Both evenings, return to camp for time to relax, and enjoy dinner at the lodge.

Included: Land transfer and game drives, Samburu village visit
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Samburu Ashnil

Samburu. Kenya

Samburu Ashnil is a traditional Kenyan safari camp set on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River. It is a verdant spot, with serene surroundings and breathtaking sunsets. Its 24 spacious tents include dressing area, sitting area, luggage rack, and en suite facilities to provide a memorable stay close to nature. Public areas include reception, lounge, restaurant and bar, pool, and veranda deck with river view. The restaurant offers international and traditional African dishes.

Day 6

Lake Nakuru

After breakfast, your safari continues to Lake Nakuru. En route, stop at Great Rift Valley viewpoints for the eye-opening vistas. You’ll enjoy lunch on arrival, then you’re off on an afternoon game drive in this extraordinary national park.

Nakuru is a shallow soda lake nestled in the Great Rift Valley. An astounding vision, its abundant algae attracts huge flocks of flamingos (estimated at millions) that famously line the shore, as do over 460 other species of birds and a wealth of wildlife: Rothschild giraffes, zebra, impala, gazelle, waterbuck, lion, warthog, bushbuck, buffalo, and leopard. The park also provides sanctuary for the black and white rhino.

Included: Land transfer, visit Thompson Falls and Rift Valley viewpoints, afternoon game drive in Nakuru.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Approximate Travel Time: 2 1/2 hour

Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge

Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge perches on a hillside bordering Lake Nakuru, with expansive views. The chalet-style rooms include facilities en suite and private patios with panoramic views. Dining options include the main restaurant, bar, and alfresco. The swimming pool adjoins a wellness tent. A children’s activity room is well stocked with indoor games and other recreation facilities. Children can also enjoy activities such as swimming, optional walking safaris, and bird-watching within the secure (fenced) premises, escorted by specially trained staff.

Day 7

Lake Naivasha

Today your family will safari to Lake Naivasha, a large freshwater lake in the Great Rift Valley.

Arriving at Lake Naivasha, you’ll be refreshed with high tea at Joy Adamson’s famous Elsamere Farm. A British naturalist, Joy is the author of Born Free, the beloved international best seller describing the tribulations of raising a lion cub to adulthood. The farmhouse, bought in 1967, is now a conservation center focused on lake ecology and environmental awareness. Visit the farm’s museum and the nursery before heading to Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort.

Included: Land transfer, game drive, and high tea at Joy Adamson’s Elsamere Farm
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Approxomite Travel Time: 1 hour

Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort

Lake Naivasha, Kenya

The beautiful Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort places you in a breathtaking landscape. The cottages are set among cacti and rock gardens dotted with brightly colored flowers. Each ground-floor room has two queen-size beds and solarium with private terrace. Other resort amenities include outdoor swimming pool, children’s pool, babysitting on request, telephone and Internet access, TV and video room, horse riding, bird-watching, boat trips and fishing, water sports, cycling, and nature trails.

Day 8

Lake Naivasha

This morning takes you to Hells Gate National Park for optional rock climbing, mountain biking, or walking. Named for its pair of massive, red-tinged cliffs framing a geothermally active terrain of steam vents and bubbling springs, Hells Gate is home to a profusion of plains game and birdlife.

This afternoon, it’s time to grab your hats and embark on a boat safari. As you cruise Lake Naivasha’s glittering surface along freshwater shores fringed with papyrus and yellow acacia, keep an eye out for hippos and other rare creatures. These forests abound with birdlife, and the waters of the lake draw a great range of game including giraffe, buffalo, and colobus monkeys. Peacefully cruising this idyllic scene to the sound of twittering birds will create a lasting impression of lovely Lake Naivasha.

Following your boat ride, enjoy a guided nature walk on Crescent Island. Experiencing the natural habitat on foot, your family will be immersed in the serene environment with little disturbance or impact. It’s an intimate and personal wildlife experience—a chance to appreciate the smaller animals and birds sometimes missed during big game drives.

Included: Land transfer and afternoon game drive
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort

Lake Naivasha, Kenya

The beautiful Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort places you in a breathtaking landscape. The cottages are set among cacti and rock gardens dotted with brightly colored flowers. Each ground-floor room has two queen-size beds and solarium with private terrace. Other resort amenities include outdoor swimming pool, children’s pool, babysitting on request, telephone and Internet access, TV and video room, horse riding, bird-watching, boat trips and fishing, water sports, cycling, and nature trails.

Day 9

Masai Mara National Reserve

Heading southwest to your next destination, your family arrives at Masai Mara—one of Africa’s finest game reserves. Land of rolling green plains and riverside woodlands, the Mara is home to the world’s greatest wildlife phenomenon, the wildebeest migration, which crosses its grasslands August to October. Several million animals take part in this epic journey through the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, surging over the flood-swollen Mara River, braving crocodile-infested waters and shadowed by other hungry predators.

A year-round destination, the Mara has one of the highest concentrations of predator and prey in Africa. It is also inhabited by the legendary Maasai communities with their cherished cattle herds. A century of close association with the wildlife has resulted in a symbiotic relationship, where wildlife and people coexist on a daily basis. On arrival, a game drive may reveal some of the park’s legendary animal interaction.

Included: Land transfer and afternoon game drive
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Approximate Travel Time: 5 hours

Sarova Mara Game Camp

Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Sarova Mara Game Camp sits on an elevation encircled by streams. The large grounds include rolling manicured greens, a forest of indigenous shrubs and exotic trees, a large pond stocked with fish, bird sanctuary, and an authentic Maasai village adjoining the camp. Comfortable accommodations in family tents afford plenty of room and privacy. Facilities include a main restaurant, bar, and bush dining options, plus free-form swimming pool with bar. The fenced camp is particularly welcoming to children with activities such as swimming, optional walking safaris within the secure premises, a visit to the cultural village, sport fishing, and board games. Specially trained staff escort the children and facilitate activities. There are also children’s menus and babysitting services on request.

Day 10 - 11

Masai Mara National Reserve

Two full days in the park allow plenty of time for exciting morning and afternoon game drives. Unique sightings are common: a pride of lion stalking their prey; a solitary leopard retrieving its kill from the high branches of an acacia tree; a herd of elephant protecting their young. Cap off an afternoon with a fascinating cultural encounter: a visit to the homestead or manyatta of Maasai herders.

For a truly exceptional “overview,” consider an optional hot-air balloon ride. Rides are easily booked to experience the magnificent vistas of the park from above. Ballooning adventures start early so you can glimpse an unforgettable sight: a spectacular golden dawn breaking over the savanna plains.

Included: Game drives and visit to a Maasai manyatta
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Sarova Mara Game Camp

Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Sarova Mara Game Camp sits on an elevation encircled by streams. The large grounds include rolling manicured greens, a forest of indigenous shrubs and exotic trees, a large pond stocked with fish, bird sanctuary, and an authentic Maasai village adjoining the camp. Comfortable accommodations in family tents afford plenty of room and privacy. Facilities include a main restaurant, bar, and bush dining options, plus free-form swimming pool with bar. The fenced camp is particularly welcoming to children with activities such as swimming, optional walking safaris within the secure premises, a visit to the cultural village, sport fishing, and board games. Specially trained staff escort the children and facilitate activities. There are also children’s menus and babysitting services on request.

Day 12

Nairobi

After breakfast your family sets off for Nairobi and the international airport. On the way, enjoy the sights: lush coffee plantations and countryside villages. Upon arrival in Nairobi, you’ll enjoy a final celebratory lunch before heading to the airport for departure.

Included: Land transfer to Nairobi
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Approximate Travel Time: 5 hours

Itinerary Disclaimer

Bear in mind that this is a typical itinerary, and the actual activities, sites, and accommodations may vary due to season, special events, weather, or transportation schedules. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance, and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve the tour and your experience. If you are currently booked on a Country Walkers adventure, an itinerary has been sent to you for your exact departure date. Please call Country Walkers at 800.464.9255 if you have any questions about the exact itinerary or hotels selected for any of our tours.

Guides

Chris Nyambu

Chris brings knowledge and dedication to his career as a safari guide. Highly focused and passionate about his profession, he is accredited by the Kenya Professional Safari Guide Association with eight years guiding experience. Because Chris speaks fluent English and Swahili, he is a perfect bridge between our safari guests and the places they visit. His conversance with the African wilderness—its geography, flora, and fauna—is equally fluent. Driven by his love for wildlife and desire to conserve nature, he became a member of the Friends of Tsavo. Among his favorite places to travel: Masai Mara, Samburu, and Lake Nakuru. When not travelling or guiding, he enjoys football and photography. His favorite subject? The African elephant.

Stephen M. Kyengo

Stephen is a proficient safari driver and enthusiastic guide. His wealth of knowledge about the African wild, combined with his fluency in English, Swahili, and intermediate Japanese, make him a most remarkable travel companion. His seven years experience in safari guiding is reflected in his intimate familiarity with the flora and fauna. His passion for the region may be partly inherited, as his father is also a professional safari guide. Outgoing and lively, Stephen loves meeting new people and is an accredited member of the Kenya Professional Safari Guide Association. His favorite parks are Samburu and Masai Mara; his favorite animal is the giraffe.

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