8 Days Kenya Family Safari

$1,780

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This Kenya safari tour takes you to Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, Great Rift Valley, Loita Hills and Masai Mara.

Please take into consideration if you are travelling with younger children that 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 country! Some days have driving times of 6-7 hours. Furthermore there will be early mornings, when Africa is at its best. This is a participatory camping trip and everyone will embrace the team spirit by helping with camp setup, food preparation and cleaning. You and your family 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.

Day 1: Nairobi

Welcome meeting at 5 pm. If you can’t find a flight that will arrive in time for this, consider arriving a day early so you are able to attend the meeting. Accommodation at Heron Court Portico.

Day 2: Lake Nakuru

After breakfast, you will visit the Giraffe Centre and David Sheldricks Elephant Orphanage. These conservation projects allow you to see elephants, giraffes and other animals up close while learning their plight in the modern world. After lunch, head out of Nairobi towards Lake Nakuru (approx: 4 hours drive), arriving in time to pitch a tent at the campsite before the sun goes down. The alkaline waters of Lake Nakuru once supported an extremely large colony of flamingos – estimated to be up to two million in number.

Over the course of the year the lake’s size changes 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 1980s, however the lush area around the lake remains known for its bird life. Accommodation at Nakuru Camp site.

Day 3: Lake Naivasha

Head out on an early morning Kenya safari around Lake Nakuru. Keep a lookout for the white rhinos that can often be found around the shores. Afterwards, encounter friendly locals on a village visit before moving on to Lake Naivasha (approx: 2½ hour drive). Lake Naivasha is a birdwatcher’s paradise with floating islands of papyrus reeds. There is an option to hire a bike and pedal around the lake this afternoon if you wish to stretch your legs after the drive. Dinner and overnight at Fish Eagle Inn.

Day 4: Lake Naivasha

After breakfast at the camp, head towards Crater Lake and take part in a guided walk along one of the many trails. The waters of the lake draw a great range of wild animals. Masai giraffes wander among the acacia, buffaloes wallow in the swamps and Colobus monkeys play and call from the canopies. Hippopotamus can also be seen in the shallow waters. For the walk we recommend you bring with you good sturdy foot wear. It is an easy 3 hour walk. The afternoon is free to relax around the camp or take a dip in the pool.

Day 5: Great Rift Valley and Loita Hills

Depart Lake Naivasha, making a short stop in Narok town for shopping. Continue to Loita Hills (approx: 5 hours drive), 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.

Visit the Maasai, who are known for their vibrant red dress and elaborate jewelry, 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. Accommodation at Loita Hills Campsite.

Day 6: Masai Mara National Reserve

Travel from Loita to the Masai Mara (approx: 1-2 hours drive). 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 3 hour 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 Camp.

Day 7: Masai Mara National Reserve

Rise early and venture into the Masai Mara National Reserve for a full day of Kenya safari (6 hours). 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 hippos and Nile crocodiles. Relax during the heat of the day before setting off again in the afternoon on a Kenya safari. Return to camp after sunset.

Day 8: Nairobi

Cross the plains of the Mara and climb the Rift Valley’s eastern wall past Mount Suswa on the return drive to Nairobi (approx: 5 hours). En route there may be opportunities to stop and make some final purchases. Once back in Nairobi (the capital of Kenya) 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 6:00 pm.

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