Kenya Family Safari

Kenya Family Safari

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Kenya Family Safari

8 Days Starting and ending in Nairobi

Visiting: Nairobi, Lake Nakuru , Lake Naivasha , Lake Naivasha, Great Rift Valley and Loita Hills , Masai Mara

Tour operator:

Intrepid Travel

Tour code:

YGFK

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 16

Physical rating:

Low, Low

Age range:

2-16

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Safari Tours

Activities:

4WD

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Tour Overview

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.

Highlights

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

Itinerary

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Day 1: Nairobi

Location: Nairobi

Accommodation: Heron Court Hotel

Jambo! Welcome to Kenya. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 5pm. You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time for this, consider arriving a day early so you are able to attend. If you are going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have these to give to your leader.

If you arrive early, perhaps head out and explore the National Museum of Kenya, the Karen Blixen Museum or the highly recommended Bomas of Kenya where traditional homesteads of several Kenyan tribes are displayed at an outdoor village.

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.

Day 2: Lake Nakuru

Location: Lake Nakuru

Accommodation: Nakuru Camp site

Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Today will be a long day of adventuring. After breakfast, you will visit Langata Giraffe Sanctuary. This conservation project allows you to see the animals up close while learning more about them and their plight in the modern world. 

After lunch, head out of Nairobi towards Lake Nakuru (approximately 4-5 hours), 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 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.

Included Activities:
-Nairobi - Langata Giraffe Sanctuary

Day 3: Lake Naivasha

Location: Lake Naivasha

Accommodation: Fish Eagle Inn

Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Head out on an early morning game drive 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: 2-3 hour drive). Lake Naivasha is 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.

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.

Included Activities:
-Lake Nakuru - Village walk
-Lake Nakuru - Overland Vehicle Game Drive

Optional Activities:
-Lake Naivasha - Bike hire

Day 4: Lake Naivasha

Location: Lake Naivasha

Accommodation: Fish Eagle Inn

Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

After a camp breakfast, 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 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. The walk takes 3 hours and we recommend you bring with you good sturdy foot wear. It is an easy walk. We will also hit the water for a boat ride across this vast lake.

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 (entrance fee)

Optional Activities:
-Lake Naivasha - Hell's Gate NP (Game Drive)
-Lake Naivasha - Boat trip

Day 5: Great Rift Valley And Loita Hills

Location: Great Rift Valley and Loita Hills

Accommodation: Loita Hills Campsite

Meals Included: breaksfast, 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 - Maasai Village Visit

Day 6: Masai Mara

Location: Masai Mara

Accommodation: Mara Springs Camp

Meals Included: breaksfast, 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 travel in our 4x4 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.

Included Activities:
-Masai Mara - 4x4 Game Drive

Day 7: Masai Mara

Location: Masai Mara

Accommodation: Mara Springs Camp

Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Rise early and venture into the Masai Mara National Reserve for a full day of game driving (6hours). 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.  We'll stop en-route for a picnic lunch.

Included Activities:
-Masai Mara - 4x4 Game Drive

Day 8: Nairobi

Location: Nairobi

Meals Included: breaksfast

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.

What's Included

  • Masai Mara - 4x4 Game Drive

  • Nairobi - Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

  • Lake Nakuru - Village walk

  • Nairobi - Langata Giraffe Sanctuary

  • Loita Hills - Cultural talk and village visit

  • Lake Naivasha - Game Walk in Crater Lake Game Sanctuary (entrance fee)

  • Lake Nakuru - Overland Vehicle Game Drive

  • Loita Hills - Maasai Village Visit

  • Meals

    7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners

  • Accommodation

    Hotel (1 night), Cottage (2 nights), Camping with facilities (4 nights)

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What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • International Travel

Transport

  • We believe that the vehicles you use pay an important part in your holiday so where possible we include a wide variety of vehicles from local remorks or tuk tuks in Asia to feluccas on the Nile as well as the ubiquitous air conditioned minibus.

Accommodation

  • GENERAL ROOMING CONFIGURATIONS:
  • Family of two - All family groupings of two will be put into a twin room.
  • Family of three - Wherever possible we will put you in a triple room. Please be aware that in a handful of places triple rooms are in short supply. This means that, in practice, a triple room will often simply be a twin room with a mattress on the floor or a further bed squashed in. Where it is impossible to provide a triple room, you will have to decide which of your party takes the single room.
  • Family of four or more - You will most likely stay in two twin rooms. If and wherever possible we will aim put you in a quadruple room. Whilst we will do our very best to ensure that families are roomed close together (in some cases, we can arrange adjoining rooms), we can’t guarantee this. Most family holidays occur during peak season and we sometimes have little to no control over where you will be put. You need to come prepared for this.

Included Activities

  • Nairobi - Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
  • Nairobi - Langata Giraffe Sanctuary
  • Lake Nakuru - Village walk
  • Lake Nakuru - Overland Vehicle Game Drive
  • Lake Naivasha - Game Walk in Crater Lake Game Sanctuary (entrance fee)
  • Loita Hills - Cultural talk and village visit
  • Loita Hills - Maasai Village Visit
  • Masai Mara - 4x4 Game Drive
  • Masai Mara - 4x4 Game Drive

Important Information

  • 1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
  • 2. Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.
  • 3. Minimum age for children on this trip is 5 years old.
  • 4. A discount of 10% applies on this trip to children 17 years and under at time of travel.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    No

  • Are international flights included in this tour?

    No

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    No

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes if aged 15+ and accompanied by an adult

  • Is this trip right for you

    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 land! 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.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Intrepid Travel has been taking travellers around the world for over 30 years

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Since 2002, The Intrepid Foundation has supported over 130 organisations across the world. We’re creating positive impact through the joy of travel, community and connection.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Over 50% of traveller travel solo with Intrepid. You can choose to share a room with another solo travelle of the same sex for no additional charge, or choose to pay a single supplement if you’d like your own room. Please request this when booking, and we will secure you a single supplement wherever possible. Please note, if you are booking a last-minute trip, it may be harder for us to secure a single room

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