Family Friendly Journey – Kenya Safari
8 Days: Nairobi, Samburu National Reserve, Lake Naivasha, Lake Nakuru National Park, Masai Mara National Reserve
The Kenya Family Safari provides a wonderful ecological, cultural and family experience in Kenya. All of the hotels and lodges featured are child-friendly with excellent facilities. The children will be entertained by trained naturalists throughout the safari. No other trip provides such an array of day-to-day activities to satisfy every member of a mixed group, be you an inquisitive young child, an energetic parent or a grandparent wanting a little more relaxation.
This safari is ideal for families with young children, but also a great safari for couples or a group of friends.
Day 1 – Nairobi
Upon an early morning arrival into Nairobi you will be met and transferred to the Ol Sereni Hotel. This afternoon you will be collected from the hotel for an “Out of Africa” experience. Follow in the footsteps of Karen Blixen as you travel towards the Ngong Hills, you will feel swept immediately onto the film set of Out of Africa the moment you arrive. The old colonial farmhouse is simple, housing a few items that Karen Blixen chose and once enjoyed herself. There are also the colorful gardens to explore, where several old coffee machines have laid untouched for decades. From here visit the Giraffe Center, where the highly endangered Rothschild giraffe can be admired. With an elevated viewing-cum-feeding platform, this tour is wonderful for children.
Overnight Ol Sereni Hotel, Club Room.
Day 2 – Nairobi / Samburu National Reserve
Morning departure for the Samburu National Reserve. You’ll pass near Thika and continue north through some breathtaking scenery dotted with rushing mountain streams and fields of tea and coffee. After Nanyuki town, we eventually reach a dusty outpost known as Isiolo, the last major stop on the journey into the remote northern frontier district. From here it’s a short hop to Samburu. Arrive at the camp in time for lunch before departing for an afternoon game drive returning to the camp as the sun sets.
Overnight at Samburu Intrepids. (BLD)
Perched on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River in the heart of Samburu National reserve, Samburu Intrepids enjoys a unique perspective of one of Africa’s most celebrated wildernesses. The camp’s location deep inside the reserve guarantees close encounters with the region’s shier wildlife, including elephant, lion, leopard, and Samburu’s famous ‘unique five’ – the rare reticulated giraffe, long-necked gerenuk antelope, Somali ostrich, Grevy’s zebra, and majestic Beisa Oryx. This luxurious tented lodge offers 27 modern tents with a private view over the wildlife-rich riverbanks. The spacious tents boast the very latest in luxury camping, with soft four-poster beds, handsome mahogany closets and writing desks, and en suite bathrooms with steaming hot showers. The bathrooms also offer twin washbasins, flush toilets, and sockets for shavers and battery charging. Because of the warm climate, Samburu Intrepids’ public areas are all palm-thatched and open to the elements, raised on stilts to catch the cooling breeze blowing off the river. The main dining room opens onto an outdoor dining terrace, where buffet breakfasts and lunches are served overlooking the river.
Day 3 – Samburu National Reserve
Morning and afternoon activities in Samburu National Reserve..
Overnight at the Samburu Intrepids. (BLD)
Day 4 – Samburu / Lake Naivasha
After an early breakfast depart with a picnic lunch and travel south through Isiolo, crossing the northernmost foothills of Mount Kenya, until you get to the town of Nanyuki. Here you’ll head west to Nyahururu, still known to many as Thomson’s Falls for its 237-foot cascade. Now travel in a southerly direction to Lake Naivasha, arriving at the lodge by late afternoon. After lunch, enjoy a boat ride on Lake Naivasha, returning to the lodge for dinner. Overnight at Great Rift Valley lodge. (BLD)
Great Rift Valley Lodge
A short drive from the well-maintained Pan African Highway is the Great Rift Valley Lodge & Golf Resort Its location midway between the Samburu and Maasai Mara reserves makes the lodge the perfect stopover between the country’s top safari destinations – and an ideal alternative to a night in a city hotel. The Great Rift Valley Lodge sits at about 7,000 feet, from which elevation it enjoys magnificent views to the west and east. The vistas stretch from the shimmering waters of Lake Naivasha to the jagged volcanic crater of Mount Longonot and, beyond, the sloping shoulders of the Aberdare Mountains – Kenya’s most important watershed. The Great Rift Valley Lodge offers 21 twin and 9 double rooms, all with private balconies overlooking the spectacular valley floor with large four-poster beds, handmade wooden furniture, African prints, and modern en suite bathrooms. The social ‘heart’ of the Rift Valley Lodge is the clubhouse building, which offers fine dining and beautiful views from its panoramic restaurant and broad balconies.
Day 5 – Lake Naivasha – Lake Nakuru National Park
This morning depart for a morning game drive to Lake Nakuru National Park and return back to the lodge for lunch and the remaining of the afternoon will be spent at your leisure to enjoy all the local activities offered.
Overnight at Great Rift Valley Lodge. (BLD)
Day 6 – Lake Naivasha / Masai Mara National Reserve
After an early breakfast, you head for Njoro town, where you begin your ascent up over the top of the Mau Escarpment. Then, heading due south, travel towards Narok, the gateway to the Maasai Mara and district headquarters of this part of Maasailand. You’ll travel across the “breadbasket” of Kenya, covered with acres of wheat and barley, before you reach the Mara in the time for lunch. After lunch, enjoy an afternoon game drive in the famous Masai Mara National Reserve, before returning to the camp as the sunsets.
Overnight at Zebra Plains Mara Camp. (BLD)
Zebra Plains Mara Camp
Zebra Plains Mara Camp is set below the Oldonyo Loip Ridge facing the open plains of the Masai Mara. The ridge is home to some of the big cats and it is one of the most important wildlife habitats and migration corridor that is under the camp’s protection. The luxury tented rooms are furnished with all the amenities that guests will require for a comfortable stay whilst visiting the Masai Mara. The rooms can be done up as doubles, singles and triples on request. All the tents have both cold and hot running water for shows. The camp hosts two comfy lounges with the main lounge having an adjoined bar. During the day, the lounges have the best view of the plains of the expansive Masai Mara and perhaps clients may be lucky to capture the actions from some of the resident wildlife.
Day 7 – Masai Mara National Reserve
Morning and afternoon activities in Masai Mara National Reserve.
Overnight at Zebra Plains Mara Camp. (BLD)
Day 8 – Masai Mara National Reserve / Depart Nairobi
After an early breakfast you’ll depart the Masai Mara and head across acres of rolling wheat and barley farms to Narok, the district headquarters of this part of Maasailand. From here cross the vast plains on the floor of the Rift Valley whilst keeping an eye out for herds of giraffe and gazelle before heading up the rift escarpment on a road built by Italian prisoners during World War II. You’ll arrive into Kenya’s bustling capital around mid day. On arrival in Nairobi guest will be transferred to Nairobi Airport for their departure flight. (B)
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Inclusions & Highlights:
- Accommodations in first class hotels, lodges and camps
- 7 breakfast, 6 lunches & 6 dinners
- Arrival and departure airport transfers
- Transportation and game viewing in specially outfitted safari vehicles
- Dedicated professional driver/guide
- All park and entrance fees
- Water in safari vehicles
- Private Tour
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