8 days

Fellowship of the Masai - Family Adventure

Fellowship of the Masai - Family Adventure

The flamingos of Lake Nakuru

Game drives in the Masai Mara

Masai Mara's mammal migrations

Lake Naivasha's hippos

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

    Why we love it

    • Relax by the Nakuru Lake, which is fringed by acias and is famous for the hundreds of pink flamingos that visit daily. The surrounding savannah is home to giraffes and lions.
    • Spend time with the ancient Masai tribe, and immerse yourself in the culture of these friendly, semi-nomadic people.
    • Visit the finest reserve in Kenya, the Masai Mara, and see a myriad of majestic game and meet the fearsome Masai warriors.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Nairobi

    • You meet your Group Leader for a tour briefing in the morning, before heading off to visit Sheldricks Elephant Orphanage and the giraffe centre. These conservation projects allow you to view the animals up close, while learning more about them and their plight in the modern world.
    • The David Sheldricks Wildlife Trust was established in 1977 in Memory of David Sheldricks, a founding warden of the Tsavo East National Park. The Trust takes in and cares for orphaned elephants and rhinos, who are ultimately released back into the wild. It is possible to sponsor your own elephant; add an extra dimension to your visit by meeting your own orphan and following its progress – a charming addition to any family!
    • The Kenyan capital sits on an elevated plain at the heart of the country, surrounded by fertile land that produces coffee and maize.
    Panafric Hotel or similar

    Day 2 - Lake Nakuru

    • This morning you drive 170 km (approx. 3-4 hours) on good roads to Lake Nakuru, arriving in time for lunch.
    • You will set up tents next to the sparkling Lake Nakuru today, before embarking on an afternoon game drive. Nakuru Lake is fringed by acias and is famous for the hundreds of pink flamingos that visit daily, transforming it into a pink shimmering haze.
    • The savannah area is home to a wide variety of other animals too, including giraffes and lions, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled.
    • The alkaline waters of this lake once supported an extremely large colony of flamingos - reckoned to be up to two million strong! Over the course of the year the lake changes size considerably, shrinking to its minimum in March at the end of the dry season, changing the type of birdlife and wildlife that inhabit this area, and what you will see on your visit. Changes in water level and chemical concentration caused the permanent population of flamingos to move elsewhere in the 1970s - they now reappear periodically, but never stay for long. The lush area around the lake is well known for its bird life.
    • In the afternoon, you will enjoy a game drive around the shore of the lake, and look for the white rhinos that can usually be found around the shores.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 3-4 - Lake Naivasha

    • You will ecounter friendly locals on a village visit before reaching Lake Naivasha today - 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 Masai 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, buffalo 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.
    • Spend the next two nights in simply but neatly furnished Cottages by the lake and explore this beautiful area independently.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 5 - Loita Hills

    • You will travel to the heart of Maasai country today, traversing the Great Rift Valley floor to Loita Hills (220 km, approx. 5-6 hours).
    • After setting up our tents, it is time to meet our Maasai hosts as we receive a fascinating talk offering insights into this remarkable and ancient culture from a local elder. Enjoy being shown around a traditional Maasai home and cattle enclosures, and we may even have the opportunity to participate in the milking of the precious cattle.
    • The local Masai warriors will even show you how to throw a spear – careful mum, stand well clear please!
    • This is invariably one of the highlights of the trip. The Masai are probably the best known of Kenya’s tribal peoples - largely due to their highly photogenic appearance. The young males in particular wear a striking costume of bright red cloth, with a cape slung from one shoulder, beads and jewellery, and carry a spear, sword and club. Originally nomadic herders, the Masai used to live on a diet of fresh and curdled milk. Live cattle represent wealth, so much energy was devoted to cattle raiding. They have a fearsome reputation as warriors and hunters, but in the face of immense pressure are gradually - if reluctantly - starting to accept a more settled lifestyle.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 6-7 - Masai Mara Game Reserve

    • It is 70 km from Loita to Masai Mara, which will take us approximately 1-2 hours. The road is dusty when dry and could be slippery and soft when wet. The Mara is effectively a northern extension of the Serengeti, the most famous of neighbouring Tanzania's national parks, which lies just across the border.
    • Animals, of course, recognise no border and immense herds of blue wildebeest migrate across the savannah, driven by the innate urge to find new grazing land on which to feed. They arrive here each July and August; then in October start to head south again! At these times the plains teem with animals on the move, and the photographic opportunities are unrivalled.
    • You should arrive at your lodge in time for lunch. Then jump into 4x4's for an afternoon Game Drive. You’ll explore the extensive grassy plains where elephant, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, and various gazelles - with attendant predators of lion, cheetah, jackal and hyena, can be seen.
    • The next day wake before dawn to start our morning game drive when the sun comes up, one of the times of the day when most animals tend to be more active. After what is hopefully an exciting morning's drive we return to camp for lunch and to relax during the heat of the day. We set off again in the afternoon and expect to return to camp around sunset. However, depending on wildlife movements, we may on occasion do a full day's game drive and in this instance we'll stop en-route for a picnic lunch.
    • Explore this diverse environment and view a multitude of wildlife. Spend an entire day on a wildlife spotting quest in the reserve and take brunch/lunch by the side of the Mara River - a great chance to spot crocs and hippos.
    JK Mara Camp or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 8 - Nairobi

    • Climb the Rift Valley’s eastern wall past Mount Suswa to make your way back to Nairobi (300 km, approximately 6 hours drive). En route there may be opportunities to stop and make some final purchases. Once back in Nairobi you have time to go for dinner (not included) in a local restaurant and reflect on the enjoyable trip.
    Breakfast
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    What's Included

    • An experienced English-speaking local leader and specialist local guides at some sites
    • Authentic accommodation
    • On-tour transportation
    • Most meals (except those specified in your itinerary)
    • Entrance and park fees as indicated in your itinerary

    Not Included

    • Arrival and departure transfers
    • International flights
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Meals unless specified in the itinerary
    • Insurance
    • Laundry - but there will be opportunity to do some hand-washing in the camps where we stay for two or more nights.
    • Optional tours or activities during free time
    • Tips - this is something to consider, and it might be worthwhile speaking to your group about making a group contribution at the end of the trip
    • Sleeping Bags
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Trip Code PTFM
Group size 6 - 14
Start City: Nairobi
End City: Nairobi
Style: Family

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