Fellowship of the Masai - Family Adventure
“People always ask me ‘How do I know we’re safe from the animals?’ I tell them that I believe I deserve to be here. I love the animals very much, and they surely must know how much I love and respect them.” Spokes, Peregrine local leader.
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.
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1: Nairobi
Accommodation: Panafric Hotel or similar, Nairobi
- The tour will start at the Nairobi hotel. You will receive full details of exactly where to meet your group leader in the joining instructions, which will be sent to you approximately 2-3 weeks before your trip starts.
- The Kenyan capital sits on an elevated plain at the heart of the country, surrounded by fertile land that produces coffee and maize. There will be a tour briefing in the morning, before a visit to Sheldricks Elephant Orphanage and the giraffe centre. These coservation centres will give you the opportunity to see the animals up close, and also offer you a better understanding of their plight in the modern world.
Day 2: Lake Nakuru
Travel time: Approximately 2.5 hours
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
- 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.
Day 3-4: Lake Naivasha
Travel time: Game drive times variable
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
- You will ecounter friendly locals on a village visit before reaching Lake Naivasha today - a birdwatcher's paradise, with floating islands of papyrus reeds.
- You will spend the night in simply but neatly furnished cottages by the lake and explore this beautiful area in your own time.
Day 5: Loita Hills
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
- You will travel to the heart of Maasai country today, traversing the Great Rift Valley floor to Loita Hills.
- Upon arrival you will set up camp among the friendly semi-nomadic tribes in the area. A local elder will teach you about their ancient culture and you will share a meal around the campfire with the local people. A truly special experience.
Day 6-7: Masai Mara Game Reserve
Travel time: Approximately 5 hours
Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Accommodation: JK Mara Camp or similar, Masai Mara
- You will travel on to one of the finest reserves in Kenya, the Masai Mara today. More or less a northern extention of the Serengeti in Tanzania to the south, animals migrate here annually in July/ August before departing south again in September. These migration periods mean masses of animals on the move, creating a number of wonderful photographic opportunities.
- You will arrive at your lodge in the Mara around lunchtime, and depart for a game drive in the afternoon. The surrounding plains are home to elephant, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, and various gazelles, along with their attendant predators - lion, cheetah, jackal and hyena.
- You will go on another game drive early in the morning of Day 7, before enjoying a leisurely brunch at your campsite. You will have some time to relax before heading out again in the afternoon.
- You will have the opportunity to meet the local Masai warriors today, who will give you an insight into their culture and life and teach you how to throw a spear. The Masai were originally nomadic heders and are probably the most well known of all of Kenya's tribal people. The men wear an elaborate costume of bright red cloth, with a cape, beads, jewellery and a spear, sword or club. They have a formidable reputation as hunters and warriors, but are reluctantly accepting a more settled lifestyle to accomodate the immense pressure they are under.
Day 8: Nairobi
Travel time: Approximately 6 hours
Meals included: 1 breakfast
- You will embark on one last early morning game drive today, before setting off across the plains of the Mara again. The journey will take you up the Rift Valley’s eastern wall past Mount Suswa before reaching Nairobi.
- You may have the opportunity to stop and make some final purchases en route.
- Your tour will come to an end on arrival in Nairobi.
- 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
Some meals are included on your trip (except for North America trips - please refer to your day-to-day itinerary). However, sometimes we think you'll benefit from getting out and discovering the local cuisine. So when a meal is not included, it's a great opportunity to try something new. For group trips, ask your leader for tips on where to get the best meal, or you might decide to dine out as a group and experience the fun together.
- Arrival and departure transfers
- International flights
- Airport departure taxes
- Meals unless specified in the itinerary
- 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
- Daily budget
What to know
You do not need any real fitness for this safari besides the ability to get in and out of the safari vehicles. However please note that the roads can be in quite poor condition and you may experience a fair amount of bouncing around.
Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.
Visas and Permits
It is your responsibility to ensure you have all required visas for your trip. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.
Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders currently require a visa for Kenya. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent.
Kenya visas are easily obtained at the airport or border crossing at a cost of US$50 for most nationalities based on single entry. For some nationalities a single entry Kenya visa allows the person to enter Kenya more than once provided travel is only between Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda within a 30-day period.
You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.
Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Customs and Culture
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.
Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in.
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.
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Age limits and responsibility for minors
Road Conditions and Infrastructure in Africa
The minimum age required to join this tour is seven years old. This family trip is designed for families only (i.e. at least one adult and at least one child). The parent or guardian is fully responsible for their children throughout this tour. If you have a question regarding age and suitability, please contact us for further advice.
Roads in Africa are often in very poor condition, which makes it hard on vehicles. Our vehicles are serviced regularly and are generally in good condition, but breakdowns can and do happen. The infrastructure in Africa is not always what we are used to and travelling on their roads can sometimes be very bumpy experiences. The travelling times indicated in our Trip Notes is just a rough guide and is dependent on various factors that may be outside our control, such as road conditions, weather and time spent at borders.
Please keep your luggage to a minimum. One small soft-sided bag plus a day pack (no more than 15-20kgs per person) is essential - NO HARD CASE SUITCASES.
Extra luggage can be stored at the hotel in Nairobi.
About this Information
The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
10 February 2014
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