Fellowship of the Masai - Family Adventure
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.
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1: Nairobi
Accommodation: Panafric Hotel or similar, 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.
Day 2: Lake Nakuru
Travel time: Approximately 2.5 hours
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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 (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.
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
- 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.
Day 8: Nairobi
Travel time: Approximately 6 hours
Meals included: 1 breakfast
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- Sleeping Bags
- 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. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region. We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.
Visas and Permits
Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. 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.
EAST AFRICA TOURIST VISA:
Effective 1 January, 2014, The East Africa Tourist Visa will allow travel between Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda with the same multiple entry visa. The visa can be issued at any of the diplomatic representations of Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, at the immigration offices of the respective countries, or on line where applicable. The East Africa Tourist Visa is multiple entry visa and is be valid for 90 days.
For those beginning their trip in Rwanda, you can apply through the Rwanda Online Visa Application System. Under "Type of Visa" select "East Africa Tourist Visa." For more information contact your local Rwanda embassy.
For those beginning their trip in Kenya, you can find information on the visa application process on the consular section of your local Kenya embassy's website.
For those beginning their trip in Uganda, you can find information on the visa application process on the consular section of your local Uganda embassy's website.
The visa costs US$100.
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. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.
Pre Departure Information
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.
East Africa-Lonely Planet
Going Down River Road-Meja Mwangi
Out Of Africa-Karen Blixen
Night Of The Lions - Kuki Gullimann
African Nights - Kuki Gullimann
Age limits and responsibility for minors
The minimum age required to join this tour is five 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.
Road Conditions and Infrastructure in Africa
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. Sleeping Bags are unavailable for hire.
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!
17 December 2014
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