Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.
Our Family Adventures are designed specifically for the spirited family and operated by our sister company The Family Adventure Company. We understand that travelling with kids sometimes requires a slightly different perspective. Keeping this in mind, we travel at a slower speed - recognising that showing your family around our exotic destinations can take time. By travelling at a relaxed pace, while still offering plenty of optional activities along the way, we're providing your family with the ultimate travel experience together.
Accommodation is chosen carefully to ensure your family gets the best of both worlds, with some of the creature comforts of home as well as experiencing accommodation unique to the region you are travelling through. Wherever possible you will stay in hotels with small comforts to make your stay more enjoyable - such as restaurants nearby, or accommodation with a pool. On some trips you may even find your family being rocked to sleep on an overnight sleeper train or drifting off while camped out under a canopy of stars - and we reckon it'll be these experiences the kids will love and remember the most.
Best of all, we find trips with children are so successful because kids have such a special ability to break down barriers with their natural curiosity, and because delighted locals always greet them with much affection. For all these reasons and more, you'll discover that Family Adventures are an amazing experience for all.
Why we love it
- Gaze at Mount Kenya’s snow-capped peaks
- Hand feed giraffes in Nairobi’s suburbs
- Learn the Maasai art of spear throwing
- Look for big cats in the Masai Mara
- Meet the locals and pick up some Swahili
- Enjoy a dip in the hotel pools
- Take the little monkeys to visit a chimp sanctuary
- Watch bath time at the Elephant Orphanage
Day 1 - Nairobi
- The Kenyan capital stands 1670m above sea level on an elevated plain at the heart of the country, surrounded by fertile land that yields coffee and maize.
- You meet your Group Leader for a tour briefing at 10am in the hotel reception, 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 Sheldrick's 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. You can meet The Family Adventure Company's own sponsored elephant orphan, named Shukuru. Shukuru arrived at the Trust after a herdsman found her trapped down a manhole. She was only a few days old! Having been rescued and taken to the nursery in Nairobi she has since settled in well and now enjoys playing games and taking mudbaths with all the other orphans. 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!
- While brazen crime is thankfully fairly uncommon in Nairobi, petty theft unfortunately is not and recently arrived visitors to the capital can often make for tempting targets. Your trip leader will verse you in a few worthwhile precautions at the welcome meeting, but if you are arriving early please heed a few simple safeguards.
- As a general rule, the safest place for your valuables is on your person in a neck wallet or money belt, though your hotel room or reception may have safes in which it would be advisable to store things if you're wanting to head out. If you do decide to go for an explore, make sure you get local advice on where it is and isn't safe to walk - particularly when it's getting on in the day. Thieves and pickpockets have also been known to operate in bars and restaurants, so don't let up keeping your wits about you once you're inside somewhere. Don't leave day packs or handbags unattended on chairs or the floor. There's no need to be paranoid, but appearing vigilant is a great deterrence to would-be thieves. Finally, make colour scans of any important travel documents before you leave and email them to yourself: in the event that you are the unlucky victim of a theft, this will save you hours of police, embassy and travel insurance hassles.
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.
- Pitch tents alongside glistening Lake Nakuru then head out on an afternoon game drive.
- Fringed by acacia trees, Nakuru Lake is transformed into a shimmering pink haze as hundreds of flamingos descend upon it. Keep an eye out for other wildlife - the savanna area also boasts a wide variety of animals including giraffes and lions.
- 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
- Encounter friendly locals on a village visit before reaching Lake Naivasha - 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
- We depart Lake Naivasha making a short stop in the town to do a spot of food shopping, taking our lunch break en route to our camp site at Loita Hills (220 km, approx. 5-6 hours).
- The remote region of Loita Hills is home to the traditional Maasai people. Here we visit the Maasai, 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 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 their cattle enclosures.
- 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.