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Maasai Family Adventure

Big cats, giraffe, elephant and hippos are all present on this adventure designed specifically for families. And with a superb naturalist guide and vehicle to yourself you can take it all at a pace that suits your children.

Tailor-made Adventure 1 week

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Itinerary

Overview

Kenya is perfect for the first family safari, the parks are easily accessible and wildlife is abundant. Assuming you’ll save that luxury splurge safari for when you are ‘sans enfant’, the focus here is on superb guiding and comfort rather than indulgent luxury.

We have designed this itinerary with a nice balance of game drives and activities, with cycling in Hells Gate National Park, a boat trip on Lake Naivasha and a once in a lifetime experience camping in a Maasai village where your children can try their hand at shooting bow and arrows, Maasai dancing and lighting fires.

The safari includes two days of game drives (one in the Maasai Mara Reserve and one in Lake Nakuru Reserve), a game walk on the Loita Plains and Hell's Gate National Park (cycling) and a boat trip to see the hippos and game in Lake Naivasha. The Maasai Mara National Reserve is Kenya’s premiere safari park, a vast expanse of savannah grassland heavily populated year-round with wildlife. There is always a strong chance of seeing lion in the park. Leopard and Cheetah are rarer but sightings are possible. Elephant, buffalo and wildebeest are common. The rivers and hippo pools play host to crocs and hippos. In season the park plays host to the epic Wildebeest Migration (late June – early September).

Lake Nakuru National Park is a small, but perfectly formed park set around a lake famous for its large flamingo and pelican populations. It is one of the best places in Kenya to spot rhino and buffalo, giraffe and zebra are all easy to spot.

Day-by-day

ITINERARY IN BRIEF:

DAY 1: Arrive Nairobi
DAY 2: Travel to Lake Naivasha
DAY 3: Visit Lake Nakuru
DAY 4: Travel to Maasailand
DAY 5: Depart for the Masai Mara Reserve
DAY 6: Masai Mara Reserve
DAY 7: Return to Nairobi

FULL ITINERARY:

DAY 1: ARRIVE NAIROBI
Accommodation: Mayfair Southern Sun
Meals Included: n/a
Day Notes: You'll be met at the airport and transferred to your accommodation for a relaxed morning, with the opportunity to rest or relax by the pool. After lunch, you'll head out to visit the Giraffe Centre (a conservation institution that’s a World famous Nature Education Centre that has over the years helped in rescuing the endangered Rothschild giraffes). This visit is followed by a short drive to David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to see the baby elephants and baby Rhinos. (Entrance fees payable directly)

DAY 2: TRAVEL TO LAKE NAIVASHA
Accommodation: Sunbird Lodge
Meals Included: All meals
Day Notes: Today you'll set off from Nairobi with your guide and driver to the Rift Valley Lakes. We'll stop at Hells Gate NP for a bicycle ride safari inside the park (those unable or unwilling to ride on bikes will alternatively hike or be driven through the park). Hell’s Gate is a small, beautiful park with plenty of plains game and one of the few national parks in Kenya where exploration by bicycle is permitted. On our bicycle safari you’ll have close encounters with giraffes, gazelles, impalas, zebras, elands, hartebeests among others. As a highlight we descend into the gorge on foot where you are welcomed by fascinating sights of volcanic formations, geysers and hot springs. After lunch we'll take a boat ride on the nearby Lake Naivasha, which is famous for its hippos and bird life particularly fish eagles, love-birds and pelicans, disembarking at an animal sanctuary half way to walk amongst giraffe, zebra, impala, gazelle and waterbuck.
Driving time 2 hours

DAY 3: VISIT LAKE NAKURU
Accommodation: Sunbird Lodge
Meals Included: All meals
Day Notes: Enjoy a morning game drive in Lake Nakuru national park – a spectacular wildlife park and birds paradise. Lake Nakuru NP is a small but scenic park with abundant wildlife and an excellent chance of seeing the rare rhino, both black and white species, leopard, lion, vast herds of buffalo and the unusual Rothschild's giraffe. It has also had close to 400 species of birds recorded within its boundaries. After lunch you can choose to relax around the pool or visit community run coffee and tea estate for afternoon tea.

DAY 4: TRAVEL TO MAASAILAND
Accommodation: Maasai Eco Camp
Meals Included: All meals
Day Notes: After breakfast you are driven from Nakuru to the heart of Maasailand where hitherto few tourist have explored – here you’ll get great insights into the Masai peoples fascinating way of life. At this interesting spot known as Maji Moto there is a natural hotspring you can take a dip in or just dip your toes in. You also get to participate in cultural activities with the Maasai of this village and visit their homestead (Boma) in the evening where you’ll have a wonderful chance to take pictures of events at the Boma. You can try your hand at different cultural activities such as shooting bows and arrows, lighting fire by rubbing sticks, milking the goats, doing the Masai dance etc. Here we support the Enkiteng Lepa Maasai women’s project, a primary school (we arrange visits during term time and encourage you to bring some small gifts to offer the children). Overnight in dome tents at a unique eco-camp that’s under the euphorbia trees, dinner round a camp fire, starlit skies, tales of the Maasai people told by our host and sleep to the sounds of the African night.
Driving time 4 hours

DAY 5: DEPART FOR THE MASAI MARA RESERVE
Accommodation: Ilkeliani Camp
Meals Included: All meals
Day Notes: After breakfast is a trek across the Loita savannah for wildlife viewing with the Maasai warriors as guides and interpreters of their lands, often walking amongst giraffe, impala, zebra and wildebeest and guaranteed of close encounters with locals herding their cattle (those unable or unwilling to trek may ride along on the tour vehicle). Lunch is served at Papesua Masai cultural village where our trek ends after about 4 hours with a hearty welcome with song and dance by the Maasai women in the village. From here we drive on to our secluded camp in the Masai Mara. In the evening we go on a sundowner drive to watch the sunset over the Mara from a well-selected viewpoint. An extended rare night game drive to observe nocturnal wildlife is possible on the way back to camp (if weather conditions permit).

DAY 6: MASAI MARA RESERVE
Accommodation: Ilkeliani Camp
Meals Included: All meals
Day Notes: Get up very early for a 6am start after breakfast and spend a full day in the Masai Mara reserve on game drives. You’ll take along your picnic lunch to enjoy at the scenic Hippo pool on the banks of the Mara River. Ecologically Masai Mara is an extension of the great Serengeti plains and teems with abundant wildlife. We traverse the park in search of elephant, buffalo, lion, cheetah, leopard, zebra, giraffe, hippo, crocodile and a whole ark-full of other animals. Our expert naturalist guides ensure you get the very best chance of seeing most of these animals and understand their habits. From July to September, the Mara is home to the great wildebeest migration.

DAY 7: RETURN TO NAIROBI
Accommodation: n/a
Meals Included: Breakfast
Day Notes: After breakfast, return road transfer to Nairobi which will take about 5 hours

Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

Our rating

6/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Historic Building
- Gardens & Pool
- Relaxing City Base

Sunbird Lodge

Rift Valley

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Small eco lodge
- Beautiful Lake Views
- Swimming Pool
- Warm personal service

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 2

- Masai owned ecocamp
- Comfortable facilities
- Sensitive interactions
- Warm welcome

Ilkeliani Camp

Masai Mara

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- River views
- Good value option
- Safari ambience

Details

Getting there

International flights from the UK to Kenya typically cost £750 - £1250 return per person (see below for more detail) depending on the airline and when you are travelling. Please get in touch for a flight inclusive quote.

Direct Flights from the UK (London Heathrow only): £750 - £1250 return
British Airways and Kenya Airways fly direct from London Heathrow to Nairobi. Prices start from £750 return but direct flights at this price are usually only available if booking very early or for visits out of the school holidays. During school holiday periods, prices are usually over £1000 return.

Indirect Flights from the UK: £600 - £900 return
KLM flights via Amsterdam are a superb alternative to direct flights, particularly if you are flying from Manchester, Glasgow or other regional airports, where you would need to stop anyway. Prices start from £650 return, and are usually available under £800pp year round as long as you have a little flexibility in your dates. Qatar, Turkish and Ethiopian Airlines offer slightly less convenient one stop flights with longer stop-overs / less convenient flight times (e.g. Turkish lands at 4am in Nairobi). We sometimes recommend these flights for those on a tight budget or those late booking during peak periods when flight prices on BA, Kenya Airways or KLM can double.

If you book a flight inclusive package with Tourdust, your booking is protected by the ATOL scheme. We charge a £20 per person service charge for researching and booking flights for you. If you wish to book flights yourself, then we are happy to sell a ground arrangement only package.

Price includes

Price given is an indication only based on a family of four with two children under 12, actual rate depends on the season and the number of age of children. The price includes all accommodation, meals and transfers to/from Nairobi as set out in the itinerary. You will have the services of an English speaking naturalist guide and a private vehicle on safari. The price also includes all the Park fees and all camping equipment.

The price does not include international flights to Kenya, visas, personal insurance, Alcoholic and soft drinks and tips. Please ask for a flight inclusive quote.

When is best?

Kenya is a fantastic destination for a family safari. Visits are possible during all school holiday periods, with the exception of Easter Holidays which coincide with the long rains.

See our advice on holidays in Kenya during UK half term, Easter, Christmas and Summer School holidays here..

Is it for me?

This holiday is designed specifically for families. Because you will have a private vehicle and guide to yourselves, we don't have any fixed age limits. The advantage of this is that you can choose when and where you want to stop, what animals you want to focus on and how much down time you have. Generally speaking, children aged around 6 and over will get more out of the experience than those younger. As they get older, they will have more patience for game drives and get more out of the opportunity to chat and learn from guides.

The overall level of accommodation is very comfortable, but not luxurious.

Safety

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 612 reviews

(4.94/5)

  • The holiday was amazing! Everything we wanted it to be! The safari was so we'll organized and our guide was very good. All the accommodation was superb. At the Masaai village we stayed in a mud hut which was different to the tent described in the itinerary, but so much better.

    Pinewoods resort was lovely especially the staff who couldn't have looked after us any better. The food was exceptional.

    Missingpauline hasted reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 21 October 2015

  • Accommodation and food at Karen Rock House were good. It was very quiet there as we were the only guests. Our transport, guide (Elijah) and driver (Oliver) were excellent. Elijah was very informative and patiently answered our questions about everything we saw. Our first day was very full, a long drive to Hell’s Gate, bike ride and gorge walk. Elijah suggested that we postpone the boat trip on Lake Navaisha to the morning we left Nakuru rather doing it on the way and this worked well. On the bike ride, our youngest struggled with an adult sized bike with bald tyres. Fine for us and our eldest though. The gorge walk was great as was the boat trip on Lake Navaisha.

    Lake Nakuru Lodge accommodation, food and setting was excellent - as were the game drives with Oliver and Elijah. We saw a lot more here and close up than we did in Ol Kinyei and the Masai Mara.

    Maji Moto Camp was an interesting experience. Again, we were the only visitors and the facilities & food were good. We visited the school before travelling to the Mara Adventure Camp but could have spent longer as there was a lot to see and our children enjoyed playing football etc with the school children.

    The Adventure Camp was brilliant. We had a packed schedule of game drives (up at 5.30 every morning) and George and Wilson (guide and driver) were a lot of fun. They played football with us and were very entertaining on bush walks and game drives. We felt all the staff at the Adventure Camp worked really hard to make the experience an enjoyable one - from preparing the food, supplying endless hot water and tea and making sure we got to see what we wanted. The Ol Kinyei conservancy is beautiful (although we saw more at Lake Nakuru).

    Our itinerary was good - it was busy and varied which suited us very well. We felt a bit rushed on Day 1 - in hindsight, it really was too much for one day. The day we travelled to the Masai Adventure Camp was also time pressured and we had a to cut short our visit to the school.

    Overall, 5/5 - an unforgettable experience.

    MissingTim Sheppard reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 11 November 2014

  • My son & I had a superb time, there isn't one word to describe the trip but many adjectives come to mind; stunning, humbling, breath taking, beautiful, hilarious (that was due to my sons face when we watched lions mating!), fascinating....Each day was exhilarating and amazingly each day got better.
    Our main guide Duncan was very knowledgeable and easy going, David our cook was excellent and also a good source of information. All the guides we encountered we were pleased with.
    There were so many highlights it's difficult to pick one but our time at the Maji Moto camp with Masai is probably my main highlight, walking in the bush with a knowledgeable tribe member, the widows camp and the school very humbling and setting extraordinary.

    The whole trip was well organised, flexible not fixed, I'd give it a 6/5!

    Travelling alone with my son can sometimes feel daunting but I never had any concerns during our trip and the balance of activities and travelling was perfect for a family holiday.

    Missingjoanne clarke reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 11 June 2014

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