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Family Kenya Safari

8 days with Natural Habitat Adventures   Rating: Deluxe

Itinerary
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Day 1: Nairobi, Kenya
Arrive in Nairobi, where your family is met at the airport and transferred to our hotel in the tranquil suburb of Karen. Once a rough outpost amid a highland swamp when it was established as the colonial capital of British East Africa in 1907, Nairobi today is the urban heartbeat of independent Kenya and one of Africa’s most vibrant cities. Nairobi has long been a meeting point for travelers from around the globe, and most Kenya safaris still originate here. This evening, our Expedition Leader hosts a welcome dinner and orientation to all the adventures that lie ahead. 
 
Day 2: Nairobi—Giraffe Center / Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage / The Nest 
Nairobi holds so many engaging experiences to kick off our family safari adventure. At the Giraffe Center, feed endangered Rothschild's giraffes and feel their long, slick tongues as they lick food pellets from your hand. On a private tour of one of Kenya's most inspiring conservation organizations, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, get a behind-the-scenes look at the Daphne Sheldrick elephant orphanage. These baby elephants, rescued from the wild and being rehabilitated for a return, are sure to steal your heart as we enjoy close-up encounters with them and their devoted keepers. We'll also visit The Nest, a home for children whose mothers are in prison. Caregivers ensure children receive loving comfort, health care, social activities and schooling until they are reunited with their mothers. Time permitting, we may also visit a local handicrafts center and meet some of the artists. 
 
Days 3–5: Maasai Mara Private Conservancy—Private Mobile Camp
Fly from Nairobi's domestic Wilson Airport to the Maasai Mara in southwest Kenya. The Mara is one of Africa’s most acclaimed wildlife enclaves, renowned for its enormous herds of plains game, great prides of lion and a multitude of other creatures. These wide-open grasslands are the northern portion of Tanzania's Serengeti, and we find prolific wildlife here year-round. The Maasai Mara is named for the Maasai tribespeople, the traditional inhabitants of the area who graze cattle here, and the Mara River that runs through it.
 
Rather than stay at a typical large lodge inside the national reserve, we find seclusion at our own luxury mobile camp on a private conservancy that shares an unfenced border with the park. While we enjoy the same outstanding wildlife viewing, we have the advantage of far fewer vehicles to contend with, as well as exclusive activities not permitted in the park, such as guided nature walks and night drives to search for nocturnal and hunting animals that appear after sunset. Traditional daily game drives in 4x4 safari vehicles offer exhilarating opportunities to view wildlife up close. Our Expedition Leader and and local camp guides are outstanding naturalists and trackers, with a special rapport for kids. 
 
A highlight of our stay is cultural activities with the local Maasai. We'll visit a village, school and market as we learn about the everyday life and customs of these semi-nomadic herders known for their tall stature, bright blanket wraps and long spears. On bush walks with Maasai warriors, witness their expert tracking skills as they teach us to read animal signs and footprints, We'll also hear about traditional hunting practices and learn how to make fire. 
 
Days 6 & 7: Maasai Mara National Reserve—Private Mobile Camp 
We drive today to the Maasai Mara National Reserve via a less-traveled corridor and arrive at our second mobile safari camp, allowing us to secure a location in the very best (and most secluded) wildlife regions during the time of year we visit. Explore the park on extended wildlife drives, stopping for a picnic lunch on the sprawling plains in the shade of a broad acacia tree. Resident animals abound, and we traverse a large swath of the national reserve seeking out big mammals such as elephant and buffalo. Plentiful giraffe and zebra are always on view, along with smaller creatures such as bat-eared fox and jackal. Predators are thrilling sightings, and the Mara is home to large lion prides, cheetah and hyena. Return to camp for dinner each evening, then gather around the campfire for stories and stargazing. In a modern world where most kids never see the Milky Way, Africa's night skies are a real treat.
 
Day 8: Nairobi / Depart
Our safari ends as we fly back to Nairobi where a day room awaits at Ole Sereni, a luxury resort hotel bordering Nairobi National Park near Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. After our farewell lunch at the hotel, the afternoon is free to relax, depending on your flight schedule. Take a dip in the pool, work out in the health club, refresh with a spa treatment, or stop in at the Waterhole Snack Bar to look for lounging giraffe, zebra, antelope and buffalo that may be on view from the terrace. A transfer to the airport is provided to meet departing flights.
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All This Included
This classic family adventure showcases one of Africa's premier safari countries and its legendary wildlife mecca, the Maasai Mara. Here on the vast savannas that sprawl beneath blue skies and billowing white clouds, herds of wild game graze. Lion and cheetah lie in wait, finely tuned hunting machines stalking wary prey. Elephant, giraffe, zebra and gazelle roam the acacia woodlands. Kenya offers endless safari drama, and there's no greater gratification than watching a child's eyes light up with wonder at nature's primal displays. Our deluxe mobile camps and a private conservancy ensure a wilderness experience unsullied by crowds. You'll also enjoy cross-cultural connections with the region's proud tribal people, the Maasai herders, who know this land like none other and serve alongside our Expedition Leader as local guides.
  • Accommodations
  • Services of Nat Hab's professional Expedition Leader(s)
  • Local guides and camp staff
  • All meals from dinner on Day 1 through lunch on final day
  • Some alcoholic beverages
  • Most gratuities
  • Airport transfers on Day 1 and final day
  • All activities and entrance fees
  • All taxes, permits and service fees
Highlights
  • An ideal Africa destination for families, Kenya offers myriad safari adventures that require little cross-country travel, to maximize time with wildlife and cultural discoveries
  • Combine time on the famed Maasai Mara National Reserve with an adjacent private conservancy offering an exclusive opportunity for secluded wildlife encounters
  • Enjoy fun family activities including a private tour of the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, feeding giraffes at Nairobi's Giraffe Center and visiting a village school
Accommodations
Nairobi: Karen Blixen Coffee Garden & Cottages
Mara Conservancy: Natural Habitat’s Private Mobile Camp
Maasai Mara National Reserve: Natural Habitat’s Private Mobile Camp
Nairobi: Ole Sereni Hotel
Notes
  • Group Size Limit: Approximately 14 Travelers.
  • Not Included: Travel to and from the start and end point of your trip, some alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, passport and visa fees (if any), optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry and internet, etc.), airline baggage fees, airport and departure taxes (if any), required medical evacuation insurance, optional travel protection insurance.
  • Physical Requirements: Easy to Moderate. To participate in this trip, you must be able to walk unassisted at a steady pace for at least one mile over uneven terrain, climb steps to get into and out of our raised safari vehicles, and be able to tolerate daily outdoor excursions that may last 4-5 hours or even a full day at a time, sometimes in hot, windy and/or dusty conditions. Wildlife drives pose a particular type of physical demand on the body, as they require long hours of sitting and take place over terrain that is often very rough and bumpy, including dirt roads with many ruts and potholes. Travelers with back or neck problems, or other health issues that could be exacerbated by such conditions, should take this into consideration. While any walking safaris are considered optional, travelers must be able to walk unassisted to and from the vehicle to our camp accommodations, sometimes walking over uneven ground or on boardwalks. Days spent on safari are often long, as mornings typically start before daybreak and evening meals are served after sundown. Safari accommodations and vehicles are not climate-controlled and, depending on the season, temperatures can range from quite cold to extremely hot, so it is critical that travelers come prepared.
  • Age Limit on Family Kenya Safari: We welcome children age 6 and older on our Family Kenya Safari. However, while some 6-year-olds are well suited for this adventure, others may not be ready for the requirements of group travel. We believe it's best to consider this minimum age limit a guideline—you, as a parent or guardian, are best qualified to decide whether your child would enjoy the experience without compromising the comfort of others. We strongly encourage you to speak with one of our Adventure Specialists about the specific requirements of the trip so you can make an informed decision. We do not permit children younger than 6 on our scheduled departures due to safety regulations, physical limitations and concerns regarding group dynamics. Children of a certain age may be required to be matched in rooms with adults for safety purposes and due to camp regulations in Kenya.
  • Mandatory Insurance: Since the areas you will travel to on this trip are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we require medical evacuation insurance for this program. If you decline the medical evacuation insurance coverage offered by Natural Habitat Adventures (NHA), we require that you send us documentation of the independent coverage you have selected. We recommend that your chosen independent insurance plan includes at least $250,000 in medical evacuation coverage. Please note that we will add the cost of NHA's medical evacuation policy to your tour invoice until you provide our office with proof of coverage including your insurance company's name, phone number and your individual policy number. 
  • Please plan to arrive in Nairobi, Kenya by 5 pm on Day 1 in order to attend a 7 pm welcome dinner. You are free to depart Nairobi after 6 pm on the final day. 
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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