7 Days Responsible Traveler Safari Trails
A journey of discovery through Kenya that is more than just one wildlife park after another. Discover the contrasting scenery, wildlife environments and cultures of the Maasai savanna, Kikuyu Lake areas and the Great Rift Valley. As well as superb wildlife viewing opportunities we include insights into the way of life and cultures of local communities. This way you get a much more rewarding and richer safari experience and the local people get a more direct share of the benefits that foreign visitors can bring.
Duration: 7 Days Departure: Regular departure throughout the year, check on the tabulated departures dates Starts: Nairobi Ends: Nairobi Accommodation: 2 & 3 ** Hotels & lodges, Tented Camps and Fly camps
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Arrive Nairobi Kichakani Tented Camp (FB)
Day1.Drive from Nairobi via the Maasai town of Ewaso Ngiro for lunch and colourful market visit. Then into the bush to a small Maasai homestead (“boma”) for insights into their fascinating culture and way of life. Our stay here supports their small primary school and we can arrange visits during term times. Overnight camp under acacia trees by a small spring – dinner round camp-fire, starlit skies and sleep to the sounds of the African night – often lions and hyenas roaring in the distance. (Don’t worry! – our camp is guarded by the Maasai all night).
Masai Mara G.Re Kichakani Tented Camp (FB)
Day2.Optional 2-3 hour walking safari along small river course and through the savanna for wildlife viewing with the Maasai as guides and interpreters of their lands, where you will often walk amongst giraffe, impala, zebra and wildebeest. Drive to a natural hot spring at Maji Moto (where you can take a dip or just dip your toe in) and then on to our secluded camp in the Masai Mara and late afternoon game drive. Or option to hike all or part-way up nearby Naumare Hills to watch an invariably stunning sunset over the Mara. Overnight in our comfortable permanent tented safari camp.
Masai Mara G.Re Kichakani Tented Camp (FB)
Day3. Ecologically the Masai Mara is an extension of the great Serengeti plains and teems with wildlife. We spend all today in the reserve on game drives and this is where you can see elephant, buffalo, lion, cheetah, leopard, zebra, giraffe, hippo, crocodile and a whole ark-full of other animals. Our expert naturalist guides and 4WD vehicles ensure you have the very best chance of seeing them all. From July to September, the Mara is home to the great wildebeest migration. Overnight again in our permanent tented safari camp.
Elmetaita Village Elmetaita Village Camp (FB)
Day4. Another early game drive in the Mara and then on to a Kikuyu homestead near Lake Elementaita. Exploration of the subsistence farming here and afternoon tea with the farmer and his wife. Option tonight for an overnight stay in the village for fascinating insights into the life of a locals (host community), enhancing your African experience and providing an additional income for the families.
Menengai-Subukia Tea & Coffee Estates Bontana Hotel (FB)
Day3. After breakfast bid farewell to your hosts and drive through Nakuru town, then up past the spectacular Menengai volcanic crater, to a co-operatively run coffee and tea estate. This is a delightful, cool, verdant forested setting where there will be a guided bird-watching walk, excellent estate lunch, and visit to the tea and coffee processing operations. You can try your hand at picking tea and coffee if you like (and if you don’t fancy the walk or the tea and coffee processing insights you can relax in the beautiful gardens drinking it). Return to the hotel by Lake Nakuru for overnight.
Masai Mara G.Re Fish Eagle Hotel (FB)
Day3.Early start (06.00) for game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park. This is a small but spectacularly picturesque park with abundant wildlife and an excellent chance of seeing the rare rhino, both black and white species, lion, leopard, vast herds of buffalo and the unusual Rothschild's giraffe. It has also had nearly 400 species of birds recorded within its boundaries. After lunch a short drive to Lake Elementaita, a soda lake on the floor of the Great Rift Valley, for walking exploration of the lakeside environment and afternoon tea. There are hot springs with amazing heat tolerant fish (accessible if lake water not excessively high) and thousands of pink flamingos and pelicans. Another short drive to Lake Naivasha for overnight accommodation in chalets right by the lake.
Lake Naivasha Departure
Day7.Lake Naivasha is a vast freshwater lake, famed for its hippos and bird life particularly fish eagles, love-birds and pelicans. You take an early morning boat trip to see some of them, disembarking at an animal sanctuary half way to walk amongst giraffe, zebra, impala, gazelle and waterbuck. Leave mid morning for return to Nairobi arriving around 13.00. City tours, shopping later farewell dinner at Carnivore Restaurant before been transferred to the airport for departure.