Explore the rich culture that Kenya has to offer on this 3 week adventure safari. Visit traditional bustling markets, cycle through Hell's Gate National Park, visit the world famous Masai Mara, enjoy a day helping in a local school and then head to the Indian Ocean and relax on Diani Beach.
"If you know where to look, there is still treasure to be found in the heart of Africa"
Day 1 - Saturday - Arrival into Nairobi
Upon arrival into Nairobi we will meet you from the airport and take you to your campsite located in the quiet suburb of Karen, where you can relax for the evening with perhaps a cold Tusker or two and a welcome barbeque under the cool starlit African sky!
Day 2 - Sunday - Nairobi to Sagana
After a lazy breakfast we depart Nairobi and head north for the short journey to Sagana, our drive passes pineapple and coffee plantations and in the distance we may be lucky to see the rugged snow capped peaks of Mount Kenya (5199m), Kenya's highest mountain. Our campsite is situated along the Tana River, the longest river in Kenya.
Day 3 -Monday -Sagana
Today is a free day for relaxing or optional activities such as White Water Rafting, Kayaking and Mountain Biking (see under Optional Activities for details).
Day 4 - Tuesday - Sagana
It is market day in nearby Karatina today, we have chance to visit this vibrant, colourful market, the largest open air market in East and Central Africa.
Day 5 - Wednesday - Sagana to Naivasha
After breakfast we depart for Lake Naivasha, on our drive if weather permits we will have amazing views of the Great Rift Valley which runs 6,000km's from the Red Sea to Mozambique and is up to 100km's wide in places. Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake whose shores are fringed with papyrus and yellow barked acacia and hippos frequent the shallows. Our campsite is on the edge of the lake and is home to many species of birds including the African Fish Eagle.
Day 6 - Thursday - Hell's Gate National Park
A short distance from the lake is Hell's Gate National Park, one of the only parks you can walk and cycle around. With a guide you will have the chance to enjoy the dramatic landscape and scenery, experiencing the thrill of being amongst the wildlife, maybe coming face to face with herds of grazing zebras, towering giraffes or some galloping gazelles.
Day 7 - Friday - Lake Naivasha & Elsamere
A free morning relaxing in camp, followed by afternoon tea at Elsamere, former homestead of the late Joy Adamson, who raised and released Elsa the Lioness, probably one of the most famous animal stories ever told, immortalised in the book and film, 'Born Free'. The house is now a museum and her green lawns are surrounded by giant yellow barked acacia trees where troops of Black and White Colobus Monkeys cavort.
Day 8 - Saturday - Journey to the Masai Mara
From Naivasha we drive down onto the floor of the Rift Valley to the busy little ramshackle town of Narok where we do our last minute shopping before heading towards the Masai Mara National Reserve. A colourful sight around this area is the Masai herdsmen, grazing their livestock dressed in their red shukas (blankets) and ornate beads. Our campsite is on the edge of the Reserve, home for the next few nights. During the evenings we will sit around the campfire, under the clear starlit sky and listen to the calls of the wild.
Day 9 - Sunday - Masai Mara
A gentle introduction to the area, this morning we take a walk to Ole Keene Masai Village a few minutes from camp, meet the Masai and learn more about this interesting tribe and their culture, ask as many questions as you like and take photos and experience their traditional dances. Later in the afternoon we take a walk up Siana Hill to the viewpoint. Your local Masai guides will tell you about the flora and fauna and their uses in traditional herbal medicines.
Day 10 - Monday - Masai Mara Volunteer Project
We visit Ole Keene Primary School, you can interact with the pupils and teachers, see the difficulties faced by rural schools in this area and learn how they are overcoming them. We will participate in a day of volunteer work which could include teaching in the local Masai school, helping with any building or painting jobs at the school, environmental education and a friendly football match. There is always something to be done and this is a really great way to help out to benefit the local communities.
Days 11 and 12 - Tuesday/Wednesday - Masai Mara Safari
The Masai Mara National Reserve has some of the best game viewing on earth, if lucky we may catch the annual wildebeest migration where millions of the unganely beasts move north from the Serengeti seeking lusher grass. Huge prides of lions can be found everywhere and elephants, buffaloes, zebras and hippos also exist in large numbers. There is a good chance of spotting the big five (lions, buffaloes, rhino, elephants, leopard). As we game drive in the reserve we observe the vast range of animal and bird life.
Day 13 - Thursday - Masai Mara to Nairobi
Leaving the Mara we climb the Rift Valley escarpment once again for spectacular views of this ancient ravine which stretches the length of Africa, it is such a prominent feature on the earth it is actually visible from the moon. We head for Nairobi, Kenya's bustling and cosmopolitan capital city, our campsite is in the quieter leafy suburbs of Karen (named after Karen Blixen famous for her novel Out of Africa).
Day 14 - Friday - Nairobi
Free day in camp for relaxing, catching up on emails or a spot of shopping in the nearby supermarket. In the evening we visit the most famous restaurant in Kenya, namely Carnivores for an unforgettable meal.
Day 15 - Saturday - Nairobi
This morning we visit the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage (as seen on BBC), giving us an insight into these amazingly social mammals, then we then spend a leisurely afternoon at the Bomas of Kenya, learning a little about the rich culture of the many different Kenyan tribes and viewing some traditional homesteads, followed by a spectacular performance of customary dances and songs from the different ethnic groups.
Day 16 - Sunday - Nairobi to Voi
We take a leisurely drive along the Nairobi to Mombasa highway, passing many busy towns often parallel with the railway line, there are great views of the Yatta Plateau (the world's longest lava flow) plus the highway bisects Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks, sometimes we are lucky to see some wildlife along the roadside, we break up the journey overnight in a quiet campsite along the way.
Day 17 - Monday - Voi to Mombasa
Upon arrival in the Swahili city of Mombasa we visit the historic Fort Jesus and 13th Century Mombasa Old Town before crossing to the south coast of Mombasa, Diani Beach where we will spend the remainder of our time in a simple beach front cottage with plenty of time for relaxing and swimming in the warm Indian ocean, with its powder white palm fringed beaches.
Day 18 - Tuesday - Diani Beach
Today is a free day for relaxing or optional activities such as Scuba Diving or Snorkelling (see under Optional Activities for details).
Day 19 - Wednesday - Diani Beach
This morning we will visit Kaya Kinondo, a sacred Mijikenda forest, to discover the ancient traditional culture and beliefs of the Digo people. On our nature walk in the forest our local guide will inform us about the indigenous trees and plants, including the uses for traditional medicine and sampling some freshly tapped coconut wine.
Day 20 - Thursday - Diani Beach
Today is a free day for relaxing or optional activities (see under Optional Activities for details).
Day 21- Friday - Diani Beach
Our last day of admiring the palm fringed shore line of the Indian Ocean, late afternoon we will take a Ngalawa sailing boat out for sundowners returning for a sumptuous beachside barbeque.
Day 22 - Saturday - Mombasa to Nairobi
Today is an early start to travel back to Nairobi by luxury bus in time to check in early evening ready for your flight home.
PLEASE REMEMBER THIS IS AFRICA AND OCCASIONALLY THINGS MAY NOT ALWAYS GO TO PLAN!!!
HOWEVER USUALLY PLAN B IS THE STORY YOU WILL REMEMBER THE MOST AFFECTIONALLY!!!
- Fully escorted tour - Driver, Tour Leader, Cook/Helper
- All camping equipment (excluding sleeping bag and pillow)
- All road tolls and taxes
- Breakfast, lunch & dinner
- Camping & Accommodation
- Camping (16 nights)
- Simple Beach Cottages in Diani (5 nights)
- All activities, sightseeing, National Parks, entrance fees as per itinerary
- Hell's Gate National Park
- Afternoon tea at Elsamere
- Masai Mara National Reserve
- Masai Village Visit
- Carnivore Restaurant
- Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage
- Bomas of Kenya
- Fort Jesus and Mombasa Old Town
- Sundowners sailing boat
- Beach BBQ
- Visit to ancient Kaya (Sacred Forest)
- All taxes and surcharges pertaining to flights and airports
- Any drinks/meals or services not specifically included
- Local gratuities
- Personal insurance
- Personal spending
- Visa's or other documentation required
APPROXIMATE GUIDE (in USD)
- White Water Rafting in Sagana - $120
- Bungee Jumping in Sagana $50
- Mountain Biking in Sagana $20
- Kayak Lesson in Sagana $30
- Zip Wire in Sagana $20
- Hot Air Balloon over Masai Mara - $450
- Snorkeling/Scuba diving Kisite Marine Park - $90-$150
- Quad Biking in Diani $125
- 18 Holes of Golf in Diani $50
Safari Joe for the journey of a lifetime