This family safari is a wonderful way to learn outside the classroom, giving you a chance to view some amazing wildlife, walk with Masai warriors, identify tracks and unravel the mysterious sounds of the savannah at night.
Ideal for young explorers, the itinerary visits some of Kenya’s finest wildlife reserves, staying in small exclusive family-friendly camps and lodges. Wildlife viewing is from your own private 4-wheel drive vehicle, and activities include: adopting an elephant with a private viewing at the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage; walking with Masai warriors; learning bush skills and Masai traditions.
Day1: Depart UK
Day2: Arrive Nairobi & transfer to Nairobi Tented Camp
From your very first day in Kenya you will experience the wilderness of Africa as you stay in a traditional tented safari camp in Nairobi National Park, only a short drive from the airport.
Day3: Visit the Giraffe Centre & Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
After waking up to the sounds of the natural world, your day begins with a private family game drive in Nairobi National Park - who will be first to spot a lion, zebra or giraffe?
After your safari, head off to the Giraffe Centre to feed the Rothschild giraffes with their long sticky tongues. After a relaxing lunch at the beautiful Karen Blixen Coffee Garden, you will visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, where you have the privilege of adopting an elephant, and enjoy a private viewing.
Days4-5: Fly to Laikipia Plateaux, safaris by vehicle & on foot
In the morning transfer to Wilson domestic airport for a flight to Nanyuki on the Laikipia Plateau, where you will be met and transferred to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in the foothills of Mount Kenya.
During your stay here, you will have an opportunity to visit the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and meet Baraka the black rhino. Others activities available include lion tracking and a visit to the hippo hide.
Transfer by road to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, world-renowned for its conservation successes and fine wildlife viewing. You have two days here, and the whole family can take part in fun and educational activities such as helping to train tracker dogs, recovering data from camera traps, identifying footprints, fishing for freshwater crabs and of course private game drives. You may also want to experience a horse safari, where wildlife doesn’t recognise you as a human as you travel across the plains.
Days8-9: Fly to the Masai Mara, bush walks, vehicle safaris & family activities
After an early breakfast, you catch the short flight to the world famous Masai Mara National Reserve, known for its great migration crossing across the Mara River. You stay at a luxury riverside tented camp which offers a great family programme for all ages, giving the children (and adults) plenty of opportunity to learn about the wilderness from a Masai naturalist.
Accommodation: Mara Intrepid Lodge, 2-nights
Day10: Fly to Nairobi
This morning, transfer to the airstrip for the short but scenic flight to Nairobi Wilson airport and transfer to your accommodation in the city.
Accommodation: Hotel or tented camp in Nairobi, 1-night
Day11: Fly back to the UK
This morning transfer to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to check in for a daytime flight to London.
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Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 11 daysfrom £5,295 pp: Child: £3,395
Duration and price excluding international flights: 10 daysfrom £4,495 pp: Child: £2,695
Single supplement: From £570
When to go: Dec-Mar; Jun-Oct: Aug is a good month to see the Great Migration in the Mara
Established in 1995, the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy covers 251 square kilometres and plays host to Grevy’s zebra, sitatunga, leopard, lion, elephant and wild dog. This private reserve is particularly well known for its successful wildlife conservation, especially in connection with the endangered black rhino.
Where: Laikipia Plateau
Ideal for viewing: black rhino, Grévy’s zebra, lion, wild dog, African elephant
Excellent for: Wildlife for families
The wildlife of the Laikipia Plateau is abundant and it serves as one of the last refuges for the black rhino. Yet its tranquility and remoteness is the major attraction, and walking safaris with Masai guides in the African bush offer a feeling of solitude rarely found elsewhere in Kenya.
Where: Central Province
Ideal for viewing: black rhino, greater kudu, leopard, lion, reticulated giraffe
Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris
Kenya’s finest wildlife sanctuary, the Masai Mara is a paradise of gently rolling grasslands studded with acacia trees. Remaining as the ancestral homelands of the Masai, a curious harmony between man and wildlife exists that allows a route for the large migrations and a home for predators and plains wildlife.
Where: Rift Valley Province
Ideal for viewing: cheetah, Grant’s gazelle, leopard, lion, Thompson’s gazelle
Kenya’s bustling capital is more than just a starting point for your wildlife safari. Places to visit in the city include the Karen Blixen Museum, Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and the Giraffe Centre. For those staying longer, nearby Nairobi National Park has a wide diversity of wildlife.
Where: Nairobi Province
Excellent for: City stopover
Suggested accommodation options are shown below.
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Set in the heart of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy with breathtaking views over Mount Kenya, Lewa House is an ideal choice for families, with the privacy of an exclusive cottage overlooking the reserve. Activities include day and night game drives, bush walks, or simply relaxing in the large swimming pool.
With sweeping plains on one side and Nairobi on the other, this tented camp is situated deep within riverine forest, yet on the doorstep of the city. It is the first accommodation allowed inside Nairobi National Park, which is home to lion, leopard, rhino and a range of savannah wildlife.
Consisting of six spacious tents, this eco-friendly camp is located in a secluded and remote corner of the vast Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a sanctuary for the endangered black rhino. Wildlife viewing is done by 4x4 safari vehicles, and guided walks are taken on the open plains escorted by Masai warriors.