8 days/7 nights
The Kenya Family Safari provides a wonderful ecological, cultural and family experience in Kenya. All of the hotels and lodges featured are child-friendly with excellent facilities. The children will be entertained by trained naturalists throughout the safari. No other trip provides such an array of day-to-day activities to satisfy every member of a mixed group, be you an inquisitive young child, an energetic parent or a grandparent wanting a little more relaxation.
This safari is ideal for families with young children, but also a great safari for couples or a group of friends.
Day 1 - Nairobi
Upon an early morning arrival into Nairobi you will be met and transferred to the Ol Sereni Hotel. This afternoon you will be collected from the hotel for an “Out of Africa” experience. Follow in the footsteps of Karen Blixen as you travel towards the Ngong Hills, you will feel swept immediately onto the film set of Out of Africa the moment you arrive. The old colonial farmhouse is simple, housing a few items that Karen Blixen chose and once enjoyed herself. There are also the colorful gardens to explore, where several old coffee machines have laid untouched for decades. From here visit the Giraffe Center, where the highly endangered Rothschild giraffe can be admired. With an elevated viewing-cum-feeding platform, this tour is wonderful for children.
Overnight Ol Sereni Hotel, Club Room.
Day 2 - Nairobi - Samburu National Reserve
This morning you will transfer to Wilson airport for your scheduled flight to Samburu. You will be met by the lodge vehicle and taken to the lodge arriving mid morning. After lunch you will embark on your first game drive of your safari, returning to the lodge in the late afternoon.
Overnight at Samburu Intrepids Camp. (BLD)
Perched on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River in the heart of Samburu National reserve, Samburu Intrepids enjoys a unique perspective of one of Africa’s most celebrated wildernesses. The camp’s location deep inside the reserve guarantees close encounters with the region’s shier wildlife, including elephant, lion, leopard, and Samburu’s famous ‘unique five’ - the rare reticulated giraffe, long-necked gerenuk antelope, Somali ostrich, Grevy’s zebra, and majestic Beisa Oryx. This luxurious tented lodge offers 27 modern tents with a private view over the wildlife-rich riverbanks. The spacious tents boast the very latest in luxury camping, with soft four-poster beds, handsome mahogany closets and writing desks, and en suite bathrooms with steaming hot showers. The bathrooms also offer twin washbasins, flush toilets, and sockets for shavers and battery charging. Because of the warm climate, Samburu Intrepids’ public areas are all palm-thatched and open to the elements, raised on stilts to catch the cooling breeze blowing off the river. The main dining room opens onto an outdoor dining terrace, where buffet breakfasts and lunches are served overlooking the river.
Day 3 - Samburu National Reserve
Morning and afternoon activities in Samburu National Reserve.
Overnight at the Samburu Intrepids. (BLD)
Day 4 - Samburu - Lake Naivasha
After an early breakfast depart with a picnic lunch and travel south through Isiolo, crossing the northernmost foothills of Mount Kenya, until you get to the town of Nanyuki. Here you'll head west to Nyahururu, still known to many as Thomson's Falls for its 237-foot cascade. Now travel in a southerly direction to Lake Naivasha, arriving at the lodge by late afternoon. Overnight at Great Rift Valley lodge. (BLD)
Great Rift Valley Lodge
A short drive from the well-maintained Pan African Highway is the Great Rift Valley Lodge & Golf Resort Its location midway between the Samburu and Maasai Mara reserves makes the lodge the perfect stopover between the country’s top safari destinations - and an ideal alternative to a night in a city hotel. The Great Rift Valley Lodge sits at about 7,000 feet, from which elevation it enjoys magnificent views to the west and east. The vistas stretch from the shimmering waters of Lake Naivasha to the jagged volcanic crater of Mount Longonot and, beyond, the sloping shoulders of the Aberdare Mountains - Kenya’s most important watershed. The Great Rift Valley Lodge offers 21 twin and 9 double rooms, all with private balconies overlooking the spectacular valley floor with large four-poster beds, handmade wooden furniture, African prints, and modern en suite bathrooms. The social ‘heart’ of the Rift Valley Lodge is the clubhouse building, which offers fine dining and beautiful views from its panoramic restaurant and broad balconies
Day 5 - Lake Naivasha - Lake Nakuru
This morning depart for a morning game drive to Lake Nakuru National Park and return back to the lodge for lunch and the remaining of the afternoon will be spent at your leisure to enjoy all the local activities offered.
Overnight at Great Rift Valley Lodge. (BLD)
Day 6 - Lake Naivasha - Masai Mara National Reserve
After breakfast, you drive to the Naivasha Ebony Curio Emporium, the largest of its kind in the world, where one can watch expert craftsmen working. It is fascinating! This is where the country's best work can be purchased at factory prices. Return back to the lodge for lunch before being transferred to the airstrip for your scheduled flight to the Masai Mara. Here you will be met by a camp vehicle and taken to the camp to drop off your luggage before going out on a game drive, returning back to the camp as the sunsets.
Overnight at Mara Intrepids Camp. (BLD)
Sitting above a sweeping bend in the Talek River at the confluence of the Maasai Mara’s four game-viewing areas, Mara Intrepids enjoys one of the most spectacular locations in the Maasai Mara ecosystem. The camp is a short drive from the Mara River, where more than a million wildebeest and zebra make their perilous migration crossing every July and August. For the remainder of the year, the camp offers some of the world’s finest game viewing, with large local populations of elephants, rhinos, buffalos, and all the Big Cats. 30 luxury tents are widely spread across a large riverside site to ensure guests the optimum privacy and peace. Each tent is furnished in the classic style of the grand African safaris, with large four-poster beds and handsome reproduction furniture offset by modern en suite bathrooms with hot showers, flush toilets and all modern amenities. Each tent sits on a shady platform, with sweeping views over the riverbanks where a wide variety of animals come to drink. Mara Intrepids is divided into four distinct areas, each with its own open-air dining area and ‘mess tent’ where private meals and functions can be arranged. Dinner is usually served in a large dining room under a traditional makuti thatch roof, while breakfast and lunch are hosted on a breezy terrace beside the riverfront swimming pool. Beside the bar is a fully equipped conference room, where our Maasai naturalists deliver evening slide shows on the local culture and wildlife - and where corporate groups can indulge in a spot of ‘bush business’.
Day 7 - Masai Mara National Reserve
Morning and afternoon activities in Masai Mara National Reserve.
Overnight at the Mara Intrepids Camp. (BLD)
Day 8 - Masai Mara National Reserve/Depart Nairobi
After a morning activity and lunch, there is a flight back to Nairobi, to connect with your onward arrangements. (BL)