Kenya Family Wildlife Quest – Camping
Search for Africa’s largest residents in the Masai Mara and Lake Naivasha.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging
Kenya is the classic African safari destination and this seven-day family adventure is a great introduction to the continent’s famous residents. The Masai Mara, with its endless grasslands sprinkled with acacia trees and an astonishing variety of wildlife, is the ideal place for children to have their first sightings of lions, elephants, giraffes and cheetahs. Lake Naivasha, located in the Great Rift Valley, is an unforgettable setting where we have the chance to view hippos on a boat safari. Then in Nairobi there is the elephant orphanage and giraffe centre where we learn about the conservation work being done to protect these magnificent animals.
* All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners
* All accommodation (see below)
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Start Nairobi; visit elephant orphanage and giraffe centre.
The group flight arrives into Nairobi this morning and will be met and transferred to the start hotel. Land Only clients should also aim to arrive at the hotel this morning. From the hotel, we transfer to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage where we can meet the calves being rehabilitated. These elephants were rescued when they lost their mothers and so are being raised at the orphanage until they can be released back into the wild. To date the wildlife trust has successfully hand-raised over 150 infant elephants. We continue onto the Giraffe Centre, another of Nairobi’s conservation projects. At the centre it is possible to feed the giraffe from an elevated platform and learn more about the work that they do. The rest of the day is free to relax.*Panafric **Hotel or similar*
To Lake Naivasha; boat ride in the afternoon.
After breakfast at the hotel, we drive northwest to the edge of the Great Rift Valley to take in some spectacular scenery before descending into the valley and onto Lake Naivasha. Surrounded by grassy banks and dotted with floating reed islands, the lake is home to a healthy population of hippos and tremendous variety of birds. This afternoon we enjoy a cruise on the lake in search of hippos. If we’re lucky we should also see giraffe and antelope grazing on the shores of the lake.*Crescent Camp or similar*
Free day; optional safari in Lake Nakuru N.P.
Today is a free day to relax or enjoy the optional activities on offer in and around the lake. Possible activities include excursion into Hell’s Gate National Park, which was the inspiration for the location in The Lion King, and the Crater Lake Game Sanctuary. It is also possible to do a daytrip to Lake Nakuru, one of the best places in Africa to see rhino.*Crescent Camp or similar*
Transfer to the Masai Mara; afternoon game drive.
This morning we journey south to the Masai Mara National Reserve. The drive takes approximately 6 hours but we have regular stops along the way. The Masai Mara is one of the most famous ecosystems in the world and with good reason. This huge expanse of grassland is home to an astonishing variety of wildlife such as elephant, buffalo, zebra, crocodile, ostrich, hyena, rhino, cheetah, leopard and lion. Between mid-August to late October one of the greatest spectacles on Earth takes place in the Masai Mara – the annual wildebeest migration. Over one million wildebeest are joined by zebra and gazelle as they move into the reserve seeking fresh grazing. Nothing is guaranteed on safari, but with the help of our brilliant guides you should see and learn a huge amount about the resident wildlife as we game drive through the park this afternoon.*Mara Springs Camp or similar*
Full day in the Masai Mara.
Rising early this morning we embark on a full day game drive in the Masai Mara National Reserve. During the course of the day we have a good chance of seeing a multitude of wildlife as we explore the Mara’s vast open plains. There is also the opportunity to do an optional hot air balloon safari in time for sunrise – this is an especially memorable experience during the wildebeest migration as it is only from this vantage point that you can truly appreciate the scale of this natural wonder.*Mara Springs Camp or similar*
Optional morning game drive; return to Nairobi.
There is one last chance to go into the reserve for an optional morning game drive before we say goodbye to the Masai Mara and return to the bustling metropolis of Nairobi. This is another 6 hour drive but we should arrive at our hotel with plenty of time to relax, freshen-up and enjoy the hotel’s facilities. This evening we can enjoy our final dinner together at one of Nairobi’s restaurants.*Panafric Hotel or similar*
Our trip ends this morning. Those on the group flights will be taken to airport for the flight to London.