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13 Days Cultural Safari: Nairobi/Murang'a/Aberdares/Mukurwe wa Nyagathanga/Amboseli/Lake Nakuru/Lake Naivasha/Masai Mara

Day 1: Arrival Nairobi, 
Meet on arrival at the airport and transfer to your hotel, refresh and settle in then will get a briefing on the culture safari and a series of talks/information on, communities, politics, and economics of Kenya. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

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Day 2: Sightseeing in Nairobi.
After breakfast, set out on a sightseeing excursion starting with the nearby Giraffe Centre for a short history of the Centre and a talk on wildlife conservation, then come the exciting moment of feeding the endangered Rothschild Giraffe. then visit the Karen Blixen Museum situated at the foot of the Ngong hills, the original home of Karen Blixen of the Out of Africa fame. After Lunch there will be afternoon trip around the city of Nairobi and its suburbs. Later you will be dropped back to your hotel for Dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Nairobi - Kenya Central Province, Kikuyu Tribes / Cultures
Depart Nairobi after breakfast and take a relaxed drive through Kikuyu countryside arriving at the host village in Murang'a around mid-day. After introduction and lunch, guests will be taken to their host families to settle down and be acquainted with each other. The homes are in close proximity and each host family welcomes at least three including a guide to assist with translation where necessary. On the first evening guests and their host families gather in one place to sing and eat together.

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After breakfast in the respective homes, guests, accompanied by some members of the host community gather at a central place for a talk about the history, culture, and present-day status of the community. Then activities of the day begin, which will include preparing of seedbeds, establishing tree nurseries, and planting of trees on a public land. Other activities will include food security where guests are introduced to indigenous food crops thriving in the area and will participate in such activities as planting, harvesting and even cooking some of these foods. 
Dinner and overnight in homes.

Day 5: A visit to Aberdare Forest, Kikuyu Tribes / Cultures
To understand the extent and dangers of deforestation, you, in the company  of members of the host community will travel to Aberdare Forest, a tropical forest that covers a vast section of the Aberdare Ranges and which have been destroyed through haphazard harvesting of trees for timber and wood fuel. you will walk around to enjoy the rich and diverse fauna and flora, before joining members of this community in a tree planting campaign. This is usually a big event involving even the local administration. 
later drive back to their village home in Murang’a for a farewell dinner during which community members are encouraged to display their handicrafts for sale or exhibition.


Day 6: Mukurwe wa Nyagathanga, Kikuyu Tribes / Cultures
After breakfast, guests gather together to bid farewell to their "families" and community members, before departing for the nearby Mukurwe wa Nyagathanga, an Agikuyu cultural heritage site. This is a mythical place of origin for Kikuyu community, therefore, honored and maintained as a sacred site. A detailed history of this cultural heritage site which begins with a very interesting creation story will be told by Aramati (elders) who are the caretakers of the site. you will undertake a ten minute walk from the site to Gathambara, the waterhole of the first Agikuyu family - Gikuyu, Mumbi and their children. This hole never dries up and continues to provide clean water for the local community. Back at Mukurwe Wa Nyagathanga, you will be entertained with several traditional songs as you participate in a food festival of well-cooked Kikuyu indigenous foods. Late afternoon drive back to Nairobi. Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 7: Nairobi - Amboseli National Park
Depart Nairobi in the morning for Amboseli National Park arriving Amboseli Serena Lodge in time for lunch. The park is famous for its big game and great scenic beauty whose entire landscape is dominated by Mt Kilimanjaro. Afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at camp/lodge.

Day 8: Amboseli National Park
Early morning pre-breakfast game drive at 6.30am, when you have the best chance to see the majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro. Return to the lodge for late breakfast. The rest of the morning is at leisure. You can opt to take a swim or visit a local Maasai village. Afternoon game drive. meals and overnight at Dinner and overnight at camp/lodge.

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Day 9: Amboseli National Park - Lake Nakuru National Park 
Depart Amboseli after breakfast and drive via Nairobi and onward to the floor of the Rift Valley making a stop to marvel at the incredible site of the escarpment as you enjoy a picnic lunch. Arrive Lake Nakuru National Park in time for an afternoon game drive. Besides the flamingos that the lake is famous for, there are approx 400 other species of birds visiting the lake. Also, many species of game can be found in the park including the introduced Rothschild's giraffe, waterbuck, reedbuck, lion, buffalo, leopard, baboon and many species of plains game. Lake Nakuru National Park was designated as Kenya's first rhino sanctuary and has both black and white rhino. Dinner and overnight at Dinner and overnight at camp/lodge.

Day 10: Lake Nakuru National Park - Naivasha Area
Early morning game drive in Nakuru Park then return to the lodge/camp for late breakfast. Depart shortly after for Lake Naivasha arriving Elsamere Conservation Centre in time for lunch. The Centre is the home of the late Joy and George Adamson who both became famous for their conservation work. It is named after Elsa, the lioness whose life is recounted in Joy's book 'Born Free'. After lunch, guests will be invited to watch a video, "The Joy Adamson Story" and visit the museum and shop at the centre. Dinner and overnight at Dinner and overnight at camp/lodge.

Day 11: Naivasha - Maasai Mara Game Reserve
Depart Naivasha after breakfast and proceed to Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Enjoy the scenery of the game reserve before embarking on your afternoon game drive commencing approx 4.00pm. Afternoon visit to a local Maasai village to learn about their culture and interact with them. There will be performances by the villagers and guests and villagers will interact freely. Dinner and overnight at Dinner and overnight at camp/lodge.

Day 12: Maasai Mara Game Reserve
Full day in Maasai Mara, Kenya's most popular game sanctuary where you will have the best opportunity of spotting the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant). Morning game drives with an optional hot air balloon safari at dawn .All meals and overnight at Dinner and overnight at camp/lodge.

Day 13 - Back to Nairobi, Departure
Depart Maasai Mara in the morning and drive back to Nairobi arriving in time for lunch. Optionally, you can have lunch at the famous Carnivore Restaurant and at an extra cost. Carnivore Barbecue Experience is also described as 'Meat Eaters Paradise' and is the Africa's Greatest Eating Experience! Later, we transfer you to Jomo Kenyatta Airport for your onward arrangements. Bigmac representative will re-confirm your onward flight, and assist you at check-in.

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