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12 Days Grand Kenya Safari:

Sweetwaters and Ol Pajeta Sanctuary By Maono SafarisSweetwaters and Ol Pajeta Sanctuary By Maono Safaris

Family Safari at a glance!

The enchantment of Africa is yours to explore on this fun-filled, exciting family odyssey. It’s an active adventure that takes you from dense forested areas teeming with birds and rare wildlife to shadowing big game and their predators on the plains of the Masai Mara Reserve. You’ll tickle the velvety trunks of baby elephants and admire rare Rothschild giraffes. Visit a rhino sanctuary, and see clouds of pink flamingos on the lakes of Naivasha and Nakuru. It’s everything your family could want in one perfect, all-inclusive.

Tour Includes:

•    Experienced, friendly, and knowledgeable guides and service of local representative
•    twelve breakfasts, eleven lunches, and eleven dinners
•    Family-friendly lodges, tented camps (with private baths)
•    Airport “meet and greet” service
•    Transportation from the meeting to the departure point
•    All park fees and special events as noted in the itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Nairobi
Upon your arrival in the vibrant city of Nairobi, your family will be greeted and transferred to your hotel. A predeparture meeting will prepare you for your safari and introduce you to your guide. An early arrival flight provides time at leisure to explore the sights and sounds of Kenya’s capital city. Gateway to East Africa, Nairobi is an energetic hub of activity. From street cafés, colorful markets, and historic buildings to the Nairobi National Park (filled with lions, leopards, black rhino, and over 400 species of bird), there are lots of great options for family enjoyment.
The Fairview Hotel | Meals Plan: BB.

The Fairview Hotel is a city hotel with a comfortable ‘country feel’. Its leafy acres on Nairobi Hill seem a peaceful world away from the bustle of the city. Elegant, en suite guest rooms include complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water. Amenities include a lush tropical garden, large swimming pool, free wi-fi, brasserie and wine bar, plus a children’s playground.

Day 2: Nairobi/ Mount Kenya Highlands
Your Family adventure begins after breakfast with the Langatta Giraffe Sanctuary. Managed by the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife, the park is a sanctuary for the rare Rothschild giraffe. Enjoy a unique opportunity to hand-feed and photograph these elegant creatures.

Proceed to Daphne Sheldrick’s Elephants and Rhino Sanctuary. Kenya-born Dame Daphne worked alongside her late husband, David, the founding warden of Tsavo National Park, raising orphaned elephants and other species and rehabilitating them back into the wild. Admire the young elephants’ playful nature in an up-close encounter.
Following lunch at the Tamambo Karen Blixen Coffee Garden this afternoon, leave the city behind and safari to the fertile landscape of the highlands surrounding Mount Kenya, Africa’s second-highest mountain. After settling in at camp, take a self-guided walk through the forest to discover the prolific birdlife and black-and white colobus monkeys.

Accommodation: Serena Sweetwaters Tented Camp

Ol Pajeta Ranch, Kenya
Serena Sweetwater’s Tented Camp is a sheltered oasis clustered around a water hole in the pristine calm of the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Camp is a charming blend of close-to-nature ambiance and premium safari comfort. The tents have en suite facilities and private balconies or verandas. Amenties include the Kashoggi Bar and Lounge with its blazing log fire, and the Waterhole Bar, built in the style of a game-viewing blind—a great spot for wildlife watching. Many service extras cater to families; babysitting. Children’s menus, high chairs, and early dining times. Youngsters will love the activities, and can join in everything from family breakfasts by the riverside to local school visits and nightly wildlife talks.|

Day 3-4: Mount Kenya Highlands
After breakfast, revel in your first safari game drive, stopping to visit the rhino sanctuary and chimpanzee sanctuary—both instrumental in saving these animals. The chimpanzee sanctuary provides lifelong refuge to orphaned and abused chimpanzees from West and Central Africa. Time allows for another game drive this afternoon for anyone looking for more action. Have the whole day to explore the chimpanzee sanctuary, and the baby Rhino-Morani.

On returning to camp, enjoy a cultural interaction with the Maasai. This warrior tribe of nomadic pastoralists originated from northern peoples over 10 centuries ago. Their life is dominated by traditions and migrations centered on their large herds of cattle. Your family will learn about their time-honored customs and see the warriors perform a thrilling traditional dance.

Accommodation: Serena Sweetwaters Tented Camp | Meals Plan: BLD

Day 5-6: Mt. Kenya Highlands/ Samburu
After an early breakfast, drive north to the Samburu National Reserve. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed with lunch at the Samburu Ashnil Camp, followed by a game drive in the twin Samburu and Buffalo Springs reserves. Above you: endless skies; before you: dust-red plains and palm-fringed rivers. Samburu National Reserve lies on the borderland of a vast, physically dramatic desert featuring rocky battlements, craggy scarps, dry riverbeds, and fallen boulders. Thorn scrub rises against a backdrop of distant hills and the great red table mountain known as Ololokwe. The following day’s game drives provide ample opportunity to explore this fascinating reserve. Both evenings, return to camp for time to relax, and enjoy dinner at the lodge.
Samburu Ashnil |or Samburu Sopa. Meals Plan: BLD
Samburu Ashnil is a traditional Kenyan safari camp set on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River. It is a verdant spot, with serene surroundings and breathtaking sunsets. Its 24 spacious tents include dressing area, sitting area, luggage rack, and en suite facilities to provide a memorable stay close to nature. Public areas include reception, lounge, restaurant and bar, pool, and veranda deck with river view. The restaurant offers international and traditional African dishes.

Day 7: Samburu/ Lake Nakuru
After breakfast, your safari continues to Lake Nakuru. En route, stop at Great Rift Valley viewpoints for the eye-opening vistas. You’ll enjoy lunch on arrival, then you’re off on an afternoon game drive in this extraordinary national park.
Nakuru is a shallow soda lake nestled in the Great Rift Valley. An astounding vision, its abundant algae attracts huge flocks of flamingos (estimated at millions) that famously line the shore, as do over 460 other species of birds and a wealth of wildlife: Rothschild giraffes, zebra, impala, gazelle, waterbuck, lion, warthog, bushbuck, buffalo, and leopard. The park also provides sanctuary for the black and white rhino.
Accommodation: Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge | Meals Plan: BLD.
Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge perches on a hillside bordering Lake Nakuru, with expansive views. The chalet-style rooms include facilities en suite and private patios with panoramic views. Dining options include the main restaurant, bar, and alfresco. The swimming pool adjoins a wellness tent. A children’s activity room is well stocked with indoor games and other recreation facilities. Children can also enjoy activities such as swimming, optional walking safaris, and bird-watching within the secure (fenced) premises, escorted by specially trained staff.

Day 8: Lake Nakuru/ Lake Naivasha
Today your family will safari to Lake Naivasha, a large freshwater lake in the Great Rift Valley. Arriving at Lake Naivasha, you’ll be refreshed with high tea at Joy Adamson’s famous Elsamere Farm. A British naturalist, Joy is the author of Born Free, the beloved international best seller describing the tribulations of raising a lion cub to adulthood. The farmhouse, bought in 1967, is now a conservation center focused on lake ecology and environmental awareness. Visit the farm’s museum and the nursery before heading to Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort.
Accommodation: Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort | or Sawela Safari Lodge | Meals Plan: BLD.
The beautiful Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort places you in a breathtaking landscape. The cottages are set among cacti and rock gardens dotted with brightly colored flowers. Each ground-floor room has two queen-size beds and solarium with private terrace. Other resort amenities include outdoor swimming pool, children’s pool, babysitting on request, telephone and Internet access, TV and video room, horse riding, bird-watching, boat trips and fishing, water sports, cycling, and nature trails.

Day 9: Lake Naivasha
This morning takes you to Hells Gate National Park for optional rock climbing, mountain biking, or walking. Named for its pair of massive, red-tinged cliffs framing a exothermally active terrain of steam vents and bubbling springs, Hells Gate is home to a profusion of plains game and birdlife.
This afternoon, it’s time to grab your hats and embark on a boat safari. As you cruise Lake Naivasha’s glittering surface along freshwater shores fringed with papyrus and yellow acacia, keep an eye out for hippos and other rare creatures. These forests abound with birdlife, and the waters of the lake draw a great range of game including giraffe, buffalo, and colobus monkeys. Peacefully cruising this idyllic scene to the sound of twittering birds will create a lasting impression of lovely Lake Naivasha.
Following your boat ride, enjoy a guided nature walk on Crescent Island. Experiencing the natural habitat on foot, your family will be immersed in the serene environment with little disturbance or impact. It’s an intimate and personal wildlife experience—a chance to appreciate the smaller animals and birds sometimes missed during big game drives.

Accommodation: Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort | Meals Plan: BLD

Day 10: Lake Naivasha/ Masai Mara National Reserve
Heading southwest to your next destination, your family arrives at the Hemingway’s Trails of Masai Mara—one of Africa’s finest game reserves. Land of rolling green plains and riverside woodlands, the Mara is home to the world’s greatest wildlife phenomenon, the wildebeest migration, which crosses its grasslands July to October. Several million animals take part in this epic journey through the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, surging over the flood-swollen Mara River, braving crocodile-infested waters and shadowed by other hungry predators.
A year-round destination, the Mara has one of the highest concentrations of predator and prey in Africa. It is also inhabited by the legendary Maasai communities with their cherished cattle herds. A century of close association with the wildlife has resulted in a symbiotic relationship, where wildlife and people coexist on a daily basis. On arrival, a game drive may reveal some of the park’s legendary animal interaction.
Included: Land transfer and afternoon game drive
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 4 hours
Accommodation: Sarova Mara Game Camp | Meals Plan: BLD.

Sarova Mara Game Camp sits on an elevation encircled by streams. The large grounds include rolling manicured greens, a forest of indigenous shrubs and exotic trees, a large pond stocked with fish, bird sanctuary, and an authentic Maasai village adjoining the camp. Comfortable accommodations in family tents afford plenty of room and privacy. Facilities include a main restaurant, bar, and bush dining options, plus free-form swimming pool with bar. The fenced camp is particularly welcoming to children with activities such as swimming, optional walking safaris within the secure premises, a visit to the cultural village, sport fishing, and board games. Specially trained staff escorts the children and facilitate activities. There are also children’s menus and babysitting services on request.

Days 11-12: Masai Mara National Reserve
Two full days in the park allow plenty of time for exciting morning and afternoon game drives. Unique sightings are common: a pride of lion stalking their prey; a solitary leopard retrieving its kill from the high branches of an acacia tree; a herd of elephant protecting their young. Cap off an afternoon with a fascinating cultural encounter: a visit to the homestead or manyatta of Maasai herders.

For a truly exceptional “overview,” consider an optional hot-air balloon ride. Rides are easily booked to experience the magnificent vistas of the park from above. Ballooning adventures start early so you can glimpse an unforgettable sight: a spectacular golden dawn breaking over the savanna plains.
Included: Game drives and visit to a Maasai manyatta
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner Sarova Mara Game Camp | or similar.

Day 13: Masai Mara/ Nairobi
After breakfast your family sets off for Nairobi and the international airport. On the way, enjoy the sights: lush coffee plantations and countryside villages. Upon arrival in Nairobi, you’ll enjoy a final celebratory lunch before heading to the airport for departure.
Included: Land transfer to Nairobi
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Approximate Travel Time: 5 hours

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