Upon arrival in Kenya, you will be met at the Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and transferred to your hotel.
For some, this will be the arrival day, for others who arrive early, you can do some initial exploring. At the Giraffe Centre - an education and breeding center for the endangered Rothschild Giraffe - we can feed these magnificent creatures, who might just try and kiss you with their incredibly long tongues. We may also have the opportunity to visit the elephant and rhino orphans of the The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust at nearby Nairobi National Park.
Your local guide Makau
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Lodging: Hotel Stanley or similar
Day 2 Amboseli Nat'l Park/Selenkey Conservation Area
Depart for the four-hour drive to the Amboseli National Park/Selenkey Conservation area, part of the greater Amboseli National Park eco-system.
While visiting this conservation area, we will be staying at the Selenkey Safari Camp, a community-based, eco-camp run by the Masai, who are custodians of these lands. This wonderful community is the realized vision of one man.
During your time here there will may be opportunities to walk, observe village life, watch some of the many birds and animals, and enjoy a demonstration of village crafts, music and dance. There might also be the opportunity to hike, ride camels or help the locals graze their cattle, milk them and even participate in house building.
Evening affords the opportunity for fireside conservation talks with local community members. The Masais are proud of their culture and are happy to welcome you to their houses, which you will have the opportunity to do while here.
After enjoying the warm hospitality of the Masai at the Selenkey, it will be time to visit the wildlife rich and scenic Amboseli Park. Amboseli is known for its great herds of elephants with the backdrop of Mt. Kilimanjaro. We will have a game drive enroute to our lodge, Amboseli Serena Lodge.
We start our day with a pre-breakfast game drive to see more of what Amboseli National Park has to offer. Wildlife viewing is best in the morning. After breakfast, we will check out of our hotel and have another optional of game drive which will be followed by lunch and departure for Mbitini Village.
On the second day in Makau's village, we will visit the village schools, clinic and the groups that Kinengo Initiative supports. For every participant, a donation of US$ 150 is channeled to help this village project through Kinengo Initiative.
You may also visit some of the women and pioneer groups, where the local women help each other during preparation for planting crops and have developed projects - such as basket weaving - to support themselves and promote self-reliance.
If travelling in early August, you might have the privilege of joining Makau's family at their annual celebration.
Meals and overnight at Miryama Hotel.
You will be greeted as family
Meals: 2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 Dinner Lodging: Miryama Hotel or Village Stay (camping)
Day 6-7 Lake Nakuru
Today you head to Lake Nakuru, where you spend the next two days on game drives amidst the great bird spectacle. Besides being home to the many pink flamingos, for which the lake is famous, there are approximately 400 other species of birds visiting the lake. There are also many species of game, including the introduced Rothschild’s giraffe, waterbuck, lion, buffalo, leopard, baboon, and a wide variety of plains game.
Lake Nakuru National Park was designated as Kenya’s first rhino sanctuary and has both black and white rhinos. While here you have the possibility of taking a hike in the Menengai Crater, the second largest volcano caldera in Africa. Dinner and overnight at Kembu Cottages, or similar.
Continue driving along the Rift Valley to the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve. Have lunch at the Mara Siana or similar. In the afternoon, go for a game walk and for the young ones, go for an outdoor wildlife class. On the walk, learn how to identify the animals through their prints and learn about medicinal plants. In the evening, go star gazing where you will learn about the constellation in the southern hemisphere.
On days 9 & 10, the Masai Mara will offer you the best opportunity to spot the Big Five - lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, and elephant. In August and September, the the great Serengeti herds of wildebeest and zebra, numbering as many as one million animals, tend to move toward concentrating on the rich grasslands of the Mara. Predators like lion, cheetah, hyenas and jackals are in abundance.
At Siana Springs, children will engage in numerous activities with the Siana Springs Adventurers' Club. From planting a tree to casting big cat tracks from the real thing, they will be learning whilst having fun.
If you are interested in an early morning ballon ride, please let us know.
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