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A Wilderness Family Safari

Duration 12/11 nights days

There is no better place for a family safari than Kenya.  Renowned for people’s friendliness you’ll feel like you’ve left home when you leave.  The wide range of activities that lodges and camps will keep your children entertained throughout the day.  Crab catching in springs on Lewa, riding camels in Laikipia, spear making in the Mara are all just a glimpse of things to do whilst on safari.  Our selection of properties for your ideal family getaway are carefully handpicked as the ideal locations to bring a family.

  • Domestic Flights and Airport/airstripe Transfers
  • Full board Accommodation
  • soft drinks, local beers,non-premium wines and spirits
  • Park/Conservancy Fee
  • laundry,
  • For Activities visit each property Page
Day 1-2 : Nairobi City,Kenya2 nights

Arrive at Nairobi’s International airport and within 20 minutes you are starting your Kenyan safari adventure in Nairobi National Park. Home to both Black and White Rhino, Leopard, Lion, Buffalo and with a visit to The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust you can leave Nairobi having seen the Big Five.

The Emakoko LodgeFast Facts

Highlights

Amazing location on the edge of the National Park

Huge soaking tubs in each room

Balcony & fireplace

Owner-managed

Pool

Large Black Rhino Population

Avoid Nairobi Traffic & game drive instead!

Funicular Lift Installed

Quick Facts

5 lower level rooms & 5 upper level rooms

Plus 2 bedroomed private house

WiFi available in the rooms

Check in at 11:00Am / Check out 10:00 Am

Transfer collection from 06:30 Am / Drop off 17:30Pm

Late departure (after 17:30Pm) Extra dinner (US$ 50 per person) and transfer (US$100 per vehicle)

Note: Nairobi National Park fees valid for 24 hours

Nairobi National Park Area Overview

Welcome to Nairobi National Park, an island of incredible flora and fauna surrounded by a sea of humanity.  Nowhere in the world is there a National Park of this magnitude, home to some of the most endangered species on the planet, next to a capital city.  Where on earth can you land on an international flight and be amongst four of the big five in less than half an hour of clearing customs.

Nairobi is the gateway to the safari world, and what better place to arrive than in this incredible city and enjoy a wilderness that has been set aside by Mzee Jomo Kenyatta way back in 1946. This is Kenya’s first national park, and one of the first protected areas set aside for wildlife in the world.

The park is teaming with game and incredible birds, having boasted one of the highest world bird counts of a capital city in one day. There are over 400 species of birds in the park along with 80 species of mammal, over 40 different reptiles and amphibians and well over 500 tree and plant species. It is an extraordinary space!

The park is not only famous for its age, but also, and most importantly the hugely successful Black Rhino population with well over 80 Black Rhino and more than 10 White Rhino. The park is just under 120 Square Kilometres which makes it one of the largest Black Rhino populations in the world per square kilometre. The park Rhinos have been relocated to different areas in the country and the Black Rhino program is one of the most successful in Africa.

From other members of the Big 5, the park has over 30 adult resident Lions that roam the plains, and 10 resident Leopard which are being seen more frequently.  Recently a female Cheetah with her three cubs have moved into the park and are seen on regular occasions in The Emakoko area.

Any visitors to Kenya and in fact East Africa MUST visit Nairobi National Park to not only support the incredible conservation work in the park, but also to enjoy the amazing views!

Experience & Activities

The Nairobi National Park, despite its proximity to the capital city of Kenya, boasts a spectacular assortment of birds and wildlife, with over 400 species of bird recorded in one day. With an excellent possibility of spotting four of the Big Five, many Nairobi residents find the lodge a perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of city life. By staying at The Emakoko you are directly contributing to the protection and conservation of Nairobi National Park and its wildlife.Take a private game drive into one of the most unique game parks in the world, Nairobi National Park or visit the communities that border it. Otherwise an excursion into Nairobi to visit the David Sheldrick wildlife trust, the giraffe centre, or the local shops is also possible.

Day 3-5 : Overnight Lewa House-3 Nights

Fast Facts

Highlights

Amazing location

Fantastic wildlife

Plenty of activities

Beautiful views

Quick facts

7 rooms/cottages total

Maximum 18 guests on property

Pool available

Wifi avaliable (in the main area)

Private game vehicles available (on request at additional cost)

The property features 3 family cottages (2 adjoining ensuite rooms – 1 double and 1 twin, not interconnected) and 4 individual Earthpods with ensuite bathrooms. a maximum of 18 guests are on property. Children of all ages are welcome.

Experience & Activities

Activities and experiences include: day and night shared game drives, guided walks, pre-historic site visits, bush break- fasts, picnic lunches, sundowners, visit to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy HQ, visits to Il’Ngwesi cultural boma (entrance fees extra and payable direct), 1 visit to Ngare Ndare forest with canopy walkway and swim in the waterfalls. Horse rides and camel treks are subject to availability.

Lewa Conservancy Overview

Lewa is a 45,000 acre private game ranch located 30 miles north of the equator at the foothills of Mt. Kenya, and is home to the world famous Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. There are very few private houses and camps on the reserve so game viewing is as exclusive as it can get. The area is probably one of the best in Africa for viewing rhinos. The reserve not only has Big 5 but the largest population of the rare Grevy’s zebra as well other rare northern species. There are many activities to engage in, including horseback riding, scenic flights, night drives, walking safaris, camel riding, and photographic hides.

Day 6 – 8 Sarara Camp-Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya 3 Nights

Drive through the spectacular Northern Frontier to Sarara Camp. Once you’ve arrived at Sarara your hosts will talk you through your activity options for the next couple of days. A visit to the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary should be high on your list of things to experience!

Namunyak- Area Overview

In the northern frontier of Kenya lies the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy, an area of 850,000 acres of pristine wilderness in the Mathews Range. The savannah plains of the conservancy are home to elephant, leopard, reticulated giraffe, wild dog and kudu in ever increasing numbers. This remote and dramatic landscape is also home to the local Samburu people whose age-old traditions, including the famous “singing wells,” are as much a part of the fabric of this land as the wildlife.The conservancy is itself community-owned and is one of the best examples of indigenous communities building sustainability for people and wildlife through truly unique and experiential safari experiences. Camel supported safaris are very popular as are walking safaris and visits to the amazing community run Reteti elephant sanctuary. To the eastern side of the conservancy is the new Sera conservancy and rhino project and really one of the last frontiers of conservation before heading towards Lake Turkana and the northern frontier.

Sarara Camp-Fast Facts

Highlights

Unrestricted game drives exploring the 850,000 acres of pristine wildlife habitat accompanied by a local Samburu guide

Visit the singing wells to honour an age old tradition

Hikes into the montane cloud forests

Fly camping

Visits to a manyatta

Walking safaris

Plunge down a natural rock slide into crystal clear pools (seasonal)

Beading with the Samburu ladies

Fashion your own jewelry with local Ironmongers

Reteti Elephant Sanctuary visits

Elephant rock art visits

School visits to the Mobile Montessori Program

Bush meals

Quick facts

6 beautifully appointed en-suite tents overlooking to Mathews Range

Plus the 2 bedroomed Sarara House

Set within a pristine and remote 85,000 acre wildlife conservancy

Organize vegetable garden

In room charging points

24 hour solar powered electricity

Open and closed options for game drive vehicles

Tented rooms with indoor and outdoor toilets and solar heated showers

Experience & Activities

Activities include day and night games drives, horseback riding, walks and bikes, optional fly camping, a seasonal water slide, village visits, the giraffe viewing platform, and of course the wonderful Reteti elephant orphanage.

One of the most authentic cultural experiences to be had in the country is to visit the “Sarara singing wells.” Especially in the dry season, the local Samburu herders visit  “wells” that they have dug in the dry river bed, sometimes five men deep and each belonging to a specific family. They then sing to their livestock who recognize the song and know where and in what order to come to drink. In keeping with the whole community and conservation ethos of Sarara, these same wells are then utilised at night  by local wildlife, including elephants and leopards.

Day 9 – 11- House In The Wild,Maasai Mara Kenya,3 nights

Today you will fly from Sarara’s  closest airstrip to the world famous Masai Mara and stay at House in the Wild which has a swimming pool and plenty of activities for the family ensuring that the children do not get bored.  

House In The WildFast Facts

Highlights

Excellent location

Great access to multiple conservancies

Plenty of activities

Quick facts

6 luxury cottages – great for families

Maximum of 16 guests on property

Welcomes children of all ages

Wifi available in all rooms

Extra info

Exclusive use Vehicles

Private guide for each group

Bush walks or bike rides available

Experience & Activities

Activities include unlimited game drives in Enonkishu, Ol Chorro and Lemek Conservancies, bush breakfasts, picnics, guided nature walks and bike rides within Naretoi, Rhino Sanctuary visits (entrance fees extra and payable direct), community project visits, and sundowners.

Maasai Mara, Kenya,Area Overview

The Mara conservancies are Maasai owned group ranches that have combined to conserve a total area nearly the size of the Maasai Mara National Reserve itself, covering 1450 km2 (560 mi2) across fifteen conservancies. The wildlife in the conservancies can be comparable to the main Maasai Mara game reserve, and in fact some areas have higher densities of predators than in the central reserve. Because there are fewer camps, the conservancies can offer a more exclusive experience than in the central reserve, with generally fewer game viewing vehicles around sightings.

There are opportunities in some conservancies to do night drives, walking safaris, as well as visits to some of the villages of the local Maasai who own the land.

The conservancy approach is widely seen as the way forward for wildlife conservation and eco-tourism in Kenya, because it not only secures vital space for wildlife but includes the local population as custodians of their national heritage. This has been vital not only for conservation of the whole greater Mara but also wildlife corridors and the prosperity of many hundreds of Maasai families. Nearly forty tourist camps contribute to employment amongst the communities and provide a presence, alongside Maasai anti poaching units, for the protection of the wildlife.

Day 12 Departure

A schedule flight from the Mara to Nairobi gets you back to Wilson airport. The afternoon can be spent touring Nairobi before heading to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your flight home.

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The Emakoko-Nairobi

Lewa House-Laikipia

Sarara Camp-Samburu

House in the Wild-Maasai Mara

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