Location of Adventure
Kenya, East Africa
Group Size Limit
Maximum 12 Travelers
This adventure is operated on a private, custom basis with your independent group of up to 12 guests. Our Loita Hills camp features six mobile dome tents, allowing for up to 12 travelers sharing. Groups of two to three travelers pay a slight surcharge, and groups of four to 12 pay a standard per person rate. The intimate camp sizes allow for a very personalized and tailored experience for your independent group.
Our Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
Our Private Leaders
Meet & greet facilitation services on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 9 in Nairobi, internal flights as noted, accommodations, meals from breakfast on Day 2 to breakfast on Day 9, non-alcoholic beverages with meals and on the vehicles (house alcoholic beverages while at Encounter Mara Camp also included), services of local guides throughout and lodge staff, all park, camping and conservation area fees and taxes, emergency evacuation coverage from the Flying Doctors Society with which we hold a membership (please note: the latter does not preclude the need for all guests to hold personal travel insurance including evacuation coverage for transport home or to a major medical center).
Travel to and from start and end point of trip (Nairobi), most alcoholic beverages, dinner in Nairobi on Day 1 and lunch/dinner on Day 9, services of an NHA Expedition Leader (this can be booked upon request at an additional cost), gratuities, passport and visa fees, any increase in park, camping or conservancy fees, optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, souvenirs, etc.), airline baggage fees, airport and departure taxes, optional travel insurance, and required medical evacuation insurance.
Moderate to Difficult
This foot-based safari includes varied terrain and hiking conditions. When arranged on a custom basis, the physical requirements can be adapted to meet the needs of the participants to a degree, but in any case, participants should count on six to seven hours each day of rather rigorous hiking, at times through muddy terrain and thick brush including nettles. Our Maasai hosts transport our gear on the back of donkeys, so guests will only be required to carry a day pack with a rain jacket, binoculars, some personal items and water. We recommend both a Keen-style closed-toe sport sandal as well as hiking boots or trail shoes for this hike’s varied terrain.
In order to get full enjoyment from this adventure, guests need to be in good physical condition. The best exercise for this trek is to go hiking with a day pack. Strengthen your legs, back and cardiovascular system by walking up hills and taking the stairs, if you work or live on an upper floor. Tackle some preparation hikes, and step off the trail to traverse uneven terrain while wearing your day pack. Add some hill climbs. The more fit you are, the more you will enjoy this physically demanding adventure -- you may even be able to laugh at your strong guides! Safari accommodations and vehicles are not heated and several of our adventures take place during the winter months in Africa, so it is critical that travelers come prepared.
Important Information About This Trip
While you will encounter wildlife on this journey, it is also meant to be an overall immersion in nature during which you will see evidence of wildlife while on foot in the Loita Hills and while at Encounter Mara, within the private Mara Naboisho Conservancy bordering the Maasai Mara National Reserve. You may do a morning wildlife drive with an afternoon hike, spending time on the ground at a slower pace in intimate contact with nature. While on safari from Encounter Mara in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy and Maasai Mara, our wildlife viewing happens during the wildlife drives. Our 4x4 safari vehicles are specially adapted, reinforced, roof-hatch Land Cruisers that seat four to five travelers each, all in window seats. The custom-installed bucket seats have superior-quality spring cushions and lumbar support for increased comfort. Since each row has its own roof hatch, and sits slightly higher than the row in front of it, all guests enjoy excellent viewing opportunities. With no middle seats, there is plenty of room for gear and extra leg room. Refrigerators/ice boxes keep drinks cool, and an on-board library of books on mammals and birds offers extra insight into the natural history of our safari regions. As is the case with all our vehicles, these safari trucks are enhanced with specialized suspension to ensure the most comfortable ride possible in the wilds of Africa.
Since the areas we travel to on this trip are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we require medical evacuation insurance for our guests' safety. If you decline the medical evacuation insurance coverage offered by Natural Habitat, we request that you send us documentation of the independent coverage you have selected. We will add the cost of a medical evacuation policy to your tour invoice until you provide our office with proof of coverage including your insurance company's name, contact number and your individual policy number. Thank you for understanding that our policy exists exclusively in the interest of our guests' safety.
Getting There & Getting Home
Arrive Nairobi, Kenya anytime on Day 1. Depending on your return flight time from the Maasai Mara on the final day, you can typically depart Nairobi after 5 pm. Most flights depart in the evening. We can best serve you if our Natural Habitat Adventures Travel Desk makes your reservations, as our staff is intimately familiar with the special requirements of these programs and can arrange the most efficient and cost-effective travel.