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Kenya Family Safari Adventure

Make memories for a lifetime on a family-oriented safari with fun-filled activities for all ages
For the ultimate family vacation, there’s no topping an African safari. From great herds of elephant to endangered rhinos, grazing zebra and racing wildebeest to the stealthy felines that pursue them, Kenya's wildlife is abundant and thrilling. Watch a cheetah sprint across the savanna, or study the green glow of a hyena’s eyes at night. Get amazingly close during game drives from our secluded camps, situated deep within the bush. Cultural visits are also a highlight, as you meet local Maasai herders and experience their unique customs and traditions. In a world of rapidly vanishing natural treasures, the chance for a family to experience the wonders of Africa together is an unsurpassed gift. Let us personalize a safari to suit your precise needs and interests, whether you're an immediate family of four or an extended clan of three generations.

Trip Highlights

  • Stay on private conservancies in two of Kenya's renowned wildlife regions – the Maasai Mara and Laikipia – where classic African animals thrive in abundance, far from tourist crowds
  • Enjoy active adventures for all ages, including walking safaris, camel and horseback rides, quad bike excursions, river rafting, hot air balloon flights and classic wildlife drives
  • Meet the Maasai people: visit a village and school, learn about herding and beading, try your hand at throwing a traditional warrior's spear!

Full Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi, Kenya
Your family's Africa adventure begins on arrival at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where you are met by our local representative. Your transfer to your accommodations will take approximately 45-60 minutes, depending on location and traffic. Enjoy a good night’s sleep in preparation for all the excitement ahead!

Day 2: Nairobi
Kenya's vibrant capital is a great place to start your wildlife encounters! Get close to Rothschild giraffes and even feed them at Nairobi's famous Giraffe Center, dedicated to conservation education. Then, it's on to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and elephant orphanage, where orphaned babies are nurtured till they can survive on their own. Also nearby in the placid suburb of Karen, named for Danish baroness Karen Blixen, is the namesake museum dedicated to the author's life: tour her famous farmhouse, immortalized in the book and film Out of Africa.

Days 3-6: Northern Laikipia
This morning you fly from Nairobi's domestic Wilson Airport to the Laikipia region of northern Kenya. Some of Kenya’s best wildife viewing and thrilling safari activities for all ages are found in this out-of-the-way sector that is the gateway to the remote Northern Frontier. Dramatic Laikipia, wild and sparsely populated, has become a center for global conservation leadership. Much of Laikipia is comprised of large, privately owned cattle ranches that were established by colonial families in the early 1900s. Once hunting was banned in the 1970s and the focus turned toward conservation, fences were removed and wildlife encouraged to return.

Some of the most famous private conservancies in Africa are located in this part of Kenya, including Lewa Downs, Solio and Ol Pejeta, all of which are important refuges for both black and white rhinoceros—in fact, more than 30 percent of Kenya's black rhinos are protected in Laikipia. Lewa also plays an important role in sustaining endangered Grevy’s zebra and sitatunga. Also prevalent in Laikipia are elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and abundant plains game, as well as distinctive species found only in the arid north of Kenya, such as reticulated (Samburu) giraffe and Somali ostrich. After Tsavo, Laikipia is Kenya’s second-largest contiguous protected area, and only the Maasai Mara has higher densities of wildlife. Many parcels have also been combined by local communities to create vast conservancies, where livestock successfully share the land with free-ranging wildlife, and conservation-based tourism benefits the local nomadic pastoralist tribes, with whom you will have a chance to interact.

Camps in this region offer a diverse array of exciting safari and cultural activities for families, including rhino tracking, camel treks, horseback rides, quad bike excursions, river rafting, guided walking safaris, and Samburu community visits. Meet village residents and enjoy a vivid display of Samburu art and culture through the local people's elaborate jewelry and attire.

Days 7-10: Leleshwa Camp – Hidden Maasai Mara
Depart by air this morning for Leleshwa Camp, your base for exploring the famed Maasai Mara, named for the Maasai tribespeople who are the traditional inhabitants of this area, and the Mara River that runs through it. One of Africa’s most acclaimed wildlife reserves, the Mara is renowned for its annual wildebeest migration, prides of lion, and huge herds of hoofed game. The reserve is the northern portion of the Serengeti, and we find excellent wildlife viewing year-round in these grasslands that border Tanzania.

Our camp lies within the private Siana Conservancy, which offers a rare experience of the “hidden” Mara, unsullied by crowds of tourists common in other sectors of the region. The conservancy boasts a rich diversity of wildlife and birds – resident predators include three lion prides, numerous leopards and cheetah, in pursuit of large herds of plains game. Wildlife drives by 4X4 get you close to the Mara's legendary animals, while Leleshwa Camp also offers night drives on the conservancy to observe nocturnal wildlife, an opportunity not available within the public reserve. Opt to camp out for a night in lightweight tents—you'll never feel closer to the heartbeat of the African wild! Another thrilling option is a sunrise flight in a hot air balloon followed by a bush breakfast under an acacia tree. 

Cultural experiences are also a highlight. The local Maasai are traditional pastoral herders who have grazed cattle in East Africa for centuries. Their rich culture is well known for its regal pride, warrior prowess, intricate beadwork and traditional red plaid attire that the Maasai adopted during the colonial era and made their own. You'll have a number of opportunities to meet the Maasai and learn about their lifestyle and traditions. Embark on a late afternoon walking safari with your guide and Maasai tracker, then spend an evening around the campfire, enjoying dinner under the stars while listening to Maasai stories. On a community day, visit a nearby village and school, and watch the kids revel in the chance to learn how to throw a Maasai spear and shoot a traditional bow and arrow. While most safari-goers come to Africa to see wildlife, they come away equally enriched by getting to know the local people who benefit from their visit.

Day 11: Nairobi / Home
By now, your family's experience of Africa has been so captivating that it's hard to think about heading home. But but today it's time to fly back to Nairobi and the start of your return journey. On arrival at Wilson Airport you are transferred to a nearby hotel where a day room awaits. Here you may relax as you await your evening flight departure—perhaps enjoy the hotel pool—or we can arrange for a last-minute shopping excursion (additional cost). Your transfer to the international airport is included; most flights depart at night.

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Sample Itinerary

  • Day 1: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Day 2: Nairobi excursions
  • Days 3-6: Northern Laikipia
  • Days 7-10: Hidden Maasai Mara - Leleshwa Camp
  • Day 11: Nairobi / Home

Cost: From $6,400 per adult sharing

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