Kenya: Safari, The Big Five, Maasai Culture

Kenya offers an incredible variety of ecosystems, cultures, and adventures. Each safari is designed to provide you with the best Kenya has to offer. Most people come to Kenya to see rhino, elephant, lion, cape buffalo and leopard, but they leave Kenya with a deep appreciation for the people they meet there.

Join Wilderness Inquiry and fantastic local guides Richard Muthoga Mwaura and Patrick Wambugu as you travel to the Maasai Mara, Samburu, or Mt. Kenya. You will also visit and get to know the people who live there -- the Maasai, the Kikuyu, and the Samburu. As stated by a woman who traveled with us recently: “The people are more amazing than the wildlife, and the wildlife knocked our socks off!” Read stories about trips to Kenya from our blog.
  • Amazing photography opportunities of the Big Five: rhino, elephant, lion, cape buffalo and leopard
  • Excellent food and lodging
  • Visit beautiful maasai boma and learn about local people and cultures
  • World-class guides with extensive local environmental and cultural knowledge
  • Comfortable vehicles and professional drivers

With our years of experience and expert local guides, Wilderness Inquiry leads world-class Kenyan safaris. Each is designed to provide you with "Big Five" game encounters; rhino, elephant, lion, Cape Buffalo, and leopard abound in the Maasai Mara. You will also leave Kenya with a deep and abiding love for the people you meet along the way. Watch the sun set over the plains, camp out under the stars, and view wildlife on foot and from comfortable four-wheel drive vehicles.

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  • Southern Kenya remains a safe, vast region ripe for naturalist exploration. In addition to seeing elephants, lions, giraffes, and hyenas in their natural habitat, you will discover the vibrant culture of the people of the Samburu and Maasai regions. Tour multitudes of national parks, villages, and cities while staying in large, beautiful hotels and small, well-kept lodges. With our resident expert of Kenyan wildlife and culture, Richard Muthoga Mwaura, participants will learn everything there is to know about the Maasai Mara region and its associated cultures and wildlife. 12 Days: Trip Fee $3950

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  • Experience the immense diversity of Africa by summiting Mt. Kenya, Africa’s second highest mountain. Starting in the tropical environment surrounding Nairobi, you will make your way to the start of the hike at 7,500 feet in the montane forest zone. As you ascend, drastic changes in the flora can be observed as the environment transitions from alpine meadows to frozen permafrost at the 16,355 feet peak. Prepare for one of the greatest mountaineering experiences Africa has to offer.
  • Explore the vast grasslands and towering mountains of East Africa on this spectacular two-week excursion. Professional guides will take you deep into the African wilderness to observe flamingos, rhinoceros, jackals, and zebras while also exposing you to Massai traditions such as beadwork, cattle herding, and blessing ceremonies. This trip will get you further into Kenyan wilderness with some night spent in tented safari camps.

Here are all current Kenya trip offerings sorted by date. You can register for them right from this page or click on the trip name to see a detailed itinerary, photo gallery, and more.

Trip Name2017 DatesFeeRegistration
Kenya Wildlife Safari more» 8/13-8/24/17 $3950
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Trip Name2018 DatesFeeRegistration
Kenya Wildlife Safari more» 1/7-1/18/18 $3950
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Kenya Safari and Friends of Ngong Road Visit more» 3/10-3/18/18 $3995
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Kenya Wildlife Safari more» 8/12-8/23/18 $3950
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Kenya lies on the equator, and borders the Indian Ocean, Tanzania, and Uganda, among other countries. It has a warm and humid climate along its coastline on the Indian Ocean that changes to wildlife-rich savanna grasslands as you move inland towards the capital of Nairobi. Nairobi has a cool climate that gets colder as you move towards Mount Kenya, which has three permanently snowcapped peaks. The warm and humid tropical climate reappears further inland towards Lake Victoria, before giving way to temperate forested and hilly areas in the western region.

Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, lies next to a national park. The country is famous for its safaris and diverse world-famous wildlife reserves such as Tsavo National Park, the Maasai Mara, Nakuru National Park, and Aberdares National Park that attract tourists from all over the world.

Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest freshwater lake (after Lake Superior in the U.S. and Canada) and the world’s largest tropical lake, lies in the southwest part of Kenya and is shared with Uganda and Tanzania.

Mount Kenya, an imposing extinct volcano, dominates the landscape of the Kenyan Highlands east of the Rift. Mount Kenya lies about 140 kilometers north-northeast of Nairobi with its northern flanks across the equator. The mountain has three main peaks - Batian (5200 meters), Nelion (5188 meters), and Point Lenana (4985 meters). The mountain slopes are cloaked in forest, bamboo, scrub, and moorland that give way to rock, ice, and snow as you ascend in altitude.

Designated as both a Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997, Mount Kenya covers 715 square kilometers. This reserve includes the peaks consisting of all the ground above 3200 meters with two small salients extending down to 2450 meters along the Sirimon and Naro Moru tracks. Surrounding the park is Mount Kenya National Reserve with an area of approximately 2095 square kilometers (517,000 acres).

The tourism sector has exhibited steady growth in most years since independence and by the late 1980s had become the country’s principal source of foreign exchange. Tourists, the largest number from Germany and the United Kingdom, are attracted mainly to the coastal beaches and the game reserves, notably, the expansive Tsavo National Park (20,808 square kilometers, or 5.14 million acres) in the southeast. Tourism has seen a substantial revival over the past several years and is the major contributor to the pick-up in the country's economic growth. Tourism now ranks as Kenya’s largest foreign exchange earning sector, followed by flowers, tea, and coffee.

Kenya’s human population remains quite diverse. About 41 million people live in Kenya, coming from 42 different peoples and cultures, including, Swahili on the coast, pastoralist communities in the north, and many different communities in the central and western regions. The Maasai culture is well known because of tourism, despite being a minor percentage of the Kenyan population. They are renowned for their elaborate upper body adornment and jewelry.
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