Visit a world of grassy steppes, tall mountains, and beautiful people. This adventure safari in East Africa is an amazing blend of natural wonders and local cultural experiences; you will be amazed at the abundance of both. Watch the sunset over the plains of Maasai Mara, view lion, elephant, giraffe, hyena, and many more from four-wheel drive vehicles. Enjoy great food and spirits as you stay in comfortable lodges. Visit a local school, sample traditional foods, make friends, and go hiking with Maasai warriors. Join Wilderness Inquiry in Kenya for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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Day 1: Welcome to Nairobi! Meet your group mates and prepare for a world-class safari adventure.
Your guide will meet you in the evening at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. From the airport, you’ll ride to your Nairobi lodging for a night of rest (with an option for a late evening meal not included in the fee).
Day 2: Visit Kambi Primary School and settle into your lodge at the base of Mount Kenya.
The group will leave Nairobi, passing through the coffee and tea farms of the central highlands and check into the Naromoru River Lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, the group will visit Kambi Primary School where Muthoga, one of your guides, attended school as a child. Here you will tour the school, have tea with the headmaster, and leave a donation of some much-needed school supplies. After, enjoy an evening walk along the Naromoru River. Spend the night at the Naromoru River Lodge near the base of Mount Kenya.
Day 3: Look for lions and leopards in the exotic Samburu National Reserve
After breakfast, you’ll visit Kenya's exotic Samburu National Reserve. The reserve lies on the Ewaso Nyiro River where lions and leopards are regularly seen (from a safe distance). Tonight you’ll stay at the Samburu Game Lodge.
Day 4: Explore a Samburu village, then search for African mammals during an evening game drive.
Today you will get a chance to see African mammals at dawn and dusk. During the day, you will have the chance to relax by your hotel’s pool or take a stroll around town. Before your evening reserve adventure you'll visit a Samburu village where you can experience the dancing, fire making, beadwork, and company of these distant cousins to the Maasai.
Day 5: Visit Sweetwater's Sanctuary, home to some of Jane Goodall's chimpanzee refugees.
After breakfast you’ll visit Sweetwater’s Sanctuary and some of Jane Goodall's chimpanzee refugees. You’ll observe rhino and warthogs. There may even be a chance to see some of the 'big five' (lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros). Overnight accommodations will be at the Pelican House.
Day 6: Depart for Lake Nakuru and visit Thomson's Falls on the Ewaso Ng-iro River.
Leave early for Lake Nakuru, stopping along the way to explore Thomson's Falls for lunch and take in this 243 ft scenic waterfall on the Ewaso Ng'iro River. Continue to Nakuru to visit a market and stay overnight at the Flamingo Hill Tented Camp.
Day 7: Search for rhino, giraffe, baboons and more on a game drive near Lake Nakuru National Park.
After breakfast your group will go for a game drive near Lake Nakuru National Park, where you’ll see rhino, giraffe, baboon, and birds in their most active state. After lunch, you’ll enjoy a boat cruise on the Crater Lake among flamingos and colobus monkeys. Visit the Elsamere Conservation Centre, where the story of Joy Adamson's Born Free is told.
Day 8: Learn about the Masai Mara and explore the city of Narok.
Start your day in the city of Narok to meet up with social entrepreneur Hellen Nkuraya, your Maasai liaison. Tour Narok, pick up some gifts for your Maasai hosts and then continue on to Hellen's boma. As part of the Maji Moto Project, Hellen has created a girl's school, a widows’ village, and a tourist camp at the base of the Loita Hills just an hour from the Masai Mara National Reserve. The camp introduces visitors to Maasai culture and life on the African savannah. The camp has simple but comfortable huts/cabins.
Day 9: Look for the "big five" on the rolling plains of the Massai Mara Reserve.
After hot tea and breakfast, your group will join our Maasai hosts for activities such as taking livestock out to graze, blessing ceremonies, or warrior training. Walk down to visit the local school before heading off to the Maasai Mara Reserve–this is the Africa that you've seen in pictures. Rolling plains stretch as far as you can see and provide sightings of all the "big five" African mammals.
Day 10: Visit the Mara River and search for wildlife on an afternoon game drive.
In the morning, you’ll visit the Mara river, walk a few steps into Tanzania and trek along the riverbanks. Today, you may take a full-day game drive or choose shorter drives in the morning and afternoon.
Day 11: Take in views of the Great Rift Valley before transferring back to Nairobi.
Your group will head back to Nairobi stopping for scenic vistas of the fertile Great Rift Valley along the way. You will select a location for your lunch (not included in the fee), with assistance from your guide. For dinner, you’ll enjoy a feast at Carnivore Restaurant (rated in the top 100 in the world). You'll have a chance to taste local game and drink dawas, the perfect closure to an amazing African adventure!
Day 12: Visit the Wildlife Trust Giraffe Center and the Nairoibi market. Say farewell to your trip mates.
On this last day, you’ll visit the Wildlife Trust Giraffe Center and experience the Nairobi market. You will select a location for your lunch (not included in the fee), with assistance from your guide. For dinner, the group will dine at a traditional "nyama choma" restaurant before catching your evening flight.
Dates & Fees
Wilderness Inquiry leads trips to Kenya but currently has no dates scheduled. If you have a group of people interested, we can set up a customized adventure just for you! Please contact us or request a trip quote below if you are interested in a group trip to this destination.Request Trip Quote »
What to Expect
TERRAIN/ROUTE: Kenya varies in terrain from tall mountains to vast plains. You’ll complete a circuit route that takes you North out of Nairobi to Mt. Kenya, then Southwest to Nakuru, on to Masai Mara, and back to Nairobi with many great stops along the way.
TYPE OF TRAVEL/DISTANCE: East Africa is a welcoming escape for travelers of all levels of experience. Travel between destinations is provided in four-wheel drive vans where everyone has a window seat. For the safari sections, we’ll open the roofs of these vehicles for excellent wildlife viewing and photography. No previous experience is necessary.
WEATHER: In the area where most safaris take place, it can get very hot during midday and cools dramatically at night (50º-95ºF). Mid-March through April is a period of short rains, and November and December see more persistent rains, though rain is possible year-round.
YOUR GROUP: The group size ranges from 5 to 14 participants, plus one Wilderness Inquiry staff and several local guides. Each group consists of people of various ages, backgrounds and abilities, including people with disabilities.
SINGLE TRAVELERS: If you are traveling alone, you will feel at home with a welcoming group. If you would like to have your own room throughout the trip, you may purchase a single supplement for an additional fee. Please email or call us if you would like this option.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Throughout the trip, you will be staying in wonderful safari lodges and tented camps, small hotels, and guest houses. Most rooms are double occupancy with two beds. Participants will be paired by gender or requests to room together.
MEALS: All meals are prepared for you. You’ll enjoy typical Kenyan and British cuisine, including beef, chicken, fish, and lots of fruit, and vegetarian options will be accommodated. Bottled water is readily available. Count on hearty breakfasts, picnic trail lunches, and lively dinners. While we’ll enjoy happy hours together, the purchase of alcoholic beverages is not included in the trip fees.
EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING: You will need to provide your personal gear as outlined in the packing list. If you are new to outdoor activities, you do not need to spend a lot of money.
COVID POLICY: We continue to monitor and update our COVID-19 policies. Wilderness Inquiry strongly encourages everyone to be fully up to date with their COVID-19 vaccination and take other necessary steps for the health and wellness of all. We ask you to self-screen for any signs of illness prior to your trip’s departure. Please contact Wilderness Inquiry if you are exhibiting signs of illness. We will also continue to follow all guidance and requirements of locations that we travel, keeping in mind some international destinations do require vaccinations and/or negative covid tests. We will update this policy as new information and guidance becomes available.
SAFETY WHILE ON TRAIL: Though not required, some individuals may choose to wear a mask, and we expect all participants to respect this choice. Please ensure proper hygiene including, but not limited to, hand-washing and/or sanitizing before eating and after using the restroom. Individuals who become ill or test positive for COVID-19 during a Wilderness Inquiry experience will be isolated to the best of the group’s ability and are responsible for their own transportation and expenses to depart the trip.Read more »
About the AreaKenya is famous for its safaris and diverse, world-famous wildlife reserves. Tsavo National Park, the Maasai Mara, Nakuru National Park, and Aberdares National Park attract tourists from all over the world. Natural and cultural wonders make Kenya a must-see destination for any world traveler.
Kenya lies on the equator, and borders the Indian Ocean, Tanzania, and Uganda, among other countries. Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, lies next to a national park. Kenya’s climate is warm and humid along its coastline on the Indian Ocean and in the wildlife-rich savanna grasslands that stretch inland towards the capital of Nairobi. Nairobi’s climate cools as you move towards Mount Kenya, which has three permanently snow-capped 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.
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 population is quite diverse. About 50 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, despite being a minor percentage of the Kenyan population.
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