Kenya Family Safari Over View
Kenya family holiday vacation safari takes you to family friendly parks and reserves that have every one's interest in the family fullfiled. Accommodation is confortable and ideal for the family. The tour major activity is game viewing, other activities include walks in breadth taking sceneries, boat rides, bird watching and cultural visits.
Mount Kenya is breath taking with captivating sceneries of meandering valleys, ranges, forest and the mountain it self. The lower slopes of Mt. Kenya offer opportunity to under take activities such as walk, horse riding, fishing and bird watching.
In Kenya's semi-arid, rugged northern region lies the Samburu Game Reserve, a small oasis that is home to many rare wildlife which includes Grevy's zebras, long-necked gerenuk antelopes, Somali ostriches and reticulated giraffes.
The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a 90,000-acre none profit wildlife conservancy in the Laikipia District of central Kenya. The Conservancy boasts the largest sanctuary for black rhinos in East Africa, provides a sanctuary for great apes and is host to the 'big five' among a large selection of other African animals. The Conservancy also operates a successful cattle program that is integrated with the local wildlife.
Lake Naivasha is one of the Great Rift Valley lakes and lies at the highest elevation of all the lakes in the valley standing at 1,890 metres. Boating at the lake provides opportunity to view schools of hippos and abundant bird life.
The world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve is the best game-viewing park in Kenya. It has been voted two years consecutively as the best game reserve in Africa at the world travel awards.The "Big Five" (lions, leopards, buffaloes, elephants and rhinos) may be spotted here, and more than a million wildebeests and zebras migrate annually to Masai Mara from the parched Serengeti plains of neighboring Tanzania (The Great Migration). They camp at the river bank for weeks just waiting for one of them to have the courage to jump into the river and cross over and they all follow suit. The river is infested with crocodiles where many wildebeest perish and also big cats place themselves strategically so that they can pounce on young and weak wildebeest and make a kill. You can also opt to visit a Masai village, where you can interact with local cattle-herders.
Kenya Family Safari
Mount Kenya, Samburu, Sweetwaters, Lake Naivasha & Masai Mara Family Safari
Day One: Arrival - Nairobi
A representative from Goshawk Tours will meet you at the airport and transfer to the hotel, once at the hotel you will be assisted to check into your respective rooms. If time allows depending with the arrival time you will have a city tour and excursion to daphyn sheldrick, giraffe centre and karen blixen. Over night at Sarova Stanley Hotel.
Day Two: Nairobi - Mount kenya
Have an early breakfast, depart and drive north to Mountain Lodge which is at the base of Mount Kenya arriving in time for lunch. The lodge has specially constructed viewing bunkers from where you can view game. In the afternoon take a guided forest walk and later return to the lodge for game viewing at the comfort of the spacious verandas. Dinner and overnight at Mountain Lodge.
Day Three: Mount kenya - Samburu
Depart Mountain lodge early morning after breakfast and drive to the northern frontier. This area is a semi desert and thus very dry most of the year. Arrive Samburu Lodge in time for lunch. You will be assisted to check into your respective rooms and after lunch you can spend the afternoon at leisure or take a dip in the pool. Later on head out for the evening game drive. Game to view includes the Big five, antelopes, gazelles, baisa oryx, grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, gerenuk and abundant bird life. Dinner and overnight at Samburu lodge.
Day Four: Samburu
On this day you will have morning and evening game drives. A visit to the Ewaso Ngiro river is most rewarding because it's the only source of water that sustains the wildlife in this reserve. Wild animals converge at the river to quench their thirst. Samburu people and their culture is another attraction and on request the driver guide can take you to the samburu village to experience their culture. All meals and overnight at Samburu Lodge.
Day Five: Samburu - Sweetwaters
Have an early breakfast then depart with a game drive en route; drive to Ol Pejeta Conservancy arriving Sweetwaters serena lodge in time for lunch. You will be assisted to check into your respective rooms and after lunch you can spend the afternoon at leisure. head out later on for evening game drive. Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a chimpanzee sanctuary and the only one of its kind in Kenya. All five members of the 'big five' can be encountered here; lion, buffalo, elephant, leopard and rhino, including a healthy breeding population of the highly endangered black rhino. Bird life is also abundant with over 350 different species so far recorded. Dinner and overnight at the Sweetwaters serena lodge.
Day Six: Sweetwaters - Lake Naivasha
Depart early morning as you do a game drive, exit the park and drive to Lake Naivasha arriving well in time for lunch. Check inn at Lake Naivasha sopa lodge. After lunch you are at liberty to spend the afternoon at leisure. You can opt to take a walk in the well manicured gardens where sightings of monkeys are very common. Head out later on to Hell's Gate N/P. Game to view include various antelopes and gazzelles, buffalos, zebras, giraffes and warthogs. Return to the lodge for dinner and over night.
Day Seven: Lake Naivasha - Masai Mara
Morning boat ride right after breakfast at Lake Naivasha. The lake is at the highest point off all the lakes within the Rift Valley. The lake stand at 1800 meters above sea level and it is a fresh water lake. The lake has schools of hippos and abundant bird life most notably the fish eagle. Depart and head to Maasai Mara arriving in the afternoon; lunch at a restaurant en route. On arrival You will be assisted to check into your respective rooms and shortly after wards head out for the evening game drive. The world re known Masai Mara is famed for the millions of wildebeest, gazelles and zebras that cross the Mara river forming the wildebeest migration spectacle. Dinner and overnight at Mara Sarova lodge.
Day Eight: Masai Mara
Today we will have a morning and evening game drive. After breakfast head out in search of game. Masai Mara has an exceptional population of big cats, herds of elephants, zebras, resident wildebeest, antelopes and gazelles can be encountered among others, bird life is also plenty. Masai Mara game reserve offers a very high chance of spotting all the big five. Spend the whole day game viewing which includes a visit to the Mara river where you will find crocodiles lazing around. One has the option to visit the Masai village or go for an early balloon ride at an extra cost. After lunch you will relax in the lodge and later have an evening game drive. Dinner and overnight at Mara Sarova lodge.
Day Nine: Masai Mara - Nairobi
Pre breakfast game drive; depart the lodge by 6:30 A.M and this will give you the opportunity to view the African sun rise and you will also get the chance to spot any game species you might have missed on our previous game drives. Return to the lodge around mid morning; brunch will be served and afterwards bid farewell to the lodge staff and any friends you might have made. You will be driven to Nairobi arriving in the afternoon. Drop off at the airport or hotel within the city.
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Safari Pricing Includes:
- Transport in a custom safari minibus with pop up roof.
- All park entrance fees.
- Fullboard Accommodation.
- Game drives and other activities as described in the itinerary
- Services of an English speaking driver guide.
- Complimentary Bottled water 1 Litre per person per day.
- All government taxes.
Safari Pricing Excludes:
- International airfares.
- All expenditure of personal nature such as telephone calls, hard drinks, soft drinks and laundry.
- Travel Insurance.
Mount Kenya offers accommodation in form of a tree hotel. Mountain lodge is cool, tranquil and hushed for optimum game-sightings. The open-air viewing-deck looks down on to its own water hole and salt-lick, which attracts numerous herds of elephant and buffalo. Amenities include Bar with central fireplace and viewing deck, Gift shop and business centre, Bush breakfast, Bush lunch and Dinner at the Rooftop, Massages, facials, pedicures, manicures, Board games and library of Africana books.
Samburu game reserve has several lodges to chose from, some of them are built near the Ewaso Ngiro river giving superb views of game whioch frequents the river banks to drink water. Amenities include swimming pools, Conference centre, WiFi, Satellite TV and Gift shops. The lodges include Samburu Game Lodge, Larsens Tented Camp, Samburu Sopa Lodge, Elephant Bed Room, Ashnil Samburu Camp, Samburu Intrepids, Saruni Samburu, Sasaab Lodge and Samburu Simba Lodge.
Sweetwater Conservancy accommodation is in form of two lodges owned and managed by Serene Group of hotels. The Sweetwater game lodge and Olpajeta House are the only lodges in this sanctuary. Amenities in the lodges include swimming pools, Conference centre, WiFi, Satellite TV and Gift shops.
Lake Naivasha is a wonderfull bird watching site, activities of interest include walking safaris, bike rides and game viewing at Hell's Gate, a chance to walk in the wild among wildlife like giraffes, zebras, waterbucks and gazelles at crescent island or taking a boat ride at lake Naivasha. Accomodation near the lake includes Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge, Lake Naivasha Country Club, Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge, Lake Naivasha Resort, Lake Naivasha Sawela Lodge, Elsamere Lodge, Malewa Wildlife Lodge and Crater Lake Camp.
Maasai Mara Lodge Safari offers accommodation in form of Lodges which are built in different styles and have different level of comfort due to the amenities of each lodge. The lodges are rated differently and are also priced different and this affects the price of the safari. Amenities in the lodges include swimming pools, Conference centre, WiFi, Satellite TV and Gift shops. Luxury tented camps also lie in this category. The Camps are furnished and offer all or more amenities than the lodges. The Lodges include Mara Sarova Lodge, Mara Serena Lodge, Mara Sopa Lodge, Mara Simba Lodge, Keekorok Lodge, Mara Intrepids, Governors Camp, Little Governors Camp, Bateleur Camp, Kichwa Tembo, Mpata Safari Club, Elephant Pepper, Tipilikwani, Leisure Camp And Fig Tree Camp.
Samburu Game Reserve
Samburu game reserve is the most popular parks of the northern frontier fauna sanctuaries. The game park occupies an area of 165 km2. The driving distance from Nairobi is 350 km and 65km from Isiolo town to achers post gate. The park lies on the northen bank of Uaso Nyiro River, the river serves as the only source of water without which the game in the reserve could not survive in the arid country.
Samburu National Reserve was one of the two areas in which conservationists George Adamson and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness made famous in the best selling book and award winning movie Free. The Samburu National Reserve is also home of Kamunyak, a lioness famous for adopting oryx calves.
Samburu's topography is composed of river Uaso Nyiro which flows from the Kenyan highlands and flows to lorian swamp, scattered acacia, riverine forest, thorn trees and grassland vegetation. The climate for Samburu is hot dry with cool nights with an average annual maximum temperature of 30ºc (86F) and minimum annual temperature of 20ºc (68F). There is a wide variety of animal and bird life seen at Samburu National Reserve. Several species are considered unique to the region, including its ts unique dry-country animal life: All three big cats, lion, cheetah and leopard, can be found here, as well as elephants, buffalo and hippos, Olive baboon, gerenuk, warthogs, Grant's gazelle, Kirk's dik-dik, impala, waterbuck, Grevy's zebra, Beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe and over 350 bird species.
Samburu is also a masai land, the Masai people whom by definition speak the Maa language hence the name Maasai have held on to their culture even in these times of modernization. A maasai's home is called a manyatta where he lives with his wives and children. From childhood boys are obligated to look after their fathers cows while girls are obligated to doing house chores, fetching water and milking the cows. After every fifteen years there is an initiation where boys are circumcised and they become young morans and the existing morans graduate to junior elders. The Masai enjoy eating meat, milk mixed with blood during rituals such initiation and marriage. The use of herbs as medicine is still embedded in their day to day life. The Maasai are an attraction in Kenya since they managed to stick to their culture.
Sweetwaters Sanctuary / Ol Pejeta Conservancy
The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary opened in 1993 in a negotiated agreement between the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the Kenya Wildlife Service and the Jane Goodall Institute. The facility was initially established to receive and provide lifelong refuge to orphaned and abused chimpanzees from West and Central Africa. An initial group of three chimpanzee orphans were brought to the sanctuary from a facility in Bujumbura, Burundi in 1993. This group of chimpanzees needed to be evacuated due to the outbreak of civil war in Burundi. This was followed in 1995 by another group of 9 adult chimpanzees, followed by another 10 in 1996.
Over the last decade Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary has been compelled to keep accepting chimpanzees rescued from traumatic situations bringing the total number of chimpanzees in the Sanctuary to 41. At Sweetwaters Sanctuary chimpanzees are being carefully nursed back to health so they can enjoy the rest of their days in the safety of a vast natural enclosure. The chimpanzees live in two large groups separated by the Ewaso Nyiro River.
As an integral part of the Laikipia/Samburu ecosystem, Ol Pejeta is also home to the "Big Five" and carries one of the highest wildlife densities in Kenya. In an attempt to ensure some connectivity with the greater Liakipia landscape, there are corridors along the Conservancy's northern boundary ensuring free movement of all animals, especially the large herbivores such as elephants. Predators are also closely monitored as they play a crucial role in the ecosystem of controlling prey densities.
The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is the Largest Black Rhino Sanctuary in East Africa and home to 87 black rhinos after the single largest rhino translocation ever undertaken in East Africa on February 3, 2007. The translocation was a combined effort between Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the Kenya Wildlife Service and Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. In a period of 2 ½ weeks, 27 more black rhinos were successfully released into the enlarged 75,000 acres of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. The black rhinos were moved from adjacent Solio Rhino Sanctuary - which held a surplus of 30 rhinos. This crucial translocation has helped ensure that maximum breeding rates are achieved and adequate food resources maintained. During the translocation, the experienced team equipped each rhino with a transmitter, placed in the horn. Since the release of the animals, these transmitters have allowed complete monitoring of the animals, ensuring their well-being and safety.
Lake Naivasha is at the highest elevation of all the Kenyan Rift valley lakes standing at 1,890 metres (6,200 ft). The lake is fed by two river namely malewa and gilgil rivers, and has no visible outlet. The lake covers an area of 140 km² but this varies annually due to the rainfall. The lake has an average depth of 8 meters and it is a fresh water lake.
Much of the lake is surrounded by forests of the yellow barked Acacia Xanthophlea, known as the yellow fever tree. These forests abound with bird life, and Naivasha is known as a world class birding destination. The lake habits schools of hippos and many bird species. The most common is the fish eagle. A wonderful way to spend the afternoon or morning is to take a boat ride.
Masai Mara Game Reserve
The world re known masai mara game reserve is a northern extension of the serengeti national park which is located in Tanzania. Masai mara covers an area of 1510km². The masai mara ecosystem is composed of rivers i.e talek river and mara river which are the main water supply for the ecosystem. The mara river is a huddle to the wildebeest migration as the wildebeests have to cross the river from serengeti most of them perishing in the jaws of crocodiles and big cats. The western part of masai mara lies the siria escarpment, loita plains and the rest is the masai pastoral land.
The masai mara game reserve is owned and run by the county council of Narok which is the richest county council in Kenya due to the revenue collected as park entrance fee. Part of the masai mara which is called the mara triangle is contracted out and privately run. Park fees are paid by the number of nights one spends in the mara conservancy.
The masai mara lies at an altitude of 1500 meters to 2100 meters. It rains twice a year in the game reserve that is during the long rains that fall between the month of March and May and during the short rains that fall on the month of October, November and part of December. June and July are the coldest months and January and February the hottest months. Temperatures during the day rarely exceed 85°F (30°C) and during the night it hardly drops below 60°F (15°C). Masai mara is a mosquito prone area but camp site are sprayed with mosquito repellants and the tents have treated mosquito nets.
Masai mara has a big population of wildlife. All members of the big five can be seen in this reserve, a large number of ungulates are also easily visible they include the wildebeest , thomson gazelles, grant gazelles, buffalos, rhinos, impalas, topis, elands, zebras, giraffes and duikers. The common predators include the lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, jackals and foxes. Masai mara has over 450 identified species. Some common birds include the common ostrich, secretary bird, Kori bustard, hornbills, storks, eagles and vultures.
The wildebeest migration happens annually, this spectacle is considered as one of the 7th wonder of the world. More than a million wildebeest, accompanied by topis, zebras, gazelles and elands make their journey from serengeti national park to masai mara game reserve. Many of them perish while crossing the mara river where crocodiles and big cats make a kill on the vulnerable ungulates. The migration happens every year during the month of July after the long rains. The grass is big and plenty and for the next three months the wildebeests clear the lush grass of the masai mara. The migration varies annually due to the climate change. If the climate changes and it doesn't rain as usual the wildebeest may delay to cross over or cross over and go back since there isn't grass to feed on.
The masai people whom by definition speak the maa language hence the name masai have held on to their culture even in these times of modernization. A masai's home is called a manyatta where he lives with his wives and children. From childhood boys are obligated to look after their fathers cows while girls are obligated to doing house chores, fetching water and milking the cows. After every fifteen years there is an initiation where boys are circumcised and they become young morans and the existing morans graduate to junior elders. The masai enjoy eating meat, milk mixed with blood during rituals such initiation and marriage. The use of herbs as medicine. Their culture is still embedded in their day to day life. The masai are a big attraction in Kenya.
Do's And Don'ts In The Game Reserves & National Park.
- Do not Litter the reserve/park.
- Do not feed the animals, i.e. monkeys or baboons.
- Do give the animals the right of way and do not disturb wildlife.
- Do not take any plant or animals remains, dead or alive.
- Do not start fires or throw cigarettes in the reserve.
- Do stay in your vehicle except at designated viewing points.
- Do not shout, laugh loudly, play radio or cassettes as this will keep away the animals.
- Do not provoke any animals its dangerous.