7 days (not including air travel)

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A week of adventure and discovery. Visit the Masai Mara to witness the splendour of African wildlife. Continue on to the Great Rift Valley and discover beautiful scenery, flora and fauna. Tour the bird rich lakes against a backdrop of stunning volcanic mountains and escarpments. Explore the hot springs, cliffs and rock towers of Hell’s Gate. A unique aspect of this tour is the opportunity to interact with the Maasai people and learn about their enduring cultural practices. The Maasai are a staunchly independent people who value tradition and ritual as an integral part of everyday life.

Day 1: Masai Mara

From Nairobi, we drive via the Maasai town of Narok arriving at Masai Mara for lunch and afternoon game drive. We’ll camp overnight on the eastern edge of the Mara.

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Lunch and dinner

Day 2: Masai Mara

We spend all day on game drives in the Mara watching “The Big Five” animals of Kenya: lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo and rhino. In addition to these, Masai Mara teems with other fascinating wild animal species: giraffes, zebras, hippos, baboons, wildebeests, warthogs, gazelles, crocodiles and numerous bird species. The annual migration of millions of wildebeests, zebras and gazelles between July and September is a spectacle not to be missed by any visitor to the Mara. The wildebeest travel in herds for more than 900 kilometres crossing from the Serengeti plains north to the Masai Mara before they encounter their final obstacle at the Mara River. The Masai Mara is drained majorly by the famous River Mara, and the Mara River crossing is one of the most astonishing and absorbing spectacles, especially with the hungry crocodiles ready to pounce. After a full day of taking in nature’s sights, we return to the camp in the mid-afternoon.

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Maji Moto

Leave after breakfast for a two-hour drive to Maji Moto, a remote Maasai village at the slopes of the Loita hills. ‘Maji Moto’ is a Swahili word that means ‘hot water’ and the place derives this name from the nearby hot springs. The Maasai live as they have done for centuries in a traditional and sophisticated culture. They are not just residents of the land; they are as much a part of the life of the land as the land is part of their own lives. This belief is strongly reflected in their respect for the land and all beings that exist on it. They rarely hunt and instead choose to live alongside the area’s wildlife in harmony. They are passionate about their cattle.

After lunch we visit a Maasai homestead (“boma”) for insights into their fascinating culture and way of life – dinner round camp-fire, starlit skies and sleep to the sounds of the African night.

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Lake Naivasha

After breakfast we go out on a 2-3 hour walking safari with Maasai warriors as our guides in the savannah and up in the hills, learn their warrior training techniques, local herbal medicine, and visit the local community school (during school term). During the hike, we may see wildlife like giraffe, impala, zebra and wildebeest.  From Maji Moto we’ll drive up to Lake Naivasha and stay overnight by the lakeside.

Accommodation: Camping (or cottages when available)

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: Hell’s Gate

Leave the camp for a morning walking safari in Hell’s Gate National park. Here we walk amongst herds of zebra, gazelle and giraffe with a dramatic volcanic backdrop of soaring lava cliffs, steaming volcanic vents and hot springs. Transfer back to our camp for lunch. Optional afternoon boat ride on Lake Naivasha, a vast freshwater lake, famed for its bird life particularly fish eagles, love-birds and pelicans. There are also many hippos.

Accommodation: Camping (or cottages when available)

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: Lake Nakuru

Leave after breakfast for a one hour drive to Lake Nakuru National Park, a small but beautiful park with a shallow soda lake, stunning greenery, scintillating waterfalls and majestic cliffs. The lake hosts thousands of flamingos and other water birds. This is the perfect place to watch the rhino but there are several other animals including buffalo, giraffe, impala, lion etc.

Accommodation: Camping or Wildlife Clubs of Kenya Guesthouse.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7: Nairobi

Another morning game drive. Return to Nairobi.

Meals: Breakfast


General: Accommodation is in a permanent tented safari camp with beds and en-suite facilities, a local Maasai bush camp, budget camp or banda and a guesthouse. All your meals will be prepared by our experienced safari cook. We buy fresh produce locally and ensure good standards of hygiene.  We can cater for special dietary requirements at no extra cost.
If you prefer alternative accommodation in mid-range or luxury camps and lodges, we can book for you those at extra cost.


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