KENYA FAMILY SAFARIS | KENYA FAMILY VACATIONS
CSS 901: 9 DAYS KENYA FAMILY SAFARI
Whilst adults enjoy the many hours driving through the open African savannah plains in quest of the many species of fauna and flora, we recognize that young children tire easily and become bored on 2-3 hours of game viewing in the confines of a safari vehicle. This safari is specially designed for families with children aged 4-16 years. It includes a dedicated full-time children educational and entertainment programmes, Adventurer Club.
The Adventurer Club's ultimate mission is to give young visitors a valuable lesson in the vitality and fragility of the African Wilderness, and to teach natural appreciation for life. The range of subject matter is as diverse as it is fascinating from mammal habits and habitats, to the migration of birds and butterflies, the use of medicinal plants to environmental quizzes and treasure hunts, traditional dances, games and handicrafts.
Day 1: Nairobi
Arrive Nairobi airport, met and assisted. Transfer to deluxe hotel, The Norfolk Hotel or Nairobi Serena Hotel for an overnight rest on bed and breakfast.
Day 2: Mount Kenya, Mountain Lodge Serena
Enjoy your buffet breakfast before leaving northwards to Mountain Lodge Serena, situated at the base of Mount Kenya. This is a Tree lodge for which the Mount Kenya region is famous, and is uniquely Kenyan concept. The lodge has specially constructed viewing bunkers from where you can spot game any time of the day. Arrive at the lodge in time for lunch. Afternoon take a guided forest walk before returning for game viewing from a spacious verandah overlooking the waterhole or by going for a forest walk for sighting of game and bird life. Night game viewing here is a joy - if you are lucky, you could see an elephant coming to feed near the lodge, only away meters from you. Dinner and overnight at Mountain Lodge Serena, B,L,D
Day 3: Mount Kenya - Samburu
Distance: 200 km (3 hrs). After breakfast, drive to Samburu National Reserve to arrive for lunch and afternoon leisure by the poolside or sightseeing. The children first experience of the Adventurer Club at Samburu Intrepids Camp. Game viewing in Samburu National Reserve with your skilled guide is provided at 4pm running until 6.30pm. A place of endless skies, dust-red plains and palm-fringed rivers, Samburu National Reserve lies on the fringes of the vast and arid desert once known as the Northern Frontier District, whose heat-scorched scrublands extend all the way to the jade-green waters of Lake Turkana and beyond. Physically dramatic, the 104 sq kilometre landscape of the Reserve features rocky battlements, craggy scarps, dry river beds and fallen boulders rising out of the thorn scrub against a backdrop of the far-distant hills and the great red table mountain known as Lololokwi. Dinner and overnight at Samburu Intrepids Camp, B,L,D.
Day 4: Samburu Game Reserve
Full day in Samburu with private guide and game viewing in safari van with pop-up roof. Two game drive are provided, morning and afternoon. All meals and overnight at Samburu Intrepids Camp, B,L,D.
-Visit to Samburu local villages for a cultural tour: US$ 25 per person
-Guided nature walk: US$ 45 per person
Day 5: Samburu - Sweetwaters
Distance: 175 km (2 hr. 30 min).Drive to Sweetwaters, a 24,000 acre private game reserve with magnificent views across the plains to the twin snow capped peaks of Mt. Kenya. Activities are game viewing drives, a visit to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and to see Morani, the tame rhino. Meals and overnight Sweetwaters Camp. B,L,D
Day 6: Great Rift Valley
Distance: 200 km (3 hrs).Drive to Lake Naivasha for lunch and a sunset boat trip to The Crescent Island for a walk amongst wild animals but there no carnivores. Dinner and overnight Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge. B,L,D
Day 7: Masai Mara
After early breakfast depart for Nairobi Wilson Airport and flight over the Rift Valley to the Masai Mara game reserve for game viewing and the children's Adventurer Club. Arrive for an evening game drive with dinner and overnight Mara Intrepids Camp, B,L,D
Day 8: Masai Mara
Morning and afternoon game drive. Sunrise and sundown are the greatest moments for game viewing in these mystic plains, a time where the soft red hues of the sun will give your photographs the clarity of the actual African savannah. Full board at Dinner and overnight Mara Intrepids Camp, B,L,D.
Optional hot air balloon ride: US$ 395 per person
Masai Mara offers wildlife in such variety and abundance that it is difficult to believe: over 450 species of animals have been recorded here. You will easily see lions, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, giraffe, wildebeests, zebras, buffalo, warthogs, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, buffalo, leopard, many kinds of antelopes and elephant. It is in the Mara that perhaps the most spectacular event of the natural world takes place. This is the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra from the Serengeti (Tanzania) in search of water and pasture. Following on their heels are the predators of the savanna- lion, cheetah, wild dog, jackal, hyena and vultures.
Day 9: Depart
After breakfast, return flight back to Nairobi for lunch at The Carnivore Restaurant. Afternoon visit to Giraffe Centre where children can hand feed giraffes. Proceed to Karen Blixen Museum and later transfer to the airport for departure from Kenya. B,L (This safari may be extended to a beach resort in Mombasa or Zanzibar for leisure and relaxation).
There is luggage weight limitation of 15kgs per person on the light aircraft between Nairobi and Masai Mara. Excess luggage can be stored in Nairobi FREE.
Kenya family safari package price:
Per adult sharing: US$ 2,920
Per child sharing (3-12yrs): US$ 1,752
Single room supplement: US$ 920
The above family tour price is inclusive of:
-Guarantee price/guarantee safari
-Ground transport whilst on safari in a comfortable safari van.
-In Masai Mara, game drives using Mara Intrepids Camp on shared basis
-Full board accommodation whilst on safari and at The Norfolk on bed and breakfast basis.
-Meal plan as described, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner.
-Accommodation in family rooms, where possible interconnecting
-All park entrance fees to include government taxes
-Service of an English speaking professional driver/guide
-Game drives as detailed in the itinerary
-Arrival and departure transfers
-Bottled water whilst on safari
-Domestic flight, Nairobi - Masai Mara - Nairobi inclusive of local taxes
-Boat ride in Naivasha
-Guided forest walk at Mountain Lodge Serena
-Visit to Chimpanzee Sanctuary and tame rhino at Sweetwaters Tented Camp
-Entrance charges to Giraffe Center and Karen Blixen House
-Specialized and personal services all through the trip and children activities
Excluded in family trip price:
-Items of personal nature
-Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary
Kenya family vacation package:
Kenya family safaris, the package designed for your family
Affordable Kenya Family Safari: The Kenya family safari vacation takes your family to the world famous safari destinations of Kenya. No matter what your dream for your family is, this Kenya family safari package has been designed with your family in mind. It is the ultimate adventure in the wilds of Africa, the dark continent where time seems to have stopped.
It is one of the most coveted family vacation outing into the jungles of Africa. Where the lions and elephants roam free exactly like hundreds years ago. The family gets immersed in cocktail of game drives and the diverse local culture for every nature reserve visited.
Kenya is very inviting for kids, parents, and grandparents who wish to experience the wonders of Africa together. This affordable Kenya family safari offers the great opportunity for your family to share unparalleled vistas of plains, mountains, lakes and spectacular wildlife. Share it with those closest to you and you will return home with memories no money can buy.
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Maasai Mara Lion African Safaris
Masai Mara Safari Tour and Holiday is an unforgettable experience. Welcome to the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, an undisputed paradise for the sheer quantity safari and variety of wildlife. Renowned for its lions, elephant and for the annual Great Wildebeest Migration, Kenya's greatest reserve is as magical as your wildest safari dream The Masai Mara is located in South Western Kenya. Together with Tanzania’s Serengeti it forms one of the worlds most diverse and spectacular eco-systems.
The Maasai Mara National Reserve is administered by local country councils. It is probably the most famous and most visited game reserve in Kenya. It offers breathtaking views (as seen in the film Out of Africa, much of which was filmed here) an extraordinary density of animals including the "Big Five" and many varieties of plains game. Masai Mara Safaris information: the official Guide for Masai Mara safari is the right website for tourists organizing their Masai Mara tour and Vacation. Kenya budget or luxury holiday is the perfect vacation for the discerning traveler who enjoys all the comforts in Africa. A Masai Mara safari is the ultimate vacation experience combining the finest in accommodations in Masai Mara lodge, tented camps and lodge experiences. Masai Mara safaris are full of safe, fun-filled safari adventures and almost year-round sunshine: the perfect family holiday and Honeymoon destination.
African Sermon Safaris in Kenya, a Masai Mara tour operator has Hand picked some of the best Kenya safari packages and promises you and your family the safari holiday of a lifetime. We are proud in not only being child and family-friendly, but leaders in the field on specially structured children’s vacations programmed at specific lodges. On a Masai Mara Safari the sight ofmillions of wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of zebra, eland and gazelle grazing, crossing rivers, arriving and leaving, is quite simply mind blowing. The migration is said to have been in existence hundred of thousands of years ago and the cycle plays out year after year.
Masai Mara Migration Safari
Welcome to the Masai Mara, Kenya (alternatively spelled "Maasai Mara"), recently designated as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. The Masai Mara animal Migration Safari promises you a ringside seat for what is indisputably the greatest wildlife show on earth - the crossing to Serengeti plains of hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, with accompanying plains game such as zebra and other varieties, plus predators such as lion, cheetah and leopard in attendance. Join us to experience this migration tour of a lifetime.
With an average of 3 lions per square kilometer and the annual migration of over a million wildebeest – the game viewing in the Masai Mara is outstanding. Added to this are all the ‘big 5’ animals of Africa, spectacular balloon safaris, some excellent lodges and a landscape that is quintessential east Africa: flat savannah grassland stretching as far as the eye can see. Tourist to Masai Mara should bear in mind that even though the migration safaris are one of East Africa’s most remarkable Vacations, the Masai Mara is one ofKenya best wildlife location year round. Even if your visit falls outside of the peak migration times, it doesn't mean you won't enjoy what the Mara is renowned for: an incredible amount of wildlife. The Masai Mara is a reserve about a third of the size of the Serengeti National Park which also makes it a more manageable area for game viewing safaris.
Masai Mara Lodge Hotel Accommodation
The Masai Mara offers excellent hotel accommodation with luxury to budget tented safari camps, Lodge and budget camping safaris being assembled in prime wildlife viewing areas. A Masai Mara Safari involves being accommodated in lodge of hotels whilst observing the “great circle of life” that performs daily on the vast Masai Mara Plains.
We design our Masai Mara travel packages to include premium hotels, lodges and safari experiences that are simply the best in Kenya. Imagine traveling in a well appointed 4x4 Safari vehicles with a qualified tour guide to witness the gorgeous Savannah of Masai Mara and then retreating to your private and stylish Lodge, Tented camp or hotel that allows you to throw your cares away as you unwind in the lap of Mara luxury.
Masai Mara Budget safaris tours
Masai Mara Budget Safari - the number 1 low price and budget tours and holidays in Kenya, which is solely aimed at the budget conscious traveler. We are a tour operator with offices in Nairobi. Being Kenya based has given us the understanding of the magnificent Masai Mara Game Reserve. It is our aim at to bring you the best value cheap safaris, low range backpacker safari, student, university and college camping tours and very cheap safaris to Masai Mara. Check out our Budget options. Cheap Budget safaris in Kenya does not necessarily mean cheap and nasty, in fact we at African safaris and Adventures have each of our tour options through the “tried and tested method”. Safari Price is foremost on our mind when creating our Masai Mara itineraries, and we therefore guarantee you that you will find no better prices for safaris tours out there than those available through Masai Mara safari website. We make use of our collective buying power from lodge, hotels and tented camps owners to ensure you the best safari deal possible. It is important to note that we do not compromise on the quality of tailor-made safaris; it’s just that we do not believe that you need to break a bank when travelling to Africa.
Masai Mara Budget hotel Accommodation ranges from stone built lodges, basic camping safaris to standard tented camps. Regardless of which option you choose you are guaranteed the best value for your money without compromising on quality.
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya:
The Masai Mara National Reserve is Kenya's finest wildlife reserve. Everything about this reserve is outstanding. The wildlife is abundant and the gentle rolling grasslands ensure that animals are never out of sight. Birds, too, are prolific. Including migrants, well over 450 species have been recorded, among them, 57 species of birds of prey. The climate is gentle, rarely too hot and well-spread rainfall year round. Rain, when it falls almost always chooses the late afternoon or night. Between July and October, when the great wildebeest migration is in the Masai Mara National Reserve, the sensation is unparalleled. Masai Mara is one of the best plains' game reserve where you can actually encounter a live Discovery Channel, a haven for viewing a congregation of all sorts of animals in a five-mile radius: A pride of lions can be spotted ready to make a run for a gazelle, a cheetah and its cub taking a nap on a rock, a pair of ostriches walking the open stretches of the savannah or a gazelle giving birth.
The Masai Mara National Reserve lies about 270 kilometers from Nairobi, and takes about 4 to 5 hours by road. There are scheduled flights, twice daily from Wilson Airport Nairobi, which take about 40 - 45 minutes. The reserve is about 1510 square kilometers having been reduced from 1672 square kilometers in 1984. However, the wildlife is far from being confined within the reserve boundaries, and an even larger area, generally referred to as the "dispersal area" extends north and east of the Masai Mara National Reserve. Maasai communities live within the dispersal area with their stock but a century of close association with the wildlife has resulted in an almost symbiotic relationship where wildlife and people live in peace with one another. The first sight of this natural wonderland is breathtaking. Here the great herds of shuffling elephants browse among the rich tree-studded grasslands with an occasional sighting of a solitary and ill-tempered rhino.
Thomson's and Grant's gazelle, Topi and Eland and many more species of plains' game offer a rich choice of food for the dominant predators; lion, leopard and cheetah which hunt in this pristine wilderness. In the Mara River, hippo submerges at the approach of a vehicle only to surface seconds later to snort and grumble their displeasure. Seemingly, the drowsy crocodile sunbathe on the riverbanks, mouth agape, waiting with subtle cunning for prey at which to strike with lightning swiftness. But this richness of fauna, this profusion of winged beauty and the untouched fragility of the landscape, are all subordinate to the Mara's foremost attraction, the march of the wildebeest.
Each year, far south in the great vastness of the Serengeti, the wildebeest raise their dignified but quaint heads, sniff the air and, as if by one accord, start the long trek to the Kenya border and the Masai Mara National Reserve. After exhausting the grazing in Tanzania's northern Serengeti, a large number of wildebeest and zebra enter the Masai Mara National Reserve around the end of June drawn by the sweet grass raised by the long rains of April and May. It is estimated that more than half a million wildebeest enter the Masai Mara National Reserve and are joined by another 100,000 from the Loita Hills east of the Masai Mara. Driving in the midst of these great herds is an unimaginable experience. Whilst the eyes feast on the spectacle, the air carries the smells, the dust and the sounds of hundreds of thousands of animals. There is nowhere else on earth to compare with this wildlife marvel. But the trek is costly. The herds' draw ravening packs of predators, especially hyenas and lions, and thousands of the lame, laggard and sick never complete the cycle. More die, by drowning or by the teeth of the cunning crocodile, while trying to cross the swirling muddy waters of the Mara and Talek rivers. Once the Masai Mara National Reserve's grass has been devoured and when fresh rain in Tanzania has brought forth a new flush there, the herds turn south, heading hundreds of kilometers back to Serengeti and the Ngorongoro plains. There the young are dropped in time to grow sufficiently strong to undertake the long march north six months later.
Although July, August and September are the months when the Masai Mara plains are filled with migrating wildebeest and zebra, there is much resident wildlife year round. Apart from the better-known species there are numerous opportunities to add some of the rare and less frequently seen animals to the visitor's checklist. In the southwestern sector, you may be lucky enough to see roan antelope, a handsome creature regrettably rare countrywide. Bat-eared foxes peer from their burrows and there are thousands of topi, an antelope not found in other major parks save Tsavo National Park. The combination of a gentle climate, scenic splendor and untold numbers of wildlife makes the Masai Mara Kenya's most popular inland destination park.
A well worth it and recommended activity in the Masai Mara National Reserve is the hot air balloon safari. Early in the morning, you will be woken and driven to the departure site. Once in the air, the view of the surrounding landscape, the rising of the sun between the mountains and the congregation of the animals at the river is beautiful. This all concludes with a champagne breakfast and memories of a lifetime.
Maasai Mara Safari Lodges & Camps in Kenya, Africa:
Basecamp Masai Mara, Bateleur Tented Camp, Cottars 1920s Safari Camp, David Livingstone Safari Resort, Elephant Pepper Camp, Entim Camp, Fig Tree Camp, Governors Camp, Governors Bush Camp, Governors IL Moran Camp, Governors Private Camp, Ilkeliani Camp, Karen Blixen Camp, Keekorok Lodge, Kicheche Camp, Kicheche Bush Camp, Kichwa Tembo, Leleshwa Camp, Little Governors Camp, Mara Bushtops Camp, Mara Explorer Camp, Mara Intrepids Club, Mara Leisure Camp, Mara Porini Camp, Mara River Camp, Mara Safari Club (Fairmont), Mara Serena Lodge, Mara Simba Lodge, Mara Sopa Lodge, Mpata Safari Club, Offbeat Mara Camp, Ol Seki Mara Camp, Olonana, Porini Lion Camp, Rekero Tented Camp & Cottages, Richard's Camp, Royal Mara Safari Lodge, Sala's Camp, Sarova Mara Camp, Saruni Lodge, Sekenani Camp, Serian Camp, Shompole Naibor Mara Camp, Siana Springs Intrepids Camp, Tipilikwani Camp among others.
Masai Mara National Reserve: Masai Mara Lodges & Camps Reviews: Masai Mara Balloon Safaris.
Masai Mara Balloon Safari, Kenya
Close your eyes, and for a moment feel your body lift up, with you having no control over it, and there is a certain part of you, inside you, saying to yourself, I am crazy for taking this balloon safari. This is what most people feel, when the excitement of a Masai Mara hot air balloon safari crosses one's emotion of self-control and independence.
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The feeling is indescribable, crispness of the African air, chill in the wind that hits your face as your Mara hot air balloon gradually rises, smoothness in the exhale of your breath, and the excitement to see and learn more. One's physical presence can be felt on the plains of the Masai Mara when reading this.
You trip begins when you get your wake up call at your safari lodge or tented camp in the early hours of the morning, as you yawn away, and thoughts about your wildlife viewing from an elevated position begins to stir your mind. The fresh Kenyan traditional hot tea and coffee quickly awaken you, in fact preparing you for a "mission".
By 6.00 a.m. you are almost arriving at the hot air balloon site in the Masai Mara. As you approach the site, the balloon seems bigger than you expected, the experience is one that has never been visited, and you are about to have a trip of a lifetime.
Liftoff! Up and away we go! At 6.15 a.m., the hot air balloon safari starts. The captain asks you to relax and experience the wonders under the African sky. As you finally start to get a grip on the elevation, an inner smile that resonates on one's face does not need an explanation. The wildebeest moving in large numbers across the Masai Mara plains, the beauty of the landscape when the rising sun's bright orange colors are displayed, the elephants at the water pool, and the gazelles and zebras scampering away, just if it was their first time to witness an alien object in the sky.
By 7.15 a.m., one is very content with balloon safari, and it is almost touch down time. There is a celebration, and for those who prefer a toast, champagne is served, as hot breakfast in the bush is being prepared. You ask yourself, is this true? I am really doing this trip of a lifetime in Kenya? In the Masai Mara? As the sweetness and aroma of the African coffee surrounds you, with fresh eggs being served as you like it, you hope for another ride, and wish that such luxury never ended. By the time you finish your breakfast, you have made up your decision to immigrate to Kenya because such life is only found here. You begin to question yourself, and you feel an urgency to seek, live and enjoy this pristine beauty, a once in a lifetime "thing".
By 9.00 a.m., you have been declared a champion, a mighty certificate of completion handed out to you which you hope to display in your home country, to family, friends, coworkers. Clapping and participation by everyone present makes you proud to have achieved a trip as wonderful as this. By then you hear a blaring sound of music or even an annoying buzz, you turn around and switch of the alarm clock. Your eyes wide open, you know that you have to get back to Kenya, to Masai Mara, again otherwise the recurring dreams will drive you mad.