A Million Animals, A Multitude of Friends

Game drives, nature hikes, and learning with the Kamba and the Masai.
Overview

overview

Join JOURNEYS' own expert guide, Makau Nzioka, for this unique family safari combining incredible wildlife viewing, hiking and African cross-cultural experiences.

We have refined this trip as the premier nature and culture safari experience in East Africa, and are fortunate enough to be visiting Makau's village during his family reunion. Enjoy a combination of fine lodges and private, catered bush camping in remote areas with great hiking. You will meet some of the most interesting tribes in East Africa and encounter great herds of wildlife on foot, all from a spacious, comfortable, air-conditioned safari van. Throughout, you will benefit from a guide who is both an expert naturalist, as well as a friend of the people in the communities you visit.

If traveling in early August, it may be possible to schedule the trip to join Makau's family at their spirited annual celebration in his hometown, Mbitini village. In August, you can expect an inside view of the great Serengeti migration. You will have a good chance of seeing a million animals in a pristine African setting. If you make only one African safari, this is a great choice!

All departures will be led by Makau Nzioka, an expert Kenyan birder, naturalist, conservationist and educator.  Current projects he is involved in include the construction of a well and a school library in his village.

A few words from your guide:

"I have worked with JOURNEYS for many years, and I am very pleased to be leading this trip. We observe animals to understand them, never on a rushed program. We work with conservationists, and we enjoy spending evenings with you discussing issues that affect conservation in Kenya, past, present and future. I know that leadership is the key for visitors to really know and earn a great appreciation of a destination. It is always my pleasure to share what Kenya has to offer. As a guide, I know I am Kenya's ambassador to the outside world, and I promise to do my job with great care and sincerity."

Karibu Kenya! Welcome to Kenya!

itinerary

itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive Nairobi
    Your local guide Makau

    Upon arrival in Kenya, you will be met at the Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and transferred to your hotel.

    For some, this will be the arrival day, for others who arrive early, you can do some initial exploring.  At the Giraffe Centre - an education and breeding center for the endangered Rothschild Giraffe - we can feed these magnificent creatures, who might just try and kiss you with their incredibly long tongues. We may also have the opportunity to visit the elephant and rhino orphans of the The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust at nearby Nairobi National Park.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Stanley or similar
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  • Day 2: Amboseli Nat'l Park/Selenkey Conservation Area

    Depart for the four-hour drive to the Amboseli National Park/Selenkey Conservation area, part of the greater Amboseli National Park eco-system. 

     

    While visiting this conservation area, we will be staying at the Selenkey Safari Camp, a community-based, eco-camp run by the Masai, who are custodians of these lands.  This wonderful community is the realized vision of one man.

     

    During your time here there will may be opportunities to walk, observe village life, watch some of the many birds and animals, and enjoy a demonstration of village crafts, music and dance. There might also be the opportunity to hike, ride camels or help the locals graze their cattle, milk them and even participate in house building.

     

    Evening affords the opportunity for fireside conservation talks with local community members. The Masais are proud of their culture and are happy to welcome you to their houses, which you will have the opportunity to do while here.
     

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Selenkey Safari Camp (www.selenkaysafaricamp.com)
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  • Day 3: Selenkay Conservancy / Amboseli Nat'l Park
    Enjoy a demonstration of village crafts

    After enjoying the warm hospitality of the Masai at the Selenkey, it will be time to visit the wildlife rich and scenic Amboseli Park.  Amboseli is known for its great herds of elephants with the backdrop of Mt. Kilimanjaro. We will have a game drive enroute to our lodge, Amboseli Serena Lodge.

     

     

    Meals and overnight at Amboseli Serena Lodge.

     

     

     

     

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Amboseli Serena Lodge
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  • Days 4-5: Kamba/Mbitini/Mutiswa Village
    You will be greeted as family

    We start our day with a pre-breakfast game drive to see more of what Amboseli National Park has to offer.  Wildlife viewing is best in the morning.  After breakfast, we will check out of our hotel and have another optional of game drive which will be followed by lunch and departure for Mbitini Village. 

     

    On the second day in Makau's village, we will visit the village schools, clinic and the groups that Kinengo Initiative supports.  For every participant, a donation of US$ 150 is channeled to help this village project through Kinengo Initiative.

    You may also visit some of the women and pioneer groups, where the local women help each other during preparation for planting crops and have developed projects - such as basket weaving - to support themselves and promote self-reliance. 

     

    If travelling in early August, you might have the privilege of joining Makau's family at their annual celebration.

    Meals and overnight at Miryama Hotel.

    Meals
    2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 Dinner
    Lodging
    Miryama Hotel or Village Stay (camping)
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  • Days 6-7: Lake Nakuru
    Lake Nakuru is home to many pink flamingos

    Today you head to Lake Nakuru, where you spend the next two days on game drives amidst the great bird spectacle.  Besides being home to the many pink flamingos, for which the lake is famous, there are approximately 400 other species of birds visiting the lake. There are also many species of game, including the introduced Rothschild’s giraffe, waterbuck, lion, buffalo, leopard, baboon, and a wide variety of  plains game.

     

    Lake Nakuru National Park was designated as Kenya’s first rhino sanctuary and has both black and white rhinos.  While here you have the possibility of taking a hike in the Menengai Crater, the second largest volcano caldera in Africa.  Dinner and overnight at Kembu Cottages, or similar.

    Meals
    2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 Dinner
    Lodging
    Kembu Cottages (or similar)
  • Days 8-10: Masai Mara
    The majestic lions of the Masai Mara

    Continue driving along the Rift Valley to the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve. Have lunch at the Mara Siana or similar. In the afternoon, go for a game walk and for the young ones, go for an outdoor wildlife class. On the walk, learn how to identify the animals through their prints and learn about medicinal plants. In the evening, go star gazing where you will learn about the constellation in the southern hemisphere.

     

    On days 9 & 10, the Masai Mara will offer you the best opportunity to spot the Big Five - lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, and elephant. In August and September, the the great Serengeti herds of wildebeest and zebra, numbering as many as one million animals, tend to move toward concentrating on the rich grasslands of the Mara.  Predators like lion, cheetah, hyenas and jackals are in abundance.

     

    At Siana Springs, children will engage in numerous activities with the Siana Springs Adventurers' Club. From planting a tree to casting big cat tracks from the real thing, they will be learning whilst having fun.

    If you are interested in an early morning ballon ride, please let us know.
     

     

    Meals
    3 Breakfast, 3 Lunch, 3 Dinner
    Lodging
    Mara Siana & Asnil Tented Camp (or similar)
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  • Day 11: Nairobi/Onward

    Drive back to Nairobi. Visit the Karen Blixen museum (based on the movie "Out of Africa") and have a bit of time to explore before dinner at the famous Carnivore Restaurant.

     

    Transfer to the airport after dinner for your flight or extension.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Price and Date Details

Price and Date Details

Jul 7-17, 2015
Aug 4-14, 2015
Or Privately on Request
Land Cost:
$4,235
- $5,475
Adults - $5475 pp 13 - 18 years - $4,745 pp 12 & Under - $4,235 pp
Single Supplement:
$825
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Need to Know

Need to Know

KENYA - GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY
Million Animal Safari

For the past ten years, I have been guiding people throughout Kenya, showing them all that my beautiful country has to offer. Someone once asked me why I had never shared my village with these visitors. That got me thinking, so I began operating trips to my village, where I would share my people and village with my guests. But, it still felt like there was something missing, and because I support eco-tourism, where the locals share in the benefits, I asked some local groups what we could do to help them.

Now, I support and am involved in many different types of projects, including women’s groups that grow and sell vegetables, public hygiene education, HIV/AIDs counseling and education, and orphan education. Two new projects that I am initiating will provide a well and a school library in my village.

For every client who joins me on my Million Animal Safari, I will be deducting a donation of US $150 to help support these projects. I also welcome used books for the school library. Thank you for helping to improve the lifestyle of the people in the two villages that we visit, Mbitini and Mwingi!

Regards,
Makau

Duration:
11 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
Comfort Level:
2
comfortable camping near local villages & delightful lodges
Group Size:
6-16
Minimum 6 adults
Activity Level:
3
comfortable camping near local villages & delightful lodges

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