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!
- Day 1: Arrive NairobiYour 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.
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Hotel Stanley or similar
- 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.
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Selenkey Safari Camp (www.selenkaysafaricamp.com)
- Day 3: Selenkay Conservancy / Amboseli Nat'l ParkEnjoy 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.
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Amboseli Serena Lodge
- Days 4-5: Kamba/Mbitini/Mutiswa VillageYou 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.
- 2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 Dinner
- Miryama Hotel or Village Stay (camping)
- Days 6-7: Lake NakuruLake 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.
- 2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 Dinner
- Kembu Cottages (or similar)
- Days 8-10: Masai MaraThe 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.
- 3 Breakfast, 3 Lunch, 3 Dinner
- Mara Siana & Asnil Tented Camp (or similar)
- 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.
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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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!
Included in costs: Meals as noted, each night in double occupancy accommodations, land transfers between components, English speaking guides, park or site entry fees, surface transport, equipment other than personal gear, government tax, airport transfer assistance, in-country ticket reconfirmation and check-in assistance (where permitted), complete pre-departure packet, toll-free pre-departure phone assistance.
Not included in costs: Meals not noted as included, gratuities, beverages (except tea or coffee at meals), international or domestic airfare unless specified, airport departure taxes not included with air tickets, visas, itinerary changes after confirmation, any services not included in itinerary, any costs incurred due to canceled or delayed flights, acts of nature or other happenings beyond our control, or other costs as are more fully described in JOURNEYS Terms & Conditions.
Deposit and payment schedule: $500 per person per trip or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. A second deposit of $800 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 60 days prior to departure. Any applicable permit fees required in advance are non-refundable as well. Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card, American Express, or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted by fax, mail, or via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted in our Global Expedition Catalog, on our website, and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.
Air fares: JOURNEYS can make complete air arrangements applicable to your trip as noted in this itinerary. If you wish to redeem frequent flyer mileage or arrange flights directly with the airline, you may do so on your own at no penalty. If you do, please consult with us on exact arrival and departure dates and times before having your tickets issued to avoid errors.
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Itinerary Change Fee: There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.
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