Spectacular Kenya Family Safari

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  • Kenya

  • 8 nights

  • from $8,000 Per Person


Grade 2 - Moderate
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Highlights

Bring out your camera, gather your family and prepare for a trip of a lifetime with African Travel Inc. For the ultimate wild playground, this spectacular Kenya family safari is perfect for all ages and is all about extraordinary wildlife and true adventure.

Children will definitely be entertained with bush walks with Maasai guides and resident naturalists while parents enjoy the luxuries of the lodges and camps and time well spent together. Every lodge visited on this journey features something unique from meeting the mammas and local children at House in the Wild to rewilding at Kenya’s first Bush School for children. Expect thrilling landscapes and delightful cultural encounters, luxury, fun and incredible sights!

The Basics

Start & Finish: Nairobi, Kenya

Length of Tour: 8 nights

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Experience

This is an experience in one of the most spectacular wilderness wonderlands of the world—Kenya. This is a safari trip to Africa where the entire family gets to play and have fun! Luxury, real Kenyan culture, wild animals and safaris await and there is no doubt that you will have family photos to hang up on the wall for many years to come! 

  • Explore Nairobi National Park the oldest park in Africa in search of endangered black and white rhino
  • Discover the Masai Mara Reserve, one of the greatest wildlife destinations on the continent, for a chance to see gazelles, bat-eared foxes, zebras and giraffe
  • Experience and contribute to the predator identification program at El Karama Lodge—all you need is a keen eye and a good camera
  • Enjoy a visit to the Mara Training Centre founded by Tarquin and Lippa Wood and learn how the local communities build their livelihoods in harmony with the wildlife
  • Visit to the Mara Training Centre and learn how the local communities build their livelihoods in harmony with the wildlife 
  • Enjoy an exotic dining experience with colorful Maasai dancers and cultural performances

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Itinerary

Jambo na Karibu! Welcome to Nairobi. After a warm welcome, you’ll be driven to your boutique lodge located on the edge of Nairobi National Park. The drive through the park, with its beautiful scenery and plentiful plains game is a superb way to start any East African safari.

Take a private game drive into one of the most unique game parks in the world. Despite its proximity to the capital city, Nairobi National Park boasts a spectacular assortment of birds and wildlife. In between game drives, relax at the lodge or perhaps visit the orphaned elephants at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a unique elephant & rhino relocation program. The nearby Giraffe Centre is home to the endangered Rothschild’s Giraffe.

Fly to one of Kenya’s most exciting wilderness areas, for a fun-filled family adventure. Known for its spectacular scenery, Laikipia supports the second-highest density of wildlife in Kenya. Home to four of the Big 5 including several endangered species, it is one of few places in Africa where wildlife numbers are on the increase. This afternoon set out on a driving safari to explore this ancient landscape and its abundant wildlife.

It’s all about freedom and privacy here, whether you like to walk, game drive, track on foot with guides, fish, visit the working farm, pick your vegetables in the organic garden or fly camp under the stars. The El Karama Lodge team will make it all possible.

Sustainability forms the foundation of El Karama’s ethos and guests are encouraged to get involved. Contribute to the predator identification program. All you need is a keen eye and a good camera. This activity can be done from the vehicles by all age groups including children. The information gathered is shared with Lion Landscapes, the Wild Dog and Cheetah Research Programme and Kenya Wildlife Services. The Bush School for children focuses on educating and ‘rewilding’ children. Little ones will spend their time clay sculpting, collecting eggs from Sophie’s chickens and making plaster casts records of interesting tracks. While older children can spend time with the wonderful guides and resident naturalists who will teach them Bushcraft, and how to set up and check camera traps for wildlife monitoring. Accompany the antipoaching ranger foot patrol and learn about game counts, de-snaring and tracking for signs of unusual activity (not suitable for children).

Fly to the magical Maasai Mara for an exclusive safari experience at the Wood family’s boutique lodge perched on the banks of the Mara River. This afternoon hop into your safari vehicle and head out into the Enonkishu and Ol Choro Conservation areas, a critical refuge area for wildlife on the edge of the Mara Serengeti ecosystem. The area is home to the lion, cheetah and the African wild dog. Enjoy sundowners on the plains before returning to a delicious dinner.

Set out on game drives with experienced guides who know the area intimately. The lodge is surrounded by wildlife who migrate freely between the Enonkishu and neighboring Ol Chorro and Lemek Conservancies. For the more energetic, a guided walk/climb up the Kileleoni Hill is well worth it. It is the highest point in the Greater Mara ecosystem, and the view stretches out as far as the eye can see.

When you are not on a game drive, walk around the estate, meet the team, help with day-to-day jobs, which may include tree planting, beekeeping or helping the scouts in their conservation work. Visit the Mara Training Centre founded by Tarquin and Lippa Wood and learn how the local communities build their livelihoods in harmony with the wildlife. Spend an hour or two at the local Maasai Village, learning about how their huts are made, how to make fire with only a couple of twigs, listen to the mammas sing and meet the children. Why not pack a few extra pens, pencils, footballs and donate them to the local school children?

Soak up your last morning on safari before returning to Nairobi. A dayroom is at your disposal until you are transferred to the airport for your international departure flight.

Offers

8-Night Kenya Family Safari Experience

from $8,000 Per Person

The package price displayed is per person based on double occupancy. Price is $500 per night for 1 child under the age of 12 sharing with two adults. Prices for children over the age of 12 available upon request. Prices fluctuate depending on season.

Package includes: 

  • 2 nights in the Emakoko boutique lodge on the edge of the Nairobi National Park
  • 3 nights in El Karama Lodge — an award-winning lodge in the heart of Laikipia
  • 3 nights in the House in the Wild — a boutique family-owned lodge in Maasai Mara
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Daily game drives daily and walking safaris
  • Domestic air and all transfers
  • All tours and activities mentioned in the itinerary

FAQ

Not included in the package:

  • International air
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry
  • Items not included in the daily itinerary

We are passionate and knowledgeable experts who have lived and traveled extensively throughout Africa. We have a total of 300+ years combined experience. With the largest tourism infrastructure in southern Africa, we have earned an enviable position of influence and negotiating power. We use this influence to personalize a life-changing journey that offers great value while doing good for wildlife and local communities.

Generally, the safari programs are not physically demanding. Walking safaris can require more levels of fitness, but usually they are not strenuous. Participation in these activities is at your discretion.

We cater to all families. It is best to talk to our safari specialist to advise the best destination based on age, family travel style and any other requirements.

City hotels and many lodges and camps have Wi-Fi, however, some areas in the bush are more remote and have less access to the internet. Depending on your needs to connect or disconnect, we can tailor the right experience for you.

If you choose to purchase African Travel's own Travel Protection plan, you will have the flexibility to cancel your trip for ANY reason, up to 24 hours before departure. Depending on the plan you select, you will be eligible for either a Future Travel Certificate or a mix of 60% cash back insurance benefit with a 10% Future Travel Certificate. Both plans include additional coverage for COVID-19.

Terms

Deposit

A non-refundable deposit of $458 is due at the time of booking to confirm the program. The final payment is due 100 days prior to departure. Once final payment is received, the program is non-refundable.

Cancellation Policy

20% of total tour cost is forfeited for cancellation made 66 days or more before departure.**
100% of total tour cost is forfeited for cancellations made 65 or fewer days before departure.
**Cancellation charges for Safari Vacation Packages may vary by program.
**Plus applicable third-party charges.

In some instances, lost and/or unused airline tickets are not refundable or replaceable. African Travel reserves the sole right to not accept a reservation or to cancel a reservation and impose cancellation charges if any payment is not received within the above specified periods. African Travel will not be responsible for lost land and air reservations.

Package Price and Availability

Package prices are valid throughout 2022 on new bookings only and subject to availability at the time of booking.

Changing a Reservation

If you want to change your reservation, you can choose new dates and/or a new destination prior to final payment without penalties.

Accommodation

When services and accommodations described cannot be supplied or the itinerary is changed due to delays or other causes of any kind or nature beyond African Travel’s control, African Travel may seek to supply comparable services, accommodations and itineraries. There shall be no refund in these circumstances. African Travel reserves the right to make changes to the itinerary and/or cancel any tour and shall have no liability whatsoever from or relating to such adjustments or cancellations. African Travel shall not be responsible for loss or damage to luggage, before, during or after the tour.

Baggage Restrictions

On Fixed Wing Safaris, you are permitted one soft-sided bag, weighing no more than the limit stated in your tour documents. The weight limit will be set at 44 lbs (20 kg) or less and may be as low as 25 lbs (11,45 kg), depending on aircraft type and destination. Guests are responsible to arrange and pay to store excess baggage. Luggage and personal effects are at the owner’s risk throughout travel. African Travel is not responsible if the luggage is not permitted to be carried.

Travel Protection 

Proof of Travel Protection Plan is mandatory and required at the time of final payment. Travel documents will not be released without this information. African Travel requires all travelers purchase travel insurance to obtain coverage that includes reimbursement for cancellation, interruption, trip and baggage delays and more.

Safety 

The client must ensure you and those under your care are medically and physically able to travel. African Travel may impose safety requirements. We may exclude from participating in travel or from any activity, an individual whose participation poses a direct threat to health or safety that cannot be eliminated by a reasonable modification of our policies, practices or procedures or by the provision of auxiliary aids and services. A decision to exclude an individual will be our assessment. The probability that potential injury will occur and whether reasonable modifications of policies, practices or procedures will lower the risk. African Travel does not provide personal devices (such as wheelchairs, hearing aids or prescription eyeglasses) or services of a personal nature (such as eating, dressing or toileting). A client who requires services of a personal nature (eating, dressing or toileting, as examples) should bring a companion to provide the assistance and understand that other clients and staff will not be available for such purpose.

We do not employ or provide medical personnel. Any needed medical attention must be sought at a local facility, if available, at client’s expense. African Travel is not responsible or liable for loss or cost incurred due to unavailability of medical services, inability to obtain or delay in obtaining medical services if available, medical services obtained, or level of care or services received. You must bring an adequate supply of your medication, if any, for the duration of The Tour. Medical services abroad are not the same as you may be accustomed to. African Travel is not responsible for the lack of, or the provision of medical services.

Some guided tours can include rough terrain, walking over unpaved or uneven pavement, steps, locations that may not be easily accessible or accessible by wheelchair, bumps, and other challenging conditions.

For various parts of the travel, arrangements are made with carriers, hotels and other independent suppliers. They are independent entities that African Travel does not control. We cannot ensure its ability access or accommodations outside the United States. Smoking is generally not permitted on our tours except for approved smoking areas. Smoking is never allowed on coaches, vans, or safari vehicles. African Travel has the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate your tour if your behavior or actions are so disruptive or negatively impacting the tour. If this happens, you are responsible for your travel costs home and no refund shall be given.

Additional Risks 

Additional risks and dangers may arise including, but not limited to, hazards of traveling in undeveloped areas, hazards of travel by boat, train, automobile, aircraft and other means of conveyance, forces of nature, political unrest, other unrest, terrorism, hazardous local customs and practices, differing levels of sanitation, differing standards of safety, risks associated with water, food, plants, insects and animal, accident or illness in areas lacking means of rapid evacuation or medical facilities, terrorist acts, force majeure and acts of national and local governments and unrest and acts of others against governments. These risks are not an exhaustive list but are examples of many kinds of risks. You are voluntarily participating in these activities with the knowledge that there are significant dangers involved, and you hereby agree to accept any and all risks. As lawful consideration for the agreement with African Travel to participate in such tours and activities you agree you will not make a claim against African Travel or its personnel or sue for bodily injury, emotional trauma, death, property loss or damage or other loss, cost or expense, however, caused, as a result of or related to your contracting for, traveling to or from, or in any and every other way participating in the tour. You release African Travel and its personnel from any and all claims, known or unknown, arising from contracting for, traveling to or from, and in any and every way participating in a tour. This release of liability and assumption of risk agreement is entered into on behalf of you and all members of your family and party, also including minors accompanying you. This agreement also binds your heirs, legal representatives and assigns.

Force Majeure

Force Majeure Event means any event or circumstance beyond the control of African Travel, including but not limited to: (a) an act of god (such as earthquake, flood, fire, explosion, landslide, lightning, the action of the elements, the force of nature, washout, typhoon, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami, storm or storm warning or natural disaster); (b) industrial disputes, work ban or other labor dispute or difficulty; (c) acts of terrorism, political unrest, war or threat of war, riots or civil strife; (d) failure or delays to scheduled transportation and the closure of airports or ports; (e) pandemic, epidemic or health risk; (f) governmental and administrative actions (including the closure of borders and travel warnings and restrictions).