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Discover classic Kenya with this short safari and culture tour. Go camel trekking, hiking and on bushwalks in the stunning Laikipia Plateau and enjoy authentic encounters local Samburu and Laikipia Maasai tribes. Also included is an adventurous fly camping experience out in the wilderness! Follow it up with your safari of a lifetime in the iconic grasslands of Masai Mara.

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 3NairobiContemporary African Art & Culture, National Museum, Nairobi National ParkTamarind Tree Hotel, Fairview Hotel
3 - 6Laikipia - Community ReservesCultural Encounters with Pastoral Communities, Endangered Species, Spectacular LandscapesIl Ngwesi, Il Ngwesi
6 - 9Masai MaraLarge Concentration of Wildlife, Maasai People, Balloon SafarisTipilikwani Mara Camp, Encounter Mara
9 - 9NairobiContemporary African Art & Culture, National Museum, Nairobi National Park

Ideal For

  • Adventure
  • Heritage
  • Landscape
  • Wildlife
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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 3

International Arrival

You will be transferred from Nairobi airport to your hotel in a private vehicle

Nairobi

2 Nights

Spend time downtown! As the largest city of East Africa, you can experience contemporary urban African life with colorful street markets, authentic African cuisine, and a buzzing nightlife.

Included Activities

An uplifting day with Kenyan women
Get ready for an uplifting day with an inspirational group of Kenyan women. Visit a Women’s Empowerment Centre, a hive of activity as women are busy learning various skills to help them on their journey to self-sustainability! You could find them in a sewing class, making candles, beading jewellery, or studying business management to enable them to start their own small businesses.

Get to know some of the women who have graduated from the 18-month program as they share their stories over a cup of hot Kenya chai and give you deep insights into Kenyan culture, traditions and the challenges they have both faced and overcome. You can share your personal and professional experience with the women and learn from one another. In the afternoon, visit some of the women who have returned home to their Masai village on the outskirts of Nairobi to get a glimpse of their daily life and for more sharing, learning and laughter!

Hotel Options
RoomStandard
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Fairview Hotel – Opt 2
RoomBusiness Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 3 - 6

You will be transferred from your hotel to Nairobi airport in a private vehicle

Flight to Laikipia (1 hr)

Transfer to your accommodation (2 hrs)

Laikipia - Community Reserves

3 Nights

Laikipia in central Kenya offer exclusive nature and wildlife experiences far away from the beaten path and in diverse scenery – from the edge of the Great Rift Valley, to the peaks of snow-capped Mount Kenya, with vast plains and verdant grasslands, interspersed with rocky hills, rivers, and waterholes.

Included Activities

Il Ngwesi: Morning & Evening game drive, one cultural manyatta visit and bushwalk

Discover the Community Reserves in beautiful Laikipia! Accompanied by your Maasai guide and naturalist, climb up to the Mukogodo Escarpment for fantastic panoramas of the Kenyan plains. Stalk smaller game and birdlife during shorter nature walks to watering holes around. You can also enjoy bush picnics by the Ngare Ndare River at dusk or dawn. If you’re feeling adventurous, camp out under the stars within the Mukogodo forest. For the ultimate cultural immersion, visit the cluster of Maasai villages within the Il Ngwesi Group Ranch to get a glimpse into their distinct lifestyle. Join the women who engage in intricate beadwork and crafts, or learn traditional hunting techniques and honey collection methods from the tribe warriors. If you’re in a larger group, enjoy a goat roast feast that includes singing and dancing with the Maasai community, a lavish celebration that may extend well into the night!

Star Bed at Il Ngwesi

Discover the unique experience of sleeping under a star-studded Kenyan sky at Il Ngwesi Lodge. Two spacious rooms, creatively designed with local sustainable material, offer you the unique experience of sleeping out in the open while your favorite nocturnal animals come out to play. The thatched, cottage-like rooms are tucked away in a secluded corner of this rustic-chic hillside property, perched on stilts and shaded by a thick canopy of trees. The lovely earthy accommodation overlooks a resident water hole, with spectacular views of the surrounding Mararoi hills and the Samburu valley beyond. The extended wrap around verandas of these two cottages are equipped with large four-poster ‘star beds’ complete with sturdy mosquito netting. With an armed guard positioned just a little distance away to keep you safe, and the staff always at hand, your ‘open air’ bed offers you the opportunity to sleep under the stars in complete luxury! (Please note that this experience is dependent on the weather and subject to availability).

Hotel Options
Il Ngwesi – Opt 1
RoomTent
MealsFull Board plus Activities
StyleLodge
Il Ngwesi – Opt 2
RoomTent
MealsFull Board plus Activities
StyleLodge
Day 6 - 9

Transfer to Airstrip (2 hrs)

Flight to Masai Mara (1-2 hrs)

You will be transferred from Masai Mara airstrip to your hotel

Masai Mara

3 Nights

Classic Africa! The Masai Mara will fulfil your dreams with its iconic, endless African landscapes of golden grass dotted with picturesque acacia trees that is home to year-round wildlife viewing: cheetah, leopard, large prides of lions, elephants, giraffe, hyena, huge Nile crocodiles, frolicking hippos and many other species.

Included Activities

Encounter Mara: Morning, Evening and Night game drives

Enjoy wonderfully diverse game drives in the Masai Mara and the bordering exclusive Naboisho Conservancy. The best time for this is in the early morning when the animals are particularly active and in the late afternoon when the sun paints incredible colors on the horizon. You also have the opportunity for exciting night drives to observe rarely spotted nocturnal wildlife.

Tipilikwani: Morning & Evening game drives

Explore the stunning beauty, diverse landscapes and amazing wildlife of the Masai Mara on fantastic game drives. The best time for this is in the early morning when the animals are particularly active and in the late afternoon when the sun paints incredible colors on the horizon.

Hotel Options
RoomLuxury Tent
MealsFull Board plus Activities
StyleLodge
Encounter Mara – Opt 2
RoomLuxury Safari Tent
MealsFull Board plus Activities
StyleCamp
Day 9 - 9

You will be transferred from your hotel to Masai Mara airstrip

Flight to Nairobi (1 hr)

Transfer to international airport

Nairobi

0 Nights

Spend time downtown! As the largest city of East Africa, you can experience contemporary urban African life with colorful street markets, authentic African cuisine, and a buzzing nightlife.

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 5,990 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 7,290 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation and meals, as specified in the itinerary
  • Activities and excursions, as specified in the itinerary
  • Transportation services, as specified in the itinerary
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact supporting you during your trip
  • Carbon emissions offsetting for your trip

Not Included

  • Entrance fees and meals, unless mentioned in the itinerary description
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Visa and tourism fees
  • Travel, health, and cancellation insurance
  • International airfare
Kenya: Cultural Encounters and Wildlife Safari
What our guests say about this trip

We have had a wonderful journey with Enchanting Travels to Africa. Right from the planning, our trip planner Akshay did a wonderful job and listened to our needs and suggested his own expertise and coordinated our travel bookings . Our trip Coordinator Cyprian was amazing and provided a good detail of everything that was needed. Overall we had a time of our life and would definitely recommend Enchanting Travels to Family and friends to trust them with coordinating your next adventure.

– Natarajan Ranganathan
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Kenya: Cultural Encounters and Wildlife Safari

9 days $ 5,990 / person