The Kenya Cultural Experience

  • Destination: Kenya
  • Duration: 14 days

Discover African Cultures by taking our carefully designed Kenya Cultural Safari. Kenya has a culture born of countless sources. This region has been crossed by the paths of a long and complex history. From the prehistoric records of early man to the present day, Kenya has been a land of unending change, contrasts and diversity. Marveling at the colorful costumes and famous agile dances of the most diverse 42 plus different cultures, the ancient ways of the Masai and Samburu remain inscrutable mystery. This tour gives you an opportunity to study two very contrasting communities of Kikuyu who are farmers and Masai who are pastrolists but both co-exist in remarkable harmony.

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Day 1

Nairobi

Upon arrival in Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by or representative at the arrival lounge and taken to a hotel  for breakfast.  After breakfast, you will rejoin your driver guide who will take you for a visit to the Nairobi National Museum and a short Nairobi city tour. Lunch will be at the Carnivore Restaurant before afternoon visit to the Bomas of Kenya for a show case of traditional way of life of the different ethnic groups found in Kenya. Thereafter, you will be taken to your hotel for check in, dinner and overnight.

Dinner and overnight at your hotel DBB
Day 2

Nairobi – Amboseli National Park

After breakfast, depart driving to Amboseli National park, home to the proud and brightly painted Maa tribe of the Maasai. Arrival at your lodge or camp for check in and lunch. In the afternoon, rejoin your driver guide for game viewing until late afternoon. The acacia woodlands and grasslands of the reserve shelter an abundance of game including buffalo, lion, cheetah, hyena, zebra and wildebeest. Amboseli National Park lies below the most famous symbol of Africa, Mt Kilimanjaro the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free standing mountain in the world. Its snow capped peak will dominate the background while you marvel at the wildlife and scenery. Streams from Kilimanjaro surface in the centre of Amboseli, creating swamps that attract and support a rich diversity of wild animals and birdlife. Most of Amboseli is flat and dusty and so the best spots for game viewing are these wetlands.

Dinner and overnight at your camp/lodge LDBB
Day 3

Amboseli National Park

After breakfast, depart for your morning game drive in the reserve, returning back to your lodge or camp by mid day for lunch. In the afternoon, depart for a visit to a Maasai village ending with your game drive in the reserve then return back to your lodge or camp for little relaxation before dinner.

Dinner and overnight at your camp/lodge LDBB
Day 4

 Amboseli – Lake Nakuru National Park 

After breakfast, grab your picnic lunches and depart driving past Nairobi and the Great Rift Valley to the shores of Lake Nakuru arriving in the afternoon for your game viewing until sunset, then proceed to your lodge/  camp for dinner and overnight. Famous as the home to thousands of greater and lesser flamingo, Lake Nakuru national park hosts large flocks of flamingoes, pelicans and other bird species

Dinner and overnight at your camp/lodge LDBB
Day 5

Lake Nakuru National Park – Lake Baringo  

After breakfast, pick up packed lunches and depart to Lake Baringo via Lake Bogoria famous for its hot water geysers and flamingoes. In the afternoon, proceed to the shores of the nearby Lake Baringo for dinner and overnight at your lodge / camp

Dinner and overnight at your camp/lodge LDBB
Day 6

Lake Baringo  – Lake Elementaita

Morning breakfast at your lodge / camp before departing for a boat ride in Lake Baringo. Its freshwaters are an oasis in the arid plains. This is the traditional home of the Njemps tribe, who you will have an opportunity to interact with. The Njemps are a unique people who are the only pastoral, cattle herding, tribe who also fish. Among other pastoral tribes such as the Maasai, eating fish is a taboo. The 129 sq km lake is well stocked with fish, and attracts many Pelicans, Cormorants and Fish Eagles. The Lake is also well populated with Crocodile. The lake itself is truly beautiful, surrounded by volcanic ranges that stretch as far as the eye can see. After lunch, proceed to Lake Elementaita for dinner and overnight.

Dinner and overnight at your camp/lodge LDBB

Day 7

Lake Elementaita-Masai Mara National Reserve

After breakfast, pick up packed lunches and drive via Narok to the Maasai Mara National Reserve offering wonderful scenery and plenty of game. Arrival Masai Mara for your afternoon game viewing until late afternoon when you proceed to your lodge or camp for check in and dinner. Masai Mara is perhaps the only region left in Kenya where the visitor may see animals in the same super-abundance as existed a century ago. Maasai Mara is blessed with a permanent water supply, Maasai Mara has a permanent population of plains game. The “big five” – elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino are quite common. Arrival on time for lunch, then afternoon game viewing will follow until late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at your Camp/lodge

Dinner and overnight at your lodge or camp LDBB
Day 8

Masai Mara National Reserve

Day spent game-viewing in the reserve with morning and afternoon game drives. With over 450 species of birds and animal species, explore the plains and rolling hills for a chance to spot the elephant, black-manned lion, leopard, buffalo, cheetah, and with diverse species of hoofed animals. This afternoon there will be a cultural talk before dinner to learn about the maasai way of life.

Dinner and overnight at your lodge / camp LDBB
Day 9

Masai Mara National Reserve

Early morning game drive returning back to your lodge / camp for full breakfast. After breakfast, opt for a nature walk with an experienced naturalist. It offers an opportunity to interact closely with nature and learn the minor details that cannot be experienced in a vehicle.    Lunch at the lodge / camp then afternoon game drive returning back for dinner and overnight

Dinner and overnight at your lodge / camp LDBB

Day 10

Masai Mara National Reserve-Lamu

After breakfast in Masai Mara, depart for your morning game drive en route to the airstrip for your schedule flight to Nairobi departing at 1015 hrs arriving at the Wilson Airport Nairobi at 1145 hrs met and transferred to the Carnivore Restaurant for early lunch, then back to the airport for your schedule flight to Lamu departing at 1400 hrs, arriving Lamu at 1550 hrs. Met and transferred to your hotel for afternoon at leisure and dinner (extra cost payable directly at your hotel)

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Day 11,12,13

Lamu 

3 days at leisure at your hotel with available options at an extra cost and arranged from the hotel’s reception for visits to cultural attractions around Lamu.

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Day 14

Depart

You will be transferred for your schedule flight to Nairobi departing at 1610 hrs arriving Nairobi at 1800 hrs, met and transferred for dinner. After dinner and depending on your home bound flight departure time, you will be transferred to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your home bound flight.

TOUR COST PER PERSON IN US$

Prices only apply if a safari takes place and is completed within the specified price periods. Specific prices will provided for any safaris or services that extend into next price.

 

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*Airport transfers (Arrival and departure both in Nairobi and Lamu)

*Breakfast in Nairobi

*Excursions as outlined in the itinerary – Visit to David Sheldrick’s and Giraffe centre, National Museums of Kenya and visit to the Bomas of Kenya

*Bed and breakfast accommodation in Nairobi

*Dinner in Nairobi

*Full board accommodation on safari as outlined in the itinerary

*Additional meals as specified in the itinerary

*All national park entrance fees/conservancy fess

*Transportation in our 7-seater minibus driven by our professional driver/guides.

*Extra Activities as outlined in the itinerary – Visit to the Masai Village in Amboseli, Boat ride in Lake Baringo and Nature walk in Masai Mara.

*Local flights (Masai Mara – Wilson- Lamu-Wilson

*Government surcharges and taxes.

*Bottled mineral water on safari

*International air transportation,

*Visa fees (currently US$ 50.00 per passport holder for Kenya),

*Travel Insurance

*International departure tax of US$ 20 per person unless included in international ticket,

*Incidental tips to hotel/lodge staff

*Gratuity to tour driver/guide

*All items of a personal nature such as drinks with meals, telephone calls and laundry.

*Any item that deviates from the above mentioned.

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