For the family that loves nature, Kenya is a must-see destination. Kenya Family Holiday includes some of the finest wildlife viewing in AfricaÂ—the world-famous "Big Five"Â—as well as endangered species, including the Rothschild giraffe, chimpanzee and black rhino. Travelers will also enjoy a visit to Daphne Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage and Kenya's only chimpanzee sanctuary in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, as well as visits with local Maasai and Samburu tribes. A ChildrenÂ’s Activity Coordinator will travel with the group throughout the journey, and young travelers will have opportunities to swim, go on a treasure hunt at the lodge, enjoy archery with the local Maasai, and cast animal tracks in plaster. A tribal dance performance and optional balloon safari provide surefire thrills for family members of all ages.
Days 1-2: Depart Home / Nairobi, Kenya
Nairobi Serena Hotel Arrive by overnight flight in Nairobi, the starting point for your adventure through the wilds of Kenya. Prepare to meet elephant, watch hunters on the prowl and interact with an African tribe in their own village.
Day 3: Nairobi
Sweetwaters Tented Camp Start your day at the Giraffe Center, home to endangered, graceful Rothschild giraffe. Offer them food while perched upon a platform, watching as they gently snatch it from your hand with their long, blue tongues. Continue to Daphne SheldrickÂ’s Orphanage to see small elephant cared for by attentive keepers. Meet the other families sharing your adventure at tonightÂ’s festive welcome dinner.
Day 4: Nairobi/Nanyuki
Sweetwaters Tented Camp Drive to the Sweetwaters Reserve within the Ol Pejeta Conservancy at the foot of Mount Kenya. Set out in search of animals by safari vehicle, or choose to take escorted walks and a night game drive. Sweetwaters is an excellent place to see two of AfricaÂ’s most endangered species: black rhino and chimpanzee. Both species are protected here in reserves set aside for them.
Day 5: Nanyuki / Samburu Game Reserve
Samburu Intrepids Club Travel to the bush of the Samburu Game Reserve. Your comfortable, tented camp is perched along the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River, which is a lifeline and the nerve center of this reserve; animals congregate along its banks to quench their thirst. The reserve is also the home of the nomadic, cattleherding Samburu tribe.
Day 6: Samburu Game Reserve
Samburu Intrepids Club Young safari-goers embark on game drives and encounters with SamburuÂ’s Â“Special FiveÂ” Â— the reticulated giraffe, longnecked gerenuk, Somali ostrich, GrevyÂ’s zebra and beisa oryx. Your family may also take guided walks with a focus on game tracking, go butterfly catching and visit with the Samburu people. Go on treasure hunts, play football or volleyball, swim, or paint and draw Â— your tented safari camp offers fun options for every member of the family.
Day 7: Samburu / Masai Mara Game Reserve
Mara Intrepids Club Awaken to the sounds of the wilderness. After breakfast, board a flight across the Great Rift Valley to the Masai Mara, land of the red-robed Maasai tribe. Arrive at your tented camp beside a sweeping bend in the Talek River, and take an afternoon game drive across the limitless plains.
Days 8-9: Masai Mara Game Reserve
Mara Intrepids Club Spend two days in this magnificent savannah country, home to KenyaÂ’s most varied animal population. Lion may be seen throughout the park, along with elephant, giraffe and zebra. Cheetah and leopard are also regularly spotted, and you may also find rhino. Young adventurers experience a mammal study on morning and afternoon game drives; take guided walks with the resident naturalist to identify animal tracks and cast them in plaster; and set out on nature walks with an eye toward herbal medicine. Meanwhile, discover abundant birdlife, and learn to identify bird calls, bills, feet, habitats and plumage patterns. Between game drives, you may even visit a primary school in the local village. Learn the art of beadwork and leatherwork or how to properly throw a spear or start fire with sticks. At night, your family sees a display of traditional song and dance. An optional hot air balloon safari is an amazing way to start the day Â— and an experience the family will never forget. End your stay in the Mara with a farewell dinner, and say goodbye to your new friends. PHILANTHROPY PROJECT: Visit a local primary school where A&K sponsors a Conservation Club, teaching children to preserve their environment.
Day 10: Masai Mara / Nairobi / USA or Canada
Nairobi Serena Hotel (dayroom) Fly back to Nairobi, continuing to your dayroom, which is reserved until your homebound flight.
Day 11: Arrive Home
Arrive home in the USA or Canada.