This eight-day safari tour of Kenya includes a range of wildlife and cultural activities that will appeal to both kids and adults. The itinerary fits a lot into a little more than a week, but you have enough time in each place to take it easy and not exhaust the younger members of the family (or the older ones!) Enjoy game drives in the unparalleled Maasai Mara Reserve, spend time with Maasai people in their villages to better understand their way of life, and have close encounters with a wide range of wildlife.

Highlights

  • Experience Maasai culture at the Maji Moto Maasai Cultural Camp
  • Keep a lookout for lions at Lake Nakuru
  • Spend two wildlife-filled days at the Maasai Mara Reserve

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Welcome to Nairobi! Nairobi
Day 2 Nairobi Touring Nairobi
Day 3 Lake Nakuru Nakuru
Day 4 Maji Moto Maasai Cultural Camp Maji Moto
Day 5 Maji Moto Maasai "Olpul" Bush Camping Maji Moto
Day 6 Maasai Mara Wildlife Reserve Masai Mara
Day 7 Maasai Mara Safari Masai Mara
Day 8 Return to Nairobi  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Nairobi!

Welcome to Nairobi!

Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), where you will be met by a private car and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2: Nairobi Touring

The wildlife is never far away in Nairobi

Enjoy some sightseeing around Nairobi, depending on your interests, such as the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, where you an interact with elephants; the Giraffe Center, for a hands-on giraffe encounter and educational experience on giraffe conservation; and/or the Kazuri Bead Factory, established as a women’s work cooperative, this place and continues to provide quality employment for women through bead-making with local clay.

Day 3: Lake Nakuru

A flock of pink flamingos on Lake Nakuru

A private car will pick you up from your hotel to drive on to Lake Nakuru to arrive in time for lunch and an afternoon game drive.

Flanked by rocky escarpments, pockets of acacia forest, and at least one waterfall, the park is gorgeous year-round. It's home to both black and white rhinos, lions, leopards, hippos, and endangered Rothschild's giraffes. Rising water levels in 2014 forced the park's famous flamingos to flee (although a small number have returned), and the lake is now hauntingly surrounded by drowned trees. The forested area below Flamingo Hill is a favorite lion-spotting point; lionesses love to sleep in the trees, and leopards also frequent the area.

Day 4: Maji Moto Maasai Cultural Camp

Maasai men

After breakfast, drive by private safari vehicle to Maji Moto Maasai Cultural Camp, which offers an authentic cultural experience and a way to meet local people, with opportunities to take beautiful photographs.

Enjoy local culture, wildlife, and the environment in the Loita Hills and Plains, and explore local education, health and conservation projects supported with donations from our tours. Spend time with local people to experience their lives and understand their culture, challenges, and ways they are adapting to outside influences.  

Activities throughout the day could include:  

  • Warrior welcome and training demonstration
  • Walks the Loita Hills and Plains for wildlife viewing
  • Ceremonies for blessings in and around the village, and a visit with a medicine woman
  • Gather medicinal plants and learn about their uses
  • Daily life in the village (beading, cooking, water collection, laundry)
  • Bathing at a hot spring
  • Campfire, storytelling, and songs 
  • School and community visit

Day 5: Maji Moto Maasai "Olpul" Bush Camping

Maasai women

Today, trek across the plains to a forest bush campsite, where we'll construct a traditional Maasai temporary camp and sleep out under the stars. Slaughter a goat in traditional "Olpul" style, with warriors and elders, enjoying songs, stories, and blessings around the campfire. Share the ceremonial local brew, made for special occasions from aloe root, honey, and herbs.

Spend the night at the bush camp, on traditional leafy beds under the stars in sleeping bags (provided), with the protection of warriors throughout the night.

Day 6: Maasai Mara Wildlife Reserve

Lions at the Maasai Mara Reserve

After breakfast, travel to Maasai Mara. The world-renowned Masai Mara National Reserve needs little introduction. Its tawny, wildlife-stuffed savannahs are familiar to anyone who has watched nature documentaries. Reliable rains and plentiful vegetation underpin this extraordinary ecosystem, and the millions of herbivores it supports. Wildebeest, zebras, impalas, elephants, Masai giraffes and several species of gazelle all call the Mara home. This vast concentration of game accounts for high predator numbers, including cheetahs, leopards and the highest lion densities in the world. Elephants, buffalo, and many other species also abound. 

Day 7: Maasai Mara Safari

Wildebeest at Maasai Mara

Enjoy more morning and afternoon game drives today, in search of the wildlife you may have missed the previous day or wish to see again.  

Day 8: Return to Nairobi

Farewell, Nairobi!

Drive or fly back to Nairobi from Maasai Mara, to arrive in the afternoon.

If flying, you’ll be picked up from Wilson Regional Airport by private car to enjoy the afternoon in Nairobi, with additional touring, shopping, or dining before you transfer to the international airport for flights home.  You can also add a day room in a Nairobi hotel to rest and refresh before flying home in the evening.

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Map of Kenya Family Safari: Nairobi, Nakuru, Maji Moto, Masai Mara - 8 Days
Map of Kenya Family Safari: Nairobi, Nakuru, Maji Moto, Masai Mara - 8 Days