This 5-day tour is a perfect blend of wildlife and local culture. Start your trip with a boat tour on Lake Naivasha before visiting local artisans and spending the night amongst the Maasai tribe. Rise with the sun for daily safaris and sightings of elephants, zebras, lions, and more while sleeping near the Mara River and watching the Great Migration.

Highlights

  • Witness the Great Migration on the banks of the Mara River
  • Learn the art of ceramics and weaving while visiting local artisans
  • Spend the night at the Maji Moto Maasai Cultural Camp
  • Sip your morning coffee as hippos graze in the distance
  • Walk amongst giraffe, zebra, and gazelle

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Boat Tour of Lake Naivasha Naivasha
Day 2 Visit Maji Moto Maasai Cultural Camp Maji Moto
Day 3 Witness the Great Migration on the Mara River Masai Mara
Day 4 Enjoy Morning and Afternoon Safaris Masai Mara
Day 5 Morning Game Drive - Return to Nairobi  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Boat Tour of Lake Naivasha

Elephants on Safari

Welcome to Kenya! As you arrive in the morning, a private car will collect you from Nairobi International Airport and drive to Lake Naivasha. Here you'll take an afternoon boat tour with close-up views of hippo, waterbuck, and countless birds. 

After your boat tour, you'll join a walking safari on Crescent Island, strolling amongst giraffe, zebra, and other peaceful animals, all relaxed in the absence of predators.  

Enjoy lunch on your own at a local restaurant or back at the hotel, then stop off for a visit with two local artisans. First, you'll visit Fired Earth Pottery for handmade and beautifully painted pieces. The potters will give you a demonstration of how the ceramics are created and an opportunity to purchase some souvenirs. Next is Elementaita Weavers, a local weaving cooperative making lovely handwoven fabrics. They dye their own wool before spinning and weaving it on traditional looms in their workshop.

If you're still up for an adventure, there are additional activities available. These include: 

  • Riding horses through lakeside conservancy land while viewing zebra, giraffe and other animals.
  • Visiting a local farmer’s home to learn about subsistence farming in Kenya and enjoying tea with his family. 
  • An afternoon visit to Hells Gate National Park, a dramatic, semi-arid environment with rugged cliffs, open plains, and deep, concealed gorges. Here you will find an abundance of plains animals, including giraffe, zebra, gazelle, impala, warthog, and baboon. As there are no predatory animals, it's safe for walking, cycling, rock climbing, bird watching, and trekking through the lower gorge among the geysers. 

After an adventurous day, you'll settle into your accommodation at Camp Carnelleys, a lake front banda in a tranquil guest house with beautiful grounds. You can see monkeys swing from the trees and hippos graze on the pier. The Camp is eco-friendly and has a private garden, a bar, and a restaurant. All are great places to relax and enjoy a leisurely meal.

Day 2: Visit Maji Moto Maasai Cultural Camp

Maji Moto Maasai Cultural Camp

After breakfast, a private safari vehicle will drive you to Maji Moto Maasai Cultural Camp. The camp was featured in The New York Times' travel section as an authentic cultural experience to meet local people, with opportunities for beautiful photographs.

Here you'll enjoy local culture and wildlife, while exploring education, health care, and conservation projects supported with donations from the 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 visit include:  
·  Warrior welcome & training demonstration
·  Walks in the Loita Hills and Plains, with wildlife and nature viewing
·  Ceremonies for blessings in and around the village, and visits with a medicine woman
·  Gathering and learning about medicinal plants
·  Exposure to daily life in the village (beading, cooking, water, laundry, etc.)
·  Bathing at a hot spring
·  Campfire, stories, and songs 
·  School and community visit

After your tour, prepare to spend the night amongst the locals at Maji Moto Maasai Cultural Camp cottage. The cottage is constructed of traditional Maasai materials, with stone floors, comfy beds, and a private terrace. Although you'll have your own room, you'll share flush toilets and hot mineral water showers.

Day 3: Witness the Great Migration on the Mara River

Cheetahs in Kenya

After an early breakfast, continue your safari to Maasai Mara, arriving in time for lunch and an afternoon game drive. If you're traveling between May and December, the Great Migration should be well underway. This gives you the opportunity to see abundant wildlife on the plains, such as elephant, zebra, lion, cheetah, leopard, giraffe, buffalo, and rhino.

Tonight you have your choice of accommodation. The first option is Ashnil Mara Camp, which features 40 luxury tents located inside the Masai Mara National Reserve along the Mara River. The Camp in a great position for game viewing and relaxation at the end of a exciting day of game drives.  All luxury tents include beautiful ensuite bathrooms, walk-in closets, and a sun deck for relaxation while watching wildlife.  

The other option is Oseki Maasai Mara Camp, which is located just 1.5 miles (2.5 km) from the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. It's set on a hill and managed by the local Maasai, offering a great home base for safari and other wildlife and nature activities.

Day 4: Enjoy Morning and Afternoon Safaris

Early Morning Game Drives

Today is filled with wildlife sightings. Enjoy a morning and afternoon safari in Masai Mara National Reserve, which is close to the Mara River and the Great Migration. Enjoy sightings of wildlife such as elephant, zebra, lion, cheetah, leopard, giraffe, buffalo, rhino, and much more.

After your afternoon game drive, you'll return to your selected camp for the night. Enjoy your luxury accommodation with view of the river, relaxation in the pool, and a leisurely dinner under the stars.

Day 5: Morning Game Drive - Return to Nairobi

The Great Migration - Mara River

Wake with the sun for an early-morning game drive before enjoying breakfast back at the camp. Soak in the last hours of your safari adventure before driving out of the park and on to Nairobi.