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Kenya Family Safari – Family Vacations and Wildlife Safaris in Kenya
Kenya is a very established and superb family holiday destination for a number of reasons:
It is easily accessible from Europe with little time difference (no jet lag)
There are a good variety of family-friendly safari camps and lodges, often with specific family accommodation options
There is wonderful game-viewing with high concentrations of game (kids don’t get bored)
There are convenient beach options for combination holidays
It is easy to move around the country which has a good tourist infrastructure
Kenya generally offers very good value for money
Whether you are looking for affordable mainstream safari property where your children can meet other children and perhaps join “Adventurers’ Clubs”, a traditional big game safari under canvas, a more exclusive private house safari, or a multi-activity ranch-style safari, Kenya is able to offer something to suit. If you wish to include some time on the beach, the Kenya coast offers everything from affordable resort hotels to private beach houses and exclusive beach retreats.
Safari activities that are suitable for children will vary according to the ages of children and the region you visit. For instance, in big game areas, it is often not safe for young children to walk or horse-ride. In certain lodges, young children will be specifically catered for, with individually tailored activities based on their age group.
Children of all ages will be able to undertake game drives, which is the usual way to see wildlife. Most vehicles in Kenya accommodate 4 to 6 guests so a key part of a family safari could be having your own vehicle for game drives, enhancing flexibility without inconveniencing other guests (paying for sole-use of a vehicle is also available at many properties, and may be necessary if travelling with very young children). Traditional game-viewing times are sunrise to late morning, and again in the late afternoon until sunset. With the heat of the day normally spent in camp, you may wish to consider whether other facilities such as swimming pools are important.
One of the genuine benefits of making the effort to travel with children is the exposure they have to different cultures and peoples. African people are natural lovers of children, and in addition to your children forming bonds with, and learning from, local guides (in Kenya the Maasai and Samburu guides all dress in authentic attire), it is not uncommon to find camp staff entertaining your kids with local games, cooking, or enquiring conversation. Further cultural opportunities visiting local schools or villages can easily be included in most safari itineraries.
Travelling with kids may occasionally seem like hard work. However, with Kenya being so ‘user friendly’, relatively affordable and offering such wonderful opportunities for you and your children, any efforts you make are rewarded many times over.
15 Days Family Union Kenya Safaris
Day 1: Nairobi
On arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport, met by our representative and later transferred to Nairobi Safari Club Hotel where you will relax on your suite. Nairobi Safari Club formerly a private club for members only is the ideal place to be. Afternoon at leisure and later in the evening a complimentary welcome-dinner at Carnivore Restaurant overnight at Nairobi Safari Club Hotel.
Day 2: Nairobi – Amboseli
After an early breakfast, commence your safari and drive south to Amboseli National Park. The park lies at an altitude of about 1200m – 1400m and principal attractions of Amboseli are the spectacular views of Kilimanjaro and the profusion of the wildlife that the park’s supports. Large herds of elephant, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, lion, African fish eagle etc all attracted to this park by permanent supply of water that filters through volcanic rock from Mt. Kilmanjaro. Lunch will be served at your lodge. Ol-Tukai Lodge is camouflaged in a forest of fever trees and palms and well designed cottage style accommodation spreads out on either side of the main lodge. Afternoon game drive, dinner & overnight at Ol-Tukai Lodge (LD).
Day 3: Amboseli
Today we spend a full day at the park and it’s surrounding game reserve which cover’s an area of 1260 sq miles and is mostly arid woodland with a series of swamps and lakes that provides a year round water supply for wildlife. The snowcapped peak of Kilimanjaro rising above a saucer of clouds, dominates every aspect of Amboseli and forms a backdrop to an impressive display of wildlife with its population of lion, huge hard of elephant, buffalo etc. All meals & overnight at Ol-Tukai Lodge (BLD).
Day 4: Amboseli | Sweetwaters
After early breakfast, continue with your safari to the exquisite Sweetwaters Tented Camp in the secluded heart of the Ol pejeta Ranch and Rhino sanctuary. Here Rhinos are given protection and well notably don’t forget to visit Chimpanzee sanctuary. Lunch will be served at the Camp. Sweetwaters is built in a private ranch and supports large number of game which include elephant, giraffe etc and its only here you have an excess of night games. Dinner and overnight at luxurious Sweetwaters Tented Camp (BLD).
Day 5: Sweetwaters – Lake Nakuru
Today we bid farewell to sweetwaters after our breakfast and head to Lake Nakuru National Park, situated 160kms from Nairobi and known as ornithological paradise by birdwatchers because of its millions of lesser and greater flamingoes. It has also been established as rhino sanctuary and not mention a home to leopard, giraffe, colobus monkeys and other variety of plain antelope. Lunch to served at your lodge. Lake Nakuru Lodge is situated in the south ecological niche of the park is an oasis of comfort with a commanding views of lesser flamingoes dotted with the greater flamingoes.An afternoon game drive around the lakeshore will be the feature for the afternoon, dinner & overnight at Lake Nakuru Lodge (BLD).
Day 6: Lake Nakuru
Today we spend the whole day at Lake Nakuru is situated 160kms from Nairobi and well known by many as ornithological paradise for birdwatchers because of its millions of lesser and greater flamingoes. It has also been established as rhino sanctuary and not mention a home to leopard, giraffe, colobus monkeys and other variety of plain antelope.
Lunch to served at your lodge. Lake Nakuru Lodge is situated in the south ecological niche of the park is an oasis of comfort with a commanding views of lesser flamingoes dotted with the greater flamingoes. An afternoon game drive around the lakeshore will be the feature for the afternoon, dinner & overnight at Lake Nakuru Lodge (BLD).
Day 7: Nakuru | Lake Naivasha
Today after an early breakfast our safari will be destined to Lake Naivasha the only freshwater lake in the Rift Valley. From the top of the escarpment of the Rift Valley you can see the lake sparkling in the sun thousands of feet below. The lake enjoys a colony of hippos and the rich birdlife makes it an ideal place for an afternoon boat ride. A visit to the Crescent Island which is completely wild and undeveloped and one the few places in Africa where you can wander on foot among herds of zebra, wildebeest, gazelle and giraffe. There are no predators and no fences. Lunch will be served at your lodge. Lake Naivasha Country Club retains its colonial architecture and its built on 12hectares of green lawns shaded by mature acacias and spreading fever trees. An afternoon boat ride among colonies of hippos will be ideal. Dinner and Overnight at Lake Naivasha Country Club (BLD).
Day 8: Lake Naivasha | Masai Mara
Today our safari will lead us to the jewel of Kenya parks the Masai Mara Game Reserve by road. Masai Mara is Kenya’s most visited reserve and a home to the “Big Five”. The breathtaking views, a panorama of fertile vast rolling plains which supports a huge amount of resident plain games and their predators. Apart from the big five the Masai Mara is most famous for the annual spectacle of the wildebeest migration, where millions of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle leave the plains of the Serengeti and cross the Mara River in search of fresh feeding grounds. Lunch to be served at Mara Sarova Tented Camp situated on a natural elevation between two streams and is set amidst gardens full of exotic flowers. Each luxury canvas tent has a permanent roof and floor and an attached en-suite bathroom including a flush toilet, sink and hot shower. Meals are served in the spectacular thatched roof dining room. After lunch and some time to relax and perhaps take a dip in the pool, you will depart with your driver guide for an afternoon game drive in search of the big five. As sun starts to edge dip into the horizon it will be perfect time to photograph the beautiful Mara rolling plains. Don’t forget this is the right time to spot the shy leopard. Dinner and overnight at Mara Sarova Tented Camp (LD).
Day 9 & 10: Masai Mara
The days will start with an early morning game drive before dawn and later returning to our camp for breakfast and relaxing for the rest of late morning and perhaps take a dip at the swimming pool. Later late afternoon we return to the wilderness in search of games, all meals and overnight at Mara Sarova Tented Camp (BLD).
Day 11: Masai Mara – Nairobi – Kenyan Coast
After breakfast, drive back to Nairobi arriving in time for a complimentary lunch at Carnivore Restaurant hosted by our company. Later in the Afternoon, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your local flight to Mombasa for overnight.
Day 12 -14: Kenyan Coast
We’ll spend the next three nights at the coast beach swimming and relaxing at our own.
Day 15: Fly Nairobi
Today we fly Nairobi from coast, be met and continue to giraffe center and Nairobi Animal Orphanage. After lunch we will be transferred to the airport to connect with our onward International flight.
The price includes:
Transport in 7 – 9 seater Tour Van with pop up roof for ease in photography.
Tour bus fitted with Hi-Fi radio.
Tour guide who is knowledgeable and conversant with the flora and fauna of Kenya.
Accommodation in lodge of your choice
Transfer to the airport and back.
All park entrance fees
All Government taxes and levies
3 Meals a Day Vegeterain and Non-Vegetarian
One Litre Mineral water a day while on safari
The price does not include:
2.Personal expenses such as telephone calls, email, laundry, beverages
3.Meals not indicated in the itinerary, Porterage and wait staff gratuity.
4.Optional activities such as bush walks, night game drives and extensions