This seven night itinerary is the perfect family escape. The lodges have been hand-selected for their child friendly activities and whose on-site staff can entertain your children in the day and babysit them at night should you wish to have your evenings off. This itinerary is for a safari to Kenya but we can organise family safaris to other destinations. Contact us for more information.
Our representative will meet you on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and you will be transferred to the leafy suburb of Karen, where you home for the night will be shared with a herd of resident Rothschild giraffe. This exquisite manor house was built in the 1930s and has become an icon of Nairobi’s historical landscape.
Wake up and enjoy feeding giraffe from your bedroom window or from the breakfast room. Not only is this boutique hotel resident to Rothschild Giraffe but warthogs roam the grounds and are very appreciative of the giraffe pellets you may wish to feed them.
After breakfast you will be transferred to Wilson airport for your scheduled flight to Lewa Airstrip where a driver from the lodge will be waiting and who will take you on a game drive back to the lodge in time for lunch.
After lunch by the pool and some relaxation time, spend the afternoon out on the conservancy. Borana Conservancy is home to black and white rhino as well as buffalo, eland, hartebeest, Reticulated giraffe, bushbuck, colobus monkey, elephant, wild dog, leopard, lion and cheetah.
Early in the morning, tea, coffee and biscuits will be served to your room and then you head out for a game drive or a mountain bike ride to enjoy the expansive 32,000 acre private conservancy.
Stop for a cooked bush breakfast and a chance to get out of the car and chill. An afternoon horse ride will take you out on to the plains to see Zebra and Giraffe especially close up. All the ponies here are suitable for beginners and children. Return to the lodge for hot baths and warm fires and dinner.
A visit to the Ngare Ndare organic Farm followed by a trip into the forest where you can enjoy a swim in the crystal clear waters of the ‘Blue pools’ and walk the 400 meter canopy. Afternoon tracking the lions with the help of the rangers.
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip for your scheduled flight to the Masai Mara. Your accommodation is a private family owned lodge tucked away on a 1000 acre private estate, Naretoi, on the edge of the Masai Mara.
Big cats, elephants , buffalo , giraffe and all the plains game antelope and small predators are commonly seen within a 15 minute drive from the house.
Early morning game drive and return for breakfast followed by a mid- morning walk or visit a local school. During the heat of the day, you can enjoy a relaxed lunch round the swimming pool in the expansive lawns. The lodge is fenced so children can freely run around and join in the household activities like milking the cows or go for a pony ride.
Enjoy the whole morning out on the plains with a picnic breakfast. Return for lunch and in the evening visit a Masai homestead and learn a little about their culture and their intricate social set up and code of conduct which have stood them in good stead through the ages.
After breakfast, fly to Lamu via Wilson airport and transfer by speed boat to Manda Bay. You will stay in a small boutique lodge located on the tip of an unspoiled, idyllic island in Lamu’s archipelago where you kick off your shoes and enjoy simplistic beauty in palm thatched cottages and open living spaces. Take a swim in the pool or a leisurely walk along the beach in front of your room before dining outside under the stars.
Spend a full day enjoying the sun, sea and sand. Different members of the family can do different things – try your hand at fishing, snorkelling or waterskiing. Delicious meals are served al fresco with chilled wine and a gorgeous view across the bay.
A 20 minutes boat ride from Manda Bay is the historic town of Lamu, which is a must for any guest interested in culture and a little history. Lamu Town is the oldest continuously inhabited town in East Africa which has a mix of Swahili, Arabic and Portuguese cultures. Little has changed since the turn of the century and a guided tour is a fascinating way to spend a couple of hours. There are many small shops whereby you can buy some locally crafted silver, wooden carvings and fabrics. Take an afternoon walk on Manda Toto and have sundowners around a campfire.
After a leisurely morning soaking up the sun, enjoy a delicious lunch before heading to Lamu for your return journey to Nairobi for your onward international flight home.
“I still find words totally inadequate to describe our trip to Kenya… it was truly life-changing…”
Karen Dean, July 2019