About your trip
The Great Rift Valley of Kenya is one of the most extraordinary natural landscapes in the world, and acts as the guiding compass on this experiential journey into the heart of Kenya’s wilderness. Starting in Nairobi, with cultural insights both old and new, we’ll head north to the green highlands of Aberdare National Park for coffee, open-air markets and a hilltop country lodge experience. Then it’s west to Lake Nakuru National Park, rich in birdlife, for a game drive at another scenic lodge. Finally, it’s on to the famous Masai Mara, where we’ll embark on multiple game drives from our luxury safari camp, as well as a visit to a local school and a truly eye-opening day spent with the Maasai people in a traditional tribal village.
- Stay in a range of incredible countryside lodges and safari camps
- Embark on multiple Masai Mara game drives in the search for The Big Five
- Immerse yourself in the life of the Maasai tribe with a first-hand experience day
- Sample freshly ground coffee at a local farm and factory
- Learn about the Agikuyu tribe at a cultural centre and experience traditional dance with The Bomas of Kenya
- Explore the natural splendour of Nyandarua and Nyahururu Waterfalls
- Count thousands of bright pink flamingos wading in the shallow waters of Lake Nakuru
Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, you’ll be transferred to our first hotel. Once settled in, you’ll meet our Local Insider and the rest of the group in the lobby, before heading out for an authentic dinner at a local restaurant – the perfect way to start the trip and get to know your fellow travellers for the week ahead.
After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll set off early for a visit to the Giraffe Centre, a conservational non-profit dedicated to the wellbeing of the world’s tallest animal. Hanging out with these gentle giants is the perfect way to start the day, and we’ll follow it up with a Matatu van ride. These souped-up, colourfully decorated vehicles are a symbol of Kenya’s vibrant modern culture. The van will take us to Riuki Cultural Centre, offering a more old-school insight into the life of the Agikuyu tribe, through visiting homesteads, experiencing traditional dance and storytelling, sampling authentic food and wine, as well as a culture talk. After a delicious African barbecue at the centre, the Matatu will take us back to Nairobi and The Bomas of Kenya. There’s no better place to experience traditional Kenyan music and dance, with over 50 daily performances from various ethnic communities. Dinner will be at the lively, multi-venue Nairobi Street Kitchen.
If you struggle to start the day without a good cup of Joe, then we’ve got you covered this morning with a visit to Karunguru Coffee Farm and Factory. This place has produced coffee for almost 100 years, and you’ll get a tour of the site, as well as a tasting session of some of the finest brews in Kenya. Pepped up and ready to go, we’ll transfer to Aberdare National Park, or Nyandarua, a luscious mountain range in the central highlands of Kenya. We’ll stop off at Karatina Market, the largest open air market in East Africa, where you’ll get to talk to the locals about their fresh farm produce. We’ll check into our lodge in Nyeri – a gorgeous little haven in the hills – and have a late lunch onsite. The afternoon is yours to take advantage of the lodge’s wide selection of activities, including horse riding, birdwatching, safari drives and sundowner cocktail sessions. Alternatively, you could spend the whole day chilling by the pool!
After breakfast we’ll have a scenic drive to Lake Nakuru National Park, a sanctuary for giraffes, rhinos, leopards and thousands of pink flamingos, as well gorgeous vistas across the region’s woodlands and bushy grasslands. We’ll stop en route for a visit to the spectacular Nyahururu Waterfalls, before checking in at our latest dreamy country lodge and having lunch. After that we’ll head out on a thrilling afternoon game drive. Keep your eyes peeled for lions, zebra, buffalo and rhino on an expert guided tour of the area. With a bit of luck, you’ll have some incredible wildlife photography to flick through as you settle down for dinner back at the lodge.
This morning we’ll head south, down the Great Rift Valley, to Kenya’s most famous nature reserve, the Masai Mara. We’ll check in at our luxury safari camp, which has spectacular views of the Mara’s open plains, and settle in with lunch at the onsite restaurant. In the afternoon we’ll visit a local school, where you’ll get to meet and talk to local teachers and school children – feel free to bring along some writing or reading materials! Back at the camp you can enjoy a relaxing evening, dinner included, watching night fall across the savannah.
It’s an early start today (5am), as we have some quick tea and snacks before heading to the nearby Maasai Village for a day experiencing authentic tribal life with southern Kenya’s largest ethnic group – a nomadic warrior tribe who to this day remain largely untouched by modern civilisation. You’ll start the day with cow milking, before entering a Manyatta hut to prepare breakfast with a local family, who’ll offer insights into Maasai culture. You’ll tour the village, meet the elders, help take stock of cows and goats and learn about the goat slaughtering process. This is not for the faint hearted, so engage with this sacred tradition as much or as little as you feel comfortable with. You’ll have the chance to select a goat, help light the roasting fire, sample some freshly cooked meat and witness the blood-taking ceremony. We’ll have lunch back at the camp before returning to the village to partake in beadwork activities with the Maasai women and experience thrilling cultural dances with the energetic Maasai warriors. Join in with the evening stock take and help a local family prepare dinner before returning to our camp for the evening.
Today is all about taking in the world-renowned natural wonders of the Masai Mara. This protected area connects Kenya to neighbouring Tanzania, since it’s technically part of the Serengeti ecosystem. Its rolling grasslands, meandering rivers and towering escarpments are something to behold, creating an atmospheric arena for The Big Five, and countless other species, to roam. Today we’ll embark on two game drives – one in the morning, one in the late afternoon – in an attempt to see as many wild animals as we can. If you join us between July and October, you might even get to witness the famous wildebeest migration.
After breakfast at the camp, our morning will be spent heading back to civilisation, with the long drive to Nairobi. Fortunately the route offers amazing views of the Kenyan wilderness, and the journey itself feels like an adventure. Back in the capital we’ll head to Amaica Restaurant for an authentic farewell lunch, before your transfer takes you back to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO).
- Two nights five-star hotel accommodation
- Two nights country lodge accommodation
- Three nights Masai Mara luxury camp accommodation
- Private and local transport
- Transfer to and from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO)
- 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
- Local Insider
- Welcome meeting
- Visit to the Giraffe Centre
- Matatu van ride
- Visit to Riuki Cultural Centre
- Visit to the Bomas of Kenya
- Karunguru Coffee Farm visit
- Visit to Katarina Market
- Visit to Nyahururu Waterfalls
- Afternoon Game Drive in Lake Nakuru National Park
- Visit to Local School
- Full Day Maasai Village Experience
- Morning Game Drive in the Masai Mara
- Afternoon Game Drive in the Masai Mara
What's Not Included
- Travel insurance
- Flights to and from the destination
The Boma Hotel
Comfort is the name of the game in this impressive contemporary five-star hotel in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. Be sure to take advantage of the swimming pool and sun deck, spa, gym, two restaurants, coffee shop and cocktail lounge during your stay.
Aberdare Country Club
This haven in the hills of the Aberdare Highlands was once a private dwelling, and is today considered a heritage property. The property’s hilltop position offers glorious views of the surrounding region, particularly at sunset, while the extensive selection of activities on offer range from game drives, horse rides and birdwatching, to golf, tennis and a bush culinary experience. There are also spa facilities and an outdoor pool onsite.
Lake Nakuru Lodge
This cosy eco-lodge in Lake Nakuru National Park offers totally unobstructed views of the surrounding countryside – unless a herd of zebras are in the way, of course. There’s a spa, a stunning outdoor pool with a view and a bush barbecue, not to mention the incredible private terrace, from which you can spot a variety of amazing wildlife.
Zebra Plains Camp
This luxury safari camp is perfectly placed in the heartlands of the Masai Mara, so you can spot the Big Five, as well as cheetahs and wildebeests, on the camp’s expert game drives. Tented rooms are furnished with modern amenities, while communal spaces include multiple lounges, sunbeds, a restaurant and two utterly spellbinding campfires, both with expansive views of the Mara’s open plains.
Your safety and wellbeing are our top priority, so we’ve put the following measures in place on all our TRIPS:
- Our average group size is 10 people (max 18), which gives you all the security of being in a group whilst avoiding a crowd.
- Where possible, we use small/ boutique accommodation – this means fewer guests and reduced exposure to other travellers.
- We require all accommodation providers to share protocols around the extra health and hygiene measures they are taking.
- Included activities are exclusive to our group wherever possible, to minimise contact with others.
- Covid-19 negative test results or vaccine certificates may be required. Please check the entry requirements for the destination you are travelling to. Our travel experts can assist you in finding this information.
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- You must be aged 25 years or over to join this trip.
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- We won't charge you extra if you travel alone – you'll be allocated a twin room with another traveller of the same gender.
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