Discover Kenya Family Activity Safari
7 Days Discover Kenya Family Activity Safari
Discover Kenya’ is an adventurous alternative to a traditional driven safari, offering families a chance to escape the beaten path and explore on foot, by bike and by 4×4 the best that Kenya has to offer. Designed for holiday fun and not as a challenge, the 7-day itinerary is suitable for active families with children aged 10 and over, and can also be adapted to suit small groups and couples.
You will be met on arrival in Nairobi and transferred to Mountain Rock Lodge, on the western slopes of Mt. Kenya, for one night.
Mountain Rock is a simple trekkers’ lodge set in the foothills of Mt. Kenya. For more luxurious accommodation upgrades, contact our office.
If arriving into Nairobi this morning, we’ll arrange for a short cycle ride this afternoon to help you get familiar with the bikes and terrain. You’ll follow a mostly flat route through farmland and rainforest on the lower slopes of Mount Kenya, exploring the scenic forest trails at a leisurely pace. There will be chances to stop along the way at the Mau Mau Caves and the Gathiuru Forest station, before returning to Mountain Rock Lodge, where dinner will be waiting. (L, D)
After an early breakfast at Mountain Rock Lodge, transfer by vehicle past the Equator line to Kisima (1 hour drive), the starting point for today’s ride.
Beginning in Kisima, you’ll ride through varied environments and terrains – farmland (16kms), forested trails (10kms) and the savannah land of Borana conservancy (14kms) – stopping en route for a picnic lunch. The ride will be on off-road trails and conducted at a leisurely pace, with plenty of time to stop and admire the scenery and wildlife. The length of the route can be adjusted according to the strength of the group.
You camp tonight in the Ngare Ndare Forest, at a pre-set mobile tented camp. Ngare Ndare is a lush indigenous forest supporting a rich variety of bird and animal life. Elephant and buffalo are frequently seen here, as they make their way from the Wildlife Conservancies of Laikipia to the rich grazing lands around Mt. Kenya.
This evening you’ll have a chance to explore the forest on an exciting canopy sundowner walk, before returning to the campsite for dinner.
This morning will see you cycle through forest and open savannah, as you continue along the Ngare Ndare forest trail before turning off onto an off-road trail that takes you through the Lewa Down Wildlife Conservancy. At the end of a gripping 25km ride, you emerge into the farms around Meru.
After a picnic lunch, re-unite with your vehicle and driver for a driven transfer through the busy town of Meru and the Kikuyu Farmlands to Aberdares National Park. On arrival at the national park, check-in at Rhino Watch Lodge, in the lower Aberdares foothills.
The evening is free for you to relax at the camp and enjoy a delicious multi-course dinner before retreating to the comfort of your luxury tent.
Spend the morning tracking game around the Tree Tops regions of the Aberdares, where elephant, lion and buffalo are often sighted, before driving to the dramatic waterfalls of Gura and Karuru for photo opportunities.
This region is also rich in history dating to the late-colonial era – you can explore cave hideouts used by the Mau-Mau fighters in the 1950s, including the cold room complexes used to store their food.
Late afternoon, depart the Aberdares through the western Mutubio park gate en route for the Maasai Mara. The afternoon’s drive will take across the Aberdares eastern slopes and through the Rift Lakes area, passing Lakes Elementaita and Nakuru.
This evening you camp in an authentic Maasai camp outside the main Maasai Mara National Reserve, with dinner served around the campfire to Maasai stories and songs.
During the tour, you’ll learn more about traditional Maasai blessing ceremonies and witness Maasai dance and spear training. Most importantly, you’ll learn about Maasai life as it’s lived today, in the 21st-century. No longer nomadic, most Maasai communities now live in permanent villages. Exploring one of these villages, you’ll gain a better understanding of daily life in a Maasai community, visiting a market, school and a number of local community projects.
In the afternoon, proceed to the Maasai Mara for a late afternoon game drive, then overnight at Mara Springs Camp. This simple camp is situated 3km from the edge of the Maasai Mara reserve, alongside the forested banks of the Sekenani River – a prime game-viewing area in the region of the Naunare Hills.
Considered by many to be one of the foremost natural wonders of the world, the Maasai Mara is a land of breath-taking vistas and varied landscapes, from vast rolling plains, acacia woodlands, and dense thickets of scrub, to the riverine eco-system of the Mara River. Its savannah plains teem with endless herds of grazing game—and their respective predators. You will travel with an experienced guide in a sturdy vehicle ensuring that you have the best chance of seeing and understanding all that the park has to offer, then back to Mara Springs for dinner and overnight.
On arrival in Nairobi, head to Rock House for a home-cooked lunch before proceeding with your onward travel arrangements.