Kenya Family Safari | Beaches & Game Drives

Days

11

Journey Type

Kenya Family Safari | Beaches & Game Drives

Cities and Landmarks

Nairobi, Laikipia, Masai Mara, Diani

Days

11

Journey Type

Kenya Family Safari | Beaches & Game Drives

Cities and Landmarks

Nairobi, Laikipia, Masai Mara, Diani

Overview

If you’re looking for a family holiday with a difference, one that is sure to delight each member of the family with its exciting destinations, diverse activities, cultural awakenings, and unforgettable hospitality, then our Kenya Family Safari promises to deliver on these and many more memorable experiences.  Visit the home of Simba, Nala, Timon, and Pumbaa – stars of “The Lion King” – the animated classic that not only entertained people of all ages but highlighted the strength to be found in the bonds of family.

The itinerary suits families with children of all ages, with each destination offering activities that cater to both the young and the young at heart.  Traveling in style throughout, you will be carried across the multi-colored Kenyan landscape, allowing you to create memories of incredible wildlife, breathtaking settings, and a style of hospitality that truly embraces the Lion King’s catchphrase – Hakuna Matata (no worries).  All the selected establishments were chosen for their family-friendly policies, and nothing is too much trouble.

From the moment you arrive in Kenya, your immersion into the Kenyan way of life begins.  You’ll spend the first night at an elegant country estate that caters not only to humans but to an endangered species of giraffe.  You’ll travel far and wide before you find another place where you can adopt the world’s largest land mammal and then dine alongside the world’s tallest animal.

The safari leg of the journey begins in earnest with a stay at a family-owned conservancy which over four decades has enthralled guests with its variety of exciting activities and wildlife.  From seeking out the legendary Big 5 – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhinoceros – to skimming over the landscape in a classic bi-plane, you will also have the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to both conservation and community-upliftment projects.

Next, you’ll visit the plains that inspired the magnificent backdrops and wildlife of The Lion King.  Staying at a safari camp rich in the traditions of a bygone era, skilled naturalists will bring the varied stories of the savanna to life, you may even bear witness to the largest land migration of wild mammals on Earth.  Kids and well-behaved adults also have the opportunity to get stuck into the traditional way of life in a variety of tailor-made activities – from culinary to cultural.

And lastly, a family holiday just wouldn’t be complete without a few days on the beach.  You’ll stay at a renowned beach villa, where the sounds of the ocean tempt you to explore the safe, warm waters.  Whether building sandcastles, snorkeling, boating, or just soaking up the tropical rays, you’ll be hosted as members of the family, while supporting various local community and conservation projects that you might like to visit during your stay.

We are sure that as your vacation draws to a close, not only will you have had your eyes opened to the wonders of Nature, the beauty of cultural diversity, and an amazing portfolio of family memories – but you will also feel that much closer to those that matter most.  Family.

Highlights

Arrive Nairobi, Keyna

Arriving in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, our representative will greet you with a friendly “Jambo!”, the traditional Swahili greeting.  You and your family will then be driven to your overnight accommodation, the delightful Giraffe Manor.

Fittingly named for the endangered giraffes that roam the 140-acre forest estate, this stately manor house – clad in ivy – is the ideal place to acclimatize after your travels.  Dating back to the 1930s when it was host to the who’s who of the Kenyan safari circuit, it embraces the era with period décor and an array of African memorabilia.

On the ground floor, you will find various social areas, including lounges, a bar, and a dining room, with lovely outdoor terraces overlooking gardens and the forest.  There is also a library, gift shop, and spa.  Don’t miss the fabulous high tea in the afternoon, gazed on serenely by curious giraffes.  The cuisine caters to all tastes and age groups, whether enjoyed in the dining room or at the nearby Daisy’s Cafe.  Oh, and at breakfast, you’ll find a side order of pellets especially for the giraffes who quite literally pop in for treats.  There is a gym and a swimming pool close to the manor house.

The spacious suites merge a contemporary color palette with stylish furnishings reminiscent of the past.  The rooms have seating areas and a fireplace, with some having a small balcony – conveniently head high to a giraffe.  Polished parquet floors lead into large en-suite bathrooms with both a tub and a shower.

On-site, the Giraffe Center offers insight and interactions with rare Rothschild giraffes.  Time-permitting, be sure to request a visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, where you can adopt an orphaned elephant.  While you can’t take your elephant with you, you can be assured that your contribution is accepted by one of the pre-eminent conservation trusts worldwide.

Giraffe Manor

Liakipia - Lewa Wilderness Conservancy

After a leisurely morning and delicious lunch, you will be transferred to Wilson airport for your scheduled light aircraft flight to the sweeping expanse of the Laikipia Plains.  At the airstrip, you will be met and transferred to your hilltop home for the next three nights – the lovely Lewa Wilderness Camp, situated on a massive private wildlife conservancy.  The camp lies in the cool shadows of beautiful trees, with gentle breezes carrying the song of birds and the aroma of home cooked meals.

The focal point of the camp’s social activities doubles as the owner’s home, where guests are welcomed and entertained in a stunning thatched building with cozy lounges, convivial dining areas, and outdoor verandas with panoramic vistas of the pristine landscape.  Hosted by the owners and their passionate staff, your family will be treated to the very best of East African hospitality and offered an array of activities few other safari destinations offer.  The camp is almost entirely self-sufficient in producing all that is consumed at mealtimes – and the offerings are both healthy and flavorful.  Private family meals, or earlier meal times for the kids, can be arranged upon request.

Your accommodation takes the form of a thatched family cottage, located in the gardens near the main homestead.  Overlooking the swimming pool and the plains beyond, there is ample space for the whole family, with two rooms separated by a lounge.  The decor within is both warm and welcoming,  with a fireplace, ample seating, and four-poster beds providing a cozy atmosphere.  Large en-suite bathrooms have showers and double vanity.

Spanning some 65,000-acres, the Lewa Wilderness Conservancy has been a family-run concern for nearly half a century.  By adopting a pioneering approach to conservation and tourism, it has come to be regarded as a wildlife haven for everyone from wildlife filmmakers to celebrities, and you are assured of both game viewing and hospitality that is second to none.  What was once land dedicated to cattle ranching has been almost entirely given over to wildlife conservation efforts to the extent that it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is the epicenter of rhinoceros conservation in the country.

Recognized as Kenya’s best family safari, Lewa Wilderness has a friendly atmosphere for children of all ages.  Numerous activities are available that are suitable for children, whether with their parents or under the supervision of one of the qualified staff.  The options range from camel and pony rides to Maasai Games, exploring caves, and fishing.

Throughout your stay, you will have ample time to settle in and enjoy the variety of experiences available.  To get an aerial perspective of the conservancy and surrounding landscape, flights in a retro bi-plane or light aircraft allow appreciation of the vast conservancy from above.  By land, you can traverse its length and breadth on horseback, camel, foot, and in customized electric safari vehicles.

For riders of all experience levels, there are suitable mounts on which to explore.  The horses have been trained especially for wildlife encounters and you will not easily forget the peaceful sensation of riding amid a herd of free-ranging antelope and giraffes.  A similar but more sedate experience is to be had on camels.

The conservancy employs several Maasai guides, most of whom have grown up locally.  While they are highly qualified, their homegrown love of the land is what sets them apart and their guided walks are an experience not to be missed.  Literally and figuratively, walking in the wild truly elevates the sense of connection with the wilderness, and the lessons learned are beyond those that are experienced from vehicles, be it the medicinal uses of plants or the difference between the tracks of a white or black rhinoceros.  Walking safaris are also the best way to add to your birding checklist – with some 350 species recorded.

The camp is one of the first in Kenya to transition its fleet of safari vehicles to electric.  Not only are these kinder to the environment, but they also drastically reduce noise making them a much more pleasant experience for humans and animals alike.  The conservancy is home to all members of the Big 5, but your guide might also take time to point out the Small 5 – the rhino beetle, buffalo weaver, ant lion, leopard tortoise, and elephant shrew.  

The area boasts impressive populations of all the antelope species typical to the area, and these, in turn, attract most of Africa’s large predators – lions, leopards, cheetahs, and spotted hyenas, with rare sightings of painted wolves.  Of the pachyderms, elephants are abundant, but the conservancy is most proud of its growing population of both white and highly endangered black rhinoceros.  Poached to the edge of extinction, this is one of the few places in Kenya where they can be viewed peacefully feeding in their preferred habitats.  It is not uncommon during the game drives to encounter and interact with teams of dedicated conservationists who are happy to share more about the vital projects they undertake.

Part of the success of the Lewa Conservancy is in its proactive approach to community upliftment, recognizing that the people who share the land with the wildlife will benefit most through sustainable tourism and stakeholding.  As such, numerous activities invite you to be a part of this outreach, whether by visiting a local homestead, known as a manyatta, to experience the Maasai way of life, visiting the on-site shamba (farm) where all the produce is grown, visiting the craft workshop where traditional pieces are manufactured for the gift shop, or a visit to Pepo la Tumaini, a local initiative to support children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.  Whichever you choose, you can be assured that your support is instrumental in sustaining all of these worthy causes.

Lewa Wilderness Camp

Masai Mara Notional Park

Some would say we’ve saved the best for last as you leave Samburu and set off for your final three-night stay at the renowned Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp, located on a private concession on the fringe of the world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve – home to ‘The Greatest Show on Earth” – a super-herd of herbivores (1,5 million wildebeest, 400,000 zebra, 12,000 eland, and 300,000 Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles) that move in a near-perpetual search for grazing to support this thundering biomass.

Draped along a river on the Oloololo escarpment the camp merges innate Kenyan hospitality, modern styling, and an authentic African safari experience.  The main tent is a gathering point for meals, pre-activity briefings, and socializing.  As you arrive you are greeted by a wooden walkway that leads into an elegant lounge, fronted by open panels that reveal a glorious view of the plains beyond.  The friendly barman is on hand to mix your favorite cocktail.  The indoor dining area adjoins an interactive kitchen, where you are welcome to discuss the menu options of the day.  A stunning boutique gift shop tempts you with an array of memorabilia to mark your visit.  Outside, evening meals are set on the lawns, beneath a star-filled dome with the calls of the wild rippling through the air.  A large swimming pool beckons beneath the clear blue skies, while a nearby massage tent is the place to surrender your body to a healing touch.

The tented suites at Kichwa Tembo are nothing short of spectacular.  Thoughtfully spaced for your privacy, each enjoys a landscape view dotted with wildlife, and a deck with comfortable seating is just the place to while away the time between safari activities.  Within, a modern four-poster bed is bedecked in the finest linen, all but ensuring a restful night.  That is to say, once you’ve grown accustomed to the moonlit serenade of owls a-hooting, jackal baying, hyena laughing, and lions roaring.  The clean lines of the bedroom extend into the en-suite bathroom packed with amenities to enjoy during your stay.

The Great Migration for which the Masai Mara is particularly famous, peaks between July and November, when the mega-herd moves in to feed on the abundant grazing.  At this time, you will be awed at the chaos at the river crossings when the herd is forced to negotiate a gauntlet of massive crocodiles and other predators that throng the banks and adjacent savanna.

Lions, leopards, cheetahs, and spotted hyenas fatten themselves on the bounty and you are bound to see some fascinating interactions between both them and the species they prey upon.  Prior to your twice-daily game-drives, your guide will compile a wishlist of species you’d like to see and do their best to check everything off.

Outside of the ‘official’ migration period, the abundance and variety of wildlife remain impressive.  Predators are, for the most part, territorial – so you can still see the large lion prides dozing in the shade, or track a cheetah streaking by in pursuit of a desperately dodging gazelle.  Languid leopards keep guard over their prey stashed high in the branches of a tree, while agitated hyenas pick up scraps on the ground below.

Plains game species include giraffe, kudu, eland, waterbuck, Thomson’s gazelle, and warthog, to name but a few.  Large breeding herds of elephants and buffalo also congregate around water – to the annoyance of highly territorial hippos.  Some 500 species of birds will keep the bird-lovers happy – whether it is soaring vultures on the thermals above or tiny finches in the undergrowth along the river.

The benefit of having the camp situated on a private concession is that additional activities are offered that are not possible within the reserve.  One of these is to join a Maasai guide on a  fascinating safari walk, where you will learn more about the signs of the wild.  Spotlit night drives offer the opportunity of witnessing the nocturnal behavior of various species.  To truly treat yourself – drift in near silence over the plains in a hot-air balloon.  Few experiences compare with getting an eagles’ eye-view of the game-rich plains while sipping bubbly and toasting the good life.  Other activities include meals and drinks in the bush, and Maasai cultural experiences.  Please enquire about these at the camp.

Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp

Diani Kenyan Coast

It is only fitting that a family holiday should include time together on a tropical beach.  With the excitement of the wildlife safari at an end, you will be flown cross country to your final destination – a beach villa overlooking the warm azure waters of the Indian Ocean.  A representative will be standing by to chauffeur you to your lodgings for the next three nights – the highly commended Alfajiri Villas in the coastal town of Diani.

Situated on a small promontory overlooking the white sands of Diani Beach, your private villa is one of only three on the property.  Together, they are regarded as the best in their class in Kenya, which is evident in the location, styling, and family-friendly hospitality.  

The Alfajiri Villas bear testimony to the passion of the Italian owner, who, over 40 years ago, visited on a vacation from which he has yet to return.  Joined by his wife, they have created a true home-from-home retreat that not only takes the best that the area has to offer, but gives back generously through a variety of conservation and community projects.

Offering the utmost privacy, impeccable service, beautifully ornate accommodation, and the best of Italian cuisine, you and your family are assured of a time that is simultaneously relaxing, exciting, intimate, and convivial.  The meals at Alfajiri can be enjoyed with other guests or at your villa.  The menu is a fusion of Mediterranean and East African flavors.  Practically all ingredients are locally sourced, and the seafood options are harvested daily, fresh from the sea.  Special dietary requirements and children are happily catered for.

Central to the villa compound, communal areas comprise large verandas where you can socialize and beautiful gardens overlooking a sparkling swimming pool on a small cliff overlooking the beach and the ocean beyond.

Each of the three villas – Beach, Garden, and Cliff – afford you both privacy and breathtaking views of the coastline with a private plunge pool set into the ocean-facing veranda.  Indoors, there is a comfortable lounge and dining area.  The spacious rooms are furnished with passion and style, with bespoke furniture and dressed with all the amenities you could wish for.  Large en-suite bathrooms complete the sense of tranquil exclusivity.  

Pair this with the intuitive service of your butler and child-minding services, and you will feel transcended into a paradisiacal dream.  To top it all off, adults and teenagers receive a complimentary daily massage.  And you may need it too, with the abundance of activities available which immerse you either in the ocean or the culture of the surrounding area.

Diani Beach offers safe swimming for all, shielded as it is from the open ocean by a barrier reef – a great place to go snorkeling.  You can walk miles up and down the beach collecting shells, frolic in the surf, or just soak up the rays of the tropical sun.  Be sure to enquire about the use of local boats to take you out onto the reef.

The marine life of the area is abundant, and SCUBA divers will be enthralled by the diversity of life on the reefs.  For those keen on deep-sea fishing, these waters are renowned for big-game fishing.  It is also a great place for kite-surfing, with lessons and equipment available.  Ever popular, jet skis can be hired nearby.  Please make further inquiries about these activities on arrival.  

Nearby, guests have access to a gym and you are also welcome to borrow some golf clubs for a round on the local championship golf course.  A complimentary local shuttle service is available on request.

The Alfajiri Foundation supports numerous conservation and community projects.  By visiting Alfajiri you are automatically contributing to these endeavors, and you are most welcome to make further inquiries during your visit.

Alfajiri Villas

Nairobi & Homeward Bound

All too soon your vacation approaches its end.  After a final swim and hearty breakfast, you’ll be escorted to the airfield to catch connecting flights back to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, for your homeward journey.  At this point, we bid you a fond farewell with an open invitation to return.  Magical Africa Awaits!

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