7 days from £1915pp plus international flights.
A family safari is a wonderful experience. Watch your children come alive with wonder as they experience nature, wildlife and wilderness each day. With no two days being the same, it's unlikely that they will be bored. Wake up the wildlife warrior in them, they are the conservationists of the future!
This two centre holiday provides an all-round family safari experience. Starting in the malaria-free Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia and moving on to one of Kicheche's Masai Mara camps. This is priced on staying at Kicheche Mara, but an upgrade to Kicheche Valley is possible for a supplement.
Kids (and parents) get to enjoy a host of exciting activities. There's plenty to keep everyone interested and entertained. Learn how to track and identify animal prints, make a bow and arrow, throw a Maasai spear, identify insects and butterflies, have a go at canoeing, visit a local school. Optional activities include an opportunity to meet Ol Pejeta's anti-poaching dogs and the kids can engage in a game of hide and seek with them. A visit to the Ol Pejecta Chimpanzee Sanctuary is always a rewarding experience. Ol Pejeta is the home of the last two living northern white rhinos and you can spend a wonderful hour with them.
Game in the Masai Mara conservancies is a year round phenomenon and if you travel in July - October there is an excellent chance you will see the impressive wildebeest migration in action. Hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra making their annual trek across the Mara plains, a sight to behold.
Our representative will be waiting for you at Nairobi JKIA Airport and he'll ensure you are safely transferred across town to Wilson airport for the morning flight to Nanyuki Airstrip in Laikipia. This is where your safari begins. Your guide will be waiting to meet you and transfer you to Kichecke Laikipia Camp in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, it's about an hour's drive. Lunch will be served and then you can have a siesta until afternoon tea. You'll venture out on an afternoon game drive, see how many different animals you can spot. Return to camp for drinks around the campfire and dinner with the other guests. Lunch, dinner
The days start early on safari and you will be woken with a hot drink, then you'll head out on safari. Making the most of your time here, a wonderful picnic breakfast will be served out on the plains. Carry on game driving and wildlife watching and return to camp for a relaxing alfresco lunch, where you can watch wildlife at the waterhole. After a siesta you could visit the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and then take an evening game drive, returning to camp at dusk. Night drives are a possibility for those interested in viewing an array of nocturnal species. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
There is plenty of activities to choose from today. You may want to try your hand at lion tracking, mountain biking or canoeing. Game drives are of course on offer or you could take a walking excursion with one of the guides and a ranger. (Walks can be adapted to suit different ages.) Enjoy a picnic breakfast before continuing. Lunch is back in camp and then this afternoon you can choose between a game drive, visiting one of the ranching programmes or the Wildlife Centre. Back at camp, drinks and dinner will be served before you turn in for the night. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
A leisurely start today with an alfresco breakfast before saying your goodbyes and setting off for the airstrip for the morning flight to Masai Mara. You'll be welcomed on landing at the Mara airstrip and driven to your next camp, either Kicheche Mara or Kicheche Valley Camp, your transfer to camp is a game drive so keep those eyes peeled. Settle in with lunch and afternoon tea, perhaps a siesta before setting off on another game drive followed by sundowners. You'll arrive back in camp in time to freshen up before dinner. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
An early start makes the most of the day. Breakfast will be served before you set off on a game drive to the reserve or another conservancy. You'll be out all day so a scrumptious packed lunch has been prepared for you to enjoy en route, at a scenic viewpoint. Then continue game driving and wildlife viewing before returning back to camp late afternoon. If the kids are tired, an early dinner can be arranged while you enjoy a sundowner. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
This morning, rise early and enjoy an exhilarating game walk. Children over 12 can enjoy this, for those under 12 we can arrange a nature walk near camp. The walk takes about 2 hours and allows you to get a different perspective of the land you have been exploring for the past few days. Lunch will be served back at camp and then this afternoon you may want to visit a traditional Maasai manyatta (village) or perhaps go out on another game drive. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Wake early on your last day and head out with your guide for a final game drive. Return to camp for a hearty breakfast. It's time to bid farewell to the friends that you have made in camp and you will be transferred back to the airstrip for the morning flight to Wilson Airport in Nairobi. Our ground crew will be here to meet you and transfer you to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your flight home. Breakfast
Guide price from (pp sharing): £1915 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: 2018 guide price pp assuming a family of 4 (with 2 children under 12 yrs all sharing one room - including all special offers we can apply, and is the total family cost divided by 4 people): 26 Mar-30 June, Nov-14 Dec - £1915. 3 Jan-28 Feb, July - £2025. August (no offers) - £2675. Sept-Oct, 15 Dec-2 Jan 2019 £2335. This safari is also wonderful for adults without family too of course, and the price pp for 2 adults is from £2740 to £3340.
Accommodation on a shared basis; land transfers from JKIA to Wilson Airport return; local flights Nairobi-Nanyuki-Masai Mara-Nairobi; full board including drinks (except champagne); unlimited game drives; escorted bush walks; services of a qualified guide; laundry and conservation fees. Kicheche Valley only - night drives and bush breakfasts.
International flights; departure taxes; visas; travel insurance; meals not specified; drinks; items of a personal nature; tips; village visit entrance; Chimpanzee Sanctuary entrance; entrance to anti-poaching centre.
NOTE: On special offer conservancy fees for extra night not included. The child going for free does not include conservancy fees or flights.
Getting there: This holiday starts and ends in Nairobi. International flights from the UK cost from around £750, depending on season and availability. We are ATOL-bonded and can book these for you.
Departure dates: This is a tailor made holiday that we can arrange for you at any time of the year. Just let us know when you'd like to travel and we'll do the rest.
A luxury stay at a top eco-rated lodge in a rich wilderness area with beautiful views of snow-capped Mount Kenya.
Very comfortable and friendly small tented camp in Mara North Conservancy. Good links to the community.
Kicheche Valley Camp is a luxury bush camp in a game-rich area north of the Masai Mara National Reserve.
How this holiday helps
The Kicheche camps minimise their impact on the environment by such means as removing all non-biodegradable waste to Nairobi, using recycled charcoal dust pellets for water heating, and using solar power for all lighting and refrigeration. In addition they minimize wastage from plastic drinking bottles each room has a dispenser filled with mineral water.
The camps fund the Kicheche Community Trust which helps projects in and around the conservancy communities where they operate. Their mission is to encourage the preservation of the environment whilst improving the welfare of the community through improved health and education facilities. They strive to empower the community through revenue earning projects too. The Trust builds on four corner posts of Community Welfare: Education, Health and Family Care, Community Empowerment and Environmental Conservation.
They also support the Koiyaki Guiding School which trains local Masai to become guides. The Kicheche Community Project has fast become a reliable source of funding for projects in and around the Aitong area, such as the Olkimitare Nursery School, Aitong Academy Primary School, and the CMF Aitong Health Clinic.
Enjoy a memorable family holiday with great savings for 2018
This fantastic family holiday comes with some excellent savings valid throughout the whole of 2018 except for August. Not only do you all get a free night, staying 6 nights for the price of 5, but one child stays for free. If that's not enough, all bookings of 4-6 people will get their own private vehicle.
(Child must share with parents, conservancy fees and flights apply for the child; conservancy fees apply for the free night.)
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