Day 1 : Welcome to Kenya!
Begin your family safari at the enchanting Giraffe Manor, located in the leafy suburb of Karen in Nairobi. Giraffe Manor is set in 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest and is only 20 kilometers from Nairobi city center. Built in the 1930s, this luxury boutique hotel has maintained all the charm of the era and is now famous for its resident herd of Rothschild Giraffe.
Giraffe Manor offers you an unparalleled experience of the giraffes, with them vying for your attention at the breakfast table, the front door, and even your bedroom window. Giraffe Manor is also home to many other characters including warthogs, bushbuck, dik dik, and more than 180 species of birds and has a striking view of the Ngong Hills.
Day 2: Elephant Orphanage
Enjoy an outing to the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, where baby elephants of all ages delight guests as they feed and play. Afterwards, have lunch at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden where the illustrious author lived and wrote.
Days 3-5: Lewa Conservancy
Lewa Wilderness Trails
Depart for Lewa Conservancy, a premier conservancy in Lakipia. Here you will stay at Wilderness Trails, the original homestead of Lewa’s owners, the Craig family. A cozy, homey atmosphere pervades this home. Enjoy the riding stables, swimming pool, and ping-pong table located at the lodge, just as you take in the amazing wildlife and game that roam this very private location.
Activities include game drives, walking safaris, bush picnics, and more.
Wilderness Trails has its own small farm that is still run by Will Craig’s mother, Delia. Fresh, homegrown produce is very important to the quality of the food served here, so eggs, dairy and most of produce you will eat comes from the farm, depending on the season. There isn’t a dessert much better than the freshest, homemade ice cream served with a papaya that was picked that morning. Guests can enjoy a tour of the farm to watch the cows being milked and to see the various techniques used to maintain a healthy, organic farm.
Transfer by road to Tassia Lodge. Tassia Lodge captures all elements of the Kenyan bush and is an ideal escape for those searching for a taste of an unspoiled Africa.
Perched dramatically on the edge of a rocky bluff, which protrudes from the Mokogodo escarpment and overlooks a valley filled with Acacia and Newtonia trees,
Tassia is set in a stunning wilderness area on the 60,000 acre Lekurruki Community Ranch. It gives a spectacular and breathtaking view of the Northern Frontier District towards Samburu.
Staying at Tassia means removing yourself from the world as you know it (no TV, no Internet, no cell reception) – whether walking through the bush or scrambling up to caves where the Maasai used to live, you will not meet another car or tourist.
Tassia specializes in the “little 5” which you will get to know through bush walks and game drives. On tap also are horseback riding, visits to the nearby Maasai village, and spear throwing and archery lessons.
Days 6-9: Mara North Conservancy
Richard’s Camp or Karen Blixen Camp
Fly to the Maasai Mara, which some say is the jewel in Kenya’s crown. No other area boasts such a stunning array of wildlife.
Choose between a traditional family-run tented camp such as Richard’s Camp, or Karen Blixen Camp, a small ecologically run resort by the Mara River. Both are located in Mara North, an exclusive conservancy that your family can explore with the help of expert Maasai guides. Watch hippos in the river, see lions yawn under acacia trees, and follow giraffe that seem to run in slow motion over the plains. Your family time here will be relaxed—a time to be active but reconnect with one another in stupendous natural surroundings.
Day 12: Departure
Flight to Nairobi for your international departure and the conclusion of your family safari adventure!
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