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Masai Mara & Beyond

12 days, 11 nights | Safari from $3,998 per person
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Nature, Culture & Family Adventure

The enchantment of Africa is yours to explore on this active, fun-filled family odyssey. Tickle the velvety trunks of baby elephants, feed endangered giraffes, and shadow predators and prey across the plains of the Masai Mara. All this and countless other adventures await you on this perfect safari.

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Your exciting itinerary leads from dense forested areas teeming with birds and rare wildlife to big-game drives across unbroken savanna. You’ll peer into the faces of Rothschild giraffes, tour a rhino sanctuary, and see clouds of birds on the lakes of Naivasha and Nakuru. Lodges and safari camps along the way enhance the sense of adventure and family fun, with swimming pools, game rooms, and other facilities designed to appeal to all ages. Endless optional activities will keep everyone smiling: from school visits to sport fishing to soccer, and from wildlife talks to dancing with Maasai warriors. It’s everything your family could want, and an adventure you’ll treasure forever.

Safari Style: Private Family Safari
Activities: Game drives, nature walks, animal tracking, cultural activities, swimming, lake cruises, bird-watching, wildlife talks, sports
Accommodation: Family-friendly lodges, tented safari camps
Getting Around: Safari vehicles with guaranteed window seats
When to Visit: Year-round; Jun–Sep for Great Migration Read More
Meeting & Departure Point: Nairobi, Kenya

Tour Highlights:

  • At Daphne Sheldrick’s Elephant Sanctuary, get up close with Africa’s friendly titans
  • Feed rare Rothschild giraffes at Langatta Giraffe Sanctuary
  • Get active! Climb, bike, and hike around Lake Naivasha, track the Big Five in Masai Mara, learn the customs of Maasai warriors
  • Watch the eternal dance of predator and prey in Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Enjoy close-up encounters with rhinos and chimpanzees at refuges devoted to their protection
  • Track wildlife through the red desert expanses of Samburu National Reserve
  • Experienced, friendly, and knowledgeable guide(s)
  • Eleven breakfasts, 10 lunches, and 10 dinners
  • Family-friendly lodges and tented camps (with private baths)
  • Airport “meet and greet” service
  • Transportation from the meeting to the departure point
  • All park fees and special events as noted in the itinerary
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the CW Safaris staff
  • Guest Rating:

    I believe the guides were absolutely superior. They were excellent in finding the game we wished to see. They were very knowledgeable of animal, people, and history. They listened to our needs and were very helpful.
    C. Flexer, Washington, June 2014

Dates & Prices

Private Family Safari 2015 Pricing

Seasons Number of Travelers
2 3 4 5 6 Single Supplement
Jan 3 - Jan 31 $5,198 $5,198 $4,698 $4,698 $4,698 $915
Feb 1 - Feb 28 $5,298 $5,298 $4,698 $4,698 $4,698 $935
Mar 1 - Mar 31 $5,198 $5,198 $4,698 $4,698 $4,698 $915
Apr 1 - Apr 17 $4,498 $4,498 $3,998 $3,998 $3,998 $475
Apr 18 - Apr 21 $4,998 $4,998 $4,498 $4,498 $4,498 $645
Apr 22 - May 31 $4,498 $4,498 $3,998 $3,998 $3,998 $475
Jun 1 - Jun 15 $4,598 $4,598 $4,098 $4,098 $4,098 $665
Jun 16 - Jun 30 $4,698 $4,698 $4,198 $4,198 $4,198 $775
Jul 1 - Oct 31 $6,198 $6,198 $5,698 $5,698 $5,698 $1,375
Nov 1 - Dec 14 $5,198 $5,198 $4,698 $4,698 $4,698 $915

*Pricing based on 4 adults. Reserve early for best pricing; prices and dates are subject to change.

Children (12 and under)

2015 Dates Number of Children
1 2 3 4 5 6
Jan 3 - Jan 31 $3,498 $3,498 $3,498 $3,498 $3,498 $3,498
Feb 1 - Feb 28 $3,498 $3,498 $3,498 $3,498 $3,498 $3,498
Mar 1 - Mar 31 $3,498 $3,498 $3,498 $3,498 $3,498 $3,498
Apr 1 - Apr 17 $3,098 $3,098 $3,098 $3,098 $3,098 $3,098
Apr 18 - Apr 21 $3,298 $3,298 $3,298 $3,298 $3,298 $3,298
Apr 22 - May 31 $3,098 $3,098 $3,098 $3,098 $3,098 $3,098
Jun 1 - Jun 15 $3,098 $3,098 $3,098 $3,098 $3,098 $3,098
Jun 16 - Jun 30 $3,198 $3,198 $3,198 $3,198 $3,198 $3,198
Jul 1 - Oct 31 $3,998 $3,998 $3,998 $3,998 $3,998 $3,998
Nov 1 - Dec 14 $3,498 $3,498 $3,498 $3,498 $3,498 $3,498

*Child 12 and under sharing with with two adults. Call for pricing for your family; larger groups may receive advantageous pricing.

Itinerary & Accommodations
Day 1 Nairobi

Arriving in the vibrant city of Nairobi, your family will be greeted and transferred from the international airport to your hotel. A pre-departure meeting will prepare you for your safari and introduce you to your guide.

If your flight arrives early, there is time at leisure to explore the sights and sounds of Kenya’s capital city. Gateway to East Africa, Nairobi is an energetic hub of activity. From street cafes, colorful markets, and historic buildings to the Nairobi National Park (filled with lions, leopards, black rhino, and over 400 species of bird), there are lots of great options for family enjoyment.

Included: Airport arrival transfer / no meals included

Approximate Travel Time: 30 minutes

Day 2 Mount Kenya Highlands

Your CW Family adventure begins after breakfast with the Langatta Giraffe Sanctuary. Managed by the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife, the park is a sanctuary for the rare Rothschild giraffe. Enjoy a unique opportunity to hand-feed and photograph these elegant creatures.

Next stop: a visit to Daphne Sheldrick’s Elephant Sanctuary. Kenya-born Dame Daphne worked alongside her late husband, David, the founding warden of Tsavo National Park, raising orphaned elephants and other species and rehabilitating them back into the wild. Admire the young elephants’ playful nature in an up-close encounter.

Following lunch at the Tamambo Karen Blixen Coffee Garden this afternoon, leave the city behind and safari to the fertile landscape of the highlands surrounding Mount Kenya, Africa’s second-highest mountain. After settling in at camp, take a self-guided walk through the forest to discover the prolific birdlife and black-and-white colobus monkeys.

Included: Visit to Daphne Sheldrick’s Elephant Sanctuary and Langatta Giraffe Sanctuary, land transfer / breakfast, lunch and dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 3 hours

Day 3 Mount Kenya Highlands

After breakfast, revel in your first safari game drive, stopping to visit the rhino sanctuary and chimpanzee sanctuary—both instrumental in saving these animals. The chimpanzee sanctuary provides lifelong refuge to orphaned and abused chimpanzees from West and Central Africa. Time allows for another game drive this afternoon for anyone looking for more action.

On returning to camp, enjoy a cultural interaction with the Maasai. This warrior tribe of nomadic pastoralists originated from northern peoples over 10 centuries ago. Their life is dominated by traditions and migrations centered on their large herds of cattle. Your family will learn about their time-honored customs and see the warriors perform a thrilling traditional dance.

Included: Chimpanzee Sanctuary, afternoon Maasai culture talk and traditional dance / breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 4 & 5 Samburu National Reserve

After an early breakfast, drive north to the Samburu National Reserve. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed with lunch at the Samburu Ashnil Camp, followed by a game drive in the twin Samburu and Buffalo Springs reserves. Above you: endless skies; before you: dust-red plains and palm-fringed rivers. Samburu National Reserve lies on the borderland of a vast, physically dramatic desert featuring rocky battlements, craggy scarps, dry riverbeds, and fallen boulders. Thorn scrub rises against a backdrop of distant hills and the great red table mountain known as Ololokwe. The following day’s game drives provide ample opportunity to explore this fascinating reserve. Both evenings, return to camp for time to relax, and enjoy dinner at the lodge.

Included: Land transfer and game drives, Samburu village visit / breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 Lake Nakuru

After breakfast, your safari continues to Lake Nakuru. En route, stop at Great Rift Valley viewpoints for the eye-opening vistas. You’ll enjoy lunch on arrival, then you’re off on an afternoon game drive in this extraordinary national park.

Nakuru is a shallow soda lake nestled in the Great Rift Valley. An astounding vision, if nature is on our side, its abundant algae attracts huge flocks of flamingos that famously line the shore, as do over 460 other species of birds and a wealth of wildlife: Rothschild giraffes, zebra, impala, gazelle, waterbuck, lion, warthog, bushbuck, buffalo, and leopard. The park also provides sanctuary for the black and white rhino.

Included: Land transfer, visit Thompson Falls and Rift Valley viewpoints, afternoon game drive in Nakuru / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 2½ hours

Day 7 Lake Naivasha

Today your family will safari to Lake Naivasha, a large freshwater lake in the Great Rift Valley.

Arriving at Lake Naivasha, you’ll be refreshed with high tea at Joy Adamson’s famous Elsamere Farm. A British naturalist, Joy is the author of Born Free, the beloved international best seller describing the tribulations of raising a lion cub to adulthood. The farmhouse, bought in 1967, is now a conservation center focused on lake ecology and environmental awareness. Visit the farm’s museum and the nursery before heading to Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort.

Included: Land transfer, game drive, and high tea at Joy Adamson’s Elsamere Farm / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 1 hour

Day 8 Lake Naivasha

This morning takes you to Hells Gate National Park for optional rock climbing, mountain biking, or walking. Named for its pair of massive, red-tinged cliffs framing a geothermally active terrain of steam vents and bubbling springs, Hells Gate is home to a profusion of plains game and birdlife.

This afternoon, it’s time to grab your hats and embark on a boat safari. As you cruise Lake Naivasha’s glittering surface along freshwater shores fringed with papyrus and yellow acacia, keep an eye out for hippos and other rare creatures. These forests abound with birdlife, and the waters of the lake draw a great range of game including giraffe, buffalo, and colobus monkeys. Peacefully cruising this idyllic scene to the sound of twittering birds will create a lasting impression of lovely Lake Naivasha.

Following your boat ride, enjoy a guided nature walk on Crescent Island. Experiencing the natural habitat on foot, your family will be immersed in the serene environment with little disturbance or impact. It’s an intimate and personal wildlife experience—a chance to appreciate the smaller animals and birds sometimes missed during big game drives.

Included: Boat safari and afternoon guided nature walk. Optional activities at Hells Gate National Park at own expense / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 9 Masai Mara National Reserve

Heading southwest to your next destination, your family arrives at Masai Mara—one of Africa’s finest game reserves. Land of rolling green plains and riverside woodlands, the Mara is home to the world’s greatest wildlife phenomenon, the wildebeest migration, which crosses its grasslands June to October. Several million animals take part in this epic journey through the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, surging over the flood-swollen Mara River, braving crocodile-infested waters and shadowed by other hungry predators.

A year-round destination, the Mara has one of the highest concentrations of predator and prey in Africa. It is also inhabited by the legendary Maasai communities with their cherished cattle herds. A century of close association with the wildlife has resulted in a symbiotic relationship, where wildlife and people coexist on a daily basis. On arrival, a game drive may reveal some of the park’s legendary animal interaction.

Included: Land transfer and afternoon game drive / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 5 hours

Days 10 & 11 Masai Mara National Reserve

Two full days in the park allow plenty of time for exciting morning and afternoon game drives. Unique sightings are common: a pride of lion stalking their prey; a solitary leopard retrieving its kill from the high branches of an acacia tree; a herd of elephant protecting their young. Cap off an afternoon with a fascinating cultural encounter: a visit to the homestead or manyatta of Maasai herders.

For a truly exceptional “overview,” consider an optional hot-air balloon ride. Rides are easily booked to experience the magnificent vistas of the park from above. Ballooning adventures start early so you can glimpse an unforgettable sight: a spectacular golden dawn breaking over the savanna plains.

Included: Game drives and visit to a Maasai manyatta / breakfast, lunch, and Dinner

Day 12 Nairobi

After breakfast, your family sets off for Nairobi and the international airport. On the way, enjoy the sights: lush coffee plantations and countryside villages. Upon arrival in Nairobi, you’ll enjoy a final celebratory lunch before heading to the airport for departure.

Included: Land transfer to Nairobi / breakfast and lunch

Approximate Travel Time: 5 hours

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Our Guides

Guests who travel frequently with CW Safaris know that our guides truly set us apart from other adventure-travel companies. All CW Safaris guides are locally based and fluent in English, with exceptional knowledge of the region where you’ll be traveling. Their expertise in wildlife and natural history and their keen, deeply rooted understanding of life in the African bush will ensure your safety, well-being, and enjoyment throughout every safari. You could not be in better hands!

Here is a sampling of our extraordinary guides in Kenya:

KE - Stephen Kyengo

Stephen M. Kyengo

Stephen is a proficient safari driver and enthusiastic guide. His wealth of knowledge about the African wild, combined with his fluency in English, Swahili, and intermediate Japanese, make him a most remarkable travel companion. His seven years of experience in safari guiding is reflected in his intimate familiarity with the flora and fauna. His passion for the region may be partly inherited, as his father is also a professional safari guide. Outgoing and lively, Stephen loves meeting new people and is an accredited member of the Kenya Professional Safari Guide Association. His favorite parks are Samburu and Masai Mara; his favorite animal is the giraffe.

Chris Nyambu

Chris brings knowledge and dedication to his career as a safari guide. Highly focused and passionate about his profession, he is accredited by the Kenya Professional Safari Guide Association with eight years’ guiding experience. Because Chris speaks fluent English and Swahili, he is a perfect bridge between our safari guests and the places they visit. His conversance with the African wilderness—its geography, flora, and fauna—is equally fluent. Driven by his love for wildlife and desire to conserve nature, he became a member of the Friends of Tsavo. Among his favorite places to travel: Masai Mara, Samburu, and Lake Nakuru. When not traveling or guiding, he enjoys football and photography. His favorite subject? The African elephant.

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