Kenya Cultural Safaris
January 17-26, 2017
(Guided by Trip Coordinator and Guide)
US$ 3,190 per person sharing (international airfare not included)
This women-to-women tour will take you off the beaten path to meet some of the incredible women who are inspiring change in various parts of Kenya. Enhance your understanding of this beautiful country through dialoguing and building relationships with these passionate and inspirational individuals.
January 17,18: Flight to Nairobi, Kenya
A comfortable International flight takes you to Nairobi, Kenya (arriving January 18th). Upon arrival, Heidi will welcome you with champagne and cold face towels, and drive you to the Country Lodge in Nairobi.
January 19: Getting Acquainted with Kenya
After breakfast by the pool, drive to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Born from her passion for Kenyan wildlife, Dame Daphne Sheldrick started an Orphanage for baby elephants, and directs the most successful elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world. Enjoy interacting with these majestic animals while learning about the conservation efforts of this remarkable organization. Next we will drive over to the original home of Baroness Karen von Blixen — an early 1900’s pioneer to Kenya, and author of ‘Out of Africa’. Here we will tour her original home and have a leisurely lunch in her beautiful garden. Visit the nearby Kazuri Bead factory to meet the women trained in the art of ceramic beading and pottery. Started in 1975 by Lady Susan Wood, and meaning ‘small and beautiful’, her mission was to create meaningful employment for marginalized Kenyan women. Return to the Country Lodge for our ‘Welcome to Africa’ dinner and debrief.
January 20: The Contrasts of Kenya
After another beautiful breakfast, we will have the opportunity to tour ‘Amani Ya Juu’, which means ‘Peace from Above’. This is a sewing and training program for marginalized women which started in Kenya in 1996. This will be a great opportunity to support these amazingly talented women by shopping and purchasing their beautiful handicrafts. Enjoy lunch with an American friend who has lived in Kenya for more than 30 years, and will learn about her story as she shares her views on this beautiful country and the challenges for local women.
In the afternoon, we will visit one of the country’s largest slums — Kawangware — where Food for the Hungry (FH) has been working with women’s generation projects for years. This will be an incredible opportunity to meet, sing, and dance with the women partnering in the project. Here we can purchase their handicrafts as a means of supporting the work they are doing in an extremely challenging environment. Return to the hotel in order to clean up, and have an enjoyable dinner by the pool, briefing about our safari drive the next day.
January 21: Traversing the Great Rift Valley
After breakfast, begin the drive through the Great Rift Valley, descending the escarpment to shimmering Lake Naivasha where we will have lunch at Carnelly’s Camp, keeping an eye out for rogue hippos! In the afternoon, enjoy a boat cruise that allows us to get up close to pods of grunting hippos, and hundreds of species of birds. Return to Carnelly’s Camp for dinner and overnight.
January 22: Experience life in a traditional Maasai Village
Continue driving through the Great Rift Valley to a traditional Maasai Village where we will get a chance to learn from their incredibly unique culture. Enjoy a traditional Maasai dinner with our hosts, followed by the unique experience of sleeping in their cultural ‘bomas’ — truly an experience to remember !
January 23, 24: The World Famous Maasai Mara National Reserve
Awake early, and participate with the Maasai women in their daily gathering of firewood and water. After sharing breakfast together, say “ashe oleng” (good bye) to our new friends and continue on to the world famous Maasai Mara National Reserve. Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in search of the Big 5 — Lion, Buffalo, Leopard, Rhino, and Elephant — plus many more. Spend two nights at the beautiful Ashnil Mara Tented Camp located in the very middle of the National Reserve.
January 25, 26: A Transformed Worldview
After a final breakfast, pack up and drive back to Nairobi. Stop in for a swim and a chance to shower, before transferring to the airport for your international flight home (arriving on January 26) with memories of a unique adventure that has inspired and transformed your worldview!
Included for this safari:
• All en-suite accommodations (based on double occupancy) and all meals as per the itinerary.
• Exclusive transport in 4×4 vehicles with ‘pop-up’ roof and guaranteed window seat.
• Services of excellent English-speaking guides who are knowledgeable of the local region and culture.
• Long-range radio communication (and access to mobile phone) for the duration of the trip.
• Complementary bottled drinking water.
• All park entry fees, conservation fees, entrance fees, airport transfers, and departure taxes.
• Complete pre-departure information including packing lists, customized trip itinerary, and flight details.
• International airfare.
• Travel/medical/cancellation/interruption insurance.
• Single Supplement of US$ 650 (if you would like your own room).
• Passport fees, inoculations, and Tourist Entry Visa.
• Gratuities for drivers and any optional excursions.
• Souvenirs, soft drinks, bar beverages, laundry, email, phone, and items of a personal nature.