Join us on a 11 day Journey to Kenya on your private small group journey. Visit sites such as Nairobi, Giraffe Centre, Maasai Mara Encounter, Elephant Orphanage, and much more!
- Day 1 – Depart USA
- Day 2 – Arrive in Nairobi
- Days 3 - 5 – Ol Pejeta Conservancy
- Day 6 - 7 – Nairobi
- Days 8 - 10 – Maasai Mara Encounter
- Day 11 – Return home
Depart USA on your international flight. (Note: Those making their own arrangements will start with EOX on Day 2.)
Arrive in Nairobi! Settle in at the Sarova Panafric Hotel, just a few miles from the heart of town.*
*(Transfer from airport included if air purchased through EOX or if you provide EOX with your flight information at least one month prior to your departure.)
Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a world renown and award-winning wildlife conservation effort. It encompasses 90,000 acres of savanna. As such, it is the largest sanctuary of black rhinos on the planet. It also provides a haven for the last two northern white rhinos in the world. The conservancy has a 300-acre chimpanzee rescue program and is the only place Kenya to see chimpanzees. During your days here, you will become part of this incredible conservation effort. Awake with the dawn and help researchers track the conservancy’s lions. With their wild population dwindling, Africa now considers lions to be a vulnerable species. By tracking their predatory patterns, conservationists are helping to create biological harmony between the lion and its prey. Visit the Endangered Species Habitat where at least 8 different kinds of endangered species safely roam. Painted dogs frequently make an appearance. Grevy’s zebra, the largest zebra species, has incurred an 80% population decrease over the past four decades, so Ol Pejeta has been involved in breeding efforts. Ol Pejeta also gives sanctuary to 15 cheetahs, 79 lions, plus other endangered species.
Enjoy participating in a meal with local families in the Limuru region. Kenya has 42 different tribes, and each tribe has its own kind of cuisine. As with any country as vast and varied as this one, there are cultural commonalities sprinkled in with much diversity. A common Kenyan staple is Ugali, made from maize and water. A popular favorite is Nyama Choma, a meat marinated in local flavors and grilled over flame. No matter the recipe, the experience of standing elbow-to-elbow with another, following their instruction, and eating with them, tends to supersede the mind and implant within the heart. Visit Nairobi’s Giraffe Centre. Established in 1979, it has successfully saved the Rothschild Giraffe from the devastation of land disputes and settlements. Here, visitors get up-close and personal with the largest land mammal on earth. The David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage is believed to be the most effective elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world. They have given medical attention to thousands of the elephants and successfully raised hundreds of elephant orphans. ‘Boma’ is Kiswahili for “homestead.” Bomas of Kenya is a collection of homesteads from various Kenyan cultures which together make up a multicultural center. A visit to Bomas of Kenya will increase your intercultural competence. Learn about and experience Kenyan cultural practices through dance, live music and traditional performances. Nairobi is considered the safari capital of Africa, but there is a metropolitan twist to the city center. Discover a vibrant music and nightlife scene, diverse shopping experiences, and fabulous dining choices. Dinner at Carnivore Restaurant, though optional, is highly recommended. Where else can you enjoy dining on ostrich, crocodile, or camel with famous customer service and a completely unique atmosphere?
Built in total harmony with the land, Encounter Mara is an authentic safari camp which blends seamlessly with the bush. The main camp area looks out at a salt lick, which regularly attracts everything from big cats to plains game. So, whether you’re relaxing in the camp or out on a game drive, the wildlife, quite literally, comes to you. During your evening, afternoon, and morning game drives, you’ll, no doubt, witness much of its 95+ species of mammals and 570+ recorded species of birds. Keeping livestock is one of the cultural pillars of the Maasai’s pastoral lifestyle. Every day, herders leave their villages in search of grazing pasture for the family’s cows, sheep, and goats. You will have the opportunity to join herders in the Maasai Mara for a portion of their journey with the livestock. Visit the Massai Mara Trust, a non-profit organization established to support conservation in the region. The Maa Trust takes a bottom-up approach and is informed by ethnographic research with the involved communities. You’ll get an intimate look at their positive impact on income generation, education and outreach, and infrastructure and water.
Return home with life-changing memories.*
*(Transfer to airport included if air purchased through EOX or if you provide EOX with your flight information at least one month prior to your departure. Those not providing this information may have to make their own transfer arrangements to return to the airport.)