Family safari in Kenya with the Maasai
Departure: All year round Child rate: 1735 - 1885. Price excludes: International airfares and visa fees, drinks, supreme bush meals, balloon safari, massage, laundry, telephone calls and tips, other incidental charges
Description of Family safari in Kenya with the Maasai
This family safari holiday in Kenya is a spectacular six day experience, tailor made to suit your family’s interests and age ranges. From the minute you fly into the Masai Mara’s airstrip and take a ride out to the Masai Mara National Reserve, you will know that this is going to be a trip of a lifetime.
Staying at our base, which has riverside family safari tents along the Talek River, which borders the Mara itself, you will not only be able to enjoy safaris by day, but also look out at the savannah by sunrise, sunset and starlight.
During this trip you will be guided by indigenous Maasai people who have trained extensively, with the Koiyaki Guiding School, to be exemplary safari leader guides. It is at the heart of Maasai culture to educate children, and they will be some of the most inspiring educators your children can hope to meet.
As well as going on game drives to see the Mara’s wildlife, including lion, elephant, leopard, cheetah, zebra and wildebeest, there will be plenty of other activities that tie into local culture for you and your children to enjoy. These enjoy learning the skills of Maasai beading, and also the survival skills passed down from Maasai generation to generation. Your guide will also take you to a nearby Maasai village, or manyatta, to see their homes, cattle herds and cultural traditions.
1 Reviews of Family safari in Kenya with the Maasai
Reviewed on 27 Sep 2018 by Tom Gibson
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
It was all absolutely amazing. The bits that still jump are, seeing a one week old baby cheetah, which was breathtaking and the highlight of game drives. The bush dinner we had on our last night and sitting around the camp fire, with just my family. We were outnumbered two to one and sat and talked with them, we were interrupted by their spontaneous outbursts into song and the sounds of a nearby lion roaring. Our guide, Manfred, appeared to have a sixth sense for spotting wildlife and we had seen two prides of lions before even arriving at the first camp. Ben, who took care of us there, as well as James, Mike, at Wilderness camp and Joseph, at Eagle View, couldn’t have been nicer or more welcoming.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Get plenty of pictures but don’t be afraid to put the camera down and soak it all in. Also, take any chance to get out of the vehicle is thrilling, the walking safari and breakfast in the Savannah gave us goosebumps. If you're travelling in the British summer then bring some very warm clothes for the evenings and early morning starts.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes, without doubt. Many of the people we met owned the land and the camps provided them with jobs. The forest being planted on the outskirts of the Maasai Mara, as well as the eco friendly camps also have a positive environmental impact.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Amazing. A once in a lifetime experience.
PlanetWe are dedicated to preserving East Africa's rich biodiversity. If the great game reserves and national parks are to be maintained for future generations, it is vital that the local inhabitants are involved in wildlife and tourism management issues and that they share in the economic return from this kind of land-use.
Environmentally responsible tourism is vital to the fate of both the wildlife and the local cultures. We therefore work closely with the local Masai regarding the development and operation of the camp, and a portion of the profits are ploughed back into the local community in the form of support for schools and tree-planting.
We have taken the initiative to cooperate with the environmental organisation Friends of Conservation. The camp is built and operated according to environmental principles. We aim to set an example for other tourist ventures, and inspire others to follow in our footsteps. We believe our environmental commitment will further enrich your experience. By choosing us as your destination you will be contributing towards the development of a long-term pact between humans and the unique nature of Masai Mara.
PeopleOver 95% of camp staff are from the local Maasai community, therefore, your holiday empowers and enriches the community within which we operate our camps. The local community receives income from tourism activities in the Mara Talek and Mara Naboisho Conservancies.
Fair-trade: our promotes women groups from the local community in developing and retailing exquisite beaded and leather merchandise. Purchase a product from our gift shops and receive a personalized message from the woman who designed the merchandise. We promote empowerment and awareness through scholarships in local schools and the Koiyaki Guiding School (the only guiding school in Mara).
Our long history of close co-operation with the Maasai community distinguishes us from other tourism operators in Masai Mara. Our mutual bond climaxed in 2010 when we successfully established the community-owned nature conservancy (Naboisho Conservancy), named after the Maa expression of ‘coming together’, chosen by the Maasai to epitomize how the Maasai community came together to face the alarming issue of decreasing land. By establishing a community owned nature conservancy, we provided the Maasai with an alternative to selling their land to outsiders and helped protect vital wildlife territory.
We have established the Enjolaata Centre in the midst of Basecamp Explorer’s birthplace – Basecamp Masai Mara in Talek. The Enjoolata Center is an education and entertainment centre which aims to inspire the Maasai community to come together to make a difference through awareness creation.
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