Masai Mara safari and beach holiday, Kenya
Description of Masai Mara safari and beach holiday, Kenya
This Masai Mara fly in safari and beach trip can be tailored: we suggest 3 nights on safari in the Masai Mara, followed by 5 nights on the stunning coastline. You maximise time in the vast plains by taking a light aircraft into the heart of the Masai Mara, which is famous both for wildlife and the Maasai tribes who live there. It is also on the route of the Great Migration which, although on the move all year round, sees Mara River crossings happen between July and October. This is the most dramatic time to witness the wildebeest and zebras in motion. The Masai Mara boasts spectacular wildlife sightings all year round, however.
Kenya’s coastline offers white sand and turquoise waters: great for snorkelling the reefs offshore – but other watersports, such as kayaking, sunset dhow trips, etc, are available. The seafood is freshly caught and a popular option with the local restaurants.
On this trip you will have a chance to stay in one of the eco lodges or camps that we work in partnership with: you can enjoy the wildlife wonders and also, a highlight of the trip for many, meeting the Maasai people and learning about their heritage, villages and lifestyles.
This is a tailor made itinerary, and so we can tweak it according to your budget or time frame. We can also add on time in another National Park such as Laikipia, Amboseli, or Samburu, which you can reach on internal flights.
PlanetIn terms of its own ecological ‘foot' print, the Kenyan camps abide by a code of responsible practice in relation to: energy conservation (inverter systems have recently been installed so as to reduce the camp's use of diesel-fuelled generators), waste recycling (glass, plastics, ‘wet waste' and the distribution of food-waste to local pig-farmers), sewage disposal, air emissions, non-CFC use, pesticide-use, noise reduction and visual pollution.
Wherever possible, local produce is featured on the menus. A tree-nursery is run, supplying over 30,000 seedlings to the local community. Working with local schools and other bodies to encourage tree-planting within the area, we also arrange tree-planting activities amongst our own staff and guests.Tents are thatched using sustainably harvested local grass and using traditional methods and local workers.
The company that owns the camps takes pro-active steps to ensure the properties and tourism activities are run in an environmentally responsible manner. This is important in protecting the fragile ecosystems in which they operate and that wildlife and local people rely upon for their survival.
Guests are informed about the various conservation projects that occur in this region and the impact on wildlife is assisted by limiting the number of vehicles around a sighting in the private conservancies.
PeopleThe camps we use all Implement corporate social responsibility initiatives to benefit local communities.
This includes strengthening the local community through training and employment of its members in the tourism sector and facilitating the sale of their hand craft products. This gives the community prospects, training and self-improvement options. This includes working with IT systems, learning about lodge management, ranger and guiding skills and also activities at every level within the camps.
Local community members are employed in the camps, with good working conditions, training opportunities, prospects for the future and a fair wage.
To this end, a dedicated environmental team - made up of members of the local community - manage the day-to-day running of the reserve, ensuring its long-term biological diversity and sustainability.
They have in partnership with the local community developed a Responsible Code of Visitor Behaviour that is shared with guests before they go into the community for village visits so as to protect traditional cultures and minimize the impacts of tourism on living culture. They also provide guests with an Insider's Guide to Responsible Safaris which includes important cultural aspects.
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