Family Kenya safari & beach holiday, tailormade
Description of Family Kenya safari & beach holiday, tailormade
This is a superb 13-day safari and beach holiday, taking in Samburu, Lake Nakuru, and the unmissable Masai Mara, and then time on the Kenyan coast.
If you plan this trip for roughly July to October, you will have the added excitement of the wildebeest migration being in the Mara.
The lodges we have chosen for this holiday have very good eco-credentials and are very comfortable, with good service.
As well as the exciting game watching, the camps are linked with community projects so you could take the opportunity to learn about Maasai traditions and local Swahili culture on the coast. Finally, relax on the beach at Watamu– either by the pool or the coastline, or by taking long walks on the beaches.
Bear in mind that this is just ONE of the many tailor made Kenya holidays you could consider, as we can arrange anything for you. An average 2 week safari and beach holiday will cost from about £2800 per person, plus international flights starting around £750. We'd love to help you plan a wonderful African experience.
PlanetWe have recycling policies for our office waste and are constantly looking for new ways to minimise our environmental impact. The safari camps we use and the people we work with for this trip are committed to working practices that benefit the environment and do not compromise the wildlife.
Samburu Intrepids Camp is silver-rated by Ecotourism Kenya thanks partly to its commitment to sound policies on water, waste and energy use. They even have a weekly environmental day, a tree planting initiative, and they monitor wildlife for the Kenya Wildlife Service and Ewaso Lions.
Karen Blixen Camp is gold-rated by EcoTourism Kenya. They are 100% solar, have strong policies for reduced energy usage (including advising clients to use less hot water and electricity), waste management including glass and plastic recycling, and they even donate used oil to the community for use on fence posts etc. They support Mara Elephant Project – helping with human-wildlife conflict and elephant poaching. They also have a forestry school.
Turtle Bay Beach Club is also gold-rated by EcoTourism Kenya. It is set within Watamu Marine National Park. They organise daily beach clean-ups and monitor the waste they remove. Statistics are on display to encourage everyone to do their bit. The lightbulbs throughout the resort are 100% energy efficient. The grass cuttings from the gardens are supplied to a local stables in exchange for horse manure for the gardens – this is the type of innovation we love and support!
For every person that travels with the company, it plants trees through The Travel Forest initiative. Depending on where they plant and the requirement of the specific area, they plant either indigenous trees or a mix of indigenous and non-native species. Planting non-native seedlings may seem counter-intuitive but doing this can often help any remaining indigenous forest from being cut down (e.g. for fuel) as some non-native trees grow much more quickly than indigenous types. They particularly aim to save ancient or older indigenous forest, through offering an alternative option for fuel requirements of local communities. In addition to this benefit, their Travel Forest initiative helps with such things as planting for water-course retention, soil erosion, shade and even food – all depending on what is planted and where. They have planted almost 100,000 trees to date in various degraded locations including the Andean mountains in Peru, northern Tanzania and Malawi. This has always been done in conjunction with the local communities who plant and then tend the seedlings. Trees are far more important to the health of this planet (and us) than many people imagine. This global Travel Forest initiative can and does make a big difference.
As part of our commitment to the environment we have a programme to plant trees in Tanzania, Malawi, Peru etc. through the company’s foundation. This was set up to help alleviate poverty, conserve endangered wildlife, and protect earth’s environmental diversity for the benefit of us all. All the projects have a link with tourism in some way, and many benefit the wider world as well as local people, through conserving areas of natural beauty. We don’t just look overseas when considering the environment, even at the office the team planted tress in the fields surrounding the buildings to celebrate the company’s 21st birthday in 2019.
As a company we think about our partners overseas carefully. The company ethos is to use properties around the globe that have a similar ethical stance to ourselves. If they can use local suppliers for their provisions, be it food or furnishings then they do, and all offer a variety of menus including vegetarian and vegan/plant-based options. Our partners support the use of solar/renewable energies, and many are looking at ways of switching their current supplies to more eco-friendly options in order to be more efficient. The use of solar, water and air are options in use or being explored, as well as grey water run offs. Energy efficient appliances and practices, card operated in room lighting, low energy bulbs, and a change in laundry practices, are all in operation, and show just a few of the initiatives used. Our partners also use local staff within their properties. Many live on-site in seasonal properties for example reducing the travel emissions of the company, many come from the local villages and communities surrounding the properties. This includes everyone from house keeping to management and the guides that are from the locale.
Due to the nature of the holidays provided by the company, it is impossible to eliminate all flights but where possible we use the minimum flight hours an itinerary can operate with. The packages we have on offer include rail portions in some areas, which keep emissions low, many walking options and shared transportation.
PeopleAs a company our foundation has supported many different community projects over the years. We strongly believe that we have a duty to give back to the communities where we travel and this can be done in various ways. We support accommodation that is committed to recruiting their staff from the local community where they operate. This benefits the individuals and the community as a whole, everyone is then benefiting from your tourism dollar – you get something out of it but you are giving back at the same time.
Samburu Intrepids’ silver rating is also down to its work the local community and staff. They employ a local dance troupe, and 60% of permanent employees and many most casuals are local – and they have a staff welfare committee. They buy from the community where possible.
Karen Blixen’s gold rating is partly down to its efforts with local communities and staff – including paying conservancy fees which support 700 mostly Maasai landowners, running an organic farm that provides staff with vegetables, offering staff training and teaching on safety and health, and decent living wages. They also back a women’s empowerment group with classes in beading, language and hygiene, and they have a Hospitality School (built with recycled tetra packs and juice cartons!) for local people to learn hospitality skills. Mara Rianta village school is backed too, and the community is provided with water by the camp.
Turtle Bay Beach Club has a staff welfare committee and keeps staff informed on all aspects of the property. They buy a lot of fresh products locally, including honey from Arabuko Sokoke Forest, which they also help to sell at the hotel. They back various initiatives for the local community such as school sponsorships, a community dispensary and maternity wing for the clinic, and they support a number of orphanages in the Watamu region.
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