All set for your Kenya trip? On time to the airport, choose a fun movie during your flight and prepare for a warm welcome in Nairobi. This metropolis is the start of your Kenya adventure and is happy to welcome you. With any luck, you’ll fly with your fellow travelers and can get acquainted. You will all arrive in this beautiful city during the day today and, of course, a driver will be ready with a sign to take you in.
Stroll the dusty streets of downtown Nairobi with ex-street kids Kissmart, Donga and Cheddaz. These three ‘streetkids’ share their street skills with the group during a tour of CBD! Thanks to this tour, the boys can create a better life for themselves, their families and the new generation of street children from their slum. The boys show you where they slept as children, what the escape routes from the police were, and they tell you all about the time they spent in prison. Prepare yourselves for lots of intense stories, bizarre encounters, lots of high fives, fat dance moves and most of all lots of fun with the guys. And don’t worry, with these guys around you are safe anyway!
Descend into the Rift Valley and drive among the yellow-gold acacia trees as if you were in an eternal sunset. In the afternoon, a sunset boat safari is scheduled on nearby Lake Naivasha. On the banks is all kinds of wildlife: giraffes, waterbucks, zebras, buffaloes, wildebeest,…. Don’t forget to bring the coolers and purchased snacks on board and then: Spot it!
Make sure you have a hearty breakfast the next morning, because an active day is scheduled: Cycling through Hell’s Gate National Park! Does the unique landscape look familiar to you? Remember when Mufasa was overrun by wildebeests being chased by hyenas in the Lion King? This place was the inspiration! During the bike ride, you will spot giraffes, gazelles, buffalo, boars and more. After this adventurous morning, you will have lunch with giraffes at the Sanctuary Farm.
The Masai Mara. Needs no introduction. The extension of the Serengeti – or vice versa, backdrop for the Great Migration and otherwise endless plains for the ultimate safari experience. The animals are most active in the morning, when the savannah is still nice and cool. So who knows, you might be met by some big cats. Are you familiar with the BBC series Big Cat Diary? That one was recorded here! So chances are you’ll see a lion or cheetah walking by. Leopards also show themselves, lounging in a tree or strolling along the road. TIP: Be sure to arrange a packed lunch at the camp the day before so you don’t have to go back and you have just a little more time. You can then enjoy these by the Mara River.
Time for Masai culture. Milking cows, counting goats and fetching water are daily activities you might be able to help with. Food is included but it’s good to know that the Masai are not the best chefs…. Therefore, do not have too high expectations for the food, although it will be prepared for you with love. At and around Mt. Suswa cannot be bored. So you can cruise around on the back of a motorcycle between the inner and outer crater and bring out the speleologist in yourself in one of the rocks. The highlight, however, is the hike to the top! This hike takes about 5-6 hours. Masai will walk with you, so along the way you can still ask all kinds of questions about the area and daily life here.
In the morning you will have another safari and then drive back towards Nairobi. This time you won’t be staying in Nairobi itself, but in the city’s backyard: Ngong! You have beautiful tea fields, green hills and small villages here. In the afternoon you will have lunch at a local farm and at the end of the day you will stay in a restful accommodation.
Today you will go by train to the Taita Hills. This train leaves early in the morning and arrives in the afternoon at the beautiful Taita Hills, where the green hills will amaze you! Today you and our friend Habel will discover this hidden gem. You walk with him through the small village and then it’s time for the sunset. Wonderful!
On Day 2 in the Taita Hills, you will really explore the mountains – on the back of the boda (motorcycle). Snuggle snugly against your driver and enjoy everything around you. No worries, the drivers know exactly what they are doing and are used to riding with people on the back (including children). You will climb the final summit on foot. It is spicy for a while, but the view is well worth it. With any luck, you will even see Kilimanjaro. Stop along the way for a drink and toast the grandiose view.
So, you guys deserve a “vacation” after all these off-the-beaten-track adventures now! The Kenyan coast is a tropical paradise, where the weather is actually nice all year round. Just a few hours’ travel from Taita Hills lies warm Mombasa. You are going to discover Mombasa! Mombasa is full of history, culture, colors and smells. Mombasa is described in many ways, but believe us when we say that this city has an irresistible charm. A melting pot of cultural influences, funky streets and chill coastal vibes, including tropical sunshine.
On a beautiful drive along Kenya’s coastline, heading inland, you will look out on thousands of palm trees and baobabs on your left and the blue horizon over the ocean on your right. What more could a person want!
The greatest adventure is over! You can now take a few days flat on the beach. You will stay in a private villa near the beach including a pool.
Watamu: an idyllic fishing village also called the Little Italy of Kenya! The Watamu Marine Park is considered one of the best snorkeling and diving areas in East Africa. In fact, besides being the perfect place for snorkeling, this village is the place to be for delicious Italian food. The people here know many Italians and even expect Kenyans with Italian tongues. At the end of the day, you will take a boat ride along the mangroves and end the day with fresh crab at the Crab Shack.
Everything comes to an end, including this wonderful adventure through Kenya. Fully rested, you pack your bags to get on the plane home. With a nice healthy color on your cheeks, you step onto the plane. A quick farewell to the group and then you are back in fine Holland. You will have plenty of stories to tell family and friends later by the fire. Welcome home! An adventure over, but another set of experiences richer.
A local guide will be on hand to tell you all about the area and culture. He accompanies you throughout the trip and can help where needed. We have deliberately chosen a local guide so that you experience the real Africa experience and engage in authentic encounters.
A chef will accompany you throughout the trip (except in Nairobi & on the coast) to cook for you. So food is included except for the last few nights on the coast (breakfast is always included though). The food is a mix of local and Western meals so you learn new things but also just eat familiar dishes.
The cost of the activities you absolutely must not miss are all included in the price. Only on the coast you get a choice of different activities, these are not inclusive but we will help you if you want to do these activities. Maybe you also just want to relax on the beach 🙂
We are on the ground presence and know the country like the back of our hand. Should there be anything we will come to the rescue right away. Consider contacts with a Dutch family doctor, good hospitals or a tip for a top restaurant to end the evening.