8 Days from$5250 p/p in USD
Guided, Small Group
An adventure of a lifetime, this fascinating 8-day cultural and wildlife tour will appeal to anyone that wants to combine meeting local Kenyan people in grassroots social enterprises with going on a sustainable safari in Laikipia, a conservancy where wildlife flourishes and communities thrive.
Safari types:Cultural Safari, Guided Safari, Walking Safari, Wildlife Safari
You will visit:Laikipia, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Nairobi
Wildlife:Big Five, Birds, Antelope, Gerenuk, Eland, Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, Hippo, Hyena, Wild Dog, Cheetah, Warthog, Baboon, Thomson's Gazelle
Activities:Game Drive, Walking Safari, Camel, Nature Walk, Village Visit, Cultural Experience
Getting around:4x4 Safari Vehicle, Transfer Vehicle, Domestic Flight
Start/end:Start/end in Nairobi
Price Per Person – USD
From USD 5,250 per person
Child 1 to 16 years USD 2,625 per child
- Pick up from the JK International Airport on arrival and transferred to 5-star Palacina Hotel
- Internal flight Wilson Airport to Nanuki and return
- Day 1 transfer from Palacina Hotel to Wilson airport for your flight to Nanyuki
- Pick up and transfer from Nanyuki airport to your camp in Laikipia
- Accommodation and full board at your base camp for 4 nights
- Daty 5 transfer to Nanyuki airport for flight to Nairobi,
- Meet and transfer to Palacina Hotel for 3 nights
- Full board whilst at the Palacina Hotel (breakfast, lunch and team dinners)
- Team dinners on nights 5, 6, and 7 at Nairobi restaurants
- Air-conditioned car transfers – each day we’ll collect you from your hotel at 9 am and return you at about 4.30 pm
- One Horizon staff with you every step of the way
- International flights & visas
- Tips & gratuities
- Travel insurance
- This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘One Horizon Africa‘
- All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
- Display price is usually based on two people sharing
- ‘One Horizon Africa‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
- All itineraries are subject to availability
Day by Day Overview
On the first morning of this tour we pick you up from your Nairobi hotel and transfer you to Wilson Airport for the 45-minute flight to Nanyuki, a small town in the scenic foothills of magnificent snow-capped Mount Kenya. We arrive at our comfortable camp in eastern Laikipia, about a two-hour drive north of Nanyuki, which is your home for the next four nights. Laikipia lies northeast of the Great Rift Valley and is a vast high plateau where landowners and conservationists have created a special place for communities and wildlife to coexist – it is recognized as one of Kenya’s best safari regions.
The camp looks westward toward a series of granite kopjes (outcrops of rock) while in the foreground you might see zebra, giraffe and antelope on the open grasslands. The camp features six lovely and spacious walk-in traditional safari tents decorated with colourful African furnishings and fabrics, and our home-cooked food is always varied, fresh and tasty. In the evenings we have drinks, or sundowners, overlooking the bush or by the fire and three-course dinners under the stars.
Your amazing safari starts in earnest. Away from roads and vehicles, guests have a unique opportunity to take leisurely walking safaris around the camp and conservancy and take in the wide-open spaces and wildlife that Laikipia is famed for. These might include eland, hartebeest, steenbok, giraffe, Grevy’s zebra and buffalo and lucky visitors may even see spot elephants, lions, and wild dogs. You never quite know what you will see, which is the exciting thing about this camp. It has a high density of wildlife that will leave you in awe.
Each walking safari is tailor-made to suit guest abilities and you walk for as long as you feel comfortable. You will be accompanied by camels that carry your heavier cameras, refreshments, and daypacks. You will also learn about the local ecosystems and traditions from the Laikipia Samburu and Maasai guides. So what you do each day and how long your safari takes is entirely up to you and how you feel. You can walk, ride a camel or hop in the 4-wheel drive.
If you prefer you can stay at camp and let the wildlife come to you. This is a great advantage if you have children. And there are great activities to choose from for everybody from nature and wildlife walks to rock climbing. There are wonderful views across the plains from your tent and a salt lick right beside the camp which attracts the wildlife. Other activities include game viewing by vehicle along the Ewaso Ng’iro River, which is an excellent spot to watch elephants and other animals come to drink and rock-climbing in the kopjes. And as the area has a very rich traditional culture, there’s the option to visit a local market where all the warriors and women come dressed in their finest adornments. So what you do and when you do it, is all determined by you and your guide. It is the personal service and enthusiasm of the guides and their knowledge of the local area which ensure you will have amazing wildlife viewing opportunities. And every morning the guides will give you the latest in terms of where the wildlife is likely to be found.
By now you have settled into the rhythm of life in the camp and all that it has to offer. Whether you start early or later in the day, where you do a short walk or a long one, is entirely up to you. But you will be enthralled by the sheer number of wildlife sightings that you have. It’s the ultimate eco tour. Your low eco footprint is the hallmark of all wildlife safaris and your hosts have been the leaders in this field for many years. And on top of all this, you will capture some amazing moments both in terms of wildlife images and also with the local people. Your presence on this safari supports the local people who provide the guiding services, fantastic meals and who look after all your needs throughout the four days you are at the camp. And long before the terms ‘eco friendly’ was in vogue, your hosts were educating all about responsible and sustainable travel and wildlife conservation.
After breakfast and a hearty goodbye from the camp team, enjoy the last drive in Laikipia back to the airport at Nanyuki for your flight back to Nairobi. Arrive at your Nairobi hotel in the early evening. This will be your base for the next three nights to go on three inspiring day trips to meet some remarkable communities in the rural areas around Nairobi. Tonight, and on the next two nights, we enjoy dinner at a restaurant the locals love in Nairobi – we always choose somewhere interesting to eat and have lots of fun while it’s a great opportunity to discuss and ask us all the questions that come to mind about the various communities and projects we visit
Today we visit a Women’s Empowerment Centre in a developing area in the west of Nairobi. The center was started by Mary, a Kenyan social worker, who developed a program to help struggling mothers by teaching them lifestyle, trade and entrepreneurial skills so they can set up their own businesses. The results have been phenomenal as the mothers are able to transform into independent business owners and community leaders, and crucially support and keep their families together.
You will spend time with Mary to learn about her vision and meet some of the proud and resourceful women. The experience will show you how teaching empowerment and skills can lift people out of poverty. The day is likely to be one of the most emotional and inspiring days you will ever have. And be prepared to join in the singing and dancing which inevitably takes place on such visits.
There are many grandmother-headed households in Kenya who care for their grandchildren among other generations of their family in difficult economic circumstances. Today you visit a rural Kikuyu community of delightful and resourceful grandmothers who will show you their pig-farming operation. This is another project that One Horizon supports, and the initiative aims at improving the livelihoods of the grandmothers by economically empowering them through small-scale farming. Sit down with the grandmothers while they cook traditional meals for their families, enjoy some joyful singing and dancing, and listen to them narrate their powerful stories about progress and resilience.
Today we venture into rural Maasai country where you will meet a family and immerse yourself in the midst of the daily hustle and bustle of village life. Your host will be one of the village elders, an heir to his clan, who will take you on a tour to explain how the Maasai have managed these precious lands for centuries. The women will offer to dress you in traditional Maasai shuka cloth or ‘African blanket’, and the young men, or morans, will explain what it’s like being a warrior in Maasai society and show you how to throw a traditional spear and the techniques needed to survive in the bush. There will be singing and dancing, which might include the extraordinary jumping dance, or ‘adumu’ which is how Maasai warriors demonstrate their prowess.
After an exciting final day on this 8-day tour, we return to Nairobi where the tour ends.