(Nairobi, Kigio Conservancy, Masai Mara)
The only thing more wonderful than exploring the breathtaking landscapes of Kenya, is bringing joy to the people who live there.
Kenya, where the very concept of the safari was born, is a land that offers snow-capped mountains, rolling savannahs, the lush rift valley and warm and friendly people. On this tour, experience Kenya’s natural wonders and take some time to give back to its people, the Masai, and conserve its pristine land. Explore quaint villages that dot the undulating landscape; take a river walk in search of bobbing hippos and majestic eagles; and enjoy heart-racing game drives in search of the Big 5. In the evenings, relax in luxury eco camps and lodges and thrill in the wild night songs that surround you.
Explore Kigio Wildlife Conservancy and partake in nature walks, river walks and game drives, all of which will get you close to big game including the astoundingly beautiful and endangered Rothschild giraffes. Night game drives are often rewarding as there is a chance to see hunting hyenas, leopard, and aardvark. Head to the famed Masai Mara Reserve in search of Africa’s Big 5: elephants, buffalo, rhino, leopard and lion. Immerse yourself in the local communities of the Masai people and lend a hand restructuring and redeveloping the currently inefficient healthcare and education system of the Masai people. You’ll feel true joy when you make someone in need smile. Your time in Kenya will not only be memorable, it will be rewarding as well.
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In the unfortunate event of serious illness or injury, all travellers are covered by this “Flying Doctors” Insurance policy. This emergency evacuation insurance policy covers the cost of the evacuation flight back to Nairobi for treatment. This insurance policy however DOES NOT cover the cost of any medical treatment received.
A privately driven vehicle will provide you with a transfer to & from the airport.
The Country Lodge Nairobi is owned and operated by the Fairview Hotel Group and provides guests with excellent accommodations options at a very reasonable price. The property is located in the Upper-hill neighbourhood of Nairobi, an area of the city that is rather lively, boasting a number of picturesque gardens, ethnically inspired restaurants and a wide range of activities. Guests at the Country Lodge can be assured that they will have a safe, clean and quiet place to rest their head during their stay in Nairobi. Throughout the hotel a wireless Internet connection is made available for usage. Guest will always wake up to a quality, hot breakfast before heading out to explore this dynamic Kenyan capital city.
Hop aboard a privately driven vehicle with your guide for this transfer from Nairobi to the Kigio Conservancy. Admire the scenery as you make your way through rural Kenya onto the Rift Valley, an area boasting quaint little villages which dot the traditional African landscape. This drive will take approximately 1.5 hours to complete, depending on traffic and weather conditions.
Guest staying at the Kigio can choose from a variety of activities to enjoy including;
Nature Walks - Many guests at Kigio have discovered the joys of walking with a knowledgeable naturalist. After sitting in a vehicle for several days during a safari, the guests do enjoy the freedom to walk and learn about the symbiotic relationship between wildlife, birds and plants close-up. The river walks are superb and immensely enjoyable with a chance to spot the hippo, the majestic crowned eagle and even the elusive leopard. With over 200 species of birds within the conservancy, expert birders will find the river walk fulfilling while many non-birders have been known to take up the hobby after visiting Kigio. Walks on the plains take you closer to the plains game and perhaps to Molly, one of the endangered Rothschild giraffes that were Trans located from the Giraffe Manor in Nairobi. Kigio provides a complete breath of fresh air to any visitor seeking a more in-depth nature experience.
Game Drives - Both day and night game drives are possible at Kigio Wildlife Conservancy. Daytime game-viewing focuses on the endangered Rothschild giraffe, plains game, eland, buffalo, warthog, hyena and the elusive leopard. Birdlife is exceptional too. Night game drives may reveal the aardvark, aardwolf, spring hare, leopard, serval, genet, hyena and other nocturnal wildlife. Hyenas of Kigio are known hunters and night game drives are perhaps the best time to follow these hunts.
Biking - There are 7 bikes available for use by the guests. Bike rides depart at scheduled times, accompanied by the naturalist. Guests are always delighted with the experience.
Fishing - Malewa River is known for its good fishing and rods are available at Kigio on complimentary basis. You are welcome to bring your own rods if you'd like as well.
Kigio Wildlife Camp is a superb all-suite camp surrounded by a beautiful Yellow-fever tree woodland overlooking the Malewa River. The camp is constructed in an environmentally friendly way from sustainable pine-wood, local earth from the conservancy, traditional thatch provided by the surrounding community and canvas panels - there has been minimal usage of cement and steel and the environment has been carefully preserved during its construction. Power is provided by solar panels. Accommodation is in eleven spacious suites (each 72 sq mt) and one 2-bedroom family suite, each built on deck and containing a large bedroom and sitting area, a private bathroom with flush loo, shower and balcony.
The Conservancy is at the forefront of ecotourism in the Rift Valley lakes area. Guests are encouraged to participate in complimentary low impact activities ensure that the fragile environment is disturbed as little as possible. Activites would be like: guided nature/bird walks, cycling & fishing
Day or night game drives are conducted in open-sided 4x4 vehicles and are available at extra cost. Night game drives are often rewarding as there is a chance to see hunting hyenas, leopard, caracal, aardvark,aardwolf, honey badger, spring hare and several other nocturnal species which thrive in this protected area.
Your guide will drive you from the Kigio Conservancy to Masai Mara. This drive will take about 5 to 6 hours. Drive times may be longer in the rainy season (April to early May and November). Stop for refreshments and souvenir shopping at roadside stands along the way or head straight to the park. Enjoy game viewing as you enter Masai Mara and drive to your camp.
Head out this afternoon, accompanied by an experience tracker-guide, on an exciting game viewing adventure. Search some of the area`s wildlife hot-spots determined by your guide, as they`ve learned and now understand the games daily routines through tracking. Some wildlife is more difficult than others to spot, for instance the Leopard. These spotted cats blends almost seamlessly into the tall grass and shrubbery, and are even more challenging to spot up in their favorite hangout, the trees. Your guide will take you to nearby watering holes, where on a hot day, you`ll spot many bird and wildlife species, including the elusive Leopard.
Perched in secluded spots on an escarpment edge overlooking the vast plains of the Masai Mara Game Reserve giving, Mara West, tremendous views and a sense of private exclusion. This is the authentic Out of Africa experience where much of the original film itself was filmed & produced. The camp borders the remote and beautiful western edge of Masai Mara National Reserve. Kensington Mara West provides nature lovers with deluxe accommodations while experiencing the sights and sounds of an unforgettable African safari. Tents offer rustic charm surrounded by grassy fields. Chalets are perched in secluded spots on an escarpment edge overlooking the vast plains of the Masai Mara Game Reserve, giving tremendous views and a sense of private exclusion.
Just like the local wildlife, you`ll head out bright and early this morning, alongside an experienced tracker-guide for the day’s first game drive. The eco-diversity and sheer size of the Masai Mara Game Reserve provides the necessary requirements to house a wide range of animal species. The most recognized are known worldwide as the African Big 5 which includes the African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Rhinoceros, Leopard, and the King of the beasts, the Lion. The term Big 5 was coined by big-game hunters as these species were the most difficult and dangerous to track and hunt. Subsequently the term was adopted by the tourism industry for marketing purpose, spinning a web of positivity opposed to the negative effect portrait by the original terminology. Numerous other species of bird and wildlife inhabit this dynamic location including Hyenas, Gazelles, Impalas, Giraffes, Zebras, Vultures, Cranes, Eagles, Falcons, and Ostriches.
Kenya, a magical country filled with outstanding wildlife and diverse landscapes, but what truly makes Kenya such a special place, are its inhabitants; people like the Masai whom have lived in close harmony with the land for centuries. Today your will get to immerse yourself in the local community and have the options to do one or all the following activities near Mara West Camp and see how you have helped the local community by traveling with Kensington.
Start with a visit to the Kensington Funded School and Dormitories. You will then see the great tourism can have as it has helps educate the children. If you would like, you can create a short learning and have a question and answer period the school children.
Visit the full-time AMS health clinic to see how a health care facility runs in a third world country.
Then visit at the local manyatta where you will learn about how the Maasai tribe has lived for centuries in mud huts, build a fire by rubbing sticks, cooked for the village and preform dances together.
End the day with a nature walk with one of our local guides, he will explain local Maasai uses of many different plants for healing and hygiene while walking amung giraffe and antelope overlooking the Masai Mara.
This is a great cultural overview that will help you understand day to day life of the Masai people.
After exploring some of the many natural wonders around Kenya why not open your heart and give something back to the people whom have lived here from ancient times, the Masai. Your personal “giving-back” experience may differ from others depending on the specific needs of the communities during the time of your visit. You’re participation will likely focus on the restructuring and redevelopment of the currently inefficient healthcare and education system of the Masai people. Alongside with the on-site project management you will choose the best program to support and arrange your visit to provide those requiring aid with some much appreciated help and assistance. Nothing makes you feel better than making someone in need smile, and all of the programs available to provide aid for will do just that. Having clean, drinkable water maybe something you take for granted, for the Masai people this is just a small, yet necessary struggle that has to be dealt with on a daily bases. The installation of a water catchment system will provide the local people with the clean water needed daily for meals and to keep clean. Just as in the many cable TV ads in between your favorite shows, many of the Masai children are orphans or have very little family to help them develop into healthy adults. Why not donate or sponsor one of these children in need…it’s as simple as providing a few bucks a day, which will in turn provide the necessary funding for food and education. A visit to the community clinic will provide you with an overview of just how many newborns and new mothers need assistance. Donating towards a “Healthy Start Kit” will provide these individuals with some simple necessities including baby blankets, baby oil, baby powder, baby wipes, baby clothes, soap, Vaseline, a sanitary bottle and some baby formula. Some struggling families and widows have zero to no money or bartering material for food, why not purchase a cow or goat for one of these families as so they can provide for their youths. Many of these donation programs range in price from 50 to 500 dollars.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
If time allows, your expert guide will be fitting in one more game drive before dropping you off at the airstrip. It will be your last chance to see the Masai Mara’s vast plains & its diverse range of birds and animals. Depending on lodge location, this will be in out just outside the mara national park.
This short domestic flight departs from Masai Mara and arrives at Wilson Airport in Nairoba, Kenya today. The flight duration is approximately 45 minutes. On all services the luggage allowance is 15 kilos in soft bags. This allowance shall include all hand baggage.
A privately driven vehicle with guide is made available for usage today in Nairobi.
The opportunity to explore the local markets and shops presents itself today as so you can interact with the local vendors in search for the perfect handicraft or souvenir for yourself or your loved ones.
Before leaving that night, stop by the Kensington office for free use of Internet and lounge. If you like, we can make reservations for dinner at a local restaurant as well. Please let us know in advance and if you are vegetarian.
Depart from Nairobi international airport - end of itinerary.
November 08, 2012
"I am a world traveller and this was one of my Top 3 vacations ever! Kensington Tours did a great job with EVERY little detail, from the planning to being met and catered to every step of the way. Our favorite lodges were Tau Pan in the Kalahari, Botswana & Moon Mountain in Sossusvlei, Namibia. We especially loved the Batswana people and all the animals we saw at Camp Moremi on the Okavanga River. The highlight of our trip was actually our stay in Swakopmund when we stayed on the South Atlantic & went for an exciting boat ride to see all the sealife up close and personal (like a seal coming onboard the boat!), a rollar coaster dune ride in a 4 X 4!! the balloon ride over the red sand dunes over Namibia and several champagne brunches in the middle of the desert. Also, will never forget all the sundowmer game drives which ended with our favorite cocktail, watching the sunset with wildlife close at hand!
Unforgettable. Thanks Ivona for planning it all!"
October 26, 2012
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Re: Steven Weru Kinyua, Kenya tour guide
We recently returned from a wonderful 8 day tour of Kenya with Steven, he is an exceptional individual. But one example: As we returned to the Samburu lodge from our first game drive, Steven pointed out a young, sick-looking lion in the shade of a tree. We observed it momentarily and soon returned to the lodge for dinner.
The next day Steven mentioned he had reported the weak young lion to the local Samburu ranger. Steven explained that due to the arrival of a new alpha male in his pride the young lion had likely been chased out before he was able to hunt for himself. He further explained that the young lion would be welcome back in a week or two, if he were alive. I pursued the full story w/Steven. The ranger Steven had reported the weak lion to had been unresponsive, indicating he would do nothing. Steven, unsatisfied w/that response told the ranger to report it to the Head Park Ranger, or he would. The Head Ranger agreed with Steven's analysis of the situation; bought 10 kilos of meat for the young lion; and directed his staff to feed it appropriately.
Steven understood the workings of that lion pride, and has an exceptional knowledge of all the wild animals of Kenya. Furthermore he has a passion for their well-being. He would not accept a lazy, disinterested response from the local ranger. During our trip in Kenya I had occasion to speak to groups of secondary school students. I related Steven's actions as an excellent example of a Kenyan's knowledge, passion and commitment.
One day Steven pointed out a cheetah. We saw the cheetah w/a young impala in its mouth. After the cheetah had choked the young impala, Steven explained the mother cheetah was calling her cubs --it was thrilling to see the 3 cubs come tearing across the plain creating a mini-dust storm in their wake. The mother gave the kill to her cubs. Steven explained they had to learn to open it up. Shortly she sent them off the kill, twenty paces or so, then froze, looking westerly. A lion, smelling the kill Steven explained, was moving off to the north about a 1000 yards away. Intent on the lion the mother cheetah remained frozen in place (as we're the cubs, mimicking their mother). After the lion passed the mother called the cubs back to the kill. Not 15 minutes later the lion came back, followed by yapping jackels, this time moving off to the east of the cheetahs. As soon as the lion appeared, the mother cheetah repeated her previous actions, sending off the cubs and freezing over the kill, intently watching the lion. Steven explained that the jackels were distracting the lion from the kill, knowing if the lion found the kill, nothing would be left for them. Again the lion passed off to the southeast, never able to find the cheetah kill.
This summary highlights events that played out over a 90 minute period. In that time several tourist rovers and vans came, took pictures of the cheetahs, and left. None of those tourists had a complete explanation of the scene that was playing out before us. Game-viewing w/Steven is a rich experience, a clear cut above the average.
In our time w/Steven we had lengthy conversations about the pluses and minuses of grass-burning, the challenges of maintaining wildlife corridors, park encroachment by locals, roadway underpasses for big game, etc. in addition we discussed ukabila and other political challenges facing Kenya. Steven Kinyua is an exceptional Kenyan guide. He has a wonderful sense of humor, and made our Kenya safari a wonderful learning experience we will cherish for years.
Mark Masterson, Ed.D."
October 18, 2013
"I am so happy that I used Kensington Tours to help with my dream trip to Cape Town South Africa. I was looking for a well respected tour company that planned private guided tours that was not going to cause me my leg, lol. I begin searching companies by reputation and value. I narrowed it down to Kensington Tours because of the quality and value. I felt taken care of prior to my departure due to the detailed itinerary.
From the time of got off the plane to the time I headed back to the states, I was in excellent hands. The service was EXCELLENT! I will definitely use Kensington again. Certainly, a trip of a lifetime!"
October 29, 2013
"My husband and I have just returned from the trip of a lifetime in Egypt. The sites were amazing and overwhelming. Everything was as promised. We had the most amazing pyramid view and Nile view from our hotels. Our itinerary included the most magnificent sites and we were accompanied by the most informative and friendly people. I highly recommend visiting Egypt. It is totally safe. Thank you to everyone at Kensington for this experience. It was so beyond our expectations!"
October 31, 2013
"From our greeter, who whisked us through customs in Johannesburg, to all our excellent drivers, guides and associates in Lions Sands, Cape Town and the wine country, everyone was highly professional, well dressed, well mannered, and well informed. Overall our tour worked like a superbly designed, technically perfect Swiss watch. An experience for the ages. Bravo!"
October 29, 2013
"This was a trip of a life time for me and I was never disappointed. Sylvia listen to me and give me exactly what I wanted in the way of a photo Safari as well as full tour of Cape Town and the wine country. I never had to wait one minute for a guide or any of the transportation provided. The people I dealt with along the way could not have been more courteous and friendly. I just cannot say enough about my experience with Kensington Tours, it was fabulous! "
Hanne Jones ,
October 24, 2013
"I have travelled all my life. I've combed much of Europe, from The arctic north in Norway to the streets of Seville in Spain, the beaches of Cannes and Nice in France and the medieval heart of Bologna in Italy. I've been on two African safaris (one tented, one not), both "luxurious." I've been on more than a dozen jaunts to India, some guided, others not. Over the years I have discovered that I had rather be lost and disoriented in a foreign country than submit once again to the unbending schedule of a guided tour. Hence I had given up tours of any kind, until Molly Kelly, an American Express travel agent, suggested I might want simply to list the places my friends and I wished to see in Morocco then let Kensington Tours make accessing them in an orderly way not only possible but thoroughly enjoyable as well. And this Kensington Tours did. They pulled our disparate destinations together and designed a far, far better route than we could ever have done on our own. They satisfied all our requests and threw in delicious additions, areas of interest we had never considered or even heard of. Our accommodations were well within our means and wonderful. Our guide and driver, not to mention our Mercedes SUV, could not have pleased us more. In other words, thanks to Molly and her recommending Kensington Tours, we had a sensational holiday. "
Anthoula Korina ,
September 05, 2013
"Africa had always been a myth in mind since I was child that was up until a week ago. I just returned from an epic safari adventure! Kenya, Tanzania and the Maasai are sorely missed.
Words cannot fully express the magic of this ever-flowing journey. It was awe-inspiring, breathtaking, free and powerful. My mind keeps playing tricks on me; thinking rather hoping that I'm going to see a giraffe cross a busy NYC street :)
The memories will resonate for a lifetime. To boot, I went on this trip solo; female traveler. Not sure any of it would have been possible w/out Kensington Tours!!! Thank you..."
July 12, 2013
"I had a wonderful trip visiting the mountain gorillas in Uganda. We were able to get really close to the gorillas and watched their interactions with each other. The local people are so gracious and made every minute a delight. The accomodations were great. I loved waking up in the morning to the sounds of the forest. The added luxury of a massage was a great way to end the trip!"
July 26, 2013
"Our family of 6 traveled to Morocco for a 9 day Imperial cities discovery, I was absolutely amazing. Our guide Lahcen Zaaim was the best guide we have EVER had and we have traveled to many countries. There was not one subject that he was not knowledgeable about. He made the trip sooooo memorable. He was so flexible and when he picked us up in the mornings to head out, he was talking nonstop to tell us soo much about everything we were seeing. There was soooo much to see in Morocco and he made sure we saw it all.. He truly has a gift in the touring business, you feel as if your leaving your best friend when the trip is over. When we got to the airport in casablanca, he spotted us before we saw him and of course, we asked him, how did you recognize us? He even went as far as to get the King of Moroccos artist to meet us at our riad the night before we left to return home late to do our names in moroccan arabic to frame, They were beautiful, He showed us a picture of the Kings Face he had done for the Palace! Lily Baffour from Kensington planned our trip and she was amazing, planning everything as she thought we would like based on what I told her. She did an Outstanding job and literally sent our Iteniaries by next day air in a beautifully done spiral bound personally book for each family that was going on the trip, SOOOOOO IMPRESSED and she even got the guide we requested!!!! I cant say enough about this trip and Kensington, we will definitely use again!!! We experienced a VERY different culture in going to Morocco and thats what we wanted, a Very different exotic trip and thats what we got!!!! Again our accomodations we Top Notch, staying in the TRuly authenic Riads, they were SOOOOO Luxurious, Plan on taking another suitcase or buying one there because you will buy more things to bring home than any other trip because of all the Handicrafts there, especially in Fes!!!
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