A Cultural Tour of Kenya – An African Safari Unlike Any Other
Almost always, a trip to Africa centers on the wildlife. But those who live in Kenya know their country to be so much more. It is about the people, their language and heritage as well as their food, music and art. Much of it in Kenya is indigenous. However, a lot of it also comes from other parts of the world because, like Canadians, Kenyans are a diverse, multicultural society.
Equally varied is Kenya’s landscape. It spans from dry and arid desserts, to vast Savannah grasslands, the highlands and mountains to the Great Rift Valley and the beaches of the Indian Ocean. And yes, Kenya also has magnificent wildlife.
Join us on a Cultural Tour of Kenya. This is a unique African Safari unlike any other. We present to you the vibrant multicultural heritage that has shaped this part of Africa since the turn of the last century. You will meet people of African, Indian, British and Middle Eastern decent. All of them call Kenya home. You will certainly experience the majestic landscape and wildlife that is quintessentially African, because all of this combined, makes up the the essence of this beautiful country. We will ensure you leave with an experience of Africa like never before.
Kenya is about more than just its wildlife.
Tour date commence: Tuesday, November 7th, 2017
Tour date finish: Tuesday, November 14th, 2017
DAY 1: Arrival in Nairobi
A driver will receive you at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and take you to nearby Eka Hotel, conveniently located 5 km away from Nairobi City Center. Depending on your arrival time, you may enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. Your driver, as well as the hotel concierge can provide helpful suggestions for local attractions and transportation.
Included: Ground transportation to and from airport, Bed & Breakfast.
Excluded: Lunch, Dinner and Transportation to local attractions.
DAY 2: Kenya at its Finest. Visit Amboseli National Park
After breakfast, your driver will take you to Wilson Airport for an early morning flight to Amboseli National Park. Famous for its views of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Amboseli is also the heartland of the Masaai tribe of Kenya. This is the perfect venue to begin your African experience of Kenya.
A knowledgeable local tour guide will meet you at the airstrip in Amboseli for a full day game drive in the Park. You will be driven in specially designed, open-sided Land Rovers / Land Cruisers which are safe and permit better views of game and landscape, compared to minivans. Your tour guide will have picnic lunches available at a designated spot.
At the end of your tour, you will proceed to Selenkay Conservancy. Off the beaten path and an unspoiled part of nature, this is a natural habitat strictly reserved for wildlife. In 1997, the Porini Ecotourism organization struck a deal with the local Maasai to retain the natural ecosystem. The animals are truly wild and not habituated to the presence of vehicles. The Masaai in Selenkay derive commercial benefit from land leases as well as jobs. They maintain the roads and protect the wildlife and their habitat. This is private property and other commercial safaris do not operate here. It therefore offers a quieter and much more authentic wildlife viewing experience compared to any other place in Kenya.
Accommodation for the next two nights will be at Porini Amboseli Camp. Featuring 9 spacious guest tents, Porini Camp is comfortably furnished with en-suite bathrooms, running water and solar powered electricity. It will serve as a very secure and safe home base during your visit to Amboseli.
Included: Air & Ground transportation, tour guide and Full Board with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Note: Internal flight baggage allowance 15 kg in soft bags. Limit 0ne (1) per passenger.
DAY 3: Walk with The Masaai of Kenya
You should not miss the early morning drive into the Conservancy. Not only will the animals be more active, it is also the best time to capture photos of the majestic landscape with Mt. Kilimajaro in the background. Your tour guide will drive you back to camp for breakfast where you can spend the rest of the morning at leisure.
The main treat for the day arrives after lunch. Following a short drive, you will be accompanied on a walking tour of the local Masaai village. They will welcome you into their homes and show you their customs. You will find the contemporary Masaai to be the same as any other indigenous people in the world. They want to preserve their culture, receive good health care, educate their children and have jobs for their adults. You will witness their agricultural practices and how they deploy the internet and technology to enhance their traditional lifestyle.
Afterwards, you will be transported to a scenic location for a “Sundowner”. Located beside a waterhole, you can watch animals and the sunset while mingling with your Masaai hosts and enjoying drinks and snacks.
On the way back to Porini Camp, your driver will take you on a night time drive within the conservancy to view animals using infra red spotlights, because regular lights have a blinding affect on wildlife. The Porini Camp staff will prepare a “bush dinner’, served outdoors beside a campfire in a secure lantern-lit area before you settle in for the night.
Included: Transportation, tour guide and Full Board with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
DAY 4: Return to Nairobi to Visit the Indians of Kenya
You will fly back to Nairobi Wilson Airport after breakfast at Porini. A driver will meet you in Nairobi for a transfer to Tribe Hotel.
This leg of your journey will expose you to the non-African heritage of Kenya. After check-in, your driver will take you to Nairobi National Museum for lunch at Vogue Café . Your museum visit will feature a rich collection of items showing the history of how multicultural Kenya came to be. There is an adjoining art gallery and botanical gardens for viewing the native flora of Equatorial Africa.
After the museum tour, you will visit one of Nairobi’s majestic Hindu Temples. The Hindus arrived in Kenya in the late 1800’s, mainly from Gujarat, as labourers to build the Kenya Uganda railway. Many of them stayed subsequently and today, 4th and 5th generation Indians call Kenya home. Distinct in culture from South Asian Indians, the language of the Kenyan Indians includes both Indian and Swahili words; certain Indian food items are famously unique to this part of the world. Kenya has always allowed religious freedom and virtually every major town features a Hindu temple constructed in north and west Indian architectural style.
Your day will end with a 3-course Indian meal at Chowpaty Restaurant in Parklands Highridge Centre and your driver will return you to Tribe Hotel for the night.
Included: Air & Ground Transportation, tour guide, Museum Entrance, Breakfast & Dinner.
Excluded: Lunch at Vogue Cafe. Drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) at both Vogue Cafe and Chowpaty Restaurant
DAY 5: Meet the British of Kenya
Get immersed in British culture, Kenyan-style. In addition to building the infrastructure during the Colonial Era, the British also influenced agriculture in massive ways in Kenya.
After breakfast, you will visit the highlands of Kenya approximately an hour away. Your first stop, Kiambethu Tea Farm, was founded by A.B McDonell in 1910. This is the birthplace of the tea industry in Kenya. Tea was first grown, processed and sold commercially right here. The family gradually scaled up the operation over the generations. As a result it is one of Kenya’s biggest exports today. Fiona Vernon, a fifth generation decedent of A.B. McDonell runs the operation today.
The farm house is set within beautiful gardens surrounded by acres of tea and indigenous forest. It is home to the Colobus monkey and plenty of other wildlife.
Following lunch at Kiambethu, you will be driven to nearby Tigoni for a visit to Brown’s Cheese Farm, a local organic and biodynamic industry that makes world famous and award winning cheeses. The Brown family are newer arrivals to Kenya compared to the McDonells. They began making cheese here in 1979. Since then, the second generation has taken over. They produce seventeen different varieties of cheese using milk from over 3,000 small hold farmers in addition to their own small herd.
You will return to Tribe Hotel for dinner and an evening at your leisure
Included: Transportation, Tour Guide, breakfast & lunch.
excluded: Dinner, Drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) at lunch and dinner.
DAY 6: Elephants Up Close En-Route to The Beach
After breakfast, you will visit the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for a close encounter with orphaned elephants. Kenyan born Daphne Sheldrick and her husband David spent their entire lives raising and rehabilitating orphaned wild animals in Kenya. Their world famous body of work on elephant husbandry is especially relevant. Today, their descendants continue the legacy in Nairobi National Park and are recognized as a global force for wildlife conservation.
You will have time for a quick lunch at Wilson Airport before your early afternoon flight to the island of Lamu. For this last part of your safari, you will relax on the beaches of the Indian Ocean where the Middle East intersects with Africa. Lamu Island has been a port of call for travellers for centuries. The many historical sites bear witness to this rich history. The streets of Lamu town are narrow, cool and quiet. They are surprisingly intimate spaces enclosed by massive stone buildings whose thick coral rag walls give the town its distinct colour and texture. In December 2001 Lamu Town became a world heritage site in order to protect the oldest inhabited Swahili settlement south of the Sahara.
You will be met at the airport and transferred by boat to The Majlis Resort, your all inclusive beach resort where you can spend the rest of your stay at leisure.
Included: Ground, Air & Water transportation, Entrance Fees at Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Accommodation and Meals in Standard Room at The Majlis Resort.
Excluded: Lunch at the airport, Drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) at The Majlis Resort.
Note: Internal flight baggage allowance 15 kg in soft bags. Limit one (1) per passenger.
DAY 7: Explore The Middle East in Kenya
This will probably be the most relaxing part of your Safari with no pre-arranged tours. As a result, you can relax and do as you please.
Shela village where The Majlis Resort is located is 2 miles from Lamu town and the site of historical artifacts dating back to the early 1800’s. Amongst adventures you can enjoy locally are the following:
- Visit to Takwa ruins by boat (3 hours),
- Sunset dhow trip (1.5 hours)
- Half day fishing (3-4 hours)
- Full day fishing with barbeque lunch on Manda
- Trip to MandaToto Island (4-6 hours)
- Using hotel’s speedboat for fishing, snorkeling and with barbeque luncH
Included: Accommodation and Meals in Standard Room at The Majlis Resort.
Excluded: Excursions and Activities, Drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) at The Majlis Resort.
DAY 8: Departure
All good things come to an end and in conclusion of this Safari, you may spend the the morning at your leisure. An airport transfer will pick you up after lunch for a scheduled mid-afternoon flight back to Nairobi Wilson Airport. Included in the package is transportation to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your final departure flight out of Kenya.
Included: Breakfast at Lunch at The Majlis Resort, ground and air transportation to Wilson Airport and Jomo Kenyatta Airport.
Excluded: Drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) at The Majlis.
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