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Family Memories

This authentic 16 day tour with planned with families in mind. Explore the diverse city of Nairobi and surrounds including visiting a baby elephant orphanage, a giraffe centre, and baby animal orphanage.

Highlights

  • Exploring the diverse city of Nairobi and surrounds
  • Visiting our school Tamariki Educational Centre
  • Visiting The Giraffe Centre, where you can hand feed AND kiss the giraffes – if you dare
  • Visiting David Sheldrick’s baby elephant orphanage
  • Game driving through Nairobi National Park
  • Visit Kazuri Beads, and Akamba Woodcarvers
  • Experiencing a traditional Kenyan tribal dance concert

If you’ve ever had “community involvement in a developing country” or “African safari” on your bucket list, but not quite had the courage or know-how to make it happen?  Well we’re most certainly the right tour company for you to take care of all your planning, preparation and ensuring you have the most amazing adventure of a life time!

Our large focus is on providing REAL African experiences and adventures, and our guests are nurtured and cared for 24/7.  Some years ago,  we established a primary school in a slum in Kenya, so our guests experience not only the abundantly rich culture and magnificent beauty of Africa, but go to places most travellers never go to meet people most travellers never meet and support and make a difference in the lives of local people, local communities and local small businesses.

Our guests forge everlasting friendships and leave having had a truly life-changing experience.

Full Details

  • You will visit our school Tamariki Educational Centre in a slum on the outskirts of Nairobi, where you will be interacting with our beautiful kids, staff and community. So that you get to enjoy the wonder of what our school is all about, we visit our school for a long morning session.
  • Your children can spend quality time interacting with the Tamariki kids, playing with them, even sitting in on their lessons if they wish.  This is a chance for you and your children to experience and learn about Kenyan schools and the daily lives of the Kenyan children.
  • The school is set up for kids and their families who come from poor backgrounds, some orphaned and some affected by critical health matters.
  • The visit to Tamariki is to help and support the school by way of interaction, or helping with activities and projects that you may wish to bring along with you, or simply just playing  games. The wonderful Director/Headmaster will also assist in this area.

Visiting David Sheldrick’s Baby Elephant Orphanage

  • There are very many conservation projects set up in Kenya to protect the country’s prolific wildlife, but one of the most fantastic projects is David Sheldrick’s Baby Elephant Orphanage, situated on the edge of Nairobi National Park.
  • David Sheldricks was set up as a rescue centre for orphaned babies, often whose mothers have died from tragic circumstances, or babies have fallen down wells and so the babies are left to struggle for survival on their own, out on the savannah.
  • The main aim of the project is to assist the baby’s rehabilitation, which can take many years, so they can survive back in the wild.   Because of the importance of very little interaction with humans, the centre is open for 1 hour per day only, during a feeding time.  Here we’ll get to see the babies, touch them, watch them being fed and marvel at their mischievous antics.

Safari Time

Experience a REAL safari and game drive, through Nairobi National Park, located just a few short kilometers from Nairobi CBD.  Here we can possibly see 4 of the Big 5 – lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, giraffe and sometimes black rhino. There are no elephant in the park however.

Akamba Woodcarvers

A woodcarving cooperative where talented artistic Akamba tribe come together to carve chunks of wood into exquisite craft. We get a fascinating insight into just how much time, effort, and skill goes into these crafts that we often take for granted.  .

Kazuru Beads

A project set up for single mums this is a thriving industry employing over 350 women.  Meet these fabulous women and watch them create beautiful porcelain beads from the raw clay material and turn them into stunning items of jewellery and crafts which are exported right around the world.

Visit Nairobi Animal Orphanage

Stroll through Nairobi Baby Animal Orphanage situated on the edge of Nairobi National Park.  Established as a rehabilitation and treatment centre for injured and abandoned wild baby animals.

Visit the Giraffe Centre

Here we can have an up close ‘n personal encounter with the Rothschild Giraffe, where we have the opportunity of hand feeding them, AND if you are game enough – pucker up and mwaaa on the lips!

Experience a Traditional Kenyan Tribal Dance Concert

  • We participate and watch a traditional Kenyan tribal dance concert, interacting with dance and singing to various tribal rhythms.  A fascinating look into the rich culture of Kenya. Hanging out with the Locals.

Your Accommodation in Nairobi – 8 nights

  • One of the big focus points of this tour is that we live like locals as much as possible, meaning we don’t stay in hotels. For this tour, we stay in a beautiful rented house in the leafy suburb of Karen, in a gated, guarded compound. The house is large, with plenty of communal living space, we share rooms, and lots of areas. If you’re looking for some quiet time, relax on the beautifully manicured lawn with a glass of wine and a book. At the end of our busy sightseeing day, it’s our ‘haven’ to come back to.

3 Day Safari into the World Famous Masai Mara

It’s all about experiencing up-close and personal encounters with Africa’s finest wildlife. This includes:

  • Game driving in the savanna, in search of the “BIG 5” – leopard, elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino.
  • Interacting with the Masai tribal community.
  • Experiencing the exhilaration of staying in a tented camp in the fabulous Mara, where wild animals roam freely.
  • Accommodation: We rough it a bit by staying in ‘permanent tents’ as part of the camp area.  It’s similar to low end glamping style.  An ensuite is provided with each tent – each tent sleeps 2 or 3 persons.

3 Day African Safari to stunning Lake Naivasha

  • It’s all about spotting wildlife in its’ natural habitat.
  • Taking a small boat trip out on to Lake Naivasha for a close encounter with hippos and hopefully some pink flamingos.
  • Cycling safari through Hell’s Gate National Park, nestled in the Great Rift Valley, for game viewing, and to take in the magnificent natural beauty of this geo-thermal area.
  • Exploring the volcanic region, including a 50 metre descent down onto an ancient canyon floor.
  • Accommodation: Cottages at a lovely tranquil lake front camp.

3 days Experiencing Kenya’s Ocean Coast, Diani Beach

1 hour flight to Kenya’s Indian Ocean Coast. This includes:

  • Lazing on the snow white sandy palm-tree fringed beach and swimming in the crystal clear aqua sea.
  • Taking a glass-bottom boat ride out to a white sandy reef.
  • Snorkelling and other water sports (at extra cost).
  • Interacting with the locals.
  • Indulging in a great deal of “R n R” around the pool.
  • Accommodation:  House on a gorgeous, gated and private property.
  • Then we return back to Nairobi for a final group dinner.

While in Nairobi:  (12 nights)

One of the big focus points of this tour is that we live like locals as much as possible, meaning we don’t stay in hotels.

For this tour, we stay in a beautiful rented house in the leafy suburb of Karen, in a gated, guarded compound. The house is large, with plenty of communal living space, we share rooms, and lots of areas.  If you’re looking for some quiet time, relax on the beautifully manicured lawn with a glass of wine and a book. At the end of our busy sightseeing day, it’s our ‘haven’ to come back to.

Lake Naivasha (2 nights)

Staying at an authentic African camp, shared rooms.

Masai Mara  (2 nights)

Staying in a tented camp in the fabulous low-end glamping style.

Diani Beach (3 nights)

Staying in a lovely private property at gorgeous Diani Beach.

Meals

Most breakfasts, a few lunches, and most evening meals are included in the tour.

Please note: This tour is quoted in NZD

  • From 4,900 NZD shared twin room
  • Deposit:800 NZD – balance payable 2 months before trip departure

Included

  • All activities
  • Entries to cultural sites and monuments,
  • Accommodation on twin share basis (single supplement available on request)
  • Transport, transfers
  • Domestic flights
  • Guide services as stated in the itinerary
  • All meals except the occasional meal we eat out, and when we’re at Diani Beach (A Taste of Africa tour)

Excluded

  • Visa fees
  • International flight costs
  • A small number of meals or activities not stated in the itinerary
  • Airport taxes
  • Personal items
  • Snacks
  • Drinks (except where provided with meals) and alcoholic beverages
  • Vaccinations
  • Laundry
  • Personal travel insurance

Optional Activities

  • The optional hot air balloon safari is not included in the price – US$500
  • All holiday prices are correct at the time of writing the itineraries. We reserve the right to alter tour prices if foreign exchange fluctuations, fuel prices, or service price change.

Size of Tour:  8 people plus your local tour guide and cook

  • Country

    Kenya
  • Duration

    16 days

  • Cost

    From $3,250

  • Dates

    Ongoing
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