Custom Kenya: Adventure, Culture & Philanthropy
16 days/ 15 nights or your choice
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Best Comprehensive Kenya Tour
Kenya is a fabulous destination for a multi-generational family group, and activities of all kinds can be included. There is something for everyone. Here is a sample tour "The Bush Tour of Life" developed by our trusted partner, Bush ArtAfrica Safaris. We can personalize this tour for you, by adding or subtracting activities, lengthening or shortening the circuit.
Spend your first two nights in Nairobi, and head to the 'suburbs' near Ngong Town to visit Tania Integrated Children Centre, Giraffe Centre, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Karen Blixen Museum and Kazuri Beads.
- Tania Integrated Rehabilitation Center is operated by Joseph and Josephine Kigunda, one of the pioneer educators of children with hearing disabilities. Here we tour the center's farm, and have the opportunity to visit and play with the children. Soccer anyone?
- African Fund for Endangered Wildlife Kenya LTD, also known as the Giraffe Centre, carries out breeding programs for the Rothschild Giraffe and operates conservation education programs which include a feeding platform. Visitors stand on the platform at eye level with the doe-eyed giraffe and can feed them by hand; an amazing encounter with the world's longest (land animal's) tounge!
- The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organizations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa. Here you can watch up close as baby elephants are bottle fed, We encourage you to donate to this amazing rescue center by 'adopting' an elephant.
- The Karen Blixen Museum "at the foot of the Ngong Hills", is the former African home of Danish author Karen Blixen, famous for her book Out of Africa which chronicles life at the estate.
- Kazuri Beads was formed to provide employment opportunities for disadvantaged members of Kenyan Society. Today Kazuri, the Swahili word for 'small and beautiful', produces a wide range of hand made, hand painted ceramic jewelry that shines with a kaleidoscope of African colors and Kenyan art. Visitors tour the factory, meet the workers, and shop for treasures in the gift shop.
Departing for the highlands north of Nairobi you will visit Kiambethu Tea Farm, pass by Kikuyu traditional and modern farmlands, cross the Equator (photo stop!) visit Mount Kenya National Park. Nanyuki Spinners, Ol Pejeta Conservancy's Sweetwater Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Black Rhino Sanctuary and partake in game viewing drives.
- Ab McDonell, the first person to grow, make and sell tea commercially in Kenya, built Kiambethu Farm, founded Limuru Girls School, and designed and built All Saints Church Lumuru, where Louis Leakey is buried. The gardens are reminiscent of English country gardens, filled with flowering plants; a serene respite for lunch or a spot of tea.
- UNESCO inscribed Mount Kenya as a World Heritage Site. Its described as one of the most impressive landscapes in Eastern Africa with its rugged glacier-clad summits, Afro-alpine moorlands and diverse forests that illustrate outstanding ecological processes. Accommodations within the park have open air viewing decks overlooking a water hole and salt-lick, which attract herds of elephant and buffalo. Your first experience with wild African game!
- Nanyuki Spinners, is a women's self help project assisting the women from the Nanyuki Township area to support themselves. You will visit the wool spinning factory and the nearby school, with time to visit the gift shop.
- The Ol Pejeta Conservancy runs an integrated wildlife/livestock conservancy, supporting endangered species, tourism and community outreach.
- The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary opened in 1993 in a negotiated agreement between the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the Jane Goodall Institute. The facility was initially established to receive and provide lifelong refuge to orphaned and abused chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) from West and Central Africa. Over the last decade the Sanctuary has been compelled to keep accepting chimpanzees rescued from traumatic situations,bringing the total number of chimpanzees in the Sanctuary to 42. Chimpanzees are being carefully nursed back to health so they can enjoy the rest of their days in the safety of a vast natural enclosure.
- The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is the Largest Black Rhino Sanctuary in East Africa and home to 100 black rhinos (Diceros bicornis michaeli). As one of the worlds most endangered species, the care and protection of black rhino is one of the largest operations the Ol Pejeta security team has to coordinate.
Next you will descend into the lowland dry scrub land of Samburu, partake in game viewing drives and visit a local community school supported by Afrika Awake.
- The Samburu region is home to the Nilo-Sudanic and Afro-Asiatic linguistic group of Samburu, Rendille and the Turkana as well as Somali and Borana nomadic groups. Northern endemic wildlife species living here include: Reticulated Giraffes, Grevy Zebras. Oryx,Somali Ostrich and the elegant Gerenuk, which stands on it's hind legs to forage trees.
- Afrika Awake Foundation works to further education and establish income generating projects for the people of Kenya. You will assist volunteer parents cooking for and serving children at an Afrika Awake sponsored Community Food Center.
Continue through the Great Rift valley and it's system of lakes to the impressive Kigio Wildlife Conservancy. Visit community projects, partake in day and evening game viewing drives, and take boat ride to see hippos up close!
- The Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley comprises three inter-linked relatively shallow lakes (Lake Bogoria, Lake Nakuru and Lake Elementaita), The system is home to 13 globally threatened bird species and some of the highest bird diversities in the world. It is the single most important foraging site for the lesser flamingo anywhere, and a major nesting and breeding ground for great white pelicans. The property features sizeable mammal populations, including black rhino, Rothschild's giraffe, greater kudu, lion, cheetah and wild dogs.
- Kapkuikui Livestock Improvement Self-Help Group, near Lake Baringo, now manages more than 1,000 beehives. The workers are benefiting from revenue derived from the sale of honey, wax, candles and lotion.
- The beautiful Kigio Wildlife Conservancy, with stunning views of Mt Longonot, Naivasha and Aberdares, has wide ranging habitats, from riverine and euphorbia woodlands to short grass and Leleshwa shrub, and holds approximately 3,500 heads of wildlife including the endangered Rothschild Giraffe, a 200 strong herd of buffalo, zebra, waterbuck, impala, Grant's and Thomson's gazelle, eland, hyena, leopard, hippo and over 200 bird species. The Conservancy is at the forefront of ecotourism in the Rift Valley lakes area. Accommodation is available at 2 stunning ecolodges - Malewa Wildlife Lodge and Kigio Wildlife Camp, both built using traditional building methods and natural materials.
Drive South- West through Kericho Tea plantations, visit a tea factory and with tea pickers, continuing onward into Maasai Mara for outstanding game viewing drives and option of taking a Hot Air Balloon ride over the plains.
- Kericho, named after the early English tea planter John Kerich, is Kenya’s tea capital. The district is home to large tea plantations that grow the best of Kenyan tea, known for its brightness, attractive color and brisk flavor.
- Maasai Mara is situated in south-west Kenya and is one of Africa’s greatest wildlife reserves. Together with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania it forms Africa’s most diverse, incredible and most spectacular eco-systems. It is famous for the abundance of the big cats, (lion,leopard, cheetah) the Great Wildebeest Migration and the Maasai people, well known for their distinctive custom and dress.
Depart for Amboseli National Park (via Nairobi) and views of snow capped Kilimanjaro, visit Kimana Community Wildlife Sanctuary, enjoy game viewing drives and a Bush dinner
- Amboseli National Park is home to the most advanced elephant research ever carried out in Africa. Cynthia Moss has carried out research on various families of elephants in this area since 1975. She has written book and done documentaries most recent being the Echos of The Elephants. The adjacent Kimana Community Wildlife Sanctuary represents an example of a community-based ecotourism project. The project promotes the ideals of local participation in wildlife management and creates opportunities for the local Maasai pastoralists to benefit from wildlife tourism.