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Kenya Maasai Adventure - March/April 2018 - GUARANTEED DEPARTURE

Price A$6,308


Destination

NairobiNanyukiOl Pejeta ConservancyNgarendareII NgwesiKisoroMgahinga ForestBwindi ForestLake MutandaKigali


Category
Group Tours

Duration
16 days 15 nights
Tour Details

Kenya - 26th March to 10th April 2018 A$6308 plus air

Uganda Extension - 10th to 15th April 2018 A$3966 plus air

How does exotic wildlife, extraordinary communities, serene landscapes and the beats of the African night sound to you? If you're looking for an incredible adventure that will change your life, then join us on our 16 day solo tour to awe inspiring Kenya. 

We are once again proud to partner with Raw Africa Eco Tours, a leading eco adventure tour operator. Traveling with RAW means you'll head off the beaten track, see wildlife up close and immerse yourself in local communities.

Highlights of the tour include:

  • Full day in Nairobi visiting the Sheldrick Wildlife orphanage (home to the orphaned baby elephants), Langatta Giraffe Centre and Karen Blixen Museum
  • Game driving in the Ol Pejata Conservancy
  • Comfortable camping in the Ngarendare Forest
  • Forest canopy walk
  • 5 star lodge stay at the Il Ngwesi Lodge- the only lodge proudly owned and operated by the Maasai and recently named as one of the top 10 eco lodges in Kenya.
  • Visit to a local Maasai village
  • Night game driving
  • Awesome sundowners & Game walks
  • Beautiful wildlife
  • The chance to meet new friends

Discover this amazing part of the world with the peace of mind that comes with travelling as part of a group with local guides who are passionate about their country and your safety.

Want to extend your stay? Then come with us to Uganda where you can follow in the footsteps of Dian Fossey and meet the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. See the Uganda itinerary here.

Will you join us?

 

GUARANTEED DEPARTURE

 

 

 

 

Day 1 - Nairobi

On arrival, you are greeted at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by a RAW Africa staff member and taken to your hotel. You will have time to relax before our 8.00 p.m. getā€together to chat about our fantastic adventure.

Meals : Dinner
Day 2 - Nairobi

Explore Nairobi’s famous Karen (pronounced Kaaren) district. Visit Sheldrake Wildlife Orphanage, home to orphaned Elephants and other wildlife before spending time with the rare Rothcshilds Giraffe at the Langatta Giraffe
Centre. Explore the Karen Blixen Museum, former home of the author of the well-loved novel “Out of Africa”.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 - Nanyuki

Slowly weave your way through Kenya’s central highlands to the bustling town of Nanyuki. After a relaxing lunch, visit William Holden Wildlife Orphanage, located in stunning Mount Kenya National Park. The Orphanage is dedicated to caring for and reintroducing native wildlife back into the national park.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 - Ol Pejeta Conservancy

After an early breakfast travel to the wildlife haven of Ol Pejeta Conservancy.  As you travel around the conservancy there will be chances to see elephant, rhino and possibly lion!  Visit the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, meet Barak the black rhino and walk beside the Hippo river.  Today will be a day of game drives that you will never forget. Optional Lion tracking (subject to availability)

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 - Ngarendare Forest

Travel to the beautiful Ngarendare Community Forest, one of the few remaining cedar forests in Kenya.  Walk through the tree tops and see some of Kenya’s most spectacular bird life on the forest canopy walk. Take a swim in one of the cool clear springs and finish your day camping in the heart of the forest.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - II Ngwesi Community

Il Ngwesi means “People of Wildlife”.  You will have an opportunity to meet inspiring communities, visit our local school and women’s beading group. Spend the night camping at the picturesque Windy Rock with sweeping views into northern Kenya. Optional wildlife viewing from horseback (subject to availability

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 7-10 - II Ngwesi - 2 nights camping, 2 nights Lodge stay

2 Nights Camping - 2 Nights Lodge stay

At this point you will say a brief farewell to half your group. It is time for you to spend two nights under the glorious stars whilst the remainder of your companions live in the lap of luxury African style at Il Ngwesi Lodge.  Don’t
worry your turn will come!  During this time your nights will be spent apart but all meals and activities will be together.
Relax around the lodge pool, go on game drives, bush walks and visit the Maasai cultural Manyatta (village).
Enjoy the next two nights in your open air room overlooking the spectacular valley and water holes where elephant, antelope and monkeys regularly come to drink.
Spend a day on Lewa Downs in search of the endangered black rhino. Lewa is also famous for its cheetah, buffalo and the rare Grevy’s zebra.
Il Ngwesi Lodge is the only lodge in Africa proudly owned and operated by the Maasai people and you will enjoy the genuine hospitality and inspiring setting of this unique community initiative.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 - Nanyuki

Wind your way through Lewa Downs, crossing the famous Elephant tunnel before returning to Nanyuki. Spend the afternoon relaxing, wandering around town enjoying a good coffee or doing some last minute shopping.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12 - Return to Nairobi

Make a gradual slow descent to Nairobi.  There will be an opportunity to visit a market to purchase locally made handicrafts.  Tonight will be our last dinner together on your remarkable journey.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13 - Return to Nairobi or Fly onto Uganda Extension

Breakfast then depart for home OR fly to Kigali for Uganda tour where you will travel across the mountainous regions of Rwanda and into neighbouring Uganda.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 14 - Hill Climb / Village Walk

Slowly climb the hills above the town of Kisoro.  This climb will condition you to the local terrain before you embark on your gorilla trek. The hill climb will give you a view of the stunning mountains surrounding Kisoro, Mt Muvuru, Mt Gahinga and Mt Sabinyo with a view of Lake Mutanda below.  Meander back to Kisoro through the many local villages.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15 - The Batwa people of Mgahinga National Park

When Uganda created its many reserves, some communities were evicted from the parks and found themselves landless and marginalised. The Batwa, or pygmy people, not only called the Mgahinga Forest their home but relied on its resources to survive. Today the Batwa are reviving their culture through tourism programs in partnership with Mgahinga National Park.  Experience the Batwa Trail to gain a greater understanding of the culture of this unique people.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 16 - Mountain Gorillas of Bwindi Forest

This will surely be a trip highlight!  Travel to Bwindi Forest to spend an unforgettable day with some of the last Mountain Gorillas on earth.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 17 - Canoeing on Lake Mutanda

The gorilla trek will be a big achievement so now you have a day to unwind.  Spend the morning canoeing on Lake Mutanda, home to otters and many species of birds.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 18 - Kigali

Return south to Kigali, Rwanda and onto further adventures.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

 Nothing could have been any better in all aspects. Has made me want to see more of Africa." Maureen , Victoria

 

"Raw Africa title really sums up my experience. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Trip to Il Ngwesi was fantastic. Great atmosphere. Eric , Queensland

 

"I was a bit apprehensive about going to Africa but I worried for nothing. The team in Kenya looked after us from Day 1 - we all felt completely safe and secure at all times.

Awesome trip." Ron, WA

 

"I had a wonderful time and am still amazed at the amount of animals we saw.  Though missing seeing lion was a disappointment.  Seeing first hand the work that the orphanages and  conservancy do for the animals was fantastic and it’s great to get in amongst the communities and see what is being done to assist in sustainability for the people, the environment and the animals."  Jackie,  Brisbane

 

"Everything about this tour was great!" Isabella, South Australia

 

Il Ngwesi Eco-Lodge

Il Ngwesi Group Ranch is a 5 star Maasai-owned land situated in the breathtaking Savannah in the Northern part of Mount Kenya. We are an international role model in community-based land management and wildlife conservation. Il Ngwesi group ranch is one of the few community projects in Kenya supporting a Rhino Sanctuary.We endeavour to live in harmony with our delicate eco-system, preserving our culture and sharing our heritage with guests. Il Ngwesi was recently named as one of the Top 10 eco-lodges in Kenya. The group ranch owns and manages an award-winning Eco-Lodge built from local materials depicting Maasai landscape. Our guests relax in this serene environment and spacious comfort while enjoying unmatched Maasai Hospitality. We welcome guests to discover the unique wildlife and cultural experience Il Ngwesi has to offer.Apart from the Eco-Lodge and Rhino Sanctuary, the group ranch also runs other projects like; women enterprises, health, Education, Water and Infrastructure.

 

 Wildebeest Eco Camp, Nairobi

Wildebeest Eco Camp is a great base in Nairobi to travel within Kenya or East Africa./ Conveniently positioned in beautiful Langata it is possible to enjoy the best of both worlds – being close to major tourist attractions, Nairobi National Park and Galleria Shopping Centre, with good transport links to the city centre as well as both the domestic and international airports. But don't be too keen to move on, there are loads of great things to do if you want to spend a couple of days Nairobi. You can visit the baby elephants at the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage (from the BBC's Elephant Diaries), hand-feed or even kiss a giraffe, or visit the farm of Karen Blixen, famous from the book and movie 'Out of Africa'.

Kenya

Lions and leopards are just part of the landscape in Kenya, East Africa’s favourite safari destination. More than 40 national parks and nature reserves are scattered between Lake Victoria and the India Ocean, covering every imaginable landscape and featuring just about every animal in Africa: from aardvarks to zebras.

As you might expect, wildlife safaris are the lifeblood of Kenyan tourism, and the infrastructure for travellers is impressive. Jeeps, buses and light aircraft fan out daily across the country to safari lodges and tented camps, some simple and rustic, others lavish and opulent. Refreshingly, you can enjoy close encounters with nature even on a budget, with walking safaris run by tribal guides and economic tented camps that scrimp on creature comforts, but not on creatures.

Most people start the journey in Nairobi, but few linger when there are more attractive cities strung out along the sun-kissed Kenyan coast and dotted around the Great Rift Valley. Whether you pick the interior or the coast, with its beach resorts and Islamic ruins, you can be sure to find a national park or reserve close at hand – Nairobi even has a national park within the city limits, with zebras and giraffes just a stone’s throw from the suburbs.

Kenya is also a great place for cultural encounters, with more than 40 different tribal groups, each following its own unique way of life. The semi-nomadic Maasai, with their rainbow-coloured, bead-covered adornments, are perhaps the most obvious group, but visiting any tribal village is a fascinating experience.

Uganda

A reputation for political instability and the looming shadow of Idi Amin have long – and unfairly – blighted Uganda’s fledgling tourism sector. Now, though, things are looking up for the central African nation once described as “the pearl of Africa” by Winston Churchill.

And a brief look around is enough to show you why. From the second you step off the plane, the overwhelming impression of Uganda is one of rich natural diversity, friendly locals and a burgeoning cultural scene that is currently producing some of the most exciting artists in Africa.

Culturally, much of the action happens in the capital, Kampala, an urban sprawl ringed by farmland and perched on the muddy banks of Lake Victoria. While most foreign travellers confine themselves to the city centre or the diplomatic quarter, Kololo, its worth venturing into the bustling bars and clubs of Kabalagala, where expats and locals meet for a slug of the local Nile beer and a friendly game of pool.

Away from the capital, Uganda’s towns and cities have little in the way of diversions (although Jinja’s location on the banks of the River Nile has made it a favourite with thrill-seeking rafters). Instead, head west towards the Congo border where, along with the fascinating pygmy people of Fort Portal, Uganda’s natural wonders reveal themselves.

The star attraction  is the iconic mountain gorilla, which can be found further south in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. While you’re down there it’s also worth taking a detour to Lake Bunyonyi, a mountain retreat famed for its stunning vistas and freshwater crayfish.

More natural wonders await in northern Uganda, home to the magnificent Murchison Falls, and in the east, where visitors will find the outstanding desert crags and ossified anthills of Kidepo.

Regardless of where you go in Uganda, when it comes to leaving, it will be with a heavy heart.

Climate

Kenya has a tropical climate moderated by altitude. It's hot and humid at the coast, temperate inland, and very dry in the north and northeast parts.

Kenya receives a great deal of sunshine all the year round and summer clothes are worn throughout the year. However, it is usually cool at night and early in the morning. Also, because Nairobi is at a high altitude, it can be quite cold even during the day between June and August.

The long rain season occurs from April to June. The short rain season occurs from October to December. The rainfall is sometimes heavy and often falls in the afternoons and evenings. The hottest period is from February to March and the coldest from July to August.

Uganda. Although generally equatorial, the climate is not uniform as the altitude modifies the climate. Southern Uganda is wetter with rain generally spread throughout the year. At Entebbe on the northern shore of Lake Victoria, most rain falls from March to June and the November/December period. Further to the north a dry season gradually emerges; at Gulu about 120 km from the South Sudanese border, November to February is much drier than the rest of the year.

The northeastern region has the driest climate and is prone to droughts in some years. Rwenzori in the southwest on the border with DR Congo receives heavy rain all year round. The south of the country is heavily influenced by one of the world's biggest lakes, Lake Victoria, which contains many islands. It prevents temperatures from varying significantly and increases cloudiness and rainfall.

Visa Requirements

Visas for Kenya are required and you can obtain your visa on entry; passport photos are not required. If you require a multiple-entry visa, you're advised to obtain this in advance. Travellers who are also visiting Rwanda and Uganda may find it more useful to apply for an East Africa cross-border joint visa which allows entry into all three countries on a single visa.Kenya has an agreement with Tanzania and Uganda to waiver visa re-entry fees if travelling between the three countries as long as single-entry visas remain valid for each country. This means multiple-entry visas are not required if going from Kenya to Tanzania or Uganda and back to Kenya. The same applies for travel from Uganda and Tanzania. East Africa visas cab be obtained online.

Electricity

In Kenya and Uganda the standard voltage is 240 V. The standard frequency is 50 Hz. The power sockets that are used are the same as those used in the UK.

Currency

Kenya

The currency is the Kenyan shilling (KES), which can be divided into 100 cents. ATM's accept VISA and Mastercard debit cards throughout the country. It is not possible to buy Kenyan shillings outside Kenya.

Uganda

The national currency is the Ugandan shilling, code UGX, sometimes written as Ush.

ATMs accept debit and credit cards throughout the country. VISA-branded cards are accepted by all ATMs, while MasterCard/Maestro/Cirrus cards are accepted at KCB, ECOBank Stanbic Bank, Barclays Bank, Equity bank, ATMs. Different ATMs allow for different maximum withdrawals of between Shs400,000 and Shs2,000,000, though the usual amount is Shs700,000. some ATMs are located at Entebbe Airport; given that it is impossible to buy Ugandan shillings outside of Uganda and in countries bordering Uganda, withdrawing shillings from the airport ATMs is the easiest option.

Safety & Security

Many people think of Africa and are concerned about safety and security. Travelling in any foreign country always has inherent risks and Kenya and Uganda are no different. Here's are just some of the steps we take to maximise the safety of our clients:

  • Our local operator RAW Africa has a team of staff based in Kenya who are well connected with local communities. They know the country well and the head guide is a Maasai
  • We do not visit areas which are regarded as "risky hotspots" such as coastal Mombasa or areas near the border of Somalia or South Sudan
  • We choose accommodation which is in well regarded and secure locations
  • While on tour, the team is in constant contact with local communities and law enforcement. Any heightened risk can be quickly considered and our itinerary modified to ensure we can continue safely
  • RAW Africa guides and support staff along with local Rangers are with the group at all times.

Ebola is not an issue

The most recent outbreak of Ebola occurred in the western African countries of Sierri Leone, Guinea and Liberia. The outbreak peaked earlier this year and a concerted effort has dramatically slowed the disease in western Africa. In fact as at 7th November 2015, the World Health Organisation declared Sierra Leone Ebola-free.

Having said that, the areas where we operate our tour are on the opposite side of the African continent - in fact Liberia/Sierra Leone/Guinea are closer in distance to London and Madrid than they are to Kenya. Plus Kenya has not reported any cases of Ebola and Kenyan authorities advise that the country is ebola free. Ditto for Uganda. For your own peace of mind, please refer to the World Health Organisation report  to review the information in detail. 

 

 

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Tour inclusions

  • All transfers, transport, activities, accommodation and meals as per itinerary. Il Ngwesi stay includes unlimited wine and beer.
  • All tips/gratuities except for RAW Africa staff.
  • Kenya Accommodation - 2 nights hotel,  3 nights guesthouse, 2 nights luxury eco-lodge, 4 nights comfortable tent camping.
  • Uganda Accommodation - 1-night hotel, 5 nights comfortable guest house.
  • Gorilla trekking permit for Uganda
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals included as per itinerary.
  • Group Size Maximum 6.

Tour Exclusions

  • International airfares - ask us for a quote
  • Visas
  • Personal expenditure such as gifts, souvenirs
  • Meals not included in the itinerary.

 Deposit and final payments are not refundable. Please see our Terms & Conditions on our website for more information.

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