Lewa, the Mara & Kenyan Coast
10 Nights / 11 Days
Your journey at a glance
Delight in an idyllic safari and beach holiday filled with adventure, wildlife and culture – designed specifically to include lodges that embrace families with activities and fun for parents children and teenagers. Your jam-packed itinerary traverses a marvellous range of incredibly exciting experiences that will stay with you long after your holiday has come to an end. Your family can contribute to the conservation of elephants through adopting an elephant, and while in Nairobi you can visit your elephant and see how the orphanage operates. Elevate the children to a whole new level and go on a camel safari under the stars. Experience the wilderness up close and personal on horseback, and take to the skies to ogle the magnificently vast Kenyan landscapes from the open cockpit of a biplane. Capture the animals dotted on the open plains of the world-famous Maasai Mara Reserve looking for the Big Five, the small five and magnificent birdlife. A wonderful family experience is to engage with people from a different culture and visit a traditional Maasai boma meeting the people from the Maasai community. End off your idyllic family holiday learning new sports and delving into new adventures in absolute luxury on the Kenyan coast. This is a sublime family journey, with moments and memories captured, that will never be forgotten.
- Visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife
- Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
- Horseback safari/family baking afternoon
- Sunset hot-air balloon
Day 1: On your arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be warmly met by a representative who will transfer you into the vibrant Nairobi. Spend the night at Giraffe Manor where you and your family will get the opportunity to interact with Rothschild Giraffes. Cherish then a visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and adopt an elephant…and meet your gentle giant. You will then take a tour of the Giraffe Centre, gain insight into the conservation efforts for the Rothschild giraffe, and even get to feed a giraffe
Day 2: After a delicious lunch, you will be transferred to Wilson Airport for your scheduled light aircraft flight to Lewa airstrip. You will be met and transferred to Lewa Wilderness Camp. Lewa Wildlife Conservancy sweeps over the Laikipia plains and this extraordinary, prolific wildlife conservancy takes a pioneering approach to conservation. Popular heaven for photographers, celebrities and documentary, here you will find some of the most sensational wildlife viewing on the continent.
Day 3-5: Appreciate staying at each destination for 3 nights, allowing your family time to settle down, get to know the teams and immerse yourselves in your stunning surroundings. If you are feeling intrepid take to the skies in the cockpit of a biplane and gaze at the magnificence of the mountainous slopes. Learn the local lingo and converse with the locals in Swahili, a very entertaining, heartwarming experience. Climb on the back of a camel and gaze into the horizon from an elevated point as you amble through lush terrain. Watch the stunning setting sun transform from golden peach hues to pomegranate pinks and sip colourful cocktails with the sounds of the wild your personal soundtrack in the bush. Wake up early with the sun for a game drive to connect with the hands-on conservation ethos of the conservancies, while searching for the Big Five learn about rehabilitation programs, tracking and collaring initiatives from your guide. Choose to go on a horseback safari or for the smaller kids, take a ride around the lodge or spend the afternoon baking something delicious in the kitchen. Enjoy your dinner as a family, under the vast Laikipia sky
Day 5-7: Take a scheduled light aircraft flight to the Maasai Mara. Enjoy a game drive from the airstrip en-route to your lodge. Enjoy an afternoon game drive, followed by dinner under the stars at the lodge. You will plan your day with your Camp Manager each morning after your breakfast. For families with small children – our camp naturalists have a wonderful Wild Child itinerary planned for you, including learning the ways of the Maasai – how to make a fire, how to shoot a bow and arrow and even how to bead a bracelet. Take a nature walk around the camp learning to identify butterflies, animal tracks, trees and leaves. Or spend time with our chefs baking cupcakes for afternoon tea. For families with teenagers and older children – Cherish an extraordinary opportunity to explore a Maasai village with an expert walking guide. Shake hands with a proud Maasai Moran, and greet him with a ‘Jambo’ as he invites you into his village and his way of life. Appreciate the beautiful intricate handcrafted jewellery and perhaps take some of these unique items home for souvenirs and gifts. Just before the golden rays strike the earth descend into the heavens on a spectacular hot-air balloon. Enjoy an exhilarating night drive with stunning wildlife perfectly illuminated in the deep black of the night, or go on a nature walk through the Masai Mara with your guide
Day 8-10: Board your scheduled light aircraft flight to the Kenyan coast, Diani, where you will be picked up by met by a representative from Alfajiri Villas. Arrive on the warm and welcoming Swahili coast of Kenya, where the friendly coastal people will take good care of you, while you choose to relax or have an active beach holiday. Alfajiri Villas staff are ready to welcome families, and have plenty of activities available for all ages. In the evening, meet with your villa manager to discuss plans and possible activities for your family over the next few days. For families with small children, we have staff ready to take care of them, to enjoy the private pool at your villas or go to the beach nearby. For adventurous families, there are wonderful activities to keep busy with over the next few days. Try your hand at Kite surfing, diving or snorkelling. Or, for avid fishermen, deep-sea fishing excursions can be arranged, try for the elusive marlin. And for those who would like to relax, enjoy the pool, sumptuous meals and a massage
Day 11: Enjoy your last early morning swim in the sea and breakfast before we wave a fond farewell as you make your way back to the airstrip. From here, you will board your scheduled light aircraft flight to Wilson Airport, where you will be picked up by a member of the team who will transfer you to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your onward flight.