This itinerary is perfect for an active traveler who is looking to get out into nature far off the beaten path combined with a great traditional safari experience. It also offers an intimate cultural experience with the Maasai, a pastoral tribe who live in both Kenya and Tanzania, as well as some of the best guiding in East Africa at Alex Walker's Serian Camps in the Masai Mara.
Days 1 / 2 / 3 / 4~ Maasai Trails ~ Jan’s Camp
A scheduled flight brings you to Siana airstrip in the Mara where you will be met by the Maasai Trails guides, and from here, it is a two-hour game drive to Maasai Trails in the Loita Hills.
For the next three nights, experience spectacular walking safari with the Maasai in the virtually unexplored Loita Hills. All the walks can be designed to suit your desires and capabilities. Your guides are experienced and passionate and eager to share in their culture and traditional knowledge of the world around them. These walks are a once-in-a-lifetime trekking experience in a beautiful and genuine part of Africa, and allow one to fully immerse themselves in the wild African bush...
Loita and “the forest of the lost child” - Loita Naimena Enkiyio forest - is an Africa that most travelers never see, straddled as it is between two iconic destinations in East Africa. In the west, the hills roll down to the game rich country of the Serengeti and Maasai Mara. In the east, the high-forested hills drop dramatically in two giant steps down the Great Rift Valley to the salt lakes of Magadi and Tanzania's Natron. The Loitas provide a microcosm of the diverse habitats that East Africa has to offer.
The forest lies on the western edge of the Great Rift Valley, north of the Tanzanian border. The hills have an average altitude of 2000m and the Rift Valley floor is more than a kilometer below. It is scattered with many glades, valleys, swamps and small rivers. There are numerous springs, which feed into lake Natron in Tanzania and into several rivers towards the west in the Mara-Serengeti eco-system. The Loita forest covers 330 km2 of spectacular indigenous forest and is recognized by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) as an important bird area for species including Hartlaubs Turaco and Ground Hornbill. It is also a refuge for the black and white colobus monkey, bushbuck, buffalo, elephant, dik-dik, zebra, hyena, leopard, and the occasional lion. Giant trees from the Podocarpus to the African olive and Warburgia reveal the ancient history of the forest.
Jan’s Camp is the base for this walking trip in the Loita area. You will spend your first night at Jan's Camp before heading out for two nights of mobile camping. The camp is set on a ridge facing the east and looking over the rolling Loita hills. It has two different types of accommodation that each complement and enhance their surroundings. Since both the trail huts and the tents have their own kitchens and dining areas, there can also be offered a self-catering rate - as well as supplying a chef (if requested).
Overnight at Jan’s Camp or mobile camps. Includes: all Meals and Hikes
Days 5 / 6~ Masai Mara ~ Serian Mobile Camp, Nkorombo
The Maasai Mara is Kenya’s most famous nature reserve, and one of the settings for the film Out of Africa. It is classic savannah – grasslands, where animals are plentiful and the vistas spectacular. In this dreamlike land, animals live in freedom, and the Maasai tend their cattle. The area, also known as the “Jewel of Africa,” has one of the largest and the most spectacular animal migrations in the world. The reserve is known for its abundance of wildlife, including lion, cheetah, elephant, leopard, black rhino and hippo.
There are also over 500 resident species of birds in the park including ostrich, lark and sunbird. The reserve, which covers an area of 700 square miles, forms part of the Serengeti ecosystem and hosts the world famous spectacle of the annual migration of up to two million wildebeest, thousands of zebra and an escort of carnivores from the Serengeti plains following the rains and succulent new grass. Whether or not you are in the Maasai Mara during migration time, your wildlife viewing will be spectacular, as the resident population of zebra and wildebeest will be there, along with the predators.
For these three nights, you will stay at Serian Nkorombo, a traditional tented mobile camp located just outside Kenya’s flagship national park and owned by legendary Kenyan guide Alex Walker. Sighting of a Big Cat or a herd of elephants are sure to occur at Nkorombo, which is frequented by documentary crews and world-famous photographers. The experience at Serian's is focused on viewing wildlife - there are no schedules to be met and you are free to make your own timetable on a daily basis. The camp itself is positioned to blend unobtrusively into the surrounding vegetation with five en-suite "Selous Style" tents with long drop toilets and hot bucket showers. Each tent is simply furnished in the traditional safari style with comfortable single cots, carpets and tray tables. On Day 7 guests depart for home or their next adventure!
Overnights at Serian Nkorombo. Includes: All meals, house wines, soft drinks and beer, laundry, game drives in open 4X4 vehicles and Laundry
Day 7 / 8~ Mara North Conservancy ~ Serian Mara
You will spend your last two nights in the Mara North Conservancy at the luxurious Serian Mara Camp, just a short drive from Nkorombo.
Serian is the private camp of Alex Walker in the Mara North Conservancy. A fourth generation Kenyan and child of a professional hunter, he spent his childhood in forest and bush learning from local trackers. A highly respected guide and maker of wildlife documentary films, Alex has made Serian his home, and you will feel that you are his private guests in a gracious, unusual and magical place. Tents are huge, white, and well-decorated. An outdoor bathing area a short distance from the tent has flush toilets and hot water for shower or tub. Your tent is lit by softly glowing kerosene lanterns. There is no electricity in the tents.
While here you may wish to indulge in a hot air balloon ride. Suspended in a basket beneath the balloon, you float over the plains and above the forest alongside the Mara River, checking out hippos, crocodiles and elephants from high above, to end with a champagne breakfast in the open grassland within the reserve. Other exciting optional activities include nature walks in a private reserve that is accessible only on foot, honey gathering with the Maasai, or fishing. Serian is base for a behavioral animal study “living with Lions – Mara Predator Project” and if you like, you will be taught how to identify lions and asked to submit their photos to contribute to the project. Not only are you are guaranteed an authentic bush experience at Serian Camp, but you will also have exclusive-use of your vehicle, guide and spotter while at camp ensuring that you can see and do precisely as you please, on your own schedule.
Overnights at Serian Mara. Includes: All meals, house wines, soft drinks and beer, laundry, game drives in open 4X4 vehicles and Laundry
Day 9 ~ Departure
This morning, you will be driven to the airstrip to start your journey back home.
Warrior Awakening: The price for this program starts at $5900 per person. Prices vary by season and exclude international flights.
Maasai Footsteps: There is also a 9-night of this Maasai Adventure which includes time in Tanzania's Serengeti. Find the full itinerary here.
- Flights as described in the itinerary.
- Superior accommodations throughout as indicated or similar.
- All meals, drinks and laundry while on safari and as indicated.
- All wildlife viewing by 4 X 4 open roof vehicle shared with other guests, driven by a highly qualified naturalist guide.
- Complimentary soft drinks and water in vehicles.
- All applicable hotel and lodge taxes.
- All game park entry fees.
Does not include:
- International Flights including flights between Rwanda and Kenya or Tanzania.
- Passport and visa fees and service charges for obtaining visas.
- Excess baggage charges levied by airlines.
- Meals and beverages, other than specified.
- Gratuities to driver/guides and other conveyance attendants.
- Laundry and other items of a personal nature.
- Personal and baggage insurance.
- Cost for anything not specifically mentioned in the listing above.
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