A thrilling wildlife and cultural adventure for the whole family

Personalised journeys from start to finish

Every trip helps support Conservation

Every detail taken care of

  • Personalised journeys from start to finish

  • Every trip helps support Conservation

  • Every detail taken care of

Suggested places to visit

Itinerary highlights

  • Skip the crowds at the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
  • Enjoy a family picnic on the real Pride Rock
  • Learn bush survival skills at the Junior Warrior Academy
  • Take part in a fun Maasai beading workshop

What's included

  • Full support from your travel designer and concierge before, during and after your trip
  • All internal flights and transfers
  • Expert guiding at each camp or lodge
  • Main camp activities at each destination
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At a glance

This adventure through Kenya is ideal for the whole family with plenty to keep everyone busy, from the adrenalin-seekers and culture-lovers, to nature enthusiasts. Your trip will begin in Nairobi where you can meet some of the residents of the Giraffe Centre and learn all about what they are doing to help protect these endangered creatures in the wild. You can also have the unique experience of going on safari with the city as a backdrop. Keep your eyes peeled for some of your favourite Lion King characters.

A special part of your stay in Nairobi will be a visit to the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage where, if your family has adopted a baby elephant, you’ll get to have off-peak access to the little ones.

Your next stop is Lewa where you can explore the lush forests from raised walkways, looking down on some of the animals that call it home, and go swimming in rock pools. You’ll also get to enjoy a picnic on the real Pride Rock in Borona Conservancy which inspired the creators of the Lion King films. Older children can head out to explore the trails on mountain bikes, and the whole family can enjoy privately-guided game drives.

The final stop is Mara Conservancies where there are a variety of culturally focussed activities available, from survival and Maasai skills discovery to beading workshops. You’ll also be able to head out on guided nature walks.

Your family adventure can be specially crafted to suit your interests, creating a memorable trip for everyone.

Example trip itinerary

Days 1-3

Nairobi

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Nairobi

Accommodation in Nairobi

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Giraffe Centre Giraffe Centre

Take a tour of Nairobi's Giraffe Centre and get up close to its long necked residents. Located in Karen, a pleasant suburb of the city named after Karen Blixen, it was established in order to protect the endangered Rothschild giraffe that is found only in the grasslands of East Africa.

Private game drive in Nairobi National Park Private game drive in Nairobi National Park

Early this morning your private guide will collect you and take you over to Nairobi National Park, a short drive out of Nairobi’s central business district and suburbs. The wide open grass plains and backdrop of the city scrapers, scattered acacia bush play host to a wide variety of wildlife including the endangered black rhino, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes and diverse birdlife with over 400 species recorded. An early departure is recommended, as this is when the animals are most visible and active. Enjoy this introductory game drive with your friendly and professional guide, in a 4x4 safari vehicle to see your first Pumba's and Simba's.

Foster parent evening at the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage Foster parent evening at the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

Travel by private transportation into the Nairobi National Park for a visit to the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. Very much a local secret, skip the main tourist crowds by adopting an orphan elephant before you visit. This gives you exclusive off-peak access to your orphan, with one-on-one time with the little guy (or girl), to hear their story, see where they lives and who looks after them and see how the orphanage has saved them from the sad realities of poaching. This is a life changing experience, and also greatly helps the trust help the animals that need it.

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Transfer to Nairobi Wilson airport

Transfer

Flight from Nairobi Wilson airport to Lewa Downs Airstrip

Days 3-6

Lewa

Accommodation in Lewa

Ngare Ndare Forest Trust Ngare Ndare Forest Trust

Today you will have the opportunity to visit the Ngare Ndare Forest Trust. This forest lies to the southeast of Borana and has made huge steps in recent years to connect with the local communities to ensure its survival. Within the forest there are some magnificent rock pools, where the clear blue spring water gushes out the side of the hill, and also a fabulous canopy walk making it possible to get up close and personal with a Hartlaub’s turaco or even an elephant.

Picnic on Pride Rock in the Borana Conservancy Picnic on Pride Rock in the Borana Conservancy

Enjoy a family picnic on the real Pride Rock with stunning views. Borana Conservancy is home to the original inspiration for Pride Rock from the animated Lion King animated film. In the early 1990s, Disney's animation team visited the site while conducting research in Kenya ahead of the the release of the 1994 film. The film crew also visited in 2017 while working on the remake of the film and you'll spot some of the scenery in the 2019 version of it.

Mountain biking in the bush Mountain biking in the bush

Older children and teens might be keen to get the adrenalin pumping with some mountain biking through the bush in Lewa.

Privately-guided game drives Privately-guided game drives

Take the opportunity to head out on privately-guided game drives. Age restrictions may apply to younger children.

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Flight from Lewa Downs airstrip to the Mara north

Transfer

Transfer to your lodge in the Mara Conservancies

Days 6-9

Mara Conservancies

Accommodation in Mara Conservancies

Junior Warrior Academy at Saruni and Cottars Junior Warrior Academy at Saruni and Cottars

If you choose to stay at Saruni Mara or Cottar's 1920's Safari Camp, younger guests can join the Junior Warrior Academy to learn basic survival skills. If you're staying at Angama Mara, young guests can learn about general Maasai skills.

Maasai beading workshop Maasai beading workshop

Try your hand at creating some beautiful beaded items under the patient guidance of local Maasai beaders. Learn about the vibrant craft and create a keepsake to take home with you.

Guided nature walks Guided nature walks

Head out on a guided nature walk to learn about the fascinating flora and fauna of the area from the people who call it home.

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Flight from Mara/North to Nairobi Wilson airport

Transfer

Flight from Nairobi Wilson airport to Jomo Kenyatta International

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