Maasai Experience

Safari type: Special combination
Duration: 10 days
Season: November – february [NB: Example]
Cost: 2568 USD per person for a group of maximum 6, minimum 3. Groups of not more than 6 are recommended.

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The Laikipia Maasai are found on the north /west of Mt Kenya. They number slightly over 33,000 people and they were left behind when the colonialist forced the Maasai out of their ancestral lands in 1904 and 1911. They refused to move and have struggled to maintain their cultural heritage and they live a vibrant culture and life.

We welcome you to witness one of their traditional and spiritual ceremony. You are welcome to witness how an indigenous community regulates itself through traditional institutions of management and government.

About Maasai Cultural Heritage

The Maasai are an indigenous African ethnic group of semi-nomadic people located in Kenya and northern Tanzania. Due to their distinctive customs and dress and residence near the many game parks of East Africa, they are among the most well-known African ethnic groups internationally (…)

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Highlights

  • Cultural excursions
  • participate in community life
  • camping in the pristine mukogodo forest
  • scenic safaris
  • walking and trekking safaris
  • camel safaris
  • filming and photography
  • bird watching.

Other activities

  • Traditional dances with warriors
  • site seeing
  • nature walks
  • forest adventure

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Sample Itinerary

swimming-at-community-lodge_240.jpgDay 1: Arrive and transfer or fly to Lewa and transfer to Il ngwesi community lodge.

A unique lodge owned and operated by the Laikipia Maasai community, the Ilngwesi section.

It is a unique facility that is constructed of local natural resources and using indigenous Maasai skills.

Here they also train young Maasai warriors and ladies on hotel management and tour guiding among others skills.

All meals and accommodation at the Il Ngwesi Community Lodge.

 

Day 2: Visit a Maasai homestead, warm welcome and a traditional introduction and friendship bonding based on your age and gender.

You are “adopted” into the family, you are given a goat, heifer, sheep – depending on the family status. You accompany an experienced maasai herder to take the livestock out for grazing, learn about nature, birds, wild life and how to avoid dangerous ones. Get back to the lodge for lunch.

In the afternoon you may choose to relax or experience nature on a Camel back with guidance with experienced Maasai warriors, nature observation walking safaris.

In the evening, join the Maasai Moran for the traditional dance.

All meals and accommodation at the Il Ngwesi Community Lodge.

Day 3: Whole day game drive at Lewa conservancy.

Amidst the scenic rolling hills and riverine habitats, Lewa Conservancy supports an impressive array of wildlife, much of it indigenous to the area. Lewa holds more than 25% of the world’s threatened Grevy’s zebra (approximately only 3,000 left) and 32 indigenous black rhino and 33 white rhino.

There are of course a host of other animals native to this part of East Africa including elephants and reticulated giraffe who have bred so successfully, that Lewa Downs Wildlife Conservancy was faced with an over population and had to relocate some of them.

 There are thought to be only about 50 shy aquatic sitatunga antelope in Kenya and Lewa Plains has about 20 living in the swampy riverine areas of the reserve. Other antelope to be seen in some numbers are eland, oryx, impala and waterbuck. Predators are not here in great numbers but lion, leopard and hyena are around.

All meals and accommodation at the Il Ngwesi Community Lodge.

Day 4- 5: Samburu Game reserve, game drives and also visit the Samburu people (you can extend if time and budget allows)

Samburu Game Reserve is reach in wildlife with fame for abundance in rare northern specialist species such as the Grevy Zebra, Somali Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk and the Beisa Oryx (Also referred as Samburu Special).

The reserve is also popular with a minimum of 900 elephants. Large predators such as the Lion, Leopard and Cheetah are an important attraction (Kamunyak the Miracle Lioness that adapted the baby Oryx is a resident in the reserve). Wild dog sightings are also a common attraction to this unique protected area.

Birdlife is abundant with over 450 species recorded. Birds of the arid northern bush country are augmented by a number of riverine forest species. Lesser Kestrel and the Taita Falcon are species of global conservation concern and they both utilize the reserve.

Five species categorized as vulnerable have recorded in the reserve. These are African Darter, Great Egret, White-headed Vulture, Martial Eagle and the Yellow-billed Ox-pecker. Critically endangered species under CITIES – Pancake tortoise (malacochersus tornieri) is found in the reserve.

All meals and accomodation at Umoja Women Campsite

Day 6: Ol Pejeta wildlife sanctuary and wild life areas

Ol Pejeta prides itself on being the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, it is home to two of the world’s last remaining northern white rhinos, and a sanctuary for over 110 critically endangered black rhinos. Additionally, it is the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees, among other vulnerable wildlife it safeguardes.

All meals and accommodation at Ol Pejeta Bush camp

Day 7: Lake Nakuru

At 8:30 AM, leave Nanyuki for Nakuru, (about 3-4 hours) arriving in time for lunch. Check in your hotel and relax at the pool-side or go for swimming. At around 1500hrs, you will go for a game viewing drive in search of the black and the white rhino. With time allowing, you can visit Makaria falls and also pay a visit to the baboon cliff. You will also hike along the lake to see millions of flamingos, pelicans and other species of birds.

Dinner and Overnight at Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge.

 

Day 8, 9, 10: The Maasai mara

Day 8: Leave Nakuru and arrive at Maji Moto Eco Camp by noon. Have lunch and Spend the day exploring more about the maasai community, this time a taste of the Loita hills maasai. Go on nature walks with the guidance of experienced maasai warriors and thereafter you may wish to take a dip in the natural hot spring in the evening, a very special treat!.

Join the Maasai Moran for the traditional dance.

Dinner and Overnight at the camp.

Day 9: Leave for Maasai Mara which is only 1 hr to the Sekenani gate and proceed with a full day game drive. Have picnic lunch by the Mara River.

Dinner and overnight at Oldarpoi Mara Camp

Day 11: Maasai Mara – Nairobi

Pre-breakfast and Morning game drives (0630-0930 hrs) then drive back to Nairobi via Narok; we stop to browse in the bustling, vibrant Masai markets to buy curios, handicrafts and lunch, before continuing to Nairobi and drop off at the airport where our safari ends

 

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