The Great Kenyan Embrace
“The Great Kenyan Embrace” takes you through the best of Kenyan travel. Wander just far enough off the beaten track to gain an enlightened perspective and experience a different side of Africa. We open doors for you to adventures that others miss. Wrap your arms around this magnificent story as your courage and imagination launch into the wild realm of adventure, wildlife safaris, and cultural exploration in untamed and extraordinary landscapes.
“The Great Kenyan Embrace” takes you through the best of Kenyan travel. This incredible 12-day itinerary embraces being off the grid as you explore cultures and destinations that most travelers to Kenya miss. We get you behind the scenes where you will gain new insights and enough stories to last a lifetime! From the remote and grand Laikipia Plateau to exotic Lamu Island, from little known Lukenya to Kenya’s most famous park, Maasai Mara, you will be amazed at all you see, do, and experience. Launch yourself into the wild realm of adventure, wildlife safaris, and cultural exploration in untamed and extraordinary landscapes.
- Great depth of experience off the beaten path
- Walking safaris in Laikipia
- Chances to discover the Big Five and the Great Wildebeest Migration
- Witness thousands of animals on multiple game drives
- Options for hot air balloon, horseback, camel safaris, bush dinners, and other stunning Kenya travel opportunities
- Enter the time machine of Lamu Island, Kenya’s oldest living town
- Take a dhow ride around mangrove islands with a fresh-fish bbq lunch to follow
- Experience the warm hospitality of the Kenyan people
- Otherworldly Maasai culture
- Stunning lodging in prime locations
“The biggest lesson from Africa was that life’s joys come mostly from relationships and friendships, not from material things. I saw time and again how much fun Africans had with their families and friends and on the sports fields; they laughed all the time.”
Day 1: Arrive in Nairobi & Lukenya
Day 2: Lukenya
Meet with the housemothers of a local children’s home to learn about the challenges of running a center for abandoned children, including the efforts to reunite children with a loved one. Continue your guided walk in the area before returning to the Getaway for lunch and a siesta. In the late afternoon, walk through the countryside down dirt tracks with your guide to a rustic local watering hole, Mike’s Place, for drinks, relaxation and a glorious sunset. Walking home under the radiant and vibrant night sky, you will see stars as you’ve never seen before, and they will guide you back to the Getaway for dinner.
Days 3-5: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Laikipia Plateau
Ten percent of the entire endangered black rhino population and fourteen percent of the white rhino population in Kenya live in Lewa because of its unprecedented conversation efforts. You have the chance to see the Big Five during your time at Lewa in addition to many unique animals seldom found elsewhere, including the endangered Grevy’s zebra, blue-legged Solami ostrich, reticulated giraffe, giraffe-necked gerenuk, and the elusive wild dog. There are few things quite as thrilling as tracking lion or leopard prints with your expert safari guide and seeing elephants drinking at a watering hole or a tower of giraffes meandering by. You can opt to go on a camelback safari, which is another way to have an exciting experience, up close and personal. Lewa Conservancy was transformed from a sprawling cattle ranch into a conservation area by conscientious landowners who believed in working closely with the region’s communities. During your time at Lewa, you will gain insight into the conservancy’s initiatives and enjoy an abundance of exciting activities.
Days 6-8: Maasai Mara Game Reserve
Maasai Mara—a vast savanna grassland, dotted with acacia trees, with rolling hills and breathtaking panoramas in every direction—is one of the best places in all of Africa to spot the Big Five. “The Mara” is well-known for its great herds of plains game, like black-maned lions, leopards, cheetahs, and elephants, as well as virtually every other kind of animal found in Kenya. Between July and October, millions of zebras and wildebeest make the dangerous trek across the Maasai Mara in search of new grazing territory. Culturally, the reserve is extraordinary because of the proud and colorful Maasai who inhabit the area. Highlights during our time here include phenomenal game viewing, a walk along the banks of The Mara River—where hippos and crocodiles are often seen in great numbers—and exploring the optional activities in The Mara, which include bush dinners and sundowners, visits to a local school and other cultural experiences, and of course the legendary early morning hot air balloon safaris over The Mara, among others.
Days 9-11: Lamu Island
The Lamu Archipelago consists of a group of islands on the north coast of Kenya. Lamu has not changed much over the centuries and it has been described as the Kathmandu of Africa. As the oldest living Swahili town in Kenya, it has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for its cultural significance. A close-knit and conservative society, Lamu has retained its important status as a center of education in Islamic as well as Swahili culture. Long walks on deserted white sand beaches, sailing in a traditional dhow, exploring the narrow streets of Lamu Town and old Swahili settlements, and enjoying fresh lobster, crab, and a host of wonderful Swahili delicacies are a few of the activities you will enjoy.
Day 12: International flight onward
Back in Nairobi, get ready for your flight back home in your day room before transferring to the airport and your onward flight. You came to Africa for adventure, to live your dreams, to lead your family and friends to new experiences. There has been a real opportunity in every moment to learn something new about life.
- All airport arrival welcomes and departure farewells with private transfers
- Double occupancy accommodations
- All meals
- Wildlife safari game-viewing drives
- Services of English-speaking guides and drivers
- All park and conservancy fees
- Membership in Flying Doctors Society
- All internal flights
- Customary tipping of guides
- Gratuities to lodge staff
- Bottled water while on safari
- Storage and organization of gear, baggage, and personal affects
- Services of our management team in the USA and Africa
- Guaranteed departures with just two guests
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