Kenya

Maasai Village, Maasai Mara and Amboseli Safari


Merrueshi Kenya volunteer travelDuring this journey, you are the invited guest of Kakuta Hamisi - local Maasai Junior Elder and founder of a non-profit helping the community with education, healthcare, environmental conservation and wildlife preservation.

The focus is a homestay in the Maasai village of Merrueshi, where you will share in the daily lives of the Maasai and will live and eat in the local way. Your rustic bungalows are situated right next to the village and are locally built and operated. Daily activities include nature walks lead by the warriors to view the wildlife and learn about native plants used for both food and medicine. The warriors stay near you in the lodge area and are available throughout the day and night for you to engage with and learn from.

amboseli-safari-kenya-sustainable-travelYou’ll also take in the sights and sounds of Amboseli and Maasai Mara on safari with your Maasai friends, with visits to natural watering holes for encounters with an array of Kenyan wildlife. On these two amazing safaris, you’ll search for resident elephants, zebra, wildebeests, giraffes, impala, leopards, lions, hippos, antelope, rhinos, wild dogs, hyenas, cheetah, buffalo and more than 400 species of birds while enjoying an incredible safari lodge stay.


Sample Itinerary

Our itineraries are designed to let the country and its people guide your experiences. Please be flexible and allow the program to unfold.

DAY 1

ARRIVE IN NAIROBI, KENYA

You will be picked up at the airport and escorted to your hotel in downtown Nairobi. Get checked in and relax.

MEALS:  None


DAY 2

NAIROBI

This morning you’ll have time to relax and acclimatize yourself with the local weather and time zone. Activities for the day include a visit to the Giraffe Center and the famous elephant orphanage in the outskirts of Nairobi National Park. Meet orphan elephants and learn about their life at the orphanage and in the wild. We’ll have lunch at the Utamaduni Craft Center. Return to the hotel after lunch and overnight.

MEALS:  B


DAY 3

NAIROBI - MAASAI MARA

Shortly after early breakfast we’ll depart Nairobi for Maasai Mara Game Reserve. We’ll drive through Kenya's highlands and stop midway to get a glimpse of the Great Rift Valley – a magnificent natural trench stretching approximately 3,700 miles from Lebanon into Mozambique in East Africa. We should arrive at the lodge in time for lunch. There will be an afternoon game drive starting at 4 pm.

MEALS:  B,L,D


DAY 4

MAASAI MARA SAFARI

The Maasai Mara encompasses vast open rolling plains as well as grasslands with seasonal river lets. The entire area of the park is situated within the enormous Great Rift Valley. The reserve is famous for the annual wildlife migration, with over 1 million wildebeest and thousands of zebra crossing from the Serengeti plains in Tanzania. The reserve is home to hundreds of elephants, hippos, lions, hyenas, buffalo, and thousands of other kinds of animals. Over 500 species of birds are abundant in the reserve, including ostrich, larks, sun birds, weavers, and the lilac breasted roller. Morning and afternoon game drives will be provided.

MEALS:  B,L,D


DAY 5

MAASAI MARA TO LAKE NAIVASHA

After breakfast, you will enjoy a drive through the Mara north towards Lake Naivasha. Lake Naivasha is a large freshwater lake outside the town of Naivasha which lies north west of Nairobi. It is part of the Great Rift Valley. The name derives from the local Maasai name Nai'posha, meaning "rough water" because of the sudden storms which can arise. Upon arrival, you will get checked into your hotel to relax for a bit, and enjoy lunch at the hotel on your own.

Hell's Gate National Park is named after a narrow break in the cliffs, once a tributary of a prehistoric lake that fed early humans in the area. It was established in 1984. A small national park, it is known for its wide variety of wildlife and for its scenery and a dramatic gorge at the bottom of the valley.

MEALS:  B


DAY 6

LAKE NAIVASHA - MERRUESHI VILLAGE

This morning after breakfast your guide will take you out on the lake to see hippos and many birds. You will return to your hotel to pack up and have lunch.

After lunch you’ll drive to Maasai Simba Camp. Upon arrival, you’ll meet your Maasai hosts and settle into Maasai Simba camp, which is in the village of Merrueshi.

The entire camp is nestled under a canopy of indigenous acacia trees on the banks of the seasonal Kiboko River. Mornings will typically begin with a bushwalking safari lead by the Maasai warriors. Merrueshi is a wildlife corridor between Amboseli and Chyulu Hills National Parks. Giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, eland, kudu, warthog, gazelle, impala and over 400 species of birds roam freely in the area. The Maasai know this land in a way no one else does and the warriors will interpret everything from footprints, animal droppings, animal noises, herbal medicine, and more. You will be able to relax at the camp or you can immerse yourselves with several activities that include a visit to local villages, schools, and the health center. Your visits with Maasai village leaders, elders, women, herbalists, teachers, and nurses will allow you to learn about every aspect of the Maasai tribal way of life.

MEALS:  B,L,D


DAY 7

AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

After having coffee or tea, hop into 4x4 Land Cruiser and drive to Amboseli National Park, 30 minutes away from Maasai Simba Camp. Amboseli National Park covers 150 square miles in southern Kenya, near the Tanzanian border. The name Amboseli comes from the word "empusel," which in the language of the local Maasai tribe means “salty dust.” Amboseli is nevertheless quite lush in places, because the melting snows of Kilimanjaro flow underground into the park, continually feeding water to springs, swamps, and marshes.

Amboseli has always been a favorite spot for wildlife. In addition to the 900 or so elephants that live there, zebra, wildebeests, giraffes, impala, leopards, lions, hippos, antelope, rhinos, wild dogs, hyenas, cheetah, buffalo, and more than 400 species of birds all gather in the haven of the park. We will enjoy lunch at the lodge and then enjoy an afternoon safari before heading back to the village to overnight.

MEALS:  B,L,D


DAY 8

MERRUESHI - NAIROBI

This morning early after tea, your warriors will take you on a walkabout to learn about the plants and animals in the area. After this interpretive walk, you will return to the camp for breakfast and relaxation. You will have plenty of time to shower and pack before heading back to Nairobi to go to the famous Carnivore Restaurant. Then you will be escorted to the airport for your night flight home.

MEALS:  B,L


PRICE

From $3,095 based on double occupancy

DURATION

8D / 7N

DEPARTURE DATES

Custom departures available year-round


ACTIVITY LEVEL

Easy-Moderate

ROUTE

Nairobi - Maasai Mara - Lake Naivasha - Merrueshi - Amboseli - Nairobi

PROGRAM ELEMENTS

Customizable
Village experience



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