Complete Kenya safari

“Spend seven nights exploring two of the most wildlife-rich regions in Africa on this week-long Kenya safari: Samburu and the Maasai Mara.”

Highlights

Kalama Community Wildlife Conservancy | Buffalo Springs National Park | Samburu National Reserve | trek Mount Ololokwe | Maasai Mara National Reserve | day and night game drives | guided bushwalks | luxury safari lodges

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Complete Kenya safari

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

This itinerary features immersive stays at safari lodges that we personally regard to be industry-leading in terms of the conservation work they undertake.

Safari tourism in Kenya is a particularly important feature underpinning community conservation work, since it provides local people with a livelihood that is directly correlated with the protection of species and success of wildlife reintroduction programmes. The presence of the lodges in protected areas also incentivises the preservation of less ‘celebrity’ flora and fauna.

We particularly recommend the lodges on this tour for their fantastic guides and the conscientious approach they have to wildlife. Safari guides are at the front line of conservation, responsible for educating guests, encouraging the protection of the environment, and also the choices they make on-the-ground (such as observing wildlife from a respectful distance, ensuring no litter or human objects fall out of the safari vehicle, and even reporting any malpractice incidents or poaching threats to the relevant authorities), are amongst the most important in conserving the national parks and the animals that call them home. It is for this reason that we take our role of recommending guides to our guests very seriously.

Our offices in the UK and in Bangkok take a leading role in setting the standard for an environmentally friendly work environment. Alongside ensuring that our waste is appropriately recycled, we have instituted a paperless work system, in which paper usage is kept to a bare minimum. We have also implemented a plastic ban in our offices, starting with coffee cups and single-use plastic drinks bottles, and expanding to encompass food packaging as far as possible. Each office has a designated ‘sustainability officer’, who helps to implement programmes and answer questions, whilst all team members are able to set the environmental agenda by highlighting their ideas on a specific sustainability channel in our internal communications network.

Community

The safari accommodations we promote all have a strong focus on recruiting staff form within their local communities: many aim for at least 75% of their staff coming from their immediate local community. This provides jobs and skills and is one of the most direct ways of positively affecting community development.

Our accommodation choices make use of locally owned properties where possible and often include adventurous, authentic choices such as local homestays which therefore involve local people and their communities in the very fabric of our vacations.

Vacations are locally-guided by knowledgeable locals who possess a wealth of information on the local environment and culture.

We encourage all our travelers to research local customs and read your trip notes before you depart to ensure you are conscientious and respectful in a different culture.

In most cases we strongly recommend that you do not give money to children beggars. If begging is a successful enterprise, parents are encouraged to forsake their children’s education in pursuit of this opportunity.

Talk to us about packing for a purpose and see if you can get involved by making a small material contribution to the communities you are visiting. We have developed partnerships with charities and accommodations throughout Kenya and are constantly working to extend our reach with the help of our travelers.

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Reviewed on 30 Jun 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


We had many wonderful moments on the safari but the most memorable part was watching a lioness with her three young cubs going on a hunt early in the morning.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take a variety of clothes to cover all temperatures and an afternoon shower. Go on a night safari.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We were very impressed with both places we stayed (Mundui House and Eagle View BaseCamp). They both minimised plastic use and used fresh, locally
sourced food ingredients. Both also supported local conservation and the local community.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Fantastic. A wonderful experience.

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


1) seeing all the animals, 2) Meeting some really lovely people and making friends. 3) The guides and trackers were absolutely brilliant and really made the vacation. and 4) The whole organisation of the vacation from the first meeting at the airport to the drop off when we were going home. Brilliant.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Just trust that everything is organised so well there is nothing to worry about.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, we supported the local people by buying locally made gifts to bring home and ensuring that we looked after the environment while on safari. Learning and understanding local traditions was important to ensure that we all 'sang from the same hymn sheet'.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent Everything was perfect from when I first contacted Rosy to hearing from our tour operator to being met at the Nairobi airport to all the safari's and lodges (so well looked after) to going back to Nairobi and eventually being dropped back off at the airport. No hic-ups, it was so smooth and a real treat not have to worry about anything.

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