Highlights of Kenya
This example holiday ticks off Kenya’s highlights including two fabulous days of game viewing in the Masai Mara. But there are also lots of activities to complement the game drives (bike rides, river swings, learning to track animals, bow and arrow making, cave exploring etc) and also some blissful days at the end to find a quiet spot on an Indian Ocean Beach. You will be accompanied on safari by a specialist wildlife driver-guide who will be expert in spotting the animals and telling the children all kinds of weird and wonderful stories about their habits. We can adapt the itinerary to your own family’s particular requirements and can suggest accommodation to fit your budget.
Feed the giraffes at Langatta
Search for the big-5 in the Masai Mara
Go mountain biking in Hell’s Gate
Nature walk near Lake Naivasha
River rafting in Laikipia
Swing in a beach hammock
15 days from £2,875 pp
Plus international flights from £400
A two-week trip for a family of four including time on safari will usually start from around £11,500 excluding international flights, based on mid-range accommodation. Cheaper options may be available.
A safari is one of the more expensive types of holiday that we arrange. Prices in Kenya do vary significantly depending on the season but are generally highest over Christmas and during the summer holidays in July and August. The exact cost will depend on how many of you there are, when you are travelling and whether the children will share a room with you or are old enough to be on their own.
As a general guide, a two-week trip for a family of four to Kenya will usually start from around £11,500 excluding international flights. This is based on comfortable tented camps and lodges (all with en-suite facilities) but not luxury ones. Transport will primarily be by road, perhaps with one internal flight to the coast.
If you want to stay in more luxurious accommodation (perhaps in some of the private conservancies that are adjacent to the national parks) and fly between destinations, the price for a family of four will start from around £18,000 for a two week holiday, excluding international flights.
With any safari in Kenya, one decision that you need to make is the type of vehicle to be used. The less expensive option is to take a minivan with a pop-up roof. This is perfectly comfortable and because of the pop-up roof you get a good view of the animals when the vehicle has stopped. The (more expensive) alternative is to have a 4WD jeep, which has big picture windows and again a pop-up roof. This is much more spacious and offers better game viewing ‘on the move’ but it may be less comfortable for longer journeys. We can base our quote on whichever option suits your family.
Can you do Kenya on the cheap?
There are a small number of excellent small campsites located in private conservancies in some of Kenya’s premium wildlife viewing areas. These offer simple accommodation in 2-person dome tents and basic facilities, but the service is excellent and the wildlife viewing is superb. If you are happy to forego a few creature comforts and use these campsites, the price for a two week trip for a family of four will start from around £9,500. This includes a week safari and a week on the beach.
Generally, bear in mind that the expensive element of any trip to Kenya is always the safari, as once you get to the beach there are many relatively inexpensive beach resorts. Therefore if you need to keep the price of your holiday as low as possible, one way of doing this is to reduce the duration of the safari and increase the duration of the time on the beach.
All prices exclude international flights. These start from around £400 per person if you take an indirect flight, with a duration of usually around 12-13 hours.
You can fly directly from London to Nairobi in just over 8 hours. Prices start from £500 per person.
Flights are available for booking approximately 11 months in advance. If travelling during UK school holidays we suggest that you book your flights as far in advance as possible to get the best fares. Prices will rise considerably the closer to departure that you book.
There are no age limits on any of our holidays but do think about whether your children are old enough to really get the most out of a safari. Find out more about children on safari here.
All you need to do is let us know a few key details about you and your family and we will do the rest. We will produce an itinerary that we think will suit you but you can review this as many times as you need to until we get it just right.
Highlights of Kenya day-to-day itinerary
Arrive in Nairobi where you will be met by your guide and accompanied to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax.
Day 2 Nairobi – Masai Mara
In the morning visit Daphne Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage. This was set up by renowned conservationist Daphne Sheldrick to look after elephants whose parents had died (usually having been killed by poachers), before reintroducing them to the wild. The elephants range in age from a few months to about three years and the children will love being able to get ‘up close’ and watch them playing and being fed.
You will also visit the Langatta Giraffe Centre, a sanctuary for the rare Rothschild Giraffe, where the children will be able to hand-feed some of the animals.
Later depart with a picnic lunch for the Masai Mara. The drive takes around 5 hours but there is the option to fly if you prefer.
Days 3-4 Masai Mara
You have two full days of game drives in the Masai Mara and (depending on where you are staying) one of the surrounding conservancies.
The Masai Mara is one of the finest game reserves in Africa, its rolling green plains and woodlands densely packed with a remarkable array of wildlife. All of the ‘big 5’ can be found here….make sure that the children keep their cameras at the ready. Lions are in abundance throughout the park and you may be lucky enough seeing a pride stalking their prey or perhaps a leopard retrieving its kill from the high branches of an acacia tree. Elephant, giraffe, zebra and gazelle dot the plains together with a wide range of smaller species. Rhino are more difficult to find but you may be lucky; game viewing here is a constant surprise and delight. The scenery is also magnificent with endless plains, picturesque acacia trees and the spectacular Siria escarpment looming to the west.
Day 5 Masai Mara – Lake Naivasha
This morning you will leave the Masai Mara behind en route for Lake Naivasha. This is the highest of the Rift Valley lakes, with clear blue waters leading to dense stands of thick papyrus and a backdrop of mountains. The views are gorgeous and the area also abounds with bird life.
In the afternoon take a boat ride to Crescent Island with excellent opportunities for spotting hippos and other animals that come to drink and wallow in the lake. Once you arrive on the island, you will take a short hike (around 1.5-2 hours). There are no day time predators here, which means that you can (safely!) walk very close to the animals. Children will love having both zebras and giraffes almost within reach.
Day 6 Lake Naivasha – Hell’s Gate
This morning visit Hell’s Gate National Park. The park is named for its pair of massive red-tinged cliffs that lead into dramatic scenery of steep cliffs, narrow gorges, bubbling geothermal pools and strange twisted rock formations. There are a wide range of birds and mammals in the park, including vultures, eagles, baboons, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle.
You will take a bike ride in the park past troops of playful baboons and herds of zebra. The ride lasts around 2 hours and you will then be able to continue on foot to explore the gorges.
The afternoon is free to relax by the pool.
Read More Day 7 Lake Naivasha – Laikipia When you arrive you will settle into camp and then perhaps head to the river for a swim. Days 8-9 Laikipia Your camp is situated in a beautiful location with stunning views of Mount Kenya. There are a wide range of activities available here which are tailored to your family, depending on what is of interest. These include walking safaris, tracking game on foot (and developing a detailed understanding of various forms of animal poo!), rock climbing, swimming, tubing, game drives and visiting local Samburu villages. The camp owners have their own children and really understand how to run a family-friendly camp. There is always something to do to keep the children occupied, but by the same token, when you want some down time there are plenty of places to just relax and enjoy the view. Day 10 Laikipia – Beach Days 11-14 Beach Day 15 Beach – Mombasa
Today you will drive to Laikipia (around 4.5 hours). Laikipia is very different to the rest of Kenya, with miles and miles of unfenced and remote wilderness. The landscape is hugely varied which makes it very rewarding to explore as you can be following a narrow river valley one minute and then the next you turn the corner and are in thick acacia woodland or out on the plains.
You have two full days to explore the area.
This morning you will either fly or drive back to Nairobi for a flight on to the coast. There are a wide variety of beach hotels to choose from so we will suggest one that will suit your family. They range from small boutique resorts on secluded swathes of sand to larger resorts that have several pools and plenty of activities to keep even the most restless teenagers happy.
Four full days to enjoy the beautiful beaches of the Indian Ocean. It is time to take off your shoes and dig your toes in the sand. Find a hammock and relax with nothing to disturb you but the lapping of the waves, the swishing of the coconut palms and perhaps the kids. Or if you are feeling more active, take a snorkelling excursion or perhaps try a spot of windsurfing or kayaking.
Transfer to the airport for a flight back to Nairobi to connect with your flight home.
Day 7 Lake Naivasha – Laikipia
When you arrive you will settle into camp and then perhaps head to the river for a swim.
Days 8-9 Laikipia
Your camp is situated in a beautiful location with stunning views of Mount Kenya. There are a wide range of activities available here which are tailored to your family, depending on what is of interest. These include walking safaris, tracking game on foot (and developing a detailed understanding of various forms of animal poo!), rock climbing, swimming, tubing, game drives and visiting local Samburu villages. The camp owners have their own children and really understand how to run a family-friendly camp. There is always something to do to keep the children occupied, but by the same token, when you want some down time there are plenty of places to just relax and enjoy the view.
Day 10 Laikipia – Beach
Days 11-14 Beach
Day 15 Beach – Mombasa
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Kenya in pictures
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