Kenya Cultural Safaris
STSCUS 01 15 Days Kenya Cultural Safari
Day 1: Nairobi
Meet on arrival at the airport and transfer to GBM Lang'ata Learning
Centre, nestled in the quiet Lang'ata neighbourhood approximately 25
minutes from the city centre. The Center is located on a 5 acres
property and has a fully furnished 5-bedroomed house and 10
traditionally constructed cottages.The grounds are beautifully
covered with gardens and a total of 18 different species of trees.
Several species of birds can be identified. Guests will refresh and
settle in then will gather for a briefing on the culture safari and
a series of talks/information on GBM, communities, politics, and
economics of Kenya. Dinner and overnight at the Center.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Nairobi
After breakfast, the group will set out on a sightseeing excursion
starting with the nearby Giraffe Centre for a short history of the
Centre and a talk on wildlife conservation, then come the exciting
moment of feeding the endangered Rothschild Giraffe. The group will
then visit the Karen Blixen Museum situated at the foot of the Ngong
hills, the original home of Karen Blixen of the Out of Africa fame.
Lunch will be at GBM Langata Learning Center followed by an
afternoon trip around the city of Nairobi and its suburbs, with the
opportunity of meeting other organizations that are agents of
development to learn how they participate in various community
development activities. Back at the Learning Center, guests will
watch a film A Quiet revolution" that shows good practices on our
environment. Dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Nairobi/Muranga
Depart Nairobi after breakfast and take a relaxed drive through
Kikuyu countryside arriving at the host village in Muranga around
mid-day. After introduction and lunch, guests will be taken to their
host families to settle down and be acquainted with each other. The
homes are in close proximity and each host family welcomes at least
three guests including a GBM staff member to assist with translation
where necessary. On the first evening guests and their host families
gather in one place to sing and eat together.
Day 4: Activities with the community
After breakfast in the respective homes, guests, accompanied by some
members of the host community gather at a central place for a talk
about the history, culture, and present-day status of the community,
and the involvement of the Green Belt Movement. Then activities of
the day begin, which will include preparing of seedbeds,
establishing tree nurseries, and planting of trees on a public land.
Other activities will include food security where guests are
introduced to indigenous food crops thriving in the area and will
participate in such activities as planting, harvesting and even
cooking some of these foods. In relation to civic education &
advocacy, the community will share an experience or guests attend
part of an ongoing seminar. Dinner and overnight in homes.
Day 5: A visit to Aberdare Forest
To understand the extent and dangers of deforestation, guests, in
the company of members of the host community will travel to Aberdare
Forest, a tropical forest that covers a vast section of the Aberdare
Ranges and which have been destroyed through haphazard harvesting of
trees for timber and wood fuel. Guests will walk around to enjoy the
rich and diverse fauna and flora, before joining members of this
community in a tree planting campaign. This is usually a big event
involving even the local administration. Guests drive back to their
village home in Muranga for a farewell dinner during which community
members are encouraged to display their handicrafts for sale or
Day 6: Mukurwe wa Nyagathanga
After breakfast, guests gather together to bid farewell to their
"families" and community members, before departing for the nearby
Mukurwe wa Nyagathanga, an Agikuyu cultural heritage site. This is a
mythical place of origin for Kikuyu community, therefore, honored
and maintained as a sacred site. A detailed history of this cultural
heritage site which begins with a very interesting creation story
will be told by Aramati (elders) who are the caretakers of the site.
Guests will undertake a ten minute walk from the site to Gathambara,
the waterhole of the first Agikuyu family - Gikuyu, Mumbi and their
children. This hole never dries up and continues to provide clean
water for the local community. Back at Mukurwe Wa Nyagathanga,
guests will be entertained with several traditional songs as they
participate in a food festival of well-cooked Kikuyu indigenous
Late afternoon drive back to Nairobi. Dinner and overnight at GBM
Langata Learning Center.
Day 7: Nairobi/Amboseli
Depart Nairobi in the morning for Amboseli National Park arriving
Amboseli Serena Lodge in time for lunch. The park is famous for its
big game and great scenic beauty whose entire landscape is dominated
by Mt Kilimanjaro. Afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at
Amboseli Serena Lodge.
Day 8: Amboseli
Early morning pre-breakfast game drive at 6.30am, when you have the
best chance to see the majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro. Return to the lodge
for late breakfast. The rest of the morning is at leisure. You can
opt to take a swim or visit a local Maasai village. Afternoon game
drive. All meals and overnight at Amboseli Serena Lodge.
Day 9: Lake Nakuru
Depart Amboseli after breakfast and drive via Nairobi and onward to
the floor of the Rift Valley making a stop to marvel at the
incredible site of the escarpment as you enjoy a picnic lunch.
Arrive Lake Nakuru National Park in time for an afternoon game
drive. Besides the flamingos that the lake is famous for, there are
approx 400 other species of birds visiting the lake. Also, many
species of game can be found in the park including the introduced
Rothschild's giraffe, waterbuck, reedbuck, lion, buffalo, leopard,
baboon and many species of plains game. Lake Nakuru National Park
was designated as Kenya's first rhino sanctuary and has both black
and white rhino. Dinner and overnight at Lake Nakuru Lodge.
Day 10: Lake Nakuru/Naivasha
Early morning game drive in Nakuru Park then return to the lodge for
late breakfast. Depart shortly after for Lake Naivasha arriving
Elsamere Conservation Centre in time for lunch. The Centre is the
home home of the late Joy and George Adamson who both became famous
for their conservation work. It is named after Elsa, the lioness
whose life is recounted in Joy's book 'Born Free'. After lunch,
guests will be invited to watch a video, "The Joy Adamson Story" and
visit the museum and shop at the centre. Dinner and overnight at the
Day 11: Naivasha/Maasai Land
Depart Elsamere after breakfast and drive further on the floor of
the Rift Valley to Maasai land arriving Narok in time for lunch at
your hotel. Afternoon visit of Maasai Education Community Centre
where the group will receive a talk on MED and a lecture on the
Maasai culture, followed by a visit to a local Maasai village. There
will be perfomances by the villagers and guests and villagers will
interact freely. Return to Narok Chambai Hotel for dinner and
Day 12: Maasai community project
Depart after breakfast and drive to one of the schools supported by
MED where the group will undertake in part construction of a
classroom (or other identified need). Necessary materials will have
been prepared in advance. Enjoy lunch at the school while
interacting with teachers/students. If time allows, a few guests
will teach 1 or 2 English lessons and there may be a football or
volleyball match with the students. Return to Narok Chambai Hotel
for dinner and overnight.
Day 13: Maasai Mara
Depart Narok after breakfast and proceed to Maasai Mara Game
Reserve. Game drive en route to Mara Sopa Lodge for lunch. Take a
swim after lunch or just enjoy the scenery of the game reserve
before embarking on your afternoon game drive commencing approx
4.00pm. Dinner and overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge.
Day 14: Maasai Mara
Full day in Maasai Mara, Kenya's most popular game sanctuary where
you will have the best opportunity of spotting the Big Five (lion,
leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant). Morning and afternoon game
drives with an optional hot air balloon safari at dawn. All meals
and overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge.
Day 15: Nairobi
Depart Maasai Mara in the morning and drive back to Nairobi arriving
Langata Centre for lunch. Afternoon at leisure/freshen up and park.
Farewell dinner at The Carnivore Restaurant then transfer to the
airport for onward flight back home. End of our services.