Experience Kenya 9 Days Tour
Adult 17 years and above
Couple (Twin Share or Double)
1 Adult + 1 Carer
(Twin Share or Double)
2 Adults + 1 Carer
One Horizon's tours for people living with a health issue are for people who may be physically challenged by various conditions. Our small group tours are supported by an amazing team of individuals. We appoint a travel buddy for each our guests whose presence is to ensure our guests enjoy every moment of their holiday and who are there to assist. And our commitment is for our guests to have amazing experiences.
Wildlife and People Experiences in a Complete Package
Our Experience Kenya tour combines some great wildlife experiences as well as meeting the real gems of Kenya, its people. We make this tour attractive to people who may have some reservations about travelling because of a pre-existing health condition. And we make it attractive to our guests by teaming them with a One Horizon staff member who becomes their travel buddy. The travel buddy is our guest’s personal concierge, somebody who can see to our guests every need. And we have arranged our tours so that our guests minimise their daily travel times to the various experiences. And while our group size is restricted to 5, we also have a support vehicle that carries all our necessary items for the day, whether that is wheelchairs, walkers and even blankets.
People and Community – a cultural and social purpose adventure
This tour includes inspiring cultural experiences visiting four grassroots Kenyan communities that tourists rarely have a chance to meet. You will see life from a different perspective with a social purpose aspect of your holiday and one you will find incredibly rewarding and satisfying. You can help at a local soup kitchen, meet the strong and courageous women at a vocation and lifestyle training centre, and be inspired by some entrepreneurial Kenyan grandmothers. This experience will leave you humbled and heartened, and you will finish this experience by spending time with the Maasai and learn about their fascinating way of life that hasn’t changed for centuries.
Why We Chose the Tamarind Tree Hotel in Nairobi
- Large rooms are the standard at the Tamarind and these are great for wheelchair access
- All entrances to the hotel have ramps
- The Tamarind has dedicated, specialist rooms for people who live with disabilities
- The hotel staff are friendly and responsive and go out of their way to help
Why One Horizon Is Well Equipped to Manage Clients' Needs
- We have a ratio of one-to-one staff to guest ratio – a buddy traveller for each guest
- Our staff accompany our guests on every excursion, every day
- We have assessed each venue to be visited, ranking them on their suitability to host guests
- Each day starts at 10 am enabling all to have a leisurely breakfast before the day begins
Our Vehicles Have Easy Access, are Luxurious and Comfortable and all have WI-Fi
- We have a fleet of air-conditioned luxury vehicles with super comfortable seats
- We ensure the comfort of our guests by limiting our vehicles to carry 2 –3 passengers
- We have a support vehicle that transports wheelchairs and other aids that may be required during daily excursions
We are a proud member of
The International Ecotourism Society
Which brings together individuals and organisations committed to helping local
communities and the environment.
Arrival, Transfers and Resting Up
You are met when you embark from your flight at JKIA and transferred to your hotel by your One Horizon driver where he/she will facilitate check in.
A wildlife safari in Nairobi National Park (6 – 9 am)
The park is located right next to and within the Nairobi city region. Travelers landing at the Nairobi airport can literally see the park and wildlife as the flyover and land at the airport. The national park covers 45.26 square miles (117.2 sq km) and was the first national park established in Kenya. The varied habitats of the park bring a variety of mammals and bird species.
Nairobi National Park does not disappoint with predators including lion, leopard, cheetah, and hyena. Other large mammal species include buffalo, black rhino, baboon, eland, gazelle, hartebeest, hippopotamus, impala, giraffe, wildebeest, and waterbuck. There is an abundance of bird species with the vulture and ostrich being two of the larger or more intriguing species.
Breakfast at Tamarind Tree (10 am)
We return to Tamarind Tree for breakfast after your safari
The National Museum of Kenya (1 - 3 PM)
The Institution of National Museums of Kenya is anchored on four pillars notably culture, history, arts and nature. The newly constructed Nairobi National Museum is next door to the Tamarind Tree hotel.
The Museum hosts both temporary and permanent galleries that attract learners and tourists alike. It has the following permanent galleries: The Cradle of humankind gallery; The Story of mammals; The History of Kenya; Cycles of Life Gallery; Numismatic exhibition and Asian African Heritage exhibition galleries respectively.
The National Museum of Kenya (1 - 3 PM)
Late Afternoon Tea (4pm)
Following the visit to the National Museum, an afternoon tea has been planned in a curio village where our guests can browse at the same time. A relaxing end to the day before returning to your hotel.
Return to the hotel (5pm)
Grandmothers and Their Pigs (10.30 – 2pm)
Today you will visit a local community to meet some of the endearing and entrepreneurial Kenyan grandmothers who play a vital role in raising their grandchildren.
You will visit one of the grandmother’s pig farms and discover how their small business is helping support their families. And you will hear stories of their life’s journey which are inspirational and uplifting. You will also see and learn about how to cook a traditional Kenyan meal of ugali over a 3 stone fire. And in between there is some joyful singing and dancing over a cup of local tea.
On this amazing day you learn how resilient people can be and meet grass root Kenyans going about their lives. We also join the grandmothers for lunch and tea/coffee. It’s a great way to relax and get to know the locals in a way few travellers ever do.
Return to the hotel (4pm)
Elephant Orphanage (11 am – 12 am)
The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is renowned for its work rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned baby elephants. The Nursery is where an orphan's journey begins - a journey that will culminate, years down the line, in their reintegration back into the wild.
From 11am to 12pm, you will spend an unforgettable hour with the nursery herd. Keepers are on-hand to introduce you to each of the elephants, sharing their unique rescue stories and explaining the threats facing elephants. Funds from your visit help support the rescue and rehabilitation of the orphaned elephants.
Lunch at Galleria Shopping Center (1-2 pm)
After your visit to the elephant orphanage, we stop at one of Nairobi’s most vibrant shopping centres for lunch at Art Caffe. Art Caffe has an international menu and there is something for everybody.
The Giraffe Centre (3.00 – 4.00 pm)
The Giraffe Centre is a Kenyan non-profit organisation. Its main purpose is to educate people on Kenya’s wildlife and environment.
The Fund was established in 1979 by the late Jock Leslie-Melville, and his wife. They began the Giraffe Centre after discovering the sad plight of the Rothschild Giraffe which was an endangered species. There are now over 300 Rothschild Giraffe breeding in various Kenyan national parks.
Return to the hotel (4.30 pm)
One Horizon’s Women Centre (11 -1pm)
You will spend a half day visit on your community adventure with some amazing Kenyan women who have managed to overcome the most difficult challenges that life can bring.
You will visit a Women's Empowerment Centre where local women in the area undertake an 18-month program that teaches them lifestyle, trade and entrepreneurial skills so they can set up their own businesses.
The experience of meeting these determined and resourceful women will allow you to walk away with a new perspective on how teaching empowerment and vocational skills can lift people out of poverty to support and keep families together.
Scenic Lookout (1.30 – 3pm)
From the Women’s Center we will head the short distance to the most amazing views over Nairobi and the Rift Valley. The lookout is also the site of Kenya’s only working wind farm and the touring wind turbines provide energy to the local community.
It’s a great place to capture some amazing images and an equally great place to have a picnic lunch.
Lunch: A picnic lunch will be prepared so that you can relax and take in the views over the greater Nairobi area
Return to the hotel (4pm)
Mamba Village – Nairobi’s Crocodile Farm (10.15 – 11.30am)
The name Mamba is Swahili for crocodile. This is home to around 70 Nile crocodiles that are known to be the largest of the crocodile species and the most dangerous. There are five crocodile pens in the farm.
The Nile crocodiles are very aggressive. They are grouped into families and have been given names. Peter is the eldest of them all and is 24years old. The young crocodiles are between 9-18 years and are kept separate from the adult crocodiles. These helps keep them safe as older crocodiles can at times turn on the younger crocodiles.
Kazuri Beads (12.00 – 1 pm)
Kazuri beads is a fair trade success story in Nairobi that dates back to 1975, when it was founded. Kazuri was the brainchild of Lady Susan Wood, who was born to English parents in Africa. She began with two local women who made ceramic beads by hand – the word “kazuri” means “small and beautiful” in Swahili – and soon realized she could expand and help many more unemployed women.
Today, Kazuri employs more than 300 women, makes over five million beads a year, and exports beads to 20 different countries. The women have also begun to make other pottery goods with the same colourful designs.
Lunch: (1.30 – 3.00 pm) The area of Karen which you will be visiting today has many little boutique cafes which we will retreat to for a great meal and conversation
Return to the hotel (4pm)
Lake Naivasha and Sopa Lodge (10am – 3 pm)
Set in 150 acres of grassland studded with Acacia bushes and trees, Sopa resort is not only home to resident giraffe, waterbuck and both Vervet and Colobus monkeys, but it is also a night stop for the hippos when they leave the lake every night to come and trim the grass on the lodge’s expansive lawns.
A day is spent at the lodge enjoying all the sights of the natural landscape from the grounds of the lodge. But before arriving at Sopa the first stop is the magnificent Rift Valley Lookout where you stop to take in the incredible views of the Rift Valley. And from there it’s down to the lake which is the second largest freshwater lake in Kenya and the home of many hippos. Lake Naivasha is at the highest elevation of the Kenyan Rift valley at 1,884 metres (6,181 ft).
After a great lunch at the lodge, its then time to take in the wildlife that call the lodge home. You are taken on a leisurely outing with our support staff with you every step of the way and carrying everything to make it a great experience.
Lunch: Today lunch is the Sopa Lodge restaurant
Return to the hotel (4.30 pm)
All Things Maasai (11am – 2pm)
Today you will venture into rural Maasai country where you will meet a Maasai family and immerse yourself in the midst of the daily hustle and bustle of Maasai village life. And for some of your time at the village you will be seated with the family in their manyatta (a mud home built by the women).
Your host is one of the village elders, an heir to his clan, and you will meet his wife and children as well. The male children of the family are young morans, the traditional defenders of the tribe.
You will learn about their traditional rites of passage while also discovering the intricacies of the Maasai family structure. An amazing day where you will get the chance to become an honorary Maasai, and see a demonstration of the techniques needed to survive against predators.
Lunch: Lunch will be prepared and catered for by One Horizon and will be taken at the Maasai village
Return to the hotel (3.30pm)
Helping at a Soup Kitchen (10.30 – 1pm)
Getting involved in helping disadvantaged communities is both an opportunity to engage with local people and a rewarding way for travellers to contribute to alleviating the problems of poverty in Kenya.
Today you will visit a children’s centre on the outskirts of Nairobi which provides the children with a regular meal each day. You lend a hand by helping to prepare and distribute wholesome food, and you will witness firsthand how communities work together to help the most vulnerable.
Return to the hotel and end of tour
- 9 nights' accommodation at the Tamarind Tree Hotel
- Wildlife safari (inclusive of national park entry fees and guides)
- All breakfasts and lunches each day and tea/coffee/water
- All entry fees for all excursions and venues (as per itinerary)
- Return transfers from and to JKIA
- Transfers to the venues each day in air condition vehicles
- Internet access in hotel as well as in vehicles
- Pick up each day is 10.00 am
- Support vehicle
- International Airfares
You and the gang where great and went above and beyond
Being in Kenya was amazing. Full of wonderful people. You and the gang where great and went above and beyond. It was more of a holiday than work. You are an inspiration and would love to come visit and help you out sometime. What really warmed my heart was the fact you have charities such as Go Granny. And helping those poor women who have been disowned by their families. Such an eye opener and a trip I will never forget. Thank you and the team for being amazing and for being able to adapt to all situations.
What a fantastic and professional team of dedicated people
I recently travelled to Kenya and had the pleasure of meeting the Director and his dedicated team. I was met at the airport by the lovely Solomon, who gave me the best welcome to Africa. Unfortunately, the tour operator in the UK had not informed One Horizon that I was a wheelchair user. After a bit of a struggle, I managed to get into the vehicle. The following morning the One Horizon team arrived at the hotel and within less than 24 hours two wooden ramps and a step appeared so that I and my fellow travel companions were able to access the vehicle. The whole team were on hand to assist for the duration of the holiday. And what a holiday, we experienced the real Africa in all its challenges and its resilient people. We went to several projects that One Horizon sponsor and support. What an eye opener. I can't express how much I would recommend that you book with One Horizon, you will have the best experience. I can't wait to return and this time I will book direct with One Horizon. Thank you One Horizon, hope to see you all again soon.
I cannot rate Colin and his team highly enough. They provided a ten day tour for a group of us with disabilities, but overcame hurdles we encountered effortlessly and professionally. They provided total support for the whole holiday experience and ensured everyone had a fantastic time. I would highly recommend them to anyone wanting to go on a tour to Kenya.