Awesome Kenya 5 Days/4 nights
This will be one of the most extraordinary adventures you will ever have. On day 1 you will take an amazing helicopter journey over Nairobi enroute to a Maasai village. With exclusive access to this community, you will experience life from the perspective and insight of the Maasai. And your hosts will engage you with their banter and good humour. A unique insight into the life, customs and traditions of a traditional Maasai family.
You will spend the night in a nearby homestead for your exclusive use. An idyllic retreat with a mountain backdrop and your own chef to prepare your dinner. And with a glass of wine in hand, you will be able to relax in the homeliness of this amazing place.
Day 2 sees you leaving the village the same way you arrived. That is by helicopter which is just for you and your group. And you will alight the helicopter at Ololo Safari Lodge & Farm which sits on the boundary of Nairobi National Park. And for the next 3 days it will game drives, wonderful meals om the poolside terrace overlooking the park, community visits and other. On day 4 we take to the air again on a fixed wing plane to Lake Naivasha for a stint on the lake spotting hippos and relaxing with lunch poolside as you watch the giraffe, zebras and water buck wander by. This is simply 5 extraordinary days.Enquire Now Download PDF
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A Spectacular Helicopter Flight
You will begin the day with a spectacular helicopter journey. The flight will take you towards Ngong before flying down to where you host, and her family live. This short flight of 20 – 30 minutes will give you an outstanding view not only of Nairobi but of the amazing landscapes along the way. This flight is exclusively for you and/or your party and will be something you will talk about for years to come.
You Are Met by Your Hosts
The day’s events will be conducted in your hosts village and home (called a manyatta). But prior to the day’s events and as your stroll the short distance to the village, you will experience and be given insights into the reverence that the Maasai have for the natural landscapes.
A Short Eco Tour
Enroute to the village you will stop beside some of the distinctive acacia trees that are typical of the African landscape to learn about how they support the medicinal needs of the tribe
A Song and Dance Welcome
Upon entering the village, you will receive a traditional song and dance welcome from your hosts. It’s a great introduction to Maasai life which is told in song and the rhythm and beat of their music is infectious.
Being Dressed as a Maasai
Being dressed as a Maasai for your day is also part of the experience and you will also be adorned with the gender specific adornments that the Maasai are well known for. And with a traditional Shuka (blanket) around your shoulders it will complete your transformation for this amazing day.
Sitting Down with Your Hosts in their Manyatta
And after the singing and dancing is over, you will enter their home for perhaps the most interesting, intriguing and fascinating discussion you are ever likely to have. The discussion will cover:
- A brief overview of the family lives – where they grew up, their family structure and their own rites of passage
- The challenges of their youth, their marriages and transition to life as an elder of the tribe
- The responsibilities of being an elder, a married woman and young moran and the expectations of the community regarding their role
- What changes have occurred in Maasai culture and how have these impacted on life as a Maasai
- The stages of life or rites of passage that every male Maasai child will go through until they enter ‘manhood’ where they become a ‘moran’
- The cultural rituals, customs and practices that are associated with the rights of passages and most notably those that have to do with becoming a moran
- And from the young woman, who was involved in her choice of a husband - who participated in the decision making?
- What it feels like when a dowry is negotiated between the families, how the process is done and the tensions that arise and why they arise? And how are they resolved?
- What it was like moving to a new village of people she didn’t know and the expectations of her in-laws and the challenges that it presented.
Your Moran Host Shows His Skills
A daily life spent herding the Maasai’s herds of cattle, goats and sheep inevitably means contact with wildlife predators. The young Maasai will show you his skills of defending himself and his herd. And for his part, he will demonstrate:
- how swiftly he can climb a tree to escape and how to defend himself when up the tree.
- And he will also demonstrate one of the skills of his initiation into manhood. The ability to throw and clear a tall tree with his club is a skill that young Maasai practice for months.
- Failure to clear the tree means that a young man cannot become a moran.
- You can also pit yourself against the Maasai in this club throwing experience – it’s great fun!
An Amazing Homestead and Your Own Chef
Your overnight accommodation is 10 minutes from the Maasai village where you have spent the day. This amazing 4 bedroom, all on-suite property has spectacular views over the nearby mountains. It’s the perfect place to relax for the evening and to enjoy the views and where you will have dinner. And to make it a memorable day, you have the services of your own chef who will prepare your dinner as you relax. You have the entire property for you exclusive use.
A Twilight Visit
And before you sit down for dinner you have one last treat for the day. You will be visited at twilight by a group of Maasai singers from the local tribe who will give you a 20-minute rendition of melodious songs. These songs capture the essence of the Maasai. The songs tell the story of key aspects of Maasai life and are woven with infectious rhythmic beats. And the group always enjoys it when their guests join in the dancing because it’s always great fun.
Dine, Wine and Relax Some More
And when all the singing is done, your dinner awaits. Time to kick back and relax with a glass of wine and your time is your own.
A Leisurely Breakfast Begins the Day
Your chef is on hand to prepare breakfast to kick off the day to a great start and it’s a leisurely and relaxed start to the day.
Breakfast is mostly taken on the outside terrace which has magnificent views of the nearby mountains. It's a great panoramic vista that really captures the essence of the life and environment of the local Maasai tribes
A Chance to Buy Some Arts and Crafts
As a memento of your visit, you will receive a handmade Maasai wristband that will hold fond memories for you of your time with your Maasai host. And in addition to this, your Maasai host will display a selection of Maasai jewellery and curios which have been made by the villagers.
Leaving the Village via Helicopter enroute to Ololo Safari Lodge
We fly back to Nairobi enroute for Ololo Safari Lodge & Farm which is right on the southern boundary of Nairobi National Park. Ololo Safari Lodge will be your base for three nights. Your flight will put down in the grounds of Ololo Lodge. Ololo Safari Lodge is an amazing property that caters for solo travellers up to family groups. It offers up to 6 different accommodation types. In addition to its organic farm and amazing food, it is the base for game drives in Nairobi National Park and forays into local communities.
Your First Game Drive – The Evening of Day 2
Nairobi National Park is home to a staggering number of Kenyan animals and there’s an excellent chance of spotting rhino, giraffe, buffalo, lion, cheetah, crocodiles, ostrich and numerous antelope and plains game.
Dinner on the Pool Terrace Overlooking the Park
Upon returning to the lodge, dinner can be taken on the poolside terrace which overlooks the national park. It’s an amazing way to relax and reflect on your experiences so far as day 2 ends.
Early morning game drive, Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage and Ololo farm tour and lunch
For those energetic enough who want to experience an early morning game drive, the opportunity to witness the wildlife activity in the park beckons again. Being situated on the park boundary means no super early starts and Ololo game drives embark between 6.00 and 6.30 am every morning. It's home to over 100 species of mammals including a large population of black and white rhino, Cape buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, hyena, zebra, jackal, and antelope such as eland, hartebeest, and impala.
After an exciting game drive, it's back to Ololo for a hearty breakfast. The lodge prides itself on serving excellent farm-to-table food and your plate will be filled with fresh produce; eggs, mushrooms, milk and yoghurt, fruit and vegetables are all produced using organic farming practices.
Then there will be a late morning visit to the nearby Sheldrick Wildlife Trust that also occupies a site on the edge of Nairobi National Park. Returning from the Sheldrick Trust, enjoy a delicious lunch at Ololo and then while away the afternoon relaxing on the terrace or open lounge with a drink.
Day 3 (afternoon) A Community Visit to Entrepreneurial Grandmas
After lunch you will visit a project that is turning around the lives of grandmas in a local community. You meet some engaging and entrepreneurial grandmothers who are beating their generational cycle of poverty. Many Kenyan grandmothers play a vital role in raising their grandchildren and extended families, and you’ll visit a pig farm, which is a project supported by One Horizon and travellers like yourself to improve the livelihoods of grandmothers by empowering them through small-scale farming. They invite you to assist with farming activities, join in some joyful singing and dancing over a cup of local tea or chai, and by sharing lots of laughter and listening to their inspirational stories, you'll get a real insight into the strength and resilience of these remarkable Kenyan women.
Returning to Ololo for Dinner
In late afternoon there's be time to relax by the pool or in the open lounge and peacefully watch the passing herds of wildlife across the Mbagathi River in Nairobi National Park. Or perhaps indulge in an invigorating massage (optional extra before dinner.
Flying to Lake Navaisha
After breakfast at Ololo Lodge, we depart to the airport for a short flight to Lake Naivasha. It’s a spectacular flight which starts with spectacular view over Nairobi before flying up the Great Rift Valley before landing at Naivasha airport. This flight is exclusively for you and your party and is a great way to travel up to the Lake via the majestic Masa Mara.
Boating on Lake Naivasha to Spot Hippos
Upon arrival in Naivasha, we head over to Sopa Lodge where we will take to the water to spot hippos. Sopa Lodge is an amazing venue, and you may be lucky to also spot the giraffes and zebra which pass through the grounds of the lodge. There are numerous water bucks wandering the grounds as well. And as we board our craft for 90 minutes on the lake, it’s time to ready our cameras to capture the pods of hippos which call the lake home. The bird life is also astounding. And all this before returning to the lodge for lunch.
Lunch at Sopa, free time and your flight back to Nairobi
The rest of the day is spent enjoying lunch in the award winning Sopa Lodge Restaurant and the grounds and wildlife of the lodge. You are free to wander around and also take a swim in the pool. It’s a great way to relax and to take in all that Kenya has to offer you. And about 4pm we will return to the airport and our aircraft for the trip back to Nairobi. Another amazing flight and a great way to end the day.
Transfer to Ololo Lodge, Cocktail Party and Overnight
Tonight, is your last night on your tour. And to celebrate your last night at the lodge is our farewell cocktail hour prior to dinner. It’s a time to relax and reflect on the experiences you have had. To celebrate this event, One Horizon will show case the amazing experiences you have had with a photographic collage of you which will become your own visual library. We will have captured every moment for you.
Breakfast at Ololo and transfers for the next stage of your journey. The tour ends.
All Inclusive Package
- Full board accommodation & Drinks (Water, juice, tea and coffee, all house wines, spirits, beers & soft drinks)
- Private and exclusive vehicles for return transfers from the International Airport (JKIA) or Wilson Airport at the beginning and end of your tour
- Private and exclusive homestead use day 1
- Private dining and your own chef to prepare dinner and breakfast at the homestead
- 1 night accommodation at the 5-star Western Hotel – day 2
- Dinner at the INTI Restaurant Nairobi (Day 2). Rated in the top 3 restaurants in Nairobi
- Private charter flights (helicopter and fixed wing)
- Private guide
- An image and video compilation of your journey
- A Maasai shuka (traditional blanket) and Maasai wristband as a memento of your visit
I wanted to take a moment to say thank you for an incredible two days! The trips were beyond incredible and inspiring. Carol was a fantastic guide - very knowledgeable and welcoming. I can't wait to share my experience with everyone back home and also look forward to sharing the photos she took. I hope to accomplish something as profound as you have, in my coming years! You’ve affected change to so many, it's truly incredible.Toni, USA
Another inspirational day - A unique African experience in a traditional Masai village What an incredible day spent with this traditional Maasai family. They shared their stories and I listened with tears in my eyes. We spent the morning with Daniel and his son Emanuel. Daniel has 50 siblings!!! Emanuel explained the cultural journey from boyhood to manhood and his mother, later in the day, shared her experience. The practice of circumcision continues today. It is a day I will remember forever and their stories will remain in my heart. Caroline, our guide also shared her remarkable story. The work done by One Horizon is nothing short of life changing for these people. I would recommend anyone travelling to Nairobi to be a part of one of these experiences. The money paid for these trips go into the program.Jan, Australia