Tailored from £18,200 per family excl. flights
11 days Laikipia, Masai Mara, Diani Beach
11 days Laikipia, Masai Mara, Diani Beach
Safaris are an enchanting experience at any age, and children in particular know to have fun with nature. This family safari itinerary to Kenya has been designed to ensure that children’s needs are front and centre at every stage of the way, whilst ensuring there’s plenty of interest, relaxation and luxury for the adults, too.
1 night in Nairobi, staying at Hemingways Hotel
3 nights in Laikipia, staying at El Karama Eco Lodge
3 nights in the Masai Mara, staying at Naibor Camp
3 nights on the South Coast, staying at Kinondo Kwetu
Enjoy a careful wilderness experience as well as wildlife-themed arts and crafts at El Karama, in and amongst exciting game drives with expert guides who know exactly how to ensure children are captivated by the world around them.
Visit the world famous Masai Mara National Reserve and be captivated by the endless rolling plains and prolific wildlife.
The safari ends with a spot of relaxation at the pristine Diani Beach, where world-class snorkelling and marine life safaris are on hand for those still keen to explore.
We can tailor this Kenya family itinerary to suit any age group, however we recommend this family safari trip for children roughly aged 8 years and up.
Karibu! Welcome to Kenya. From your moment of arrival in Kenya, you’ll be swept up in the warm welcome that awaits all guests to this captivating country. At the airport, a Wayfairer Travel representative will greet you and escort you to your accommodation, perhaps opting for the elegance of Hemingways’ Nairobi, overlooking the jade-green Ngong Hils. Here, you can catch up on some sleep or lounge by the pool in anticipation of the adventure to come. Of course, if your family is simply itching for the adventure to begin, we know all the best spots in Nairobi.
The world-famous David Sheldrick elephant orphanage is the perfect introduction to playful baby elephants and cheeky young rhino, all of which are looked after by their dedicated ‘step-parents’. Alternatively, head to the Giraffe Centre, where you even can feed these calm and gentle creatures.
This morning, rise early to board your Safarilink flight to Laikipia, a beautiful county in the heart of Kenya. Today, your animal-spotting begins in earnest. Try your hand at a game of animal bingo, keep your eyes peeled for lion cubs clambering all over their snoozing parents, and learn all about the creepy crawlies that seem small, but which actually support the entire ecosystem.
Your base for this leg of your safari will be El Karama Eco Lodge, which loves nothing better than helping families get back to nature. Their guides will keep the excitement rolling, with a range of fun and educational activities tailored to your children’s interests and ages. From making sculptures with termite clay to tracking footprints, their expert guides know how to keep inquisitive youngsters engaged and happy.
From El Karama, take a daytrip to Ol Pejeta, where the world’s last remaining northern white rhino are protected. This is a once-in-a-generation experience and certainly a powerful message to share with children, who are the future of wildlife protection.
You'll be driven to Nanyuki airstrip to meet your flight to the Masai Mara and on arrival be greeted by your guide from Naibor Camp, your base for this leg of your Kenya Family Safari.
Arguably, the world's greatest safari destination, the iconic Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the best game viewing areas in Africa, and home to the Big Five.
Throughout the year you’ll see herds of zebra, impala, gazelle, wildebeest, buffalo and elephant on the plains of the Masai Mara, whilst hippos and crocodiles can be seen in the Mara and Talek Rivers. Lions, leopards, hyenas, cheetahs, jackals, and bat-eared foxes can also be found in the reserve and if you visit at the right time of year, you can see the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth - the Great Migration.
Children and adults alike will be entranced by the sheer scale this iconic wilderness area, the incredible number of game and with your base at Naibor Camp in the heart of the reserve you're all but guaranteed action packed days out on safari.
Wayfairer top tip: ensure you have private vehicle for your trip so if the kids get restless you have flexibility with your activities.
After a week of adventuring in the wilderness, it’ll be time for some rest and relaxation. We suggest you head to Diani Beach, where a warm breeze lifts off the Indian Ocean and cools you as you laze on the beach or by the pool, perhaps catching up on your travel journal. Kinondo Kwetu is the ideal spot on Kenya's tropical coastline for children to run amuck and parents to kick back and relax.
Diani Beach is a haven for water sports, as well as snorkelling and paddle boarding. Take a Ngalawa – a traditional fishing boat – out to a sand island and explore the iridescent reef beneath turquoise waters, or paddle alongside dolphins and turtles. For something a little different, head to the verdant Kaya Forest, or pay a visit to the Colobos Monkey Trust.
It’s time to bid you farewell as you depart Kenya, hopefully soon to return. You will check-out from Kinondo Kwetu and be driven to Diani Ukunda,from where you fly in a light aircraft back to Nairobi. You will be met at Nairobi Wilson and driven to the international airport, in plenty of time for your flight home.