Kenya is synonymous with sublime safari experiences and the wildlife are the stars of the show. Lion, leopard, rhino, elephant – Kenya has it all in terms of big draw animals. Modern day safari camps can be incredibly luxurious affairs in famous Masai Mara, Amboseli and Sambaru, as well as lesser known parks such as Loisaba, Naivasha and Chyulu Hills. Beyond safari, Kenya also has mountains, lakes, and beautiful beaches. You can make a difference here, leaving a legacy in Masai communities with building and teaching projects.
Ways you can help
- Leave a legacy in a Masai community: help build a new classroom or assist with teaching in the existing rooms
- Meaningful interaction with the Masai – leave feeling like you are Masai
- Big 5 safari in your chosen parks, with expert guides
- Hot air balloon flight over the Masai Mara
- Beach relaxation in Lamu, Diani or Watamu – or all three!
- Inspiring views of Kilimanjaro from Amboseli
- Flamingos in Lake Nakuru
- Luxury lodges
The price for a 10 day trip to Kenya costs from $5,000 (£4,041, €4,741) per person, staying in 5* luxury accommodation. International flights are not included in this pricing, but naturally we can arrange these for you once we know where you would be flying from and your preferred cabin class.
Did you know
- Kenya has been captured on film in Out of Africa, The Constant Gardener, Born Free, Nowhere in Africa and Mountains of the Moon
- If you’re a runner, the Lewa Marathon is run on the conservancy every June to raise funds for rhino conservation. Why not combine a safari with running a marathon through the wildlife, along with more than 1,000 other entrants?
- The Country’s unique variations in altitude and terrain give an exceptionally wide variety of locations, including an unspoilt tropical coastline, glacial ice covered mountains, dense forests, arid sandy deserts, rich savannas, large lakes and the Great Rift Valley. Expanse game and wilderness areas have been set aside where little has changed over the centuries. In a nutshell, this is Africa at its splendid best.
- Theater in the traditional sense is very popular in Nairobi. There is a National Theater, and also several small dramatic companies. Probably the best known are the Phoenix Players. In Kenya, theater is commonly used as a form of social education.
- Although the Tanzanian and Kenyan governments have instituted programs to encourage the Maasai to abandon their traditional semi-nomadic lifestyle, the people have continued their age-old customs. Recently, Oxfam has claimed that the lifestyle of the Maasai should be embraced as a response to climate change because of their ability to farm in deserts and scrublands.
- As semi-nomadic people, the Maasai have traditionally relied on local, readily available materials and indigenous technology to construct their housing. The traditional Maasai house was in the first instance designed for people on the move and was thus very impermanent in nature.
- Over the years, many projects have begun to help Maasai tribal leaders find ways to preserve their traditions while also balancing the education needs of their children for the modern world. Many Maasai have moved away from the nomadic life to responsible positions in commerce and government. Yet despite the sophisticated urban lifestyle they may lead, many will happily head homewards dressed in designer clothes, only to emerge from the traditional family homestead wearing a shuka.
- The Maasai women regularly weave and bead jewellery. This bead work plays an essential part in the ornamentation of their body. Although there are variations in the meaning of the color of the beads, some general meanings for a few colors are: white, peace; blue, water; red, warrior / blood / bravery.
- Livestock such as cattle, goats and sheep are the primary source of income for the Maasai. Livestock serves as a social utility and plays an important role in the Maasai economy. “Meishoo iyiook enkai inkishu o-nkera”- so goes a Maasai prayer. The English translation of this praye is: “May Creator give us cattle and children. Cattle and children are the most important aspect of the Maasai people.
- Today, the Maasai people live on a smaller piece of land in the Kajiado and Narok districts, surrounded by these now Kenya’s fine game reserves. Many practice nomadic pastoralism, while others have been absorbed into modern day jobs working in tourism where they showcase their culture to visiting tourists.
- Unlike many tribal cultures, Maasai women have a strong voice in their culture. Maasai women are easily identified by their shaved heads, bright clothing and beads, and the removal of one of the bottom teeth (for both sexes).
- There are numerous traditions and ceremonies performed by Maasai men. Perhaps best known is the warrior “jumping” dance; where young Maasai morani (warrior-youth) leap into the air from a standing position, in order to demonstrate their strength and agility.
"Our trip was fabulous and we will have memories to cherish forever. We saw more animals and from much closer proximity than any of us anticipated and our expectations were far exceeded. However what was even more impressive than the animals was the kindness and warmness of the people we met. The Masai community made us feel like old friends and when we left we felt we were leaving “home.” The teachers at the school were very welcoming and gave us all plenty of opportunity to teach. … and the school children were amazing and wonderful. We came away with a strong desire to do more for the school and we truly miss the children we worked with."
Kenneth – traveled to Kenya with his family, from the USA
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