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14 Masai Heartlands


Days 1-2: London - Nairobi

Take an overnight Virgin Atlantic flight to Nairobi and on arrival, transfer to your hotel. Early this evening you will have your welcome briefing meeting with a chance to meet your tour leader.

Day 3: Lake Nakuru

Leaving Nairobi in the morning, we drive north-west to Lake Nakuru National Park. On the way, we will visit New Hope Children Centre – an orphanage that assists the less fortunate in society and gives them hope. The lake is nestled in a beautiful park of light acacia forest, a habitat which attracts large flocks

of white pelicans, cormorants and a huge number of flamingoes that transform the lake into an incredible shimmering pink haze. The savannah areas of this park also boast many fascinating mammals including giraffes, leopards, waterbucks and rhinos. We set up camp, and then enjoy an afternoon game drive before returning to our exclusive camp outside the park.

Days 4-5: Lake Naivasha

After breakfast, we head off to a nearby village; this is the best time and place to interact with the local villagers. Afterwards, we drive to Naivasha and our camp situated near

Culture shock Physical

ombining the best that Kenya and Tanzania have to offer, this incredible overland adventure takes you deep into the heartland of the Masai tribespeople, as well as to the

finest game parks of East Africa. From the world-renowned Masai Mara and the vast open plains of the Serengeti to the stunning lakes of the Great Rift Valley and the dramatic scenery of the Ngorongoro Crater the opportunities for wildlife viewing are endless. Although dirt roads and basic accommodation may not be something you’re used to, the marvellous sights and sounds you’ll encounter on this journey make it all worthwhile.

the lake. Thrill to the flurry of birdlife at Lake Naivasha or take an optional hike to Hell’s Gate National Park to try and spot a massive bearded vulture.

Day 6: Loita Hills

We depart Lake Naivasha in the morning, taking our lunch break en route to our camp site at Loita Hills. Today’s drive crosses the Great Rift Valley, Africa’s immense and spectacular great divide and takes us into the remote region of Loita Hills, home of the traditional Masai people. Here, we visit the Masai, known for their vibrant red dress and elaborate jewellery, and gain an insight into the culture and ancient ways of this proud East African Community. Camp

among a local tribe in the heart of Masai country to learn about the lives of these red-robed warriors.

Days 7-8: Masai Mara

National Reserve

Depart from Loita to Masai Mara (approximately 1½ hours). After setting up camp (outside the park) and having lunch, we enter the world-famous Masai Mara and explore this diverse environment. While we hope to discover the ‘Big Five’ there is a multitude of wildlife to view. We will need to be very lucky to catch a glimpse of the elusive leopard! An optional balloon trip over the Masai Mara at sunrise is an unforgettable experience.

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