Warriors for a Week, Kenya

Posted on April 10th, 2013 by Mike Haines in Family Safaris, Safaris: Kenya.

This is a special interactive wildlife safari with a strong educational flavor, designed especially for families or small groups. It is a family learning holiday that allows you to explore and learn about wildlife, wilderness and African culture from the most well known and culturally interesting cultures left in Africa, the Masai and Samburu. Under the tutelage of the Moran’s (warriors) you get to know, enjoy and understand these unique people and their way of life.

This safari combines well with Amboseli, the Kenyan coast or Tanzania.

Day 1

Arrive by air from Nairobi.

Saruni Samburu PoolOn arrival, a game drive through Buffalo Springs National Reserve will introduce you to the beauty of this rugged part of Kenya. The Ewaso river provides water for an abundant population of elephant, the Reticulated Giraffe and other unique species. After a picnic lunch in the bush, the game drive ends at Saruni Samburu Lodge, within the remote Kalama Conservancy.

Day 2

Your Samburu guides will lead walks through the bush looking for tracks and explaining how they use medicinal plants and survive on such arid lands. Samburu leopardA bush lunch under the acacias is followed by a visit to a Samburu settlement. It is also an occasion to meet the women and the children of the community and to be shown how rubber, plastic and plant seeds are recycled into ornaments and how important cattle is to this village. In the afternoon, a trek across the mountains looking for signs of the Oldorobo hunters and gatherers, discovering caves rich in ancient rock paintings.

Day 3

Today you enjoy a game drive through the Kalama Conservancy stopping to visit community officers who will explain how the conservancy works. These community rangers can also take you on a patrol, demonstrating the necessity for their work along the way. Picnic lunch in the reserve. In the afternoon, the Samburu rangers who look after the endangered Grevy zebras will take you on a mission to search for the zebras and explain how they protect their environment.

Day 4

Fly by scheduled flight to the Masai Mara.

Aitong Hills Masai MaraOn arrival in the Masai Mara, you will be met by your Masai guide for a 1 hour game drive through Olchorro Oruwa and Lemek Group Ranches to Saruni Masai Mar Lodge, arriving in time  for lunch. In the afternoon, you have a game drive across the Aitong plains looking for predators; (a very active pride of lions occurs here, plus good leopard sightings are possible) Game drives are in  an open vehicle with a professional Masai guide and a Masai tracker; sundowner out on the plains next to one of the iconic Masai Mara trees…and then back to Saruni for dinner and overnight;

Saruni is the deluxe, intimate design lodge set in a conservation area bordering with the Masai Mara National reserve in Kenya. With accommodation for 12 guests in six spectacular cottages, it is set in a remote valley at the heart of the most exciting Africa Wilderness.

Day 5

After breakfast, a group of warriors meets you at Saruni to start a 3 hour trek through the mountains that overlook the plains. The warriors, Saruni guides and you walk together with the leader of the warriors explaining how to recognize animal tracks and droppings and how to avoid dangerous animal. During the walk you stop at one of the community’s villages and are welcomed by the elders. After singing and dancing, the party goes on and reaches Campi ya Tembo, a tented camp (8 km away from Saruni), and the base for the next days. While walking, the warriors sing and their leader explains the meaning of the songs. Saruni Wild tent interiorLunch at Campi ya Tembo, under big acacia trees. After lunch, settle in to the luxury tents, with running hot and cold water. In the afternoon Masai women arrive and train those who would like to learn about traditional beading. The warriors are on hand to teach others how to throw spears to use bow and arrows. In the evening, enjoy a night game drive in the Yaile Conservancy, 4,000 acres to pristine Africa where nocturnal species such as leopard, genet, bushbaby, white tailed mongoose, caracal are often seen.

Day 6

This morning you walk through little known areas between the edge of the Mara ecosystem and the Loita Plains; it’s a very hilly country, with natural springs and a good population of elephant and buffalo. During the walk you may come across the N’dorobo people – some of the last hunters and gatherers in East Africa, who until recently lived in mountain caves. Lunch back at camp. In the afternoon a short game drive to the nearby Yaile plains where wildlife abound.

Day 7

After bidding farewell to your hosts and a final morning activity, you  fly back to Nairobi for your onward arrangements or extend your safari to another region in East Africa.

Further details.

The schedule outlined above, is an example of the many types of trips we can put together for you in Kenya. For more details on customising the ideal trip, and costs, please contact us.