The safari was born in Kenya, the Swahili word for journey. Few other countries are able to offer the diversity that Kenya presents its visitors. Ranging from the snow capped mountains of Mount Kenya in the south to the dry desert surrounding Lake Turkana, the coral reefs and tropical beaches on the coast to the equatorial rainforests, the list is endless. Kenya is a wildlife enthusiasts dream still holding the record for the most amount of bird specifies spotted in one country in a single day. With plenty of family friendly resorts offering ‘sleep-outs’ under the stars, children’s bush survival courses and spectacular hot air balloon rides over the Masai Mara, there is no better time to celebrate the circle of life!
Lying in the spectacular Chyulu Hills in south-east Kenya halfway between the Tsavo and Amboseli National parks and with Mount Kilimanjaro as its backdrop, Ol Donyo Lodge is the place where you really feel the rhythm of Africa. Perfect for all the family Ol Donyo offers its guests an exclusive family experience steeped in masses of history and conservation. Perched on a hillside in the heart of the 275,000 acre Mbirikani Group Ranch, Ol Donyo lies in the path of the seasonal elephant migration. With all suites offering a dramatic view of the African savannah with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background and a wonderful roof top ‘star-bed’ where guests are given the option of sleeping outside with the convenience of your suite below, a fabulous option and the kids will love it! Additionally most of the suites have their own private pools! Specifically for the children Ol Donyo offers the ‘Young Explorers’ programme where children can embark on their own animal tracking and bush survival course. There is also the option to visit a local school where the children might even be invited to compete in a local football match!
Naibor camp, a stylish tented camp situated in the heart of the Masai Mara on the banks of the river Talek. Wonderfully located Naibor allows guests to watch the wildebeest migration from the comfort of their tent! Game viewing from Naibor is spectacular, with hippos wallowing in the river below and the Masai Mara plains completely surrounding the property. ‘Little Naibor‘, located nearby, comprises two two-bedroom tented suites comprising of one double room and one twin room interconnected by a communal lounge and verandah area – ideal for families. Activities on offer include walking and mountain biking with Naibor’s guides and local Masai rangers, bush meals and sundowners are also available with the option of an all day drive, a visit to a local Masai community and the spectacular option of Hot Air Ballooning over the grasslands teeming with wildlife, and champagne breakfast on landing.
Set on a rocky headland overlooking the sweeping Isupukiai River, this small eco-friendly tented camp enjoys far reaching views across the beautiful wilderness teeming with wildlife, located in Eastern Koiyaki a short distance from the Masai Mara. The camp boasts six stylish round tents, taking full advantage of panoramic views of the plains below. Ol Seki also has two exclusive suites which are perfect for families comprising of two en-suite bedrooms connected by a living and dining area, as well as an expansive verandah where guests are able to enjoy the stunning views below. Wildlife in the area is plentiful, make sure your cameras are well charged Ol Sekis’ determined and well trained guides will sharpen your eyes to hunt out the animals beneath their natural camouflage.
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