Last-minute Kenya Express: Wildlife & Culture

Nairobi | Giraffe Center | Elephant Orphanage | Maasai Cultural Immersion | Maasai Mara

November 18 - 25, 2023December 1 - 8, 2023December 9 - 16, 2023(or custom dates for private trip)

3266 USD Double Occupancy | 3735 USD Single Occupancy
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This once-in-a-lifetime cultural and wildlife journey to Maasailand in Kenya is designed for those on a budget with a week to spare! See the famed great migration of wildebeest and zebra, and the predators that follow them, in the great Masai Mara! Stay and a Maasai-run eco-camp in the Loita Hills for some immersive cultural experiences, and at a socially-responsible Maasai-run safari camp in the Mara. You also get to spend a couple of days exploring Nairobi with a visit the an elephant orphanage and giraffe center where you can get up close and personal with wildlife!

Destination: International arrival; Nairobi
Accommodations: Tamarind Tree Hotel
Activities: Hotel check-in; (optional) Market visit
Transit Times: 30 minutes from airport to hotel

Arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. After clearing customs, you will be met by your expert naturalist guide and transferred to the modern, centrally located Tamarind Tree Hotel. Ideally located just 5 km southwest of Nairobi within the spacious Carnivore grounds and its iconic Carnivore Restaurant. Within a radius of 6 km you can visit the Nairobi National Park, Karen Blixen Museum, Giraffe Centre and David Sheldrick Elephant Sanctuary. Depending on your arrival time, your guide will take you to a local street market to get a taste of local culture. Dinner will be at one of Tamarind Tree’s three in-house restaurants.

Destination: Nairobi
Accommodations: Tamarind Tree Hotel
Activities: Giraffe Center visit; Sheldrick wildlife trust elephant orphanage visit; (optional) Carnivore restaurant
Transit Times: All activities are a short drive from hotel

Today, experience your first encounters with Kenyan wildlife! After breakfast, your guide will pick you up at the hotel and take you to the Giraffe Centre, the creation of the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (A.F.E.W. Kenya), a Kenyan non-profit organization. Their main purpose is to educate Kenyan school children and youth on their country’s wildlife and environment and give local and international visitors an opportunity to come into close contact with the world’s tallest species, the giraffe. Here you will do just that! Afterward, your guide will take you to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage, a special, time-honored tradition in which the Trust invites the public to learn more about their conservation work and meet the orphans in their care. After these morning excursions, head back to your hotel for lunch and free time. In the evening, you have the opportunity to visit the iconic Carnivore restaurant wherenleg of lamb, pork, ostrich, rump of beef, sirloin, rack of lamb, spare ribs, sausages, skewered kidneys, and even crocodile are roasted on traditional Maasai swords over a huge charcoal pit that dominates the restaurant’s entrance. Servers bring these roasted meats to you throughout your all-you-can-eat feast. Alternatively, you can dine at one of Tamarind’s in-house restaurants.

Destination: Maji Moto village, Loita Hills
Accommodations: Maji Moto Eco Camp
Activities: Maasai cultural immersion and nature activities
Transit Times: All activities depart from camp

After an early breakfast, your Adumu Safaris expert guide will drive you 3-hours to Maji Moto Eco Camp situated on top of a hill near Maji Moto village of Loita Hills. This rustic camp ​nestled on a hilltop deep in Masai lands and overlooking vast savannah plains is all about Great African Outdoors and getting to know The Masai Culture. It is designed to be part of the environment, and constructed in a simple, natural and eco-friendly way. Activities include guided walks on surrounding hills and plains, school visits, traditional fire-making, traditional beading, wildlife tracking, walking safaris, and a trip to the “Maji Moto” (hot water) hot springs. This unique camp is kid- and family-friendly.

Destination: Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Accommodations: Olimba Mara Camp
Activities: Game Drives; Migration viewing; Maasai Activities; (optional) social project visit
Transit Times: all activities depart from camp

After breakfast, say farewell to your friends at Maji Moto. Your Adumu Safaris expert naturalist guide will then drive you to Olimba Mara Camp, a brand new, Maasai-owned, socially responsible eco-camp established to support the local Maasai community through tourism. This cozy bush camp sits along the Talek River and with friendly Maasai staff and delicious, freshly prepared food makes for the perfect base to explore the Mara. After lunch at camp, enjoy an afternoon game drive in the iconic Masai Mara National Reserve, and return to camp for “sundowners”, singing, dancing, and storytelling around the fire.

Enjoy 3 days exploring the magnificent Masai Mara! This park offers wildlife in such variety and abundance that it is difficult to believe: over 450 species of animals have been recorded here. You will easily see wildebeest migrations, lions, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, giraffe, wildebeests, zebras, buffalo, warthogs, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, buffalo, leopard, many kinds of antelopes and elephant. It is in the Mara and the Serengeti to the south that perhaps the most spectacular event of the natural world takes place: the great migration of wildebeest and Zebra. Mid-late November is around the time of year that the migration typically crosses into Tanzania from Kenya. If the timing is right, your expert guide will help you catch sight of the iconic crossing of the Mara River. Meals will be at camp and some picnics in the bush.

Optional add on: Hot Air Balloon Safari over the Masai Mara

Experience the beauty of the Masai Mara on a hot air balloon flight. Take off at dawn and float in whichever direction the morning winds take you. The altitude may vary from treetop height or lower, which offers a unique perspective and great photographic opportunities, to 300 meters ( 1 000 feet), showcasing the vastness of the panorama. From time to time the pilot must put more heat into the balloon with the powerful whisper burners. In between these burns, there is silence apart from the natural sounds below.

Sweep your eyes across the panoramic plains and discover the fantastic features unfolding before you, with an abundance of gentle undulating hills, sparkling rivers and verdant grasslands. Dotted in between this lush terrain guests can spot the heads of gentle giraffe foraging from the top of leafy trees, slumbering elephants swaying in the cool breeze, graceful gazelles leaping through the vast expanse and pods of hippos splashing in the water. Probe further and they may see prowling predators stalking across the savanna.

As you sail above the reserve, you are privy to the daily rituals of the wild things in their natural habitat. It is a beautiful experience to witness the intricacies of the Mara ecosystem and the harmonious coexistence of the vibrant flora and fascinating fauna. This is a once in a lifetime experience to really appreciate the spectacular magnificence of wild Africa.

The hot air balloon flight lasts about an hour and is followed by champagne and a full English breakfast.

Destination: Masai Mara; Nairobi; International Departure
Activities: Morning game drive; Flight to Wilson; (optional) last-minute souvenir shopping in Nairobi; transfer to JKA
Transit Times: 30 min to airstrip; 40 min flight to Wilson; 30 min to JKA

Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives returning for meals at Olimba. In the late afternoon, fly to Wilson airport in Nairobi and transfer to JKA to board your international flight home. If you have a very late departure, there may be time for souvenir shopping and additional meals. Kwaheri!

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Safari Includes:

  •  Pick up/drop off at JKA airport before and after the trip and/or transfer to the next leg of your holiday
  • Domestic flights to/from the Masai Mara
  • Entrance fees into the game parks/reserves
  • Government Taxation
  • Professional naturalist guide
  • local guide in Nairobi
  • Transport and wildlife viewing in 4×4 Land cruiser with open roof hatches and unlimited mileage
  • All game drives and activities
  • All cultural excursions mentioned in the itinerary
  • Full board accommodations and additional meals, per itinerary
  • All-inclusive alcoholic beverages and sodas at the lodges/camps
  • Plentiful drinking water (mineral water)
  • Flying Doctor services in Tanzania
  • Service charges
  • Adumu Impact Fund (see
  • Bespoke concierge service before, during, and after your trip

Safari Excludes:

  • International airfare & flights
  • Passport & visa fees
  • Personal health insurance
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended and offered upon making your deposit)
  • Laundry services, unless provided by the lodges
  • Additional alcoholic beverages & sodas, except as stated as included above
  • Optional hot air balloon safari (600 USD pp)
  • Laundry services, unless offered by the lodges
  • Optional massages and spa services
  • All items of personal nature
  • Gratuities to safari guides and lodge/camp staff

Please note: Adumu Safaris makes every effort to customize your safari itinerary in order to cover areas where wildlife habitats are known to be plentiful during the season and precise time of year that you are traveling. However, since wild animals move freely in their environment, we cannot absolutely guarantee sightings of every species. We also use our best effort to provide the lodging set out in this itinerary, but occasionally there are circumstances that occur which require lodging substitutions. We reserve the right to make comparable lodging substitutions or upgrades whenever necessary or in your best interest to do so. Fortunately, we have vetted all of our lodges and stand by their ability to provide an amazing accommodation experience.


Traveling with the group, November 18 – 25, December 1 – 8, or December 9 – 16, 2023

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY…………………………………….……3266 USD

SINGLE OCCUPANCY……………………………………………3735 USD

As a private trip through December 20, 2023

 Single 5054 USD 4924 USD 3735 USD
 Double 3556 USD 3266 USD

**NB: Prices drop for larger parties traveling together. Children are accommodated at lower rates than adults. Adumu Safaris customizes itineraries to fit your preferences, desires, party size, and budget.

Group Trips: Trips will not be canceled if the minimum is not reached. However, travelers will be responsible for paying the price difference for less than 3 travelers per group. 

Pay Trip Deposit

To reserve this trip we require $500 per person. The remainder is due 59 days before departure. All major credit cards and PayPal are accepted. Affirm and Klarna financing options are also available. We will send a secure payment link when you are ready to confirm this trip.

For last-minute bookings, payment is due in full at booking.

Please note that we offer these variations to demonstrate some of the ways that we can modify an itinerary to suit your preferences (destinations, activities, level of luxury, type of accommodations, length of stay, budget, etc.). If none of these options looks best for your group, we are more than happy to gather more information from you and customize the perfect trip. You can call us at +1 530 574 9519 or email us at to discuss this itinerary or others on our website.

Karibu Africa!
The Adumu Safaris Team