9 Days Kenya Cultural Safari

This adventure trip that incorporates culture, wildlife, nature, fishing, forest walks, city excursions and finally a visit to the famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve. The specialty of this tour is that it takes the traveler to the less visited regions of Western Kenya where the sight of a tourist is still a novelty and you, therefore, avoid the crowds that sometimes spoils the thrill of a safari. You visit the tea plantations of Kericho (Kenya tea is world renown for its quality) and continue to the port of Kisumu which is Kenya’s third largest city and lies at the shores of Lake Victoria – Africa’s largest fresh water lake.

Pass through Lwanda Magere shrine for Luo Folklore before proceeding on the next day to Ndere Island and Kakamega Forest for wildlife viewing and nature walks. The next few days mix wildlife viewing with archaeology, birding and people tours by the shores of Lake Victoria and on the islands in the Lake. Finally our tour goes to Maasai Mara for the multitude of flora and fauna that is to be found here. We return to the city of Nairobi after a week of enjoyable interactions and sightseeing having passed numerous and diverse geological formations.

Day 1 Nairobi – Kisumu

Leave Nairobi in the morning, have lunch at Kericho. Walk in the tea plantations then drive via Lwanda Magere (the Luo warrior who was killed and turned into a stone) continue to Kisumu for dinner and overnight.

Day 2 Ndere Island National Park – Kakamega

After breakfast drive to Kaloka beach, take a boat to Ndere Island national park see some game and bird life. Row the boat back to Kaloka beach. Drive via Kit- Mikaye ( This rock is where Mikaye the mother of Luo tribe sheltered herself after along journey down the Nile) drive back to Kisumu for Lunch. Kisumu tour takes you to Impala park, Kisumu Museum and Dunga beach are optional. Drive to Kakamega arriving late evening, dinner and overnight.

Day 3 Kakamega Forest – Kisumu

After breakfast, full day exploration of Kakamega forest in search of birds, butterflies and animals such as debraza, colobus, blue and red tailed monkeys and olive baboons. Over 30 varieties of snakes including the deadly gaboon viper, Jamesons mamba and black mamba are found here among other animals. Great and very old indigenous trees, some are hundreds of years old. Drive to Kisumu for dinner and overnight.

Day 4 Kisumu – Homa Bay

Leave Kisumu after breakfast, drive southwards through rice plantations in Kano plains to Odino falls after brief stop continue to Kendu bay for lunch. Proceed to lake Simbi Nyaima for bird viewing , continue to Kanjira and Kanam hot springs onto Homa bay for dinner and overnight.

Day 5 Homa Bay – Rusinga – Mbita

Drive to Rusinga, do a tour of the Island to the historical places including the museum (where the remains of the first man were found) by Doctor Louise Leakey, Tom Mboya Mausoleum where this accomplished nationalist cum- politician was burried. After his assassination on a Nairobi street. Return to Mbita for dinner and overnight.

Day 6 Mbita- Ruma National Park – Awendo

Depart after breakfast drive through hills and meandering road to Ruma national park with a picnic lunch do game drive then drive out to Thim Lich Ohinga onto Gogo falls then to Awendo for dinner and overnight

Day 7 Awendo – Maasai Mara

Depart Awendo, drive through sugar plantations via Lolgorien to Maasai Mara national reserve, dinner and overnight at the lodge / campsite on the northern part of Maasai Mara.

Day 8 Maasai Mara

Early pre-breakfast game drive, after breakfast with packed lunch whole day game drive to the other side of Mara to Mara Sopa lodge for dinner and overnight at lodge / campsite.

Day 9 Maasai Mara – Nairobi

After breakfast, depart for Nairobi, enjoy your lunch enroute, arrive in Nairobi in the evening.

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