Embracing Mama Africa | Kenya
16 Days

Tour Overview

This 16 day ladies-only journey through stunning Kenya provides a real authentic balanced blend of cultural immersion, contributions and engagement with women’s initiatives and wildlife encounters, allowing you to create lasting memories while gaining a deep appreciation for the remarkable women and diversity of Kenya.

You’ll have the unique privilege of staying at Umoja Village, a wonderful women-only village established by Samburu women. Here, you’ll engage in a real cultural experience, by learning their traditional way of life, and contributing to the empowerment of these remarkable women. By participating in community activities and supporting local women’s initiatives, you’ll not only gain a deeper understanding of their resilience but also create lasting connections.

Of course no trip to Kenya is complete without an exciting mix of wildlife safaris including the world famous Maasai Mara National Park, and a low-key cycle adventure in Hell’s Gate National Park , plus others.

Tour Highlights ​

  • Spend a morning at our very own primary school, Tamariki Education Centr
  • Learn to cook traditional Kenyan cuisine
  • Visit and stay overnight at Umoja Village – a unique women-only village
  • Game spotting – by bicycle in stunning geothermal Hells Gate National Park
  • Learn to build a traditional hut
  • Visit a baby elephant orphanage and fall in love
  • Immerse yourself in many community-based projects – and make a difference
  • Go on safari in world famous Maasai Mara
  • Game drive in search of the Big-five and many iconic African wildlife
  • Spend 3 nights at Kenya’s gorgeous Indian Ocean coast

Tour Facts

  • Length of Tour:  16 Days
  • Places we visit:  Nairobi, Lake Naivasha, Samburu, Maasai Mara, Diani Beach
  • Cost: NZ$ 8,300 – share twin.  Note:  Price excludes international flights, transfers, visas, and insurance
  • Single Supplement:   $1,600 – 2 available
  • Type of Tour:  Low impact, staying in a combo of local guesthouses, safari ensuite-tented camp, African style banda huts, and private beach property.,
  • Size of Tour:  8 people plus host Denise and driver Tony
  • Arrive & Depart:  From Nairobi, Kenya

Tour Date:

  • 16th September – 1st October 2024

Only $1,500 Deposit!!

Balance payable 3 months before trip departure

“All your local guides are marvellous people, and excellent staff at our accommodation” Colin, September 2018

“The most amazing trip I have ever done in my life” Yvonne, September 2018

“It’s hard to find the words to describe this amazing Kenya trip” Pam, February 2018

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Things you ought to know

Fitness Level Required

As long as you are of good health and have a reasonable level of fitness, you will be absolutely fine for this tour.   The only real activity rehquiring physical activity is a game cycle through a national park.

The purpose of the cycle safari is to experience the stunning surroundings outside the confines of a safari jeep stopping frequently for photo opportunities.  It’s not a race!  Of course cycling is not compulsory, you do have the choice of jumping in our tour van which cruises along following the cyclists.

Our safari game drives are in 4×4  safari vehicles, purpose built for off-road game driving.  A lot of undulating bumpy driving, so often we have to hold on tight.  There are viewing platforms for game spotting, so you will also want to be able to get up and down out of your seat to view wildlife.



We have carefully selected a range of accommodation styles to suit the various surroundings of this itnerary, as below:-

Nairobi: we stay in a lovely guest house situated in the quiet leafy suburb of Karen, on the outskirts of Nairobi. Rooms are twin-share, with bathroom and spacious living area. 

Lake Naivasha: an idyllic peaceful setting is the perfect ambience for our stay at Lake Naivasha. Here we stay in tastefully decorated African style banda huts in a camp tsituated right on the lake front.

Maasai Mara National Reserve: here we’ll be staying on location in a lovely traditional safari camp. Our accommodation here will be in permanent tents – twin share with ensuites.

Diani Beach: we’ll enjoy a fabulous stay in our own private residence, situated a block away from the glorious Diani Beach.  The property comprises a main house, with 2 other separate dwellings, a stunning pool, and various leisure areas – perfect for R and R to end the tour.

It’s all about experiencing up-close and personal encounters with Africa’s finest wildlife
This includes…

Game driving in the savanna, in search of the “BIG 5” – leopard, elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino.

Interacting with the Masai tribal community.

Experiencing the exhilaration of staying in a tented camp in the fabulous Mara, where wild animals roam freely.

Accommodation:  We rough it a bit by staying in ‘permanent tents’ as part of the camp area.  It’s similar to low end glamping style.  An ensuite is provided with each tent; each tent sleeps 2 or 3 persons.

It’s all about spotting wildlife in its’ natural habitat

Taking a small boat trip out on to Lake Naivasha for a close encounter with hippos and hopefully some pink flamingos.

Cycling safari through Hell’s Gate National Park, nestled in the Great Rift Valley, for game viewing, and to take in the magnificent natural beauty of this geo-thermal area.

Exploring the volcanic region, including a 50 metre descent down onto an ancient canyon floor.

Accommodation: We stay in cottages at a lovely tranquil lake front camp

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House in Karen
Outskirts of Nairobi

Individual Cottages
Lake Naivasha

Permanent Tents
Masai Mara

Our Safari Vehicles
Masai Mara Game Driving

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