Embracing Mama Africa | Kenya
16 Days

Tour Overview

Embark on a unique 16-day ladies-only journey through stunning Kenya, with exhilarating wildlife safaris in iconic destinations like Maasai Mara National Park and a low-key cycle adventure in Hell’s Gate National Park.

This adventure also offers an authentic blend of cultural immersion and engagement with women’s initiatives. Your journey includes a stay at Umoja Village, a women-only community founded by Samburu women, where you’ll experience their traditional way of life and contribute to their empowerment.

By actively participating in community activities and supporting local women’s initiatives, you’ll forge lasting connections and gain a deep appreciation for the remarkable women and diversity of Kenya.

Why you’ll love this tour

  • Spend a fun morning at our very own primary school, Tamariki Education Centre
  • Stay in lovely accommodations carefully chosen to reflect the surroundings
  • Have fun learning 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
  • Projects supporting women
  • Learn to build a traditional hut – in case you may need one at home!!
  • Make meaningful connections and newfound friendships
  • Visit a heartfelt baby elephant orphanage/sanctuary and fall in love
  • Immerse yourself in many community-based projects – and make a difference
  • Go on safari in the breathtaking world renowned Maasai Mara
  • Game drives galore! Search for the Big-five and loads of  iconic African wildlife
  • Spend 3 nights at Kenya’s gorgeous Diani Beach swimming and relaxing
  • 24/7 safety and care
  • highly experienced safari guides

Tour Facts

  • Tour Date: 16th September – 1st October 2024
  • Length of Tour:  16 Days
  • Places we visit:  Nairobi, Lake Naivasha, Samburu, Maasai Mara, Diani Beach
  • Price: NZ$ 8,300 – share twin
  • Single Supplement:   $1,600 – 2 available
  • Type of Tour:  Travel by tour van and 4×4 safari jeep, low level fitness
  • Accommodation:  An authentic mix of comfortable accommodations suited to the environment:  lovely guest suites in a gated compound in Nairobi, safari camp complete with permanent tents (including ensuite bathrooms and comfy beds) in Maasai Mara, African style banda huts on the lake front of Lake Naivasha, a traditional home stay at Umoja Womens Only Village and a private beach property with pool set in a stunning garden setting at Diani Beach
  • Size of Tour:  8 people plus host and driver Tony
  • Arrive & Depart:  From Nairobi, Kenya


Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1 :  Nairobi: arrival into Nairobi
  • Day 2 :  Nairobi: Tamariki School visit / Karen Blixen Coffee Farm (Out of Africa)
  • Day 3 :  Nairobi: visit a baby elephant sanctuary
  • Day 4 :  Nairobi > Thingira: driving day / cultural ativities and community involvement
  • Day 5 :  Thingira > Samburu: stop at the Equator, settle and relax at our camp
  • Day 6 :  Samburu > Umoja Women’s Village: cultural activities / immersive workshops
  • Day 7 :  Samburu > Samburu National Reserve: driving / sightseeing
  • Day 8 :  Samburu > Nakuru: wildlife safari / game drive
  • Day 9 :  Nakuru > Maasai Mara National Reserve: driving / sightseeing
  • Day 10: Maasai Mara National Reserve: wildlife safari / hot air ballon safari (opt. extra)
  • Day 11: Maasai Mara > Lake Naivasha: flower farm visit / boat ride for hippo viewing
  • Day 12: Lake Naivasha > Nairobi: cycle safari / nature walk with Maasai friend Joseph
  • Day 13: Nairobi > Diani Beach: a 1 hr short flight to Diani Beach
  • Day 14: Diani Beach: free beach time  (optional activities available)
  • Day 15: Diani Beach: free beach time  (optional activities available)
  • Day 16: Diani Beach > home:  End of tour… full of life time memories


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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Stylish Guest Suites
Leafy suburb of Karen,  Nairobi

Stunning Camp Carnelleys
Lake Naivasha

Gorgeous Permanent Tents with Ensuite Bathroom – Maasai Mara


Very cool Authentic Guest Huts
Umoja Village

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