This safari has been put together specifically for students and volunteers visiting Western Kenya to relax at the end of their placement along with the opportunity for some close encounters with Kenya’s big game and a more intimate interaction with the birds, insects, reptiles and plant-life than is normally the case on a more conventional safari.

Conscious of the fact that most students and volunteers are on restricted budgets we have tried to minimise the costs but not the experience. We have used our local knowledge and contacts to put together a fantastic combination of game viewing and relaxation, away from the normal package tour crowds, using locally owned camps so the surrounding community also benefits from your stay.

For many this safari is once in a lifetime opportunity to do something very special, to travel through one of the world’s finest wildlife reserves looking for lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino along with a host of other animal species.

The safari was created by John Blissett, who has a lifetime’s experience of East Africa and regularly organises and manages trips for British doctors, nurses, teachers and students, travelling on personal development programmes, as well as private, tailored game-viewing safaris. His extensive knowledge and experience means he has a reliable network of local contacts for transport and accommodation, most of which he has been using for many years. Only local guides and camp staff are used, all recruited from neighbouring communities so you are directly benefiting the people of the areas you are staying in, rather than some faceless businesses in Nairobi.

The trip starts with an optional night at Lake Naivasha to relax after the journey from the UK, before moving on to Ndhiwa. The main part of the safari is usually taken towards the end of the visit to Western Kenya when you will spend 4 days in Maasailand, on the way back to Nairobi, with a final night and day relaxing at Whistling Thorns.

You will be met at Nairobi Airport by your driver who is responsible for getting you to Ndhiwa. The journey to Ndhiwa normally takes at least 8 hours so we now offer the option of a night on the way to make the journey less taxing.

Transport for the safari will be in specially modified “safari” vehicles that are designed to cope with some of the more challenging road conditions seen in Africa. Everyone should have plenty of space and there are game viewing hatches in the roof making it easier for everyone to see the Mara’s fantastic wildlife.

Summary of Costs

The money you have paid for the safari includes the following:

Group transfer from Nairobi to Ndhiwa with overnight accommodation at Naivasha
Pick up and transfer from Ndhiwa to Lebentera in Maasailand
2 nights camping with full board at Ilparakuo Camp
Transfer from Lebentera to the Maasai Mara Reserve
All activities including bush walk, warrior training and village visit
2 nights camping with full-board at Riverside Camp
Morning and afternoon game drives in the Mara
Group transfer from the Mara to Nairobi
Bed & breakfast accommodation at Whistling Thorns Hotel
Group transfer from Whistling Thorns to Nairobi Airport

In addition each person will need to bring US$ 160 for Mara Reserve Park Fees.