Rock My Kenya Adventure

Join us in Kenya, from the incredible Masai Mara, to the vibrant city of Nairobi to the beautiful Swahili coast! Let us show you the real Kenya, not the country you see in the media but the adventurous, beautiful, wild and real Kenya we know and love.

Tour Overview

Beautiful Kenya… where it all began!

This tour takes in many of the main highlights in Kenya, starting in the capital city Nairobi. We’ll ease into life in Kenya with visits to the baby elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the giraffes at the Nairobi Giraffe Centre where you’ll have the chance to feed and kiss a giraffe (don’t worry, their spit is anti-septic).

From there we’re off to the incredible Masai Mara where we’ll go on a 2-day safari in the park to try and spot the ‘Big 5’, including one night bush camping inside the park! This is a great adventure and you’ll love hearing hyenas cackle and lions roar as you drift off to sleep! The Masai Mara is one of the best (if not THE best) safari destinations in the world, so you won’t be disappointed!

Whilst there, we’ll spend time with Helen’s Maasai friends, learn all about their lives and customs and spend time in the local township, something not many tourists will ever experience!

Then it’s back to Nairobi where we’ll take a tour of downtown with a group of former street boys. They’ll share their personal stories with us and show you a side to Nairobi that very few tourists get to experience. You will come away from the experience with a whole mix of emotions and lots of inspiration.

Next up is the stunning Swahili Coast. Our first stop is the historical port city of Mombasa, where you’ll learn all about Swahili culture and history. Then we travel up the coast to the laid-back town of Kilifi, where you’ll have the chance to take part in some of the activities on offer or just relax – it’s completely up to you!

Our last stop is stunning Diani Beach, right on the Indian Ocean. Again, there will be some free time to take part in some of the activities on offer, but whilst we’re here, we’ll take a traditional dhow trip to Wasini Island and Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park, where we have the chance to spot a whole host of marine life at the coral reef.

Essential Info

Duration:15 Nights

Dates:

  • 19 August – 3 September 2019

Start: Nairobi

Finish: Mombasa

Maximum Group Size: 8 people

Minimum Age: 18

Physical Level: Easy

Total Cost: £1,795 + $950* (local payment paid on arrival)

Deposit: £200 (non-refundable – required to secure your gorilla permit)

“This was my first trip to Africa. What away to explore Kenya, a really good mixture of sight seeing, and immersing into Kenyan life. From eating a meal at Carnivore to partying in a township in the Maasai Mara where there was no other tourists with well informed guides and a fun packed itinerary. This is a trip not one to miss. I loved it and would definitely book another tour. I found Jessi to be fun, informative, knowledgeable and organised. I think you would be hard pushed to make this tour any better. I still don’t know how you did this on this budget.” 

EMILY | UK

Tour Highlights

WEEK 1

  • Search for the ‘Big 5’ on a Masai Mara safari which includes 3 nights in a wonderful and socially responsible safari camp and 1 night of bush camping in the wild – don’t worry, our Maasai warrior guides will protect us!
  • See the Great Wildebeest Migration – one of the greatest shows on earth (seasonal – usually takes place around July, August, September & early October).
  • Meet the Maasai people and learn about their unique way of life as we spend a day at their village.
  • Enjoy dinner and a party with our safari guides in the township near to the Masai Mara, something most tourists will never experience.
  • Get kissed by a giraffe at the Nairobi Giraffe Centre.
  • Visit the rescued baby elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
  • Explore exciting and dynamic Nairobi with a group of former street boys who will show you the ‘other’ side to Nairobi.
  • Visit some of our favourite Nairobi hangouts – local markets, cool restaurants, cafes and bars and awesome shops.
  • Look for herds of elephants as we pass through Tsavo National Park on the Nairobi to Mombasa train.

WEEK 2

  • Relax on the beautiful beaches of Kilifi and Diani on the stunning Swahili coast.
  • Enjoy the various watersports on offer on the coast (includes stand up paddle boarding, kite surfing, hydro foiling, snorkelling, scuba diving).
  • Go sailing on a traditional dhow and snorkelling to see the incredible marine life in Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park.
  • Explore vibrant Mombasa, Africa’s largest coastal city on a walking tour with a great local guide.
  • Enjoy lunch at a restaurant with a stunning view over Shimba Hills.
  • Take a wander through one of the prettiest villages in Kenya, followed by hordes of adorable children.
  • Enjoy a local home cooked dinner overlooking stunning Kilifi Creek.
  • Head down to Kilifi Creek to see the bioluminescence in the water.
  • Shop for fabrics in Kilifi Market and get clothes made by a great local tailor.
  • Chill out at Distant Relatives, an award-winning eco-lodge.
  • Feed the resident bush babies at our Diani Beach accommodation.
  • Party the night away to the coolest African music at the awesome beach bars of Kilifi, Diani & Mombasa.

Itinerary

DAY 1:  Nairobi

Dinner

Wildebeest Eco Camp (or similar)

None

Arrive in Nairobi and transfer to your accommodation for the night.

Relax and get to know your fellow travellers during a welcome meal and a beer or two at our lovely campsite! Your Rock My Kenya Adventure starts here. Karibu Kenya!

*  If you have the time and can arrive earlier, we can help to organise any other activities you wish to do in Nairobi or elsewhere. Additional accommodation and activities charged separately.

DAY 2:  Nairobi

Breakfast, Dinner

Wildebeest Eco Camp (or similar)

Nairobi Giraffe Centre, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

We’ll spend our first full day easing into life in Kenya and getting on Nairobi time.

In the morning, we’ll take a visit to see the baby elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and you’ll have the chance to feed and kiss a giraffe at the Nairobi Giraffe Centre (don’t worry, their spit is anti-septic).

Then in the afternoon we’ll have some free time to do a bit of shopping at the local Maasai market and relax by the pool before we head off into the Masai Mara for a few days on safari.

In the evening we’ll go for dinner at one of Nairobi’s best restaurants, Carnivore (vegetarian options available).

DAY 3:  Masai Mara

Breakfast, Dinner

Mara Explorers Camp (or similar)

Great Rift Valley Viewpoint

We’ll depart from Nairobi and head towards the world famous Masai Mara for our safari.

On the way we’ll take in the views of the magnificent Great Rift Valley and stop for lunch in the town of Narok, before heading to our lovely camp just a few kilometres outside the Masai Mara gate.

In the evening, we’ll relax around the campfire and under the stars at our campsite.

DAY 4:  Masai Mara

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Bush Camp in the Masai Mara

Masai Mara Safari, Bush Camping

On day 4 we’ll jump in our safari vehicle and spend a full day looking for the Big 5.

At lunch we’ll relax and picnic in the wild under the shade of a beautiful acacia tree. That evening, we’ll spend the night in our very own, self-made bush camp inside the Masai Mara, listening to hyenas cackle, elephants trumpets and lions roar as we drift off to sleep.

That’s right, we’re totally in the wild. But don’t worry, our Maasai warrior guides will protect us!

DAY 5:  Masai Mara

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Mara Explorers Camp (or similar)

Masai Mara Safari, BBQ Dinner

Today we’re back in the safari vehicle to spot more of the wonderful Masai Mara wildlife, so you will have a great chance of spotting the ‘Big Five’ – lion, elephant, buffalo and the elusive black rhino and leopard.

In the evening we’ll head back to the main camp to wash off the safari dust and enjoy an amazing bbq dinner of nyama choma and other traditional Kenyan dishes.

DAY 6:  Masai Mara

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Mara Explorers Camp (or similar)

Maasai Village, Siana Hill Hike, Sekanani Township Dinner

Early in the morning, those who want to can take an optional hot air ballon ride (additional cost) over the Masai Mara. This is a wonderful chance to see the epic landscape from the air and you may even see a few animals too! This activity is followed by a champagne breakfast by the Mara River.

When the ballooners return, we’ll spend the day with Helen’s Maasai friends, going on a guided hike, visiting the local school (term time only), playing with the children and having lunch in the village. This is always a super fun day and one that you’ll never forget.

That evening we’ll head out for dinner and some drinks in one of the restaurant/bars in the nearby township of Sekenani. You won’t find any other tourists here!

DAY 7:  Nairobi

Breakfast

The Clarion Hotel (or similar)

None

Following a leisurely breakfast and a lot of sad goodbyes as we leave the Mara (believe me, EVERYONE loves it here), we will make our way back to Nairobi, again passing over the incredible Great Rift Valley as we go.  

The evening will be free to rest or those who want to can head out to some of the cool bars/restaurants in town.

DAY 8:  Nairobi

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Clarion Hotel (or similar)

Nairobi City Tour

We’ll spend today exploring Nairobi.

In the morning, we’ll go on a city tour with a group of former street boys. They’ll share their personal stories with us and show you a side to Nairobi that very few tourists get to experience.

You will come away from the experience with a whole mix of emotions and lots of inspiration.

After lunch, we’ll visit a few of our favourite places in the city!

In the evening we’ll try some of the best Ethiopian food outside of Ethiopia!

DAY 9:  Mombasa

Breakfast

Tulia House Backpackers (or similar)

Nairobi – Mombasa Train

Early in the morning we’ll board the brand new Nairobi to Mombasa train. The new train is a great experience, super comfortable and you can often spot elephants and other animals from the train as you pass through Tsavo National Park! We once saw 13 herds!

Arriving in Mombasa, we’ll have a free evening for you to relax after the long journey.

DAY 10:  Mombasa

Breakfast, Dinner

Tulia House Backpackers (or similar)

Mombasa Walking Tour

In the morning we’ll explore the city on a walking tour, visiting a number of the major attractions in the city, including the Mombasa arches, the old town and markets and Fort Jesus.

There will be free time in the afternoon so that those who want to can do a little bit of shopping and those who don’t can lay by the pool topping up their tan!

In the evening we’ll go out for a delicious dinner at a top Mombasa restaurant and afterwards, you can take in some of the famous Mombasa nightlife.

DAY 11:  Kilifi

Breakfast, Dinner

Distant Relatives Eco Lodge (or similar)

Kilifi Village Walk & Local Dinner

Today we’ll make our way to the cool and laid-back town of Kilifi where we will spend the next two nights.

There will be free time to relax in the middle of the day, then in the afternoon, we’ll take a walk through a beautiful village which is home to the Giriama people (usually followed by a bunch of super cute kids), where we’ll have dinner and sunset drinks at our friend Saidi’s house overlooking stunning Kilifi Creek.

We’ll be staying right near the beach, and if you venture down there in the evening, you might be lucky to see some of the bioluminescence in the water.

A truly magical experience!

Kilifi also has some great bars, so if nightlife is your thing, you’re all set.

DAY 12:  Kilifi

None

Distant Relatives Eco Lodge (or similar)

None

Today is a completely free day to take part in one of the many activities in and around Kilifi.

This could include kite surfing, whale watching, SUP, cooking classes, snorkelling trips, Bofa Beach, Vuma Cliffs, Gedi Ruins, local markets, taking motorbikes around the town or venturing to the nearby towns of Malindi or Watamu.

DAY 13:  Diani Beach

Lunch

Stilts Backpackers (or similar)

Lunch in Shimba Hills, Bush Baby Feeding

Today we’ll make our way towards the white sands of Diani Beach, right on the Indian Ocean.

On the way we’ll stop for lunch at an incredible spot with stunning views over the stunning Shimba Hills.

We’ll have a chilled out evening tonight as we’re up early tomorrow for a full day of fun! At 7pm each evening, you have the chance to feed the bush babies that live in the trees at our accommodation.

DAY 14:  Diani Beach

Breakfast, Lunch

Stilts Backpackers (or similar)

Boat Trip to Wasini Island & Kisite  Mpunguti Marine Park

We’re up early today to head towards Shimoni for a snorkelling (or diving – additional cost) and dolphin spotting trip to Wasini Island and Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park which is close to the Tanzanian border.

Our traditional dhow takes us into the marine park where we have the chance to spot a whole host of marine life at the coral reef.

We’ll snorkel in two different place and there’s a good chance we’ll see grouper, octopus, stingwrays, starfish and parrot fish!

We’ll have a delicious Swahili lunch on Wasini Island (with 2 alcoholic drinks and all soft drinks included throughout the day) and get a chance to explore a little bit of the island.

DAY 15:  Diani Beach

Breakfast, Dinner

Stilts Backpackers (or similar)

None

Our last day in Diani is a free day to hang out at the pool, take a camel ride down the beach, shop for souvenirs in the local market or if you’re feeling active, try your hand at one of the many activities on offer.

Some people like to go sky diving at Diani beach, as it’s one of the most beautiful places on the planet to do it, overlooking the entire Swahili Coast and the landing spot is right on the beach!

In the evening we’ll go out for a delicious goodbye dinner at a top Diani Beach restaurant and afterwards, you can head out on the town (just try not to have too much fun and miss your plane the next day)!

DAY 16:  Departure Day

Breakfast

None

None

Today is always a sad day as we say goodbye to our new friends (there’s usually a few tears, I will warn you), but the memories and shared experiences will last a lifetime!

We can arrange the transfer to Mombasa Airport or you can continue your Africa travels from there.

Please bear in mind that the itinerary is subject to minor changes – This is Africa! But whatever happens, we’ll ensure you have an amazing trip!! Have a question? Feel free contact us here or take a look at our FAQ’s page.

What’s Included?

SUPPORT

Rock My Adventure Group Leader, comprehensive pre-departure information & planning advice.

MEALS

13 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 10 dinners.

ACCOMMODATION

15 nights accommodation in good quality safari camps, hostels, hotels and guesthouses. Includes 1 night bush camping in the Masai Mara National Park.

TRANSPORT

All transport within Kenya to and from included excursions and between the main destinations on the tour (includes – train, busses, taxis, boats, tuk tuks & safari vehicles).

ACTIVITIES

Nairobi Giraffe Centre

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Great Rift Valley Viewpoint

2-Day Masai Mara Safari

Bush Camping in the Masai Mara

BBQ Dinner

Maasai Village

Siana Hill Hike

Sekanani Township Dinner

Nairobi City Tour

Nairobi – Mombasa Train

Mombasa Walking Tour

Kilifi Village Walk & Local Dinner

Lunch in Shimba Hills

Bush Baby Feeding

Boat Trip to Wasini Island & Kisite  Mpunguti Marine Park

What’s Not Included?

      • Flights.
      • Airport transfers (however we can arrange these for you).
      • Visas (if needed).
      • Medications, antimalarials or vaccinations.
      • Travel/health insurance.
      • Drinks & meals not mentioned.
  • Optional activities.
  • Transport for optional activities
  • Tips for local guides.

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