This is an unforgettable adventure that takes you deep into the land of the Maasai, combining cultural interaction with classic safari experiences. Spend three days hiking along ancient wildlife trails in the wild Loita Hills, accompanied by passionate Maasai guides. Then immerse yourself in the wildlife wonders of the Maasai Mara, including big cats and elephant herds that roam around the Serian mobile camp. Complete your adventure with three nights in the world famous Serengeti.
Day 1 - 3
Maasai Hiking Trails in the Loita Hills – Jan's Camp
The Liota Hills are one of Africa's last true remaining wildernesses. This region is virtually unexplored and offers a rare glimpse of a world that remains untouched by the human hand. Rolling green hills extend beyond the horizon, many of them covered in rich indigenous forest. Wildebeest and zebra roam across the savannah, always keeping two eyes open for the leopards that stealthily hide in the woodland. Black and white Colobus monkeys playfully swing through the trees, mischievously munching on fruit and then continuing their treetop journey. Gazing down on the plains, it's easy to spot gazelle and impala dotted along the horizon.
These hills have a rich Maasai history and offer an opportunity for a once-in-a-lifetime cultural interaction. The Maasai have continued to practice the traditional beliefs that have been passed down for many generations while also tackling the challenges of interactions with western traditions. Young Maasai warriors wear white face paint and feathered headdresses, colorful red blankets and animal skins, while elaborate face piercings are the norm. Your passionate Maasai guides will be eager to share their traditions and culture. You'll hear stories around the fire, learn about living harmoniously in this animal environment, and discover some of their unique beliefs. It's not just about listening, this is a fully immersive experience with one of the world's most unique and remarkable tribes.
Each day is spent exploring ancient Maasai trails with your experienced guides. All the walks are tailored to suit your interests and capabilities, taking you deep into remote African bush that is home to many of nature's most spectacular animals. Every night can be spent at Jan's Camp, on a ridge that overlooks the rolling green hills. Each room is distinctively decorated, offering a unique haven amidst the wilderness, and the diversity of trails from Jan's Camp ensure that each day's walking will be very different from the last. Alternatively, you can choose to set up camp beneath the stars, and go on a multi-day hike through Loita Hills.
Baboons clamber along the hills, leopards lurk in the trees, while great herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle can be found on the plains. On a walking safari you'll see it all at eye level, experiencing nature from the ground. And from this rare vantage point it's even more impressive. There is a thrill to witnessing these scenes and some people incorrectly believe that a walking safari is dangerous. The Maasai have coexisted with nature for millennia and they know exactly how to keep you safe. With one quick glance your Maasai guides will know exactly what animals are nearby. A slight indent in the track suggests wildebeest were on the trail, the ripeness of half-eaten fruit shows that monkeys are close, and footprints always reveal their owners. With a lifetime's experience of tracking animals, your Maasai guides will not only keep you safe, they'll maximize your interactions with the unique wildlife of the Loita Hills.
Tracking animals is just one aspect of the traditional knowledge that you will learn about. Various plants and trees hold healing properties, certain dances have spiritual significance, and a man's wealth is judged by how many cows and children he has. Visit traditional Maasai homes and see how they are constructed from their natural environment. Then don't forget to share your culture. The Maasai are always open to new people and new ideas. As you hike in this unspoiled land you'll be sharing the experience with Maasai who will make an indelible imprint on your memory.
Day 4 - 6
Unforgettable Maasai Mara Safari Experience – Alex Walker's Serian Camp, Nkorombo
Day 7 - 9
Spectacular Game Viewing in the Serengeti – Alex Walker's Serian North Camp
- Six full days of game drives ensure you'll see all of the Big Five from a proximity that takes the breath away
- Enjoy once-in-a-lifetime cultural interaction with enthusiastic Maasai guides, learning about their unique traditions and animal tracking skills
- Spend three days hiking through the unexplored Loita Hills, discovering a remote and beautiful corner of Africa that's untouched by the human hand
- Immerse yourself in the Maasai Mara and enjoy three days that are tailored to maximizing wildlife viewing
- Watch elephant herds roam from the balcony of the inimitable Alex Walker's Serian Camp
- Relish the vast beauty of the Serengeti and the three million mammals that call it home
- Experience the Great Migration (month dependent), one of nature's greatest shows
- Indulge in the individual service and tailored safari experience of the Serian Serengeti North Camp
This stunning adventure offers an immersive experience with East Africa's unique residents. Lion prides roam around your Maasai Mara lodge, elephants wander past your balcony in the Serengeti, and enthusiastic Maasai guides share their unique traditions and culture. Walking safaris take you into untouched corners of East Africa, while the vast beauty of the endless grass plains teem with great animal herds. This itinerary is all about authentic first-hand experiences and inspiring destinations. Learn about animal tracking from Maasai warriors, marvel at the Great Migration, and indulge in nature's greatest shows.
Big cats roam free in the Loita Hills but the Maasai tribe has coexisted with them for millennia. You'll spend three days hiking with Maasai guides, learning about their unique traditions and sharing a once-in-a-lifetime cultural interaction. Each day's hiking is tailored to you and can culminate in wild camping beneath the stars or the scenic elegance of Jan's Camp. You'll see nature from the ground, including leopards lurking in trees, herds of wildebeest and zebra, and various antelope. The Maasai will leave an indelible imprint in your memory as they share their unique view of the world.
The world's best game viewing is in the Maasai Mara and the Serengeti. You'll have three days in each, tailoring your own itinerary with a limitless combination of game drives and walking safaris. These grass plains are home to three million four hoofed mammals, and they're always escorted by a great cast of predators. Wildlife surrounds your luxury camp and the distinct sounds of wilderness continue all day and night. This isn't just a Big Five safari, it's a nonstop wildlife experience. Lion prides roam, leopards hunt, wildebeest herds cover the grass with swirls of dust, and elephants happily meander past your lavish tents. Both camps are ideally situated to maximize viewing of the Great Migration, when two million animals make their journey across the beautiful savannah. Even outside of the migration season, the Maasai Mara’s residents are always sure to astound.
$5,260 per person (excluding international flights)
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