SAFARIS FOR THE SOUL

When travelers go to Africa, they share one thing in common: They want their time in the bush to be a life-changing experience. They want the opportunity to discover som ething out of the ordinary and have it touch them at the core of their being.

Safaris for the Soul does just that. We use Africa as a classroom so you can explore what makes you tick, what you want, and what’s next on this journey we call life. We take the best that Africa has to offer—a 16-day adventure in Kenya—to learn and ensure that you discover big things on your safari..

This trip is the perfect way to make your expedition to Africa count. A safari is filled with thousands of animals, hundreds of tribes and an infinite number of metaphors to apply to your life. For example, on some days, after an exciting game drive in the morning, we’ll spend time with African craftspeople, learning about and getting hands-on experience with the art. On other days, the afternoon is spent exploring what you want the rhythm of your life to be and contributing your rhythm to the campfire festival under the African night sky.

Adventure balanced with reflection, fun balanced with deep thought, big game balanced with big laughs, and stories you’ll tell for a lifetime. Our groups are small, and we stay away from typical tourist traps to ensure that you get a real taste of what Africa has to offer. Most importantly, we help you discover the answers that Africa has for some of the big questions in your life, and we help you figure out how to apply them back at home.

So, don’t just take a vacation; take a Safari—for your Soul.

Day 1. – Met upon arrival at Nairobi airport and transferred to a small, private hotel in Nairobi

Day 2. – Today you will meet your expedition team —a small group of 6-8 like-minded people who will explore the wilds together with you. After breakfast you’ll discuss the details of the trip, and where you’ll be going—both literally and figuratively. In the afternoon, you’ll visit Karen Blixen’s home, author of “Out of Africa”. Later, you’ll relax over dinner with the group, before your ‘real’ trip starts the following day.

Masai VillageDay 3. – Breakfast at the hotel. Depart with lunch boxes for a full-day excursion to Isinya. Here, you’ll work with a group of Masai women who have set up a beadwork co-operative to pay for their daughters’ education.

You will take the one-hour drive from Nairobi to the Masai village to meet the women involved with this project. Masai women are very seldom educated in a formal sense and they have virtually no rights within the village. Daughters are used by their fathers as bartering tools for cattle and goats; little consideration is given to their own needs.

This small group of Masai mothers has started to change this tradition by creating beautiful beadwork to sell abroad, thus creating an education fund for their daughters. Working with the women, you will create a piece of beadwork inspired by your ‘life graph,’ an activity that allows you to examine the tapestry you’ve been beading up to this point in your life. Your expedition team will also have the opportunity to meet the children at their schoolhouse, and visit one of the traditional Masai village homes for an afternoon tea.

Drive back to Nairobi . Share dinner with your expedition team to discuss the insights of the day. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4. - Breakfast at the hotel. Morning drive up to Nyeri to the greenhills hotel. During the day your expedition team will share the beadwork creations and life graphs from the previous day, while enjoying the stunning scenery of Mt. Kenya and its beautiful coffee plantations. After lunch, spend more time together as a group, discovering more about yourself and the driving themes in your life.

Day 5. – After breakfast drive to a centre for the less fortunate children from the street of Nyeri town, where they are being rehabilitated. The children here learn different skills in life so that they can support themselves after they leave the center. Spend the whole day here helping and learning from these children. Drive back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 6. – After breakfast, visit the Kikuyu villages in the area and learn more about the culture of hese people from the beginning of time until today. Lunch at the outspan hotel. Afternoon transfer to the Treetops hotel in the Aberdare National park. The hotel is built on silts and overlooks a waterhole where animals flock at night for water and salt lick. Enjoy all this in the comfort of your room balcony.

Day 7. -  After breakfast drive to Laikipia. This area is part of an ancient lava plain covered with red dirt, thorn scrub, broken volcanic rock, dried riverbeds, steep hills and rocky outcroppings. Unusual for this arid area of Northan Kenya, Laikipia has a permanent water supply, the Ewaso Ngiro or “brown river”. This permanent water flow provides an oasis for the many elephant, hippo, and crocodile that abound in this area.

The region is also home to the rare Grevvy zebra, Somali ostrich with its distinctive blue legs, the shy Beisa Oryx and the largest African antelope, the Eland. The mix of woodland and grassland with riverine forest and swampland also creates a home to a wide variety of bird life as well as mammals.

The Buffalo Springs Park records over 365 bird species! This is the perfect place for an introduction to the harsh, yet stunningly beautiful landscapes of northern Kenya. You will be accommodated to a private lodge that is Eco-friendly.

Day 8. -  Early morning game drives with a late breakfast at the lodge. After lunch you head to Speke bay. The drive takes 4-5hrs. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 9. – After breakfast head to Isebania the Kenya/ Tanzania boarder with picnic lunches on the way. A drive To Mara re-entering the extended plains of Serengeti, the Maasai Mara through Kilgoris or Logarian depending on the route taken and weather conditions. Arrive at the Mara Sarova lodge in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 10. – Today you take a full day game drive with picnic lunches in search of the Big Five and other wild animals found in the Mara. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 11. – After breakfast leave for Nairobi with a game viewing on the way. Arrive at the Kent mare Club in Limuru for lunch.

Day 12.  – Drive to the Masaai Mara and your private camp in the bush.

Located to the south of Nairob and bordering Tanzania, the Masai Mara forms part of the huge Serengeti co-system. The Mara spreads over 1,510 square km of rolling plains, sudden rocky outcrops and green winding rivers.

Not only is the Mara blessed with this stunning landscape, but its diversity of animals is one of the greatest in Africa. Surrounded by the grazing lands of the Masai people, the Mara is a sanctuary for all of the “Big Five” animals: lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. The sweet grasses and abundant water ensure a full compliment of plains game such as the impala and Thompsons gazelle. The deep river pools provide homes for hippo and crocodiles.

The breath-taking beauty of the Masai Mara and its astonishing diversity of wildlife combine to ensure that the Mara is one of the most popular stops on a Kenyan safari.

In the afternoon, you’ll start your cultural visits to the Masai village. You will learn about their culture, walk with the warriors as they herd their cattle and learn about the natural medicines provided by the plants in the area. That night your expedition team will have an African experience not to be missed. With just a cot, you will be “bush camping” or sleeping under the stars in the bush. Your Masai guides will cook dinner for you and explain the night noises and sights, while you discover the real bush at night and its rhythm of life.

Day 13. – Breakfast in the bush camp. Slowly walk back to the main camp, as we discuss the rhythm of Africa and how you want it to seep into the rhythm of your life back home.

The Kichakani Camp offers 20 large, very comfortable twin or double tents with ensuite toilet and hot water showers. Each tent has a large private verandah area.

A bar and dining area has been created in the traditional safari mess tent, which is also where your meals are served.

Home-cooked meals are a specialty here; we even bake cakes over a campfire

Day 14. – Breakfast and then spend the morning exploring the Mara on a game drive. Because an integral part of your expedition team’s time in the Mara will be with our Masai Warrior Guides, we’ll spend some time today ex, and the explorer to see how each serves as a guide in our life.

Day 15. – In the Mara, with a morning and afternoon game drive. Put the final touches on your strategies and action plans for the future, both with your expedition team and in individual coaching sessions. You won’t leave Kenya without solid plans for real action to create the life you want back home. The day will end with a traditional closing ceremony and time of closure for your expedition team.

Day 16. – Breakfast and morning game drive to the airstrip. Fly back to Nairobi for sight seeing and shopping. A celebration dinner at the Carnivore Restaurant before your transfer to the international airport for your flight back home.

Prices: upon request.

Includes: All transfers, accommodation, all meals and drinks as described in the itinerary, water in the safari vehicles, driver/guide, activities as listed above, park entrance fees, local taxes and Flying Doctors*. Also includes all program materials such as journals, articles, art supplies and pre-trip assignments.

Excludes: Laundry, telephone calls, personal purchases, tips (budget approx. $150 total), Kenya visas ($50) and international flights.

Minimum person: Eight