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Day 01, Fairview Hotel- Bed and Breakfast

Upon arrival in Nairobi, proceed through Immigration and Customs. After exiting the Customs & immigrations Hall, Please look out for a Zoar Tours & Safari’s driver/guide holding a Zoar Tours Banner with your name on it. Our Guide will assist you with your luggage and you will be transferred to Fairview hotel for dinner and overnight

Day 02, Fairview Hotel- Bed and Breakfast

After breakfast you will visit several self-help groups focused on empowering women and marginalized communities through fair trade. Your first visit will be at Kazuri Beads. Kazuri Beads has been in operation for more than 30years and employs over 300 women. They create hand-crafted jewelry and distribute it to retailers around the world. After watching the women create these works of art and shopping their gift shop, proceed onto Amani Ya Juu for lunch and a tour of the workshop.

Amani Ya Juu began in the 1990’s and now employs over 30 women creating wonderful fair trade items for both the local and international market. Enjoy lunch here at their income-generating restaurant. In the afternoon, proceed to Jacaranda Workshops. Jacaranda employs 40 local artisans with mental and physical handicaps to create jewelry. Meet these artisans, learn the jewelry making process, and support them by purchasing some gifts with true meaning. Your day ends by visiting the Hope House Children home for orphaned children and later you will return to hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 03, Lake Naivasha Sopa – Full Board

Begin the drive through the Great Rift Valley and enjoy a boat ride with the hippos on Lake Naivasha and also do our first African walk at the privately owned Crescent Island, which is a peninsula on the Eastern shore of Lake Naivasha and also enjoy a boat ride in the lake. There is a lot of easy to see game e.g. giraffes, waterbucks, elands, zebras and impalas. It is also a heaven for birds with 200 species recorded. The walk is gentle and satisfying.

After lunch proceed to Mwariki Village Meet the women of Heart to Heart Women’s Cooperative and Black Sheep. Learn about their fair trade initiatives, help them make product, visit their homes, walk through the village, and enjoy a meal with the women. You will be moved by the ambition and dedication this small village has put towards community based tourism and can feel good about your contribution to the village. Drive to Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 04, Flamingo Hill Camp – Full Board

After breakfast, drive to Lake Nakuru National Park to arrive in time for Lunch at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge. Afternoon game-viewing drive is inside the park. Lake Nakuru National Park surrounds Lake Nakuru, a shallow alkaline lake famous for the millions of flamingoes who flock here year round. Besides the rich and varied bird life this is a popular place to encounter leopard. Waterbuck are usually sighted along the lake shore, and this is the home of the Rothschild’s giraffe. Baboon, impala, buffalo, monkeys, warthog, Reedbuck and eland are also resident. However, the main attractions are the rhino. Picnic sites in the park include Makalia Falls, Enjoro River Mouth near the main gate, Baharini, Acacia, Baboon Cliff, Out of Africa, Lion Hill Summit. The park is a designated rhino sanctuary and it is one of the best places in Kenya to observe them. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 05 , Mago Guest House - Full Board

After breakfast you will be transferred to Kakamega. Lunch at Mago guest house. In a world of beauty lies the unique Mago guesthouse in the small village of Mago, with the spectacular unique Kakamega tropical rainforest right at your doorstep. It is the only and latest community guesthouse in Western Kenya close to Kisumu. The guesthouse is an income generating project of Mago Youth Polytechnic School to support its various educational programs. Mago guesthouse offers a haven of peace and serenity away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Experience real value, excellent comfort and friendly service at Mago guesthouse on the school compound of Mago Youth Polytechnic School, operated by Catering & Hospitality Management students. Whether on business or holiday, we guarantee you a memorable experience in the heart of rural Kenya.

Day 06, – Mago Guest House - Full Board

After breakfast you will be transferred to Kakamega forest national reserve with lunch boxes with enroute visit to the famous “Crying Stone”. The Kakamega Forest National Reserve is situated in the Lake Victoria basin, about 50km north of Kisumu city. Being the only remnant in Kenya of the unique Guineo-Congolian forest ecosystem, the park offers unique wildlife and scenic beauty. For bird and butterfly watchers, this is the place to visit. The forest is home to over 400 species of butterflies, about 300 bird species and 27 species of snakes. The park also supports more than 350 species of trees and 7 primate species including the endangered DeBrazza monkey, black and white Colobus monkey and vervet monkey. The Potto (the world's slowest mammal on earth), duikers and Dik diks are also found in Kakamega Forest Reserve.

Day 07, – Kisii Hotel / Home Stay - Full Board

After breakfast we drive to Kisii. For those who are fit, there will be a fun run covering a distance of 10-20km. Note that Kisii is a high altitude area that has produced world class runners in the past. Guest will be accompanied by a guest runner/local guide. Or - we enjoy a friendly match against the best soccer team in town. In the afternoon hours, we will visit our partner’s project, a school library now called John Nyarandi Memorial library. We will meet with the local community and learn how this will become a resource centre to the school community and improve the school grades. At the same time, we will request one guest to give a motivational talk to the students on the many opportunities available for the focused and hard working ones. A local facilitator will also give a talk on the ills of Female Genital Mutilation[FGM] that is common in this community .On the same note, guests will be invited to give sanitary pads to the girl student community that number 100 . Tonight you will have a dinner with the community.

Day 08: Kisii Hotel / Home stay - Full Board

After breakfast, you will depart for a visit the soapstone quarry, the only such kind in the world. You will learn about the mining and the curving of the stone to become the various makes of sculptures that are sold in the handcraft markets all over the world. The carvers used to make mostly wild animal figurines, but more recently have started creating contemporary abstracts, candle holders, bookends, domestic pet figurines like cats and dogs to name a few. The soapstone is first immersed into water so that it is easier to mold and carve. Once the stone is dry it will stay in its solid form. Color is used to give a brighter look and is added on to some of the carvings. The cool soft touch of Kisii is unparalleled to any other stone in the world. Touch Kisii soapstone and experience the purity and innocence of an exotic continent. Afternoon visit to community projects like Fish farming, tree/tea planting and in the evening you will enjoy your dinner and Evening cultural activity.

Day 09, Mara Simba Lodge – Full Board

Breakfast then depart and drive into the homelands of the Masai Game Reserve arriving in time for lunch at Mara Simba lodge. In the evening we`ll emerge ourselves in to the villages. This is your chance to meet and interact with village women and elders. See what a traditional Masai village looks like and learn how the family social structure works in Masai society. Sometimes you might be invited to visit milk a cow or sip a cup of Masai tea with the elders or help brand goats and cows

Day 10, Mara Simba Lodge – Full Board

Mornings typically begin with a bush walking safari lead by Masai warriors. This is your opportunity to get close to giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, eland, kudu, warthogs, gazelles, impala, and over 400 species of birds that roam freely in the area. The Masai know this land in a way no one else does and the warriors will interpret everything from footprints, animal droppings, animal noises, herbal medicine, and more. Leave your fears at home and experience Africa the Maasai way. Absolute security is guaranteed with our professional and reliable guides. Returning from the hike, we`ll enjoy breakfast together. Later you will intricate beadwork; it has been an art form of Masai women for centuries. You`ll have the opportunity to participate in the bead making sessions facilitated by Masai Women Cooperative. Meet and interact with Masai women and learn more techniques and the meaning of bead making in the Masai tribe. You might be surprised to discover your beading talent.

Day 11,Mara Simba Lodge – Full Board

One of the days we will visit a local primary and high schools to interact with the students and teachers. Visitors are welcome to play soccer or volleyball match with their own sport teams. You are also welcome to volunteer and tutor or teach English, Mathematics, Chemistry or Biology or offer any service that you feel good sharing. We will also visit the village heath centre and meet nurses. Our visits with villagers will allow us to learn just about every aspect of rural life in Kenya. Later you will join the Masai warriors in a dance. This is your chance to participate in a jumping competition and discover your warrior jumping talent!

Day 12, Mara Simba Lodge – Full Board

You have the option to rise early to drive out to a hill to watch the sun rise with a hot cup of coffee or, if you would like to be more active, enjoy a walk across the plains or to the top of the surrounding hills. You can either walk or game drive to the local Masai Village where the community are preparing for their daily chores of herding and collecting firewood and water. This is a traditional village where you can interact with the Masai and enter their huts and learn more about their culture. After breakfast, game drive to our local Primary School which we support through kind donations made by our guests. We have stationery packs available at camp for purchase if required. A visit to the school is a heartwarming experience where you will experience the enthusiasm the children have for education and the joy they take in learning.

Day 13,Farewell Dinner

Breakfast and then depart for Nairobi arriving in time for lunch on own in a restaurant of your choice. You will drive to Utamaduni Craft Centre for some shopping which is an exotic experience. Utamaduni encompasses the best of African Crafts and supports craftsmen from all over Kenya. In the evening, you will drive to the famous Carnivore Restaurant for dinner. The Carnivore is considered ‘Africa's Greatest Eating Experience. A variety of meats including a selection of exotic meat is roasted over charcoal and carved at your table on traditional Maasai swords (skewers). Delicious side dishes and an exceptional array of sauces complement this fixed price feast that also includes soup, a selection of desserts and Kenyan coffee. Set in attractive tropical gardens, the service and the décor are outstanding. After dinner transfer to the airport for your International flight home.

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