Educational Safari

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Per Adult 1,740 usd 1,910
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The Educational Safari has been designed to offer guests an experience that is more learning-focused, providing greater knowledge of the intricate relationship between wildlife, community, and responsible tourism in the Maasai Mara ecosystem and beyond.

This program is ideal for families with school-aged children or young adults, career professionals interested in expanding their knowledge or returning travelers looking to go beyond our traditional packages. It can be fully tailored to specific interests and group sizes, particularly for learning institutions.

Join us for six days that combine the thrilling excitement of safari with a series of insightful enrichment activities covering the areas of conservation, livelihood improvement, climate change adaptation, and philanthropy.

Day 1

At a Glimpse: Settling In

The drive from Nairobi to the Maasai Mara is no doubt beautiful – descending down into the Great Rift Valley with views of Mt. Longonot. It also gives trip participants their first scenes of rural life as they pass by tiny town centers bustling with commerce sprinkled between maize farms. Basecamp Masai Mara sits on a picturesque bend in the Talek river in one of the most game-rich areas of the Masai Mara National Reserve. After checking in to your tent, meet the group and your dedicated trip leader for an overview of your week’s program in the Enjoolata Center. Opened in 2019, the Enjoolata Center is the heart of discovery at Basecamp Masai Mara. It showcases the wildlife and people of the Mara, as well as Basecamp Explorer’s sustainability projects to benefit them both.

Next, you’ll enjoy your first safari in the Masai Mara National Reserve. This is a great opportunity to ‘learn by doing’ – an anchor opportunity to not only experience your first game sightings of the trip but later, have a point of comparison to the private conservancies visited later in the trip.

Back at camp, get to know one another over a bush dinner, and stories around the fire. Bursting with questions, head back to your tent for a relaxing end to the evening

Lunch & Dinner
Basecamp Masai Mara

Day 2

Basecamp Explorer Foundation

Enjoy a sunrise game drive in the Masai Mara National Reserve. After breakfast, meet Jemimah, the head of Basecamp Maasai Brand. The Basecamp Maasai Brand is a key women’s empowerment initiative of the Basecamp Explorer Foundation. Learn about how over 150 women – ages 17 to 65 – are preserving an important part of their cultural heritage while gaining financial independence.

You will also meet with Francis Sopia of Basecamp Explorer Foundation to tour other projects on site, including reforestation, sustainable food & water systems, and clean energy. Hear about the exciting upcoming work and how you can be a part of it.

The group will join again for a sundowner and have dinner at leisure. In the evening, gather at the Enjoolata Center’s open-air theatre to watch a conservation-based documentary.

All meals included
Basecamp Masai Mara

Day 3

Naboisho Conservancy

Before departing to Naboisho, enjoy an engaging lecture by a staff member from Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association. He/she will provide an overview of the conservancy model, the organization’s history and activities, and be available to answer any questions about their own experience living and working in the Mara.

Afterward, head to Naboisho Conservancy to experience for yourself the difference between the tourism and wildlife experience in the conservancy and that of the Maasai Mara National Reserve! It was established in 2010 as an agreement between landowners and tourism operators to dedicate the degrading land to wildlife.

We will have set up our special mobile camp, Dorobo, an inviting opportunity to experience a safari as they were generations ago – right in the heart of the savannah.

All meals included
Dorobo Mobile Camp

Day 4

Pardamat Conservation Area

Today will likely be your favorite day on the trip – and the one that sparks the most questions!

After packing up, head into Pardamat Conservation Area (PCA). PCA is the only conservancy in the Mara that is triple use – its people have dedicated their land to wildlife conservation as they continue their pastoral work on it. You’ll see the urgent problem of plot fencing, which blocks wildlife passing through this critical corridor.

Enjoy lunch among the Maasai youth and international visiting students at the new Wildlife Tourism College of Maasai Mara (WTC). The WTC is unique in that while operating as an international-caliber teaching centre for local Maasai, it also operates as an education destination for students, volunteers and researchers.

An employed graduate will be available to answer questions regarding unemployment in the area for youth and the critical solution the WTC has created. Later in the afternoon, head to the top of the Pardamat Conservation Area hills, where another fly camp awaits you. Enjoy sundowners over a magnificent view of the entire Mara Conservancy ecosystem.

Since the hilltop is more off-grid, this is the perfect time to discuss your experiences, brainstorm ideas for the future of the Mara, and relax.

All meals Included
Dorobo Hilltop

Day 5

Pardamat Conservation Area

Begin your final day in the Mara with a stunning sunrise and morning bush breakfast. This morning, there will be an opportunity for adventure or community service.

In the afternoon, return to Naboisho Conservancy and Eagle View camp for a much-deserved bit of eco-luxury after your days of exploration.

At dinner, Francis Sopia will present each participant with a certificate, a keepsake among many to remember your participation in this meaningful experience.

All meals included
Eagle View

Day 6

Today is your last day in the savannah. After breakfast return to Nairobi, concluding your insightful educational safari adventure!

Scheduled Departures
6 Days
Oct- Dec
Min 6 people
Max 12 people
all meals included
Basecamp Masai Mara
Dorobo & Eagle View

Seasons and Prices

Travel Dates 

Departs – From 23rd June to 28th June 2022
Departs – From 21st October to 26th October 2022
Departs – From 21st February to 26th February 2023

Special Prices

Feb & Oct 2022- USD 1,950 per adult sharing a room
USD 1,770 per child (12-16 yrs) sharing a room

June 2022 – USD 1,740 per adult sharing a room
USD 1,560 per child (12-16 yrs) sharing a room

What's Included

Accommodation & Activities according to the program
All meals included
Round trip road transfers from Nairobi to Mara,
Unlimited shared day game drives at Basecamp Masai Mara
Unlimited shared day/night game drives at Eagle View
Unlimited Walking safaris at Dorobo Mobile camp and Eagle View
Bird walks at Basecamp Masai Mara
Sunset sundowner at a scenic point
Tea and coffee service in own tent if desired
Optional picnic breakfast and lunch
Visit our community projects
Free Wi-fi at Basecamp Masai Mara & Eagle View
Masai Mara Reserve park fees and Mara Naboisho conservancy fees

Additional Charges

International airfare and visa fees, drinks, supreme bush meals, balloon safari, horseback ride safari, massage, laundry, telephone calls and tips, and other incidental charges.

Equipment and Clothing

Comfortable safari clothes – avoid white due to the dust, warm sweater or fleece for the evenings, wind and waterproof jacket, solid hiking boots for the walking safari, comfortable footwear for the game drives, binoculars, sunscreen, sun hat & sunglasses, a good book, camera and extra battery, headlight, mosquito repellent for protection while outdoors, pack in solid soft bag.

Important Note

As a small and personal company, we tailor-make all our safari programmes. Each element of this itinerary can be changed to suit your personal preferences.

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