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Culture & Wildlife - Tour 2

  • Overview
  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Route
  • Prices

Walk through Emali town

On your first day your guide picks you at the agreed meeting point in Nairobi around 1pm and you take a Matatu to a town called Emali.

Due to the climatic conditions, the inhabitants and the impacts of the high rate of HIV positive living people, Emali is quite a poor town. As a result the need for charity programs arises.

During this optional walk you go through the market in town with small shops and people selling their wares next to the road. You also have the chance to visit Mt. Zion CBO with its clinic for people living with HIV, in order to get acquainted with the prevailing conditions that make Emali the town it is.

Your means of transport are Matatus and either on foot.
You stay overnight in a hotel in Emali.

Visiting the Maasai

Heading south from Emali, you will enter the land of the Maasai. Different to the other tribes in Kenya, the Maasai live together in small communities and were able to conserve their traditional way of life. Still they earn their living through the sale and breeding of livestock. Therefore they own and transverse through what they consider to be their ancestral land which makes them habitual to walking long distances.

During this daytrip you visit two different homes of the Maasai. There you have the chance to enter a Manyatta, a typical house built out of soil and cow dung, you meet local families and enjoy an impressive semi-arid landscape.
Your means of transport are Matatus, motorcycles and either on foot.
In the evening you return to Emali and stay a second night.

Meeting the children of Tumbuni & Visiting the Kamba community in Bosnia

In the morning you can decide whether you want to visit the Tumbuni Community Centre for children with special needs, play with the children and see a school for hearing impaired or you can also stay in Emali.

Around lunchtime you travel to a small community in the countryside. The Bosnia village is around 10km from the main Nairobi-Mombasa highway in the countryside and belongs to the Kamba tribe. Their way of living is very basic and up to now they keep to their traditions and way of life. Special about this village is the proximity of the Chyulu Hills National Park to the inhabitants' farms and the clash between the human beings and animals in context to food.
During this daytrip you meet the village elder, who takes you around to the different homesteads that practice different ways of earning their living by engaging in various economical activities.
Your means of transport are Matatus, motorcycles and either on foot.
You stay either with the Bosnia community in one of their homes or you sleep in a hotel in the next village.

Exploring wildlife in Tsavo West National Park

Tsavo West has a lot of diverse natural sceneries, such as swamps, springs, rocky peaks and extinct volcanic cones. Tsavo National Park is one of the largest parks in Kenya and covers 21000 sq km which gives it ample ground for you to be able to see the big five, this include the lion, rhino, leopard, hippo and elephant, although this requires a bit of luck and you to access the park very early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

During this daytrip a car picks you from your hotel in Kibwezi before sunrise and takes you to attractions, like Mzima Springs, Chaimu Crater, Roaring Rocks and for example the Hippo Pool. Much of the Tsavo West's appeal lies in its dramatic scenery and sense of space that you get to enjoy.

Your means of transport are by car and either on foot.
In the evening the car drops you near your next stop – Wundanyi, which is within the Taita Hills and where you spend the following days.

Exploring Ngangao Forest

The forests on the tops of the Taita Hills rise up to 2200m from the dry lowlands providing a unique sanctuary to the special animals and plants. They have survived for many years and can be found with some of the reptiles, amphibians and butterflies.
Due to the altitude in this areas one needs to be prepared by carrying warm clothes, closed hiking shoes and a rain jacket.

During this daytrip you see tree nurseries, which are managed by the local community conservation groups, income generating activities such as bee keeping and butterfly raring. Also get to view one of the biggest trees in Taita, commonly known as the Mother Tree, which is protected under the Taita Wildlife Forum.

Your means of transport are on motorcycle and on foot.
In the evening you walk back to Wundanyi town and stay there overnight.

Hiking up to Mwachora Hill & Visiting Susu Hill and the Taita community

Wundanyi town is surrounded by different hilltops and one of it is Mwachora, which is one kilometer from town. Due to the altitude in this areas one needs to be prepared by carrying warm clothes, closed hiking shoes and a rain jacket.
During this half-daytrip you walk from Wundanyi town winding up towards the hill. Along the way you get to see different farming activities that are carried out by the Taita community. A path leads you up to the top of the hill, where you get to view the scenic lowlands below you and the extensive sisal farming that is done on the eastern side of Tsavo National Park, through the waters that are collected at the Mwatate sisal dam.
Your means of transport are on foot.


At lunchtime you´re back in Wundanyi town and take a break before you visit Susu Hill and a Taita community.

The Taita are one of the smallest tribes in Kenya that number around 200 000 people. Mostly Christianity has eroded their cultural believes and traditions, such that they comprise of 95% Christians and 5% Muslims. They support themselves through farming and raring of livestock. The farming can only be done by using traditional methods since no modern equipment can access the hilly land. Due to the altitude in this areas one needs to be prepared by carrying warm clothes, closed hiking shoes and a rain jacket.
During this half-daytrip you walk up the Susu hill which is only a 30 minutes hike and gives you a clear view of the surrounding five districts and a river that leads to salt lake through Tsavo National Park. One stop on this trip is at a home of a Taita family and at another one you can enjoy Bangara, their traditional drink.
Your means of transport are on motorcycle and on foot.
After sitting together with locals and taking Bangara, motorbikes take you back to Wundanyi and you stay overnight in town.

Safe journey & come again!

In your booking form you can choose whether you want to go back to Nairobi after our tour or continue your journey and visit Mombasa or any other destination on the coast. The guide organises a Matatu for you which takes you to either Nairobi or Mombasa.

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The price for a tour includes accommodation and breakfast, transport (usually public transport), tour guide, all the trips and entrance fees. Food and beverages are not included apart from breakfast.


The prize fo this tour is for students (< 26 years) 790 and for adults (> 26 years) 880 euros per person. The prices are valid from two people, prices for one person on request.
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