Family Ties: Maasai & Kikuyu Cultural Tour 2 days

 
  • Covid-19 Safe
  • Shared tour
  • Small group
  • Solo friendly
  • Family friendly
  • Eco Responsible

Family Ties is a tour in the Magical Kenya Signature Experience Collection - curated, unique, authentic and exceptional once-in-a-lifetime Kenyan travel experiences accredited by the Kenya Tourist Board (KTB).

The 2-day Family Ties cultural tour is a rare opportunity to visit families in their homes from two different Kenyan ethnic groups - the Maasai and the Kikuyu. You’ll also see how Kenyan families are merging their traditional culture with contemporary ways to build new, bright and sustainable futures. You’ll be warmly welcomed into a Maasai village and your hosts will show their age-old way of life and rites of passage. Then, while visiting a Kikuyu family, you’ll see how a farming enterprise assists grandmother-headed households provide food and financial support for the many generations they care for.


Day 1 Maasai Family Ties

Today you drive to an authentic Maasai village on the outskirts of Nairobi where you spend the day with the men, women and children, and one of the elders, Daniel, will take you on a tour to explain how the Maasai have managed these precious lands for centuries. Spend time with Maasai mothers and help them build a new manyatta - a traditional Maasai homestead, while Maasai warriors will teach ancient skills such as spear-throwing and how to use local plants to make medicinal remedies, and will invite you to join them as they herd their cattle. In the afternoon the women will share their stories as they help you make your own piece of traditional beautifully-crafted beaded Maasai jewellery. You will discover that they are just as interested in your life as you are in theirs, as you join in the singing and dancing, and share the humour and warm nature of the villagers.

In the evening we enjoy dinner at a restaurant the locals love in Nairobi - we always have lots of fun and it’s a great opportunity to discuss and ask us all the questions that come to mind about the various communities and projects we visit

Day 2 Kikuyu Family Ties

There are many grandmother-headed households in Kenya that care for a number of generations, and today you are hosted by gracious grandmother Helen at her rural home, who will introduce you to her large Kikuyu family. She will show you around her innovative pig farm, and you can pitch in with the chores if you’d like to. This is a project supported by us as an initiative to improve the livelihoods of grandmothers by economically empowering them through small-scale farming. Helen earns a sustainable income from the pigs, while the bio-gas system from the waste powers her home. You also help to cook a traditional Kenyan lunch and share it with some of the other grandmothers in the community. Enjoy some joyful singing and dancing, and you will be inspired by listening to their powerful stories of life, change and progress and how the program has helped keep their families together.

* Please check prices for full list of inclusions and exclusions


Inclusions and exclusions

  • 1 x nights accommodation at Palacina Hotel (5 stars)
  • Pick up and return from customer’s hotel
  • Air-conditioned vehicles for transfers
  • Breakfast and Light Lunch
  • Bottled Water, Tea/Coffee
  • Team Dinner On the evening of Day 1
  • Tips and Gratuities

Available in

English, Suahili


Available for

Infants, Children, Students, Adults, Seniors



Departure & Return

Start city: Nairobi , Kenya

Pick up times available: 09:30

Pick up location: Customers hotel in Nairobi

Ends at: Customers hotel in Nairobi

Nearest airport: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO)



Covid-19 measures

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

We are Eco Responsible:

  • Contributing to nature conservation or indigenous project(s)
    Contributing to nature conservation or indigenous project(s)
    A percentage of product income is contributing to local nature conservation or indigenous project(s)
  • Eco-friendly meals
    Eco-friendly meals
    Meal(s) in restaurant or snack(s) that is produced using locally sourced products, saving energy, recycling, biodegradable cleaning products, saving water resources etc.
  • Education & exploration
    Education & exploration
    The product is educational rather than entertainment focused - it respects and gives insight into local traditions and/or environment
  • Interaction with locals or nature
    Interaction with locals or nature
    The major part of the tour is spent on interacting with local communities, their representative(s) (other than guides) or observing the nature or animals without disturbing their natural habitat and environment
  • Licensed tour guide
  • Local or indigenous tour guide(s)

Cancellation policy

0% cancellation fee - 61 days or more before the travel date
10% cancellation fee - between 11-60 days before the travel date
50% cancellation fee - between 3-10 days before the travel date
100% cancellation fee - between 0-2 days before the travel date

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from $1060 per person

* Minimum of 1 adults are required on this tour

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* Free cancellation until 61 days before departure


  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Sustainable Program
  • Responsible Travel
  • Kikuyu Tribe
  • Kikuyu Village
  • Maasai Village
  • Maasai Tribe