Foodies Without Borders-10 Day Culinary and Culture Safari

Day 1 – Arrival – Fairview Hotel (overnight)
Arrival – Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) Nairobi KENYA( where an unforgettable journey awaits).

Touching down in Nairobi, the adventure begins at the Fairview Hotel – a sanctuary of elegance for the night. After a seamless transfer, our safari guide unveils the thrilling journey ahead as the sun dips below the city skyline.

At the hotel, immerse yourself in luxury – a poolside escape, a power nap, or a delightful meal awaits.

In Nairobi and beyond, reliable Wi-fi is available for connecting with family and friends back home. As night falls, seize the chance for a “city night walk,” exploring Nairobi’s vibrant spirit. Let the city lights weave their own tales before you retire to the Fairview Hotel, where dreams of tomorrow’s safari adventures dance through the night.

Day 02:  AMBOSELI – Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge (overnight)
As the first light gently nudges, we embrace the day with a grand sunrise, indulging in a hearty buffet breakfast. Checked out and fueled for adventure, we set our sights southwest of Nairobi for Amboseli National Park, the revered “Elephants Paradise,” and the iconic snowcapped Mt. Kilimanjaro on the border of Kenya and Tanzania.

 The unfolding five-hour journey paints picturesque landscapes, charming towns, and vibrant villages with glimpses of wildlife sightings along the scenic route. Our adventure pauses for a delightful lunch in the small town of Emali. After lunch, the journey continues with a brief safari adventure on a scenic route leading us to the lodge at 6 pm for dinner delights, refreshing drinks, and sweet dreams overnight.

Day 03: AMBOSELI Serena Safari Lodge (full day- overnight)
With the first light whispering through Amboseli, we kickstart our day with coffee and pastries, setting out by 6 am to uncover the park’s treasures—elephants, lions, and an array of stunning wildlife.

At 9 am, we’ll return for a feast of flavors with a delightful brunch. Around 10 am, we’ll embark on a short 10-minute drive to experience the captivating life of a nearby Maasai village and their  vibrant communities.

By 1 pm, we’ll gracefully return to the hotel, inviting you to unwind by the pools, retreat to your cozy rooms, or savor a pre-lunch moment at the bar. The afternoon unveils another game drive at 4 pm, leading us to the awe-inspiring “observation hill” for a sunset spectacle—cameras poised. As the sun sets, enjoy tasty snacks on our sunset game drive, returning by 6 pm at the lodge for a refreshing interlude before dinner and drinks.

Day 04: LAMU Majlis Beach Resort (Overnight)
Savoring an early breakfast and bidding farewell to our Amboseli haven, we embark on a 5-hour drive to Wilson Airport or JKIA Airport in Nairobi. Our next adventure awaits with a swift 1-hour flight to the legendary ancient town of Lamu on the enchanting northern Kenyan coast. In Nairobi, we indulge in a quick lunch at Kenyatta Market, savoring the iconic national dish of Kenya, “Nyama Choma.”

Touching down in Lamu at Manda Airstrip, a swift speed boat whisks us across the Indian Ocean to Majlis Beach Resort. Post-check-in, a group briefing unveils our next two days’ adventure, followed by a delectable dinner at one of Majlis’s three restaurants.  The night unfolds its charms, offering the option to linger at the beach bar or indulge in a moonlit swim by the pool or ocean before surrendering to a seaside slumber.

Day 05:  LAMU Majlis Beach Resort (full day- overnight)
As the day gently unfurls in Lamu, we savor a leisurely brunch with the sun lingering overhead. The choice is yours: bask in a massage’s soothing embrace, pamper yourself at the beauty spa, hit the gym, or simply unwind by the pool bar with the ocean as your backdrop.

After this indulgent retreat, we don our adventure hats, embarking on a breezy 20-minute boat ride to Lamu’s ancient town square. There, we delve into the enchanting maze, discovering historical treasures and savoring local street delicacies.

Dinner and drinks await at the renowned Peponi Hotel, offering a panoramic view of the Indian Ocean. The night sails into its grand finale with a sunset dhow cruise, guiding us back to Majlis Beach Resort for a refreshing interlude, a relaxing nightcap, and dreams beneath the Lamu stars.

-Thank you for joining us for these amazing 10 days of Wow!

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-Must have valid passport more than 6 months prior to travel

Day 06: LAMU Majlis Beach Resort (full day- overnight)
We will kickstart the next day with an early breakfast, gearing up to explore Lamu’s archipelago. The possibilities are endless—kite surfing, snorkeling, a floating bar, and the serene delights of the beauty spa and massages await. Come afternoon, we’ll gather for a delightful lunch and drinks at hotel restaurants and thereafter relax and refresh, ready for a night out.

 Our culinary journey begins at Dada Swahili, a cozy local gem run by Lamu’s vibrant youth. After a flavorsome dinner, we will stroll down to Mararaha Lounge, a beach bar where international beats meet the rhythm of the ocean. An absolute vibe awaits with a mix of electronic, reggae, local, and world music at this ultra-cool spot. Returning to Majlis Beach Resort, a nightcap puts the perfect bow on our day of coastal wonders.

Day 07: NAIROBI- Nairobi Serena Hotel (overnight)
With the sun’s first light, we relish a delightful breakfast, bidding farewell to Lamu’s coastal enchantment. A swift transfer to Manda Airstrip precedes an exhilarating hour-long flight to Nairobi. Touching down, Nairobi Serena Hotel welcomes us, offering a sanctuary overlooking the city’s skyline. The vast pool beckons and the bar menu promises classic cocktails. Lunch is a delightful choice between three restaurants: Café Maghreb, H&S, or the fine dining haven, Mandhari.

Our afternoon unveils a city tour, exploring wonders like the National Museum of Kenya. Dinner options abound at the hotel or the nearby CJ’s Restaurant. The night comes alive with drinks at the famous Exchange Bar in downtown Nairobi’s Sarova Stanley Hotel, possibly followed by live music at Geco Cafe. As the city night unfolds, we return to the hotel, adding another vibrant chapter to our African journey.

Day 08: NAIROBI- Nairobi Serena Hotel (full day-overnight)
Ready for a day packed with wild encounters and pulsating nightlife? Early breakfast kicks off our adventure at the Sheldrick Elephant Sanctuary, where baby elephants steal the show. Get hands-on and learn how to support these gentle giants.

Lunch at Beacons Lounge sets us on the road to The Giraffe Center, where feeding giraffes becomes a daring delight – try pellets “off your lips” if you dare! The cultural beats at Bomas of Kenya add another layer to our day.

 Back at the hotel, a quick refresh sets the stage for a carnivorous feast at Carnivore Restaurant, showcasing exotic meats and the signature “dawa” cocktail.

 The night transforms as we dive into Nairobi’s lively scene at The Alchemist in Westlands. It’s a mini “pub crawl” through the city’s vibrant heartbeat, a celebration echoing the spirit of Nairobi. Dance, laughter, and the night’s buzz intertwine, creating a chapter of unforgettable moments. The city’s pulse becomes our rhythm, making every step, taste, sight, and sound an unforgettable experience.

Day 09: NAIROBI- Nairobi Serena Hotel (full day-overnight)
Post-breakfast, the day unfolds in the vibrant rhythm of Nairobi. Prepare your bargaining skills for the famous Maasai Market, a treasure trove of bespoke handmade pieces. The iconic Kenyatta Conference Center awaits, offering a rooftop vista for panoramic city views, perfect for unforgettable photos.

Our journey takes an official pause at one of Foodies Without Borders’ flagship projects in Jericho Market. Here, meet the skilled local tailors crafting our bespoke denim/leather chef aprons for the U.S. market. A unique stop at my childhood home awaits, where my family prepares heartfelt traditional Kenyan cuisine for our souls and memories. Returning to the hotel, we pack, refresh, and relax before a dinner setting at the incredible Cultiva Restaurant, a beacon of “farm to table” excellence. The night’s finale offers a choice: a serene return to the hotel or an adventure into Nairobi’s nightlife, where drinks and club beats promise to extend the rhythm of our Kenyan journey into the night.

Day 10: NAIROBI – Departure to Boston/NYC 
As the sun ushers in a new day, we savor a final breakfast before bidding farewell at 10:00 am. Our last stop, Kitengela Glass, a whimsical haven of glass artistry, invites us to carry a piece of Kenya’s magic back home.

Lunch at Mama Rocks Gourmet Burgers promises a flavorful farewell. Navigating to the airport, we seamlessly check into the international terminal, finding solace in a pre-flight lounge. Boarding awaits, marking the end of our East African saga. Thank you for being part of this once-in-a-lifetime odyssey. As a gift to you from Foodies Without Borders, we’ll compile and share the edited film and photos, a package of memories destined for each adventurer. Until our paths cross again, may your memories of this journey be as vivid as the tales we’ve woven together. Safe travels!     

-International Flights NOT INCLUDED

-Kenya Visa, Travel Waiver and Travel Insurance REQUIRED

-Wi-Fi, Domestic Flights, Bottled Water, Transport INCLUDED

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