Kenya: In the Footsteps of Explorers

The Bryn Mawr Alumnae/i Travel Program takes you to destinations around the world.

An exclusive Bryn Mawr departure.

Reconnect with Bryn Mawr through like-minded alumnae and guest faculty members who accompany travelers on many of our trips.

Relax, learn, and enjoy as travel experts handle all the in-country details and local guides arrange behind-the-scenes tours.

Book now by contacting Immersion Journeys at 917-686-2620 or 302-743-7005 or emailing info@immersionjourneys.com. As an added protection, Immersion Journeys is now offering Flexible COVID terms: 100% refund on deposit up to 90 days before travel. 

Click here to download a PDF brochure with additional detail.

Karibu (welcome) to Kenya, East Africa’s largest and fastest growing economy! For the first time, Bryn Mawr will be offering this unique destination to our alumnae/i, family, and friends with a focus on meeting pioneers in conservation who are making a positive impact to the environment and landscape.

Your trip will start in the capital city of Nairobi, East Africa’s most cosmopolitan and 4th largest city. A vibrant and exciting place, Nairobi is full of fascinating attractions: a cafe culture, unbridled nightlife, and a thriving community of young entrepreneurs. Here you will also explore the dedicated conservation work of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, an elephant orphanage, and the Giraffe Center devoted to saving and repopulating the endangered Rothschild Giraffe.

You will start your Kenyan safari experiences with a flight from Nairobi to Amboseli National Park. Located in southern Kenya and renowned for its excellent variety of wildlife, it is also home to the Amboseli Trust for Elephants and a boasts a majestic view of the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro - the highest free-standing mountain in the world and highest peak in Africa.

After the acacia plains of the Amboseli, you will fly to the Laikipia region for a visit to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Sandwiched between Mount Kenya and the northern deserts, Laikipia is where Kenya’s wild and semi-arid northern frontier country begins. In addition to abundant opportunities for game viewing, a stay in Ol Pejeta means you have an opportunity to partake in their chimpanzee and rhino conservation activities amid other wild life viewing.

No trip to Kenya would be complete without a trip to the famous Masai Mara National Reserve, a short flight from Laikipia. The Masai Mara, together with Tanzania’s Serengeti, form Africa’s most famous wildlife park, located in the Great Rift Valley in primarily open savanna grassland. There have been some 95 species of mammals, amphibians, and reptiles and over 400 bird species recorded on the reserve. Here again you will have abundant opportunities to enjoy game viewing in this jewel of Kenya.

The stay in Mara may be the end of your trip with a flight back to Nairobi, or your adventures may continue on an extension tour to Kenya’s magnificent Swahili coast.

This program offers a unique experience by merging the academic and the aesthetic, by exploring Kenya’s rich ecosystem, and offering a glimpse into the country’s commitment to conservation.

Trip Leader: Kate Morro

Date: Wednesday, June 8-Friday, June 17, 2022

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Tour Operator: Immersion JourneysAbout: Award-winning Immersion Journeys was built on the foundation that every traveler must experience their destination, and they provide highly immersive, authentic experiences in Africa and South Asia which do just that. Read more about Immersion Journeys here.


Depart for Nairobi. Note that early arrival options are available. Contact the tour operator for details.

You will be met by an Immersion Journeys representative upon arrival and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy welcome cocktails in the evening. Situated along the Nairobi River, Kenya’s Nairobi is East Africa’s most cosmopolitan city.

Overnight: Nairobi Serena Hotel (Welcome dinner)

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world. The African Fund for Endangered Wildlife Kenya, also known as the Giraffe Centre, was started to save the endangered Rothschild Giraffe. Both visits will give you first-hand view of how endangered species are being rehabilitated and reintroduced into the wild to thrive in their natural environment.

Overnight: Nairobi Serena Hotel (B)

Depart by plane to Amboseli National Park. Located in the southern Kenya, the park is renowned for its excellent variety of wildlife such as the Masai giraffe, elephant, lion and cheetah. The location of the park gives you uninterrupted views of Mount Kilimanjaro– Africa’s highest peak and one of the Seven Summits.

Overnight: Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge (B, L, D)

Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives. You will also get an opportunity to visit the Amboseli Trust for Elephants.

Overnight: Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge (B, L, D)

Board your flight to Kenya’s Laikipia region and arrive at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Sandwiched between Mount Kenya, Kenya’s highest mountain, and the northern deserts, Laikipia is where Kenya’s wild and semi-arid northern frontier country begins. The high plains of Laikipia feature vast open stretches of African savanna scattered with abundant game including: Grevy’s zebras, black rhino, lion, leopard, wild dogs, buffalo and thousands of elephants.

Overnight: Sweetwaters Serena (B, L, D)

The Ol Pejeta Conservancy works to conserve wildlife in general but also provides a sanctuary for chimps and the white rhino. Today you will go with the guides to learn more the incredible conservation and rehabilitation work they’ve been doing along the wildlife corridors and especially with the chimpanzee and rhino.

Overnight: Sweetwaters Serena (B, L, D)

Fly in to the famous Masai Mara. Met on arrival by your guiding team and transferred to the lodge with game viewing en route. Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the most popular tourism destinations in Kenya. It is an extension of the Serengeti eco-system and famous for the huge herds of migratory wildebeests, and zebra. The reserve is located in the Great Rift Valley in primarily open grassland and regarded as the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife viewing areas. There have been some 95 species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles and over 400 bird species recorded on the reserve.

Overnight: Mara Serena Safari Lodge (B, L, D)

Morning and afternoon game viewing continues in the Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti Africa’s most famous wildlife park.

Overnight: Mara Serena Safari Lodge (B, L, D)

Fly back to Nairobi, where you are met on arrival and transferred to the International terminal for your flight home or your onward adventure to Kenya’s magnificent coast of Mombasa (see extension details).

Post-Tour Extension: Kenya’s Swahili Coast

Dates: Friday, June 17-Monday, June 20, 2022

Visit Mombasa, Kenya’s largest port city that brags of azure waters and pristine beaches. For centuries, the east African coastline has been host to traders who plied the oceans between Europe and China, leaving behind their influences. Mombasa’s Old Town- complete with narrow alleys– is home to the famous Fort Jesus built by the Portuguese. Amble along the lanes and soak in the centuries of European, Arab, and Swahili culture and food. Includes: 3 nights at the Sands at Nomad Hotel (daily breakfast and dinner); Round-trip flights from Nairobi to Mombasa; All airport transfer; Full day historic tour of Mombasa with lunch. Excludes: Tipping and gratuities; Beverages during meals; Any additional meals not mentioned above; Laundry, telephone, fax, internet. Cost: $1,195 person (double occupancy); $295 single room supplement.

Cost and Inclusions

Land Package Only: $5,155 per person (double occupancy)
Single Room Supplement: $650


  • Accommodation and meals mentioned 
  • All safari game viewing activities
  • All park fees and conservation taxes
  • Full-time local Tour Director (except during the optional extension)
  • All airport transfers
  • Domestic safari flights


  • International flights
  • Tipping and gratuities to porters, guides, drivers, hotel and lodge staff
  • Drinks during meals (bottled water will be provided)
  • Laundry, dry cleaning, telephone, fax, internet
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Visa and passport services, vaccinations

Level of difficulty: Easy to moderate. Due to the nature of the areas we will be visiting, this program involves some walking on uneven terrain or up and down stairs. Accommodations will be in luxury properties, but note that they are located in remote locations in the bush, operating under challenging natural conditions (weather systems and animal movement) and may not offer all the amenities that big city based luxury hotels provide. Travel between parks will be by small plane and safaris will be conducted by 4x4 specially equipped safari vehicles often over bumpy terrain. Every effort will be made to ensure your comfort however it will be the responsibility of the guest to advise the tour operator and Bryn Mawr College regarding any concerns you may have. Please consult with your doctor regarding this trip, its length and location and share this brochure with them.


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