Explore and discover the Kenyan beauty on a safari that takes you from the bed of the great Rift valley, to the wilderness in the famous Masai Mara to the white sandy beaches and the Indian Ocean’s crystal warm waters.
This includes flights from the Kenyan coast back to Nairobi; an unbeatable blend of excitement and relaxation holiday experience.
The Kenyan coast feels like a different world from the savannas of safari country. Low-lying and sandy, indented by mangrove-lined creeks, and shaded by coconut palms, the coast blends the bright light and colors of the tropics with the sparkling azure-blue of the Indian Ocean, where you squint through the afternoon sunlight to watch traditional lateen-rigged dhows sailing out beyond the coral reef.
At the coast you will also experience blue waters, snorkeling, Dolphin and Dhow cruise, as well as appreciate the marine ecosystem.
- Activities that can be done on request include:
- Visit to a Masai Village (Manyatta)
- Balloon Flight
- Sun downer and Bush Breakfast/Diner
- Morning nature trails or evening nature walk
- Activities not included in the tour package are considered extras and may therefore attract extra payment
- Our itinerary is quite flexible and can be tailored to cater for our clients’ preferences.
- The client shall be expected to make an advance payment of at least 70% of the total, one week before the travel date for apt arrangements and reservations to be assured. The rest to be paid upon arrival.
Carry comfortable clothing and shoes or plan to purchase locally
Following varied and unpredictable weather in Kenya, carry or plan to purchase warm clothing swimming costumes.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO OFFERING YOU
A HAUNTING EXPERIENCE!!.
Pick up From Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), NBO, drive from the airport to the Ol-Losowan House and Cottages, in Karen- Nairobi and check-in for overnight stay. Ol-Losowan gives an African touch to your accommodation, just what you need, away from the bustle and hustle of the big cities, with the Giraffe Centre and the Nairobi National Park just a stone throw away. Other nearby facilities include the Ololo Lodge, The Wildebeest Camp and the Ole Sereni Hotel, a premium wildlife resort strategically located just off the Mombasa Road overlooking the Nairobi National Game Park. This ideal for those who need a a facility with a more modern touch.
You'll have a chance to enjoy your stay and enjoy the ambience of your hotel. A number of activities are possible, including a morning game drive at the Nairobi National Park, a visit to David Sheldrick Elephant Nursery or the popular Giraffe Centre.
Other activities possible include a visit to Sagana, about 102km away from town, for a number of activities like White Water Rafting, Kayaking, Archery at the Rapids Camp, a Water Rafting Centre. You'll have your lunch at the camp.
You then return to the camp and enjoy your dinner and overnight stay. In the night you can hear a chorus of different animal sounds as they communicate with each other in the darkness – more than enough reason to visit.
After breakfast, you will be picked up by the driver /guide/tour manager from the hotel and after introductions and briefings, depart to Amboseli National Park via Emali along Mombasa Road. You arrive by noon and have enough time to check in and lunch at your favorite camp/lodge (Elerai luxury Tented Camp. Other facilities around include Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge and Elewana Tortilis Camp. You can rest at the camp and enjoy the awesome views. You'll have dinner and overnight at the Camp/ Lodge.
The morning game drive starts as early as 6am just after breakfast. This is the best time to go for a game drive in the park as you watch many animals wake up from their nests and it is less dusty. You spend half a day in the popular Amboseli where you can have a chance to have a clear view of the famous snow-capped Mt. Kilimanjaro (The tallest mountain in Africa). The park is known for the biggest elephants, Zebras, hippos and very rich in many species of birds. The most perfect spots to view animals in Amboseli national park is around the Observation Hill and Sinet Delta. Dinner and overnight at the lodge/ camp.
As they say...
“While we were asleep, a there was a lot of activities,
Occasioned by the wild animals (a whole new nightlife outside our cottages) and discovering in the morning what was happening the night before, through tracks and signs, can be quite awe-inspiring”
One of the most striking views is the site of Mount Kilimanjaro, which is arguably better then that of the Tanzanian side.
The incredible view gives one a chance to take breathtaking photos the fauna and flora with the mountain in the background.
At an extra cost:
• A bush diner can be arranged for you or a morning nature-walk with a native guide, for nature trails.
• Balloon flights are also available and this should be pre-arranged way in advance.
• Amboseli Scenic Flight Safari: fly south of Nairobi towards Chyulu Hills or Magadi enjoying breathtaking views Mt Kilimanjaro
You will wake up early in the morning and check out of your lodge and embark on your journey to Tsavo west with an en-route game drive. From Amboseli to Tsavo west it is a distance of 200 kilometers a drive of approximately 3 hours, you are expected to reach Tsavo west in time for lunch at Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge and relax. In the afternoon you can have a chance to visit Ngulia rhino sanctuary found at the base of Ngulia hills, the sanctuary is a habitant for 80 black rhino individual and they are easily spotted in their natural state. Dinner and overnight at the lodge/ camp.
Spend half a day in the park where you can have the chance to see the Shetani lava flows and also the amazing Mzima Springs where buffalos, giraffes, zebras are in plenty. Tsavo West is a beautiful, rugged wilderness with many bird’s species. The savannah ecosystem comprises of open grasslands, scrublands, and Acacia woodlands, belts of riverine vegetation and rocky ridges including the Poacher's Lookout where visitors can see the teeming herds in the plains below. You’ll have packed lunch on board. In the mod-morning, you’ll drive to Tsavo East National Park through Mombasa Road, for diner and overnight stay at the Satao tented camp or the Ashnil Aruba Lodge.
The things Tsavo is renowned for:
1. Beautiful scenery
2. Shetani lava flow
3. Chaimu volcanic crater and lava field
4. Five sister’s hills
5. Mzima springs
After breakfast, you will spend the morning in Tsavo East National Park. The Tsavo East is home to most of the larger mammals, vast herds of dust – red elephants, rhinos, buffalo, the famous “man eaters” lions, leopard, pods of hippos, waterbucks, lesser Kudu, gerenuk and the prolific bird life features 500 recorded species. Other attractions in Tsavo East include the Aruba Dam, Mdada rock and the Lugards falls. Aruba Dam, Mdada rock and the Lugards falls are other attractions available.
You will enjoy a packed lunch and drive to Mombasa in the afternoon via Mombasa Road, to arrive in time for check-in, dinner and overnight stay at your favorite hotel like Diani Reef Beach Resort, Diani Sea Resort, Baobab Beach Resort, Southern Palms Beach Resort or Serena Beach Resort & Spa.
A raft of activities and places to visit in this considerably warm coastal island city await you. Mombasa culture is a clearly different from Nairobi and other inland cities of Kenya. Noticeable by their comparatively fluent Swahili, the coastal people are unfairly understood to be slow in whatever they do or say. But like the rest of Kenyans, they are very welcoming and social beings.
From snorkeling, beach volley or football, boat riding, swimming, deep-sea diving, visit to popular islands etc.
Some of the famous sites you can visit too include the Haller Park, mama Ngina Drive, Likoni Channel, Fort Jesus and Mombasa Old Town. Mombasa has a long history and deeply entrenched culture that one must never fail to learn about.
Lunch will be taken at the hotel and in the afternoon, take a flight back to JKIA in time for departure or the next destination.
This unforgettable 8-Day Kenyan Safari ends upon takeoff from the JKIA.
- Meals and accommodation in a luxury camp/ hotels (on Full board basis for the 8 days)
- Game drives as per the schedule (attached itinerary)
- Airport Pick-ups and drop-offs.
- Flights Nairobi-Mombasa
- Park Entry fees for All guests
- A professional tour guide /Tour Manager
- Free WIFI in most facilities
- Tips for waiters, porters and drivers
- Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits)
- Extra activities on request (Nature Walks, Bush Diner/Breakfast, Balloon Flights) etc.
Yes, there are great beaches & hotels in Kenya.
One of our safari specialists will be happy to make suggestions regarding which game lodges/countries and seaside resorts to combine depending on your interests and time.
For first time travelers to Africa, we suggest creating an itinerary that will give you a well rounded experience, tailored to your own specific interests and needs.
For many first time adventurers, sighting Africa’s Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo) is a top priority. Checking the big five off your list can be accomplished in many safari areas but of course, remember, these are not zoos and nothing is ever guaranteed!
If it’s the Great migration of wildebeest you are looking for, perfectly warm weather and people, awesome beaches, terrains and beautiful cities, then Kenya is the place to be.
In fact Kenya is known as the gateway to Africa.
Passports are required by all foreign visitors and must be valid for at least 6 months after the intended length of your trip.
It is essential to have at least two blank, consecutive pages for each country you will be visiting. This excludes Amendment and Endorsement pages.
This is serious , if you do not have the required blank pages, you could be denied boarding of your flight before you even start your trip!
Visas may be required for KENYA depending on the nationality of your passport. It is is your responsibility to check the entry visa requirements with the individual embassy of each country you intend visiting prior to departure.
Some visas are available upon arrival, however we do recommend where and if possible to obtain them prior to departure as there can be longs lines to get visas on arrival.
MULTIPLE ENTRY VISAS to KENYA are not available upon arrival and must therefore be obtained through a Kenyan Embassy or visa service before you leave on your trip.
If you are a parent / guardian traveling with a minor (aged 18 or younger), you must be in possession of a certified letter of consent from the non- accompanying parent or guardian.
VISA STAMPS IN PASSPORTS UPON ARRIVAL IN EACH COUNTRY:
PLEASE CHECK THE DATES THAT THE OFFICIALS STAMP IN TO YOUR PASSPORTS TO MAKE SURE THE ALLOTTED TIME FOR YOUR STAY IS CORRECT BEFORE YOU WALK AWAY FROM THE COUNTER.
ON OCCASION PEOPLE HAVE BEEN GIVEN INCORRECT INCREMENTS OF TIME TO STAY IN THE COUNTRY CONCERNED CREATING A LOT OF UNNECESSARY AGGRAVATION AND INCONVENIENCE.
We also suggest that before you depart on any international trip that you take a photo of the information page of your passport as well as any visas on your cell phone and share with a family member or friend via text or email in case you lose your passport!
KENYA enjoys a tropical climate. It is hot and humid at the coast, temperate inland and very dry in the north and northeast parts of the country.
The average annual temperature for the coastal town of Mombasa is 70F minimum and 86F maximum.
The capital city, Nairobi is 55F minimum and 78F maximum.
There is plenty of sunshine all the year round and summer clothes are worn throughout the year. However, it is usually cool at night and early in the morning.
The long rains occur from April to June and short rains from October to December.
Coolest months? June through September.
Warmest months? December through March.
For more weather information please visit : WEATHER.COM
Currency : Kenyan Shilling – KES or KSH 1.00 USD = 109.910 KES (As of Aug 1st 2020)
Credit Cards : Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted.
American Express – not so much! For up to date rates of exchange click on the following link. WWW.XE.COM
When you depart KENYA (boo hoo!) you will be expected to pay a departure tax in the amount of US$ 40.00 per person in US$ CASH so make sure you remember to set this aside at the beginning of your trip. This fee is usually included in your international airfare, unless stated otherwise. Please check with your agent when purchasing your international air tickets.
Most dietary requirements (kosher, vegetarian hindu etc) can be organized provided we request them well in advance. You must remember that many of the game lodges you may be visiting are literally in the middle of nowhere so if you are not very specific in advance you may just go hungry! You cannot just pop out to the nearest restaurant or 7-11 – you are in the African bush. Please also let us know if anyone in your party will be celebrating a birthday or anniversary or any other special occasions!
English and Swahili are the national languages in Kenya, and Kenyans are know to be comparatively fluent, particularly in English.
RULE OF THUMB – IF YOU WANT TO SEE IT AGAIN DO NOT PACK IT IN YOUR CHECKED BAGS! Medications, eye glasses, sunglasses, wallets, passports, computers, iPads, cell phones, cameras, binoculars, jewelry etc should be carried with you at all times. And why are you taking that expensive jewelry with you anyway? NOT A GOOD IDEA! Do not take anything with you that is not replaceable or anything that you would be devastated to lose! Most airports today do offer plastic wrapping of bags for a small fee. If you will be traveling in vehicles and small aircraft with limited luggage capacity, it is a requirement that you have a SOFT BAG without WHEELS, however, our brand newthose with wheels but with no solid frame are also ideal for light aircraft transfers to and from camps/lodges. Maximum weight 15kg (33lbs). This weight allowance includes hand luggage. NO HARD SUITCASES WILL BE ALLOWED! Luggage restrictions vary between airlines / countries and aircraft.
YELLOW FEVER: KENYA falls into a YELLOW FEVER region of Africa. It is imperative that you obtain a YELLOW FEVER vaccination at least 10 days prior to arrival in a yellow fever region. Failure to produce an official YELLOW FEVER vaccination certificate upon arrival in KENYA may result in you being denied entry. Additionally, other countries may deny entry or re-entry without proof of YELLOW FEVER vaccination after a visit to a YELLOW FEVER region. For more on yellow fever go to CDC.GOV MALARIA:
We highly recommend that you take precautions against MALARIA. Your physician will be able to assist you with a prescription for prophylaxis for MALARIA prior to your arrival in the MALARIA infested area. Tips on avoiding malaria : Take a prescription antimalarial drug. Use insect repellent liberally and wearing long pants and sleeves to prevent mosquito bites. Sleep in air-conditioned or well-screened rooms or use bed-nets. To maximize the benefit of inoculations/immunizations we suggest you see a health-care provider at least 4–6 weeks before your trip to allow time for your vaccines to take effect.
Please consult with your physician for recommendations regarding all inoculations/immunizations. For further information please click on the following links CDC.gov and/or who.int/en/
RULE OF THUMB – DON’T PACK TOO MUCH
The other most frequently asked question. As a general guideline, comfortable casual wash and wear clothes are recommended. The less you take the better as most lodges and hotels do offer laundry service if you are staying at least two days. Muted colors such as stone, khaki, beige or brown are recommended when you are on safari. Game drives in the early morning and evenings can BE VERY COLD especially in winter so you must pack accordingly. “BUT WE ARE GOING TO AFRICA- WHY WOULD IT BE COLD?” Trust us, we know! The key is to dress in layers in the early morning and strip down layer by layer as it gets warmer as the sun rises. Vice versa for evening game drives.
Light weight shirts/blouses with long sleeves as protection from the sun and mosquitos T-shirts Shorts Jeans or safari trousers A light weight water-proof jacket Comfortable walking shoes/sneakers Comfortable walking sandals or flip flops for warmer days A wide brimmed hat with under-chin tie to prevent it from flying away Swimsuit A WARM WINDPROOF jacket (winter) A fleece jacket that will go under the warm jacket (winter) A warm polo neck shirt (winter) A beanie (winter) Gloves (winter) A warm scarf (winter)
Equipment & Other
Sunglasses Spare prescription eye glasses/contact lenses Binoculars Cameras and related paraphernalia like lenses etc and plenty of memory cards and spare batteries Chargers for cell phones, iPads, cameras, computers and you may want to invest in a mini travel charger surge protector with dual USB ports and five charging outlets. A small powerful flashlight and extra batteries Sunscreen with high SPF factor Small purse size umbrella can come in handy A supply of Ziploc bags in different sizes may come in handy for dust or water proofing cameras , wet bathing suits etc. Chargers for cell phones, iPads, cameras, computers and you may want to invest in a mini travel charger surge protector with dual USB ports and five charging outlets.
Personal First Aid Kit
Band aids Antiseptic cream Pain tablets Heartburn relief Eye drops Insect repellant Itch spray for bug bites Sunscreen Hand sanitizer Purse size kleenex packets “make you go ” pills “make you not go” pills as well as any prescription medications that you reply on on a daily basis.