12 Days - Kenyan Safari

12 Days - Kenyan Safari

Nairobi, Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru & Sweet Waters

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Price Includes

 

  • Return transportation & transfers in a private coach with AC

  • 11 nights accommodation in a 4 star hotels with buffet breakfast

  • 11 dinners and 10 lunches

  • Entrances and sightseeing as mentioned in itinerary

  • All taxes and service charges

  • Premium service of a experienced local ground operator

 

Price Excludes

 

  • Extra activities mentioned above as optional activities

  • Travel Insurance

  • Visa fees for Kenya

  • Drinks & Beverages including bottled water during meals

  • Tips / gratuities

  • Laundry

  • Entrance fees to Maasai Village - optional

  • Any other items of personal nature & not mentioned above

 

Additional Excursions

Excursion

Adult

Child

Balloon Safari in Masai Mara

300 GBP

300 GBP



 

Day 1

Upon arrival in Nairobi, proceed through Immigration and Customs. After exiting the Customs & immigrations Hall, Please look out for a Big Five Tours & Safari's driver/guide holding a Big Five Tours Banner with your name on it. Our Guide will assist you with your luggage and transfer to Hotel Azure. The hotel is located on Lantana Road in Westlands. The hotel offers 165 well-appointed spacious rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, a lounge bar and a casino.
Overnight at your hotel.
Hotel : Azure Hotel

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Day 2

Depart from Nairobi and drive to northeastwards to the Aberdare region, a beautiful mountain range in the central highlands of Kenya arriving in time for lunch at The Aberdare Country Club. After lunch you will take a small overnight bag with you up to the Ark. You'll depart on special buses into the thick woodlands to the Ark at the heart of the Aberdare National Park. Situated in a fairyland forest, you can stay up all night long, if you choose, game viewing from a variety of observations decks or an underground bunker. The Ark is situated beside a floodlit waterhole and natural saltlick, where a constant parade of wildlife will visit throughout the night. There's absolutely no limit to the number of animals you'll see. Birds and bushbuck are joined by Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino, Hyena or maybe Lion that may come to sample the saltlick.
Dinner and overnight will be at the Ark

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Day 3

This morning, after breakfast you will drive to Sweetwaters Tented Camp. Sweetwaters land, the Ol Pejeta Conservancy and its sumptuous ranch were once the private domain of famed multi-millionaire, Adnan Kashoggi. You will arrive at Sweetwaters Tented Camp in time for lunch. Afternoon you will visit the Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a charming haven established by the Jane Goodall Institute to provide sanctuary to orphaned chimps, and the specially protected and fenced refuge of black rhino with its stunning forty specimens! In fact Sweetwaters boasts excellent game viewing with the highest ratio of game to area of any park or reserve in Kenya. Moreover, the camp has its own private waterhole and salt lick so you will be guaranteed of unprecedented close encounters. Dinner and overnight at Sweetwater's Tented Camp

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Day 4

After breakfast, drive northwards to Samburu National Reserve & proceed to your lodge for lunch. Samburu Reserve is located on the banks of the Ewaso Ng'iro River and it occupies an area of 165km square. You'll have afternoon game drive where you will view unusual species rarely seen outside of this region the main attractions of Samburu are the rich culture of the local communities, the beautiful landscape and wildlife. This region is the meeting point of the North and the South. It is in Samburu you will find the Northern and Southern dwelling species mixed. Good examples are the Grevy's Zebra which are found to the North of the equator and the common Zebra. Others are the Maasai and the Somali Ostrich. More so, Samburu offers some very unique species (Samburu Five) which include the Gerenuk (giraffe gazelle), Beisa Oryx, Reticulated giraffe, blue necked Somali ostrich, Grevy's Zebra. Dinner and Overnight at Samburu Lodge.

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Day 5

You'll set out on morning and afternoon game drives to observe Samburu's wildlife. All the big cats-Lions, Cheetah and Leopard are found here. Other mammals include elephant, Buffalo, Grant's gazelle, Kirk's Dik-dik, Impala, Waterbuck, warthogs, on the river banks are hippos and Nile Crocodiles. Bird enthusiasts will be rewarded with a wealth of species attracted to the palm tree-lined permanent waters of the river. Over 350 species of birds have been recorded in Samburu. These include Somali Ostrich, Kingfisher, Sunbird, Bee-eater, Marabou Stork, Tawny Eagle, Bateleur, Vultures. Game birds include the Helmeted and Vulturine Guinea fowls. Photographers will appreciate the dramatic backdrop of Ololokwe Mountain. Later return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

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Day 6

After breakfast you will drive to Nanyuki & proceed to the fringes of Africa's second highest peak, Mount Kenya. Set on the Equator with magnificent views of Mt. Kenya, this luxurious club is the internationally famed country retreat of the late actor, William Holden. After lunch at this famous Club, you will spend the afternoon at leisure Optional Activities include horse riding, tennis, golf, putting green, croquet, heated swimming pool, trout fishing, as well as an art gallery, health & beauty parlor, boutique, club shops and the William Holden Animal Orphanage. Spreading more than 100 acres of manicured lawns are magnificent gardens, ornamental ponds, and free-roaming peacocks and other exotic birds, do a little or do a lot here. Dinner and overnight at the Club

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Day 7

After breakfast drive to Sarova Lion Hill Lodge arriving in time for lunch. Lake Nakuru is one of the world's most important bird sanctuaries, itself boasts the most spectacular of all of Africa's bird sights-- enormous flocks of pastel pink flamingoes, as well as other bird species. Here you have wonderful opportunities for color photography as masses of pink bodies glide above the reflection of blue water. Your afternoon game drive takes you through the lush green park that surrounds the lake. Many species including reedbuck, bushbuck, warthog, baboon, leopard and the Rothschild giraffe call this home. It has also been designated a rhino sanctuary. Dinner and overnight at your lodge.

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Day 8

After breakfast drive to Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya's most precious wildlife sanctuary. Once described as "Kenya's Jewel never to be lost", is in a class of its own. The best known wildlife sanctuary in the World Maasai (Masai) Mara National Reserve has acquired a high flier status having been named "the seventh wonder of the world". This is big game country and long famed as one of Africa's greatest concentrations of game. The Masai (Maasai) Mara magic is attributed to its panorama. From the vantage of rounded hills, the large expanses grassy plains teaming with herds of animals resemble a canvas painting. The overwhelming population and the rich species presentation makes, Mara the best destination for any serious wildlife observer. You will arrive at Keekorok Lodge in time for lunch. Afternoon game drive there after return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

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Day 9

Your schedule for today includes early morning game drives at 6.30am and afternoon game drive at 4pm. Traveling across the savannah, you'll rendezvous with the Mara residents- herds of buffalo, wildebeest, hartebeest, impala, and gazelle. The Maasai Mara is the northern-most extremity of the great Serengeti ecosystem. Here, black rhino browse among dense thorn bushes and herds of giraffe and elephant roam the woodlands. Large numbers of hippos gather to feed and swim in the Mara River. Boasting Kenya's largest predator population, the reserve is renowned of lion prides up to 20 Lions. Tonight you'll dream of all the wonders of Africa. You will later on return to your lodge for Overnight.

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Day 10

Your schedule for today includes early morning game drives at 6.30am and afternoon game drive at 4pm. Traveling across the savannah, you'll rendezvous with the Mara residents- herds of buffalo, wildebeest, hartebeest, impala, and gazelle. The Maasai Mara is the northern-most extremity of the great Serengeti ecosystem. Here, black rhino browse among dense thorn bushes and herds of giraffe and elephant roam the woodlands. Large numbers of hippos gather to feed and swim in the Mara River. Boasting Kenya's largest predator population, the reserve is renowned of lion prides up to 20 Lions. Tonight you'll dream of all the wonders of Africa. You will later on return to your lodge for Overnight.

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Day 11

After breakfast, return to Nairobi for lunch. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Azure.

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Day 12

After breakfast, transfer to JKIA Airport for your departure flight

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, CD=Continental Dinner

Prices in USD


Departure Date

Adult

Single

July - 17

$3445

$4690


 

Pick up and Drop off points & Times

 

There are no dedicated pick up points for flight tours. You will have to meet a local Tours representative directly at the Nairobi airport.

 

Weather

 

Kenya lies on the equator and has a pleasant tropical climate, but there are large regional climatic variations influenced by several factors, including altitude. Temperatures drop by about 6°C for every 1000m you climb (or 3.5°F per 1000ft). Kenya’s daytime temperatures average between 20°C/68°F and 28°C/82°F, but it is warmer on the coast. The coast is hot and humid all year round, but the heat is pleasant and tempered by the monsoon winds. Kenya is too close to the equator to experience a real winter and summer. There is, however, both a dry and wet season.

 

Baggage

 

Star Tours operate a luggage handling service under which the driver will load and unload one piece of luggage per person from the coach (maximum 20kg). Passengers’ will have to carry their luggage to and from the coach to the hotel room.

In addition, you can also carry one piece of small hand luggage, which can fit under their seat or in the overhead compartment. It is advisable for one passenger to carry a small and bag or backpack between their group in which they can carry essentials like water, tissues, cameras etc.

 

Clothing & Accessories

 

During summer months, it is advisable to wear light garments and perhaps keep a light jacket or sweater handy. It is advisable to carry a light waterproof jacket or umbrella, as well as a hat or cap, and a warm jacket if going up the Mountins as temperatures can plummet.

 

Passengers should also carry suitable footwear as per the itinerary of the tour e.g. comfortable trainers for a tour, which includes a lot of walking such as City Tours.

 

For tours including excursions to mountaintops, it is advisable that passengers carry appropriate clothing warm waterproof jacket and extra layers of clothing.

 

Passengers should also carry travel adapters so they can charge their electronic items in their hotel room (as the sockets in South Africa vary from those in the UK).

 

Passengers may also want to carry a small travel iron, hair dryer, kettle etc, as many hotel rooms will not have these facilities.

Your mobile phone may be able to receive calls whilst on holiday, you can check with your network operator to switch on the roaming feature of your mobile, there is usually an additional charge to receive incoming calls whilst aboard.

Please ensure you carry all medication you will need on tour as well as names and doses of medications you are taking or copies of prescriptions.

 

Currency

 

The currency of Kenya is the Kenyan shilling (KES). Passengers should exchange any spending money for their holiday before they actually travel. Whilst on tour it is very inconvenient and not all places you will visit will have ATM machines or accept credit/debit cards.

 

Children & Young Infants 

 

Car seats are not provided on coaches but passengers should carry car seats with travelling infants for comfort and safety.

 

Please also note that not all hotels provide a kettle so if hot water is required for warming milk etc in the hotel then it is advisable to carry a bottle warmer / kettle as well as a thermos flask.

 

Pushchairs can be kept in the baggage lockers of the coach, although size restrictions may apply. We recommend that you consider using a pushchair for younger children whilst visiting Disneyland – as the days are quite long and there is a lot of walking. 

 

Wheelchairs

 

We will accept light weight manual wheelchairs for travel, subject to them being capable of being stowed in the luggage hold of the coach.  It is also essential that a family member is also on the tour to push their wheelchair. Star Tour’s will also request hotels for suitably equipped rooms; however, this is only on a request basis and cannot be guaranteed.

 

Tour Managers

 

Professional tour managers & local guides accompany our tours throughout the itinerary, on rare occasions the Tour Manager may not meet passengers at their dedicated pick up point but at a later stage, the driver will be there to take care of any of the passengers’ needs.

 

Your tour manager will accompany you to the sights, and be there to answer any questions you may have, and provide advice and assistance. If you have, any concerns please feel free to ask your tour manager whilst on tour.

 

Please ensure your tour manager has the mobile number that you are carrying with you on tour. The tour manager will provide passengers with their contact details for the duration of the tour on the first day. Please note that on the first day of your tour you may collect a list of details for the hotels you will be staying in, as reference. In case you are separated from the group and need to make your way back to the hotel.

 

Coaches

 

All coaches are either air conditioned or air cooling systems. Only food which is dry and cold can be taken onto the coach. Curries, chips and other hot food are not allowed to be consumed on the coach. In addition, chewing gum and ice cream is also not allowed on the coach. Examples of food people bring to snack on include crisps, biscuits, chevda, drinks etc.

 

Seating Allocation

 

Please remember our staff cannot take requests for any seats. Seat numbers will be given to you, on day one of your tour. Passengers with children in their group will not be seated near the front due to EU regulations. Please note that all seats on the coach are the same, and have the same level of comfort, do not be disappointed if your seats are near the back of the coach. Your holiday experience will not be ruined due to this.

 

Distances & Journeys

 

An important point to note whilst on a touring holiday is that some long journeys are unavoidable especially when travelling from city to city. Star Tours’ recommend passengers wear comfortable clothing on these days, and bear in mind that a major part of these days will be spent on the coach. It is advisable passengers carry necessities that they may need for the day such as water, dry snacks, cameras etc. with them in their hand luggage.

 

Hotels

 

All hotels have a minimum, 4* category. Facilities will include en-suite bathroom, a TV and telephone. Some also include bars, restaurants and 24-hour reception. If you use services such as the phone or mini bar, or pay TV whilst in your room, you will have to pay the hotel directly when you check out; these services are not included in your tour cost.

 

Rooming Configuration

 

Most of the hotels Star Tours use can only accommodate a maximum of three people in each room however if you are a family of four, i.e. two adults and two children, then your first child will be given an extra bed but the second child will be required to share the bed as no extra bed can be provided. The fourth bed is on request and is not guaranteed

 

Travel Insurance

 

Star Tours strongly recommends you purchase travel insurance. Passengers are advised not to carry unnecessary valuables and to be vigilant at all times as tourist spots are well known targets for pick pockets. It is advisable to make copies of your visas and passports prior to travel.

 

Cancelation of your Tour

 

Please note that if you for any reason need to cancel you tour, please let us know as soon as possible, this will help reduce the amount of cancelation charges you may have to pay. Cancelation charges will be as per the terms and conditions which you can find on our website or brochure.

 

Additional Excursions

 

We design our itineraries so that all the necessary excursions and places of interest are included to give the passenger the best possible holiday at an affordable price. However, often, the tour manager and driver will offer passengers additional excursions that are designed to enhance the holiday experience and are not included in the tour cost.

Passengers are entitled to refuse any additional excursion. Only excursions listed in the additional excursions section of a tour can be conducted by a tour manager.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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