Southern Sun Mayfair

Nairobi

Days 1 - 2: Nairobi

Southern Sun Mayfair Location Map

Nairobi is the capital of Kenya, and is the country's largest city, and is the arrival point for many visitors into the country. The main airport is Jomo Kenyatta International, located 15 km out of the centre of town, but many itineraries will also include flights into and out of Wilson Airport, located 11 km outside of the city centre, as this is the domestic hub for both scheduled and chartered domestic air traffic.

The capital city is not wholly separated from the great African wilderness that most people come to Kenya to enjoy. Just outside the city is the Nairobi National Park, 113 square km of plains, cliffs and forest. The Park is home to large herds of zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, giraffe, rhino, cheetah, and a large number of lions - all living wild within 20 minutes of the busy city.

Other wildlife attractions of the city include the Elephant Orphanage, where visitors have the unique opportunity to experience the feeding of baby orphaned elephants and rhinos up close, or the Giraffe Centre, again where visitors can photograph and feed the giraffe.

Or take a visit to the Karen Blixen Museum, Karen Blixen's former home and which was donated by the Danish government to Kenya. Karen Blixen, also known by her pseudonym, Isak Dinesen, is famous for her memoir, Out of Africa. The trained and knowledgeable guides at the museum are on hand to answer any questions on the history of the museum and on Karen Blixen's life.

Southern Sun Mayfair is a charming colonial style hotel set in 12 acres of tropical gardens, located in Nairobi's popular Parklands district. Each of the 171 en-suite rooms have satellite TV and radio. The morning paper is delivered to your room every morning for free so that you can stay up to date with current affairs, while you brew your own tea and coffee.

If you want to just relax, you can spend the day lounging on the sun deck at the 2 outdoor swimming pools, including children's pool, or get a relaxing massage or take a well-deserved break in the sauna and steam rooms.

Example Details For Southern Sun Mayfair

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 2
Room: 1 x Family Room
Includes: Breakfast is included except for children under 12 years of age when sharing with 2 adults. Breakfasts for children in these circumstances is payable directly to the hotel. Also included is a visit to the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and the Giraffe Centre on your second day plus lunch at Karen Blixen Cottages.
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Southern Sun Mayfair Location.

Address

Southern Sun Mayfair,Parklands Road, Parklands, Nairobi

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must normally please be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome. Children under 18 years of age stay for free and their rate also includes breakfast.

In-room amenities include a flatscreen TV, tea/coffee making facilities, air conditioning, ceiling fan, telephone, a hair dryer and a safe deposit box.

Standard Rooms can be configured with a double bed or twin beds.

The Executive Rooms feature a private balcony and only have double beds.

Guest facilities at the hotel include complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi internet access, a health club with sauna, 2 swimming pools, a fully-equipped business centre, a day spa, a hairdressers/beauty salon, curio shop and 2 restaurants where guests can enjoy daily breakfast and dinner buffets. The tropical gardens add to the feeling of peace and calm.

Babysitting facilities and a laundry service are available (at an additional cost).

There is a doctor and a dentist that can be called on in an emergency.

Smoking rooms are available on request.

Samburu Intrepids Camp

Samburu Eco-System

Days 3 - 4: Samburu Eco-System

Samburu Intrepids Camp Location Map

Samburu Intrepids is situated on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River in the arid heart of Samburu National Reserve. The camp looks out over riverbanks where herds of elephant, buffalo and zebra come daily to drink - together with the rarer 'northern species' of reticulated giraffe, Beisa oryx and long-necked gerenuk antelope. Game drives in Samburu will reveal a dramatic wilderness from a world of fascinating perspectives. You can also enjoy escorted nature walks.

A ride on a camel is a biblical affair crossing the Uaso Nyiro to the Samburu villages on the land opposite the reserve. With a high vantage point, you may chance upon the giraffes or the tiny dikdiks of the dry lands or have to cut back your ride when the elephants block your passage. But it’s a wonderful opportunity to meet the Samburu villagers whose camels you are riding and by doing so, helping them to raise income for their community projects like building schools and taking their children to school.

The main dining room of the camp opens onto an outdoor dining terrace, where buffet breakfasts, lunches and dinners are served overlooking the river. Meals can also be enjoyed on your private verandah or at one of a series of specially selected 'bush sites' close to the camp. Buffet luncheons and candlelight dinners are served on an elevated deck amidst the high shade trees. The lounge and bar offers nightly talks and slide shows, plus there is a freeform 'oasis' swimming pool and sunbathing garden.

There are 27 modern tents with a private view over the wildlife-rich riverbanks. Each tent has soft 4 poster beds, mahogany closets and desks, and en-suite bathrooms with steaming hot showers. The bathrooms also offer twin washbasins, flush toilets, and sockets for shavers and battery charging.

Example Details For Samburu Intrepids Camp

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 2
Room: 1 x Family Room
Includes: All meals, Park fees, 2 game drives per day, and return airstrip transfers are included.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

 
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Samburu Intrepids Camp Location.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must please be vacated by 10:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

The luxury tents are widely spread across a large riverside site to ensure guests the optimum of privacy and peace. Each tent is furnished in the classic style of the grand African safaris, with large 4 poster beds and handsome reproduction furniture, offset by modern en-suite bathrooms with hot showers, flush toilets and all modern amenities.

The camp is secured by an electric fence to ward off animals and has 24 hour security.

Main guest facilities include riverfront dining deck and open-air lounge area, a freeform swimming pool with sunbathing terrace, custom-built 4WD safari vehicles, reliable 240-volt generator electricity supply, safety deposit boxes for all guestsandrsquo; valuables, camp bookshop and guestsandrsquo; reference library, and a souvenir boutique and Safariwear Centre.

A laundry service is available (additional cost).

Camel and walking safaris outside the reserve can be arranged on request, as well as visits to neighbouring Samburu communities and bird walks with experienced ornithologists (additional cost).

Mobile phone reception for GSM phones is good in most parts of the camp.

Mara Intrepids Camp

Masai Mara

Days 5 - 6: Masai Mara

Mara Intrepids Camp Location Map

Mara Intrepids is located in a special leopard spotting zone of the Masai Mara. This camp is just a short drive from the Mara River, where over a million wildebeest and zebra make their perilous migration crossing every year.

Outside of the migration period, the camp still offers some of the world's finest game viewing, with large local populations of plains game including, elephant, rhino, buffalo, and all the big cats. Game drives are always a delight here as they don't get much better than in this central triangle of the Masai Mara.

Lion, cheetah, buffalo, spotted hyena, black-backed jackal, bat-eared fox and various antelope are conspicuous in the plains that divide the rivers, whose confluence lies close to the main crossing point used by tens of thousands of wildebeest during the annual migration.

This part of the reserve receives fewer visitors than the eastern part and as such it is possible to drive long periods without seeing another vehicle. The lodge also offers nature walks and cultural visits to local Masai villages.

The camp can also arrange hot air balloon safaris, leaving before dawn, and the Adventurers Club runs various activities for kids.

Mara Intrepids boast 30 luxurious tents that are widely spread across a large riverside site to ensure you the optimum of privacy and peace. Each tent is furnished in the classic style of the grand African safaris, with large 4 poster beds and reproduction furniture, offset by modern en-suite bathrooms. Each tent sits on a shady raised platform, with sweeping views over the riverbanks where a large variety of animals come to drink.

The camp is run on strict eco-principles, with hot water generated by burning used coffee husks, and biodegradable waste mulched for compost.

Example Details For Mara Intrepids Camp

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 2
Room: 1 x Family Safari Tent
Includes: All meals, Park fees, airstrip transfers and game drives are included.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

 
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Mara Intrepids Camp Location.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from midday on the day of arrival and must normally please be vacated by 10:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

The rooms all en-suite and face the river. They include a hair dryer, minibar, tea/coffee making facilities, turndown service, bathrobes and a private terrace. There is also a daily housekeeping service.

Plugs are 3 point square.

The main area consists of the dining area, lounge and swimming pool.

There is complimentary Wi-Fi in the public areas.

There are 3 daily game drives into the reserve.

The camps airstrip is 3 minutes away from the camp.

Hot air balloon safaris can be booked instead of a morning game drive - additional cost.

The camp and surrounding area is known for good game viewing and birding over the whole year.

Pinewood Beach Resort & Spa

The Kenyan Coast

Days 7 - 10: The Kenyan Coast

Pinewood Beach Resort & Spa Location Map

Pinewood Beach Resort and Spa is a multi award-winning boutique hotel, located at Galu Beach, on Kenya's South Coast about 25 miles south of Mombasa and an hour from Mombasa's Moi Airport.  This is where natural beauty and inspired design are merged to create the perfect romantic destination. Situated on the unspoiled shores of the wonderfully warm Indian Ocean, this intimate and stylish beach resort prides itself on exceptional personal service and attention.

The resort is set amidst heavy tropical flora and palms, which attract the endangered Colobus monkey and over 100 bird species from the surrounding forest.

The resort offers a number of restaurants and bars and guests have access to Galu Beach which has its own traditional bistro and beach bar providing a lovely space for dining.

Main guest facilities include a large swimming pool with a jacuzzi, a Spa, a TV lounge and library, a gift boutique, a gym, tennis and squash courts, a pool bar, beach bar and a lounge bar, and 4 restaurants/bistros.

The Watersports Centre offers a range of activities (additional cost) which include PADI scuba diving, deep sea fishing, kite surfing, snorkelling and windsurfing.

There are 38 rooms and 21 suites created in clusters around the gardens.

The 36 Deluxe Rooms are situated on the first floor, and have garden views and a balcony.  The 2 Executive Rooms have ocean views from their private balcony.

The 18 Standard Suites are situated on the ground floor, with garden views and a large verandah, and a separate bedroom and living room, as well as a private kitchen with the services of a personal chef for dinner.  The 2 Executive Suites offer sea views and all the same amenities. There is also one Family Suite, which has 3 bedrooms.

Example Details For Pinewood Beach Resort & Spa

Nights: 4 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 2
Room: 1 x Suite
Includes: All meals and drinks are included.
 
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Pinewood Beach Resort & Spa Location.

Address

Pinewood Beach Resort & Spa,Off Diani Beach Road, Galu Beach

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must normally please be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

All rooms have mosquito nets, ceiling fans, air conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, mini bar, telephone, hair dryer, in-room safe and an en-suite bathroom.

The resort has 3 restaurants and 3 bars, as well as 24-hour reception, gym, library, TV lounge, gift shop, beach deck, spa and a swimming pool. A foreign exchange service is available.

The Amani Spa offers a variety of different treatments and therapies. Treatments are available from 08.45 to 17:00 - Monday to Sunday (additional cost).

The Jahazi Restaurant is located on the beach, along with the Jahazi bar.

The Peponi Beach Restaurant is situated between the pool and the beach. It is the venue for the exciting BBQ evenings with traditional entertainment held weekly on Tuesday and Friday nights.

The Bahari Restaurant is in the main part of the resort and provides breakfast for all guests and dinner for those on a half board package. The menus change daily with interesting Theme Evenings, and excellent service, cuisine and wine are available.

Poolside Mongolian dinners are done twice a week on Saturday and Wednesday.

The pool bar is open from 09:00 to 16:00.

The Jahazi bar is open from 11:00 to 01:00.

The lounge bar is open all day and evenings during dinner.

The Watersports Centre offers PADI scuba diving, deep sea fishing trips, kite surfing, snorkelling and wind surfing (additional cost).

Complimentary activities include use of the gym, tennis, squash, table tennis, darts and beach games.

Wi-Fi is available.

A laundry service is also available (additional cost).