House of Waine

Nairobi

Day 1: Nairobi

House of Waine 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.

House of Waine is a small boutique hotel situated in Karen, a leafy and quiet suburb of Nairobi at the foot of the Ngong Hills. Just 10 km south-west of the bustling city centre a stay here is ideal for day trips to the Nairobi National Park and visits to the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, the Giraffe Centre and the Karen Blixen Museum. It is also very near to Wilson Airport - just a 20 minute drive.

The property was originally built in the 1970s as a private home, and was acquired by a local family and carefully refurbished without losing the charm of a family home, and blends the elegance of gracious living with the spirit of modern living. Set in 2.5 acres of serene and peaceful gardens, the spacious communal areas include a heated swimming pool, a relaxing lounge area, a bar and a dining room.

The 10 rooms and one suite are all themed and decorated differently, and boast spacious bathrooms. There is also a separate 2 bedroomed cottage situated in the gardens - an ideal option for families.

Example Details For House of Waine

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Standard Room
Includes: Full Board Package: Breakfast; lunch; and dinner are included.
 
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House of Waine Location.

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.

Satao Elerai Camp

Amboseli National Park

Days 2 - 3: Amboseli National Park

Satao Elerai Camp Location Map

Satao Elerai Camp is located in a quiet, unspoilt, unique setting on a 5,000 acre private conservation area 12 km south east of Amboseli National Park at the foot of Africa's largest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro.

The camp looks down onto the Amboseli National Park in one direction and up to Mount Kilimanjaro in the other direction, giving clients what is arguably the best location of any camp in Amboseli.

One of the biggest advantages of Satao Elerai Camp is that being located on its own private conservation area guests have the chance to view wildlife in private surroundings. The Elerai conservation area offers grass plains and acacia woodland forest which are home to large elephant bulls, many giraffe and eland and a host of amazing bird life. Guests can enjoy spectacular bush sundowners with Kilimanjaro as your backdrop, night game drives and game walks on the conservancy - activities that are not available to the lodges located within the Park itself.  A trip to the Elerai Masai community also allows guests to see the Masai as they live traditionally.

You also have the option to enjoy game drives in the Amboseli National Park itself. Amboseli National Park offers the amazing Amboseli swamps with the large herds of elephants and buffalos and the unique aquatic bird species.

The camp has 12 luxury mountain-facing tents and 5 large luxurious lodge style suites. Both the tents and the suites are en-suite with the suites also having luxurious baths. Large sliding doors open out onto your own private verandah overlooking the plains below and Amboseli National Park.

Dinners at Satao Elerai Camp are served a la carte. On a clear night tables are set out on the terrace where guests can enjoy a meal under the stars. Regularly Mount Kilimanjaro will be clear early evening and can be seen lit up by the moon from your dinner table.

Example Details For Satao Elerai Camp

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Standard Tent
Includes: Full Board Package: All meals and Conservancy fees are included. Daily game drives into the Amboseli National Park will be taken with your driver-guide - the Amboseli National Park fees are also 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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Satao Elerai Camp Location.

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.

Each tent has its own en-suite bathroom with solar hot water showers and W/Cs with a view. Raised cedar wood floors, acacia poles and makuti (thatch) roofing complement the surrounding environment.

The suites have large sliding doors that open out onto a private verandah overlooking the plains below and Amboseli National Park. In addition, the bathrooms have their own handcrafted stone bathtub and shower.

The camp has an open dining area, a terrace, lounge and a swimming pool.

Activities that are available include game drives, night drives on the Conservancy, community visits and bush sundowners.

Guided bush walks can also be arranged (additional cost for guests staying on a full board package).

Dinners are served a la carte, using locally grown vegetables and fruits.

Satao Elerai has its own waterhole which attracts many elephants, giraffes, zebra and antelope.

Mara Ngenche Safari Camp

Masai Mara

Days 4 - 6: Masai Mara

Mara Ngenche Safari Camp Location Map

The Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the most popular and most visited African game reserves. A true 'Out of Africa' safari destination, the reserve is mostly made up of open plains, baked golden by the African sun.

Big cats, elephants, giraffe, wild dog, buffalo, rhino, hyena, wildebeest, gazelles and impala are just a few of the many animal species that may be spotted on your daily game drives (no night drives are allowed in the actual reserve itself), and hundreds of bird species have also been recorded.

The sheer density of game and birdlife makes this an exciting and rewarding safari destination, for first-time safari goers or for returning safari enthusiasts.

As well as game drives, you can also enjoy a sunrise safari hot-air balloon ride. Watch the sun cast a golden light over the swaying grasses of the Mara as it rises high over the vast plains. After the exhilarating ride you will land for a champagne bush breakfast in the wilderness, before being transferred back to your camp.

Hidden in beautiful greenery on the banks of 2 rivers, the famous Mara and Talek Rivers, in the very heart of the Masai Mara Game Reserve, Mara Ngenche Safari Camp lives up to its reputation as an intimate bush camp with a relaxed atmosphere, and being an ideal camp for experiencing the full adventure of the African bush.  Not to mention, it also has spectacular views.

The dining and lounge areas reflects the ambience of a tented camp, but provides the comfort and protection of a permanent building. The open design affords a magical view over the rivers and a hippo pool, and crocodiles can also be seen lazing on the river banks. Al fresco dining is also an option.

Game drives are always thrilling and are guided by qualified expert local Masai guides in open-sided 4WD vehicles, with a maximum of 6 guests per vehicle.

The 10 spacious guest tents are decorated with an amazing fusion of modern African decor. Each tent boasts views onto either the Talek or the Mara River, and is set in its own 'boma' enclosure with a private plunge pool, ensuring ample privacy. The en-suite bathrooms boast a claw-foot bath as well as an outside shower.

Wind down your day with a glass of wine around the camp fire as you listen to the night sounds of all kinds of wild animals.

Example Details For Mara Ngenche Safari Camp

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Safari Tent
Includes: Game Package: Mara Reserve fees; all meals; return local airstrip transfers; shared twice daily game drives with a Mara Ngenche Safari Camp guide; bush sundowner; and selected drinks 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 Ngenche Safari Camp Location.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may be occupied from midday 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 tents are all en-suite and decorated with an amazing fusion of modern African decor and old world charm. Each tent is partially enclosed in its own 'boma', has a large 4 poster kingsize bed or 2 queensize beds, and is equipped with a large bath tub and outside shower. In addition each tent has its own private plunge pool.

The camp is unfenced and is designed to allow the exciting movement of animals through the grounds.

Activities that are available include daily game drives, cultural visits to a local Masai village, lectures on their culture, sundowners and bush breakfasts/dinner.

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the main lounge area.

Private meals can be arranged on the guest tent verandah or under the stars on request.

A limited laundry service is available - additional cost.

Gold Zanzibar

Zanzibar

Days 7 - 13: Zanzibar

Gold Zanzibar Location Map

The 5* Gold Zanzibar is a luxury resort located on the fine white sandy beach of Kendwa, on the north-west coast. The beach is not affected by the tides nor seaweeds, giving calm and clear waters all day. 

Kilimanjaro, the main restaurant, sits over 200 guests below the typical Makuti roof style. It offers a lavish buffet for breakfast and lunch, while at dinner the service is a la carte. Gold Restaurant is an evening venue and it boasts a friendly yet elegant character, with an amazing sea view. You can order from the menu a delicious and creative selection of plates based on fresh fish and local Zanzibar spices.

Sultan Bar is the best point to sip on a cocktail and witness a spectacular sunset, or the Ocean Dhow Bar is ideal for those who really can’t leave the beach. Snacks and light meals can be served directly under the parasol, whilst an assorted array of tantalizing tropical drinks awaits you to quench your thirst.

There is also a refreshing swimming-pool which is filled with crystal clear sea water, so very little chlorine is used, a small health club, a spa, and an excursion desk with an exciting tour list of Zanzibar.

The hotel has 5 types of tastefully designed room types, all providing ample space and a relaxing atmosphere.

The Deluxe Garden and Ocean View Rooms are located on the ground or first floor and they overlook either the gardens or the ocean. The larger Beach Suites have a prime location with easy access to the pool and the beach. An opulent touch for the Beach Suites with Pavilions are the private gazebo per suite, the perfect place to read, to relax, to enjoy a rich breakfast or a romantic candle light dinner.

There are also 3 individually styled Beach Villas, which are located directly on the beach with an uninterrupted ocean view. Each villa features 2 bedrooms, a large living room, a wide veranda and a jacuzzi. 

Finally, the Jungle Villa also has 2 bedrooms, an open-air living room and a private pool, and is set in a private area in the middle of a tropical garden.

Example Details For Gold Zanzibar

Nights: 7 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Deluxe Garden Room (Stay 7/Pay 6 offer applied - selected dates only)
Includes: Half Board basis. All Inclusive rates are available on request. PLEASE NOTE: The rate excludes the US$1 per person per night Infrastructure Levy - this is payable directly to the hotel upon check out.
 
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Gold Zanzibar Location.

Address

Gold Zanzibar,Kendwa Beach, North-West Coast

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 and suites have a private veranda, air conditioning, a ceiling fan, WC, bathtub, separate shower, hair dryer, telephone, mini bar, safe box, LCD TV with international radio channels, Wi-Fi, tea/coffee making facilities and personal care products.

The Spa offers a range of treatments, and all of the products used are not tested on animals. There is also a fully equipped gym.

The nearby Zanzibar Watersports centre offers big game fishing, scuba diving and snorkelling, and sunset cruises among others.

Kilimanjaro, the main Zanzibar diner, sits over 200 guests below the typical Makuti roof style. It offers a lavish buffet for breakfast, while at dinner the service is a la carte.

Gold Restaurant boasts a friendly yet elegant character, with an amazing sea view. You can order from the menu a delicious and creative selection of plates based on fresh fish and local Zanzibar spices.

Sultan Bar is the best point to witness a spectacular sunset. Sip on international cocktails in a relaxing and fancy ambiance, and enjoy the end of an exciting day in elegance.

Ocean Dhow Bar is ideal for those who really can't leave the beach. Snacks and light meals can be served directly under the parasol, whilst an assorted array of tantalizing tropical drinks awaits you to quench your thirst.

The resort's pool is filled with crystal clear sea water, so very little chlorine is used. The result is a much gentler effect on the skin allowing for a perfect and long-lasting suntan. The saltwater also naturally allows for easier floating and therefore extra comfort while swimming. It features 3 different areas according to the height - a lower part is most suited to children, another is for anyone who wishes to bathe and relax, and a row is reserved for more active swimmers.

Please note that smarter attire is recommended in the evenings.

Tanzania has a large Muslim population on the island of Zanzibar. Modesty of dress is expected when outside the hotel's grounds. Trousers are entirely acceptable, but short skirts and bare arms should be avoided. Scarves must be worn over the head (and shoes removed) when entering a mosque.