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The next couple of pages show a summary of the itinerary, and then there is a page on each place that is included.
Important travel information for visitors to Kenya is included at the back of this document.
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Holiday Title: Classic Kenya
Holiday Destination: Holiday to Kenya for 8 nights
Passengers: 2 Adults
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Holiday Title: Classic Kenya
Passengers: 2 Adults
Arrive into Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta Airport. You will be met once you disembark from the plane and assisted through Immigration (including help if required with visa application and processing), luggage collection and Customs (luggage screening), and then be accompanied to meet up with your driver-guide.
You will then be driven by your driver-guide in your private safari minibus to the Masai Mara National Reserve. The vehicle has sliding windows, a roof hatch and high ground clearance to optimise all round visibility for game viewing and photography. The drive is about 5 hours, but you pass through rural areas including little villages, so it is an interesting journey!
You will arrive at your camp in time for lunch. 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 can be spotted on your daily game drives (no night drives are allowed in the actual reserve itself), and more than 1,000 species of birds 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. During the months of August through to October, you may be able to witness the 'Great Migration', where literally thousands upon thousands of wildebeest, zebra and gazelles gather to graze on the central Mara plains, tired and exhausted after their long and arduous trek from the Serengeti plains in neighbouring Tanzania to reach fresh grazing land.
After an early breakfast at the camp, you will be driven back to Nairobi, arriving at the airport in time to check in for your late afternoon flight across to the beach.
Kenya Airways KQ610 (Economy Class): Fly from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) departing at 17:00 to Moi International Airport (MBA), arriving at 18:00
You will be met in the Arrivals Hall and transferred to your beach hotel.
Fringed by swaying palm trees on one side, and the warm Indian Ocean on the other, the white beaches along Kenya's coastline are the perfect holiday beach destination. The shoreline is lined with coral reefs, making this also an ideal spot for watersport and diving enthusiasts alike.
The Kenyan Coast
You will need to check out of your room this morning but you can remain at the hotel and use all the facilities until you are collected for your transfer back to the airport. Alternatively, if you have an evening flight, the hotel may be able to arrange a late check out for you (additional cost and payable directly to the hotel) subject to the availability of the room.
Nestled in an area that is a favourite for elephants coming to drink from the Talek River, right on the border of the Masai Mara Reserve. Ilkeliani Camp consists of only 17 tents - each commanding views of the plains and the wildlife action throughout the day. A suspension bridge links the camp to the reserve itself.
It is a permanent camp designed along eco-friendly principles. The ethos is to leave a minimum foot print on nature.
Breakfast, alfresco lunches and candle light dinners are served in the Mess tent.
Picnic breakfast and lunches can be prepared if you are on safari here with a private driver-guide so that you can stay out and explore the reserve all day long.
Ilkeliani also has a resident naturalist who conducts daily nature walks along the Talek River and guests can learn how to identify various animal tracks and birds. The camp offers cultural excursions to the local Maasai village to help guests discover more about the local tribe and their way of life.
For the ultimate safari experience, begin your day with a hot air balloon ride cutting through the cool air of the plains as herds of elephant, buffalo and zebra scatter in search of food below you. Upon landing, you are treated to a breakfast and your guide will then take you either back to the camp for a well deserved nap or continue on a game drive. The camp can also arrange walks outside the main reserve with an armed ranger, in a neighbouring Conservancy area. Costs for both these extra activities are available on request.
The 17 en-suite tented rooms have a raised position overlooking the Talek river and surrounding landscape. Each tent has been carefully sited under its own cluster of shady indigenous trees giving guests a true feel of being out in the wilderness.
The interiors are spacious and comfortable featuring a front veranda with a day bed and canvas safari chairs.
|Room:||1 x Safari Tent|
|Includes:||Full Board Package: Mara Reserve fees and all meals are included. Game drives are taken with your private driver-guide.
Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.
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. The Suites also have 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.
|Room:||1 x Deluxe Room|
|Includes:||Breakfast and dinner are included.|
A visa is required for entry into Kenya when travelling as a tourist. Whilst tourists to Kenya can still obtain a visa upon arrival at the port of entry, it is now also possible to apply online for your visa via the eVisa portal https://www.ecitizen.go.ke/. If you apply online, please ensure that you apply at least 3-4 weeks prior to your travel dates as approval for the eVisa takes up to 7 working days to process. Once the eVisa is issued, it is valid for 3 months. You must print a copy of your visa to present to the Immigration Officer at your point of entry into Kenya. A full list of the nationalities who can be issued with an eVisa can be found here: http://evisa.go.ke/evisa-faqs.html
The following eVisa types are available (please note that visa fees for children under the age of 16 has been removed):
Single Entry - Allows you to enter into Kenya once - current cost USD 51.
Transit - Allows a short stop over (up to 3 days/72 hours) in Kenya - current cost USD 21. This is ideal if you want to leave the secure area of the airport, for example for an overnight stay inbetween flights, or for a period not exceeding 72 hours. No visa is required for a direct transit (not leaving the secure area of the airport, aka staying ‘airside’, within the airport terminal) between 2 flights.
It is also possible to get an East Africa Tourist Visa which is valid for 90 days and allows holders to travel to and within Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda - current cost USD 100 per person - but you can only apply for this at the point of entry or via your local Embassy.
Your passport should also be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Kenya.
PLEASE NOTE: Countries can change their entry requirements at any time. Travel Butlers try to ensure that the information displayed here is correct, but the onus remains with the traveller to verify the information with the relevant High Commission or Embassy and ensure that they can comply with current passport and visa requirements.
You are advised to contact your doctor or clinic around 4-8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations and to get their professional medical advice regarding travel to Kenya.
There is a risk of malaria in all areas of Kenya, except Nairobi and the highlands - check with your doctor about suitable antimalarial tablets. Dengue fever can also be transmitted via mosquito bites. Try to avoid mosquito bites wherever possible - wear loose long-sleeved clothing and trousers, and use a repellent on clothing and exposed skin.
Kenya falls into the yellow fever region in Africa. There is only a low potential for exposure to yellow fever in Nairobi, Mombasa, Lamu, Malindi and Shimba Hills National Park, but in the rest of the country there is a higher risk. It is therefore advisable for all travellers aged 9 months and older to obtain a yellow fever vaccination no less than 10 days prior to travel, but depending on the rest of your travel plans and country of origin, it is not compulsory:
Travellers from the UK who are only travelling directly to and from Kenya are not required to produce a vaccination certificate upon their return to the UK.
If you are arriving into Kenya from a country which has a risk of yellow fever transmission, you will be required to provide a certificate of your vaccination upon entry into Kenya. These countries include Angola, Argentina, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Peru, Rwanda, Uganda and Venezula but it is up to the traveller to check the full list via http://www.who.int/ith/2015-ith-annex1.pdf?ua=1
Certain countries including South Africa and Tanzania will deny entry if you are arriving from Kenya without the vaccination. Please ensure you check the full list via http://www.who.int/ith/2015-ith-annex1.pdf?ua=1 to see which countries impose this rule.
If your doctor advises that it is not safe for you to have the vaccination then you should obtain a medical waiver and travel with this instead.