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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: Kenya Honeymoon Hideaway
Holiday Destination: Holiday to Kenya for 10 nights
Passengers: 2 Adults
*Excludes international flights from your home country - please ask us if you would like us to include these for you.
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Holiday Title: Kenya Honeymoon Hideaway
Passengers: 2 Adults
Arrive into Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International 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/Customer Services representative.
You will then be transferred to Wilson Airport, arriving in time to check in for your morning flight to the Masai Mara.
Safarilink 01 (Light Aircraft): Fly from Wilson Airport (WIL) departing at 10:00 to Masai Mara, arriving at 11:00
You will be met at the airstrip and transferred to your safari camp. Ol Seki Hemingways Mara is a private tented camp in the thriving Naboisho Conservancy. Charge up your camera and focus your binoculars, there's so much to see. Elephants crash through the acacia scrub, hippos submerge themselves in the slimy pools, an elusive leopard lolls in the high branches - your experienced guide will train your eyes to distinguish the creatures from their natural camouflage. The conservancy borders the Mara and there are no fences to inhibit the migration of animals which means you should see the Big 5 and all the other indigenous animals on your check list right here, sometimes within 5 minutes of the camp. Only vehicles from the properties located in the conservancy are allowed here, so you see only wildlife, not minibuses.
After lunch at the camp, you will be transferred back to the airstrip, where you will board your flight to the Kenyan coast.
Mombasa Air 002 (Light Aircraft): Fly from Masai Mara Airstrip departing at 14:00 to Diani/Ukunda Airstrip, arriving at 16:25
Arrive at Ukunda airstrip and you will be met and transferred to Msambweni.
Msambweni Beach House, on Kenya's South Coast, looks out over a remote and pristine beach, lapped by azure blue waters.
The Kenyan Coast
You will need to check out of your room this morning but you can remain at the property and use all the facilities until you are collected for your transfer back to Mombasa Airport. Alternatively, if you have an evening flight, the hotel can arrange a late check out for you (additional cost and payable directly to the hotel) subject to the availability of the room.
Located In the heart of the Naboisho Conservancy, adjoining the Masai Mara National Reserve, guests at Ol Seki Hemingways are offered a uniquely private safari experience.
Enjoy Big 5 game viewing in an open safari vehicle in the pristine surroundings of the conservancy, where the abundance of wildlife allows guests to enjoy day and night drives away from the hustle of mass tourism. Only 6 guests are on each safari vehicle, so everyone is guaranteed a 'window seat' for excellent photographic opportunities. Day trips into the Masai Mara National Reserve can also be organised on request, along with a hot air balloon safari, guided walks with a Masai guide, and cultural visits to the local Masai community.
The library tent offers an extensive selection of local and international literature, giving guests the chance to enjoy a read while soaking in the stunning views of the plains. Share a story with fellow guests and staff over a drink from the complimentary bar. Traditional African decor and colonial furnishing provide the perfect safari atmosphere.
Down from the library, along a lantern lit pathway you will come to the viewing deck. Take in the incredible views of the nearby waterhole in the day and in the evening look up to see the incredible African night sky, sundowners in hand as the evening campfire blazes. During the heat of the day, cool off and take a dip in the infinity pool.
Move into the dining tent and enjoy a 3 course selection of international cuisine while you watch the giraffe graze below. For a more romantic setting, meals can be organised in the privacy of your tent, or perhaps you would prefer to enjoy a romantic candle lit dinner under the nearby ancient Ndorobo caves.
There are 6 uniquely rounded en-suite Nina tents, each boasting a 270 degree panoramic view across the vast plains. Each tent remains completely hidden from the next for the utmost privacy and seclusion.
There are also 2 Family Tents, both with 2 bedrooms and a lounge area, and which also include the service of a private safari vehicle and guide for the duration of your stay.
|Room:||1 x Nina Safari Tent (Honeymoon Offer applied - Bride stays free - selected periods only)|
|Includes:||All meals (including lunch on the day of departure); Conservancy fees; soft drinks, beer and house wine; airstrip transfers; one shared night drive and one shared bush breakfast; and twice-daily shared game drives in the Conservancy are included. Additional day game drives into the Masai Mara National Reserve can be arranged (the Masai Mara National Reserve daily fee will be an additional per person cost).
Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.
Kenya may well be one of the safari capitals of the world, but everyone also needs time to relax and recharge either as soon as they step off the plane in Nairobi, or after time on safari in search of Africa's big game over the dusty savannas. And what better way to do this than on one of Kenya's many beautiful white sandy beaches, which are fringed by swaying palm trees one one side, and the warm Indian Ocean on the other.
The shoreline is lined with coral reefs, making Kenya also a superb destination for watersport and diving enthusiasts alike. The offshore reefs are alive with colourful fish, sea turtles and dolphins. Big game fishing is also a popular sport and past-time.
Windsurfing, water ski-ing, kite-surfing, kayaking and snorkelling can all be enjoyed in the clear waters. Romantic sunset dhow trips are synonymous with the Kenya coast, the dhows having being built and sailed here for over 500 years.
Msambweni House is located about 80 km south of Mombasa and is a small slice of paradise. Set on a 40 feet high cliff, this boutique hideaway offers 700 feet of private beach along a tropical 4 mile stretch of white, sandy coastline dotted with palm trees and lapped by the warm Indian Ocean.
Guests staying here can enjoy a variety of activities. Snorkelling, scuba diving, dolphin and whale watching, and motorised watersports are all available at Kisite Marine Park. Down on the beach, there is an open-air gym and a spa treatment room. Bikes are available for guests to explore the surrounding area, and village trips and horse riding along the beach can also be arranged. Nearby is an 18 hole gold course and day trips to Shimba Hills National Park offer the opportunity to see sable antelope and elephant.
The Main House has old Swahili decor. The 3 en-suite bedrooms here all have private terraces facing the sea. The Ocean Suite is set 20m from the Main House in the lush gardens and also has a terrace with panoramic views. There are also 3 totally private villas, which each have a private infinity pool.
You will be spoilt for choice with the food, which ranges from seafood, Swahili dishes, Belgium and French cuisine. Meals can be enjoyed in the main house dining room, on your private terrace or around the pool under the African sky by candlelight. Private beach dinner/lunches can also be arranged. There is also a 14m main infinity pool.
|Room:||1 x Ocean Suite (Honeymoon offer applied - Bride saves 10% - selected periods only)|
|Includes:||All meals (breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner); various sports (ping pong, beach volleyball, croquet, gadminton and mountain biking); village walks; private beach picnic and beach BBQs; Wi-Fi; and one 30 minute introductory massage per person are included.|
CURRENT ENTRY RULES IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) - Updated 20 August 2020: The suspension of international flights to and from Kenya was lifted on 01 August 2020. The Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs have advised that:
Travellers arriving from the UK and other selected countries are not required to enter mandatory quarantine for 14 days, as long as they have a negative COVID-19 test. A list of approved countries can ve viewed here: https://kcaa.or.ke/quarantine-exempted-states - this list may be updated at any time and without warning. For these travellers:
The negative COVID-19 test must be a negative PCR test result. Travellers with a negative rapid test result will still need to enter mandatory or voluntary quarantine for 14 days, depending on the Kenyan authorities’ assessment on the traveller’s ability to quarantine.
The test must have been taken within 96 hours of flying.
Travellers must have a medical certificate confirming they are free from coronavirus. All travellers will be screened on arrival and anyone displaying symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to quarantine in the place they are staying for the first 14 days of their stay and observe Government of Kenya protocols as directed. Passengers travelling in the 2 rows surrounding the person displaying symptoms will be traced and required to quarantine for 14 days.
Travellers from countries not on the list who are considered LOW or MEDIUM risk are required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival.
It is expected that these rules will be lifted and that the entry requirements will revert to normal as soon as the government of Kenya deems it safe to do so.
Normally, 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 (payment by credit card ONLY) it is now strongly advised to apply online for your visa via the eVisa portal https://www.ecitizen.go.ke/. A full list of the nationalities who can be issued with an eVisa can be found here: http://evisa.go.ke/eligibility.html.
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.
The following eVisa types are available (please note there are no visa fees for children under the age of 16) - all costs subject to change:
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 (subject to change) - 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. Make sure you have 2 blank pages in your passport on arrival.
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 the applicable entry 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.
To help prevent diarrhoea, avoid tap water – drink only bottled water and use bottled water for tooth brushing, and avoid ice made with tap water – and only eat fruit or vegetables that are cooked or can be peeled.
To help avoid heatstroke, drink plenty of bottled water/fluids, and keep out of the midday sun.
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.
English is the common commercial language, therefore it is spoken in the major towns and at all lodges and hotels. There are 52 tribes in Kenya, each with their own tribal language. The national language in Kenya is Swahili.
We would ask that all travellers are respectful of the local culture as follows:
Showing anger is not acceptable – Kenyan people pride themselves on their emotional control and expect the same in others. Try to remain patient, polite and friendly, even if the situation is very frustrating. Pointing with your finger at someone is considered very rude and is deemed to be an obscene gesture.
The coastal areas are predominantly Muslim so it is important to dress conservatively out of respect for the Muslim culture. On the beaches and within the confines of hotels, normal swimwear is acceptable but nudity/topless sunbathing is not. Away from beach resorts (especially in Mombasa, during the holy month of Ramadan or if you visit religious areas), women should avoid walking around in public areas displaying their legs and upper arms/shoulders - ‘short’ shorts, mini skirts, vests and tank tops may be frowned upon and viewed as a sign of disrespect. Long, loose hair is also seen as very provocative, so to avoid unwanted attention ladies may wish to tie their hair back or wear a headscarf.
Homosexuality is illegal in Kenya. Whilst everyone is of course entitled to their own sexual preferences and gender identity, we would advise all clients of the LGBT+ community to refrain from public displays of affection (including kissing and holding hands) and to be as discrete as possible about their relationship.
You should always ask permission before taking anyone’s photograph, or before photographing official buildings including Embassies.
Smoking in all public places (except in designated areas) is prohibited.
You must carry a form of ID with you at all times. A copy of your passport is normally acceptable, but recently some police officers have been insisting on the original document.