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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's Unique Wildlife
Holiday Destination: Holiday to Kenya for 7 nights
Passengers: 2 Adults
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Holiday Title: Kenya's Unique Wildlife
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). You will then be accompanied to meet up with your driver/Customer Services representative.
You will then be transferred to Wilson Airport, where you will board your flight to Samburu.
Safarilink 021 (Light Aircraft): Fly from Wilson Airport (WIL) departing at 08:00 to Samburu/Lewa Downs Airstrip, arriving at 09:20
You will be met and transferred to your safari camp. Set on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in Samburu National Reserve surrounded by doum palms and other beautiful indigenous trees and shrubs sits the small and exclusive Elephant Bedroom Camp, consisting of just 12 luxury tents - all furnished in rustic African style while offering all the comforts expected of a luxury camp. Huge herds of elephant, prides of lion or the solitary leopard amongst other game are regular visitors around the camp providing excellent game viewing in spectacular scenic background of rugged rolling hills.
After breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airstrip, where you will board a flight down to the Masai Mara.
Safarilink 031 (Light Aircraft): Fly from Samburu/Lewa Downs Airstrip departing at 09:30 to Masai Mara Airstrip, arriving at 11:00
You will be met at the airstrip and transferred to your camp. In a spectacular location in the heart of the Masai Mara where the Talek River meets the Mara River and overlooking a hippo pool, you will find the intimate and luxurious Mara Ngenche Camp. The incredible surroundings of the Masai Mara make this a spectacular safari experience. Game drives are always thrilling and are guided by qualified local Masai guides in open-sided 4WDs, with a maximum of just 6 guests per vehicle.
You will be transferred back to the airstrip this morning, where you will board your flight back to Nairobi's Wilson Airport.
Safarilink 002 (Light Aircraft): Fly from Masai Mara Airstrip departing at 11:00 to Wilson Airport (WIL), arriving at 12:20
You will be met and transferred onto Jomo Kenyatta Airport, where you will check in for your flight home.
Set on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in the renowned Samburu Game Reserve, surrounded by palms and other beautiful indigenous trees lies the small and intimate Elephant Bedroom Camp, offering simplistic elegance, luxury and style.
The Ewaso Nyiro River is a permanent water supply for the wildlife in the area, and it acts as a magnet. Enjoy game viewing of huge herds of elephant, prides of lion or the solitary leopard with an expert local guide by open Land Rover.
Giraffe, waterbuck and zebra also wander the open plains, alongside gerenuks - rather odd looking members of the gazelle family, who are easily distinguishable by their extremely long necks, and their ability to stand on their hind legs to reach high into bushes in order to skim the leaves off the branches with their rough tongue. Over 365 bird species have been identified, including secretary birds, sunbirds, bee-eaters and the blue necked and legged Somali ostrich.
Elephant Bedroom Camp promises an astonishing safari experience as the name of the camp couldn't be more fitting. At night elephants, buffalos and hippos roam through the camp in search for food and water and hearing them from the warmth of your duvet covered bed is a truly exciting and memorable experience.
Inspired by the textures and colours of African nature, each of the 12 beautifully appointed tents surround you with luxury. The en-suite bathrooms are fitted with hot and cold running water, rain showers and flushing toilets. Individual verandas include a private plunge pool and encourage guests to linger while admiring the lush wilderness of the area.
The cosy main guest lounge and dining area with original oil paintings and soft intimate lighting open to the outside capturing the tranquil surroundings. Dining is a culinary experience with al-fresco meals and candle lit gourmet dinners set either under the African sky or inside the romantic dining area.
Cultural visits and lectures on the Samburu culture are also offered.
|Room:||1 x Standard Safari Tent|
|Includes:||Game Package: All meals; shared game drives in 4 wheel drive open sided vehicles with an Elephant Bedroom Camp guide; Samburu Reserve fees; and local airstrip transfers are included.
Children under the age of 5 years are not permitted on guided bush walks.
Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.
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.
|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.
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.