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Wildlife and Scenery

Example holiday

Wildlife and Scenery

We hope that this example holiday will give you give some inspiration to help you begin to plan your own dream holiday to Africa.

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.

All the holidays we offer to our clients are tailor-made, so we can adjust this trip to fit in with your travel dates, interests, preferred accommodation, and of course your budget.

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Wildlife and Scenery

Example Itinerary

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Holiday Title: Wildlife and Scenery

Holiday Destination: Holiday to Kenya for 10 nights

Passengers: 2 Adults

Example Cost for 2 Adults: * per person sharing.

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Summary Of The Itinerary

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Holiday Title: Wildlife and Scenery

Passengers: 2 Adults

Day 1

Once you have cleared Customs & Immigration at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and collected your luggage, you need to make your way to the Arrivals Hall, where you will be met by your safari driver-guide who will be holding a sign board with your name on it. You will then be driven to the Aberdare Country Club for lunch, followed by an afternoon transfer to The Ark in the Aberdares National Park, where the rest of the day is yours to relax and enjoy.

Aberdare National Park

1 night at The Ark Lodge


Day 2

Depart after breakfast for the Buffalo Springs Game Reserve, arriving in time for lunch followed by an afternoon game drive.


Day 3

Morning and afternoon game drives in Samburu/Buffalo Springs.


Day 4

After breakfast, you will head south to the Sweetwaters Game Sanctuary near Mount Kenya.


Day 5

Morning and afternoon game drives in the Sweetwaters Conservancy.


Day 6

Morning drive to Lake Nakuru, arriving in time for lunch followed by an afternoon game drive.


Day 7

Drive to Lake Naivasha (approx 75 km / 1 h 0 mins).


Day 8

Drive to Masai Mara National Reserve (Masai Mara).


Day 9

Morning and afternoon game drives in the Masai Mara National Reserve.


Day 10

Morning and afternoon game drives in the Masai Mara National Reserve.


Day 11
You will be driven back to Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta Airport, where you will then check in for your flight home.
 
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The Ark Lodge

Aberdare National Park: 1 Night

Above the dense cloud forest of Aberdare National Park, The Ark is a unique tree lodge that overlooks a floodlit waterhole. Resembling and named after Noah's Ark, the lodge has 60 cabins with en-suite bathrooms and makes efficient use of limited space.

The lodge has several decks, each looking out over the large waterhole and from which numerous balconies and lounges provide superb vantage points for game viewing.  

A ground level bunker with turrets offers excellent photographic opportunities.

Elephant, black rhino, buffalo, lion, and many others come to the water's edge and a gentle buzzer in your room ensures you don't miss a thing - like the elusive leopard snealing up for a quick drink.

Bird life is abundant, with over 250 species recorded. 

All the 'cabins' at The Ark have an en-suite shower and bathroom, and are situated on three levels.  Triple rooms can also be booked for families.

The sister property to The Ark is the Aberdare Country Club, which is a short distance away and is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Activities include a game walk on their 1,300 acres estate, golf, tennis, horseback riding, relaxing at the health club, taking a dip in the swimming pool, or simply enjoying the gorgeous gardens.

Example Details For The Ark Lodge

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Cabin
Includes: All meals, AMREF Flying Doctor cover and Park fees are included.

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Ashnil Samburu Camp

Samburu Eco-System: 2 Nights

Ashnil Samburu Camp is located in Buffalo Springs Game Reserve which takes its name from an oasis of crystal clear water at the western end of the reserve. It is separated from the Samburu National Reserve by Ewaso Nyiro River and is less hilly and dense yet equally very attractive.

The main guest area, shaded by a canopy of acacia trees consists of the reception, lounge area, dining area, bar and veranda deck with a view of the river. The open sitting restaurant overlooks the Ewaso Nyiro River and serves set buffets featuring international, oriental and traditional African cuisine.

After an amazing game drive you can take a dip in the swimming pool or simply relax by the pool which has a wonderful viewing deck of the Ewaso Nyiro River.

Evening entertainment at Samburu includes cultural talks and dances, giving you a special opportunity to gain an insight into the traditional lifestyle of the Samburu people.  There is also the opportunity to visit local Samburu villages and buy their unique handicrafts.

There are a total number of 30 luxury tents, including some triple tents. Each of the exclusive comfortable deluxe tents provides a perfect view of the Ewaso Nyiro River and beautiful surrounding landscape.

Every spacious tent consists of a dressing area, sitting area, luggage rack and en-suite facilities to provide a memorable stay close to nature.

Example Details For Ashnil Samburu Camp

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x En-Suite Tent
Includes: All meals, AMREF Flying Doctor cover and Park fees 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.

Location

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Sweetwaters Serena Tented Camp

Laikipia Plateau: 2 Nights

A sheltered oasis, clustered around a waterhole and set in the pristine calm of the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Sweetwaters Serena Tented Camp offers a charming blend of under-canvas ambiance and safari luxury.

Host to all the members of the 'Big Five' (elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard), the conservancy also boasts the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, hosts the only chimpanzee sanctuary in Kenya, and shelters large numbers of rare and endangered species.

Thanks to Ol Pejeta Conservancy’s private status it is able to offer night game drives (additional cost). With the help of a filtered spot light, the drives can produce some unusual sightings of nocturnal animals, including aardvark, white-tailed mongoose, caracal cat and even perhaps, bat eared fox. Lion, often sleeping during the day are often sighted alert and active at night, and even on occasion, the more elusive leopard.

Guided bush walks (additional cost) also give visitors the opportunity to learn about game trails and spoor identification as well as the insects, birds and smaller mammals of Ol Pejeta.

Guests also have the unique opportunity to track and learn about the lions of Ol Pejeta and contribute towards their conservation by helping to gather vital research information needed to monitor the collared lions in the reserve (additional cost). In the event that the collared lions are inaccessible, other lion sightings are reported and the same identifying features such as whisker spots, ear tears and nose spotting recorded. It is a great way to learn about lions and all of the information gathered is passed on to the Ol Pejeta Ecological Monitoring Department.

Tucked inside the landscaped grounds and accessible via winding stone pathways, Sweetwaters Serena Camp’s accommodation includes 56 stylishly appointed tents spread across the Standard Wing and the deluxe Morani Wing. The 39 Standard Wing tents combine the traditional ambiance of a safari camp with the comforts of home and have offer views of the waterhole. Boasting views of Mount Kenya, the Morani Wing features 17 deluxe double, twin and triple tents.

The Rhino Room is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the Water Hole Bar offers stunning views of the water, enabling you to gaze out at the abundant wildlife that surrounds you while you enjoy your drink. There is also a swimming pool.

Example Details For Sweetwaters Serena Tented Camp

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x En-Suite Tent
Includes: All meals, AMREF Flying Doctor cover and Ol Pejeta Conservancy fees are included. Game drives are taken with your private driver-guide.

Location

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Flamingo Hill Luxury Tented Camp

Lake Nakuru National Park: 1 Night

Flamingo Hill Camp is situated on a private concession that adjoins the famous Lake Nakuru National Park, which lies within the Great Rift Valley of Kenya, approximately 30 minutes by air or 2 hours by road from Nairobi.

Nestled between the 'honeymoon hills', and set in beautifully landscaped grounds with natural foliage and a variety of indigenous African plants and flowers, Flamingo Hill Camp provides superb, tented accommodation. Some of the money earned from the camp is used for environmental restoration and endangered species.

Part of the ancient landscape known as the 'cradle of mankind', the Lake Nakuru National Park offers a wealth of history, unique wildlife, spectacular bird life and some of the most beautiful scenery in Africa. Numerous films and documentaries have featured the Park involving world wide renowned film-makers.

After a game drive within the Park, enjoy a pampering massage at the camp - a truly luxurious way to end your day in the bush, or watch the spectacular display of the sun going down over the lake as you enjoy a sundowner.

Small and exclusive, the accommodation comprises of 25 tents. The tents are furnished with the understated luxury and decorated in calming safari tones, natural woods, wrought iron and crisp cottons.

Each en-suite tent has been meticulously planned to maximise comfort, and has a 4 poster bed. There is also a private verandah overlooking the plains.

Example Details For Flamingo Hill Luxury Tented Camp

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x En-Suite Safari Tent
Includes: All meals, AMREF Flying Doctor cover and Park fees 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.

Location

Flamingo Hill Luxury Tented Camp Location Map
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41 Thames Street, Weybridge
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Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort

Lake Naivasha: 1 Night

Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake in the Kenya section of Africa's Great Rift Valley, and is located north west of Nairobi with the town of Naivasha on its north eastern shore. At 1,890 meters (6,200 ft) above sea level, the lake is at the highest point in the Kenyan rift.

Lake Naivasha is home to a wide variety of wildlife including a sizeable population of hippos. Being a freshwater lake, it also has a healthy fish population including black bass, tilapia and crayfish which attract a variety of fish-eating birds such as Long-tailed and Great cormorants, along with fish eagles, pelicans, and various types of kingfishers.

Set in 150 acres of grassland studded with acacia bushes and trees, the Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge itself is home to resident giraffe, waterbuck and both vervet and Colobus monkeys, but it is also a night stop for the hippos when they leave the lake every night to come and trim the grass on the expansive lawns.

21 cottages are built in a crescent shape, and each has 4 rooms, 2 on the ground and 2 at the top, which totals to 84 rooms. While the upstairs guest rooms have a single kingsize bed and the downstairs ones have 2 queensize beds, both have one thing in common and that is an extraordinary amount of space. Inter-connecting rooms are also available.

The buffet dining room offers a range of Continental, Swahili and Mediterranean cuisines, often with a deliciously subtle fusion of all 3 disciplines. There is  alsoa large, outdoor patio with umbrella-shaded tables for those who wish to enjoy an open air meal during the day, or during the often warm and balmy evenings. The lounge area in the main public area building is split into upper and lower levels and the main bar is located between these.

The resort also has 2 swimming pools with a children’s section as well as a pool bar and an open sided snack restaurant.  There is also a health spa and a tennis court.

Example Details For Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x En-Suite Room
Includes: All meals, AMREF Flying Doctor cover, one hour boat trip and Park fees are included. Optional walk on Crescent Island (rates on request).

Location

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Ashnil Mara Camp

Masai Mara: 3 Nights

Ashnil Mara Camp is located in the Masai Mara National Reserve and close to the Mara River, which is world-famous for being the final dangerous hurdle for the thousands of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle who undertake the 'Great Migration' every year.

The Mara has been described as Kenya's finest wildlife reserve due to the abundant flora and fauna and the gentle rolling grasslands that ensure the animals are never out of sight. Everything about it is outstanding.

Daily game drives give guests the opportunity to not only spot wildlife but also learn interesting facts from the running commentary of information given by the experienced driver guides.

All game drives are conducted in 4x4 vehicles, which are equipped to cover the rough terrains associated with safaris.

Guided nature walks are conducted by qualified naturalists, and your guide on this exciting bush walk will take you around the property and help you to identify different species of flora and fauna.

The camp has 50 en-suite tents, all comfortably furnished.

The main guest areas also include a swimming pool, a lounge/bar area, a souvenir shop, and a restaurant, although some evening meals will be taken outside in the bush, under the canopy of the African starry night.

There is also the opportunity to enjoy a 'hippo' breakfast - guests can be taken to the nearby hippo pool along the Mara river where you can then enjoy a sumptuous breakfast as the hippos quietly mind their own business!

Example Details For Ashnil Mara Camp

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x En-Suite Tent
Includes: All meals, AMREF Flying Doctor cover and Park fees are included. Game drives are taken with your private driver-guide.

Children under the age of 4 are not permitted on guided nature walks.

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

Location

Ashnil Mara Camp Location Map
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Important Travel Information For Kenya

Passport, Visa and Entry Requirements

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 that plastic bags are banned in Kenya. Arriving visitors are requested to avoid bring plastic bags into the country and being in possession of a plastic bag is an offence and offenders could be penalised. Visitors are advised to avoid packing any plastic bags in their suitcases or in carry-on hand luggage before flying to Kenya. Items purchased at the airport before boarding the aircraft should be removed from plastic bags. Travellers coming into Kenya with plastic duty-free shop bags will also be required to leave them at the airport. Please check hand luggage before disembarking and any plastic bags (including the transparent ziplock plastic bags that some airlines require passengers to use for keeping liquids, cosmetics, toiletries etc) should be left in the plane. This does not apply to people in transit.

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.

Medical

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.