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Holiday Title: Safari and Beach Getaway in Kenya
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: Safari and Beach Getaway in 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).
You will then be accompanied to meet up with your transfer vehicle and transferred to the nearby Wilson Airport.
Safarilink 01 (Light Aircraft): Fly from Wilson Airport (WIL) departing at 10:00 to Mara North Airstrip, arriving at 11:00
You will be met at the airstrip and transferred to your safari camp, arriving in time for lunch. Karen Blixen Camp is situated on the Mara River, where elephants frequently come to drink and the resident hippo pod entertain guests with their antics. Over the next few days, go out on early morning game drives, afternoon game drives, full day game drives and thrilling night game drives within the Mara North Conservancy. No more than six guests in each game vehicle assure the most comfortable experience with attention given to every visitor's wildlife interest. Game walking with guides can also be arranged for those who wish to experience the magnitude of the Mara savannah on foot.
After breakfast you will be transferred back to the airstrip where you will board your flight back to Nairobi.
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 assisted with the connection onto your flight to the coast.
Safarilink 55 (Light Aircraft): Fly from Wilson Airport (WIL) departing at 14:00 to Diani Airport, arriving at 15:15
You will be met and transferred to AfroChic Diani Beach.
Lying south of Mombasa on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Afrochic Diani is the perfect getaway for the discerning traveller who wants to simply 'flop and drop' and enjoy the spectacular views of ancient dhows in full sail. With with only 10 guest rooms - each with their own balcony and sun-loungers - AfroChic is the perfect ending to your safari adventure.
The Kenyan Coast
You will be collected and transferred back to the airstrip.
Safarilink 56 (Light Aircraft): Fly from Diani Airport departing at 15:30 to Wilson Airport (WIL), arriving at 17:10
You will be met and transferred to the nearby Ole Sereni Hotel for dinner (own account), followed by a transfer to Jomo Kenyatta Airport where you will then check in for your flight home.
Karen Blixen Camp is situated in the pristine Mara North Conservancy, which borders the Masai Mara Game Reserve. This eco-friendly luxury camp gives a sense of the exciting explorer days, when the savannah was seldom visited and elaborate and comfortable camps were set up providing a luxurious and stylish retreat after each day’s adventure.
Daily morning and afternoon/night game drives are enjoyed within the Mara North Conservancy for the utmost exclusive and private safari experience with low impact tourism controlled vehicle density. On request and during the Great Migration, you also have the opportunity for a full day game drive in the Masai Mara National Reserve.
Game walking can also be arranged for those who wish to experience the magnitude of the Mara savannah on foot. Shorter nature walks are kept within the camp and focus entirely on the rich birdlife and little insects inhabiting the area and how the Masai make use of the indigenous plants for medical and ritual purposes.
Karen Blixen Camp comprises 22 large luxury canvas tents each placed with undisturbed view along the Mara River.
The open plan ‘mess’ area, built on a raised wooden deck, is located on the banks of the Mara River overlooking a resident hippo pod. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners are served in the restaurant or bush garden from where one has an incredible close view of the Mara River and the wild animals coming to drink. For guests wanting to venture a little further, romantic bush dinners can be arranged underneath the starlit African night.
The swimming pool has sunbeds and umbrellas for shade from the African sun. A wide range of wellness treatments and therapeutic body massages are also offered by trained therapists (additional cost).
|Room:||1 x Safari Tent (Stay 3/Pay 2 offer applied - selected dates only)|
|Includes:||Game Package: All meals; soft drinks, beer and house wine; Mara North Conservancy fees; daily shared game drives in the Conservancy; one night drive in the Conservancy; and Mara North airstrip transfers are included.
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.
Afrochic is situated alongside the powdery-white sands and turquoise waters of Diani beach, regarded as the best stretch of beach along the Kenyan Coast. It is the perfect getaway for the discerning traveller who wishes to simply flop, drop and enjoy the spectacular views of ancient dhows in full sail.
For those wanting a more active way to spend the day, enjoy a number of thrilling activities from kite and wind-surfing, to scuba-diving in the coral reefs, and camel-riding along the shoreline (additional cost). There is also an 18 hole championship golf course within a 3 minute drive from the hotel, and other nearby attractions such as local boutiques and craft markets.
After such exciting activities, indulge yourself with a treatment at the in-house AfroChic spa, take a relaxing walk around the beautiful furnished landscaped gardens, or relax by the free form crystal clear swimming pool.
This exclusively intimate hotel - with only 10 guest rooms each with their own en-suite bathroom, balcony and sun-loungers - is singularly personable and highly individual. The unique and eclectic style of interiors and designs makes a refreshing change.
Guests may choose to dine whenever and wherever they wish - in the dining room, on the veranda, in the garden, by the pool, on the beach or in the privacy of their own bedroom balcony.
From the moment you walk through the doors to the moment you depart, you will understand what has made AfroChic the 'sought-after' destination for those seeking rest, relaxation and the personal touch.
|Room:||1 x Ocean View Room|
|Includes:||All meals are included.|
Additional requirements and restrictions may apply for travel during the Covid-19 pandemic. Travel Butlers aim to highlight these requirements to affected clients, however the onus remains with the traveller to ensure they are aware of any requirements and restrictions that will apply to their own trip.
For up-to-date travel information from the UK government, please check:
UK Government Advice: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/kenya
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.
As of 01 January 2021, all foreign citizens wishing to travel to Kenya will need an eVisa, except citizens from countries who are exempt. A full list of the exempt countries can be found here: evisa.go.ke/eligibility.html. From this date, you can no longer obtain a visa on arrival.
You can apply for your eVisa online via the eVisa portal www.ecitizen.go.ke/evisa.html. 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) - you can apply for this 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.
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.
All single use plastics, such as plastic water bottles and straws, are banned in all National Parks, forests, beaches and conservation areas.
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 currently not required to produce a vaccination certificate upon their return to the UK but this can change with no notice so do please check with your doctor and take their advice
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 here https://www.who.int/health-topics/yellow-fever
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 here https://www.who.int/health-topics/yellow-fever 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.