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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 Safari and Beach
Holiday Destination: Holiday to Kenya for 7 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: Classic Kenya Safari and Beach
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 the Mara.
Safarilink 01 (Light Aircraft): Fly from Wilson Airport (WIL) departing at 10:00 to Ol Kiombo Airstrip, arriving at 11:00
You will be met and transferred to your safari camp. Mara Intrepids Camp enjoys one of the most spectacular locations in the world's best-known wilderness Masai Mara National Reserve. It sits above a sweeping bend in the Talek River at the confluence of the Maasai Mara's 4 game-viewing areas. Your tented room is furnished in the classic style of the grand African safaris, with a large 4 poster bed and reproduction furniture.
After a morning game drive, you will return to the camp for breakfast. You will then need to check out of your room but you can relax around the main guests areas and enjoy lunch before you are transferred back to the airstrip. Here, you will board your flight across to the coast.
Mombasa Air 002 (Light Aircraft): Fly from Ol Kiombo Airstrip departing at 14:00 to Diani/Ukunda Airstrip, arriving at 16:25
You will be met and transferred to your beach hotel.
Pinewood Beach Resort and Spa is a multi-award-winning boutique hotel, located on the South Coast, 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 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 Mombasa's Moi Airport, where you will check in for your flight home. 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.
Mara Intrepids is situated in one of the most spectacular locations in the world's best-known safari wilderness. The camp overlooks the Talek River, and is just a short drive from the Mara River, where over a million wildebeest and zebra make their perilous migration crossing every year.
Outside of the migration period, the camp still offers some of the finest game viewing, with large local populations of plains game including, elephant, rhino, buffalo, and all the big cats. Game viewing drives in open-sided safari jeeps are available daily, and as this part of the reserve receives fewer visitors than the eastern part it is possible to drive long periods without seeing another vehicle. Guests can also take advantage of other activities (at an additional cost) offered by the camp, including hot air balloon safaris, bush dining, nature walks and cultural visits to the local Maasai villages.
The camp is divided into four distinct areas, each with its own open-air dining area and ‘mess tent’ where private meals and functions can be arranged. Dinner is usually served in a large dining room under a traditional makuti thatch roof, while breakfast and lunch are hosted on a breezy terrace beside the riverfront swimming pool. Beside the main bar is a fully equipped conference room, where the Maasai naturalists deliver evening slide shows on the local culture and wildlife.
Mara Intrepids has 30 luxurious tents that are widely spread across a large riverside site to ensure guests have privacy and peace. Each tent is furnished in the classic style of the grand African safaris, with large 4 poster beds and reproduction furniture, offset by modern en-suite bathrooms. Each tent sits on a shady raised platform, with sweeping views over the riverbanks where a large variety of animals come to drink.
There is also one family tent, which can comfortably accommodation 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years.
The camp is run on strict eco-principles, with hot water generated by burning used coffee husks, and biodegradable waste mulched for compost.
|Room:||1 x Safari Tent|
|Includes:||Game Package: Mara Reserve fees; all meals (including lunch on the day of departure); airstrip transfers; guided nature walk; and daily shared game drives with a Mara Intrepids guide are included.
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, as well as 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.|
CURRENT ENTRY RULES IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) - Updated04 November 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 (see below). A list of approved countries can be viewed here: https://kcaa.or.ke/quarantine-exempted-states - this list may be updated at any time and without warning.
All travellers must carry evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 96 hours of flying. 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.
All travellers will be screened on arrival into Kenya 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.
All travellers arriving in Kenya must complete a COVID-19 Travellers Health Surveillance Form which can be downloaded here https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/kenya/entry-requirements. After submitting the form, travellers will receive a QR code which must be presented to port health officials for them to be allowed to proceed to arrival immigration. IT IS STRONGLY ADVISED TO TAKE A PRINT OUT OF THE COMPLETED FORM AND QR CODE WITH YOU AS WELL TO SHOW 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.
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: http://evisa.go.ke/eligibility.html.
You can only obtain a visa by applying online via the eVisa portal https://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) - 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.