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Holiday Title: Family Kenya Adventure
Holiday Destination: Holiday to Kenya for 10 nights
Passengers: 2 Adults and 2 Children
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Holiday Title: Family Kenya Adventure
Passengers: 2 Adults and 2 Children
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.
After introductions and a safari briefing, you will be driven down to the Masai Mara (allow about 5-6 hours) in your private safari minibus. The vehicle has sliding windows, a roof hatch and high ground clearance, giving you great visibility for game viewing and photography.
Situated in the heart of the Masai Mara Game Reserve, guests can experience unparalleled safari adventures during their stay here. Venture across the vast open plains for thrilling morning and afternoon game drives in search of some of Africa's most spectacular wildlife. When back at the lodge, the pool and terrace provide the ideal place to unwind. A short stroll along a wooden platform takes you to the Hippo Bar where you can watch hippos wallowing in their pool whilst you enjoy a relaxing drink. Alternatively, follow the path through the trees to the Elephant Deck - a wonderful place to quietly sit and watch out for the wildlife.
Today you will depart on 2 game drives - one in the morning and one in the afternoon - in the company of your expert driver-guide. Resident prides of lion, cheetah, leopard, spotted and striped hyena and smaller predators including 3 types of jackal all roam the Mara plains, as do elephant, buffalo, rhino, many antelope species, giraffe and warthog. Hippo and crocodiles abound in the Mara and Talek rivers.
Enjoy a early morning game drive and return back to the lodge for breakfast. The rest of the morning is free to relax on your private patio or around the pool. After lunch you will head out on a afternoon game drive, returning back to camp in the evening in time for dinner. Alternatively, enjoy another full day of game viewing in the Mara National Reserve and stop for a picnic lunch in the bush.
After breakfast you will be driven back to Nairobi. Your driver-guide will drop you at the airport in time for you to check in for your domestic flight across to the coast.
Kenya Airways KQ608 (Economy Class): Fly from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) departing at 15:00 to Moi International Airport (MBA), arriving at 16:00
Arrive at Mombasa Airport and collect your luggage. You will be met by your driver holding a signboard with your name on it and transferred to your beach hotel.
Voyager Beach Resort, situated just 10 km north of Mombasa, overlooks the white sands of Nyali Beach and offers a watersports centre, glass bottom boat rides over magical coral reefs, 4 bars and 3 swimming pools - there is something for everyone at this nautical themed beach resort.
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 the airport. 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.
Situated in Kenya's Masai Mara Reserve, Keekorok Lodge was the first of its kind to be built in the reserve. It offers the highest standard of comfort and luxury, yet still retains its intrinsic 40 years and more of history, tradition, character and charm.
There's always plenty of activity around the waterhole and surrounding plains, but this is especially true during the Great Migration, as the lodge is strategically located in the direct path of the migrating herds. This spectacular event of nature brings thousands of wildebeest, zebra, other plains game and their predators into the area each year between July and October.
The lodge has an outdoor swimming pool, the 'Eseriani Spa' providing a range of professional health and beauty treatments, a restaurant serving international and local cuisine, 3 bars, cafe and television lounge. All meals are buffet style with a huge choice of freshly prepared options. Complimentary tea and coffee is served on the terrace throughout the day.
A short stroll along the wooden platform takes you to the Hippo Bar for the unique experience of observing hippos wallong in their pool. Alternatively follow the path through the trees to the Elephant Deck for a wonderful place to observe the surrounding wildlife.
Early morning and evening game drives can be arranged, but there is no better way to see the animals and countryside than to drift over the plains in a hot air balloon at dawn, culminating in a champagne breakfast. Other activities include bird watching walks, masai dancing and wildlife lectures (additional cost).
Keekorok Lodge offers 101 rooms and suites in total. The accommodation is set out in single storey blocks and shaded chalets, all of which have been constructed using indigenous materials such as cedar wood and pink and grey sandstone - the colours look truly stunning against the ground's well-kept lawns. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms and an outside seating area with calming views either of the pool, the gardens or the Mara plains.
|Room:||1 x Family Room|
|Includes:||Full Board Package: Mara Reserve fees and all meals are included. Game drives are taken with your private driver-guide.|
Voyager Beach Resort is one of Kenya's most popular beach resorts, overlooking the sparkling white soft sands of Nyali Beach just 7 km from Mombasa.
Inspired by the area's rich nautical past, the resort is fashioned along the lines of a luxury cruise ship. It is a hive of activity, hosting daily entertainment programmes, including unique themed 'journeys' across the Seven Seas, culinary extravaganzas, and special music, fashion, comedy and acrobatic shows.
Guests also have easy access to a huge variety of historical, sporting and cultural attractions, including Africa's largest crocodile farm and the world-famous Haller Park (formerly Bamburi Nature Trail).
The warm tropical waters of the Indian Ocean are home to a stunning array of coral gardens and a rich diversity of coral fish in every size, colour and shape imaginable. The Dive Centre has qualified instructors to accompany you on the most fascinating diving sites along the coast. Closer to shore is the Mombasa Marine Park where you can snorkel in the company of the beautiful coral fish or simply watch them through the glass bottom boat.
Other watersports include windsurfing, canoeing and sailboats.
Voyager Beach Resort offers 236 bright and comfortable rooms or 'cabins'. All cabins have a private balcony or terrace, and have complimentary/limited Wi-Fi. The rooms continue to reflect the nautical theme that runs throughout the resort, and are decorated in tones of white and blue with wood furnishings. The Garden Rooms are located near the pools and restaurants, and the Superior Garden View Rooms are set slightly further apart in the landscaped gardens. The Superior Sea View Rooms offer ocean views.
The resort also has a selection of restaurants and bars catering to a wide variety of tastes and appetites, and 3 pools including a whirlpool. The Kids Club is open to children between 4 and 12, and under careful supervision the children can play sports on the beach, enjoy games in the pool and learn about local marine life.
|Room:||1 x Family Superior Garden View Cabin|
|Includes:||All meals; non alcoholic and alcoholic beverages (local brands); windsurfing; sailing; volleyball; lawn tennis; table tennis; aqua cycles; and glass bottom Pedaloes are included. PLEASE NOTE: Marine Park fees for all water sports are NOT included and are payable locally.|
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 South Africa 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.