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Important travel information for visitors to Kenya is included at the back of this document.
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Holiday Title: Family Escape to Kenya
Holiday Destination: Holiday to Kenya for 7 nights
Passengers: 2 Adults and 2 Children
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Holiday Title: Family Escape to Kenya
Passengers: 2 Adults and 2 Children
Arrive into Mombasa Moi Airport.
Once you have collected your luggage, make your way into the Arrivals Hall. You will be met here by your private driver-guide who will be holding up a signboard with your name on it and escorted to your private 4x4 safari vehicle. You will then be driven to the Tsavo National Park where your safari adventure will begin.
Tsavo is home to Africa's Big 5 - lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino (including the endangered black rhino) as well as zebra, giraffe, antelope, spotted and striped hyena, baboons, a large population of hippo, and many crocodiles. Over 500 species of bird have also been recorded.
Tsavo National Park
After breakfast you will be transferred back to Mombasa Moi Airport, where you will say farewell to your driver-guide. You will then be transferred to the Mombasa Serena Beach Hotel.
Guests arriving at Serena Beach Resort & Spa find an oasis of tranquillity framed by whispering coconut palms, lush gardens and one of the most beautiful white-sand beaches on the Indian Ocean. Come and discover a whole new level of relaxation and comfort at this warm, family-friendly tropical paradise in Mombasa.
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.
The world renowned Tsavo National Park covers nearly 22,000 km2, making this the largest National Park in Kenya. As Tsavo is so close to Mombasa (less than 100 km), it is an ideal destination for anyone wanting to combine the thrill of a safari with some relaxing beach time.
The red elephants of Tsavo are the ONLY red elephants in the world. Actually, they are really the same colour as every other elephant in the world, but they just appear red due to constantly dust-bathing with the Park’s fine red volcanic soil. Over 10,000 of them inhabit the Park, so the chances of seeing one are hopefully pretty high.
As well as lions and elephants, Tsavo is also home to the other members of Africa’s Big 5 – buffalo, leopard and rhino - as well as zebra, giraffe, antelope, spotted and striped hyena, baboons, a large population of hippo and many crocodiles. Over 500 species of bird have been recorded.
Kilaguni Serena is a classic stone-built lodge overlooking its own waterhole which is visited daily by elephants, buffalos and a wide variety of plains game.
The lodge is ideally built so that all rooms, the open air restaurant, timbered game-viewing decks and rock-built bar have uninterrupted views of the plains and snowy dome of Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance.
There are many activities to keep you busy including game drives in 4x4 safari vehicles and bush walks accompanied by the resident naturalist. Enjoy sundowners at Lion Rock, bush dinners, tribal dances, excursions to Mzima Springs to see the hippos and Nile crocodiles, visiting The Rhino Sancturary and climbing the Chaimu Crater.
Relax on the garden sundeck by the swimming pool or treat yourself to a luxurious body treatment or pick up some souvenirs at the extensively stocked Africana Gift Shop.
All the spacious 56 en-suite rooms and suites have their own verandas, some overlooking the waterhole, some the Chyulu Hills. The rooms are accommodated either in a double storey block overlooking the waterhole, or in a series of lovely cottages to the right and left of reception, or in a building dedicated entirely to the 5 luxury suites.
|Room:||1 x Family Room|
|Includes:||Full Board Package: All meals are included. Game drives are taken with your private driver-guide.|
Situated on Shanzu Beach, only 30 kilometres north from Mombasa, fringed by beautiful white-sand beaches and shaded by coconut palms, the Serena Beach Resort & Spa is a tropical paradise.
Bright white against the blue sky, set in extensive lush green gardens, the architecture of the hotel replicates the winding lanes and colourful market places of a traditional 13th century Swahili town. At its heart lies the coral-built 'Fortress of Tranquillity' of the exquisite 'Maisha' Mind, Body and Spirit Spa.
Shanzu Beach is the most northerly portion of the coast between Mombasa and Mtwapa Creek. The hotel looks out over the waters of the Mombasa Marine National Park, a 200 square kilometre National Marine Reserve.
The Serena Beach Resort & Spa also offers a number of dining experiences, and a selection of bars, coffee shops and cafe areas, both inside and out. All are distinctive in their own way. Savour the authentic flavours and cooking styles of Mombasa, or enjoy inspired dishes from around the world. The acclaimed Serena Beach culinary team is exclusively focused on creating delicious cuisine. From sumptuous breakfasts to oceanfront seafood dinners accompanied by the finest selection of wines and perfectly mixed cocktails, all dishes feature the freshest high-quality ingredients.
To relax and rejuvenate, the Maisha Spa offers holistic therapies and has saunas, steam rooms and outdoor jacuzzis.
Featuring a well-developed coral barrier reef, the Park is visited by dolphin and turtles and plays host to 250 marine species to include crabs, butterfly fish, parrotfish, sea urchins, cowries, moray eel, lionfish, starfish and sergeant major fish. At low tide, the coral-sand beach also reveals extensive areas of channels that harbour a broad selection of marine creatures and shells.
The 164 luxury en-suite rooms and suites are set in single-storey buildings framed by Swahili architecture and landscaped parths and gardens to create the feel of a traditional Lamu village. All rooms and suites are tastefully appointed and features Maasai-inspired hand-painted wall frescos and private balconies or terraces with ocean views or facing the courtyard gardens.
The Family Village Rooms, 2 of which have sea views, have an entrance corridor leading to 2 separate en-suite bedrooms, making them ideal for families of all ages.
|Room:||1 x Family Village Room|
|Includes:||Half Board basis.|
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.