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A Gentle Introduction to Kenya

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A Gentle Introduction to Kenya

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, followed by a detailed page on each destination.

Important travel information for visitors to Kenya is included at the back of this document.

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A Gentle Introduction to Kenya

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Holiday Title: A Gentle Introduction to Kenya

Holiday Destination: Holiday to Kenya for 10 nights

Passengers: 2 Adults and 2 Children

Example Cost for 2 Adults and 2 Children: * per person sharing.

*Excludes international flights from your home country - please ask us if you would like us to include these for you.

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Summary Of The Itinerary

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Holiday Title: A Gentle Introduction to Kenya

Passengers: 2 Adults and 2 Children

Day 1

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 and transferred by road to your safari camp in the Nairobi National Park.

Deep within a riverine forest, just minutes from Jomo Kenyatta Airport, Wilson Airport and Nairobi City, you will find a true wilderness experience. Nairobi Tented Camp offers a safari experience filled with sightings of giraffe, buffalo, zebra, eland, impala and other antelopes, as well as an excellent chance of seeing rhino (both black rhino and white rhino are present in the Park), lion and if you very lucky, the elusive leopard.


Day 3

After breakfast you will be collected and transferred back to the airport, arriving in time to check in for your flight to the Kenyan coast.

Kenya Airways KQ604 (Economy Class): Fly from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) departing at 10:20 to Moi International Airport (MBA), arriving at 11:20

You will be met in the Arrivals Hall and transferred to your beach resort.

Sarova Whitesands has 5 outdoor swimming pools with water slides and other exciting water sports. Dining here is like embarking on a tour of the finest world cuisines. Guests have a wide choice of continental, Arabic, Swahili and Indian cuisine, all set out on magnificent displays. For fun and relaxation for all the family in the evenings, the resort also has 3 lively bars offering vibrant entertainment.


Day 11

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.

 
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Nairobi Tented Camp

Nairobi: 2 Nights

Nairobi Tented Camp is an intimate tented camp in the heart of the Nairobi National Park. Set deep within a riverine forest just a few kilometres from Jomo Kenyatta Airport, Wilson Airport and Nairobi City, this is a true and unique wilderness experience. Visitors can arrive into Kenya and get 'straight under canvas' within half an hour of leaving the busy airport. Nairobi the only city in the world to boast a 12,000 hectare National Park, teaming with wildlife, right on its doorstep.

Your day starts with a freshly brewed hot drink bought to your tent before setting off for that famous safari tradition - an early morning game drive. Catch the first rays of early morning sun as they burn off the nightly dusting of dew and stir the plains game gently to life.

After a morning filled with sightings of giraffe, buffalo, zebra, eland, impala and other antelopes, and an excellent chance of seeing rhino (both black rhino and white rhino are present in the Park) as well as lion and if you very lucky, the elusive leopard, you return to camp for more warming cups of coffee, freshly baked breads and a hearty cooked breakfast.

As the day cools and the sun starts its journey West it will be time for another game drive and a chance to catch that evasive moment where a lion might decide it’s time to hunt. Return to camp to drinks and stories around the campfire, before dinner under the vast African starlit sky and ultimately retire to bed.

Each of the 9 double tents are spacious and have an exclusive yet friendly feel. The bathrooms are en-suite with a bucket shower. Hot water is heated over a log fire and brought to your shower when you're ready. Comfortable beds are wrapped in cosy blankets and soft towels are at the ready after you've washed away the red Nairobi dust from the day. Chairs and a table on the veranda are the perfect spot for relaxing and enjoying the sounds of the bush.

Low watt LED lighting in each of the tents runs off rechargeable batteries and solar panels, otherwise guests can enjoy the romance of candles and lanterns - a truly authentic tented camp experience.

There isn't anywhere else in the world like it - a wilderness escape where you can savour the thrill of camping in the heart of thick bushland right on the doorstep of Nairobi.

Example Details For Nairobi Tented Camp

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 2
Room: 1 x Family Safari Tent
Includes: Full Board Package: Park fees; breakfast, lunch and dinner; return airport transfers; 2 shared game drives OR 1 shared game drive and a visit to the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage; sundowners; and selected drinks (beer, wine and gin/tonic) are included.

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

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Nairobi Tented Camp

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Sarova Whitesands Beach Hotel & Spa

The Kenyan Coast: 8 Nights

The most fun, happy, party place on the coast, Sarova Whitesands is a beach resort designed to wow the senses and indulge every possible holiday wish. A family holiday with children, beach wedding, honeymoon, or special interests like deep sea diving or fishing, the resort has something special for everyone.

Set on 22 acres of tropical gardens along a 300 metre beach front with 5 expansive swimming pools, a luxurious spa, numerous dining options, a Tulia Spa with an outdoor ocean-view jacuzzi, Ozone children's club, PADI certified diving school and water-sports centre and numerous other leisure and recreation facilities, Sarova Whitesands is a destination in itself.

The Pavilions Restaurant is the main dining restaurant at Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort. It serves exceptional buffet style cuisine at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Cusines include Continental, Asian and indigenous African.Lido Seafood Grill is a fine dining al-fresco restaurant set amidst the palms on the beach with a stunning ocean view. It serves fresh sea-food in a variety of nouvelle cuisine dishes as well as traditional favorites like grilled prawns, lobsters and crab.

338 guest rooms and suites feature casual comfort amid pool and garden views or ocean vistas, all with resort comforts and services close at hand. The standard rooms are anything but standard. You'll find the kind of comfort and detail in each room that will certainly make your stay a pleasure. The sea front rooms have an unimpeded view of the expansive tropical waters of the Indian Ocean beyond the landscaped greens and swaying palms.

The 66 palm rooms are located around the picturesque Palms pool. The large spacious rooms with high ceilings and ensuite bathrooms, are done up in warm colourful hues lending them a very inviting appearance. All rooms have balconies that overlook the Palms pool, colourful bouganvillea and frangipani trees.

There are also 6 Executive Suites and 2 Presidential Suites to make your stay here really special.

Example Details For Sarova Whitesands Beach Hotel & Spa

Nights: 8 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 2
Room: 1 x Family Garden-Facing Room
Includes: Half Board basis.

Location

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Sarova Whitesands Beach Hotel & Spa

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Important Travel Information For Kenya

Passport, Visa and Entry Requirements

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.

IMPORTANT:  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.

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.

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Important Travel Information For Kenya

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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.

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.

Languages And Culture

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.