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A Kenyan Safari in True Style

Example holiday

A Kenyan Safari in True Style

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.

All the holidays we offer to our clients are tailor-made so we can adjust this trip to fit in with your travel dates, interests, preferred accommodation...and of course your budget.

All our travel consultants have extensive knowledge of travel throughout Southern and East Africa, and our strong relationships with suppliers mean that our rates to you will always be competitive.

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A Kenyan Safari in True Style

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Holiday Title: A Kenyan Safari in True Style

Holiday Destination: Holiday to Kenya for 7 nights

Passengers: 2 Adults

Example Cost for 2 Adults: * 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 Kenyan Safari in True Style

Passengers: 2 Adults

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/Customer Services representative and transferred to Wilson Airport where you will check in for your flight to the Tsavo West National Park.

Safarilink 015 (Light Aircraft): Fly from Wilson Airport (WIL) departing at 14:00 to Tsavo West Airstrip, arriving at 14:50

You will be met at the airstrip and transferred to your camp. Set in 35 acres in the heart of Tsavo West National Park, a stay at Finch Hattons Luxury Tented Camp offers the chance to experience the thrill of a true African safari and discover the safari of a bygone era. With just 17 tented suites, surrounding the hippo pools fed by the fresh water springs of Mount Kilimanjaro and the Chyulu Hills, the camp is the ideal combination of adventure and intimacy. Whilst the best game viewing is generally in the coolness of the early mornings or late afternoons, you are free to decide how long and when you would like to set out for your game drive. Using only open-sided vehicles, you can experience the African landscape and the wide range of birds and wildlife that thrive in the surrounding area. In addition, night drives offer another adventure as you explore the vastness of the Park by moonlight and experience the night sounds of the bush.

Tsavo National Park

3 nights at Finch Hattons


Day 4

After an early breakfast you will be transferred back to the airstrip where you will board your flight back to Nairobi.

Safarilink 14 (Light Aircraft): Fly from Tsavo West Airstrip departing at 08:30 to Wilson Airport (WIL), arriving at 09:50

You will be met and assisted with the connection to your flight to the Masai Mara.

Safarilink 001 (Light Aircraft): Fly from Wilson Airport (WIL) departing at 10:00 to Masai Mara Airstrip, arriving at 11:00

You will be met at the airstrip and transferred to your safari camp. The most awe-inspiring of landscapes in this pristine part of Africa is the setting for Mahali Mzuri, Sir Richard Branson's tented camp. Mahali Mzuri is located in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy and there are 13,500 hectares of bush to explore, set against the backdrop of a valley and sprawling plains as far as the eye can see. This is the place to be for a front row view of the abundant game in the area. The camp is also in the path of the world-famous annual Great Migration from end July through to October.


Day 8

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 transferred to the nearby Ole Sereni Hotel where you will have the use of a day room for the afternoon. With the stunning greens and golds of Nairobi National Park's landscape punctuated by giraffe, zebra, antelope and buffalo lounging near the waterhole, the views alone make Ole Sereni one-of-a-kind. Add to that the convenience of the location between Nairobi's Wilson and Jomo Kenyatta International airports, as well as the hotel's world-class restaurants and spa, and you get a hotel that perfectly complements your experience of East Africa.

This evening you will be collected from the hotel and transferred back to Jomo Kenyatta Airport, arriving in time to check in for your international flight home.

 
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Finch Hattons

Tsavo National Park: 3 Nights

Finch Hattons lies at the heart of Tsavo West National Park - part of Kenya's single largest game Park - in a 35 acre private concession. Privately owned and managed, Finch Hattons offers guests a unique opportunity to relive the golden era of the safari with elegance, first class comforts and the finest cuisine surrounded by the spectacle of the great African wilderness.

Tsavo is known for its herds of 'red elephants', their skins stained by the ochre dust and mud. The Park is home to nearly 12,000 elephants - one of the largest populations in East Africa. Other commonly seen species include giraffe, zebra, eland, buffalo, impala, hartebeest, bushbuck, wildebeest and many more.

The main restaurant of Finch Hattons reflects a bygone era of taste and elegance. In the evening an exquisite dinner is served. Although jackets and ties are excused, gentlemen are requested to wear long trousers.

The comfortable lounge and bar areas are elegantly furnished to create an informal country house atmosphere. The bar is open all day and also services the pool terraces. Indigenous trees surround an elevated swimming pool and shaded deck area where guests can enjoy a refreshing swim or take time to relax between game drives. There is also a Health and Wellness Centre with a spa pool and massage pavillions, and a gym.

The 14 spacious Tented Suites each have a lavish en-suite bathroom complete with 2 outdoor showers, an indoor shower, and a free standing copper bath tub, and an outdoor sitting deck.

The 2 spacious Family Suites have 2 separate en-suite bedrooms, a large viewing deck, and a private lounge area.

The Finch Hattons Suite has a spacious master bedroom, a lounge and dining area, a small kitchen, an extended viewing deck and a private heated plunge pool. Additional services for this Suite include a private chef, butler service and the exclusive use of a safari vehicle.

All 17 Suites have unobstructed views of the hippo pools, which are fed by the fresh water springs of Mount Kilimanjaro and the Chyulu Hills.

Example Details For Finch Hattons

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Luxury Tented Suite
Includes: Game Package: All meals; non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages; scheduled activities including game drives and sundowners; Park fees; and return transfers from Finch Hattons airstrip are included.

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

Location

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Mahali Mzuri

Masai Mara: 4 Nights

Mahali Mzuri is the newest addition to Virgin Limited Edition, Sir Richard Branson's exclusive portfolio of retreats.  The lodge is located in the p;rivate Olare Motorogi Conservancy, just north of the Masai Mara National Reserve, and is right in the path of the annual migration. There is also an abundance of resident game all year round both near the camp and also a short distance away by vehicle. Your trained guides will be able to tell you all about the various animals and their behaviour when you are out on your daily morning and afternoon/night game drives. Each top of the range 4x4 Land Cruiser safari vehicles seat a maximum of 6 guests.

As well as game drives, you can also go on a cultural day trip to learn more about the local Masai tribe, or enjoy a walking safari, or even take a hot air balloon trip.

In between activities, the lodge team will treat you to a wide selection of African and international menus. At breakfast a continental buffet will be served with hot dishes available a la carte, and guests typically share tables - it's a great time to chat with your fellow travellers about the wildlife you saw earlier that morning. Lunch is normally served on the main deck with individual tables and guests can order from the a la carte menu. Dinner could be around a large communal table, out in the bush or somewhere private just for two.

The central Main Tent features a main lounge area with an open fireplace, a library of books, iPads for guest use, iPod docking stations and speaker systems, a games console and a TV/DVD player for those who wish to keep in touch with the news or sport. There are also binoculars available for guests (although it's a good idea to bring your own) and a telescope for stargazing plus a 12 metre outdoor infinity pool, big enough for a leisurely swim or a refreshing dip. 

There are 12 luxury tented suites. Two of the suites are designed to accommodate up to 2 additional guests on fold out sofa beds, making these ideal for families. Each tented suite sits on a raised platform and includes a spacious bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, sitting area and a terrace with views over the landscape - perfect for spotting the game that will almost certainly wander into view.

Example Details For Mahali Mzuri

Nights: 4 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Luxury Tented Suite
Includes: All meals; drinks (including alcoholic beverages); twice daily shared game drives on the Motorogi and Olare Orok Conservancies; all Conservancy fees; transfers from the nearest airstrip; guided bush walks; visits to local markets; complimentary wireless internet; and a laundry service are included. PLEASE NOTE: Day trips to learn more about the Masai tribe and day trips to the Masai Mara National Reserve are additional costs.

Children under the age of 12 years are not permitted on guided walks.

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

Location

Mahali Mzuri Location Map
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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 Kenya deems it safe to do so.

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.  You can no longer obtain a visa on arrival.

You can apply for your eVisa online via the eVisa portal https://evisa.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. You may not be notified when the visa is issued so it is the traveller's responsibility to sign into their account at the eVisa portal to check - the visa will be available to download from your account once issued.

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.

Children under 16 years of age do not need an eVisa to travel to Kenya, as long as they are accompanied by one or both parents (but they do need to posess a valid passport). One parent when applying for their eVisa will need to add the children's details (name, date of birth, etc) to their application.

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 101 per person (subject to change) - you can apply for this online too.

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. Taking photographs of official buildings, including Embassies, can lead to detention. If in any doubt, don’t photograph or film around them. Photography is also prohibited at airports.

Smoking in all public places (except in designated areas) is prohibited. Offenders can face a fine or imprisonment.

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.

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Book With Confidence

Travel Butlers have nearly 20 years of experience booking travel to Africa and the Indian Ocean for our clients from all around the world.  In this time we have supported clients through disruptions caused by numerous unexpected events including natural disasters, localised disease outbreaks and airline cancellations. Nobody can be certain exactly what will happen in the future with the current Covid-19 pandemic, however Travel Butlers can offer you peace of mind and flexibility to ensure that you feel confident booking a holiday with us.

Flexibility and peace of mind before you travel

Our team are specialists in travel to Africa and the Indian Ocean, and we are constantly monitoring the changing situation regarding travel to the region. If your trip cannot go ahead due to specific travel restrictions related to Covid-19 then we will get in touch to offer you the choice of the following:

The specific Covid-19 travel restrictions are defined as follows:

We would not normally be able to confirm that your trip cannot proceed due to travel restrictions until a couple of weeks before the start of your trip, however should you want to look at postponing or altering your trip before then we would aim to be as flexible as possible in accommodating this.

If we confirm that your trip is unable to proceed due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, then we will not charge you an amendment fee if you choose to postpone your trip or move it to another destination. We may need to adjust the cost of your trip to reflect the new dates, particularly if those coincide with a more expensive season of travel or higher grade of accommodation. Equally, if the cost of your postponed trip is less, we will reduce the cost accordingly.

You should still take out travel insurance that includes Covid-19  to cover you in the event that your trip can go ahead but you are unable to travel due to illness or a change in your personal circumstances. If there are no travel restrictions in place that mean your trip could not go ahead but you need to cancel due to illness or a change in your personal circumstances then our normal terms and conditions would apply. You should ensure that your travel insurance provides adequate cover for cancelling due to illness, including Covid-19, and you may be able to make a claim against your travel insurance depending on the cover offered by your policy.

Support whilst you are away

We offer 24/7 telephone assistance to all our clients whilst they are away, and also have partners in each country that are able to assist with any PCR tests or other issues that might arise during your trip.

If you fall ill whilst you are away, or if your trip is disrupted due to Covid-19 whilst you are travelling, then our experienced team will be on hand to assist you in whatever way you need.  You would need to pay any additional costs incurred due to illness or travel disruption whilst you are away, however you may be able reclaim these expenses on your travel insurance depending on the cover offered by your policy.  Travel Butlers will be able to assist by providing supporting documentation for your claim.

Financial protection for your Travel Butlers holiday

All of the holidays we sell are 100% financially protected through our ATOL and ABTOT bonding so your money is in safe hands when you book a Travel Butlers holiday. Furthermore, our business is well positioned to navigate through the challenges which the travel industry is currently facing.

Please read our Terms and Conditions for more information.

Finding suitable travel insurance that covers Covid-19

You can now get insurance that offers cover for disruption related to Covid-19, and these policies could include cover for:

Not all policies offer this kind of cover, not necessarily even all policies from the same provider, so you should ensure you check the policy details carefully before buying your insurance. 

You can read more about choosing suitable travel insurance in the FCDO guide to travel insurance.