Kenya Safari Vacation

Kenya Safari

Our African safari vacations are designed to provide a mixture of traditional vacation with a taste of African safari. This blend will mean that you will not just see the amazing animals of Africa but you will be able to get up close to giraffes, eat at amazing restaurants and see some of the other sights that Kenya has to offer.

African safari Vacations in Kenya are an exciting adventure in a Country made famous by the legendary Ernest Hemingway and Karen Blixen and this safari treats you to a visit to the Karen Blixen museum and helps you relive the Out of Africa experience. Kenya is one of the best places to see large concentrations of animals all through the year.  Its natural wonders include the Great Rift Valley and Mt Kenya, the second largest mountain in Africa. Your African Safari vacations in Kenya can be tailored by Explore Travel and Cruises to suit which game and area you wish to see please contact us to tailor make your perfect safari.

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nairobi-giraffe Arrival any day
Day 1  Arrive Nairobi
Arrival in the early morning at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where we are met and transferred to our hotel for breakfast and briefing before checking into our rooms. Lunch will be at the hotel on own arrangement. After lunch we depart for a visit of Karen Blixen Museum.For anyone with an interest in Karen Blixen’s book Out of Africa or the subsequent film, this museum is a must see.  The author lived on a coffee estate in a house known as Bogani from 1914 until 1931. This area has now developed into the modern suburb of Karen on the outskirts of Nairobi. The house is now a National Museum, and is maintained for visitors in its original condition. Those who have read the book, or seen the film (which was filmed on location here) will recognize the house with its sprawling tropical garden and views of the nearby Ngong Hills. Efforts have been made to decorate all of the rooms of the house in their original style. The house itself is furnished with a mixture of original decor and props from the 1985 film production. The grounds contain displays of farming equipment from the plantation. The museum has excellent trained staff who are well versed in the history of the house and the life of Karen Blixen. They are available to answer queries and to give personally guided tours.The next destination this afternoon will be the AFEW nature Centre. The AFEW (African Fund for Endangered Wildlife) Giraffe Centre is located in Langata, just outside Nairobi. The Centre has been ostensibly set up as a breeding Centre for the endangered Rothschild giraffe, but now operates conservation/education programs for Kenyan school children. There is good information on giraffes available here, and an elevated feeding platform where visitors meet the resident giraffes face to face. Hand feeding giraffes is an education in itself. You will see, close at hand, how they use their long, prehensile tongues to remove leaves from prickly acacia branches.
The AFEW Centre is also home to Giraffe Manor, a beautifully maintained colonial home, now an exclusive guesthouse. The center’s giraffe population wander freely through the lush gardens, and pay an occasional visit to the house itself, often pushing their heads through the French Windows to inspect the breakfast table. The two excursions will take us up to the setting of the Sun when we are transferred to the Carnivore restaurant for dinner. Whole joints of meat – legs of lamb and pork, haunches of exotic meat, rumps of beef, sirloins, racks of lamb, spare ribs, sausages, chicken wings, skewered kidneys, even crocodile, and other tasty morsels – are roasted on traditional Maasai swords over a huge, spectacular charcoal pit that dominates the entrance of the restaurant.
Constantly basted and turned until cooked to perfection, the meat is succulent and well flavored. The Carnivore doesn’t conform to the familiar restaurant traditions of passing out menus and waiting for people to order. Diners simply take their seats on the Zebra striped chairs and the movable feast begins. First comes the soup of the day then a sizzling cast-iron plate is placed in front of each guest along with a plate of home baked brown bread and butter.
An army of carvers wearing zebra striped aprons and straw hats then move from table to table carrying the Masai swords laden with different prime meats deliberately carving unlimited amounts onto the sizzling, cast iron plates in front of each guest.Accompanying the meat feast is a wide selection of salads and vegetable side dishes, and also a variety of exotic sauces made from the Carnivore’s own recipes and stacked on to a double storey-revolving tray in the center of the table.
The feeding frenzy doesn’t stop until defeat is declared by the over-fed guests who signal that enough is enough by lowering of a white paper flag perched atop the central tray. This is followed by dessert and coffee. The full meal including a soup course is at a set price. A vegetarian menu is also offered. First time visitors to The Carnivore are enthralled by the spectacle of the roasting pit, the service and the distinctive flavors of food.
Overnight is at Nairobi Serena Hotel.
samburu-national-reserve Day 2 Samburu National Reserve
After breakfast, you drive north to Samburu, on the south bank of the Uaso Nyiro River, downriver from Archer’s Post. Arrive in time for lunch at the lodge. North of the Equator some of the animals and vegetation are a little different from those commonly found in the south. Elephant, black rhino, lion, buffalo and cheetah, as well as the usual buck and antelopes are common to both north and south of the equator.  However unusual animals in this area are the Grevy’s zebra, the reticulated giraffe and the Somali ostrich.  There is also the long neck gerenuk, beisa, and hunting dog.  Crocodiles in the river can be seen from the lodge.  The vegetation is usually dry grass with a few swampy patches. There is some forest cover along the Uaso Nyiro River and an abundance of Doum palms. Afternoon games drive.
Dinner and overnight stay at Samburu Simba Lodge.Day 3 Samburu National Reserve
Morning and afternoon game viewing and exploration is planned for today in this harshly beautiful terrain where wildlife abound, especially near the river which is their only source of drinking water.   The Uaso Nyiro River flows gently through the dry landscape sustaining life in this harsh land.  In addition to Samburu, we’ll visit the Shaba National Reserve is where the famous conservationist George Adamson did his research on lions.
All meals and overnight stay at Samburu Simba Lodge
buffalo Day 4 Aberdare National Park
Depart after breakfast and drive to Aberdare National Park arriving in time for lunch at Aberdare Country Club. After lunch transfer to the tree hotel, the rest of the afternoon will be spent viewing animals from the lounge as they come to salt lick. Aberdare is at 7,000 feet above sea level and its habitat ranges from forest, thick bamboo to open moorland. Breathtaking waterfalls, brightly colored birds, a fascinating and diverse plant world and gorgeous scenery make this national park both lovely and intriguing. Established as a national park in 1950, Aberdare lies around two high peaks, Kinangop and Lesatima, with almost 50 kilometers of high moors stretching mistily between them. Melanistic black leopard, serval and genet can be found here, but are both shy and rare. Also found are buffalo, rhino, elephant, Colubus monkey, bush pig and wart hog. Birding is excellent with brightly colored parrots, francolin, the strutting secretary bird and green ibis are being present among other species. Raptors such as the rufous sparrow hawk, goshawk, buzzards and the crowned eagle scour the moors for prey.
Dinner and overnight stay at a The Ark
Day 5 – Lake Nakuru National Park
After breakfast the tour leaves for Nyahururu to visit Thompson’s Falls, at an altitude of 7,738 feet.  The falls are named after the Scottish geologist and explorer Joseph Thompson, who was the first European to discover the falls in 1884.  Then we descend into the Rift Valley to reach Lake Nakuru National Park arriving in time for lunch at our lodge.  An afternoon drive in the park to enjoy the sight of pelicans bathing in the fresh water streams which terminate in Lake Nakuru.  Since there is no existing drainage, Lake Nakuru is alkaline, the perfect place for flamingos to feed on the blue-green algae.  The greater flamingo attains a height of about 4.26 feet; its plumage is almost white with a pale pink, black-tipped beak.  It is the lesser flamingo that has the more exotic color, and is about 2.72 ft. in height, with a rosy plumage and dark red, black-tipped beak.   Lake Nakuru National Park has a great variety of bird life which includes the Egyptian goose and a variety of ducks that come from Europe to winter.  This park is truly a bird watchers paradise. The game animals include hippos, waterbuck, gazelles, colobus monkeys, buffalo, leopard and the Rothschild giraffe.  The park is also a sanctuary for the white rhino.  This park has an abundance of acacia trees, both yellow barked (fever tree) the umbrella-topped acacia and the candelabra cactus.
Dinner and overnight stay Sarova Lion Hill Lodge.
maasai-mara-game-reserve-safari-africa Day 6 – Maasai Mara National Reserve
Depart after breakfast and drive across the lunar landscape of the Rift Valley, to arrive at the Maasai Mara Game Reserve in time for lunch.  An afternoon game drive is planned, during which it may be possible to see the huge black-maned lions, for which the reserve is famous. This reserve is essentially the northern extension of Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and is home to numerous plains game including Wildebeest, common zebra, maasai giraffe, hartbeest, impala and thompson gazelle among others. Other animals to be viewed include elephants, leopard, cheetah and buffalo. Dinner and overnight stay at Mara Serena LodgeDay 7 – Maasai Mara National Reserve
You have a full day in the Mara with morning and afternoon game drives exploring of this – Kenya’s finest reserve.  You may witness a lion making a kill or a leopard enjoying the meal, after dragging it up the tree with him.  The vegetation is mostly savanna type, with forested areas near the rivers, and of course the dwarf acacias which the giraffes cater on.  More than 60 species of animals are found here, as well as countless bird species, including the Maasai ostrich and the secretary bird.  This is where the great migration of the wildebeest takes place.
All meals and overnight stay at Mara Serena LodgeDay 8 – Depart Kenya
After breakfast, we drive back to Nairobi arriving early afternoon. Lunch is on own arrangement. Dayrooms will be provided at the Nairobi Serena Hotel.  You are free to explore Nairobi and possibly do some last minute shopping, before your evening transfer back to the airport for your departure.
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The cost of the Itinerary

Cost based on Two People Travelling 01 Oct
to 15 Dec
01 Jan to
31 July
1 Aug to
02 Jan
Cost per person £2100 £2599 £2699
Single Room Supplement £ 750 £1020 £1100

Christmas supplement:
£85.00
per Person per Night from 23 Dec. to 01 Jan. inclusive

Above cost includes:
–  Meet and greet service by our local representatives at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
–  Round trip private transfers airport/hotel in Nairobi
–  7 Nights Accommodation as described (or similar) with private facilities, based on double occupancy
–  Meals as indicated
–  1-litre bottled mineral water per person per day whilst on safari
–  Transportation by specially equipped 7-seater safari minivan in Kenya
–  Services of a professional English speaking driver/guide
–  Game drives, sightseeing and excursions as described in the itinerary, inclusive of applicable entrance fees
–  Temporary membership to Emergency Medical Evacuation Service whilst on safari
–  Applicable local and government taxes on accommodation and transportation.

Tour Price Will Not Include:
– International and local flights.
– Taxes, Fuel Surcharges, and other fees applicable to the airfare.
– Tips to guides, driver, and tour director.
– Excess baggage fees.
– Items of a personal nature, such as telephone calls, internet access fees, laundry, drinks etc.
– Travel and Medical Insurance.
– Any other services not indicated in the above program

Kenya Safari Vacation 7 Nights/ 8 Days Safari

Prices from £2100 per person see details at the end of itinerary
With International airfare:
Quoted on request
Group Size:
Minimum 02 Persons
Tour Duration:
7 nights/ 8 Days
Specialty Categories:
Safari and Adventure
Supplier:
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