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KENYA SOLO SAFARI
Day 1 - Hotel Boulevard - Nairobi
Day 2 – Sentrim Samburu Tented Camp - Samburu Nat. Reserve
Day 3 – Sentrim Samburu Tented Camp - Samburu Nat. Reserve
Day 4 - Serena Mountain Lodge – Mt. Kenya Nat. Park
Day 5 – Sentrim Elementaita Lodge – Lake Elementaita
Day 6 – Sentrim Mara Tented Camp - Masai Mara Nat. Reserve.
Day 7 - Sentrim Mara Tented Camp - Masai Mara Nat. Reserve.
Day 8 – Nairobi then departure
DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN NAIROBI, HOTEL BOULEVARD.
Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport - Nairobi on board flight ….. at ……hrs, go through the passport control then down to the luggage collection hall. Collect your luggage from the conveyor belt and walk out to the arrival concourse. Someone shall be waiting for you holding a folder written 'TRAVEL CONNECTIONS'.
Drive from the airport to Boulevard Hotel and check in. Rest of the day at leisure.
Sentrim Boulevard has an outdoor tennis court and an outdoor pool. Wireless Internet access is available in public areas (surcharges apply). Business amenities include a business center, small meeting rooms, and audiovisual equipment. Dining options at this business-friendly hotel include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Guests are served a complimentary breakfast each morning. The staff can provide wedding services and event catering. Additional amenities include gift shops/newsstands, barbecue grills, and laundry facilities. Onsite parking is complimentary. Rooms open to balconies. The 98 air-conditioned guestrooms at Sentrim Boulevard include minibars and safes. Complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access is provided. Televisions are equipped with satellite channels and free movie channels. All accommodations provide desks and direct-dial phones. Bathrooms offer bidets, makeup/shaving mirrors, hair dryers, and complimentary toiletries. Additional amenities include irons/ironing boards and windows that open. In addition, a turndown service is offered nightly, housekeeping is available daily, and amenities available on request include wake-up calls.
Overnight at Boulevard Hotel - bed and breakfast.
DAY 2 - NAIROBI TO SAMBURU NATIONAL PARK.
After a sumptuous breakfast at the Thorn Tree Café drive north. Drive past the densely populated central province. Cross the equator at Nanyuki, drive by the western side of Mt. Kenya, then down to Isiolo and further to Samburu Nat. Reserve.
Arrive at Sentrim Samburu Tented Camp for lunch.
Sentrim Samburu Lodge is located in Samburu Game Reserve. The lodge is positioned on the north bank of the Ewaso Ngiro river, close to the western gate. Sentrim Samburu Camp offers you an opportunity to encounter the rare species of reticulated giraffe, long necked gerenuk antelope, somali ostrich, grevy zebra and the beisa oryx. Species including elephant, leopard and the famous big five can become a close. Sentrim Samburu Camp has 20 luxurious and comfortable deluxe tents spread out along the shady banks of the Ewaso Nyiro river. The main guest area consists of the reception, lounge area, restaurant and bar. Gift shop and a bar lounge have a view of the river. This luxurious tented lodge offers modern tents with a private view over the wildlife along the river banks. The spacious tents boasts the latest in luxury camping, with soft beds, en suite bathroom with steaming hot shower. The bathroom also offers a washbasin, flush toilet and sockets for shavers. Five premium tents have a jacuzzi on the veranda. The main dining area has a seating capacity of 50, meals can also be enjoyed on your private veranda as well as on spacious lounge and bar area, where naturalists deliver fascinating slide shows on most evenings.
Depart on an afternoon game drive.
Dinner and overnight Sentrim Samburu Tented Camp - full board.
DAY 3 - SAMBURU NATIONAL GAME RESERVE.
This day is dedicated to game viewing in Samburu National Game Reserve.
The Samburu National Game Reserve extends for an area of 105 square kilometers north of the meandering Ewaso Ngiro or 'Brown' river. It is part of a lava plain that includes a varied landscape of red dirt, thorn scrub, broken volcanic rock, dried river beds, steep hills, and rocky outcroppings, some large enough to be called mesas. Following the river curves, a riverine forest of doum palms, acacia, and tamarind is a magical contrast of cool green. It is attractive to the region's wildlife and visitors alike. There are elephants, hippos, crocodiles and leopards, as well as plains game, other small mammals and birdlife. The region is home to the rare Grevy Zebra with large furry ears, gerenuk antelope standing on hind legs to feed, Somali ostriches with their distinctive blue legs, and the shy oryx beisa.
Lunch and dinner at the club. Overnight at Sentrim Samburu Tented Camp - full board.
DAY 4 - SAMBURU NATIONAL PARK TO SERENA MOUNTAIN LODGE (180KMS - 3 HRS)
After breakfast drive to Isiolo which is 40kms away on the rough dirt road. Head back towards Mount Kenya passing by large wheat farms before arriving at Nanyuki town. Continue to the foot of Mount Kenya arriving at Serena Mountain Lodge for lunch.
The rest of the afternoon at the lodge.
Serena Mountain Lodge is located in the indigenous forest 7200 feet up in the foot hills of the Mount Kenya National Reserve. The lodge is a four storey boxlike structure built in 1970. It overlooks a natural waterhole and salt lick surrounded by dense forest. On a clear day, you can see the jagged peaks of Mt. Kenya's summit through the trees.
Each of the bedrooms faces directly over the waterhole. This is what makes Mountain Lodge appealing. You can view the game in the comfort and privacy of your own room - no need for a midnight dash to a public are in order to see the animals. Each room has a private bathroom and either an open balcony or a large picture window. Game most frequently seen include: buffalo, elephant, rhino, forest hogs, suni, red duiker, spotted hyena, genet cat, and if you are lucky, a leopard or the big male lion who makes his appearance every now and then. Since the lodge was deliberately located beside a route animals travel between Mt. Kenya and the lowlands, it is not uncommon to see very large herds of animals. At night the waterhole area is lit by floodlights.
Dinner and overnight at Serena Mountain Lodge - full board.
DAY 5 - MOUNTAIN LODGE TO LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK (200 KM - 4 HRS)
Drive along the Aberdares Ranges to Thompson's falls at Nyahururu for a short break. Continue down the Great Rift Valley to arrive at Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge for lunch.
Depart on an afternoon game drive.
Created as a bird sanctuary, Lake Nakuru National Park features more than 400 species of birds, many from Europe and East Asia. The park includes a large savanna area to the south. A shallow blue-green alkaline lake famous for its flocks of pink lesser and greater flamingoes. The tilapia grahami fish has been introduced to provide food for the pelicans who also call Lake Nakuru home. The blue-green color is because of the presence of blue-green algae called spirulinga. The level of the lake goes up and down with the amount of rainfall and the color is dependent on the conditions for the growth of algae. There have been up to two million flamingoes on the lake at one time. When disturbed the birds lift gracefully into the air in a solid moving pink carpet. Nakuru has proven to be an excellent and safe sight for the Rothschild giraffe and black rhino. It is an excellent spot also to photograph the hippo, reedbuck and defassa waterbuck.
Late in the afternoon depart for Sentrim Elementaita Lodge.
Sentrim Elementaita Lodge is located on the shores of Lake Elementaita on the Nairobi-Nakuru Highway. The hotel has a spectacular views of the Lake with flamingos and pelican Free Wi-Fi is available. Each spacious room is fitted with an en suite bathroom, a digital safe, a flat screen TV with cable access and a mini fridge. Complimentary breakfast is served every morning. Guests order a variety of meals and drinks at the onsite restaurant and bar. The lodge houses a swimming pool, a well-equipped gym and spa offering a range of beauty and relaxation treatments.
Overnight at Sentrim Elementaita Lodge – full board.
DAY 6 – LAKE NAKURU NAT. PARK TO MASAI MARA (320KMS-5HRS).
After an early breakfast drive via Narok to Masai Mara Nat. Reserve to arrive in time for lunch at the Sentrim Mara Tented Camp.
Sentrim Mara is a deluxe intimate design Camp located on Ngama Hills in Masai Mara National Reserve. The Camp offers a new concept in the African safari, the thrill of an adventure lived with our tradition, coupled with high standard of service and cuisine. These hills are also the source of a few streams that runs down across the plains below and quenches the thirst of the reserves numerous herds of animals.
The Luxury spacious tents all have a modern ensuite bathroom, hot and cold showers, writing desk and an elevated private balcony for spectacular views of the sunsets and the hills, which have abundant wildlife. The tents have personal closets, flush toilets and sockets for battery charging for cameras. There is power for lighting in every room, a bathroom and flushing toilets. All meals are served in the dining area which is spacious and well lit with its own electricity power plugs.
Dinner and overnight at Sentrim Mara Tented Camp - full board.
DAY 7- MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE.
This day is solely reserved for game viewing in the vast Masai Mara National Reserve.
The Masai Mara is the most popular game reserve in Kenya. It is an extension of the Serengeti Plains in Tanzania, and offers the best game viewing in Kenya. On these wide open rolling grasslands you can often see an incredible variety of different animals at one time. Perhaps a cheetah mother sits on a termite mound with her punky-looking cubs, while beyond, gazelle, antelope and zebra placidly graze. Giraffe might peer curiously through the trees, while elephants pass on silent feet and vultures circle above. Every year millions of wildebeests migrate north from the Serengeti to the green grass of the Mara. This exciting spectacle usually begins in July.
Even when animals are not highlighting the scene, the views by themselves are worth the trip. Visits to a Masai manyatta can be arranged between you and the driver. Another popular 'excursion' is a romantic hot air balloon trip where you view animals from above and then touch down for an extravagant breakfast in the bush. Pricey but memorable, at a cost of USD 500.- per person this can be arranged directly before or upon arrival with Travel Connections.
Lunch, dinner and overnight at Sentrim Mara Tented Camp - full board.
DAY 8 - MASAI MARA TO NARIOBI (300KMS-5HRS).
After breakfast drive back to Nairobi to arrive around 13:00hrs.
In the afternoon depart on a sightseeing tour of Nairobi city.
Nairobi is the largest city in East Africa. It began as a shantytown depot of the East Africa Railroad in 1899. In a little over 100 years it has become on of the major cities of modern Africa and a headquarters of the United Nations. It is a vibrant and growing city - a mosaic of many races and cultures.
Shopping in Nairobi is vast and wide. There are soapstone carvings, wonderful ethnic jewelry, many wooden carvings and colourful coth Kanga and Kikoi.
Farewell dinner then final transfer to the airport.
Departure as per your flight details.
LOW SEASON – 01 APRIL TO 30 MAY 2018 - USD 3,776.-
HIGH SEASON – 03 JAN TO 30 MARCH & 01 NOV TO 20 DEC 2018 - USD 4,276
PEAK SEASON – 01 JUNE TO 31 OCTOBER 2018 - USD 4,498.-
- All transfers
- Accommodation in a single room and meals as detailed in the itinerary
- Safari minivan with pop-up-roof-top for your exclusive use.
- Experienced English speaking driver guide during the safari
- Game drives
- All park entrance fees.
- International flights and taxes
- Visa fees
- Personal insurance policy
- Personal effects and toiletries
- Laundry and telephones.
To enquire about this safari, please contact us
In your enquiry please state the name of this safari - Kenya Explorer Safari
END OF SAFARI ITINERARY.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Kenya money is called Kenya Shillings, abbreviated as Kshs. 100 cents makes 1 shilling. 1 US$ is equivalent to about Kshs. 70/= but this may change from more to less from bank to bank and lodge to lodge depending on the percentage of the commission taken.
Most banks in Kenya open between 09:00hrs and 15:00hrs. There are however bureau de change in every urban center and the open as earlier as 08:00hrs and close at 17:00hrs. Hotels and lodges change currencies as well.
Most lodges and hotels included shops accept the use of Visa/Master cards.
On the whole safari, it is recommended that you use only mineral water for drinking. Tap water may be used for shower and brushing of teeth, but we do not recommend that you drink it. The hotels and lodges have enough mineral water and you may also purchase this en-route when you make short breaks between the destinations.
July is the cold in Nairobi with little or no rains at all. South Eastern Kenya and Northern Tanzania would have cool evenings and a spell of sun during the day. Temperatures would range from 20 to 24 degrees Celsius during the night and as high as 27 degrees Celsius during the day. You will require warm clothing during the evenings i.e. jackets, long sleeved blouses and shirts, trousers etc. For the day, you may need casual clothing as t-shirts and shorts.
Generally, photography is allowed in Kenya and Tanzania. The animals get a monthly wage for posing for the photos, so you are encouraged to take a much as you wish. Do not take photos of strangers, police officers, military personnel, presidential motorcade, masai herdsmen and women or any other traditionally dresses persons. You may seek permission first before taking shots of strangers and masai people. Your driver will be at your service for any assistance that you may need.
All regions in Kenya and Tanzania are supplied with 240 volts. Almost all sockets you will find on safari are those that take in the rectangular prongs plug. You may however need to carry an adaptor just in case the two bottom holes are too wide apart for the charger prongs to go in. Most lodges and hotels will provide you with an adaptor if you do not have one. It will be very rare to find sockets with rounded prongs.
As a sign of appreciation, you may offer some tips to those who offer services at the hotels on the entire safari. However, tipping remains entirely on you. Should you feel like tipping for services rendered, we recommend that porters and waiters be given at least US$ 1.- For the driver-guide, we recommend a tip of between US$ 5.- to US$ 7.- per person per day.
- DO'S AND DON'TS IN THE NATIONAL PARKS AND RESERVES.
- Do not throw litter or leave litter. There are litter bins at designated places or you may leave them in the bus.
- Do not feed the animals, i.e. monkeys, baboons etc
- Do give the animals the right of way and do not disturb wildlife
- Do not take any plant or animals, dead or alive.
- Do not start fires or throw cigarettes
- Do stay in your vehicle except at designated viewing points
- Do not shout, laugh loudly, play radio or cassettes as this will keep away the animals.
- Do enjoy yourself to the fullest
Travel Connections Ltd wishes you an unforgettable African safari.
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