DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN NAIROBI, THE NAIROBI SERENA HOTEL.
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 Nairobi Serena Hotel and check in. Rest of the day at leisure.
The Nairobi Serena is a beautiful garden hotel. The hotel's clean white silhouette rises at the edge of Nairobi's extensive Central Park. Surrounded by its own tropical garden, the hotel's rather stark lines are softened by cascades of plants and flowers growing on terrace areas and individual balconies. From the gardens, terraces, swimming pool, and many of the rooms, there is a striking view of modern Nairobi's distinctive skyline, especially beautiful at night.
The Mandhari is one of Nairobi's finest a la carte restaurants. The elegance of the food, fine linens and silver is perfectly complemented by the inspired use of Kisii stone from western Kenya. The popular and more informal Café Maghreb is North African in style with arched recesses displaying pieces of brass and copper, and colourful tapestry screens separating tables. The Kisima Bar is decorated to reflect the importance of water themes in Swahili coastal life. 'Kisima' means watering hole in Swahili. There are low divans and stools, Swahili implements and murals on the walls.
Overnight at Nairobi Serena Hotel - bed and breakfast.
DAY 2 - NAIROBI TO KISUMU.
After a sumptuous breakfast at the Thorn Tree Café transfer to Jomo Kenyatta Int. Airport for your flight to Kisumu.
Pick up at Kisumu Airport and transfer to your hotel for check in.
In the afternoon, do a sightseeing tour of Kisumu City.
Kisumu is a port city in western Kenya at 1131m, with a population of about 500,000 people. It is the third largest city in Kenya, the principal city of western Kenya, the capital of Nyanza Province and the headquarters of Kisumu District. It has no municipal charter. It is the largest city in Nyanza Province and second most Important city after Kampala in the greater Lake Victoria basin.
Kisumu literally means a place of barter trade "sumo". The city has "Friendship" status with Cheltenham, UK and "Sister City" status with Roanoke, Virginia, USA.
Attractions in the city include Kibuye Market, the Kisumu Museum, an impala sanctuary, a bird sanctuary, Hippo Point, and the nearby Kit Mikaye and Ndere Island National Park.
Dinner and overnight Imperial Hotel – bed and breakfast.
DAY 3 – VISIT OBAMA’S VILLAGE – NYANGOMA KOGELO.
This day is dedicated to a visit to Nyangoma-Kogelo village, where Obama’s father grew up and where his grandmother still lives.
There will be no entry into the private residence of Obama's grandmother nor will there be any interviews or contact with any of the Obama family members.
Return to Kisumu late in the afternoon.
Dinner and overnight Imperial Hotel – bed and breakfast.
DAY 4 – KISUMU TO MASAI MARA SERENA LODGE (250KMS-4HRS).
After an early breakfast drive via Bomet to Masai Mara Nat. Reserve to arrive in time for lunch at the Mara Serena Lodge.
This popular lodge is set high on a ridge within the reserve. It commands magnificent uninterrupted views down across the Mara plains and over two water holes. The Mara Serena's unique architecture and décor suggest a fantasy Masai manyatta - rounded spaces, earth tones, natural furnishings and tribal touches. A swimming pool has been positioned to take advantage of the wonderful view.
Do afternoon game drive.
Dinner and overnight at Mara Serena Lodge - fullboard.
DAY 5 AND DAY 6- MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE.
These days are 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 occurs sometime between July and August.
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 425.- per person this can be arranged directly before or upon arrival with Travel Connections.
Lunch, dinner and overnight at Mara Serena Lodge - fullboard.
DAY 7 - MASAI MARA TO NARIOBI (300KMS-5HRS).
After breakfast take your morning schedule flight to Nairobi.
(Lunch is not included on this day).
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 2011.
USD 2,304.- PER PERSON SHARING
USD 257.- SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT
HIGH SEASON – 03 JANUARY TO 31 MARCH AND 01 JUNE TO 15 DECEMBER 2011.
USD 2,797.- PER PERSON SHARING
USD 538.- SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT
To enquire about this safari, please contact us
In your enquiry please state the name of this safari - Obama Kenya Roots Safari
- All transfers
- Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary
- Safari minivan with pop-up-roof-top for your exclusive use.
- Domestic flights: Nairobi to Kisumu and Masai Mara to Nairobi – tax inclusive.
- Experienced English speaking driver guide
- Game drives
- All park entrance fees.
- International flights and taxes
- Visa fees
- Personal insurance policy
- Personal effects and toiletries
- Laundry and telephones.
Visas are readily obtained at the Airport upon arrival as well as from the Kenya Embassy and High Commissions abroad prior to departure.
Where applicable, visa fees are as follows: -
Kenya Single Entry Visa= US$50.- per person for three months
Kenya money is called Kenya Shillings, abbreviated as Kshs. 100 cents makes 1 shilling. 1 US$ is equivalent to about Kshs. 60/= 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.
January is quite hot in East Africa. Summer runs from December to March and rain, if any will be little. The nights could however be cool. 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 as many shots 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 wishes you all an unforgettable safari.