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Kenya

Introducing Kenya . . .

Kenya with its game, varied tribal cultures and dynamic landscapes is an Africa travellers dream. Its parks offer ‘David Attenborough’ style viewing - close up and fascinating. Its coastal stretch of white sandy beaches are scattered with resorts and in the north ruined towns to explore. Its highest peak, Mount Kenya, makes an interesting trek and its people hold to some of the most traditional lifestyles in East Africa.

Seen as the gateway to East Africa Kenya features heavily in many travellers journeys and is the most convenient starting point for your African adventure.

Viewing game in National parks and reserves – Visiting the Samburu or Maasai people – The soda lakes of the north and their flamingo populations – Coastal townships and beaches – The Great Rift Valley – ascending Mount Kenya.

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Location

East Africa

Population

36 million

Currency

Kenyan shillings

Best time to visit

Jan – Mar; July – Oct

Capital

Nairobi

Common language

Swahili & English

Highlights of Kenya

The Maasai Mara National Reserve

Needing little introduction, The Maasai Mara National Reserve covers 1500 sq km of Kenya leading out to Lake Victoria in its far west. It’s around 6 hours drive from Nairobi and many travellers experience their first game viewing here as an afternoon drive to their lodge situated within the reserve. Its reputation as a great game park is deserved as it offers a wide variety of large and small mammals all playing out their lives only metres away from you.

Leading north you’ll come across the pink tinge of Lake Nakuru. Its 2 million Flamingos tend to be a little transient these days but they still flock here in enough numbers to make it a magical spot. Matched by the variety of other wildlife on display this is a popular park for visitors to spend an afternoon or morning in often en route to or from Lake Navaisha National Park which is popular for its game being viewed by boat on the lake itself.

Relax on the coast

If its relaxation you’re after then the Swahili Coast and Mombasa may fit the bill. In its day Mombasa was a fine island city haggled over by everyone from the Sultans of Oman to the Portuguese. It’s a little ‘tired’ now but still retains its almost Arabic charm. However it is the stretch of beaches to its north and south that attract visitor these days. Resorts do a busy trade with Europeans on package holidays and offer travellers a chance to rest and take in some of the best seafood, palm fringed beaches and warm waters in the region.

Meet the people

The Maasai and Samburu peoples are the 2 larger tribal groups in Kenya. In the north the Samburu are less visited although just as hospitable as the Maasai who are one of the most recognisable people in Africa. Their red cloth cloaks and tall stature stands out in a crowd and although tourism has not always been kind to them many welcome you to their villages to provide an income as a back up to their traditional trade as cattle owners. When treated with respect these traditionally nomadic people are more than happy to discuss their tribal past, present identity and future hopes.

When to visit

Offering a combination of great game viewing and coastal resorts Kenya is popular all year round.

The coast - The Europeans leave their cold winter and migrate south to its warmer climate making it traditionally busier on the coast between Dec – Mar but don’t let that put you off.
Game viewing - The ultimate game viewing experience happens here between July and September when around 2.5 million animals head north to the Maasai Mara seeking its green pastures during the great migration. Book early to get your spot especially if you want to see this event from the comfort of your balcony at one of the privileged game lodges situated at the Mara River bend.

Rains versus dry – The main rains can make access to some lodges difficult in April / May with the gentle rains of November / December creating a greener landscape making areas like the Mountains of the Moon even more picturesque.

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Outdoor Area

3 Days Nairobi to Nairobi (additional days can be added).
Featuring: Amboseli

Set on 200 acres of private land on the foothills of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, the lodge is perfectly poised to provide a luxurious base from which to explore the park and get some great pictures of this incredible mountain. The lodge is also close to where Ernest Hemingway lived whilst writing his famous novel, The Snows of Kilimanjaro. Each of the 47 rooms has their own private veranda on which to relax, sunbathe and take in the views.

Accommodation: Amboseli Sopa Lodge



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3 Days Nairobi to Nairobi (additional days can be added).
Featuring: Amboseli

Ol Tukai Lodge was opened in June 1996 and lies at the heart of Amboseli National Park approximately 266kms due south of Nairobi. Cottage style accommodation spreads out on either side of the main lodge. The architecture is unobtrusive with lots of wood, local stone and slate. There are two double rooms especially designed for the disabled and ramps for wheelchairs are the norm. Each room has an uninterrupted view of either the wetlands or Mt. Kilimanjaro, with the occasional dust trail of safari vehicles viewing game in this most beautiful of Kenya's game parks. The crystal clear figure of eight swimming pool, shaded by the occasional acacia tree, has ample sun beds and mattresses available for guest use. Guests are not permitted to swim at night.

Accommodation: Ol Tukai Lodge



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3 Days Nairobi to Nairobi (additional days can be added).
Featuring: Amboseli

Satao Elerai Camp is located in a quiet, unspoilt, unique setting on a 5000 acre private conservation area 10 kms south east of Amboseli National Park at the foot of Africa’s Largest Mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro. The camp looks down onto the Amboseli National Park in one direction and up to Mt Kilimanjaro in the other direction, giving clients what is arguably the best location of any camp in Amboseli. One of the biggest advantages of Satao Elerai Camp is that being located on its own private conservation area clients has the chance to view wildlife in private surroundings. In addition we also offer clients the chance to enjoy spectacular bush sundowners, night game drives and game walks on the conservancy, activities that are not available to the lodges located within the park.

Accommodation: Satao Elerai Camp



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from AUD2,725.00 per person twin share

From: Nairobi to Nairobi
Countries: Kenya, Tanzania
Accommodation:
Camping

The total price consists of the trip price listed and a compulsory local payment of US$695.00.



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From: Nairobi to Dar es Salaam
Countries:
Kenya, Tanzania
Accommodation:
Camping

The total price consists of the trip price listed and a compulsory local payment of US$870.00.



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from AUD2,587.00 per person twin share

Trip code: PT6979
Duration: 7 days
Visits: Kenya
From: Nairobi to Nairobi
Departs: Saturdays
Accommodation: 3 star game lodges, tented safari camps and hotel
Highlights: Nairobi, Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, Amboseli.

Guided small group safari with a maximum of 7 passengers.

From the open plains of the Masai Mara, to the pink flamingos of Lake Nakuru and the riverbeds of Amboseli, this safari includes three of the most picturesque regions of Kenya. It also provides the perfect opportunity to spot the ‘big five’ and to enjoy east Africa’s diverse scenery. A visit to a Masai village adds a rare insight into this ancient culture.



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from AUD3,710.00 per person twin share

Trip code: PT3535
Duration: 7 days
Visits: Kenya
From: Nairobi to Nairobi
Departs: Sundays
Accommodation: 4 star game lodges and hotel
Highlights: Nairobi, Masai Mara, Lake Elementaita, Lake Nakuru, Amboseli.

Guided small group safari with a maximum of 7 passengers.

From the open plains of the Masai Mara, to the pink flamingos of Lake Nakuru and the riverbeds of Amboseli, this safari includes three of the most picturesque regions of Kenya. It also provides the perfect opportunity to spot the ‘big five’ and to enjoy east Africa’s diverse scenery. A visit to a Masai village adds a rare insight into this ancient culture.



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from AUD2,927.00 per person twin share

Trip code: PT1983
Duration: 7 days
Visits: Kenya
From: Nairobi to Nairobi
Departs: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays
Accommodation: 3 star game lodges and 4 star hotel
Highlights: Nairobi, Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, Amboseli.

Guided small group safari with a maximum of 7 passengers.

From the open plains of the Masai Mara, to the pink flamingos of Lake Nakuru and the riverbeds of Amboseli, this safari includes three of the most picturesque regions of Kenya. It also provides the perfect opportunity to spot the ‘big five’ and to enjoy east Africa’s diverse scenery. A visit to a Masai village adds a rare insight into this ancient culture.

 



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from AUD2,986.00 per person twin share

Trip code: PT6977
Duration: 7 days
Visits: Kenya
From: Nairobi to Nairobi
Departs: Sundays
Accommodation: 3.5 star game lodges and hotel
Highlights: Nairobi, Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, Amboseli.

Guided small group safari with a maximum of 7 passengers.

From the open plains of the Masai Mara, to the pink flamingos of Lake Nakuru and the riverbeds of Amboseli, this safari includes three of the most picturesque regions of Kenya. It also provides the perfect opportunity to spot the ‘big five’ and to enjoy east Africa’s diverse scenery. A visit to a Masai village adds a rare insight into this ancient culture.



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Trip code: ARP6630
Duration: 13 days
Countries: Kenya and Tanzania
From: Nairobi to Nairobi
Departs: Sundays
Accommodation: 4 star game lodges and hotel
Tour highlights: Nairobi, Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Amboseli, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater & Tarangire.

Guided small group safari with a maximum of 7 passengers.

This safari combines some of the most popular adventures in Kenya and Tanzania. Wildlife abounds as you visit world renowned game parks, as well as lesser known areas. The focus is on game viewing, but you will also enjoy a visit to a Masai village. With diverse wildlife and cultural experiences, plus spectacular scenery, this safari is an excellent way to spend two to three weeks in the region.



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from AUD7,606.00 per person twin share

Trip code: ARP1954
Duration: 13 days
Countries: Kenya and Tanzania
From: Nairobi to Nairobi
Departs: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Accommodation: 3 - 3.5 star game lodges, 4 star hotel
Tour highlights: Nairobi, Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Amboseli, Lake Manyar, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater & Tarangire.

Guided small group safari with a maximum of 7 passengers

This safari combines some of the most popular adventures in Kenya and Tanzania. Wildlife abounds as you visit world renowned game parks, as well as lesser known areas. The focus is on game viewing, but you will also enjoy a visit to a Masai village. With diverse wildlife and cultural experiences, plus spectacular scenery, this safari is an excellent way to spend two to three weeks in the region.



The Manor
from AUD831.00 per person per night twin share

More than just a place to stay, Giraffe Manor is an experience like no other. This exclusive property is one of the most sought after properties in Africa with bookings often made a year in advance. What makes this property so unique is not just its beautiful rooms, fine dining or 140 acres of garden, but the giraffes which roam the grounds freely. In 1974 the few remaining Rothschild’s giraffes left in the wild were relocated here, starting a breeding centre which still operates today. As a guest at the Manor you are greeted by, and encouraged to interact with their most famous residents, the Rothschild giraffes. These gentle creatures are friendly and genuinely curious and will pop up at breakfast for a snack. This is a truly exceptional experience and one that leaves even the most hardened traveller with a lump in their throat.



Gorilla
from AUD2,694.00 per person twin share

Trip code: AA12746
Duration: 3 days
Visits: Rwanda, Uganda
From: Kigali to Kigali
Departs: Daily
Accommodation: 4 star lodge.
Highlights: Kigali, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Gorilla Trek

Private tour

For those wishing to visit the rare mountain gorillas, this three day trip offers the best value option. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, one of four forests where these primates inhabit, is four to five hours’ drive from Kigali. Trekking in Bwindi allows travellers to take advantage of the lower permit rates in Uganda. We encourage you to stay longer in Rwanda and Uganda, however if you only have a few days then this tour is a great option.



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From: Nairobi to Kampala
Countries: Kenya, Uganda
Accommodation: Camping

The total price consists of the trip price listed and a compulsory local payment of US$530.00.

 



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from AUD1,795.00 per person twin share

From: Nairobi to Nairobi
Countries: Kenya, Uganda
Accommodation: Camping
Tour highlights: Masai Mara National Reserve, Kampala, Lake Bunyonyi, Lake Nakuru National Park, Great Rift Valley & Lake Naivasha.

The total price consists of the trip price listed and a compulsory local payment of US$510.00.

 

 



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from AUD5,595.00 per person twin share

From: Nairobi to Cape Town
Countries:
Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Sourh Africa
Accommodation: Camping

The total price consists of the trip price listed plus a compulsory local payment of US$1390.00.



Karen Blixen Tented Camp
from AUD2,004.00 per person twin share

Trip code: PT3494
Duration: 4 days
Departs: Daily from Nairobi
Accommodation:
5 star luxury permanent safari tent

This fly-in safari maximises your game viewing hours in the Mara region with a stay at the well-respected Karen Blixen Camp. The camp is located opposite a favoured wildlife drinking spot and guests can enjoy wildlife viewing from the comfort of their armchairs and on game drives. The Mara is Kenya's premier wildlife reserve and home to the great migration.



Tented camp

3 Days Nairobi to Nairobi (additional days can be added).3 Days Nairobi to Nairobi (additional days can be added).
Featuring: Masai Mara

Mara Plains Camp is a small, high quality, six-roomed camp under canvas that is located within the private Olare Orok Conservancy and just a few hundred meters to the north of the Masai Mara National Reserve boundary. Guests can game drive in both the Masai Mara National Reserve and in the privacy of the neighbouring Olare Orok Conservancy away from the crowds. The Conservancy is a fabulous wildlife reserve of nearly twenty thousand acres, rich in wildlife (including the predators and big cats in particular), it boasts Mara's lowest vehicle density, no mini-buses and only one guest room per 700 acres.

Accommodation: Mara Plains Camp



From: Johannesburg to Nairobi
Countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa
Accommodation:
Camping

The total price consists of the trip price listed and a compulsory local payment of US$950.00.

A compulsory local payment of US$950.00.

35 days Johannesburg to Nairobi

Featuring: Meserani Snake & Masai Cultural Museum, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar Ferry, Lake Malawi, Chobe National Park & Boat Cruise, Chobe Overnight Mobile Excursion, Hwange National Park, Antelope Park, Mozambique Beaches, Kruger National Park

Combine wildlife-rich national parks with majestic beaches and this is the trip for you! Visit East Africa's Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and historic Zanzibar, get acquainted with the warm hospitality of Malawi and keep an eye out for the "Big 5" in Chobe and Kruger National Parks. Zimbabwe showcases the amazing Victoria Falls and wildlife friendly Antelope Park; and Mozambique offers divers and beach enthusiasts a multitude of colourful marine life. Jump on board for a safari trip of a lifetime!

Accommodation: Camping



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from AUD4,085.00 per person twin share

From: Nairobi to Cape Town
Countries:
Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa
Accommodation: Camping

The total price consists of the trip price listed and a compulsory local payment of US$1200.00.



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The total price consists of a trip price of AUD$1555.00 and a compulsory local payment of US$340.00.

11 days Nairobi to Dar es Salaam

Featuring: Meserani Snake Park, Masai Cultural Museum, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar Ferry

The Serengeti National Park has an abundance of game on its grassy plains, where thousands of hoofed animals are followed by the predators while the Ngorongoro Crater has been declared a World Heritage Site as one of the most important refuges for wildlife in Africa. Northern Tanzania is home to the red-robed Masai people who stalk the plains with their cattle as they have done for centuries while the coast and Zanzibar are steeped in a long Muslim tradition. Zanzibar offers a tangle of narrow and ancient alleyways to explore in Stone Town and dazzling white beaches. A safari and time on the beach makes a perfect combination.

Accommodation: Camping

 


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