Magical Kenya: Safari & Coast
August 17, 2022 thru August 26, 2022
Kenya’s landscapes are teeming with animals of all spots and stripes, from speedy cheetahs to majestic herds of zebras. On this thrilling small group Safari Tour, you’ll see them all in some of the country’s most spectacular settings. Travel from towering Mount Kenya to the wild expanses of the Maasai Mara to witness the drama of the bush unfolding around you. Experience thrilling safaris and spot the most amazing wildlife on the African continent. Be amazed by the bird-watching and fall in love with the beautiful sunsets over the savannah in the famous Maasai Mara Natural Reserve, home of the Great Migration and the Big Five. Finish your fascinating African adventure by relaxing in the idyllic resort of Diani Beach.
Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson to Kenya
4x4 Jeeps & Motorcoach
10 days, 8 nights
Activity Level 4
21 meals (8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 8 dinners - w/water, coffee, & tea) included
Hold your space today!
Roundtrip livery service included!
Tour Director, Driver & Local Guide tips included
- Game drives
- Wildlife viewing
- Nairobi National Park
- Animal Orphanage
- Maasai Mara National Park
- Eagle View Eco Lodge
- Naibosho Conservancy
- Traditional Maasai Village
- Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Amboseli National Park
- Saltlick Lodge/Taita Hills
- Diani Beach
- Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson to Kenya*
- Transfers & motorcoach transportation
- Pick-up/livery service
- 8 nights lodging in luxury lodges & tented camps
- 21 meals
- Guided game drives as described
- Sightseeing as described
- Baggage handling
- Admission to all national parks
- Visits to local villages and schools
- Services of a Tour Director
- Kenya Visa fee
- Pleasurebent Tours escort (with 12 or more travelers)
- Taxes & gratuities for included items
Day 1 - Fly Overnight to Nairobi
We begin our adventure with overnight flights from Tucson to Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Day 2 - Arrival / Nairobi
Karibuni Kenya, Welcome to Magical Kenya. Morning arrival at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where you will be met by your Guide (s) who will welcome you and take you for your included breakfast/brunch. Once you have recharged your batteries, it’s time for your Kenyan experience to begin – our first visit is to the Giraffe center which houses a breeding center for the endangered Rothschild Giraffe and where you will have an opportunity to hand feed the resident giraffes. Later we will continue to Nairobi National Park for a game drive (this is the only City-located National Park in the World). If we are lucky, we may have the chance to see lions, giraffes, buffalo, & rhino amongst others. We will also enjoy a visit to the Animal Orphanage which is located at the Park entrance & which serves as a treatment & rehabilitation center for wild animals including lion, cheetah, leopard, monkeys & buffalo, plus many species of bird.
As night falls, we will enjoy our first African dinner at the incredible and unique Carnivore Restaurant known for the ‘Beast of a Feast! A wide range of roasted meats including ostrich, Crocodile & Camel plus soups, salads & a selection of desserts are served! For your pleasure, we have also included 2 beers or 2 glasses of wine per person with dinner. Following our dinner, we will drive to our hotel, Sarova Stanley for check-in and overnight (B,D)
Day 3 - Maasai Mara National Park
Early wake-up call prior to enjoying your full Breakfast and then your Safari begins – we will drive to the World famous Maasai Mara Reserve with a stopover on the way at the Great Rift Valley View Point. Look out for the rock hyrax which can often be seen lazing on the rocks nearby. Continue the drive to Eagle View Luxury Tented Camp which will be our home for the next 3 nights, we should arrive in time for a late lunch. Check-in and relax until your first game drive until sunset. Eagle View, named by National Geographic as one of the top 25 Eco Lodges in the World, is located on a natural hilltop overlooking a waterhole in the Naibosho Conservancy (the Conservancy is privately owned land adjacent to Maasai Mara). The area is famed as it has the highest density of Lions in Africa. Other large animals you can expect to see include Elephants, Giraffe & Wildebeest. On your return, you will enjoy an amazing dinner back at the lodge. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - Maasai Mara National Reserve & Maasai Village
Early Morning Game drive. Early mornings offer the best chance to see wildlife as they are far more active compared to the heat of the middle of the day. We will return to the lodge to enjoy a sumptuous full Breakfast. After time to relax, we will enjoy a Nature walk on the Savannah with our Maasai guide. This is a unique experience which is only permitted inside private conservancies. Our day continues with an eye-opening visit to a traditional Maasai village and you will have the opportunity to interact with the people who live there. You will be introduced to the traditions and customs of the Maasai community and how they live day to day. You will also have the opportunity to try spear throwing or bracelet making or perhaps even drink blood!! You will enjoy dinner back at the lodge. The bar is always open if you desire a nightcap. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Maasai Mara National Reserve
Once again, today features an early morning wake-up call and another hearty breakfast. After breakfast, we will embark on a full day game drive with picnic lunch included. Your guides will highlight the animals and flora & fauna as we go. (B,L,D)
Optional balloon safari for $550 per person.
Day 6 - Amboseli National Park
Set your alarms. It will be an early start as today features a long drive. Enjoy your breakfast and then we will leave for Amboseli National Park with a stopover on the way for lunch. We will arrive mid-afternoon at Amboseli National Park gate. Amboseli is one of Kenya’s most popular parks and is well known for it’s herds of elephants and is crowned by views of famed Mount Kilimanjaro. It also has a range of habitats, ranging from wetlands to woodlands and dried up river beds. As we enter the reserve, we shall enjoy a game drive before our arrival at the lodge where we will enjoy a very special welcome ceremony for our group by local Maasai dancers. Check-in and proceed for dinner and a well earned rest in our comfortable accommodations at the Amboseli Serena Lodge. (B,L,D)
Day 7 - Amboseli / Taita Hills
Alarms at the ready, wake up for a cup of tea or coffee and then we will proceed on our early morning game drive. Aside from elephants, Amboseli offers the chance to see cheetahs, leopards, wild dogs, lions and many other animals. We will return to the lodge to enjoy a full Breakfast and ahead of leaving the Reserve, we will make another game drive. We will then depart mid-morning heading for the unique and one of the most photographed lodges in Africa the stilted camp of Saltlick Lodge/Taita Hills. Taita Hills is also a privately owned sanctuary located adjacent to Tsavo West, which is part of Kenya’s largest National Park by area. You will arrive in time for lunch at Taita Hills lodge where check- in will also take place ahead of transferring to your accommodation at Saltlick Lodge which is located in the heart of the savannah and overlooking a waterhole which draws animals who come to drink. We will then depart on an evening game drive, hopefully you will see elephants, giraffes, zebras plus even lions or cheetahs if you are lucky. As the sun sets, we will stop to enjoy your included Sundowner drinks before returning to the lodge for your dinner served in the main restaurant which overlooks the waterhole. (B,L,D)
Day 8 - Salt Lick / Diani Beach
Once again, it’s time for an early start, tea or coffee will be available before your early morning game drive. Return to the lodge for full breakfast before enjoying your last game drive ahead of our departure to the Coast. We will drive to Diani Beach on Kenya’s South Coast. You will arrive late afternoon at your beautiful beach resort, the Swahili Beach Hotel. Dinner and overnight at Swahili Beach. (B,D)
Day 9 - Diani Beach
Enjoy breakfast at your leisure and a full day at the pool or by the sea. Many optional activities can be arranged, e.g. watersports, kitesurfing, boat trips, excursions to local attractions such as Colobus Monkey Sanctuary and Dhow cruise to Wasini Island. Tonight, you will enjoy a very special & private farewell dinner featuring local musicians and dancers together with live band which will take place at the hotel alongside the Ocean. (B,D)
Day 10 - Diani Beach
Enjoy breakfast at your leisure & free time ahead of departure, Departure transfer to Mombasa airport. Connect in Nairobi for your departure flight back to Tucson. (B)
OTHER REQUIRED ITEMS:
Kenya Tourist Visa (required prior to departure)
No vaccines or immunizations are currently required for travel into Kenya
The country of languages
There are 68 different languages spoken in Kenya. The official language is Swahili.
Eagle View Luxury Eco Tent Lodge
Maasai Mara Reserve
Amboseli Serena Lodge
Amboseli National Park
Swahili Beach Hotel
Single per person
Deposit: $250 at Booking / $2,000 by May 1, 2022 / Final Payment June 15, 2022
Double per person
Deposit: $250 at Booking / $2,000 by May 1, 2022 / Final Payment June 15, 2022
Roundtrip air transportation NOT included*
Transfers & motorcoach transportation
8 nights lodging in luxury lodges & tented camps
Guided game drives as described
Sightseeing as described
Admission to all national parks
Visits to local villages and schools
Services of a Tour Director
Kenya Visa fee
Pleasurebent Tours escort (with 12 or more travelers)
Taxes & gratuities for included items
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Airfare NOT included - TBD*
Do not forget to bring your passport to show at the airport. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away. Kenya Tourist Visa required prior to departure. No vaccines or immunizations are currently required for travel into Kenya. Check with your physician for complete information about any vaccinations and health concerns.
We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carry-on baggage and contents due to enhanced security
measures. . If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. Space on the Land Cruisers for carry-ons will be limited; plan on a small purse or hand-held bag.
CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES
For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.
The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.
ACTIVITY LEVEL 4
The Activity Level for this tour is Active.
Expectations: The tour includes well-paced walking tours with regular breaks. Up to 2-3 hours of walking each day. To fully take advantage of all this tour has to offer, guests need to be able to walk longer distances, climb several flights of stairs and navigate steps and uneven terrain walking for extended periods of time over more difficult terrain (e.g. cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, limited or no access to elevators). Your itinerary can include significant changes in temperature and altitude and may require a higher number of longer travel days with morning and/or evening activities. Most trips will feature long touring days, many full-day excursions and a full and active itinerary with a faster pace and longer distances. Excursions require standing and walking to city centers where coaches are prohibited.
Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, expect a vigorous pace and enjoy participating in two to three hours of physical activity per day.
It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.
GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE
All hotel baggage handling fees are included. We also include basic gratuities for the Tour Director, Coach Driver, Livery Drivers and local Tour Guides. If someone has truly gone above and beyond additional tipping is permitted, but never required.
For your convenience, we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)
If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.
There is no smoking in the lodges and tents. A "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.
We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.
Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.
WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS
Afternoon temperatures are usually around 25°C/77°F. Most days have a fine, clear sky. It gets mild at night with minimum temperatures around 14°C/57°F. We advise you bring a light jacket and hat just in case of inclement weather and to wear layers for best insulation. Shoes should be comfortable and sturdy for walking in small towns. There are no dress codes to places we visit on this tour.