Combining all the best aspects of a Kenyan safari, the Great Kenya Safari offers a chance to experience the majestic Masai Mara, the flamingos of Lake Nakuru, the unbelievable vistas of Mount Kilimanjaro, the fresh water springs at Mzima in Tsavo West and the red elephants of Tsavo East.

The Great Kenya Safari

Land Only Group Tour

Duration : 8 DAYSCountry : KENYA
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Sarova Mara Game Camp
Satao EleraiIsokon Maasai VillageSevrin CampLake Nakuru

Combining all the best aspects of a Kenyan safari, the Great Kenya Safari offers a chance to experience the majestic Masai Mara, the flamingos of Lake Nakuru, the unbelievable vistas of Mount Kilimanjaro, the fresh water springs at Mzima in Tsavo West and the red elephants of Tsavo East.

Included in the price

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Transportation in safari minibus
  • Driver/guide
  • Breakfast only in Nairobi
  • All meals while on safari
  • National Park fees
  • Bottled water

Day 1: Nairobi

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Nairobi, where you will be accommodated overnight. Accommodation: Sarova Panafric (or similar).

Day 2: Nairobi – Masai Mara Game Reserve

This morning after breakfast, you will be met by your guide where you will commence your safari. You will drive past the extinct Volcano of Mt Longonot and Suswa into the homelands of the Masai. After lunch at the Mara Sarova Camp you will have the opportunity to observe the unique world of the Masai Mara. Dinner and overnight at the Sarova Mara Game Camp (or similar). (BLD)

Day 3: Masai Mara Game Reserve

Today you will spend a full day on a game drive that takes you through the vast plains of the Masai Mara searching for the ‘Big Five’. Return to the Mara Sarova Camp for lunch. Dinner and overnight at the Sarova Mara Game Camp (or similar). (BLD)

Day 4: Masai Mara Game Reserve - Lake Nakuru National Park

This morning travel to Lake Nakuru, which is famous for its flocks of flamingos and pelicans. Lunch at the Lion Hill Lodge will be followed by an afternoon game drive in the park. Dinner and overnight at the Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge (or similar). (BLD)

Day 5: Lake Nakuru National Park – Amboseli National Park

Today your day begins with an early morning game drive through the Lake Nakuru National Park. After breakfast at Lion Hill Lodge drive a short distance back to Nairobi for lunch in the very popular Carnivore Restaurant. After lunch drive to Amboseli National Park, where you can enjoy the beautiful view of Mount Kilimanjaro. Dinner and overnight at Satao Elerai (or similar). (BLD)

Day 6: Amboseli National Park – Tsavo West National Park

After breakfast you will have the opportunity for a full morning game drive in Amboseli National park. Lunch at the lodge then depart for Tsavo West in the afternoon with game drive en route. During the drive you pass the amazing Lava flows of the Shetani rocks. Dinner and overnight at Severin Safari Camp (or similar). (BLD)

Day 7: Tsavo West National Park – Tsavo East National Park

Today we start the day with an early morning game drive before breakfast. After breakfast visit Mzima Springs and enjoy another game drive. After lunch at the Kilaguni Serena Lodge drive to Tsavo East National Park with a game drive en route. Dinner and overnight at Satao Camp (or similar). (BLD)

Day 8: Tsavo East National Park – Mombasa

This is your last chance so don’t miss out on the early morning game drive before breakfast. Return to the lodge where you depart for Mombasa, where your safari comes to an end. (B)

Maasai Mara

Maasai Mara

The Maasai Mara Game Reserve is widely considered to be Africa’s greatest wildlife reserve. The Mara comprises200 sq miles of open plains, woodlands and riverine forest. Contiguous with the plains of the Serengeti, the Mara is home to a breath taking array of life. The vast grassland plains are scattered with herds of Zebra, Giraffe, Gazelle, and Topi. The Acacia forests abound with Bird life and Monkeys. Elephants and Buffalo wallow in the wide Musiara Swamp. The Mara and Talek rivers are brimming with Hippos and Crocodiles.
Amboseli - a land of giants

Amboseli - a land of giants

Amboseli is a land of giants. This is a place of wide dry plains, where the horizons stretch into the furthest distance and become one with the sky. Amboseli is renowned for its elephant populations and large herds, including some impressively tusked bulls are drawn to a series of large, lush swamplands. But the most impressive giant of all is Mt Kilimanjaro. Africa’s largest mountain lies just over the border in Tanzania, but the most impressive views of its snow-capped peak are to be found in Amboseli. The early light of dawn turns the mountain a dark hue of purple, and its snows into an ethereal pink. The sight of Kilimanjaro high above herds of elephant crossing the plains of Amboseli is a timeless African image.
Tsavo East and Tsavo West

Tsavo East and Tsavo West

The twin National Parks of Tsavo East and West together form one of Africa’s largest wilderness reserves. This single National Park is larger than the island of Jamaica. Tsavo as a whole consists of 10 million acres of pure wilderness, incorporating savannah, ranges and hills, acacia and montane forest, and an extensive river system. The vast plains of Tsavo are crossed by the main Nairobi-Mombasa railroad. This historic railway was, in 1899, the scene of one of Africa’s greatest Adventure stories.
Nairobi

Nairobi

Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city has risen in a single century from a brackish uninhabited swampland to a thriving modern capital. frontier town no more, Nairobi has become one of Africa’s largest, and most interesting cities. Nairobi is a city that never seems to sleep.
Mombasa

Mombasa

Mombasa is a place steeped in history, yet at the same time fascinating commercial and cosmopolitan port town.  Mombasa is an island connected to the mainland by bridges and ferries. The town over looks a wide harbor, where commercial shipping mingles with traditional sailing dhows. Mombasa is a place steeped in history, yet at the same time fascinating commercial and cosmopolitan port town. Mombasa is an island connected to the mainland by bridges and ferries.  The town over looks a wide harbor, where commercial shipping mingles with traditional sailing dhows. The true heart of Mombasa is found in the exotic old town, among the narrow winding streets and Arab architecture. The air here is always heavy with the scent of spices.  Women wearing the traditional bui bui fill the narrow streets and busy markets. At the dhow docks fresh fish and goods from all along the coast arrive daily. The streets are alive with the bright colours of the traditional coastal khanga and kikoy, the all purpose wrap around cloth worn by both men and women.
Lake Nakuru

Lake Nakuru

Situated between Lakes Naivasha and Baringo, beneath the high cliffs of the Eastern Rift, lies Lake Nakuru. This is a shallow soda lake surrounded by yellow-barked acacia woodland and grasslands, rocky cliffs and hillsides covered with the unusual giant Euphorbia trees. Lake Nakuru is world famous as the home of myriad flocks of greater and lesser flamingos that frequently form a stunning pink ribbon along the edges of the lake. Over 400 species of birdlife have been recorded at the lake, making this yet another of Kenya's major ornithological sites. In addition to the birdlife, the park is home to herds of buffalo, waterbuck, impala, Rothschild giraffe, and leopard. A defined area of the park has now been designated a rhino sanctuary making Nakuru the best park in Kenya for seeing Rhino.
LaCity Travel - Traveller Tips for Kenya  

VISAS: At the time of writing, a visa for Kenya is required for Australian Passport Holders.  The visa can be obtained on arrival at the airport or at border posts. Kenya has enforced a ‘blank pages’ condition of entry".  This means that all those requiring a visa to enter Kenya must have at least two blank pages available in your passport upon arrival.  Failure to meet this requirement may result in an entry visa being refused.
Single Entry Visa: USD $50 per person on an Australian Passport (subject to change).
Multiple Entry Visa: Please note that if you are travelling within East Africa (Tanzania, Zanzibar or Uganda or Rwanda) you can request free re-entry into Kenya.  You will however be required to pay the normal visa charges for the other countries but may re-enter Kenya freely.
Transit Visa: USD $20 per person on an Australian Passport.  Transit time in Kenya cannot exceed 24 hours (subject to change). 

GEOGRAPHY: Kenya lies astride the equator on the eastern coast of Africa. It is a medium-sized country by continental standards, covering an area of about 586,600km sq. Inland water bodies cover some 10,700km sq, the bulk of this in Lakes Victoria and Turkana.  Kenya has tremendous topographical diversity, including glaciated mountains with snow-capped peaks, the Rift Valley with its scarps and volcanoes, ancient granitic hills, flat desert landscapes and coral reefs and islets.   

MONEY: The Kenyan currency is the Kenyan Shilling (KSH), which is divided up into 100 cents, and it is now permitted to take local currency into the country. US Dollar notes printed before the year 2000 will not be accepted.  Barclay’s Bank in Kenya has implanted a new policy where they will no longer accept notes printed before 2000. Clients who carry US Dollar notes printed before 2000 will be compelled to accept a rate of exchange lower than normal. 

ELECTRICITY: In Kenya the general voltage is 240 and the frequency is 50 Hz.  The British three rectangular blade plugs are common.  Some lodges and camps only have power in the early mornings and evenings.  Batteries may be recharged in camps during the day but it is wise to double check with the camp manager. As the sockets can vary a ‘Travellers Adaptor Set’ is recommended.  Voltage sometimes fluctuates and whilst power cuts are rare, they are not unknown.  It is useful to carry a torch. 

CLIMATE / WEATHER: The climate in Kenya varies due to the sharp variations in altitude from sea level to 5,100 metres.  Due to the proximity of the Equator, Kenya generally experiences a pleasant climate throughout the year with plenty of clear sunshine all the year round and although warm by day is often chilly at night.  The 'long rains' usually fall in the months of April and May.  The migration usually takes place after the long rains, when from late July to October the wildebeest migrate from Tanzania to find new grazing.  During the months of October and November, there are occasional scattered rains, the 'short rains', which freshen the atmosphere and vegetation and lay the dust. 

TIME DIFFERENCE: Kenya has a single time zone- which is GMT+3. 

LANGUAGE: English and Swahili are the official languages and are taught in schools throughout the country.  However, there are many other tribal languages including Kikuyu, Luhia, Luo and Kikamba as well as many minor tribal languages.

ROAD TRAVEL: Kenya like most countries in Africa is a third world country. Therefore please be aware that the infrastructure in certain areas is not up to the standard you would find at home.  Specifically some of the roads are often very rough and short journeys can take much longer than expected.  For example a journey from Nairobi to the Masai Mara which is 300 km’s takes 5-6 hours and from Lake Nakuru to Amboseli 6-7 hours. Some days will be very long and bumpy due to Kenya’s road conditions. The views and spectacular scenery encountered usually make the trip well worthwhile. 

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS: 
1st January - New Years Day  
Idd il Fitr * 
March/April Good Friday** 
March/April Easter Monday**  
1st May - Labour Day  
1st June - Madaraka Day  
20th October - Mashujaa Day  
12th December - Jamhuri Day  
25th December Christmas Day  
26th December Boxing Day  
*The Muslim Festival of Idd il Fitr celebrates the end of Ramadhan. The date varies each year depending on the sighting of a new moon in Mecca.  
** Dates for the Christian festival of Easter vary from year to year. 

HEALTH INFORMATION: It is advisable to travel with a small medical kit that includes any basic remedies you may need, such as antacids, painkillers, anti-histamines and cold remedies.  You will also need anti-diarrhoeal medication such as Imodium (adults only); and oral rehydration sachets such as Electrolade, especially if travelling with children...
Vaccines commonly recommended for travellers to Africa include those against:
Tetanus
Diphtheria
Polio
Typhoid
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Yellow fever*
Rabies
Meningitis

*Certificate required for entry into, or travel between, some African countries.  Several of these vaccines require more than one dose, or take time to become effective. It is always best to seek advice on immunisation well in advance, if possible around 6 weeks before departure. 

SAFETY: Nairobi is notorious for robberies and muggings and visitors should be alert at all times, but particularly at night. Visitors should also be vigilant in Mombasa as there have been a number of recent knife attacks on tourists in the main south coast tourist areas of Diani and Ukunda. There is a high threat from Somali terrorist groups in Kenya and visitors should be vigilant in public places and tourist sites; several bombings took place in early 2012 by the Al Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab group. There is a serious threat of banditry in the northern areas and travel is only advisable with an armed escort; recent armed attacks in resort areas of northern Kenya near the border of Somalia (especially Lamu Island) have occurred, including the kidnapping of foreign tourists, and several governments have advised against all but essential travel to coastal areas within 150km of the Somalian border, and inland areas within 60km of the border. Piracy is also a concern off the coast of Kenya. As late as early 2012 there were incidents of attacks and hijackings of private vessels, though there have been no recent reports. Visitors should also take sensible precautions when driving; in particular, landmines have been used in attacks around Moyale, close to the main A2 road south. Vehicles crossing the border at this point should stay on the A2. 

TIPPING: Tipping is not customary in Kenya, however a 10 percent service charge may be added to the bill in more upmarket restaurants. Otherwise, small change in local currency may be offered to taxi drivers, porters and waiters. Note that on safari drivers, guides and cooks often rely heavily on tips to get by, but these are discretionary. 

CUSTOMS: The taking of photographs of official buildings and embassies is not advised and could lead to detention. It is illegal to destroy Kenyan currency. The coastal towns are predominantly Muslim and religious customs and sensitivities should be respected, particularly during Ramadan; dress should be conservative away from the beaches and resorts, particularly for women. Homosexuality is against the law. Smoking in public places is illegal, other than in designated smoking areas, and violators will be fined or imprisoned. 

COMMUNICATION
Telecommunication:
Kenya has a good network of telephone, cellular and satellite connections. Work is under way to expand this network and introduce fibre optic cables. Most hotels and lodges offer International telephone and fax services. In larger towns, private telecommunication centres also offer international services. If you have a mobile phone with a roaming connection, then you can make use of Kenya’s excellent cellular networks, which covers most larger towns and tourist areas.When calling Kenya, the International code is +254.
Internet: Kenya has good Internet Service Providers. Email and Internet services are offered by many hotels and lodges. In most towns, there are plenty of private business centres and cyber cafes offering email and internet access.
Postal Service: Kenya has a good postal service for both local and international post. There are post offices and post boxes in most towns. Many shops in tourist lodges and hotels sell stamps. There are different rates for letters by weight, airletters, and postcards by size. Parcel services are available from larger post offices. There are post restante services in Nairobi and Mombasa. 

TRAVEL INSURANCE: All passengers must have comprehensive travel insurance. You can complete this with LaCity Travel if you wish. Check your Travel Insurance Policy for an Emergency number and details of services to be provided, Carry these details with you. 

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