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Best of Kenya 7N/8D

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Safaris, camping, treks, unique cultural interactions, balloon rides over the animal reserve with the big five animal species, mountain lodge stays, and a magical lake in the heart of Africa.

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All about the Best of Kenya 7N/8D.

This 7 night, 8 day itinerary covers Maasai Mara, Lake Nakuru and Mt. Kenya national parks. You can choose to do a walking safari as well which is a unique experience by itself. Regular game drives are a part of the itinerary. Camp with your children at some of the best camping sites in Kenya. Witness the biggest traffic jam in the world, that of the wildebeests with their leader trying to decide whether to continue walking or wait until we got out of their way. You will definitely get to see The Big Five.

Book this holiday with us and discover a whole new wilderness in Kenya.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

Start location: Nairobi, Kenya, Best Western Meridian Hotel.

www.meridianhotelkenya.com

Finish location: Nairobi, Kenya, Serena Mt. Lodge

www.serenahotels.com

What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

• Train tickets or airfares to Jhansi from your home destination or from Jabalpur back to your home town.

• Fees for early check-ins and late check-outs at hotels
• International airport departure tax
• Overseas mediclaim insurance
• Usage of vehicles beyond the given route drives after 07.00 PM (depending on sightseeing schedule)
• Usage of guide beyond the mentioned timings or anything beyond the itinerary
• Cost of foreign exchange for personal use
• Optional activities at monuments and sightseeing places or point of interests
• Optional tours or sightseeing
• Entrance fees to monuments or sightseeing places
• SIM cards, roaming charges, and personal phone calls
• Tips for leaders, guides, and drivers
• Supplementary fees for season travel
• Costs that may occur due to change in itinerary/stay due to flight cancellation in any circumstances, bad weather, ill health, road blocks, strikes, local political situations, or any other factors which are reasonably beyond our control
• High season costs applied by hotels or by any other body
• Festive season costs applied by hotels or any other body
• Any other miscellaneous costs
• Any other destination not mentioned in itinerary
• Any other last-minute costs introduced by governments, hotels, or any other body due to various reasons
• Any other costs not mentioned in the inclusions section above

  1. Day 1 Nairobi 

    Meals included: None

    Estimated Distance: 50km, about 30 mins

    On arrival in Nairobi, you will be met by and transferred to your hotel by our representative (approximately 45 minutes’ drive). Rest of the day will be at leisure with optional activities available. Dinner will be on your own arrangement.

    Arrival Transfer: Included

    Optional Activities

    • Kiambethu tea farm – USD 55 (minimum of 4 persons)
    • Karen Blixen museum – USD 14
    • Kazuri beads – USD 10
    • Carnivore Restaurant – KES 3,600
    • Nairobi – Langata Giraffe Sanctuary – USD 12
    • Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage – USD 45 (Minimum 2 pax)
    • Half day Nairobi city tour – USD 55

    Accommodation

    Best Western Meridian Hotel or similar                           www.meridianhotelkenya.com

  2. Day 2 Masai Mara Game Reserve

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Estimated distance: 320km, about 5 hrs 30 mins

    Breakfast at the hotel. Thereafter check out and drive to Masai Mara. The road is dusty when dry, and could be slippery and soft when wet, so the going may be slow. The Masai Mara is the quintessential African experience, with sparse open plains, dramatic skies and some of the world’s most tremendous animals. Here lies arguably one of the finest game reserves on the continent. Arrive in time for check in then followed by lunch. On today’s game drive, you could have the good fortune to observe a black-maned lion, leopard or a cheetah. These predators find an abundant food supply in the massive herds of wildebeest, zebra, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle, all of which roam these verdant grasslands. This is the land of the famed and fated annual migration of wildebeest.

    Included Activities: Game drive

    Optional Activities: Maasai village visit – USD 30

    Accommodation

    Siana Springs Tented Camp or similar                                        www.siana-springs.co.ke

  3. Day 3 Masai Mara Game Reserve

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Estimated Distance: 150km, about 3hrs

    Rise a little before dawn to begin your morning game drive. As the sun rises, you shouldn’t have any trouble spotting wildlife, as this is often one of the most active times of the day for animals. After what is hopefully an exciting morning’s drive, you will return to camp for lunch and to relax during the heat of the day. Set off again in the afternoon – this time you can expect to return to camp at around sunset. Depending on wildlife movements, you may not return to camp in the middle of the day, making for one full game drive instead (in this case you will stop for a picnic lunch). Accommodation while in ’The Mara’ is a comfortable permanent-tented camp. Once you return to the tented camp there is an option to go back out and visit a Maasai Village. These visits can be fascinating to learn about the different culture and way of life of traditional Maasai people. However, please note that these villages exist primarily as businesses. You will be charged an entry fee of USD 20-25 and they will try very hard to sell souvenirs to you. An optional balloon ride over the Masai Mara at sunrise is highly recommended; an unforgettable experience for many travelers.

    Enjoy a balloon ride over the Mara. Glide through the dawn, sometimes at tree height, enjoying amazing photo opportunities. Upon landing, you’ll be treated to a bush breakfast before returning to your vehicle. This is a popular activity with limited places, so it’s offered as a pre-booked activity which guarantees you a place. If you choose to wait and book this activity locally on the ground, you may risk missing out on a place.

    Included activities: Game drives

    Optional activities:
    • Maasai village visit – USD 30
    • Balloon safari – USD 500

    Accommodation:

    Siana Springs Tented Camp or similar                                        www.siana-springs.co.ke

  4. Day 4 Lake Nakuru National Park

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Estimated distance: 310km, about 4hrs 45 mins

    Breakfast at the camp followed by check out. Thereafter drive to Nakuru. Arrive in time for lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon, there is the opportunity to visit the Menengai Crater, one of the largest craters on earth – a great chance to witness breathtaking views of the Great Rift Valley.

    Proceed to L. Nakuru Park for a game drive. The alkaline waters of this lake once supported an extremely large colony of flamingos – estimated to be up to two million strong! Over the course of the year the lake changes size considerably, shrinking to its smallest in March at the end of the dry season, and changing the type of birdlife and wildlife that inhabit the area. The lush area around the lake remains known for its bird life.

    Included activities: Game drive

    Accommodation: Nakuru Lodge or similar

    www.lakenakurulodge.com

  5. Day 5 Lake Nakuru National Park

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Estimated Distance: 100km, about 2hrs

    This morning you will visit Lake Nakuru National Park. Mornings can be cold so it’s important to bring warm clothes. You might see why this great soda lake has been described as the world’s greatest ornithological spectacle; it amazingly turns into a sea of pink on occasion.  The park boasts substantial numbers of other species, including waterbuck, reedbuck and gazelle. Leopards are also to be found here, and the chances of sighting one are significant. Keep your eyes peeled, too, for one of Africa’s most endangered creatures, the elusive black rhinoceros (white rhinos are much easier to spot).

    Included activities: Game drives

    Accommodation: Nakuru Lodge or similar

    www.lakenakurulodge.com

  6. Day 6 Lake Nakuru National Park - Mt. Kenya N. Park

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Estimated Distance: 230km, about 3hrs 30 mins

    Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast at the lodge. Thereafter, check out and proceed to Mt. Kenya National Park arriving for lunch and check in at Serena Mountain Lodge. The afternoon will be spent game viewing. At 7,200 feet on the slopes of Mount Kenya, Mountain Lodge is ringed by a dense rain forest, which comes alive at dusk with a myriad of sounds of creatures of all sizes. This is the adventure offered at the 42 room Mountain Lodge where animal sightings are fascinating and frequent.

    Evening spent at leisure viewing the animals from your balcony. The game viewing is excellent. You may watch the waterhole, right next to the lodge, throughout the evening and at night and local game includes elephant, buffalo, rhino and waterbuck. A specially constructed viewing bunker, connected to the lodge by a short tunnel, offers spectacular close-up views of wildlife at the waterhole. Towering over the landscape are the majestic rocky peaks of Mount Kenya, providing some dramatic photographic opportunities.

    Included activities: Game viewing from the balcony

    Accommodation: Serena Mt. Lodge or similar

    www.serenahotels.com

  7. Day 7 Mt. Kenya National Park

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Estimated Distance: 60km, about 50 mins

    Breakfast at the lodge. Rest of the day spent at Mt. Kenya National Park with all meals at the lodge.

    There  are optional activities you can engage in as listed below. There are daily educational and cultural talks also available. Mount Kenya National Park – an important area of protected ancient forests and a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site with diverse plant and animal life. Serena Mountain Lodge is a timbered tree hotel offering sweeping views across the tree-canopy, sparkling trout streams, and gentle forest walks.

    Optional activities:
    • Bush lunch – USD $45 per person
    • Bush breakfast with nature walk – USD 40 per person
    • Trout fishing breakfast by River Sagana (minimum 2 pax) – USD 65 per person
    • Mt. Kenya guided forest walk – USD 33

    Accommodation: Serena Mt. Lodge or similar

    www.serenahotels.com

  8. Day 8 Mt. Kenya National Park – Nairobi - Depart

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Estimated Distance: 180km, about 3hrs 30 mins

    After breakfast, depart and head to Nairobi. Today you will be dropped at the airport on arrival in Nairobi for your departure flight depending on the flight timings.

    Departure transfer: Included

Accommodation

Best Western Meridian Hotel or similar – www.meridianhotelkenya.com

Siana Springs Tented Camp or similar – www.siana-springs.co.ke

Nakuru Lodge or similar – www.lakenakurulodge.com

Serena Mt. Lodge or similar – www.serenahotels.com

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
InclusionsWhat all is included in the tour

• Visa
• International Travel insurance
• Return airfare
• Accommodation: Hotel 1 night, Lodge 4 nights, Camp 2 nights (permanent camps with self-contained facilities)
• Rooming requirements: Twin/double room share
• Included meals: 7 Breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
• Transport: Safari 4 x 4 vehicle(s) throughout
• Leader/guide: English speaking driver guide(s) throughout
• Included activities: Refer to day by day itinerary
• Entrance/admission fees: Where applicable with included activities
• Airport transfers: Arrival and departure transfers are included on a group basis

We require you to send us flight details 45 days in advance of departure.

ExclusionsWhat is not included in the price

• Any other transport not mentioned in the inclusions section above.
• Any meals other than those mentioned in the inclusions section above
• Services not mentioned in the itinerary above
• Laundry
• Alcoholic beverages, minibar costs, and table drinks
• Beverages like tea, coffee, water etc.
• Personal shopping expenses
• Room service
• Porters at the railway station, airports, hotels