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Kenya Safari and Zanzibar

This safari trip offers you the very best of Kenya's beautiful and varied scenery. Seven days safari with Amboseli, Aberdare, Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara. As well as a week of sun by the ocean in Zanzibar. This Safari in a small group starts in Nairobi every Monday all year round. The trip includes, among other things:

  • Seven days safari
  • Seven nights with half-board at Mnarani Beach Cottages (upgrade is possible)
  • Amboseli - known for photographs of elephants with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background.
  • Aberdare - dense rainforest and spectacular accommodation
  • Lake Nakuru - rhinos and giraffes Rothschild "white knee socks".
  • Maasai Mara - Kenya's richest wildlife, lots of lions and other big cats
  • Safari in small groups, always just one safari vehicle, maximum of six participants
  • Guaranteed window seat
  • Knowledgeable and experienced guides
  • Flights UK- Nairobi and flight home from Zanzibar
  • Flights from Nairobi to Zanzibar

Kenya is commonly known as the Safari's home country and is still one of the best countries for a safari trip. On this safari you will see the very best of Kenya's rich wildlife and varied nature. You begin the safari in Amboseli, one of East Africa's most beautiful parks.

Huge herds of herbivores and especially elephants graze on the savannah the foothills of Africa's highest mountain; Kilimanjaro. After Amboseli you will drive to the beautiful Aberdare Mountains where you will be staying right next to the animals on the famous Ark. After that you will head towards Lake Nakuru, which is probably the best place in East Africa to see the pompous rhino. The safari is completed in the crown jewel of Kenya's safari parks; Maasai Mara. Maasai Mara is home to the vast majority of the large African mammals including lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino, the Big Five.

After the safari you will fly to Zanzibar to enjoy a week of sun by the ocean. The basic price includes half-board accommodation in a standard garden view room in Mnarani Beach Cottages. Upgrades are possible.

Here you can read about all our hotels in Zanzibar.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Departure from UK
Fly from UK in the evening 

 

Day 2: Arrival in Nairobi and trip to Amboseli
Upon arrival in Nairobi you will be met by your safari guide. When all travelers have packed their bags into the car, you’ll start the drive towards Amboseli. The journey to Amboseli goes over paved road and you’ll arrive at your lodge in Amboseli in time for lunch. In the afternoon it’s time for your first game drive. Amboseli is wonderfully located with views of Kilimanjaro in the south and on the open savannah, you will see many animals, primarily herbivores such as elephants, giraffes, antelopes, wildebeests, zebras and even hyenas. The big cats are also here but it's rare to see them. At dusk, it’s time to return to your lodge, which will be accommodated at Amboseli Lodge Sarova or equivalent. Lunch and dinner are included. Beverage is notincluded

 

Day 3: Amboseli
A full day game drive in Amboseli with a break for lunch at the lodge. Accommodation at Amboseli Sarova Lodge (same lodge as the previous night) or equivalent. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. Beverage is not included

 

Day 4: Amboseli to Aberdare
After breakfast at the lodgde, you will leave Amboseli and drive via Nairobi to Aberdare . Aberdare National Park protects the Aberdare Mountains in Central Kenya and the unique setting with mountain forest and a wide range of animal species that are found only in a few places in Kenya. You will arrive at Aberdare country club in time for lunch and afterwards you will be taken to your lodge , The Ark , in special cars from the lodge. At The Ark , you can sit on the lodge's wooden deck and enjoy the beautiful surroundings and see the animals coming to the waterhole below the Lodge. If you wish you can also take part in a guided walk in the woods. The walk is done with a guide from the lodge, It's not included in the price and is payable on site . Animals in Aberdare include, elephant, rhinos , antelopes (including the rare bongo antelope ) , lion, leopard and serval. Accommodation at The Ark or equivalent. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. Beverage is not included

 

Day 5: Aberdare to Lake Nakuru
After breakfast at the lodge it's time to leave Aberdare and drive to your lodge in Lake Nakuru. There you will have lunch and then spend the afternoon with a safari in the small but wildlife-rich park, where you among other animals can see rhino, buffalo, hyena, Rothschild's giraffe, hyrax, klipspringer and different kinds of monkeys. In the evening you will return to your lodge. Accommodation at Flamingo Hill Tented Camp or equivalent. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Beverage is not included

 

Day 6: Lake Nakuru to Maasai Mara 
Breakfast at the lodge and then departure to Maasai Mara. The car journey takes about four hours and you'll arrive at your lodge in time for lunch. After Lunch it's time for your first game drive in Maasai Mara, Kenyas animal richest park. Among the many animals you can see here are; lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, jackal, impala, dik dik, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, elephant, giraffe, Grant's gazelle, Thomson's gazelle, hippo , crocodile, etc. In the evening you will return to your lodge for dinner. Accommodation at Mara Nyumbu Camp or equivalent. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Beverage is not included

 

Day 7: Maasai Mara
Full day safari in the Maasai Mara. On this day you will receive a picnic lunch to enjoy during a rest stop in the day. The entire day is spent with safari and you will return to your lodge at dusk. Accommodation at Mara Nyumbu Camp or equivalent (same lodge as the previous night). Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Beverage are not included

 

Day 8: Maasai Mara to Zanzibar
You leave the Maasai Mara after breakfast and drive to Nairobi. In Nairobi you will be driven to a restaurant where you will have lunch (not included) on your own. After lunch your journey continues towards the airport for flight to Zanzibar. Upon arrival in Zanzibar you will be met by our representative who will transport you to your hotel. Accommodation at Mnarani Beach Cottages in the standard price but opportunity exists to upgrade. Here you will find information about all our hotels in Zanzibar. Breakfast and dinner are included. Beverage is not included

 

Day 9-14: Zanzibar
The days are free to spend as you please. There are opportunities for day trips to go sailing, snorkel, and diving. You can also visit the medieval capital of Zanzibar, Stone Town or any of the island's spice plantations. Breakfast and dinner are included. Beverage is not included

 

Day 15: Departure
We will pick you up at the hotel 3 hours before your flight departs for transfer to Zanzibar Airport. Breakfast is included on this day.

 

Dates and prices 2015

Price includes flights Nairobi-Zanzibar. Prices above are quoted per adult (> 15 years old) sharing a double room. Discounts for children and youth applies.

 

 This safari starts at Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi assuming your flights arriving in the morning. Incase of later arrival, an overnight stay in Nairobi is required. This is something we can assist you in booking.

Included in the price

  • All hotel nights, meals and transfers as specified in the itinerary
  • Shared Safari Vehicles
  • Safari Guide, (your guide is knowledgeable and experienced with a very good English)
  • Insurance with Flying Doctors, including air transportation to hospital in Nairobi or Mombasa incase if serious illness or injury
  • Flight between Nairobi- Zanzibar

Not included in the price

  • International Flight UK-Nairobi, Nairobi-Zanzibar and Zanzibar-UK
  • Visa to Kenya
  • Visa to Tanzania
  • Departure tax from Zanzibar. Currently $40/person (2014-04) payable in cash on departure from Zanzibar. Can not be paid in advance.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Cancellation insurance
  • Tip to the Guides
  • Personal expenses such as mini bar, laundry, telephone and Internet

For travel insurance and cancellation insurance, we recommend 

  1. Check what travel insurance is included in your home insurance
  2. Pay for your trip with card. Many credit card include good travel insurance. Note that the conditions of different cards vary, check what's included in your card carefully. We accept MasterCard and VISA
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Hotels & Lodges

Amboseli Sarova Camp
Nice tented camp situated right on the border to Amboseli National Reserve. The tents have stone floors, real beds, toilet and shower and they are located so that all tents have a view of Kilimanjaro. Learn more about Amboseli Sarova Camp.

The Ark
Spectacular wooden lodge built to resemble the ark. The lodge is located right next to a waterhole that attracts a lot of animals from the surrounding mountain forest including elephant, buffalo, monkeys, birds, warthogs, bushbuck and leopard. All the rooms in the lodge have a private toilet and bathroom. The lodge also has a large observation deck where you can sit and watch the animals who come to the water hole. Learn more about The Ark.

Flamigo Hill Tented Camp
Small Luxury Tented Camp located in Lake Nakuru National Park. The lodge has 25 rooms located in fixed tents. All rooms have private bathroom with shower, real beds, electricity and a veranda overlooking the savannah. Learn more about Flamigo Hill Tented Camp.

Mara Nyumbu Camp
Great tented camp of midrange with a good location right on the border to the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Here you will stay in one of the animal richest land areas in the world and the wildlife is often seen nearby the lodge. All rooms are located in their own tents which are spacious and well kept. All tents have proper beds, toilet and shower. Learn more about Mara Nyumbu Camp.

Mnarani Beach Cottages, Zanzibar
Mnarani Beach Cottages is a nice and affordable midrange hotel. They offer simple but clean rooms in the main building as well as independent bungalows. Standard room comes with either garden or ocean view. The hotels 2 large family bungalows with four beds is a good alternative for families travelling with children. The atmosphere is calm and relaxed. Read more about Mnarani Beach Cottages here.

Upgrade your accommodation in Zanzibar 
We can offer a wide selection of hotels on Zanzibar and the neighboring island Pemba to suit all tastes. We at Africana Travel have no partnerships with large resorts nor charter hotels - but work exclusively with smaller boutique hotel. From mid-range to luxury. Learn more about our hotels on Zanzibar here.

Prior to your trip

Before your departure you might want to go through our checklist below to make sure you have everything you need. 

Visa, If you choose to apply for your visa before your departure it should be done through their respective embassy. We recommend that you apply at lest a month in advance. There is also the possibility to buy your visa upon arrival. Make sure you have the correct amount (in USD) easily accessible in your hand luggage. 

Visa to Kenya, you can apply for at the Kenya Embassy alternatively buy on arrival in Kenya. Applying at the Embassy cost £30 for a visa and on arrival the price is USD 50. There tends to be long queues for visa applications at arrivals. We therefor suggest that you apply for you visa at lest a month before departure. Download the application form *here*. Note that your passport has to be valid for a minimum of six months after your return flight and you passport can't be damaged in anyway. If you apply for a visa at arrivals in Kenya you will have to be able to show your return flight.

Visa to Tanzania , you can apply for a visa through the Tanzania High Commission for £40 and upon arrival in Tanzania the price is USD 50. There tends to be long queues for visa applications at arrivals. We therefor suggest that you apply for you visa at lest a month before departure. Download the application form *here*. Note that your passport has to be valid for a minimum of six months after your return flight and you passport can't be damaged in anyway. If you apply for a visa at arrivals in Tanzania you will have to be able to show your return flight.

Vaccinations, Visits you vaccination clinic well in advance to receive the vaccinations and any medications you might need. Bring your proof of vaccination to your destination.

Travel Currency, It's best to have USD in cash. Visa cards are also good, Mastercards are accepted fairly often while Amex and Diners Club are rarely accepted. Note that in many places in East Africa there is a fee up to 5% on card transactions.

Ticket; Usually you will receive an e-ticket on your email. Print your ticket and bring it to the airport for check-in. Make sure to check your flight ticket before your journey. You can do this by using your surname and booking reference to log in to checkmytrip.com. (This does not apply for group bookings) If you cant access you booking for any reason feel free to contact us and we will assist you.

Luggage: If your going on safari, please use soft sided luggage. Hard suitcases will be difficult to fit into your safari jeep.

Baggage Allowance; This varies between the different airline. Check with each airline website for their current conditions. Most domestic flights in East Africa only allow one bag with a limit of 20kg/person. Smaller safari planes often only allow 15kg/person including hand luggage.

Insurance; Before you travel make sure have an adequate travel insurance. Note that with several debit/ credit cards you travel insurance is included if you pay your trip with card. Check the conditions for your home insurance and card carefully before purchasing additional travel insurance. Africana Travel do not sell any travel insurance or cancelation insurance.

Flight check in: You can either check-in at the airport or the airlines website. Most airlines offers online check in 48h before departure. Note that not all airlines offer online check-in, therefor please look at your airline website prior to your journey. We can't check-in for you or book you a specifc seat with extra legroom. Some airlines allows you to reserve specific seats with extra legroom on their website for an additional fee. This can be paid online by credit or debit card.

Terms of Purchasing; Trips booked with us are covered by general and special conditions. When purchasing a trip from Africana Travel your automatically accept these. Therefore, check our terms and conditions carefully.

What to bring on your Safari

To make your safari as pleasurable as possible we put together a checklist of things you should consider to include in your luggage.

Soft LuggagePack your belongings in soft bags so they easily fit into the limited space in the safari jeep. Note that the domestic flights to Zanzibar only allows one bag per person.  

Binoculars; Many animals will be close to the car but it's good to bring a binocular if we happen to see a leopard or rhino in the distance.

Flashlight or headlamp; It gets very dark at night in the African wilderness, so bringing a flashlight or preferably a headlamp is recommended.

Wipes or/and Hand Sanitizer; Useful if you want to clean your hands before a meal. Can also be used to clean any grazes etc

Hiking shoes (low): Hiking shoes are the absolute best to have on your feet whilst on safari, not only for your own comfort but also to protect your feet from any nasties on the ground such as scorpions, sharp rocks or acacia thorns. A lot of camping and hiking stores will recommend Gore-Tex shoes which are waterproof however you will want to make sure that whatever shoes you bring will be breathable as it can get quite hot. The absolute best is if you have comfortable walking shoes that are water resistant.

Sandals or Sneakers. It's nice to have a pair of comfortable well-worn shoes to wear at the lodge in the evening.

Hat or Cap; To protect you head from the sun

Sunglasses; The sun is extremely strong in East Africa so it's important to protect your eyes.

Mosquito Repellent

Sunscreen; Bring plenty of sunscreen with a high SPF. If you’re travelling during the European autumn/winter it's especially important to wear a sunscreen with high SPF in the beginning. Bring as much as you will need since it's difficult to find in East Africa and where it's available it tends to be expensive.

Light Clothes; bring thin t-shirt and trousers/shorts. Functional materials are more comfortable than cotton. In some areas, such as the Ngorongoro crater you will experience chilly night (especially between May and September), so we recommend you to bring a light jacket or fleece.

Small backpack or bag to carry camera and similar things during the day

IMPORTANT!! Before your trip make sure to visit a vaccination clinic and get the vaccinations and malaria prophylaxis you need!

FAQ

We have collected frequently asked questions here.

Weather and Climate

Kenya lies on the equator and most of the country has a tropical climate. A part of the country is located on the East African plateau where the climate is noticeably cooler and drier than the coast. Northern parts of Kenya are dry and consist largely of semi-desert. Daytime temperatures in Kenya's safari parks, Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara ranges from about 25 degrees between May and August to between 25 and 35 degrees the rest of the year. The warmest months are December and February. It rains very different in various parts of the country and rain normally occurs every month. The rainiest months are March, April and May and the driest are July to October. Learn more about weather and climate in Kenya in our Safari Guide Kenya.

Zanzibar has a distinctly tropical climate with warm weather all year round. Afternoon temperatures generally range between 25 degrees during coolest months of May-July and 35 degrees in the hottest months, October to February. Typically the night temperatures fall to around 20 degree. The rainiest months are March, April and May and the driest is June to October. Although rain can occurs all year round.

Reservations

Changes in the exchange rate GBP/USD, availability of tickets, changes in taxes and fees on airline tickets and other external factors beyond our control could cause a higher price than those presented on this page.