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  • Kenya

    The Home of Safari

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    Time Zone: GMT + 3

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    Capital City: Nairobi

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    Independence: 12 December 1963

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    National Language: Kiswahili

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    Currency: Kenya shilling (KES).

Kenya

Kenya is the most famous destination for safaris in the world for endless reasons, the scenery, the incredible opportunity for viewing all African wildlife in particular the ease in which to see the 'Big 5'. It is still the best country for adventure travel in Africa; it offers high levels of service; it still offers 'Out of Africa' scenic beauty, diverse cultures and abundant wildlife.

Safari is however, by no means the only reason to visit Kenya, the coastline and tropical beaches are amongst the world's most beautiful. 

These are great itineraries and we recommend them highly, but if you would like to do something else, we would be delighted to work with you on an itinerary perfect for you.

Travel Info

(Our 2-3*) Family Holiday to Kenya

A seven day safari with a possible beach extension staying at some of the best, but most affordable, accommodation in Kenya.

  • Per Adult USD: 2,250
  • Per Child USD: 1,486

(Our 2-3*) Family Holiday to the Beach in Kenya

A week on the beach staying in one of best, but most affordable, accommodation in Kenya.

  • Per Adult USD: 689
  • Per Child USD: 585

(Our 2-3*) with Friends to the Kenyan Beach

A seven night beach escape staying at one of the best, yet affordable small lodges on the Kenyan coast.

  • Per Adult USD: 1,158

HITWswinging

(Our 2-3*) with a Group of Friends to Kenya

A seven day safari with a possible beach extension taking in some of the best, but most affordable, accommodation in Kenya.

  • Per Adult USD: 2,204

(Our 2-3*) Beach Honeymoon to Kenya

A week on the beach in one of Kenya’s best, but most affordable, accommodation.

  • Per Adult USD: 1,218

(Our 2-3*) Honeymoon to Kenya

A seven day safari with a possible beach extension taking in some of the best, but most affordable, accommodation in Kenya.

  • Per Adult USD: 2,848

A Day Trip in Nairobi for the Family

Get up close and personal with Nairobi’s wildlife

  • Per Adult USD: 168
  • Per Child USD: 147

Kibera

A Day’s Philanthropic Tour in Nairobi

One day tour and work experience in Africa’s largest urban slum.

  • Per Adult USD: 403

Massai Market

A Day Trip in Nairobi for the Shopaholic

Visit some of Kenya’s most unique places to shop

  • Per Adult USD: 153

AFEW Giraffe Centre

A Day Trip for the Best of Nairobi

Get up close and personal with Nairobi’s wildlife & travel around our capital city

  • Per Adult USD: 170

Tamambo Karen Blixen

A Day Trip in Nairobi for the Historian

Get up close and personal with Nairobi’s history.

  • Per Adult USD: 175

Your Affordable Philanthropic Safari in Kenya

 A ten day safari experience with an optional six day beach extension, whilst helping out in local communities.

  • Per Adult USD: 4,006

Your Indulgent Philanthropic Safari in Kenya

A 12 day safari with an optional beach extension, staying in the most luxurious places whilst helping out in local communities.

  • Per Adult USD: 7,839

Sangare

A Luxury Horse Riding Safari in Kenya

Morning ride, walk or game drive at Sangare.

A Golfing Safari in Kenya

Six days on safari with a possible extension on the beach …. whilst staying close to international standard golf courses.

  • Per Adult USD: 2,413

(Our 2-3*) Mt Kenya Climb for a Group of Friends

A five day climb using the Timau Route on Mt Kenya.

  • Per Adult USD: 1,863

(Our 2-3*) White Water Rafting Trip With Friends to Kenya

A five day trip taking in one of the most adventurous, but affordable white water rafting in Kenya.

  • Per Adult USD: 516

(Our 2-3*) Kite Surfing Holiday in Kenya

Four days instruction at East Africa’s original kite surfing destination.

  • Per Adult USD: 1,326

Nogorongoro Crater Lodge The Safari Company

Indulgent (5/6*) East African Adventure on Safari in Kenya and Tanzania

Six nights on the ultimate indulgent adventure, on safari in Kenya and Tanzania.

Elephant Watch Camp The Safari Company

Indulgent (5/6*) Rustic and Wonderful Safari in Kenya

Seven nights on an indulgent, rustic and wonderful adventure, on safari in Kenya

Kinondo Kwetu Beach The Safari Company

Indulgent (5/6*) Rustic and Wonderful Holiday on the Beach in Kenya

Five indulgent, rustic yet wonderful nights on the beach in Kenya, visiting Diani

Mara Plains Camp The Safari Company

Indulgent (5/6*) Honeymoon Love on Safari in Kenya

Six nights on an indulgent luxurious honeymoon safari in Kenya visiting Samburu, Laikipia and the Masai Mara

The Majlis Lamu The Safari Company

Indulgent (5/6*) Honeymoon Love on the Beach in Kenya

Five romantic nights at the beach for your honeymoon, in one of Kenya’s most indulgent and stylish locations on Lamu Island

Sirikoi The Safari Company

Indulgent (5/6*) Family Holiday Fun on Safari in Kenya

Seven nights of luxurious and indulgent family fun, on safari in Kenya

Manda Bay The Safari Company

Indulgent (5/6*) Family Holiday Fun on the Beach in Kenya

Five nights of water sports heaven on Lamu Island for all the family, whilst staying in indulgent style and beach elegance

Campi ya Kani The Safari Company

Indulgent (5/6*) Holiday for a Group of Friends on Safari in Kenya

Seven nights on safari in Kenya with a group of friends, staying in the Chyulu Hills, Laikipia region and the Masai Mara

Forodhani House The Safari Company

Indulgent (5/6*) Holiday for a Group of Friends on the Beach in Kenya

Five nights with a group of friends in a luxurious private beach front property on Lamu Island, Kenya

Speke's Camp The Safari Company

Little and Lovely (3/4*) Honeymoon on Safari in Kenya

Six nights on a little and lovely honeymoon safari in Kenya visiting Laikipia and the Masai Mara

The Maji Beach Hotel The Safari Company

Little and Lovely (3/4*) Honeymoon on the Beach in Kenya

Five nights of romance at the beach in Kenya on a little and lovely honeymoon visiting Diani Beach

House in the Wild The Safari Company

Little and Lovely (3/4*) Family Holiday Fun on Safari in Kenya

Six nights on a little and lovely family holiday on safari in Kenya visiting Laikipia, the Great Rift Valley and the Masai Mara

Forodhani House The Safari Company

Little and Lovely (3/4*) Family Holiday Fun on the Beach in Kenya

Five nights at the beach in Kenya, on a little and lovely family holiday, visiting Lamu Island

Olepangi Farm House The Safari Company

Little and Lovely (3/4*) Holiday for a Group of Friends on Safari in Kenya

Seven nights with a group of friends on a little and lovely safari holiday in Kenya, visiting Laikipia, the Masai Mara and the Tsavo West area

Diani Blue The Safari Company

Little and Lovely (3/4*) Holiday for a Group of Friends on the Beach in Kenya

Five nights with a group of friends at the beach in Kenya, in little and lovely accommodation on Diani Beach

Olarro Lodge The Safari Company

Little and Lovely (3/4*) Art of Privacy for a Group of Friends on Safari in Kenya

Seven nights of completely privacy, with a group of friends on a little and lovely safari holiday in Kenya, visiting the Loita Hills region of the Masai Mara

Gibbs Farm The Safari Company

Intimate & Hosted (4*) East African Adventure on Safari around Kenya and Tanzania

Seven intimate and hosted nights on safari staying in some of the best, yet affordable small lodges and camps in Kenya and Tanzania.

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Karama Eco Lodge The Safari Company

Intimate & Hosted (4*) Rustic and Wonderful Safari in Kenya

Seven intimate and hosted nights on safari staying in some of the best, yet affordable small lodges and camps in Kenya whilst visiting Nairobi, Laikipia and the Masai Mara.

Che Shale The Safari Company

Intimate & Hosted (4*) Rustic and Wonderful Holiday on the Beach in Kenya

Five intimate and hosted nights at the beach in one of Kenya’s best, yet affordable small camps on the north coast

Sabuk The Safari Company

Intimate & Hosted (4*) Honeymoon Love on Safari in Kenya

Seven intimate and hosted nights on safari staying in some of the best, yet affordable small lodges and camps

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Intimate & Hosted (4*) Honeymoon Love on the Beach in Kenya

Five romantic nights on the beach for your honeymoon, in one of Kenya’s best, yet affordable small lodges on the north coast

Kiangazi House The Safari Company

Intimate & Hosted (4*) Family Holiday Fun on Safari in Kenya

Seven intimate and hosted nights of family fun on safari staying in some of the best, yet affordable small lodges and camps visiting Lake Naivasha, Laikipia and the Masai Mara in Kenya

Afrochic Diani Beach The Safari Company

Intimate & Hosted (4*) Family Holiday Fun on the Beach in Kenya

Five intimate and hosted nights of family fun on the beach, in one of Kenya’s best, yet affordable small lodges on the north coast

Satao Elerai The Safari Company

Intimate & Hosted (4*) Holiday for a Group of Friends on Safari in Kenya

Seven intimate and hosted nights on safari staying in some of the best, yet affordable small lodges and camps visiting Amboseli, the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Elementeita area and the Masai Mara in Kenya

Maji Beach Hotel The Safari Company

Intimate & Hosted (4*) Holiday for a Group of Friends on the Beach in Kenya

Five intimate and hosted nights on the beach, in one the best, yet affordable small lodges on Kenya’s south coast

Topi House The Safari Company

Intimate & Hosted (4*) Art of Privacy with Friends on Safari in Kenya

Seven intimate and hosted nights on safari staying in one of the best, yet affordable small houses in Kenya’s Masai Mara

Kenya Travel Information

Basics

Basics
Time Zone: GMT + 3
Capital City: Nairobi, meaning "place of cool waters" in the Maa language
Independence gained on: 12 December 1963 (from Great Britain)
National Language: Kiswahili
Official Language: English
Currency: Kenyan shilling (KES) and cents
Land Area: Kenya covers an area of about 586,600km sq
Drives on the: Left
Country Code: 254

Geography

Location:
On the Equator on the eastern coast of Africa. Kenya is bordered by Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, Somalia and the Indian ocean to the east, Ethiopia to the north and Sudan to the northwest.
Population & People:
• The population is estimated at 43,500,000 as of 2013.
• There are about 52 tribes in Kenya.
Vegetation & Special Natural Features:
• Kenya is home to the famous Masai Mara game reserve, Mount Kenya and Lake Victoria (the world's second-largest freshwater lake).
• The Great Rift Valley, which runs from northern Syria in Southwest Asia to central Mozambique in East Africa, bisects the country from North to South and is dotted with lakes and extinct volcanoes, is one of Kenya's most fascinating physical features.
• Kenya's natural vegetation is diverse. Truly a 'world within one country'. Tropical rainforests, sandy beaches, snow-capped mountains, desert, wide savannah plains teeming with wildlife, freshwater lakes and salt lakes.
Climate:
• Kenya enjoys an equatorial to a tropical climate experiencing moderate temperatures averaging about 22C throughout the year. It is hotter and more humid at the coast, temperate inland and dry in the north and northeast parts of the country.
• There are two wet seasons: short rains (October to December) and long rains (March to June). Our hottest season is from January to March.

Currency

• Kenya shilling (KES) & cents. The colloquial term for shilling is 'bob'.
• There is no limit to the amount of currency or Travellers Cheques that you may bring into the country. Travellers Cheques can be difficult to change; please always carry your passport when you would like to change them though.
• Most of the hotels, lodges and shops in Kenya accept the major credit cards.
• Changing your Kenyan shillings back into hard currency is easily done at the airport, hotels and banks. It is recommended that visitors DO NOT change money on the black market as they are more likely to receive a lower rate of exchange or fake notes.
• It is illegal to destroy or deface Kenyan currency.

Travel

Passport / Visa:
• A valid passport is required.
• Visitors require a visa to enter Kenya, which they can obtain either online, at the Kenyan embassy in their own country, or at the airport on arrival.
• It costs US$50 per visa, and we recommend you have the exact change.
• Those requiring a visa (including all British citizens) are now advised to have at least two blank pages available in their passport on arrival; failure to meet this requirement could mean that entry may be refused.
Insurance:
• There is no national welfare scheme and visitors to Kenya are responsible for their own medical expenses. We insist on our clients being covered by the Flying Doctors' Service.
• Please leave a copy of your travel insurance with us at the beginning of your holiday, along with copies of your airline tickets and passports.
Health Precautions:
• Kenya is considered a generally healthy place to travel. The SAFARI Company's clients automatically become members of the Flying Doctors Rescue Service for emergency evacuation. However, you should carry your own complete holiday/medical insurance.
• In Kenya, we do have good medical facilities and a good hospital.
• Malaria protection is imperative. We recommend Malarone as a prophylactic.... But please consult with your preferred medical practitioner.
• There are no mandatory inoculations required for Kenya but please contact your doctor or a specialised travel clinic for further advice.
Voltage:
• Voltage is 220-240 AC. Most of the safari vehicles have a cigarette lighter socket operation on a 12-volt system.
• Please bring sufficient batteries for photographic equipment; most lodges have limited power supply but all are capable of re-charging your electrical items for you.
• Please also bring adapter plugs (square pin, English standard).

While There

Communications:
• All camps and lodges have radio communication with Nairobi.
• Most lodges do have a mobile phone signal (Airtel, Orange, Safaricom or Yu) in the lodge or nearby (under a tree or on a hill) which sometimes can be weak, so please do not always rely on it.
• Safaricom generally has the widest coverage.
• Most lodges and hotels also have internet access in case of emergencies.
Photography:
• Please respect the local people with regards to photography and only use cameras if you have the permission of the subject/s to do so.
• Never try to "steal" a photo against the will of the person concerned. Let your guide help negotiate terms before you start shooting!
Food & Water:
• Please do not drink tap water; we recommend you drink bottled water which is readily available in all lodges and camps.
• Please advise us of any allergies, likes or dislikes before you embark on your holiday.
Luggage:
• If you are taking a local flight within Kenya, please ensure that baggage is packed in soft bags and should weigh no more than 15kg per person.
• The airlines will make you re-pack you luggage if your luggage is in hard suitcases or if it is over 15kgs.
• It is possible to store luggage not required during the safari with us at The SAFARI Company, at the airport or at your hotel if you are returning there after your trip.
• Please refer to our recommended packing list.

When on Safari

Safari Etiquette:
Kenya offers a treasure-trove of experiences, ecosystems, wildlife and cultures. The SAFARI Company encourages our guests to support our guides by learning and honouring their policies which helps preserve our precious environment. In order to promote responsible tourism, we ask that you join us in observing the following tips.
Whilst on a game drive:
• Please do not interfere with animal behaviour.
• No more than 5 vehicles around an animal at one time (please accept the decision of your guide to leave an animal if he feels it is becoming overcrowded).
• Please do not get too close to the animals as this may distress them.
• Please do not get out of the vehicle without consulting your guide.
• Please try to be as quiet as possible when viewing wildlife close up. Your guide will turn off the vehicle's engine whenever possible.
• Please minimize off-road driving.
• No speeding! The speed limit in the parks is 40kph.
Protect the Environment:
• Please do not litter, especially cigarette butts.
• Please do not collect bones, feathers, stones or plants etc; they are all mini ecosystems.
• Please do not buy bones, stones, feather displays or plants etc.
Cultural Exchange:
• Please do not take photographs of the local people without asking their permission first.
• Please do not encourage trade or give personal items away to the local people (if we support begging we promote begging).
• If you have brought gifts to give to the local people, please give them to your guide for proper distribution.
• Beware of anyone asking you for gifts or money and do not feel obliged to donate anything.
• Please report back to us if you are harassed.
Television & Music:
• Most places do not have either and some safari vehicles do not have radios.
• The sounds of the bush are so special, unique and memorable that we advise against either, but if you are a 'music addict', we suggest you bring an iPod and sufficient power supply.
Theft:
• The first thing most visitors notice is that Kenyans as a whole are extremely friendly, helpful people. Much of Kenya's population is extremely poor though so take good care of your valuables, especially money and Travellers Cheques. Please do not leave money in your room or unattended in a safari vehicle.
• If you are walking around, please do not wear flashy jewellery or have expensive electronic equipment on display, and hold on tight to your bags.
• We cannot accept responsibility for theft and all hotels and lodges have a security box for valuables and lock-up rooms for excess luggage storage.
Guide to Tipping:
• Although tipping is a safari tradition, it is never compulsory and should only be done if you feel you have received good service. People working in the tourism industry earn decent salaries compared to local standards. While there are no standard tips within the industry, we can offer the following suggestions:
• Most lodges have a staff tip box located at reception, or in a central location. We recommend $10 per client per day in the tip box. These tips will be divided among all lodge staff.
• For local guides for a day, the equivalent of US$5 is fine.
• For drivers who are with you for an extended time, US$5-8/day is a good tip.
• If you are particularly satisfied with assistance received from someone in particular, a personal tip is also acceptable.
• In many restaurants, a 10% tip is suggested.
• If service charge is added, while this is meant to go to the staff, giving a few extra shillings for good measure is acceptable.
• Staff very much appreciate receiving gratuities from you, our guests, because it is one way of assuring them they are doing a good job.

 

 

“We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.” - Robert Louis Stevenson