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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

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Your Indulgent (Our 6*) Beach Honeymoon in Kenya - 2016

One full week of living in beach elegance on one of Kenya’s most luxurious beaches overlooking a town of great historical significance.

  • Per Adult USD: USD1,949

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Your Indulgent (Our 6*) Honeymoon, in Kenya - 2016

Ten days of experiencing the magical world of the Kenya wilderness; spotting animals and immersing yourself in the local culture. An optional five day luxury beach extension will be the perfect way to round off this holiday of a lifetime.

  • Per Adult USD: 8,841

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Your Indulgent (Our 6*) Family Beach Holiday, in Kenya - 2016

Manda Bay is a small boutique lodge on the edge of the Indian Ocean, an outstanding location where barefoot simplicity meets all the modern comforts of western living.  All the buildings are in keeping with the local landscape and are constructed using local materials.

  • Per Adult USD: 2,726
  • Per Child USD: 1,891

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Your Indulgent (Our 6*) Family Holiday, to Kenya - 2016

A week on safari and five days on the beach; whilst staying in inimitable style, magnificent wilderness & beach elegance.

  • Per Adult USD: 7,264
  • Per Child USD: 4,975

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(Our 6*) Beach Holiday For a Group of Friends in Kenya

A one week escape staying in one of Kenya’s most indulgent houses.

  • Per Adult USD: 1,679

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(Our 6*) Beach Holiday For a Group of Friends in Kenya

A one week beach escape staying in Kenya’s most indulgent accommodation.

  • Per Adult USD: 2,463

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(Our 5*) Honeymoon in Kenya

A seven day safari and possible six day beach extension, in owner hosted camps & lodges.

  • Per Adult USD: 4,743

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(Our 5*) Honeymoon on the Beach in Kenya

A romantic week long honeymoon on the beach, luxuriously hosted by the owners.

  • Per Adult USD: 2,698

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(Our 5*) Beach Holiday For a Group of Four in Kenya

A week’s beach holiday taking in personally hosted accommodation.

  • Per Adult USD: 3,554

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(Our 5*) Holiday in Kenya For a Group of Friends

A 13 day safari and beach holiday in personally hosted accommodation.

  • Per Adult USD: 6,772

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(Our 5*) Family Holiday to Kenya

An eight day safari with a possible five day beach extension for the family, taking in personally hosted accommodation.

  • Per Adult USD: 6,295
  • Per Child USD: 4,001

kinondo kwetu

(Our 5*) Family Beach Holiday to Kenya

A week’s beach holiday taking in personally hosted accommodation.

  • Per Adult USD: 3,565
  • Per Child USD: 2,690

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(Our 4*) Family Holiday on the Kenyan Beach

Diani boasts 10kms of white sandy beach and is renowned for its hotels, restaurants and watersports.

  • Per Adult USD: 1,305
  • Per Child USD: 689

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(Our 4*) Family Holiday on the Kenyan Beach

Diani Blue, formerly known as Asha Cottages is a boutique guest house situated in Diani Beach.

  • Per Adult USD: 835
  • Per Child USD: 450

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(Our 4*) Beach Holiday for Friends to Kenya

A week’s beach escape staying at one of the best, yet affordable small lodges in Kenya.

  • Per Adult USD: 1,382

(Our 4*) Holiday with a Group of Friends to Kenya

A seven day safari with a possible beach extension staying at some of the best, yet affordable small lodges and camps in Kenya.

  • Per Adult USD: 3,768

(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

Preserving Kenya - Your 10-day Ecological, Environmental and Cultural Safari Staying in Intimate (Our 4*) Accommodation

A six day safari with three days on the beach staying at some of the best, yet affordable small lodges and camps in Kenya.

  • Per Adult USD: 4,333

(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

(Our 4 *) Camel Trekking Safari in Northern Kenya

A four day camel trekking safari in the north of Kenya.

  • Per Adult USD: 3,206

(Our 4*) Dhow Safari in Kenya

A four day sailing safari on one of the most intimate, yet affordable dhows in Kenya.

  • Per Adult USD: 2,567

(Our 4*) Horse Riding Safari in Kenya

Six days on safari staying at some of the best, yet affordable small lodges and camps in Kenya.

  • Per Adult USD: 2,556

(Our 5*) Horse Riding Safari in Kenya

A six day safari staying at luxurious, hosted accommodation in Kenya.

  • Per Adult USD: 5,722

(Our 4*) Beach Honeymoon to Kenya

Lonno Lodge is situated on a 15kms long white sandy beach in the town of Watamu, on Kenya’s north coast.

  • Per Adult USD: 1,713

Elephant Bedroom Camp

(Our 4*) Honeymoon to Kenya

This itinerary is for those looking for a personalised experience in some of Kenya’s most intimate locations.

  • Per Adult USD: 3,137

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.

 

 

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain