Kenya-Bush & Beach Experience

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We would like to invite you to join and make this unique experience with us.

 

You will be dazzled by the spectacular open spaces of the Masai Mara, known by the local tribes as the "dotted plains" to describe how resembles the leopard's spots at midday when clouds cast gentle shadows on the golden savannah. The Mara, as it is fondly called, boasts the greatest abundance of wildlife in Africa and features the breathtaking annual migration of more than 2 millions wildebeest, zebra and antelopes across its plains each year. 

In contrast, the trade winds of the Indian Ocean blow softly onto the beautiful and relaxing coasts of Kenya, which offers some of the most stellar beaches in the world, warm waters and a revitalising sun that'll restore your body and soul. It is the perfect place to get away from the stress of everyday life and to relax after an exciting Safari. 

Down on the south side of the coast of Mombasa are the heavenly beaches of Diani. Diani Beach is pure heaven and has been deservedly awarded the best beach destination in Africa for 5 years running. You can enjoy activities like kitesurfing, diving, snorkelling, dolphins watching, dhow cruises, shopping in local markets and much more. On their idyllic paradise, which whispers to your soul, life slows down and load days are spend strolling along the beach or exploring all this colourful and vibrant  places. 

 

One unique experience adapted and thinked  for you.

Where are we staying

A high standard of accommodations is available at all destinations. This tour typically includes accommodations at Sopa, Sarova or Serena Lodges in the Mara and Kenyaways kitesurfing and beach hotel in Diani.   

 

 

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Traveling to Kenya

-We strongly advice, that when you start to plan your Kenya Classic Experience, you take a travel consultation with a doctor for information about vaccinations, etc. (The World Health Organisation recommends the following vaccinations for Kenya: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza)

-A citizen of a foreign country, wishing to enter The Republic of Kenya, generally must first obtain an evisa via www.ecitizen.go.ke.

This list may change notice, so better check just before your trip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Children up to 16 years of age do not need a visa any longer to travel to Kenya. However, they do need to possess a valid passport.

It has been reported that these new relaxed laws will enter into effect soon.

Traveling with children: At immigration, requires Unabridged Birth Certificate which shows the details of both parents.

If father travels alone, then the birth certificate needs to be certified.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Money and tipping

 

-The currency is Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling (KSh). 100KSh are approximately 6CHF/5.50€/5£/7$. 

Credit cards are widely accepted in all major upmarket establishments, with the most recognised being MasterCard and Visa. However it is advisable to exchange money into local currency, either at the airport or in your country ahead of the event because smaller shops will only accept cash.  

There is no expectation of tipping at the event to activities, of course, local people will be happy if you do it. The guideline is voluntary tipping of 10% on service fee/food/beverages. 

 

Voltage 

 

Electric Power is 220V – 240V running at 50Hz. The Plug type used in Kenya is the 3 large flat prong (UK). If your appliances are compatible with 220V-240V electrical output, an adapter is all that you will need, if not a voltage converter will be necessary.

 

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Insurances 

All participants are expected to take out comprehensive medical and travel insurances in the event of unforeseen circumstances leading to participants falling ill or having to cancel their trip in Kenya.

 

Dress Code 

The entire event is very casual. Just one little reminder about colours, it is important the using of earth colours (greens, browns and khakis), specially for the game drives and bush walks. 

Bush walks are walking safaris and we are invading the territory of the animals and possibly predators. For your safety and the safety of your group, you will be expected to dress in neutral tones (earth colours), so white, bright colours or busy patterns are not appropriate.

Dark colours, like blacks and dark blues are thought to attract flies and mosquitos. Red is also not a very good idea, predators identify red with wounded animals. 

The weather in Kenya is nothing like one would expect, most people think that this part of the world is constantly warm, if not unbearably hot. Nothing could be more farther from reality. During the early morning and evening safaris a warm jumper, cardigan or coat is highly advised as it can get quite cold on the open plan jeeps. 

Very confortable shoes at all time is a must, specially for the bush walks is recommended high trekking shoes. 

 

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Itinerary 

Total duration: 7 days / 6 nights 

Masai Mara: 2 nights / Diani Beach: 4 nights

Please note that this itinerary does not include overnight stays in Nairobi. These would depend on your arrival/departure times times in Nairobi as well as your preferences. 

Day 1  -  Nairobi-Maasai Mara

Driving time: Approx. 6hrs

You'll be picked up from the airport or from  your hotel/residence in the morning and driven to the Masai Mara National Reserve. You'll arrive in time for lunch at your safari lodge, where you'd relax and enjoy the charming atmosphere of your lodge and the warm Masai hospitality. After a sumptuous lunch and short siesta, you'd be taken on your first (afternoon) game drive in the Masai Mara. Hold your breath and expect to be blown away by the array of wildlife you'd experience on this first of many adventurous game drives. You's be entertained after dinner by traditional Masai dances around a warm fire. 

Day 2 - Full day in Masai Mara 

Early morning breakfast followed by a whole day game in the Masai Mara. You'd either have a picnic lunch in the park or return to your lodge before heading off again. Dinner and entertainment before you retire for a restful night (likely to be punctuated by animal calls from the wild including the omnipresent deep roar from the King of the jungle!).

Day 3 - Drive to Diani

Early morning breakfast and a short game drive on the way out to the airstrip for a direct flight to Diani Beach, which is pure heaven made up of 17 kilometres of flawless, soft white sands hugged by lush greenery of palms and mangroves and the striking shade of emerald blue that emerges from its clear warm waters. 

Ater arriving at your hotel in Diani, spend the evening relaxing on the sandy beach, enjoying the breeze and swimming in the warm pools below the clear skies. Dinner could be served in the presence of local singers and dancers to make it even more merrier. 

Day 4 - Full day in Diani

Start the day early witnessing the sunrise over the ocean while sipping your cup of coffee/tee. Afterwards, you can drive to Colobus Trust Foundation to see rescued primates and how they are taken care of. The tour will have you appreciating the wonderful work done the vulnerable rescued animals. After having your lunch you can head over to Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest where you'll learn of why the forest is sacred to the locals and why they are attached to it. Have the evening to yourself, strolling through the sandy beaches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 5 - Wasini Island

The day will be split between Diani and Wasini Island. On the way to the island, you will get a chance to visit the Shimoni Caves, which were used to house slaves during the slave trade. Spend the day exploring the island and discovering the rich culture and cuisine of its people. You can also take a walking tour to the amazingly biodiverse and ancient mangrove forest on the island. 

On the way back to Diani, your dhow will track humpback whales and dolphins that swim out to the waters around Wasini Island in big numbers twice every year. If the season is right and you're lucky, you might even be able to swim with these magical creatures. Spend the evening on Diani Beach kitesurfing, playing beach-volley or trying out the exquisite local cuisine ... just chilling. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 6 - Kisite Mpunguti Marine Reserve 

The day can be spend in Kisite Mpunguti Marine Reserve where you will go scuba diving and snorkelling to discover the rich marine life including the magnificent coral reefs, dolphins, turtles and whale sharks can be spotted as well. In the evening you can wander around the sandy beaches and discover the wonderful villages found along it. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 7 - Transfer back to Nairobi

Have the morning on the beach and enjoy the views and the breeze. You can also use the time to go antique and curio shopping in the nearby town before going back to the airstrip to catch your flight back to Nairobi. 

 

Attention: All times and structure of the day planning can be adjusted accordingly with the activities we are doing, weather, etc.

Be prepared for great fun in a truly Kenyan Experience.

 

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Prices

 

 

 

The prices of your Kenya Experience are CHF/€ 1600 for adults and CHF/€ 1000 for children until 15 yo.

The event fees include: Accommodation (Full board in Safari Lodges), Game drives with professional guides, bottled drinking water, transfers in a standard safari minivan with popup rooftop (optional 4x4 Land Cruiser) and all taxes and levies. 

The event fees do not include: Flights, personal travel insurance, beverages, Masai village visit, tips/gratuities for drivers/guides/personal, parks entry fees, overnight stays in Nairobi, laundry, boat rides on the lakes, items of a personal nature and on tour snacks and bites. 

The inscriptions will  be validate just after the payment of 30% of the event fee (non-refundable). The participant agrees to pay the full payment until 60 days prior 0f the event. If the inscription will be made 60 days or less from the begging of the event , the full fee should be payed for inscribing. The Maia Wildlife Safari Experience have the right to cancel all inscriptions, when the payments did not follow the conditions here described. 

We have a limited number of inscriptions, early reservations are advised.

 

Weather and climate 

Kenya lies on the equator and has a pleasant tropical climate, but there are large regional climatic variations influenced by several factors, including altitude. Temperatures drop by about 6°C for every 1000m you climb (or 3.5°F per 1000ft). Kenya’s daytime temperatures average between 20°C/68°F and 28°C/82°F, but it is warmer on the coast. The coast is hot and humid all year round, but the heat is pleasant and tempered by the monsoon winds. Kenya is too close to the equator to experience real winter and summer. There is, however, both a dry and wet season. The wet season is from November to May and the Dry season is from June to December.

Tour Map

 Adaptor for Kenya's wall plugs; Sun cream; Insects spray; Hat/Cap; Sunglasses; Swimming suit; Binoculars; Photo camera; Basic medication; 

 

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We are very happy to share this experience with you.