Kenya-Classic 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, Ambroseli would let you witness African wildlife in the mesmerising shadow of Mt Kilimanjaro (African's tallest mountain), imprinting indelible images of this majestic snow-capped rock standing guard by itself over some of the largest elephant herds in Africa. 

This experience is interspersed with a relaxing retreat in the soothing environs of Kenya's spectacular Rift Valley Lakes teeming with exotic birdlife including flamingoes, African fish eagle and pelicans. Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru are havens for healthy rhino and hippo populations and offer a unique experience of wildlife viewing in the serene and rejuvenating atmosphere of the Great Rift Valley's sweet and salt waters.  

 

One unique experience adapted and thinked  for you.

Accommodation

A high standard of accommodations is available at all destinations. This tour typically includes accommodations at Sopa, Sarova or Serena Lodges.   

 

 

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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$ (2021). 

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 / Lake Nakuru: 1 night / Lake Naivasha: 1 night / Amboseli: 2 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 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 Lake Nakuru

Leave the Mara after a morning game drive for Lake Nakuru National Park to arrive. Recharge at the lodge with lunch and nap before heading out for afternoon game drive to explore the unique wildlife of this park including tree-climbing lions and white rhinos. If you’re lucky you might see some flocks of flamingoes which used to number in hundreds of thousands until heavy rainfalls in the areas recently reduced the alkalinity of the lake

Day 4 - Drive to Lake Naivasha

Driving time: Approx. 1.5 hrs

After a short early morning game drive in Nakuru National Park, we’d head for Lake Naivasha, where you can spend the rest of the day trekking in Hell’s gate national park known for its geothermal activity and spectacular topography featuring gorges and cliffs (Tomb Raider-The cradle of life was filmed there!). You can roam or bike freely in this park among giraffes, zebras, and gazelles.
Spend the afternoon/evening relaxing at your charming lodge or exploring this haven of birdlife with a boat ride on the lake all the way out to Crescent island (which contains its own lake with African pythons basking on its shores!). The waters of Lake Naivasha draw a great range of games: Giraffes and Zebras wander among the acacia, Buffalos wallow in the swamps and Colobus monkeys call from the treetops while the Lake’s large hippo population sleep the day out in the shallows.

Day 5 - Drive to Amboseli National Park 

Driving time: Approx. 5 hrs

Take the scenic road trip to Amboseli National park crowned by the majestic Mt Kilimanjaro. The park gets its name from the Maasai word “empusel” meaning place of salty dust. Its diverse landscape hosts five different habitats ranging from the dried-up bed of Lake Amboseli, savannah, woodlands and swamps fed by springs from Kilimanjaro’s melting snow. This place of surreal beauty is one of the best places in Africa to view large herds of elephants up close (you can see their eyelashes!). An afternoon game drive viewing the rich biodiversity would put a perfect end to your day. 

Day 6 - Full day in Amboseli 

Spend your last full day on Safari taking in more breathtaking views of the ‘Kili’, as the mountain is fondly called. One cannot have enough of this gorgeous gem of nature as its snow-covered peak glistens with dazzling shades of pink, white and blue reflecting the sun’s rays through the clouds over the salty brown plains. And when you do take your eyes off it, you’d be guaranteed to see rich biodiversity of wildlife roaming in its shadows including a strong population of resident cheetahs. You can also visit the local Maasai community who live around the park and experience their authentic culture.

 

Day 7 - Drive back to Nairobi

Driving time: Approx. 4 hrs

Morning game drive in Amboseli and drive 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.

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.

Do not forget

 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.