A Karen Blixen Safari

Pure luxury is in store for you on this four night flying safari!

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4 nights at the incredible Karen Blixen Camp set in a wonderful location with breath-taking views and all the game you could possibly want. You are most certainly are in for a real treat in this Masai Mara flying safari

Itinerary

Day 1 - Nairobi to Masai MaraMeals: L D
On arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta international airport you will be met by an Albatros Travel representative and transferred to Wilson Airport in time for your scheduled flight to the Masai Mara. On arrival you will be met by the smiling faces of your driver guide from the Karen Blixen Camp. The camp is a short drive away and this journey gives you your first glimpse of this famous area and all the game that call it home. When you arrive at the camp you will be met with an ice cold drink and a given a run down on how the camp works and what to expect. After check in you will be shown to your tents. All 22 tents are stylishly furnished and offer guests everything they may need to make their stay as comfortable as possible. All tents are ensuite and have constant hot and cold running water. The extensive veranda’s are perfect for enjoying the spectacular Mara sunsets. After a light lunch you have the chance of heading out on your first Mara game drive, before returning to the camp in time for dinner.

Accommodation: The Karen Blixen Camp
Day 2 - Masai MaraMeals: B L D
As the sun rises on your first morning in the Masai Mara you are woken to the smell of freshly brewed coffee which will help kick start you for your first morning game drive. The early mornings are one of the best times to view the animals as this is when they are their most active before the heat of the day sets in. You can either have your breakfast out in the bush or you can return to the camp for eggs and bacon under the trees. If you return to camp you may wish to go on a walk after breakfast and Karen Blixen Camp is surrounded by hidden treasures that your guide will be happy to point out. Later in the afternoon set off on a game drive with some drinks and bitings so you are all set to have a sundowner out in the bush. Back at camp dinner preparation is infull swing and there is just enough time to have a hot shower before the first course is served.

Accommodation: The Karen Blixen Camp
Day 3 - Masai MaraMeals: B L D
This morning it’s another early start as you set of for the gates of the Masai Mara National Reserve. With a packed picnic breakfast and lunch you are free to spend the whole day exploring another part of this famous conservation area. Visit the Mara River and ask your guide to show you the regular river crossing routes and then start planning your trip to return in 2013 for the famous migration. As you arrive back at camp after a long day there may be time for a quick swim or a walk before the sun starts to set on your final day in the Masai Mara.

Accommodation: The Karen Blixen Camp
Day 4 - Masai MaraMeals: B L D
Today its your final full day in the Masai Mara. Make the most of and head out to enjoy all the Mara North Conservancy has to offer. Fingers crossed you will see that leopard...or tick the last of your 'must' see animals off your list!Back at the camp, the drinks have been chilled and bitings have been set out so you can sit and enjoy watching the resident group of hippos from the other side of the river.
Day 5 - DepartMeals: B
Sunrise marks your final morning in the Masai Mara. After breakfast you will be taken on a final game drive on your way to the airstrip. As you fly away you may feel that 4 nights has simply not been enough. If this is so then call one of our team in the Nairobi office who would be happy to suggest perhaps a beach extension to our famous palm fringed beaches.
Included
  • Accommodation in standard rooms as described (or similar) with private en-suite facilities
  • Meals as described byB(Buffet Breakfast),L(Lunch),D(Dinner)
  • Transfers and game-drives in the reserve conducted by lodge driver/guides in lodge vehicles in seat-in-coach basis
  • Transfers to/from Wilson airport in Nairobi
  • Nairobi-Mara-Nairobi airfare on scheduled flights by light aircraft (maximum baggage allowance 15 kgs only)
  • Services of a professional English speaking driver/guide
  • Game drives, sightseeing and excursions as described in the itinerary, inclusive of applicable entrance fees
  • Drinks at Karen Blixen Museum
  • 1 day visit to Maasai Mara Main reserve (park fees included).
Excluded
  • International or domestic airfare, airport taxes and security related fees unless mentioned above
  • Meals not described in the itinerary above
  • Tips and gratuities to driver/guide; hotel/camp and restaurant staff; room service etc
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature i.e., telephone/internet usage, laundry, bottled water and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, etc
  • Any optional tours or excursions not mentioned in the itinerary above
  • Temporary membership to Emergency Medical Evacuation Service whilst on safari available at US$ 15.00 per person

Tour starts/ends:

Starts: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Nairobi) at XX:XX

Ends:  Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Nairobi) at XX:XX

Note: we can also pick you up or drop you off at the hotel of your choice in the greater Nairobi area if you notify us in advance. 

Expected group size:

On regular group tours the expected total group size is between 2 and 10 travellers.

Type of vehicles used:

For transfers to and from the airport and long distance trips reliable and modern minibuses are used. Please note that we cannot guarantee air conditioning.

On safari drives open-topped jeeps are used.

Food and drink:

The food prepared at the lodges and/or hotels on this tour will be of an international nature and suited to a broad range of visitors. If you have any specific dietary requirements please let us know in advance so that we can inform the lodges and hotels along the route. Alcoholic drinks, unless specifically mentioned in the itinerary, are not included in the price.

Baggage and what to bring:

Important note: If your itinerary includes a leg of the journey on a light aircraft then please be advised that the maximum TOTAL weight allowance including hand luggage is 15kg (approx 33lbs) and all luggage must be in a soft bag i.e. NOT a suitcase. 

We recommend that you do not forget to pack the following:

- Insect repellant cream/spray

- Camera and binoculars

- A torch (flashlight)

- A waterproof/dustproof bag

 

What to wear:

Although Kenya lies in the tropics it can get chilly in the evenings and early mornings. On this trip we recommend that you include the following in your baggage:

- A pair of sturdy lightweight shoes or boots

- Light coloured clothing with long sleeves and legs for the evenings and early mornings

- A hat to keep the strong sun off your head

Level of ability required:

Although there will be no special strength and fitness requirements, please note that safari lodges situated in remote areas are by their very nature lacking in many of the modern conveniences found in cities. For this reason please be prepared for uneven floors and sometimes challenging access.

You must be able-bodied and have the ability to move independently without help on this tour.

Health and vaccinations:

You should speak to your health provider about what vaccinations you will need for your trip to Kenya. In addition, most doctors recommend using anti malarial pills for your visit and taking measures to avoid being bitten by mosquitos, such as covering up exposed arms and legs. Lodges will provide mosquito nets over the beds.

If you take any medication, be sure to bring it with you, as well as details of your prescription. 

We advise all travellers to take out comprehensive travel insurance before their trip.

While you are away:

If you are away on holiday with Albatros Travel in Kenya and someone needs to get in touch with you urgently, they can call our emergency number, which is +254 722 521686

Bringing Electronic Equipment:

If you are bringing electronic equipment to Kenya, such as a digital camera, laptop computer, smartphone etc. and need to plug it into a wall socket then you should consider buying a voltage surge protector. Voltage in Kenya is set to 220v. Most (modern) electronic equipment can switch automatically to this voltage, but it is best to check the label on the power supply. Most lodges provide electrical power by way of a generator, so to protect your equipment against voltage surges it is advisable to but a voltage surge protector. Plugs in Kenya are of the British 3 pin variety, so if you are coming from outside of the UK you will need to buy some adapters, which are readily available at airport stores.

Phones and Connectivity:

If you are planning on bringing your mobile phone and/or wifi enabled laptop to Kenya you should bear the following in mind. Kenya's phone system supports 3G, and this is how most telecommunications are managed. Furthermore, many safari lodges and hotels offer wifi to their guests, and there are numerous other hotspots around the country. If you want to stay in touch during your stay in Kenya the best course of action is to buy a credit-loaded sim card for your phone/mobile device in Nairobi, and then connect to the internet and make phone calls via this.

Getting to and from Kenya:

Many carriers fly directly to Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and, to a lesser extent, Moi International Airport in Mombasa. If you arrive a day or two before the start of your tour, we can help you to arrange hotel accommodation and book excursions for you. Please note that the price of this tour does not include international airfares.

Tipping and Other Costs:

Tips are expected in Kenya by anyone who provides you with a service. This could range from porters and waiters to drivers and local people whose photo you would like to take. As a general rule, it is polite to provide driver/guides with about $10 per day if they give a good service. Tips should be in Kenyan Shillings, as staff will find it difficult to use foreign currency. Other than money for tips we advise you to bring extra money on your trip to buy drinks and handicrafts.

Insurance:

Please note that travel insurance is not included in the price of this tour. We suggest that you take out a comprehensive policy from a reputable provider. If you want the peace of mind of knowing that you have an air ambulance available during your trip you could consider taking out temporary membership of the Flying Doctors.

Visa requirements:

Depending on your nationality you will probably need a tourist visa to enter Kenya for this tour. The current cost of a single-entry tourist visa is USD 50 per person and these can be purchased on arrival, for most nationals, in all major currencies.

For more comprehensive information visit the Project Visa website. 

Cancellations:

If you need to cancel your trip for whatever reason, please get in touch with as soon as possible.

For more information about cancellations and refunds please refer to our general Terms & Conditions.

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