Highlights of Kenya

All the must see sights of Kenya in one stunning week on safari. The historic Treetops lodge, the northern Samburu Lodge, the bird filled paradise of the Rift Valley Lakes and the magic of the Mara.

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All the must see sights of Kenya in one stunning week on safari. The historic Treetops lodge, the northern Samburu Lodge, the bird filled paradise of the Rift Valley Lakes and the magic of the Mara in one incredible trip.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Aberdare MountainsMeals: L D
Touchdown in Kenya and your safari begins. A smiling face and welcome by one of our Albatros guides sets you in the safari mood as you start your drive north to the famous Treetops lodge in the Kenyan highlands. Treetops is probably most famous for being the place that Queen Elizabeth was first told of her father’s death and that she was now queen. Lush green surroundings and a waterhole filled with game is what greets guests as they check in. After lunch spend the afternoon sunning yourself on the deck watching the animals before afternoon tea and dinner are served.

Accommodation: Treetops Lodge
Day 2 - Samburu National ParkMeals: B L D
Up early and drive further north to the arid plains and the red sands of the Samburu National Park. A unique opportunity to see a different side of Kenya and explore one of Kenya’s lesser known National Parks. Samburu Lodge is in a stunning setting right on the banks of the river. Each room over looks the river, which provides a much needed breeze throughout the day. After lunch the park is calling and you can pack a cool box and head out to explore returning in time for pre dinner drinks by the campfire.

Accommodation: Samburu Lodge
Day 3 - Samburu National ParkMeals: B L D
Sunrises in Samburu are some of the most beautiful in Kenya. This magical time of day is also the best time for viewing animals so with a tea flask in hand jump in the car and head out in search of morning activity. Back at the lodge the breakfast spread is unbelievable and the perfect start to the day. The rest of the morning can be lounged away in the cool waters of the lodges pool before lunch overlooking the river and an afternoon game drive. Tip – ask your driver to find a nice spot to watch the sun go down and crack open the first drink of the evening out in the African bush with the red glow from the sun, and the chatter from the bushes animals, making this one of the most romantic settings around.

Accommodation: Samburu Lodge
Day 4 - Lake Elementaita (Game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park)Meals: B L D
Kenya’s famous rift valley is home to the beautiful Lake Elementaita and Sunbird lodge. Often pink tinged with the colour of Flamingos the lake is a stunning setting for your next evening on safari. Situated about a fifteen minute drive from Sunbird Lodge is the beautiful, lush and green Lake Nakuru National Park. Teaming with wildlife and birds and even more flamingo’s (seasonal depending on water levels), Nakuru really is a fantastic day out and never leaves guest disappointed. After an early start in Samburu, this is where you will spend your afternoon with a picnic lunch overlooking the lake. Later you can leave the car behind and head out for a walk to explore the lake and get up close and personal with the flamingo’s. Sundowners on the Lake shore are the perfect end to your day in the great rift valley.

Accommodation: Sunbird Lodge
Day 5 - Masai Mara National ReserveMeals: B L D
Today is the day. The famous plains of the Masai Mara await you and an early start will mean more time in the Mara so get up early and drive towards Kenya’s prime piece of wildlife paradise. From the moment you arrive in the Mara it soon becomes clear why the Masai Mara is so famous and a highlight on many travellers list. Mara Simba lodge is situated on a dramatic bend on the Talek river making it a prime place to see hippo’s, crocodiles and other river life. After an alfresco lunch you will be dying to get out into the reserve. As the day comes to an end find a quiet spot under a tree and enjoy a cold drink looking out over the Mara plains.

Accommodation: Mara Simba
Day 6 - Masai Mara National ReserveMeals: B L D
Day two in the Masai Mara and there is nothing like a Mara sunrise to get your morning started. A quick cup of coffee to wake you up and it’s time to explore the Mara at first light. A great time of day to see all the animals at their most active. Back at the lodge and after a full breakfast you will have the opportunity to visit the local Masai community (at an additional cost). A rare chance to gain an insight into their way of life and learn about the traditions they have carried forward for years. After lunch and an afternoon by the pool its time for your final game drive in the Masai Mara. Fingers crossed you spot that leopard or cheetah that you have been looking for. A final farewell dinner is just whats needed to round off a perfect safari. Look back, reminisce and start planning your next African adventure.

Accommodation: Mara Simba
Day 7 - Masai Mara National Reserve - NairobiMeals: B
This morning you bid farewell to the Masai Mara and ascend up the escarpment, stopping for one final time to take in the sights of the Great Rift Valley before being dropped at the Jomo Kenyatta International airport in time for your flight home.
Included
  • Transfers in a safari mini bus
  • Full board accommodation
  • Water in your safari minibus
  • Goverment taxes
  • Services of a english speaking safari guide
Excluded

International flights

Visa's

  • All drinks
  • Any extra actitivites at the lodges and hotels
  • Items of a personal Nature

Tour starts/ends:

Starts: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Nairobi)

Ends:  Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Nairobi)

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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