The Ultimate Kenyan Adventure

We bring you the perfect camping safari for the adventurous traveller who wants to see what Kenya has to offer without blowing the budget.

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Camping under the stars with only canvas above you brings you closer to Africa. Starting at the stunning Mount Kenya you will head north to Samburu National Park and enjoy the rugged landscape along the way. The journey continues to the beautiful Lake Nakuru. Next stop is the Masai Mara, famed for its abundant wildlife and sunsets. There’s not a whiff of luxury about this but you’ll get a spacious dome tent, a driver-guide and even a cook!

Itinerary

Day 1 - Mount KenyaMeals: L D
On this tour you will be cutting down on costs by sharing the experience with a small group of other international travelers. The minimum group size is 2 and the maximum is 10. Tents are allocated per person/couple. Your tour starts in Nairobi (we can arrange collection from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at an extra charge) where you will meet you in the morning and drive you to the Mount Kenya area. The drive takes about 3 - 4 hours and passes through some of Kenya’s finest scenery and includes a stop at the old colonial town of Nanyuki. You will arrive at the Bantu Campsite in the lush foothills of Mount Kenya in time for lunch. This will be followed by an afternoon walk to the Mau Mau caves located in the forests that cloak the base of Mount Kenya. It was here that Kenyan freedom fighters hid during the war for the country's independence and these forests are full of birds and wildlife, which your guides will help you to spot and identify. Afterwards you will return for a delicious dinner and drinks by the campfire in time for our first night under canvas.

Accommodation: Camping
Day 2 - Samburu National ParkMeals: B L D
This morning after packing up camp and an early breakfast, you will depart for Samburu National Park which is located in Kenya’s semi arid northern district. The area is home to the Samburu tribe who are pastoral relatives of the Masai. The landscape is rugged and very dramatic. Samburu is a wildlife haven and all three types of big cat can be found here (lions, cheetahs and leopards). There are also around 350 species of bird here, making it an excellent place for birdwatching. We arrive at the campsite in time for lunch. After lunch you can spend time relaxing at the camp which is located right near the Ewaso Nyiro River - home to crocodiles, hippos and small groups of elephants, which bathe in the muddy waters to escape the heat of the day. Later we will venture out on an evening game drive in search of lions, elephants and other plains game before returning to camp for the evening and enjoying another great dinner in great company under the stars.

Accommodation: Camping
Day 3 - Samburu National ParkMeals: B L D
Today starts early as we head out on an early morning game drive followed by breakfast back at the camp. It's best to go out early as this is the time the wildlife is at its most active. After lunch, you'll be offered an optional visit to a nearby lodge for a shower and a swim. Otherwise you can just relax and take in the magnificent setting, or perhaps head off with a pair of binoculars. You are in the African bush after all! You will then have the opportunity to take an afternoon game drive and sundown cocktails followed by dinner at the camp.

Accommodation: Camping
Day 4 - Lake Nakuru National ParkMeals: B L D
This morning is another early start as you break camp and head onto your next destination. After breakfast you will drive up past the northern tip of the Aberdare Mountains to descend into the Great Rift Valley where Lake Nakuru is located. Lake Nakuru is an alkaline lake home to thousands of bright pink flamingos. The park is also home to lions, buffalos, zebras and hundreds of bird species, so there is no shortage of wildlife to spot. Depending on availability you can choose either to camp at one of the park's campsites or stay in a guest house. An afternoon game drive is on offer, followed by another great dinner prepared by our camp cook.

Accommodation: Camping
Day 5 - Masai Mara National ParkMeals: B L D
Today you will depart for the famous Masai Mara National Park with a quick stop in Narok Town in order to buy provisions. You will arrive at the Mara Spurwing Campsite in time for lunch and to set up camp. It goes without saying that the Masai Mara is one of the best wildlife viewing places in the world and offers the most fantastic game viewing experiences. After lunch we will set off on one a game drive before heading back to the camp for dinner.

Accommodation: Camping
Day 6 - Masai Mara National ParkMeals: B L D
Today, after an early breakfast, we'll spend the whole day out on the plains game viewing, and taking a splendid riverside picnic lunch. You'll be amazed at the amount of wildlife we'll see, so remember to bring plenty of free space in your camera memory cards! In the evening we'll return to the campsite for the now familiar sundowners, camp food and fireside storytelling.

Accommodation: Camping
Day 7 - Nairobi Meals: B L
Today you will enjoy your last early morning game drive before packing up after breakfast. En route to Nairobi, you will enjoy a picnic lunch and take a quick photo stop at one of the many view points along the escarpment road which overlook the Great Rift Valley. After a week under canvas you'll no doubt want to head to the comfort of an indoor bed - but one thing's for sure - you'll have a treasure trove of memories to take home with you from your Kenya camping adventure!
Additional information

Departures based on a min of two people travelling.

Price per person USD 1,500

Set departures every Monday, Wednesday & Friday

Rates valid until June 2013

Included
  • Transport in a custom-made safari minivan
  • Services of an English speaking driver/guide and cook
  • All campsite fees & camping equipment, tents (up to 2 people), stools, mattresses [Please note: Clients must bring their own sleeping bags]
  • Three meals a day prepared by the safari cook. Vegetarian options available
Excluded
  • Sleeping bags (available for hire at USD 30)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Towels, laundry, telephone calls, beverages/mineral water, tipping, porterage and anything of a personal nature
  • Airport transfers (can be arranged on request)

Arrival & Departure Information - Kenya`s International airport is called Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Upon arrival you will be met by a representative from Albatros Kenya and introduced to your driver guide who will accompany you on the beginning part of your safari. You will also be transferred to the airport at the end of your safari for your onward arrangements. Depending on your flight timings it may be necessary to have an overnight in Nairobi at the beginning or end of your safari (at an additional cost). Please let us know if you would like to be picked up at a hotel or the airport. If you have already booked your flight, let us know your flight details.

Time difference - GMT +3 hours

Capital City - Nairobi (Kenya) Dodoma (Tanzania)

Major Languages - Swahili & English

Plug Size - British 13 amp three pin plug

Voltage - 230V

International Dialling Code - +254 (Kenya) +255 (Tanzania)

Rates quoted are inclusive of current statutory taxes but are subject to change in case of any taxation or levy increases

Tour starts/ends:

Health Requirements - Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an endemic area. Please visit your doctor for further medical precautionary advise.

Type of vehicles used:

Safari Mini Bus

Baggage and what to bring:

  • WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
  • Sleeping bag
  • Personal spending money and tips
  • Clients must carry all their, clothing in backpacks or duffle bags. No suitcases please.  Any extra luggage can be stored in our office (Note: we have limited room for luggage while on safari.)  
  • Long trousers & jersey for the chilly mornings and evenings.
  • Light clothes for hot days, safari hat, swim suit, good walking shoes, torch (flashlight) and batteries, sunglasses, sun lotion, insect repellent and water bottle
  • Camera, binoculars, safari guidebook 
  • Toilet paper, towel, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Personal travel insurance 

Note: the driver will stop at roadside stalls or supermarkets en route where you can purchase mineral water, snacks and any other drinks or items as you desire.

What to wear:

Weather - Given Kenya’s equatorial location, the climate is warm year round, however it can get chilly in the early morning and evenings. The weather in Tanzania varies from tropical near the coast (hot & humid) to temperate in the north east highlands. Tanzania`s interesting and varied geography causes differing climatic conditions, and it can be cool at night.

Remember to pack- A fleece jacket for early morning and late evenings, long sleeved tops and light trousers for the evenings, sensible walking shoes, a sun-hat and a swimming costume.

Visas - Certain nationalities (including Europeans and citizens of United States of America) require a visa to enter Kenya & Tanzania. The current cost of a single-entry visa is USD50 per person. Visas can be purchased on arrival, for most national, in all major currencies.

Health and vaccinations:

Health Requirements - Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an endemic area. Please visit your doctor for further medical precautionary advise.

Visa requirements:

Visas - Certain nationalities (including Europeans and citizens of United States of America) require a visa to enter Kenya & Tanzania. The current cost of a single-entry visa is USD50 per person. Visas can be purchased on arrival, for most national, in all major currencies.

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