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Journey through Kenya's rolling grasslands and open savannah on a wildlife adventure in the birthplace of the modern safari. Search for the Big Five in the tropical highlands of Aberdare, embark on game drives across the vast plains of the Masai Mara, and spot flamingos perched in Lake Naivasha as you experience Africa's unsurpassed natural beauty.
Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Nairobi, via Doha.
On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Re-join your group later tonight for a welcome dinner
This morning, travel from the urban energy of central Nairobi into the contrasting greenery of the outlying coffee-growing region. The area produces much of Kenya's 'black gold' - the robust coffee beans that are its greatest export. Tour a local plantation and learn more about its cultivation and harvest processes before sampling some freshly brewed coffee. Continue to the Aberdare Highlands, passing open plains and vast stretches of grassland before ascending into the verdant, tropical forests of Aberdare National Park. After lunch, transfer to your hotel and set out on a guided bush walk along one of the many trails winding across this wildlife-rich region. Your knowledgeable guide will lead you through lush vegetation in search of elephants, buffalo, rhinos and the unique, red bongo antelopes which inhabit the park.
After breakfast, depart for Lake Nakuru National Park. Stop en route at Thomson Falls where you'll witness the mighty roar of this waterfall as it cascades down over 74 metres. Arriving into Lake Nakuru National Park, check into your hotel before embarking on a late afternoon game drive through the wetlands. This bird lover's paradise, located in the Rift Valley region, is one of Kenya's finest safari areas. Amongst others, it boasts white rhinos, the endangered Rothschild giraffe, lions and it's best-known residents - vast flocks of pink flamingos perched in a central lake.
Observe the park's wildlife stirring from their sleep on today's early morning game drive. Return to your hotel for breakfast, then depart for Lake Naivasha. Enjoy a scenic drive, with the chance to spot animals dotted along the passing landscape, before arriving at your final destination in time for lunch. Lake Naivasha is the Rift Valley's highest lake, renowned for its shimmering expanse of water and the multitude of animals residing along its tree-lined shores. An afternoon at leisure allows you to relax and soak in the beauty of your natural surroundings.
This morning, journey to the private island sanctuary of Crescent Island Game Conservancy, located in the middle of Lake Naivasha. With its flat topography, a dense concentration of wildlife and unique island location, the reserve is often referred to as Naivasha's best-kept secret. Travel into the heart of the island as you search for animals and over 200 species of bird life. Return to the lake's shores and continue onward to Elsamere Lodge Conservation Centre. Refresh yourself with one of the best high teas in Kenya then visit the adjoining Joy Adamson Museum, dedicated to conservation heroes Joy and George Adamson. Browse through the museum exhibits which depict the Adamsons' conservation efforts and their experience raising the orphaned lion cub which later inspired the book and movie 'Born Free'. Later this afternoon, return to the main lake area for some time at leisure when it is possible to see hippos, buffalo, giraffes and colobus monkeys along the shore.
After breakfast, depart on a 5.5-hour drive through the savannah as you make your way to Masai Mara Game Reserve. One of Africa's most famed wildlife reserves, Masai Mara is home to a fantastic year-round concentration of wildlife and the annual Great Migration. Arrive at your lodge in time for lunch before an afternoon game drive carries you into the depths of the reserve. Go in search of the Big Five and over 450 species of birds and wildlife; the rolling grasslands allow for easy viewing, and the reserve offers some of the highest odds for spotting big cats.
Witness the Kenyan landscape bathed in an early morning glow as you set out on a sunrise game drive. Sunrise is one of the most picturesque and rewarding times to spot wildlife, who congregate around waterholes in large herds. Enjoy breakfast al fresco in the bush, before enjoying a visit to a traditional Maasai Village and immerse yourself in the song, dance, colourful robes and everyday activities of the local villagers. After lunch at your lodge, enjoy the last game drive of your trip.
Depart Masai Mara Game Reserve in the morning as you travel back to Nairobi. Along the way, stop at the Giraffe Centre established in 1979 to preserve the Rothschild Giraffe. Travel onward to Nairobi for a farewell dinner.
After breakfast, visit the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and enjoy an up-close encounter with young orphaned elephants at the most successful elephant rescue and rehabilitation programme in the world; the centre helps vulnerable animals with the aim of reintroducing them to the wild. This afternoon, transfer for your return flight via Doha, or continue on to your chosen extension.
A visa is required for entry into Kenya. British Citizen Passport Holders must apply for a visa before travelling to Kenya. This application can be made online or we work closely with The Travel Visa Company who will be able to arrange your visa for you on your behalf. Please call them on 01270 250 590 and quote 'Mercury holidays'. We recommend that you apply for your visa 8 weeks before travel, however please be aware that your passport will be required for the application so make sure that you will not need it during this time. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry to Kenya. Visa requirements are subject to change and obtaining a visa is the responsibility of the traveller and not Mercury Holidays. We recommend you check with your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy prior to departure for the most up to date guidelines regarding visas and passport validity.
We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.
If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of €300pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.
Your initial flight is to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport via Doha with Qatar Airways (QR), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 4.
If taking the Mombasa Beach extension, your flights will be with Ethiopian Airlines.
IMPORTANT: Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure. A printed E-ticket is no longer required at check-in, all you need to do is present your passport to the staff at the desk and your boarding pass will be given to you.
Each passenger is entitled to 30KG of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage not exceeding (Max 7kg - 50cm/37cm/ 25cm) in size and 1 personal item such as a handbag, briefcase or laptop case. Weight restrictions will be finalized on your final documentation. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check in. Check-In should be at least 3 hours before departure.
It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.
This tour is accessible to most people with a good level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves climbing of steep stairs and getting on and off coaches, boats and 4x4 vehicles. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.
The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 7, and the maximum will be 20. If in the unlikely event there are less than 7 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date, then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.
This is a fully escorted tour meaning that you will be met by a local guide in each of the cities that you visit, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.
The currency in Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling. We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK. It is important that you budget carefully and ensure you have the right form of currency before you arrive in the country. Cash machines will also be available throughout the tour in order to withdraw money in your local currency.
You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry, any meals not included in the itinerary as well as drinks and any additional snacks. We recommend you bring along a minimum of GBP £300-£400 per person to change to local currency. It is a good idea to try and maintain a supply of small notes and change in the local currency for tipping or small purchases.
It is customary to tip both your driver and guide approximately £2-£3 per person per day in total. Tips will be collected at the end of your tour. Tips are accepted in the local currency Kenyan Shillings.
|Depart UK||Arrive UK||Price|
|12 Jun 2023||21 Jun 2023||SOLD OUT|
|10 Jul 2023||19 Jul 2023||SOLD OUT|
|21 Aug 2023||30 Aug 2023||€4255.00|
|28 Aug 2023||06 Sep 2023||€4087.00|
|04 Sep 2023||13 Sep 2023||SOLD OUT|
|11 Sep 2023||20 Sep 2023||€4311.00|
|18 Sep 2023||27 Sep 2023||€3919.00|
|25 Sep 2023||04 Oct 2023||€3807.00|
|02 Oct 2023||11 Oct 2023||€3807.00|
|16 Oct 2023||25 Oct 2023||€3583.00|
|06 Nov 2023||15 Nov 2023||SOLD OUT|
|13 Nov 2023||22 Nov 2023||€3023.00|
|15 Jan 2024||24 Jan 2024||€3975.00|
|12 Feb 2024||21 Feb 2024||€3975.00|
|04 Mar 2024||13 Mar 2024||€3695.00|
|25 Mar 2024||03 Apr 2024||€3583.00|
|22 Apr 2024||01 May 2024||€3247.00|
|06 May 2024||15 May 2024||€3359.00|
|13 May 2024||22 May 2024||€3135.00|
|27 May 2024||05 Jun 2024||€3247.00|
|03 Jun 2024||12 Jun 2024||€3359.00|
|10 Jun 2024||19 Jun 2024||€3471.00|
|01 Jul 2024||10 Jul 2024||€4031.00|
|08 Jul 2024||17 Jul 2024||€4255.00|
|19 Aug 2024||28 Aug 2024||€4591.00|
|26 Aug 2024||04 Sep 2024||€4367.00|
|02 Sep 2024||11 Sep 2024||€4255.00|
|09 Sep 2024||18 Sep 2024||€4255.00|
|16 Sep 2024||25 Sep 2024||€4255.00|
|23 Sep 2024||02 Oct 2024||€4255.00|
|30 Sep 2024||09 Oct 2024||€4255.00|
|14 Oct 2024||23 Oct 2024||€3919.00|
|04 Nov 2024||13 Nov 2024||€3583.00|
|11 Nov 2024||20 Nov 2024||€3583.00|
The order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. The schedules of the domestic airlines in country are subject to frequent changes. For this reason, we have indicated approximate times only. Your local guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them. Some road construction &/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving times. Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed; however, order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions.
Please note the hotels given are a guidelines only and may change. If the hotels detailed are not available, alternatives will be used of a similar standard. Please refer to your final documentation for confirmation of your hotels. You will receive this between 7-10 days before departure.
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