GUARANTEED DEPARTURE DATES: 10 April, 01 May, 12 June & 20 June 2010.
This safari has been designed for those who want to take advantage of the excellent rates that are offered during the April/June period in Kenya; and experience both the African bush and the Indian Ocean . At this time of year, the plains of the famous Masai Mara Reserve are greener than at any other time of the year thus hosting large numbers of game - an excellent wildlife safari .
Showcasing the Great Rift Valley, beautiful Lake Naivasha, and the famous Mara, this safari also offers a flight down to the south coast to spend four nights at an ultra-luxurious 4-star resort on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Diani Beach has it all: waving palms, year-round warm, clear blue water and white sand. It also offers immediate access to one of the world's most famous barrier reefs, which is home to tropical fish, dolphins, turtles (which may be nesting or hatching on the resort's beach at the time of your visit) and over one million different types of marine life.
This Kenya road safari tour is one of a series of tours offered within our East African safari tour operators' portfolio; each holiday package incorporating a careful choice of Kenya hotels, safari lodges or safari camps. As well as our Kenya safari holidays, we also offer Tanzania safaris, Zanzibar travel and Uganda travel holiday packages. Should this Africa safari tour not meet your requirements, we are also happy to tailor an adventure safari to your specific requirements. Green Season Special is a Kenya wildlife safari & beach tour. One of our East African Safari & Holiday Packages
Day 1: Nairobi to Lake Naivasha
Leaving your Nairobi hotel after breakfast, you will drive up the spectacular Great Rift Valley to the first of its sparkling lakes, Lake Naivasha. The place where the ‘Barbar the Elephant' stories were written, inspiration for the classic story and film ‘The Legend of She' and one of the main locations for the book and film ‘White Mischief', Lake Naivasha lies beneath the towering crater of Mount Longonot, an extinct volcano, and adjacent to one of the world's largest geothermal fields, Hells Gate National Park. Arriving in time for lunch at the Naivasha Sopa Lodge , guests have the afternoon at leisure: either to wander the extensive grounds, or to take an optional boat ride around the lake and view its famous hippos and fish eagles. In the evening, perhaps take a swim before cocktails and dinner.
Distance/drive time: 120 Kms/1.5 hours
Day 2: Lake Navaisha to The Masai Mara
After breakfast depart for the famous Masai Mara National reserve to arrive in time for lunch at your luxury tented camp, Mara Fig Tree Camp . Spend the afternoon game-viewing in this famous park, which is host to the annual migration of over one million wildebeest which typically takes place between July and October. Return in time for a swim and cocktails before dinner.
Distance/drive time: 280 kms/5 hours
Day 3: On safari in the Masai Mara
A full day's safari in one of the world's most famous reserves. Offering an abundance of herbivores, the Mara makes the ideal hunting ground for Kenya's famous ‘big cats' and hosts her largest population of lions. Historically teeming with wildlife, the Mara is famous for the large herds of elephant and buffalo that meander its plains. Spend each night in the luxurious Mara Fig Tree Tented Camp . One of the original Mara camps, Fig Tree Camp is located on the banks of the Talek River and enjoys breathtaking views across the plains. Offering a wide range of optional activities including cultural performances nightly and a morning hot air balloon safari.
Day 4: Masai Mara to the coast
After breakfast in camp, drive to Nairobi in time for lunch at the world-famous Carnivore Restaurant . After lunch, transfer to the airport for your flight to Mombasa (not included), where you will be met by our airport rep, who will take your across the Likoni ferry to reach the south coast. Drive through miles of waving palm trees to the famous Diani Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. A gentle sweep of silver sand and year-round warm clear blue waters, Diani offers its own pristine coral barrier reef as well as numerous water sports and entertainment options. Arrive at Southern Palms Beach Resort in time for a swim and dinner.
Day 5, 6 and 7: On the Swahili Coast
You now have three days of leisure on the Swahili Coast in one of the finest resorts on the south coast. The 4-star Southern Palms Beach Resort features a unique blend of traditional Swahili and Arabic architecture, and is surrounded by over 10 acres of mature tropical gardens and coconut palms. The resort offers two free-form swimming pools, flood-lit tennis courts, free water sports (including windsurfing and weekly scuba instruction) and a mini gym. There is also a mini-golf course and shuffleboard court with weekly tournaments, where prizes can be won. Other activities include: swimming, snorkeling, sea kayaking, diving, dhow trips, glass-bottom boat trips, nature trails, butterfly farms, places of historic interest, visits to the nearby Shimba Hills (a coastal national park with plentiful elephant) or to the world-famous Arabuko Sokoke Forest, one of the last of the rainforests. The resort's beach is also an active nesting ground for the endangered Hawksbill Turtle with the chance of watching a nesting or a hatching anytime from the month of June.
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Moi International Airport, Mombasa for your return flight.
Come back soon.
Green Season Special Safari – Kenya
East African Travel and Safari Holidays
PRICE: Per person sharing double/twin room at USD 818.00
- Full board accommodation on safari
- Half board accommodation on the beach
- Additional meals as specified in the itinerary
- All national park entrance fees
- Airport transfers
- Transportation in our 7-seater minibus driven by our experienced driver/guides
- All excursions as indicated in the itinerary.
- Meals as specified in the itinerary
- Domestic and international air transportation
- Visa fees (currently US$ 25.00 per passport holder for Kenya)
- International departure tax of US$ 20 per person unless included in international ticket
- Incidental tips to hotel/lodge staff (budget approximately US$ 2.00 - US$ 4.00 per person per day)
- Gratuity to tour driver/guide (budget approximately US$ 5.00 per person per day)
- All items of a personal nature such as laundry and drinks.
Other interesting features and optional excursions include:-
The Indian Ocean Coastline
South of Mombasa, across Likoni Creek, lies a magnificent sweep of silver sand, sapphire sea and waving palms. The southerly part of Kenya's stunning Indian Ocean coastline, which runs 700 km between the Tanzanian and Somali borders, it is renowned for its silken white sandy beaches, coconut palms, sheltered lagoons, pellucid blue waters, remote islands, uncharted mangrove swamps and mysterious Arab and Swahili ruins, many of which date back to the 8th Century AD. Boasting an idyllic climate, which is cooled by the monsoon, the Swahili coast offers a daily average of 8 hours of sunshine, and the hot steamy climate is tempered by the monsoon winds: the south-easterly Kaskazi, which blows from April to October; and the north-easterly Kazi which blows from
November to March.
The barrier reef
Kenya's pristine and well-developed coral reef extends virtually without break from Shimoni in the south to Malindi in the north, some 230 Kms in total. The reef is broken only in a few places by river mouths and creeks; and of these the deepest and most sheltered safe channels through the reef are those that lie on either side of Mombasa Island.
The South Coast Beaches
Beaches extend from Mombasa to the Tanzanian border - but the best known is Diani Beach (25 kms south of Mombasa), which offers just about everything the visitor could wish for: restaurants, shops, golf course and night spots plus; the Colobus Trust, an area of indigenous forest that provides a sanctuary for the areas many colobus monkeys and the Kaya Kinondo, a cultural centre built around a sacred Kaya (grove) of the Digo people. The activities on offer include swimming, snorkelling, sea kayaking, diving, water sports, dhow trips, glass-bottom boat trips, nature trails, butterfly farms, places of historic interest, visits to the nearby Shimba Hills (a coastal national park with plentiful elephant) or to the world-famous Arabuko Sokoke Forest, one of the last of the rainforests.
The Wakuluzu Colobus Trust
Formed January 1997 to protect the Angolan black and white colobus (Colobus angolensis palliates) whose numbers were severely threatened by the destruction of large areas of forest and the busy road traffic of the coastal strip, the Colobus Trust is based at Colobus Cottage, which also offers an information centre plus a nature trail and guided walk.
Location: 3.7km south of Diani.
A small island about 35km south of Diani, Funzi features mangrove-fringed shores, extensive areas of forest, crocodile spotting trips up the Ramisi River and dolphin tours around the bay.
Wasini Island is just off the coast of the Shimoni Peninsula, and is totally undeveloped, unspoilt and untouched by civilisation, the perfect place to experience the Swahili culture. If offers Muslim ruins, coral gardens, wooded walks, snorkelling, dhow trips, limited accommodation and traditional Swahili cuisine.
The Shimoni Slave Caves
Shimoni means ‘place of the hole' a reference to the 5 km of silted-up caves, which are thought to have been used for storing slaves prior to shipment to Zanzibar. Tours of the caves demonstrate the metal rings in the rocks to which the slaves are thought to have been shackled and the now silted-up passage, which once led to the slave ships.
The caves are open daily 8,30 to 10.30 am and 1.30 to 6.30 pm entry fees are payable.
Location: Shimoni is at the end of a small peninsula 76 km south of Likoni and not far from Tanzanian border.
Kisite Mpunguti Marine National Park
Considered by many to be one of the best marine parks in Kenya the 28sq km Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park lies to the south east of Wasini Island and offers excellent diving and snorkelling. The Kisite coral reefs, one of the most complex eco-systems on the planet, are around 3-4km long and include staghorn, brain, mushroom and pencil species. There are also 250 recorded species of fish including colourful butterfly, parrot, rockcod and angelfish as well as a broad selection of sea urchins, cowrie, starfish and crabs. Dolphin are also common as are large shoals of bonito and frigate mackerel. Nearby Shimoni is also home to many families of porpoise. Best time to dive and snorkel is between October and March; avoid June July and August because of rough seas silt and poor visibility.
The Park is open 6am to 6pm and entry is payable in Kenya Shillings or US dollars.