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KENYA BORNFREE EXPERIENCE SAFARI - 8 Days

Experience Magical Kenya with Travelshoppe. Experience the wildlife of Kenya that is unmatched in the World. Take this trip with your loved one or your family. Explore the vast plains of Kenya’s conservancies and cherished wildlife. Take a guided Safari through the most popular wildlife conservancy like Ol-Pejeta, Samburu, Aberdare, and Maasai Mara with a stop at The Great Rift Valley.

Day 1
Nairobi - Ol-Pejeta Conservancy

Commence safari and drive northwards through the rich agricultural Central highlands of Kenya arriving at the Mount Kenya country in time for lunch. A stopover en-route at the Equator line, where a demo will be carried out to show how matter behaves differently whilst on either side of the hemisphere. Highlights here will be, weather permitting, seeing the snowcapped peaks of Mount Kenya, the second-highest point in Africa at 17,057 feet above sea level.

This conservancy is home to the only two remaining Northern White Rhinos currently in great fear of extinction. Here is also a top chimpanzee project, home to rescued chimps, a noble initiative closely associated with world-famous Primatologist Dame Jane Goodall. All meals and overnight at either SERENA SWEETWATERS SAFARI CAMP

Day 2
Samburu/Shaba/Isiolo National Reserves

Today you will continue further north into the Born-free country where world-famous conservationists Joy and George Adamson raised lioness Elsa, for a two-night stay. It is also in this area that you see the Special Five / endemic Northern species – Reticulated Giraffe, Gravy’s Zebra, Beisa Oryx, Blue Shanked Somali Ostrich, and Gerenuk.

The lifeline of these three sanctuaries is the palm-fringed Uaso Nyiro River, attracts vast and varied herds of game, abundant birdlife and crocodile-infested waters; all meals and overnights at  SAROVA SHABA GAME LODGE.

Day 3
Samburu/Shaba/Isiolo National Reserves

Continuation of above…

Day 4
aberdare National Park

After a grand breakfast, drive to the forested slopes of the Aberdare Mountains with altitude exceeding 7,000 feet, which offer surreal safari experience and home to the famous Tree Lodges.

The park provides a habitat for elephants, black rhinos, leopards, spotted hyenas, olive baboons, black and white colobus monkeys, buffalos, warthogs, and bushbucks among others. Rare sightings include those of the Giant Forest hog, bongo, golden cat, serval cat, African wild cat, African civet cat, and the blue duiker.

Very special in the Aberdares, you don’t go look for the wildlife, they come to look for you where excellent viewing from the balcony of your lodge is a magical experience, all meals and overnight at SAROVA SHABA GAME LODGE.

Day 5
Great Rift Valley

Day five takes you descending the eastern wall of the Great Rift Valley escarpment into Lake Nakuru National Park believed to have suffered a natural tilt in recent years resulting in a phenomenal water increase in the once shallow lake.

This has caused consequences to this once the very famous home of Flamingos; millions of these algae feeding birds use to literally color the lake pink. However, Lake Nakuru National Park is still home to the Big Five making it one of Kenya’s great wildlife sanctuary and also one of the top ornithology destination. All meals and overnight at either SAROVA LION HILL GAME LODGE

Day 6
Maasai Mara National Reserve

Although not as big as Tsavo or the Serengeti, Maasai Mara is undoubtedly the premier game sanctuary there is. Situated Southwest of Kenya, covering an area of 1 510 square km, is a land of breathtaking vistas, abundant wildlife, and endless plains.

The quintessential Maasai Mara safari delivers many attractions and is home to an excellent year-round concentration of game as well as the two million animals that make up the Great Annual Migration between the months of July and October, led by wildebeests and haunted by the predators from the ground, the vultures from the sky and the crocs during the amazing river crossings. All meals and overnights at SAROVA MARA GAME CAMP

Day 7
Maasai Mara National Reserve

Continuation of above…

Day 8
Nairobi

Today marks the last day of your Africa experience driving back to Nairobi where you can do last-minute shopping of the famous Africa artifacts; a final airport transfer will be the last activity as you “get Out of Africa BUT Africa will never get out of you, Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick.

Included in the Price

  • Transportation in specially built 6 seater safari minivan OR 4 wheel drive Land Cruiser, fitted with a viewing and photography pop up roof and driven by English Speaking Driver Guide.
  • Accommodation, meals, activities and all entrance fees as outlined in the proposed itinerary.
  • Flying Doctors of Africa Membership which entails all safari participants to one emergency aero-medical evacuation to Nairobi; medical expenses are not included.

Not Included in the Price

  • All items of personal nature i.e. laundry, telephone calls, drinks, etc.
  • International Travel Insurance – which we strongly recommend that you take.
  • International Air Travel which we can also arrange on request

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

How do I get to my destination?

Many international Airlines operate in and out of these destinations. To name a few, Kenya Airways, KLM, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates, Qatar Airways, etc. For more information, you can contact us.

Is there a place to change money at the airport?

Yes, but it is not the best rate. It is advisable to go to the bank or a forex bureau.

Do I need a Visa?

Yes, most of these destinations will require a visa which can be obtained on arrival at the airport with a visa fee but it is advisable to check with the Embassy in your local country. Please read through our destination information for further details.

What about the water?

It is recommended that you drink mineral bottled water, which is available in most of the places. You can always purchase along the way.

What kind of clothing should I wear?

Kenya and Tanzania have a diverse climatic range from extremely hot and dry regions to cold and wet areas. We have listed below an idea of the various altitudes and how you should dress while there.
In the mountain region ( 5000ft and above ), the temperatures are cooler. Add gloves, strong footwear, and heavy rain gear.
If you are in the coastal region, where the weather is very tropical and hot, wear comfortable loose cotton and some sun protection. This applies to Mombasa, Zanzibar, Seychelles, Mauritius and all coastal areas.
In the eastern region ( below 3000ft ), normally hot, dry and dusty, you are advised to carry a hat, cotton pants, and long-sleeved shirts. Also, carry sun protection.
While in the highland areas ( 3000 – 5000ft ), with a climate that ranges from cool/hot days and cold nights in addition to frequent rainfall, you are advised to add a sweater and rain jacket.

Communication - Languages and Phones?

English is widely spoken and almost all destinations.
The main telecommunication modes are fairly reliable and include the internet, mobile/cellphone communication, direct landline telephone, and telephone booths, just to name but a few. The most reliable is the mobile phone, which is widely used and cheap to buy. Internet communication is also largely available in most major towns and cities and is quite efficient in addition to being cheap.

What type of vehicle is used on safari?

We use both safari tour vans and four-wheel drive Landcruisers. The tour vans are just as comfortable while being a little cheaper. Landcruisers are useful for locations which may experience muddy roads if it rains. Both vehicles have game viewing roofs, radio calls and comfortable seats with seat belts. Everything is done to assure your comfort while traveling. Special cooler boxes for cold drinks are part of the standard equipment.

Are wild animals dangerous?

Wildlife by its very nature, including as it does carnivorous and powerful animals ranging from the Lion to the elephant, can be dangerous. However, virtually all reported incidents of injury due to wild animals happens when a human is on foot, closer than they should be to the animal. It should be pointed out that animals are usually acting defensively when they attack humans – so keep your distance, respect the animal’s space, and avoid being on foot where you should not be, especially without an experienced and professional guide, and you should be fine.

It should be pointed out that special care should be taken with female animals nurturing their young – these animals are easily provoked by what they perceive as a threat so as to protect their young. At certain camps and lodges, it is not uncommon for wildlife to wander through the property but the bigger animals only do so rarely and often at night, without the intention of harming people. However, most safari lodges and camps have armed guards for additional security.

Follow your field guide or tour leader’s guidelines strictly, never venture outside your camping site at night without your guide, and don’t feed the animals, however lovely they may seem!

How Can I book a safari and how can I pay for it?

Firstly, we would work out an itinerary suitable to your requirements and after you are satisfied and finalize, you email us your confirmation to reserve the safari for you which entails booking your rooms, reserving safari vehicle, etc. We will, therefore, need you to pay us a deposit, usually 40%, with the balance being payable 35 days prior to the start of your Travel.

Payment: You may pay by credit card or by direct bank transfer. Credit cards attract a 4% bank fee while a bank transfer attracts a flat USD 50-70 fee depending on where you remit the money from – these are bank costs. Prior to booking the travel, you will also receive the cancellation and general Terms and Conditions. The payment procedure is simple and safe and involves you faxing or emailing us your authorization and credit card information.

Credit card or Bank Transfer? Whereas credit cards can be billed on the spot, bank transfer payments take between 5 -8 days, and we will send you a receipt upon receiving funds in our bank.

Is your money safe with us?

Yes it is – we are members of Kenya Association of Tour Operators [KATO], as well as members of IATA [International Ass. of Travel Agents] and Globalstar Travel Management till date we have no complaint from any of our numerous clients against us – the same applies to our reputation as a merchant with Visa or Mastercard. We have been in operation for over 11 years while the parent company and directors are located in Kenya and have excellent personal standing in Kenya society and business circles. Additionally, we have been dealing with all major airlines over the last 11 years, a fact which indicates a healthy financial position of our company as IATA periodically accesses company financial statements. During the political crisis in Kenya, we promptly refunded clients [who wished to cancel trips] their payments running into large sums of money, as per our Terms and Conditions.

What is the security like?

All the destinations are tourist friendly. However, it is advisable to safely keep your important documents and valuables. Most hotels will have safety lockers in the room. Do not live your valuables unattended.

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Trip Facts

  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Full Board
  • Road Trip
  • Kenya
  • Nairobi, Ol-Pejeta, Samburu, Aberdare, Great Rift Valley, Maasai Mara
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