iExplore Kenya Family

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  • Privately Guided
  • Starting Price: $4,195
  • Length: 8 days
  • Operator: iExplore Exclusive
  • 1-800-267-33479am - 5:30pm Eastern
    Destinations: Africa, Kenya
    Activities: Family, Safari
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Tour Description

Kenya's cultural mosaic is Africa in miniature, with almost every main African tongue spoken and over forty distinct ethnic groups. Kenya is one Africa's most diverse travel destinations and a fantasic family destination! Watch a lion-cubs in the true African wilderness, take off on a thrilling balloon safari over the Maasai Mara, visit the nomadic, ochre-clad Maasai, gaze at the breathtaking views of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro or watch pink flamingoes rise over the Rift Valley soda lakes all in one day.

Itinerary

Day 01: Nairobi, Kenya

Arrive Jomo Kenyatta International. Upon clearing Customs and Immigration, you are met and transferred to your hotel for check - in.

Nairobi. As the sun rises each morning in equatorial East Africa, Nairobi is already bustling with traffic, streams of pedestrians and people pushing carts. In the city's markets, the floors are washed, and fresh produce is artfully arranged; the tea sellers unlock their stalls and light their fires; merchants raise the iron screens from their store windows. Flowers are everywhere.

This afternoon visit the Karen Blixen Museum and the Giraffe Center.

The museum, once part of Karen Blixen's vast coffee estate, 'Mbogani' was Karen's home from 1917 until 1931, and made famous by the film 'Out of Africa'. Here you get a glimpse of typical colonial life in Kenya at the turn of the twentieth century. As well as many of Karen's original belongings, and replicas replace items that have been lost over the years.

The Giraffe Center is the headquarters for the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife. Giraffe Manor was established in 1983 as a sanctuary for the then endangered Rothschild giraffe. The breeding program has been a great success and you can watch these gentle giants at eye level from a raised platform.

Probably Kenya's most famous hotel - and certainly its oldest - The Norfolk has been drawing the rich and famous to its hallowed doors since they first opened on Christmas Day 1904. In many respects, Nairobi grew up around the Norfolk, which occupies a central but quiet location opposite the National Theater.
Norfolk Hotel

Day 02: Sweetwaters Game Reserve

Transfer to Sweetwaters Game Reserve. This game sanctuary is the closest reserve to Nairobi (2.5 hours drive) home to all the big five game, and has the highest ratio of game-to-area of any park or reserve in Kenya. Enjoy a afternoon game drives and visit to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Additional activities (extra cost) are camel riding, horse riding and nature walks.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Sweetwaters Tented Camp

Day 03: Lewa Downs Private Reserve

Transfer to Lewa Safari Camp, your home for the next two nights. Lewa Safari Camp is set on the 45,000 acre privately owned Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Lewa Downs. The conservancy, formerly a working cattle ranch and otherwise known as Lewa Downs, has been in the Craig family since 1924. With wildlife densities as high as anywhere in Africa, it is possible to see all of Africa's Big Five on Lewa, and the conservancy provides a refuge for several endangered species.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lewa Safari Camp

 

Day 04: Lewa Downs Private Reserve*

Activities at Lewa Safari Camp include day and night game drives in search of rhino and other wildlife, guided walks, and visits to pre-historic sites. Cultural excursions to visit the II'Nguesi, Ndorobo and Samburu people; horseback riding and camel riding are available at an extra cost. Time at Lewa Downs is a unique combination of hospitality, spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lewa Safari Camp

 

Day 05: Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Transfer to the airstrip for the scheduled flight to the Maasai Mara. You will be met at the Ol Kiombo Airstrip and transferred the short distance to the Mara Intrepids Camp, your base for the next three nights. Mara Intrepids is a delightful camp set in one of Kenya's prime wildlife-viewing areas. Mara Intrepids also boasts its exciting Adventurers' Club - a club specifically for children between the ages of 4-12. Accompanied by highly trained naturalists and cultural specialists, children are treated to an enlightening series of walks, talks, games and activities, designed to help them better understand their wild surroundings. After checking in, there's time to freshen up before taking lunch. This afternoon take your first game drive in the Maasai Mara in search of its famous inhabitants.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinnr
Mara Intrepids Club

Day 06: Maasai Mara Game Reserve

You have the whole day to enjoy the sights and sounds of Maasai Mara on your early morning and late afternoon game viewing drives. The jewel in Africa's crown, Maasai Mara is host to the most spectacular array of wildlife. Her 320 square kilometers of open savannah, woodlands and tree-lined rivers creates an eco-system that supports huge numbers of bird and mammal species. The western border of the park is the spectacular Siria Escarpment, and together with the acacia dotted plains, creates scenery of stunning beauty.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mara Intrepids Club

Day 07: Maasai Mara Game Reserve

You have another full day to enjoy the splendors of the Maasai Mara. There will also be the option to take a balloon safari or visit to Rusinga or Mfangano Island on Lake Victoria (at an extra cost). The afternoon is available for a game viewing drive and/or other activity in the Mara whether or not you take the optional adventure.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mara Intrepids Club

Day 08: Nairobi - Depart

Enjoy an early morning game drive and breakfast before your transfer to Masai Mara Airstrip for your scheduled flight to Wilson Airport. On arrival you will be transferred to Norfolk Hotel where you can relax in your dayroom. Enjoy lunch and dinner (meals for your own account) before your transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Breakfast
Norfolk Hotel - Dayroom

*Lewa area may be closed over the low season (dictated by bookings) but Samburu would be a suitable alternative.

Departures

Depart any day! Contact an iExplore Adventure Consultant for details.

Pricing Information

2009 Prices:

February and July to October:

Adult price: $5,395 per person, double occupancy

Child price (under 12 years): $2,575

January, March, June and November:

Adult price: $4,995 per person, double occupancy

Child price (under 12 years): $2,375

April-May

Adult price: $4,495 per person, double occupancy

Child price (under 12 years): $2,095

Notes:

*Prices based on minimum of 2 full paying passengers per room

*There is no age restriction with this program

*Quad rooms cannot be accommodated

*Holiday surcharges apply for travel between December 16-31, please call for an exact quote.

Upgrade to 7 seater Landcruiser - $640 per vehicle.

Inclusions:

· All transfers with assistance

· Accommodation in standard twin/double bedded rooms/tents

· Internal scheduled flights (Lewa/Mara/NBO)

· Full breakfast throughout

· Meals as indicated (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) as indicated on safari

· Laundry, beers, bottled water, house wines, soft drinks at Lewa Safari Camp

· Ground transportation in - 7-seater mini bus except at Lewa & Mara in resident camp 4x4 vehicles (sharing with other participants)

· Game drives as specified

· Night game drives at Lewa Downs

· All park and conservation fees

· Porterage of two pieces of luggage per person

· Government taxes and levies

Exclusions:

· International airfare

· Upgrade to 7-seater landcruiser $640 per vehicle

· Entry visa fees currently US$ 50.00 per person

· Personal and trip insurance

· All soft and alcoholic beverages except as specified

· All expenses of a personal nature

· Tips and gratuities to your courier, driver/guide, hotel/camp staff etc

· Travel and medical insurance

· Holiday surcharges

 

Optional activities on safari - paid locally. Age limit is 7yrs and written authorization/permission from the parents is required for children under 12yrs.

· Night game viewing drive in Sweetwaters - US$90 per person

· Guided walk in Sweetwaters Game Sanctuary - US$35 PP/hour

· Camel riding in Sweetwaters Game Sanctuary - US$35 PP/hour

· Horse riding in Lewa - US$35 PP/hour

· Camel riding in Lewa - US$35 PP/hour

· Visit to Il Ngwesi cultural village at Lewa - US$35 PP (minimum 2)

· Maasai village visit in Mara - US$25 PP

· Balloon safari - US$435 PP Adult / $350 PP Children ages 7-11yrs

· Lake Victoria adventure - US$500 PP

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

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