Kenya Highlights

KENYA HIGHLIGHTS

This wonderful 7 night / 8-day program includes a visit to 3 amazing game viewing places in Kenya. The areas are Masai Mara, Amboseli and Samburu (northern Kenya). The ecosystems are different from one place to another and the game viewing is diversified from place to place.  

Masai Mara Game Reserve:

Kenya’s Premier for game viewing. Known for its “Big Five” game such as lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino among many other game and bird species.

Amboseli Game Reserve:

Known for its massive herds of elephants and views of Mt. Kilimanjaro from the Kenyan side. The mountain is in Tanzania. Other game includes buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, topi, giraffes, elands, hyenas, wild dogs, leopard, lions, lesser kudu and over 600 species of birds

Samburu Game Reserve:

Known for its unique northern species and other game. The list includes Lions, Elephants, Leopard, Buffalo, Hippos and Crocodiles, Cheetah, Jackals, Greater Kudu, Lesser Kudu, Hyenas, the endangered Wild Dogs, the Pancake Tortoise, many species of antelopes including the iconic Eland, over 450 species of birds as well as some unique species only found north of the equator like the Beisa Oryx, Reticulated Giraffe, Somali Ostrich, the beautiful Grevy’s Zebra and the long-necked Gerenuk

THE PROGRAM

Welcome to Kenya! On arrival at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by a representative of Emmarosh Travel and transferred to your hotel for the night.

Nairobi Serena Hotel, member of the exclusive Leading-Hotels-of-the-World, has been one of Nairobi’s most iconic hotels in the last 40 years. Situated in Nairobi’s Uhuru Park overlooking the CBD, barely 30minutes from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, it is Serena Hotels’ flagship property in Kenya and renowned for high standards of accommodation as well as superior service and hospitality. The hotel comprises 183 luxurious and en-suite rooms in a variety of categories from deluxe rooms, superior rooms, garden suites, business suites, executive suites, bateleur suite and two presidential suites on five floors. Room amenities include comfortable King size bed or Twin Beds, luxurious Bathroom facilities, Mini Bar, Tea/Coffee Making Facilities, Satellite TV, in-room Telephone, in-room Safe, Air-Conditioning, and Free Wi-Fi. Other hotel amenities include Café Maghreb, the popular Mandhari fine-dining Restaurant, Aksum Bars, the Poolside Bar, and extensive lounge areas, an Olympic size swimming pool, health and wellness center including a gym, sauna and spa; meetings and conference facilities and free WiFi throughout.

Overnight: Nairobi Serena Hotel

After breakfast and a safari briefing, you will be transferred to the Wilson Airport for your scheduled flight to Amboseli. On arrival, you are met and driven to your accommodations. Enjoy your afternoon safari drive.

Amboseli National Park is land of the giants. Sitting at the foothills of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro 250kms/4hrs south west of Nairobi on the Kenya/Tanzania border, the park is most famous for the large herds of gigantic elephants that roam her dusty pans as well as the splendid views of the snow-capped “rooftop of Africa” which it overlooks. Her 390km² of lowland savannah plains are also home to buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, topi, giraffes, elands, hyenas, wild dogs, leopard, lions, lesser kudu and many others as well as over 600 species of birds!!.It is also second home of the proud and aloof Maasai tribe whose enigmatic people, culture and traditions are the fascination of many around the world. Popular activities include regular game viewing drives, nature/bush walks and Maasai village/manyatta visits (outside the park), unforgettable sundowners and hot air ballooning. It is also base of the long running Amboseli (Cynthia Moss) Elephant Research Project that has been studying the elephants and their behavior for almost three decades now and is a treasure trove of scientific knowledge critical for their conservation.

Set against the magnificent backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain the luxury Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge enjoys a uniquely privileged position at the heart of this world-famous national park. Secluded within a grove of acacia trees, the safari lodge looks out over the golden savannah plains, with uninterrupted views of the mountain itself. Close by are a series of emerald green swamps, which are fed by the melting snows of Kilimanjaro. These, the only sources of water in this otherwise starkly beautiful but arid park, attract huge numbers of wallowing elephants, hippos, buffalos, and plains game. Meanwhile, from the prehistoric site of Observation Hill, the sunset over Kilimanjaro is magnificent. At the center of ‘Maasailand’, the lodge’s décor reflects the brilliant primary colors and iconic shapes representative of these legendary warriors. At the heart of the lodge, shaded by palm trees, is a free-form swimming pool; to either side of which stretch the rooms. Each room is housed in a single-story building opening directly on to the grounds, each reflecting a Maasai manyatta theme: each with its own hand-painted wall frescos. Our Amboseli safari lodge features a central dining area reached by a timbered bridge over a melt-water stream. The lounge and bar feature a broad terrace and a blazing fire-pit where evening cocktails can be enjoyed. Activities include daily game drives in custom-built traditional safari vehicles, ‘sundowners’ on Observation Hill, bush breakfasts, bush dinners, Maasai dance performances, visits to Maasai villages and tree-planting program. Lodge facilities include 92 guest rooms, a central dining room, bar, swimming pool and sundeck, a gift shop and business center, Conference center and free Wi-Fi and satellite TV.

Overnight: Amboseli Serena Lodge B L D

Spend your day viewing and photographing the animals during your morning and afternoon safari drives. 

Overnight: Amboseli Serena Lodge B L D

After breakfast, you are flown to Samburu Game Park. Upon arrival, you are met and assisted to your accommodations. Enjoy your afternoon safari drive.

Samburu National Reserve is one of Kenya’s most beautiful and romantic wildlife havens. Situated 350kms north of Nairobi in the semi-arid northern frontier district, her 165km² of acacia, riverine forest and grasslands dominated by the Koitogor and Ololokwe mountains are home to a wide variety of wild mammals; Lions, Elephants, Leopard, Buffalo, Hippos and Crocodiles in the Ewaso Nyiro River, Cheetah, Jackals, Greater Kudu, Lesser Kudu, Hyenas, the endangered Wild Dogs, the Pancake Tortoise, many species of antelopes including the iconic Eland, over 450 species of birds as well as some unique species only found north of the equator like the Beisa Oryx, Reticulated Giraffe, Somali Ostrich, the beautiful Grevy’s Zebra and the long-necked Gerenuk. It is also home to the Samburu tribespeople, cultural cousins of the Maasai. It was also one of the ‘homes’ of Joy and George Adamson who raised Elsa the lioness and was immortalized in their book, and the movie, ‘Born Free’. Samburu is a photographers’ paradise with amazing contrasts as well as unforgettable sunrises and sunsets. Activities in the reserve include regular game viewing drives, cultural visit to a Samburu Manyatta to see and experience their unique culture and traditions as well as traditional music and dance, Nature/bush walks with Samburu morans, Camel riding as well as bush breakfasts and bush dinners

Overnight: Samburu Intrepids Club B L D

View and photograph the animals during your morning and afternoon safari drives.

Overnight: Samburu Intrepids Club B L D

After breakfast, you will be flown to Kenya’s Masai Mara. On arrival, you are met and assisted to your accommodations. Enjoy your afternoon safari drive.

Maasai Mara Game Reserve is one Kenya’s most iconic and arguably the most beautiful wildlife reserves in Africa. Her 1,510km² of grassland and acacia studded plains are home to the Big-5 (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino) as well as many other species of wild mammals. It is also home to the famous and majestic Maasai people who can often be seen herding their cattle on the periphery of the park or in their cultural manyattas (boma) just outside. Their age-old culture, customs, traditions, and demeanor are a marvel for locals and visitors alike. The Mara is an all year destination where the wildlife drama never ends; multitudes of resident game including elephants, prides of lions, cheetahs, hyenas, giraffes, warthogs, large herds of buffalo, rhinos, an occasional leopard, warthogs, several species of antelopes including eland and wildebeest and many other species of mammals as well as birds (the secretary birds, ostrich, Kori bustard and many others) can be seen all year round; it never gets dull. Between July and October, it is scene of the phenomenal annual wildebeest migration, considered the 8th wonder of the natural world, when over 2 million wildebeest and 200 thousand Zebra and opportunistic predators make their yearly sojourn from southern Serengeti in Tanzania to Maasai Mara in search of food. When they scatter all over the plains in an endless rib to rib push and shove; galloping, grazing and galloping further north again, it is the most amazing wildlife spectacle ever seen. But their most incredible moments remain the Mara river crossings where columns upon columns scamper into the river to satisfy this genetic hibernation; and massive crocodiles lie in their wait craving a feast; and many do fall victim, and others drown, but the population never seems to wane. It is a magical time to be there.

Mara Intrepids Camp is luxury-class tented camp situated in central Maasai overlooking the Talek River and only a short drive from the Mara River Mara at the very confluence of the reserve’s four game-viewing areas. Guest accommodation comprises 30 spacious safari tents on wooden platforms lined along the banks of the Talek River and spaced out to provide maximum privacy. All tents are en-suite with flush loos and hot-showers as well as 2x Twin-size or 1x Queen-size four-poster Beds and a private balcony overlooking the river. Other camp amenities include a Main area with dining room, bar and lounge, a free-form Swimming pool, Laundry services, Watch tower, open-sided 4WD game viewing Jeeps with gold-certified guides, a well-stocked Boutique shop, and the free WiFi in the public areas.

Overnight: Mara Intrepids Camp  B L D

View and photograph the animals during your morning and afternoon game drives.

Animals commonly seen here include elephants, prides of lions, cheetahs, hyenas, antelopes, gnus – even the elusive leopard or rhino. The reserve has reputedly the highest concentration of wild mammals in Africa.

Visit a local Masai Village. 

We can arrange for these optional activities at an additional cost.

Hot air ballooning over the Maasai Mara plains

 Fishing for the Nile Perch on Lake Victoria, world’s second largest freshwater lake

Overnight: Mara Intrepids Camp B L D

After breakfast bid farewell to Maasai Mara as you are flown back to Nairobi. On arrival, you will be met by a representative of Emmarosh Travel and transferred to Nairobi Serena where a day room is reserved for your comfort and convenience until 6:00 p.m.

This evening, you are driven to the international airport for your departure flight.

Dayroom: Nairobi Serena B

PRICING INFORMATION

These prices are valid for travel between June – Dec 22, 2020 & Jan 1 – Dec 22, 2021. Christmas and New Year surcharges will apply for any travel between Dec 22– Jan 15, 2021 and the same time in 2022. These holiday surcharges are NOT included in these rates. Single room supplement and solo traveler rates are on request basis only. Any travel during the peak time may be subject to updated terms and conditions.

Travel Date Jan - Mar, 2021 April - June, 2021 July – Oct., 2021 Nov – Dec 22, 2021
Per person Land Pricing (12 & up) $4,570.00 $3,770.00 $6,080.00 $ 4,530.00
Internal Air $1,560.00 $1,400.00 $1,560.00 $1,400.00

Internal air includes the following flights:

  • Nairobi / Amboseli

  • Amboseli / Nairobi

  • Nairobi / Samburu

  • Samburu / Masai Mara
  • Masai Mara / Nairobi

All air is subject to change until paid for in full and tickets have been issued. Passport copies (photo page where names appear) are required in order to ticket the internal flights.

INCLUSIONS

  • Accommodations per the itinerary
  • All transfers as mentioned in the program
  • All meals as indicated by letters B = Breakfast, Lunch & D = Dinner next to accommodations
  • Accompanying local driver/guide (English Speaking)
  • All activities are mentioned in the itinerary
  • Shared 4 x 4-wheel Toyota Landcruiser for game drives (maximum 6 to 8 guests)
  • All relevant park fees / conservation fees & entry fees (unless otherwise stated)
  • Porterage at airports and hotels.
  • Bottled mineral water in vehicles during game drives
  • Village visit at Masai Mara
  • Internal air (Nairobi / Amboseli / Nairobi / Samburu / Masai Mara / Nairobi). These flights are quoted separately and MUST be added to the land pricing

EXCLUSIONS

  • Optional activities (where applicable these are available at an additional cost)
  • International air
  • All items of a personal nature such as (telephone calls, laundry, room service, etc.).
  • Gratuities for the guide/ drivers or Airport representatives
  • Single Room Supplement (on request basis)
  • Solo Traveler Rates (on request basis)
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Holiday Surcharges for travel between Dec 22 – Jan 15, 2021 & the same time in 2022.
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Fishing for the Nile perch in Lake Victoria
  • Trip insurance

RESERVATION AND PAYMENT SCHEDULE

Deposit per person required at time of booking: A deposit of 25% of the program price is required at the time of booking. Final payment is due 120 days prior to departure. If your reservation is made within 120 days of departure, the entire cost of the trip must be paid at the time of the request to secure confirmation.

CANCELLATION CHARGES

Cancellations must be received in writing and will become effective on the date of e-mail receipt. Cancellations received by Emmarosh are subject to the following:

CANCELLATION FEES PER PERSON

121 days prior to departure (or more): 10% of the program price per person.
120-91 days prior to departure: 20% of program price

90-61 days prior to departure: 50% of program price

60 days prior to departure (or less): 100% of the program price

Changes to the Itinerary:

The guest will be responsible for any changes or cancellations made to the itinerary at their request or beyond their control, before or during travel, including expenses incurred due to a change, delay or cancellation of any flights. If a guest cancels or leaves a journey and a roommate remains, an additional supplement may apply to the price for the remaining guest.

CANCELLATION CHARGES FOR INTERNAL AIR

All internal air is 100% non-refundable at time of final payment (some exceptions may apply).

CANCELLATION CHARGES FOR EXTRA SERVICES WHERE APPLICABLE

Additional hotel nights and other extra services booked in connection with Emmarosh programs are subject to specific cancellation penalties.