Kenya Beach & Bush Safari - Sample Itinerary

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Sample Kenya Beach & Bush Safari Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1 – Fairmont Norfolk Hotel/Nairobi – Bed and Breakfast – On arrival into Jomo Kenyatta airport, you will be met and driven to the Fairmont Norfolk hotel. Time permitting, you may want to visit Nairobi’s best attractions, including the home of Karen Blixen, from the Academy Award-winning film ‘Out of Africa’, Sheldrick’s Elephant Sanctuary, and the Giraffe Center.

DAY 2 – Laikipia Wilderness Camp/Laikipia – Fully Inclusive – This morning you will be driven to Wilson airport in time to fly with Air Kenya to Nanyuki airstrip. Your guide will be there to meet you in Nanyuki and drive you to Laikipia Wilderness Camp where you will spend the next 2 nights. Afternoon/evening game drive with sundowners will be on offer.

DAY 3 – Laikipia Wilderness Camp/Laikipia – Fully Inclusive – Today you will have a wide array of activities to choose from including game drives, walking safaris, swimming, tubing and fishing in the river, Samburu village visits, birding or fly-camping.

DAY 4 – Laikipia Wilderness Camp/Laikipia – Fully Inclusive – See activity options from Day 3

DAY 5 -Offbeat Mara Camp/Mara North Conservancy – Fully Inclusive – After breakfast, you will be driven to Nanyuki airstrip and flown by Air Kenya to the Masai Mara where you will be met and driven to your next destination, Offbeat Mara camp for a  3 night stay.  Afternoon/evening game drive and sundowners overlooking the beautiful Olare Orok River.

DAY 6 – Offbeat Mara Camp/Mara North Conservancy – Fully Inclusive – Early morning call for a hot air balloon safari across the Masai Mara…a truly spectacular way to view the wildlife and scenery. Afternoon visit to Keiyaki Guiding School and game drive.

DAY 7 – Offbeat Mara Camp/Mara North Conservancy – Fully Inclusive – Morning walking safari and afternoon cultural visit to a nearby Masai village and game drive.

DAY 8 – Manda Bay/Manda Island – Full Board – This morning, you will be flown by Air Kenya back to Wilson airport in time to change planes and then fly via scheduled flight down to Lamu. On arrival at Lamu airstrip, you will be met by Manda Bay and transferred by boat about 30 minutes to Manda Bay.

DAY 9 -Manda Bay/Manda Island – Full Board – For the next 2 days you will have your choice of numerous of activities including deep-sea fishing and motorized water sports (including the screamer, water skiing, wakeboarding, snorkeling or scenic tours to the town of Lamu), or non-motorized activities ( kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, windsurfing, sailing in a Laser or a Topper), yoga or work out.

DAY 10 – Manda Bay/Manda Island – Full Board – See activity options from Day 9

DAY 11 – Manda Bay/Manda Island – Breakfast – Today, you will be transferred by boat back to Lamu airstrip in time to check-in for your flight back to Nairobi.

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Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel/Nairobi

Situated in the heart of Kenya, the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel offers a sophisticated retreat that is within easy reach of world-renowned wildlife centers, golf courses, and museums. The luxurious rooms and suites are tastefully furnished and include en-suite bathrooms, armchairs, work desks, and plasma screen TVs. The hotel offers four dining establishments featuring a variety of cuisines, as well as an all-day dining restaurant. Guests can enjoy leisurely walks through the tropical gardens, have a splash in the pool, work out at the fitness center, or enjoy relaxing massages and treatments at the spa.

ACTIVITIES

The Norfolk is located just minutes from Nairobi’s best attractions, including the home of Karen Blixen, from the Academy Award-winning film ‘Out of Africa’, Sheldrick’s Elephant Sanctuary, and the Giraffe Center.

ROOM CONFIGURATION

The Fairmont Rooms have beautifully appointed décor that give them a warm and inviting feel. Some of the features in the room include: Refreshment Center, tea and coffee facilities, bedside lamps, 32′ TV, hairdryer, digital & cordless phone, iron & ironing board, safe and reading desk. The bathroom is three parts with 115/240v shaving socket, rain shower, flush toilet and washbasin.

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Activity Desk, Bar, Battery Charging Facilities, Business Center, Communal Dining, Conference Center, Disability Services, Eco Friendly, Gym, Internet Access (Complimentary), Kiddies Club, Laundry Service (Available), Malaria Free, Meal on Request, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Private Vehicle Available, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa

ROOM FACILITIES

Air Conditioning, Clothes Press, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Disabled Rooms, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fan, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Iron / Ironing Board, Laundry Service (Available), Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Mosquito Nets, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Sala, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Smoking Rooms, Tea / Coffee, Television, Wheelchair Friendly.

SERVICES

Airport Shuttle (Complimentary), Babysitting Service, Chauffeur Service, Credit Card, Foreign Exchange, Room Service, Room Service (24 hours), Travel Desk.

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Liakipia Wilderness Camp/Liakipia

Laikipia Wilderness is aimed at small groups of people with special interests such as photography, walking, tracking game and watching animal behavior, and small family groups looking for a more in-depth wilderness experience at a reasonable cost combined with warm hospitality, good food and a beautiful setting. The camp will consist of a thatched mess building with a dining room, bar and sitting room/library overlooking the river.

ACTIVITIES

  • Walking
  • Day and night game drives
  • Swimming
  • Tubing and fishing in the river
  • Samburu village visits
  • Birding
  • Fly-camping

ROOM FACILITIES

En-Suite, Outside Shower, Shower, Verandah

SERVICES

Laundry Service, Room Service (24 hours)

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Offbeat Mara Camp/Mara North Conservancy

One of the smaller camps in the Mara, Offbeat Mara Camp has just seven tents offering a truly private, traditional safari experience within the Mara North Conservancy (MNC). The MNC founded in January 2009, is an area of about 74,000 acres and is incredibly rich in wildlife and has one of the lowest densities of tourist visitors in the greater Mara ecosystem, enabling guests to enjoy game viewing in privacy. Offbeat Mara Camp is one of the founding members of the Conservancy. Tucked away in this prime wildlife area, Offbeat Mara Camp provides guests with superb game viewing – lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo are all seen regularly in the stunning valley that surrounds the camp. Most importantly, the camp is far away from other lodges and camps. We aim to provide guests with great game viewing ‘away from the masses’.

Situated in southwest Kenya, the Mara North Conservancy is a beautiful private wilderness area spanning more than 30,000 hectares. It is home to a spectacular array of plants, reptiles, birds and mammals; including elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and large concentrations of wildebeest, zebra, gazelle and other migratory wildlife. Leopard Gorge, in the heart of the conservancy, is famous as the setting of countless BBC Big Cat Diaries and National Geographic documentaries. Neighboring the well-known Maasai Mara National Reserve, this conservancy is vital for sustaining the famous Serengeti wildebeest migrations as well as the highly threatened African wild dog and black rhino.

ACTIVITIES

  • Day and night game drives
  • Walking safaris from camp in the Olare Orok Valley
  • Bush meals – breakfast, lunch, brunch or dinner
  • Sundowners
  • Learn to fire a Masai bow and arrow, throw a spear, beading with the ladies from the community
  • Cultural visits to a traditional Masai village
  • Hot air balloon safaris across the Masai Mara…a truly spectacular way to view the wildlife and scenery
  • Keiyaki guiding schools visits
  • Line fishing on the Olare Orok River

ROOM CONFIGURATION

There are 5 tents set up as either doubles or twins, with a large double bed and a large single bed in the tent. All tents have flush loos, safari showers and jugs of water for the basins.

There are also two family tents. Each has two sleeping areas, one with a large double bed and the other with two or three single beds. There are two safari showers, loos and basins in these tents.

All tents have a large verandah, with a table for private dining and chairs to relax on.

PROPERTY FACILITIES AND SERVICES

24-hour Security, Bar, Communal Dining, Eco Friendly, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Library, Meal on Request, Mobile Connectivity, Private Vehicle Available, Restaurant, Babysitting Service, Room Service

ROOM FACILITIES

En-Suite, Laundry Service (Complimentary), Lounge Area, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Verandah

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Manda Bay/ Manda Island

Manda Bay is a small boutique lodge located on the tip of an unspoiled, idyllic island in Lamu’s archipelago where you kick off your shoes and enjoy simplistic beauty in palm thatched cottages and open living spaces. Manda Bay is perfect for honeymooners, families and groups looking to enjoy time together.

Manda Bay combines a bush and beach experience. Whilst miles of soft white sand and coconut palms surround the lodge itself, the bush behind the lodge is dry country scattered with Doum palms, Acacia Tortilis and savannah-like scrub. A variety of birds and mammals (mongoose, civet cat, porcupine, genet cat, dik-dik, buffalo and bushbuck) can be seen on the island.

Manda Bay offers beautiful beachfront accommodation, informal pampering and barefoot luxury. All the buildings are in keeping with the local landscape and are constructed using palm and driftwood and local building techniques.

Set on Kenya’s beautiful Lamu Archipelago, Manda Island is known for its pristine beaches and island-style atmosphere. It is dotted with palm-thatch cottages that offer visitors a barefoot luxury experience. Calm crystal waters lap the island’s palm-lined white-sand beaches. The surrounding area is renowned for its excellent marlin fishing, historic towns and the ancient baobab encircled Manda Settlement. Visitors can sample an array of seafood, enjoy a variety of watersports, and experience a traditional dhow cruise. Other popular activities include: kitesurfing, fishing, windsurfing, game drives, historical tours, and scenic flights.

ACTIVITIES

Deep Sea Fishing – Experience the best Kenya has to offer in its seas – with a once in a lifetime experience! Go deep sea fishing on Manda Bay boat ‘Cheza’ and try to snag a fish as big as yourself!

Motorized Water Sports Activities – Use the Manda Bay motorboat for water-based activities such as the screamer, water skiing, wakeboarding, snorkeling or scenic tours to Lamu town (UNESCO World Heritage Site) or around the mangroves.

Non-motorized activities – Manda bay also has a number of non-motorized activities available to guests, which are included in their stay. These include use of the kayaks, stand up paddleboards, windsurfing, sailing boats (including a Laser and a Topper), yoga room and work out room/gym, game room (including table tennis and darts).

Wildlife – Leave the white sandy beaches to explore the bushy lands behind the lodge. There are many animals on Manda island, include a resident herd of buffalo, which can be viewed from the Manda Bay safari car. There is also an abundance of birdlife on the island which can be viewed both on the beach and in the bush behind the lodge.

ROOM CONFIGURATION

There are 11 Beach Front rooms situated right on the seafront, and have stunning views across the Indian Ocean.

Five rooms are set back slightly from the beach front, and have lovely views of the ocean.

Six Garden Rooms have been designed to accommodate guests on a cheaper rate – the rooms are simpler but very comfortable, and set back in the gardens of the resort.

Each room is an individual cottage, ensuite and constructed with local materials in traditional coastal style, with palm thatch roofs and woven matting covering.

PROPERTY FACILITIES

24-hour Security, Bar, Battery Charging Facilities, Communal Dining, Disability Services, Eco Friendly, Gym, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Malaria Free, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Spa

ROOM FACILITIES

Balcony / Deck, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fan, Hair Dryer, Laundry Service (Complimentary), Mosquito Nets, Safe, Shower, Verandah, Wheelchair Friendly

SERVICES

Airport Shuttle (Complimentary), Credit Card, Room Service

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