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Kenyan Safari

10 Day Escorted Tour

Kenya, Africa
All Meals Included
Intermediate Pace

Journey through Kenya's rolling grasslands and open savannah on a wildlife adventure in the birthplace of the modern safari. Search for the Big Five in the tropical highlands of Aberdare, embark on game drives across the vast plains of the Masai Mara, and spot flamingos perched in Lake Naivasha as you experience Africa's unsurpassed natural beauty.

2020 Dossier

2021 Dossier

Tour Highlights

  • Embark on 6 fascinating game drives in a 4x4 in search of the Big Five
  • Enjoy one of the best high teas in Kenya at Elsamere Museum
  • Witness Thomson Falls, Kenya's most beautiful waterfall
  • Visit a traditional village and learn about the Masai tribe
  • Visit to David Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Centre and enjoy a up close encounter with young orphans.
  • Embrace the private island sanctuary of Crescent Island Game Conservancy
  • Sample freshly brewed coffee, Kenya's finest exports on a coffee plantation tour.
  • Observe a variety of animals gather in the evening at a watering hole whilst staying at the rustic Treetops Lodge.
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Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Nairobi

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Nairobi, via Doha.

Day 2
Nairobi

Dinner

On arrival in Nairobi, you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel, located in the heart of Kenya's bustling capital. Re-join your group later tonight for a welcome dinner that marks the beginning of your safari adventure.

Day 3
Nairobi to Aberdare National Park

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning, a short journey takes you from the urban energy of central Nairobi into the contrasting greenery of the outlying coffee-growing region. The area produces much of Kenya's 'black gold' - the robust coffee beans that are its greatest export. Tour a local plantation and learn more about its cultivation and harvest processes before sampling some freshly brewed coffee. After lunch nearby, embark on a four-hour drive to the Aberdare Highlands, passing open plains and vast stretches of grassland before ascending into the verdant, tropical forests of Aberdare National Park. Check into the Treetops Lodge, located next to a watering hole, and observe animals gathering for a drink at dusk before you end the day with a hearty dinner.

Day 4
Aberdare National Park to Lake Nakuru National Park

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, set out on a guided bush walk along one of the many trails winding across this wildlife-rich region. Your knowledgeable guide will lead you through lush vegetation in search of elephants, buffalo, rhinos and the unique, red bongo antelopes which inhabit the park. At the end of your trail and a morning of wildlife spotting, depart for Lake Nakuru National Park. Stop en route at Thomson Falls where you'll witness the mighty roar of this waterfall as it cascades down over 74 metres. Arriving into Lake Nakuru National Park, check into your hotel before embarking on a late afternoon game drive through the wetlands. This bird lover's paradise, located in the Rift Valley region, is one of Kenya's finest safari areas. Amongst others, it boasts white rhinos, the endangered Rothschild giraffe, lions and it's best-known residents - vast flocks of pink flamingos perched in a central lake.

Day 5
Lake Nakuru National Park to Lake Naivasha National Park

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Observe the park's wildlife stirring from their sleep on today's early morning game drive. Return to your hotel for breakfast, then depart for Lake Naivasha. Enjoy a scenic drive, with the chance to spot animals dotted along the passing landscape, before arriving at your final destination in time for lunch. Lake Naivasha is the Rift Valley's highest lake, renowned for its shimmering expanse of water and the multitude of animals residing along its tree-lined shores. An afternoon at leisure allows you to relax and soak in the beauty of your natural surroundings.

Day 6
Lake Naivasha National Park

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning, journey to the private island sanctuary of Crescent Island Game Conservancy, located in the middle of Lake Naivasha. With its flat topography, a dense concentration of wildlife and unique island location, the reserve is often referred to as Naivasha's best-kept secret. Travel into the heart of the island as you search for animals and over 200 species of bird life. Return to the lake's shores and continue onward to Elsamere Lodge Conservation Centre. Refresh yourself with one of the best high teas in Kenya then visit the adjoining Joy Adamson Museum, dedicated to conservation heroes Joy and George Adamson. Browse through the museum exhibits which depict the Adamsons' conservation efforts and their experience raising the orphaned lion cub which later inspired the book and movie 'Born Free'. Later this afternoon, return to the main lake area for a game drive to spot hippos, buffalo, giraffes and colobus monkeys in picturesque Lake Naivasha National Park.

Day 7
Lake Naivasha National Park to Masai Mara Game Reserve

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, depart on a 5.5-hour drive through the savannah as you make your way to Masai Mara Game Reserve. One of Africa's most famed wildlife reserves, Masai Mara is home to a fantastic year-round concentration of wildlife and the annual Great Migration, where over two million wildebeest stampede across the plains. Arrive at your lodge in time for lunch before an afternoon game drive carries you into the depths of the reserve. Go in search of the Big Five and over 450 species of birds and wildlife; the rolling grasslands allow for easy viewing, and the reserve offers some of the highest odds for spotting big cats

Day 8
Masai Mara Game Reserve

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Witness the Kenyan landscape bathed in an early morning glow as you set out on a sunrise game drive. Sunrise is one of the most picturesque and rewarding times to spot wildlife, who congregate around waterholes in large herds. Enjoy breakfast al fresco in the bush, surrounded by the pink hues of the rising sun and the tranquillity of your surroundings. Return to your lodge for the remainder of the morning at leisure, giving you time to sit outdoors and take in your settings. After lunch at your lodge, re-join your group for the last game drive of your trip.

Day 9
Masai Mara Game Reserve to Nairobi

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Depart Masai Mara Game Reserve in the morning as you travel back to Nairobi. Along the way, stop at a traditional village where you'll gain insight into the longstanding traditions of the Masai tribe. Immerse yourself in the song, dance, colourful robes and everyday activities of the local villagers, then continue onwards to the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Centre. Enjoy an up-close encounter with young orphaned elephants and giraffes at the most successful elephant rescue and rehabilitation programme in the world; the centre helps vulnerable animals with the aim of re-introducing them to the wild. Travel onward to Nairobi for your overnight stay, and tonight's farewell dinner, which brings your memorable travel experience to a close.

Day 10
Nairobi to UK

Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK via Doha or continue on to your chosen destination.

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Dates & Prices

Dates
Price (per person)
Dates available
January 2021
from £2,699
1 Date
18th Jan - 27th Jan
£2,699
February 2021
from £2,549
1 Date
15th Feb - 24th Feb
£2,549
March 2021
from £2,469
1 Date
8th Mar - 17th Mar
£2,469
April 2021
from £2,259
2 Dates
18th Apr - 27th Apr
£2,319
25th Apr - 4th May
£2,259
May 2021
from £2,199
3 Dates
9th May - 18th May
£2,199
16th May - 25th May
£2,259
30th May - 8th Jun
£2,259
June 2021
from £2,299
4 Dates
6th Jun - 15th Jun
£2,299
13th Jun - 22nd Jun
£2,349
20th Jun - 29th Jun
£2,469
27th Jun - 6th Jul
£2,639
July 2021
from £2,649
2 Dates
4th Jul - 13th Jul
£2,649
11th Jul - 20th Jul
£2,679
August 2021
from £2,739
2 Dates
22nd Aug - 31st Aug
£2,779
29th Aug - 7th Sep
£2,739
September 2021
from £2,769
4 Dates
5th Sep - 14th Sep
£2,769
12th Sep - 21st Sep
£2,779
19th Sep - 28th Sep
£2,779
26th Sep - 5th Oct
£2,779
October 2021
from £2,779
2 Dates
3rd Oct - 12th Oct
£2,779
17th Oct - 26th Oct
£2,779
November 2021
from £2,499
1 Date
1st Nov - 10th Nov
£2,499

Accommodation

The hotels listed below are provided for guidance only and final confirmation of your accommodation will be sent to you approximately 90 days before you travel
Eka Hotel
2 nights
Nairobi, Kenya
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Treetops Lodge
1 nights
Aberdare National Park, Kenya
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Tour Reviews

Roberta Nancarrow

26 Oct 19

Very comfortable hotels with good choice of quality food

Extend Your Tour

Kenyan Safari with Mombasa Beach Stay

5 Day Extension
from

£579

pp

Kenyan Safari with Zanzibar Beach Stay

5 Day Extension
from

£839

pp

Kenyan Safari with Amboseli National Park Extension

5 Day Extension
from

£1,019

pp

Important Information

A visa is required for entry into Kenya. British Citizen Passport Holders can pay for their visa on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. To minimise the time spent queuing at the airport, you can purchase your visa be-forehand; We work closely with The Travel Visa Company who will be able to arrange your visa for you on your behalf. Please call them on 01270 250 590 and quote 'Mercury holidays'. We recommend that you apply for your visa 8 weeks before travel, however please be aware that your passport will be required for the application so make sure that you will not need it during this time. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry to Kenya. Visa requirements are subject to change and obtaining a visa is the responsibility of the traveller and not Mercury Holidays. We recommend you check with your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy prior to departure for the most up to date guidelines regarding visas and passport validity.

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £49pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Your initial flight is to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport via Doha with Qatar Airways (QR), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 4. IMPORTANT: Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your e-ticket and final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure. Each passenger is entitled to 30KG of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage not exceeding (Max 7kg - 50cm/37cm/ 25cm) in size and 1 personal item such as a handbag, briefcase or laptop case. Weight restrictions will be finalized on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check in. Check-In should be at least 3 hours before departure.

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

This tour is accessible to most people with a good level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves climbing of steep stairs and getting on and off coaches, boats and 4x4 vehicles. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 7, and the maximum will be 20. If in the unlikely event there are less than 7 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date, then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

This is a fully escorted tour meaning that you will be met by a local guide in each of the cities that you visit, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

The currency in Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling. We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK. It is important that you budget carefully and ensure you have the right form of currency before you arrive in the country. Cash machines will also be available throughout the tour in order to withdraw money in your local currency.

You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry, any meals not included in the itinerary as well as drinks and any additional snacks. We recommend you bring along a minimum of GBP £300-£400 per person to change to local currency. It is a good idea to try and maintain a supply of small notes and change in the local currency for tipping or small purchases. It is customary to tip both your driver and guide approximately £2-£3 per person per day in total. Tips will be collected at the end of your tour. Tips are accepted in the local currency Kenyan Shillings.