February, July & October - limited to 12 travellers
Limited to 12 travelers per departure. This is the trip of a lifetime! Our tour Kenya tour highlights the
best of Kenya’s game parks and finishes on the Indian Ocean Coast in
16 Days February 3-18 Land Tour: $7,195 Airfare approx.$1,700
21 days: February 3-23 Land Tour: $9,595 Airfare approx. $1,850
16 Days: July 7- 22: Land tour $7,195 Airfare approx.$1,700
21 Days: July 7-27 Land Tour: $9,595 Airfare approx. $1,850
16 Days: October 6-21 Land tour $7,195 Airfare Approx $1,700
21 Days October 6-26 Land Tour: $9,595 Airfare approx $1,850
HIGHLIGHTS: Masia Mara, Lake Navaisha, Lake Nakuru, Aberdares, Samburu, Amboseli, Tsavo West & Mombasa.
(special Note: these departures will operate with a minimum of 2 people & a maximum of 12 participants)
Hot air Ballooning in the Masai Mara! ( Optional Tour)
Our airfare package can include the opportunity to stop for three nights in Paris/Amsterdam on the way to Nairobi. The cost for the airfare is approx $2300 (+optional three nights hotel in Paris/Amsterdam) This cost is per/person from Vancouver to Nairobi, returning to Vancouver from Mombasa and includes the arrival & departure transfer in Kenya. Airfare will be confirmed at the time of booking your flights and payment for the flights will be due at that time. We encourage stopping in Europe (either Paris OR Amsterdam) for a 2-3 night break on the way to Nairobi- this allows you to arrive more rested before the tour begins! Please call for details.
UPDATED: Aug 23 2017
DAY 1 – SATURDAY
We fly overnight from North America arriving the next morning.
DAY 2 – SUNDAY
Those taking our international flights fly from Europe to Nairobi, arriving in the evening. First of 3 nights in Nairobi. Nairobi Safari Park Hotel or similar. ( no meals)
DAY 3 – MONDAY
Today we head out for a short afternoon tour of Nairobi. Situated in the Central Highlands at an altitude of 6,130 feet (1,870 metres), Nairobi enjoys a mild climate. On our driving tour of the city and its surroundings we will see Uhuru Park, Kenya’s Parliament House, the Kenyatta Conference Centre, City Square and some of Nairobi’s nicest suburbs. We visit the Kenya National Museum to learn about Kenya’s wildlife, geology and human history.
Second of 3 nights in Nairobi. Nairobi Safari Park Hotel or similar.Breakfast & Dinner.
DAY 4 – TUESDAY
Today we travel into the foothills of the Ngong Hills outside the city. We shall visit the ‘Sheldrake National Trust’- a sanctuary for orphaned elephants and the Karen Blixen Museum, the farmhouse where the author of Out of Africa lived. Nearby is the Kazuri Bead Womens co-operative, we have the opportunity to learn how the local women create beautiful ceramic beads that are sold world wide & famous for the exquisite workmanship. The Kazuri bead co-operative was founded to help employ local single women Later we visit the Langata Giraffe Centre to learn about these extraordinary animals. We have an opportunity to hand feed giraffes from a tall wooden platform.
Third of 3 nights in Nairobi. Nairobi Safari Park Hotel or similar. Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 5 - WEDNESDAY
NAIROBI – MASAI MARA
This morning we drive down into the Great Rift Valley. Crossing the valley we make our way to Kenya’s premier wildlife park – the Masai Mara. This is the northern section of the Serengeti Plain, which is home to the greatest concentration of game animals in the world.
First of 3 nights in the Masai Mara. Sarova Mara Game Camp or similar. Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
DAY 6 – THURSDAY
The vast, open grasslands of the Serengeti-Mara are home to over 3 million large mammals. These include over 1.4 million wildebeest which migrate in an enormous, straggling herd each year between the southern part of the Serengeti to the northern part and back again. On our morning and afternoon game drives in the Masai Mara we have a very good chance of seeing all the major Plains animals including lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, rhino, hyena, cheetah, jackal, warthog and many species of antelope.
Second of 3 nights in the Masai Mara. Sarova Mara Game Camp or similar. B, L & D.
DAY 7 – FRIDAY
We continue to explore this miraculous area on our morning and afternoon game drives. This is one of the most spectacular sights in the world. Today we also encounter and learn about the Masai, a proud tribal people struggling to preserve their traditions in the face of modernisation.
Third of 3 nights in the Masai Mara. Sarova Mara Game Camp or similar.Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
DAY 8 -SATURDAY
MASAI MARA – LAKE NAIVASHA
This morning we leave the open grasslands of the Masai Mara and descend into the Great Rift Valley again. Driving north along the Great Rift Valley we come to the freshwater Lake Naivasha. This afternoon we take a boat trip on Lake Naivasha out to Crescent Island, where we take a short walking safari.
Overnight at Lake Navaisha Lodge. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
DAY 9 – SUNDAY
This morning and afternoon we take game drives in Lake Nakuru National Park, an alkaline lake. As well as seeing many large game animals such as zebras, elephants and gazelles, this is one of our best chances of seeing rhinos. Lake Nakuru National Park was the first place in Kenya selected as a rhino reserve. Here is one of the few places where we can see Rothschilds giraffes.
Overnight at the Lake Nakuru Lodge or similar. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
DAY 10- MONDAY
THE RIFT VALLEY – ABERDARES
This morning we ascend the Nyandarua Escarpment from the Great Rift Valley and visit Thomson Falls. The lush hills of Aberdare National Park are covered by Kenya’s densest forest and form the eastern flank of the Great Rift Valley. We leave our main luggage at the base hotel and continue with just our overnight bags deep in the Aberdares Forest to “the Ark”. A special feature of the lodge where we stay is the floodlit watering hole where we can watch from the lodge itself throughout the night as the animals come down to drink. In the morning we hope to have spectacular views towards jagged outline of Mount Kenya.
Overnight at the Ark or similar. Breakfast Lunch & Dinner. [Please pack an overnight backpack]
DAY 11 TUESDAY
Driving north we pass Mount Kenya, Africa’s second highest mountain at 17,000 feet (5,199 metres). This is also the traditional homeland of the Kikuyu people, the largest of Kenya’s 70 recognized tribes. The Kikuyu believe that their god, Ngai, lives on Mount Kenya and so they build their homes with the doors facing towards the mountain, to welcome their god in. We cross the Equator again into the northern hemisphere on our way to Samburu Game Reserve in a semi-desert area of Kenya. Samburu is located on the Ewaso Nyiro River. This afternoon we take a game drive in the park. First of 2 nights in Samburu. Samburu Game Lodge or similar.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
DAY 12 WEDNESDAY
SAMBURU GAME RESERVE
Early morning and afternoon game drives in Samburu Game Reserve, Ololokwe Table Mountain forms a dramatic backdrop to our game viewing today. Samburu is also home to the third of Kenya’s giraffe species – the Reticulated Giraffe. This is also our best chance to see the blue-legged Somali Ostrich, the long-necked Gerenuk gazelle and the straight-horned Beisa Oryx antelope.
Second of 2 nights in Samburu. Samburu Game Lodge or similar. Breakfast Lunch & Dinner.
DAY 13 THURSDAY
SAMBURU-SWEETWATERS GAME RESERVE
We drive south from Samburu to the Equator and the slopes of Mount Kenya. Here we stay at the Sweetwaters Game Reserve. This very special 23,000 acre wildlife sanctuary was originally established to protect and breed highly-endangered Black Rhinos. In 1994 the Jane Goodall Institute established the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary within the game reserve and moved a large group of chimps here from the unstable situation in their native West Africa. This afternoon we have a game drive in the reserve and tour the Chimpanzee Sanctuary.
Overnight at Sweetwaters Camp. Breakfast Lunch & Dinner.
DAY 14 FRIDAY
(Special note: Those taking our 15 Day African Safari will depart Nairobi this evening for their international flights to North America arriving home on SATURDAY)
MOUNT KENYA- NAIROBI
This morning we drive back to Nairobi. This afternoon is free. Overnight in Nairobi.
Nairobi Safari Park Hotel or similar. Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 15 SATURDAY
NAIROBI – AMBOSELI
This morning we drive from Nairobi south to Amboseli National Park, right on the border with Tanzania. Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain at 19,340 feet (5,895 metres), although it is situated inside Tanzania, the best views of the mountain are from Amboseli on the Kenyan side of the border. This afternoon we enjoy a game drive in majestic Amboseli.
Overnight in Amboseli. Ol Tukai Lodge or similar. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
DAY 16 SUNDAY
AMBOSELI -TSAVO WEST
Early this morning we enjoy a game drive in Amboseli National Park. The park is particularly famous for its huge herds of elephants which take on a red colour from the dust they coat themselves in. After breakfast we travel east from the flat plains and swamps of Amboseli to Tsavo West National Park. Outside the park gates are the Shetani Lava Flow; frozen rivers of molten black rock twisted in bizarre shapes. The Mzima Springs are the source of the freshwater pools much favored by hippos and crocodiles. There is even a glass wall for viewing the pools from under the water line. Our lodge overlooks a watering hole where we can observe many animals coming down to drink at dusk and in the early morning.
Overnight in Tsavo West. Kilaguni Serena Lodge or similar. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
DAY 17 MONDAY
TSAVO WEST -TATIA HILLS
From Tsavo we drive south to the Taita Hills Game Sanctuary, a private game reserve of 42,000. This afternoon we shall enjoy a game drive in the Tatia Hills reserve.
Overnight in the Taita Hills area. Salt Lick Lodge or similar.Breakfast Lunch & Dinner.
DAY 18 TUESDAY
TATIA HILLS – MOMBASA
This morning we drive further east from the interior of Africa to the Indian Ocean Coast, we pass through a spectacular panorama on our way to Mombasa. After settling into our beachfront hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to relax and enjoy the soft sands and warm waters of the turquoise Indian Ocean. First of 2 nights in Mombasa. Whitesands Beach Hotel or similar.
Breakfast & Dinner.
DAY 19 WEDNESDAY
INDIAN OCEAN COAST & MOMBASA
The town of Mombasa is situated on an island on the southern coast of Kenya. It is the oldest town in Kenya and is the largest port on the coast of East Africa with a history going back 2,000 years. With such a long and rich history it is not surprising that there is much to see in the old section of town. Most of the buildings here were constructed during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries when Mombasa was a major trading centre at the height of its power. Many of the streets in the Old Town are too narrow for cars and the buildings here are known for their elaborately carved wooden doors decorated with brass studs. The highlight of a visit to old Mombasa is the enormous Fort Jesus. Built in 1593 by the Portuguese, it dominates the entrance to the Old Harbour and is positioned so that, even under siege, it was still possible to bring supplies in from the sea. Inside, we see the so-called Omani House and visit the Museum. We also visit the Akamba carving non-profit co-operative which employs 10,000 people from the local area and produces beautiful carvings- a portion of all the sales goes to support the local carvers.
Second of 2 nights in Mombasa. Whitesands Beach Hotel or similar. B & D
DAY 20 THURSDAY
INDIAN OCEAN COAST
The Land Only tour finishes in Mombasa this morning. For those taking our international flights this morning is free for you to relax at our hotel before we take our afternoon flight from Mombasa to Nairobi. This evening we board our overnight flight from Nairobi to Europe. Breakfast
DAY 21 FRIDAY
Those taking our international flights arrive in Europe and join our flight to North America arriving the same day.
Terms, conditions and restrictions apply; pricing, availability, and other details subject to change and/ or apply to US or Canadian residents. Please confirm details and booking information with your travel advisor.
Our tours are exceptionally good value; we include ALL tipping as well as Breakfast & Dinner daily. Please note that we do NOT sell our tours through travel agents- you book directly with us! We invest 100% of our time & energy in delivering first-class service. Our company grows through long-term relationships with our satisfied travellers, one client at a time – by referral. If you like what you see… please tell your friends!
( updated April 10 2017)
Please note the cost of the airfare is an estimate and the actual price will be confirmed at the time of booking your flights. Payment for the flights will be due at that time. Land portion of the tour must be booked directly with Royal Heights Tours. You can book the Land portion of the tour with us and make your own flight arrangements through your travel agent or using your Frequent Flyer points. Please note it is possible to arrange a stop-over in Europe (Paris or Amsterdam) on your way to Nairobi
Our preferred routing from Vancouver is KLM & Kenyan Airlines via Amsterdam to Nairobi and returning from Mombasa via Amsterdam. You can also fly via Paris with Air France. You do NOT have to come to Vancouver to join this tour. Please call us for flights & fares from other cities. Please note there will be a charge for your arrival and departure transfers should you wish to travel with another airline or purchase our LAND ONLY package or arrive/depart on days different from our group flights.
DEPOSIT: You can secure your place on the tour with a $400 per person non-refundable deposit. We take payment by cheque, VISA or MasterCard for the $400/ person DEPOSIT.
FINAL PAYMENT: We will sent you an invoice for full payment of the outstanding balance of the LAND TOUR 3 months before departure and payment is due 2 months before departure. Prices quoted are for FINAL PAYMENT made BY CHEQUE. If you wish, you can pay the final outstanding balance by credit card (Visa or Mastercard) over the phone by the payment due date, however there will be an administration fee of 3% added to the outstanding amount.
- Accommodation mainly in First Class safari lodges and hotels. Many of the safari lodges are unique, with their settings and lay-outs being as important as the facilities they offer. All our hotels and lodges have en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning.
- Breakfast and dinner daily. Lunches when on safari, as per the itinerary.
- Arrival Transfers in Nairobi and Departure Transfers in Mombasa, if purchasing our Land & Air package & arriving on our group flights.
- Land transport by special safari vehicle and coach (in cities). We only take a maximum of 6 people per safari vehicle to allow the best possible game viewing.
- Wildlife viewing, sightseeing and entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary.
- All tips for group activities.
- This tour is escorted by our wonderful team of expert local Safari Guides
- Entrance to Masai village in the Masai Mara;
- Visa fees. Canadian passport holders require a visa for Kenya (currently $52.) However, as part of our service, we will send you all the documents for necessary you to apply for the Visa at your convenience.
- Lunches when not on safari, as per the itinerary.
- Trip Cancellation / Interruption and Medical Insurance. We offer insurance coverage with MANULIFE Insurance. Please contact us for a quote
- Single Supplement charge, if requested ($1995 Canadian)
- Personal Expenses such as souvenirs, laundry, drinks not included at meals.
Our price is based on two people sharing a room. If you would like to share, we will do our best to find you a roommate. The EARLIER you pay your deposit, the more likely we are to find you a roommate. Those people travelling alone but wishing to share will be informed 3 months prior to departure if a roommate is not currently available. At that point will be invoiced for the single supplement [$1995- Kenya only tour.] If a roommate subsequently joins the tour, your single supplement will be refunded with the final documents.
Tour departures are limited to 12 people.
We only allow 6 people in the safari vehicles so everybody has a window seat. The safari vehicles have a “pop-up’ roof to afford panoramic views of the game parks.
Please limit your “checked in’ luggage to one soft sided suitcase and one ‘carry on’ hand bag. The safari vehicles can accommodate only ONE piece of luggage per person.
Our office staffs are NOT medically qualified to advise you on which immunizations you require. Please consult your local travel health clinic.
The tour requires a minimum of 4 people to operate.
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