Limited to 12 travelers...We think Kenya has the BEST game parks! Our tour begins in Nairobi & finishes on the Indian Ocean coast in MombasaJoin us!! This is the trip of a lifetime! Our African safari highlights the best of Kenya’s game parks and finishes on the Indian Ocean coast in Mombasa.
OCTOBER 2021 Limited to 12 travellers
13 Days Oct 3-15 Land Only $7,635
19 Days Oct 3-21 Land Only $11,355
AIRFARE: Our flights specialist estimates the cost of the airfare to be approximately $1,700 Canadian for the 13-day tour departing Vancouver to Nairobi & return and $1,850 for the 19-day tour returning from Mombasa.) PLEASE NOTE THIS IS ONLY AN ESTIMATE FROM VANCOUVER, valid at the time of posting. You do NOT have to come to Vancouver to join this tour. You are welcome to book your own flights or we can put you in touch with our flights specialist who can book flights for you from any city. Please let us know. We encourage you to stop in Europe (usually either Paris or Amsterdam) for a 2-3 night break on your way to Nairobi. This allows you to arrive more rested before the tour begins!
(updated Dec 18th 2020)
HIGHLIGHTS: Masai Mara, Lake Naivasha, Lake Nakuru, Aberdares, Samburu, Amboseli, Tsavo West & Mombasa.
OUR TRAVELERS SAY:
'The drivers/guides were knowledgeable and shared our interest and excitement in viewing the wildlife. The accommodations were excellent and unique. To see the animals up close and personal was truly amazing' S.T. Vancouver, BC Kenya Oct 2018
'Excellent - would rate the tour as excellent. Great itinerary. Great guides and drivers, all friendly and knowledgeable. Great other members of the tour. Good food, good selection' D.G. Vancouver BC Kenya Oct 2018
DAY 1 – SUNDAY October 3
Fly from Europe to Nairobi, arriving in the evening.
First of 3 nights in Nairobi. Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel or similar. (no meals)
DAY 2 – MONDAY October 4
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 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. Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel or similar. Breakfast & Dinner.
DAY 3 – TUESDAY October 5
Today we travel into the foothills of the Ngong Hills outside the city. We 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 Women's Co-operative, where we have the opportunity to learn how the local women create beautiful ceramic beads that are sold worldwide. They are 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. Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel or similar. Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 4 - WEDNESDAY October 6
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 5 – THURSDAY October 7
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. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
DAY 6 – FRIDAY October 8
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 7 - SATURDAY October 9
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 Naivasha Lodge or similar. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
DAY 8 – SUNDAY October 10
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 Rothschild's giraffes. Overnight at the Lake Nakuru Lodge or similar. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
DAY 9 - MONDAY October 11
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 the jagged outline of Mount Kenya.
Overnight at the Ark or similar. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. [Please pack an overnight backpack]
DAY 10 - TUESDAY October 12
ABERDARES - SAMBURU
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 11 - WEDNESDAY October 13
SAMBURU GAME RESERVE
Early morning and afternoon game drives in Samburu Game Reserve. 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 12 - THURSDAY October 14
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.
Those taking our 13-DAY African Safari:
DAY 13 - FRIDAY October 15
SWEETWATERS GAME RESERVE - NAIROBI
This morning we drive back to Nairobi. This afternoon is free.
This evening board your overnight flight from Nairobi to Europe. Breakfast.
Those taking our 19-DAY African Safari:
DAY 13 - FRIDAY October 15
MOUNT KENYA - NAIROBI
This morning we drive back to Nairobi. This afternoon is free. Overnight in Nairobi.
Airport Hilton Garden Hotel or similar. Breakfast & Dinner.
DAY 14 - SATURDAY October 16
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 15 - SUNDAY October 17
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 waterline. 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 16 - MONDAY October 18
TSAVO WEST -TAITA HILLS
From Tsavo we drive south to the Taita Hills Game Sanctuary, a private game reserve of 42,000 acres. This afternoon we enjoy a game drive in the Taita Hills Reserve.
Overnight in the Taita Hills area. Salt Lick Lodge or similar. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
DAY 17 - TUESDAY October 19
TAITA 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 18 - WEDNESDAY October 20
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. Breakfast & Dinner.
DAY 19 - THURSDAY October 21
INDIAN OCEAN COAST
Our Land Only tour finishes after breakfast in Mombasa this morning.
- 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.
- 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.
- Tips for driver/guides
- Entrance to Masai village in the Masai Mara.
- Visa fees. Canadian passport holders require a visa for Kenya (currently $52) You can apply online and print your e-Visa directly from the Kenya Visa website. You must be able to upload a passport size photo.
- Lunches when not on safari, as per the itinerary.
- Trip Cancellation / Interruption and Medical Insurance.This insurance is strongly recommended. We can put you in touch with our insurance expert for a quote.
- Single Supplement if requested
- Personal Expenses such as souvenirs, laundry, and drinks not included at meals.
- Arrival & Departure transfers. We can arrange individual or group transfers when you have confirmed the arrival & departure times of your flights. Please contact us for a quote.
- Porterage: We do NOT include porterage. Porters SHOULD be available to help you with your suitcase and you should be prepared to tip them if you use their services. Please only bring one piece of luggage per person and make sure your luggage has wheels so you can move your own luggage when necessar
Our published price is based on 2 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 be able to find you a roommate. If you wish to be guaranteed a single room, there is a Single Supplement charge of $1,995 for the 13-day tour or $3,060 for the 19-day tour. Those people traveling alone but wishing to share will be informed 3 months prior to departure if a roommate is not currently available. At that point, you will be invoiced for the Single Supplement. If a roommate subsequently joins the tour, your single supplement will be refunded with the final documentation.
- Hot Air Ballooning in the Masai Mara: approximate cost 450 USD (can be paid by credit card)
- Visit to Samburu village (25 USD)
Land portion of the tour must be booked directly with Royal Heights Tours. 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. Your invoice for your Land tour will be e-mailed to you in early July 2021. Payment will be due by August 3rd 2021. Price quoted is for FINAL PAYMENT by cheque. Should you wish to pay the outstanding amount for the LAND tour by credit card there will be an administration fee of 2.5% on the outstanding amount.
- This tour not suitable for those people who need walking/mobility assistance in the form of walking sticks or canes, as we walk on uneven surfaces.You must be in reasonably good shape to enjoy this safari.
- The roads in Kenya can be bumpy. This tour is NOT suitable if you have significant lower back issues
- Please bring a water bottle that you can refill.
- 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 “check-in’ luggage to one soft-sided suitcase WITH WHEELS and ONE ‘carry on' (that you can hold on your lap) OR handbag OR knapsack. The safari vehicles can accommodate only ONE main piece of luggage per person.
- Our office staff are NOT medically qualified to advise you on which immunizations you require. Please contact your local travel health clinic.
ONE MORE NOTE:
Our tours to Africa support 5 students studying in Zambia: 2 nurses, 1 Medical Clinician, a high school student in grade 8 and a young lady studying social work. WE ARE VERY PROUD OF THEM!
Our kindest regards
Norman & Julie Bruce
BC TRAVEL REG #3379
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.