Kenya Family Safari tour

Kenya Family Safari tour

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Kenya Family Safari tour

8 Days Starting and ending in Nairobi, Kenya

Visiting: Nairobi, Samburu National Reserve, Sweetwaters Serena Camp, Lake Naivasha, Maasai Mara National Reserve

Tour operator:

Encounters Travel

Tour code:

189

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

3 - 16

Physical rating:

All Ages / Not applicable

Age range:

8-95

Special diets catered:

Request dietary needs

Tour operated in:
English
Interests:

Wildlife Tours

Activities:

Hiking, Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

Kenyan safari parks are among the best in the world and are an ideal destination for a family holiday. The active nature of a safari holiday to Kenya combined with the abundance of interesting wildlife, cultural diversity and natural landcscapes make it perfect for keeping children interested. Our Kenya Family Safari is specially designed for families with children. This tour is ideal for families with children. Not only are the travel times kept to a minimum (no long distances by road) but all the lodges/camps on safari offer a dedicated full time children's educational and entertainment programme, the "Adventurers Club" (aged 4-12 years). The daily programmes are organised and led by carefully selected and trained local naturalists and the children get plenty of opportunity to interact with African children of their own age. A typical day out in the Mara with your Masai guide and naturalist might include a visit to a "manyatta" village to watch a dance and help the local boys separate young and old sheep. Learn to shoot a bow and arrow, make fire with sticks, make jewellery, play animal hide-and-seek, learn tracking and identity animals, birds, insects and butterflies.

Highlights

  • Stunning African landscape

  • Big game viewing

  • Adventurers Childrens' Club

  • Samburu National Reserve

  • Masai Mara National Reserve

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive Nairobi: Transfer To Hotel

Location: Nairobi

Accommodation: Hotel, Nairobi - 5-star hotel

Meals Included: No Meals

We meet you at Nairobi airport and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax and recover from you flight.

Day 2 : Drive To Samburu National Reserve

Location: Samburu National Reserve

Accommodation: Hotel, Samburu hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you drive north to the arid bush country of Samburu, north of Mount Kenya. After lunch you'll spend the afternoon game viewing in Samburu National Reserve, a seemingly inhospitable area brought to life by the Uaso Nyiro River, on which the wildlife depend. The next two nights are spent at the Samburu Intrepids club overlooking the river.

Day 3 : Full Day In Samburu National Reserve

Location: Samburu National Reserve

Accommodation: Hotel, Samburu - 4-star hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

Today is taken up with a full day game viewing in the Samburu National Reserve. We'll be on the look out for lion, elephant and hippo along the river trails. Equally interestinga are the more unusual species like oryx, gerenuk, reticulated giraffe and perhaps kudu.

Day 4 : Transfer To Sweetwaters

Location: Sweetwaters Serena Camp

Accommodation: Camp, Sweetwaters - 4-star camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

Next we take you into the highlands, to Sweetwaters private ranch and rhino sanctuary, lying between Mount Kenya and the Aberdares. You'll spend the afternoon game viewing, including a visit to the rhino and chimpanzee conservation projects. After dinner there is the option to take a night game drive (payable locally) or relax at the "waterhole" bar.

Day 5 : Transfer To Lake Naivasha Via Nakuru

Location: Lake Naivasha

Accommodation: Lodge, Lake Naivasha - 5-star lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

Today we descend from the Kenyan Highlands down into the Great Rift Valley and on to Lake Nakuru, famous for its wonderful bird life, including great flocks of flamingo lining the shore of the lake like a pink ribbon. Nakuru Park is also one of the best places in Kenya to see Rhino. After lunch you'll enjoy a game drive beside the lake before continuing on to Lake Naivasha.

Day 6 : Fly To The Masai Mara

Location: Maasai Mara National Reserve

Accommodation: Lodge, Masai Mara - 4-star lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

This morning is free for you to enjoy any optional activities of your choice. After lunch we transfer you to the local airport for your flight to Kenya's finest wildlife reserve, the Masai Mara. The afternoon will be spent game viewing.

Day 7 : Full Day In The Masai Mara

Location: Maasai Mara National Reserve

Accommodation: Lodge, Masai Mara - 4-star lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

To day you will spend the whole day game viewing in the Mara in a 4WD vehicle with open-top roof. Keep an eye out for the "Big Five" and of course huge herds of wildebeest, zebra, kongoni, topi and other antelope. If you are lucky, it may be possible to spot cheetah or perhaps a leopard hanging from a tree.

Day 8 : Fly Back To Nairobi: Tour Ends

Location: Nairobi

Accommodation:

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch,

After a morning of game viewing and lunch at the camp, we transfer you back to the airport for your flight to Nairobi. Once in Nairobi we'll transfer you to Nairobi International airport for your flight home, or alternatively there are plenty of options available to extend your holiday.

What's Included

  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary

  • All transport and transfers

  • Internal flight from Masai Mara to Nairobi

  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service

  • English speaking professional safari guides

  • Sightseeing tours and safaris as per itinerary

  • Entrance/admission fees including safari park entrances

  • Meals as detailed in the itinerary inclusive of taxes & service

What's Not Included

  • International Flights (available on request)

  • visa fees

  • Personal travel insurance (compulsory, available on request)

  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary

  • Optional excursions and activities

  • Drinks, snacks, tips and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)

  • Any increases in Government taxes or park fees announced after booking

  • Any other items not mentioned above

Mode of Transport

4x4 safari vehicle
Internal flights

Accommodation

4 to 5-star hotels
Lodges

Check out our Q&As

  • What currencies are required for this tour?

    The local currency in Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling (KES). Kenya Shillings can be ordered from most major currency suppliers prior to departure or hard currency can be easily exchanged in all major cities, the currency of preference being US Dollars however Sterling and Euros are also widely accepted. Credit cards are accepted in Kenya but aren’t widely used. ATM’s are available in larger cities but aren't generally widely available outside of cities. Travellers’ cheques can be exchanged at banks within Nairobi but aren’t generally accepted in the rest of the country (these are being slowly fazed out in many countries) so instead, travellers are advised to bring sufficient hard currency. Bank opening hours are generally Monday – Friday 0830-1400, Saturdays 0900-1200.

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    Visa arrangements are the responsibility of the traveller, and requirements are subject to change by the local authorities. Encounters Travel will not be held responsible if travellers are denied entry because they are not in possession of the relevant visas. We therefore recommend you re-check requirements with the relevant embassy/consulate around 4 weeks before travel. You should also be in possession of a valid onward or return flight ticket, or proof of other means of transport enabling you to leave the country that your tour passes through or finishes in. In addition you should carry proof of sufficient funds to cover you during your time in the country (eg. credit card). Should your tour be re-entering a country, please ensure that you have a multiple entry visa that allows this. Some countries have a visa on arrival service which can be more convenient and cheaper. However, for peace of mind and to speed up the border crossing process, Encounters Travel advises that you to get your visas prior to your trip if possible.

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    The tour price includes entrance fees to all the tourist sites mentioned in the itinerary. You will need to cover the cost of entrance to any other extra sites that you may wish to visit.

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    You should ensure you are fully insured for medical emergencies including emergency evacuation and repatriation. Recommended vaccinations and other health protection measures vary according to the country you are visiting and where you are travelling from. We recommend you contact your GP/medical practitioner or a travel clinic for current information on vaccinations needed for your destination. You should ensure that you are up to date with vaccines and boosters recommended for your normal life at home, including for example, vaccines required for occupational risk of exposure, lifestyle risks and underlying medical conditions. In addition, additional courses or boosters normally recommended for the countries in this region are: South Africa: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area. Namibia: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from an infected area. Botswana: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted or travelled through an infected area. Zimbabwe: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area. Zambia: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area. Malawi: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area. Tanzania: Additional vaccinations: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area. Kenya: Additional vaccinations: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Poliomyelitis, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from an infected area. Uganda: Additional vaccinations: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid, Yellow Fever. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from an infected area. Sudan: Additional vaccinations: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid, Yellow Fever. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area. A certificate may also be required for those departing Sudan. Morocco: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria not normally present. Yellow Fever certificate not required. The above information can change at short notice. For up to date health information & vaccination requirements we recommend that you contact your medical practitioner or a travel clinic. Malaria: Vaccinations are not available against Malaria, which is a disease transmitted by mosquitoes that can be very serious and sometimes fatal. You should avoid mosquito bites by covering up bare skin with clothing such as long sleeves and long trousers and applying insect repellents to exposed skin. When necessary, sleep under a mosquito net. Mosquitoes are most active during and after sunset. You should consult with your GP/medical practitioner/travel clinic about the most appropriate malaria prophylactic medication to take for the regions you are visiting. Yellow Fever: This disease is spread by infected mosquitoes that bite during the day. A Yellow Fever Certificate of vacinnation is often required as a condition of entry depending on which country you are arriving from, or that you have travelled or transitted through recently (including connecting flights with stopovers of over 12 hours). You can view this US CDC information about where the virus is present and follow the links to further information detailing which countries need you to have a Yellow Fever vaccination as part of their entry requirements. Please ensure you have this certificate organised in advance and with you and to hand during the trip. Please inform us of any pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or asthma and any prescription medicine you may be taking. We also need to know about any food allergies or physical disabilities that you may have. If you are travelling on an Overland tour or your trip includes wildlife safaris then please bear in mind that you may be travelling on bumpy roads and/or rough ground for several hours at a time. This can be very uncomfortable or painful if you have a bad back, and make such conditions worse. Please contact us if you have any concerns.

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Tipping isn't part of Kenyan culture, however there's never any harm in rounding up a bill by a few shillings if you've been particularly pleased with the services you've received. In upmarket hotels, porters will generally expect a small tip and in many restaurants a service charge of around 10% is often added. At the end of a tour it's common to tip your tour guide/safari guide if you feel that you've received good service from them and whilst there is no set amount for this, we're often asked for recommendations. On our Kenya tours an average tip would be around $5-$10 per person per day, however you shouldn't feel oblidged to tip any specific amount.

  • Is travel insurance compulsory?

    Yes! Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our tours and needs to cover personal accident & liability, medical expenses and repatriation, travel delay & abandonment. We also strongly recommend that you take out cover against cancellation and lost/stolen baggage. Personal medical insurance does not normally provide sufficient cover and is generally not suitable for travel on our tours. You will not be able to join your tour if you have not provided us with details of your insurance or if you arrive without cover in place (no refunds will be due in this event).

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    You are always able to change your travel date. However, some charges may apply depending on how long before your departure you make the change. Our flexible booking conditions and reduced charges will apply if you are changing date because of a Covid-19 reason or because your government is advising against travel to your destination. Please check our detailed booking conditions for full details.

  • When is my balance payment due?

    60 days prior to departure

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    On most of our group tours, solo travellers may choose to form a temporary 'tour bubble' and share a room with another traveller of the same sex in the group. If a room share is not available then a single room supplement may be payable, with the costs for these kept as low as possible. We have also removed compulsory single supplements from many of our tours, and are reducing the cost by 50% on s

  • Can I transfer my booking to someone else?

    Customers may transfer their booking or any Credit on File to another person who satisfies all the relevant conditions to the tour, provided that we are notified not less than 7 days before departure, and the transferee agrees to these booking conditions and all other terms of the contract between us. The Client and new booker are jointly and severally responsible for any outstanding payments and a transfer administration fee of GBP50 / USD75 / CAD100 / AUD100 / NZD100 / EUR75 / ZAR1000 / INR5000 or GBP100 / USD150 / CAD200 / AUD200 / NZD200 / EUR150 / ZAR2000 / INR10,000 if the transfer is made less than 60 days before departure. Important Note: Certain arrangements may not be amended or transferred after they have been confirmed (for example flight tickets, Gorilla Permits) and any alteration could incur a cancellation and rebooking charge of up to 100% of that part of the arrangements.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

Trico Plumb  

Google Review

January 2021

Awesome trip. Our guide was amazing and the trip exceeded our expectations.

Holly Go Lightly  

Recommended Trip

November 2019

My boyfriend and I just returned from a trip booked by Encounters Travel. The trip was amazing. The flights were the best flights and shortest flights available. Our hotels had great food and gorgeous view. I emailed them alot and each time I heard back from someone with a day or two. I would book travel with them again.

David N. Beasley Jr.  

Recommended Trip

January 2018

Had a worry free amazing experience from tbr time we booked the trip till we arrived back home. Definitely recommend using them.

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    Encounters Travel requires a minimum deposit of 150 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 60 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of encounters travel charges.

    Up to 61 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 35% of booking price.

    At 41 days before tour starts: Forfeit 70% of booking price.

    At 27 days before tour starts: Forfeit 90% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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