DOMINIKA & RENE’s KENYA TRIP, NOV 2019
Welcome to your Kenya trip Dominika and Rene! Your personalised trip page is home to your day-by-day itinerary, trip map, which holds the key location pins and activity information for your time away. Here you will also find a link to your Kenya destination guide containing details on visas, health, packing for your trip, and more. We recommend saving a link to this page for quick and easy access on the road.
DAY 1, SATURDAY 30TH NOVEMBER: YOUR TRIP BEGINS
Depart Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) at 9:30am on Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 511
DAY 2, SUNDAY 1st DECEMBER: ARRIVE NAIROBI
Arrive Bole International Airport Addis Ababa (ADD) at 8:40am
Depart Bole International Airport Addis Ababa (ADD) at 11:20am on Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 304
Arrive Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) at 1:30pm
Upon arrival present your Kenya visas at immigration to enter the country. From there head to the baggage claim to collect your checked luggage. Your driver will meet you in the arrivals hall to transfer you the 1hr to your Nairobi hotel for the night. They will be holding a sign with “Rene Hertsberg” on it.
HEMINGWAYS NAIROBI, DELUXE SUITE
Inclusions: Daily breakfast & complimentary wifi
DAY 3, MONDAY 2nd DECEMBER: NAIROBI TO AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK
Early this morning your driver will meet you in the lobby to drive you to the airport in time for your flight to Amboseli National Park.
Depart Nairobi Wilson Airport (WIL) at 7:30am on Air Kenya flight 881
Arrive Amboseli Airstrip (ASV) at 8:05am
When you touch down your Tortilis Camp driver will be there to meet you to drive you the 45mins to camp.
Check-in at your Amboseli National Park home for the next three nights before enjoying your first safari experience in Kenya. End your day with the safari tradition of “sundowners” as the sun sets over the National Park.
TORTILIS CAMP, LUXURY TENT
Inclusions: All meals, soft drinks & select alcoholic beverages, daily shared game drives, 2hr guided bush walk, laundry, bush breakfasts & sundowners.
DAY 4, tuesDAY 3rd DECEMBER: AMBOSELI SAFARI
Wake up in the wild this morning to indulge in your first bush breakfast of many. A full breakfast will be served al fresco in the middle of the plains.
Following breakfast head out on the first shared game drive of the day.
In between game drives perhaps relax by the pool, play games or read on your verandah, or take a nap to get over the jet-lag.
DAY 5, wednesDAY 4th DECEMBER: AMBOSELI SAFARI
This morning another bush breakfast awaits before a final day of game drives in Amboseli.
In the afternoon you may fancy a guided walk with one of the camp’s local Maasai guides. Their knowledge is extensive as they have been walking the plains since childhood.
Enjoy one last sundowner and dinner before your early departure tomorrow.
DAY 6, THURsday 5th DECEMBEr: amboseli national park TO THE MAASAI MARA
Very early today you will be transferred back to the airstrip for your one-stop flight to the Maasai Mara.
Depart Amboseli Airstrip (ASV) at 8:15am on Air Kenya flight 882
Arrive Nairobi Wilson Airport (WIL) at 8:50am
Depart Nairobi Wilson Airstrip (WIL)at 10:30am on Air Kenya flight 853
Arrive Mara North Conservancy Airstrip (HKV) at 11:10am
Your Saruni Mara driver will meet you at the airstrip to drive you the 45mins to your next home for three nights.
SARUNI MARA, LOVE SHACK
Inclusions: All meals, soft drinks, house wines and spirits, daily shared game drives, guided bush walks, laundry, bush meals & sundowners.
DAY 7, friday 6th december: maasai mara safari
Start your stay enjoying the benefits of this small camp nestled in the hills of Mara North Conservancy. The views are breathtaking and can be enjoyed directly from your cottage.
After breakfast head out on your first shared game drive into the world’s most famous safari reserve.
In between game drives Saruni Mara is the place to relax, reconnect, and learn about local life. The camp’s extensive work with the local Maasai warriors and their families means they have a lot to share on the topic.
DAY 8, saturday 7th december: maasai mara safari
Your last full day of games drives awaits. Let your driver know if there is anything left on your big five bucket list to see and they will try their best to make your final day incredible!
This evening enjoy a sundowner and dinner back at camp as you get ready to bid farewell to rural Kenya.
DAY 9, SUnday 8th december: maasai mara to giraffe manor
You will depart Saruni Mara early this morning to make the most of your time at Giraffe Manor so a breakfast-to-go will be prepared for your departure.
Depart Mara North Conservancy Airstrip (HKV) at 8:45am on Air Kenya flight 852
Arrive Nairobi Wilson Airport (WIL) at 10:15am
Your Giraffe Manor driver will meet you at the airport and will be holding a sign with “Rene Hertsberg” on. They will drive you the 30mins to your bucket list hotel.
After check-in spend the remainder of the day watching giraffe roam the grounds of this old manor house and visiting the on-site giraffe centre.
GIRAFFE MANOR, DAISY’s ROOM ** WITH GIRAFFE FEEDING ACCESS
Inclusions: All meals, soft drinks, house wines and spirits, laundry, entrance to giraffe centre and wifi
DAY 10, MONDAY 9th DECEMBER: A DAY IN NAIROBI
Breakfast is the main event at Giraffe Manor so enjoy a leisurely one before check-out.
At 10:00am meet your driver in the hotel reception for the short drive to the Sheldrick Elephant & Rhino Orphanage
Upon entry at 11:00am pay the $7 USD per person donation fee (cash only). The orphanage is only open for one hour daily so this is a unique opportunity to witness the orphans feeding and enjoying mud baths or soil dustings. During your visit one of the keepers will give a talk providing information about the rescue and rehabilitation of orphaned elephants and the process of raising them at the orphanage.
After your one hour visit you will be driven to Villa Rosa Kempinski for an afternoon of pampering.
1:40pm arrive at the spa to check-in for your treatments.
DAY 11, TUESDAY 10th DECEMBER: all good things must come to an end!
At 2:00am you will be transferred the 30min drive to the airport in time to catch your return flight home.
Depart Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) at 5:05am on Turkish Airlines flight TK 608
Arrive Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST) at 12:00pm
Depart Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST) at 3:00pm on Turkish Airlines flight TK 5
Arrive Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) at 5:55pm
$15,655 USD Total for two adults
Domestic flights Nairobi Wilson Airport to Amboseli National Park and Maasai Mara National Park including 15kg checked luggage per person
Ground transport throughout
9 nights accommodation in Nairobi, Amboseli National Park, Maasai Mara National Park and Giraffe Manor including en suite bathroom and sales tax throughout
All meals, soft drinks, house wine and select spirits at Tortilis Camp, Saruni Mara and Giraffe Manor
Laundry services (excluding dry cleaning) at Tortilis Camp, Saruni Mara and Giraffe Manor
Daily shared game drives in 4x4 safari jeep at Tortilis Camp and Saruni Mara
Bush breakfasts and sundowners at Tortilis Camp and Saruni Mara
Amboseli National Park and Maasai Mara National Park conservation fees
Kitirua Conservancy Fee per person
AMREF flying doctors cover during time in Maasai Mara
Entrance to giraffe centre at Giraffe Manor
Return flights Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO)
Travel insurance: medical and trip cancellation ** medical insurance is mandatory for travel to Kenya
Kenya entry visa before arrival: $51 USD per person
Lunches and dinners in Nairobi
Guide gratuities: recommended $10-$15 USD per person per day
Sheldrick Elephant & Rhino Orphanage entry fee: $7 USD per person to be paid by cash only
Additional activities, entrance fees and transportation, including but not limited to, spa treatments, premium drinks and private game drives
Items of a personal nature, including but not limited to, cellular usage and roaming charges, room incidentals, shopping etc.
*Images used are not the exact room you will be in, but are of the same room type that you have booked
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