Ultimate Kenya

  • 9 days / 8 nights
  • $8,050.00
This 9-day safari, which can depart on any day of the week, offers the ultimate insight into a privileged aspect of Kenya that is never experienced by the typical safari packages. Starting from the historic luxury of Kenya’s most famous hotel, it offers three days in an exclusive bush camp located at the heart of a private conservancy on the borders of the famous Masai Mara National Reserve. Thereafter, there are four days in a Robinson Crusoe-styled camp located amongst the sand dunes of the Tana River Delta, overlooking the Indian Ocean south of Lamu.

Ultimate Kenya

$8,050.00

This 9-day safari, which can depart on any day of the week, offers the ultimate insight into a privileged aspect of Kenya that is never experienced by the typical safari packages. Starting from the historic luxury of Kenya’s most famous hotel, it offers three days in an exclusive bush camp located at the heart of a private conservancy on the borders of the famous Masai Mara National Reserve. Thereafter, there are four days in a Robinson Crusoe-styled camp located amongst the sand dunes of the Tana River Delta, overlooking the Indian Ocean south of Lamu.

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Daily Overview

Day Destination Activities
1 Nairobi Pick up from the airport and transfer to hotel
2 Masai Mara National Reserve Transfer to Wilson Airport for flight to Masai Mara National Reserve
3 + 4 Masai Mara National Reserve Opportunity of catching up with the “Big Five” members in the safari
5 Tana Delta Take a flight to Malindi and enjoy boat trip upon arrival
6 - 8 Tana Delta Enjoy variety of activities within the cottage
9 Nairobi Flight back to Nairobi

Day 1

Arrive Nairobi

Upon arrival at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by our representative and driven to the historic Fairmont Norfolk Hotel.

Accommodation: Fairmont Norfolk Hotel
Meal: B

Day 2

Into the Masai Mara National Reserve

After breakfast, you will be driven the short journey to Wilson Airport to connect to your 10am flight to the Masai Mara National Reserve. Arriving 45 minutes later, you will be met by your guide and driven to Serian Bush Camp in time to relax before lunch. After lunch enjoy your first game drive in this world renowned reserve before returning to camp for dinner.

Accommodation: Serian Bush Camp
Activities: Early-morning, morning, and afternoon game drive
Meal: B, L, D

Day 3 & 4

On safari in the Masai Mara National Reserve

With three days on safari in the Masai Mara, the opportunities for game viewing are unprecedented.
A pristine wilderness of haunting beauty, the Mara promises a profusion of wildlife, prolific bird life and the unprecedented opportunity of catching up with all the members of the ‘Big Five’ in one morning.

Accommodation: Serian Bush Camp
Activities: Early-morning, morning, and afternoon game drive
Meal: B, L, D

Day 5

Into the Tana Delta

Enjoy the morning in the Mara, leaving after lunch to connect to your 2pm flight to Malindi where you will be met (at 4pm) by our representative and driven two hours to the departure point of the boat, which will take you on a stunning 20-minute boat trip to the Delta Dunes Lodge. Arrive at the ‘wild place by the sea’ in time for dinner.

Accommodation: Delta Dunes Lodge
Meal: B, L, D

Day 6 - 8

Into the Tana Delta

Three days of idyllic Robinson Crusoe living in one of just six luxurious cottages amongst the rolling sand dunes of the Tana River Delta. The 708 km Tana River flows through Garissa and Garsen before branching into a huge delta as it enters the Indian Ocean, south of Lamu. Along the last 65 km of its course it flows across a broad floodplain, which is now The Lower Delta Conservation Trust and lies under the stewardship of the Orma and Pokomo. The Orma are of Ethiopian descent and are herdsmen, while the Pokomo are farmers and fishermen and the ancestral guardians of the Ozi Forest, a sanctuary for elephants, buffaloes and many other rare species.

Accommodation: Delta Dunes Lodge
Meal: B, L, D

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Fairmont Norfolk Hotel

One of the great historic hotels of the world, and a feature on Nairobi’s landscape since it opened on Christmas Day 1904, the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel has entertained such historic figures as Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt and Karen Blixen. Recently exquisitely refurbished, this atmospheric and beautifully appointed hotel stands in the centre of town where it offers an unusually wide selection of 167 rooms, ranging from opulent suites to cosy cottage-style rooms set around a central garden courtyard. Dining options include the famous Lord Delamere Terrace, The Tatu Restaurant fine-dining experience and the poolside restaurant. Other facilities include a health centre (heated swimming pool, state-of-the-art gym and aerobics studio, steam and sauna), a hair-dressing salon and gift shop.

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Serian Bush Camp

Serian (meaning ‘serene’ in Maasai) is the charismatic retreat of Alex Walker, filmmaker and safari guide. An exclusive bush camp, it is located at the heart of the Koiyaki/Lemek private community conservancy, which adjoins the Masai Mara National Reserve. There are just eight marquee tents overlooking the river, each with private verandah and ensuite bathroom. The central mess area stands on a raised deck and centers on a roaring log fire. The camp also offers a safari library, outdoor lounge and campfire area and a boutique. Game walks and drives are tailored to suit the clients’ wishes but typically take place early morning and late afternoon. Evening sundowner drives can also be arranged, as can night game drives, a unique activity not permitted in the actual reserve.

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Delta Dunes Lodge

Standing high above the dunes, this Robinson Crusoe-styled lodge looks out over a twenty mile stretch of wide, empty beach. Similarly stunning views stretch inland over the estuary, which is a sanctuary for hippo, crocodile and a wide range of other wildlife. The swimming pool, spectacularly positioned above the dunes offers a cool retreat from the sun, while the double storey central lodge offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, boutique and open-air pergola with panoramic views. There are just six dune cottages all with a lounge and bedroom, raised on wooden platforms. Completely open, each cottage has wonderful views, enormous double beds and ensuite bathrooms. Activities include boat trips on the estuary, sundowner cruises, game and bird walks with local trackers, channel fishing for rock cod and red snapper, plus sand-yachting, windsurfing and canoeing.

Departure Date Price per person* Child (sharing)#
January - December 2019 From $8,050 From $5,280
January - December 2020 From $8,545 From $5,520

*Price per person based on double occupancy. Due to the dynamic nature of availability and pricing, please click here to contact us directly for departure schedule and full pricing

#Children’s rates are offered on the basis of the child being under 12 years of age and sharing with an adult.

8-night accommodations as per itinerary

Meals as per itinerary

Transportation service as per itinerary in a shared chauffeur driven safari vehicle

English speaking driver-guide

All Government taxes and levies

24 hours standby contact number

  1. Passport

    Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the last date of travel to Kenya.
    Citizens of other countries should consult with their travel agent or our office.

  2. Visas

    You should obtain a visa in advance through the High Commission for the Republic of Kenya or via the Kenyan Department of Immigration Services’ eVisa website. You can also obtain a visa at a Kenyan port of entry. More information about Kenya's eVisa, visit Kenya High Commission here

    Tourist visas are valid for up to three months. To extend a tourist visa, contact immigration authorities once you are in the country.

    You need to obtain a visa if you are transiting Kenya to another destination. Your stay may not exceed 72 hours. If you are connecting to a flight directly without leaving the airport, you do not need a transit visa.

A handy checklist of what to bring on your trip can be downloaded here.

We very strongly recommend the purchase of appropriate travel insurance for any trip outside of Canada. Information on travel insurance options can be found here.

Smoking in all public places (except in designated areas) is prohibited throughout Kenya. This applies to areas such as hotel grounds, lounge areas and entrances. If you wish to smoke in your hotel room please confirm first with hotel management that it is permitted. Smoking outdoors in any public street or on the beach, is not banned under the Act, however, it is advisable to check before doing so or, if in doubt, to refrain from smoking. Offences attract fines ranging from 50,000 to three million Kenya shillings and/or imprisonment for six months to three years.

Average summer temperatures: 20°C to 34°C
Average winter temperatures: 18°C to 29°C
Rainy season: mid-March to June ('long rains') and October to December ('short rains')

All visitors will need to fill out an arrival card to present to officials upon arrival.

The currency of Kenya is the Kenya Shilling (KSH), and foreign currencies such as US Dollars are widely accepted.

Banking facilities and ATMs are found throughout Kenya's major travel destinations and all major credit cards are widely accepted, in particular MasterCard, Visa and American Express.

Banking hours are from 9am to 3pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 11am on the first and last Saturday of the month for most banks.

Tipping for good service is customary in Kenya although it is of course at your discretion - bear in mind that some of the larger hotels will add a service charge onto your bill. A 10% tip is customary in city restaurants and bars when a service charge is not included.

Kenya is a fairly conservative society, especially where Islam holds sway, and much emphasis is placed on courtesy and manners. Care needs to be taken when photographing local people - always ask permission and prepare to be asked for reward in Kenya's most popular destinations - but by and large the people of Kenya are easy-going, amiable, humorous and helpful, making travelling and interacting with them a real pleasure.

Most of the meals are all included in your trip fare so you shouldn’t be too hungry. It is worthwhile to sample the local cuisine though.

English was inherited from Kenya's British colonial past. English is the language of choice in business, academics and social set-ups in Kenya. Swahili is the national language of Kenya. It is a unifying African language spoken by nearly 100 percent of the Kenyan population.

Good medical facilities are available in Nairobi, but health-care standards in other parts of the country vary and can be very limited. Medical facilities may require proof of insurance or up-front payment before starting treatment. Make sure you have travel insurance that covers all medical expenses, including hospitalization abroad and medical evacuation, in case of illness or injury.

SIM card: Depends on your need, you can easily purchase a prepaid SIM card in the airport upon arrival.

Internet at resorts and hotels are free to us, however, there may be limited access at the camps.

You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country. Talk to your travel health professional about which ones are right for you.

Hepatitis A / Hepatitis B / Influenza / Measles / Meningococcal disease / Polio (Temporary Vaccine Recommendation) / Rabies / Yellow Fever (Country Entry Requirements)

Please refer to the following information for specifics:

https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/kenya

The general situation for tourists visiting these countries is at a high degree of caution.

There is a high crime rate in most regions of Kenya, particularly in major cities such as Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu, and at coastal beach resorts. Carjacking, home invasions and kidnappings occur, including during daylight hours and in neighbourhoods normally considered safe. Petty crimes, such as purse-snatchings, pickpocketing and robberies, also occur. Traditionally, crimes increase in the weeks before Christmas.

When you leave your hotel room, ensure that the door is locked and the “do not disturb” sign is displayed. Store your personal belongings in safekeeping facilities. Exercise caution while walking during daylight hours and if travelling after dark. Do not walk outdoors at night, particularly in isolated areas. Avoid showing signs of affluence or carrying large sums of money.

Please refer to the following information for specifics:

https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/kenya

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8-night accommodations as per itinerary

Meals as per itinerary

Transportation service as per itinerary in a shared chauffeur driven safari vehicle

English speaking driver-guide

All Government taxes and levies

24 hours standby contact number

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