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A private Journey through Kenya

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Itinerary Highlights

All Local Flights Included! 

1 Night at One Forty Eight, Nairobi, Kenya 

2 Nights on Safari at andBeyond Bateleur Camp, Masai Mara, Kenya 

3 Nights on Safari at Ol Donyo Lodge, Chyulu Hills National Park, Kenya

3 Nights relaxing at Alfajiri Beach Villa, Diani Beach, Kenya  

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Sample Itinerary

Day 1

  • Arrive in Nairobi, Kenya

    Today you arrive into Kenya's capital city, Nairobi. Having cleared customs, you will be met by your driver and transferred to your nearby hotel, One Forty Eight. Located in the peaceful suburb of Langata, overlooking the giraffe sanctuary, this beautiful little gem, with just 8 rooms, will provide you with an ideal location to rest and relax following your journey to Africa. The location itself is completely unique with warthogs, parrots, peacocks, and monkeys freely roaming through the garden. Often lions and hyenas can be heard roaring and cackling from the nearby Nairobi National Park - Nairobi being the only major city in the world to be located adjacent to such a collection of wildlife.

    Today you may simply want to relax at your hotel and catch up on some rest however if you feel like getting out and about and exploring what Nairobi has to offer there are several exciting activities on offer. You could begin with a visit to the David Sheldrick Elephant & Rhino Orphanage, an institution in Nairobi that has rescued countless orphaned animals over the years. Here you will have the opportunity to see and interact with some of the rescued elephant and rhinos that will hopefully one day be released back into the wild. For a $50 donation you are even able to adopt your very own elephant for a full year!

    Another great option would be a visit to the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife’s Giraffe Center. This non-profit organization was founded in 1979 and has since dedicated itself to protecting and conserving the dwindling number of Rothschild Giraffes that are found only in the grasslands of East Africa. Here you will find a number of these beautiful animals and if you are lucky you will even have the opportunity to hand feed a few! If you are interested there is also a wonderful walking trail that snakes through the area. The walk is only around a mile long but offers some great opportunities to see a selection of the small bird and animal life that call the area home.

    For a more cultural experience you could visit the Karen Blixen Museum. Here you would visit the homestead of famed author Karen Blixen and enjoy a tour of the estate made so famous in her book and subsequent movie “Out of Africa”. It is highly recommended you read this wonderful book or watch the movie in order to get the full Kenya experience!

    Returning to your hotel you would then enjoy an afternoon at leisure during which you can rest up and relax around the pool as you prepare for the Safari adventure that lays ahead.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    • One-Forty-Eight

Day 2

  • On Safari in the Masai Mara

    This morning you will check out of your hotel and meet your driver in your hotel lobby. Together you will travel to the nearby Wilson Airport where you will meet your light aircraft flight that will take you to the Kichwa Tembo Airstrip. Look out for animals on route as you will be flying over some of the best safari areas anywhere in Africa! Please note this flight is included in your program cost.

    Arriving into the Masai Mara you will be met by a vehicle and guide from the lodge and driven only a few minutes to the incredible andBeyond Bateleur Camp. The Masai Mara, together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form one of Africa’s most famous wildlife areas. For many the image of acacia trees stretched over an endless grass plain epitomizes Africa, and when combined with the Masai warriors that inhabit this beautiful region, you truly have an iconic African experience. The annual wildebeest migration through the Serengeti and the Masai Mara is the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. That however is not where the game viewing ends; throughout the year large prides of lions, elephants and giraffes wander across the grasslands and gazelles and eland abound.

    Arriving at Bateleur Camp shortly before lunch you will be shown to your luxury tented suites and given an orientation tour of this incredible property. The Manager of the lodge will explain a few precautions to take during your stay to ensure your safety and wellbeing, as it is worth keeping in keep in mind despite your opulent surroundings you are in the middle of wild Africa!

    You will then enjoy a welcome lunch before having a few hours at leisure to relax and unpack. In the late afternoon you will enjoy a casual high tea in the main communal area of the lodge overlooking the wilderness before setting off on your first safari drive!

    During your stay at Bateleur you will have the opportunity to join two safari drives daily. One in the early morning and then another that leaves in the late afternoon and returns shortly after dark. Please note you are in no way obligated to join both drives every day and if you would prefer to sleep in one morning and simply join the afternoon drive (or vice versa) you are of course welcome to do so. As the lodge is in the middle of the game reserve you will enjoy fantastic game sightings from anywhere around the property including the communal areas or even right from your bedroom.

    Returning from the evening game drive you will enjoy a splendid African inspired meal prepared by the lodges talented team of Chefs. After dinner you are welcome to either relax around the communal fire pit sipping your choice of beverage or retire to your room in preparation for the next day’s early start.

    Meals Included: Full Board (Including local Beers, Wines, Spirits & Soft Drinks)

Day 3

  • On Safari in the Masai Mara

    This morning you will wake shortly after sunrise and make your way to communal area of the lodge. Here you will enjoy a quick cup of tea or coffee and some snacks, before setting off in your open 4x4 safari vehicle in the company of your guide in search of the incredible wildlife in the Masai Mara.

    andBeyond’s professionally trained guides will ask you about your favorite wildlife and will do their best to ensure that your preferences are met. This could mean ticking off as many species as possible or spending more time enjoying each sighting and getting to know the habits of the animals. They will also tell you about the vegetation of the region and will explain the behavior of the animals that you come across. In some cases, the guides will be able to identify individual animals and let you know about their history and habits. If your trip happens to coincide with the Great Migration your guide may attempt to catch up with it and spend some time in the midst of the massed herds.

    Returning to the lodge around mid-morning you will enjoy a sumptuous brunch. Over brunch you can chat about your adventures that morning and discuss your plans for the rest of the day.

    Following a few hours at leisure spent either napping or simply relaxing around the pool, you will then congregate in the communal area of the lodge for afternoon tea. Having enjoyed some tea, coffee and snacks you will then set off on your adventure, be it another safari drive, a bush walk or some combination of the two.

    Arriving back at the lodge you will once again enjoy a wonderful dinner before enjoying an evening at leisure.

    Meals Included: Full Board (Including local Beers, Wines, Spirits & Soft Drinks)

Day 4

  • From the Masai Mara to Chyulu Hills National Park

    This morning you will check out of your luxury lodge and enjoy a short transfer back to the nearby airstrip. Here you will board a short flight to Tsavo. Please note today's flights is included in your program cost.

    Tsavo is nearly 8,500 square miles in area, being the largest national park in Kenya and one of the largest in the world. The park was split into two due to the railway going from Mombasa to the interior of Kenya. Here you will be met by your new guide and together you will enjoy a stunning drive to your home for the next few nights, Ol Donyo Lodge located on the nearby Chyulu National Park.

    Here you will enjoy three nights of warm hospitality, incredible wildlife viewing and tantalizing meals always accompanied by an extensive wine list. After a rewarding day of game viewing, sundowner drinks can be savored in the inviting swimming pool. Adventures include twice-daily game drives, guided bush walks, exhilarating horseback safaris (with mounts suitable for both novice and experienced riders), Maasai village visits, fly-camping, day trips to the Amboseli National Park (at an extra cost) and mountain biking. A few nights at Ol Donyo truly is one of Kenya’s most special experiences.

    Meals Included: Full Board (Including local Beers, Wines, Spirits & Soft Drinks)
    • Ol Donyo Lodge

Day 5

  • On Safari in the Chyulu Hills National Park

    Today you will enjoy a full day of safari activities as you explore this remarkable area. This area is widely regarded as offering some of the most incredible game viewing anywhere on the continent and today you will continue to discover why this reputation is so well deserved. You will work together with your guide to put together the perfect day that will ensure you see the maximum amount of wildlife, while at the same time avoiding other travelers as much as possible.

    For a small additional cost that would need to be paid locally, you could choose to visit the nearby Amboseli National Park. A scenic park in its own right, Amboseli is synonymous with two particular things – majestic herds of elephant and glorious views of Mount Kilimanjaro in neighboring Tanzania. It is Kenya’s second most popular national park after the Masai Mara National Reserve and was declared a UNESCO-Mab Biosphere Reserve in 1991. During heavy rains, the basin at the center of the park floods, attracting hordes of wildlife. The reserve is an excellent place to view the Big Five, as well as lesser known and rarer wildlife species.

    However you choose to spend your day you will end it with cocktails and dinner under a blanket of shimmering stars.

    Meals Included: Full Board (Including local Beers, Wines, Spirits & Soft Drinks)
    • Ol Donyo Lodge

Day 6

  • On Safari in the Chyulu Hills National Park

    Today you have at leisure to spend however you wish. For the more adventurous a wonderful experience offered by Ol Donyo would be a horseback safari through the Chyulu Hills. Please note this experience would need to be paid for locally.

    This experience would see you delight in a wonderful breakfast, before setting out on horseback, travelling in and around diverse landscapes. This wonderful adventure is set against the backdrop of the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro. The area where you would be riding, Chyulu Hills was aptly described by Hemingway as ‘the green hills of Africa.’ It stretches across almost 100 miles and reaches a peak altitude of over 7,000 feet. These epic hills are renowned for having the deepest lava tube caves in the world, which twist and turn beneath Chyulu Hills. Horseback safaris offer a more natural and discreet way of game viewing, which allows you to get close to nearby wildlife. Rides take place across beautiful and unspoilt scenery, ranging from forests and deep savannah plains to dense bush woodlands, and clear springs. These horseback safari experiences are well suited to all levels of expertise.

    However you choose to spend today, you will end your adventure with delicious sundowners and watch as the African sun disappears behind the horizon.

    Meals Included: Full Board (Including local Beers, Wines, Spirits & Soft Drinks)
    • Ol Donyo Lodge

Day 7

  • From Chyulu Hills National Park to Diani Beach

    This morning you will enjoy a farewell breakfast before saying goodbye to Ol Donyo and meeting your flight to the gorgeous coast of Kenya. Protected by an offshore barrier coral reef, Kenya's south coast is famous for beautiful beaches, as well as spectacular diving, fishing and surfing.

    Arriving at Diani Beach you will be met by your local assistant and enjoy a short drive to your home for the next three nights, the gorgeous Alfajiri Beach Villas. Following an orientation tour of this stunning lodge you will enjoy a welcome lunch before enjoying the remainder of your afternoon at leisure. Ask your personal butler for your favorite sundowner and unwind in your breathtaking rim flow swimming pool that is elevated to look as if it merges with the ocean.

    Meals Included: Full Board (Including local Beers, Wines, Spirits & Soft Drinks)
    • Alfajiri Beach Villa

Day 8

  • Exploring and relaxing at Diani Beach

    Today you have at leisure to enjoy a variety of different safari experiences. Alfajiri boasts a range of activities; golf at a nearby 18-hole Golf course, Kite surfing, snorkeling, diving, safaris - even docile whale sharks in the ocean and the elephants in the hills are there for the asking. For those with children, a selection of toys, activities and friendly nannies on duty 24 hours ensures that the little ones are taken care of.

    Alternatively, grab your kikoy, suntan lotion and glasses, and head to the beach to soak up the warm Kenyan sun — ask your hosts to pack you one of their delightful picnic baskets and enjoy a five mile walk in each direction along the beach.

    Meals Included: Full Board (Including local Beers, Wines, Spirits & Soft Drinks)
    • Alfajiri Beach Villa

Day 9

  • Exploring and relaxing at Diani Beach

    Included as part of your stay at Alfajiri is a daily massage in your tranquil shaded gazebo. Be sure to take advantage of this as you enjoy your last day soaking in the warm African sunshine.

    Meals Included: Full Board (Including local Beers, Wines, Spirits & Soft Drinks)
    • Alfajiri Beach Villa

Day 10

  • Depart Kenya

    This morning you will check out of your luxury Villa and enjoy a short transfer to Diani Airstrip. Here you will board a flight that will take you back to Wilson Airport in Nairobi. Please note the cost of this flight is included in your program cost. Your local driver will then collect you from Wilson Airport and drive you to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your onward arrangements. Please note the cost of your international flight home is not included in your program cost. Meals Included: Breakfast

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Estimated pricing for a private journey through Kenya: 

Classic Program

Includes more basic accommodation than that mentioned in the Program above: $8,865 per person.

Luxury Program

Includes the accommodation mentioned in the Program above (or equivalent): $9,765 per person. 

Premium Program

Includes more luxurious accommodation than that mentioned in the Program above: $12,915 per person. 

Please note while the cost of all regional flights have been included in your itinerary, the cost of your international flights to and from Africa have not. Please let us know if you would like assistance in booking your international airfare. 

Please note due to the bespoke nature of our itineraries combined with profound seasonal variations in accommodation costs and availability the above pricing estimates should be used only as a guide. An exact cost can be provided once exact dates and logistics have been discussed.

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Why go through a company such as the Exeter Safari Company?

An African safari is, for many people, a once in a lifetime trip and for that reason you will want to be sure the arrangements are flawless. A safari incorporates many different elements including airport arrival and departure services, transfers, light aircraft flights, the routing to remote lodges and the most knowledgeable local guides. Coordinating all these different services, often throughout multiple countries, languages and currencies can be daunting.

By going through an experienced safari company which has a wealth of local knowledge, local connections and years of experience in the region you can be sure you will be receiving the highest possible level of service before, during and after your travels. At the Exeter Safari Company we work with only the best guides, highest quality lodges at every price point, and the most reliable transportation providers in Africa. Our extensive experience and connections throughout the continent will ensure your trip goes off without a hitch.

In addition, you will enjoy the peace of mind knowing that you have access to 24/7 support both before your departure and during your time in Africa.

What should I wear on safari?

When deciding what clothing to pack for a safari trip your main priority is going to be comfort, coverage, durability and ease of packing. Keep in mind safaris often include light aircraft flights on to which normal hard sided suitcases are not allowed. You will therefore want to pack your clothing and other items into a soft sided duffel style travel bag (no larger than 24 inches long and 15 inches wide) that can be easily stored along with other travelers’ bags in the small luggage compartments on board. Note there is also a strict 15KG (33lbs) weight limit for your luggage.

Regardless of the time of year you are traveling, or the expected temperatures, you will want to be prepared for some cooler occasions. In order to find animals while they are at their most active, safari drives generally take place in the early morning and late afternoon/early evening. You will therefore often be out and about during the cooler parts of the day and this combined with sitting in the back of an open sided safari vehicle means it can get chilly - even in the middle of Summer. Accordingly, you will want to bring one or two light jackets, preferably that can be layered, so when it does start warming up you are able to shed layers and maintain a comfortable temperature.

It is also important where possible to wear long-sleeve shirts and pants to help with both sun and insect protection (fleece is great as insects can’t bite through it). Mosquitoes, Tsetse flies and other small flying insects can be bothersome during certain parts of your safari and preparing for them ahead of time will make your trip that much more pleasant. You will want to avoid bringing dark blue and black clothing as this color is known to attract certain flying insects such as Tsetse flies. You may also want leave behind your favorite white clothing as they can quickly become dirty from the dust in the air and climbing in and out of the safari vehicle. Last you will want to keep in mind you are trying to remain inconspicuous while on safari and so bright colors and loud prints should be avoided. Instead opt for more neutral tones in greens and browns that will help you blend into your surroundings.

When it comes to footwear you will again want to choose an option that covers as much of your bare skin as possible, think hiking boots or closed shoes with long socks rather than flip-flops or sandals. You will also be climbing in and out of vehicles and walking on uneven terrain that could have sharp rocks or thorns and so you will want footwear that is relatively durable. Your safari may include bush walks and so you will want to wear sturdy hiking boots on these occasions. Around the lodge area you will be able to wear more casual and lightweight footwear including flip flops or sandals, assuming you have bug-spray to stop any pesky mosquitoes that may be in the area. While in your rooms you will normally have mosquito nets over the bed area however you may still want to bring some full-length pajamas to ensure you have less skin exposed to any mosquitoes that did manage to sneak in.

When is the best time to travel to Africa?

The short answer is anytime! While there are better and worse times to be on safari throughout the various regions of Africa because the continent is so large and so diverse whenever you are looking to travel there will be a destination that is right for you.

Traditionally, the best time to go on safari is during the dry season that broadly runs from June through October, however this season does vary significantly depending where in Africa you are considering. During the dry season the vegetation is much less dense and because the grass is shorter it is much easier to track and locate wildlife. Additionally, when there is less rainfall there are fewer available water sources for wildlife to gather around. This results in the animals tending to congregate around the same lakes, pans and rivers which again makes for great game viewing (and leads to some interesting herbivore/predator encounters!).

Often during the wet season, also called the green season, when water sources are abundant, the wildlife tends to spread out over an enormous area. Many camps and lodges close during this time of year, often December through February as the dirt tracks that surround the lodges become impassable.

Another aspect to consider, especially if visiting East Africa, is the great migration. Please visit our page that explores this topic at length as it will give you a good idea as to where the migration is located at any particular time of year.

What About Yellow Fever?

Yellow Fever is a disease found in many parts of sub-tropical Africa transmitted into humans through Mosquito bites. As it can be quite a serious illness it is essential you receive a yellow fever vaccination before embarking on a trip to an effected country.

The main safari destinations where Yellow Fever vaccinations are required are Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Uganda and Rwanda. Other countries such as South Africa and Botswana require you to arrive with a yellow fever vaccination even if you have only transited through or visited a country where yellow fever exists within the past 6 months (keep in mind many of the countries on this list are in South America).

Check with your Exeter Safari Company expert for the specific requirements regarding the destinations included in your program. It is important to note the Yellow Fever vaccine requires 10 days before it becomes effective and so don’t leave it to the last minute!

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