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Small group trip - Kenya

Caribou Kenya - Beach and Bush Adventure

Highlights

  • Relax on the sandy beach before and after your safari adventure

  • Discover the red elephants at Tsavo East National Park

  • Includes domestic flight from Nairobi to Mombasa

  • Explore the world-famous Masai Mara

  • Observe the wildlife predators and flamingos at Lake Naivasha

Description

Experience the most stunning national parks of Kenya - stay in exclusive lodges and see the famous animals up close! During this jeep safari, you will not only get to know the land of the Masai from its most beautiful angles, but you can also enjoy a relaxing holiday on a dreamy beach. This safari is perfect for newcomers and we guarantee that these adventures will be addictive - you’ll be coming back for more!

Destination

Africa

Mombasa - Tsavo East - Tsavo West - Amboseli - Lake Naivasha - Masai Mara

The best time to travel to Kenya is the dry season. From December to February, temperatures are pleasantly warm, and there is hardly any rain. Due to the lack of water, the animals rarely move away from the remaining watering holes, which means that animal sightings are more likely.

The months from August to October are also popular because it is when the world-famous Masai Mara animal migration takes place.

Welcome to Kenya! Upon arrival in Mombasa, you will be picked up immediately after landing and brought to the beautiful Severin Sea Lodge. Awaiting you are two relaxing days by the sea to begin your journey, as well as an exciting discovery tour of southern Kenya. But first, you can enjoy the warm breeze of the Indian Ocean on the white sandy Bamburi Beach. The wide sandy beach invites you to take long walks along the beach.

Travel time Mombasa Airport - Severin Sea Lodge: approx. 1 hour / approx. 12 miles

2 nights at Severin Sea Lodge**** with half board in a Comfort Class Bungalow, Bamburi Beach, Mombasa, Kenya

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Very early in the morning, around 6:30 AM, you will be picked up from your hotel at Bamburi Beach. We recommend that you book your early riser breakfast at the reception the evening before so that you can start this exciting day well-nourished.

First, you will drive through the colorful Mombasa, past Mariakani, and towards Nairobi. You will already notice the gradual transformation from beach sceneries to the bush landscapes. During the next few days, unforgettable views of African life await you.

Shortly before entering the park, you will make a quick stop at a rest area. This will be your first contact with the endless expanses of the Tsavo East National Park. One of the largest parks in the world, the Tsavo East National Park is about the same size as Wales.

The eastern part of the park is also its oldest, known for the impressive landscapes you can see from viewpoints such as Mundanda Rock and Yatta Plateau. The natural boundary between the Tsavo West and East National Park is the main road connecting Nairobi and Mombasa.

Bushland dominates the central part of the parks, whereas a gallery forest of palm trees grow along the banks of the rivers and amongst the swamps near Jipse Lake.

All of these different landscapes contribute to one of the world’s greatest biodiversities. Did you know that you can even discover “red elephants” in the park? These gentle giants use the dust to protect themselves from the sun, thus taking on a typical red color.

In the afternoon, you will arrive at your accommodation for the night: Ashnil Aruba Lodge. Recover in your luxurious room before heading out on another exciting game drive under the evening stars.

Travel time Mombasa - Tsavo East National Park: approx. 4 hours / approx. 94 miles

1 night at Ashnil Aruba Lodge**** with half board in a standard room, Tsavo East National Park, Kenya

The first game drive of the day will take place before breakfast. The morning hours are the best time to observe wildlife as they return home from a night of hunting.

When you return to the lodge, enjoy a replenishing breakfast before heading out on another game drive through the Tsavo West National Park. The western area of the park is much more hilly and mountainous - the complete opposite to the vast areas of Tsavo East National Park. Its diverse landscapes stretch to the border of Tanzania. With a little luck, you might even catch a glimpse of crocodiles and hippos near the Tsavo River.

Afterward, you will drive past the rhino sanctuary to the Ngulia Mountains and then to the Mzima Springs. Every hour about 20 million liters of water gush out of the ground, and the melting water of the Kilimanjaro feeds their springs. These refreshing springs feed not only the diverse landscape but also the city of Mombassa! After the drive, the fantastic Severin Safari Camp awaits you with its warm service, a superb spa, and cuisine that will delight every palate - all in the middle of the bush! In the evening, enjoy the starry sky rising above Kilimanjaro while dining in the middle of nature.

Now it’s time to kick back and relax by the campfire and nearby watering hole. What will tomorrow’s adventures bring? What did the other visitors experience during their safari? Exchange stories and memories from your day with the other guests.

Travel time Tsavo East National Park - Tsavo West National Park: approx. 3.5 hours / approx. 91 miles

1 night at Severin Safari Camp**** with full board in a standard room, Tsavo West National Park, Kenya

In the morning, you will wake up amidst the diverse wildlife, greeted by the warm Kenyan sun - what a treat, right?

After an early breakfast, we will head toward Amboseli National Park. The following 58 miles lead you through the Chyulu Hills and the Masai area. In front of you, the Kilimanjaro rises slowly from the horizon of the vast plains. Do you feel as impressed as we do? What a sight! Here in the park, you can admire the typical panoramic views of the snow-covered summit of Kilimanjaro - captured in tens of millions of photos and an excellent backdrop for all photographers.

Since the park is famous for its large elephant population, you will be able to photograph them quite easily. The giant elephants dominate the beauty of the photographs, roaming along the foreground of the mountain in search of food and water. Amongst the elephant herds, 100 other animals roam along their side - for example, lions, cheetahs, hyenas, and other predators. Bird lovers, keep your eyes peeled because the park is full of unique species - for example, the pink and white pelicans, kingfishers, eagles, and hawks.

The eventful start to your day will finally bring you to your next cozy accommodation, Ol Tukai Lodge, where you can enjoy a rejuvenating lunch and some downtime before heading out again. Then it’s right back into the bush for more adventure! On your game drive, the ranger will try to show you even more animals up close. In the late afternoon, you can usually see the Kilimanjaro in its full splendor. The morning clouds have dissipated, and the mountain seems even more massive than it was earlier in the day. In addition to this game drive, an optional visit to a Masai village is available.

When you return to your lodge, you can look forward to a tasty dinner.

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Travel time Tsavo West National Park - Amboseli: approx. 3.5 hours / approx. 80 miles

1 night at Ol Tukai Lodge**** with full board in a standard room, Amboseli National Park, Kenya

After breakfast and refreshments in your beautiful lodge, you will visit Lake Naivasha, located at the highest elevation of the Kenyan Rift valley. Above the most beautiful lake in the country is an inactive volcano - Mount Longonot.

Lake Naivasha has a reputation for attracting over 300 species of birds. Innumerable flamingos, cormorants, pelicans, and sea eagles cavort here, as do various kingfishers and marabou. The temperate climate makes it possible for some parts of this area for agriculture.

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Travel time Amboseli National Park - Lake Naivasha: approx. 6.5 hours / approx. 205 miles

1 night at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge**** with full board in a standard room, Lake Naivasha, Kenya

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After breakfast, you will drive to the Masai Mara, one of the most beautiful, most famous, and most visited nature reserves in Kenya. The Masai Mara is part of the Serengeti, forming a sizeable interconnected ecosystem. The annual migration of about 2 million wild animals, especially wildebeest, gazelles, and zebras, is an unforgettable spectacle.

But even without the famous migration, the Masai Mara has an incredible abundance of animals. Savannahs, rivers, and forests not only form a varied landscape, but they also offer an optimal habitat for many species of animals. The high density of predators allows for the most fantastic animal sightings during game drives. Have you discovered a family of lions? In coordination with your guide, you will experience thrilling game drives.

Travel time Lake Naivasha - Masai Mara: approx. 5 hours / approx. 147 miles

2 nights at Oloshaiki Camp**** with full board in a standard room, Masai Mara, Kenya

Before we head out to the sea, your day will begin with a game drive. If you wish, you can also take your breakfast with you and eat it as a picnic in the Masai Mara! Directly after that, you will drive to Nairobi, where you will say goodbye to your guide. We will then fly from Nairobi to Mombasa, where your transfer vehicle will take you to your beach hotel.

Travel time Masai Mara - Nairobi Airport: approx. 6 hours / approx. 166 miles

Flight time Nairobi - Mombasa: about 1 hour

2 nights at Severin Sea Lodge**** with half board in a Comfort Class Bungalow, Bamburi Beach, Kenya

In the morning, you will be picked up and brought to Mombasa Airport. Would you like to relax a few days longer on Kenya's sparkling beaches? No problem! Just contact us, and we will organize an extension for you according to your wishes.

Severin Sea Lodge****, Bamburi Beach, Kenya (4 nights)

This lovely lodge lies directly on Bamburi Beach, and the vibrant city of Mombasa is about 7 miles away. Two swimming pools and a sun terrace invite you to relax. For culinary delights, the specialty restaurant Imani Dhow and the main restaurant offer delicious Swahili and international dishes. Guests have access to WiFi throughout the entire hotel area. The African interior design gives each room a cozy style. They also feature a shower, toilet, hairdryer, telephone, safe, and mosquito nets.

Ashnil Aruba Lodge****, Tsavo East National Park, Kenya (1 night)

In the heart of the Tsavo East National Park lie the 46 cozy rooms and six tents of Ashnil Aruba Lodge. The lodge’s bush atmosphere will take your breath away with its surrounding watering holes and numerous acacia trees. Take a refreshing dip in the swimming pool or relax at the well-stocked bar. For your meals, head to the open terrace restaurant and relish incomparable views and scrumptious African cuisine from the buffet. All ensuite rooms include comfortable bedding, hairdryer, shower, terrace, and sunbed.

Severin Safari Camp****, Tsavo West National Park, Kenya (1 night)

Nestled in the middle of Tsavo West National Park lies the German-managed Severin Safari Camp. The beautiful reception, Out of Africa restaurant, and Throne Tree bar all live under the camp’s large thatched roof. To end your adventurous day, relax by the campfire and talk to other guests about their safari experiences. The safari tents are about 35 m², provide all amenities, and the bright interior guarantees comfy ambience. The tents come equipped with ensuite shower/WC, hairdryer, safe, mosquito net and a private veranda. At Kenbali Spa, you can book a treatment and unwind after an exciting day.

Ol Tukai Lodge****, Amboseli National Park, Kenya (1 night)

The 80 chalets nestle themselves in the spacious garden, and some even offer fantastic views of Kilimanjaro. All rooms are built with natural materials, featuring African furnishings and modern comfort. Surrounded by shady trees, the swimming pool provides the ideal place to relax. In the Elephant Bar, you can have refreshing drinks and enjoy a laid-back evening.

Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge****, Lake Naivasha, Kenya (1 night)

The lodge faces the south shore of the lake and perfectly combines adventure and comfort. The spacious garden area features two swimming pools. At the bar, you can end the evening with a delicious beverage, and in the dining area, you can enjoy your meals under a starry sky on the terrace. The traditional stone bungalows each have four rooms - two on the ground floor and two on the upper level. Amenities include a balcony (only on upper-level rooms), an ensuite bathroom, safe, minibar, tea and coffee facilities, and TV.

Oloshaiki Camp****, Masai Mara, Kenya (2 nights)

Situated directly on the Talek River, this small and friendly camp is a great place to stay. The camp provides comfortably furnished tents that overlook the river - the perfect place to watch numerous birds throughout the day! In the lounge of the main building, you can relax and chat with other guests.

Duration of the trip: 11 days / 10 nights

Date of the trip: Tuesdays

Including

  • 4 nights at Severin Sea Lodge including half board
  • 6 nights in selected lodges and camps with meals according to the program
  • Game drives in a 4 x 4 safari vehicle (5-7 seats) with English speaking driver/guide according to the program
  • Flight Nairobi - Mombasa
  • All transfers
  • All park entrance fees
  • The starting price is valid during the travel period 04/01 - 06/14/2020

Excluding

  • International flight
  • Visa, if required
  • Optional visit to a Masai village
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses, i. e. souvenirs, etc.
  • Travel insurance

Services & Notes

  • Departure: Tuesdays
  • Minimum number of participants: 2 people
  • Please note that this trip can also be booked as an individual trip (corresponding additional costs apply).
  • Please note that the daily schedule may vary, as decisions are made according to animal sightings and weather conditions.
  • Depending on flight times, we recommend that you allow for additional nights before the start of the safari (departure usually between 06:00 AM - 06:30 AM) to allow for acclimatization.
  • For the safari, please bring a soft travel bag with a maximum weight of 33 lbs. per person. The rest of your luggage can stay at the hotel.

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