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4 Day Discover Kenya - Camping - To and From Nairobi [NMN]
Lake Nakuru National Park
Masai Mara Reserve and Surrounds
Discover Kenya - Camping - 2014
Highlights: Masai - Masai Mara - Lake Nakuru - Lake Naivasha - Hell Gate National Park
Countries Visited: Kenya
DETAILS: Trip Code: NMN Length: 4 Days / 3 Nights Vehicle: Adventure Truck / safari vehicle Min / Max People: 2 / 18 Departure Point Please ensure you arrive at the departure point at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. 8:00am from the Sentrim Hotel Boulevard, Harry Thuku Road, Nairobi, Kenya. Tel: +254 20 315680 www.sentrimhotels.net/sentrim-boulevard-nairobi
End Point Sentrim Hotel Boulevard, Harry Thuku Road, Nairobi, Kenya. Tel: +254 20 315680 www.sentrimhotels.net/sentrim-boulevard-nairobi
*Note: All information is subject to change without prior notice. Travel times and campsites can change depending on road or weather conditions, etc. These are used as a guideline only. On our longer tours it is possible that your crew, truck and fellow travelers will change due to our unique tour linking system. On this tour, the maximum number of participants is 20.
Day 1 Kenya - Lake Naivasha The tour begins in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. On this first day the tour will meander further inland to Lake Naivasha for a relaxing day on the lakeshore. You can go hiking in the area and activities include game and bird watching. One of the more popular optional activities is to go game viewing from a bicycle. An alternative way to spend your afternoon is to take high tea at Elsamere, the former home of Joy Adams, best known for her autobiographical novel, Born Free. Optional Activities: Cycle hire, High Tea at Elsamere Meals: Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Fish Eagle: www.fisheagleinn.com Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot shower, swimming pool, bar, laundry facility Route: Nairobi to Lake Naivasha. ±110 km Travel time: ±1-2 hrs
Day 2 Masai Mara Our day begins with a game drive through Hell’s Gate National Park, before we enter the huge area of spectacular game viewing to photograph some of Africa’s most abundant wildlife, the Masai Mara. The Masai Mara is known as Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserve, famous for the abundance of lion, the Great Wildebeest Migration and the Masaai people, well known for their distinctive custom and dress, it is without a doubt Africa’s most famous safari destination. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Masai Mara Camp: (no website available) Facilities: Shared ablutions, water not drinkable, bar Route: Lake Naivasha to Masai Mara ±230 km Travel time: ±6-7 hrs Activity Package: Masai Mara camping excursion Included highlights: Hell’s Gate National Park game drive
Day 3 Lake Nakuru Leaving the Masai Mara, we travel north to Lake Nakuru where we will spend the afternoon game driving. Originally created as a bird sanctuary, Lake Nakuru was upgraded to National Park status in 1968. White rhino inhabit the transitional savannah area surrounding the lake, with excellent photographic opportunities. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Nderit camp: (no website available) Facilities: Shared ablutions, hot and cold showers, water not drinkable Route: Masai Mara to Lake Nakuru ±230 km Travel time: ±4-5 hrs Included Highlights: Game drive in Lake Nakuru NP in the Nomad truck
Day 4 Nairobi Leaving Lake Nakuru, we head towards our final destination Nairobi. Our tour comes to an end upon arrival in Nairobi and tonight we will again have the opportunity to enjoy a meal out together in one of Nairobi’s many restaurants. Optional Activities: Meal out in Nairobi.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Own Arrangements / Post Accommodation can be booked through Nomad Route: Lake Nakuru to Nairobi ±160-170 km Travel Time: ±2-3 hrs
Inclusions & Exclusions
Activity Package This is an optional payment that covers what we consider to be ‘essential activities’ on our tours. Ideally we would include all of these, but not everyone can afford this. This payment is 100% transparent and is listed below. The Activity Package can be pre-purchased prior to your arrival or through your guide on day 1 of your tour.
Activity & Price -Masai Village Visit R250 TOTAL: R250 This dossier has been written with the inclusion of the Activity Package items.
What’s included Meals as indicated on the itinerary (unless otherwise specified, all meals are prepared and served at the Nomad truck), accommodation, registered guides and transport. We also include some of the highlights. These highlights are listed below in the day-by-day descriptions as “included highlights”.
What’s excluded All items of a personal nature, alcohol, snacks, souvenirs, tips, optional activity package and optional activities (see list for an indication of prices).
Malaria: Malaria prophylactics are required throughout the tour.
Health: 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 disability that you may have. Insurance: All clients require adequate Travel Insurance. Medical Insurance is not sufficient. Activity providers can refuse participation of activities, if the correct valid Travel Insurance is not provided. Travel insurance can be purchased via SA Tours and Safaris, please enquire with our consultants for further information. Visas: Please note that these are your responsibility. Most nationalities require visas for East African countries. Most nationalities can obtain their visa on the border or at the airport. We strongly recommend that you organize your visa before the tour. See Pre Departure Booklet for more information. Climate: The African sun is very strong. Please use a factor 30 sunscreen and wear a hat. You should drink at least 3 litres of water per day to avoid dehydration. It can also get very cold during winter months on this route. Please see Pre Departure Booklet for detailed information. Currency and Banking: USD (United States Dollars) cash is the best currency for East Africa. Travellers Cheques can take a long time to change into cash and often incur unreasonable charges. Credit Cards cannot always be processed – especially in remote areas. USD Notes printed before 2004 (i.e. the old style notes) will not be accepted and many places will not accept USD100 notes, so make sure to bring lots of $1, $5 and $10 notes for tips and craft markets. USD20 and USD50 notes are good to change in to local currency. Please see Pre Departure Booklet for detailed information on each country. Vaccinations: A Yellow Fever Certificate is required for this tour. Please see the Pre Departure Information booklet for detailed information on vaccinations in Africa. Onward Travel: This tour can be linked to the Treasures of Tanzania tour afterwards. Pre and Post Tour Accommodation: If you require accommodation before or after your tour we can arrange this for you. We can also arrange airport transfers – contact your travel agent or Nomad to make these bookings. Arrival: Please be sure to arrive 1 day before your tour is due to depart. This will avoid any problems such as forgotten luggage, misplaced bags or any unpredictable problems such as airline strikes or delayed flight arrival. Departure: Please book your flight to depart the day after the tour officially ends. This is to account for any delays that we may experience due to unpredictable road conditions.
*Note: All information is subject to change without prior notice. Travel times and campsites can change depending on road or weather conditions, etc. These are used as a guideline only. On our longer tours it is possible that your crew, truck and fellow travelers will change due to our unique tour linking system. On this tour, the maximum number of participants is 20. Did you receive your Pre Departure Information Booklet? If not please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will e-mail you the document; alternatively visit us at 1st Floor, Leadership House, 40 Shortmarket St, Greenmarket Square, Cape Town to collect one. You can also download from our website at www.nomadtours.co.za. After hours contact number: +27 (0) 82 578 2199.
Tour Ends: We will drop you off at The Meridian Court Hotel www.meridianhotelkenya.com. Should you wish to extend your tour for another night, kindly pre book this accommodation through your travel agent or Nomad. TIPPING ON TOUR: East Africa: In general tipping in restaurants is expected and is around 10% for good service, more if you have received exceptional service, and, feel free not to tip at all if you received poor service. Tipping taxi drivers etc is really at your own discretion and not always expected. If in doubt please ask your guides. It is expected to tip Porters and Car-guards etc. Ask your guides how much is appropriate in local currency. The recommended amount for Serengeti/Masai Mara Guides is around USD15 per person, per day, per guide. If you also have a cook the recommended amount to tip is about USD10 per person, per day, per cook/assistant. The best way to arrange tips is to elect one person in the group to collect the money. So if you have 2-crew on a tour, we would recommend that 2 envelopes are used and each crewmembers name written on one. Place what you feel is fair in to each envelope and the elected person can give these to the crew at the end of the tour. If you do not feel that the crew deserve a tip, please, do not tip them. THE NOMAD AFRICAN TRUST: www.nomadafricantrust.co.za At Nomad we are passionate about the people, places and wildlife of Africa that make our tours so special. In order to give back we have set up the Nomad African Trust. By the end of your tour you may have left-over local currency that you will not be able to change outside of its country of origin. Any assistance you could provide to the trust by donating this left over currency will be appreciated. Thank you for your help and please join our newsletter at the website above to receive regular updates on what we are doing to support our beneficiaries. GREEN SEATS - TRAVEL RESPONSIBLY IN AFRICA: Nomad gives you the opportunity to offset your carbon foot print by purchasing a “Green Seat”. If you would like to help Nomad making Africa Greener, simply choose the tick box on your booking form and we will take care of the rest. The Nomad African Trust will plant trees that are ecologically viable and that have very high carbon absorption. Green Seats can be purchased at departure or on tour with your guide. For more information on our “Green Seats”, please visit www.nomadtours.co.za/nomad_greenseats.html THANK YOU FOR TRAVELLING WITH NOMAD: At the end of your tour you will be provided with feedback forms. These forms are confidential and should be given to your crew in a sealed envelope. If you are not sure of the confidentiality of the feedback form please feel free to email us as well on email@example.com. Please make sure to also complete the feedback form as we use the answers on these forms to improve and maintain our service levels.
Accommodation providers are subject to change without notice, the accommodation listed in this dossier is our preferred supplier, but sometimes due to availability, we are unable to make use of the property listed in this dossier. If we cannot use the accommodation provider as listed we will substitute another property of similar standards.
Hell’s Gate National Park: Hell's Gate National Park lies to the south of Lake Naivasha, and is mainly comprised of a savannah ecosystem which habours a wide variety of wildlife. Some of the frequently observed animal species include lions, leopards, and cheetahs. There are over 100 species of birds in the park, including vultures, Verreaux's Eagles, Augur Buzzards, and swifts. African buffalo, zebra, eland, hartebeest, Thomson's gazelle, and baboons are also common. The park is also home to klipspringer antelope and Chanler's mountain reedbuck. Lake Nakuru National Park: Lake Nakuru National Park, established in 1961, is named after the alkaline lake that it encircles. Nakuru means ‘dry or dusty place’ in the Maasai language. Although it was initially established as a bird sanctuary, it is now home to a surprisingly large number of animal species, including the Big 4 – lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo, but sadly there are no elephants in the park. Lake Nakuru is famous for the vast flocks of flamingoes that line its shores, attracted by the abundance of algae. It is also a sanctuary for black and white rhino, and has recently been extended to protect these endangered animals.