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11 day Mawingu Luxury Camp Safari

masai mara landscapes

This 11 day luxury camp safari in Kenya is another one of our 'Beach & Bush' Safaris ~ starting with a fascinating wildlife tour of the premier reserves in Kenya, followed by a relaxing beach holiday along the Swahili coast north of Mombasa, well away from the city itself.
One of the attractions of this trip is the sheer diversity of Kenya that the traveler will experience.



Highlights


-Visit Masai Mara { 4 nights }, Lake Elementaita { 2 nights} & Shanzu Beach of north coast Mombasa { 3 nights }. Overnight Nairobi {1 night}.
- Stay at a selection of Luxury Safari Camps and Lodges, and an acclaimed Beach Hotel during your trip.
- Embark on Safari gamedrives in Masai Mara & in a Private Conservancy – this includes a thrilling ''Night Safari'' gamedrive.
- Capture the amazing scenery at brief photo stops in Masai Mara and at the Great Rift Valley.
- Opt for a Savannah Picnic Lunch in Masai Mara- at no extra cost.
- Fly over the African savannah in a Hot Air Balloon at break of dawn in Masai Mara – end the flight with a ‘Champagne Breakfast in the Bush’ complete with wait staff.
- Glimpse into the unique traditional life style of the Maasai People during an informal, fun visit to a traditional Village.
- Close to Nature – Enjoy a guided Bush & Bird walk in the morning.
- Swim in the Indian ocean, reef-lined and swimmer friendly ~ relax on the sandy white beaches.
- This is a Fly-in & Road Safari – the flights to Masai Mara and Mombasa both minimize Road travel within Kenya.
- An overnight in Nairobi allows you to recover from your flight into Kenya.

itinerary


Day 1

You will be received at the Jomo Kenyatta Internation Airport by our Driver-Guide and our Tour Rep. Onward transfer to your hotel in Nairobi for an overnight stay in preparation for the start of the Safari, next morning. Overnight at the 5 star Nairobi Serena Hotel or equivalent.

Day 2

After breakfast at the hotel, your Driver-guide will collect you from the hotel at 07.30 am for onward transfer to the domestic , Wilson airport, for your 9.30 am flight to Masai Mara – flying time approx 1 hour.

Upon arrival in Masai Mara, you will be received and transferred from the airstrip to your overnight Tented Camp by the camp’s Driver-guide in a 4x4 safari vehicle.

Your overnight camp is an exclusive, boutique-sized luxury property which offers beautiful views of the Mara reserve.

Proceed for a sumptuous lunch [ in case of a morning flight arrival] and enjoy some time at leisure as you take in your surreal surroundings. Thereafter, late afternoon, typically around 3.30pm, embark on your very first Safari game drive during which you explore the surrounding parts of the Mara and see its amazing wildlife.

Return to the lodge by evening [ typically 6 to 6.30 pm] in time for dinner.

Overnight stay at Mara Explorer Camp – Masai Mara:

Day 3

Begin your morning with a spectacular Hot Air Balloon flight at the break of dawn – ‘float’ gracefully over the scenic African savannah teeming with wildlife. The balloon takes off approx 6 to 6.15am, which means you will be collected from your camp by around 5.30am – yes, an early start but its so worth it ! The one hour flight ends with a ‘Champagne Breakfast in the Bush’’, at your landing site.

Return to the Camp for the rest of the morning at leisure – or you could choose to enjoy a mid morning game drive of you so wish. There is a swimming pool at this camp’s sister property nearby and they will take you there upon request. After the sumptuous lunch, take a mid afternoon safari game drive to further explore the reserve. Return to the camp by evening [ typically 6pm] in time for a relaxed evening which may be enlivened by entertainment provided by the lodge, followed by dinner.

Overnight stay at Mara Explorer Camp – Masai Mara:

Day 4

Full day in Masai Mara. Enjoy an early morning game drive before breakfast. Most animals are active at this time of the day and you therefore are likely to see plenty of game. Return to the camp in time for a relaxed breakfast.

You may schedule a visit to a nearby Maasai Village with the Camp Manager – this, typically one hour visit provides a fascinating insight into the day to day lives of the famous Kenyan tribe, the nomadic Maasai. You also get to see their unique mud dwellings – the Manyatta hut.

Return to the camp for lunch.

Enjoy an afternoon safari into the reserve. Return to the camp by evening [ typically 6pm] in time for a relaxed evening , followed by dinner.

Overnight stay at Mara Explorer Camp – Masai Mara:

Day 5
Your fourth day in Masai Mara -with a longer stay in Mara, one can truly unwind and a Safari becomes less travelling and more relaxation. Enjoy an early morning game drive before breakfast.

You may fill your day with some of the activities on offer from the camp.

Return to the camp for lunch.

Enjoy an afternoon safari into the reserve. Return to the camp by evening [ typically 6pm] in time for a relaxed evening , followed by dinner.

Overnight stay at Mara Explorer Camp – Masai Mara:

Day 6
After breakfast, our Safari now heads North West towards Lake Elementaita, a 5 hour drive on a mainly tarred road. Lake Elementaita is a scenic salt water lake, one of several Rift Valley lakes that have become wildlife eco systems and tourist attractions. The lake almost always has large flocks of pink Flamingoes at its lake shores, giving the lake a lovely tinge of pink.

Arrive in time for lunch at the Lake Elementaita Serena Camp – a luxury camp facing the lake, set in the large Soysambu Conservancy.

Rest of the afternoon is at leisure – the camp is suitable for taking a walk and enjoying the scenic natural surroundings.

Dinner and overnight at the Camp.

Overnight Lake Elementaita Serena Camp.

Day 7

Pamper yourselves with a lie in and relaxed breakfast which you may opt to have served in bed. We have left this day completely at your leisure so that you may simply enjoy the lakeside location at this camp, rich in its natural surroundings, flora and fauna - you ofcourse have the option of booking a nature walk at the camp or simply enjoying a stroll near the lake.

In the evening you to experience the thrill of ' Night Safari' a gamedrive in the conservancy after dark– game drives at night are uniquely exciting, especially as one often gets the chance to see animals otherwise unseen during daytime safaris.

Return to the camp for dinner and overnight.

Overnight Lake Elementaita Serena Camp.

Day 8

Today you travel to the beautiful beaches at the Kenyan Coast. After a leisurely breakfast at the camp, you will be transferred back to Nairobi by road, an approx. 2.5 hour trip, and onwards to the airport for your short, one hour flight to Mombasa, departing Nairobi at 2pm: .

Upon arrival, we will have you transferred onward to your 5 star hotel, the Serena Beach Resport & Spa, located north, away from Mombasa city, on the dazzling white ‘Shanzu’ beach.

You now enjoy a leisurely three nights beach vacation staying at this hotel and enjoying the beautiful Indian Ocean – reef-protected and ideal for swimming. The resort is built in the style of a Swahili village, yet offering world–class standards of accommodation and activities, including a range of water sports.

Dinner and overnight at Serena Beach Resort & Spa:

Day 9

Full day at leisure – the hotel has one of the best Spas along the Kenyan coast and you may want to enjoy one of their treatments {at additional cost – book with the hotel staff}.

Breakfast , Dinner and overnight at Serena Beach Resort & Spa:

Day 10

Full day at leisure.

Breakfast , Dinner and overnight at Serena Beach Resort & Spa.

Day 11

Most of the morning at leisure – in the afternoon, you will be transferred to the Moi International Airport in Mombasa [ typically 45 mins transfer time], for your mid afternoon flight back to Nairobi [ flying time 1 hour].

Your flight will arrive at the International airport in Nairobi, from where you can board your onward International return flight to your onward destination.

Alternatively you may choose to extend your stay with an overnight in Nairobi as per your preference.



Notes:


Flight Baggage Limit:

All domestic Kenyan flights have a 15 kgs per person except for the flight to Mombasa which allows for upto 20 kgs baggage per person.

* All Flight timing schedules listed in the itinerary are subject to change.

Gamedrives:

These will be non-exclusive, meaning other guests from the lodge may also be in the Safari vehicle during the gamedrive.

Exclusive Gamedrives

[ with just yourselves in the vehicle along with the Driver-Guide] are available at additional cost, subject to availability: This may also include a full day Safari game drive with a packed Picnic Lunch served under a tree on the Mara plains.



Accomodation during the Safari


Day 1 : Nairobi Serena Hotel

Day 2 : Mara Explorer Camp

Day 3 : Mara Explorer Camp

Day 4 : Mara Explorer Camp

Day 5 : Mara Explorer Camp

Day 6 : Lake Elementaita Serena Camp

Day 7 : Lake Elementaita Serena Camp

Day 8 : Serena Beach Resort & Spa

Day 9 : Serena Beach Resort & Spa

Day 10 : Serena Beach Resort & Spa



photos


baby elephant masai mara
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chui lodge naivasha
chui lodge activities
beautiful giraffe photos2
zebras in africa
lake elementaita serena camp
night game drive soysambu
mombasa honeymoon2
serena beach resort pool

price & dates


Travel Dates Per Person Sharing (US $)
03 Jan - 31 Mar 17 5800
01 Apr - 30 June 17 5100
01 July - 31 Oct 16 7075
01 Nov - 20 Dec 16 5600



Tour Price Includes:
- Accommodation as specified in the itinerary on Fullboard* basis in the Camps, Bed & Breakfast basis in Nairobi and on Half Board** basis at the Beach Hotel.
- Sea View Superior room at Serena Beach Resort & Spa.
- Domestic Flights, Nairobi-Masai Mara ( Return) and Nairobi-Mombasa ( Return) incl taxes.
- Hot Air Balloon flight in Masai Mara including Champagne-style Bush Breakfast.
- 07 Safari gamedrives in Masai Mara provided by the Camp in their 4x4 vehicles.
- 01 Night Gamedrive in Soysambu Conservancy.
- Private Ground transport in a Safari Landcruiser for Day 6-8.
- Services of Professional, English speaking Driver-guides during gamedrives.
- ALL Park / Reserve entry fees.
- Maasai Village Visit including transfers and contribution fee.
- Bush Breakfast or Bush Dinner subject to weather and pre~booking.
- Bird & Nature Walk led by the Naturalist / Camp Guide in Masai Mara.
- Selected Drinks such as Soft drinks, Tea & Coffee, Local Beers, House Wine and Bottled Water in Masai Mara.
- Limited Laundry at Mara Explorer Camp.
- Services of a Personal Butler at Mara Explorer Camp.
- Flying Doctor Evacuation Cover service.
- 05 Private Airport transfers in Nairobi & Mombasa. - 24 hour Back Up support if required.

* Full Board basis includes 3 meals per full day starting with Lunch , ending with Breakfast. ** HalfBoard Basis includes 2 meals per full day which are specified as Breakfast and Dinner:


Tour Price Excludes:
- International flight tickets and visa costs.
- Tips, drinks, laundry, calls, and all such costs of a personal nature.
- Credit Card Surcharge of 4% or Bank Transfer Fees of USD 30.

To Enquire about this Safari, tell us How many you are [ Adults / Children], required Room Plan, and your Dates of Travel - we shall reply promptly, usually before 12 hours: In case of Children please state the age at the time of Travel: