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Ashnil Samburu Camp
Samburu Game Reserves
Ashnil Samburu Camp
Mount Kenya National Park
Lake Nakuru National Park
Sarova Lion Hill Lodge
Masai Mara Game Reserve
Sarova Mara Tented Camp
Masai Mara Game Reserve
Sarova Mara Tented Camp
Day 1 Samburu Game Reserves
JAMBO - KARIBU!! Twiga Tours representatives will warmly meet you upon arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International airport with our traditional, unique & special welcome (champagne, hot/cold towels and presentation of authentic safari hat and souvenirs). Our guide driver will help you load your luggage into the safari land cruiser then proceed to Samburu. We arrive at the Ashnil Samburu Camp to a warm welcome then lunch. We enjoy an afternoon game viewing drive. The Samburu region is the best place to find several endemic Northern species; including the Gerenuk (twiga gazelle) due to her long neck, the beisa Oryx, the Reticulated Giraffe, the Somali ostrich and Grevy’s Zebra. Samburu is also an ornithological paradise, home to many birds including local species such as the Palm Nut Vulture and the Vivacious Dove. Enjoy dinner and overnight at our camp.
Ashnil Samburu Camp LDBB
Day 2 Samburu Game Reserves
Enjoy full day of morning and afternoon game viewing in both Samburu and Buffalo Springs game reserves. Leopards are often seen at dusk. The Samburu culture is a truly fascinating one, sharing a great deal of ancestral and linguistic ties to the Maasai. The entire Samburu region is a place of breathtaking and magical beauty, a place where the vision of a deep red sunset silhouetting the doum palms along the river as a leopard emerges to hunt brings the perfect end to a day on safari...... Enjoy meals and overnight at our camp.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Visit to a Samburu Manyatta to see how the tribe lives in this harsh surrounding.
Ashnil Samburu Camp LDBB
Day 3 Mount Kenya National Park
After breakfast we set off to Mount Kenya National Park arriving at our ‘tree lodge’ for lunch. Serena Mountain Lodge is situated in the shadow of Mt Kenya, Kenya's highest mountain. It is the only ‘tree hotel’ ever to be built on the slopes of Kenya’s legendary Mount Kenya. It offers a matchless game viewing opportunity whilst combining a glorious panorama of mountain vistas with the primordial splendors of an ancient rainforest. Floating high on the flanks of Kenya’s highest mountain and secreted deep within her largest forest reserve, the lodge offers not only the champagne-clarity of mountain air, the tranquility of the forest and a colorful cavalcade of wildlife but also the chance of scaling the icy peaks of Africa’s second-highest mountain. You can awake to the trumpeting of elephant, fall asleep to the symphony of the African night or sit in stillness and observe the fascinating interplay of the animals as they arrive to drink, bathe, spar and forage around the water hole. Down the secret viewing hide by the water’s edge, you will experience the awesome thrill of being only meters away from some of the most massive beasts on earth - the savannah elephants. Enjoy dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Mountain Lodge LDBB
Day 4 Lake Nakuru National Park
This morning after breakfast, we drive to Lake Nakuru national Park. After breakfast we depart for Lake Nakuru National Park with a brief stop at the Thompson's Falls for a breath-taking view of the great scenery. We arrive for lunch. This afternoon we enjoy a game viewing drive. The 68km2 alkaline Lake Nakuru is home to hundreds of lesser and greater flamingoes. The environment here is welcoming, one of the best places to relax, to unwind, to enjoy nature’s beauty. The scenery is breath-taking; a sight of the virgin forest is re-assuring. Some of the interesting places to visit include the baboon cliff, the lion hill and the Mau escarpment. The park is one of the best game viewing parks with various animal species including prides of lion, Cape buffalo, waterbucks, wart hogs, the endangered Rothschild giraffes, the black & white Rhino, the Burchell’s zebra, impalas, and the elusive leopard among many others. Over 300 bird species have been recorded here too. Lake Nakuru National Park is one of the best places to see the endangered black and white Rhino. Enjoy dinner and overnight at our Lodge.
Sarova Lion Hill Lodge LDBB
Day 5 Masai Mara Game Reserve
A hearty early morning breakfast then drive to the Masai Mara National Reserve, offering wonderful scenery and plenty of game. We arrive at Sarova Mara Camp to very warm welcome for lunch, some leisure. This afternoon is the moment we have been longing for – we depart on an exciting game viewing drive. The Rolling plains and grasslands, stretching far into the horizons as far as the eye can see is home to the black-manned lion, the savannah elephant, the Cape buffalo, wildebeetes,the elusive leopard,cheetah,the spotted & stripped hyena, the rhino,topi,burchelle’s zebra, the Maasai giraffe among many others. The Mara game reserve is one that can never disappoint. One is spoilt by the variety of bird and wildlife species in this game reserve….. For a long time, Mara Game Reserve has stubbed her authority as the ‘granary’ of wildlife in Kenya. We return back to the camp for dinner and overnight.
Sarova Mara Tented Camp LDBB
Day 6 Masai Mara Game Reserve
Sumptuous breakfasts then we depart for a full day adventure. Be on the look-out for the big five that Maasai Mara is famous for. These include the lion, savannah (African) elephant, the Cape buffalo, the leopard and the black rhino. In the early 20th century, Kenya was a famous hunting destination. Killing any of the big five game one pride, a sense of class, a feeling of heroism. We may even be so lucky to witness a leopard or a cheetah sprint and make a kill! We return back to the camp for dinner and overnight.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Balloon Safari over the Mara plains followed by a champagne breakfast or visit a traditional Masai Manyatta (off the beaten track) and experience the culture of this world famous community. The Masai still live as they did for centuries -interact with these nomadic people and experience their way of life as you learn about their customs and traditions.
Sarova Mara Tented Camp LDBB
Day 7 Nairobi
This morning we enjoy our breakfast then check-out. Unbelievable but true, our good bush moments have come to an end. We bid farewell to our wonderful lodge manager and his team then depart to Nairobi. Not empty handed though. With us are photographs – a capture of the special moments we have had on this tour to immortalize the experience. Our guide driver will drop you at the Jomo Kenyatta International airport for your onward flight.
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Note on price
The above prices are Land only.
*Arrival transfer from/ to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
*Met in our unique style with wet towels and ‘bubbly’
*Complimentary Authentic Branded Safari Hat and safari essentials pack
*Full Board Accommodation while on safari.
*Park entrance fees
*Services of a professional English Speaking guide driver
*Unlimited mileage on game viewing drives
*Unlimited supply of bottled mineral drinking water in the vehicle while on safari
*Use of a custom designed pop-up roof Safari Land cruiser while on safari
*Complimentary lunch upon arrival from Maasai Mara
Price does not include:
*International flight, passport & visa fees
*Cultural visit to a Maasai Village ( Manyattta)
*Balloon safari over the Mara plains
*All personal expenses – laundry, telephones, premium drinks at Camps, tips to Camp Staff and gratuity to Guide/Driver
KenyaAshnil Samburu Camp
Ashnil Samburu Camp sits in Buffalo Springs Game Reserve which takes its name from an oasis of crystal clear water at the western end of the reserve. It is separated from Samburu National Reserve by Ewaso Nyiro River and is less hilly and dense yet equally very attractive. Our modern lounge, with its décor perfectly done to give it an African touch is great for business talks or a place to pass time and relax. In the evenings, enjoy the breathtaking sunset after taking a game drive to this truly heavenly place. There are a total number of 24 deluxe en-suite tents, 12 with King or Queen sized beds, 9 with twin beds and 3 with triple beds. Each of the exclusive comfortable deluxe tents gives perfect view of the Ewaso Nyiro River, surrounding beautiful landscape and all lives this brown river supports. Every spacious tent consists of a dressing area, sitting area, luggage rack and en-suite facilities to provide a memorable stay close to nature. The open sitting restaurant located in the main building overlook the Ewaso Nyiro River and can sit a maximum of 100 guests. The buffet platforms, both warm and cold, sit in the middle of the restaurant for easy access by all.
Located at 2,194 metres on the slopes of Mount Kenya, Serena Mountain Lodge is surrounded by a dense rainforest that comes alive at dusk with a myriad of sounds that make the African bush so special and exhilarating.
Considered the most spectacular forest waterhole in the Aberdares, the lodge’s waterhole presents a constant ballet of wildlife.
Just two and a half hours by car from Nairobi, this stunning area is towered over by the rocky peaks of Mount Kenya and prides itself in having one of the most consistently high records of big game ‘visits’ and sightings. Elephant, buffalo, rhino and waterbuck are regular sights on the evening and day game drives.
At any other time of the day you can spot game in the specially-constructed viewing bunker that is connected to the lodge by a short tunnel. Here you will get spectacularly close to the animals that feed at the waterhole. The lodge has 42 attractive bedrooms furnished with indigenous wood and African art, each with private bathroom. A spacious verandah also overlooks the waterhole where there is never a dull moment.
Arrangements can be made for forest walks that are a unique experience with their on-foot sightings of game and bird life. These walks can even be prolonged to the top of Mount Kenya for the very daring and sporty.
Specially designed 4x4WD Safari Land cruiser
Custom designed safari land cruiser with pop up roof for maximum game viewing. All vehicles equipped with long range two way HF radios linked to our main offices, cool boxes and fridges, reference guide books & UNLIMITED bottled water.
•The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ.
•Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins. If an adaptor is called for, consider bringing one with you, although they can be purchased locally. •US-made appliances may need a transformer.
•Most hotel rooms have 110 volt outlets for electric shavers and appliances. TELECOMMUNICATIONS: Some information on dialling codes:
•For outgoing international calls, dial 00 plus the country and area codes of the destination concerned. Refer to telephone directories for international dialing codes, or obtain 24-hour assistance by calling 10903.
•For incoming international calls, the code is +27 followed by the city code or cell phone code, dropping the first 0.
•O8 numbers are free to the caller; 0860 numbers are charged at local rates; 0861 numbers are charged at a flat rate.
•Some local city dialing codes: 011 - Johannesburg; 012 - Pretoria; 021 - Cape Town; 031 - Durban; 041 - Port Elizabeth
Tipping is widely practiced in South Africa. Here is some information on South African tipping:
•Currency - Tips in South Africa are normally done in Rand, though US dollars are also accepted.
•Restaurants and Bars - Tipping in restaurants is practiced mainly in the larger towns and is customarily kept at 10% of the total shown on the bill. Many restaurants will add a 10% service charge to a bill if the number of guests exceeds six. This amount is VATable. Any service charge included in a hotel or restaurant bill which is levied by the accommodation establishment itself, will attract VAT at the standard rate in the normal manner, regardless of whether any amount is later passed on to the establishment’s employees or not.
•Petrol Stations and Car Parking - Petrol station attendants may be tipped a few rands if they wash the windscreen, and offer to check oil and water abd the tyres. Car- guards or parking-attendants are usually given R2 - R5. Car parks and areas around many popular tourist spots are populated by locals in day-glo yellow vests who offer to direct you to a space or to "look after your car for you." They are not threatening and you do not have to pay them, but giving them a few rands may stop them from turning to petty crime. Cape Town has recently instituted a more formal parking attendant system in the downtown area, where uniiformed attendants with handheld machines take payment for parking. You'll need to estimate how long you'll be staying and pay for that amount of time - if you run over, you can pay the difference when you return to your car (an improvement on the need to worry about the meter!). Payment needs to be in cash, and you can get a receipt.
•Tour Guides and Drivers - Tourist guides and coach drivers are tipped at the end of the day. On a group day tour (7 seater vehicle) there is usually a single driver/guide. On coach tours, you would normally have a driver and a guide. Recommended tip is usually R10.00 per person on a day tour and R15.00 per person per day on overland and local coach tours. The money is split between the tourist guide and the driver. For private tours, R50 per person per half-day tour and R80 per person per day for a full-day tour is the norm.
•Hotels - At hotels it is customary to leave R50 per person per day for housekeeping. If a porter assists with your bags, it's normal to tip the porter R15 per movement, assuming about two normal-size bags per person. Outside of larger cities, you may be asked to pay your tips to the hotel front desk. You may want to consider tipping the person directly.
•Visit the South African Department of Home Affairs comprehensive website www.home-affairs.gov.za. This website details which nationals are exempt from visas, and which are obliged to make application. Enquiries regarding South African visa info can also be obtained from South African missions in your country, or the nearest one to you.
•If you are a national of a country that requires visas, you must make application ahead of your departure, as visas are not issued on arrival. The visa must be affixed in your passport to be shown to immigration officials on landing. Applications must be made through South African diplomatic or consular representatives.
WHAT TO WEAR:
We're generally laid back in South Africa, so no need to haul out your best silks and diamonds when you head for our shores. Here's some clothing advice when in South Africa:
•For the summers, bring clothes that are cool and comfortable, along with an umbrella or rain jacket, as this is when most of the country gets rain. A light jacket or wrap is a good precaution. Don't forget a swimming costume.
•The winters are generally mild, comparing favourably with European summers. But we do get some days when temperatures sky-dive, especially in high-lying areas such as the Drakensberg, so be prepared with jerseys and jackets. If you are going to the Cape, rain gear will be needed in this season.
•Always bring a hat - the sun can be strong even in the winter months. Make sunglasses, a hat and sun block a firm part of your skincare kit.
•Walking shoes are a good idea all year-round, with warm socks in the winter.
•If you are doing business in the country, business attire may be called for, although some sectors of the corporate world e.g. media for example tend to dress down these days.
•For game viewing, a couple of neutral-toned items will be useful, but there's no need to go overboard and kit yourself out like David Livingstone, out to explore Africa for the first time.
•For the evening, if you are dining at an upmarket restaurant or seeing a show, go the smart-casual route. CUSTOMS: South African Customs regulations afford visitors to the country the opportunity to bring in certain goods without incurring duties and value added tax (VAT). These are limited in quantity and value. On arrival, you can take the green ‘nothing to declare' channel if you stick to these allowances:
•Other new or used goods not exceeding R3 000 (Additional goods, new or used, exceeding R12 000 will incur a duty charge of 20%)
•Wine not exceeding 2 litres per person over the age of 18
•Spirits and alcohol not exceeding l litre per person over the age of 18
•Cigarettes not exceeding 200 and cigars not exceeding 20 per person over the age of 18
•250g cigarette tobacco or pipe tobacco per person over the age of 18
•Perfumery not exceeding 50ml and toilet water not exceeding 250ml per person But, if you have goods in excess of these allowances, take the red channel and declare your items, where you will be billed at the applicable rates by representatives of South African Customs. Note also, that if you are importing for business and commercial intent, you will also not qualify for these allowances, other than personal effects. Customs in South Africa further stipulates that when you leave the country you are permitted to take up to R500 in South African Reserve Bank notes. A 20% levy is charged on higher amounts.