BALOON SAFARI Dep: Daily at 06.00 /10.00 hrs
The adventure begins just before dawn. Although it’s still dark, there’s a bustle of activity around the camp/lodge as the balloon pilots and crew begin to inflate their towering yet graceful craft. Flames from the balloon burners light up the forest as the first pink tongues of sunlight flickers across the skies. The balloon fills, then rises – quickly you jump into the basket – and you’re off for a game viewing adventure with an entirely different perspective.
The things that amaze most first-time balloonist are the absolute stillness and silence as you float above the plains, the forest and the rivers in the Mara / Serengeti. The sounds below drift clearly upwards: a Lion’s roar, Elephant crashing through the bush, Baboons perched in the tips of the trees startled to see something above them. After an hour or so in the air your balloon safari finishes with a flourish – a champagne breakfast in the bush, cooked on the balloon’s burners .
MAASAI VILLAGE Dep: Daily at 10.00 / 1230 hrs
Most of the Maasai villages are located within the national game drive / parks and are normally a walking distance from the lodges / camps. Guests would be escorted by our tour driver / guide to the Maasai village village. There, you will learn interesting aspects of their way of life, home, customs, traditions, ceremonies and wonderful songs. Maasai families are always welcoming and will invite the guests inside their mud-built houses.
NAIROBI CITY TOUR & NATIONAL MUSEUM Dep: Daily at 10.00/14.00 hrs (2 hours)
The tour covers the main areas of interest in the city – the colorful market and shopping bazaars, the historic areas like the Parliament buildings and Mausoleum. Some time is spent at the renowned National Museum, where there are spellbinding displays of early man, tribal regalia and flora and fauna of Kenya. The tour also includes a visit to the adjacent Snake Park.
BOMAS OF KENYA Dep: Daily at 14.30hrs (3 hours)
Just a few kilometers from the city Centre, the Bomas of Kenya offers a tour of traditional homesteads reflecting Kenya’s cocktail of cultures that have been faithfully recreated for visitors to witness rural village life. An entertaining afternoon display of traditional dances and folk songs from the better known tribes of Kenya completes the visit.
KAREN BLIXEN, GIRAFFE CENTRE, KAZURI & UTAMADUNI Dep: Daily at 14.00 hrs (4 hours)
Truly a must for all ‘Out of Africa’ fans, this visit includes a visit to the Karen Blixen Museum, former home of the authoress of the book Out of Africa, where we immerse ourselves in her romantic life history, and learn some little known facts about her life in Kenya. The beautiful gardens boast a spectacular view of the Ngong Hills, where Denis Finch- Hatton, Karen’s lover who died in a tragic airplane accident in Tsavo, lays buried.
The nearby Giraffe Centre is a sanctuary for the rare and protected Rothschild Giraffe, one of the 3 races of giraffe found in Kenya. One may touch, and feed by hand the beautiful creatures that live in the private reserve of the Giraffe Manor.
The tour ends with a visit to the Kazuri bead and pottery factory, a women’s self-help project renowned for its unique and innovative ceramic pottery and jewelry, and some shopping at Utamaduni Craft Shop.
NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK Dep: Daily at 09.00 / 14.00 hrs (4 hours)
The 117 km2 Nairobi National Park, only 7Km from the city center, and the first park to be gazetted in the country, is unique by being the only protected area in the world with a variety of animals and birds close to a major city.
Open grass plains with scattered acacia bush predominate. The western side has a highland dry forest and a permanent river with a riverine forest. In addition, there are stretches of broken bush country and deep, rocky valleys and gorges with scrub and long grass. Man-made dams have also added a further habitat, favorable to over 400 species of birds (including Northern migrants that pass through the park primarily during late March through April). The dams also attract crocodiles, hippos, and terrapins can be found sunning themselves daily on floating vegetation.
The Nairobi National Park is one of the most successful of Kenya’s rhino sanctuaries that is already generating a stock for reintroduction in the species former range. Due to this success, it is one of the few parks where a visitor can be certain of seeing a black rhino in its natural habitat.
To the south of the park is the Athi-Kapiti Plains and Kitengela Migration Corridor. Around the months of July/August, the park boasts the largest wildebeest and zebra migration second only to that of the Serengeti- Mara ecosystem.4 of the Big 5- lions, leopards and buffalo can be found, as well as one of the largest populations of cheetahs.
THE CARNIVORE EXPERIENCE Dep: Daily at 12.00hrs & 19.00hrs (3 hours)
Simply an orgy for meat lovers – try the barbequed antelope, giraffe, crocodile amongst other varieties of meat which will be brought to your table on spears. In the style of a Brazilian churrasceria, 6 kms from the city centre, The Carnivore Restaurant is a popular spot for meat lovers.
ANIMAL ORPHANAGE/SAFARI WALK & MAMBA VILLAGE
Dep: Daily (3 hours)
Visitors may choose between visiting the Nairobi Animal Orphanage, a sanctuary for rescued animals such as lions, Oryx, leopards and chimpanzees, and their young and the adjacent Nairobi Safari Walk, where animals such as white rhinos, wildebeest, cheetahs and lions may be seen.
Next is a visit to the Mamba Village crocodile farm, with over 70 fine examples of these saurian. Meet a family of ostrich on the property; you may like to try your hand at some fishing or boating on the huge dam. On every Sunday afternoon, you can watch the crocodiles being fed.
FULL DAY SHOPPING Depart: 09.00hrs.
Artefacts and wood carvings, antiquities, jewelry, precious stones, art galleries; clothes, T-shirts, marble and Indian silks; postcards, calendars and photography books; and all types of curiosities and souvenirs to suit all tastes. Lunch at the African Heritage, Mombasa Road.
Return to hotel approximately 18.00hrs.
NAIROBI DELUXE Depart: 0900 Hrs:
Visit the Nairobi National Museum and the Snake Park, which houses an array of some of the country’s more common snakes, including cobras, vipers, adders, pythons and the 3 mamba species. If you are lucky, you may be present while they are being fed. The park also has a small aquarium, with both marine and freshwater animals on exhibit. Lunch is then taken at The Toona Tree Restaurant/Mamba Village (international cuisine).
In the afternoon, we proceed to the Karen Blixen Museum, the Giraffe Centre and the Utamaduni Craft Shop. In addition, you also experience a short City Tour of Nairobi with the possibility of shopping in the Zanzibar Curio Shop, Viking House and African Heritage, for example. The return to the hotel is after 17.00hrs.
MOMBASA CITY TOUR WITH FORT JESUS Dep: Daily – Half day
Our tours pick out some of the highlights of this colorful city including the bustling fruit and vegetable market, The Old Town and Port, Fort Jesus, The Famous Elephant Tusks in Moi Avenue and the Akamba wood carvers centre. After the City Tour, return to the hotel for lunch.
CITY TOUR, LUNCH TAMARIND & HALLER PARK Dep: Daily – Full day
In the morning have a tour of the city followed by lunch at the Tamarind Restaurant overlooking the old harbor and famed for its mouthwatering seafood menu. In the afternoon visit Depart after lunch for the Bamburi Quarry Nature Trail. The wasteland of the stone quarry has been reclaimed and amongst the casuarina trees and other tropical flora reside a variety of wildlife and birds. Eland and buffalo, crocodiles and other reptiles can be seen wandering with crowned cranes. The commercially viable aquaculture complex is also visited. Transfer to your hotel for overnight.
FULL DAY MOMBASA CITY TOUR, NGOMONGO, LUNCH (CULTURAL TOUR) Dep: Daily – Full day
In the morning have a tour of the city followed by lunch drive to the “Ngomongo Village”, a miniature reflection of tribal community groundings. Sample their lifestyles and culture in the different tribal huts and catch a real life glimpse of what may have been before “Civilization set in”. A number of traditional huts serving different tribal groundings have been recreated in this theme village. Watch or participate in the traditional food preparation, sample the various local brews and marvel or participate in the tribal dances. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.
FULL DAY WASINI ISLAND & KISITE SEA ADVENTURE Dep: Daily – Full day
Welcome to a day of ultimate pleasure in the richest Marine Park in the Kenyan Coast. In the early morning depart for the tranquil fishing village of Shimoni close to the Tanzanian border. The scenic route takes you through lush coconut and cashewnuts plantations and the colourful villages of the Digo people. At Shimoni jet board an authentic motorized Lamu dhow, which cruise and sail you through an enchanting seascape of Islands to the underwater splendors of the Kisite Marine Park. Here snorkelers will marvel at the incredible variety of marine life in the shallow and warm waters around Kisite Island; the venue for numerous birds. A sumptuous Swahili style seafood lunch is served in Wasini Island restaurant. Thereafter visit the traditional Muslim village. After an unforgettable day on and around the Islands. We return you to your hotel in the late afternoon.
MALINDI & GEDI RUINS Dep: Daily – Full day
Drive north through attractive country, passing extensive sisal fields dotted with huge baobab to Kilifi, crossing the placid waters of the creeks and continue to Gedi, an ancient 13th Century town in the heart of dense forest. Palaces, mosques, houses, archways and wells are superbly preserved. Continue to Malindi. We visit the Marine National Park in glass bottomed boats. Lunch at a hotel. Finally, we go to a Giriama Village to watch some traditional dancing before driving to Mombasa.
SHIMBA HILLS Dep: Daily – Full day
Today very early after breakfast, you will be picked from your hotel, by our driver guide. Straight away board your safari van, driving south of Mombasa to Shimba Hills, you will go through lush country climbing over a thousand feet and providing a view of both Diani Beach and the surrounding countryside. Have a game drive enroute where you will see abundance of Antelope, Roan; Sable; Buffalo, African Bush Baby; Bushbuck; Colobus, Coastal Black and white; Duiker, Blue; Duiker, Bush; Duiker, Red; Elephant, African; Galago, Greater; Leopard; Lion; Monkey, Black-faced Vervet; Monkey, Sykes; Serval; Shrew, Black and Red Shrew, Knob-bristled; Suni and birdlife can also be see. Arrive in time for a sumptuous meal at the only “Tree Hotel” at the coast, the Shimba Hills Lodge – set deep in the heart of an ancient tropical rain forest, Shimba Hills Lodge is cleverly constructed in indigenous timber, blends perfectly with beautiful forest vegetation. After lunch, relax at the lodge, to be followed a game drive enroute to Mombasa. On arrival, you will once again be transferred to your Mombasa hotel) for overnight. Shimba Hills Lodge (Lunch)
SHIMBA HILLS TOUR/MWALUGANJE ELEPHANT SANCTUARY (MES) Dep: Daily – Full day
The Shimba Hills are a short drive from Mombasa. South of the island, they are reached via the Likoni Ferry and are over a thousand feet high which offers one a view of both the Indian Ocean and the African bush. A visit to the MES is highly recommended and is located about 30 minutes from the glistening beaches of south coast. At MES you will experience a unique safari in a spectacular landscape. Elephants here never forget. Like them, you’ll always remember Mwaluganje. MES’s 60,000 acres feature dramatic cliffs and forested hills as well as bush land with baobabs – all striking for the wildlife. Apart from the elephant, you might see warthog, impala, bushbuck, sable, Cape buffalo and leopard.
COASTAL CULTURAL TOUR (BUSH TOUR) Dep: Daily – Full day
The coastal countryside and its people offer a different perspective to Kenya’s tribal heritage. The tour provides a glimpse into the traditions and cultures of the coastal people with a visit to a Giriama or Digo Village with our local guide. Continue to Kaloleni to visit the local market and thereafter drive to Kenya Marine land on the North coast, which offers an opportunity to observe numerous species of tropical marine life in giant aquariums. A snake park, situated nearby is also visited and you can watch carvers at work producing the famous “Makonde” pieces of art.
REAL AFRICA ECOTOUR + NGOMONGO VILLAGE Dep: Daily – Full day
Pick up at 9am – 9.30am in the morning. Depart on a field trip to a real African village of the “Giriama” people to see their architecture, peasant farming, domestic animals, their abundant children and family life. Here you will see a “Giriama” tinsmith working on his goat-hide bellows to fire his iron items. You will also meet local artisans weaving reeds mats, hats and baskets for sale. You will be amazed to watch “Giriama” wine trappers as they climb to the top of 60 ft coconut trees to tap coconut wine, locally known as “Mnazi”. You will also meet the village witchdoctor. If you are lucky he will “divine” a solution to your “problems”. Continue to Ngomongo Villages Theme Park for a cultural tour and lunch at trekkers Restaurant. Ngomongo Villages Park is a collection of 9 diverse rural Kenya tribal homesteads, each complete with hut, cultivated crops, domestic and wild animals (like crocodiles for the El Molo man) wild animal traps, charms and fetishes, tinsmiths and even a village witch doctor! Each village has tribe – specific activities for you to engage in, including archery, boating, rafting, tasting tribal foods and liquor, forest walk, hook fishing, grinding and pounding maize. After the trek through the village households, you get the “Deja vu” feeling that you have literally walked throughout rural Kenya in only 1 hour 30 minutes.
PILI PIPA DHOW EXCURSION SHIMONI. Dep: Daily – Full day
Pili pipa is a small family owned business, taking only limited numbers of guess per trip to ensure more personal service and minimal impact on the marine environment. In Shimoni (meaning ‘’ the place of the ‘’ in Swahili), you’ll start your trip by being guided through the slave caves, formerly used for holding slaves before shipment to Zanzibar. Once on the Arabian style dhow, Kisite Marine Park with its teeming underwater life awaits you to explore it. On most days, a marine biologist or aqua culturist will accompany your trip answering all your questions about the marine park and its inhabitants. Multilingual dive instructors make sure you’ll have a fantastic underwater experience, enjoying all the Reef has to offer.
PARADISE LOST-SHIRAZI BAY Dep: Daily
This is an extra-ordinary nature, cultural and history excursion that take into account the sensitive balance of the eco-system the Shirazi community lives in. If you want not only to enjoy a dhow trip also learn about the local people, visit their village, explore the river by canoe and see the ruins of a Shirazi Mosque while learning about its history, this is the trip for you.
DAILY EXCURSIONS IN MOMBASA:
FULL DAY WASINI ISLAND & KISITE SEA ADVENTURE
Dep: Daily – Full day
Welcome to a day of ultimate pleasure in the richest Marine Park in the Kenyan Coast. In the early morning departs for the tranquil fishing village of Shimoni close to the Tanzanian border.
The scenic route takes you through lush coconut and cashew nuts plantations and the colorful villages of the Digo people. At Shimoni jet board an authentic motorized Lamu dhow, which cruise and sail you through an enchanting seascape of Islands to the underwater splendors of the Kisite Marine Park. Here snorkelers will marvel at the incredible variety of marine life in the shallow and warm waters around Kisite Island; the venue for numerous birds.
A sumptuous Swahili style seafood lunch is served in Wasini Island restaurant. Thereafter visit the traditional Muslim village. After an unforgettable day on and around the Islands. We return you to your hotel in the late afternoon.
From North coast: US$ 175
From South coast: US$ 186
DOLPHIN SEA ADVENTURE
Dep: Daily – Full day
Early morning departure from the hotel. The scenic route takes you through lush coconut and Cashew nut plantations and the colorful villages of the Digo people. On arrival at Shimoni Jetty, Board a motorized glass bottomed Lamu dhow (boat) which will sail you through an enchanting seascape of islands to the richest marine park in Kenya (Kisite). Being escorted by Dolphin experts make this more than a dhow trip. Our knowledge makes a meeting with the friendly local Dolphins a real probability. It is in their natural Coral garden where we will snorkel and marvel at the prolific marine life. A traditional Captious Sea food lunch will be served on board to ensure maximum time for Dolphin spotting island exploring provides good vantage points
overlooking the Dolphin’s play grounds and leisurely sailing provides tranquil silence to listen out for Dolphin. Whistles blowing off the sea later. You are transferred to shimoni jetty for your transfer back to the hotel. Arrive in the hotel late in the afternoon.
From North coast: US$ 165
From South coast: US$ 175
Dep: Daily – Full day
Departing in the morning by dhow to Sand Island, the trip allows its guests to snorkel the coral reefs, relax and soak up the sunshine. An exquisite seafood mezze lunch awaits you and includes local catches of crab, calamari, prawns, sushumi and much more. Later, the cruse continues through exotic mangrove forests enjoying sights of colorful birds and fishing villages before arriving back as the sun sets. This trip operates on a limited basis depending on the tides.