15 Days Kenya Safari and Mombasa Beach Holiday

  15 Days 14 Nights

Overview

The 15-day Kenya game and beach safari can be done by those interested in wildlife viewing in Kenya. While on 15 Kenya safari one will be able to Visit Amboseli National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Naivasha national Park, and Masai Mara National Park and. You will be able to do Game drives and Bird watching, Cultural Encounters. You will then end your trip at the Mombasa coastal Beach

Mombasa is one of the best places to enjoy beach life and learn more about culture of the Swahili people. Located at the shores of Indian ocean, this colonial town has a lot to offer when it comes to beach life, history and culture.

Mombasa coastal beach provides a perfect escape for those interested in spending a lazy moment at the Kenya coast at the end of your safari. This 10Day Kenya Game and Mombasa beach Safari can be tailor made to suit your style too. Enquire with the Encounter Africa Safaris’ team of experts to make sure you get your desired safari package – including the right accommodation, transportation, meals and activities.

Tour Summary

    • You’ll go to Kenya Game parks and Mombasa and Diani Beach
    • This tour starts in Nairobi
    • Activities: Wildlife viewing in Kenya and Mombasa -Diani Coastal beach
    • Getting around: 4X4 safari Vehicle
    • A transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) is included
    • Additional accommodation before the tour departs can be arranged for extra cost

    Detailed itinerary

    Day 1: Arrival and transfer to the Hotel in Nairobi

    Upon arrival in Nairobi, claim your bags and proceed towards arrival hall.  Our representative will meet you and assist you with your transfer to hotel. You will Enjoy lunch at Carnivore and overnight in Nairobi

    Meal Plan: Lunch and Dinner


    Day 2: Drive to Nakuru National Park

    Today you will enjoy a delicious breakfast at your Nairobi hotel, then transfer to Nakuru arriving in time for lunch. After lunch proceed for an afternoon game drive. Lake Nakuru animals include: Black and White Rhino, buffalo, leopard, lion, Rothschild’s giraffe, White and Black Colobus monkey, eland, steenbok, impala, Chandlers Reed buck, dik dik, rock hyrax, klipspringer, hippo and clawless otter.

    Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


    Day 3: Game drives in Nakuru National Park

    After breakfast, proceed for a full day game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park with picnic lunch. Lake Nakuru National Park (188 km2, 73 mi2), was created in 1961 around Lake Nakuru, near Nakuru Town. It is best known for its thousands, sometimes millions of flamingos nesting along the shores. The surface of the shallow lake is often hardly recognizable due to the continually shifting mass of pink. On this day clients can choose to have AM & PM game drives this needs to be organized with our driver guide the day before

    Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


    Day 4: Drive to Masai Mara National Park

    After breakfast, drive through the stunning & scenic Great Rift Valley with a brief stopover to admire the breathtaking views and optional shopping at the curio shops. Enjoy another brief stop-over in Narok Town for refreshments and to use the rest rooms before continuing your journey to Masai Mara with a short game drive enroute before reaching the lodge. Arrive at the lodge in time for check in and lunch. Day at Leisure to enjoy the facilities the lodge has to offer before going for a thrilling introductory evening game drive in the Magnificent Masai Mara. Return to the Lodge for Dinner and Overnight Stay

    Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

    Masai Mara Game Reserve

    The Maasai Mara (also known as the Masai Mara, and locally simply as The Mara) is a large game reserve in Narok County, Kenya, contiguous with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. It is named in honor of the Maasai people (the ancestral inhabitants of the area) and their description of the area when looked at from afar: “Mara” means “spotted” in the local Maasai language of Maa, due to the many trees which dot the landscape. It is world-renowned for its exceptional populations of lions, leopards, cheetahs and elephant, and the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra, Thomson’s gazelle and other antelope, to and from the Serengeti every year known as the Great Migration. The Masai Mara “Big Five” are the Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard and Rhino. The Greater Mara Ecosystem encompasses areas known as the Maasai Mara National Reserve, the Mara Triangle, and several Maasai Conservancies, including: Koiyaki, Lemek, Ol Chorro Oirowua, Olkinyei, Siana, Maji Moto, Naikara, Ol Derkesi, Kerinkani, Oloirien, and Kimintet.


    Day 5: Full Day Game drives in Maasai Mara

    Early morning breakfast and depart the lodge with your packed lunch boxes for a full day game viewing across the rich tree studded grassland and rolling hills. At lunchtime, our guide will pick a scenic (and safe) spot where you will enjoy your lunch and hear animals howling, birds chirping and the mighty Mara River flowing across the savannah bringing life to the park. After watching more of the spectacle that never gets dull, transfer back to your lodge.

    Enjoy a bush dinner and overnight stay in Masai Mara.


    Day 6: Game drives in Maasai Mara or option Balloon Safari

    Early morning breakfast and depart the lodge with your packed lunch boxes for a full day game viewing across the rich tree studded grassland and rolling hills. At lunchtime, our guide will pick a scenic (and safe) spot where you will enjoy your lunch and hear animals howling, birds chirping and the mighty Mara River flowing across the savannah bringing life to the park. After watching more of the spectacle that never gets dull, transfer back to your lodge. Dinner and overnight stay in Masai Mara

    Meal Plan: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner


    Day 7: Drive to Lake Naivasha National Park

    After breakfast, drive to Naivasha arriving in time for a hot lunch at the camp. After lunch, enjoy the rest of your afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight at lodge.

    Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


    Day 8: Game drives in Naivasha and Boat cruise

    After a leisurely breakfast this morning, proceed for a boat ride and visit to Crescent Island. There is just one “Crescent Island Game Sanctuary”. Located on Lake Naivasha, in the Great Rift Valley, Kenya. It is one of the most beautiful parks in Kenya and is often called Naivasha’s best-kept secret. Surrounded by water, it is actually a peninsula and is currently only accessible by boat from the East or West side.

    The shores host abundant birdlife including pelicans, cormorants, and fish-eagles with their haunting cry. There are more animals per acre than any other Kenyan Park, hence many film companies have been to the Island to film the herds of Wildebeest, Waterbuck, Zebra, and Gazelle. Hippo graze all over us at night then sleep under the acacia or rest in the water by day. Often you can see three generations of Giraffe at a time, all of whom have been born on the Island. And if you’re lucky you may see one of the beautiful Pythons who live here.  From the top of the hill, there is a 360-degree view across the Lake from Longonot to Hell’s Gate to the Mau Escarpment to Eburu and onto the Aberdares.  Walking along the ridge in the golden hour before sunset whilst watching the animals grazing with the water shimmering beyond, is what Africa is all about. Dinner and overnight at lodge.

    Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


    Day 9: Drive to Amboseli National Park

    After breakfast, proceed to Amboseli arriving in time for a late lunch. Afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at lodge. Covering almost 400 sqm, Amboseli is one of the best National Parks in Africa for wildlife viewing. This is due to its low rainfall & high concentration of animals. Amboseli National Park is situated about 240km South East of Nairobi. Amboseli has an endless underground water supply filtered through thousands of feet of volcanic rock from Kilimanjaro’s ice cap, which funnel into two clear water springs in the heart of the park. However, the climatic pendulum can swing from drought to flood, and in the early 1990’s ceaseless rain changed Amboseli into a swamp. A few years later the rains failed and the grass-covered plains turned to dust.

    Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


    Day 10: Game drives in Amboseli National Park

    This morning we rise early for good views of Mount Kilimanjaro before clouds build up over the summit, we set off for a game drive. Amboseli is an excellent place to view a multitude of wildlife, including everything from Wildebeest to Giraffes to Baboons. Elephants and views of Mt. Kilimanjaro are the two main attractions of Amboseli. Mt. Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain; however it is incredible how sometimes she hides herself well.

    Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


    Day 11: Drive back to Nairobi for you flight to Mombasa

    Arrival at Moi international Airport and you will be picked up by your safari guide of the day who will meet, greet and take you for Mombasa city tour that may include a visit to Fort Jesus, several temples, Maama Ngina and craft markets. Lunch will be served in a selected restaurant and then proceed to your Beach hotel for dinner and overnight

    Accommodation: Neptune beach Resort

    Meals: All Meals Included

    Drinks: Drinking Water


    Day 12: Mombasa Beach Life

    After your breakfast, you will be free to enjoy beach life on the shores of the Indian ocean. Mombasa is located on the northern shores of Indian ocean and you may decide to swim, enjoy the beauty of the blue water, participate in boat rides, take a walk on the beach and or swim in hotel swimming pools. Mombasa Beach hotels have some of the best swimming pools in East Africa.

    Accommodation: Neptune beach Resort

    Meals: All Meals Included

    Drinks: Drinking Water


    Day 13: Beach excursion and Relaxation

    After breakfast, take on an adventure to the white sand beach for a walk or optional boat cruise. Relax on the beach and observe the beauty of Indian ocean. Interact with the locals and other travelers on the beach.

    Accommodation: Neptune beach Resort

    Meals: All Meals Included

    Drinks: Drinking Water


    Day 14: Drive to Diani Beach Excursion to Kisite-Mpunguti Marine Park and Wasin Island.

    After an early morning breakfast, your driver transfers you to Shimoni south of Diani where you will be registered and then be allowed to take a boat excursion to Kisite-Mpunguti and Wasin Island. These boats are operated by the locals who are very knowledgeable in as far as Marine life in Indian ocean is concerned. At Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park, you may have an opportunity to see Dolphins, see fish species, Coral reefs among others. While at this marine park, you are free to jump out of the boat for swimming, snokeling or relax in the middle of the ocean.

    After your visit to this Marine National Park, you will take your boat to Wasin Island where a variety of dishes are served. You will have a chance to test see food and fish as well as local juice prepared by women on this Island restaurant. Wasin Island restaurant is an example of how marine tourism is contributing to the development of the locals. All the proceeds from the sell of meals go to community projects. The locals here will also share with you their culture which is very amazing.

    After lunch,you will transfer by boat to Shimoni and then back to your Beach resort hotel for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

    Accommodation: Swahili Beach Resort/Leopard Beach Resort

    Meals: All Meals Included

    Drinks: Drinking Water


    Day 15: Transfer to Moi International Airport for your flight out to end the trip

    After breakfast and depending on your flight details, you will be transferred to Moi International Airport for your outbound flight.

    Accommodation: End of Tour, No accommodation

    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

    End of Tour

    • Additional accommodation can be arranged for extra cost
    • You’ll be dropped off at the airport (or hotel)

This safari is available on private basis so you can contact us for a quote. Provide us with details of how many people you will be in a group, when you intend to travel and one of our specialists will respond to you as soon as we receive your email

Safari Vans

STANDARD: 4X4 SAFARI VAN

Our standard mode of transport is by road and we use 4×4 Safari Vans customized for game viewing and photography. Each safari van comes with a professionally trained driver guide and fuel for the whole safari. Our Safari vans have viewing hatches and each client is entitled to a window seat. Our Vans can take up to eight people. We also have 4×4 Super Customs very comfortable and stable on the road. These carry up to 5 people with their luggage. We also have 4×4 RAV 4 for a group of two people

Safari land cruiser

UPGRADE: 4X4 LUXURY SAFARI LANDCRUISER

We have luxury latest Land cruisers each driven by professionally trained driver guides and fuel. They have pop-up roofs for proper game viewing and photography. They come with a small fridge for cooling your drinking water while on safari (which is always included while IN THE VEHICLE). They have inverters for charging small gadgets such as your smartphones and cameras. They can seat five to a maximum of seven people and each client is guaranteed of a window seat.

New Normal Travel Guidelines (SOPs)

At Encounter Africa Safaris our core value is to provide you with an authentic safari experience during these new and changing times when the whole world is alert about the ongoing pandemic of the Coronavirus. Encounter Africa Safari Travel SOPS have been put in place to ensure the wellbeing, safety and health of our clients and as such guidelines and measures have been put in place as we return to the new normal post covid-19. All these are in line with advice, guidelines and procedures for a post covid-19 traveler put in place by WHO, UNWTO, UWA, AUTO, UTB and Civil Aviation.

General recommendations for personal hygiene, cough etiquette and keeping a distance of at least one meter from persons showing symptoms remain particularly important for all travelers and even those without symptoms. These include:

      • Perform hand hygiene frequently, particularly after contact with respiratory secretions. Hand hygiene includes either cleaning hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand rub. Alcohol-based hand rubs are preferred and are not easily soiled. All travelers are advised to carry with.
      • Cover your nose and mouth with a flexed elbow or paper tissue when coughing or sneezing and disposing immediately of the tissue and performing hand hygiene; the recommended type of mask is the N95.
      • Refrain from touching mouth, eyes and nose, in general areas of the face.
      • Postponing travel plans in cases of illness, and avoiding contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections, hence social distance of at least one meter apart and if you are not sure of your health then postpone travel until you feel

On arrival at the airport or any entry point

      • Mandatory temperature screening using non-contact infra-red thermometers at the key tourism gates at the Airport.
      • Clients are required to have tested for the Virus prior to travel dates and should carry with medical documents supported by medical evidence and consistent with health best practices.
      • A non-contact system (digital travel) has been introduced at the Airport for clients to check in and out and at visa points, you will be attended to by someone behind a glass shield and they will also wear face masks and protectors to maintain as little contact as possible.
      • It’s now a must for all travel bags to be wrapped in plastic bags for travelers who are checking in at the Airport.
      • Mandatory hand washing / sanitizing at all entrances of the Airport for all travelers and staff.
      • Face masks are a must for all travelers, the recommended mask is an N95.
      • Tours should not exceed more than 4 in a group to maintain social distancing and walk marks in place around the airport.

In the vehicle while traveling.

      • Regular communication of safety protocols and responsibilities to clients, and to keep them informed and reminded to stay vigilant while enjoying.
      • Onboard sanitizing tissues and/or fluids to clients (travelers) and staff (driver guides and the like) will be available and we encourage you to use them.
      • Making stops along the way for gas, food, or bathroom breaks can put you and your traveling companions in close contact with other people and surfaces. Hence we will minimize the stops and set designated stopping areas that we prove to be safe for our health and we will encourage a takeaway food system to seating in hotels during stops. We rather encourage picnic eating along the way.
      • Cleaning all surfaces more frequently, using products and disinfectants that meet requirements with special attention to high-touch surfaces like vehicle door knobs, picnic boxes, hand rests, refrigerators, etc.
      • Redesigning all processes towards a more digital and touchless approach in all possible touch-points. Like cashless payment points as money has been found to spread the virus.
      • Reduce the number of objects on board. Limit luggage quantities while traveling to only what is enough for your tour.

At the lodge.

Encounter Africa Safaris is working with only those lodges that have proven to uphold the health of our clients first and practicing as per the guidelines of WHO as below;

      • Our partner hotels, lodges and restaurants are those that have increased the frequency of cleaning in common areas and contact surfaces and rooms. The lodges have also gone further to put hand sanitizers in both the common room and in bedrooms.
      • Social distancing is a must in lodges we use of at least one meter which is the standard around the world.
      • Upon arrival standard safety protocols will be outlined and how the lodge is practicing them to prevent spread of the virus in case a person is found to be sick.
      • Our partner hotels and lodges keep spare rooms for possible sick or quarantine guests that are suspected to have the virus and later inform authorities about it.
      • The hotels and lodges we use have implemented contactless check-in and provide guests with a hygiene welcome kit where possible (this may include gloves, masks, and sanitizers).
      • Where possible temperature will be taken using a contactless infra-red thermometer as a basic standard for checking the common symptom of covid-19.
      • The partner lodges have adopted new services such as room service or picnic takeaway to reduce convergence in the common dining area at the lodge and also you are encouraged to avoid buffets while ordering for meals as these attract many people.
      • Our partners lodges and hotels foster flexibility in all their operations, such as those that can amend bookings if clients are not able to make it at suggested times and those that can keep credit for the client until when they are fit to travel.

At the national parks.

      • All Staff and visitors shall wear the right face masks that have been prescribed by Ministry of Health (Visitors will carry their own masks an N95).
      • Staff of Uganda Wildlife Authority will inform the visitor of the general government approved covid operational guidelines. They will explain to the visitor the UWA safety COVID measures (DOs and DONTs) during their tour and stay within the protected areas.
      • The tourists shall be required to provide a certificate that shows that they are COVID negative, either provided by our Ministry of Health or the relevant authority from the country most recently visited.
      • Temperature screening will be done at the key tourism gates of the different National Park. Those with temperatures above 37.6 degrees Celsius shall not be allowed into the protected areas and shall be advised to seek medical help through the mechanisms set up by authorities to get to the nearest quarantine location.
      • Every tourist shall have wash and disinfect their hands at all entry points to the protected areas. Sanitary alcohol sanitizer dispensers as well as hand washing facilities with soap shall be installed at all entry points.
      • There will be regular disinfecting of common areas with heavy tourist contact before, during and after visiting hours. These include information counters, service desks, waiting areas, park offices and toilets. Toilets in particular should be cleaned at least every 2 hours
      • Where applicable, transparent screens will be fitted at all, park gate counters. The staff manning the gate will only allow visitors who have the prescribed face masks and who have washed/ sanitized to enter the park

Tourist vehicles and boats within the national parks

      • The National guidelines issued by MoH shall be enforced by tourists while in visiting the National Parks i.e
        • Saloon cars – 3 persons (This does not include the guide, where one is requested and paid for)
        • Buses, mini buses and omnibuses – Half capacity
        • Overlanders – Half capacity
        • Concessionaire delivery vehicles, pick-ups and lories – 2 persons
        • Private boats and launches – Half capacity
        • Tour operator game drive vehicles and UWA owned game drive vehicles – 6 persons
      • Social distancing should be observed within the vehicles
      • Tour operators and service providers will be regularly reminded to disinfect their cars regularly
      • UWA owned vehicles will be washed every day before use and disinfected daily through spray pumps
      • Every protected area shall provide a safe location where this spraying can be done, and where they tour operators can also park their cars to disinfect them
      • All tour operators shall be encouraged to provide their drivers with an alcohol rub/hand sanitizer for frequently or alternatively wear gloves. Caution should however be taken to remove this sanitizer whenever the car is parked
      • All other precautionary measures have to be enforced ie washing hands, social distancing and cautiously using masks

Key Tourism Activities

Briefing of tourists

      • Before engaging in any tourism activities, the tourists shall be given the usual briefing regarding the activities they are about to engage in. In addition to this, the guides shall remind the tourists about the risk / looming dangers of covid and brief them on the general preventative measures government has instituted and the measure they will be expected to abide by while in the Protected Areas, and remind them that it’s both for their safety and that of the wildlife.
      • These guidelines and measures shall also be printed and displayed in key visible areas within the park such as the briefing areas, the gates, the information centres, the canteens, to mention but a few.

Gorilla and Chimpanzee Tracking

      • The existing gorilla and chimpanzee tracking rules and guidelines (see annex) will remain in force to prevent any human to animal transmissions. These include
        • 8 and 6 tourists will be allowed to track the gorillas and chimpanzees respectively
        • The tourists must keep 7m away from the gorillas and chimpanzees
        • Tourists who during the briefing are observed to be overly coughing shall not be allowed to track
        • Tourists who during the briefing are observed to be sick shall not be allowed to track. These include tourists with signs flu, and those who report to have diarrhoea and stomach upsets, malaria etc
      • While the forests are dense and don’t have any specific trails for tracking, the assigned UWA guides shall try as humanly possible to ensure that there is social distancing among the tourists while the tracking takes place
      • The tourists shall be encouraged to carry light equipment to minimise the need for potters while they undertake the tracking. This will be communicated to potential tourists through the tour operators and other fora
      • Due to the reported side effects of putting on masks for long periods and in high altitudes, the number of breaks during the tracking shall be doubled to give tourists time to breathe fresh air.
      • During these breaks, social distancing should be observed

Game Drives

      • The regular park rules shall apply
      • The vehicle guidelines above shall also apply
      • Where a guide is requested, the guide shall sit at the front and shall continuously remind the tourists about the need to social distance
      • Masks shall be worn at all time
      • Where a tourists gets side effects due to putting on a mask for a long time, the tourist shall inform the guide who will find a safe and secure place to park the vehicle and allow for the tourists to get fresh air while maintaining social distance

Boat Cruises

      • The regular park rules shall apply
      • The boat and launches guidelines above shall also apply
      • The UWA owned boats must be cleaned and disinfected every day before any boat cruise activity
      • The concessionaire shall also be required to clean and disinfect their boats every day before any boat activities
      • The guide shall enforce social distancing while on the boat.
      • Masks shall be worn at all time while on the boat
      • Where a tourists gets side effects due to putting on a mask for a long time, the tourist shall inform the guide who will find space within the boat for this client to get some fresh air for a few minutes. This shall be away from the other tourists

Anticipated travel needs for anyone traveling post Covid-19

      • Bring enough of your medicine to last you for the entire trip.
      • Pack enough alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) and keep it within easy to reach.
      • Bring a cloth face covering to wear in public places. Mask N95 is recommended while traveling to Uganda.
      • Prepare food and water for your trip where possible and avoid eating at places providing buffets.
      • Limit the number of people you get in contact with while on safari.

For more information about safety and healthy responses and updates on Covid-19 in Uganda and East Africa, do not hesitate to contact Encounter Africa Safaris

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