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11 Days Journey of Aquatic Giants Adventure Safari in Kenya

Panari Hotel, Panari Sky Centre, Mombasa Road, Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya

Unique Kenya Safari

Join Asaray Tours for a unique safari experience in Kenya! This tour offers you an opportunity to meet the dolphins, the hippos, and the crocodiles. Not only that, you will be exploring unique mammals and their unique lifestyles, which is mainly underwater such as in the lakes, rivers, seas, etc. They are a special brand away from the normal Big Five that you are used to while on a safari adventure in Kenya or East Africa.

Overview

  • Starting point and ending point: Nairobi
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins, Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins, spinner dolphins, Nile crocodiles, giraffes, buffalos, colobus monkeys, hippos, flamingos, lions, wildebeests, zebras, gazelle, plus various fish and birds
  • Children policy: most safaris have long trips or rough roads except those that you go by air, and this can therefore not be recommended for babies and the young toddlers.

Highlights

  • 4 guided game drives
  • National park entry fees included
  • Encounter dolphins, crocodiles, hippos, and more
  • Explore Lake Naivasha, Maasai Mara Game Reserve, etc.
  • Transport in a custom safari vehicle throughout the safari
  • Transfer from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
  • Breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and water
  • 10 nights' accommodation

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8 activity days
Airport transfer included: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
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Accommodation

During this safari, you will spend one night at the Panari Hotel, three nights at The Jacaranda Indian Ocean Beach Club, one night at The Bahari Beach Hotel, three nights at The Fish Eagle Inn, and the last two nights at Ashnil Mara Camp. All accommodation where possible are booked with rooms containing private baths / showers on the basis of two people sharing a double room unless otherwise specified. Single rooms are available at supplementary cost.

Program

Day 1: Arrival Nairobi - Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO)

On arrival in Nairobi, you will be met and greeted by the representative who will offer all the necessary assistance that you will need on arrival. You will be transferred to your hotel for check-in. A welcome complimentary dinner will be offered at the famous Carnivore Restaurant this evening.

  • Overnight: Panari Hotel - bed and breakfast

Day 2: Nairobi - Coast (Mombasa)

Early morning, you will be transferred from your hotel to the SGR - Standard Railway Gauge terminal in Nairobi to board your train NBO - MSA departing Nairobi at 08:00 and arriving Mombasa at 13:55. You will be met and transferred to Diani to check in at your beach hotel. You can spend the rest of the day at leisure.

  • Dinner and overnight: The Jacaranda Indian Ocean Beach Club - half board

Day 3: Wasini Island

Wasini Island is under the Kisite Marine Park. Wasini Island is known by many as a “paradise on earth”. It is a great escape and getaway located in the heart of “real” Africa on the edge of Kenya’s Swahili coastal strip. Kisite Marine Park is known as the “home of dolphins” which is your main attraction today. Your adventure today here is “dolphin spotting”, one of the aquatic giants you want to adventure! Three types of dolphins are found around Wasini Island: Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins, Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins, and spinner dolphins.

You will spend an amazing day on this beautiful island with the main adventure being to spot dolphins and with other programmed activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, dhow sailing, etc. These activities are done in an eco-friendly manner to promote a more sustainable planet and thus, there is a policy stipulating the code of conduct while spotting dolphins. Please abide by the policy. Lunch will be served at Wasini Island.

  • Dinner and overnight: The Jacaranda Indian Ocean Beach Club - half board

Day 4: Ramisi River

You will take another adventurous eco-friendly trip on Funzi Island to spot the aquatic giant, the Nile crocodile, which is also found in this coastal river that is within the impenetrable mangrove forest. The Ramisi River, which empties into Funzi Bay, is home to quite a few Nile crocodiles. While these are originally sweet water dwellers, they have developed tolerance to brackish water. They are shy animals, except when they are on the hunt.

As you make your way deeper into Ramisi River, the impenetrable mangrove forest on both river banks come closer and closer together until they almost touch. Mangroves are saline tolerant trees that grow in many tropical habitats, and there are about nine species of mangroves found in East Africa. Their submerged parts provide a nutrient-rich spawning ground for fish and other marine life, while above the water line they offer a virtually impenetrable protective habitat for a large variety of birds.

Due to vigorous conservation efforts, the forests on the south coast around Bodo are still largely intact even for future generations to enjoy. A full day on Ramisi River spotting crocodiles with a visit to the surrounding community with lunch on the Kinazini Island. In the late afternoon, you will return to your beach hotel.

  • Dinner and overnight: The Jacaranda Indian Ocean Beach Club - half board

Day 5: Beach hotel

In the morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to the north coast beach hotel due to your early departure the next day on the SGR. This day, you will spend a relaxed day at your beach hotel enjoying the facilities at the hotel.

  • Dinner and overnight: The Bahari Beach Hotel - half board

Day 6: Mombasa - Nairobi SGR

You will have an early morning transfer to SGR terminal to board your morning train MSA - NBO, departing MSA at 07:15 and arriving NBO at 13:30. In Nairobi, you will be met and drive to Lake Naivasha. Lake Naivasha is a beautiful freshwater lake fringed by thick papyrus. The lake and its surroundings are rich in a natural bounty. Most of the lake is surrounded by forests of yellow-barked acacia or yellow fever tree.

The forest abounds with bird life which makes it the best birding destination. The lake draws wild game like giraffe, buffalos, colobus monkeys, etc. Hippos population sleep the day out in the lake's waters. You can take an evening walk on the lake and if possible with luck see the hippos sleep away in the lake.

  • Dinner and overnight: The Fish Eagle Inn - full board

Day 7: The Crescent Island

Your journey of discovering and watching the aquatic giants continues. The hippos are an attraction at Crescent Island Game Park in Lake Naivasha. Crescent Island is one of the most beautiful parks in Kenya and is Naivasha’s best-kept secret. Crescent camp has a biodiversity of animals from birds to hippos who graze all over at night then sleep under the acacia or rest in the water by day.

From your lodge, you will take a boat to Crescent Island. You will be met by a guide upon arrival at the jetty. You can enjoy your game walk at Crescent Island under the guidance of professional guides, enjoy to spot the animals in the park, and above all, watch the hippos as they sleep away under the waters enjoying the calmness of their habitat. In the evening, you will take your boat back to your hotel.

  • Dinner and overnight: The Fish Eagle Inn - full board

Day 8: Lake Bogoria National Reserve

Lake Bogoria is just unique in its own way as an ecosystem. Visiting Lake Bogoria today will deviate you from your focus of the aquatic giants to a unique ecosystem. Lake Bogoria is also known as the “jewel of the Great Rift”. With the backdrop of the eastern wall of the Great Rift Valley, it is a stunning beauty that has always enchanted all.

The contrast in colors from the grasslands into the lake and the sky above can only describe the place as natures’ studio. It sits on the floor of the eastern wall of the sea level, from which the escarpment forms one of Kenya’s most picturesque backdrops. Lake Bogoria is known for splashing hot spurs and geysers which is a world wonder. Ensure you carry an egg to boil in the hot spurs!

In the early morning, you will depart Lake Naivasha and drive to Lake Bogoria to arrive in good time in the morning to come face to face with the hot spurs. You can spend the day in this unique ecosystem with game walk / drive in Lake Bogoria, marveling at the beauty of the hot spurs and the flamingos vying on this lake! In the late afternoon, you will return to your lodge.

  • Dinner and overnight: The Fish Eagle Inn - full board

Day 9: Lake Naivasha - Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Maasai Mara is open grassland. 95 species of mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and over 400 species of birds have been recorded in this park. In Maasai Mara, you will hardly miss seeing the Big Five. The annual wildebeest migration takes place in this park between July and October.

The ecosystem of Maasai Mara holds one of the highest lion densities in the world and this is where over two million wildebeest, zebras, and Thomson gazelle migrate every year. Nowhere in Africa is wildlife more abundant than in Maasai Mara. You will depart Naivasha and drive to Maasai Mara Game Reserve. En-route and afternoon game drives are what will take the day to day to search for animals. Do not miss the encounter of any of the Big Five!

  • Dinner and overnight: Ashnil Mara Camp - full board

Day 10: Maasai Mara Game Reserve

The Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) is an African crocodile, the largest freshwater predator in Africa. The Nile crocodile mostly hunts within the confines of waterways. It will attack aquatic prey or terrestrial animals when they come to the water to drink or to cross. This is what happens at the Mara River when animals are crossing. Hungry Nile crocodiles lurk in the churning waters of the Mara River in wait for their prey.

They will visit the Mara River today to encounter this amazing and unique predator which leaves no room for its prey when hungry. You will spend the day on Mara River which also the crossing channel of the wildebeests' migration. Depending on the time you are visiting and the crossing is ongoing, you might just experience a tactical kill as this predators lurch at their prey. All cameras are to remain in “set” mode when this happens.

A visit to a typical Maasai village in the afternoon would be exciting. You can enjoy being part of this rich culture and cultural habits that not even civilization, western influence, education, etc. has been able to erode. You can participate in a Maasai jump with the Morans, and ensure you jump the highest to beat the Morans! The winner will be offered a glass of milk prepared the traditional way.

  • Dinner and overnight: Ashnil Mara Camp - full board

Day 11: Maasai Mara - Nairobi

This day early in the morning, you have an option of doing a hot air balloon safari plus champagne breakfast (optional at an extra cost of 450 USD per person) or an early morning game drive which is highly recommended. Allow you the opportunity (with luck) to come face to face with hunters in search of their prey! After this amazing experience you will join your driver / guide, bid Maasai Mara “kwaheri”, meaning goodbye and “full of lasting safari memories".

You will depart and drive back to Nairobi. On arrival in Nairobi, depending on your onward plans, Asaray Tours will offer you a souvenir shopping adventure at the Kazuri beads. Kazuri bead is a center empowering single women economically by engaging them to do beadwork and pottery, thus sustaining their livelihoods and empowering them economically. You can get “a bead for every mood". Asaray Tours will then drop you to your own onward plans.

Included excursions

You will visit a typical Maasai village as part of the program.

Location

This safari will take place in Kenya. You will explore various destinations including Wasini Island, Lake Bogoria, Lake Naivasha, and Mara River.

Food

You will be served three meals a day while on safari. However, you will only get two meals during your stay at the beach hotel and get breakfast at your hotel in Nairobi. You can also enjoy a complimentary welcome dinner at the Carnivore Restaurant. Water is available in the vehicle to use while on game drives. Special diets e.g. diabetics, vegetarians, etc. are all catered for in all the lodges and camps, only you have to make sure to advise before the safari commences.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Balloon safari in Maasai Mara (450 USD per person)
  • Boat ride in Lake Bogoria (35 USD per person)
  • Dhow sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling

What's included

  • 4 game drives
  • Excursions
  • Services of a professional English-speaking safari driver-guide
  • National park entry fees
  • Government taxes and levies
  • Emergency medical evacuation cover
  • Return train ticket Nairobi / Maasai Mara / Nairobi
  • Transfers
  • Transport in a custom safari vehicle throughout the safari
  • 10 nights' accommodation
  • Meals on a full-board basis on safari (i.e. 3 meals a day)
  • Meals on a half-board basis at beach hotel (i.e. 2 meals)
  • Breakfast in Nairobi hotel
  • Water in the vehicle to use while on game drives
  • Dinner at the Carnivore Restaurant

What's not included

  • International airfares and their corresponding departure taxes
  • Visa fees into Kenya
  • Travel / baggage / medical insurance
  • Tips fir driver-guide, hotel staff, etc.
  • Items of personal nature i.e. drinks in the lodges, telephone / fax bills, laundry, etc.

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Airport transfer included: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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