Kenya & Zanzibar Family Discovery12 days & 11 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Nairobi
Upon arrival in Nairobi, you will be met and escorted to your English-style manor house with resident giraffe that come to the property to visit, especially during breakfast!Giraffe Manor - 2 Nights
Get an overview of Nairobi on a brief tour of Kenya's capital and largest city. Back at Giraffe Manor, enjoy some more time to get to know these incredible animals. In the afternoon, make a private visit to Dame Daphne Sheldrick's elephant orphanage, where you can feed and interact with the baby elephants up close and one-on-one.Giraffe Manor (B, L, D)
Day 3To Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Return to the airport this morning for your scheduled flight to Lewa, East Africa's most progressive wildlife conservancy. Arrive at Lewa Wilderness Lodge in time for lunch and an afternoon game drive. The rooms here feature plenty of space for families, and offer excellent views over the rolling hills of Lewa.Lewa Wilderness Lodge - 3 Nights (B, L, D)
Day 4 - 5Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Lewa is ideal for kids, as the owners' children grew up here themselves. Enjoy a range of activities, including traditional game drives, walks with the local Maasai, horseback riding for all levels and guided explorations of the Ngare Ndare rainforest with its beautiful waterfalls and swimming holes. You have excellent opportunities to meet the locals because of the strong relationship between the lodge and the community. Lewa's wildlife is also unique, featuring the "northern five" consisting of beautiful species not found in other parts of Kenya: reticulated giraffe, Grevy's zebra, gerenuk, beisa oryx and Somali ostrich. And the conservancy is a sanctuary for endangered rhino, giving you a great chance of seeing black or white rhino while you're here.Lewa Wilderness Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 6To Masai Mara Reserve
Fly to the Masai Mara today, arriving in time for lunch before your afternoon game drive. Throughout the year, the Masai Mara is an unforgettable place of natural drama, a kaleidoscope of color and life. Naboisho Camp is located in a private conservancy bordering the Masai Mara National Reserve, allowing for game viewing inside the reserve as well as night drives, walks, off-road game viewing and cultural opportunities. There are eight en suite, tented rooms, including a family tent.Naboisho Camp - 3 Nights (B, L, D)
Day 7 - 8Masai Mara Reserve
Enjoy full-day game drives, cultural visits to Maasai villages, photography and guided walks through the bush. The Masai Mara features a plethora of big cats, elephant, rhino, buffalo, zebra, Masai giraffe, beautiful birds and much more.Naboisho Camp (B, L, D)
Day 9To Zanzibar
Fly via Nairobi to the historic island of Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean. Upon arrival, check in to your beachfront resort, which features beautiful villas with easy access to a glorious strand of beach.Baraza Resort & Spa - 3 Nights (B, L, D)
Day 10 - 11Zanzibar
Relax and enjoy your days in this tropical paradise. Sit by the swimming pool and enjoy a wide range of both high-tide and low-tide activities including snorkeling, biking, windsurfing, kayaking, dhow cruises and much more.Baraza Resort & Spa (B, L, D)
Day 12Depart Nairobi
Fly back to Nairobi to connect to your onward flight.(B, L)
Generally, road conditions in southern Africa are reasonably good; however, they vary greatly between the modern cities and the remote areas, where the dusty, gravel roads necessitate 4-wheel-drive travel. When traveling off the beaten track, roads are frequently narrow, bumpy and pot-holed, and have stretches which are not sealed, or which are under reconstruction. In Ethiopia, Madagascar, Namibia and Rwanda particularly, conditions are very dusty and the off-road journeys tend to be quite strenuous. Road conditions change throughout the year, and heavy tropical rains and extreme weather patterns can affect journey times enormously.
If we are custom designing an itinerary for you, it is always a good idea to discuss your particular requirements with your travel consultant, who will endeavor to include as much or as little road travel as you desire. The type of vehicle varies according to the country visited and the number of people within your group. In destinations where conditions require it, off-road driving will be in 4-wheel-drive Land Cruisers or Land Rovers.
Internal Flights: Scheduled flights within Sub-Saharan Africa are typically limited to 33-44 lbs. of luggage per person, depending on the airline or charter company operating the flight. Although you may have a luggage weight limit of 44-88 lbs. on your international flight as well as hand luggage, you will need to limit your baggage as required according to the country and airlines or store baggage at your arrival airport. Some flights also require that luggage be packed in soft-sided bags, which Cox & Kings will provide prior to your travel. Between the camps and lodges, we can book either shared air transfers or private charters. We will automatically book shared air transfers wherever available unless otherwise requested. Please note that shared air transfers may make stops to pick up and drop off passengers at other camps, lodges and airstrips en route. Private charter flights only stop for refueling or for customs and immigration formalities as needed. The flight times for air transfers between camps and lodges are arranged 24-48 hours prior to the flight. Departure times are therefore advised locally. Passengers weighing more than 220 lbs. should advise us in advance, as some air charter companies require that an extra seat be purchased at an additional cost for all shared air transfer flight segments. This is for safety and comfort of all guests on board.
Flight Delays & Insurance: Unfortunately, due to the increase in air traffic, government restrictions and changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more common. Apart from delaying your arrival at your destination, these delays can cause problems with onward connections and/or hotel and vacation arrangements, which may need to be rescheduled. Although the airline will sometimes make alternative arrangements to get you to your next destination at no extra cost, additional costs may be involved after your arrival in the form of additional accommodation costs, transfers and onward tickets. Unfortunately, since most services are paid for in advance, any services missed due to delays are non-refundable. Please also bear in mind that many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. Therefore, it is essential that you are insured against such eventualities.
Airport Departure Taxes: Many cities in Africa levy a tax for passengers departing on international flights, and where this is not included in the ticket price it will need to be paid in local currency or the equivalent in U.S. dollars. Other cities within a country may also levy a small charge for departures on domestic flights. Occasionally, taxes may be included in your ticket; we will advise you accordingly. Since there is no standard charge between countries, and taxes are subject to change, it is not possible to list the taxes in this brochure. We list applicable departure taxes in our pre-tour general information, which you should receive when you confirm your booking. We attempt to keep these as current as possible. Please ensure you keep enough local currency or U.S. dollars to cover these taxes.
Traveling by train in southern Africa can be a very rewarding and enjoyable experience. New luxury train routes are constantly being developed and there are now a variety of excellent routes available. Cox & Kings does not advise travelers to use the local trains, which cannot be confirmed as safe; however, the internationally acclaimed Rovos Rail and Blue Train offer a relaxed and luxurious alternative to road travel.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Africa; however, hotels used on Cox & Kings journeys can normally be expected to be very comfortable. In more remote destinations, such as parts of Ethiopia, Madagascar and Rwanda, accommodation will be more basic. Cox & Kings uses the best available properties in remote destinations and, although these will be clean and offer en suite rooms, in general they cannot be compared to modern, Western hotels. In some locations, many of the hotels we use are small, privately owned properties retaining much of their original ambience. In most destinations, service and food will be of a high quality, but in some less-developed regions hotel service can be slow and we ask you to show patience in this regard. Please note, typically all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room, please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Early Starts: When on safari, you will find it is necessary to leave your lodge very early in the morning (around dawn) in order to maximize the opportunities for game viewing, as the wildlife is more active during the cooler morning hours and in the evening.
Check-in & Check-out Times: In some situations, when a flight arrives very early in the morning, it may be that you will be taken for breakfast or sightseeing before being allocated your rooms since check-in time is normally between 12 noon and 2 p.m. and check-out time is normally 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Cox & Kings’ local representatives will ensure that you are able to access your room as early as possible, but early check-ins are not guaranteed.
Game Parks & Remote Areas: Within Africa, we generally use the best accommodation available. However, even luxurious properties are a long way from other civilization and can often only be reached down narrow and makeshift roads. Although accommodation will often be in tents, these can be more luxurious than some lodges and include private facilities. Even when you travel off the beaten track with Cox & Kings, you can be sure that your accommodation in game lodges, smaller hotels and tented camps is on par with the best available in that category. Sometimes the best hotel may be the only hotel, which may be very modest. In these cases we feel that such accommodation is outweighed by the experience of these more remote areas.
Location: East Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda
Area: 224,962 sq. miles
Currency: Kenyan Shilling
Official Language(s): English, Kiswahili are most widely spoken
Visas: A visa is required for US passport holders and may be obtained in advance, although single-entry visas are available upon arrival in Nairobi.
Inoculations: Evidence of yellow fever inoculation may be requested upon entry into Kenya, and travelers arriving from countries where yellow fever is present are required to have proof of yellow fever vaccination.
What To See
Kenya is known for its famous national parks and newer private conservancies. The great herds on the Masai Mara reflect an earlier time of exploration in Africa. The unique species of Samburu National Park and the rhino of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy add diversity to any journey. Amboseli National Park is known for its herds of elephants that travel to the vast marsh every day to drink.
In Nairobi, no visit is complete without seeing the baby elephants of the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. The history of Kenya fascinates with a visit to the Karen Blixen Museum to learn about the Out of Africa heroine’s life and work. While in the charming suburb of Karen, visit the Giraffe Center to feed these lanky creatures before going to see them in the wild.
Kenya & Zanzibar Family Discovery
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