Kenya Coffee Trails8 days & 7 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, you will be met and assisted with customs and immigration by our representative before being escorted to your luxury hotel in a private vehicle. After checking in, enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.Hemingways Nairobi - 3 Nights (D)
This 45-suite boutique hotel elevates the standard of luxury for travelers in the region. Beautiful in its symmetry and flooded with natural light, this plantation-style property is airy and spacious. Your suite will have a private balcony overlooking the Ngong Hills. Your dedicated butler will know that you prefer Earl Grey to Assam with your scones, and will remember which trousers you like pressed flat and which ones need a central crease. So while you are indulging in the spa, relaxing beside the pool or meandering through the gardens, back in your suite, your butler will have dimmed the lights, adjusted your personalized pillows, set out your nightcap and arranged the morning's outing down to the finest detail.
After breakfast at your hotel, depart for a visit to the Giraffe Center, where you will enjoy a close up view of the endangered giraffes. The Center aims to protect these majestic creatures while also educating the public on their plight. Venture out for some shopping at Utamaduni, where there are traditional African crafts, Kazuri for beads and pottery, and Marula Studios. Discover the unique, ethically made eco creations from over 50 Kenyan suppliers. Take an inspiring guided tour through The FlipFlop Recycling Company's production workshops to see the evolution of trash into treasure.Hemingways Nairobi (B, L, D)
Enjoy a spectacular lunch at Tamambo Karen Blixen Coffee Garden. The restaurant and function areas are situated in one of the largest and oldest formal gardens in Kenya. Huge jacaranda, candelabra cactus, bottle brush and other trees and over 200 species of blooming flower varieties surround the restaurant.
Stop for a trip down memory lane with a visit to the Karen Blixen Museum made famous from the award winning film Out of Africa.
At 5 pm, attend a Sponsors visit to the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. Here you will see firsthand this haven for elephants and rhinos. The Orphans' Project exists to offer hope for the future of Kenya's threatened elephant and rhino populations as they struggle against the threat of poaching for their ivory and horn, and the loss of habitat due to human population pressures and conflict, deforestation and drought. They have successfully raised over 150 infant elephants.
After breakfast at Hemingways, depart for Kimbu, which is on the outskirts of Nairobi. Here you will visit Karunguru Coffee Farm for a tour. This farm has existed for nearly a century, and is family owned. Understand the journey your coffee takes before it ends up in your cup. Enjoy a lunch on premises made with vegetables grown on the farm. Sit in the garden for a coffee tasting experience with different coffee varieties and small pastries.Hemingways Nairobi (B, L, D)
Return to Nairobi for dinner at the Talisman Restaurant. Featuring carved wooden pillars from Pakistan, elegant Afghan rugs, charming fireplaces, sprawling terraces and idyllic gardens, The Talisman blends fine dining with unbridled eclecticism.
Day 4Nairobi - Masai Mara Game Reserve
After a final breakfast at Hemingways, depart for the airport. Your hour long flight will take you from Nairobi to Maasai Mara. Fly southwest over the Great Rift Valley and into the Maasai Mara National Reserve. View the wonderful volcanic scenery, rolling grasslands and big game from above, before your explorations later on.Kichwa Tembo Camp - 4 Nights (B, L, D)
Meet your guide on the Mara airstrip and transfer to camp where you will enjoy a lunch before an afternoon game drive.
Known as Kenya's best loved safari camp, &Beyond Kichwa Tembo is renowned for its gracious teams of Kenyan staff whose warm welcome, charming service and effortless energy delight guests from all over the world. Laid out along the Sabaringo River on the edge of the Oloololo Escarpment &Beyond Kichwa Tembo Masai Mara Tented Camp looks out onto the plains of the Masai Mara. Set on a private concession leased from Masai landlords in the north of the Mara, the camp offers total seclusion and abundant wildlife.
Day 5Masai Mara Game Reserve
This morning, after breakfast, embark upon a full day game viewing in the Masai Mara Game ReserveKichwa Tembo Camp (B, L, D)
Kenya is rightfully described as "All of Africa in One Country", and it is exactly that. It is a fact that Kenya enjoys some of the world's greatest environmental diversity resulting in unparalleled species varieties. Dream of Africa and chances are that you dream of the Masai Mara. The Masai Mara National Game Reserve offers wonderful volcanic scenery, vast rolling grass plains speckled with flat-topped acacia trees, dense scrub thickets and an abundance of wildlife. It really is the ultimate African safari. The Maasai Mara is undoubtedly the Jewel in the Crown of East Africa, forever to be associated with vast numbers of game and the exceptional and thrilling spectacle of the famous Great Migration' - one of the natural wonders of the world.
Day 6Masai Mara Game Reserve
Explore more of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve today on another full day game viewing drive.Kichwa Tembo Camp (B, L, D)
The Big Five game animals of Africa, that is the lion, leopard, buffalo, rhinoceros and elephant, can be found in Kenya and in the Masai Mara in particular. A significant population of other wild animals, reptiles and birds can be found in the national parks and game reserves in the country. The annual animal migration occurs between June and September with millions of animals taking part, attracting valuable foreign tourism. Two million wildebeest migrate a distance of 2,900 kilometres (1,802 mi) from the Serengeti in neighbouring Tanzania to the Masai Mara in Kenya, in a constant clockwise fashion, searching for food and water supplies. This Serengeti Migration of the wildebeest is a curious spectacle listed among the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa.
Day 7Masai Mara Game Reserve
Spend your final day in the reserve on another full day game drive, and learn about the history of the area.Kichwa Tembo Camp (B, L, D)
Earning its name from the Maasai people (the ancestral inhabitants of the area), and their description of the area when looking from afar; Mara, which is Maa (Maasai Language) for spotted; an apt description for the circles of Acacia trees, scubs, savanna, cloud shadows and animals that mark the area.
Day 8Depart Nairobi
After a final breakfast and lunch at the camp, depart for Nairobi, flying over the plains you explored for the last few days.(B, L, D)
Enjoy a dinner at the Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel before departing.
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 Coffee Trails
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