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Ladies Only Kenya Tour: Guided Small Group Safari

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT!

Immerse yourself in 10 days of wildlife on this classic Kenya safari. Join like-minded ladies on this tour of East Africa for some amazing wildlife encounters - and the chance to catch the Big 5!

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$5,495PP
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DURATION
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9 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
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  • restaurantSelected meals
  • local_activitySelected entry fees
  • personSolo traveller

About this holiday

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Your adventure starts and ends in Kenya's capital - Nairobi

Travel by rail to Tsavo East National Park to witness ochre-red elephants in their herds. Experience vast savannahs against the quintessential backdrop of Kilimanjaro in Amboseli, the spectacular scenery and birdlife of Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru and the iconic Masai Mara – one of the most wildlife-rich safari areas in Africa.

Your small group safari offers a minimum of 4 passengers and maximum of 12.

Inclusions

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Your tour includes:

  • 9 nights accommodation (Hotel/Game Lodge/Tented Camp)
  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches and 8 Dinners
  • 4X4 Vehicle
  • Scheduled Train Trip
  • English Speaking Driver
  • English Speaking Female Guide
  • Game Drives
  • Game Walks
  • A Maasai bead work class in the world-famous Masai Mara
  • Witnessing ochre-red elephants in their herds in Tsavo East National Park
  • A Kenyan cooking class in a remote and wild setting
  • Watching the sunset against the backdrop of Kilimanjaro
  • Your 'leading lady' - Marriette van der Velde

Accommodation

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Guest room, Sarova Stanley Hotel, Nairobi

Sarova Stanley Hotel, Nairobi

Sarova Stanley is amongst the few five star rated hotels in Nairobi and was the first luxury hotel in Nairobi which has hosted celebrities from around the world. Sarova Stanley retains much of its historical charm while at the same time offering all the luxuries and amenities of a five-star hotel. Today, Sarova Stanley's heritage character is preserved whilst offering modern hotel services and amenities to create Nairobi's best hotel experience.

Satao Camp, Tsavo East National Park

Enjoying a unique setting overlooking a watering hole in the heart of Kenya’s Tsavo East National Park, Satao Camp delivers the ultimate safari experience: thrilling adventure and impeccable service. The Camp is a true oasis which attracts thousands of animals for their daily drink and bathing.

Tsavo East is Kenya’s largest protected area and the sheer abundance of wildlife is breathtaking. So whether enjoying game viewing from one of our open game viewing vehicles or watching herds of elephant bathe from the privacy of your verandah, your time at Satao will create memories to last a lifetime.

Satao Elerai, Tsavo East National Park

Satao Elerai Camp is located in a quiet, unspoilt, unique setting on a 5000 acre private conservation area 12km south-east of Amboseli National Park, at the foot of Africa’s Largest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro. The camp looks down onto the Amboseli National Park in one direction and up to Mt Kilimanjaro in the other direction, giving you what is arguably the best location of any camp in Amboseli.

The rooms at Satao Elerai Camp were built and designed to ensure that your stay will be in complete luxury. Huge beds with top quality mattresses and pillows and a large luxurious duvet ensure that you will sleep through the night in total comfort. Large sliding doors open out onto your own private verandah overlooking the plains below and Amboseli National Park. Each room has its own bathroom with a view, designed using natural rock and acacia wood the bathrooms have a design and feel unique to Elerai.

Dinners at Satao Elerai Camp are served a-la-carte. Using locally grown vegetables and fruit, our chefs prepare a wide variety of dishes to suit all tastes. On a clear night tables are set out on the terrace, where clients can enjoy a meal under the stars. Regularly 'the Mountain' will be clear in the early evening and can be seen lit up by the moon from your dinner table.

Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge

Set in 150 acres of grassland studded with Acacia bushes and trees, the resort is not only home to our resident giraffe, waterbuck and both Vervet and Colobus monkeys, but it is also a night stop for the hippos when they leave the lake every night to come and trim the grass on our expansive lawns.

The cottages have exterior stone walls, giving them character and creepers and bougainvilleas add alot of colour. The same stone work is carried into the rooms and is the exterior bathroom wall. The banister going up the top floor is wrought iron as well and the same creepers and bougainvilleas are entwined around them.

Our double storey guest cottages with their ingeniously designed roofs gently sweep away from one side of the main building to form a crescent which leads towards the lake shore. While the upstairs guest rooms have a single king size bed and the downstairs ones have two queen size beds, both have one thing in common and that is an extraordinary amount of space as well as lavishly appointed bathrooms.

Mara Sarova Game Camp

By virtue of its location and layout, the Mara Sarova Game Camp offers an unparalleled plethora of activities and experiences from luxury tented living to bird-watching, mini golf, sport fishing and a unique insight into the Maasai culture at the adjoining Maasai village.

Offering breathtaking views of the Mara plains, the tents are luxurious and extremely spacious, decorated in whites and soothing earthy colours with large beds, loungers, wardrobes and a desk.

Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge

Located on a range of hills that form the western limits of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, the Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge offers spectacular views over the vastness of Africa. The lodge also overlooks Lake Nakuru and its surrounding National Park, which is a paradise for bird watchers and wildlife lovers alike. Lake Nakuru National Park is mainly a wooded and bushy grassland, with a wide ecological diversity and characteristic habitats that range from the lake waters to the escarpment and ridges.

Travel dates

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Your small group safari offers a minimum of 4 passengers and maximum of 12.

This tour commences in Nairobi, Kenya on:

  • 02 June 2020
  • 16 June 2020 - SOLD OUT
  • 07 Nov 2020

Cost is from $5495 per person

Why not extend your stay to see more of what East Africa has to offer? Feel free to ask for ideas. We can also book your flights and any additional travel requirements.

Call our Brisbane based travel team on 1300 414 198 to secure you seat on this amazing safari!

Itinerary

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Day 1 – Nairobi

On arrival at Nairobi Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel (approximately 17 KM / approx 30 mins – 1 hour).

The guide that will be accompanying you on your Kenya tour will meet you at the hotel this evening to introduce herself and provide a rundown of the scheduled and be available for any questions you may have.

Your guide for the tour is Marriette Ngome – van der Velde.

“My name is Marriette van der Velde, originally from Netherlands, but living in Kenya for the last 7 and a half years. Married to a Kenyan, mother of 2 + 2 bonus-children, as I like to call them, I can say I am a happy, busy, life-enjoying lady.

In my life I always loved working in hospitality, be it in a restaurant or tourism. In Kenya I started organising small tours for friends and family when they were visiting, and every time I fell more and more in love with this country and its nature. I started connecting with travellers through online travel forums, organising safari-routes and excursions for them. But I was missing something. I love sharing my passion with guests, as well as I love giving them a great experience by myself, that is when I decided to start working for Southern Cross as a tour leader, so that I could go with the guests and make sure their trip would be a trip to never forget again.”

Accommodation - Sarova Stanley Hotel (1 night)

Day 2 - Tsavo East National Park (B, L, D)

An early start means that you will collect a breakfast pack from the hotel before being met at and transferred to Nairobi Train Station to start your journey to Tsavo East departing at 08:00am to Voi Train Station. At 12:05pm you will be collected from Voi Train Station by a Southern Cross Safaris vehicle to begin your game drive in Tsavo East National Park enroute to Satao Camp. After lunch enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Tsavo East National Park ending with a sundowner.

Kenya Railway Journeys – Please be aware that there is limited assistance on the Kenya Railway for boarding, disembarking or help with luggage. At both Nairobi and Mombasa boarding is level, directly from platform to carriage, but at the country stops you are required to navigate narrow stairs down to the platform and can be tricky with baggage. Seating is reserved and a valid passport is required to book the service and you will need to show your identification when entering the main train stations prior to departing. The train is kept clean during the journey and you are welcome to take food and non-alcoholic beverages on board with you but there is a dining car for first class passengers to purchase refreshments.

Accommodation: Satao Camp (2 nights)

Day 3 - Tsavo East National Park (B, L, D)

Enjoy a day of game drives in the Tsavo East National Park.

Day 4 - Satao Elerai Conservancy (B, L, D)

After breakfast you will drive to the Tsavo West National Park with a game drive enroute. You will visit Mzima Springs and continue to Kilaguni Serena Lodge for lunch. After lunch you will drive to the Satao Elerai Conservancy (approximately 350 KM / approx 6 hours).

Accommodation: Satao Elerai (or similar - 2 nights)

Day 5 - Satao Elerai Conservancy (B, L, D)

Enjoy a full day in Amboseli National Park with a picnic lunch.

Day 6 - Lake Naivasha (B, L, D)

Enjoy an early breakfast before driving via Nairobi to Lake Naivasha. After lunch relax by the swimming pool or enjoy a boat ride on the lake (at own expense) (approximately 350 KM / approx 6.5 hours).

Accommodation: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge (1 night )

Day 7 - Masai Mara Game Reserve (B, L, D)

After breakfast you will drive past the extinct Volcano of Mt Longonot and Suswa into the homelands of the Masai. The Masai Mara located on Kenya’s southern border with Tanzania, constitutes the northern stretch of the Serengeti and has the richest concentration of animals in Kenya. After lunch at the Mara Sarova Game Camp you will have the opportunity to observe the unique world of the Masai Mara (approximately 250 KM / approx 5 hours).

Accommodation:Mara Sarova Game Camp (2 nights)

Day 8 - Masai Mara Game Reserve (B, L, D)

Enjoy a full day game drive which will take you through the vast plains of the Masai Mara searching for the ‘Big Five’ (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo). You will return to your camp for lunch.

Day 9 - Lake Nakuru National Park (B, L, D)

Today your journey will take you straight to Lake Nakuru. The park boasts a good number of rhinos as well as a large population of leopards. Enjoy lunch at Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge followed by an afternoon game drive in the park (approximately 350 KM / approx 8 hours).

Accommodation: Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge (or similar - 1 night)

Day 10 - Lake Nakuru to Nairobi (B)

Your day will start with an early morning game drive through the Lake Nakuru National Park. After breakfast at Nakuru Sopa Lodge, you will drive to Nairobi and end of safari (approximately 184 KM / approx 3 hours). Please note your onward flight must not depart Nairobi until after 6:00pm.

Questions

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Travel Insurance:

We strongly recommend you take out Comprehensive Travel Insurance at the time of booking your trip.

Passport & Visa:

Australian passport holders require a visa to enter Kenya - which is available for single or multiple entries. This can be obtained online and you are required to present your printed e-visa upon entry. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the intended stay. You must have at least two blank pages available in your passport upon arrival. Failure to meet this requirement may result in an entry visa being refused.

Vaccinations:

Please check with your GP or Travel Doctor for up-to-date information and advice regarding vaccinations for this trip. Please note a Yellow Fever vaccination is required and all travellers must carry proof that the Yellow Fever vaccine has been administered at least 10 days prior to travel. It is recommended that precautions against malaria be taken for travel to most regions in Kenya. We suggest you contact your doctor for advice on which prophylactic is recommended.

Money:

The Kenyan currency is the Kenyan Shilling (KSH), which is divided up into 100 cents and it is now permitted to take local currency into the country. It is recommended to carry some cash in small denominations.

US Dollar notes printed before the year 2000 will not be accepted. Barclay’s Bank in Kenya has implemented a new policy where they will no longer accept notes printed before 2000. Clients who carry US Dollar notes printed before 2000 will be compelled to accept a rate of exchange lower than normal.

Electricity & Voltage:

In Kenya the general voltage is 240 and the frequency is 50 Hz. The British three rectangular blade plugs are common.

Shopping:

  • There is an abundance of wonderful souvenirs and crafts to buy. Look for colourful materials, sisal bags, wood or stone carvings, unusual artwork, handcrafted jewellery, woven goods and attractive basketry are recommended. Be aware of the products you are buying, as you may have to declare these at Australian Customs on your return.
  • Bargaining is expected at markets and roadside stalls, but not in shops. The locals may start off with highly inflated “tourist prices” and you will need to bargain until you feel you are paying what the product is worth.
  • Cash in local currency is accepted, as well as US Dollars, while credit cards may only be accepted in larger shops.
  • Do not purchase ivory, rhino horn, animal furs/hides, tortoise shell, coral, game skin, trophies or elephant hair bracelets. These items are prohibited as hunting was banned in 1976.

What to Pack?

What to Pack?

  • You will be limited to a certain weight, often between 15–20 KG. Bags also have to be soft-sided cases so that they can fit in the hold. These restrictions cannot be avoided, as there simply is not the capacity on small planes and/or road vehicles so bear this in mind when you are packing for your Kenya trip.
  • The dress code is informal at all of the camps and it is advisable to bring long sleeved shirts and trousers for the evenings to minimise insect bites.
  • On a wildlife safari, casual cotton clothing is the most practical. Calm neutral colours such as tan or khaki are a good idea although a bush outfit is not essential. Some form of headgear is recommended, and sunglasses are essential. A warm fleece or jacket is advisable for colder evenings and early mornings. A lightweight raincoat may be useful as some seasonal rains can occur.
  • It is always a good idea to dress in layers on activities to accommodate the early morning and late afternoon change of temperature. Winter months will definitely require a warm jacket and perhaps a beanie, gloves and a scarf.
  • Heavy footwear is not required, but sturdy, comfortable walking shoes or boots are recommended for nature walks, with a change of shoes (such as trainers) for the camp.
  • Good laundry facilities are readily available at many hotels, game lodges and camps, and often on a complimentary service where the amount of luggage is restricted. However, on a busy itinerary it is advisable to check that your clothes
 will be ready before your departure. For your transfers between camps you may be subject to some very strict baggage restrictions.
  • Make sure to leave a little extra space for the souvenirs you are bound to buy!

SAFARI CHECKLIST

  • Hat for protection from the sun
  • Good quality sunglasses (preferably polarised )
  • Binoculars
  • Torch
  • Camera, charger and adaptor
  • If you wear contact lenses, we recommend that you bring along a pair of glasses in case of dust irritation.
  • Good walking shoes, trainers as well as sandals
  • Socks
  • Shorts/skirts
  • Tracksuit
  • Long trousers/slacks
  • T-shirts/long-sleeved cotton shirt for cooler evenings
  • Sweater/fleece/raincoat. These may be required for early morning and late afternoon game activities throughout the year.
  • Lip balm
  • Swimming costume
  • Basic medical kit (aspirins, bandaids, Imodium, antiseptic cream etc )
  • Malaria tablets AND anti-histamine cream
  • Insect repellent (many lodges do supply sprays)
  • Protective suntan lotion particularly for pale and sensitive skins
  • Tissues or ‘wet wipes
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Fine print

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Travel at 60 booking conditions apply.

A non-refundable deposit of 25% per person is required within 7 days of booking.