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Kenya Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Experts


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Kenya , created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Travel Consultants.

Overview+

On a luxury Kenyan holiday with Elegant Resorts you can experience the archetypal East African safari, with luxurious tented accommodation to reside in and a high chance of spotting the 'Big Five'.

Maasai Mara National Reserve
The gently rolling hills and wide plains of the Maasai Mara National Reserve form part of the annual great migration route for over a million wildebeest and zebra, with the Mara River’s flourishing hippo and crocodile population making this a hazardous spot for the game, but a great opportunity for photographers. The experience may be far from intimate, as the 'Greatest Show on Earth' draws visitors from around the globe, but it remains one of Africa’s essential ‘must-see’ experiences.

Samburu National Reserve
Samburu is more rugged than the Masai Mara and largely arid, covered in volcanic outcrops, swamps and small rivers. Wildlife thrives, nonetheless, with a range of animal and birdlife subtly different to that found further south. You can expect to see ostriches, Reticulated Giraffes, gerenuk, leopards, lions and cheetahs. The naturally arid landscape means that the rivers and waterholes make for especially rich wildlife-viewing, from the timid antelope, to the mighty mud-bathing elephant. Samburu is the area where you’ll find the secluded Shaba National Reserve.

Meru National Park
This remote park is most famous for being the setting for Joy Adamson's book, 'Born Free'. The park is especially scenic, straddling the equator, with great views of Mount Kenya and plentiful wildlife. After suffering badly at the hands of poachers in the 1980s, the Meru is once again a successful park, with breeding herds of elephants and other big game assuring its future.

Laikipia
Laikipia's varied habitats encourage a diverse range of species and allow for migratory herds to move from one area to another. Here, efforts are being made to breed and protect endangered species and often by staying at these properties, guests are contributing directly to the local conservation efforts.

General Information
CapitalNairobi
LanguageEnglish, Kiswahili
Time Difference3 hours
CurrencyKenyan Shilling, although we recommend taking US Dollars
Voltage240v

Health

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs as early as possible. We highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your Doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Please be advised that a Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate will be required for travel (in any direction) between South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide. You should take health advice about your specific needs as early as possible. Sources of information include: www.gov.uk/fco www

Sources of information include: www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.


Visa

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

Visas are required for Kenya (adults and children) and can be obtained online, prior to travel (or on arrival before 31 August 2015). NB: From 1 September 2015, the electronic system will be the only method to apply for a visa. All visitors will need to apply online, via www.evisa.go.ke or ecitizen, before travelling.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Climate+

The weather is sub-tropical with low rainfall throughout the year and is similar to that of California, or summer in southern France.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Kenya.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January2557
February2649
March2693
April24244
May23186
June2242
July2122
August2127
September2429
October2567
November23151
December2499

Highlights+

Maasai Mara National Reserve
Along with the wildlife opportunities, there are opportunities to visit the Masai community in local villages. The Masai tribe, is a colourful and vibrant tribe that stays true to its traditional values and way of life, and you may be able to see the women at work making handicrafts. There are also opportunities for hot-air balloon safaris over the Maasai Mara, fishing at Lake Victoria, walking and bird-watching.

Samburu National Reserve
The nomadic Borana, Samburu and Turkana people, who are some of the most traditional, herding cattle and wearing brightly-coloured clothing, can sometimes be seen in the area. Meanwhile, the Magado Crater, where salt is mined from the salt pans by local women, can be visited.

Meru National Park
There are opportunities for guided walks, game-drives and fishing on the banks of the Meru’s many rivers whilst probably being watched by hungry herons and kingfishers.

Laikipia
Those with a sense of adventure may be interested in rafting down the Ewaso Ngiro and Ng'are Narok Rivers.

Getting There+

Flight Information
British Airways direct from London Heathrow to Nairobi.
Via Dubai with Emirates from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow.

Flight Time
From London Heathrow to Nairobi: 8 hours, 25 minutes.

Flight Upgrades
British Airway upgrades start from as little as £790.00 per person, each way.

Travel Gems+

Travel Planning
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.

Sleep Beneath The Stars
Spend a night in one of Loisaba’s ‘Star Beds’ which are located in remote locations and allow you to spend the night outdoors beneath the twinkling stars.

Bush Breakfast
Enjoy an al fresco bush breakfast in the middle of the plains, surrounded by wildlife, at Elsa’s Kopje.

Ramadan
Ramadan is observed for one month each year, Ramadan is a period of fasting when the pace of life is slower, public areas are busier and there are certain restrictions, for example, consuming food in public, drinking alcohol and use of restaurants.

Talk to our Asia, Australasia and Africa Experts

Our dedicated Asia, Australasia and Africa Experts are ready to help you design your luxury holiday to Kenya. Furthermore, we have 2 Travel Consultants who have personally visited Kenya and can offer you their first-hand knowledge and experience.

Why Choose Elegant Resorts


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