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Kenya Destination Guide

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For more information, please call our Travel Consultants on:01244 897 111

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+

Capital Nairobi
Language English, Kiswahili
Time Difference 3 hours
Currency Kenyan Shilling, although we recommend taking US Dollars
Voltage 240v

Kenya is a gift that keeps on giving. From the very moment your feet touch the ground, your infatuation with this corner of Africa will begin. Kenya’s stirring and diverse landscape is captivating - from its rolling hills to vast plains, from desert-like conditions to lush green vegetation, from the bustling Capital City of Nairobi to the calming wildlife-filled plains of the Maasai Mara, there is something for everyone in this majestic country.

Home to the ‘Big Five’, Kenya is one of the best game viewing destinations in the world, and the land of the great migration of the wildebeest. Meet the proud locals of this marvellous land, as they astound you with their cultures and traditions, whilst educating you on the utter importance of wildlife conservation. Whatever you see or do, a luxury trip to Kenya with Elegant Resorts will tick a whole lot off your bucket list!

Highlights+

Maasai Mara National Reserve
The Maasai Mara National Reserve is renowned for its wildlife-rich savannahs (home to the iconic ‘Big Five’) that are often featured on acclaimed nature documentaries around the world. The Mara has an incredible ecosystem and life thrives here; with reliable rains and plentiful vegetation, it is no surprise that this national reserve supports millions of herbivores - including elephants, Masai giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, impalas and several species of gazelle. With such a mass concentration of game here, this accounts for high predator numbers, including cheetahs, leopards and the highest density of lions in the world!

Meru National Park
Experience one of Kenya’s most underrated national parks, Meru National Park. Marred with mass poaching in the 1980s (which was brought to light in the film Born Free), the area is now well protected; the Born Free Foundation is devoted to preserving animal species across the globe and preventing extinction through conservation and education. Meru is also where you will fine Elsa’s Kopje, a boutique safari lodge accredited to saving this beautiful National Park, which has suffered with little or no income from visitors. The Park boasts enormous diversity of ecosystems and wildlife - including elephants, lions, buffalo, giraffe and much more!

Olare Motorogi Conservancy
Bordering the Maasai Mara is the expansive Olare Motorogi Conservancy, home to an abundance of wildlife, including all the big cats of which the Mara is famous for. This wealth of wildlife provides a more exclusive view of game in this pristine environment. Also unique to the Olare Motorogi Conservancy is its healthy population of endangered species (such as elephants, rhino and wild dogs) due to its protection through sensitive tourism development. Therefore, it is no surprise that the Mara Plains Camp and Mahali Mzuri are situated on this exceptional conservancy.

The Great Wildebeest Migration
Tick the great wildebeest migration off your bucket list. Considered one of the ‘Seven New Wonders of the World’, the Masai Mara provides the perfect location to see this natural phenomenon. Nowhere else in the world is there such a vast migration of animals; over two million mammals migrate from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the greener and pastoral plains of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, during July through to October. The migration sees the animals travelling on a 1,200-mile odyssey, including a treacherous crossing over the Mara River where crocodiles lie waiting.

Culture
Your trip to Kenya isn’t just about its amazing animals; the people that live there make it equally as unforgettable, and their fascinating cultures will provide a truly enlightening experience. Whether you choose Mahali Mazuri or the Mara Plains Camp, meet the wonderful Maasai warriors as they tell you stories about their villages and their fascinating and welcoming culture. Learn about traditions or visit a school - you will certainly enjoy every minute of this remarkable experience!

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.

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

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.

Travel Documentation+

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.

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.

Visas are required for Kenya (adults and children) and can be obtained online, prior to travel. 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.

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

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

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/

In addition, 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.

Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net, www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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

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