FloYo Travels: Kenya

When you picture your dream Africa safari experience you likely imagine vast savannahs dotted with immense herds of wildlife. Maybe you picture snow-capped equatorial mountains or traditional people who bring soul and colour to the earth. This is Kenya. Begin your love affair with East Africa with some of the best game viewing in the world on this value-packed safari and cultural tour through Nairobi, Maasai Mara and Lamu.

Africa is a place that will change you and Kenya is the country that will show you where the spirit of Africa lies.

From watching hippos bask in clear lake waters to tracking a pride of lions through the savannah, our private safari guide will help us discover the Africa you only dreamed of. Each day will include a yoga class in our private tented safari camp and 2 daily game drives, then the evenings will include unlimited food and drinks as we gather around a traditional “boma” fire-pit as the stars above Africa shimmer overhead.

In addition to the magical Mara, we will also explore the bustling city center of Nairobi and then have time at the end of the retreat to relax on the lush, palm-fringed coastline of the Indian Ocean on Lamu Island.

Learn more about this incredible journey below. I hope you will join FloYo for an unforgettable travel  experience.

 


Nairobi:

In Nairobi, you will find a city that is lively, cosmopolitan and full of contrasts. It’s a place of smart office workers, mansions and expensive suburban shopping centers as well as slums crowded with people struggling on as best they can. Displaying enormous vitality and buzz, Nairobi is one of Africa’s major cities and is East Africa’s hub for commerce, aid and increasingly, technology. It hard to imagine that this city of almost 5 million people celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1999 and that where it now stands, only Maasai manyattas stood barely a century ago!


North Mara:

Situated in southwest Kenya, the Mara North Conservancy is a beautiful private wilderness area spanning more than 30,000 hectares. It is home to a spectacular array of plants, reptiles, birds and mammals; including elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and large concentrations of wildebeest, zebra, gazelle and other migratory wildlife. Leopard Gorge, in the heart of the conservancy, is famous as the setting of countless BBC Big Cat Diaries and National Geographic documentaries. Neighbouring the well-known Maasai Mara National Reserve, this conservancy is vital for sustaining the famous Serengeti wildebeest migrations as well as the highly threatened African wild dog and black rhino.

 


Lamu:

Forming part of the Lamu Archipelago along Kenya’s spectacular coastline, Lamu Island is a peaceful tropical island where life moves slowly. This charming island is mostly blanketed in sand dunes, mango trees and palm groves. Lamu Old Town is one of the best-preserved and oldest Swahili settlements in East Africa featuring many influences from Omani Arabs, Turkish and Portuguese traders, who all left their mark. To this day there are only a few vehicles on the island and in many respects, the narrow streets, footpaths and alleyways and markets have barely changed in hundreds of years. All of this adds a level of ancient mystique to your tropical island holiday.

Trip Details:

Location: Kenya (we will stay 2 nights in Nairobi, 4 nights in the Mara North Conservancy and 3 nights in Lamu Island)

How to get there: Fly into Nairobi International Airport

When:

November 6-15, 2020

Cost:
$5,500

 

What the trip includes:

  • 9 nights of accommodation
  • All meals (excluding 1 lunch and 2 dinners in Nairobi)
  • Private driver
  • Conservation fees
  • Game park entrance fees
  • Flights within Kenya (this includes 3 individual flights)
  • Transports to airport and airstrips
  • Visits to local market
  • Visits to Koiyaki Guiding School and Aitong School
  • Laundry (when on safari)
  • Drinks (when on safari)

Does Not Include:

  • International flights to Nairobi
  • Meals in Nairobi (other than breakfast)
  • Entrance fees in Nairobi (if you want to visit the Giraffe Center or Elephant Orphanage, etc.)
  • Premium brand drinks, champagne, cognacs and cellar wines
  • Sightseeing and excursions not specified in the itinerary
  • US and foreign airport taxes
  • Passport and visa fees and service charges for obtaining visas
  • Excess baggage charges levied by airlines
  • Emergency medical evacuation policy (AKA travel insurance)
  • Gratuities to drivers/guides

Our Accommodation

 

Nairobi:

Tamarind Tree Hotel is ideally located just 5 km to the southwest of Nairobi within the spacious Carnivore grounds and it’s iconic Carnivore Restaurant. The hotel offers easy access to all parts of the city, it’s national park, as well as to the country’s many diverse attractions via the neighboring Wilson Airport and Southern Bypass. The nearby Langata and Karen suburbs are among the liveliest and most popular in Nairobi with world-class shopping malls and excellent restaurants.

Mara North Conservancy:

One of the smaller camps in the Mara, Offbeat Mara Camp has just seven tents offering a truly private, traditional safari experience within the Mara North Conservancy (MNC). The MNC founded in January 2009, is an area of about 74,000 acres and is incredibly rich in wildlife and has one of the lowest densities of tourist visitors in the greater Mara ecosystem, enabling guests to enjoy game viewing in privacy. Offbeat Mara Camp is one of the founding members of the Conservancy. Tucked away in this prime wildlife area, Offbeat Mara Camp provides guests with superb game viewing – lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo are all seen regularly in the stunning valley that surrounds the camp. Most importantly, the camp is far away from other lodges and camps. We aim to provide guests with great game viewing ‘away from the masses’.

Lamu Island:

We will stay in a private villa on Kizingoni Beach which stretches across 24 acres of golden beachfront. Our villa is on the southernmost tip of Lamu Island. There are not many stretches of beach like this left in the world. It offers seclusion, cooling winds, fresh water and clean seas, yet the delights and supplies of Lamu and Shela are a twenty-minute boat ride away.

The property is covered with established coconuts and doum palms with some indigenous woodland. The beach is virtually empty, apart from myriad crabs, migrant and local sea birds, shells and the occasional donkey troop.

The local village of Kipungani is a friendly and unspoilt fishing hamlet. Our villa is fully staffed to ensure you will not have to think about a thing! Our private chef will cook all of our meals at the villa. There is plenty to do at Kizingoni Beach, including water sports (SUP’s included!), swimming, snorkeling and beach walking. Sailing and deep sea fishing can be arranged as well.