Day 1: Transfer. Pick-up from the Moi International airport transfer to one of the North or South Coast 4 or 5 star Beach Hotels in Mombasa for overnight.
Day 2: The city of Mombasa, spread over a small coral island, has a long, colorful history. It was identified as a port in an Egyptian guide published in Alexandria in AD 80. In 1948 Arab settlers gave such a hostile reception to the explorer Vasco da Gama that he sailed on to Malindi. Fort Jesus, built by the Portuguese in 1953 to secure their position in Mombasa, under siege for more than 33 months before it fell to the Sultan of Oman in 1699. For thousands of years dhows have across the Indian Ocean carrying rare and exotic cargoes of spices and ivory. These romantic old sailing vessels have now been largely replaced, but they can still be seen on Mombasa harbor on balmy African evenings.
Our tour starts on the north coast where we visit the Dr. Krapf Ludwig monument, from which there is a magnificent view of the Old Port and Fort Jesus. During the drive around the island our guide will point out places of historical and political interest. The tour then goes on the mainland to visit the Akamba Handicraft Industry Co-operative Society where you will be able to watch the craftsmen at work and bargain over their handicrafts. Returning to the island we spend some time exploring Fort Jesus Museum and wander through the old town admiring the myriad of shops selling perfumes, embroideries, wood or stone carvings, sea-chests and even Persian rugs. There will be a coffee break and an opportunity for shopping for souvenirs. At the completion of the tour we will return you to the doorstep of your hotel.
Day 3: Transport available from North and South coast of Mombasa and on arrival, a classic light Swahili breakfast of traditional sweet breads and fresh fruit with Arabic coffee or Swahili tea is served down the famous Shimoni Caves, a community project supported by Charlie Claw’s. At 9 am to catch the best tide option, board a converted authentic Lamu dhow and in comfort with space to stretch out and relax and depart from the sleepy fishing and authentic trading port of Shimoni for snorkeling and sustainable, responsible dolphin spotting - 90% + dolphin success rate!
The best underwater experience on the Kenya Coast. Mineral water, fruits and sodas for guests on dhow are free of charge. For snorkelers masks (+ limited prescription masks) and snorkels, fins and and full diving gear for divers is provided. Non swimming guests can enjoy the underwater using glass bottomed viewers from the accompanying support dinghy. Dhows sail at some point during the day, traditionally rigged it’s a "back-in-time" experience. Scuba diving for diving enthusiasts or a fun dive for first timers are on offer at an inexpensive additional cost for a fun, single or 2 tank dive. Junior dive kit for 10+ yrs. SSI certified diving instructors supervise and offer individual assistance. Also BSAC registered. Divers are regularly joined by turtles.
An exotic 5-course lunch. On arrival a very welcome chilled Wasini Special cocktail is served followed by unlimited quality wines, beers, sodas and mineral water are included whilst guests enjoy. An afternoon program offered only by Charlie Claw’s Guests have the following options: to snooze on the beds under the shade in the private gardens and cool off in the Lazy Lagoon Pool - the only pool on the island, enormous and natural; or visit the nearby Wasini village - an authentic fishing community with Arab coastal style houses, ancient tombs and mosques – and the Women’s Boardwalk community project supported by Charlie Claw’s - a spectacular coral garden and into the mangroves walk of discovery. An early evening departure ensures time to freshen up before supper.
Days 4-6: First Option: 3 day Safari Tsavo East and West. Our Safari leaves Mombasa and drives north towards the vast wilderness of Tsavo East, Kenya’s oldest and largest park. We stop for lunch. After lunch we spend the afternoon exploring the park where we can expect to see elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, kudu, zebra and hartebeest. Dinner and overnight. Game drives early morning before Breakfast. After breakfast leave Tsavo East with game drive en-route and cross into Tsavo West National Park for lunch. Later on in the afternoon, game viewing in the park. Dinner and overnight. Pre-breakfast game drive, Afterwards a visit to mzima springs where Hippos, Crocodiles, and various species of fish can be seen in the crystal-clear waters. We drive you to the coast with Lunch en-route arriving at your hotel by late afternoon.
Second Option: 4 days Safari Tsavo East, Amboseli and Tsavo West. Departure from Mombasa drive inland to enter Tsavo National Park (East) for game viewing in Kenya's biggest sanctuary which is noted for variety of different species of wild animals. Picnic lunch en route. Evening game drive. Dinner and overnight. Before breakfast, games drive in the park. After breakfast proceed to Masai Amboseli Game Reserve famed for lion and elephant, game drive en route. Presently exit Tsavo onto Mombasa-Nairobi Highway up to Emali/Sultan Hamud and then enter Amboseli. Time allowing evening game drive. Picnic Lunch en route. Dinner and overnight. After breakfast leave for Tsavo West with picnic lunch and game drive en-route including a visit to mzima springs where Hippos, Crocodiles, and various species of fish can be seen in the crystal-clear waters. Later on in the afternoon, game viewing. Dinner and overnight. Pre-breakfast game drive. We drive you to the coast with Lunch en-route arriving at your hotel by late afternoon.
Day 7: Free at Beach at leisure for last minutes shopping for Souvenirs and antiques to take back with you. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 8: Transfer back to the Moi international Airport for our return flight at the End of your tour.
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