Our tour begins with an exploration of the lush Shimba Hills and Arabuko-Sokoke Forest. Here we will endeavor to find some of the rarest birds in Africa, including the diminutive Sokoke Scops Owl and Clarke’s Weaver. We then travel through both Tsavo West and East Parks, offering excellent game viewing and a huge bird list. The isolated Taita Hills, with its critically endangered species, will no doubt be memorable, and we’ll search all elevations of Mount Kenya’s slopes for avian gems such as Bar-tailed Trogon and Abyssinian Ground Thrush. We then enter the true arid zone at Samburu-Shaba, where highlights may include Golden-breasted Starling and Vulturine Guineafowl. The dry woodlands of Lake Baringo are home to Jackson’s Hornbill and Somali Sparrow, while the famous Kakamega forest adds a West African element to our tour with Blue-headed Bee-eater and Yellow-bellied Wattle-eye being notable targets. After exploring the papyrus swamps and moist woodlands along Lake Victoria, we finally enter the plains to visit arguably the most famous game reserve in the world, the fabulous Maasai Mara!
Tour Dates- 6th April to 1st May (26 days)
Tour Price- US$9,150 per person sharing (see below)
US$ 160 approximate cost of domestic flight
(Tour price fixed in US$, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)
Tour Size- 12 participants and 2 leaders
6th April- Nairobi to Shimba Hills
7th April- Shimba Hills to Watamu Bay
8th April- Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, Mida Creek and Sabaki River Mouth
9th April- Watamu Bay to Tsavo East National Park
10th April- Tsavo East to Tsavo West via the Taita Hills
11th April- Tsavo West
12th April- Tsavo West NP to Nairobi via Mzima Springs
13th April- Nairobi to Thika
14th April- Thika to Lake Naivasha
15th April- Lake Naivasha to Mt Kenya via Aberdares National Park
16th April- Mount Kenya
17th April- Mount Kenya to Samburu
18th April- Samburu to Shaba Game Reserve
19th April- Shaba to Naro Moru
20th April- Naro Moru to Lake Nakuru
21st April- Lake Nakuru to Lake Baringo
22nd April- Lake Baringo and Kapedo
23rd April- Lake Baringo to Kitale
24th April- Kitale to Kakamega Forest
25th April- Kakamega Forest
This tour will be limited to 12 participants and 2 leaders.
The fee for the Kenya Mega tour is US$9,150 per person from Nairobi and back to Nairobi. (Please note: The tour price does NOT include the domestic flight as mentioned in the itinerary. As a general guideline, we suggest you budget +/- US$160 per person. RBT can book this flight on your behalf at no extra charge.)
Should you wish to pay for this tour in Great British Pound (£), Euro (€), or South African Rand (ZAR), please refer to our website for the current exchange rate.
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The single supplement cost is US$595 and will be charged if you wish to have single accommodation. If RBT cannot provide you with a rooming partner although you choose to share, the single supplement will become applicable. We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a rooming partner is found if you do wish to share.
•All meals from lunch on day 1 to dinner on day 26;
•Bottled drinking water;
•All lodgings as stated in the itinerary;
•Ground transportation in safari-style 4x4 minibuses;
•Reserve Entrance Fees;
•Gratuities for local guides and services; and
•All guiding services.
The tour fee does not include:
•ANY airfares (see above);
•Optional excursions not mentioned in the itinerary;
•Special gratuities; and
•Telephone calls, laundry or other items of a personal nature.
a) Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we now quote our tours in 4 currencies. The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (US$), and the actual cost in the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 3 months before the tour.) Approximate domestic flight and single supplement rates have been converted to US$ but are also subject to exchange rate movements.
b) Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration (a minimum of 6 paying participants) a small party supplement will have to be charged.
c) Furthermore, these costs are subject to unforeseen increases in tour related costs and may have to be adjusted as a result.
d) Lastly, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary and / or the designated leader/s at short or no notice due to unforeseen circumstances; please be aware that we will attempt to adhere as close to the original program as possible.
As noted above, gratuities (drivers, hotel staff, restaurants etc) are included on this tour. However, this does not include your leaders. If, therefore, you feel that they have given you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip them.
•Our Mega tours are fast-paced birding adventures designed for the dedicated lister and serious birder. The focus of the tour is to see as many of the endemics and area specials as possible in the time given. In order to cover the route needed to maximise the species list we stay for a single night only at most sites. This tour is not suitable for those with a casual interest in birds or those who do not enjoy a fast paced and demanding tour.
•In order to cover the variety of sites in this large country we will have to cover a lot of ground and as a result there is a lot of driving on this tour. Furthermore in the areas with big game we will be confined to the vehicles.
•It is important for the comfort of your fellow travellers that you do not over-pack. Kindly stick to 20kg (44lb) for check in luggage and 8kg (18lb) for hand luggage.
•Accommodation throughout the trip is of a generally high standard and the hotels and resorts that we make use of range from comfortable to rather luxurious. There is no camping on this trip.
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE DETAILS:
This tour does not include any airfares. The tour will depart from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi on the morning of day 1 of the tour and it is advised that you arrive the day before the tour starts. Further meeting details in this regard will be forwarded to you in due course. The tour will conclude by early evening in Nairobi on day 26. If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance in this regard, kindly contact the office.
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi is the main port of entry/departure for this tour. KLM offers the most reliable and regular routes via Amsterdam, for North America and European travellers, to this airport. These flights however often arrive in the evening necessitating arrival the night before the tour start date. This will give one time to recover from the rigors of international flight travel before the tour starts. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic also offer daily flights from London to Nairobi and return and would probably be more reliable than the Kenya Airways who offer regular flights from London to Nairobi. As our guests come from all over the planet we do not include international flights in our tour prices. We have the capacity to advise you on the best route according to your preferences but your local travel agent will best be able to book these flights for you. We can, however, book the internal flight on your behalf.
IMPORTANT: please DO NOT book your international flights until you have consulted the office for confirmation on the status of the tour.
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