Destination

Kenya


Kenya offers a lot of opportunities for relaxing, fun, sport and adventure across a wonderful landscape which includes mountains, deserts, green grasslands, savannah and spectacular sea coasts.

Kenya hosts more than 60 natural parks and reserves such as Amboseli, Tsavo, Masai Mara, the most famous, which are near to cosmopolitan cities such as Nairobi and Mombasa, and a sunny coastline lapped by the warm Indian Ocean. If in Malindi there are the most exclusive resorts, long white beaches and an international setting, in Watamu you can still feel the atmosphere of Africa that isn’t still reached by tourism where the atmosphere is relaxed and the passage of time is marked by the sun. The most exciting experience in Kenya is the safari, an unforgettable adventure during which you will have the opportunity to meet the real protagonists of these places: the animals.

 

Located on the east coast of Africa, Kenya is crossed by the equator and borders on Somalia to the east, on Ethiopia and the Sudan to the north, on Uganda to the west and on Tanzania to the south. Its shores are lapped by the Indian Ocean to the east, and to the west by Lake Victoria. The phenomenon of the tides, when twice a day the ocean recedes hundreds of meters showing the seabed, is awesome. The walks to the reef when there is low tide will show you an amazing setting. Check always the displayed calendar with daily schedules of the low and high tide.

Useful Information


CLIMATE The climate is tropical with temperatures between 24 and 30 degrees. The wettest season, called the "long rains", is from April to June, while the season of the "short rains" covers the months of October and November. The hottest season includes the months from January to March, while along the coast temperatures are high even in September and October.

 

DOCUMENTS AND VISAS You need a passport valid for at least six months. From 1 September 2015, entry visas, which current cost is US $ 51 due to variations in the exchange, is obligatory and it will be requested through an online procedure on the official website www.ecitizen.go.ke. While leaving the country, if not already settled in Italy, you will have to pay outgoing taxes of about 40 Euros.

 

VACCINATION Obligatory vaccination is not required, but it is always good practice to carry the medicines for personal use and the most common medicines, which are difficult to find on the site, such as intestinal disinfectant, antibiotics, insect repellent and sunscreen.

 

LANGUAGE The official language is Kiswahili, English is the second language but Italian is also very common.

 

CURRENCY The local currency is the Kenyan Shilling (KES or KSH) and 1 Euro is equal to about 119 shillings, according to daily exchange. Euros and US dollars printed after 2006 are generally accepted as the major credit card with a variable commission between 5% and 10%.

 

ELECTRICITY The current is AC 220 to 240 V. The sockets have three holes and an adapter with flat slats, as the English type, is therefore recommended. 

Excursions


ROBINSON ISLAND AND MARAFA (1 day) About 30 minutes driving north of Malindi you will arrive in a lovely place called Robinson Island. We will spend a beautiful and relaxing day at the beach and we will enjoy a delicious lunch of fish. In the afternoon we willl continue towards the Marafa canyon where a fascinating sight during the sunset will wait for us, a moment when it seems that the rocks start burning.

 

MALINDI TOUR (half day) We will go to discover Malindi: the first stop will be at the wood factory, and then we will reach the handmade "soap stone" market. The objects that you can find there, such as animal and human figures, are an important part of African artisanship.

 

BLUE SAFARI (1 day) The departure for a day in Marine Park will be dedicated to the sea: the visitors will get on special boats with glass bottoms and we will navigate to the reef. On board masks and snorkels will be given to dive and swim with a myriad of fish, while inexperienced swimmers will still enjoy the extraordinary spectacle from the boat. With the lowering of the tides we will continue towards Mayungu atolls, called by local people "Sardinia Due", where you will enjoy a delicious lunch with  grilled fish and shellfish. The free time is dedicated to sunbathe and relax at the beach or on the boat. The return will be in the afternoon. It is essential to bring sunscreen with a high protection, at least 50, especially during the first days of sun exposure.

 

GOLDEN BEACH (half day) On board of 4x4 vehicles, which gives the opportunity to see every detail of the excursion, we will travel through the beach, past the Sabaki River, whose mouth is a place where it is often possible to see hippos and flamingos. We will continue along the coast in the direction of the sand dunes, where we will admire the golden beach, which is so named because of its particles of pyrite, and dedicate to relax.

 

GEDE AND WATAMU RUINS Before reaching the beach in Watamu and the famous island of love, we will visit the ruins of the old Arab city of Gede, one of the oldest settlements of the Kenyan coast. The rest of the time is spent in relaxing at the seaside.

 

Possible changes, additions, or deletions of the excursion program will occur in case the weather does not allow to do the excursion safely.

Safari


Kenya hosts more than 60 nature reserves, national parks, marine parks and private ranches and it is superfluous to say that the word safari is like saying Kenya. Being submerged and surrounded by the silence of nature with the incredible scenery of the passage of animals in front of your eyes is an experience that is possible only in Africa. The incredible and ever-changing daily landscapes fight for beauty with the spectacle of the savannah at night. The starry sky seems to be infinite, while the dazzling sunlight is replaced by the mysterious moon. The sound of cicadas that is always present in the hot morning, is replaced by wilder night calls of elephants, lions and hyenas. It is not a coincidence if the word safari means voyage in the local language and this term is used all around the world. It would be impossible to describe what you feel when you are a part of the savannah, maybe the only word that is closer than the others is "magic"!

 

USEFUL INFORMATION

To help you fully enjoy the unique experience of the safari from the beginning, we would like to give you some useful information:

  • The baggage must be practical and is therefore not recommended to bring hard suitcases which take up space and run the risk of be damaged. It is better to use a duffel bag or a backpack
  • The dress code provides practical and light clothing of cotton or linen in neutral colours, comfortable shoes or closed boots, sunglasses and hat. At dusk, it is better to choose shirts or long-sleeved shirts and pants to the ankle to avoid mosquito bites. Warmer clothes are reserved for the evening
  • It is advisable to have a good mosquito repellent and sunscreen
  • It is not advisable to carry valuable items
  • Mobile phones often have no network coverage
  • Drivers and guides tours speak English, but generally understand and also speak Italian

All cars used for the safari are in radio contact with the base station in Malindi

- The treatment during the safari is full board, including water on the bus, while in tourist facilities drinks are not included. 

 

NATIONAL PARKS

 

LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK Lake Nakuru National Park, opened in 1968, is four kilometres from the town of Nakuru, Kenya's fourth settlement and capital of the Rift Valley. This lake offers to visitors, besides typical animals of the savannah, one of the most beautiful ornithological spectacle in the world: hundreds of pink flamingos that live in its basin to eat algae and while they fly through the sky it seems to be all pink, leaving viewers breathless in front of a show of incredible beauty.

 

AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK The Amboseli National Park, located in the Rift Valley and very close to the border with Tanzania, covers about 400 square kilometres and it is one of the most well-known safari parks in the world, starting with the famous Mount Kilimanjaro, whose peak of 5,895 m is always snowy and it is the highest of Africa. The Amboseli landscape is quite various: some areas very dry while other areas are full of lush vegetation. The park is also known as the Land of the Giants for its 1,500 elephants, a greater number than all other parks. The Amboseli National Park offers, in addition to many animal and plant species, the chance to meet the rare black rhino.

 

MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE The Masai Mara is certainly one of the most famous reserves in Africa, the natural extension of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The Masai Mara is an explosion of flora, fauna and colours, between green hills and grassy plains crossed by the Mara River, which gives its name to the Masai tribe who lived on the near area of the Serengeti. The setting is well-known for its high concentration of fauna, flora and for the migration of wildebeests and zebras in the months of April and October.

 

TSAVO NATIONAL PARK The Tsavo National Park is the largest nature reserve in Kenya with its 20,000 km² divided by Nairobi-Mombasa road in Tsavo East and Tsavo West. The west park covers an area of about 9,000 square kilometers and it is characterized by a wide variety of landscapes, rainforests, mountains, lakes and wide plains. The animals that inhabit it are leopards, antelopes, elephants, hippos, crocodiles and water birds. Tsavo East, developed on an area of about 11,000 square kilometers, can not entirely be visited because the north-east area is actually object of study. The eastern part of the park is the perfect habitat for elephants, zebras, gazelles and some varieties of predators.