Dates and prices
-Full board accommodation while on safari
-Scheduled flight Nairobi - Masai Mara - Ukunda
-Park entrance fee in the Mara Reserve
-All game drives and sightseeing in the camp’s shared 4x4 Land cruiser safari vehicles
-Transfers as stated in the itinerary
-Current government taxes and levies
-International and domestic airfares not mentioned above
-Domestic flight on the last day: Mombasa to Nairobi
-Balloon flight in the Masai Mara - normal price USD 450 per person
-International and domestic departure tax
-Travel and health insurance
-Gratuities to your guide, hotel staff and porters
-Any other items of a personal nature, such as drinks, laundry, telephone and postage
Arrival & Departure Information - Kenya's International airport is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Upon arrival you will be met by a representative from Albatros Travel and introduced to your driver guide who will transport you to the domestic airport for your flight to Masai Mara National Park. Please let us know if you would like to be picked up at a hotel or the airport. If you have already booked your flight, let us know your flight details.
Visas - Certain nationalities (including Europeans and citizens of United States) require a visa to enter Kenya. The current cost of a single-entry visa is USD 50 per person. Visas can be purchased on arrival in all major currencies.
Health Requirements - Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an endemic area. Please visit your doctor for further medical precautionary advise.
Weather - Given Kenya’s equatorial location, the climate is warm year round, however it can get chilly in the early morning and evenings.
Remember to pack - A fleece jacket for early morning and late evenings, long sleeved tops and light trousers for the evenings, sensible walking shoes, a sun-hat and a swimming costume.
Time difference - GMT +3 hours
Capital City - Nairobi
What is the best time of year to travel to Kenya? Kenya is a great year-round destination, and it is therefore tricky to pick a best time to come as all of the seasons have their highlights. Technically there are two ‘rainy seasons’; the ‘long rains’ (normally referred to as the rainy season) which normally come in April/May time and the ‘short rains’ of November. As with everywhere, weather patterns are somewhat unpredictable and vary slightly from year to year.
The rainy season is considered the low season, and this is reflected in the rates. But coming at this time of year has its benefits. The migratory birds arrive in Kenya at this time, the rain settles the dust and the dark rain clouds provide for extremely spectacular lighting over the African plains.
The peak season is in July and August, when the annual wildebeest migration occurs in the Masai Mara, and rivers are full. Bear in mind however that at that time of year, there are a lot more vehicles and “traffic” than at other time of the year.
Some of the best months to visit include October and June as at these times you will be able to enjoy fabulous game viewing but without so many other tourists.
Although Kenya straddles the equator and has a tropical climate the so-called winter months of July and August can be chilly, while December, January and February tend to be the hottest. The coastal areas are hot and humid at this time and the inland areas enjoy a more temperate climate. The north of the country is very dry and arid.
What are Kenya’s must-sees? Kenya has huge diversity in terms of what it can offer to its visitors. From the vastness of the Great Rift Valley and its stunning lakes, to the wide open plains of the world famous Masai Mara, Kenya is an animal and bird lover’s paradise. The parks in the northern part of Kenya offer the unique northern species, and there is also the spectacular coastline with its crystal clear waters and pure white sandy beaches. Kenya is rich in culture, being home to over 42 different tribes, and has a very interesting history. For those who are more adventurous, there is Mount Kenya to climb as well as camel trekking, kite surfing, deep sea fishing and horse-back safaris.
What inoculations are required for visiting Kenya? We recommend that you visit your general practitioner for the most up-to-date and accurate guidance on inoculations. A Yellow Fever certificate is required when coming from an endemic country or if you have recently visited an endemic country. It is also often recommended to have Hepatitis, Cholera and Typhoid inoculations prior to visiting Kenya, as well as considering taking malaria precautions, particularly when visiting coastal areas. Malerone is an anti-malarial prophylaxis which we find to have only mild side-effects, however please take your doctor’s advice when considering this important area.
Is a visa required to visit Kenya? Depending on where you are travelling from, it is likely that a visa will be required for entry into Kenya. In most instances this can be purchased on arrival for USD50 per person, however we do recommend obtaining it in advance if possible to avoid queuing on arrival. Please check what the specific visa requirements for your nationality are when making your booking, as they vary from country to country and can change with little notice.
Does Kenya have the Big 5? Yes, it is possible to see the Big 5 in most of Kenya’s national parks if you are lucky! The Big 5 includes lions, elephants, rhinos, buffalos and the elusive leopard.
Is Kenya Safe? As with all capital cities, there are some areas of Nairobi which are better avoided at night, and we generally recommend ensuring that you do not walk around unaccompanied at night. In line with advice given by the British Foreign Office we also recommend avoiding travel to areas adjacent to the border with Somalia, which has seen a recent uptick in incidents involving foreign travellers. On the whole however, Kenya is a safe destination and the people are extremely friendly and welcoming.
What is the currency? The official currency of Kenya is the Kenya Shilling which is made up of 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 50 cents, 1 Shilling, 5 shillings, 10 shillings, 20 shillings and 40 shillings. Notes are in 50 shillings, 100 shillings, 200 shillings, 500 Shillings and 1,000 shillings.
USD and credit cards are also widely accepted in most large hotels and lodges.
Can you give us some guidelines on tipping? While tipping is not expected, it is certainly greatly appreciated. As a guideline, we suggest tipping around USD 10 per person per day to your driver guide and the same for the communal staff boxes at the hotels and camps.
Can I use my mobile phone in Kenya? With International roaming it is usually possible to obtain a mobile phone signal, however local sim cards are very cheap and will save you money on roaming charges. The top-up cards are readily available in all hotels, lodges and supermarkets and this is definitely the best option. Please note that there are some areas in the more remote regions of Kenya which do not have mobile phone coverage.