Journey north of the Maasai Mara and up through the Great Rift Valley to discover flamingo-covered lakes, dramatic landscapes and ancient cultures.
Kenya’s vast northern region is easily accessible by plane from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport. Whether at the start or end of your safari there are many daily scheduled flights available as well as the option to travel via private flight. There is a good network of scheduled flights between Northern Kenya and the Maasai Mara which allows for onward connectivity.
This region rolls out from the foot of Mount Kenya, and is home to some of the most beautiful and well conserved private tracts of land in Kenya. Often it will be just you out on safari – it is rare to see another vehicle for hours at a time – with Mount Kenya always watching over this lovely wilderness, home to many endemic species’.
A stark contrast to some of the more verdant reserves in Kenya, the arid landscape of Samburu National Park brings a beauty of its own to any East African safari. It is here travellers are able to experience the deeply rich culture of the Samburu and get the opportunity to view rare endemic species such as the Grevy’s zebra, gerenuk, beisa oryx and reticulated giraffe.
As the second highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kenya, dominates over the Laikipia Plateau. A more technical climb than that of her big sister Mount Kilimanjaro to the south in Tanzania, the four-day adventure to summit Mount Kenya is not for the faint-hearted.
An exclusive-use retreat tucked into the gentle hills of the Borana Conservancy in Laikipia, this private house, inspired by Ethiopian monasteries, is set around a courtyard blooming in roses, lavender, jasmine, African olives and gentle running water. With a focus on wellness, delicious food, a handsome spa boasting a hammam, fitness room, cinema, squash court and a clay tennis court, Arijiju has just five suites and is one of the loveliest safari homes on the African continent.
Great game viewing, an impressive collection of contemporary African art and gracious hospitality all come together here at unforgettable Segera. The lodge sits behind a protective thorn fence which surrounds beautiful gardens offering welcome reprieve after a long day out on safari. Make sure you visit GAAMY, the yellow Gypsy Moth ‘flown’ by Robert Redford in Out of Africa. And for the more adventurous sleep out in the extraordinary Nay Palad Bird Nest. The retreat is made up of five garden villas and three exclusive-use villas.
There is only one Ol Jogi on the planet and unlikely ever to be another. Family-owned for over forty years, Ol Jogi is an exclusive-use sprawling safari home that welcomes up to twenty five guests and is set in lush gardens and filled with treasures beyond imagining. Tucked into a rocky outcrop the house is surrounded by 60 000 acres of rolling Laikipia landscape, a safe haven for the preservation and future development of wildlife conservation and home to an impressive number of both black and white rhino.
Set on a hillside, this exclusive safari home with six suites is perfect for families or groups of friends. With uninterrupted views of the conservancy and Mt Kenya to the east guests feel truly at home in this gracious house complete with boules pitch, swimming pool and billiard room. Safaris on the conservancy will always deliver excellent rhino sightings (both white and black) and sundowners are celebrated on the Pride Rock.
Sirai takes its name from the Maasai for euphorbia tree which, along with ancient wild olive trees and indigenous cedars dot the ridge on which the house sits. This exclusive use safari home with just six suites is more of a manor house than a home. Gracious, spacious, beautifully appointed and surrounded by a stud farm, Sirai crests at one of the highest points of the conservancy offering with breath-taking views of Mount Kenya.
A handsome Moroccan-styled camp, Sasaab overlooks the Samburu National Reserve. All nine spacious tented suites are built into the hillside and enjoy river views where the elephants come to bathe and have plunge pools. In the heart of in Kenya’s Northern Frontier District Sasaab is a place of rich natural diversity with an astounding number of animals from huge majestic elephant to lion, leopard and cheetah and the ‘Samburu Special Five’: the Beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Gerenuk antelope and Somali ostrich.
To enter Kenya you will need:
–A valid passport for at least six months from the date of entry, with at least three consecutive blank pages (temporary passports will not be accepted)
–Visas are required for visitors from many countries, including the UK and the US
–Visas can be applied for at the point of entry or online at the new eCitizen portal
–Single entry visas are valid for three months from issue, and cost US$ 50; multiple-entry visas cost US$ 110 – these fees can also be paid in Pounds
–Sterling & Euro, but must be in cash
–East African Tourist Visas valid for travel to all of Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda are also available
–Visitors from certain countries do not require a visa: for a full listing, please see the website of the Kenyan Embassy in Washington DC
Please note that all scheduled internal flights carry a luggage restriction of 15kg per person in soft bags, including carry-ons. The acceptance of excess baggage is at the sole discretion of the airline but some offer the option to purchase an additional freight seat for luggage weighing up to 75kg.
–Comfortable cotton clothing
–Both long and short sleeve shirts, shorts and trousers
–Comfortable walking shoes
–Sunhat, sunglasses, sun block, lip balm
–A jacket and/or warm fleece – layers are always good as it can be cold at altitude
–An extra pair of reading glasses (if you need ‘em)
Angama Safaris can assist with all your city hotel arrangements in Nairobi and has a close relationship with a network of properties, including Giraffe Manor, Hemingways, Kempinski Villa Rosa and various others. Our in-country team conducts regular site inspections to stay up to date with new hotels and upgrades at existing partner properties.
We are often asked, understandably, by travellers ‘how safe will I be?’ It is a good question to ask and simply put the answer is that Angama Safaris will do all and more to ensure your personal safety and the safety of your possessions every step of your journey. We have teams on the ground in Nairobi, at our lodge in the Maasai Mara and in Johannesburg all of whom are on call 24/7. As a lodge operator in Africa with over 25 years of operational experience in the safari business across 6 countries we know that keeping our guests safe is paramount. We have done, and continue to do this, day in and day out. Angama Safaris applies the same stringent adherences to safety as does the Angama Mara lodge team. Should you have any specific questions in this regard please ask your travel planner.
We are delighted you have chosen to travel to East Africa. You will meet some wonderful people during your stay and be amazed at how friendly and welcoming everyone is towards visitors. It almost goes without saying but please be sensitive to others and aware of local customs. Should you wish to take a photograph of someone, please ask permission beforehand. Generally the answer is yes but sometimes it comes with a request for a small donation. While theft is not very common, please take responsibility for the safety of your valuables by keeping them in a money belt or a hotel / lodge safe. Please take caution when in the urban areas, especially at night. We kindly request that you do not bring sweets for the children. In an effort to reduce the impact on the environment, Kenya has recently made the use and importation of all plastic bags illegal. The ban applies to carrier bags, flat bags, zip lock bags etc, with severe consequences if not complied with. Plastic bags (includes those from duty-free shopping) are known to be confiscated upon arrival in Nairobi.
In an effort to reduce the impact on the environment, Kenya has recently made the use and importation of all plastic bags illegal. The ban applies to carrier bags, flat bags, zip lock bags etc, with severe consequences if not complied with. Plastic bags (includes those from duty-free shopping) are known to be confiscated upon arrival in Nairobi.
Kenya is one of the many African countries where yellow fever is endemic, and a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travelers over one year of age who are arriving from other countries classified in the endemic zone (much of Africa and Latin America). Vaccinations need to be administered 10 days or more prior to travel, and the certificate will need to be provided as proof. Depending on your onward travel plans, or country of residence, you may also be required to have the vaccination in order to leave Kenya. Although Angama Mara is located in an area that is generally regarded low-risk, malaria is prevalent across Kenya, and we recommend that travellers contact their local medical clinic for professional advice, and that they obtain comprehensive travel insurance, including health cover, prior to travelling. Please note that all guests at Angama Mara are covered for Emergency Medical Evacuation by air to a Nairobi hospital – from there onwards all medical costs are for the traveller’s own expense. Anti-mosquito repellant is provided at Angama Mara and at most lodges in the region, please confirm for your specific itinerary.
The local currency is the Kenyan Shilling (KES) and the current rate of exchange is approximately KES 100 / US$1. To get an up-to-date rate of exchange, we recommend visiting Oanda.com. The Shilling is often referred to in shorthand as KSh, or quoted simply with “/-“ after the number; notes are available in denominations of up to 1,000. US$ are widely accepted, though you may have some trouble with notes of larger denomination or those issued prior to the year 2000. At certain bank branches US$ are available over the counter, but are not available for withdrawal from ATMs. We recommend travelling with some US$ in cash, for any eventuality, and in multiple denominations. Many local restaurants will accept US$, though prices are shown in Shillings and typically inclusive of all taxes and levies. All major credit cards are widely accepted: Visa, MasterCard, American Express & Diner’s Club etc. Gratuities are entirely at guests’ discretion and are not included in Angama Safaris quotes. There is no hard and fast rule for this, and tipping recommendations vary from property to property across the country. However as we are frequently asked for advice, herewith a guideline (per couple):
–Restaurant waiters: 10 – 15% (often asked for in cash and not included on the bill)
–City drivers: US$10 – $15
–City guides: $30 per day
–Lodge safari guides: $40 per day
–Lodge butlers / waiters: $10 – $20 per day
–Members of staff at a lodge (generally pooled and distributed): $15
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