6 Days / 5 Nights Best of western circuit

PREVIEW

Get to see the only equatorial tropical rainforest in Kenya, left over from past millennia when dense rain forest stretched from West Africa, across Central Africa and into the highland areas on the west and eastern walls of the Great Rift Valley. The forest includes some of Africa’s greatest hard and soft woods: splendid orchids sit amongst the branches of the larger trees. The trees create a complete environment for the birds, insects, butterflies and wildlife, so plentiful in the area. Also get to know about the first organized administration in Africa that puzzled the missionaries and explorers “The Wanga Kingdom”. Historians believe that the Kingdom was established in the 16c and collapsed during Kenya’s colonial and independent times however it was revamped by the current King Peter Mumia.

Lake Victoria (Dholuo: Nam Lolwe; Luganda: ‘Nnalubaale; Kinyarwanda: Nyanza; also Ukerewe) is one of

the African Great Lakes. Though having multiple local language names, the lake was renamed after Queen

Victoria by the explorer John Hanning Speke, the first Briton to document it in 1858, while on an expedition

with Richard Francis Burton. With a surface area of approximately 59,947 km2 (23,146 sq mi), Lake Victoria

is Africa’s largest lake by area, the world’s largest tropical lake,and the world’s second-largest fresh water lake

by surface area after Lake Superior in North America. The lake has a maximum depth of between 80 & 84 m

(262 and 276 ft) and an average depth of 40 m (130 ft). The lake’s area is divided among three countries:

Kenya occupies 6% (4,100 km2 (1,600 sq mi)), Uganda 45% (31,000 km2 (12,000 sq mi)), and Tanzania 49% (33,700 km2 (13,000 sq mi)).

Introduction

Accommodation Destination Start End Basis      Duration
Elementai Sentrim Lodge

Rondo Retreat

White Stone Resort

Depart

Lake Naivasha

Kakamega Forest

Rusinga Island

Nairobi

Day 1

Day 2

Day 4

Day 6

Day 2

Day 4

Day 6

Day 6

FB+        FB+            FB+          B 1 Night                                    2 Nights                                    2 Nights                                    N/A

Key
B: Breakfast.

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DAY 01: NAIROBI COUNTY – LAKE NAIVASHA

Day Itinerary

Depart Nairobi at 08h00 and arrive at Lake Naivasha for lunch. After lunch, have a boat ride on Lake Naivasha and visit the Crescent Island, a curious peninsula /archipelago, which is filled with different species of herd animals and one is able to freely walk around the island. Dinner and overnight at ELEMENTAITA SENTRIM LODGE.

Basis

Half Board :– Lunch, Dinner, Bed and Activities

Lake Naivasha is surrounded by stands of papyrus and is a bird-watchers paradise.  Waterbirds exists in great variety and abundance and over 400 birds have been recorded on the lake. Fish eagles and ospreys, herons and egrets, lily-trotters, red-knobbed coots and black crakes can be found within the area of this beautiful lake, which also supports around 500 resident hippos and introduced sport fish including the Nile perch, the North American red swamp crayfish and various aquatic plants.

DAY 02: LAKE NAIVASHA – KAKAMEGA COUNTY

Day Itinerary

Depart Lake Naivasha at 08h00 and arrive at kakamega for lunch. After lunch, proceed on a panoramic tour of Kakamega town, and the Crying Stone, where your professional guide will give a brief history about the Luhyia community. Dinner and overnight at RONDO RETREAT.

Basis

Half Board :– Lunch, Dinner, Bed and Activities

Kakamega Forest National Reserve

Kakamega Forest National Reserve is the only equatorial tropical rainforest in Kenya 6000 ft, left over from past millennia when dense rain forest stretched from West Africa, across Central Africa and into the highland areas on the west and eastern walls of the Great Rift Valley. The forest includes some of Africa’s greatest hard and soft woods: Elgon teak, red and white stink woods and several varieties of Croton and Aniageria Altisima. Splendid orchids sit amongst the branches of the larger trees. The trees create a complete environment for the birds, insects, butterflies and wildlife, so plentiful in the area.

 

Bird watching:  330 species of which some are found nowhere else in the country. The common one being the Blue turaco. Kenya is ranked among the leading countries with 1090 species of birds. Not surprisingly, more and more Kenyans are becoming keen birders, and all over the world bird-watching is a fast-growing hobby. The country is endowed with over 62 bird watching locations that are globally recognized as Important Bird Areas. Kakamega forest national reserve is one of them. Butterfly watching: over 400 species of butterflies. There are 7 kilometers of trails with a team of ranger guides to escort visitors through the forest. The indigenous trees lining the trails are identified on signs with their local and scientific names. The walk to Buyangu Hill, the highest point in the forest, is a must for visitors.

DAY 03: KAKAMEGA FOREST & NABONGO CULTURAL CENTRE

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, transfer to the Tropical equatorial rainforest of Kakamega which is a living museum of unique and rare species. The lush forest has many good walking trails and the wide variety of unique plants and animals make for a truly fascinating trek. Walking beneath the lush forest canopy the deep shade is pierced by flashes of colour, exotic birdcalls and the scents of wood, flower and moss. For bird and butterfly watchers, this is the place to visit. Lunch at your hotel. In the early afternoon drive to Mumias  town to visit the shrine of the famous Wanga Kingdom (Nabongo Cultural Centre). Dinner and overnight at RONDO RETREAT.

Basis

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Nabongo Cultural Centre.

It is about 30 kilometers from kakamega, build in 2008 a haven where one can find the community’s cultural artifacts and age-old habits. The center comprises of traditional Luhya homestead, complete with huts for the man of the house, the wives and sons. A mausoleum where the past Kings (Nabongo) were interred; Nabongo Wanga, Nabongo Mumia 1 and Nabongo Netia lie. Next to the past Nabongos’ graves is a space where the current King could be laid to rest some day.

The Wanga Kingdom was the first organized administration in Africa that puzzled the missionaries and explorers. Historians believe that the Kingdom was established in the 16c and collapsed during Kenya’s colonial and independent times however it was revamped by the current King Peter Mumia. The King took the throne as Nabongo in 1974, but his quest to reclaim the celebrated Wanga Kingdom has not been fruitful due to the prevailing modern democracy that leaves no room for traditional elders in the government. Though an Up-hill task he is optimistic and enthusiastic that with support from the government department for Culture he will realize this dream. Dinner and overnight at RONDO RETREAT.

DAY 04: KAKAMEGA FOREST – RUSINGA ISLAND

Day Itinerary

Departure from Kakamega at 8am and arrive at Rusinga Island for lunch. After a bit of relaxation we have a walk to Tom Mboya Memorial grave site and thereafter go back to the hotel for dinner overnight. (music and bonfire). Dinner and overnight at WHITE STONE RESORT.

Basis

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DAY 05: MFANGANO ISLAND

Day Itinerary

We will depart for Mfangano Island for hiking exercise and later have lunch at Siambi Resort. We will cross by engine boat to Takawiri Island then catch water bus at 3pm to Rusinga Island for dinner and overnight. Dinner and overnight at WHITE STONE RESORT.

Basis

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DAY 06: RUSINGA ISLAND – NAIROBI COUNTY

Day Itinerary

Depart after breakfast and journey back to Nairobi arriving in time for lunch. Nairobi, Kenya’s Capital, is a well-planned modern city of over four million inhabitants.  It is justly described as a garden city as its broad avenues are lined with flowering plants and shrubs. Situated at an altitude of 1600 metres, it enjoys hot sunny days and cool evenings. Places of interest to the visitor include the Municipal Market, the ornate Jamia Mosque and the National Museum with its adjacent Snake Park and Aviary.  There are several art galleries exhibiting work by local artists, displays of tribal dancing, two theatres, variety of good restaurants and wealth of fascinating curio shops. Distance 400 kms 7hrs drive.

Basis

Breakfast:– Breakfast

QUOTES/COSTS/RATES OF THIS

Number of PAX 03 Jan – 31 March, June & Nov – 15 Dec  2021 01 July  – 31 Oct  &         16 Dec  – 02 Jan 2022 01 April – 31 May 2021
1 person  Per Person
2 persons Per Person
3 persons Per Person
4 persons Per Person
5 persons Per Person
6 persons Per Person

QUOTATION INCLUDES:

 

  • Full board accommodation in the Lodge
  • Transportation whilst on safari in 7- seater 4 x 4 minibus, driven by english-speaking driver/guide
  • All park/reserve/museum entrance fees
  • Services of an english-speaking guide
  • A bottle of mineral water ½ litre per person per day

 

 

Complimentary from Campofrio Safaris

  • Mineral Water in the safari vehicles during the safari, (2 bottles per person per day during the safari)
  • AMREF Emergency evacuation service only – no medical bills – full passport details required.

Our price does Not INCLUDE; 

  • The cost of obtaining visas; Kenya visa can be got at ease at JKI Airport for US$50 – no photos required
  • Expenses like laundry, beverages, bar bill, telephone, mineral water, porterage etc.
  • Travel and medical insurance.
  • Tips
  • Inoculations and personal insurance
  • Any internal flights and departure taxes (within East African Countries)
  • International flights and departure taxes
  • Optional activities and excursions
  • Items of personal nature such as beverages, telephone, postage etc
  • Holiday (Christmas, Easter) and other seasonal surcharges – please consult us for the details.
  • All other expenses that are purely of a personal nature.
  • All other items that are not mentioned in ‘our price includes’.

Please note; 

  • Non A/C Vehicles are used for transfers in cities and on Safari in Kenya
  • Luggage limit of one soft bag per person during travel in Kenya. Hard cases should be avoided as they cannot fit in safari vehicles.
  • Baggage allowance for domestic flights is 15kgs per person including hand luggage. Soft-sided luggage or duffels are preferable to hard luggage for storage on safari vehicles and aircrafts used within East Africa. Large suitcases of dimensions greater than 24″x 17″x 7″ are impossible to store in vehicles and on aircraft and should not be used. (Baggage and personal effects are at owner’s risk throughout the tour and baggage insurance for members is strongly advised).
  • The rate includes accommodation based on the hotels and lodges mentioned in the program using standard rooms. Please be advised that the maximum singles the lodges can give is 4. The rest are charged as doubles.
  • ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION: In the case of a confirmed booking being re-routed for whatever reason we will endeavour to move guests to an equivalent level property subject to availability and with prior agreement with the operator/agent and we reserve the right to do so in the best interests of all concerned

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Contract variations

The contractual costs mentioned above in this agreement are subject to change without prior notice; however, every effort will be made to maintain them. In the event of a change in Government Taxes or Levies affecting the rates mentioned herein, Campofrio Safaris has the right to pass on any increases to our Partners or Clients.

Payment Policy

A deposit of 35% is required at the time of booking.  The balance of 65% is due 45 days before commencement of the tour program.  If the reservation is made within 45 days of departure the whole amount must be paid at the time of confirmation.

Children Policy:

Children between the age of 3 and 12 years

  • Pays 60% of the adult rate if sharing a room with two adults
  • Pays 80% of the adult rate if sharing a room with another children
  • Pays 100% of the adult rates if sharing a room with one adult
  • No discount on Holiday and other supplements

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received in writing. As all suppliers charge cancellation fees, they are in turn passed on to us.

Reservations that are cancelled, reduced in length of stay or reduced in number of occupancy are subject to cancellation and no-show fees. Following is the scale for cancellation charges:

  • 35% if cancelled between 45 and 35days prior to arrival
  • 50% if cancelled between 34 and 15 days prior to arrival.
  • 100% if cancelled 14 days and 24hours prior to arrival

Itinerary Changes:

Although every effort is made to adhere to schedules, it should be noted that the hoteliers in East Africa may be obliged to occasionally change routes on safaris as dictated by changing conditions.

Such conditions may be brought about by seasonal rainfall on bush tracks, airfields and in game areas, by game migrations from one region to another, or airline or other booking problems, etc. Campofrio Safaris will communicate with you for such tour itinerary/tour program or accommodation changes

NOTE: – Please note that some bookings might straddle between two seasons. Making the below seasonal quotations on accommodation NOT APPLICABLE. In such cases, please contact us for TAILOR-MADE QUOTATIONS cutting across seasons.

We are looking forward to organizing a memorable incentive for you!

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