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Sights and sounds of Kenya

1 Half Day Mombasa Tour
Half Day Mombasa Tour

Take a Trip to Town fr £25pp

This popular half day tour is the best way to get to know the town. Mombasa dates back to the 12th century when spice traders arrived from Arabia blown across on the Trade Winds. During this fascinating trip you first visit the historic old quarter, dominated by the medieval Fort Jesus, which was built by the Portuguese in the 16th Century.

Here you will see ancient mosques and walk along narrow bustling streets, stop at the old dhow harbour, and the central market, and also visit the Akamba wood carvers where you have the opportunity to see these craftsmen at work and buy souvenirs. Then you return to your hotel in time for a late lunch. This guided tour operates with a minimum of two people.

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1 Half Day Mombasa Tour

Half Day Mombasa Tour

2 Half Day Trip to Kaya Kinondo
Half Day Trip to Kaya Kinondo

Meet the Medicine Man fr £28pp

You are picked up from your hotel and driven south to the Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest, a proposed UNESCO heritage site located in the Diani Beach area south of Mombasa. The local Digo community has formed Kaya Kinondo Ecotourism project that offers controlled access into this pristine and untouched forest, which is still used for rituals and sacrificial offerings by the Digo tribe.

On a walk through the forest, which forms a rich ecosystem with 187 species of plants, some of which are rare, you will see monkeys, dik-diks and elephants and visit Kinondo Village to interact with the locals and meet the medicine man. Kaya Kinondo ecotourism project is an initiative by the community in promoting conservation and sustainable development. Then return to your hotel in time for lunch.

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2 Half Day Trip to Kaya Kinondo

Half Day Trip to Kaya Kinondo

3 La Marina Sunset Cruise
La Marina Sunset Cruise

Magical Evening fr £78pp

This adventure begins when you arrive at the La Marina jetty in the evening to board your Dhow. The journey begins with a leisurely sail into the inland waterways of Mtwapa Creek on this traditional Arab boat to experience the sun going down over the African wilderness. The cooking fires of the local villages scent the air with giant Baobab trees making superb sunset photograph opportunities.

Relax and enjoy on board entertainment and take in the lovely tropical scenery. As night falls torches are lit and the beat of cow hide drums set the scene for a spectacular Limbo and Acrobatic display followed by an authentic African fashion show. Masai warriors bearing flaming torches line the shore chanting their welcome ritual for the arrival back at La Marina Restaurant where dinner awaits.


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3 La Marina Sunset Cruise

La Marina Sunset Cruise

4 Mombasa City Tour
Mombasa City Tour

Town and Country fr £78pp

This visit to the old town reveals the rich culture and architectural heritage of Mombasa. See Fort Jesus, which was built by the Portuguese in the 16th Century, and walk along the narrow streets past ancient mosques and picturesque residential houses that evoke the islands medieval past. You will also see the old dhow harbour, visit the bazaar and the market.

Then drive through the Elephant Tusks on Moi Avenue and call in at the Akamba woodcarvers, where you can see the craftsmen at work and buy gifts and souvenirs. Then enjoy lunch at the Tamarind Restaurant or Dhow. In the afternoon, visit Dr. Rene Haller's Nature Park (Haller Park), a reforested home to many animals, which sits in some old quarries.

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4 Mombasa City Tour

Mombasa City Tour

5 Wasini Dhow Excursion
Wasini Dhow Excursion

Island Adventures fr £78pp

This full day excursion offers the widest variety of experiences, including a cruise on board a beautiful, Arabian Style dhow, all diving and snorkelling equipment provided. The traditionally dressed crew and captain welcome you on board then you sail away looking out for dolphins before beginning guided dives and swims in protected waters.

Fruits, water and juices are available on the Dhow and lunch is in a private restaurant on Wasini Island. Choices of traditional seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes are served followed by tropical fruits, Arabic coffee and traditional simsim sweets. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy relax around the lazy lagoon pool, visit the island community project or explore deep into the mangroves.

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5 Wasini Dhow Excursion

Wasini Dhow Excursion

6 Tamarind Evening Dhow Trip
Tamarind Evening Dhow Trip

Dine in Style fr £82pp

If you want to begin your holiday in style, or end it on a romantic note, this evening trip on a traditional Arab dhow is simply perfect. You slip away from the quayside sipping sundowner cocktails and enjoying nibbling appetisers as you sail to Tudor creek with the setting sun against the giant Baobab trees providing great photo opportunities .

This memorable evening on-board the Arab dhow includes a delightful meal prepared by the chefs from the Tamarind Restaurant and when you have finished dining there is entertainment provided by a a live band, playing popular tunes for dancing under the canopy of stars. After a great evening you return to your hotel around midnight.


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6 Tamarind Evening Dhow Trip

Tamarind Evening Dhow Trip

7 Bomas of Kenya
Bomas of Kenya

Bomas is a real bonus

Bomas is a series of homesteads just seven miles from the city centre that reflects Kenya's cocktail of cultures. It was started by the government in 1971 to preserve, maintain and promote the rich diverse cultural values of various ethnic groups. Acting as a tourist attraction centre, Bomas of Kenya is expected to preserve the authenticity of the country's cultural values and portray them in the purest form.

You will be treated to a rich traditional music and dance show at this cultural centre that offers you a first hand experience of the lifestyle of many of Kenya's tribal groups. See handicrafts displayed at the centre and tour some of the many homesteads which have been faithfully re-created for visitors to see traditional village life. All the dancing, music and folklore tales are performed in a splendid arena.

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7 Bomas of Kenya

Bomas of Kenya

8 Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

Jumbo treat in store

The Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage is situated on the outskirts of Nairobi, around a 45 minute drive from the city and makes a wonderful visit while staying in Kenya's capital city. The Sanctuary is run by Daphne Sheldrick herself and is set in the grounds of her house making the whole operation a real family affair and this is one experience you won't forget.

Here you will see the orphaned animals and meet the people who handle and care for them. It’s an interesting excursion and the dedicated team who run the orphanage are always willing to spend time answering any questions guests have to ask. Have your picture taken with the elephants and learn all about how they are cared for before being returned to the wild.

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8 Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

9 Dinner at the Carnivore Restaurant
Dinner at the Carnivore Restaurant

Meat up for dinner

The Carnivore Restaurant is one of Africa’s greatest eating experiences, which is famous for its succulent steaks, barbecue dishes and great African hospitality. A visit to this Nairobi eating establishment is an excellent complement to any holiday and this is the perfect spot for you to enjoy welcome or farewell meals when holidaying in Kenya.

As the name would suggest, the Carnivore Restaurant specialises in meat dishes of all kinds and the generous portions make this a real meal to remember. Delicious barbequed and skewered vegetarian meals are also available so there's no need to miss out on the experience if you are not a great meat eater. A visit to this fun restaurant is ideal for all the family.

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9 Dinner at the Carnivore Restaurant

Dinner at the Carnivore Restaurant

10 Dinner at Nyama Choma Ranch, Safari Park Hotel
Dinner at Nyama Choma Ranch, Safari Park Hotel

Dinner with a difference

Essentially Kenyan in both atmosphere and cuisine, the Nyama Choma Ranch offers a stunning selection of roasted barbecued meats - sizzling hot - presented on skewers and carved at your table, accompanied by jacket potatoes, crispy salads and tasty dips. Choose from prime Kenyan steak, succulent chicken, traditionally roasted mutton… and there are also plenty of vegetarian options too.

The Nyama Choma Ranch also features one of the most evocative stage shows in Africa. See a compelling kaleidoscope of beat, colour, costume, culture, acrobatics and raw excitement as the sleek and sensual Safari Cats perform dances with a difference. With its own stage, state-of-the-art lighting and sound, the ranch plays host to Nairobi’s premiere cabaret and makes for a great night out.

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10 Dinner at Nyama Choma Ranch, Safari Park Hotel

Dinner at Nyama Choma Ranch, Safari Park Hotel

11 Full Day City Tour with Lunch at Carnivore
Full Day City Tour with Lunch at Carnivore

A lot to pack in

Situated 150 miles south of the equator, Nairobi is the capital of Kenya and boasts one of the finest climates in the world. On this tour you'll pass by modern day landmarks including the law courts, parliament buildings and the uniquely shaped Kenyatta International Conference Centre and perhaps pick up a few bargains at the colourful city market.

Nairobi has three excellent museums offering an insight into the fauna, culture and history of Kenya and the Snake Park has a wide variety of reptiles to see. Then you are taken to the Carnivore Restaurant for lunch before heading out of town to the suburb of Karen, with the Ngong Hills as a backdrop. Here at the Karen Blixen Museum, you will feel as if you have been swept immediately onto the film set of Out of Africa. Then visit a giraffe centre before returning to your hotel.

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11 Full Day City Tour with Lunch at Carnivore

Full Day City Tour with Lunch at Carnivore

12 Nairobi National Park Safari
Nairobi National Park Safari

Go on safari

One must thing to do when on holiday in Kenya is to take at least one safari. And you won't have to travel far out of Nairobi to experience the fun and excitement of a game drive seeing so much of the wonderful wildlife. For just eight miles out of the city centre is Nairobi National Park, which is the country's oldest park and one that is small enough for you to guarantee lots of animal encounters.

Established around 1946, it’s a real contrast to the hustle and bustle of the city. With more than 500 varieties of birds recorded and more than 100 mammal species, it makes for a great early morning or afternoon’s game drive. Common sightings include zebra, giraffe, buffalo, ostrich, gazelle, eland, hippo, vulture and lion. This is also a great place to see the rare black rhino.

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12 Nairobi National Park Safari

Nairobi National Park Safari

13 Mombasa Shopping Trip
Mombasa Shopping Trip

Shop til you Drop

If you like to take home souvenirs and search for exotic gifts this popular half day shopping trip to Mombasa Town is ideal. The town dates back to the 12th century when spice traders arrived from Arabia. First visit the historic old quarter, dominated by the medieval Fort Jesus, which was built by the Portuguese in the 16th Century.

See ancient mosques as you walk along the bustling streets stopping at lots of the craft and souvenir shops dotted along the narrow alleyways of the Old Town. Along the way you stop to visit the Akamba wood carvers where you have the opportunity to see the craftsmen at work and buy some of their creations. Then return to your hotel in time for lunch.

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13 Mombasa Shopping Trip

Mombasa Shopping Trip

14 Nairobi Shopping Expedition
Nairobi Shopping Expedition

Go hunting for a bargain

Fond memories of your time in Africa might last you a lifetime but friends and family are going to expect more when you return home. East Africa has exceptional artists that carve a variety of items ranging from animals to Maasai warriors. And beautiful gemstones that are mined in Kenya and Tanzania can be bought at great bargain prices while staying in Nairobi.

You will be doing your bargain hunting in style because on this Nairobi shopping expedition you will be picked up from your hotel by a driver and guide who will take you to all the best places and help you find those perfect gifts. You can have a really fun day haggling over prices and deals with the good humoured shop owners and after you are driven back to your hotel with all those lovely souvenirs.

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14 Nairobi Shopping Expedition

Nairobi Shopping Expedition

15 Utamaduni & Kazuri Bead Factory Shopping Trip
Utamaduni & Kazuri Bead Factory Shopping Trip

Keep a beady eye on shops

Utamaduni, meaning culture, tradition and folklore, is situated close to the Karen Blixen Museum, the Giraffe Centre, the Daphne Sheldrick Animal Orphanage, the Nairobi National Park and Kazuri Beads. It encompasses the best of African crafts and is dedicated to supporting craftsmen and women from all over Kenya as well as various charities including the Street Boys, who have their own shop in the centre.

There is a small restaurant at Utamaduni where you can stop for a quick bite before your visit to the Kazuri bead factory, which also produces top quality handmade and hand painted ceramic jewellery and pottery. The workshop has been set up to empower women in need by employing them and teaching them a skill. This excursion is a perfect add on for anyone arriving at midday from their safari.

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15 Utamaduni & Kazuri Bead Factory Shopping Trip

Utamaduni & Kazuri Bead Factory Shopping Trip

16 Visit to Kiambethu Tea Farm
Visit to Kiambethu Tea Farm

Everyone's cup of tea

Kiambethu, one of Kenya's oldest tea farms, is situated 25 miles from Nairobi and dates back to 1910. The present house, set amid colourful gardens, has been home to four generations and at this real, family-run business, you get to enjoy a 'tea luncheon' with the owners, Marcus and Fiona Mitchell, who will tell you all about their lives on the farm.

A visit to Kiambethu farm makes a memorable half day excursion and includes the superb buffet. During your visit you will get a great insight into the growing and making of tea. Accompanied by the resident guide, you can also take a walk into the indigenous forest to learn about the plants and how they are used and watch the Colobus monkeys and birds or just enjoy the sweeping views across the tea fields to the Ngong Hills.

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16 Visit to Kiambethu Tea Farm

Visit to Kiambethu Tea Farm