At a distant, the Aberdare Ranges present a picturesque silhouette that is simply breathtaking; earning her the nickname Nyandarua _ “the dying hide”. 

 

Located in Central Kenya, the Aberdare is an isolated volcano range that forms the wall of the Great Rift Valley to the East of the Laikipia/Kinangop plateau. It runs 160 km long from North to South with two main peaks; Ol Donyo Lesatima (3, 999M) and Kinangop (3, 906M). The small peak Kipipiri (3,349) joins the two main peaks forming the Aberdares Ranges alias, the Aberdare National Park. 

The Aberdares is known for its deep forests and vast moorlands that demonstrate an exceptional and diverse ecological system. It holds 52 of Kenya’s 67 Afro tropical Highlands’ species, providing a home to thousands of animals including African elephants, black rhinos, leopards, olive baboons, black and white colobus monkeys, spotted hyenas, buffalos, bushbucks and warthogs among others. 

You will be rewarded with the perfect animal viewing experience on the balconies of the Ark Hotel, situated at the heart of the Aberdares.  Designed and named after Noah’s Ark, this hotel overlooks a natural waterhole and salt lick where thousands of animals bring the action to you daily. The Ark has three decks from which several balconies and lounges provide you with a perfect and safe location for animal sighting. In this intimate spot, you can almost pat the animals and experience their magical songs as they sing to the moon gods of the night. There is also a ground bunker, offering a perfect spot for a discerning photographer. From here, you can take photos of animal’s just yards away but at the safety of the hotel. 

 

Also overlooking a natural waterhole and salt lick is the Treetops Lodge, providing you with a perfect game viewing experience. The Lodge lies on an Ancient Elephant migration path connecting the Aberdare Ranges and Mt Kenya National Park, swiftly blending your leisure with nature. Built-in 1932, the Treetops Lodge is internationally famous as the place where the ruling United Kingdom Queen Elizabeth II walked in a princess and walked out a Queen.

Vacationing at the Aberdare National Park will be an enchanting experience. In the day, the herbivores rule the undergrowth while the colobus monkeys and birds dominate the forest canopy. In the night, the symphony comes to life with leopards echoing and lions roaring.

The foothills of the ranges make a perfect horseback exploration for a family day out. It is adorned with crystal clear streams that have plenty of Trout for those who love fishing. 

Bird watching is extremely rewarding with over 250 species recorded in the park, including African eagles, plovers, sparrow hawks, Jackson’s Francolin, sunbirds and goshawks. 

For those planning a vacation in the Aberdares, you are in for a treat. Make a romantic display with a wild picnic, camp in the moorlands, enjoy a back horse trek with your soulmate, have a game drive for a closer view of the animals or enjoy a quiet fishing moment in the crystal fresh rivers. Whatever makes your day wildly memorable, the Aberdares got you!

Fact Files

Key Attractions:

Game Viewing: Easy sighting of game animals including; black rhino, African elephant, olive baboon, sykes monkey, black and white colobus monkey, leopard, spotted hyena, reedbuck, bushbuck, cap buffalo, zebra and warthog. 

Endangered rare sighting: Giant forest hog, African Civet cat, blue duiker, bongo, African wild cat, the golden cat and serval cat. 

Scenery and Photography: Beautiful ridges and river valleys adorned with magnificent waterfalls like Karura falls, falling in three heavenly steps,  step 1, 130M, step two 26 M and step 3 117 M, totalling 273M, Chania Falls and over 10 smaller falls. 

Bird Watching: Over 250 bird species recorded including the endangered Aberdare Cisticola, Jackson’s Francolin, goshawks, eagles, plovers, sunbirds and sparrow harks.

Accommodation

KWS Self Catering: Fishing Lodge- Aberdare

Hotels Inside the Park: The Ark Hotel (Aberdare Country Club), The Treetops Lodge,

Camping and Campsites:  Reedbuck, Honi Campsite, Price Charles, Shamata campsite, Kifaru, Bill Woodley campsite, Queen Beatrix, P.C Haji’s Campsite, Nyati, Muringato and Bongo.  

Park Access

By Road: The Park can be accessed on road from Nyeri and Naru Moru, 150 Kms Eastern from Nairobi. There is a road that cuts across the park connecting the Moorlands to Naivasha to the west, 87 Kms from Nairobi. The Headquarters are located 15kms from Nyeri town, along Nyeri- Nyahururu road. 

By Air: Mweiga Airstrip, along Nyeri-Nyahururu road provides the nearest airstrip to the park. 

Park Entry Fees: The prices vary for citizens, residents and non-residents. Your Shajoy tours trip consultant will be able to guide you on your bookings and packing ideas. 

Located on the equator west of Nanyuki Laikipia County, in the foothills of Mount Kenya and the Aberdare Ranges, lies an unspoilt wilderness of Ol Pejeta. Famously a refuge for the last surviving white rhinos in the world, Ol Pejeta Conservancy is also home a mind-blowing array of game including the African Big Five. 

 

Ol Pejeta is a 365Km2 not-for-profit wildlife conservancy with a great composite bio-diversity like one other in East Africa. Providing food and shelter for wildlife and domesticated grazers, the Ol pejeta habitat boasts a unique and diverse ecosystem. In some parts, it has massive   grasslands, benefiting the grazers; the open bushlands are dominated by the whistling thorn acacia trees which provide food for the giraffes and the black rhinos; the dense bushlands are a perfect hiding place for the carnivores; the riverine is dotted with the yellow fever trees that provide food and shelter to hundreds of herbivores including elephants, giraffe and vervet monkeys and lastly the marshlands a haven for birds, insects and herbivores. 

The conservancy is famously known as the largest northern white rhino sanctuary in the world. It is home to Najin and Fatu, the last surviving northern white rhinos in the world and both relatives of late Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, making them the most treasured mammals here. Najin and Fatu are cared for in a special 2.8Km2 enclosed area within the conservancy with 24-hours armed security to guard them against poachers. Their caregivers ensure they get a nutritious diet supplemented with fresh vegetables to preserve their health and wellbeing. Ol Pejeta conservancy also provides a safe home for over 105 critically endangered black rhinos and Chimpanzees housed at the sweetwaters chimpanzees’ sanctuary. 

For those interested in up-close game viewing, Ol Pejeta makes games walks, cycling and drives extremely rewarding.  Here you are sure to have an almost finger-touch view of the African Big Five including African Elephant, Black and White rhinoceros, Lion, Cape buffalo and Leopard.  Besides the big five, you will also get an easy sighting of cheetah, African wild dog, Grevy’s Zebra and Jackson’s hartebeest. There are over 300 birds species recorded in the Conservancy. With a great shanjoy guide bringing you to the wild action, wildlife photography has never been so exceptional. You will document your memories in ways many only dream of. It is simply incomparable!

 

The Ol Pejeta conservancy is dedicated to educating their visitors on wildlife conservation and has an environmental and conservation centre that welcomes over 100 Kenya schools annually. The centre has a special focus on teaching culture ecology and sustainable wildlife management to safeguard its future and reduce animal-human conflict. A visit to the surrounding communities makes a great opportunity to learn the local culture and traditions of the Maasai, Pokot, Turkana and Samburu people.  

 

Fact Files:

Climate: the average temperature ranges between 280C in the day and 120C at night. It is also the dry season in December to March (Hot) and July to October (cool). The rainy season comes in April to June (long rains) and November (short rains). The wettest season is in May. Please note that the conservancy has an altitude of 1800 meters, making it cold at night and early mornings.  

Activities: Game drives, night drives, game walks, cultural and community visits, endangered species enclosure, wildlife photography, bird watching, lion tracking, behind the scenes chimpanzees, cycling safari, and guided tours. Horse and camel riding game tracks are also available.

Some of the greatest sightings include Northern white rhino, Southern white rhino, Black rhino, Cheetah, Lion, African wild dog, Elephant, Grevy’s Zebra, Leopard and Jackson’s hartebeest.

You also get an extraordinary experience at the Sweetwaters chimpanzees’ sanctuary with our closest wild primates.  

Accommodation: You can find good and luxurious accommodation in Sweetwaters Serena Camp, Ol Pejeta House, Comfort Gardens Sweetwaters, Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Abbas House Laikipia, and other tented camps and lodges inside the conservancy and its suburbs.  

Access: the Ol Pejeta Conservancy can be accessed by road, a 3-4 hours’ drive from Nairobi. You can also use air via the Nanyuki Airstrip, which is a 45 hours’ drive from Ol Pejeta. Shanjoy Tours and Safaris can arrange for transfers for both air and road from the airstrip across the country.  

Park Entry Fees: The park charges an entry fee to all visitors which goes to the wildlife management and conservation efforts in the park. Your Shanjoy travel expert will be able to guide you on the amounts needs and any other charged escapes available in the conservancy. 

 

Ewaso Nyiro, a river so divine meandering through the rocks from the Mount Kenya and Aberdares Ranges in what used to be Central province, to the deserts of the north, with it a silver ring of life and beauty. Wildlife is so abundant in the Samburu reserve; your exploration will be simply magnificent.  

North of Laikipia, in the vast northern semi-deserts and deserts, lies the land traditionally of the Samburu communities, a people known for their remote culture and nomadic pastoral way of life, drawn here by the Ewaso Nyiro; one of the biggest rivers in Kenya. Flowing from central Kenya, the Mount Kenya and Aberdare Ranges, the Ewaso Nyiro River brings life to this ecosystem, with it, an abundance of wildlife.

Focusing on the riverine, a dry bush on either side of the river with doum palm groves, wild figs and riverine forests, hosts an ecosystem with forbiddingly beautiful fauna and flora.  On one side of the Ewaso Nyiro river banks lies the Samburu National Park.  Stretching about 104 Km2, it is one of the most loved national reserves in Kenya. On the other side, the Buffalo Springs National Reserve sits 131 Km2 South of the river. Downstream across the highway lies Shaba National Reserve, 239 Km2. The Samburu-Buffalo-Shaba complex is so well interconnected that you can explore it all in one visit, roughly in one or two days.    

 

Scrubby, open bushy areas are the dominant theme of the reserve with a twist of fringing riverine acacia forest, figs and palms extending not more than 200M from the riverbanks. This open savannah makes the Samburu National reserve perfect for game drives. The reserve is famed for its abundance in rare northern specialist species including the Reticulated Giraffe, Grevy Zebra, Gerenuk, Somali Ostrich and the Beisa Oryx. Samburu is also a sanctuary to over 900 African Elephants as well as large herds of Cape Buffalo and Hippopotamus. All the African big cats comprising Leopards, Cheetah and Lions as well as the endangered African Wild Dogs are easy sights in the reserve.  You might be lucky to meet Kamunyak, the lioness famous for adopting six Oryx calves. The Pancake tortoises, listed under Appendix II of CITES as critically endangered species are also inhabitants of Samburu National Reserve.  Your Shanjoy tour consultants and guides are experts in tracking these animals to ensure your journey is most rewarding. 

The Samburu National Reserve came to international stardom as the set of the best- selling book and award-winning movie Born Free which focuses on the real-life of Elsa, an orphaned lioness rescued, raised and released to the wild in Samburu National Park by George and Joy Adamson.  The Elephant Watch Camp, headed by Saba Douglas Hamilton is also located inside the Samburu National Reserve

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Away from the river, the landscape is dominated by rocky gaunt ridges running from north to south. The knife-edged Koitogor forms the masterpiece of the escarpment with a magical transformation to a pyramid as you drive around it. About 20 km away from Koitogor to the north lies an impressive Ol Olekwe mesa, majestic like something from a mystical movie. It forms the gateway to Northern Kenya and routes up to Marsabit. You will enjoy perfect animal photography in this gaunted yet bouncing with life ecosystem.  

 

Bird-watching is a sensational experience at the Samburu Reserve. This river oasis has over 450 birds species recorded including the vulnerable Great Egret, African Darter, Martial Eagle, White-headed Vulture, Superb Starling, the Yellow OX-pecker, Kori, Heuglin’s, buff-crested bustards and the distinctive Somali Ostrich. 

 

Fact Files

Climate: The climate in the reserve is hot and dry during the day (around 300C) and cool in the nights (around 200C). 

Attractions: In Samburu, you guaranteed to sight the northern specialist species including the Beisa Oryx, reticulated giraffe, native gerenuk, Grevy’s zebra, as well as Kenyan lions, leopards, cheetahs, Elephants hippos, buffalo, impala and dik-diks.  

Bird-viewing: There are over 450 recorded bird species in the reserve including the Somali Ostrich, White-headed Vulture, Superb Starling, the Yellow OX-pecker, Kori, Heuglin’s, buff-crested bustards among others. 

Samburu Cultural Tours: Visiting and interacting with the colourful Samburu people in their native traditional setting is transformational. You also get to purchase art and souvenirs.  

Accommodation: inside and reserve suburbs, you can find comfortable lodging at: Samburu Game Lodge, Elephant Bedroom Camp, Sarova Shaba Lodge, Samburu Simba Lodge, Lion King Bush Camp, Samburu Sopa Lodge, Sentrim Samburu Lodge and Joys camp.

Access: The Samburu National Reserve is located 400KM northeast of Nairobi, in what is now Samburu County. It can be accessed through road through Isiolo and Archer’s Post and by Air through Nairobi-to Samburu flights available daily.  Private charter flights are also allowed entry. Our Shanjoy tour consultant will guide you on the best route for the most superb experience. 

 

Nakuru National Park: Cycle with the Rhinos

A sanctuary of the Black and White Rhinos as well as Rothschild’s Giraffes, Lake Nakuru National Park will leave you throbbing for more.   

On the Floor of the Great Rift Valley in Kenya, there, amid the wooded and bushy grassland lies a splendid soda lake popularly known as Lake Nakuru. Adore with ecological diversity, a variety of flora and fauna have made this beautiful escarpment their home. Now Lake Nakuru National Park is one of the most exquisite nature attractions in Kenya attracting both local and international tourists. 

Located South of Nakuru country but with close proximity to Nakuru town, the lake is elevated 5,755 ft. above sea level and lies about 164 kilometres north of Nairobi.  Its name Nakuru stems from the Maasai language meaning “Dust or Dusty Place”. The Lake Nakuru National Park connects to Lake Soysambu Conservancy to the southeastern border, representing the only remaining wildlife corridor to Lake Naivasha. 

 

The park has gained international stardom as the greatest bird spectacle on earth, with over two million flamingos docked at its shores. The abundance of algae attracts a vast number of Flamingos that famously give the lake a pinky grow. Apart from the famously large pink flamingos, over 450 bird species including the African fish eagle, Goliath Heron, Verreaux’s eagle, hamerkop, Pied Kingfisher among others. It is truly a haven for bird watchers. 

Other mammals including Eastern Rhinos, White Rhinos, hippopotamus, warthogs, baboons, waterbuck, and buffalos also flourish here. The common predators are lions, cheetahs and leopards, with the latter having increased sightings in recent years.   Also of interest if the fenced-off sanctuary to protect the endangered rhinos and Rothschild’s giraffes. The park also hosts large sized pythons found in the dense woodlands and can often be seen dangling on trees or crossing the road. 

As a visitor, the perfect spot to have a good lake view is on Baboon cliff. The park also makes perfect adventures in picnicking, game drives, wild photography, bird watching and nature walks.  You adventurous couples, this is a great place to honeymoon. And if you are lucky to visit in September, with will enjoy the Cycle with Rhino Event, a community biking event in the wild organized to raise funds for rhino conservation and protection.  

The Lake Nakuru National Park won’t only reward your wildest expectations, it will set you into an adventurous mood you have never known before, and maybe you will never experience again. 

It is a land of many wonders, each smoothing your spirits to nirvana as the waters of Makalia falls softly roars.  

Fact File

Climate: The Altitudes of the lake make the park colder than you would expect considering it is very close to the equator. The temperatures are mild during the day although the nights may be colder. Pack a warm suitcase. 

Attractions:

  • Flamingo: these are the greatest identifier of the part. But other water birds including a variety of terrestrial birds, there are around 450 species in record. 
  • The Big Five: you have a high chance of sighting Lions, Leopards, White Rhinos, Hippos, and waterbuck among others. There are over 56 different species of mammals living here.  
  • Unique Vegetation: Lake Nakuru National Park boasts over 550 different flora species including the largest euphorbia forest in Africa, the yellow acacia woodlands and picturesque landscape
  • View-Points: Out of Africa, Baboon Cliff and Lion Hill.
  • Hills- Honeymoon, Lion Hill Ridge, Enasoit among others. 
  • Waterfalls: Makalia
  • Community and conservation Events: Cycling with Rhino annual event in September.  

Park Activities: Bird Watching, Camping, Game Drives, Photography, Scenic

Accessibility: Shanjoy Tours organises safari transfers by road or air. The most commonly used route is the Main gate locate 4 kilometres south of Nakuru town. 

You can also enter the park through Lanet Gate along Nairobi- Nakuru highway. Nderit Gate also offers access from Masai Mara and Elementaita parks. 

Accommodation:

  • KWS Self Catering: Naishi Guest House
  • Campsites: Back Packers, Makalia, Reedbuck, Naishi, Phino, Chui, Kambi Nyuki, Kambi Nyati, Soysambu, Acacia Picnic Site, Out of Africa, Baboon Cliff and Pelican Picnic Site
  • Privately Lodges: Lake Nakuru Lodge and Sarova Lion Hill Lodge

 

With Mount Kilimanjaro as its backdrop, Amboseli National Park is a parade of extraordinaries. It is explosive with biota and reputed as a sanctuary for the big- tasked Elephants.

Siting only a stone throw to the Kenyan-Tanzanian border, Amboseli National Park is a parade of safari extraordinaries. Busting with bio-diversities and exclusive habitats, Amboseli is reputed as one of the best wild-viewing experiences in the world.

Amboseli comes from the Maasai word ‘Empusel’ which means “open plain with salty dust”. Despite its fame, Amboseli is a small park, measuring only 392 square km. It is positioned in southern Kenya, less than 5 kilometres from the ice-crowned Mount Kilimanjaro; Africa’s highest free-standing peak.

Nonetheless, don’t let the size fool you. With Kilimanjaro as its backdrop, dawn and sunsets are a spectacular vista here.

Due to its distinct biota, Amboseli National Park was declared a UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Reserve in 1991. Its habitats range from the savannah and woodlands to wetlands with sulphur spring. The park is encompassed within the dried up Pleistocene lake basin, created when volcanic lava erupting from Kilimanjaro blocked a significant course of Pangani River some hundred years ago. Yet, during the rainy season, the lake crops to life and the plains are turned to swamps.  In the dry season, the grassy savannah turns to ‘salty dust’.

Safari Expeditions and Activities

 

For the nature lover, the Amboseli bio-diversity is truly gratifying. You will explore the mostly flat topography of lake Amboseli, only broken by extinct volcano vents; Nomatior, Limberishari, Lemomo, Ositeti and Kitirua. Its signature attraction is the guaranteed sighting of African bush tusked elephants.  You also have a fair chance of sighting other animals including East African lions, cheetahs, leopards, blue wildebeest, Grant’s zebras, Cape buffaloes, Masai giraffes among others. All experienced in their natural habitats while dealing with their everyday hustles.  In addition, Amboseli National Park has over 400 recorded birds’ species including kingfishers, hammerkops, pelicans and raptors. The sparse vegetation and mosaic landscapes make sure you are rewarded with unparalleled safari experiences.

Apart from wildlife, the park is strategically situated in close proximity to the Maasai community where you will experience the most authentic and interesting cultural heritages in Kenya. If you are explorative enough, you will enjoy sleeping in their traditional Inkajijik and wearing their elaborate bead works.

To protect the wildlife, the park maintains a set of rules on game drives. Always keep to the tracks; never get out of the vehicle unless on specifically designated spots; always give the animals’ right of way and do not harass them in any way.

Whether dancing with the bird and trumpets or chasing with the lions, the Amboseli enchantments will craze you with pleasure. Its Sparkles will truly be extraordinaire.

Fact File:

Climate: The Park has relatively dry and warm weather. The roads are covered by loose volcano soil that makes them dusty during the dry season and impassable in the rain season.

Attractions:  – The Big Five, especially Large herds of elephants

  • Kilimanjaro
  • Observation Hill which gives you a spectacular view of the park especially the crystal swamps, elephants, buffaloes, Egyptian goose among others.
  • Maasai indigenous culture and lifestyle.

      Park Activities:  Bird Watching, Camping, Game Drives, Photography, Scenic

      Accessibility:  Shanjoy Tours  organises safari transfers either by road or air

  • By Road: The Amboseli National Park can be accessed by road from Nairobi- Arusha road (240km), through Meshanani Gate. Other routes include Nairobi – Mombasa road (228km) through Email. If from Mombasa, you can go through Kimana (Olkelunyiet) Gate via Tsavo West National Park.
  • By Air: the park has an Airstrip for light aircraft at Empusel gate. Planes can also land at Namanga Town or Kilimanjaro Buffalo lodge.

Accommodation:  If you choose to say on the park, Amboseli National Park is lined up with self-catering cottages, campsites and five-star lodges that strive to make your safari unforgettable.

Nowhere else in the world will you experience the cycle of life more real than the Mara. Here, the dramatic contrast between life and death is astonishingly electrifying. It’s a life of sacrifice, hope and strives for happy endings.

Located in the vales of The Great Rift Valley and bordering Tanzania, the Masai Mara National Reserve is a world-renowned Jewel of Wildlife Viewing in Kenya.  In the valley towered with escarpment, open savannah and acacia woodlands, animals are at liberty to thrive.

Perhaps the cause of her serenity and charms, Masai Mara is composed of four unique terrains with extreme bio-diversity- The Ngama Hills to the east carpeted with sandy soil and leafy bushes favoured by rhino; Oloololo plateau Escarpment to the west; the Central Plains with scattered bushes and open grasslands dotted by herbivore game, and the Mara Triangle bordering the Mara River. With lush grassland, acacia woodlands and slimy slopes the Triangle host the action and excitement of the Great Wildebeest Migration.

The Mara reserve is reputed worldwide for the annual wildebeest’s migrations. From July every year, the animals arrive in their thousands. But crossing the mighty Mara River makes the Fiesta even more thrilling.  The slimy leap into crocodile infested water is their only ticket to greener pastures. Faced with death, turning back is never an option. Their very survival is fated to the north.

During these months, the savannah is dotted black, brown and striped as over 1.5 million wildebeest, antelopes and zebra arrive from the Serengeti in search of fresh pastures and water. The Masai Mara National Reserve is transformed into a natural spectacle life.

In December, the animals wander back to the Serengeti Park in preparation for the calving season which comes in February.  This multi-species migration is one of the world’s natural wonders.

Bewilderingly, Mara lives are a true reflection of the circle of life. The Wildebeest escapades shape the lives of most other species in the Masai Mara National Reserve. Their arrival marks a time of feasting and prosperity for the reserve predators. During this period, you are most like to experience the coordinated onslaughts of the Big Cats hunts. The dramatic contrast between life and death, sacrifice and survival witnessed during the migration make this the best time to visit the park.

Favourably, the open savannah and sandy terrains make the park excellent for game drives. In just one trip, you have a high chance of sighting the big five (Lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo) in their own free-range habitats.  Nowhere will you find wildlife more abundant.

Besides wildebeest, zebras and the Big 5, you will also sight various species of reptiles and amphibians including the killer African Crocodiles. In addition, bird lovers will be rewarded with over 400 bird species recorded on the reserve.

When it comes to wildlife destinations, the Masai Mara is a spectacular haven. The action experienced here ensures every sense of your being is truly electrified.

Fact File

Climate: The Masai Mara has a generally warm climate with a temperature between 200C and up to 300 C.

Wildlife:  The Masai Mara National Reserve is known as one of the best wildlife viewing destinations in the world. The Iconic wildebeest migration has a way of bringing man and beasts together. In the open savannah, you have excellent chances of sighting Africa’s Big 5, baboons, bat-eared foxes, hippo, crocodile, topi, oribi, side-striped and black-backed jackals, impala, and ostrich, among others.

Activities:  Game drives, camping, bird watching, ballooning, bush dinner, visits to nearby Maasai cultural villages and photography.  With unbelievably affordable safari packages, escorted by expert tour guides, Shanjoy Tours will ensure your Safari is forever memorable.

Accommodation: If you choose to stay in the Mara Triangle, Mara Serena and Little Governors’ Camp will offer excellent accommodation where you can experience the wild action at the comfort of your balcony.  You can also find lodging along the Triangle suburbs from Kichwa Tembo, Mara Siria, Olonana, Mpata Club and Kilima Camp.

Best time to visit:  The most exciting season is during the wildebeest migration between July and October. Yet the Mara never disappoints, all year round you will be rewarded with excellent game viewing experiences.

Access: On the road, you can enter the Triangle through Narok and Sekenani Gate. The Masai Mara is also served by two all-weather airstrips- Mara Serena and Kichwa Tembo.  Shanjoy tours will coordinate all your transfers to make sure you have a seamless experience and enjoy every bit of your trip.

Exploring the ‘White’ Mountain of God

 

 

Reputed as the mountain of ‘Murungu’ (God), Mount Kenya is a national icon, with unmatched aura of life and contradiction.

By Shanjoy Tours.

To see the magical sparkling spices of Mount Kenya, you have to wake up early. As dawn breaks so do her sparkles appear. One of Africa’s tallest mountains, she is the ultimate contradiction.  Mount Kenya straddles the equator, yet royally crowned with ice.

Perhaps it’s her miracles of colour when the sun drops behind her peaks as dusk knocks. Maybe it’s her mystic foggy forests or giant crystal pools that anoint her slopes. Or it’s because she is a sanctuary to over 2500 elephants, the vanishing Bongo, and the exotic Mount Kenya mouse shrew. Whatever the reason, Mount Kenya is a magical aura of life.

Reputed as the mountain of God, the Agikuyu community call it Kirinyaga, which loosely translates to the ‘striped one’ or ‘the White Mountain’. According to their traditional myths and fables, ‘Murungu’ (God) lives among her peaks, watching and protecting his children. As a result, their houses are built with doors facing the mountain so God can have a closer watch on them.

Once the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kenya is an extinct volcano formed some 3 million years ago. She is now Africa’s second highest mountain after Kilimanjaro and Kenya’s highest mountain.  Her magic has made her a national icon, a UNSCO national wild heritage site and a wildlife asylum.  With glacier dotting her peaks, her triplet towers of Batain (5,199m), Nelion (5,199m) and Lenana (4, 985 m) are crowned with Ice. The mountain slopes are magically adorned with a unique mosaic of rock, alpine flora and fauna further enchanting her serenity.

Mount Kenya Safari Expeditions

The extraordinary beauty of the mountainous park inspires you to become one with the wilderness.  Thousands of people climb and trek this mountain every year. Some make the climb in less than 3 days while others take upto 5 days. This is because of the degree of altitude adaptation and experience required. However, the variety of views, sceneries and pleasure derived – all agree, it’s one of the most stunning climbs in the world.  And although safari drives are not allowed, you do get to enjoy a nature walk at the foothills of the mountain. As one of the highest national parks in the world, Mount Kenya offers a breath-taking scenery rich with biodiversity. With the help of your native ShanJoy guide, you can trace the well-travelled elephants’ migration paths and spots herds of buffalo or Zebra on the trails. The forest is a sanctuary to some of the world’s exotic species including bongo, suni and giant forest hog. Spotting one of these animals are awe moments to an already memorable Safari tour.

If staying inside the national park, Serena Mountain Lodge strategic positioning allows you to view wildlife at the comfort on your balcony. Birds are welcome guests at the property. Recorded species include cinnamon-chested bee-eater, hunter’s cisticola, and Jackson’s francolin among others. If you choose to stay at the suburbia of Mount Kenya Safari Club, you can ride a horse down the foothills, go canoes riding in one of the streams, or pay William Holden Animal Orphanage a visit.

 For adventurous spirits, fun activities are more than you can envisage.

Fact File

Climate: At points above 4,000m Mount Kenya is usually misty, windy and freezing cold. During daytime, the temperatures may rise to over 150 C (above 4,000m) and drop to nearly -100 C at night.

Vegetation: Alpine flora with bamboo and montane forest, moorland and tundra.

Wildlife:  Unique and exclusive animals includes; serval cat, mount Kenya mouse shrew,  the black-fronted duiker, white-tailed moongose, giant forest hog, bongo, elephants, buffalos tree hyrax, black rhino, leopard, and suni, among others.

Birds: Over 130 species recorded.

Accessibility: The Mountain can be accesses by road or air. Nanyuki metropolitan offers the closet airstrip.  Airport and road transfers are readily available with Shanjoy Tours.

Accommodation: Choices range from Kenya Wildlife campsites, self-catering lodges, to five-star hotels located inside the park and its suburbs.

Things you should know before visiting Kenya

Kenya is said to be the gateway to Heaven, before you reach your age limit, you are advised to pass through Kenya and do some safaris, adventure, know people and know some cultures before dying.

Here are some of the things you need to know before coming to Kenya.

  1. Visa:-

Before planning a trip to Kenya, you need to plan your time of stay in Kenya and hence a need to know more information about your visa requirements. The following are the countries with visa-free to Kenya:-

Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brunei, Burundi, Cyprus, Dar es salam, Dominica, Fiji Island, Ghana, Grenada, Jamaica, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia (for less than 30 day stay), Maldives, Mauritius, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa (for less than 30 day stay), St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, The Bahamas, Trinidad, Tobago, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia & Zimbabwe

All visitors who require a Kenya Visa and who are arriving on or after 1 September 2015 can now apply online for the new E-Visa.

Kenya requires visitors to have a document that is valid for at least 6 months from the date you enter the country.

E-Visas will normally be issued in less than 3 days but we recommend that Online Applications should be made at least 7 working days prior to travel to give time for the application process to be completed. Please note that Single Entry Visas are valid only for 90 days after date of issue, so you should not apply until less than 90 days before date of arrival in Kenya

To apply for visas to Kenya, visit the online government site http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html

  1. Medication:

Kenya is situated in a different location zone and hence you should know there might be some change of weather and should call for some prevention and need for medication.

Some countries, including Australia, Bahrain, China, Dubai, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Oman, Rwanda, Seychelles, Singapore, Tanzania, Thailand and Uganda require arriving visitors from Kenya or elsewhere in East Africa to have a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate. So if you are travelling to one of these countries after a stay in Kenya then you need to have a Yellow Fever certificate.

The other recommended vaccinations are Typhoid, Hepatitis and Polio, and anti-malarial medication is essential.

Anti-malarial drugs should be taken prior to arrival, please seek medical advice. It is also advisable to try and avoid mosquito bites by using repellent and by wearing suitable cover-up clothes in the evening.

It is a mandatory requirement that all our clients travelling to Africa should have comprehensive travel insurance which includes cover for medical treatment and emergency air evacuation.

  1. Currency:- 

Currency: Kenya shillings (Kshs)

For the latest Kshs exchange rates see Today’s Exchange Rate

All the major Credit cards are widely accepted in the city hotels, city restaurants and city shops but this may not be the case in the rural areas.  A commission charge is normally added to any transactions using a credit card.

The smaller safari lodges and camps or rural hotels may not all accept credit cards and where they do, they may give an unfavorable exchange rate or add a surcharge, so it is recommended that you have USD cash that you can exchange if required to into local currency which you may need on safari

Please note that due to the number of fake notes in circulation, no US Dollar bills printed before 2003 are accepted in Kenya and, in fact, your safest bet is to carry notes printed after 2006.

  1. Flights:- 

Kenya is considered as the getaway to Africa. Recently on 2017, Kenya’s International Airport, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Kenya Airways (National Kenyan Courier) was awarded access to the USA Air space to be landing at the John F. Kennedy International Airport starting on 20th Oct 2018. Kenya Airways was ranked no. One in Africa in terms of service delivery and best flights in Africa.

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), has a lot of flights landing to it, among which are the biggest Airlines in World such as the Emirates, KLM, British Airways, Etihad, Lufthansa Airlines and many more, also recently we launched the direct flights from France and Italy.

Always book your favorite flights to Kenya and you will never go wrong in choosing Kenya.

  1. Destinations: –

Reason for many people visiting Kenya is to tour and holiday purposes. Kenya is also ranked number one in Africa with most attraction and beautiful destinations with also a lot of wildlife and best safaris experiences. Before you Land to Kenya, you need to know where you will be visit either for long vacations, short vacations in Kenya. Different destination include:- Masai Mara, Amboseli, Meru N. Park, Nakuru N. Park, Tsavo Parks and Many More

  1. Languages: –

The National Language in Kenya is Swahili and English. Most of the places you will visit or people you will interact with are familiar with Swahili and English and best to communicate.

It doesn’t mean there will be problems from other language speakers, when visiting Kenya, always seek for a translator and who is familiar to your language. Seek more advice from your travel company to help you with a translator.

Access Airports:- Kenya has 3 International Airport, the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Nairobi City Capital City of Kenya), Moi International Airport (Mombasa, Coastal Airport) and Kisumu International Airport (Kisumu Region). Most flights always Land to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and when there are flights delays or emergencies, flights are always diverted to Moi International Airport on notice.

WELCOME TO KENYA

 

Sentrim Samburu Lodge is situated in Samburu National Reserve in Northern Kenya. The three National Reserves Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba protect a large area along the seasonal Ewaso Nyiro River. Surrounded by interestingly shaped hills you will fall in love with this region. The semi arid acacia – commiphora region is inhabited by elephants, buffaloes, cheetahs, lions and leopards. In this region you find the Northern fauna representatives: gerenuk, Grevy zebra, Reticulated giraffe, Beisa oryx, Somali ostrich and over 400 bird species.

For only $495 {non-resident} per person sharing enjoy the amazing wildlife at Samburu National Reserve.

Requires 2 minimum people to run

The cost Covers

  1. Full board accommodation during the safari at Samburu Sentrim lodge
  2. Pick up and drop off from any hotel within Nairobi or from the Airport in the morning.
  3. Transport in a 4×4 safari Minivan with pop-up roof for maximum views. It’s a private safari.
  4. All park fees.
  5. Unlimited game drives.
  6. Bottled drinking water during your safari for a private safari.
  7. Services of an English speaking driver guide.
  8. Government taxes.

Not Included:

  1. International airfares and Visa fees.
  2. Drinks, Laundry, telephone, internet and other items of personal nature.
  3. Masai cultural village fee and souvenirs.
  4. Anything else not mentioned in above

3 days masai mara group safari to masai mara

visit the famous park in the world and enjoy to see kenya wildlife in the masai mara.

This package is group joining safari from 1st Nov-19th Dec which can depart on daily  basis.

For only Ksh 13,500 per person sharing for residents and $190 for non-residents

Accomodation at Lenchada camp/Enchoro wildlife camp

Package Includes:

    • 2 Nights at Enchoro Wildlife Camp/Lenchada camp
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Transport to and from Nairobi in a tour van
    • Game drives.

Package Excludes:

    • Park Entry Fees for Guests
    • Drinks
    • Gratuities

Day 1: NAIROBI-MAASAI MARA

You will leave Nairobi by 8am in the morning and proceed to Masai Mara arriving at lunch time. Have your lunch and then embark on an evening game drive.Dinner and overnight stay will be at Lenchada Camp/Enchoro Wildlife Camp

Day 2:FULL DAY AT MAASAI MARA.

After morning breakfast,you will go for a game drive with a packed lunch ready for a full day game drive up until evening.

Day 3:MAASAI MARA– NAIROBI.

After breakfast, you will load your luggage in the vehicle ready to leave for Nairobi and bid Masai Mara good bye and arrive in Nairobi late afternoon.