Kenya·December 19 2023 - January 1 2024

The Kenya Zanzibar Experience - Lawrence Group

Visit the most amazing safari and beach paradise in the Motherland

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Overview

If you have been curious about what East Africa is like? LETS CHECK OUT KENYA & ZANZIBAR! Certified Africa has curated this transformative trip. You will experience intriguing adventure, authentic culture and some of the most beautiful beaches you've ever seen. You will also learn about the history of our ancestors who came through East Africa. ” Join Certified Africa for this epic experience to the lands of Swahili.

Highlights

Meals

Meals

Breakfast Daily, all other meals listed on the itinerary

Activity Level

Activity Level

Moderate

Transportation

Transportation

Ground Transfers to all itinerary destinations

Welcome Dinner

Welcome Dinner

Certified Africa Welcome Dinner

Guides

Guides

Certifed Africa Guides

Schedule

Previous

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DAY 1

Welcome To The Motherland

Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and after clearing immigration and customs formalities, you are met by our representative and transferred to your Nairobi Hotel. Settle in and enjoy the new environment.

Later that evening, we enjoy a welcome dinner together in preparation for the adventure ahead.


Overnight: Trademark Hotel


Included

Dinner

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DAY 2

Nairobi City Tour

You have the day in Nairobi to explore the surroundings which include a visit to the Giraffe Centre and the Karen Blixen.

Museum, followed by a visit to the Kazuri bead factory and the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in the Nairobi National Park.

In the afternoon we shall explore the Maasai market and then transfer to the hotel. Dinner will be at the Nairobi Street Kitchen (Own account), Nairobi’s most fun and unique dining experience. 


Later in the evening, we will head out to have a nice time out on a rooftop.


Overnight: Trademark Hotel

Included

Breakfast

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DAY 3

Amboseli National Park | At The Foot of Kilimanjaro

Our driver guide will pick you up from your Nairobi hotel and we’ll head out in private 4 x 4 Jeep over smooth highway with rest stops along the way to stretch and take in the views.

Mt. Kilimanjaro will be your beacon, guiding you to the reserve and its busy world of wildlife. You’re guaranteed to spot herds of free-ranging elephants trooping past, with stately Kilimanjaro framing their progress.

With its sparse foliage, Amboseli is known to be an easy reserve for wildlife spotting, and you’ll be busy with your guide, checking off the various hunters and grazers you see.

This park is a photographer’s dream so be ready to capture dozens of striking memories.

Arrive Amboseli National Park in time for lunch. Take a swim in the pool or have a short rest before your afternoon game drive starts.  

Toward evening, the clouds covering Kilimanjaro’s peak may disperse giving us memorable views of the mountain’s snow-capped summit.


Overnight: Amboseli Serena Lodge

Included

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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DAY 4

Amboseli National Park | Mountainside Sightings

Set out on early morning game drives, crisscrossing the landscape in search of the park’s large herds of elephants, as well as zebras and wildebeests, along the salt pan trails. Prepare for predator sightings as opportunistic animals begin roaming the plains in search of prey.

In the afternoon, head out again for another game drive that reveals even more of East Africa’s natural wonders. Get to experience a One-hour visit to a traditional Maasai Village You will interact with the Maasai villagers there, see their mud hut dwellings, known as Manyatta’s, and learn about their unique  way of life. There’s also an option of buying hand-made items of craft and jewelry from the Maasai women.

Return to your camp for dinner followed by a relaxing evening under African skies.


Overnight: Amboseli Serena Lodge

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

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DAY 5

Tsavo West National Park

After breakfast proceed to Tsavo West with en-route game drive and late lunch

Tsavo West provides a unique step back in time - to the days when tens of thousands of giant beasts roamed this forested land. Today, the forests are gone - the result of too many elephants and too little rain - but, thanks to the abundant snowmelt from Kilimanjaro, the land continues to water a huge variety of wildlife, from elephant and buffalo to lion, leopard, oryx, lesser kudu and klipspringer. Even the dangerously depleted black rhino are making a minor comeback in a small, fiercely-guarded 70 square kilometers sanctuary.

One of the great surprises of Tsavo West is Mzima Springs, a naturally fed oasis brimming with wildlife, exotic fish, crocodile, hippo, and birds. We can leave our 4 x 4 Jeep for a guided walk along the green shores, taking in this idyllic landscape.

Tonight, dine in the wild and taste safari life at its best, accompanied by a group of scarlet clad Maasai morans (warriors) or Akamba drummers. Located in a grove of acacia trees immediately adjacent to the lodge, your lantern-lit dinner begins with cocktails around the campfire. Dinner will then be cooked on a blazing BBQ, accompanied by a wide range of salads and vegetables. While dessert and coffee are served,  cultural entertainers will provide you with songs, chants and dance displays. 


Overnight: Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge

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DAY 6

Tsavo West | Into The Bush

After an early breakfast, our driver will meet you and transfer you to the Nairobi SGR Railway Terminal, located at Syokimau to board the 8:00 am Madaraka Express train to Voi.

The train has large windows that allow one to enjoy beautiful vistas of hills, plains, the Yatta Plateau (the world’s longest lava flow) and possibly wildlife. Upon arrival at the Voi train station, you will be met and transferred to the Hotel, which takes approximately 45 minutes.

Reach the Hotel, check-in and have lunch.

After lunch, you will enjoy an afternoon game drive at the Sanctuary. The game drive will provide you with a great opportunity to view the diverse array of wildlife within the Sanctuary which is home to more than 50 species of mammals and over 300 species of birds. Look out for elephants, lion, cheetah, leopard, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, and ostrich.

The Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary derives its name from the surrounding clusters of hills and is an integral part of the Eastern Arc Forests classified as a biodiversity hotspot. The Sanctuary covers an area of 28,000 acres of mosaic habitat comprising riverine forests, savanna woodland and grassland.

The Sanctuary straddles the southern part of Tsavo West National Park and is an important dispersal area and migrating corridor for wildlife between Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks. The topography is generally flat offering breathtaking views of the Mt. Kilimanjaro, Pare Mountains, the Uluguru Mountains and the clusters of Taita Hills with a seasonal river dividing the Sanctuary into a valley and lowland plains.


Overnight: Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

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DAY 7

Mombasa | Half Day Mombasa City Tour

Enjoy an early morning breakfast at the hotel. Check out and be transferred to Voi train station for your journey to Mombasa.

Upon arrival in Mombasa, you'll be met by our driver . Enjoy a half day city tour enroute to the hotel.

This half-day tour will immerse you in the international history and flavors of this culturally rich city. With its Arabic, Portuguese and Swahili cultures, Mombasa offers busy markets, ethnic neighborhoods, and a distinctive heritage to explore as well as ancient structure of Fort Jesus with its incredible history. Lunch at a local Swahili restaurant (Own account)

Learn the history of the East African coast with the Arab and Portuguese quest for control of trade routes. 

Highlights:  Old town Mombasa with Swahili and Arab culture, Fort Jesus Museum… a history of the East Africa Coast, City food and spice market – a glimpse into the lives of the local people, Elephant tusks – the gateway to Mombasa.  


Overnight: Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

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DAY 8

Mombasa - Lamu

After a very early breakfast at the camp, check out and transfer by road to Mombasa in time to connect with the flight to Lamu.

Lamu Island is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is a beautiful place boasting medieval architecture and is known as the home of Swahili culture. Lamu Island is part of the Lamu Archipelago in Kenya and was built historically by Arab traders as a trade route. Some estimations put its age at around one thousand years!

Lamu Island is also known as Kenya’s oldest town, and a place with roads so narrow that cars can’t even traverse them, so transport is idyllically done through boats, donkeys and – bicycles and motorbikes are of course absolutely welcome!

On arrival at Lamu airstrip you’ll be have a boat transfer to your hotel. Lunch at the Hotel and afternoon at leisure.


Overnight: The Majlis Resort Lamu

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

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DAY 9

Lamu

Today you will have a cultural trip to Lamu Town. Lamu Old Town was inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO's World Heritage Centre in December 2001. UNESCO describes it as: “The oldest and best preserved Swahili settlement in

East Africa, retaining its traditional functions. Built in coral stone and mangrove timber, the Town is characterized by the simplicity of structural forms enriched by such features as inner courtyards, verandas and elaborated carved wooden doors”. Most important attractions are the fishing and vegetable markets, Lamu Fort, Lamu Museum and the whole stone Town. This is a morning trip when there is a lot of activity in the local markets.

Lunch at a local restaurant (Own account)

Rest of the day at leisure


Overnight: The Majlis Resort Lamu

Included

Breakfast

Dinner

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DAY 10

Nairobi Relaxation

Enjoy your breakfast and then catch a boat ride to Manda Island for your return flight to Nairobi.

Spend the rest of the day relaxing and alaso packing to depart to Zanzibar.


Overnight: Trademark Hotel

Included

Breakfast

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DAY 11

Depart Kenya To Zanzibar

Welcome to Zanzibar, located in East Africa! Airport pick up will be provided and you will be taken to your Hotel.  

Upon arriving you will experience the stone town and Spice tour. 

Overnight is at the Golden Tulip Zanzibar Airport

Included

Breakfast & Lunch

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DAY 12

Safari Blue Experience

You will be taken to Fumba from the hotel, and from there you will board on the traditional dhow boat to enjoy the magic of isolated sandbanks and rugged Island, the full day sailing around the Mangroves and snorkelling along some of the best coral reefs.

Safari blue is a full day boat trip on a traditional sailing boat, (Dhow). Safari blue explores the Menai bay conservation area which is home to two different species of dolphins: - the indoor-pacific humper-back and the bottlenose, you will also see different types of birds. 

Sail, snorkle, swim,sunbathe,explore,feast, dolphin watch among other fun activities.

Lunch is served on the Island enjoy a traditional beach-buffet with Sea food BBQ and tasting of exotic fruits.

What to take: A lot of sun cream, hats, swimming costume and towel, aqua shoes.

Overnight is at the Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort

Included

Breakfast, Sea Food Lunch, Fruits and Drinks(beers & soft)

Dinner

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DAY 13

Full Day Resort Experience

Take today for yourself and enjoy the beautiful resort. Have a spa treatment, one you wont forget.

Take a dive in the ocean or the different pools on the property while sipping on your favorite drink.


Overnight is at the Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort

Included

All Inclusive

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DAY 14

Departure

Today, you depart from the motherland, but not for long.

 Nenda vizuri tutakutana tena (Go well! we shall meet again). Swahil

Included

Breakfast

What's Included

What's Included

Transportation

Some Meals

Safari

All Activities on Itinerary

All inclusive Resort

Welcome Dinner

Travel Medical Insurance

Flights

Vaccination

Personal Expenses

Gratuities

Reviews

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WOW!!!!!! Let's just say, it would be very difficult to verbalize how great our trip was as a result of booking with Certified Africa. My wife and I are avid travelers, touching 16 countries so far. We usually create our own itinerary and almost ALWAYS focus on hanging with locals to gain the most intimate and organic experiences possible. Nonetheless, this was our 15-year Anniversary trip and thought it would be a great idea to allow someone else to plan the trip and sit back and enjoy it. With only an introduction call to discuss some must haves and our set budget, Certified Africa DELIVERED!!!!!!!! Creating a custom itinerary that blew our minds and expectations. We have already begun planning our Tanzania and Zanzibar trip for 2022. From me and my beautiful wife to you........What are you waiting for????????????? Book your next trip to the Motherland with the only travel company we feel comfortable recommending, Certified Africa! Richard and Raquel

Richard & Raquel Morris

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Transfers of flight arrangements are not available. 


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Dates

December 19 2023 - January 1 2024

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The Kenya Zanzibar Experience - Lawrence Group

Kenya· December 19 2023 - January 1 2024· 13 nights

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