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Visit the national parks nestled between Kenya’s coastal town of Mombasa and its capital, Nairobi. This means plenty of wildlife at relatively short distances!

First, at Amboseli National Park, you’ll find many herds of elephants with the stunning Kilimanjaro views in the background. On the wide savannahs of Tsavo West National Park, you’ll see them again, along with the rest of the Big Five. Continue to the green mountain range of Taita Hills, where bush elephants live, and end your journey at Tsavo East National Park, which offers everything you would want from a safari.

This is an exclusive, private safari that allows you to travel at your own pace. This has several advantages. Firstly, you have a private safari vehicle and a personal guide. This allows you to decide what time to leave in the morning and what time to return, with the advice of your guide. Once you are in a national park, you can observe a specific animal or herd for as long as you like. No one will push you to move along. Lastly, your personal guide knows your preferences and will advise accordingly, turning your trip into an unforgettable experience… which begins tomorrow morning!

The hotels listed below are Mid-Range. If you prefer more luxury, you can also opt for Platinum- or Diamond-Class hotels.

Cities & Landmarks

Nairobi, Amboseli, Tsavo West, Tahita Hill, Tsavo East and Mombasa

Time of Year

All Year Round

Route overview per day
Tour Features
Mid-range tour
This mid-range tour uses lodges and tented camps.
Private tour
This tour will be organized exclusively for you and won't be shared with others.
Can start any day
If availability permits, this tour can start on any day.
Can be customized
You can request minor changes to the accommodations and destinations of this tour.
Suitable for solo travelers
Solo travelers can book this private tour.
Suitable for all ages
This tour is suitable for children of all ages.
Activities & Transportation
Activities: game drives
Game drives: pop-up roof 4x4 vehicle
Getting around: pop-up roof 4x4 vehicle
A transfer from and back to the airport is included
Accommodation & Meals

Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for an extra cost

Day

Accommodation

Meals

1
Somerset Westview Nairobi
Mid-range hotel in Nairobi (City)
None
None
2
Tulia Amboseli Safari Camp
Mid-range tented camp located just outside Amboseli NP
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
3
Tulia Amboseli Safari Camp
Mid-range tented camp located just outside Amboseli NP
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge
Luxury lodge located inside Tsavo West NP
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Taita Hills Safari Resort & Spa
Mid-range lodge located inside Taita Hills WS
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Ashnil Aruba Lodge
Mid-range lodge inside Tsavo East NP
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
No Accomodation
End of Safari
Breakfast & Lunch
Breakfast & Lunch
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Arrival

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You'll be collected from the airport.
Accommodation before the tour starts can be arranged for an extra cost.
Day 1
Nairobi City
Day 1: Arrived Nairobi, Kenya

Jambo! As you step out of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, your personal Africa Safari Trips guide greets you with a big smile. "Karibu Kenya – welcome to Kenya!"

Your Bush 2 City Adventure guide will take you straight from the airport to your hotel, offering you your first glimpse of the vibrant city of Nairobi. You'll see the towering skyscrapers, bustling traffic with motor taxis and colorful matatus (local public transport), and the lively hustle and bustle of daily life.

Feel free to ask your guide anything that comes to mind, as he is well-versed in Kenyan life and culture. Not only that, but he will also eagerly share everything about the beautiful national parks you are about to visit. So ask away – he will do his utmost to answer all your questions and make your experience unforgettable!

Main Destination:
Nairobi City (City)
Accommodation:
Somerset Westview Nairobi
Mid-range hotel in Nairobi (City)
Meals & Drinks:
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Meals at own expense
Day 2
Amboseli National Park
Day 2: Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park lies on the border between Kenya and Tanzania, a four-hour drive from Nairobi. You will arrive just in time for lunch and an afternoon game drive at sunset.

Amboseli spans almost 400 square kilometers and offers a magnificent view of the beautifully snowcapped Mount Kilimanjaro. The park is home to many animals but is especially famous for its large groups of free-roaming elephants. Here, you will have the chance to take some iconic pictures of elephants in front of Africa’s highest lone-standing mountain.

Until 2020, the park was a haven for an incredible bull elephant named Tim (see picture). This mighty leviathan quickly became one of Amboseli’s major attractions due to its size and iconic tusks that reached the ground. He was around 50 years old at the time of his death in February 2020.

Main Destination:
Amboseli National Park (Kenya)
Best Time To Visit
June to October and January to February
High Season
December to March and July to October (Busy
Best Weather
June to September and January to February (Little rainfall)
Accommodation:
Tulia Amboseli Safari Camp
Mid-range tented camp located just outside Amboseli NP
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 3
Amboseli National Park
Day 3: Full Day Safari in Amboseli

Today, we advise you to get up early and take the chance to go on a game drive at sunrise when the animals are most active.

This day is completely reserved for game drives, allowing you to explore Amboseli to the fullest. Spanning over 392 square kilometers, the park is dominated by acacia woodlands, rocky thorn bush, swamps, marshland, and a Pleistocene lake. The usual safari suspects roam here in good numbers: giraffes, zebras, buffaloes, elephants, and big cats like lions, cheetahs, and leopards.

The Maasai people live nearby and are the ones who gave the park its name. Kioko Lake, located in the middle of the park, often dries up completely during the dry season, leaving behind ashy earth called "Amboseli" by the Maasai. This is where the park’s name originated. During your time in Amboseli, you can also discover Maasai culture by visiting one of their villages.

Main Destination:
Amboseli National Park (Kenya)
Accommodation:
Tulia Amboseli Safari Camp
Mid-range tented camp located just outside Amboseli NP
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 4
Day 4: Tsavo West National Park
Tsavo West National Park

With green hills, savannahs, water, and lava rocks from nearby volcanoes, the landscape of Tsavo West National Park is incredibly diverse. Spanning 9,065 square kilometers, it is vast and home to all of the Big Five, alongside giraffes, zebras, antelopes, and many different birds.

Tsavo West is famous for the Shetani Lava Flows, where fifty square kilometers of volcanic black rock spread across the land. The Mzima Springs are also worth a visit; they consist of four natural springs with fifty million gallons of crystal-clear water gushing out from under the parched lava rock. Hippos and crocodiles love the freshwater of Mzima Springs, making them easy to spot.

Founded in 1948, the Tsavo brothers are two of the oldest parks in Kenya. They are separated by the highway and railway that connect the coastal town of Mombasa to the capital, Nairobi. From Amboseli, it’s a mere three-hour drive to Tsavo West, which you then cross en route to Tsavo East.

Main Destination:
Tsavo West National Park (Kenya)
Best Time To Visit
June to October and January to February (Best for general wildlife viewing; little rainfall)
High Season
December to March and July to October (Busy)
Best Weather
June to September and January to February (Little rainfall)
Accommodation:
Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge
Luxury lodge located inside Tsavo West NP
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 5
Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary
Day 5: Taita Hills & Lumo Concervancy

Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary and the Lumo Conservancy area are privately owned parks close to each other, on the edge of Tsavo West National Park.

A green mountain range and open grassy plains full of wildlife make Taita Hills definitely worth a visit. Part of the beautiful Eastern Arc Mountain Range, Taita Hills is among the oldest mountain ranges in Africa, with many endemic species on its 110 square kilometers. Kenya’s most threatened birds live here: the Taita Apalis and Taita Thrush. Also found here are the Taita Hills Purple-glossed Snake, the Taita Blade-horned Chameleon, the Taita Falcon, the Taita White-eye, and the Southern Banded Snake-eagle. The usual suspects of African wildlife are also present: African bush elephants, lions, cheetahs, buffaloes, leopards, hyenas, giraffes, and zebras.

Additionally, Lumo Conservancy is great for game drives, and in one day, you can drive through both parks. In Lumo, it’s also possible to do an exciting night game drive for an additional fee.

Main Destination:
Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary
Best Time To Go
June to October (Wildlife), November to April (Birding)
High Season
June to September
Best Weather
Accommodation:
Taita Hills Safari Resort & Spa
Mid-range lodge located inside Taita Hills WS
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 6
Tsavo East National Park
Day 6: Tsavo East National Park

Tsavo East National Park, a four-hour drive from Taita Hills, is impressive and huge, covering 13,000 square kilometers. It’s mostly famous for its many lions and elephants. Here, you can cruise the outstretched savannah of the Yatta Plateau, while large groups of elephants roam these red, dusty plains. En route, you pass a spectacular array of other animals. All members of the Big Five live here, along with zebras, African wild dogs, cheetahs, antelopes, impalas, and more.

There are a few spots in Tsavo that are perfect for admiring wildlife: Madunda Rock, Lugard Falls, and the Aruba Dam. The 1.6-kilometer rock formation of Madunda allows for great viewing of animals drinking below. Lugard Falls is not an actual waterfall but a series of rapid waters filled with hippos and crocs. Last but not least, the Aruba Dam creates a water basin in the Voi River that is a favorite drinking spot for many animals. Tsavo East National Park basically has it all!

Main Destination:
Tsavo East National Park
Best Time To Visit
June to October and January to February (Best for general wildlife viewing; little rainfall)
High Season
December to March and July to October (Not busy)
Best Weather
June to September and January to February (Little rainfall)
Accommodation:
Ashnil Aruba Lodge
Mid-range lodge inside Tsavo East NP
Meals & Drinks:
All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Day 7
Mombasa Moi Airport
Day 7: Mombasa Moi Airport (End of Tour)

Take in the beauty of Tsavo one last time, as this is the final day of your safari! If you're still craving more adventure, it's possible to add some national parks to your itinerary. Otherwise, you can drive back to Nairobi for your flight home.

However, we recommend hopping on the adventurous train ride to Mombasa to catch your flight from there or to continue your holiday on the beach!

Kenya boasts some amazing tropical beaches to help you unwind after your safari. At Bush 2 City Adventure, we particularly love the stunning stretches of beach in the south of Kenya. There's the beautiful Diani Beach, located 20 kilometers south of Mombasa, and the lively Bamburi Beach north of the city. Picture crystal blue oceans, sandy white beaches, endless pools, and colorful cocktails. As a bonus, historical Mombasa is just around the corner!

Main Destination:
Mombasa Moi Airport
Accommodation:
No Accomodation
End of Safari
Meals & Drinks:
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)
Breakfast & Lunch (dinner is not included)

End of tour

(See Getting There for more details)
Additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost.
You'll be dropped off at the airport.
How to book this safari?
Important to Know
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Summary

Day

Country

Destination

Accomodation

Meals

1
Kenya
Nairobi (City)
Somerset Westview Nairobi
None
2
Kenya
Amboseli NP
Tulia Amboseli Safari Camp
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
3
Tanzania
Amboseli NP
Tulia Amboseli Safari Camp
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Kenya
Tsavo West NP
Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Kenya
Taita Hills NP
Taita Hills Safari Resort & Spa
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Kenya
Tsavo East NP
Ashnil Aruba Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Kenya
Mombasa
No Accomodation
Breakfast & Lunch
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This price includes:
Park fees
(For non-residents)
All activities
(Unless labeled as optional)
Meals
(As specified in the day-by-day section)
Drinks
(As specified in the day-by-day section)
All accommodation
(Unless listed as upgrade)
Roundtrip airport transfer
A professional driver/guide
All transportation
(Unless labeled as optional)
All Taxes/VAT
This price excludes:
International flights
(From/to home)
Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
Tips
(Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
Personal items
(Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
How to book this safari?
Great To Know

This tour starts in Nairobi and ends in Mombasa, Kenya

This operator can help select your international flights, but you'll have to book them yourself

Fly to Jomo Kenyatta Airport (NBO - Check price) in Nairobi

Fly back from Moi Airport (MBA - Check price) in Mombassa

transfer from and back to the airport is included

Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for an extra cost

How to book this safari?
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About Booking This Tour

All passengers require a valid passport to enter Kenya, and that passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the completion of travel. Your passport must also contain at least four blank visa pages.

 

In addition to a valid passport and as noted in your Journey Confirmation e-document you received confirming your reservation, travelers from all countries should apply online for a Kenya eTA before entering the country. Visitors should apply for the eTA at www.etakenya.go.ke and pay a processing fee of $34. All eTA applications for Kenya should be submitted no earlier than 90 days before the tour’s end date, to ensure adequate time for authorization. It is recommended that families apply as a group.

 

PLEASE NOTE: As you’re completing the Kenya Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) process, you will be asked to enter a “contact” person as well as the addresses that you will be staying at during your time in the country(ies). For this portion, please use the hotel information found below:

 

Kenya Hotel

Somerset Westview Hotel
LR. No. 1/1376, Nyangumi Road
Off Lenana Road, Kilimani Nairobi,Kenya
Phone: +254 11 1043700
Email: enquiry.swn@the-ascott.com

 

Kenya Contact

B2C Adventure LTD

Norfolk Tower, Kijabe Street

Nairobi, Kenya

Phone: 254 756 836 023

Email: info@bush2cityadventure.com

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Failure to obtain ALL necessary documentation before your tour may result in being denied entry into a country, or delays in entry until proper documentation can be obtained. In consideration of the larger group (and to maintain our planned itinerary), travelers who have failed to obtain the necessary documentation in advance may need to remain at the airport, and could thus be responsible for arranging (and paying for) their transportation to join the safari. Bush 2 City Adventure will not be responsible for obtaining any missing documentation, nor will Bush 2 City Adventure be responsible for any expenses incurred, missed tour components, or other losses resulting from the failure to obtain proper travel documents in advance.

 

All passengers have a responsibility to check with the Kenyan Embassies or Consulates to determine necessary travel documents.

 

We strongly recommend that you make at least two photocopies of all the travel documents that you bring with you. Include copies of the photo page of your passport that contains the date of issuance, the date of expiration, and your citizenship. Secure one set of copies in the safe in your room while traveling and leave one set behind with someone at home who will assist you in the event your documents are misplaced, lost, or stolen.

 

To facilitate Travel Requirements, destinations are increasingly utilizing online forms that require digital proof that you’ve completed your submission (via an email, QR code, etc.) To ensure smooth travels and peace of mind, we strongly recommend all guests carry a personal smartphone and sign up for international data plans before traveling overseas.

 

TRAVELING WITH CHILDREN AS A GUARDIAN: If you are traveling as the guardian of a child/children, we strongly suggest that you carry a letter from both parents of the child authorizing emergency treatment in the event of illness or accident. For travel abroad, many foreign countries have specific entry requirements for children under 21 who are traveling internationally without BOTH parents. (These requirements are in response to the increased incidence of children being abducted and taken abroad.) PLEASE NOTE THAT BUSH 2 CITY ADVENTURE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE for the disruption of travel caused by improper documentation for children traveling without both parents.

See your travel advisor, or call Bush 2 City at +255 789 725 322 to make a reservation.

 

At the time of booking, please have the following information ready for all members of your party:

 

– > Tour Name and Departure Date

– > Traveler’s Name: First and last names as they appear on your passport or driver’s license

– > Traveler’s Address(es)

– > Email Address*

– > Traveler’s Phone Number(s)*

– > Emergency Contact Information: Please provide the name and phone number of a relative or friend (not traveling with you) whom we could contact during the tour in the unlikely event of an emergency

– > Interest in extending your trip by staying in a Bush 2 City recommended hotel before your trip begins or after it ends

 

* Required Fields

Deposits:

Deposits and local flight fees are due at the time of booking. Note: if your tour includes air transfer, the full amount for airfare will be requested in full and not counted as part of the deposit.

 

Should you wish to book with Bush 2 City Adventure, once we have received your booking details, we will request a non-refundable booking deposit of 30% per person. This deposit is usually paid by credit card.

 

Final Payments:

Final Payment is due to Bush 2 City 45 days before departure for tour trips. If a safari is arranged within 45 days before the commencement of the safari, the full amount shall be payable to confirm the safari. If your deposit was made by credit card, the final payment will be automatic unless you opted out at the time of booking. Bookings without full payment at this time may be subject to cancellation without notice. Failure to make payment will be considered a cancellation by the guest and all applicable cancellation fees will apply.

We recommend that all travelers booking safaris with us purchase travel insurance to cover their trip investment. Ensure that you have cancellation cover for any reason.

 

Travel Insurance Benefits – We advise all visitors to carefully review the extent of a policy’s coverage before purchasing it, and the following recommendations should be included in the policy before you make a purchase:

Trip Cancellation – If you must cancel your tour due to a covered reason, the plan provides coverage for the amount you paid for your travel arrangements. Make sure the policy benefits reimburse the airfare cancellation charges up to the value of your original airfare purchase.

 

Trip Interruption – If you have to interrupt your tour for covered reasons, the plan provides reimbursement to catch up to your tour or return home.

 

Travel Delay – Provides reimbursement for missed, prepaid travel arrangements if you are delayed by a common carrier, natural disaster, unannounced strike, or other reasons as cited in the plan.

 

Medical Expense – Reimburses covered medical expenses incurred in the event you become injured or sick during your trip.

 

Baggage / Personal Effects Protection – Provides reimbursement in the event your luggage or personal effects are lost, stolen, damaged, or delayed during your trip.

 

Worldwide Emergency Assistance Services – 24-hour emergency telephone assistance hotline for medical and travel-related problems.

 

Please note that the insurance policy is arranged by clients themselves from the company based in their home country, not Bush 2 City. Purchasing insurance is advised immediately after confirming your safari with us and paying the deposit.

If circumstances arise necessitating the cancellation of your holiday, such cancellation must be formally communicated to us in writing. A cancellation will only be deemed valid once we have received written notification.

 

Please note that in the event of a cancellation, both the deposit and any charges related to amendments will be non-refundable. Cancellation fees are assessed on a sliding scale, as outlined below, and apply per person upon our receipt of your written cancellation notice before your scheduled departure.

Regardless of the reason, cancellations result in costly charges from our travel and hotel providers covering penalties and fees incurred by canceling confirmed bookings. These fees vary from tour to tour, and therefore, the following fees apply:

 

– > Cancellations 120 to 60 days before departure incur a forfeiture of the 30% deposit

– > Cancellations 60 to 45 days prior incur a 50% fee of the total tour rate.

– > Cancellations less than 45 days prior incur a 100% cancellation fee.

 

Travel insurance is highly recommended to cover unforeseen cancellations. If your cancellation falls within the coverage scope of your insurance policy, as outlined in its terms and conditions, you may be eligible to recover the incurred charges from your insurance provider. However, it should be noted that if we have already issued your domestic airline tickets and you decide to cancel them at any point, you will not be entitled to any refunds for these tickets, under the circumstances described.

 

Moreover, if you fail to show up or join the safari after the departure date has passed, no refund will be issued. The time of cancellation will be when notice is received in our Sakina Kwa Idd, Arusha, Tanzania office.

 

In the event of an unforeseen circumstance beyond our control, Bush 2 City reserves the right to amend the cancellation terms outlined herein.

Click here to find Bush 2 City`s Travel Terms & Conditions.

Travel Requirements For This Tour

AIRFARE: Airfare to and from this destination is not included in the journey cost. If purchasing your airfare elsewhere, you must provide us with your confirmed arrival and departure flight information no later than three weeks before your arrival date.

 

BUSH 2 CITY AIRPORT TRANSFERS: Bush 2 City airport transfers are included at the start and end of the journey between the airport and the Bush 2 City hotel. Airport transfers are available for any pre-tour or post-tour hotel stays immediately consecutive to the tour, provided flight information is received in the Bush 2 City office no later than three weeks in advance. Your final documents will include details on locating your transfer upon arrival in the tour start city.

 

AIRLINES AND CHECKED LUGGAGE: Due to space limitations during your Bush 2 City journey, we ask that you please limit your checked luggage to one average-size suitcase per person. Besides complying with the Bush 2 City restriction noted above, you should also research and comply with all airline baggage restrictions relating to your flights to and from your Bush 2 City journey. Airlines have become much more strict in enforcing size and weight limits in recent years and are free to revise luggage policies without notice. Researching and complying with airline luggage restrictions is the responsibility of the guest, and Bush 2 City cannot be held responsible for any costs or disruptions to travel caused by failure to research and comply with airline policies. PLEASE NOTE that if you are booked on a tour that includes on-tour flights, the checked luggage weight restrictions for these flights may be lower than the weight restrictions for your international flights.

 

Special Luggage Restrictions for this Tour:

To help in your packing, Bush 2 City recommends each guest bring a duffel bag. The duffel bag has been specially designed to provide more than adequate space for essential items needed while on safari. Strict limitations on our on-tour flights require that each guest take only one piece of soft-sided luggage (the duffel bag) weighing no more than 33 pounds, or 14.97 kilograms. This weight limit includes all camera equipment. Soft-sided luggage is required to ensure your piece fits into irregularly shaped luggage compartments. In addition, guests are limited to one soft-sided carry-on bag per person, not to exceed 15 lbs. or 6.8 kg, and no larger than an average knapsack.

 

Checked Luggage – General:

Due to space restrictions, we ask that you please limit your checked luggage to one suitcase per person, weighing no more than 44 pounds (20 kg) and with overall dimensions (length + width + height) not exceeding 62 inches (158 cm). Besides complying with the Bush 2 City restriction noted above, you should also research and comply with all airline baggage restrictions relating to your flights to and from your Bush 2 City journey. Airlines have become much more strict in enforcing size and weight limits in recent years, and luggage exceeding airline standards for size or weight may result in expensive overage fees or other consequences. Airlines are free to revise luggage policies without notice, and certain airlines have different baggage allowances for different classes of service. Researching and complying with airline luggage restrictions is the responsibility of the guest, and Bush 2 City cannot be held responsible for any costs or disruptions to travel caused by failure to research and comply with airline policies.

 

Carry-on Luggage – General:

Although oversized bags and wheeled carry-on luggage are popular for airline travel, they are often not convenient or appropriate for safari vehicle travel or many on-tour flights. Most modern safari vehicles offer limited space for numerous or larger items. Space under seats is typically small and designed to accommodate items like coats, hats, purses, and small camera bags. For your day-to-day travel while on tour, we recommend that you limit your hand luggage to a small, soft-sided carry-on piece and bring only those items you need handy during the day, such as makeup, medications, valuables, cameras, film, etc. Items too large to fit under the seat must be stored in the luggage truck and will be inaccessible during daytime travel.

HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS

Please check with your health insurance provider to determine whether you are covered while traveling. If you will not be covered under your current policy, we strongly suggest that you arrange for adequate coverage while on tour.

 

VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Some of the countries visited on this itinerary may require travelers to provide proof of vaccination against certain diseases to enter the country. These requirements are subject to frequent change as outbreaks occur and subside in different areas, and it is, therefore, crucial that you obtain the very latest information on entry requirements as you prepare for your journey.

 

Regarding the Yellow Fever Vaccination:

While not a Bush 2 City requirement, guests are advised to bring proof of Yellow Fever Vaccination or a doctor’s note stating why they are unable to get the Yellow Fever vaccination for entry into Kenya. Please be advised that this regulation often changes.

 

For the most current information, please consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by clicking here and the World Health Organization (WHO) by clicking here. You may also wish to visit the websites for the embassies of the countries you will be visiting. Besides providing details on vaccination requirements, these sites can also provide information on vaccinations that may be recommended (but aren’t required) and other potential health issues for which no vaccines are available.

 

Any decisions relating to your health, of course, should not be based solely on information provided by a website. It is critically important that you consult with your physician before your journey to obtain any required vaccinations and to review any optional recommendations offered by the CDC or other sources. Please be sure to discuss your journey with your physician at least four to six weeks in advance of your departure, as certain vaccinations take time to become fully effective. Also, be certain to ask your physician for proof of any vaccinations you receive and to pack this proof along with your other travel documents in your carry-on luggage (not in your checked luggage).

 

Researching and complying with vaccination entry requirements for the countries visited on this itinerary is the responsibility of the traveler and not Bush 2 City. Bush 2 City is therefore not responsible for any expenses incurred or disruptions to travel caused by improper or incomplete vaccinations, or by the failure to provide proof of required vaccinations. If you do not obtain the necessary vaccinations and proper documentation, you may be denied entry into one or more countries or temporarily quarantined until the necessary vaccinations are administered, or until proper documentation is provided.

 

SPECIAL DIETARY REQUESTS

The restaurants, hotels, caterers, and numerous other partners we work with all do their best to accommodate special dietary requests from Bush 2 City guests. However, given the diverse nature of those food providers (from small wineries to grand hotels to world-famous restaurants in more than 70 countries worldwide), some of our partners are better able than others to accommodate such requests. We therefore cannot guarantee that all dietary requests can be accommodated at every meal. Also, please note that where dietary requests can be accommodated, choices will frequently be limited.

 

MOBILITY

All travelers to Africa should be in reasonably good health. There is not a significant amount of walking on this tour; however, the walking that is done takes place over uneven terrain, occurs frequently in warm weather, and includes climbing in and out of safari vehicles. If you opt for on-tour air transfer upgrades, please note that flights use single or twin-engine propeller planes accommodating 18-50 passengers. We strongly advise that guests who require assistance walking or who travel with oxygen tanks may not fully enjoy this very active journey.

 

There are certain rules and regulations that one should be aware of while on safari. You must listen to your tour director/consultant, local guide, or ranger, as they are trained to be aware of the environment around them. Guests should be aware that while on safari, you will be traveling in smaller groups and will travel on small bush planes and/or helicopters. Guests will use smaller safari vehicles, where they will be required to rotate not only safari guides, rangers, and cars but also seats within the car. Please note that there are limited medical facilities, and guests will not have exclusive use of a vehicle should they need special attention or consideration.

 

The safari vehicles are not air-conditioned, though you might find some have air conditioning, but it is not guaranteed. The cars have six window seats, with roofs that lift for animal viewing. Please note that the areas traversed on game drives are typically unpaved and will often be bumpy and dusty.

 

Please note that all Bush 2 City guests will dine at Bush 2 City Designated tables for meals. The majority of meals while on safari are buffet style due to the international guests that stay at the lodges.

 

A NOTE ON THE SCHEDULED HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE: The minimum age to participate in the hot air balloon ride is seven. There is no maximum age, although you must be reasonably mobile, fit to fly, and prepared for an adventure! Balloon passenger weights are calculated at an average of 176 lbs (80 kg) per person. If you weigh more than 50% above the average weight (i.e., 265 lbs/120 kg), you may be charged an additional fee.

 

AN IMPORTANT NOTE ON SUPPLEMENTAL OXYGEN AND MOBILITY ISSUES: This Bush 2 City itinerary cannot accommodate oxygen tanks, wheelchairs, or motorized scooters. Oxygen tanks are strictly prohibited in many foreign countries on regional flights aboard small aircraft, such as those intra-tour flights featured on this Bush 2 City journey. Likewise, the very limited cargo capacity on such flights prohibits the transport of wheelchairs or motorized scooters. Guests should also bear in mind that the infrastructure in many foreign countries, particularly in developing countries, often presents severe and even insurmountable challenges for those with walking difficulties or other mobility issues. The responsibility of the Bush 2 City Director and Guide is to ensure that the guest enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing individual assistance to any one guest. Guests requiring such individualized assistance must be accompanied by an able-bodied companion who can provide it.

We have compiled a reading list of recommended books to give you more information about the destinations you will be traveling to on your upcoming journey!

 

You can view the reading list.

 

Into Africa

With the utterance of a single line—“Doctor Livingstone, I presume?”—a remote meeting in the heart of Africa (Tanzania’s Lake Tanganyika) was transformed into one of the most famous encounters in exploration history. This is the true story behind the meeting of the great explorer David Livingstone (the first Westerner to witness Victoria Falls) and journalist Henry Morton Stanley. Also available as an audiobook. By Martin Dugard.

 

The Scramble for Africa

The detailed historical account of how six European countries—Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and Portugal, with Belgium’s King Leopold at the center of it all—carved up Africa among themselves from 1876-1912, all in the name of the “3 Cs”: Christianity, Commerce, and Civilization. By Thomas Pakenham.

 

The Complete Short Stories Of Ernest Hemingway

A definitive collection of the esteemed Africa-loving American novelist’s short stories, including the most beloved classics “The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” “Hills Like White Elephants,” and “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place,” plus seven new tales published here for the first time. By Ernest Hemingway.

 

The Worlds of a Maasai Warrior, An Autobiography

An autobiographical memoir revealing the traditional childhood, adolescence, and coming of age of a Maasai warrior on the plains of the Serengeti. It also touches on the author’s experiences as a park ranger and his journeys abroad. By Tepilit Ole Saitoti.

 

The Tree Where Man Was Born

A classic portrait of East Africa, enthralling in its detail on nature and daily life, drawing on the author-naturalist’s field trips to Ngorongoro, the Kenyan highlands, and the Serengeti. By Peter Matthiessen.

 

A Grain of Wheat

A compelling story by East Africa’s leading voice, this moving and eye-opening novel—set in the wake of the Mau Mau rebellion, on the cusp of Kenya’s independence from Britain—follows a group of villagers whose lives have been transformed by the 1952–1960 Emergency. At the center of it all is the reticent Mugo, the village’s chosen hero and a man haunted by a terrible secret. Also available as an audiobook. By Ngugi Wa Thiong’o.

 

Out of Africa

A now-famous love story drawn from the Danish author’s time running a coffee plantation in British-colonial Kenya’s Ngong Hills—in the Great Rift Valley, just outside of Nairobi—from 1914-1931. By Isak Dinesen (aka Baroness Karen Blixen).

 

Simplified Swahili

An excellent, easy-to-use system for learning Swahili, the lingua franca of Southeast and East Africa. By Peter M. Wilson

 

Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania

This field guide is the most comprehensive and well-illustrated available. By Dale A. Zimmerman.

 

The Safari Companion

Without a doubt, the best field guide to observing and understanding the behavior of African mammals. Invaluable for safari-bound travelers. By Richard D. Estes.

 

West with the Night

The epic true-life account of the woman who began her flying career in 1930s Kenya by scouting African wildlife herds from the air and became one of the most famous pilots of her day. A contemporary of Karen Blixen (aka Isak Dinesen, the author of Out of Africa), Markham left an enduring memoir that soars with astounding candor and shimmering insights. Also available as an audiobook. By Beryl Markham.

 

Too Close to the Sun

This biography of Denys Finch Hatton—the explorer whose real-life romance inspired Out of Africa—conjures the mystical beauty of Kenya’s savannahs after WWI while describing the way of life in colonial British East Africa. By Sara Wheeler.

 

The Great Animal Orchestra

An incredible audiobook! Musician and naturalist Krause is one of the world’s leading experts in natural sound, and he’s spent his life discovering and recording nature’s rich chorus. Accompanied by his recordings—of jaguars at night in the Amazon rain forest to encountering mountain gorillas in Africa’s Virunga Mountains—he offers an intense and intensely personal narrative of the planet’s deep and connected natural sounds. By Bernie Krause.

 

The Flame Trees of Thika

A classic. In 1913, Elspeth Huxley set off in an open cart with her parents to travel to Thika in Kenya. As pioneering settlers, they built a house of grass, ate off a damask cloth spread over packing cases, and discovered—the hard way—the world of the African. By Elspeth Huxley.

 

Unbowed

Nobel Prize-winner Wangari Maathai recounts her extraordinary journey from her childhood in rural Kenya to the world stage. When Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977, she began a vital poor people’s environmental movement, focused on the empowerment of women, that soon spread across Africa. She continued to fight tirelessly to save Kenya’s forests and to restore democracy to her beloved country. Also available as an audiobook. By Wangari Maathai.

 

The Serengeti Rules

How does nature produce the right numbers of zebras and lions on the African savanna or fish in the ocean? The author, an award-winning biologist, tells the stories of the pioneering scientists who sought the answers to such simple yet profoundly important questions and shows how their discoveries matter for our health and that of the planet. Also available as an audiobook. By Sean B. Carroll.

East Africa is truly a year-round destination, as the climate frequently features warm, bright days and cool, crisp nights. Daytime temperatures throughout the year typically range from 60 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit, or 15.5 to 35 degrees Celsius; evening temperatures can be cooler, ranging from 50 to 60 F, or 10 to 15.5 C.

 

Late afternoon rains are customary in East Africa. The rainy seasons are March through May (the “long rains”) and October through December (the “short rains”). During these times, rain occurs mostly in the late afternoon and is generally brief. The spring months are preferred by some for smaller crowds, verdant scenery, and delightful temperatures.

 

To read about current weather conditions, we suggest you log on to the Internet website by clicking here.

Please Note: Kenya a fine of up to $40,000 or four years in prison for simply possessing a plastic bag. By banning plastic bags, Kenya is joining more than 60 other countries that have banned, partly banned, or taxed single-use plastic bags, including China, France, Rwanda, and Italy.

 

As you prepare for your journey and consider what to pack, we strongly urge you to keep this new regulation in mind. Please also carefully inspect your luggage and any carry-on bags you plan on using to ensure no forgotten plastic bags lurking in any pockets or compartments.

 

This African safari is a very casual tour. Comfortable and casual clothing is recommended for both day and night. Formal and resort attire is not required.

 

Generally, lightweight, cotton, short- and long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and shorts are sufficient. A light jacket, fleece, or windbreaker, as well as layers of clothing, are suggested for cooler temperatures during early morning game drives and evenings. A bandana or cotton scarf will always come in handy. Be prepared for daily highs ranging from the mid-70s to the mid-80s and lows in the 50s and 60s except during the cold season (June, July, and August) when the lows can drop down into the 40s.

 

While on safari, you may prefer to wear natural, earth-toned clothing, such as khakis, tans, browns, and greens (this is not imperative; other colors are fine), as well as comfortable walking shoes (hiking boots are not necessary). Dark, black, or navy blue clothing is not recommended while on safari as these colors have been known to attract biting tsetse flies. It is also advisable to bring a swimsuit, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and lip protection. Some stretches of unpaved road travel during game drives can be quite bumpy.

 

Game drives can be dusty, so wear something that can be washed while on safari. Clothes may be laundered at all camps for a nominal fee. Most lodges and camps will launder your clothes for free or for a small fee ($2 – $3 per item) within 24 hours. Loose-fitting, casual, and comfortable clothing is recommended.

 

A personal kit with medication for possible upset stomach, aspirin, and allergy medicine may also be useful. If you are taking prescription drugs, bring a prescription signed by your doctor in case you need an emergency refill while traveling. Insect repellent with DEET is a very important item to include in your kit. Pre-moistened towelettes, antibacterial lotion, and a flashlight will also be useful on your safari.

 

Pack your medical kit in your carry-on bag along with an extra pair of prescription glasses or contact lenses and a change of clothes in case of luggage delay.

 

For viewing wildlife, we recommend you bring a good pair of binoculars and your photography supplies, such as plenty of film, batteries, a 200mm telephoto lens, lens cap, lens papers, UV filter, and, for video recording, an adequate supply of video cassettes.

 

Please see below for a recommended African safari packing list:

 

Safari Clothing

– > One pair of comfortable walking shoes (i.e., sneakers, cross-training, or light hiking shoes)

– > Casual, comfortable, and loose-fitting clothing in khaki, brown, beige, green, and olive colors

– > T-shirts and light tops

– > Long-sleeved shirts/blouses

– > Shorts

– > Light long pants or convertible long-short pants

– > One warm fleece or sweater

– > Socks and underwear

– > Pajamas

– > Hat and bandana

– > Heavy sweater, warm gloves, knit hat, and scarf for the cold season (June – August)

– > For the ladies, you may consider wearing a sports bra while out on game drives as the roads can be a bit bumpy

– > Recommended but optional: lightweight jacket or windbreaker

 

 

Other Items

– > Passport, plane tickets, safari itinerary, and emergency contact document

– > U.S. dollars in large and small denominations and credit cards

– > Small flashlight

– > Sunglasses

– > Sunscreen and lip balm

– > Insect repellent

– > Contact lens solution, spare glasses, and extra contact lenses

– > Waterless anti-bacterial gel, hand wipes, and Kleenex

– > Camera, plenty of film, extra batteries and charger, if applicable

– > UK plug adapter

– > Small battery-operated alarm clock or watch

– > Playing cards, small games, and reading material (see safari reading list)

– > Journal or notebook for recording daily observations and pens

– > Snacks – nutrition bars, nuts, candy, etc.

– > Ziploc bags for toiletries, camera equipment, snacks, and small trash bags

– > All rooms at each lodge/camp have soap and shampoo

– > Small medical kit including: aspirin, antimalarial pills, cold and allergy medicine, cream for itches and rashes (i.e., Benadryl itch relief stick), band-aids, stomachache medicine (i.e., Pepto-Bismol), antibiotic ointment (i.e., Neosporin), multivitamins, diarrhea medicine (i.e., Imodium), prescription antibiotic effective against a broad range of bacteria including travelers’ diarrhea (i.e., Ciprofloxacin commonly known as Cipro), and any prescription medications.

– > If you have back issues, you may wish to consider bringing along a travel pillow to pad the safari seat over the bumpy roads (it can also double as a tool to steady your camera while taking pictures)

– > If you wear contact lenses, you should also bring along a pair of glasses in case your eyes get irritated from the dust

– > Be sure to bring enough cash. Credit cards are not accepted everywhere, and there are no ATM machines out in the bush. See the money section for more information.

– > As a safety precaution in case of a lost passport, we recommend that all guests carry a photocopy of their passport in a separate piece of luggage or scan and email your passport to your ADS sales representative.

– > Small battery-operated hand-held fan (some come with water reservoirs)

– > Tanzania Visa

– > Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate if traveling from a Yellow Fever-infected country such as Kenya, Rwanda, or Uganda

 

We recommend lightweight clothing with moisture-wicking technology that draws moisture away from the skin to help keep you cool and dry. Many options are available from various online outdoor outfitters such as REI that are ideally suited for warmer climates and many feature stretchy fabrics for maximum comfort with built-in UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) sun protection and even vented side seams.

 

Luggage Guidelines and Recommendations

 

Flight Restrictions and Excess Luggage

Most flights within East Africa, including the flight from Nairobi to the Amboseli, have a baggage restriction of 33 pounds per person. This 33-pound limit pertains to the total combined weight of all your luggage and carry-on items, including backpacks, purses, camera gear, camera bags, etc. Excess luggage over and above the 33-pound allowance is charged at $3 per pound if it can be accommodated on the flight. For the standard bush flight included in most itineraries, we’ve found that usually any excess luggage can be accommodated as long as you’re willing to pay the $3 per pound excess baggage fee and the excess luggage is within reason (i.e., about 5 to 7 pounds over the limit). Excess luggage that cannot be accommodated on your flight will be flown out on the next available flight (there are at least two flights a day to/from the Serengeti).

 

If you’re a serious photographer with heavy gear, you may wish to purchase an extra seat for your internal flight(s) to avoid any luggage restrictions. Soft-sided luggage is preferred for the flight to the Serengeti, but hard-sided luggage is allowed. The cargo pod measurements for the bush planes can be as small as 14.5 inches by 27 inches, so please ensure your luggage is not larger than these dimensions.

 

If you have extra luggage that you won’t need for the safari (e.g., extra luggage for pre-safari or post-safari travel, books you read on the international flight over, etc.), you are welcome to leave these excess items for safekeeping with our staff in Nairobi. They will store your items at our secure offices in Nairobi and then redeliver them to you before your return flight home.

 

Carry on all valuables and do not check in any luggage containing items such as camera equipment, tablets, laptops, etc., to avoid theft. Note that the flight at any park may make multiple stops before arriving at your destination airstrip, depending on the destinations of the other passengers. This can be an inconvenience. The pilot will know each guest’s destination airstrip and will make sure you disembark at the correct airstrip. The flights can be quite loud, so you may wish to bring disposable earplugs. We recommend packing light as no formal clothes are needed, and laundry services are available at most lodges and camps either free of charge or for a small fee ($2-$3 per item).

 

Delayed or lost checked luggage is common on international air carriers arriving in Nairobi. Accordingly, it is recommended that you carry on all luggage, including one carry-on 22-inch suitcase (normal carry-on size, which fits in typical overhead bins) and one separate camera bag and/or shoulder bag per person. If you