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9 Days Kenya Adventure Safari

Below is a 9 Days Kenya Adventure Safari that operates any day. Minimum no of travelers is 1. The safari can be customized to suite your travel plans. Kindly contact Hirola Tours and safaris (info@hirolasafaris.com)  to arrange your adventure tour to Kenya.

Routing (  1 night Nairobi, 2 nights Amboseli, 1 night Mt. Kenya, 1 night Lake Nakuru, 3 nights Masai  Mara- Nairobi- Departure)


Day 1:  Arrival, meet and greet – Nairobi
Upon arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport, you will be met by our airport representative and transferred to your city hotel for overnight. Our rep will take you through a brief pre-safari orientation before embarking on your dream safari adventure of  Kenya. This Hotel is regarded as the traditional launching point for East Africa safaris.  Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight. Nairobi Serena Hotel  www.serenahotels.com/serenanairobi/default-en.html B, booked on bed and breakfast.
Day 2:   Nairobi- Amboseli National Park
You will be picked after breakfast from your hotel and embark on your dream safari adventure of  Kenya through the vast endless open plains of Athi  and on the whistling  Acacia trees of masai land. Just about 2 hours driving southwards from Nairobi, and on a clear day, you will be watching the majestic mount Kilimanjaro also known as the Roof of Africa. You will arrive in good time for buffet lunch in the lodge. Short rest before the your afternoon game drive begins. Explore the swampy areas looking for the Big four wildlife and plenty of birds that abundant in this semi- arid park. Return to your lodge as the sun sets!  Dinner and Overnight: Amboseli Serena Lodge www.serenahotels.com/serenaamboseli/default-en.html   or similar  L,D – Distance: Approx: 260 kms – 4 hrs drive

Day 3:  Amboseli National Park  (the roof of Africa)
Today pre- breakfast morning and afternoon game drives are included. A game drive through Amboseli takes you across this vast lakebed – often dry, but still very swampy in some areas.  Amboseli is best known for its great herds of elephant – you will often find many of them standing  knee-deep in the water, spraying themselves to keep cool.  But there is a  lot of other game here too – cheetah, buffalo, giraffe, many types of  gazelle and other plains game- and it is all set against the amazing  backdrop of majestic  Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895 meters)showing all its glory. Dinner and Overnight: Amboseli serena Lodge or similar  (B,L,D) 

Day 4 :  Amboseli- Mt. Kenya National Park
After breakfast, check out drive northwards through Nairobi with picnic lunch boxes and  head northwest pineapple, coffee and  tea farms dotting the roads. Along the way, you may stop at the colorful  Karatina Market and sample the local wares. Then proceed on your safari to  the unique Serena Mountain Lodge Tree Hotel. Set on the slopes of rocky Mt. Kenya, the lodge has a spectacular view over the rain forest, an active waterhole and the surrounding bush. This unique lodge has served as an inspiration to Authors and writers. Among other host of wildlife viewed from the lodge terrace/balcony includes, elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks and occasionally rhinos and the rare leopards. Mount Kenya (5,199 m) is Kenya’s highest mountain, a national icon, a climbers’ Mecca, the nation’s namesake, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site and a wildlife stronghold. One of the world’s highest National Parks, it is also an extinct volcano some three and a half million years old and the sacred home of Ngai, God of the Kikuyu tribesmen Distance Approx: 460kms – 6hrs drive.  Dinner and Overnight: Serena Mountain  Lodge. www.serenahotels.com/serenamountainlodge/default-en.html  B,L,D

Day 5: 25th July 2013: Mt. Kenya – Lake Nakuru National Park
Check out after breakfast and head southwards  past the northern tip of the Aberdare mountains, then descend into the Great Rift Valley where Lake Nakuru is located.  Arrive in time for lunch and short rest. L. Nakuru is a shallow soda lake, renowned for its huge concentration of flamingos.  It is also a Its also a White Rhino Sanctuary and a world Heritage site. You embark on a game drive which includes a walk on the shores of the lake to view flamingoes from close range. Keep your eyes open for the elusive Leopard or the Tree climbing lions of this park.   The afternoon game drive is included and you will return to your lodge as the sun sets! Dinner and overnight –  Lion Hill Lodge  www.sarovahotels.com       (B,L,D)  Distance: Approx. 200 kms – 4hrs drive
Day 6:   Lake Nakuru- Masai Mara Game Reserve
After breakfast climb the Western Escarpment of the Rift Valley and head towards Masai Mara.  With its vast open plains and distinctive flat-topped acacia trees, acacia trees, no visit to Kenya would be complete without a visit here. Enjoying views of picturesque Masai tribesmen herding cattle on the way, you arrive in time for an afternoon game drive includes searching for the Big Five, elephants, Buffalos, lions, Rhinos and leopards, before returning to your lodge as the sun sets! Dinner and overnight –  Mara Ashnil www.ashnilhotels.com   or Mara Serena Lodge www.serenahotels.com/serenamara/default-en.html  (B,L,D) Distance Approx. 350 kms – 5-6 hrs drive   (Poor road network- Half of the way, roads are in poor state and with potholes and it may take more time than the estimated.)

Day 7:   Masai Mara Game Reserve
Pre-breakfast morning game drive in the reserve, a great opportunity to explore the vast flora and fauna of this magnificent reserve, home to Kenya’s most varied animal population. Lion may be seen throughout the park, along with elephant, giraffe and zebra. Cheetah and leopard are also regularly spotted, and you may also find rhino.  After a rewarding game drive, return to your lodge for late morning breakfast.  Later just relax till afternoon game drive or visit the nearby Masai Mara village as optional excursion.  Dinner and Overnight -Mara Ashnil  or Mara Serena Lodge (B,L,D).

Day 8:  Masai Mara Game Reserve
After breakfast depart for a full day game drive with picnic lunch boxes  (full day game drive includes visits to Mara River, Kenya Tanzania Border Post and a great chance to view the “Big Five” and the great Wildebeest migration. You will have picnic lunch at Hippo Pool. Spend your days in this magnificent Savannah country, home to Kenya’s most varied animal population. Lion may be seen throughout the park, along with elephant, giraffe and zebra. Cheetah and leopard are also regularly spotted, and you may also find rhino Watch the animal kingdom come to life against the impressive African sunrise and sunsets. Dinner and Overnight -Mara Ashnil or Mara Serena Lodge or similar  (B,L,D).

Day 9:  Return to Nairobi-
Depart after break fast and journey back to Nairobi arriving in time for lunch at the world renown Carnivore restaurant www.tamarind.co.ke ; this is an African Barbeque restaurant where meat is charcoal roasted and served hot on your plate. Vegetarian Menu available!   After lunch, you will be transferred to the  Airport to connect your outbound  flight. B,L, Distance 350 kms 5hrs drive.  (Poor road network- Half of the way, roads are in poor state and with potholes and it may take more time than the estimated.)

Key: B,L, D – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES
–       All transfers to and from Airports/Airstrips
–       Bed and Breakfast in Nairobi hotel
–       All Conservation  fee/charges
–       All transportation as mentioned in a special seven seater safari van or jeep  with window guaranteed seats and pop up roof for game viewing
–       Accomplished English speaking driver/guide
–       Drivers allowance/salary during the entire tour
–       Gift from Hirola Tours & Safaris
–       Accommodation and meals as mentioned in itinerary i.e  Breakfast Lunch, dinner, (B,L,D)
–       24/7 Flying Doctors emergency evacuation to the nearest hospital
–      A complimentary bottle of mineral water – 1 bottle per person per day during safari
–       On safari accessories in each vehicle: First-aid kit, wildlife books
–       All hotel and government taxes

NOT INCLUDED
–       International ticket
–       Telephone and/or Fax
–       Beverages excluding bottled water
–       Tips / gratuities for driver / hotel staff
–       Any extras that are not mentioned above.
–       Airport Departure Tax for International Flights
–       Items of personal nature i.e laundry, souvenirs etc
–       Travel insurance including damage or loss of luggage and/or personal injury
–       Extra cost incurred if change in DATE, reduction in number of Persons or deviation from   above   itinerary.

 

 

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KENYA OVERVIEW

KENYA OVERVIEW
A country in East Africa which has been described as ‘the cradle of humanity’ because some of the earliest evidence of human ancestors was found. It could be argued that “safari” was born in Kenya, with the primal drama of lion, leopard, wild dogs, hyena and cheetah hungrily following a sea of wildebeest so immense that at times it seems the whole earth itself is moving. Africa’s single most famous safari draw, the Annual Great Migration occurs every July and October as animals travel between Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve. Each year, nearly 2 million animals move through Tanzania and Kenya driven by seasonal rain and drought in what is known as the Great Migration. One million wildebeest and 200,000 zebras make up the largest populations of the migrating herds, followed by gazelles. The timing of the annual migration varies from year to year and cannot be predicted with any certainty.  The park takes its name from famous nomadic Maasai people, who wander as freely across the Kenya-Tanzania border as their cattle. There is more to Kenya than safari and wildebeest migration, though: from coral reefs and white sand beaches to tea plantations, Equatorial Tropical rain forest, cultural tours, sports tours, plus a tourism infrastructure that can get you to all of them so easily and so comfortably.

Welcome to Magical Kenya!

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5 days 4 nights

African Safari Tours

Heart of Sinai 

5 days/4 nights Tour 

Code: HATS/EG/001

Day 1: Abou Zeniema
Departure from Cairo to the fisherman’s city of Abou Zeniema, in which we head off road 45-km to the area of Sarabit El Khadem. We pass by ancient mining cites, colorful mountains and heaps of sand to finally reach the mountain of Sarabit. We park our cars and start our climb to the summit of the mountain to reach the ancient Egyptian temple of Hathor, we tour the Temple and later on visit the ancient Turquoise Mines. Upon our decent we reach the site of our Bedouin camp (area of Sarabit El Khadem), Dinner and Overnight: Camp 


Day 2: Forest of Pillars
We start crossing through the heart of Sinai to reach The Forest of Pillars 30-km off road, which resembles pillars standing out in the desert, driving on we reach the palm groves of the deserted oasis of Wadi Firan, we visit the Monastery of Nuns and proceed to St. Catherine,
Dinner and Overnight in Hotel. 

Day 3: Mount Moses
Waking up at 12 pm we start our trip to Mount Moses, reaching the area, we start our climb of the 2285 m high mountain. We enjoy the sunrise from one of the highest summits of Sinai. Upon our decent we visit St. Catherine’s Monastery, head towards Nuweiba coastal village passing by Wadi Ghazala. Dinner and Overnight: Camping.

Day 4: Mount Moses
Driving in Wadi watir takes us to the colored canyon, reaching a point where one is forced to leave ones car and continue on foot. Passing under and over boulders, through narrow canyons which barley fit one person, we reach the other side of the canyon, to be met by our cars, to escort us to our beach resort, the afternoon free to enjoy the Red Sea beaches.
Dinner and Overnight: Camping.

Day 5: Departure 
The day is spent on the beach, early afternoon we start heading towards Cairo for your outbound departure flight. Distance: Approx. 470-km.

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Included 
1. 4 night desert safari Camping / Hotel on full board basis.
2. All transfers.
3. Multilingual expert Egyptologist guide.
4. All your tours and excursions are with A/C bus.
5. All airport transfers.
6. All your visits include entrance fees.
7. Our prices include all taxes and services.

Not Included:
1. Visa Entry for Egypt.
2. Personal items.
3. Tipping.
4. Any other items not mentioned.

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Funny facts about Cows

Animal accents!

Did you know?

  • That The accent of a cow’s mooing depends on the region it belongs to.
  • If you Make a cow listen to music and there will be more milk in the bucket!
  • An average cow weighs about 1,400 lbs.
  • Cows’ front teeth are only on the bottom—they have no front upper teeth. As to the back, cows have top and bottom molars.
  • No two Holstein cows have the same prints.
  • Cows can sleep while standing. :)
  •  A cow can’t vomit.

    •  On the top front of their mouths, cows have a tough pad of skin instead of teeth.
    • Cows have a total of 32 teeth, 8 incisors on the bottom front and 6 strong molars on the top and bottom back.
    • Cows produce up to 64qts of milk a day, 14lbs of cheese, 5 gallons of icecream or 6lbs of butter.


  • It is possible to lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs, because a cow’s knees cannot bend properly to walk back down. 
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Explore Mombasa Beaches and the Swahili Cultural experiences

The true way of unwinding your safari in Kenya is to end it in Mombasa, here the wilderness meets the sea. The true heart of Mombasa is found in the exotic old town, among the narrow winding streets and Arab architecture. The air here is always heavy with the scent of spices. Women wearing the traditional bui bui fill the narrow streets and busy markets. At the dhow docks fresh fish and goods from all along the coast arrive daily. The streets are alive with the bright colours of the traditional coastal khanga and kikoy, the all purpose wrap around cloth worn by both men and women. At the waters edge is Fort Jesus, an imposing fort that stands watch over the harbor. Mombasa is a place where both history and progress are greatly valued, where a busy harbor existence is lived at its own unique, tropical pace.

The coastline south of Mombasa is a tropical paradise of palm fringed white sand beaches, where the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean meet beautiful coral reefs. The protective reefs have created ideal beaches with calm, inviting waters. Days are filled with sunshine and nights are balmy and warm with gentle sea breezes. The offshore reefs are alive with coral, myriad fish, sea turtles and dolphins. Whether you are looking for a base to actively explore this fascinating region, or just somewhere to unwind and find peace, Kenya’s south coast has everything you could wish for.


A wide range of World Class resorts, centred around Diani Beach allow visitors to relax and enjoy this natural paradise with the best standards of accommodation, service and cuisine.The south coast also has many smaller quiet getaways such as Tiwi Beach, ideal for travellers looking for a low key break. Inland, the fertile hinterland of Kwale District consists of small villages inhabited by the Wakamba, Digo and Duruma tribes and you have endless opportunities of visisting their homesteads and learning their culture, taking pictures, dances,Traditional lectures and learning their way of life.

While staying in Mombasa, you have many options of doing side trips, which includes the popular and near by Shimba Hills National Reserve. The reserve is made up of both open grassland and dense rainforest, all with stunning views across the Indian Ocean. The Reserve has a variety of species including Elephant, Giraffe and Buffalo as well as the rare Roan and Sable antelope. The forests are home to a number of unusual species including the Black and White Colobus, Serval cats, Red Duiker and Suni Antelope. An abundance of birdlife lives is found among the hills, including Honey guides, Turacos, woodpeckers and Sunbirds. The Shimba Hills are a natural and peaceful haven, easily accessed from the beaches of the Kenyan coast.

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The Maasai Cricket Warriors

The Maasai Cricket Warriors

Hey have you ever seen the Maasai play cricket?

Well a group of Maasai Warriors in Kenya came together and formed a Cricket team. They call their team “The Maasai Cricket Warriors”

Their main aim was to promote healthy living among their tribe.

The team is made up of Maasai warriors from the Laikipia region of Kenya in Africa. The pictures were taken in March6th in Mombasa Kenya

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A player of the Maasai Warriors cricket team is silhouetted as he plays cricket on the beach in Mombasa, South East Kenya.

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Kenya is the home of Wildlife safaris in Africa

The boundless wilderness, wildlife and big game of this region has long attracted adventure seekers from all over the world. I believe no other African country can boast such an incredible range of landscapes, unique geographical features and species.

Kenya offers the visitor a chance to experience a natural world unchanged by the passage of time. The Kenyan wildlife and wilderness is home to an endless array of ecosystems, the staging ground for natural cycles of life, death and regeneration as old as the planet itself.

This great range of natural habitats means that there is plenty to explore, and plenty of species to encounter face to face.


This is a land of endless potential for the wildlife enthusiast. From great migratory herds of the open savannah to an incredible abundance of birdlife, from the depths of a tropical rainforest to the depths of the Indian Ocean teeming with fish, this a world of natural wonders. A safari into the wilds of Kenya is a journey into nature at its purest. Everywhere you look there is a profusion of life…

Take a Wildlife safari through Kenya with the follwing in mind

  • Track  the mighty great Migration of wildebeests and Zebra’s or track the great predators through pure, unspoilt wilderness.
  • Dive into a world of undersea wonder or step back from the beach and discover a hidden paradise of coastal forests and the swahili culture
  • Trek into forests alive with wildlife, from the treetops to the forest floor among them the Tropical rain forests of western Kenya.
  • In these high wild regions, the forests offer sanctuary for big game, and the thermal currents offer birdlife and butterflies freedom to fly.
  • Flocks of flamingo to hippo hideaways, each of the Rift Valley lakes is a unique natural world fresh water and shallow alkaline lakes.
  • The Northern Frontier of Kenya is a place of vast, unspoilt wilderness and has UNIQUE wildlife like the Long-necked Gerenuk (meaning ‘giraffe neck’), a graceful antelope that stands upright on its hind legs to feed on tall bushes which is among  the Samburu’s “Special Five” – (the reticulated giraffe, longnecked gerenuk, Somali ostrich, Grevy’s zebra and beisa oryx ) never found anywhere else
  • Where else in the world can you find lions, rhino, and more living free and wild within sight of a city skyline that is Nairobi National park

My family and I spend this year’s Easter holiday in Samburu game  and we had what I can simply describe as a wonderful time. We saw Samburu special and meals at our tented camp were  sumptuous and the waiters were friendly and down to earth.

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More on Cultural Safaris in Kenya

Hirola safaris includes most of its safaris with a visit to Maasai  and Samburu Village. Visiting a manyatta or Eng’ang’ is a good way to learn more about Maasai culture and everyday life. There are many manyattas (often called cultural manyattas) in this area that can be visited by tourists. It is worth arranging this through a reputable guide, and a guided visit will probably be much more informative. The best way to experience and learn about the Maasai life is to take a foot safari or organized trek with an experienced Maasai guide. This is a good chance to get to know the area and to spend time among Maasai communities. It is also a great way to experience the bush and the wildlife from a completely different perspective to your own.

Samburu Tribesmen

Although less well known than their Southerly Maasai cousins, with whom they share a language, the Samburu have an equally intricate and fascinating culture.
Ranging across the great Northern plains and ranges south of Lake Turkana, the Samburu are a people both proud and protective of their culture and the ancestral lands to which it binds them. The Samburu have formed an unlikely cultural bond with another tribe of desert nomads, the Rendille.  Most safaris and treks through this region will pass through Samburu lands. It is well worth spending some time learning more about the Samburu and their culture. The best way to do this is to take a camel or walking safari with a local Samburu guide, or to stay in a lodge or camp managed by a Samburu community. More recently, the Samburu have began herding camels and using them as pack animals. The art of camel husbandry was probably acquired from their close relationship with the Rendille and Turkana peoples of the Northern frontier deserts. Their homesteads, ‘Manyattas’ are usually a circular encampment of long, low, rounded houses, created by daubing cattle dung over a framework of sticks.
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Cultural Safaris of Kenya

Kenya has a culture born of countless sources, from the coastal swahili culture to the Northern Frontier of  Njemps tribesmen. This region has been crossed by the paths of a long and complex history. From the prehistoric records of early man to the present day, Kenya has been a land of unending change, contrasts and diversity.
Kenya has drawn on all of these influences to develop its own unique cultural safaris and adventures. This is the nations greatest strength- the ability to blend the best of many worlds into a strong, singular identity. Today, Kenya welcomes the world to its shores, parks and continues to evolve a modern culture that is born of endless variety, and yet purely, proudly Kenyan. We will look be exploring the world renown Maasai and Samburu tribesmen Cultural safaris.

The Maasai 

The Maasai have come to represent Africa at its most primal, a fiercely independent tribe of legendary courage who sternly shun the modern world in favour of traditional rites and customs. The Maasai are undoubtedly one of the most famous traditional cultures on earth if not in Kenya and Africa.
In recent years, the distinctive Maasai beading and decorative jewellrey have become a fashion item in the West, and remain one of the most popular items taken home by visitors to Kenya. So popular has Maasai beading become that many modern functional items, including watchstraps, belts, handbags and even mobile phone covers are being produced in Maasai designs. The Maasai are indeed a truly independent and proud with a culture more complex and interesting than popular imagination would suggest. They once ranged widely across much of Southern and Central Kenya, extending north to Laikipia, and South across the border into Tanzania. Today most of the Maasai population lives throughout the South West of the country.
The Maasai have ancestral ties to the Samburu and the Njemps  in the North Kenya with whom they share a language Maa, from which the name Maasai comes. The Maasai are completely nomadic cattle herders, and it is only very recently that any move towards agriculture has become evident.
Cattle are very important to the Maasai, and are the subject of mystical beliefs and reverence. Maasai mythology tells of a time when the earth and sky were joined together, until they were suddenly torn apart, with only the wild fig trees left as bridges between the two. As a gift to the Maasai, god – called Enkai sent herds of cattle down through these trees to earth. To the Maasai cattle are sacred and a direct gift from the heavens. Grass is also considered a blessing and sacred. When passing a fig tree, it is customary for the Maasai to push handfuls of grass between the roots, as homage to the source of their herds. One of the more common Maasai greetings is “I hope your cattle are well”.
Victory in a lion hunt was always great cause for celebration, and the returning hunters would perform a spectacular dance called the Engilakinoto. This dance is based a deep rhythmic chant accompanied by a exaggerated thrust of the chest. As the dance progresses, moran display their strength with a series of powerful vertical leaps. This dance is a remarkable sight, with gifted moran having been known to leap up to four feet clear of the earth. Similar dances such as the Eoko ( a dance to bless cattle) and the Eoko oo’njorin(a war dance) are cause for the same exuberant displays of strength.

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