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VSW 332 - Western Kenya Eco-tourism Holidays - 9 Days

Itinerary
Kisumu City
Milimani Resort
Boating in the Victoria

DAY 1 NAIROBI - KISUMU
Leave Nairobi in the morning,pass through the rift valley via nakuru with a short stop over at Merica hotel for tea or refreshments and have lunch at Kericho tea hotel. Walk in the tea plantations then drive via Lwanda Magere (the Luo warrior who was killed and turned into a stone) continue to Kisumu for dinner and overnight stay at sunset hotel.

DAY 2 NDERE ISLAND NATIONAL PARK – KAKAMEGA
After breakfast drive to Kaloka beach, talk to the fishermen and the women fishmongers by the beach before taking a boat to Ndere Island national park see some game and bird life. Board the boat back to Kaloka beach. Drive via Kit- Mikaye ( This rock is where Mikaye the mother of Luo tribe sheltered herself after along journey down the Nile),have a chat with the local leaders about the history of kit mikaye, drive back to Kisumu for Lunch. Kisumu tour takes you to Impala park, Kisumu Museum,kiboko bay and Dunga beach are optional. Drive to Kakamega arriving late evening, dinner and overnight at Golf hotel- kakmega.

DAY 3 KAKAMEGA FOREST - KISUMU
After breakfast,drive to kakmega forest, full day exploration of Kakamega forest in search of birds, butterflies and animals such as debraza, colobus, blue and red tailed monkeys and olive baboons. Over 30 varieties of snakes including the deadly gaboon viper, Jamesons mamba and black mamba are found here among other animals. Great and very old indigenous trees, some are hundreds of years old. Drive to Kisumu past the weeping stone of kakamega. visit riat hills for panoramic view of lake victoria and kisumu city.Dinner and overnight at kisumu hotel.

DAY 4 KISUMU - HOMA BAY
Leave Kisumu after breakfast, drive southwards through Ahero rice plantations in Kano plains to Odino falls,view the developments around the power generating complex. Continue to Kendu bay for lunch. Proceed to lake Simbi Nyaima for bird viewing , continue to Kanjira and Kanam hot springs onto Homa bay.Dinner and overnight stay at Homabay tourist hotel..

DAY 5 HOMA BAY -RUSINGA - MBITA
After breakfast, drive to Rusinga island, do a tour of the Island to the historical places including the museum (where the remains of the first man were found) by Doctor Louise Leakey, Tom Mboya Mauseleum where this accomplished nationalist cum- politician was burried after his assassination on a Nairobi street in 1969. Return to Mbita for dinner and overnight stay at Lake Victoria Safari Village.

DAY 6 MBITA- RUMA NATIONAL PARK - AWENDO
Depart after breakfast drive through hills and meandering road to Ruma national park with a picnic lunch, do game drive then drive out to Thim Lich Ohinga onto Gogo falls then to Awendo for dinner and overnight stay at Sony Sugar company guest house.



DAY 7 AWENDO - MAASAI MARA
Depart Awendo, drive through sugar plantations via Lolgorien to Maasai Mara national reserve, dinner and overnight at the lodge / campsite on the northern part of Maasai Mara.

DAY 8 MAASAI MARA
Early pre-breakfast game drive, after breakfast with packed lunch whole day game drive to the other side of Mara to Mara Sopa lodge for dinner and overnight at lodge / campsite.

DAY 9 MAASAI MARA - NAIROBI
After breakfast, depart for Nairobi, enjoy your lunch enroute, arrive in Nairobi in the evening.

Cost:-

Please request for the safari cost by filling in your details after clicking on the Reservations Button below. The price depends on season of travel, class of accommodation and the size of the group. Children are offered Special Rates based on their ages.

Includes:
- Free airport pickup
- Full board accommodation on safari/including homestays
- Service of an English speaking driver guide
- Transport based on a safari minibus with pop up roof for game viewing
- Driver allowances and park fees for vehicle and driver
- Government taxes
- Free farewell dinner at the famous Carnivore Restaurant

Excludes:
- Extras at the lodges i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
- Both local and International flights
- Departure tax
- Tips to porters and drivers
- Local charges and participatory fees

The Best of the West Safari - 10 Days (VSL 806)

Day 1 Nairobi - Rift Valley- Lake Baringo
Drive to west wards from Nairobi, down the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley to Lake Baringo via Lake Bogoria with a brief stop at the famous hot water springs that are found here - clearly showing that the work that formed the Rift continues under the surface of the earth's crust. Dinner and overnight at a lodge close to the shores of Lake Baringo

Day 2 Lake Baringo
Full day at Lake Baringo boat riding, cultural visits to the Njemps community that live around this lake. All meals and an overnight at the lodge.

Day 3 Lake Baringo - Eldoret
An early start to explore the Kerio Valley Fluorspar mines and also to view the fantastic scenery from the escarpment as we proceed to the town of Eldoret where we partake of dinner and have an overnight at a lodge.

Day 4 Saiwa Swamp and The Hills of Cherangany
We drive after breakfast to Saiwa Swamp which is known for its sitatunga antelopes as well as other rare aquatic wildlife. We spend most of the day in outdoor activities including an exploration and trek up the Cherangany hills. In the evening we return to Eldoret for dinner and an overnight stay after an eventful day.

Day 5 Eldoret Town - Kakamega
Drive to Kakamega town and shop for fruits in the market place of this vibrant western town. Continue to the famous Kakamega Forest and learn what the local Luhya community is doing to conserve this forest which is one of that last traces of the jungle that once spanned the entire equator in Africa, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian Ocean. Dinner and overnight in the forest lodge.

Day 6 Kakamega Forest - Kisumu
After breakfast and drive to Kisumu, the Lake Victoria port. Visit the famous Weeping Stone en route and listen to fork lore associated with this gigantic weeping rock. Dinner and overnight in Kisumu.



Day 7 Kisumu
Full day in Kisumu, visit the museum, trek up Riat Hill on the shores of Lake Victoria and hear the history of the Luo people and the significance of this hill in their culture. Visit Kit Mikaye en route and listen to more fork lore before returning to Kisumu for another night in a hotel in the city.

Day 8 Kisumu - Takawiri Island
Take a boat to Rusinga Island, fish off Takawiri beach on Takawiri Island in Lake Victoria and spend an overnight in the beautiful cottages that are built by the Lake.The highlight On this day is the Golden Sunset on Lake Victoria as you partake of a sundowner.

Day 9 Lake Victoria - Kericho - Lake Nakuru
Drive to Kericho tea plantation and learn about how tea is grown as you walk through the green and picturesque surrounding. Continue to Lake Nakuru for game viewing in this wildlife sanctuary and an overnight stay.

Day 10 Lake Nakuru - Nairobi
Breakfast, morning game drive in Lake Nakuru Game Park and return to Nairobi in the evening.

Cost:

Please request for the safari cost by filling in your details after clicking on the Reservations Button below. The price depends on season of travel, class of accommodation and the size of the group. Children are offered Special Rates based on their ages.

Includes:

- Free airport pickup by our Courtesy Team
- All park entrance fees
- Full board accommodation on safari
- Service of an English speaking driver guide
- Transport based on a safari minibus with pop up roof for game viewing
- Driver allowances and park fees for vehicle and driver
- Game drives as per the Itinerary
- Government taxes
- Free farewell dinner at the famous Carnivore Restaurant

Excludes:

- Extras at the lodges i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
- International flight
- Departure tax
- Tips to porters and drivers

Ecotourism in Western Kenya

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What are Eco Tours?
We consider an Eco Tour to be a trip that causes minimal impact to the environment and local people. The site is usually culturally and biologically diverse and attracts tourists who have a common interest in nature, wildlife and culture.

A fundamental element of an Eco Tour is the education of environmental issues such as, the protection of natural resources or endangered species, usually relevant to the destination. This may be conducted through lectures, involvement in conservation projects or simply by learning from a knowledgeable tour guide with a special commitment to consider environmental and socio-cultural issues in all aspects of your trips.

These considerations may include working with the local community, the restriction of visitor numbers or funding conservation projects in the area.

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By choosing to go on an Eco Tour you will be given a unique opportunity to learn and experience nature, to interact with the local communities in their day to day lives, and to have some impact on the lives of the locals even as they earn directly from your visit. In addition a greater awareness of environmental issues will be developed as well as learning practices that can be incorporated in to your everyday routine on your return home.


WESTERN KENYA CIRCUIT - 6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS(VSL 800)

Day One - Nairobi
Arrive in Nairobi and be met by our tour manager who will accompany you to your city hotel. You will rest briefly and then be taken on a leisurely tour including a visit to Karen Blixens home, the giraffe park and crafts market. Overnight at Nairobi Hotel

Day Two - Kisumu
After breakfast you proceed to the Great Rift Valley on your way to Lake Nakuru. This is one of Kenya's most famous soda lakes and is surrounded by a large game park. The lake is tinged with pink as it provides the home for thousands of flamingos and numerous other birds. The park has a breeding program for the greatly endangered black and white rhinos of which they are many. After lunch at the lake, proceed to Kisumu. Overnight at Kisumu Hotel

Day Three -Western Province
After a hearty breakfast you depart for the Western Province, the land of escarpments and rocky hills on your way to Kakamega via Kisumu or Nandi Hills. The Kakamega rain forest is one of the best parks in Kenya with unique species of primates, birds and snakes. Enjoy your nature walk in the forest, abundant with butterflies and listen to the amazing chorus of insects. Enjoy a picnic lunch during your stay in the forest.
Overnight at Kisumu Hotel

Day Four - Masai Mara
After breakfast proceed to the Masai Mara. The Mara is famous for its vast amount of wild animals, which you will see at close range during your game drives across the vast grasslands of the park. Arrive in time for lunch and spend the whole afternoon game viewing. Lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, wildebeest and much more! Hippos are abundant in the Mara river and the Mara is a birdwatcher's paradise. Overnight at Masai Mara Lodge

Day Five - Nairobi
Take an early morning game drive and experience the magnificent golden colors of sunrise over the gentle undulating savannah. An optional dawn hot air balloon ride with champagne breakfast can be arranged. After breakfast you depart for Nairobi, arriving mid for leisurely last day shopping and sightseeing. This evening you will enjoy a farewell dinner at the Carnivore Restaurant, famous for its huge open pit cooking fire and specializing in game meats. Overnight at Nairobi Hotel

 

Includes:

- Free airport pickup by our Courtesy Team
- All park entrance fees
- Full board accommodation on safari
- Service of an English speaking driver guide
- Transport based on a safari minibus with pop up roof for game viewing
- Driver allowances and park fees for vehicle and driver
- Game drives as per the Itinerary
- Government taxes
- Free farewell dinner at the famous Carnivore Restaurant

Excludes:

- Extras at the lodges i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
- International flight
- Departure tax
- Tips to porters and drivers

Day Six
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport. Once in the air you will reflect over the previous five days of adventure, great hospitality and a desire to revisit this wonderful country of Kenya.

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