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KENYA & TANZANIA

K E N YA S A FA R I S TA N Z A N I A S A FA R I S MOMBASA ZANZIBAR R WA N D A

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The Safari Specialist 2012 – 2013 FIRST EDITION .


‘Karibuni’ – Welcome to Kenya & Tanzania Dear Guest, I am delighted to invite you to East Africa. This is my home and I look forward to sharing it with you when you visit. I founded Somak in 1968, since when we have grown from strength to strength. Yet we are still a family run company and I believe our success is due, in no small part, to the family values that guide us. I and my sons, plus our teams in the UK, Kenya and Tanzania are dedicated to bringing you a friendly and personalised service, a wide choice of options and excellent value for money. Over the years we have nurtured close relationships with our hotel and airline partners and our prices offer the best value available to East Africa. We are able to offer you the experience and in-depth knowledge of a boutique-style operator to create your own personal perfect African dream holiday, coupled with the benefits in terms of buying power and support network of a much larger operator. Every customer is treated as a valued guest, and I and my dedicated experienced teams in Kenya and Tanzania look forward to welcoming you with a smile and a friendly ‘Jambo’ greeting.

Suresh Sofat Chairman

Contents Kenya Tanzania Southern Tanzania Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Kenya Coast Zanzibar

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Dubai 100 Mauritius 102 Seychelles 104 Nairobi 106 Holiday Guide & Booking Conditions 110

Opening Hours Monday-Friday 9am-6pm Saturday 9am-4pm Telephone 020 8423 3000 Fax 020 8423 7700 E-mail holidays@somak.co.uk Web site www.somak.co.uk

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Award-winning Somak Somak Holidays is an award-winning specialist holiday company, founded and run by a Kenyan family. Established in 1968, Somak has decades of experience in arranging holidays in Africa. Visitors to East Africa often combine more than one of the many fascinating destinations – we make this easy. There is an abundance of ideas within this brochure, but if you can’t see your perfect holiday within these pages we will happily tailor-make an itinerary for you. What’s more, we give helpful advice such as the best time of year to travel, the right accommodation for your party, and which destinations work best together. As a team of experts dedicated to planning and organising perfect African holidays, we look forward to sharing our experience and knowledge of East Africa with you. 5


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Celebrate with Somak With its amazing wildlife and scenery, East Africa is an ideal destination for many types of holiday. Why not visit Kenya and Tanzania to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or honeymoon, or take your family and friends on an exciting break? East Africa is also a fantastic place for a wedding or renewal of vows. This is more straightforward than you may think, as a dedicated member of our team will liaise with you to ensure everything runs smoothly. For that extra special touch, create your own personal, perfect holiday with the help of our tailor-made holiday specialists. Regardless of your reason for visiting, we will help make your experience as memorable as possible. 7


Kenya Driver-Guides

Somak in the UK, Kenya & Tanzania

Our teams in the UK and Africa are close knit and experienced, working together to ensure you enjoy a fantastic holiday. You can trust Somak with your plans from start to finish. In the UK we continue to thrive thanks to our commitment to ensuring that every individual receives personalised attention from us. We are here to help – so do not hesitate to contact us.

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Tanzania Driver-Guides

The efficient service continues in East Africa, where you will be greeted by a friendly smile at the airport. On arrival in Kenya, if your itinerary permits, you will be taken to Somak House. This is the heart of the company where all elements of a holiday are co-ordinated and organised to ensure everything runs smoothly. Here you will find the Somak Safari Lounge, the only one of its kind in East Africa, offering refreshments, a rest area and showers, and storage for additional luggage. Our safari driver-guides in Kenya and Tanzania are some of the best in Africa. Friendly and informative, they have extensive knowledge of the region and wildlife. Warm and helpful representatives are on hand to ensure a wonderful and relaxing beach holiday on the Kenyan coast and in Zanzibar. You can trust Somak with your holiday from start to finish.

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Kenya & Tanzania

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Welcome to the heart of Africa, home of the safari. Kenya and Tanzania offer an abundance of wildlife and amazing scenery, which will enthrall and captivate you. Both also boast wonderful, exotic beaches and warm, friendly people.


Map locations are approximate and are not intended to be definitive.

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Your Safari Choice Your choice of safari includes joining a small group to travel together by road, or travelling independently between parks by road or air. We offer an unrivalled range of fixed and flexible itineraries, so we are sure to have the right holiday for you. Shared Safaris by Road These depart on set days, and vehicles are shared with other guests. Somak microbuses in Kenya carry a maximum of six guests, thereby guaranteeing a window seat and access to the game viewing hatch. Premier safari microbuses for up to four guests, standard safari microbuses and 4-wheel drive vehicles for your exclusive use are available at a supplement. 4-wheel drive vehicles carrying four or six guests are used in Tanzania. Tailor-made Safaris For complete flexibility in departure days, choice of game parks, lodges or camps and duration. You can choose to safari by road in your own exclusive vehicle, or fly between game parks, or a combination of both. Flying by light aircraft reduces travelling time and reveals the true majesty of Africa from a different perspective. Please see page 31 for further information. Families Children often love the excitement of real game viewing and are welcome on many of our safaris. We recommend families book a vehicle for their exclusive use. Please see pages 112-113 for important information about safaris. 13


Kenya

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Straddling the equator, the landscape varies from snow-capped mountains to flat desert plains, with many national parks and game reserves, hosting an abundance of wildlife. As a visitor to Kenya you are assured of a friendly ‘Jambo’ welcome.


Kenya Game Parks Aberdare National Park The park features parts of the Aberdare Mountain Range, an area of natural beauty. It is full of rich vegetation, clear streams, waterfalls and lakes along with unique fauna and flora, creating an ideal habitat for a wide variety of mammals and birds. Elephants and rhinos roam the park and other residents include leopards, spotted hyenas and bongos.

Samburu National Reserve & Buffalo Springs Samburu National Reserve and Buffalo Springs started life as one park but are now adjacent to each other. The Ewaso Nyiro River runs through both reserves and in parts acts as a border between them. Samburu is not as well known as some of the other national parks in Kenya and therefore is less crowded. The dramatic and rugged landscape is home to the colourful Samburu people. Game includes species rarely seen elsewhere such as Grevy’s zebras and reticulated giraffes and the Somali ostrich.

Shaba National Reserve Situated very close to Samburu National Reserve, Shaba has reserved its place in the history of conservation as the area where Joy Adamson experimented with the release of hand-reared leopards. The nearby Ewaso Nyiro River supports a variety of wildlife.

Mount Kenya National Park Mount Kenya, Kenya’s highest mountain, sits astride the equator with its snow-capped summit rising to nearly 5,200 metres. The vegetation alters dramatically, from bamboo jungle and mountain forests to glaciers and snowfields. The forests are home to elephants, and prolific birdlife.

Lake Nakuru National Park This park is renowned for one of the most spectacular images in Kenya, as thousands of pink flamingoes are often attracted to the alkaline lake. The fenced park also provides sanctuary to one of the largest populations of rhinos in Kenya, plus Rothschild’s giraffes, leopards and lions.

Samburu & Shaba Buffalo Springs Meru Mt Kenya Nakuru

Aberdares

Lake Naivasha Masai Mara

• Nairobi



Masai Mara National Reserve The most popular destination in Kenya, the reserve is home to countless species including the ‘big five’ and stages the Great Wildebeest Migration. Further details about the Masai Mara can be found on pages 32-33.

Tsavo East Amboseli

Lake Naivasha Over 450 species of birds have been recorded in and around this freshwater lake with the highest concentrations between October and March, when migrating birds from Europe are resident. The shores of the lake are fringed with papyrus and yellow-barked acacia tress. A vast range of plains game are often spotted.



Tsavo West

Meru National Park Close to the equator to the northeast of Nairobi. The park is famous as the area where Joy Adamson raised lion cub, Elsa and orphaned cheetahs. The permanent streams offer an environment of tall grasses and dense swamps. This can make it challenging to spot wildlife, but a wide range including elephant, hippo, lion, leopard, cheetah, reticulated giraffe and zebra reside here.

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Amboseli National Park A popular national park with a spectacular backdrop of the impressive Mount Kilimanjaro. Home to an abundance of mammals and over 400 species of birds. The flat and dusty landscape provides good opportunities to see a large variety of wildlife including buffaloes, lions, gazelles, cheetahs, wildebeest, zebras and large herds of elephants.

Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks. Combined, these parks cover an area the size of Wales, forming one of the world’s largest game sanctuaries. Tsavo East is famous for its large number of elephants and spectacular herds of buffalo that roam across the open savannah. Tsavo West, in contrast, has very dramatic landscape with extinct volcanoes, rocky outcrops, mountains, river forests and plains. The ‘big five’ can be found along with a range of antelope species.

Map locations are approximate and are not intended to be definitive.

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Cheetah Safari 

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A traditional seven-night safari visiting Samburu, home to unique wildlife, followed by the Rift Valley Lakes where thousands of pink flamingoes often tint the horizon. The final destination is the Masai Mara where vast numbers of plains game and spectacular big cats abide.

Safari by road Day 1 Friday or Sunday Heathrow–Nairobi Fly from Heathrow overnight to Nairobi. Day 2 Saturday or Monday Aberdares Transfer to the Somak Safari Lounge, where you can freshen up and store any additional luggage before departing for the Aberdares (180 km – approximately 4 hours). Arrive in time for lunch and spend the afternoon relaxing, or on a nature walk with the resident naturalist (weather permitting). Overnight: Outspan Hotel. (l,d) Day 3 Sunday or Tuesday Samburu Drive north across the equator to the Samburu National Reserve (190 km – approximately 4 hours). Lunch. Late afternoon game drive. Overnight: Ashnil Samburu Camp. (b,l,d) Day 4 Monday or Wednesday Samburu Morning and late afternoon game drives in this open savannah which is traversed by the Ewaso Nyiro River. Overnight: Ashnil Samburu Camp. (b,l,d) Day 5 Tuesday or Thursday Aberdares Drive to Mountain Lodge on the slopes of Mount Kenya in time for lunch (240 km – approximately 4 hours). Spend the afternoon viewing game from the lodge, or join a nature walk led by a local guide (payable locally and weather permitting). Overnight: Serena Mountain Lodge. (b,l,d) Day 6 Wed or Fri Lake Nakuru–Lake Naivasha After breakfast, descend into the Great Rift Valley and continue to Lake Nakuru Lodge (240 km – approximately 4 hours). Lunch. Afternoon game drive in the national park. Drive to Lake Naivasha (80 km – approximately 1 hour). Overnight: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge. (b,l,d)

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Day 7 Thursday or Saturday Masai Mara Drive to the Masai Mara National Reserve (320 km – approximately 5.5 hours). Arrive in time for lunch followed by an afternoon game drive. Overnight: Ashnil Mara Camp. (b,l,d) Day 8 Friday or Sunday Masai Mara Enjoy an early morning game drive followed by breakfast at the lodge. Alternatively, take an early morning balloon flight over the Mara followed by a ‘bubbly’ bush breakfast (optional extra). After lunch, relax before a late afternoon game drive. Overnight: Ashnil Mara Camp. (b,l,d) Day 9 Saturday or Monday Extension or Heathrow After breakfast, return to Nairobi by road (300 km – 5 hours), or fly from the Mara to Nairobi: morning flight (from £170); lunch in the Mara and afternoon flight (from £205). Proceed with your chosen extension (see ‘where next’) or return to Heathrow. (b) Alternatively, fly directly from the Mara to Mombasa, including lunch in the Mara (from £290). (15kg luggage allowance on all light aircraft).

Where Next Complement your Cheetah Safari with a beach stay on the Kenya Coast, Zanzibar, Seychelles or Mauritius. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is a superb addition to a safari – see pages 76-77.

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Mt Kenya Aberdares • Nairobi

Masai Mara


ACCOMMODATION Aberdares Outspan Hotel Situated outside the town of Nyeri, this comfortable hotel, set in tropical gardens, has magnificent views of Mount Kenya. Offers a dining room and two bars. Leisure facilities include swimming pool, tennis and snooker. 45 rooms with a bath, TV and telephone.

Serena Mountain Lodge The lodge offers a dining room and leisure facilities including relaxing beauty treatments and nature walks. The viewing decks overlook the waterhole and salt lick. The 42 rooms are furnished with indigenous wood and African art, all with en suite bathroom and a spacious verandah overlooking the waterhole.

Mombasa

Samburu Ashnil Samburu Camp

IDEAL FOR

Set south of the Ewaso Nyiro River, in Buffalo Game Reserve. A stay here offers unrivalled game viewing, with the river drawing wildlife to its banks. The camp has a restaurant, bar and verandah deck overlooking the river. Leisure facilities include a pool and massage. The 30 luxury tents spread across the lush grounds, have a fan, shower room and terrace.

INCLUDES

> An excellent value for money safari

> Exclusive to Somak – free Hippo Pool breakfast at Ashnil Mara Camp (weather permitting and not available if ballooning option is chosen)

> Accommodation in prime positions > Pools in all locations except Serena Mountain Lodge

> Nature walk at Outspan > Guaranteed window seat > 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners

Lake Naivasha Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge The lodge is set amongst beautiful gardens and extensive grounds stretching to the edge of Lake Naivasha. The main areas of the lodge are spacious and luxurious with large windows, giving extensive views. There is a large swimming pool with kids’ pool. The lodge has 84 spacious rooms in two-storey stylish African rondavels with verandahs or balconies.

EXCLUSIVE SAFARI VEHICLES per person supplement Passengers 2 Premier £285 Standard n/a 4x4 £510

3 £130 n/a £280

4 £50 n/a £165

5 n/a £40 £95

6 n/a £30 £50

MARA BALLOONING OPTION

Masai Mara

An exciting alternative to your morning game drive. Up before dawn and drive to the balloon launch site. After the balloon is inflated, climb aboard and sail away on an exhilarating flight for about an hour. A ‘bubbly’ breakfast with all the trimmings is served where you touchdown.

Ashnil Mara Camp Perfectly positioned at the confluence of the Mara and Olkeju Rivers in the Masai Mara Reserve. A restaurant is available serving buffet meals plus there is an open-air bar. There is a modern lounge and an inviting swimming pool. 40 tents with a shower and verandah.

£275

CHEETAH SAFARI – 7 Nights – Kenya Airways 2012 06 Jan22 Jan

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1900 1980 1875 1630 1770 1830 2030 2545 2070 1955 1850 2420 2610 2090 2050 2130 2085 2020 SUPPLEMENTS: Single room supplements and child prices on request. Children under 8 are not permitted on this safari. Please see pages 112-113 for important safari information.

Prices are in £ sterling per person based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. For full details of the hotels/lodges featured and for additional properties see www.somak.co.uk. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.

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Masai Safari 

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The Masai Safari travels through some of the richest game areas in the world, offering excellent opportunities to view the ‘big five’ in the Masai Mara. A wide variety of animals can be spotted in the Samburu Reserve, and possibly thousands of pink flamingoes at Lake Nakuru.

Safari by road Day 1 Sunday Heathrow–Nairobi Fly from Heathrow overnight to Nairobi. Day 2 Monday Nairobi Transfer to your hotel for a day at leisure or choose from a selection of optional excursions, which can be booked and paid for locally. Overnight: Nairobi Serena Hotel. Day 3 Tuesday Samburu After an early breakfast drive to the Samburu National Reserve (360 km – approximately 6 hours) and check in to your lodge. Lunch. Late afternoon game drive. Overnight: Samburu Simba Lodge. (b,l,d) Day 4 Wednesday Samburu Morning and late afternoon game drives. Overnight: Samburu Simba Lodge. (b,l,d) Day 5 Thursday Aberdares Drive to the slopes of Mount Kenya and check in to Mountain Lodge (240 km – approximately 4 hours). Spend the afternoon viewing game from the lodge, or join an optional nature walk (payable locally and weather permitting) led by a local guide. Overnight: Serena Mountain Lodge. (b,l,d)

Day 7 Saturday Masai Mara After an early breakfast drive through the Great Rift Valley and into the Masai Mara (370 km – approximately 7 hours). Lunch en route to your lodge. Enjoy a late afternoon game drive. Overnight: Mara Serena Safari Lodge. (b,l,d) Day 8 Sunday Masai Mara Enjoy an early morning game drive followed by breakfast at the lodge, or an early morning balloon flight over the Mara followed by a ‘bubbly’ bush breakfast (optional extra). Spend the rest of the day relaxing before a late afternoon game drive. Overnight: Mara Serena Safari Lodge. (b,l,d) Day 9 Monday Extension or Heathrow Return to Nairobi by road (360 km – approximately 6 hours), or fly from the Mara to Nairobi: morning flight (from £170); lunch in the Mara and afternoon flight (from £205). Proceed with your chosen extension (see ‘where next’) or return to Heathrow. (b) Alternatively, fly directly from the Mara to Mombasa, including lunch in the Mara (from £290). (15kg luggage allowance on all light aircraft).

Day 6 Friday Lake Nakuru After breakfast continue to Lake Nakuru (240 km – approximately 4 hours). Arrive in time for lunch at the lodge, before enjoying an afternoon game drive with possible sightings of rhino. Overnight: Lake Nakuru Lodge. (b,l,d)

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Where Next Complement your Masai Safari with a beach stay on the Kenya Coast, Zanzibar, Seychelles or Mauritius. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is a superb addition to a safari – see pages 76-77.

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Mt Kenya Aberdares •1 Nairobi

Masai Mara


ACCOMMODATION Samburu Samburu Simba Lodge Situated in Buffalo Springs Game Reserve, overlooking Buffalo Springs and Ewaso Nyiro River. Stunning views of the plains and game can be seen from guest rooms. Facilities include a restaurant and bar. The lodge has 70 rooms with balcony, ceiling fans and en suite shower. Nature and bird walks are available (payable locally).

Aberdares Serena Mountain Lodge The lodge offers a dining room and leisure facilities including relaxing beauty treatments and nature walks (payable locally). The viewing decks overlook the waterhole and salt lick. The 42 rooms are furnished with indigenous wood and African art, all with en suite bathroom and a spacious verandah overlooking the waterhole.

Zanzibar

IDEAL FOR

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> The opportunity to view the ‘big five’, plains game and pink flamingoes

> A free hippo pool breakfast in the Masai Mara (weather permitting)

> Visiting the Samburu Reserve, home to the colourful Samburu people

> Guaranteed window seat > 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners

Lake Nakuru Lake Nakuru Lodge Situated in the southeast region of Lake Nakuru National Park. The lodge has a main restaurant and outside dining. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, gift shop and bird watching. The lodge has 88 rooms, all styled with rustic African furniture and an en suite bathroom.

EXCLUSIVE SAFARI VEHICLES per person supplement Passengers 2 Premier £320 Standard n/a 4x4 £590

3 £145 n/a £325

4 £55 n/a £190

5 n/a £40 £110

6 n/a £30 £55

MARA BALLOONING OPTION

Masai Mara Mara Serena Safari Lodge

An exciting alternative to your morning game drive. Up before dawn and drive to the balloon launch site. After the balloon is inflated, climb aboard and sail away on an exhilarating flight for about an hour. A ‘bubbly’ breakfast with all the trimmings is served where you touchdown.

Situated deep within the Masai Mara Reserve, on a hill overlooking the savannah. The lodge offers a restaurant, serving sumptuous international cuisine and authentic African dishes, a lounge and bar. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool. 74 guest rooms with en suite bathroom and balcony.

£275

MASAI SAFARI – 7 Nights – Kenya Airways 2012 08 Jan22 Jan

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Prices are in £ sterling per person based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. For full details of the hotels/lodges featured and for additional properties see www.somak.co.uk. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.

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Samburu Safari 

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A fantastic introduction to the splendours of Kenya, visiting a variety of national parks along a classic safari route. Visit the Aberdares, Samburu and Lake Nakuru, home to a variety of birds including bright pink flamingoes. The final destination is the Masai Mara, teaming with a host of plains game plus the ‘big five’.

Safari by road Day 1 Sunday Heathrow–Nairobi Fly from Heathrow overnight to Nairobi. Day 2 Monday Aberdares Transfer to the Somak Safari Lounge, where you can freshen up before departing for the Aberdares (180 km – approximately 4 hours). Arrive at Outspan Hotel where your luggage can be stored. Continue with an overnight bag to Treetops for lunch and overnight stay. Overnight: Treetops. (l,d) Day 3 Tuesday Samburu Drive north across the equator to the Samburu National Reserve (220 km – approximately 4 hours) and check in to your lodge for lunch. Afternoon game drive. Overnight: Samburu Game Lodge. (b,l,d) Day 4 Wednesday Samburu Morning and late afternoon game drives in Samburu National Reserve. Overnight: Samburu Game Lodge. (b,l,d) Day 5 Thursday Lake Nakuru After breakfast descend into the Great Rift Valley, stopping en route for lunch at Thomson’s Falls (275 km – approximately 5 hours). Continue to Lake Nakuru with a game drive en route to the lodge (70 km – approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes). Overnight: Lake Nakuru Lodge. (b,l,d) Day 6 Friday Masai Mara Drive to the Masai Mara National Reserve (270 km – approximately 5 hours 30 minutes). An afternoon game drive. Overnight: Keekorok Lodge. (b,l,d)

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Day 7 Saturday Masai Mara Enjoy an early morning game drive followed by breakfast at the lodge. Or take an early morning balloon flight over the Mara followed by a ‘bubbly’ bush breakfast (optional extra). Afternoon game drive. Overnight: Keekorok Lodge. (b,l,d) Day 8 Sunday Extension or Heathrow After breakfast, return to Nairobi by road (300 km – 5 hours ), or fly from the Mara to Nairobi: morning flight (from £170); lunch in the Mara and afternoon flight (from £205). Proceed with your chosen extension (see ‘where next’) or return to Heathrow. (b) Alternatively, fly directly from the Mara to Mombasa, including lunch in the Mara (from £290). (15kg luggage allowance on all light aircraft).

Where Next Complement your Samburu Safari with a beach stay on the Kenya Coast, Zanzibar, Seychelles or Mauritius. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is a superb addition to a safari – see pages 76-77.

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Mt Kenya Aberdares • Nairobi

Masai Mara


ACCOMMODATION Aberdares Treetops This rustic tree house is famous for its historical royal connection. The waterhole is visited by many animals including elephants, rhinos and buffalos, which can be viewed from the rooms and viewing platforms. Treetops has a restaurant, lounge and two bars. There are 37 en suite rooms.

Samburu Samburu Game Lodge Set in 10 acres of riverine forest, this lodge has a dining room, lounge and two bars. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, jacuzzi, and crocodile viewing. Each of the 67 rooms has an en suite bathroom with shower.

Seychelles

IDEAL FOR

INCLUDES

> A great introduction to safari, along a classic route.

> Visits to Lake Nakuru

> Staying at accommodation in memorable locations

> Guaranteed window seat

> A visit to the Masai Mara

Lake Nakuru

> 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners

Lake Nakuru Lodge Situated in the southeast region of Lake Nakuru National Park. The lodge has a main restaurant and outside dining. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, gift shop and bird watching. The lodge has 88 rooms, all styled with rustic African furniture and an en suite bathroom.

EXCLUSIVE SAFARI VEHICLES per person supplement Passengers 2 Premier £310 Standard n/a 4x4 £580

3 £140 n/a £315

4 £50 n/a £185

5 n/a £40 £110

6 n/a £30 £55

Masai Mara

MARA BALLOONING OPTION

Keekorok Lodge

An exciting alternative to your morning game drive. Up before dawn and drive to the balloon launch site. After the balloon is inflated, climb aboard and sail away on an exhilarating flight for about an hour. A ‘bubbly’ breakfast with all the trimmings is served where you touchdown.

One of the first lodges in the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Offers a main restaurant serving international and local delicacies, three bars including the Hippo Bar, a café and a TV lounge. Leisure facilities include an outdoor swimming pool. 87 rooms, 10 chalets and 2 suites with en suite bath and private balcony.

£275

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Prices are in £ sterling per person based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. For full details of the hotels/lodges featured and for additional properties see www.somak.co.uk. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.

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View of Mt Kilimanjaro from Amboseli Sopa Lodge

Kili Safari 

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A popular safari for families, with no age restrictions for children at the lodges. This short itinerary provides an exciting overview of Kenya and visits Amboseli, Lake Naivasha and the world-famous Masai Mara, all of which host an abundance of mammals and birds.

Safari by road Day 1 Saturday Heathrow–Nairobi Fly from Heathrow overnight to Nairobi. Day 2 Sunday Amboseli Transfer to the Somak Safari Lounge, where you can freshen up and leave any additional luggage before departing for Amboseli (250 km – approximately 4 hours). After lunch enjoy an afternoon game drive. Overnight: Ol Tukai Lodge. (l,d) Day 3 Monday Amboseli An early morning game drive followed by breakfast at the lodge. Later enjoy an afternoon game drive. Overnight: Ol Tukai Lodge. (b,l,d) Day 4 Tuesday Lake Naivasha After breakfast drive to Lake Naivasha in time for lunch (350 km – approximately 5 hours). The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight: Lake Naivasha Country Club. (b,l,d) Day 5 Wednesday Masai Mara Depart early for your journey to the Masai Mara Game Reserve (270 km – approximately 5 hours 30 minutes). Afternoon game drive. Overnight: Keekorok Lodge. (b,l,d) Day 6 Thursday Masai Mara Enjoy an early morning game drive followed by breakfast at the lodge, or take an early morning balloon flight over the Mara followed by a ‘bubbly’ bush breakfast (optional extra). Later take an afternoon game drive. Overnight: Keekorok Lodge. (b,l,d)

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Day 7 Friday Extension or Heathrow Return to Nairobi (300 km – approximately 6 hours), or fly from the Mara to Nairobi: morning flight (from £170); lunch in the Mara and afternoon flight (from £205). Proceed with your chosen extension (see ‘where next’) or return to Heathrow. (b) Alternatively, fly directly from the Mara to Mombasa, including lunch in the Mara (from £290). (15kg luggage allowance on all light aircraft).

Where Next Complement your Kili Safari with a beach stay on the Kenya Coast, Zanzibar, Seychelles or Mauritius. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is a superb addition to a safari – see pages 76-77.

Masai Mara 2

Amboseli


ACCOMMODATION Amboseli Ol Tukai Lodge Situated at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, the lodge is made of wood, local slate and stone, blending into the African savannah. The lodge has a restaurant opening onto a verandah, a lounge and two bars. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool and table tennis. There are 80 rooms with en suite shower, telephone and safe.

Lake Naivasha Lake Naivasha Country Club Set in 30 acres of green lawns with acacia and pepper trees. This old colonial style property offers comfortable accommodation. The main area includes a lounge with fireplace, bar and alfresco dining. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool and pool bar. There are 42 en suite rooms and 8 cottages.

Kiwayu Safari Village, Lamu

IDEAL FOR

INCLUDES

> Families – a short itinerary packed with plenty of interest > Combining Amboseli and the Masai Mara > Stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro (weather permitting)

> Guaranteed window seat > 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners

Masai Mara Keekorok Lodge One of the first lodges in the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Offers a main restaurant serving international and local delicacies, three bars including the Hippo Bar, a café and a TV lounge. Leisure facilities include an outdoor swimming pool. 87 rooms, 10 chalets and 2 suites with en suite bath and private balcony.

EXCLUSIVE SAFARI VEHICLES per person supplement Passengers 2 Premier £230 Standard n/a 4x4 £425

3 £105 n/a £235

4 £40 n/a £140

5 n/a £30 £80

6 n/a £25 £40

MARA BALLOONING OPTION An exciting alternative to your morning game drive. Up before dawn and drive to the balloon launch site. After the balloon is inflated, climb aboard and sail away on an exhilarating flight for about an hour. A ‘bubbly’ breakfast with all the trimmings is served where you touchdown.

£275

KILI SAFARI – 5 Nights – Kenya Airways 2012 07 Jan28 Jan

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2013 05 Jan09 Mar

16 Mar23 Mar

1490

2385

1840

1715

1680

Prices are in £ sterling per person based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. For full details of the hotels/lodges featured and for additional properties see www.somak.co.uk. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.

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Thorn Tree Safari  Naivasha 1 2

A popular short safari including the famous game viewing lodge, Treetops, and the worldrenowned game reserve, the Masai Mara. This four-night safari offers a wonderful combination of mountain scenery, the Great Rift Valley and plains dotted with game.

Safari by road Day 1 Monday Heathrow–Nairobi Fly from Heathrow overnight to Nairobi. Day 2 Tuesday Aberdares Transfer to the Somak Safari Lounge, where you can freshen up before departing for lunch at the Outspan Hotel (180 km – approximately 4 hours). Continue onto Treetops with an overnight bag (the remainder of your luggage can be stored at Outspan). (l,d) Day 3 Wednesday Lake Nakuru–Lake Naivasha Drive to Lake Nakuru (180 km – approximately 4 hours). Enjoy a game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park, sanctuary to one of the largest populations of rhinos in Kenya, plus Rothschild’s giraffes, leopards and lions. After lunch at Lake Nakuru Lodge, continue your journey to Lake Naivasha (80 km – approximately 2 hours). Overnight: Lake Naivasha Country Club. (b,l,d)

Day 4 Thursday Masai Mara Drive to the Masai Mara (270 km – approximately 5 hours 30 minutes). Afternoon game drive. Overnight: Keekorok Lodge. (b,l,d) Day 5 Friday Masai Mara Enjoy an early morning game drive followed by breakfast at the lodge, or take an early morning balloon flight over the Mara followed by a ‘bubbly’ bush breakfast (optional extra). A second game drive will take place in the late afternoon. Overnight: Keekorok Lodge. (b,l,d) Day 6 Saturday Extension or Heathrow Return to Nairobi by road (300 km – approximately 6 hours), or fly from the Mara to Nairobi: morning flight (from £170); lunch in the Mara and afternoon flight (from £205). Proceed with your chosen extension (see ‘where next’) or return to Heathrow. (b) Alternatively, fly directly from the Mara to Mombasa, including lunch in the Mara (from £290). (15kg luggage allowance on all light aircraft).

Where Next Complement your Thorn Tree Safari with a beach stay on the Kenya Coast, Zanzibar, Seychelles or Mauritius. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is a superb addition to a safari – see pages 76-77.

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Mt Kenya Aberdares • Nairobi

Masai Mara


ACCOMMODATION Aberdares Treetops This rustic tree house is famous for its historical royal connection. The waterhole is visited by many animals including elephants, rhinos and buffalos, which can be viewed from the rooms and viewing platforms. Treetops has a restaurant, lounge and two bars. There are 37 en suite rooms.

Lake Naivasha Lake Naivasha Country Club Set in 30 acres of green lawns with acacia and pepper trees. This old colonial style property offers comfortable accommodation. The main area includes a lounge with fireplace, bar and alfresco dining. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool and pool bar. There are 42 en suite rooms and 8 cottages.

Mauritius

IDEAL FOR

INCLUDES

> A short safari offering some of the highlights that Kenya has to offer

> A visit to the world-famous Masai Mara

> Combining mountain scenery and plains dotted with game

> 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

> Guaranteed window seat

Masai Mara Keekorok Lodge One of the first lodges in the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Offers a main restaurant serving international and local delicacies, three bars including the Hippo Bar, a café and a TV lounge. Leisure facilities include an outdoor swimming pool. 87 rooms, 10 chalets and 2 suites with en suite bath and private balcony.

EXCLUSIVE SAFARI VEHICLES per person supplement Passengers 2 Premier £190 Standard n/a 4x4 £350

3 £90 n/a £190

4 £35 n/a £115

5 n/a £30 £65

6 n/a £25 £35

MARA BALLOONING OPTION An exciting alternative to your morning game drive. Up before dawn and drive to the balloon launch site. After the balloon is inflated, climb aboard and sail away on an exhilarating flight for about an hour. A ‘bubbly’ breakfast with all the trimmings is served where you touchdown.

£275

THORN TREE SAFARI – 4 Nights – Kenya Airways 2012 02 Jan30 Jan

06 Feb27 Feb

05 Mar12 Mar

19 Mar02 Apr

09 Apr30 Apr

07 May28 May

04 Jun25 Jun

02 Jul09 Jul

16 Jul13 Aug

20 Aug10 Sep

17 Sep29 Oct

05 Nov10 Dec

17 Dec

24 Dec

2013 31 Dec28 Jan

04 Feb25 Feb

04 Mar11 Mar

18 Mar25 Mar

1390 1415 1395 1365 1325 1290 1350 1455 1960 1530 1455 1380 1930 1580 1505 1530 1505 1470 SUPPLEMENTS: Single room supplements and child prices on request. Children under 8 are not permitted on this safari. Please see pages 112-113 for important safari information.

Prices are in £ sterling per person based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. For full details of the hotels/lodges featured and for additional properties see www.somak.co.uk. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.

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Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club

Kenya Royal 

Samburu 2 Ol Pejeta 1 1 Mt Kenya 1• 2

A safari of distinction, fit for royalty, visiting Kenya’s finest game reserves and enjoying some of Kenya’s finest lodges and camps. Travelling by road in your own exclusive safari vehicle, with a light aircraft flight to and from the Masai Mara leaving more time to enjoy the amazing wildlife.

Safari by road and air Day 1 Daily Heathrow–Nairobi Fly from Heathrow overnight to Nairobi. Day 2 Nairobi Transfer to your hotel for a day at leisure. Overnight: Fairmont Norfolk Hotel. Day 3 Ol Pejeta After breakfast, depart for the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. (240 km – approximately 4 hours 30 minutes). Arrive in time for lunch before an afternoon game drive and a visit to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Overnight: Sweetwaters Tented Camp. (b,l,d) Day 4 Samburu Depart for the Samburu National Reserve (150 km – approximately 3 hours 30 minutes). Arrive at Ashnil Samburu Camp for lunch. In the afternoon enjoy a game drive. Overnight: Ashnil Samburu Camp. (b,l,d) Day 5 Samburu Early morning and late afternoon game drives, with time in between to relax and enjoy the beautiful surrounds. Overnight: Ashnil Samburu Camp. (b,l,d) Day 6 Mount Kenya Drive to the slopes of Mount Kenya (140 km – approximately 3 hours) arriving in time for lunch. The remainder of the day is free to relax and take advantage of the facilities on offer at this superb safari club. Overnight: Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club. (b,l,d) Day 7 Masai Mara Private Conservancy Transfer to Nanyuki for your light aircraft flight to the Masai Mara (approximately 1 hour 30 minutes). Enjoy lunch at Mara Safari Club before experiencing an

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afternoon game drive in the private conservancy, by 4wheel drive vehicle. Overnight: Fairmont Mara Safari Club. (b,l,d) Day 8 Masai Mara Private Conservancy An early morning balloon flight over the Mara, followed by a ‘bubbly’ bush breakfast (optional extra), or an early morning game drive followed by breakfast at the camp. Late afternoon game drive. Game drives are in 4-wheel drive vehicles within the private conservancy. Overnight: Fairmont Mara Safari Club. (b,l,d) Day 9 Extension or Heathrow Fly in the morning from the Masai Mara by light aircraft to Nairobi (approximately 1 hour), or lunch in the Mara and afternoon flight (from £35). Proceed with your chosen extension (see ‘where next’) or return to Heathrow. (b) Alternatively, fly directly from the Mara to Mombasa, including lunch in the Mara (from £155). (15kg luggage allowance on all light aircraft).

Where Next Complement your Kenya Royal Safari with a beach stay on the Kenya Coast, Zanzibar, Seychelles or Mauritius. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is a superb addition to a safari – see pages 76-77.

Masai Mara

Nairobi


ACCOMMODATION Aberdares Sweetwaters Tented Camp This private reserve is set in savannah grasslands and riverine forests that border the Ewaso Nyiro River. A highlight is the chimpanzee sanctuary. There is a restaurant and two bars. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool and a massage and beauty room. There are 39 luxury, en suite tents.

Samburu Ashnil Samburu Camp Close to the Ewaso Nyiro River, the location offers unrivalled game viewing with great numbers of wildlife being drawn to the banks. The camp has a restaurant, bar and verandah deck overlooking the river. Leisure facilities include a pool. 30 luxury tents all have a shower room, fan and terrace.

Mauritius

Private, exclusive safari This safari can depart on any day and is offered on a private and exclusive basis for a minimum of two passengers. For added flexibility, additional days can be enjoyed at any or all of the featured lodges and camps. Enjoy the services of your own personal driver-guide in a Somak Premier Safari Microbus. These vehicles are specially adapted, with only four seats in the rear, thus offering much greater leg room and freedom to move around the vehicle and access the game viewing hatch when observing wildlife. 4-wheel drive vehicles are also available for your exclusive use (optional extra).

Mount Kenya Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club Set in 100 acres of landscaped gardens. Guests can dine in the main restaurant, Tusks, and have a choice of two bars (dress code is smart casual). Leisure facilities include an outdoor heated swimming pool, horseback riding and a 9-hole golf course. 120 rooms and suites all with en suite bathroom, tea/coffee making facilities, a fully stocked mini bar and wood-burning fireplaces.

A light aircraft flight to and from the Mara allows extra time to spend in a private conservancy in the famous Masai Mara. Game drives here are in 4-wheel drive vehicles which are available for exclusive use (optional extra).

MARA BALLOONING OPTION

Masai Mara Private Conservancy

An exciting alternative to your morning game drive. Up very early and drive for 2 hours to the balloon launch site. After the balloon is inflated, climb aboard and sail away on an exhilarating flight for about an hour. A ‘bubbly’ breakfast with all the trimmings is served where you touchdown. from

Fairmont Mara Safari Club Surrounded on three sides by the Mara River, the camp offers a main dining room, lounge, pool bar and outdoor dining in the boma. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool. 51 tents all with four poster bed, en suite bathroom, and verandah overlooking the river.

£275

KENYA ROYAL – 7 Nights – Kenya Airways 2012 02 Jan27 Mar

28 Mar02 Apr

03 Apr06 Apr

07 Apr09 Apr

10 Apr29 May

30 May23 Jun

24 Jun26 Jun

27 Jun13 Jul

14 Jul18 Aug

19 Aug26 Oct

27 Oct30 Oct

31 Oct23 Nov

24 Nov14 Dec

15 Dec18 Dec

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2013 30 Dec26 Feb

27 Feb24 Mar

2790 2630 2700 2580 2450 2515 2790 2965 3455 2965 2690 2560 2660 3370 3490 3065 3010 2970 SUPPLEMENTS: Single room supplements and child prices on request. Children under 8 are not permitted on this safari. Please see pages 112-113 for important safari information.

Prices are in £ sterling per person based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. For full details of the hotels/lodges featured and for additional properties see www.somak.co.uk. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.

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Porini Camps Safari 

Mt Kenya • Nairobi 4

This safari provides a wonderful opportunity to stay in Porini Camps' exclusive accommodation. Enjoy unforgettable experiences, where you can walk with Masai warriors and guides, whilst you explore the wilderness areas. The itinerary is fully flexible, and the number of days at each location can be increased or decreased.

Safari by road and air Day 1 Daily Heathrow–Nairobi Fly from Heathrow overnight to Nairobi. Day 2 Amboseli Drive to your camp in the Selenkay Conservancy (160 km – approximately 3 hours 30 minutes), arriving before lunch. Following afternoon tea, Masai warriors will escort you on a walk to a village to get an insight into their fascinating culture and way of life. Enjoy a game drive in the conservancy followed by a sundowner at a scenic spot overlooking Mount Kilimanjaro. Night game drive and return to camp. Overnight: Porini Amboseli Camp. (l,d) Day 3 Amboseli After an early breakfast, drive through the bush into Amboseli National Park for a full morning of game viewing. After a picnic lunch return to your camp to relax. In the evening enjoy a game drive in Selenkay Conservancy, stopping for a sundowner at a scenic viewpoint, followed by a night game drive to look for nocturnal animals. Overnight: Porini Amboseli Camp. (b,l,d)

Day 6 Masai Mara Private Conservancy Morning walk with Masai warrior and guide in the conservancy. After breakfast drive across the Mara to the Olare Orok Conservancy (approximately 2 hours), adjacent to the Mara Reserve, arriving at your camp before lunch. Afternoon game drive followed by a sundowner. Overnight: Porini Lion Camp. (b,l,d) Day 7 Masai Mara Private Conservancy Optional early morning balloon flight over the Mara. Full day in the Masai Mara Reserve with picnic lunch. Followed by a sundowner and night game drive in the Olare Orok Conservancy. Overnight: Porini Lion Camp. (b,l,d) Day 8 Heathrow or Extension In the morning fly by light aircraft to Nairobi (approximately 1 hour) or on the afternoon flight, including lunch in the Mara (from £35). Proceed with your chosen extension (see ‘where next’) or return to Heathrow. (b)

Day 4 Masai Mara Private Conservancy After an early breakfast, drive through Amboseli Park to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight to the Masai Mara via Nairobi Wilson airport, with a plane change (approximately 2 hours 30 minutes). Met on arrival and transferred to the camp for lunch. Afternoon game drive, followed by a sundowner and night game drive. Overnight: Porini Mara Camp. (b,l,d)

Alternatively, fly directly from the Mara to Mombasa, including lunch in the Mara (from £155).

Day 5 Masai Mara Private Conservancy A full day game viewing in Ol Kinyei and Naboisho Conservancies, home to over sixty lions and many other big cats and big game. A sundowner and night game drive. Overnight: Porini Mara Camp. (b,l,d)

Complement your Porini Camps Safari with a beach stay on the Kenya Coast, Zanzibar, Seychelles or Mauritius. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is a superb addition to a safari – see pages 76-77.

(15kg luggage allowance on all light aircraft).

Where Next

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Masai Mara 2

Amboseli


ACCOMMODATION Amboseli Porini Amboseli Camp A small camp, which offers a high quality safari experience away from the mass market. Situated in the 15,000 acre Selenkay Conservancy, near the northern border of Amboseli National Park. There is an outdoor dining area and a mess tent, serving as a lounge. Activities include day and night game drives, escorted bush walks, visits to a Masai village and sundowners. The nine spacious tents have en suite bathrooms.

Masai Mara Private Conservancy Porini Mara Camp A small exclusive camp set in the conservancy of Ol Kinyei. The camp has an outdoor dining area serving excellent food prepared by the camp chef and served by hospitable Masai staff. Activities include day and night game drives, sundowners and guided walks. Each of the six spacious tents is en suite.

Zanzibar

Escape the crowds with Porini Porini offers an authentic safari experience in small, high quality, comfortably furnished safari camps, located in exclusive wildlife conservancies, owned by the local Masai communities. Porini are very proactive in creating an income and providing benefits for the local people. The camps are environmentally friendly and are designed to have minimum impact on the surroundings.

Porini Lion Camp Located in the 20,000 acre Olare Orok Conservancy, this camp offers an authentic safari experience away from the crowds. The central mess tent serves as a dining and lounge area, where high quality meals are prepared. Activities include day and night game drives in open-sided 4x4 vehicles. There are ten en suite tents.

Staying in a Porini Safari Camp is an opportunity to escape from the crowds and experience true African wilderness. Safaris are conducted in 4-wheel drive vehicles and led by qualified safari guides. Other activities that are included in the price are walks with Masai warriors, visits to local villages and night game drives. Bush breakfasts, sundowners, bush dinners and standard drinks are also all included.

MARA BALLOONING OPTION An exciting alternative to your morning game drive. Up very early and drive for 2 hours to the balloon launch site. After the balloon is inflated, climb aboard and sail away on an exhilarating flight for about an hour. A ‘bubbly’ breakfast with all the trimmings is served where you touchdown from

£275

PORINI CAMPS SAFARI – 6 Nights – Kenya Airways 2012 02 Jan30 Mar

31 Mar14 Apr

15 Apr30 May

31 May29 Jun

30 Jun13 Jul

14 Jul18 Aug

19 Aug30 Oct

31 Oct15 Dec

16 Dec18 Dec

19 Dec23 Dec

24 Dec31 Dec

2013 01 Jan24 Mar

2895 2750 n/a 2750 3240 3705 3240 2750 3240 4090 3665 3695 SUPPLEMENTS: Single room supplements and child prices on request. Children under 9 are not permitted on this safari. Please see pages 112-113 for important safari information.

Prices are in £ sterling per person based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. For full details of the hotels/lodges featured and for additional properties see www.somak.co.uk. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.

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Samburu/ Buffalo Springs Loisaba Lewa Downs



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Tsavo National Park


Tailor-made Safaris Use our knowledge and expertise to create your perfect safari holiday. Tell us where you would like to go and what you want to see and we will produce your own unique safari. We can tailor-make your safari by road in your own exclusive vehicle, or you can fly by light aircraft to many game parks and reserves, or choose a combination of both. The light aircraft networks allow you to fly between many of the key areas of Kenya and cover more ground in a shorter period of time. The map here details some of the key routes and airstrips which are used in the suggested itineraries on pages 4651. These are completely flexible as many other combinations are possible and the durations are entirely up to you. A selection of camps and lodges in the Masai Mara, Samburu area, The Rift Valley, Central Highlands and elsewhere are featured on pages 34-45. Others can be found on the itineraries on pages 17-29 and on our website www.somak.co.uk Transfers and game drives are usually conducted in the lodge’s or camp’s own 4wheel drive vehicles and will be shared with other guests, although you can arrange for exclusive use of a vehicle (subject to availability and additional charge). Call us now to discover your perfect safari holiday. Please see pages 112-113 for important information about safaris. 31


MASAI MARA Masai Mara Ecosystem One of the most popular destinations in Kenya is the Masai Mara Ecosystem which offers amazing scenery and an abundance of wildlife including the ‘big five’. The 370,00 acre ecosystem is an extension of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and being unfenced, wildlife can roam freely between the two countries. There are lots of opportunities to spot a variety of wildlife all year round, but an amazing natural spectacle that many visitors are fortunate enough to see is the Great Migration. Thousands of wildebeest and zebras make the annual journey across the Kenya and Tanzania border, to cross the Mara River. More information on the Great Migration can be found on pages 62 and 63.

The Masai Mara Ecosystem is divided into several areas which include: The Masai Mara National Reserve The Reserve borders with Tanzania and is the key place to view the world-famous wildebeest migration. The Mara River running north to south through the reserve separates the west area of the reserve, known as the Mara Triangle, from the east. These two areas have separate entrance fees and are administered differently, so if you want to visit both areas you may be required to pay an additional entrance fee. The area has an amazing concentration of wildlife, particularly when the migratory wildebeest and zebras are grazing on the lush plains from June to October (exact timings are dependent on rainfall). There are a number of lodges and camps to choose from when staying in the Mara, with some in key locations along the Mara River, close to known migration crossing points.

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THE MASAI MARA & PRIVATE CONSERVANCIES Surrounding the Masai Mara National Reserve are a number of private conservancies of varying sizes. Some of the conservancies place limits on the number of beds and restrict access to only guests of the lodges and camps. They offer guided bush walks and night game drives, all of which contribute to an unrivalled safari experience.

Olare Orok & Motorogi Conservancies This expansive 32,123 acres area offers visitors the opportunity to have a high quality safari experience, as the number of vehicles is strictly limited to the few camps located inside the two adjoining conservancies. For every tent there is 700 acres of protected wilderness. The local Masai community members own the conservancies so any visitor helps to provide a direct income and employment for the community. These two conservancies, which have no human settlement or cattle within them, are renowned for their lions. In addition the annual wildebeest migration comes through this area, making for dramatic wildlife viewing.



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Mara North Conservancy Covering 79,073 acres this conservancy borders part of the Masai Mara National Reserve and is a beautiful wilderness area with rich vegetation and open savannah. The conservancy is a partnership between camps and Masai landowners who continue to live within this area with their homesteads and livestock. This G1 partnership ensures that visitors to the area receive an exclusive safari experience with low vehicle density game drives.

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Ol Kinyei Conservancy Mara River One of the most beautiful wilderness areas in the Masai Mara ecosystem with open savannah plains, South Mara River Bridge riverine forest, springs, streams and rivers, rolling hills and spectacular views across the Mara. This 15,073 acre conservancy belongs to a Masai community who have made it a sanctuary for wildlife, with no human settlements or cattle present. The conservancy has a wide variety of animal species and just one exclusive safari camp.

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Camps 1 Ashnil Mara Camp 2 &Beyond Bateleur Camp 3 Cottars 1920s Safari Camp 4 Fairmont Mara Safari Club 5 Governors’ (Il Moran Camp) 6 Governors’ (Little Camp) 7 Governors’ (Main Camp) 8 Karen Blixen Camp 9 Kicheche Bush Camp 10 Kicheche Mara Camp 11 Mara Intrepids Camp 12 Porini Mara Camp 13 Porini Lion Camp 14 Royal Mara Safari 15 Sarova Mara Camp

Lodges 16 Keekorok Lodge 17 Mara Serena Safari Lodge 18 Mara Simba Lodge 19 Mara Sopa Lodge

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Oloololo Gate Musiara Gate Talek Gate Sekanani Gate Ololaimutiek Gate



None of the Masai Mara Ecosystem is fenced, so wildlife can wander freely between the national reserve and private conservancies. Each area offers a different safari experience, some with a higher concentration of wildlife and less visitors than others. Visitors staying in a private conservancy may also enter the Masai Mara National Reserve for which an entrance fee will apply which is payable locally.

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Airstrips 1 Keekorok 2 Ol Kiombo 3 Serena 4 Musiara 5 Kichwa Tembo 6 Ngerende 7 Shikar 8 Siana

Map and locations are approximate and are not intended to be definitive.

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˚Masai Mara National Reserve Mara Serena Safari Lodge  The lodge is situated deep within the Masai Mara National Reserve, set on a bush-cloaked hill with long views over the Savannah. It has been designed to mirror a traditional Masai village, blending international sophistication with the raw beauty of the surrounding area.

Optional Activities

Guests can enjoy spectacular views from the dining and bar areas, whilst savouring the international and authentic African menus. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, sun deck, dinner or sundowners in the bush, breakfast by the hippo pool, visits to Masai communities and game drives.

> Bush barbeque lunch: from £45

> Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £565 per vehicle per day

> Mara ballooning: £275

All 74 guest rooms are in individual domed huts, with uninterrupted views of the Mara River. Each room is decorated with furniture inspired by traditional Masai art, and offers an en suite bathroom, ceiling fan and 24hour room service. Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and game drives included. Prices from £979, based on 2 nights accommodation plus return flights Wilson to Mara.

Mara Intrepids  Sitting above a sweeping bend in the Talek River, just a short drive from the Mara River, the camp enjoys one of the most spectacular locations in the world’s best known wilderness. The main area offers a large dining room serving classic cuisine. Breakfast and lunch are usually served on a terrace beside the riverfront swimming pool. Leisure facilities include an elevated game viewing platform with bar service, a free-form swimming pool with sunbathing terrace, a kids’ club, game drives and cultural tours of the neighbouring Masai villages. Each of the 30 tents sits on a shady raised platform, with sweeping views over the riverbanks. Tents are furnished in classic safari style with modern en suite bathroom with shower and amenities. Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and game drives included.

Optional Activities > Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £450 per vehicle per day > Bush breakfast, lunch or dinner: from £50 per meal > Sundowner reception including canapés and an open bar from £50 > Mara ballooning: £275

Prices from £825, based on 2 nights accommodation plus return flights Wilson to Mara.

For a description of Keekorok Lodge see page 21. Additional lodges and camps are available, for a full selection please visit our website www.somak.co.uk

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Prices are in £ sterling per person, based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. For full details of the hotels/lodges featured and for additional properties see www.somak.co.uk. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.


Mara Serena Safari Lodge, Mara Intrepids, Governors’ Il Moran Camp, Ashnil Mara Camp

The Governors’ Camp Collection All Governors’ properties are located in the heart of the best game viewing areas and close to the wildebeest migration.

Il Moran Camp

CONNOISSEUR COLLECTION

An ideal camp for those seeking luxury and top of the range safari accommodation. The camp offers an elegant dining tent with views over the Mara River and an open bar. Leisure facilities include spa treatments, game drives, game walks, hot air balloon safaris and visits to a Masai village. The ten spacious tents have large en suite bathrooms, big showers and an extended verandah. Prices from £993, based on 2 nights accommodation plus return flights Wilson to Mara.

Main Governors’ Camp



The camp is in a magical setting, nestled along the banks of the Mara River. Over a century ago it was reserved exclusively for Kenya’s colonial governors and royal visitors. The main area offers a dining tent, campfire and open bar. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style, alfresco. Leisure facilities include spa treatments game drives, balloon safaris, game walks and visits to a Masai village or local school. All 37 tents have an en suite bathroom and private verandah. Prices from £912, based on 2 nights accommodation plus return flights Wilson to Mara.

Little Governors’ Camp



Optional Activities > Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £300 per vehicle per day > Bush dinner: from £50 > Mara ballooning at Little Governors Camp: from £275 As an optional extension guests can choose to stay at Mfangano Island Camp which offers a tranquil retreat. The camp is situated in beautiful tropical gardens set on a secluded bay on the shores of Lake Victoria. There are six double bedded cottages each with its own private verandah. Prices on request.

An intimate camp surrounding a watering hole offering an exquisite, romantic setting. Facilities include a dining tent and open bar. There are 17 tents with en suite bathroom with shower, and a private verandah. Prices from £959, based on 2 nights accommodation plus return flights Wilson to Mara. Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and game drives included.

Ashnil Mara Camp  The camp is perfectly located at the confluence of the Mara and Olkeju Rivers in the Masai Mara National Reserve. Situated in one of the most famous reserves this camp offers an unrivalled position for wildlife spotting year round, and is close to the action during the annual wildebeest migration. Guests can enjoy a restaurant serving buffet style meals, and an open-air bar which serves a wide selection of beers, cocktails and liqueurs. A modern lounge, decorated with an African feel, is an ideal place to pass the time and relax. A swimming pool is available for guests to laze around in the afternoons.

Optional Activities > Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £390 per vehicle per day > Bush barbeque lunch: from £35 > Mara ballooning: £275

Ashnil Mara Camp has 40 luxury tents. Each of the tents is beautifully designed and carefully crafted and includes en suite shower, a safe and a terrace. Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and game drives included. Prices from £869, based on 2 nights accommodation plus return flights Wilson to Mara.

For a description of Keekorok Lodge see page 21. Additional lodges and camps are available, for a full selection please visit our website www.somak.co.uk Prices are in £ sterling per person, based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. For full details of the hotels/lodges featured and for additional properties see www.somak.co.uk. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.

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Masai Mara Private Conservancies

&Beyond Bateleur Camp

CONNOISSEUR COLLECTION

The camp is set in a private conservancy at the foot of Oloololo Escarpment on the fringes of a riverine forest overlooking the Mara plains. Bush breakfasts, sundowners and candlelit dinners offer an unforgettable experience of the African bush.

Optional Activities

Leisure facilities include a lap pool, day and night game drives and guided nature walks.

> Masai village visit: from £25

18 tented suites which are split between two intimate camps, each have a shower and private deck. Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits, beers, teas, coffees, game drives, refreshments on game drives and laundry included.

> Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £300 per vehicle per day

> To visit the Masai Mara National Reserve book and pay locally > Mara ballooning: from £275

Prices from £1559, based on 2 nights accommodation plus return flights Wilson to Mara.

Cottars 1920s Safari Camp

CONNOISSEUR COLLECTION

With over 90 years safari experience, the Cottar family provide guests with the highest standards of personalised and professional guiding. This old fashioned camp, situated in a private conservancy in southeast Masai Mara, offers stylish accommodation combined with traditional safari activities, such as bush meals and sundowners.

Optional Activities

Leisure facilities include swimming pool, river swimming and fishing.

> Mara ballooning: from £275

> Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £300 per vehicle per day

There are ten en suite canvas tents of which four are family tents, all furnished with original 1920s safari antiques. Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, soft drinks, house wines, non luxury spirits, guided walks, day and night game drives and laundry included. Prices from £1299, based on 2 nights accommodation plus return flights Wilson to Mara.

Royal Mara Safari Lodge  This unfenced, luxury tented camp, situated on the banks of the Mara River, allows the animals to wander freely in this spectacular location in the game rich Mara North Conservancy, only 10 minutes from Leopard Gorge. Meals in amazing bush settings, sundowners, and personalized service provide an authentic African safari experience.

Optional Activities

Leisure facilities include day and night game drives in 4x4 vehicles and guided bush walks.

> For every 3-night stay guests can have a complimentary game drive in the Masai Mara National Reserve

The eight luxury riverfront suites are built on raised wooden decks with exquisite hand carved beds, double vanity sinks, carved desks, en suite bathroom, mini bar and verandah with chaise longue. A personal attendant is at your service.

> Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £350 per vehicle per day

> Mara ballooning: from £275

Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, game drives, one bush walk, one sundowner included. (Optional £21 per night for soft drinks, beer, house wines and local brand spirits). Prices from £969, based on 2 nights accommodation plus return flights Wilson to Mara.

For descriptions of Fairmont Mara Safari Club see page 27, Porini Mara Camp see page 29, Porini Lion Camp see page 29. Additional lodges and camps are available, for a full selection please visit our website www.somak.co.uk

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&Beyond Bateleur Camp, Cottars 1920s Safari Camp, Royal Mara Safari Lodge, Porini Mara Camp, Kicheche Mara Camp, Karen Blixen Camp

Porini Mara Camp & Porini Lion Camp  Porini Mara Camp is a small camp set in the exclusive conservancy of Ol Kinyei, offering tented accommodation for a personal safari experience. This 15,000 acre wildlife conservancy is home to over 20 lions and a host of other big game, and access is reserved only for the 12 guests in the camp. The camp has an outdoor dining area serving excellent food prepared by the camp chef and served by hospitable Masai staff. Activities include day and night game drives, sundowners and guided walks. Each of the six spacious tents are en suite. Porini Lion Camp is situated in the Olare Orok Conservancy. The camp has a dining and lounge area and ten en suite tents. Activities include day and night game drives in open sided 4x4 vehicles. Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, soft drinks, house wines, beer, gin & tonic, mineral water and game drives included.

Optional Activities > Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £330 per vehicle per day > For every 3-night stay guests can have a complimentary game drive in the Masai Mara National Reserve > Mara Ballooning: from £275

Both camps are closed from 16 April-31 May. Porini Mara Camp: Prices from £1083, based on 2 nights accommodation plus return flights Wilson to Mara. Porini Lion Camp: Prices from £1123, based on 2 nights accommodation plus return flights Wilson to Mara.

Kicheche Mara & Kicheche Bush Camp  Kicheche Mara Camp is a bush hideaway in the heart of the African wilderness, in the Mara North Conservancy. Unfenced and secluded, the camp infringes so little on the surrounding natural environment that animals wander through the grounds at any time. The camp offers alfresco dining, lounge, dining tent and a bar. Game drives and walking safaris are available. There are eight tents with en suite bathroom and a verandah. Kicheche Bush Camp in Olare Orok Conservancy offers a classical intimate camp experience with six spacious tents overlooking the plains. Both camps are shut from April – May. Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch & dinner, drinks (wines, beers, sodas & local spirits – excluding champagne); unlimited game drives, bush walks, and laundry included.

Optional Activities > Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £250 per vehicle per day > Fly-camping from £70 per night > For every 3-night stay guests can have a complimentary game drive in the Masai Mara National Reserve > Mara ballooning: from £275

Kicheche Mara Camp: Prices from £1050, based on 2 nights accommodation plus return flights Wilson to Mara. Kicheche Bush Camp: Prices from £1099, based on 2 nights accommodation plus return flights Wilson to Mara.

Karen Blixen Camp  A camp offering an authentic ‘yesteryear’ experience with the luxury facilities of today. Situated in the Mara North Conservancy on the banks of the Mara River with fantastic views of the animals who come to drink throughout the day. The camp offers a restaurant, bar and lounge area.

Optional Activities

Leisure facilities include a swimming pool and spa tent.

> Bush breakfast, lunch or dinner: from £28 per meal

There are 22 tents set along the riverbank situated on a raised platform with incredible views of the area. Each tent has an en suite bathroom, spacious verandah, and is furnished for an ultimate luxury camping experience.

> Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £340 per vehicle per day

Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, wines, beers, sodas and game drives included.

> To visit the Masai Mara National Reserve book and pay locally

Prices from £849, based on 2 nights accommodation plus return flights Wilson to Mara.

> Mara ballooning: from £275

For descriptions of Fairmont Mara Safari Club see page 27, Porini Mara Camp see page 29, Porini Lion Camp see page 29. Additional lodges and camps are available, for a full selection please visit our website www.somak.co.uk Prices are in £ sterling per person, based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. For full details of the hotels/lodges featured and for additional properties see www.somak.co.uk. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.

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Meru Elsa’s Kopje, Offbeat Meru, Joy’s Camp

Elsa’s Kopje

CONNOISSEUR COLLECTION

This area was made famous by the film ‘Born Free’ and George Adamson’s lions. The lodge, situated on Mughwango Hill, blends in so well with its surrounds that it is almost invisible as you approach the kopje. Facilities include a dining room, lounge and bar. Guests can enjoy a swimming pool, massages, day and night game drives and bush walks. Accommodation is in ten open-plan cottages with en suite bathrooms and offers the ultimate ‘room with a view’. The honeymoon suite (2 adults) features a three level room. Elsa’s Private House (4 adults) features two double rooms with a shared sitting room, verandah and private swimming pool.

Optional Activities > Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £245 per vehicle per day > Tharaka village visit: book and pay locally

Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, soft drinks, house wines, non-luxury spirits, game drives and laundry included. Approximately 45 minutes from Meru airstrip.

Offbeat Meru  Located on the edge of Meru National Park in the Bisanadi National Reserve, this camp offers an exclusive experience in a remote wilderness. The surrounding landscape varies from open savannah plains to riverine forest and swamps, and is home to the big five and a wide variety of birdlife.

Optional Activities > Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £245 per vehicle per day

The central area of the camp offers home cooked meals in the mess tent and a tented sitting room and bar in which guests can relax. Leisure facilities include an infinity swimming pool, game drives and cultural visits. Each of the six tents are equipped with an en suite shower. Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks (excluding premium brands), game drives and laundry included. Approximately 45 minutes from Meru airstrip. The camp is closed in May and November.

Shaba Joy’s Camp

CONNOISSEUR COLLECTION

Situated at a serene oasis in Shaba National Reserve. The Camp is built on the site of Joy Adamson’s tented camp, with great rocky kopjes (small hills) and lots of springs supporting the abundant wildlife. The main area offers a dining and bar area. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, day and night game drives, bird watching and guided walks. There are ten chic tents uniquely decorated with Boran/Somali cloth design and vibrant fabrics of the local nomadic tribes. Each tent has an en suite bathroom and private deck.

Optional Activities > Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £245 per vehicle per day > Boran Cultural Centre visit: book and pay locally

Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, soft drinks, house wines, non-luxury spirits, guided walks and day and night game drives included. Approximately 15 minutes from Shaba airstrip.

Additional lodges and camps are available, for a full selection please visit our website www.somak.co.uk

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Samburu Top: Ashnil Samburu Camp, Saruni Samburu. Bottom: Larsens Camp, Elephant Bedroom

Ashnil Samburu Camp  Set south of Ewaso Nyiro River, in Buffalo Springs Game Reserve, Samburu, a stay here gives you unrivalled access to game viewing. The camp is home to just 24 luxury tents, all circular, and carefully spread throughout the lush ground. A lovely pool is a welcome place to cool off. Offers a restaurant, bar and a verandah deck overlooking the river. Leisure facilities include an outdoor pool, guided nature walks and massage.

Optional Activities > Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £390 per vehicle per day > Bush barbeque lunch: from £35 > Guided nature walk: from £16

Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus two game drives per full day included. Approximately 1 hour from Buffalo Springs/Samburu airstrip.

Saruni Samburu  A beautiful, small property surrounded by 235,000 acres of the private Kalama Wildlife Conservancy. The vastness and purity of this African landscape, combined with the untouched local culture, make your safari a unique experience. An important part of the experience here is the traditions and semi-nomadic heritage of the local Samburu people. Leisure facilities include bush meals, sundowners, a swimming pool overlooking a waterhole, day and night game drives and guided bush walks. There are two one bedroom houses and two family houses. All houses are spacious with en suite bathrooms and private seating/dining areas.

Optional Activities > Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £245 per vehicle per day

Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, soft drinks, house wines, guided walks and day and night game drives included. Approximately 1 hour from Buffalo Springs/Samburu airstrip.

Larsens Camp  This tented camp, a member of ‘small luxury hotels of the world’, offers colonial elegance, situated on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River. There is a dining room, river front deck for breakfast and lunch, a bar and lounge. Leisure facilities include swimming pool, jacuzzi, game drives, Samburu dancing and Eseriani Spa. There are 20 luxurious tents, situated along the west banks of the river, all bathed with light at sunrise. Each tent has an en suite private bathroom with shower.

Optional Activities > Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £445 per vehicle per day > Champagne bush breakfast: from £29

Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, soft drinks, beers, house wine, non-luxury spirits and game drives included. Approximately 30 minutes from Buffalo Springs/Samburu airstrip.

Elephant Bedroom  This small and exclusive camp is set on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River and surrounded by beautiful indigenous trees and shrubs. Herds of elephants, prides of lions and other game are regular visitors around the camp providing excellent game viewing opportunities. There is a lounge serving alfresco breakfasts. Candlelit gourmet dinners are set either under the African sky or inside in the dining area. Leisure facilities include game drives, bush walking safari, sundowners and bush breakfast and lunch. Twelve luxury tents all furnished in a rustic African style with en suite bathroom, large verandah and plunge pool.

Optional Activities > Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £230 per vehicle per day > Visit to Samburu village : from £29 > Bush breakfast or dinner : from £29

Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea/coffee and game drives included. Drinks package available at a supplement. Approximately 45 minutes from Buffalo Springs/Samburu airstrip. For descriptions of Samburu Simba Lodge see page 19, Samburu Game Lodge see page 21, Samburu Intrepids see page 53. Additional lodges and camps are available, for a full selection please visit our website www.somak.co.uk Prices are in £ sterling per person, based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. For full details of the hotels/lodges featured and for additional properties see www.somak.co.uk. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.

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Lewa Downs Borana Lodge, Lewa Safari Camp, Lewa Wilderness

Borana Lodge  A rustic, yet luxurious, family-run lodge, designed to work in harmony with the landscape. Set on a vast, wildliferich, working cattle ranch, in the Laikipia region, offering a wide diversity of wildlife. There is a dining room serving fresh produce from the ranch and a bar and a sitting room with huge open fireplaces and views of the plains below. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, game viewing, horse riding, biking, lake fishing and bird watching. The eight large, tastefully furnished, thatched cottage rooms are all equipped with bath, fireplace and verandah.

Optional Activities > Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £245 per vehicle per day > Visit to Kisima Floriculture Project: from £49

Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, soft drinks, beer, house wine, selected house spirits, sundowners, game drives and laundry service included. Approximately 1 hour from Lewa Downs airstrip. People with walking difficulties could find Borana hard to cope with as it is on quite a steep incline. The lodge is closed during November.

Lewa Safari Camp  Set in a stunning location within a 65,000 acre wildlife conservancy of the Lewa Wilderness Trust, this camp offers spectacular views of Mount Kenya to the south and arid lowlands to the north. The central area has exquisite gardens with a large sunny verandah and a swimming pool for guests to enjoy during the day. The cosy lounge and dining room with log fires are the perfect place to relax in the chilly evenings. Activities available include game drives in 4x4 vehicles, guided bush walks, bush breakfasts and sundowners. Each of the 12 thatched roof tents has an en suite bathroom and verandah.

Optional Activities > Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £245 per vehicle per day > Visit to Il Ngwesi Cultural Boma (min 2 people): from £35 > Horse riding and camel riding per ride: from £35

Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, soft drinks, beer, house wine, game drives, guided bush walks and laundry service included. Approximately 40 minutes from Lewa Downs airstrip.

Lewa Wilderness  A delightful home situated on the edge of the wildlife rich Lewa Conservancy where guests can relax amidst the beauty of nature. Offers an open-air dining room with a long banqueting table and a cosy sitting area. Leisure facilities include a salt water swimming pool, tennis, day and night game drives, game viewing on horseback or on camels, escorted bush walks and bird watching. The nine thatched cottages have an en suite bathroom, fireplace and verandah.

Optional Activities > Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £245 per vehicle per day

Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, soft drinks, beer, house wines, bottled water with meals and game drives included. Approximately 30 minutes from Lewa Downs airstrip. The ranch is closed during April, May and November.

Additional lodges and camps are available, for a full selection please visit our website www.somak.co.uk

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Laikipia Top: Loisaba Wilderness, Loisaba Star Beds. Bottom: Mutamaiyu House, Sabuk Lodge

Loisaba Wilderness & Star Beds  Situated in its own vast private wildlife conservancy, Loisaba Lodge is perched high on the edge of the Laikipia Plateau looking south towards Mount Kenya. The lodge offers starbeds, private house and a cottage plus a dining room and bar. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, tennis court, croquet lawn, spa and massage room. Guests can enjoy day and night game drives, guided bush walks, horse and camel riding, mountain biking and cultural visits. Each of the seven lodge rooms has an en suite bathroom and a private deck.

Optional Activities > Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £245 per vehicle per day > Quad biking for one hour: from £80

Star Beds: In a separate location are the Loisaba Star Beds, a unique experience sleeping under the stars. Each Star Bed is on a raised, wooden platform with a partially covered thatched roof with private toilet. The beds can be wheeled onto the open deck area for a night under the stars, or left under the shelter of the roof. The Kiboko star beds are approximately 20 minutes from Loisaba Lodge, among a kopje of rocks overlooking the Kiboko waterhole. Koija star beds are 30 minutes from the lodge, on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River. Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch dinner, soft drinks, beers, house wines, bush walks, game drives and laundry included. Approximately 15 minutes from Loisaba airstrip. The Loisaba Starbeds are closed during May and November.

Mutamaiyu House  On a panoramic hilltop in the Mugie Wildlife Conservancy in Laikipia. A gracious manor house with magnificent views of the savannah below, fully focused on conservation. Guests can enjoy a lavish sitting room and large dining room where fine cuisine is served, and relax at the cliff-top infinity swimming pool set amongst wonderful gardens. Activities include day and night game drives, a visit to Mugie Rhino Sanctuary, lion tracking, guided bush walks, bush breakfasts and sundowners.

Optional Activities > Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £78 per vehicle per day > 9-hole golf course: from £40

The six luxury cottages, built to take full advantage of the spectacular views. Traditionally thatched roof with wooden frame. All with en suite bathrooms and sitting area with log fire. Board Basis: breakfast, lunch, dinner, soft drinks, beer, house wine, non luxury spirits and game drives. Approximately 45 minutes from Loisaba airstrip. The house is closed in January, May and June.

Sabuk Lodge  A remote luxury lodge in Laikipia, with stunning views overlooking the Ewaso Nyiro River below. The main lodge has a lounge and a dining room Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, game drives, horse riding, camel safaris, fishing and nature walks guided by local Laikipia Masai. Each of the six open-sided en suite cottages are unique in design and décor, and all have a verandah facing the river 150 feet below. Eagle cottage which has a double and twin room with a sitting/dining room, plus a private plunge pool, is also available.

Optional Activities > Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £245 per vehicle per day > Horse riding per hour: from £23

Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, soft drinks, beers, house wines, bush walks and laundry included. Approximately 1 hour from Loisaba airstrip. The lodge is closed in May.

Additional lodges and camps are available, for a full selection please visit our website www.somak.co.uk Prices are in £ sterling per person based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. For full details of the hotels/lodges featured and for additional properties see www.somak.co.uk. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.

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Naivasha Chui Lodge, Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp, Loldia House

Chui Lodge  Situated in the privately-owned 20,000 acre Oserian Wildlife Sanctuary, just above the shores of Lake Naivasha overlooking a waterhole. A dining room and lounge bar. Lunches can be arranged on the lawns. Leisure facilities include a heated swimming pool, day and night game drives in the sanctuary where wildlife includes white rhinos, leopards, cheetahs, buffaloes, giraffes and zebras. Others facilities include sundowners, guided bush walks, bird watching and boat trips & fishing on Lake Naivasha. There are five luxurious cottages and three luxury suite cottages, each with its own fireplace, an en suite bathroom and a verandah. Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, soft drinks, mineral water, beers, house wines and game drives included. Approximately 40 minutes from Loldia airstrip.

Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp  Styled to blend in with the area’s rich history this modern luxury camp is situated within the Soysambu Wildlife Conservancy. The camp can be found on the shoreline of Lake Elementaita in the Rift Valley, 27 kms from Nakuru. A restaurant, bar and lounge. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, and a spa offering massage and beauty treatments. Activities include game drives, night game drives (when the nocturnal species such as the anteater and the leopard are more likely to be spotted) nature walks and bird walks – Soysambu is a birder’s paradise, with a wide range of bird life within the conservancy and the lake. 24 tents with bathroom en suite, telephone, mini bar, safe and private verandah with views of the lake plus 1 suite tent.

MUCH MORE Guests staying at Chui Lodge and Kiangazi House can visit the nearby Oserian Flower Farm, one of the largest growers and producers of ‘cut flowers’ in the world. The expansive flower fields are home to nearly every colour and scent imaginable. Optional Activities > Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £170 per vehicle per day > Day trip to Lake Nakuru National Park per vehicle: from £275

Optional Activities > Bush breakfast: from £32 > Night game drive: from £65

Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, local beer, soft drinks and non-premium spirits included. Approximately 1 hour from Loldia airstrip.

Loldia House  Situated on the western shores of Lake Naivasha, nestling under acacia and wild fig trees, Loldia House is an old farmhouse on a ranch. Built around a courtyard where the main archway offers a stunning view of the dormant volcano Mount Longonot.

Optional Activities > Boat trip on Lake Naivasha: from £31 per hour

The dining room and lounge are decorated in colonial style. Leisure facilities include golf, tennis, day and night game drives, walking safaris, bird watching, cultural visits, visit to local flower farm and a day trip to Lake Nakuru National Park. The eight rooms all have an en suite bathroom with bath or shower. A double room in the top cottage features an outside bathroom. Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Approximately 10 minutes from Loldia airstrip.

For descriptions of Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge see page 17, Lake Naivasha Country Club see page 21. Additional lodges and camps are available, for a full selection please visit our website www.somak.co.uk

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Nanyuki Top: Ol Pejeta House, Sweetwaters Tented Camp. Bottom: Ol Pejeta Bush Camp, Kicheche Laikipia Camp

Ol Pejeta House

CONNOISSEUR COLLECTION

Set in a private game reserve, against the spectacular backdrop of magnificent Mount Kenya, this private house is furnished with original paintings and artefacts and retains the bygone tradition of Kenya's famous farmhouse hospitality. Offers a dining room serving country style cuisine from the ranch’s home grown produce. Leisure facilities include two swimming pools, tennis court, beauty treatments, nature walks, day and night game drives and visits to the chimpanzee sanctuary. All six luxurious en suite rooms overlook the extensive tropical garden.

Optional Activities > Bush barbeque dinner: from £35 > Bush bubbly breakfast: from £32

Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Approximately 1 hour from Nanyuki airstrip.

Sweetwaters Tented Camp  A sheltered oasis, designed to offer a charming blend of under-canvas ambiance and uncompromising luxury. This tented camp is in a class of its own. Offers a restaurant and two bars. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, gift shop, massage & beauty room, internet access, guided bush walks, night game drives, lion tracking, camel trekking cultural tours of local multicultural village (The Ereri) and the Chimpanzee Sanctuary. The 39 luxuriously appointed tents have en suite bathroom, power outlet for hairdryer & private verandah with views over the waterhole (2 adults and 1 child).

Optional Activities > Bush breakfast with bubbly: from £32 > Bush barbeque lunch at the Marsh: from £36 > Bush barbeque dinner from: £36

Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included Approximately 30 minutes from Nanyuki airstrip.

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp  A traditional and comfortable bush camp set in the Laikipia region on the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, along the Ewaso Nyiro River. Guests can enjoy day and night game drives and guided wildlife walks on open plains and along the river. The six tents, all overlooking the river, offer traditional but simple style. Each tent has rechargeable solar lights, washstands on verandah and traditional safari showers.

Optional Activities > Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £245 per vehicle per day

Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, soft drinks, house wine, non-luxury spirits, game drives, guided walks and laundry included. Approximately 40 minutes from Nanyuki airstrip.

Kicheche Laikipia Camp  This eco-camp overlooks a small waterhole in the centre of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Guests can enjoy meals prepared using locally sourced produce, dining alfresco by day and in the evenings a fire is lit in the inter-connected lounge and dining tent. Leisure facilities include day and night game drives in 4x4 vehicles, sundowners and guided bush walks. The conservancy is home to the biggest black rhino population in Kenya, as well as other wildlife. There are six luxurious tents, all with en suite bathroom.

Optional Activities > Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £175 per vehicle per day

Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, mineral water, soft drinks, house wines, beer, game drives and laundry included. Approximately 30 minutes from Nanyuki airstrip. The camp is closed 1 April – 31 May. Additional lodges and camps are available, for a full selection please visit our website www.somak.co.uk Prices are in £ sterling per person, based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. For full details of the hotels/lodges featured and for additional properties see www.somak.co.uk. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.

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Amboseli Tortilis Camp, Amboseli Serena Lodge, Ol Tukai Lodge

Tortilis Camp  This charming rustic tented camp is named after the tortilis acacia tree and is built into the side of a hill, with incredible views of Mount Kilimanjaro, which is directly opposite. Offers spacious dining and lounge areas, bush breakfasts, hilltop sundowners, swimming pool, game drives and bush walks. All of the 18 tents are spacious with en suite bathroom with shower and a large verandah. There is also a family tent and a private house, each featuring two en suite bedrooms and a dining/seating area.

Optional Activities > Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £235 per vehicle per day

Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, soft drinks, house wine, non-luxury spirits, game drives and guided bush walks included. Approximately 45 minutes from Amboseli airstrip.

Amboseli Serena Lodge  A traditional lodge, surrounded by miles of rolling grasslands with a glorious backdrop of the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro. Offers a dining room with a selection of international menus, buffets and barbeques plus a bar and lounge. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, game drives, sundowners, traditional feasts and tribal dancing. All of the 92 luxury rooms are en suite.

Optional Activities > Bush barbeque at Observation Hill from: £25 > Bush barbeque dinner from: £32

Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Approximately 15 minutes from Amboseli airstrip.

Ol Tukai Lodge  Lying at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro among yellow barked acacia trees, this lodge blends into the African savannah. Constructed in true Masai style the architecture is unobtrusive with lots of wood, local slate and stone.

Optional Activities > Bird/nature walk: from £13 > Sundowner cocktail: from £33

Offers a restaurant that opens onto a verandah, lounge & two bars. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, table tennis, game drives and a massage salon. 80 rooms with en suite shower, telephone & safe (2 adults and 1 child). For the executive traveller, the exclusive Kibo Villa is also available, a self-contained log cabin with three luxurious en suite rooms, roof terrace and jacuzzi.

> Night game drive: from £62

Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and game drives included. Approximately 15 minutes from Amboseli airstrip.

For a description of Amboseli Porini Camp see page 29. Additional lodges and camps are available, for a full selection please visit our website www.somak.co.uk

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Tsavo East/West Top: Ashnil Aruba Lodge, Galdessa Camp. Bottom: Finch Hattons, Kilaguna Serena Safari Lodge

Ashnil Aruba Lodge  Tsavo East This lodge is in a superb location, close to Aruba Dam in one of Kenya’s oldest national parks, with incredible terrain and several watering holes nearby attracting the wildlife. The main guest area, shaded by acacia trees, includes a dining room, lounge, bar and verandah deck with a view of the dam. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, guided nature walks, talks by in-house naturalist and bush breakfasts. The 40 rooms all have an en suite, cooling fan, safe and terrace.

Optional Activities > Bush barbeque lunch per person: from £29 > Bush breakfast with ‘bubbly’: from £32 > Guided nature walk from: £14

Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and two game drives per full day included. Approximately 30 minutes from Voi airstrip.

Galdessa Camp  Tsavo East This camp, which is located along the Galana River under fringed doum palms, has been designed to blend with the environment and offers a relaxed environment. The main area consists of a lounge and dining room with a riverside location. Leisure facilities include game drives in open vehicles, guided bush walks, sundowners and bush breakfasts. There are 12 comfortable and spacious, thatched and semi tented bungalows on wooden platforms, each with an en suite bathroom and private verandah. There is also a private camp which can be booked on an exclusive basis, with three bungalows, dining room, lounge and own dedicated staff.

Optional Activities > Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £180 per vehicle per day

Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, soft drinks, bottled water, beer, house wine, tea/coffee and game drives included. Approximately 1 hour from Voi airstrip.

Finch Hattons

CONNOISSEUR COLLECTION

Tsavo West

Finch Hattons is situated in a 35 acre concession on the southwest edge of Tsavo. Boasting a beautiful location and idyllic setting with water pools, home to resident hippos, and yellow barked acacia trees surrounding the tents. The main restaurant offers a six course dinner in a setting of a bygone era of taste and elegance. A comfortable bar and lounge area creates an informal country house atmosphere. Leisure facilities include an elevated swimming pool and a shaded deck and terrace overlooking the main hippo pool with Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance. 31 thatched roof, spacious tents have en suite bathrooms and large wooden decks with day beds.

Optional Activities > Sundowner: from £52 > Game walk: from £28

Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Approximately 10 minutes from Finch Hatton airstrip.

Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge  Tsavo West This classic stone built lodge was one of the first lodges to be built in the national park and overlooks its own waterhole, which is visited by a variety of wildlife. The lodge has a thatched central dining area, rock-built bar, and a viewing terrace looking down onto the waterhole. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool and sun deck, guided nature or bird-watching walks, sundowners and game drives. There are 56 spacious en suite rooms with verandahs, some overlooking the waterhole, some the Chyulu Hills. Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and game drives included.

Optional Activities > Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £545 per vehicle per day > Bush barbeque dinner from: £40 > Bush breakfast with ‘bubbly’ at Lion Rock: from £28

Approximately 15 minutes from Kilaguni airstrip.

Additional lodges and camps are available, for a full selection please visit our website www.somak.co.uk Prices are in £ sterling per person, based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. For full details of the hotels/lodges featured and for additional properties see www.somak.co.uk. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.

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Flying Safaris –

Masai Mara, Samburu

Fly to either the world-famous Masai Mara or the more remote Samburu National Reserve, or combine both for a fantastic safari escape. Extend to the beach for a wonderfully balanced holiday. These flexible itineraries allow you to depart on any day of the week, choose your destinations and favourite accommodation and stay for as long as you wish.

Flying Mara

Flying Samburu

IDEAL FOR > Keeping travelling time to a minimum

Day 1 Daily Heathrow–Nairobi Fly from Heathrow overnight to Nairobi.

Day 1 Daily Heathrow–Nairobi Fly from Heathrow overnight to Nairobi.

> Spotting unique wildlife and a variety of birds

INCLUDES > Flights by light aircraft

Day 2 Masai Mara Transfer to Wilson airport and fly by light aircraft to the Masai Mara (approximately 1 hour) and transfer to your lodge or camp. After lunch enjoy a late afternoon game drive. Overnight at your chosen accommodation. (l,d) Days 3–4 Masai Mara Enjoy two further days with morning and afternoon game drives. Overnight at your chosen accommodation. (b,l,d) Day 5 Extension or Heathrow Fly to Nairobi in the morning (approximately 1 hour). Or lunch in the Mara, then an afternoon flight (from £35). Proceed with your chosen extension (see ‘where next’) or return to Heathrow. Alternatively, enjoy lunch in the Mara and then fly to Mombasa (from £155) and transfer to your chosen beach hotel. (b)

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Day 2 Samburu Transfer to Wilson airport and fly by light aircraft to Samburu (approximately 1 hour 15 minutes). Transfer to your lodge or camp. Relax after lunch, then embark on a late afternoon game drive. Overnight at your chosen accommodation. (l,d) Days 3–4 Samburu Two further days with morning and afternoon game drives with time to relax in between. Overnight at your chosen accommodation. (b,l,d) Day 5 Extension or Heathrow Fly by light aircraft to Nairobi (approximately 1 hour 15 minutes). Proceed with your chosen extension (see ‘where next’) or return to Heathrow. (b)

> Game drives in 4-wheel drive safari vehicles > Breakfasts, lunches and dinners as shown

MARA BALLOONING OPTION An exciting alternative to your morning game drive. Up before dawn and drive to the balloon launch site (transfer times vary considerably). After the balloon is inflated, climb aboard and sail away on an exhilarating flight for about an hour. A ‘bubbly’ breakfast with all the trimmings is served where you touchdown. from £275


Out Of Africa Day 1 Daily Heathrow–Nairobi Fly from Heathrow overnight to Nairobi. Day 2 Samburu Transfer to Wilson airport and fly by light aircraft to Samburu (approximately 1 hour 15 minutes) and transfer to your accommodation. After lunch enjoy a late afternoon game drive. Overnight at your chosen lodge or camp. (l,d) Days 3–4 Samburu Enjoy two further days with morning and afternoon game drives with time to relax in between, or partake of the optional activities on offer. Overnight at your chosen accommodation. (b,l,d)

Day 5 Masai Mara After an early breakfast fly to the Masai Mara (approximately 1 hour 30 minutes). Afternoon game drive. Overnight at your chosen accommodation. (b,l,d) Days 6–7 Masai Mara Two further days with game drives in this amazing game reserve. (b,l,d) Day 8 Extension or Heathrow Fly to Nairobi in the morning (approximately 1 hour). Or lunch in the Mara, then an afternoon flight (from £35). Proceed with your chosen extension (see ‘where next’) or return to Heathrow. Alternatively, enjoy lunch in the Mara and then fly to Mombasa (from £155) and transfer to your chosen beach hotel. (b)

Where Next Complement your Flying Safari with a beach stay on the Kenya Coast, Zanzibar, Seychelles or Mauritius. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is a superb addition to a flying safari – see pages 76-77.

Choose your accommodation from the selection on pages 34 – 45. For a full selection see our website www.somak.co.uk

FLYING SAFARIS – Kenya Airways 2012 02 Jan25 Jan

26 Jan28 Feb

29 Feb08 Apr

09 Apr31 May

01 Jun24 Jun

Flying Mara – 3 nights Ashnil Mara 1730 1795 1775 1585 1620 Flying Samburu – 3 nights Ashnil Samburu 1695 1750 1740 1580 1620 Out of Africa – 6 nights Ashnil Samburu + Ashnil Mara 2620 2740 2620 2390 2425 SUPPLEMENTS: Single room supplements and child prices on request. Please see pages

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28 Jun13 Jul

14 Jul18 Aug

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Prices are in £ sterling per person based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. For full details of the hotels/lodges featured and for additional properties see www.somak.co.uk. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.

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Flying Safaris –

Amboseli, Samburu, Lake Naivasha, Meru, Masai Mara

These suggested itineraries demonstrate how simple it is to visit a number of destinations across Kenya, using the light aircraft schedule. These itineraries are fully flexible, choose where you want to stay and how many days at each location.

Wings Over Kenya

Lakes & Plains

Day 1 Daily Heathrow–Nairobi Fly from Heathrow overnight to Nairobi.

Day 1 Daily Heathrow–Nairobi Fly from Heathrow overnight to Nairobi.

Day 2 Nairobi Transfer to your hotel for a day at leisure. Overnight: Ole Sereni Hotel.

Day 2 Lake Naivasha Met and transferred to the Somak Safari Lounge to freshen up. Visit Daphne Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage (11am-12 noon). Lunch at Carnivore Restaurant. Drive to Wilson airport for flight by light aircraft to Naivasha Loldia airstrip (approximately 30 minutes). Afternoon at leisure at your lodge or camp. (l,d)

Day 3 Amboseli After an early breakfast transfer to Wilson airport for a light aircraft flight to Amboseli National Park (45 minutes). Afternoon game drive. (b,l,d) Day 4 Amboseli Early morning and late afternoon game drives. (b,l,d) Days 5–6 Samburu Fly by light aircraft to Nairobi (45 minutes), change planes for your flight to Samburu Game Reserve (1 hour). Two days with game drives. (b,l,d) Days 7–8 Masai Mara Transfer by light aircraft to the Masai Mara (1 hour 30 minutes). Two days with game drives. (b,l,d) Day 9 Extension or Heathrow Fly to Nairobi in the morning (approximately 1 hour). Or lunch in the Mara, then an afternoon flight (from £35). Proceed with your chosen extension (see ‘where next’) or return to Heathrow. Alternatively, enjoy lunch in the Mara and then fly to Mombasa (from £155) and transfer to your chosen beach hotel. (b)

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Day 3 Lake Naivasha Early breakfast before a game drive in Hells Gate National Park or Lake Nakuru National Park; or the privately-owned Oserian Wildlife Sanctuary exclusive to guests of Chui Lodge. Return to your accommodation to relax or enjoy the optional activities. (b.l.d) Day 4 Masai Mara After breakfast enjoy a boat ride on Lake Naivasha, or a guided nature walk. After lunch fly to the Masai Mara Game Reserve (approximately 1.5 hours). Met on arrival and transferred to your accommodation, with a short game drive en route. (b,l,d) Day 5 Masai Mara A game drive followed by breakfast at the camp, or an early morning balloon safari over the Mara followed by a ‘bubbly’ bush breakfast (optional extra). The rest of the morning is at leisure before lunch and a game drive. (b,l,d) Day 6 Masai Mara A further day in the magnificent Masai Mara with game drives. (b,l,d)

Day 7 Extension or Heathrow Fly to Nairobi in the morning (approximately 1 hour). Or lunch in the Mara, then an afternoon flight (from £35). Proceed with your chosen extension (see ‘where next’) or return to Heathrow. Alternatively, enjoy lunch in the Mara and then fly to Mombasa (from £155) and transfer to your chosen beach hotel. (b)

IDEAL FOR > Keeping travelling time to a minimum > Spotting unique wildlife and a variety of birds

INCLUDES > Flights by light aircraft > Game drives in 4-wheel drive safari vehicles > Breakfasts, lunches and dinners as shown

MARA BALLOONING OPTION

An exciting alternative to your morning game drive. Up before dawn and drive to the balloon launch site (transfer times vary considerably). After the balloon is inflated, climb aboard and sail away on an exhilarating flight for about an hour. A ‘bubbly’ breakfast with all the trimmings is served where you touchdown. from £275


Ashnil Mara Camp

Elsa’s Footsteps Day 1 Daily Heathrow–Nairobi Fly from Heathrow overnight to Nairobi.

Days 7–8 Samburu Two further days with game drives in the splendid Samburu National Reserve. (b,l,d)

Day 2 Nairobi Transfer to your accommodation for a day at leisure. Overnight: Ole Sereni Hotel. Day 3 Meru Early breakfast. Light aircraft flight from Wilson airport to Meru (approximately 1 hour). Transfer to your camp or lodge for lunch. Afternoon game drive. (b,l,d) Days 4–5 Meru Two further days with game drives in Meru National Park. (b,l,d) Day 6 Samburu Light aircraft flight from Meru to Samburu (approximately 30 minutes). Transfer to your chosen lodge or camp. Lunch. Afternoon game drive. (b,l,d)

Day 9 Masai Mara Light aircraft flight to the Masai Mara (approximately 1.5 hours). Transfer to your chosen accommodation. Lunch. Relax before an afternoon game drive. (b,l,d) Days 10–11 Masai Mara Two further days in the Masai Mara with game drives. (b,l,d) Day 12 Extension or Heathrow Fly to Nairobi in the morning (approximately 1 hour). Or lunch in the Mara, then an afternoon flight (from £35). Proceed with your chosen extension (see ‘where next’) or return to Heathrow. Alternatively, enjoy lunch in the Mara and then fly to Mombasa (from £155) and transfer to your chosen beach hotel. (b)

Where Next Complement your Flying Safari with a beach stay on the Kenya Coast, Zanzibar, Seychelles or Mauritius. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is a superb addition to a flying safari – see pages 76-77.

Choose your accommodation from the selection on pages 34 – 45. For a full selection see our website www.somak.co.uk

FLYING SAFARIS – Kenya Airways 2012 02 Jan21 Jan

22 Jan26 Feb

27 Feb13 Mar

14 Mar08 Apr

09 Apr27 May

Wings over Kenya – 7 nights Ol Tukai Lodge + Ashnil Samburu + Ashnil Mara 3080 3160 3080 3080 2840 Lakes & Plains – 5 nights Chui Lodge + Ashnil Mara 2515 2580 2515 2515 2240 Elsa's Footsteps – 10 nights Elsa’s Kopje + Ashnil Samburu + Ashnil Mara 4095 4215 4095 3850 3600 SUPPLEMENTS: Single room supplements and child prices on request. Please see pages

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Prices are in £ sterling per person based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. For full details of the hotels/lodges featured and for additional properties see www.somak.co.uk. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.

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Flying Safaris –

Nanyuki, Tsavo, Laikipia, Lake Naivasha, Masai Mara

More suggested itineraries showcasing Kenya’s game parks. These itineraries use light aircraft networks and hence are fully flexible. Choose where you want to stay and how many days at each location.

Peaks & Plains

Waterfall & Wildlife

Day 1 Daily Heathrow–Nairobi Fly from Heathrow overnight to Nairobi.

Day 1 Daily Heathrow–Nairobi Fly from Heathrow overnight to Nairobi.

Day 2 Nanyuki Transfer to Wilson airport and fly by light aircraft to Nanyuki, (approximately 50 minutes) where you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. After a late lunch enjoy an afternoon game drive. (l,d)

Day 2 Tsavo Visit the Somak Lounge to freshen up. Lunch at Carnivore Restaurant. Transfer to Wilson airport for a light aircraft flight to Tsavo (approximately 1 hour 10 minutes). Afternoon game drive. (d)

Days 3–4 Nanyuki Early morning and late afternoon game drives. (b,l,d)

Day 3 Tsavo Early morning and late afternoon game drives. (b,l,d)

Days 5–7 Masai Mara Light aircraft flight to the Masai Mara, possibly via Wilson airport, Nairobi (approximately 1 hour). Three nights with game drives. (b,l,d)

Day 4 Nanyuki Early breakfast then fly from Tsavo to Nanyuki with a plane change in Nairobi (total approximately 2 hours 30 minutes). Transfer to your accommodation. Lunch followed by an afternoon game drive. (b,l,d)

Day 8 Extension or Heathrow Fly to Nairobi in the morning (approximately 1 hour). Or lunch in the Mara, then an afternoon flight (from £35). Proceed with your chosen extension (see ‘where next’) or return to Heathrow. Alternatively, enjoy lunch in the Mara and then fly to Mombasa (from £155) and transfer to your chosen beach hotel. (b)

IDEAL FOR > Combining various destinations with the Mara

INCLUDES > Flights by light aircraft > Game drives in 4-wheel drive safari vehicles > Breakfasts, lunches and dinners as shown

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Day 5 Nanyuki Early morning and late afternoon game drives. (b,l,d) Days 6–7 Masai Mara Light aircraft flight to the Masai Mara (approximately 1 hour). Two days with game drives. (b,l,d) Day 8 Extension or Heathrow Fly to Nairobi in the morning (approximately 1 hour). Or lunch in the Mara, then an afternoon flight (from £35). Proceed with your chosen extension (see ‘where next’) or return to Heathrow. Alternatively, enjoy lunch in the Mara and then fly to Mombasa (from £155) and transfer to your chosen beach hotel. (b)

Thompson’s Falls

MARA BALLOONING OPTION An exciting alternative to your morning game drive. Up before dawn and drive to the balloon launch site (transfer times vary considerably). After the balloon is inflated, climb aboard and sail away on an exhilarating flight for about an hour. A ‘bubbly’ breakfast with all the trimmings is served where you touchdown. from £275


Kenyan Treasures Day 1 Daily Heathrow–Nairobi Fly from Heathrow overnight to Nairobi. Day 2 Laikipia Transfer to Wilson airport and fly by light aircraft to Loisaba (approximately 1 hour 30 minutes). Transfer to your accommodation, arriving in time for lunch. In the afternoon enjoy a game drive. (l,d) Day 3 Laikipia A day to spend enjoying the wide range of activities that are available, including day and night game drives. (b,l,d) Day 4 Lake Naivasha Fly to Wilson airport (approximately 1 hour 30 minutes). Snack lunch at Airwings Café. Fly to Naivasha Loldia airstrip (approximately 20 minutes) where you will be met and transferred to your chosen accommodation. (b,l,d) Day 5 Lake Naivasha Early breakfast before enjoying a game drive. Return to your accommodation with the rest of the day at leisure, or enjoy the wide range of activities offered. (b.l.d)

Day 6 Masai Mara After breakfast, option of an early morning boat ride on Lake Naivasha, or a guided nature walk. After lunch fly by light aircraft to the Masai Mara Game Reserve (approximately 1 hour 30 minutes). Met on arrival at the airstrip and transferred to your chosen accommodation with a short game drive en route. (b,l,d) Days 7–8 Masai Mara Enjoy an early morning game drive followed by breakfast at the camp or take an early morning balloon safari over the Mara followed by a ‘bubbly’ bush breakfast (optional extra). The rest of the morning is at leisure. After lunch enjoy a game drive. (b,l,d) Day 9 Extension or Heathrow Fly to Nairobi in the morning (approximately 1 hour). Or lunch in the Mara, then an afternoon flight (from £35). Proceed with your chosen extension (see ‘where next’) or return to Heathrow. Alternatively, enjoy lunch in the Mara and then fly to Mombasa (from £155) and transfer to your chosen beach hotel. (b)

Where Next Complement your Flying Safari with a beach stay on the Kenya Coast, Zanzibar, Seychelles or Mauritius. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is a superb addition to a flying safari – see pages 76-77.

Choose your accommodation from the selection on pages 34 – 45. For a full selection see our website www.somak.co.uk

FLYING SAFARIS – Kenya Airways 2012 02 Jan25 Mar

26 Mar27 Mar

28 Mar08 Apr

09 Apr30 May

31 May23 Jun

24 Jun30 Jun

Peaks & Plains – 6 nights Kicheche Laikipia + Kicheche Mara 3115 n/a n/a n/a 2905 2965 Waterfall & Wildlife – 6 nights Kilaguni + Kicheche Laikipia + Ashnil Mara 3180 3105 n/a n/a n/a n/a Kenyan Treasures – 7 nights Loisaba Loldia + Ashnil Mara 3615 3345 3335 3125 3265 3865 SUPPLEMENTS: Single room supplements and child prices on request. Please see pages 112-113

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Prices are in £ sterling per person based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. For full details of the hotels/lodges featured and for additional properties see www.somak.co.uk. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.

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Heritage Flying Safari 

Samburu 2 Mt Kenya Naivasha 2

Intrepids camps offer a unique combination of stunning views, superb accommodation, and fantastic game viewing adventures. With expert safari guides and an array of cultural, sporting and family activities, it’s a great choice for a family safari. This itinerary is fully flexible and the number of days at each location can be changed.

Flying Safari –

Samburu, Lake Naivasha and Masai Mara

Day 1 Daily Heathrow–Nairobi Fly from Heathrow overnight to Nairobi. Day 2 Nairobi Transfer to your hotel for a day at leisure or choose from a selection of optional excursions. Overnight: Nairobi Serena Hotel. Day 3 Samburu After an early breakfast fly to the Samburu National Reserve (approximately 1 hour) and enjoy lunch at your lodge before a late afternoon game drive. Overnight: Samburu Intrepids. (b,l,d) Day 4 Samburu Early morning and late afternoon game drives. Overnight: Samburu Intrepids. (b,l,d) Day 5 Lake Naivasha After breakfast fly to Wilson airport (approximately 1 hour 10 minutes). Snack lunch at Airwings Café. Fly to Naivasha Loldia airstrip, Lake Naivasha (approximately 20 minutes) and transfer to your lodge. Overnight: Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort. (b,l,d) Day 6 Lake Naivasha Following breakfast, enjoy a half-day trip to Lake Nakuru National Park. The afternoon is spent at leisure to enjoy the optional activities at the lodge, including boating and fishing on Lake Naivasha, tennis, a driving range and an 18-hole golf course (book and pay locally). Overnight: Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort. (b,l,d) Day 7 Masai Mara This morning enjoy a boat trip on Lake Naivasha. After lunch transfer to the airstrip for a light aircraft flight to the Masai Mara (approximately 40 minutes). On arrival enjoy an afternoon game drive. Overnight: Mara Intrepids. (b,l,d)

Day 8 Masai Mara Enjoy an early morning game drive followed by breakfast, or an early morning balloon flight over the Mara followed by a ‘bubbly’ bush breakfast (optional extra). Late afternoon game drive. Overnight: Mara Intrepids. (b,l,d) Day 9 Extension or Heathrow Fly by light aircraft in the morning to Nairobi (approximately 1 hour) or on the afternoon flight, including lunch in the Mara £45. Proceed with your chosen extension (see ‘where next’) or return to Heathrow. (b) Alternatively, fly directly from the Mara to Mombasa, including lunch in the Mara £265. (15kg luggage allowance on all light aircraft). Samburu Intrepids

Where Next Complement your Heritage Flying Safari with a beach stay on the Kenya Coast, Zanzibar, Seychelles or Mauritius. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is a superb addition to a safari – see pages 76-77.

IDEAL FOR > Staying in superb accommodation > A unique safari experience for children, with Adventurers’ Club and Young Rangers Club

INCLUDES > Light aircraft flights between each destination > 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners Adventurers’ Club

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ACCOMMODATION Samburu Samburu Intrepids A luxurious tented camp perched on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in Samburu. Facilities include a riverfront dining deck, bush breakfasts and dinners, romantic sundowners and open-air lounge area. Leisure facilities include swimming pool with sunbathing terrace, star gazing, camel and walking safaris. Each of the 30 modern tents has an en suite bathroom.

Lake Naivasha

Mombasa

Great Rift Valley Lodge & Golf Resort

Family fun safari

The lodge, built around an 18-hole golfers, offers spectacular views. It is perched on the panoramic shoulder of the Eburu escarpment, overlooking the sparkling waters of Lake Naivasha. Facilities include dining on the clubhouse terraces, two bars, a lounge and bush breakfasts and sundowners. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, tennis court and bush walks. The 30 lodge rooms have en suite bathrooms. (The resort also features 40 three-tier three-bedroomed villas).

Families enjoy very special holidays at Intrepids safari lodges and camps. Kids’ and teens’ safari clubs are available, offering dynamic educational programmes for children of all ages, run by highly trained children’s guides. Each property has a fully equipped Adventure Centre, with interactive displays on local animals and habitats and on local communities and their cultures. The Adventurers’ Club offers all children between the age of 4 and 11 a unique close encounter with the African wilderness. There are a wide variety of activities that are fun and hands-on, including planting trees, casting plaster tracks of animal spoor, and building a Masai homestead and village. The Young Rangers Club is for children aged 12 – 17 wishing to experience the African wilderness and learn from qualified guides. It offers special game drives, bush walks and cultural experiences. The clubs provide amazing opportunities for children of all ages to experience nature whilst being in the care of staff with specialist training.

Masai Mara Mara Intrepids Just a short drive from the Mara River and sitting above a sweeping bend in the Talek River, the camp enjoys one of the most spectacular locations in the Masai Mara. Leisure facilities include a freeform swimming pool with sunbathing terrace, and star gazing with a resident expert guide. 30 elegant tents with modern en suite bathrooms are spread over the riverside site.

MARA BALLOONING OPTION An exciting alternative to your morning game drive. Up before dawn and drive to the balloon launch site. After the balloon is inflated, climb aboard and sail away on an exhilarating flight for about an hour. A ‘bubbly’ breakfast with all the trimmings is served where you touchdown.

£275

For a description of the Nairobi Serena Hotel please see page 107.

HERITAGE FLYING SAFARI – 7 Nights – Kenya Airways 2012 02 Jan25 Mar

26 Mar27 Mar

28 Mar07 Apr

08 Apr23 Jun

24 Jun25 Jun

26 Jun28 Jun

29 Jun13 Jul

14 Jul18 Aug

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30 Oct13 Dec

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3080 2935 2880 2575 2985 3240 3450 3940 3450 3270 2955 3285 3905 SUPPLEMENTS: Single room supplements and child prices on request. Please see pages 112-113 for important safari information.

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Prices are in £ sterling per person based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. For full details of the hotels/lodges featured and for additional properties see www.somak.co.uk. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.

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Tanzania

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Home to Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. Highlights in Tanzania include the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti Plains in the north, the vast wilderness of Selous in the south, plus the crystal clear waters and sandy beaches of the island of Zanzibar.


Tanzania Game Parks

Serengeti National Park Tanzania’s oldest and most popular National Park is renowned for the annual wildebeest migration. Further information on the Serengeti National Park can be found on pages 62-63.

Mahale National Park Found in one of the most remote locations in Tanzania the only access to this amazing park is via boat along Lake Tanganyika. The park is home to a large chimpanzee population and tracking the chimps of Mahale is a magical experience.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area This World Heritage site is a natural wonder and a world-class attraction for visitors to Tanzania. The collapsed volcano has created a crater, known as a caldera and is the main reason for visiting the area. The crater floor offers superb game viewing with wildebeest, zebras, buffaloes, gazelles, elephants, rhinos and Africa’s big cats all present. A few lodges are located on the ridge of the crater; others are further afield.

Lake Manyara National Park Beneath the cliffs of the Manyara Escarpment this park offers a tapestry of woodland, grassland and swamps. The lush jungle-like forest is home to hundreds of baboons and blue monkeys. In contrast are the grassy floodplains and alkaline lake where thousands of pink flamingoes often visit. In addition to the amazing birdlife, another reason to visit are the famous tree-climbing lions.

Ngorongoro



Serengeti

• Arusha

Lake Manyara Tarangire



Mahale Dar es Salaam • Katavi

Ruaha

Mikumi

Selous

Katavi National Park One of Tanzania’s most westerly and isolated parks where visitors can enjoy unspoilt wildlife viewing. It is an off the beaten track safari destination and there are relatively few visitors each year. The best time to visit is during the dry season (April – December), when the plains fill with thousands of zebras, topis and impalas.

Ruaha National Park Relatively remote this national park offers an unusual combination of East and Southern African wildlife and birds. Further information can be found on page 70.

Tarangire National Park Across the plains of the park are baobabs, acacias and mixed woodland creating a beautiful location. The Tarangire River and lagoons attract a variety of wildlife including wildebeest, zebras, elephants, eland and oryx.

Mikumi National Park Conveniently located west of Dar es Salaam the park hosts a variety of wildlife, and visitors may be lucky enough to see elephants, giraffes, zebras, buffalos, warthogs, wildebeest and impalas. The hippo pools provide close access to these amazing animals.

Selous Game Reserve A relatively untouched game reserve, visitors experience a variety of wildlife in what is said to be the largest game reserve in Africa. Further information can be found on page 70.

Map locations are approximate and are not intended to be definitive.

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Serengeti Serena • Nairobi

Serena Serengeti 

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An extraordinary journey through contrasting landscapes with excellent opportunities for game viewing in Lake Manyara, the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater.

Safari by road Day 1 Sunday Heathrow–Nairobi Fly from Heathrow overnight to Nairobi. Day 2 Monday Arusha Fly to Kilimanjaro airport. Transfer to Serena Mountain Village (approximately 45 minutes), a haven of calm and serenity away from the hustle and bustle of Arusha. Overnight: Serena Mountain Village. (l,d) Day 3 Tuesday Lake Manyara After breakfast drive to Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its tree-climbing lions (150 km – approximately 2 hours 30 minutes). Your lodge commands panoramic views across the floor of the Great Rift Valley. Here you have time to relax before an afternoon game drive. Overnight: Lake Manyara Serena Lodge. (b,l,d) Day 4 Wednesday Serengeti Drive to the world-famous Serengeti National Park with game viewing en route (235 km – approximately 5 hours). Overnight: Serengeti Serena Lodge. (b,l,d) Day 5 Thursday Serengeti Enjoy an early morning game drive followed by breakfast at the lodge. Or take an early morning balloon flight over the Serengeti followed by a ‘bubbly’ bush breakfast (optional extra). Later enjoy an afternoon game drive. Overnight: Serengeti Serena Lodge. (b,l,d) Day 6 Friday Ngorongoro Drive to the Ngorongoro Crater via Olduvai Gorge (200 km – approximately 4 hours). Lunch at your lodge which is perched on the jagged rim of the Crater. The afternoon is at leisure. Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge. (b,l,d)

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Day 7 Saturday Ngorongoro Drive down into the Crater for a half-day of game viewing. This extinct volcano plays host to wildebeest, zebras, buffaloes, gazelles, elephants, rhinos and big cats. Visit a local Masai village (time permitting). Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge. (b,l,d) Day 8 Sunday Extension or Heathrow Return to Arusha (200 km – approximately 3.5 hours). Lunch at a local restaurant. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Nairobi. Proceed with your chosen beach extension (see ‘where next’) or return to Heathrow. (b,l) Alternatively, there is the option to fly from Arusha to Zanzibar for your beach extension (from £195). Mara Extension: Overnight in Nairobi. Fly to the Masai Mara for two nights at the lodge or camp of your choice, including game drives (see pages 34 – 37). Return by light aircraft to Nairobi (from £585). (15kg luggage allowance on all light aircraft).

Where Next Complement your Serena Serengeti Safari with a beach stay on the Kenya Coast, Zanzibar, Seychelles or Mauritius. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is a superb addition to a safari – see pages 76-77.

Dar es Salaam •


ACCOMMODATION Arusha Serena Mountain Village Hidden in the depths of a treeshaded coffee plantation, this lodge is a haven of calm and serenity, just outside the hustle and bustle of Arusha. Offers a dining room, bar and lounge area in an old colonial farmhouse. Guests can enjoy panoramic views over Lake Duluti from the wide timbered decks. The 42 thatched rooms all have an en suite bathroom and verandah.

Lake Manyara Lake Manyara Serena Lodge A unique lodge situated on the bluff of a dramatic ochre and terracotta streaked cliff. The lodge has a dining room and swimming pool and offers game drives, canoeing, boat trips, visits to a local village and day trips to nearby Ngorongoro Crater. The 67 rooms all have an en suite bathroom and verandah.

Zanzibar

IDEAL FOR

INCLUDES

> Visiting three varied parks

> A bush breakfast at Lake Manyara

> Staying in excellent accommodation

> 4-wheel drive safari vehicle

Serengeti

> Guaranteed window seat > 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches & 6 dinners

Serengeti Serena Lodge Inspired by a traditional African village, rich in local atmosphere, set high on a hill with views of the Serengeti plains. The lodge has a bar and a dining room serving local specialities and internationally themed dishes. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool and African gift shop. The 66 individually thatched huts are furnished with authentic African furniture and handicrafts and have an en suite bathroom and balcony.

EXCLUSIVE UPGRADE Enjoy exclusive use of a 4-wheel drive vehicle throughout your safari, and on days 4 and 5 upgrade to Kirawira Tented Camp (see page 64 for details). From £400 per person based on two people sharing.

4x4 SAFARI VEHICLES Exclusive per person supplement Passengers 2 £360

3 £160

4 £60

5 £50

6 £40

SERENGETI BALLOONING OPTION

Ngorongoro

An exciting alternative to your morning game drive. Up before dawn and drive to the balloon launch site. After the balloon is inflated, climb aboard and sail away on an exhilarating flight for about an hour. A ‘bubbly’ breakfast with all the trimmings is served where you touchdown.

£295

Ngorongoro Serena Lodge Perched on the rim of the crater this architectural masterpiece blends with the surroundings. The lodge offers luxury, timeless splendour and ethnic style. A dining area, bar and library are available. Leisure facilities include beauty treatments, guided walks, visits to a Masai village and cultural talks. The 75 deluxe rooms have an en suite bathroom and terrace.

SERENA SERENGETI – 6 Nights – Kenya Airways 2012 08 Jan19 Feb

16 Dec

23 Dec

30 Dec

2013 06 Jan17 Feb

24 Feb

03 Mar24 Mar

2445 2230 2050 1895 1795 2040 2445 2530 3040 2470 2255 2015 2710 SUPPLEMENTS: Single room supplements and child prices on request. Please see pages 112-113 for important safari information.

3180

2800

2655

2575

2215

26 Feb

04 Mar25 Mar

01 Apr08 Apr

15 Apr20 May

27 May

03 Jun24 Jun

01 Jul08 Jul

15 Jul12 Aug

19 Aug21 Oct

28 Oct

04 Nov09 Dec

Prices are in £ sterling per person based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. For full details of the hotels/lodges featured and for additional properties see www.somak.co.uk. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.

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• Nairobi

Sopa Serengeti 

Serengeti •2 Ngorongoro •2

2

• Arusha 1

1

1

Tarangire

Dar es Salaam •

A safari offering an amazing experience, visiting three national parks combined with quality safari lodges in truly breathtaking locations.

Safari by road Day 1 Monday Heathrow–Nairobi Fly from Heathrow overnight to Nairobi. Day 2 Tuesday Tarangire Fly to Kilimanjaro airport. Lunch at a local restaurant. Drive to Tarangire, with a game drive en route to the lodge (215 km – approximately 3 hours). Overnight: Tarangire Sopa Lodge. (l,d) Day 3 Wednesday Ngorongoro After breakfast enjoy a morning game drive and return to the lodge. After lunch drive to your lodge located close to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (150 km – approximately 2 hours). Overnight: Ngorongoro Farm House. (b,l,d) Day 4 Thursday Serengeti After breakfast drive to the Serengeti National Park (230 km – approximately 4 hours). Game viewing en route to your lodge. Arrive in time for lunch. Overnight: Serengeti Sopa Lodge. (b,l,d) Day 5 Friday Serengeti Enjoy an early morning game drive followed by breakfast at the lodge, or take an early morning balloon flight over the Serengeti followed by a ‘bubbly’ bush breakfast (optional extra). Lunch at the lodge. Late afternoon game drive. Overnight: Serengeti Sopa Lodge. (b,l,d) Day 6 Saturday Ngorongoro After breakfast proceed to Ngorongoro with a brief visit to Olduvai Gorge, which is often referred to as ‘The Cradle of Mankind’ and is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world. Continue to your lodge for lunch and an afternoon at leisure. (200 km – approximately 4 hours). Overnight: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. (b,l,d)

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Day 7 Sunday Ngorongoro Drive down into the Crater for a half-day of game viewing. This extinct volcano plays host to wildebeest, zebras, buffaloes, gazelles, elephants, rhinos and big cats. Visit a local Masai village (time permitting). Overnight: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. (b,l,d) Day 8 Monday Arusha Extension or Heathrow After breakfast return to Arusha (200km – approximately 3 hours). Lunch at a local restaurant. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Nairobi. Proceed with your chosen beach extension (see ‘where next’) or return to Heathrow. (b,l) Alternatively, there is the option to fly from Arusha to Zanzibar for your beach extension (from £195). Mara Extension: Overnight in Nairobi. Fly to the Masai Mara for two nights at the lodge or camp of your choice, including game drives (see pages 34 – 37). Return by light aircraft to Nairobi (from £585). (15kg luggage allowance on all light aircraft).

Where Next Complement your Sopa Serengeti Safari with a beach stay on the Kenya Coast, Zanzibar, Seychelles or Mauritius. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is a superb addition to a safari – see pages 76-77.


ACCOMMODATION Tarangire Tarangire Sopa Lodge Discreetly positioned amidst massive ancient baobabs, the lodge sits above the surrounding bush. Spacious lounges and bar with inside and alfresco dining, and a swimming pool. The lodge has 75 suites with sitting area and balcony with stunning views.

Serengeti Serengeti Sopa Lodge Set in the southwest of this world famous park, the lodge’s hillside location gives magnificent views over the Serengeti plains. Spacious lounges, bar and restaurant are designed to reflect the warm colours of Africa. There is a souvenir shop, television lounge and swimming pool. The 68 suites are tastefully decorated and all have sitting areas and balconies overlooking the bush.

Seychelles

IDEAL FOR

INCLUDES

> Staying in good quality lodges in key locations

> Driver-guide throughout

> Visiting national parks, often with large populations of wildlife

> 6 breakfasts (b), 7 lunches (l) & 6 dinners (d)

> Guaranteed window seat

Ngorongoro Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge The lodge enjoys spectacular sunsets over the crater from its privileged position as the only lodge on the eastern crater rim. Built on a grand scale the main areas and the 92 suites look directly into the crater. The rondavel dining room and cocktail bar have open fires. There is a swimming pool and TV lounge. All suites have central heating for the cooler months and enclosed verandahs.

> Visiting a local Masai village

4x4 SAFARI VEHICLES Exclusive per person supplement Passengers 2 £395

3 £175

4 £65

5 £50

6 £40

Ngorongoro Farm House

SERENGETI BALLOONING OPTION An exciting alternative to your morning game drive. Up before dawn and drive to the balloon launch site. After the balloon is inflated, climb aboard and sail away on an exhilarating flight for about an hour. A ‘bubbly’ breakfast with all the trimmings is served where you touchdown.

£295

A charming lodge, four kilometres from the edge of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, facing the Oldeani Volcano. Set in 750 acres of private farmland and built in the style of an old colonial farm house. The main building contains the deck, lounge and restaurant serving homemade cuisine, using the produce of the farm. Guests can stroll around the gardens, relax by the swimming pool, or enjoy a game of croquet on the lawn. The Farm House has 50 en suite rooms.

SOPA SERENGETI – 6 Nights – Kenya Airways 2012 02 Jan20 Feb

17 Dec

24 Dec

31 Dec

2013 07 Jan18 Feb

25 Feb

04 Mar25 Mar

2375 2220 2165 1990 1870 2170 2375 2460 2965 2395 2250 2185 2885 SUPPLEMENTS: Single room supplements and child prices on request. Please see pages 112-113 for important safari information.

2485

2630

2575

2490

2405

27 Feb19 Mar

26 Mar

02 Apr

09 Apr21 May

28 May

04 Jun25 Jun

02 Jul09 Jul

16 Jul13 Aug

20 Aug22 Oct

29 Oct

05 Nov10 Dec

Prices are in £ sterling per person based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. For full details of the hotels/lodges featured and for additional properties see www.somak.co.uk. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.

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Samburu 2 Nakuru 1 1 Aberdares Masai Mara 2 1• Nairobi

The Great Migration 

Serengeti •2 Ngorongoro 2•

1 Arusha 1 Manyara

Dar es Salaam •

This magnificent tour combines a popular safari in Kenya with one of our best selling safaris in Tanzania. It includes key areas of the migration path between the Serengeti and the Masai Mara, and you may even be lucky enough to witness one of nature’s great events, the Great Wildebeest Migration.

Safari by road – Kenya & Tanzania Day 1 Sunday Heathrow–Nairobi Fly from Heathrow overnight to Nairobi. Day 2 Monday Nairobi On arrival transfer to your hotel for a day at leisure, or choose from a selection of optional excursions which can be booked and paid for locally. Overnight: Nairobi Serena Hotel. Day 3 Tuesday Samburu Drive to the Samburu National Reserve (360 km – approximately 6 hours). Lunch at the lodge. Late afternoon game drive. Overnight: Samburu Simba Lodge. (b,l,d) Day 4 Wednesday Samburu Morning and late afternoon game drives. Overnight: Samburu Simba Lodge. (b,l,d) Day 5 Thursday Aberdares Drive to the slopes of Mount Kenya and check in to Mountain Lodge (240 km – approximately 3 hours 30 minutes). Spend the afternoon viewing game from the lodge or join an optional nature walk led by a local guide (payable locally and weather permitting). Overnight: Serena Mountain Lodge. (b,l,d) Day 6 Friday Lake Nakuru After breakfast drive to Lake Nakuru (240 km – approximately 4 hours). Lunch at the lodge before enjoying an afternoon game drive, with possible sightings of rhino. Overnight: Lake Nakuru Lodge. (b,l,d) Day 7 Saturday Masai Mara After an early breakfast drive through the Great Rift Valley and into the Masai Mara (370 km – approximately 7 hours). Lunch en route to your lodge. A late afternoon game drive. Overnight: Mara Serena Safari Lodge. (b,l,d)

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Day 8 Sunday Masai Mara Enjoy an early morning game drive followed by breakfast at the lodge, or an early morning balloon flight over the Mara followed by a ‘bubbly’ bush breakfast (optional extra). Spend the rest of the day relaxing before a late afternoon game drive. Overnight: Mara Serena Safari Lodge. (b,l,d) Day 9 Monday Arusha Drive to Nairobi for lunch (360 km – approximately 6 hours), or lunch in the Mara and fly by light aircraft to Nairobi (from £170, 15kg luggage allowance). Transfer to Nairobi airport for an evening flight to Kilimanjaro. Transfer to Serena Mountain Village for dinner and overnight. (b,l,d) Day 10 Tuesday Lake Manyara After breakfast drive to Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its tree-climbing lions (150 km – approximately 2.5 hours). Your lodge commands panoramic views across the floor of the Great Rift Valley. Here you have time to relax before an afternoon game drive. Overnight: Lake Manyara Serena Lodge. (b,l,d) Day 11 Wednesday Serengeti Drive to the world-famous Serengeti National Park with game viewing en route (235 km – approximately 5 hours). Overnight: Serengeti Serena Lodge. (b,l,d) Day 12 Thursday Serengeti Enjoy an early morning game drive followed by breakfast at the lodge, or an early morning balloon flight over the Serengeti followed by a ‘bubbly’ bush breakfast (optional extra). Later enjoy an afternoon game drive. Overnight: Serengeti Serena Lodge. (b,l,d)

Day 13 Friday Ngorongoro Drive to the Ngorongoro Crater (200 km – approximately 4 hours) via Olduvai Gorge, and check in to your lodge which is perched on the jagged rim of the Crater. The afternoon is at leisure. Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge. (b,l,d) Day 14 Saturday Ngorongoro Drive down into the Crater for a half-day of game viewing. This extinct volcano plays host to wildebeest, zebras, buffaloes, gazelles, elephants, rhinos and big cats. Visit a local Masai village (time permitting). Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge. (b,l,d) Day 15 Sunday Extension or Heathrow Drive to Arusha (200 km – approximately 3.5 hours). Lunch at a local restaurant. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Nairobi. Proceed with your chosen beach extension (see ‘where next’) or return to Heathrow. (b,l) Alternatively, there is the option to fly directly from Arusha to Zanzibar for your beach extension (from £195, 15kg luggage allowance).

Where Next Complement your The Great Migration with a beach stay on the Kenya Coast, Zanzibar, Seychelles or Mauritius. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is a superb addition to a safari – see pages 76-77.


ACCOMMODATION Arusha Serena Mountain Village Hidden in the depths of a treeshaded coffee plantation, this lodge is a haven of calm and serenity, just outside the hustle and bustle of Arusha. Offers a dining room, bar and lounge area in an old colonial farmhouse. Guests can enjoy panoramic views over Lake Duluti from the wide timbered decks. The 42 thatched rooms all have an en suite bathroom and verandah.

Lake Manyara Lake Manyara Serena Lodge A unique lodge situated on the bluff of a dramatic ochre and terracotta streaked cliff. The lodge has a dining room and swimming pool and offers game drives, canoeing, boat trips, visits to a local village and day trips to nearby Ngorongoro Crater. The 67 rooms all have an en suite bathroom and verandah.

Mauritius

INCLUDES

IDEAL FOR > Combining Kenya with Tanzania

> Guaranteed window seat

> Accommodation in key locations

> Game drives as specified

Serengeti Serengeti Serena Lodge

> 13 breakfasts (b), 13 lunches (l) & 12 dinners

Inspired by a traditional African village, rich in local atmosphere, set high on a hill with views of the Serengeti plains. The lodge has a bar and a dining room serving local specialities and internationally themed dishes. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool and African gift shop. The 66 individually thatched huts are furnished with authentic African furniture and handicrafts and have an en suite bathroom and balcony.

Safari transport in Kenya is in microbuses and in Tanzania in 4-wheel drive vehicles. Both can be upgraded to exclusive use for an additional supplement.

EXCLUSIVE SAFARI VEHICLES – Kenya per person supplement Passengers 2 Premier £320 Standard n/a 4x4 £590

3 £145 n/a £325

4 £55 n/a £190

5 n/a £40 £110

6 n/a £30 £55

Ngorongoro

4x4 SAFARI VEHICLES – Tanzania Exclusive per person supplement Passengers 2 £360

3 £160

4 £60

5 £50

Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

6 £40

Perched on the rim of the crater this architectural masterpiece blends with the surroundings. The lodge offers luxury, timeless splendour and ethnic style. A dining area, bar and library are available. Leisure facilities include beauty treatments, guided walks, visits to a Masai village and cultural talks. The 75 deluxe rooms have an en suite bathroom and terrace.

MARA & SERENGETI BALLOONING OPTIONS An exciting alternative to your morning game drive. Up before dawn and drive to the balloon launch site. After the balloon is inflated, climb aboard and sail away on an exhilarating flight for about an hour. A ‘bubbly’ breakfast with all the trimmings is served where you touchdown.

£275 Masai Mara £295 Serengeti

For descriptions of the Kenya properties used in this itinerary please see page 19.

THE GREAT MIGRATION – 13 Nights – Kenya Airways 2012 08 Jan22 Jan

29 Jan12 Feb

19 Feb

26 Feb18 Mar

25 Mar08 Apr

15 Apr13 May

20 May

27 May17 Jun

24 Jun08 Jul

15 Jul12 Aug

19 Aug14 Oct

21 Oct

28 Oct09 Dec

3670 3790 3575 3270 3090 2930 3155 3655 3905 4410 3845 3630 3230 SUPPLEMENTS: Single room supplements and child prices on request. Please see pages 112-113 for important safari information.

16 Dec

23 Dec-

2013 30 Dec20 Jan

27 Jan17 Feb

24 Feb24 Mar

4595

4910

3995

4130

3560

Prices are in £ sterling per person based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. For full details of the hotels/lodges featured and for additional properties see www.somak.co.uk. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.

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September

MASAI MARA August GAME RESERVE October

SERENGETI

• Sayari Camp

July

NORTHERN SERENGETI

• &Beyond Klein’s Camp • Serengeti Migration Camp

EASTERN SERENGETI June Serengeti is derived from the Masai meaning ‘endless plains’, a fitting title for • Mbuzi Mawe Camp Singita • Singita Faru Faru • Sabora Tanzania’s most famous national park. Many species of game are resident W E S Tall ERN May S E Rherds E N G EofT I year throughout the park, whilst vast numbers of wildebeest and large November • &Beyond Grumeti Camp zebras migrate from one area to another in search of fresh grazing. SERENGETI • Kirawira Camp • Mbalageti

The park is broadly divided into five areas:

NATIONAL PARK • Serena Safari Lodge

The Central Serengeti is an ideal location at the heart of the national park, as it is relatively easy to visit other areas of the park from here.

CENTRAL SERENGETI

April • Sopa Lodge

Vast rolling plains that stretch for miles are found in the Southern Serengeti. From December to March this area is witness to the calving season. As the rains stop, the wildebeest and zebras, with their young, begin their migratory journey. The Western Serengeti stretches as far as Lake Victoria. The migrating wildebeest and zebra move through here in May and June and are confronted by the crocodile infested Grumeti River. The Eastern Serengeti is more remote with less visitors. It hosts a greater number of elephants than elsewhere in the park and the bird life is impressive. The migration moves through this region to reach the Masai Mara.

December

SOUTHERN SERENGETI January

March • Kusini Camp

• Ngorongoro Sopa Ngorongoro Serena • • &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater

February

The Northern Serengeti features rolling plains and riverside woodlands, home to lots of wildlife. The crocodile-infested Mara River is where the action happens when the migratory wildebeest cross in to the Masai Mara in Kenya. Map locations are approximate and are not intended to be definitive. Semi permanent and mobile camp locations are not shown. In recent years the timing of the migrations have varied considerably. For a detailed map of the Masai Mara see page 33.

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The Great Wildebeest Migration Every year thousands and thousands of wildebeest and zebras make an epic journey following a similar path in search of fresh grazing. Between December and March the animals graze on the Serengeti Plains. Calving takes place during a few weeks in February and then in March or April the migration begins. In June the herds move north, and around July cross the Mara River and enter the Masai Mara, where they reside for the next three or so months. Once the short rains start in the south, usually between October and November, the herds leave the Masai Mara and return to the Serengeti and the circle of life begins again.

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˚Serengeti Top: Kirawira Tented Camp, Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp. Bottom: Sanctuary Kusini Camp, Mbalageti Serengeti

Kirawira Tented Camp

CONNOISSEUR COLLECTION

Standing high on a bush-cloaked ridge, with panoramic views over the Western Serengeti, the camp offers a perfect location for an exclusive retreat. The lavish central tented area has a dining and bar area. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, game drives, sailing on Lake Victoria and crocodile safaris by the Grumeti River. The 25 tents all have en suite showers and private verandahs. Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and game drives included.

Optional Activities > Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £540 per vehicle per day > Breakfast in the bush: from £32 > Bush dinner: from £35

Prices from £1139, based on 2 nights accommodation plus return flights Arusha to Serengeti.

Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp  Ideally located for the annual migration in Eastern Serengeti, this unique luxury tented camp offers a classical safari experience combined with the world class Serena hotel brand. The camp has a tented lounge, bar and restaurant.

Optional Activities

Leisure facilities include game drives and bush walks.

> Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £540 per vehicle per day

There are 16 tents spaced throughout the camp with an en suite bathroom and spacious terrace with sun loungers.

> Breakfast in the bush: from £28

Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and game drives included. Prices from £889, based on 2 nights accommodation plus return flights Arusha to Serengeti.

> Bush dinner: from £32

Sanctuary Kusini Camp  Built around a spectacular rocky outcrop, Sanctuary Kusini is the only permanent tented camp in the southern Serengeti, its isolation ensuring a private safari experience. The newly refurbished Kusini, retains its classic safari atmosphere. 12 large new, butler-serviced en suite tents feature a large private veranda with sun loungers, the perfect vantage to enjoy the expansive Serengeti plains.

Optional Activities > Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £350 per vehicle per day

Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks (excluding premium brands), game drives and laundry included. Prices from £1412, based on 2 nights accommodation plus return flights from Arusha to Serengeti.

Mbalageti Serengeti  Situated on top of Mwaveni Hill in the Western Serengeti, with panoramic views of the Serengeti Plains and Mbalageti River the lodge boasts a stunning location.

Optional Activities

The restaurant serves meals with an African influence plus continental cuisine. Guests can also enjoy a bar, lounge loft and swimming pool.

> Bush Dinner: from £40

> Bush Breakfast: from £28

The 24 en suite tented chalets feature a verandah. Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Prices from £959, based on 2 nights accommodation plus return flights from Arusha to Serengeti.

Additional lodges and camps are available, for a full selection please visit our website www.somak.co.uk

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Prices are in £ sterling per person, based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. For full details of the hotels/lodges featured and for additional properties see www.somak.co.uk. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.


Top: Sayari Camp, Olakira Camp. Bottom: Singita Faru Faru Lodge, Singita Sabora Tented Camp

Sayari Camp  In a remote and exclusive part of Northern Serengeti, just south of the Mara River, where guests can enjoy the vast plains, endless skies and undisturbed wildlife watching. The dining, lounge and campfire areas create a perfect bush setting while a talented cook offers a fusion of European cuisine and authentic African elements. The fifteen en suite luxury tents blend into the landscape. Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks (except champagne, cellar wine, premium brand spirits) and game drives included.

Optional Activities > Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £200 per vehicle per day > Guided walking safari: from £40

Prices from £1419, based on 2 nights accommodation plus return flights from Arusha to Serengeti. The camp is closed from April – May.

Olakira Camp  This semi-permanent tented camp moves through the Southern and Northern Serengeti to be near the greatest concentration of wildlife at any one time, offering an amazing wildlife experience. The common area has two tents open to the surrounding area, with one usually used for dining and the other as a lounge.

Optional Activities > Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £200 per vehicle per day

The eight guest tents offer a bathroom and a verandah with views of the Serengeti. Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks (except champagne, cellar wine, premium brand spirits) and game drives included. Prices from £1419, based on 2 nights accommodation plus return flights from Arusha to Serengeti. The camp is closed from April – May and 16 November – 1 December.

Singita Grumeti Reserve Singita Grumeti Reserves is a private concession sitting adjacent to the Serengeti National Park along the western corridor. This private concession comprises luxury lodges positioned ideally on the migratory route.

Singita Faru Faru Lodge

CONNOISSEUR COLLECTION

This riverside lodge offers guests barefoot elegance in a laid-back rustic setting. The main area features a dining room and bar lounge. Leisure facilities include two rim-flow swimming pools and elevated viewing decks over the waterhole. The nine air-conditioned suites, with an en suite bath and outdoor shower, all have a reading area, mini bar, overhead fans and a viewing deck.

Optional Activities > Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £465 per vehicle per day

Prices from £1769, based on 2 nights accommodation plus return flights from Arusha to Sasakwa.

Singita Sabora Tented Camp

CONNOISSEUR COLLECTION

This tented camp is reminiscent of a bygone era, offering guests an air of romance, exploration and intrigue. The main camp area has a dining room, bar lounge with satellite television, a swimming pool and elevated viewing deck. The nine luxury air-conditioned tents all have an en suite bathroom with a bath and outdoor shower, reading area, standing fan and viewing deck.

Optional Activities > Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £465 per vehicle per day

Prices from £1769, based on 2 nights accommodation plus return flights from Arusha to Sasakwa. Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, teas, coffees, all drinks including premium wines, spirits, liqueurs (excluding champagne) and game drives included.

Additional lodges and camps are available, for a full selection please visit our website www.somak.co.uk Prices are in £ sterling per person, based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. For full details of the hotels/lodges featured and for additional properties see www.somak.co.uk. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.

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Tarangire Treetops

Elewana Safari

• Nairobi CONNOISSEUR COLLECTION

Serengeti 2 Ngorongoro 2

•2 Arusha • Manyara 2 Tarangire

Dar es Salaam •

This safari is offered by road, or flying in Elewana’s light aircraft, with slight differences to the itinerary. Both options offer a truly ‘Out of Africa’ experience through contrasting landscapes with stays in some of the finest accommodation on the safari circuit.

Elewana Safari by Air Travel in style and comfort in Elewana’s Cessna Grand Caravan light aircraft, with nine executive club class seats. Road transfers and game drives are in safari cruisers equipped with binoculars, guide and reference books, bottle coolers, bush lunch awnings and power point to charge your camera. This safari departs on alternate days. Day 1 Heathrow-Nairobi Fly from Heathrow overnight to Nairobi. Day 2 Arusha Fly to Kilimanjaro airport. Transfer to Arusha Coffee Lodge for lunch (approximately 1 hour 30 minutes). Enjoy dinner and a complimentary upgrade to a Plantation Suite. (l,d) Day 3 Tarangire After breakfast tour the coffee estate followed by an alfresco lunch in the gardens. Later transfer to Arusha airport for your Elewana Sky flight to Tarangire (approximately 25 minutes). On arrival enjoy an afternoon game drive in Tarangire National Park. Overnight: Tarangire Treetops. (b,l,d) Day 4 Tarangire A full day spent in Tarangire National Park to enjoy an early morning walk, and a visit to a traditional Masai village. After lunch depart on an afternoon game drive to Sunset Hill for sundowners, followed by a night drive. Overnight: Tarangire Treetops. (b,l,d) Day 5 Ngorongoro After breakfast, a game drive through Tarangire National Park, stopping for a sumptuous hamper picnic lunch. Later transfer to the Tarangire airstrip for your Elewana Sky flight to Manyara (approximately 20 minutes). Transfer to Ngorongoro in time for high tea. Overnight: Manor at Ngorongoro. (b,l,d) Day 6 Ngorongoro After breakfast drive down to explore the Ngorongoro Crater. Enjoy a picnic hamper lunch on the crater floor. Overnight: Manor at Ngorongoro. (b,l,d)

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Day 7 Serengeti Today’s options include a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, enjoying a spa treatment, horse riding, cycling, a tour of the estate or simply relaxing at the Manor. After lunch transfer to the airstrip at Manyara for your Elewana Sky flight to the Serengeti (approximately 40 minutes). Afternoon game drive and arrive at your camp in time for sundowners. Overnight: Serengeti Migration Camp. (b,l,d) Day 8 Serengeti A full day exploring this famous reserve with a bush lunch in the Serengeti. Overnight: Serengeti Migration Camp. (b,l,d)

IDEAL FOR > An ‘Out of Africa’ experience staying in luxurious accommodation in prime locations

INCLUDES > Guaranteed window seat > 8 breakfast, 9 lunches & 8 dinners

SERENGETI BALLOONING OPTION

Day 9 Arusha After breakfast explore the banks of the Grumeti River on a guided game walk. After lunch drive to the airstrip (approximately 1 hour) for your Elewana Sky flight back to Arusha (approximately 1 hour). Met and transferred to your accommodation, with a complimentary upgrade to a Plantation Suite. Overnight: Arusha Coffee Lodge. (b,l,d) Day 10 Extension or Heathrow After breakfast you may choose from a selection of activities including a visit to the Tanzanite Museum, the Cultural Heritage Art Gallery or the colourful Masai Market. Transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your flight to Nairobi (approximately 1 hour 30 minutes). Proceed with your chosen extension (see ‘where next’) or return to Heathrow. (b,l) Alternatively, there is the option to fly from Arusha to Zanzibar on days 9 or 10 for your beach extension. (Light aircraft baggage allowance – 15kg, extra luggage can be stored at Arusha Coffee Lodge).

Serengeti Migration Camp is a considerable distance from the balloon launch site. However, if you wish to partake in a balloon safari you will have to leave the camp at 3am and drive for over 2 hours to the launch site. After the balloon is inflated, climb aboard and sail away on an exhilarating flight for about an hour. A ‘bubbly’ breakfast with all the trimmings is served where you touchdown. from

£350


ACCOMMODATION Arusha Arusha Coffee Lodge This exclusive lodge, on the edge of Arusha town, is designed around the farm’s original coffee plantation home. A dining room overlooking a water feature, a breakfast garden, a traditional colonial styled bar and a lounge with open fireplace. Leisure activities include a swimming pool and children’s play area. The 18 plantation houses have split level lounge areas, with en suite bath/shower.

Tarangire Tarangire Treetops Situated in a private game reserve on the border of the famous Tarangire National Park, with views to Lake Manyara and the Rift Valley. A bar, a viewing platform, a lobby and dining area overlook a waterhole plus a boma style dining area. Offers a swimming pool, walking safari, night game drives and bush dining. The 20 luxury tents are perched high up in the trees. Each has an en suite bath/ shower and private viewing deck.

Elewana Safari by Road On this option, transfers and game drives are conducted by your own personal driver-guide throughout your safari, in a standard 4-wheel drive safari vehicle. Day 1 Daily Heathrow–Nairobi Fly from Heathrow overnight to Nairobi. Day 2 Arusha Fly to Kilimanjaro airport. Transfer to Arusha Coffee Lodge (55km – approximately 1 hour). (l,d) Day 3 Tarangire After breakfast drive to Tarangire National Park (130km – approximately 2 hours 30 minutes). Lunch at your lodge. Afternoon game drive. Overnight: Tarangire Treetops. (b,l,d) Day 4 Tarangire Early morning and late afternoon game drives. Optional activities such as game walks and night game drives are available at an extra cost. (b,l,d) Day 5 Ngorongoro After breakfast drive to Karatu and the Ngorongoro Highlands (200km – approximately 3 hours 30 minutes). Lunch at the Manor with the afternoon at leisure. Overnight: Manor at Ngorongoro. (b,l,d) Day 6 Ngorongoro After breakfast drive into the crater for a half-day (50km – approximately 1 hour) followed by a visit to a local Masai village (time permitting). (b,l,d)

Day 7 Serengeti After breakfast drive to the Serengeti National Park, with a brief stop at the Olduvai Gorge and a picnic lunch en route (270km – approximately 5 hours). Arrive at your camp in the late afternoon. Overnight: Serengeti Migration Camp. (b,l,d)

Ngorongoro Manor at Ngorongoro Approximately 50km from the Ngorongoro Crater. The Manor is reminiscent of an elegant, upcountry farm home. The dining conservatory offers continental and African cuisine. Leisure facilities include a lounge, bar, snooker room, wine cellar, horse-back riding, swimming pool, sauna and steam room and massages. The 20 guest cottages each feature a private courtyard, deck and en suite bathroom.

Day 8 Serengeti Early morning and late afternoon game drives. Overnight: Serengeti Migration Camp. (b,l,d) Day 9 Arusha Early morning game drive followed by breakfast. Transfer to the airstrip (30km – approximately 30 minutes) for your flight by light aircraft to Arusha (approximately 1 hour). Lunch at a local restaurant. Transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your flight to Nairobi. Proceed with your chosen beach extension (see ‘where next’) or return to Heathrow. (b,l) Alternatively, there is the option to fly from Arusha to Zanzibar for your beach extension (from £195).

Where Next Complement your Elewana Safari with a beach stay on the Kenya Coast, Zanzibar, Seychelles or Mauritius. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is a superb addition to a safari – see pages 76-77.

Serengeti Serengeti Migration Camp Hidden among a group of rocky kopjes in Northern Serengeti. The camp exudes decadence reminiscent of old Africa. The restaurant overlooks the Grumeti River whilst the lounge overlooks the hills and river. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, pool deck, sunset deck and game drives. Each of the 20 guest tents have an en suite bathroom, shower, fan and private verandah with views of the Serengeti.

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Safari by Air – 8 nights 4955 4725 4725 4290 4230 4290 4290 4955 5580 5015 5015 4725 4725 5350 5580 5075 5435 Safari by Road – 7 nights 4155 3900 3655 3515 3335 3635 4115 4155 4780 4215 4060 3900 4200 5095 5125 4615 4555 SUPPLEMENTS: Single room supplements and child prices on request. Please see pages 112-113 for important safari information. A higher deposit is required at time of booking.

Prices are in £ sterling per person based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. For full details of the hotels/lodges featured and for additional properties see www.somak.co.uk. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.

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&Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Tanzania Royal

• Nairobi CONNOISSEUR COLLECTION

Serengeti 2 Ngorongoro 2

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• Arusha Manyara

Dar es Salaam •

This breathtaking safari offers an unforgettable journey into Northern Tanzania with stays in some of Africa’s most luxurious and exclusive lodges.

Safari by road and air Day 1 Daily Heathrow– Nairobi Fly from Heathrow overnight to Nairobi. Day 2 Lake Manyara Fly from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro airport. A packed lunch before your light aircraft flight to Manyara airstrip (approximately 45 minutes). Enjoy a game drive en route to your lodge (approximately 3 hours 30 minutes). Overnight: &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge. (l,d) Day 3 Lake Manyara Spend a full day in Lake Manyara National Park, with morning and afternoon game drives. Overnight: &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge. (b,l,d) Day 4 Ngorongoro After breakfast, drive to Manyara airstrip (approximately 3 hours 30 minutes). Met by your driver from Ngorongoro Crater Lodge who will drive you to the lodge (approximately 1 hour 30 minutes). Lunch and afternoon at leisure. Overnight: &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. (b,l,d) Day 5 Ngorongoro Drive into the crater for a morning game drive. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Overnight: &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. (b,l,d) Day 6 Serengeti After breakfast, transfer to the airstrip at Manyara (approximately 1 hour 30 minutes) for your light aircraft flight to the Serengeti (approximately 1 hour to Klein’s Camp or 1 hour 30 minutes to Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp). Met and transferred to your chosen camp. Overnight: &Beyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp or &Beyond Klein’s Camp. (b,l,d) Day 7 Serengeti Enjoy an early morning game drive followed by breakfast at the camp or take an early morning balloon flight over the Serengeti (optional extra, from Grumeti only). Later enjoy an afternoon game drive. Overnight: &Beyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp or &Beyond Klein’s Camp. (b,l,d)

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Day 8 Extension or Heathrow After breakfast fly to Arusha (approximately 1 hour 45 minutes from Klein’s or 2 hours 15 minutes from Grumeti). Met and transferred to Arusha Coffee Lodge for lunch. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Nairobi. Proceed with your chosen beach extension (see ‘where next’) or return to Heathrow. (b,l) Alternatively, there is the option to fly from Arusha to Zanzibar for your beach extension (from £195). Mara Extension: Overnight in Nairobi. Fly to the Masai Mara for two nights at the lodge or camp of your choice, including game drives (see pages 34 – 37). Return by light aircraft to Nairobi (from £585). (15kg luggage allowance on all light aircraft).

Where Next Complement your Tanzania Royal with a beach stay on the Kenya Coast, Zanzibar, Seychelles or Mauritius. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is a superb addition to a safari – see pages 76-77.

IDEAL FOR > Visiting three very different parks with stays in luxurious accommodation > Fabulous wildlife spotting opportunities

INCLUDES > Guaranteed window seat > Light aircraft flights to Manyara and Serengeti to minimise travelling time > 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners


ACCOMMODATION Lake Manyara &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge Merging into the surrounding forest, the lodge, the only one in Lake Manyara National Park, offers an intimate dining area, picnic lunches, private dining and a bar. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool and a viewing deck overlooking the forest. Each of the 10 stilted tree house suites is furnished in a contemporary style with an en suite bath, alfresco shower and verandah. The lodge is closed in April.

Ngorongoro Crater &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Standing high on the southwest rim, this lodge offers fantastic views of the crater. A domed dining room serves delicious Pan-African cuisine which can be enjoyed on the outdoor dining deck. There is a north and south camp, each with 12 suites, while the intimate Tree Camp has six suites. All suites have an en suite bathroom, chandelier-lit bathtub and shower, plus they are discreetly tended by a personal butler.

Zanzibar

Amazing luxury accommodation

Serengeti

Enjoy amazing luxury accommodation and service with &Beyond safari lodges and camps. The staff offer a highly personalised service to ensure that each guest is taken care of to the highest standard.

&Beyond Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp This is one of the most remote camps in Africa’s greatest wildlife sanctuary. The camp is flanked by two hillsides and nestles beneath tall riverine trees on the banks of an oxbow tributary of the Grumeti River. There is a dining room, open-front sitting area, a bar and boma. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, game drives and sun downers. The 10 spacious tents all have an en suite bathroom with outdoor shower. The camp is closed in April.

Each lodge and camp is situated in a breathtaking location and the staff have a passionate belief in caring for the land, wildlife and people who visit, creating unforgettable memories. This itinerary is very flexible, as you can choose the number of nights you stay at each lodge and camp. If you wish to relax after your international flight from the UK you can spend your first day and night at Arusha Coffee Lodge (see page 67).

&Beyond Klein’s Camp

SERENGETI BALLOONING OPTION FROM GRUMETI An exciting alternative to your morning game drive. Up before dawn and drive to the balloon launch site. After the balloon is inflated, climb aboard and sail away on an exhilarating flight for about an hour. A ‘bubbly’ breakfast with all the trimmings is served where you touchdown.

£295

The camp enjoys a fabulous location, off the beaten track, on the edge of the Kuka Hills, commanding breathtaking views of the valley. It has a main dining area with a large open fireplace, a sitting area and a bar. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, day and night game drives and guided bush walks. The 10 spacious cottages all have an en suite bathroom with shower and a verandah. The camp is closed in April.

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5250 5030 n/a 4040 4975 5820 5925 6490 5925 5820 5030 4970 4040 4670 5820 5310 5710 SUPPLEMENTS: Single room supplements and child prices on request. Please see pages 112-113 for important safari information. A higher deposit is required at time of booking.

Prices are in £ sterling per person based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. For full details of the hotels/lodges featured and for additional properties see www.somak.co.uk. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.

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SOUTHERN TANZANIA Beautiful yet remote, the game parks of southern Tanzania are much less visited than the north. This is a dramatic wilderness which offers an amazing wildlife experience. The style of safari is different here – you fly from Dar es Salaam to the airstrip near to your chosen camp or lodge and explore the bush with local experts in open-sided vehicles, by foot following animal trails or by boat along the waterways of the Selous or the Great Ruaha River.

SERENGETI

RUAHA

Dar Es Salaam • MIKUMI SELOUS

A good time to visit is in the dry season (June – November) when game is concentrated around the water sources and is easier to spot. Daily flights operate from Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam and connect to flights to Selous and Ruaha, making them ideal for a short safari excursion during a beach holiday in Zanzibar.

Selous Game Reserve Said to be the largest game reserve in Africa, the Selous is relatively untouched. There is a large concentration of resident elephants, as well as large numbers of buffaloes, crocodiles, hippos, rhinos and lions. This unspoilt gem offers visitors the chance to see a wild and expansive Africa. 70

Ruaha National Park Relatively remote, Ruaha National Park is known for its large numbers of greater kudu, sable and roan antelope and a wide range of bird life. The Great Ruaha River is the main feature of the park and offers spectacular game viewing on land and water.


3 Selous

Flying to Selous & Ruaha The lodges and camps in Selous and Ruaha are served by daily flights in light aircraft from Dar es Salaam. You can choose to stay as many nights in any combination of the lodges and camps as you wish. From the UK Options from the UK include: Kenya Airways from Heathrow to Dar es Salaam via Nairobi daily, overnight. British Airways from Heathrow direct to Dar es Salaam 3 times a week, overnight. From Zanzibar Daily flights operate from Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam and connect to flights to Selous and Ruaha, making them ideal for a short safari excursion during a beach holiday in Zanzibar. Accommodation The lodges/camps featured on pages 72 – 75 are situated in various locations throughout these remote game parks and offer many included activities such as game drives, game walks, boat excursions, birding, fishing and sundowners. Guideline prices for 2 nights flying from Zanzibar are shown. Please call our tailor-made team to discuss further options, such as flying from the UK to Selous or Ruaha.

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Selous/Ruaha

Jongomero Camp

CONNOISSEUR COLLECTION

Ruaha National Park Situated in Ruaha, on the banks of the Jongomero River, this camp is located amongst curious rock formations and rich vegetation. Dining at the camp is offered alfresco under the stars, campfire cooking and classic safari picnics with a menu of international cuisine served with a truly East African flavour. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, game drives and bird watching. The eight spacious tents offer an en suite bathroom and a spacious verandah.

Optional Activities > Walking safari: from £39 > Fly camping/walking safari minimum 2 nights: from £370

Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 game viewing activities included. Prices from £1700, based on 2 nights accommodation including return flights from Zanzibar to Ruaha.

Selous Safari Camp  Selous Game Reserve The camp is situated in the heart of the Selous Games Reserve and blends in superbly with the natural surroundings. There is a dining, sitting and bar area. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, game drives in open 4-wheel drive vehicles, river safaris, boat trips and walking safaris. With no fences, animals can wander through the camp and are often spotted from the 13 luxury tents which offer an en suite bathroom and two verandahs, perfect for watching the sunrise or sunset.

Optional Activities > Fly camping/walking safari minimum 2 nights: from £880

Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 game viewing activities included. Prices from £1645, based on 2 nights accommodation including return flights from Zanzibar to Selous. The camp is closed from mid March to the end of May.

Amara Selous  Selous Game Reserve A luxury boutique property off the beaten track allows guests to relax and enjoy untamed Africa at its best. Situated along the Great Ruaha River in the heart of the Selous Game Reserve. Guests can relax in the lounge and dining areas whilst watching the wild animals in their natural habitat. Leisure facilities include an infinity pool, Simbazi spa, game drives, river excursions, fishing, walking safaris, bush breakfasts and sundowner cocktails. Each of the 12 suites overlook the river and include air conditioning, outside seating areas with plunge pools, outdoor showers and are served by a personal butler.

Optional Activities > Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £195 per vehicle per day

Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks (except champagne), game drives and laundry included. Prices from £1600, based on 2 nights accommodation including return flights from Zanzibar to Selous.

Additional lodges and camps are available, for a full selection please visit our website www.somak.co.uk

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Prices are in £ sterling per person based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. For full details of the hotels/lodges featured and for additional properties see www.somak.co.uk. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.


Jongomero Camp, Selous Safari Camp, Amara Selous, Selous Luxury Camp, Sand Rivers Selous, Mwagusi Safari Camp

Selous Luxury Camp  Selous Game Reserve This luxury camp is situated in the heart of Selous on the Zema River, a tributary of the Rufiji River.

Optional Activities

The main area has dining and lounge areas with a bar overlooking a natural watering hole, which is lit for night viewing. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, viewing deck, game drives in 4-wheel drive vehicles, boat excursions and guided game walks. The 12 luxury tents are set on a wooden deck under a thatch covering with en suite bathroom, electronic safe and a verandah.

> Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £125 per vehicle per day

Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea/coffee, soft drinks, selection of fine wines, beers, spirits, guided game walks, game drives, boat excursions, sundowners and laundry included. Prices from £1315, based on 2 nights accommodation including return flights from Zanzibar to Selous. The lodge is closed during April and May.

Sand Rivers Selous  Selous Game Reserve This stylish lodge is situated in Selous with views over a wide and rocky stretch of the Rufiji River.

Optional Activities

A spacious open mess tent, lounging area and a library. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, game drives and walking safari. Five rooms and three hillside suites are completely open-fronted, with en suite bathrooms and expansive verandahs set on stilts, giving stunning views of the river. The suites have their own plunge pool.

> Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £215 per vehicle per day

Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, game drives, game walks, birding, fishing and boating included.

> Fly camping for one night (minimum 2 people): from £135

Prices from £1557, based on 2 nights accommodation including return flights from Zanzibar to Selous. Sand Rivers Selous and Rhino House are closed from mid March to the end of May.

Mwagusi Safari Camp  Ruaha National Park A small exclusive tented camp, built in keeping with traditional African style with a friendly and peaceful atmosphere. It is situated on a bank of the Mwagusi Sand River, in Ruaha National Park. Each element of the camp has been carefully thought out and designed to be original and unique. Offers a main dining room and lounge where guests can relax. Leisure facilities include game drives and guided bush walks. Thirteen tents with en suite bathroom and a verandah from which the wildlife can be viewed.

Optional Activities > Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £215 per vehicle per day

Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, game drives and early morning bird walks included. Prices from £1815, based on 2 nights accommodation including return flights from Zanzibar to Ruaha. The Camp will be closed from 31 March to 31 May.

Additional lodges and camps are available, for a full selection please visit our website www.somak.co.uk Prices are in £ sterling per person based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. For full details of the hotels/lodges featured and for additional properties see www.somak.co.uk. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.

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Selous/Ruaha

Mivumo River Lodge  Selous Game Reserve The lodge is situated along the Rufiji River and offers exclusive safari accommodation. There are dining and lounge areas, plus a sundeck and swimming pool. Leisure activities include game drives in 4-wheel drive vehicles, boat excursions, guided game walks and night game drives. There are 12 superior rooms and 3 suites with en suite bathrooms, an outdoor shower and an intimate plunge pool. Also includes tea/coffee, soft drinks, selection of fine wines, beers, spirits and laundry.

Optional Activities > Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £125 per vehicle per day

Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea/coffee, soft drinks, selection of fine wines, beers, spirits, guided game walks, game drives, boat excursions, sundowners and laundry included. Prices from £1475, based on 2 nights accommodation including return flights from Zanzibar to Selous. The lodge is closed during April and May.

Selous Impala Camp  Selous Game Reserve Set amidst shady palms and tamarind trees, this camp enjoys a perfect location on the banks of the Rufiji River in Selous.

Optional Activities

The main area has dining, lounge and bar areas. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, game drives, boat trips and walking excursions. Eight beautifully furnished tents are built on platforms with en suite shower and a spacious verandah with superb views of the Rufiji River and its wildlife.

> Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £79 per vehicle per day

Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, game drives, walking, boat safaris and laundry included. Prices from £1309, based on 2 nights accommodation including return flights from Zanzibar to Selous. The camp is closed during April and May.

Selous Riverside Safari Camp  Selous Game Reserve Hidden in the dense forest on the banks of the Rufiji River this camp is lavishly furnished and provides comfort and luxury. The camp has an indoor and outdoor dining area serving African cuisine and sundowners. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, game drives plus boat and walking safaris. The 10 large tented chalets are on raised platforms with an en suite bathroom and verandah offering fantastic views of the river.

Optional Activities > Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £195 per vehicle per day

Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and game drives included. Prices from £1205, based on 2 nights accommodation including return flights from Zanzibar to Selous. The camp is closed during April and May.

Additional lodges and camps are available, for a full selection please visit our website www.somak.co.uk

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Prices are in £ sterling per person based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. For full details of the hotels/lodges featured and for additional properties see www.somak.co.uk. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.


Mivumo River Lodge, Selous Impala Camp, Selous Riverside Safari Camp, Ruaha River Lodge, Rufiji River Camp, Mdonya Old River,

Ruaha River Lodge  Ruaha National Park The lodge is situated on a bend in the Great Ruaha River extending along the rocky shores. This location offers views up and down the river and is rarely without a wildlife sighting. The lodge offers breakfast by the river, two dining rooms and a bar. Leisure facilities include game drives and bush walks. The 28 rooms all have an en suite bathroom with shower, and a verandah.

Optional Activities > Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £195 per vehicle per day

Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, coffee, game drives and laundry included. Prices from £1329, based on 2 nights accommodation including return flights from Zanzibar to Ruaha. The camp is closed from mid March to the end of May.

Rufiji River Camp  Selous Game Reserve Perfectly positioned on a low cliff above the Rufiji River, the camp affords wonderful views from the terrace of the bar overlooking the water below. The central area offers a restaurant, bar and library all with views of the river and sunset. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, game drives and boat trips. 20 tents with en suite bathroom and a private verandah facing the river.

Optional Activities > Exclusive use of safari vehicle: from £195 per vehicle per day

Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, coffee, game drives and laundry included. Prices from £1120, based on 2 nights accommodation including return flights from Zanzibar to Selous. The camp is closed from mid March to the end of May.

Mdonya Old River  Ruaha National Park This small safari camp is set in the western part of Ruaha National Park. The camp offers a true bush experience in a beautiful wilderness area. The main area includes a dining tent, lounge tent and an open-air sitting area. The 12 tents all have an en suite shower and a verandah. With no permanent structures, the camp has very little impact on the environment. Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, game drives, boat safaris and laundry included. Prices from £1459, based on 2 nights accommodation including return flights from Zanzibar to Ruaha. The Camp will be closed during April and May.

Additional lodges and camps are available, for a full selection please visit our website www.somak.co.uk Prices are in £ sterling per person based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. For full details of the hotels/lodges featured and for additional properties see www.somak.co.uk. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.

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RWANDA This tiny country in the heart of Africa has been described as ‘the land of a thousand hills’. Rwanda is full of stunning scenery including endless mountain ranges, volcanoes, lakes and rivers. The highlight of a visit to this country is the opportunity to view the endangered mountain gorilla, in its natural habitat, at very close range. This is an ideal extension to your East Africa safari as detailed in the itineraries on the following page. Please call our tailor-made team to discuss other options, such as flying from the UK to Rwanda. Parc National de Volcans: Situated in the far northwest of Rwanda, the Parc des Volcans, home to the volcanoes, protects the steep slopes of the Virungas, a magnificent mountain range, and is home to the rare mountain gorilla. There is a rich mosaic of ecosystems, which embrace evergreen and bamboo forest, open grassland, swamp and heath. Many visitors enjoy an exhilarating trek through forest, with experienced trackers to view the amazing mountain gorilla.

Nyungwe National Park: Situated in southeast Rwanda, this is East Africa’s largest protected high altitude rainforest, with a diverse range of trees and flowering plants. Nyungwe is home to 13 primate species, the most popular being the chimpanzee. The park also has almost 300 bird species, many of which are only found in the Montane Forests on the Albertine Rift.

Please refer to page 113 for important notes regarding Gorilla Trekking.

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ACCOMMODATION

Gorillas in the Wild Day 1 Daily Nairobi After your Kenya or Tanzania safari transfer to Ole Sereni Hotel for overnight. Day 2 Kigali – Parc National de Volcans After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to Kigali. Met and driven to Musanze in the northwest part of Rwanda (110km – approximately 2 hours 30 minutes) and then on to your chosen lodge. (b,l,d) Day 3 Parc National de Volcans – Gorilla Trekking A very early morning transfer to the Park Office for gorilla trekking formalities before starting your trek. Treks vary in duration depending on which gorilla group you are assigned to. After locating your assigned gorilla group, you will spend approximately one hour in their company before heading back down the volcano slopes. Lunch at the lodge with the afternoon to relax. Overnight at your chosen lodge. (b,l,d)

Parc National de Volcans, Rwanda Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge  The lodge is part of the Governors’ Safari Collection and is a perfect base from which to go gorilla trekking. It has magnificent views of the verdant slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes to the north and agricultural lowlands to the south. Offers a restaurant, bar and shop. The eight cottages each have an en suite bath/shower, verandah, sitting room with fireplace and dressing room.

Day 4 Kigali Another opportunity for gorilla trekking or a Golden Monkey trek (optional extras), or morning at leisure at your lodge. After lunch drive back to Kigali. Overnight: Kigali Serena Hotel. (b,l)

Gorilla Mountain View Lodge



Day 5 Nairobi Transfer to Kigali airport and fly to Nairobi. (b)

Located close to the Parc National de Volcans in the north of Rwanda, in a prime location for tracking mountain gorillas. The main area offers a restaurant and bar area. There are 20 rooms built in the local style each with an en suite bathroom.

Prices from £1690.

Nyungwe National Park Nyungwe Forest Lodge



Situated in a tea plantation, the lodge is built to blend in with the surrounding environment. A combination of excellent service and African hospitality. A restaurant, boma area, tea lounge and bar and an outdoor heated swimming pool. The lodge has 22 villa rooms and two suites, all with en suite bathroom and air-conditioning.

Nyungwe Top View Lodge



Chimps & Gorillas Day 1 Daily Nairobi After your Kenya or Tanzania safari transfer to Ole Sereni Hotel for overnight. Day 2 Kigali – Nyungwe National Park. After breakfast depart for the airport for your flight to Kigale. Drive to Huye for lunch (150km – 2 hours 30 minutes). If time permits, visit the Rwanda National Museum. Drive to Nyungwe National park (150km – 3 hours 30 minutes). Overnight at your chosen accommodation. (b,l,d)

Situated on top of one of the hills in the area offering picturesque views and tranquil accommodation. A bar and a restaurant with open terrace with amazing views of the park and surrounding area. Each of the 12 rooms have a sitting room with a fire place and balcony.

Lake Kivu Lake Kivu Serena Hotel 

Day 3 Nyungwe National Park – Chimps Trekking A very early wake up call, then depart for a hike into Nyungwe Forest in search of chimps. Other species to be found include Colobus Monkeys and lots of forest dwelling birds. In the afternoon relax or enjoy optional activities offered by the lodge and the park. Overnight at your chosen accommodation. (b,l,d)

A tasteful, open-plan hotel on a white sand private beach on the shores of Lake Kivu. A panoramic restaurant, two bars, swimming pool and Maisha Health Centre. Leisure facilities include boating, volleyball, tennis, fishing, hiking and trekking. 66 air-conditioned en suite rooms and suites

Day 4 Nyungwe National Park – Lake Kivu After breakfast drive to Karongi, located on Lake Kivu shores (130km – approximately 3 hours 30 minutes) and then on to your chosen accommodation. Lake Kivu is the largest of all lakes that fill the valleys of Rwanda. If time permits take a boat ride to visit nearby islands (optional extra). Overnight at your chosen accommodation. (b,l,d) Day 5 Karongi – Parc National de Volcans Spend the morning at the Lake. After lunch drive to Musanze in the northwest part of Rwanda, the main base for gorilla tracking (170km – approximately 4 hours 30 minutes). Overnight at your chosen accommodation. (b,l,d) Day 6 Parc National de Volcans – Gorilla Trekking A very early morning transfer to the Park Office for gorilla trekking formalities before starting your trek. Treks vary in duration depending on which gorilla group you are assigned to. After locating your gorilla group, you will spend approximately one hour in their company before heading back down the volcano slopes. Lunch at the lodge with the afternoon to relax. Overnight at your chosen accommodation. (b,l,d) Day 7 Nairobi Drive to Kigali (approximately 2 hours 30 minutes). Fly to Nairobi. (b)

Cormoran Lodge



A log cabin style lodge located in a sheltered bay surrounded by hills overlooking Lake Kivu. Dining area and bar with views of the lake, a games room, gardens and a small beach area and a choice of water sports. The lodge has 6 en suite rooms with balconies and a VIP lodge.

Prices from £2275. Prices are in £ sterling per person based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. For full details of the hotels/lodges featured and for additional properties see www.somak.co.uk. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.

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Manda Bay • MANDA ISLAND The Majlis • LAMU ISLAND Kipungani Explorer •

MALINDI WATAMU

• Diamonds Dream of Africa

• Hemingways • Turtle Bay

• Serena Beach Hotel & Spa • Bamburi Beach Hotel • Travellers Beach/Club Hotel • Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort • Voyager Beach Resort Likoni Ferry •

MOMBASA TOWN

• Indian Ocean Beach Resort • Southern Palms Beach Hotel • AfroChic • Baobab Beach Resort & Spa • Pinewood Village Beach Resort • The Sands at Nomad

• The Cove Retreat – Tree Houses Map locations are approximate and are not intended to be definitive.

Kenya Coast Kenya’s tropical coast stretches for almost 500 kilometres in a medley of tranquil white beaches, golden sand dunes, warm turquoise water, archaeological treasures and idyllic secluded islands, all steeped in a distinct and evocative culture that stretches back centuries. Mombasa is the second largest city in Kenya, located on an island separated from the mainland by two creeks, beyond which are the popular beach resorts of North and South Mombasa. North Mombasa is reached via Nyali Bridge; South Mombasa on the Likoni Ferry. Malindi and Watamu are a few hours north of Mombasa. Both offer excellent coral reefs with some of the best diving in Kenya. Malindi is particularly popular with Italian tourists. Further north is Lamu Archipelago, a small group of islands, each offering a peaceful retreat with endless beaches and crystal clear waters, and a way of life reminiscent of a bygone era.

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Safari from the coast A wide range of tours and excursions can be booked locally with our representatives, but you may wish to pre-book a short safari to ensure availability and avoid disappointment in resort. Tsavo and Amboseli, two of Kenya’s premier game parks, are within easy reach of Kenya’s Coast. Tsavo East and West combined form one of Africa’s largest game sanctuaries, home to an array of bird and animal species; Amboseli lies in the shadow of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, a beautiful backdrop to your wildlife snaps (weather permitting!)

Tsavo Explorer

Parks and Peaks

2 nights from £285, full board

3 nights from £450, full board

This short safari departs every Thursday from your beach hotel. It includes an afternoon game drive in Tsavo East and morning and afternoon game drives in Tsavo West, usually with a visit to Mzima Springs. Stay at Ashnil Aruba Lodge and Kilaguni Serena Lodge (see page 45).

Combine Tsavo West, Amboseli and Tsavo East. Departs on Friday from your beach hotel with an afternoon game drive and a visit to Mzima Springs in Tsavo West. Afternoon and morning game drives are also enjoyed in Amboseli and Tsavo East National Parks. Stay at Kilaguni Serena Lodge, Amboseli Serena Lodge and Ashnil Aruba Lodge (see pages 44-45).

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Kenya Coast

AfroChic Diani

CONNOISSEUR COLLECTION

Mombasa

AfroChic Diani is a stylish and intimate hotel, which is open and airy throughout, with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean. The dĂŠcor is elegant with an exotic touch of Africa. Location: Situated on the south coast of Mombasa on a white sand beach. Facilities: A restaurant, dining deck and bar. Guests may wish to dine privately on their own verandah or on the beach, all at their own convenience. Leisure facilities include swimming pool with massage jets, aromatherapy treatments, TV lounge and library. An 18-hole golf course is nearby. Water sports can be arranged locally. Accommodation: 3 garden view rooms (2 adults), 5 sea view rooms (2 adults) and 2 sea view suites, all boutique style, each with its own balcony. Each room and suite is individual in style with air-conditioning, ceiling fan, telephone, TV, with DVDs, safe, mini bar, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The junior suite and executive suite can accommodate 3 adults.

MUCH MORE Free Nights: Pay for 6 nights and get 1 night free – valid for stays started and completed 06 Jan-19 Dec 2012. Prices reflect the free night offer. Honeymooners: Stay 7 nights or more and couples receive a fruit basket, flowers, sparkling wine and a romantic dinner for two on the beach.

Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Transfer Time: Approximately a 90-minute drive from Mombasa airport plus a short ferry transfer. Approximately a 15-minute drive from Ukunda airstrip.

Manda Bay

CONNOISSEUR COLLECTION

Lamu

Manda Bay is situated beside miles of soft sand beach, with fascinating creeks and small islets to explore. This resort is located on an unspoilt, idyllic island found in the romantic Lamu archipelago. A perfect place for relaxation and revitalisation. Location: Situated on the northern peninsula of Manda Island surrounded by miles of palm-fringed, silky sand beaches and intriguing creeks. Facilities: An informal dining room, sundowner cocktails and candlelit dinners under the stars. Leisure facilities include bush walks, cultural visits and excursions to Lamu, bird walks and boating trips in the mangrove creeks. Water sports include windsurfing, water-skiing, laser sailing, snorkelling, tubing, kayaking, deep-sea and salt water fly fishing, scenic flights, private dhow charters for sundowners or overnight, and massage facilities. Accommodation: 11 beach front cottages (2 adults) and 5 sea view cottages (2 adults & 1 child) with en suite bathroom, ceiling fans and verandah. Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Transfer Time: Approximately 20 minutes by boat from Manda.

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AfroChic Diani, Manda Bay, Hemingways

Hemingways

CONNOISSEUR COLLECTION

Watamu MUCH MORE

A member of the 'Small Luxury Hotels of the World', Hemingways Resort is a luxury property in Watamu Bay, an unrivalled Kenyan setting. The white sands of the bay and its crystal waters form Kenya's finest stretch of beach. There are coral reefs to marvel at, the ruins of ancient Gedi to be explored, marlin and sailfish to be caught, and of course, Hemingways resort in which to be indulged.

Honeymooners: Receive a bouquet of roses, a bottle of sparkling wine and a fruit basket in room on arrival, and a free room upgrade (subject to availability).

Location: Situated on the beachfront in Watamu National Marine Park.

Added Value: Snorkelling trips to the Marine Park (excluding KWS entry fee). Trips to Malindi and the Gedi Ruins (entrance fee payable locally).

Facilities: A main restaurant and a sea front à la carte restaurant and 2 bars. Gentlemen are required to wear long trousers and a tailored shirt in the restaurant and bar in the evenings. Leisure facilities include two outdoor freshwater pools, a spa and salon centre, tennis, gym & TV/video room and a gift and jewellery shop. Water sports include snorkelling trips, scuba diving and big game fishing. Complimentary shuttle to Malindi for shopping. The southeast wind (Kusi) blows from mid March to sometime in November and is cooler than the northeast breeze (Kaskazi) which blows the rest of the year. Outside dining and a pool bar are available during the Kaskazi months when the sea is warmer and calmer. From May to September the beaches in Watamu are subject to seaweed and tidal variance. Water sports are subject to weather conditions in May and June. Accommodation: 76 sea view air-conditioned rooms with bath and/or shower, fan, safe, mini bar, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer and a balcony or verandah. 26 Superior rooms (3 adults) overlook the ocean, pool or gardens. 44 deluxe rooms, 18 of which are in the south wing, are family sized (4 adult), and offer the easiest access to the hotel's gardens & beach. 2 Executive Suites, 4 Junior Suites. Board Basis: Breakfast, dinner and afternoon tea included. Transfer Time: Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes from Mombasa airport. Approximately 30 minutes from Malindi airport.

7 Nights – Kenya Airways 2012 06 Jan10 Mar

11 Mar14 Mar

15 Mar23 Apr

AfroChic Diani 2350 2350 2350 Manda Bay 3910 3540 3540 Hemingways 1665 1470 1205 SUPPLEMENTS: Single room supplements and child prices on request.

24 Apr23 Jun

24 Jun29 Jun

30 Jun13 Jul

14 Jul18 Aug

2040 2295 1190

2040 3680 1205

2260 3910 1205

2805 4375 1660

19 Aug- 28 Aug- 30 Aug27 Aug 29 Aug 14 Sep

2350 3910 1300

2350 3700 1360

2350 3595 1425

15 Sep31 Oct

01 Nov12 Dec

13 Dec15 Dec

16 Dec18 Dec

19 Dec23 Dec

24 Dec30 Dec

2013 31 Dec04 Jan

05 Jan08 Mar

2180 3910 1425

2180 3490 1425

2355 3650 1485

3120 4390 2180

3195 4445 2455

2910 4180 2165

2775 4265 1840

2535 4265 1780

All times and distances are approximate. Prices are in £ sterling per person based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. Various facilities incur charges which are payable locally. Other hotels/lodges are available. See www.somak.co.uk for further details. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.

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Kenya Coast Diamonds Dream of Africa 

Malindi

Diamonds Dream of Africa is a member of the 'Small Luxury Hotels of the World'. Set in pretty gardens, steps away from the Indian Ocean on the northern shores of Malindi, close to the centre of town. From here it is easy to explore the exotic coral gardens of the nearby marine park. The hotel was designed in Indo-Arab style with arches and turreted roofs adorning coral pink façades. The atmosphere is one of laid-back relaxation with private terraces surrounded by lush lawns and flowers.

MUCH MORE Honeymooners: Stay 5 nights or more and receive a fruit basket, flowers, bottle of wine and a romantic dinner – valid 01 Jan-22 Dec 2012.

Location: Along the silver sand beach of Malindi. Facilities: An à la carte restaurant and a sea food restaurant open for dinner (at extra charge), and two bars. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool and the Mvua African Rain Spa. Table tennis, beach volleyball, archery and water sports and diving centre are available at nearby sister hotel Sandies Tropical Village. Accommodation: 33 air-conditioned junior suites (3 adults) and 2 suites (2 adults & 2 children) all with en suite facilities and a jacuzzi bathtub, dressing table, TV, safe, mini bar, hairdryer and a balcony/terrace with sun loungers. Suites are spacious with a separate lounge area. Board Basis: All Inclusive – price includes: Meals & Snacks: Breakfast, lunch & dinner. Afternoon tea, coffee & pastries, morning fruit on the beach. Drinks: Soft drinks, water, local beer and spirits, house wines, juices, tea and coffee. Bar open until midnight. Transfer Time: Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes from Mombasa airport. Approximately 30 minutes from Malindi Airport.

Kipungani Explorer 

Lamu

Located on the ancient Arabian island paradise of Lamu, Kipungani is one of Africa's most remote, relaxing and richly romantic coastal hideaways. Perched on the edge of Kipungani Bay, where the protected mangroves of the creek meet the end of a deserted beach, this resort offers rustic simplicity. Location: Overlooking Kipungani Channel, on the southwestern tip of Lamu Island, located two degrees south of the equator, on the edge of a deserted 14 kilometre beach. Facilities: A dining room and bar. Leisure facilities include swimming pool, bird walks and excursions to ancient ruins, historic mosques, markets and museums. Water sports include snorkelling, diving, windsurfing, kayaking, deep-sea fishing and sailing on Arab dhows. Accommodation: 13 bandas (2 adults & 1 child) with fresh water showers, daily laundry service and ocean-facing verandah. Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Transfer Time: Approximately 30 minutes by boat from Manda. The hotel is closed from 1 April – 30 June.

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MUCH MORE Honeymooners: Receive a bottle of wine and a fruit basket.


Diamonds Dream of Africa, Kipungani Explorer, Serena Beach Hotel & Spa

Serena Beach Hotel & Spa  Mombasa

MUCH MORE Free Nights: Pay for 6 nights and get 1 night free or pay for 12 nights and get 2 nights free – valid for stays started and completed 03 Jan-31 Mar and 01 Jul-15 Dec 2012. Prices reflect the free nights offer.

Designed to resemble a 13th century Swahili town, complete with winding lanes, carved balconies, fountains and market squares, this property, part of the respected Serena group, provides an oasis of tranquillity. In addition there is a good mix of water sports, world-class cuisine and evening entertainment. The hotel, situated in lush gardens, is set back from the powder white sands and shimmering waters of the Mombasa National Marine Park.

Spa Offer: 15% discount on all spa treatments

Location: Situated on the north coast of Mombasa. Facilities: A choice of three restaurants, two bars, a lounge and an ice cream parlour, plus regular evening entertainment. Leisure facilities include an outdoor pool with swim-up bar, tennis, gym, mini-golf, squash, beach volleyball and Maisha Spa. Water sports include scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, windsurfing, snorkelling, glassbottom boat trips and catamaran sailing. A complimentary shuttle is provided to Mombasa town. Accommodation: 164 air-conditioned rooms with bath, satellite TV, safe, mini bar, hairdryer and patio or balcony. Village rooms (3 adults). Village sea view rooms (3 adults) and garden rooms (3 adults) which are larger and have a separate bath and shower, are also available. Board Basis: Breakfast and dinner included. Transfer Time: Approximately 45 minutes from Mombasa airport.

7 Nights – Kenya Airways 2012 06 Jan28 Feb

29 Feb24 Mar

25 Mar30 Mar

Diamonds Dream of Africa 1785 1660 1660 Kipungani Explorer 2170 2170 n/a Serena Beach Hotel & Spa 1465 1465 1430 SUPPLEMENTS: Single room supplements and child prices on request.

31 Mar10 Apr

11 Apr14 Apr

15 Apr15 Jun

16 Jun23 Jun

24 Jun13 Jul

14 Jul16 Jul

17 Jul18 Aug

1660 n/a 1205

1510 n/a 1160

1375 n/a 1160

1425 n/a 1205

1425 2565 1465

1880 3030 1920

2160 3030 1920

19 Aug- 01 Nov31 Oct 15 Dec

1625 2565 1465

1575 2120 1365

16 Dec18 Dec

19 Dec23 Dec

24 Dec30 Dec

2013 31 Dec05 Jan

06 Jan27 Feb

28 Feb24 Mar

2340 2920 2030

2640 3440 2200

2220 3010 1780

2110 2405 1575

1920 2350 1560

1780 2350 1560

All times and distances are approximate. Prices are in £ sterling per person based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. Various facilities incur charges which are payable locally. Other hotels/lodges are available. See www.somak.co.uk for further details. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.

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Kenya Coast The Majlis 

Lamu

A small luxury beach hotel only accessible by boat. Fitting seamlessly into its surroundings, The Majlis offers a unique experience that combines comfort, luxury and intimacy. Location: Situated on Manda Island, facing Lamu, with views over Ras Kitau Bay. Facilities: The restaurant offers international cuisine prepared by Italian and Japanese chefs. Guests can choose to dine on the open-plan verandah or first floor terrace/bar with panoramic views of the bay. The two bars offer ideal places to meet with friends or relax. Leisure facilities include two salt water swimming pools, a luxury boutique, fitness centre, water sports and cultural excursions.

MUCH MORE Honeymooners: Receive a private sunset cruise in the Ras Kitau Bay, a private beach dinner, flowers and upgrade to best possible sea view room with terrace (subject to availability). Bride receives a rejuvenating massage.

Accommodation: 25 rooms and suites, divided into three villas. Each villa has deluxe rooms, with the Majlis Villa also boasting magnificent junior and royal suites. The rooms and suites open onto the white sand beach, offering panoramic views of the sea from the private verandahs. Each room has an en suite bathroom and has been decorated to evoke the Lamu heritage, with large windows and terraces affording spectacular views. 18 deluxe rooms and 2 inter-connecting family rooms (2 adults and 1 child) and 2 junior suites (3 adults). The royal suite has 2 rooms and a lounge (4 adults and 2 children). Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, bottled water and laundry included. Transfer Time: Approximately 10 minutes by boat from Manda.

The Sands at Nomad  Mombasa A unique fusion of hand-carved polished mahogany, soaring sail work, classic Venetian 'stucco' and traditional Swahili architecture. The Sands nestles in 25 acres of indigenous coastal forest. Location: Situated on the south coast of Mombasa on Diani Beach. Facilities: A restaurant and two bars. Facilities include a swimming pool, four open-air massage huts, an 18-hole golf course nearby, marine safaris, visits to the nearby Shimba Hills National Park. Water sports include windsurfing, deep-sea fishing, kite surfing, pedaloes, kayaks and a diving school. Accommodation: 37 air-conditioned rooms and suites with en suite bathroom, telephone, satellite TV, safe, mini bar, hairdryer and internet connection. Forest view rooms (2 adults & 1 child) are in the main building. Sea breeze rooms (2 adults & 1 child) offer a traditional coastal feel. Inter-connecting rooms are available in the forest view and sea breeze rooms. Ocean view rooms are available, which offer either one or two bedroom options, ideal for families. Board Basis: Breakfast included with option for half board or full board. Transfer Time: Approximately 2 hours drive from Mombasa airport plus a short ferry ride. Approximately a 15 minutes from Ukunda airstrip.

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MUCH MORE Honeymooners: Bride receives discount of 25% off the accommodation – valid year round. Couples receive a free dinner.


The Majlis, Sands at Nomad, Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa, Pinewood Village Beach Resort

Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa  Mombasa

MUCH MORE

Set in 22 acres of manicured gardens on a 350 metre long beach. The resort offers high standards of service.

Free Nights: Pay for 6 nights and get 1 night free or pay for 12 nights and get 2 nights free – valid for stays started and completed 10 Apr-15 Jul 2012. Prices reflect the free nights offer.

Location: Situated on the north coast of Mombasa. Facilities: A choice of four restaurants, three bars and a disco with regular live entertainment. Leisure facilities include five swimming pools, kids' pool and water slide, children's club (aged 4-12 years), teens' club, tennis, gym, beach volleyball, games room & spa. Water sports include glass-bottom boat trips, scuba diving, jet-skiing, pedaloes, windsurfing, snorkelling, kayaking and catamaran.

Honeymooners: Receive fruit/flowers on arrival, bottle of house wine for two at the Lido Seafood Grill, mineral water daily in room and upgrade to superior room (subject to availability).

Accommodation: 338 air-conditioned rooms with bath/shower, satellite TV, safe, mini bar, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities and balcony or verandah with pool or sea view (some standard rooms have partial sea view). Standard rooms (3 adults). Palm rooms (3 adults) which are larger and have a mini bar, and sea front rooms (3 adults) are also available. Board Basis: Breakfast & dinner included. All inclusive option available, please refer to Somak Holidays’ website for full details. Transfer Time: Approximately 40 minutes from Mombasa airport.

Pinewood Village Beach Resort  Mombasa

MUCH MORE Honeymooners: Stay 10 nights or more and receive a bottle of wine on arrival and one 30-minute massage for bride and groom.

A boutique hotel set in a lush forest landscape, offering guests a variety of things to do and a relaxed atmosphere. Location: Situated on the south coast of Mombasa. Facilities: A main restaurant, a beach restaurant serving dinner twice a week and a grill & bistro serving lunch. Three bars. Facilities include a swimming pool with bar, gym, kids' club, tennis, golf, squash, table tennis, beauty salon, bike tour, boutique & The Amani Spa. A dive centre offers a variety of water sports.

Long Stay Bonus: Stay 14 nights or more and receive a private beach dinner and one 30-minute massage per stay.

Accommodation: 58 air-conditioned rooms and suites with en suite shower, ceiling fan, safe, hairdryer, and balcony. Deluxe rooms (3 adults) are on the first floor. Suites (3 adults) are on the ground floor, are more spacious and feature a kitchen with services of a personal chef for dinner, living room and a large verandah. Board Basis: Breakfast and dinner included. All inclusive option available, please refer to Somak Holidays’ website for full details. Transfer Time: Approximately a 1 hour 45 minute drive from Mombasa airport plus a short ferry transfer. Approximately a 20-minute drive from Ukunda airstrip. The Resort is closed from 3 May – 30 May. 7 Nights – Kenya Airways 2012 06 Jan30 Mar

31 Mar08 Apr

09 Apr10 Apr

The Majlis 3165 3165 3165 The Sands at Nomad 1380 1310 1310 Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa 1190 1190 1100 Pinewood Village Beach Resort 1240 1215 1215 SUPPLEMENTS: Single room supplements and child prices on request.

11 Apr23 Apr

24 Apr29 Apr

30 Apr30 May

31 May15 Jun

16 Jun29 Jun

30 Jun13 Jul

14 Jul18 Aug

3115 1265 1050 1170

3080 n/a 1050 n/a

2870 n/a 1050 n/a

2870 n/a 1050 1125

3130 n/a 1100 1210

3165 1380 1165 1215

3630 1835 1645 1695

19 Aug- 01 Nov31 Oct 13 Dec

3165 1380 1190 1240

3115 1305 1110 1150

14 Dec15 Dec

16 Dec23 Dec

24 Dec29 Dec

2013 30 Dec01 Jan

02 Jan05 Jan

06 Jan24 Mar

3350 1385 1290 1220

4510 2405 2900 2175

4080 1990 2480 1755

3995 1920 1805 1755

3705 1675 1260 1530

3450 1470 1260 1285

All times and distances are approximate. Prices are in £ sterling per person based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. Various facilities incur charges which are payable locally. Other hotels/lodges are available. See www.somak.co.uk for further details. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.

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Kenya Coast Southern Palms  Mombasa A thoughtfully designed hotel which combines traditional style with modern service. Location: Situated on the south coast of Mombasa. Facilities: A choice of five restaurants and four bars, one with regular evening entertainment. Leisure facilities include two outdoor pools with swim-up bars, tennis, volleyball, table tennis, squash, pool table, fitness room and children's club (aged 4-12 years). Water sports include deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, catamaran sailing, snorkelling and windsurfing.

MUCH MORE Honeymooners: Receive flowers, fruit basket and a seafood dinner.

Accommodation: 300 air-conditioned rooms with shower, safe and balcony or terrace overlooking the pool. Standard rooms (3 adults). Sea view rooms (3 adults) are also available. Board Basis: Breakfast and dinner included. All Inclusive option available: Meals & Snacks: Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea & dinner. Snacks from 10.30am – 5.30pm. Drinks: Soft drinks, beers, local spirits, house wine & cocktails (10am – 11.30pm). Water Sports: Non-motorised water sports including windsurfing for certified windsurfers and scuba dive check in the swimming pool. Transfer Time: Approximately a 2-hour drive from Mombasa airport plus a short ferry transfer. Approximately a 20-minute drive from Ukunda airstrip.

Indian Ocean Beach Resort  Mombasa Set on a superb beach, this hotel’s secluded setting makes for a laid back, peaceful atmosphere. The Kenyan coast was once ruled by the rich Sultans of Zanzibar, which is reflected in the Arabic architecture. The resort is set among more than 25 acres of swaying coconut palm groves and magnificent old baobabs, overlooking the powder white sands of Diani Beach and the Tiwi estuary. Location: Situated on the south coast of Mombasa. Facilities: Three restaurants and four bars, one with regular evening entertainment. A dress code for dinner applies: no shorts, vests, caps or beachwear permitted. Leisure facilities include an outdoor pool, three plunge pools, kids' playground, kids' club (aged 2-12), tennis, volleyball and beauty salon. Golf is available nearby. Water sports include diving, deep-sea fishing, glass-bottom boat trips, catamaran sailing, windsurfing, snorkelling, kayaking and pedaloes. Accommodation: 100 air-conditioned rooms with bath, ceiling fan, safe, mini bar, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities and patio or balcony. Club rooms (3 adults) have partial sea views. Ocean front rooms (3 adults) which overlook the beach, are also available. Board Basis: Breakfast & dinner included. Transfer Time: Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes drive from Mombasa airport plus a short ferry transfer. Approximately a 20-minute drive from Ukunda airstrip.

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MUCH MORE Honeymooners: Receive flowers and fruit basket in room.


Southern Palms, Indian Ocean Beach Resort, The Cove Retreat – Tree Houses, Baobab Beach Resort & Spa

The Cove Retreat – Tree Houses  Mombasa In a very remote location away from the hub of tourism is The Cove, a breathtaking retreat within a natural setting. This retreat is perfect for those who need little or no entertainment, do not expect the usual hotel amenities. Each Tree House is unique and nestled amongst African baobab trees dotted along the beach.

MUCH MORE Honeymooners: Receive a bottle of sparkling wine – valid 01 Jan-22 Dec 2012.

Location: Situated on Kinondo Beach, south of Diani Beach, Mombasa, alongside the local fishing community. Facilities: A restaurant and a bar. Leisure facilities include an infinity pool and health & beauty treatments. Bush walks and village visits are available. Scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, dhow trips and sunset cruises can be arranged nearby. Accommodation: 6 air-conditioned Tree Houses (2 adults), partially open bathroom with private shower, 4-poster bed, jacuzzi, mini bar, lounge & dining area with stunning sea view. Board Basis: All Inclusive – price includes: Meals & Snacks: Breakfast, lunch & dinner on à la carte, local drinks including wine, beer, cocktails, soft drinks & water. Transfer Time: Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes from Mombasa airport plus a short ferry transfer. Approximately a 15-minute drive from Ukunda airstrip. No children under the age of 18 are permitted. Minimum 3 nights stay.

Baobab Beach Resort & Spa – Maridadi Wing  Mombasa This resort includes three separate properties, which all share a number of leisure facilities. This is a large and friendly resort with high standards of service.

MUCH MORE Free Nights: Pay for 6 nights and get 1 night free or pay for 12 nights and get 2 nights free – valid for stays started and completed 01 Apr-15 Jun 2012. Prices reflect the free nights offer.

Location: Situated on the south coast of Mombasa. Facilities: A selection of restaurants, bars and lounges. Facilities include a 3-tier swimming pool in the Maridadi Wing and the main pool at Baobab, tennis courts, table tennis, beach volleyball and a TV lounge. Water sports include windsurfing, kitesurfing, scuba diving, big game fishing, glass-bottom boat trips and snorkelling. The Afya Bora Wellness Club & Spa offers a huge range of relaxing treatments. Live evening entertainment and a late night disco.

Honeymooners: Receive a fruit basket and flowers in room on arrival, room upgrade (subject to availability), 20% discount on meals at the à la carte restaurants and 20% discount on 2 spa visits each.

Accommodation: 56 air-conditioned rooms with en suite shower, telephone, TV, safe, mini fridge, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities and balcony or terrace. Superior rooms which are sea facing (2 adults & 2 children or 3 adults). Deluxe rooms and Deluxe Bungalow rooms (2 adults & 1 child or 3 adults). Board Basis: All Inclusive – price includes: Meals & Snacks: Breakfast, lunch, dinner (at selected restaurants) & snacks (10am-5pm). Drinks: Local soft drinks & local alcoholic drinks (10am-midnight). Transfer Time: Approximately a 1 hour 30 minute drive from Mombasa airport plus a short ferry transfer. Approximately a 20-minute drive from Ukunda airstrip. 7 Nights – Kenya Airways 2012 06 Jan27 Mar

28 Mar30 Mar

31 Mar10 Apr

Southern Palms 1175 1110 1065 Indian Ocean Beach Resort 1090 1060 1040 The Cove Retreat – Tree Houses 1695 1695 1695 Baobab Beach Resort & Spa – Maridadi Wing 1600 1495 1415 SUPPLEMENTS: Single room supplements and child prices on request.

11 Apr26 Apr

27 Apr29 Apr

30 Apr15 Jun

16 Jun23 Jun

24 Jun27 Jun

28 Jun13 Jul

14 Jul18 Aug

1015 990 1645 1370

1015 990 1530 1370

1015 990 1450 1370

1065 1040 1500 1415

1125 1040 1660 1525

1175 1075 1785 1610

1625 1545 2235 2060

19 Aug- 31 Aug- 01 Nov30 Aug 31 Oct 15 Dec

1175 1090 1785 1610

1105 1090 1785 1545

1060 995 1735 1475

16 Dec18 Dec

19 Dec23 Dec

24 Dec30 Dec

2013 31 Dec04 Jan

05 Jan24 Mar

1640 1615 2315 2385

1695 1820 2365 2670

1280 1405 1945 2250

1245 1180 1870 1895

1245 1150 1810 1715

All times and distances are approximate. Prices are in £ sterling per person based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. Various facilities incur charges which are payable locally. Other hotels/lodges are available. See www.somak.co.uk for further details. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.

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Kenya Coast Voyager Beach Resort  Mombasa This is a nautically themed resort, surrounded by lush tropical gardens. It offers one of the region's finest water sports centres, and an endless array of exciting family activities including a comprehensive children’s programme, making it a great choice for couples and families. Just like a cruise ship, this place is all about taking it easy. Whether you're sitting at the seaside lookout bar, or just chilling out by one of the pools, life here moves at a gentle pace. Location: Situated on the north coast of Mombasa.

MUCH MORE Honeymooners: Receive floral arrangement, fruit and a bottle of house wine in room on arrival.

Facilities: The resort offers three restaurants, three bars (one open 24 hours), cyber café, an evening entertainment programme and family shows. Leisure facilities include a fun pool with whirlpool, waterfall, children's section and waterslide, plus a sports pool and a quiet pool overlooking the beach. There is also the Adventurers' Club for children, a games room, lawn tennis, table tennis, a shopping arcade and hair salon. Water sports include scuba diving, big game fishing, windsurfing, sailing, canoes, aquacycles, pedal boat and glass-bottom boat rides. An 18-hole golf course is available at the nearby Nyali Golf & Country Club. Accommodation: 233 spacious, air-conditioned 'cabins'. All cabins have a shower, telephone, safe, tea/coffee making facilities and balcony. Superior garden view cabins (3 adults & 1 child). Superior sea view cabins (2 adults) which have a mini bar and hairdryer, are also available. Board Basis: All Inclusive – price includes: Meals & Snacks: Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and selected snacks (excluding à la carte dining and cyber café). Drinks: Local alcoholic and soft drinks (chargeable after midnight). Transfer Time: Approximately 35 minutes from Mombasa airport.

Turtle Bay Beach Club   Watamu A well-established popular hotel, set in ten acres of tropical gardens. Location: Situated on spectacular Watamu Beach. Facilities: Three restaurants and 3 bars, 1 with regular evening entertainment and waiter service around the pool and beach. Gentlemen are required to wear long trousers and a tailored shirt for dinner at the Blue Turtle Restaurant. Leisure facilities include 2 pools (1 for over 18s only), jacuzzi, children's pool & kids' club (aged 4-12 years), tennis and volleyball. Water sports include windsurfing, deep-sea fishing, scuba diving and snorkelling. From May to September the beaches in Watamu are subject to seaweed and tidal variance. Accommodation: 145 air-conditioned rooms with bath/shower, ceiling fan, tea/coffee making facilities and balcony or patio. Super club rooms (2 adults & 2 children using fold-away beds) have partial ocean view. Board Basis: All Inclusive – price includes: Meals & Snacks: Breakfast, lunch & dinner – all buffet style in main restaurant or the pizzeria for lunch & dinner. Daytime & midnight snacks. Guests can eat at the Blue Turtle restaurant, and receive 20% off their bill. Drinks: Local wines, South African wines, beers, spirits & soft drinks. Water Sports: Basic & intermediate windsurfing and catamarans (first lesson chargeable). Introductory scuba diving lesson in the pool. Transfer Time: Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes from Mombasa airport. Approximately 30 minutes from Malindi airport. The hotel is closed from 2 May – 3 June (subject to change).

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MUCH MORE Free Nights: Pay for 6 nights and get 1 night free or pay for 12 nights and get 2 nights free – valid for stays started and completed 03 Jan – 31 Jan, 01 Mar – 31 Mar, and 01 Sep – 31 Oct 2012. Prices reflect the free nights offer. Honeymooners: Couples receive upgrade from Club to Lamu room (subject to availability), fruit basket, flowers, a bottle of sparkling wine, honeymoon photo, email service of honeymoon photo to family/friends, special dinner on the beach or in à la carte restaurant, breakfast in bed. Single Saver: No single supplement throughout the year, valid for super club room.


Voyager Beach Resort, Turtle Bay, Bamburi Beach Hotel, Travellers Club

Bamburi Beach Hotel  Mombasa The hotel is set amid tropical gardens on a white sand beach overlooking the Indian Ocean. Location: Situated on the north coast of Mombasa. Facilities: Three restaurants, a snack bar and three bars. Leisure facilities include two outdoor pools, squash, table tennis, fitness room, kids' club (aged 4-12 years) and beauty salon. Water sports include scuba diving, snorkelling, deep-sea fishing, creek safaris, pedaloes, windsurfing and canoeing. Accommodation: 150 air-conditioned rooms with shower, TV with DVD player, safe, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities and balcony or terrace. Standard rooms (3 adults) have a pool or ocean view. Board Basis: All Inclusive – price includes: Meals & Snacks: Breakfast, lunch & dinner – all buffet style. Supplement payable for à la carte service. Daytime snacks served from 10am-5.30pm. Drinks: Soft drinks, beer, local spirits & house wine – all by the glass – 10am-11.30pm. Transfer Time: Approximately 45 minutes from Mombasa airport.

Travellers Beach & Travellers Club 

MUCH MORE Honeymooners: Receive flowers, fruit basket and a seafood dinner.

Mombasa

Travellers Beach Hotel provides a wide range of facilities within a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and represents some of the best value accommodation in its category. Location: Situated on the north coast of Mombasa. Facilities: Three restaurants & two bars, one offers regular traditional African shows. Outdoor disco, live music & local cabarets. Leisure facilities include an outdoor pool, kids' pool, kids' club (aged 3-12 years), tennis, squash, fitness/beauty centre with a jacuzzi, gym, sauna, steam bath, massage & hair salon. Water sports include scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, water-skiing, jet-skiing, windsurfing, glass-bottom boat trips, banana boat, paddle boat, canoeing, kayaking and snorkelling. Accommodation: 128 air-conditioned rooms with bath/shower. Each room has one double & one single bed, satellite TV, hairdryer and a balcony or terrace. Standard rooms (3 adults) have views of the gardens, pool or ocean. Board Basis: Breakfast and dinner included.

MUCH MORE Honeymooners: Receive flowers, fruit basket and a seafood dinner.

Travellers Club shares facilities with Travellers Beach, and offers 158 rooms on an all inclusive basis. Meals & Snacks: Breakfast, lunch and dinner served buffet-style in the main restaurant. A la carte restaurants at the neighbouring Travellers Beach Hotel may be used for a supplement. Snacks 10am-6pm. Drinks: Soft drinks, fruit juices, purified water, local beers, spirits & selected house wines. All drinks served by the glass, 10am-midnight. Water Sports: Trial diving lesson in the pool – equipment is included but lessons are payable locally. Transfer Time: Approximately 40 minutes from Mombasa airport.

7 Nights – Kenya Airways 2012 06 Jan10 Apr

11 Apr15 Apr

16 Apr15 Jun

Voyager Beach Resort 1230 1100 1115 Turtle Bay 1340 1235 1085 Bamburi Beach Hotel 1175 1025 1025 Travellers Beach Hotel 1005 955 950 SUPPLEMENTS: Single room supplements and child prices on request.

16 Jun07 Jul

08 Jul13 Jul

14 Jul18 Aug

1165 1130 1175 995

1395 1130 1175 1025

1885 1730 1630 1485

19 Aug- 28 Aug- 31 Aug- 01 Nov27 Aug 30 Aug 31 Oct 12 Dec

1435 1275 1175 1030

1295 1275 1130 1030

1190 1275 1100 1025

1140 1225 1050 975

13 Dec15 Dec

16 Dec19 Dec

20 Dec23 Dec

24 Dec25 Dec

26 Dec28 Dec

29 Dec30 Dec

2013 31 Dec04 Jan

05 Jan24 Mar

1140 1275 1050 975

1875 1880 1790 1585

2130 1880 1940 1680

1715 1465 1520 1260

1660 1465 1520 1240

1450 1465 1485 1140

1325 1390 1380 1045

1310 1425 1245 1060

All times and distances are approximate. Prices are in £ sterling per person based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. Various facilities incur charges which are payable locally. Other hotels/lodges are available. See www.somak.co.uk for further details. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.

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ZANZIBAR Karibu – welcome to Zanzibar, one of the most beautiful archipelagos in the Indian Ocean. Over centuries different cultures have influenced Zanzibar and today a fascinating experience awaits you in the ‘Spice Islands’.

• Fundu Lagoon Z Hotel • • Ras Nungwi Kilindi • Diamonds La Gemma Dell’Est • Royal Zanzibar • • &Beyond Mnemba Island Lodge

Zanzibar’s beaches are among the best in the world. At the northern tip of the island, Nungwi beach is an ideal diving location and is one of the livelier areas. This laid back beach town is a popular destination for tourists, and there are plenty of hotels, bars and restaurants to choose from.

• Matemwe Main Lodge & Retreat • Sandies Neptune Pwani • Diamonds Dream of Zanzibar • Sandies Mapenzi Beach • Ocean Paradise • Bluebay Beach Resort • Sultan Sands • Pongwe Beach Hotel

On the east coast you will find charming fishing villages and locals living a simple life. The beaches here include Matemwe, Pwani Mchangani, Kiwengwa, Uroa, Bwejuu and Jambiani. The sea is generally fairly shallow here – at high tide it can cover the beach and at low tide it almost seems to disappear.

With flights to Selous and Ruaha, it is easy to combine a few days on safari with your beach stay (see page 71). The Serengeti is also easily reached with flights via Arusha. 90

Serena Inn • • Beyt Al Chai Zanzibar Airport



The island is home to unique forest reserves and plantations with fruit, vegetables, and the intriguing Stone Town, steeped in history. Zanzibar also boasts several small offshore islands ideal for day-trips including Changu, Chapwani, Chumbe and Bawe.

Fumba Beach Lodge •

Map locations are approximate and are not intended to be definitive.


Excursions Many trips to Stone Town, the forest, farms and other islands are available including:

Stone Town Tour Learn more about the ancient history with a tour of Stone Town, wander through the narrow streets and barter for goods at the market.

Spice Tour This tour guarantees a unique experience to pick, smell and savour fruit and spices indigenous to the island.

Jozani Forest Visit the only remaining natural forest on the island. Take a relaxing walk and hear about the mystical tales associated with the forest and the chance to spot the most famous inhabitant the rare red colobus monkey.

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Zanzibar Stonetown Zanzibar Serena Inn, Beyt Al Chai

Zanzibar Serena Inn  Situated on the seafront of ancient Stone Town, washed by the aquamarine waters of the Zanzibar Channel, the Serena Inn is a haven of tranquillity amongst the bustle of Zanzibar. It is flanked by an exotic mix of sultans’ palaces, Portuguese forts, ancient dhow harbours and bright bazaars. Faithfully restored and lavishly embellished, the interior design concept is a fusion of authenticity and opulence that reflects the very essence of Zanzibar. Each bedroom is cool, white, and constructed in the traditional design of a Swahili house. There is a selection of dining options available including The Baharia Restaurant, the Mdele Coffee Shop, the Masahani Bar and the exclusive Serena Mangapwani Beach Club. Location: Situated on the seafront of ancient Stone Town. Facilities: A main restaurant, bar and evening entertainment. Leisure facilities include an outdoor pool, a gift shop, boutique and beauty therapy parlour. Water sports can be organised on request and are available at the nearby beaches, these include diving, snorkelling, sunset boat trips. A complimentary shuttle is provided to and from Serena Mangapwani Beach Club. Accommodation: 51 air-conditioned rooms with bath, satellite TV, safe, mini bar, hairdryer, mosquito net and a private balcony. Standard rooms (2 adults) have a partial ocean view. Prime view rooms, (2 adults) which have a hammock and a full ocean view, are also available. Board Basis: Breakfast included. Transfer Time: Approximately 20 minutes from Zanzibar airport.

Beyt Al Chai  Beyt Al Chai is a charming, small boutique guesthouse, located at the heart of Zanzibar's Stone Town. Built by a wealthy Arab merchant as a private home, Beyt Al Chai (House of Tea) takes its name from the days when the building served as a tea house. The three-storey house has since been beautifully restored, with every effort made to retain the character of this antique building. Beyt Al Chai is the perfect place to relax and capture the spirit and magic of Zanzibar. It is also within easy walking distance of all the attractions of Zanzibar Town. Location: Ideally located on the famous Kelele Square. Facilities: A lounge and bar which is furnished with huge comfortable sofas and armchairs which have been placed to form different sitting areas. Ideally created to provide privacy and comfort for those who want to relax, read books or just sip a cool drink and enjoy the gentle music in the background. A 5-star restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel provides guests and visitors with an opportunity for first class dining. Accommodation: Offers five air-conditioned rooms with en suite bathrooms, each of which is uniquely designed. Rich brightly covered organza and silk curtains billow in the breeze around genuine antiques, some of which date back to the days of the Sultan. One Sultan room accommodates 2 adults and 2 children, One Prince room accommodates 2 adults and 1 child; other rooms accommodate 2 adults. Board Basis: Breakfast included. Transfer Time: Approximately 10 minutes from Zanzibar airport. Closed in May.

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Zanzibar Beach/Pemba Kilindi, Fundu Lagoon

Kilindi

CONNOISSEUR COLLECTION

Zanzibar Beach

Kilindi offers guests stunning accommodation and breathtaking views. The villas are spread across 34 acres of lush tropical gardens and all have a unique domed roof with stained-glass skylight.

MUCH MORE Honeymooners: Receive a bottle of sparkling wine, seafood platter and a massage for two.

Location: The resort is set on a magnificent beach extending 500 metres on the northwest coast of Zanzibar. Facilities: The main building is open at the front with archways to a terrace overlooking the ocean. Indoor and outdoor dining areas and romantic beach or poolside dinners and butler service. A cocktail bar with waterfall feature, and a lounge are ideal places for guests to relax. Leisure facilities include a T-shaped infinity swimming pool and the Kilindi’s Ushawari Spa which offers authentic pampering by skilled therapists using all natural African products. Accommodation: 15 villas (2 adults). 2 family villas have one double room and a twin room plus sea views (2 adults and 2 children). Each air-conditioned villa has a plunge pool, an open-air lounge and a spacious wet room with rain shower. Board Basis: All Inclusive – price includes: Meals & Snacks: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, room service and snacks. Drinks: Soft drinks, cocktails, a choice of house wines, local spirits, water, tea and coffee (excludes champagne, cellar wines and imported spirits). Laundry also included. Transfer Time: Approximately 50 minutes from Zanzibar Airport. The hotel is closed in April and May 2012.

Fundu Lagoon

CONNOISSEUR COLLECTION

Pemba MUCH MORE

This unique resort offers outstanding beauty and exceptional levels of service for the ultimate, tranquil holiday.

Free Nights: Pay for 5 nights and get 2 nights free or pay for 10 nights and get 4 nights free – valid for stays started and completed 15 Jun – 13 Dec 2012 and 11 Jan – 14 Apr 2013. Prices reflect the free nights offer.

Location: Situated on a remote & beautiful beach on the southwest side of Pemba Island, the sister island to Zanzibar. Facilities: A main restaurant & three bars. Leisure facilities include an infinity pool, a games room, TV room, Fundu Fusion spa and a terrace looking out to the jungle. Water sports include PADI dive centre, canoes, dolphin safari, guided village tours, sunset dhow cruises, fishing trips, snorkelling & kayaking. Accommodation: 18 en suite bungalows with canvas walls, fans, safe, fridge, indoor and outdoor seating area with ocean views. Hillside rooms (2 adults) have fantastic views of the Indian Ocean. Beachfront rooms (2 adults) are located on the beach. Beach Suite (2 adults) feature a deck & plunge pool, superior suites (2 adults) which feature a plunge pool, relaxation area and room service, are also available. Board Basis: All Inclusive – price includes: Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner. Drinks: All drinks & beverages, except Champagne, branded cognacs & liqueurs. Laundry also included. Transfer Time: Approximately a 35-minute flight from Zanzibar to Pemba island, followed by a 20-minute road transfer and a 25-minute speedboat ride to the lagoon. Children under 12 years are not permitted. Closed from mid April to mid June. 7 Nights – Kenya Airways 2012 07 Jan28 Feb

29 Feb24 Mar

25 Mar30 Mar

Zanzibar Serena Inn 1770 1635 1620 Beyt Al Chai 1510 1510 1510 Kilindi 3225 3225 n/a Fundu Lagoon 2550 2550 2655 SUPPLEMENTS: Single room supplements and child prices on request.

31 Mar09 Apr

10 Apr23 Apr

24 Apr24 May

1525 1465 n/a 2670

1525 1360 n/a n/a

1480 n/a n/a n/a

25 May- 31 May30 May 13 Jun

1690 n/a n/a n/a

1720 1445 3175 n/a

14 Jun23 Jun

24 Jun13 Jul

14 Jul18 Aug

1770 1545 3225 3210

1770 1545 3225 3560

2310 2085 3770 4105

19 Aug- 01 Nov31 Oct 07 Dec

1770 1545 3225 3560

1590 1495 3175 3160

08 Dec15 Dec

16 Dec23 Dec

24 Dec30 Dec

2013 31 Dec06 Jan

07 Jan24 Mar

1605 1500 3980 3510

2350 2150 4610 4140

1910 1640 4100 3630

1885 1605 4030 3595

1885 1605 3490 3595

All times and distances are approximate. Prices are in £ sterling per person based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. Various facilities incur charges which are payable locally. Other hotels/lodges are available. See www.somak.co.uk for further details. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.

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Zanzibar Diamonds La Gemma Dell’est  Zanzibar Beach The hotel is set in the midst of exotic and colourful tropical gardens inviting you to enjoy the pristine views over the Indian Ocean. Location: On the northwest shores of Zanzibar, Kendwa near Nungwi. Facilities: Four restaurants, one café, three bars and evening entertainment. Leisure facilities include a large swimming pool with a children's area, Mvua African Rain Spa, beach volleyball, outdoor gym, tennis court and jacuzzi. Water sports include windsurfing, canoeing and a water sports centre with diving centre. Accommodation: 138 air-conditioned rooms with a walk-in shower, satellite TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities and terrace. Deluxe room (2 adults & 1 child). Villa and suites are also available. Board Basis: All Inclusive – price includes: Meals & Snacks: Buffet breakfast, lunch & dinner at 'The Pavilion' restaurant. Dinner at Coral Cove serving fresh pizzas, salads & snacks throughout the day at the 'Beach Bar'. Drinks: Soft drinks, water, local beer, house wines, juices, tea & coffee at 'The Pavilion', 'Beach Bar', Coral Cove, the 'Sunset Lounge & Bar' & 'Sea Breezes' à la carte restaurant. Long drinks & cocktails are also included at the 'Beach Bar'. Spirits & aperitifs at the 'Sunset Lounge & Bar'. Oriental coffee and tea served at Café Moressco from 5pm-11pm. Not Included: Dinner at 'Sea Breeze' à la carte restaurant, Beach Grill. Premium drinks at any restaurant or bar. Drinks at Café Moressco.

MUCH MORE Free Nights: Pay for 6 nights and get 1 night free or pay for 12 nights and get 2 nights free – valid for stays started and completed 01 May-30 Jun 2012 and 15 Oct-15 Dec 2012. Prices reflect the free nights offer. Honeymooners: Receive fruit, flowers, wine and a romantic dinner for 2. Offer valid for stays of 5 nights or more. Single Saver: No single supplement 01 May-30 Jun 2012 – minimum stay requirement 7 nights. Cannot be combined with any other offer.

Transfer Time: Approximately 1 hour from Zanzibar Airport.

Diamonds Dream of Zanzibar  Zanzibar Beach The property is set amongst tropical gardens and offers a good choice of water sports and other activities. It is both exotic and modern, with the interior décor by an Italian designer and the architecture hinting at both African and Arabic influences. Location: Situated in Kiwengwa, on the northeast coast of Zanzibar. Facilities: Three restaurants and a pizzeria (open for dinner only) and an à la carte restaurant (at extra cost) plus three bars. Leisure facilities include two swimming pools, fitness centre, The Mvua African Rain Spa, tennis, beach volleyball, beach soccer, table tennis. Water sports include catamaran, windsurfing, canoes and deep-sea fishing.

Free Nights: Pay for 6 nights and get 1 night free or pay for 12 nights and get 2 nights free – valid for stays started and completed 01 May-30 Jun 2012 and 15 Oct – 15 Dec 2012. Prices reflect the free nights offer.

Accommodation: 157 air-conditioned rooms with en suite bathroom with walk-in shower, TV, DVD and CD player, safe, mini bar, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Deluxe room (2 adults & 1 child). Junior suites and a beach villa are also available.

Honeymooners: Receive fruit, flowers, wine and a romantic dinner for 2. Offer valid for stays of 5 nights or more.

Board Basis: All Inclusive – price includes: Meals & Snacks: Buffet breakfast, lunch & dinner, afternoon tea, coffee and pastries. Drinks: Soft drinks, local beer, house wines, tea & coffee. Bar open until 1.00am.

Single Saver: No single supplement 01 May-30 Jun 2012 – minimum stay requirement 7 nights. Cannot be combined with any other offer.

Transfer Time: Approximately 50 minutes from Zanzibar airport.

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Diamonds La Gemma Dell’est, Diamonds Dream of Zanzibar, Sandies Neptune Pwani Beach, Ocean Paradise

Sandies Neptune Pwani Beach  Zanzibar Beach MUCH MORE

The resort has been meticulously created, emulating traditional Zanzibar style, using the best in local design, interiors and furnishings, and meeting high international standards.

Free Nights: Pay for 6 nights and get 1 night free or pay for 12 nights and get 2 nights free – valid for stays started and completed 01 May-30 Jun 2012 and 15 Oct – 15 Dec 2012. Prices reflect the free nights offer.

Location: Situated on the eastern coast of Zanzibar near Pwani Mchangani. Facilities: A main restaurant, an à la carte restaurant, a pizzeria, one pool bar and a lounge bar. Leisure facilities include two pools, Mvua Spa, beach and water volleyball and table tennis. Water sports include windsurfing, kayak, catamaran, diving (available at sister hotel Diamonds La Gemma Dell'Est) and snorkelling. Accommodation: 154 air-conditioned rooms with shower, TV and balcony or terrace. Standard rooms (2 adults and 1 child) are on an elevated part of the hotel, situated away from the beach, accessed via stairs. Sea side rooms (2 adults and 1 child) are located nearer to the beach.

Honeymooners: Receive fruit, flowers, wine and a romantic dinner for 2. Offer valid for stays of 5 nights or more.

Board Basis: All Inclusive – price includes: Meals & Snacks: Breakfast, lunch & dinner. Snacks from 10am-6pm. One dinner per stay at the Pizzeria. Drinks: Local soft drinks & local alcoholic drinks (10am-midnight).

Single Saver: No single supplement 01 May-30 Jun 2012 – minimum stay requirement 7 nights. Cannot be combined with any other offer.

Transfer Time: Approximately 1 hour from Zanzibar Airport.

Ocean Paradise  Zanzibar Beach

MUCH MORE Free Nights: Pay for 6 nights and get 1 free or pay for 12 and get 2 free – valid for stayed started and completed 15 Jan31 Mar, 01 Jun-30 Jun & 01 Nov-19 Dec 2012. Prices reflect the free nights offer. Honeymooners: Receive a fruit/flower basket, a bottle of sparkling wine and a lobster dinner for two, all subject to availability, valid for all room categories. Bride receives a 20% discount on accommodation, valid 01 Apr-30 Jun & 01 Sep-30 Nov 2012, valid only for superior room categories. Cannot be combined with any other offer.

A unique and enchanting resort, reflecting the traditional styles and charm of Zanzibar. Location: Situated in Kijangwani, on the northeast coast of Zanzibar. Facilities: Offers a choice of three restaurants, three bars and regular evening entertainment. Leisure facilities include a lagoon-style pool, volleyball, dolphin tours and a health and fitness centre. Water sports include scuba diving, sailing, windsurfing, snorkelling and kayaking. Accommodation: 98 air-conditioned bungalows with shower, satellite TV, safe, mini bar, hairdryer and balcony. Standard garden rooms (3 adults) are located at the rear of the hotel. Superior garden rooms (3 adults), superior seafront rooms (3 adults) and junior suites (3 adults) which have a separate living room, are also available. Board Basis: Breakfast and dinner included. Transfer Time: Approximately 50 minutes from Zanzibar airport.

7 Nights – Kenya Airways 2012 06 Jan28 Feb

29 Feb10 Apr

11 Apr14 Apr

Diamonds La Gemma Dell'est 2160 1915 1760 Diamonds Dream of Zanzibar 1800 1645 1530 Sandies Neptune Pwani Beach 1685 1610 1495 Ocean Paradise 1385 1330 1180 SUPPLEMENTS: Single room supplements and child prices on request.

15 Apr15 Jun

16 Jun01 Jul

02 Jul13 Jul

14 Jul19 Jul

20 Jul18 Aug

1620 1445 1405 1180

1670 1490 1455 1225

1905 1610 1545 1385

2540 2235 2145 1930

2655 2345 2230 1985

19 Aug- 31 Aug- 01 Nov30 Aug 31 Oct 08 Nov

2095 1785 1680 1440

2010 1685 1650 1385

1960 1635 1595 1305

16 Dec19 Dec

20 Dec23 Dec

24 Dec30 Dec

2013 31 Dec02 Jan

03 Jan05 Jan

06 Jan27 Feb

28 Feb24 Mar

3150 2575 2510 1965

3570 2810 2720 1965

3065 2305 2215 1465

2890 2185 2090 1450

2620 2075 1960 1465

2310 1930 1795 1465

2045 1760 1710 1400

All times and distances are approximate. Prices are in £ sterling per person based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. Various facilities incur charges which are payable locally. Other hotels/lodges are available. See www.somak.co.uk for further details. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.

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Zanzibar Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa   Zanzibar Beach Carefully and tastefully decorated in a Zanzibari style with a wide range of facilities. The Bluebay is a first-class resort with a fine beach. Location: In Kiwengwa on the east coast of Zanzibar. Facilities: Three restaurants and three bars. Leisure facilities include an outdoor pool with jacuzzi, kids' pool, kids' club (aged 2-12 years), tennis, fitness centre, and the Oasis Spa. Water sports include scuba diving, sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, snorkelling and deep-sea fishing. Guests can also enjoy the facilities of Sultan Sands Island Resort, next door. Accommodation: 112 air-conditioned rooms with shower, ceiling fan, satellite TV, mini bar, hairdryer, terrace and balcony or verandah. Superior rooms (3 adults) have partial sea views, junior suites (3 adults) also have a separate seating area. Sultan rooms (3 adults) are on the beach, have butler service and an 8 foot 'sultan-size bed'. Club rooms (3 adults) have partial sea views, an exclusive area and use of a private swimming pool which is shared with guests in the junior suites. A restaurant for exclusive use of guests in club rooms, junior suites and sultan rooms only, is available. Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Transfer Time: Approximately 50 minutes from Zanzibar airport.

MUCH MORE Free Nights: Pay for 6 nights and get 1 night free or pay for 12 nights and get 2 nights free – valid for stays started and completed 01 Mar-04 Apr 2012, 09 Apr-30 Jun 2012, 01 Sep-30 Sep 2012 and 01 Nov-21 Dec 2012. Prices reflect the free nights offer. Honeymooners: Couples staying 7 night or more receive a 45-minute massage. Couples staying 14 nights or more, the bride receives 7 nights accommodation free – valid for stays started & completed 01 Jan-30 Jul and 01Sep-22 Dec 2012.

Sultan Sands Island Resort  Zanzibar Beach A magical African resort with a choice of single-storey African style rondavel cottages nestled on the beachfront in wonderfully landscaped tropical gardens. Location: In Kiwengwa village on the east coast of Zanzibar. Facilities: A main restaurant, a beach restaurant and 3 bars. Leisure facilities which are shared with Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa include 2 pools, Oasis Spa, fitness centre, floodlit tennis court, table tennis, snooker, billiards and a children's playground and club. Water sports include scuba diving, snorkelling and deep-sea fishing. Guests can also enjoy the facilities of Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa, next door. Accommodation: 76 air-conditioned rooms with en suite shower, separate dressing room, ceiling fans, telephone, satellite TV, safe, mini bar, hairdryer, and verandah. Standard Pwani rooms (2 adults & 1 child) are on rising grounds in beautiful landscaped gardens, facing the ocean. Sea front Bahari rooms (2 adults & 1 child) are at the edge of the ocean with a sea view. Board Basis: All Inclusive – price includes: Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the main restaurant. Drinks: From 10am – 12 midnight: coffee, tea, water, soft drinks, juices, cocktails, house wine, beer, local and international spirits (non-premium). Transfer Time: Approximately 50 minutes from Zanzibar airport.

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MUCH MORE Free Nights: Pay for 6 nights and get 1 night free – valid for stays started and completed 01 Apr-25 Jul 2012 and 01 Nov-21 Dec 2012. Prices reflect the free night offer. Honeymooners: Receive a bottle of wine and flowers in room on arrival. Couples staying a minimum of 7 nights also receive a complimentary seafood dinner.


Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa, Sultan Sands Island Resort, Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort

Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort  Zanzibar Beach MUCH MORE

This attractive resort, on one of Zanzibar's unspoilt beaches, offers a lively and friendly atmosphere. The area is home to some excellent diving sites.

Free Nights: Pay for 6 nights and get 1 night free or pay for 12 nights and get 2 nights free – valid for stays started and completed 31 Mar-30 Apr 2012, 01 Sep30 Sep and 01 Nov-20 Dec 2012. Prices reflect the free nights offer.

Location: Situated in Nungwi, in the northwest region of Zanzibar. Facilities: Two restaurants, 4 bars, snack bar, evening entertainment, 4 swimming pools, kids’ pool, kids’ club 10.00am-6.00pm (aged 4-12 years), gym, beauty salon and massage, plus shopping facilities. Water sports include pedal boats, kayaks, deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, snorkelling, dhow cruises and dolphin tours.

Honeymooners: Receive fruit & flowers in room, a seafood dinner and upgrade to junior suite, subject to availability.

Accommodation: 100 air-conditioned rooms with en suite bath & shower, telephone, TV, safe, mini bar, hairdryer, coffee maker, internet connection and terrace/balcony. Superior rooms (2 adults + 1 rollaway bed). Junior suites are also available (2 adults + 1 rollaway bed) which have a sitting area & large terrace/balcony with day bed & sea view. Board Basis: All Inclusive – price includes: Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner in the main restaurant. Snacks: Daytime snacks from the Snack Bar from 10.00am-6.00pm (6.00pm-11.00pm drinks only). Drinks: Local spirits, selected red and white wine by the glass, local beer, selected cocktails and soft drinks in the Main Bar, 7.00am-11.00pm, the beach bar 10.00am-11.00pm and the pool bar 10.00am-6.00pm. A half litre of bottled water per person per day in room. Leisure Facilities: Fitness centre, table tennis, darts and a scuba diving trial in the pool. The hotel also caters for guests on different meal plans and with different entertainment programmes. It is popular with Italian guests. Transfer Time: Approximately 55 minutes from Zanzibar airport.

7 Nights – Kenya Airways 2012 06 Jan29 Mar

30 Mar10 Apr

11 Apr03 Jun

Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa 1625 1400 1320 Sultan Sands Island Resort 1670 1635 1580 Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort 1820 1560 1465 SUPPLEMENTS: Single room supplements and child prices on request.

04 Jun07 Jun

10 Jun15 Jun

16 Jun26 Jun

30 Jun27 Jun

14 Jul21 Jul

22 Jul18 Aug

1430 1580 1465

1515 1570 1465

1565 1615 1645

1565 1615 1820

2190 2235 2365

2295 2340 2365

19 Aug- 31 Aug- 01 Nov30 Aug 31 Oct 14 Dec

1755 1795 1820

1625 1670 1740

1515 1565 1565

15 Dec

16 Dec19 Dec

20 Dec23 Dec

24 Dec30 Dec

2013 31 Dec04 Jan

05 Jan24 Mar

1615 1635 1565

2625 2540 2785

2820 2680 3230

2310 2170 2720

2085 1995 2440

1730 1785 1950

All times and distances are approximate. Prices are in £ sterling per person based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. Various facilities incur charges which are payable locally. Other hotels/lodges are available. See www.somak.co.uk for further details. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.

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Zanzibar The Z Hotel  Zanzibar Beach An elegant, boutique hotel which blends contemporary design with traditional Zanzibari features. Set in tropical gardens with direct access to a white sand beach and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Location: Situated in Nungwi on the northern tip of Zanzibar. Facilities: An alfresco style à la carte restaurant, a bistro and cocktail bar. Saruche, the main restaurant also offers an African beach BBQ and dance nights in addition to the Zanzibar nights, giving the opportunity to sample traditional Zanzibarian cuisine and music. Infinity swimming pool, mini spa and reading room with computer and internet access. Water sports include PADI dive centre, water-skiing, kayaking, and deep-sea fishing. There is also a gift boutique. Accommodation: 35 air-conditioned rooms including 2 rooftop suites and 2 ocean front cottages all with en suite bathroom, telephone, safe, mini bar, 4 poster beds and French doors leading onto large balconies or terraces. Most of the rooms have sea views. All rooms accommodate 2 adults.

MUCH MORE Free Nights: Pay for 4 nights and get 1 night free – valid for stays started and completed 1 Mar-15 Apr 2012, 01 Jun30 Jun 2012 and 01 Nov-15 Dec 2012. Prices reflect the free nights offer. Honeymooners: Stay 4 nights and receive a fruit platter, a bottle of sparkling wine in the room on arrival, a dinner for 2. Stay 6 nights or more and receive all of the above plus a 30-minute massage for two. All offers are subject to availability.

Board Basis: Breakfast included. Transfer Time: Approximately 1 hour from Zanzibar airport. Children under 12 years are not permitted during peak season. The hotel is closed from 16 April – 5 June.

Pongwe Beach Hotel  Zanzibar Beach Set in a tranquil location; the ideal place to relax and enjoy Zanzibar's distinctive, mellow pace. Dive into the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean, or stretch out and soak up the sun on the beach. This is an ideal retreat for those looking for that extra special honeymoon, or a holiday with an air of exclusivity. Location: Situated half way up the East Coast of Zanzibar. Facilities: A restaurant and bar. Leisure facilities include an infinity swimming pool, mountain bikes, library, 4x4 jeep hire, indoor and outdoor games, visits to the historic Stone Town. Water sports include snorkelling, kayaking and a boat cruise on the local dhow. Accommodation: 16 Zanzibarian cottages with en suite Moroccan style walk-in showers, ceiling fans, traditional beds. The rooms have a terrace where guests can enjoy the sunrise and a leisurely breakfast. Three garden view rooms (2 adults and 1 child) and 12 beachfront rooms with seaview balconies (2 adults and 1 child or 3 adults and 1 child). One family beachfront room with 2 inter-connecting rooms (4 adults). Board Basis: Breakfast and dinner included. Transfer Time: Approximately 1 hour from Zanzibar Airport.

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MUCH MORE Honeymooners: Receive fruit, flowers and a bottle of sparkling wine in room on arrival.


The Z Hotel, Pongwe Beach Hotel, Fumba Beach Lodge, Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel

Fumba Beach Lodge  Zanzibar Beach MUCH MORE

Fumba Beach Lodge is a luxurious and peaceful hideaway, offering a perfect blend of casual elegance and friendly, first class service. Set in 40 acres of exquisite wilderness with three naturally sheltered beaches.

Free Night Offer: Pay for 6 nights and get 1 night free for stays started & completed 01 Apr-15 May & 01 Nov-20 Dec 2012.

Location: Situated in the southwest of Zanzibar, on a beautiful and secluded beach. Facilities: An open-air restaurant serves local and traditional cuisine. Leisure facilities include a beach bar, swimming pool, spa, plus a PADI dive centre offering snorkelling, kayaking and windsurfing Accommodation: 26 rooms and suites with en suite shower, fans, safe and terrace are situated along the beach with views of the ocean. Deluxe garden view rooms (2 adults and 1 child). Board Basis: Breakfast included. Transfer Time: Approximately 30 minutes from Zanzibar airport.

Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel  Zanzibar Beach The hotel, hidden amongst rich tropical gardens, is a cluster of whitewashed and palm-thatched cottages overlooking the Indian Ocean.

MUCH MORE Free Night Offer: Pay for 6 nights and get 1 night free for stays started & completed 15 Jan-05 Apr, 10 Jun-30 Jun and 01 Sep-23 Dec 2012.

Location: Situated on the northern tip of Zanzibar. Facilities: A main restaurant, bar, beach bar and live music 2-3 times a week. Leisure facilities include a fresh water swimming pool, spa, mountain bike hire, gift shop, TV room and a games area with pool table, tennis, table tennis and a small library. The on-site water sports centre includes a PADI dive centre featuring snorkelling, dhow cruises, water-skiing, windsurfing, kayaking and deep-sea fishing.

Honeymooners: Stay 4 nights or more and receive a bottle of sparkling wine, a beach dinner, flowers and a basket of spices. Bride also receives 50% discount off accommodation. Valid 01 Mar-05 Apr, 10 Jun-30 Jun and 01 Nov23 Dec 2012.

Accommodation: 32 air-conditioned rooms with en suite bathroom, electronic safe, mini bar, hairdryer and balcony. Lodge rooms (3 adults) have garden views. Superior chalet rooms (3 adults) have sea views. Superior deluxe chalet rooms (2 adults) feature a music system and fruit basket on arrival plus extras. The ocean suite (2 adults) offers over 140 square metres of living space including a private plunge pool and sun deck. Guests in the ocean suite enjoy its magnificent roof terrace and open-air sitting room. Just beyond the private terrace a path meanders down to the stunning white sand beach and dazzling turquoise lagoon. Board Basis: Breakfast and dinner included. Transfer Time: Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes from Zanzibar Airport. 7 Nights – Kenya Airways 2012 06 Jan10 Jan

11 Jan14 Jan

15 Jan28 Feb

The Z Hotel 1390 1390 1390 Pongwe Beach Hotel 1435 1395 1395 Fumba Beach Lodge 1670 1580 1450 Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel 1840 1695 1695 SUPPLEMENTS: Single room supplements and child prices on request.

29 Feb02 Apr

03 Apr08 Apr

09 Apr23 Apr

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1350 1395 1450 1610

1350 1355 1270 n/a

n/a 1355 1270 n/a

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n/a n/a 1380 n/a

1345 1350 1405 n/a

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14 Jul18 Aug

1390 1395 1450 1695

1975 1960 1995 2180

19 Aug- 01 Nov31 Oct 08 Dec

1430 1420 1450 1695

1345 1350 1405 1560

09 Dec15 Dec

16 Dec23 Dec

2013 24 Dec05 Jan

06 Jan14 Jan

15 Jan24 Mar

1380 1375 1495 1560

2010 2040 2250 2620

1500 1570 1745 2205

1465 1520 1710 1970

1465 1475 1535 1805

All times and distances are approximate. Prices are in ÂŁ sterling per person based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. Various facilities incur charges which are payable locally. Other hotels/lodges are available. See www.somak.co.uk for further details. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.

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DUBAI Dubai is a diverse city, famous for world-class golf courses, duty free shopping, seemingly limitless restaurants, unparalleled nightlife and white sand beaches. Offering some of the most luxurious hotels in the world, this is an ideal location for a short stay before or after your safari. Flights with Emirates operate from Birmingham, Gatwick, Glasgow, Heathrow, Manchester and Newcastle.

The Palace at One&Only Royal Mirage

CONNOISSEUR COLLECTION

Set in 60 acres of landscaped gardens with water fountains and meandering pathways, The Royal Mirage combines three hotels, The Palace, The Arabian Court and The Residence & Spa. Location: One&Only Royal Mirage in Dubai overlooks Palm Island in the Arabian Gulf. Facilities: Four restaurants and two bars. Sample the Moroccan delights at Tagine or the Seafood specialities at the Beach Bar & Grill. Leisure facilities include two swimming pools, a kilometre of private beach, tennis courts, putting green and water sports including sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, water skiing and fishing. Accommodation: 196 Superior Deluxe Rooms (2 adults and 1 child) and 35 Superior Executive Suites (2 adults and 1 child), all orientated to the beach with en suite bathroom, custom made furniture and a private balcony or terrace. Board Basis: Breakfast included. Transfer Time: Approximately 20 minutes from Dubai International Airport. Prices from ÂŁ165 per night. The Palace Pool

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Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, Ajman Kempinski, The Dhow Palace

Hilton Dubai Jumeirah  Situated on a pristine stretch of private beach with stunning views of the Arabian Gulf, this stylish hotel offers attentive service and hospitality. Location: On Jumeirah Beach, the hotel is close to two of the city’s largest malls, indoor ski-slope, Emirates golf club and a waterpark. Facilities: Offers a choice of ten restaurants and bars. Leisure facilities include an outdoor pool with swim-up bar, kids’ pool, children’s playground, kids’ club (aged 4 – 12 years), health club including spa. Water sports include windsurfing, body boards, sailing, kayaking, snorkelling, water-skiing, wake boarding and parasailing. Accommodation: 389 air-conditioned rooms with en suite bath/shower, hairdryer, mini bar, safe, satellite TV and private balcony. Deluxe Walkview Rooms. Deluxe tower view rooms have land views. Deluxe sea view rooms have partial sea views. All rooms accommodate 2 adults and 1 child. Board Basis: Breakfast included. Transfer Time: Approximately 35 minutes from Dubai International Airport. Prices from £64 per night.

Kempinski Hotel Ajman  This charming, elegant and luxurious hotel with a private beach, offers a retreat to relax away from everyday stresses. Location: A few minutes outside Dubai, located directly on the coast of the Arabian Gulf. Facilities: A wide range of restaurants and bars offering a range of cuisine including award-winning Indian, authentic Chinese, Italian and all day dining. Leisure facilities include swimming pool, kids’ pool, kids’ club, bowling centre with pool tables and arcades, a small 9-hole gold course. Water sports including jet skiing, surfing and sailing. Free shuttle bus to Sharjah and Dubai. Accommodation: A total of 181 rooms and suites. Deluxe room (2 adults and 1 child) and Suites (2 adults and 1 child) all with en suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, safe, mini bar, hairdryer and private balconies with pool or sea view. Board Basis: Breakfast Included. Transfer Time: Approximately 30 minutes from Dubai International Airport. Prices from £54 per night.

The Dhow Palace  The Dhow Palace Hotel creates a striking landmark, steeped in Arabic traditions. Location: Situated close to the World Trade Centre and the Business District of Dubai Facilities: Offering three speciality restaurants, a café and a bar lounge. Leisure facilities include an outdoor roof-top swimming pool and a fully equipped health club. Accommodation: 282 guest rooms and suites offering comfort and warmth, designed and furnished in traditional Arabic theme. Each room has an en suite bathroom, TV, interactive entertainment facilities and safe. Deluxe rooms (3 adults). Admiral room (3 adults). Board Basis: Breakfast included. Transfer Time: Approximately 15 minutes from Dubai International Airport. Prices from £27 per night.

All times and distances are approximate. Prices are in £ sterling per person based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. Various facilities incur charges which are payable locally. Other hotels/lodges are available. See www.somak.co.uk for further details. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.

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MAURITIUS Mauritius is an island of immense beauty with a breathtaking lush, central plateau, crowned with vast lofty mountains. The island boasts a cosmopolitan mix of people and a thriving capital city. It offers a natural beauty as well as outstanding deep-sea fishing, diving and a stunning coastline.

Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa  This first-class resort is graced with elegance and impeccable service, ideal for honeymooners, couples and families. Location: Situated on the Flic en Flac beach, surrounded by a sheltered lagoon on the west coast of Mauritius. Facilities: Four restaurants, two bars & evening entertainment. Leisure facilities include an outdoor pool, tennis, fitness room, Spa Mauritius, kids' club (aged 4-12 years), barber shop & beauty salon. Water sports include scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, catamaran sailing, parasailing, snorkelling, kayaking, water-skiing, glassbottom boat & pedaloes. Accommodation: 193 air-conditioned rooms and suites with private bath/shower, ceiling fan, TV, safe, mini bar, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities and balcony or terrace with views of the sea. Deluxe rooms (2 adults & 1 child). Junior suites (2 adults & 1 child) which are more spacious, have a separate living area and a garden or ocean view, are also available. Board Basis: Breakfast and dinner included. Transfer Time: Approximately 1 hour from Mauritius airport. Prices from ÂŁ120 per night.

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Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa


Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort, Legends, Veranda Palmar Beach Hotel

Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort  This stylish and sophisticated resort combines classic charm with contemporary chic, popular with couples and families. Location: Situated against a mountain backdrop on the Domaine de Bel Ombre on the south coast of Mauritius, Facilities: Four restaurants, a snack bar, two bars & evening entertainment. Leisure facilities include three pools, tennis, archery, table tennis, French bowling, Timono & Friends kids' club (aged 3-11 years), Seven Colours African Spa Village, sauna & fitness centre and an 18-hole golf course. Water sports include water-skiing, pedaloes, snorkelling, glassbottom boat trips and windsurfing. Accommodation: 160 air-conditioned rooms & suites with bath/shower, ceiling fan, mini bar, safe, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities, TV & balcony or terrace with views of the gardens, pools or sea. Deluxe rooms (3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children) which have either garden view or side seaview. Deluxe ocean view rooms (3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children), and deluxe beachfront rooms (3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children) are also available. Board Basis: Awali all inclusive includes: Breakfast at Balafon Restaurant, lunch at Infinity Blue or Amafrooty Restaurant and dinner at a choice of Domaine de Bel Ombre restaurants. Cakes and pancakes at the Amafrooty Bar. Local and imported premium brand drinks, beers, French Champagne, soft drinks, juices and selected house wines. One Spa treatment per adult stay. Various water sport activities. Transfer Time: Approximately 45 minutes from Mauritius airport. Prices from £110 per night.

Legends  A stunning property set in an amazing location, designed according to the ancient philosophy of feng shui offering relaxation based on harmony and wellbeing. Location: Situated in northeast Mauritius, in Grande Gaube, beside a shimmering turquoise lagoon, fringed with golden sands and tropical gardens. Facilities: Five restaurants and three bars. Leisure facilities include four swimming pools, gym, tennis, kids’ club (aged 3 – 11 years), cinema, golf driving range, Source Spa & boutiques. Water sports include power boat tours, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, catamaran cruises, swimming with dolphins, windsurfing, pedaloes, kayaking, glassbottom boat trips, snorkelling and water-skiing. Accommodation: 198 air-conditioned rooms with bath/shower, TV, mini bar, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities, safe and a terrace or balcony with sea view. Superior rooms (2 adults and 1 child). Deluxe rooms (2 adults and 1 child) which are more spacious and have a ceiling fan, are also available. Board Basis: Breakfast and dinner included. Transfer Time: Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes from Mauritius airport. Prices from £107 per night.

Veranda Palmar Beach Hotel  This popular hotel offers a good range of facilities, particularly for water sports enthusiasts, in a relaxing atmosphere. Location: Situated on Belle Mare, on the east coast of Mauritius along a white sand stretch of beach. Facilities: Two restaurants, a pool & beach bar. Leisure facilities include an outdoor pool, table tennis, darts, Timono kids’ club (aged 3-11 years), fitness room, Seven Colours Wellness Lounge and volleyball. Water sports include windsurfing, glass-bottom boat trips, snorkelling, kayaks and pedaloes. Accommodation: 76 air-conditioned rooms with bath/shower, hairdryer, mini bar, safe, satellite TV, tea/coffee making facilities & balcony or terrace with views of the gardens, pool or ocean. Standard rooms (3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children). Board Basis: All inclusive includes: breakfast, dinner, lunch at main restaurant. Afternoon tea & coffee, soft drinks, juice, mineral water from the bar, local beer & spirits, house wine, selected cocktails from 11am – midnight. Soft drinks, beer and mineral water from the mini bar. Transfer Time: Approximately 1 hour from Mauritius airport. Prices from £66 per night.

All times and distances are approximate. Prices are in £ sterling per person based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. Various facilities incur charges which are payable locally. Other hotels/lodges are available. See www.somak.co.uk for further details. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.

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SEYCHELLES The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 tranquil islands and inlets scattered like gems across the translucent blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Clear waters and coral reefs provide some of the world’s best diving. Visitors can choose to stay on the main island, Mahé or the beautiful island of Praslin, or hop between several islands.

Banyan Tree Seychelles

CONNOISSEUR COLLECTION

Mahé This luxury resort combines contemporary with colonial architecture and provides a rare taste of paradise. Location: Nestled in Intendance Bay, along the shores of southwest Mahé with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean. Facilities: Three restaurants and two bars. Leisure facilities include an outdoor pool, tennis, fitness room and Banyan Tree Spa. Water sports include kayaking and snorkelling. Accommodation: 60 air-conditioned villas with private pool, bath/shower, hairdryer, mini bar, safe, tea/coffee making facilities, satellite TV, pavilion with living & dining area and verandah with sea view. Hillside pool villa (2 adults and 1 child). Pool villa by-the-rocks (2 adults and 1 child), which have a jacuzzi and direct views of the sea, are also available. Board Basis: Breakfast included. Transfer Time: Approximately 30 minutes from Mahé airport. Prices from £405 per night.

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Banyan Tree


Paradise Sun, Coco de Mer, Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa

Paradise Sun   Praslin A luxurious property set in idyllic tropical garden surroundings with traditional French Creole style chalets and a wide range of activities. Location: Situated on Côte d’or beach at Anse Volbert on Praslin Island. Facilities: One main beach restaurant and a bar with entertainment daily and some evenings. Leisure facilities include outdoor pool, spa, table tennis, volleyball and bicycle hire. Water sports include scuba diving, kayaking and snorkelling. Accommodation: 80 air-conditioned chalets with en suite shower, ceiling fan, hairdryer, safe, telephone, flat screen TV, tea/coffee making facilities and balcony with views of the beach and ocean. Superior rooms (2 adults), Deluxe/Family rooms (2 adults and 2 children). Board Basis: Breakfast and dinner included. Transfer Time: Approximately 20 minutes from Praslin airport. Prices from £170 per night.

Coco de Mer  Praslin This beautiful, recently renovated, hotel with modern facilities is in a tropical setting with a friendly atmosphere, surrounded by peace and tranquillity. Location: Situated on the southwest coast of Praslin at Anse Bois de Rose. Facilities: A main restaurant, poolside restaurant and bar – one with regular evening entertainment. Leisure facilities include an outdoor pool, tennis, mini golf, library, guided nature walks and a fitness room & spa. Water sports include canoes and snorkelling. Accommodation: 40 chalet-style, air-conditioned rooms with corner bath, separate shower, ceiling fan, hairdryer, mini fridge, safe, tea/coffee making facilities, satellite TV, sitting area and a terrace. Standard rooms (2 adults and 1 child) have hillside or garden views. Superior rooms (2 adults and 1 child) are on the beach. Board Basis: Breakfast included. Transfer Time: Approximately 15 minutes from Praslin airport. Prices from £93 per night.

Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa  Mahé This secluded resort combines idyllic barefoot luxury with refined relaxation and offers first-class facilities, quality service, fine dining and an array of activities. Location: On the island of Mahé, nestled into the hillside with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean. Facilities: Three restaurants. Leisure facilities include an outdoor pool, fitness room & spa. Water sports include snorkelling, parasailing, catamaran sailing, scuba diving & water-skiing facilities, available nearby. Accommodation: 40 air-conditioned rooms with walk-in shower, whirlpool bath tub, hairdryer, safe, jacuzzi, TV & DVD, internet access, tea/coffee making facilities & balcony and ocean views. Oceanview Hillside Villa (3 adults) are set in a lush tropical forest, Deluxe Oceanfront Villa (3 adults) are on stilts above the water. Board Basis: Breakfast included. Transfer Time: Approximately 25 minutes from Mahé airport. Prices from £249 per night.

All times and distances are approximate. Prices are in £ sterling per person based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. Various facilities incur charges which are payable locally. Other hotels/lodges are available. See www.somak.co.uk for further details. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.

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NAIROBI Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, is one of Africa’s largest cities. The city itself is very interesting. It is continually growing and can take a while to navigate by road, so you should allow plenty of time to visit the highlights, including the National Museum, Giraffe Centre and the unique National Park. Excursions can be arranged locally, including Karen Blixen Museum and The Carnivore Restaurant, a true African eating experience.

Giraffe Manor

CONNOISSEUR COLLECTION

This elegant and exclusive hotel is famous for its resident giraffes and is home to many species of birds. Location: Just outside Nairobi. Facilities: Guests can relax in the formal English garden. The highlight of your stay may take place at breakfast when the giraffes often approach the sun room and interact with the guests. Accommodation: A limited number of guests can stay in this grand, but not overwhelming house, that comprises ten bedrooms, each with an en suite bathroom. Board Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, wine with lunch and dinner, entrance to Giraffe Centre and transfers around Karen and Langata areas included. Transfer Time: Approximately 40 minutes from Nairobi airport. Prices from ÂŁ319 per night. Giraffe Manor

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Fairmont Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi Serena Hotel, Ole Sereni Hotel

Fairmont Norfolk Hotel  This historic property, situated in tranquil gardens, was built in the early 1900s and played a leading role in Kenya’s colourful history. Location: A short distance from the city centre. Facilities: Renowned for personal service, the hotel offers quiet, elegant comfort, and cuisine of the highest standard. Facilities include three restaurants, a bar, a tea room, outdoor swimming pool and health club. Accommodation: The 165 air-conditioned rooms and suites are furnished with plush carpeting, marble en suite bathroom, mini bar, safe and satellite TV. Standard room (2 adults). Board Basis: Breakfast included. Transfer Time: Approximately 30 minutes from Nairobi airport. Prices from £99 per night.

Nairobi Serena Hotel  This hotel is a member of ‘The Leading Hotels of the World’ and is famed for its exceptional standards of efficiency, service and hospitality. Location: Situated amongst tropical gardens overlooking Central Park, the hotel is in one of the finest locations in the city. Facilities Guests can choose to dine in the Mandhari Restaurant with fine cuisine, or Café Maghreb, an all-day Moroccan-styled café. There is also a choice of three bars. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, health club and gym. Accommodation: 183 air-conditioned standard rooms (3 adults) has a bathroom, satellite TV, mini bar, safe and tea/coffee making facilities. Board Basis: Breakfast included. Transfer Time: Approximately 30 minutes from Nairobi airport. Prices from £91 per night.

Ole Sereni Hotel  Ole Sereni captures the essence of Nairobi, which is the only city in the world that boasts a natural game park within its precincts. From the restaurants, bar, swimming pool and other parts of the hotel it is possible to see animals in their natural surroundings in the park. Location: Overlooking the Nairobi National Park, the Ole Sereni is on a main road, ideally located between the airport and city, Facilities: A restaurant and bar overlooking a waterhole and serving a wide variety of cuisine. Leisure facilities include a heated swimming pool, 24-hour room service and laundry service. Accommodation: 134 air-conditioned rooms have an en suite bathroom, mini bar, safe, internet and tea/coffee making facilities. Deluxe rooms (2 adults) or Club rooms (2 adults and 1 child). Board Basis: Breakfast included. Transfer Time: Approximately 15 minutes from Nairobi airport. Prices from £80 per night. All times and distances are approximate. Prices are in £ sterling per person based on two adults sharing twin accommodation. They are intended as a guide and will be confirmed at the time of booking. Various facilities incur charges which are payable locally. Other hotels/lodges are available. See www.somak.co.uk for further details. To book contact your local travel agent. Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions apply.

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Airline Partners

British Airways is one of the world's leading airlines offering services to Africa. Customers can choose between World Traveller, World Traveller Plus, Club World and First.

– An ergonomically designed seat with footrest and adjustable headrest to support your head and neck – Blankets, cushions, eyeshades, socks, toothbrush and toothpaste are also provided for your added comfort – Enjoy tasty meals designed by leading chefs, as well as complimentary bar service, available throughout your flight – Priority boarding for families and activity packs for children – Personal video screens with a choice of movies and entertainment – Designed around you* – Access to Arrival and Departure lounges along with complimentary treatments at the Elemis Travel Spa** – Menu inspired by some of the world’s top chefs and accompanied by an expertly sourced wine cellar – Comfortable seat converts into a 6’ fully flat bed at the touch of a button, with soft mattress and memory foam headrest. – Touch button privacy screens – The Club Kitchen is open between meals with a selection of hot and cold snacks *You can experience the latest Club World cabin on all Boeing 747 and 777 aircraft. The original, award winning Club World cabin featuring the world’s first fully flat bed is fitted on our Boeing 767 aircraft. **Available at Heathrow T5

– A separate quieter cabin with up to a maximum of 6 rows – Wider, more comfortable seats with 7 inches more leg room than World Traveller – Priority meal service offering fresh contemporary meals – Complimentary champagne)

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– Every detail matters – Dedicated First check-in desk* – Access to exclusive luxury lounges with pre-flight dining, luxury wines and champagnes – Onboard, the First suite offers personal space, a unique double window with electric blinds and a personal wardrobe – Comfortable seat is 60% wider at the shoulder and converts into a 6’6” fully flat bed – À la carte menu designed by the world’s top chefs, including fresh ‘Catch of the Day’ – Personal 15” screen with over 200 entertainment options on demand complete with RCA jack for MP3 and DVD players *Available at London Heathrow & London Gatwick.

Enhancements to First suite are currently being made, please check at time of booking

Club World

Emirates, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world since its inception in 1985, has won more than 400 international awards for excellence. Flights from the UK to Dubai operate 5 times a day from Heathrow, 3 times a day from Gatwick and Manchester, twice a day from Birmingham, and once a day from Newcastle and Glasgow. From Dubai flights operate twice daily to Nairobi and once a day to Dar Es Salaam. Emirates has one of the youngest fleets of aircraft in the sky. These technologically advanced aircraft offer comfort, style and industry-leading onboard facilities. The award-winning state-of-the-art ice (information, communication, entertainment) system features more than 600 channels of entertainment available to all passengers on individual seatback TV screens. Ice sets the benchmark for inflight entertainment and offers a choice of more than 140 on-demand movies, 70 TV channels, 350 audio channels (including every UK number one hit since the charts began) and 40 interactive video games. On flights without ice, passengers will still enjoy more than 40 channels of inflight entertainment and 50 games as standard. On all Emirates aircraft, passengers benefit from real time BBC news updates and are able to send and receive both emails and SMS messages. In

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addition, the famous ‘eye in the sky’ camera enables you to chart the progress of your journey with live pictures of take-off, landing and en route scenery. New aircraft contain a ‘mood lighting’ system in all cabins. The system, which adjusts the cabin lighting to reflect the time of day, is designed to counter the effects of jet lag. First Class offers luxurious surroundings with exclusive Private Suites on certain routes, refined service, menus created by master chefs and award-winning wines. A complimentary chauffeur-drive service is available in the UK along with dedicated airport lounges.

First Class

Business Class Chauffeur-drive transfers and airport lounges are also offered in Business Class. On board, you will enjoy gourmet meals and lieflat beds or spacious and comfortable seats with a pitch of between 55-62", to ensure that you arrive at your destination relaxed and refreshed. Economy Class offers the highest level of service from multi-lingual cabin crew, comprising over 120 nationalities. Once on board you can look forward to a wealth of world-class products and services. You are invited to relax in comfortable, spacious seats with a seat pitch of between 3234" and enjoy an outstanding choice of gourmet cuisine and an excellent selection of fine wines and other beverages.

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Airline Partners

Kenya Airways was established in 1977. More than three decades later the airline goes from strength to strength, adding to its fleet and attracting a number of awards. You can fly direct from Terminal 4 London– Heathrow or use Kenya Airways’ partner KLM from over 12 UK regional airports via Amsterdam. Onward flights from Nairobi are available to Mombasa and Zanzibar plus many other domestic and international destinations. Kenya Airways has recently launched a new online check-in which allows you to check-in and reserve your seat. Aircraft: The airline’s fleet consists of 25 Boeing planes and 11 Embraer 170 jets. Since 2001, Kenya Airways has spent over US$1.04 billion on modernising its fleet and upgrading its ground handling equipment and its technology.

Economy Class: Offers a seat pitch of 32" and an in-flight entertainment programme with eight audio channels and a seat-back screen, offering 12 video channels. A three course meal with a choice of main dish is served. Premier World: Those choosing Premier World will appreciate the exclusive check-in service. Every piece of Premier World baggage receives priority treatment, with a no-wait tagging system that guarantees that the luggage is first off the aircraft at the destination. Economy Class

Premier World’s menu consists of an array of fine wines and appetising cuisine. A favourite cocktail can also be created. There are just 28 seats with a pitch of 58", which convert into 76", horizontal flat beds. Passengers also benefit from an excellent range of in-flight audio and visual entertainment and lap-top power points.

Services on board: On board there are two classes of service from Heathrow to Nairobi.

Premier World

Virgin Atlantic is an award-winning international airline. It's one of the world's leading long haul airlines, and flies to 33 destinations worldwide, Services: Virgin Atlantic offers a daily service from London Heathrow to Nairobi and has a choice of three cabins. Economy: When you're flying Virgin Atlantic Economy, you'll get the unique Virgin Atlantic experience, great value for money and an enjoyable flight from take off to landing. Every seat has its own seatback TV with the very latest movies, comedy, sports, drama and kids shows to keep you entertained throughout the flight. You'll also enjoy complimentary drinks, a choice of three delicious meals and a complimentary amenity kit. Premium Economy: Virgin Atlantic's dedicated Premium Economy cabin gives you plenty of personal space; a place where you can relax, stretch out and unwind during your flight. The dedicated cabin also comes with its own devoted cabin crew, your main meal served on china dinnerware, preflight drinks and after dinner liqueurs to enjoy. Upper Class: Whether you want to sleep, eat or chill out, Virgin Atlantic Upper Class is a spectacular way to travel. From the moment we collect you in one of our chauffeur driven cars, you'll enjoy a journey that's been tailored to ensure you arrive at your destination refreshed and feeling good. If you're departing from Heathrow Terminal 3, enjoy our Upper Class Wing, with Drive Thru Check-In, a private security channel, and our award winning Heathrow Clubhouse. Whatever

your mood, there's a space to suit, and delicious food and drinks. We have Clubhouses at destinations across the globe. Each is individual, and the perfect pre-flight experience. When you board your flight, look forward to your Upper Class Suite, and attentive, friendly service from our Cabin Crew. Your suite not only converts from a comfortable seat to the longest fully flat bed in business class, but you can also invite a fellow passenger to join you for a bite to eat. With our freedom menu, order what you want, when you want from our delicious selection of gourmet meals and snacks. Take a seat at our onboard bar, relax with your favourite drink, and make new friends.

Premium Economy

You can enjoy over 300 hours of award winning entertainment on your 10.4" personal TV, or if you'd rather sleep, the combination of our snooze pack, snooze suit and soft cotton linen means you'll be asleep in no time. It's easy to see why Virgin Atlantic Upper Class is a great way to travel Convenient regional departures: Whilst Virgin Atlantic flights are from London, we also offer domestic flights to connect to many other regions – please call for details. Online check in: You can now check in online 24 hours before you travel. On arrival at the airport you are free to go straight to the Bag Drop and avoid the queues. Terms and conditions apply, visit www.virginatlantic.com for more details.

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Holiday Guide Please read the Holiday Guide and Booking Conditions carefully as these, together with other information contained in our brochure, form the terms and conditions of the contract between you and Somak Holidays ('Somak'). The Booking Conditions detail our responsibilities to you, and yours to us, and provide guidelines to cover circumstances which may arise.

We trust that you will thoroughly enjoy your holiday and sincerely hope that the experience will ensure that you will book with us again. The basis of a good holiday is the careful selection by you of your resort/hotel/itinerary. Space in our brochure is restricted, hence we strongly recommend you seek supplementary and independent information from the applicable tourist offices, libraries, guide books and the internet, rather than rely solely upon the necessarily limited presentation of brochure information. We are happy to advise you generally, but the ultimate choice of holiday destination is yours. ACCOMMODATION – Unless otherwise stated, accommodation is in standard twin/double rooms, although twin or double beds cannot be guaranteed. Specific room requirements cannot be guaranteed as the allocation of rooms is at the discretion of the hotel proprietor. Rooms are generally available between noon and 3pm, and are to be vacated between 10am and noon, irrespective of your arrival or departure times. Dayrooms, subject to availability and extra cost, may be available. A triple room is usually a twin/double room, with an additional bed of a folding, pull-out design, hence conditions may be cramped. The standard and location of single rooms is not always as good as twin/double rooms (even if a twin/double room is booked for sole occupancy). A supplement is usually payable whether the room allocated is a single or a twin room. Superior and deluxe rooms (or similar) may have the same facilities and be the same size, it may only be the view or position of the room that is different. In the tropics, be prepared to encounter insects (e.g. cockroaches, mosquitoes, ants, etc.) in your hotel room, especially at beach resorts where they are a natural occurrence and do not reflect the standard of hygiene and cleanliness. The term 'sea view' or similar means the sea can be seen from your room but may be at an angle or partially obscured due to foliage. AIRLINES – The airline used for long-haul flights is stated on the price box for each itinerary or hotel. All airlines for such flights use wide-bodied aircraft, e.g. Boeing 747, 767 and 777, Airbus A-300, A-310, A-330 or A-340. We reserve the right to substitute alternative airlines. Many airlines featured by us operate a code-share system, whereby partner airlines may operate flights on the stated airlines behalf. It is not possible to cancel travel arrangements without cancellation charges being applied because of this. Domestic connections within the UK or to Europe are generally on narrow-bodied aircraft. AIRPORT TAXES – UK Air Passenger Duty and all UK Airport departure taxes are included in your holiday price. Foreign departure/airport taxes vary and may be payable locally, in cash, for each departure. If departure taxes need to be paid locally we will provide this information with your travel documentation, although this information is subject to change. If you are travelling to more than one destination on your holiday, you may be required to pay a departure tax at each point. BAGGAGE – Baggage allowances will be shown on your air tickets (infants do not get a baggage allowance). Excess baggage is carried at the airline's discretion and usually incurs charges, payable directly to the airline. Your personal

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effects and baggage are the responsibility of the airline from check-in to baggage recovery at your destination airport. In accordance with the International Conventions that apply to the air travel industry, compensation for delay, loss of, or damage to baggage, from the airline (on international, or on domestic sectors ticketed as part of an international journey), is limited to up to 1200 Euros. However, if travel insurance is effected, the actual value of any loss (subject to any deductibles, limitations or exclusions of the policy) is normally payable. In order to obtain any compensation, you must complete a ‘Property Irregularity Report’ before you leave the airport, with a representative of the airline within the time limits specified on your air ticket. For all transfers, it is your responsibility to ensure that all your belongings are loaded onto the correct transfer vehicle. Please ensure that you have adequate insurance cover for loss or damage to baggage. BROCHURE ACCURACY – Every care has been taken to ensure that the information in this brochure is accurate at the time of printing. The facilities described at a hotel and of tour itineraries are those that are typically available. It is conceivable that hoteliers may, without notice, decide to change facilities which may then be temporarily, or even permanently, unavailable for e.g. maintenance purposes or during periods of low occupancy. As a result of local conditions e.g. weather, time of year etc., safaris, tours or excursions may change from those advertised in our brochure/advised in your itinerary. Occasionally it is also necessary to change hotels/lodges/camps on tours. Such changes are beyond our control but when we are advised of any significant or long-term changes prior to your departure, we will try to notify you if practicable and time permitting. BROCHURE PRICES – All prices in our brochures or on our website are in £ sterling per person, based on two people sharing. The prices detailed in this brochure should be used as a guideline only as it is possible that some of the prices contained within the brochure may have changed since it was printed. You will be informed of the actual price at the time of booking. All prices are based on special contract rates with suppliers, and we will not make any adjustments should similar services be offered at a different price locally. Extra Night Prices: All per night prices shown are based on the actual dates that you occupy the accommodation, and not on the date that you leave the UK. Number of nights stated in the price grids indicate the actual number of nights spent in resort. Please see Booking Conditions (clause 3). CHILD PRICES – Children under 12, sharing a room with two full paying adults, may receive a discount on their holiday. Child prices are available on request. Children must be under 12 on the return date of your holiday to qualify for a child reduction. CUSTOMERS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS – Less developed destinations may lack even the simplest facilities e.g. ramps or lifts etc. and we cannot guarantee that the correct apparatus and necessary modifications exist in any accommodation outlined in our brochure. However, we do wish to provide every possible assistance and request that you provide full details in writing at the time of booking, so that we may assist with the planning of your holiday.

COMPLAINTS WHILST ON HOLIDAY – Please see Booking Conditions (clause 7). If you have reason to lodge a complaint whilst on holiday, it must be reported in writing to the representative or your driver if on safari for action to be taken in resort. Please retain a copy of the report lodged with the representative. It is unreasonable to take no action whilst on holiday and complain on return when it is too late for us to rectify the situation. CREDIT CARDS – Payments made by credit cards overseas, may be subject to a handling fee. Services paid for by credit card will be subject to the applicable rate of exchange at the time the voucher is presented to the credit card company, and may differ from the rate prevailing on the date that the service was provided. Certain local banks may levy an additional charge. CURRENCY & EXCHANGE – Some countries have restrictions on the importation and exportation of local currency. Please check with the relevant Embassy or High Commission. Never exchange money on the black market. Please ensure you have sufficient monies to cover all expenses whilst on holiday, as our local representatives are unable to help in the eventuality of having insufficient funds in resort. ELECTRICITY AND WATER SUPPLY – At times, the demands on the local supplies of electricity and water may exceed the supply, with resultant power cuts, water shortages and/or problems with plumbing and drainage. Items usually affected include air-conditioning, running water (hot and cold), lighting and mini bars. Please note that occasionally these shortages may be for extended periods and may be distributed unevenly throughout the hotel/resort. Power and water rationing imposed by the local authorities may also take place at various resorts. Whilst electrical wiring standards do always meet local safety standards, on occasion they may be lower than those applicable in the UK. Tented accommodation on safari may utilise gas lighting and have basic bathrooms. EXCURSIONS – Any excursions booked and paid for at your resort are operated by the local handling company and subject to their booking conditions/cancellation charges. Refunds cannot be claimed from ourselves once you have returned to the UK as we are not party to the provision of the services. Local prices may vary. We strongly advise you to only book excursions from reputable and licensed local tour operators. Others may not be able to offer the same level of safety and security, and are often not adequately insured, or licensed. It should also be noted that some types of travel insurance do not cover claims arising from excursions and tours purchased in resort (in particular cancellation of such excursions and tours and losses suffered as a result of partaking in hazardous activities for which an additional premium was not paid). FLIGHTS – All flights are subject to government approval and may be withdrawn or amended at any time, without Somak incurring liability. All travel information including aircraft types, timings, days of operation and carriers are shown for guidance purposes only and are subject to change. We reserve the right to substitute alternative airlines. Any such change will not entitle you to cancel


Holiday Guide without penalty. Flights are often full, so your choice of seats may not be available and it may not be possible to obtain seats together. We recommend that you check-in at least 3 hours prior to the scheduled departure. Check-in desks close well before the scheduled departure time for your flight, and the carrier reserves the right to deny boarding to passengers not checking-in by the time specified. If you fail to check-in on time and miss your flight, we have no liability to you. We have no control over the allocation of seats and provision of specific meal requirements as this is the responsibility of the airline. Disabled and less mobile passengers and children, for safety reasons, will not be allocated emergency exit seats. Almost all airlines operate a total ban on smoking on their flights. The Captain in command of your aircraft by law retains all rights pertaining to the carriage of passengers, cargo, flight routing, etc. Should the Captain of the aircraft refuse to carry you, or your baggage, we will not be liable for any inconvenience suffered, costs incurred or loss of enjoyment but would assist wherever possible in such circumstances. Flights that are described as direct are those that require no change of aircraft during the journey. Stops may, however, be made en route for refuelling or to embark/disembark passengers. Many airlines operate a ‘code share’ system whereby partner airlines may operate flights on the stated airlines behalf. Flight times are approximate and, unless otherwise stated, are from London. FLIGHT DELAYS – Whilst these are regrettable, delays unfortunately may occur due to technical problems, inclement weather or air-traffic control delays. Where long flight delays result in lost holiday time, no refunds are given by hotels/suppliers for unused accommodation/ services, as these are held for delayed arrivals. If your flight is cancelled or delayed and boarding is denied by the airline, you must claim compensation under the Denied Boarding Regulations 2004 from the airline itself. Any payments received constitute your only rights of compensation arising from the cancellation, delay or denied boarding. Consequently Somak is not liable for any inconvenience suffered, costs incurred or loss of enjoyment suffered as a result of any such delay. We will, however, endeavour to assist in these circumstances. During any flight delay, the airline concerned may, at their entire discretion, be able to provide refreshments and other services and, in extreme conditions, overnight hotel accommodation. We however, do not undertake to make any such arrangements. Recompense for such delays may be claimed through certain types of holiday insurance - please check to make sure your holiday insurance policy covers such losses. HEALTH, SAFETY & SECURITY ABROAD – Whilst we only contract with reputable suppliers abroad, it is important to note that some countries and/or suppliers do not match British health and safety standards. The applicable safety standards and regulations which apply overseas are those of the country concerned and as a result, general standards of safety, hygiene, fire precautions etc. can be different to those we take for granted in the UK. You are therefore advised to take great care when first venturing into unfamiliar buildings or surroundings. Upset stomachs are a common occurrence whilst abroad and can often be attributed to, for example, the change in climate or ice-cold drinks. Local hygiene and food preparation standards are not to blame as a mere change in diet and water can upset the stomach. Sensible precautions need to be taken especially with regard to raw food, drinking water and ice in drinks. We take your safety very seriously. Should the Foreign & Commonwealth Office advise that people should not visit a particular country, we will act upon this advice as appropriate. However, as media coverage indicates, many countries we feature are subject to political and economic

instability. Crime against people and property are a fact of life throughout the world and hence it is important to be extra vigilant when visiting strange countries. You have the same responsibility for your personal safety and possessions abroad as you do at home. Avoid drawing attention to yourself by wearing expensive jewellery, carrying expensive camera equipment, publicly displaying large amounts of money etc. Do not leave valuables unattended and where possible store them in a safe. Always respect local customs, standards and sensibilities especially in areas of cultural and religious importance, as failure to do so may offend local inhabitants. HOLIDAY AND FLIGHT CHANGES IN RESORT – Any changes that you might wish to make to your flight details or accommodation in resort are subject to availability and must be paid for locally. Should you decide to change your accommodation to another featured in our brochure, you will be charged the local rate and not as shown in our brochure. In addition, the original hotel may charge cancellation charges if you leave. Flights usually cannot be changed in resort except by buying new tickets (the cost may be recoverable from your insurers if there is a medical reason which necessitates the change). HOTEL FACILITIES – Please note that charges may be made for the use of hotel facilities such as golf, tennis, spa, water sports, children’s clubs, etc. Please contact us prior to booking if you have specific queries regarding facilities. LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE – For economy-class passengers, many airlines have a strict limit of 20kg baggage allowance, plus 3kg for hand luggage. On safari, luggage storage space is limited and the allowance is usually 15kg - excess baggage will need to be stored. MAINTENANCE WORK – Necessary renovation and maintenance work may be carried out at any time, although this work is kept away from guests as far as possible, to minimise any disturbance or inconvenience. (Also see ‘resort development’). MEDICAL INFORMATION – You should ALWAYS consult your doctor before travelling for confirmation of inoculations and or medication recommended for travel in your chosen destination. Practical advice is available from the Hospital For Tropical Diseases Healthline: telephone 020 7950 7799 (calls cost 50p per minute and last 7-8 minutes on average). MEALS – The standard of meals and services varies immensely, usually in line with the standard of accommodation booked. Meals that are included in your meal plan are usually taken in the main restaurant and will be a buffet or set menu. ‘A la carte’ meals and speciality restaurants are at additional cost. Breakfast is usually simple English or continental style. ‘Half Board’ is normally breakfast and buffet/set menu dinner. Some hotels offer a buffet dinner up to a certain voucher value which is at the discretion of the hotel and can be topped-up locally. ‘Full Board’ means breakfast, buffet/set menu lunch and buffet/set menu dinner. ‘All Inclusive’ – sometimes not all bars and restaurants are included and supplements may be charged for certain brands of drinks, speciality meals/ restaurants. Hotels which include main meals generally commence with dinner on the day of arrival at your hotel and terminate with breakfast (on half board) or lunch (on full board – except for safaris which normally have breakfast as the final meal) on the day of departure, dependent on flight times. Meal supplements at peak seasons are obligatory, whether meals are taken or not.

MINIMUM/INSUFFICIENT NUMBERS – Safaris and tours may be subject to minimum numbers, and may be cancelled in the event that these are not met. You will then have the choice of booking an alternative holiday with us, though if the alternative is at additional cost the difference will be payable by you, or have a refund of monies paid. Such cancellations will usually be advised a minimum of 8 weeks before departure. PHOTOGRAPHY – In many cultures it is polite to ask permission before taking a photograph of a person and you may be asked to pay to photograph people. Do not take photographs of airports, bridges, government offices or military buildings. Always check with your guide/representative/driver. Some countries may require you to register or bond your video equipment with customs on entry. PREGNANCY – Most airlines will refuse permission for women to fly who will be 28 or more weeks pregnant on the date of return travel. Failure to comply with airline regulations may result in cancellation and denial of boarding, and we cannot be held liable for any such occurrence. PUBLIC AND RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS – Please note that services may be curtailed or limited during public holidays, and certain religious holidays. Such public or religious holidays can be called at very little or no prior notice. REPRESENTATIVES – We employ the services of highly experienced local ground handling companies to oversee all aspects of your holiday as booked in the UK. They will be your first point of contact should you experience any difficulties whilst on holiday and will endeavour to help. You will be met by an airport representative on arrival in your chosen destination who will provide you with local contact details. On a road safari, your driver-guide also acts as your representative. On a flying safari, the lodge or camp management will assist you and contact our local offices on your behalf if required. RESORT DEVELOPMENT – Construction work can cause discomfort, vibration and noise at certain times in resorts. We have no control over building work and we are unable to anticipate the speed or extent to which such development may occur. Should we learn of specific developments at or close to your accommodation that are likely to affect the enjoyment of your holiday, we will do our best to contact you before departure. If we are of the opinion that the building works may reasonably be considered to seriously impair the enjoyment of your holiday, we shall offer you the opportunity to transfer to an alternative holiday of comparable type. If the alternative offered is at additional cost, the difference will be payable by you, or we will give you the option to cancel with a full refund of all monies paid. ROADS – Conditions can be rough and journeys may be long and uncomfortable with infrequent breaks. We strongly recommend that you conduct further research to satisfy yourself that you and your party will be able to withstand the physical rigours involved. All distances and travelling times quoted are approximate and may vary for operational reasons. Driving times may take a lot longer than you would expect. SCUBA DIVING – We strongly recommend that you only partake in this activity with a registered company that is affiliated to P.A.D.I., or a similar such organisation. It is dangerous to fly, or proceed to altitude, less than 48 hours after you have dived or diving within 48 hours of a flight. Please ensure that you have adequate insurance cover.

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Holiday Guide SWIMMING – Swimming along many coasts can be dangerous due to strong undercurrents and other elements. Please seek the advice of the local representative before venturing into the sea and avoid swimming in deserted areas. Do not let non-swimmers or children jump into a swimming pool without first checking the depth and means of exit. TICKETS & TIMINGS – Having received your payment, you will be sent your tickets and other documentation approximately two weeks prior to departure. Check all details including names and initials carefully. Please note that flight timings may have been adjusted since your confirmation invoice was issued. Your itinerary will be sent with your tickets. Once issued, tickets are non-transferable, non-changeable and non-refundable. Some tickets (eg for light aircraft flights) are issued in resort and handed to you on arrival at your destination. TIPPING – Tipping is customary in many parts of Africa, but please note that it is entirely discretionary and we recommend that you only tip if you feel that you have received good service. TOURS – SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS – The supplements are applicable for single occupancy if travelling with at least one other person. All tours can be taken by a single person travelling alone, but will incur a higher supplement, which is available on request. TRAVEL ADVICE – We are working with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to do all that we can to help British travellers stay safe overseas. Before you travel, we recommend that you visit the FCO website at www.fco.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo for up-to-date travel advice. FCO advice can also be found on BBC2 Ceefax page 470 onwards. Alternatively, telephone the advice unit on 0845 850 2829. VALUE ADDED OFFERS – All 'So much more' offers, are available for holidays started and completed within the periods specified and all nights must be consecutive. VISAS AND PASSPORTS – Visa information in this brochure is provided for British passport holders who are citizens and residents of the United Kingdom. Non-UK passport holders should consult the relevant Embassy, High Commission or Consulate for visa details. It is the responsibility of all passengers to ensure that they hold the correct and valid travel documents, including visas for all countries to be visited. Failure to do so may result in your intended travel being curtailed or terminated, and we will not accept liability for your loss in such circumstances. All UK passport holders travelling to any country featured in this brochure require a 10-year passport, valid for at least 6 months on the date of your intended return to the United Kingdom. All passengers must carry their own travel documentation. All children travelling must be in possession of their own passport. If you are travelling to more than one country on your holiday you may be required to hold multiple entry visas. The time taken to process a visa varies tremendously, however, you should allow at least four weeks by post and two weeks if using a visa service. Note: False declarations on your visa form may result in you being denied entry to the country you intend visiting. Visas may be obtained via The Visaservice www.uk.cibt.com/somak, Tel: 0844 800 4650, email somakinfo@visaservice.co.uk. Please note that the passport/visa requirements are for guidance only and are subject to change. Please check there have been no amendments.

WEATHER – Weather information is purely a guideline. Temperatures are shown in Celsius, rainfall in millimetres. NAIROBI Average Temperature (°C) Average Rainfall (mm) JAN

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WEDDINGS – Full information is contained in our online Weddings in Paradise brochure. For a copy please visit www.somak.co.uk CHOOSING A HOTEL To assist you in selecting the accommodation that is most suitable for you, we have devised a ratings system based on our opinions and those of our customers, rather than local or international ratings. CONNOISSEUR COLLECTION

The Somak Connoisseur Collection is a selection of the finest hotels and tours featured in our portfolio. The holidays within this brochure bearing the Connoisseur Collection logo, offer high levels of quality and exclusivity. Sun Ratings Somak’s ‘Sun’ ratings give an overall view of a property and take account of factors such as accommodation, food, facilities and service.  First-class standards of accommodation and service, usually with an excellent range of facilities.  Good standards of accommodation and a range of facilities.  Comfortable accommodation offering medium-class facilities. As standards of accommodation vary from country to country, Somak’s ‘Sun’ ratings reflect the standards to be expected within one particular country or region. It is generally not appropriate to compare ratings from one country to another. Flying time: Non-stop flights to Nairobi take approximately 9 hours. Time difference: Kenya and Tanzania are both three hours ahead of GMT. Passports: Your passport should contain 2 blank pages and will need to be valid for at least six months after your date of return.

SAFARI GUIDE A safari is an incredible adventure that will introduce you to the wonders of Africa – friendly people, diverse and beautiful landscapes, and if you are lucky, many different animals and birds. However, this is not something that should be undertaken lightly as often the distances covered are vast and journeys may be uncomfortable at times. We offer different types of safari so please read the following information to enable you to choose the most appropriate one. SHARED SAFARIS BY ROAD – These have fixed itineraries with set departure days and are featured on pages 16-24 for Kenya and 56-61 for Tanzania. They are shared with a small group of travellers in a Somak microbus in Kenya and a 4-wheel drive vehicle in Tanzania. All guests are guaranteed a window seat and access to the game viewing hatch. We hold generous allocations of rooms on these set itineraries and so they are easy to book and confirm, although we would strongly recommend that you book early for the peak periods such as during the migration in the Masai Mara and the Serengeti as these periods are very popular. For all these safaris there is the option to pay for the exclusive use of a safari vehicle. You can also choose to fly from the Masai Mara to Nairobi or Mombasa at the conclusion of your safari. Please see below for further information. We have also showcased a number of suggested itineraries to help you choose your perfect safari. These can operate on any day of the week and can be tweaked to suit your requirements with extra days in any lodge or camp. We therefore do not hold allocations and each element has to be confirmed separately. Some suggested itineraries are detailed on pages 26-29 for Kenya and pages 66-69 for Tanzania. Further suggestions can be found on our website www.somak.co.uk If you cannot find your perfect safari in the pages of this brochure or on our website, we can tailor-make a personalised itinerary just for you to create your dream holiday. This could be an adaptation of one of our classic or suggested itineraries, flying or by road, or a combination of both. You are limited only by practical considerations such as travelling times and flight networks, the availability of your chosen lodges or camps, and your budget. A selection of camps and lodges in the key game parks in Kenya are featured on pages 34-45; in Tanzania we have showcased lodges and camps in the Serengeti on pages 64-65 and Selous and Ruaha in Southern Tanzania on pages 72-75. Other lodges and camps throughout Kenya and Tanzania can found on our website www.somak.co.uk A higher deposit may be required at time of booking for some lodges and camps. YOUR SAFARI VEHICLE ON A SAFARI BY ROAD – Our safari vehicles are driven by expert driver-guides who accompany you throughout your safari. Somak microbuses in Kenya have game viewing hatches which are accessible from the rear seats, but not from the front passenger seat and are equipped with a cool box in which you can store your drinks. Our Shared Safaris by Road in Kenya use a maximum of six seats, thus guaranteeing you a window seat and access to the game viewing hatch. Four wheel drive vehicles are available for a supplement and seat up to four or six passengers. Tanzania safaris operate using 4wheel drive vehicles accommodating four or six passengers.

Visas: British passport holders require a visa for both Short wheel base Long wheel base Premier Kenya and Tanzania – both can be arranged either before 4-wheel drive 4-wheel drive Safari Bus departure on on arrival. Non-British passport holders should check with the relevant High Commission. Vaccinations: Vaccinations are recommended, please consult your doctor.

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Standard Safari Bus

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On a Shared Safari by Road you can book a vehicle and driver-guide for the exclusive use of your party. This affords you greater flexibility with game viewing as you may have favourite animals that you would like to see or particular areas within a game park that you want to visit – although please bear in mind that no sighting of animals in the wild can be guaranteed! The applicable supplements to book an exclusive vehicle on a Shared Safari by Road are shown on the individual safari pages. If your party size is four or less guests the exclusive vehicle in Kenya will normally be a Premier microbus. These vehicles have been specially adapted and only have four seats in the rear which allows for much greater leg room of 70-75cms and greater freedom to move around the vehicle and access the game viewing hatch when stationary and observing wildlife. Please note that the number of Premier microbuses is limited so we suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.

the Somak Lounge and retrieved after the safari. Depending on your routing a change of aircraft may be required as well as additional stops to pick up/drop off passengers en route to your final destination. Transfers and game drives will be provided by the lodge or camp in their vehicles and will be shared with other guests. A window seat in safari vehicles is not guaranteed at some lodges and camps, although there is usually the option to pay for exclusive use of a safari vehicle (subject to availability). For total flexibility and exclusivity the internal light aircraft flights can be arranged on an exclusive charter basis for your party at a supplement. A higher deposit may be required at time of booking.

ON THE ROAD – Safaris often cover long distances on rough and uneven roads and may be dusty or muddy. Drives between game parks and lodges are made at a relatively high speed in order to make the journeys as comfortable as possible. Occasionally vehicles may become stuck in mud or even break down, but help is normally available nearby. Safari vehicles are not air-conditioned. On long journeys comfort breaks will be taken, often at curio shops, but the facilities will be basic in nature.

GAME DRIVES – A safari promises both excitement and the unexpected – close encounters with wild animals, bumpy roads and helping out when the odds are down. Every day on a Somak Safari is different with amazing experiences, but don’t expect lazy days. Game-viewing activities when taken from your lodge or camp occur in the early morning (so book an early morning wake-up call!) and late afternoon and usually lasts between one and two hours. Some game drives take place whilst driving from one lodge or camp to the next. Please note that game viewing is not an exact science and sightings of particular species cannot be guaranteed. At some lake lodges game drives are not provided, but optional excursions may be purchased locally. Game drives are not included at tree lodges, as they overlook waterholes and salt licks.

Approximate distances and travelling times are shown between points on each itinerary. These should be used as a guideline only, as travel may take a lot longer than expected due to poor road conditions or stops to view game. Changes to itineraries, routings and camps or lodges are sometimes unavoidable, e.g. due to rainfall, and it may be necessary to drive greater distances. Local conditions may lead to last minute changes en route.

MEALS ON SAFARI – Guests booked on a Shared Safari by Road are often referred to as a group when travelling in the same vehicle or convoy of vehicles. Lodges and camps prefer to reserve tables in their dining areas to ensure that space is available, but unfortunately it is often not practical to allocate individual tables for every couple or family and so they usually assign tables to guests that are travelling together, even if they have not booked together.

A number of our itineraries include flights or the option to take one or more flights – please see the ‘Flying Safaris’ section below for further information.

CHILDREN – Children are welcome on selected safaris. On road safaris, we recommend that families with children book their own safari vehicle, to avoid concerns about disturbing fellow passengers. Children under the age of seven are not permitted at some lodges. Please refer to the price grids for any restrictions for children on safaris.

Please note that at present the road into the Masai Mara is in a very bad condition in places and the final section can be an uncomfortable journey taking a considerable time. On our Shared Safaris by Road we do offer the option to fly out of the Mara at the conclusion of your safari to Nairobi a supplement from £170 or to Mombasa for a supplement from £290 (prices only valid when pre-booked in the UK). Baggage allowance is restricted to 15 kg on light aircraft and should be in soft bags. When flying from the Masai Mara to Mombasa beach luggage cannot be stored at Somak House in Nairobi and so your luggage would be restricted to 15 kg for your entire holiday. FLYING SAFARIS – Choosing a flying safari offers you complete flexibility, from which day you depart the UK to the combinations of destinations, game parks and lodges and camps you choose. Flying between each destination allows you to cover more ground in a shorter period of time. Flying safaris are fully flexible and the number of days at each location can be increased or decreased, therefore no allocation is held and all services are subject to availability (if any element is not available we will suggest the best alternative). Flights are in light aircraft and the baggage allowance is strictly 15 kg per person and should be in soft bags. Where possible, additional luggage can be left at your hotel or at

WHAT TO TAKE ON SAFARI? A soft bag is best as there is limited space and luggage allowance is 15 kg. We recommend neutral colours, comfortable shoes, and warm clothing for early morning and evening game drives. Additional items to take include sunscreen, camera, binoculars, strong insect repellent and a hat. BALLOONING – Instead of an early morning game drive you can enjoy an optional hot-air balloon flight over the Masai Mara or the Serengeti. Please ensure that your holiday insurance covers activities such as ballooning as many insurance policies require the payment of an additional premium to cover ‘hazardous activities’. In the event of your ballooning being cancelled, we are unable to refund any such insurance premiums. Balloon flights will only operate in the event that your pilot judges the conditions to be safe and appropriate for your flight. Adverse weather conditions or other factors may lead to the cancellation of the balloon flight. As on any aircraft, the pilot reserves all rights in respect of the carriage of passengers and their luggage/equipment. A full refund of the cost of your balloon flight, if appropriate, will be provided in the event of cancellation as a result of matters beyond our control, but Somak will not pay any

compensation for disappointment as a result of the cancellation of your balloon flight. Should an additional ballooning excursion be booked that coincides with a prearranged game drive or bush breakfast, no refund for either will be available. Height and age restrictions apply – children under the age of 7 are usually not allowed; the minimum height restriction is 1.2 metres. Prices displayed are only valid when pre-booked in the UK. SOMAK SAFARI LOUNGE – Guests can relax and recuperate in the comfortable Safari Lounge, the only one of its kind in East Africa. This is available to all Somak guests passing through Nairobi (time permitting), and is the perfect place to enjoy refreshments, an air-conditioned rest area and showers. Many guests consider this a huge benefit and comment on the welcome hot food and refreshing drinks. You can store your luggage here if you wish. NAIROBI NOTE – In recent years traffic in Nairobi has expanded considerably and there are frequent and long delays due to traffic jams.

GORILLA TREKKING Observing Gorillas in the wild is a very special experience and it is important to preserve these fantastic, endangered animals, so only a limited number of permits are available in each park. Every visitor must obtain a permit before they can embark on a trek, so it is essential to book well in advance. Permits need to be paid for at the initial booking stage and are non-refundable. Anyone that embarks on a gorilla trek must be fit and in good health, as reaching the gorillas in their natural habitat can be tough, arduous and wet. To reach the gorillas requires trekking through thick forest at heights of up to 3,000m over sometimes difficult terrain. If on the day of your trek you are sick with a cold, flu or other contagious illness, visiting the gorillas will not be permitted and you may not be refunded the cost of the trek. It is generally quite cold, particularly in the evening, so warm clothing is advised. Recommended clothing is long trousers and shirts when in the forest to avoid nettle stings. Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots are essential. It frequently rains so take waterproof clothing and protection for your camera equipment. Only one hour is allowed with the gorillas, at a distance of at least 7 metres. Flash photography is not allowed. Throughout the trek you will be accompanied by a ranger who will explain the rules and take you to the gorillas. Of course there is no guarantee of seeing a gorilla as they are in their natural habitat. Some photographs are courtesy of Malaika Photographic Safaris, Neil Thomas (www.neilthomas.com), Roberto de Micheli and Dan Messmer. Photograph top of page 50 by John Warbuton-Lee (Cheli & Peacock). Somak Holidays also produce an ESSENTIAL HOLIDAY INFORMATION BOOKLET which is sent out with your travel documents. This contains important information that relates to your holiday, and we would strongly recommend that you read this carefully before departure. A copy of this booklet is available on request, if required earlier. Somak Holidays is a division of Somak Travel Limited, Registered Office Somak House, Harrovian Village, Bessborough Road, Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex HA1 3EX. Registration No. 958261.

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Somak Travel is a bonded tour operator with a licence granted by the Civil Aviation Authority ATOL 2550 and are members of ABTA (V5319) and IATA.

Please return completed form to: Somak Holidays Somak House, Harrovian Village, Bessborough Road, Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex HA1 3EX

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SOMAK’S REFERENCE

AGENT’S REFERENCE

RESERVATIONS: 020 8423 3000 ADMIN: 020 8423 7857 FAX: 020 8423 7700

SOMAK HOLIDAYS KENYA & TANZANIA JANUARY 2012 – MARCH 2013

Lead Booking Name

Number of nights

Holiday cost per person

Hotel/tour

Departure Date

Meal plan/ room grade Optional excursion(s)

Departure Airport SURNAME (as shown on Passport) (CHILDREN under 12 years; INFANTS under 2 years of age)

FIRST NAME

TITLE Mr/Mrs

AGE

SPECIAL REQUESTS (not guaranteed):

MAILING ADDRESS or TRAVEL AGENT’S STAMP to which all correspondence and documents will be sent

ABTA Number

YOUR REF:

EMERGENCY CONTACT FOR NEXT OF KIN: Name: Telephone (day): (evening):

INSURANCE: All customers must have travel insurance. You are free to select your own policy. We have negotiated rates for travel insurance. Please see www.somak.co.uk. However you purchase your insurance you must check that your insurance policy is adequate for your needs, valid for the destination(s) you plan to visit, and, in particular, covers any activities you are contemplating during your holiday. Please complete the details opposite, to enable us to liaise with your insurers in case of emergency.

Insurance company: Policy number: Contact name: Telephone number:

REMITTANCE: Please reserve the holiday as detailed above, for all passengers listed, on behalf of whom, I enclose a payment for the following deposit/full price: Deposit:

£150/£

*

per person X

passenger(s) –

Full price of holiday for all passenger(s) in the party – *If agreed deposit is more than £150, please write amount here.

£ £

Total amount enclosed

£

We accept payment as follows: 1 By cheque (made payable to Somak Travel Ltd.)

ACCEPTANCE: I have received, read and understood the conditions of Booking and Insurance and Holiday Guide as shown in this brochure and accept them on behalf of all persons listed. I also accept that all persons listed are themselves responsible for seeing that Immigration and Health Requirements are fulfilled. All passengers are required to obtain their own Visa(s) and must be in possession of a valid passport.

Signature of person travelling. 18 years plus (not Travel Agent)

2 By credit/debit card – payments can only be taken online at www.somak.co.uk/payment – please note a 2% credit card fee will apply. 3 By bank transfer:

Account name: Somak Travel Ltd. Bank Name: Barclays Bank Sort Code: 20-65-63 Account number: 90865850

Date

Further copies of this booking form are available on our website www.somak.co.uk

Somak Holidays is a division of Somak Travel Limited, Registered Office Somak House, Harrovian Village, Bessborough Road, Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex, HA1 3EX. Registration No 958261.

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Booking Conditions Your contract is with Somak Travel Limited, of which Somak Holidays is a registered trading division. 1. Your holiday contract: When you make a booking you undertake that you have the authority to accept and do accept these booking conditions on behalf of yourself and your party. A contract will exist upon the issue of our Confirmation Invoice. These conditions in conjunction with the information set out in our brochure form the entire agreement between Somak Holidays and yourself. Any advice/information given to you by your travel agent which is inconsistent with our brochure and these conditions will not form part of your contract with ourselves. 2. Your financial protection: We are a member of ABTA (No V5319) and hold ATOL No 2550 issued by the Civil Aviation Authority. £2.50 per person is added to the cost of this air holiday package and is paid to the Civil Aviation Authority to provide ATOL Protection to you. This means your money is fully protected. 3. Your holiday price: When you or your travel agent request a booking with Somak, if we are able to accept the booking, you must immediately pay a deposit of £150 per person together with any applicable insurance premium. Occasionally you may be required to pay a sum greater than £150, this is so that we can secure hotels or products on your behalf that must be paid for by Somak at the time we book them for you. The balance of the price of your travel arrangements must be paid at least 8 weeks before your departure date. If your booking is made within 8 weeks of departure, full payment including any insurance premiums is required at the time of booking. If the deposit is not paid on time, we reserve the right to cancel your travel arrangements. If the balance is not paid on time we shall retain your deposit and reserve the right to cancel your travel arrangements and levy the cancellation charges set out in clause 5 below. All monies you pay to the travel agent are held by them on our behalf at all times. All prices in our brochures or on our website are in £ sterling, per person (based on 2 people sharing). We reserve the right to change our prices at any time before you book, including any special offers which we may have from time-totime, and which may or may not be the same as set out in our publicity material. 4. If you change your booking: If, after our confirmation invoice has been issued, you wish to change your travel arrangements in any way, for example, your chosen departure date or accommodation, we will do our utmost to make these changes but it may not always be possible.

We also reserve the right in any circumstances to cancel your travel arrangements. For example, if the minimum number of clients required for a particular travel arrangement is not reached, we may have to cancel it. However, we will not cancel your travel arrangements less than 8 weeks before your departure date, except for reasons of force majeure or failure by you to pay the final balance. If it is necessary for us to cancel your travel arrangements for reasons other than force majeure and non-payment of the final balance, we will pay compensation to you as set out in this clause. If we make a major change to your holiday, we will inform you or your travel agent as soon as reasonably possible if there is time before your departure. You will have the choice of either accepting the change of arrangements, accepting an offer of alternative travel arrangements from us, if available (with no amendment fee although subject to any difference in brochure price), or cancelling your booked holiday and receiving a full refund of all monies paid except for insurance premiums and/or amendment charges. In all cases, except where the major change arises due to reasons of force majeure, we will pay compensation as detailed below for the period before your departure within which the notice of cancellation or major change is notified to you: 56 days or more 55 – 43 days 42 – 29 days 28 – 15 days Less than 15 days

Nil £10 £20 £30 £50

'Force Majeure': This means any situation outside our control such as war or threat of war, riot, industrial dispute, technical or maintenance problems with means of transportation, re-scheduling or cancellation of flights by an airline or main charterer, terrorist activity, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, adverse weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances that amount to force majeure. As we do not control the day-to-day management of your accommodation it is possible that the reserved accommodation may not be suitable or available to you once you have arrived in resort. If this happens we will endeavour to provide accommodation of at least the same standard in the same resort area. If only accommodation of a lower standard is available then we will refund the difference of the brochure price between the accommodation booked and that available, together with compensation of £50 per person.

Any request for changes MUST be in writing from the person who made the booking or your travel agent. You will be asked to pay an administration charge of £25 per person per change, together with any further charges and/or supplements and/or costs we incur in making this alteration. You should be aware that these costs will increase the closer to the departure date that changes are made and you should therefore contact us as soon as possible. We may not be able to make alterations to your holiday arrangements within 21 days of departure without you incurring cancellation charges.

7. If you have a complaint: If you have a problem during your holiday, you must, whilst in resort, inform the relevant supplier (e.g. your hotelier) and your resort representative as soon as possible and they will endeavour to put things right. You must also complete a Customer Report Form whilst in resort. If your complaint is not resolved locally, please follow it up within 28 days of your return home by writing to our Customer Services Department giving your booking reference and all other relevant information. Please keep your letter concise, to the point and typed if possible. This will assist us to quickly identify your concerns and speed up our response to you.

5. If you cancel your holiday: You, or any member of your party, may cancel your travel arrangements at any time. WRITTEN notification from the person who made the booking or your travel agent must be received at our offices. The following scale of cancellation will be payable depending on when the notification of cancellation is received:

If you fail to report any problems whilst in resort we will have been deprived of the opportunity to investigate and rectify your complaint whilst you were there and this may affect any rights you may otherwise have had under this contract.

56 days or more 55 – 43 days 42 – 29 days 28 – 15 days 14 – 3 days Less than 3 days

Deposit only 30% of total holiday price 50% of total holiday price 75% of total holiday price 90% of total holiday price 100% of total holiday price

If some, but not all, party members cancel, additional charges may be payable by the remaining members (e.g. under occupancy charges). Note: If the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges. 6. If we change or cancel your holiday: It is unlikely that we will have to make any changes to your travel arrangements. However, we do plan the arrangements many months in advance and occasionally, therefore, it may be necessary to make changes and we reserve the right to do so at any time. Most of these changes will be minor and we will advise you or your travel agent of them if practicable and time permitting. Please note that carriers, timings and routings given in the brochure are for guidance only and may be subject to change. Such changes are deemed to be minor changes. Other examples of minor changes include alteration of your outward/return flights by less than 12 hours, changes to aircraft type, change of accommodation to another of the same standard, or change of airports within the London area.

8. What happens to complaints: It is unlikely that you will have a complaint that cannot be settled amicably either whilst in resort or following your return home. However, disputes arising from this contract which cannot be settled amicably may, if you wish, be referred to the ABTA Arbitration scheme (see below) or to a court of law. The ABTA Arbitration scheme is arranged by The Association of British Travel Agents Ltd., but is administered quite independently by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. The ABTA scheme provides a simple and inexpensive method of arbitration on documents alone, with restricted liability on you in respect of costs. The scheme does not apply to claims for any amount greater than £5,000 per person or £25,000 per booking form. If you choose to proceed to Arbitration under this scheme, you must send a written notice of your decision to ABTA within 9 months after your scheduled date of return. Full details of the scheme are available from The Association of British Travel Agents Ltd. at 30 Park Street, London SE1 9EQ, www.abta.com 9. Our liability to you: (i) We accept responsibility for the negligent acts and/or omissions of our employees, agents and suppliers whilst acting in the course of their employment in the provision of your travel arrangements and for any deficiencies in the services we are contractually obliged to provide subject to the exceptions set out in this contract and relevant legislation such as The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992, copies of which are available on request. Our liability in all cases shall be

limited to a maximum of two times the cost of your travel arrangements excluding insurance premiums and taxes. (ii) We accept responsibility for death, injury or illness of any person taking one of our holidays caused by the negligent acts and/or omissions of our employees or agents, our suppliers and subcontractors, whilst acting within the scope of, or in the course of, their employment in the provision of your travel arrangements. (iii) Where a claim arises out of loss or damage suffered during air travel, rail travel, sea travel, or accommodation, the amount of compensation you receive will be limited in accordance with and/or in an identical manner to the provision of the relevant International Convention, copies of which are available from us on request. This means we are entitled to have all the benefit of any limitations of compensation contained in any international convention applicable to your holiday. 10. Personal injury unconnected with your booked travel arrangements: If you, or any member of your party, suffer death, illness or injury whilst overseas, arising out of an activity which does not form part of your package travel arrangements with ourselves, we shall, at our discretion, offer advice, guidance and assistance. Where legal action is contemplated and you want our assistance, you must obtain our written consent prior to commencement of any proceedings. Our consent will be given subject to you undertaking to assign any costs and/or benefits received under any relevant insurance policy to ourselves. We limit the cost of our assistance to you or any member of your party to £5,000 per booking form. 11. Behaviour: Please note that your holiday arrangements will be terminated by ourselves or the suppliers concerned (e.g. airlines, hotels, tour leaders etc.) if you are behaving in such a way as to cause, or be likely to cause, danger or distress to others or damage to property. In this situation, Somak will not be liable to make any refund, pay any compensation, or meet any costs or expenses you incur as a result of your behaviour. Please note that you are at all times subject to the laws of the country you are visiting and must respect local cultures and customs. 12. Conditions of carriage/accommodation: Each journey (whether undertaken or not) that you book by air, land or sea is governed by the conditions of the carrier which undertakes to provide that carriage. Some of these conditions limit or exclude liability and are often the subject of international agreements. Copies of applicable conditions are available for inspection at the offices of the carrier concerned or through ourselves. It is your own responsibility to reconfirm the onward or return sectors of any air journey with the carrier concerned or such carrier's duly authorised agents and according to such carrier's regulations. The outbound flight is reconfirmed by Somak Holidays prior to your departure. All accommodation booked by ourselves on your behalf is subject to the 'house rules' of the proprietor. 13. Insurance: It is imperative that you ensure that all of your party have adequate and appropriate insurance. You are free to chose your own policy but you must satisfy yourself that the policy is adequate for your needs, in particular for any activities you are contemplating during your holiday. 14. Documentation: Where travel and health documents are necessary to comply with the requirements of any country you may wish to visit, then it is your responsibility to procure them. If failure to obtain any such documents results in fines, surcharges or other financial penalty being imposed upon us then you shall reimburse us accordingly. You must be aware, by consulting your own doctor if necessary, of specific health precautions deemed prudent for the country/resort you intend to visit and obtain the appropriate medication/inoculations. 15. By making a booking with us you agree to the use and disclosure of the information you provide for the following purposes: to enable us to process your booking (when it may be transferred abroad), for market research and analysis, to prevent fraud and to enable us to contact you by letter, telephone or email. 16. Law and jurisdiction: The contract between us, and these booking conditions, are governed by and construed in accordance with English law. All parties agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts. SOMAK HOLIDAYS KENYA & TANZANIA 2012-2013 (Publication date: July 2011)

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As well as Kenya and Tanzania, Somak also offer holidays in Botswana Mozambique Namibia South Africa Swaziland Zambia

Brochures can be ordered by telephone or on-line Please call 020 8423 3000 or visit www.somak.co.uk

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