7 NIGHTS LAND AND SEA DIAMOND HOLIDAY PACKAGE FROM MOMBASA WITH ORANJE SAFARI

DAY 1: MOI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO LEOPARD BEACH HOTEL DIANI

You will be met by oranje exclusive safaris representative at the mombasa airport and transferred in an air-conditioned van to Leopard beach hotel-4****. Check in for your overnight stay on Half board.

Day 2: LEOPARD BEACH HOTEL DIANI BEACH.

Relax in your nice sandy beach hotel after a long flight. Swimming in Indian ocean or relax in the two luxurious swimming pools in the hotel. At extra cost you can do extra activities such as glass bottom boat tour, diving, kite surfing, massage at their modern spa etc

DAY 3: FROM LEOPARD BEACH HOTEL DIANI TO TSAVO EAST

You will be picked early in the morning at 0530 hrs then drive to Tsavo East National Park which is about 150km from mombasa then enter through Bachuma gate. Upon entrance to the park you begin your safari with enroute game drive  to the ashnil aruba lodge. As you drive in the park you will have a chance of seeing lots of animals, e.g. Zebra’s, Elephants different types of antelopes, Lions, Buffalo’s, Leopard, Giraffe and also a variety of different types of bird species. You will check in at the ashnil aruba lodge for lunch after lunch afternoon game drive to 1830. Proceed back to the lodge for diner and overnight stay.

Day 4: TSAVO EAST NATIONAL PARK TO TAITA HILLS

Embark on your early morning game drive at 6.30am then come back at 8.30am for full breakfast. After breakfast game drive out of the park and proceed to taita hills arriving in time for lunch. After lunch afternoon game drive in Taita hills Located at the foots of Taita hills and  Lumo Community Wildlife Sanctuary lies at the heart of the Tsavo ecosystem, surrounded by Tsavo East and West.  It includes Lake Jipe and the Taita Game Sanctuary. It is composed of three group ranches (Lualenyi, Mramba and Oza), all of whom have chosen to pool their natural resources in the interest of sustaining this unique wilderness area. The area is a vital wildlife corridor for the animals of Tsavo East and West, an ancient elephant migratory route and an important breeding site for lions. It is home to abundant and diverse wildlife species, spectacular landscapes, and enjoys the rich cultural heritage of the Taita people.The little known 125,000 acre Lumo Community Wildlife Sanctuary is situated between the Taita hills Sanctuary and West Tsavo , only 50 km from  Voi on the Taveta road. The three group ranches joined together to form the Lumo Community Wildlife Sanctuary as a way to use natural resources on their land. By investing the earnings from tourist activities, the community plays an integral role in conserving the biodiversity of the area by fighting poaching and the bush meat trade and creating awareness of invaluable wildlife. The sanctuary is a model of how local people benefit from the union of conservation and enterprise in a sustainable to help to alleviate poverty and conserve wildlife for this and future generations. On your game drive you have a chance of spotting lion, leopard, cheetah, serval cat, civet, bat eared fox, buffalo, giraffe, elephant, baboon, waterbuck, Coke’s hartebeest, eland, gazelle, zebra, mongoose, hyrax, dik dik, porcupine,andoryx, the unusual aard-wolf, and both striped and spotted hyena  and the prolific bird life features 600 recorded species. Proceed back to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay at the famous saltlick lodge.

DAY 5 TAITA HILLS TO LEOPARD BEACH HOTEL

Morning game drive in taita hills before Breakfast. After Breakfast proceed back leopard beach hotel in Diani beach. Check in at Leopard beac h hotel

DAY 6 LEOPARD BEACH HOTEL

After your lovely safari relax at you beach hotel on Half board basis.

Day 7 LEOPARD BEACH HOTEL TO WASINI ISLAND KISITE MARINE TOUR

After early breakfast in leopard beach hotel you will be picked up at 0730hrs then drive to Shimoni will take about 1 hour 15 minutes passing through villages, where you can see snapshots of the real Kenya, Coconut, Mango and Cashew Nut plantations and mangroves.

9.10am -Board our Dhow where will introduce you to our staff and brief you on your trip to the Marine Park whilst taking refreshments and snacks and searching for Dolphins.

10.30am – you arrive in Kisite where we will spend about 2 hours in the park searching for Dolphins and snorkeling or diving to explore the reefs and the wonderful marine life that can be found there, if the tide is low there is the option to spend some time on the white sand bank that is exposed at low tide or you can just relax in the sun on the Dhow.

12.30pm – We start to make our way out of the Marine Park for lunch using the sails if the wind is good – a magnificent way to experience the traditional way of the Swahili people and admire the peace and beauty of the open ocean..

13.30 – Arrive at the Charlie claws restaurant, with its breathtaking views of the Wasini Channel, for a lunch of Swahilli dishes. After lunch visit Swahili village corol gardens (approximately 3 per person) or you can choose to relax at the Charlie claws  swimming pool on the Wasini island, with magnificent views of the channel.  Then cruise back to the main land. You can choose to visit the Slave Caves where you get to learn more about our history. (extra USD 5 per person)
16.00 – Leave Shimoni for the return trip to Leopard beach hotel.

DAY 8 LEOPARD BEACH HOTEL TO MOI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

You will be picked oranje safari representative and transferred to Moi international airport for your flight back home.

Package Attractions

·         Diani beach

·         Mombasa island

·         Tsavo east

·         Wild animals

·         The only lodge on stilts (saltlick lodge)

·         Kisite marine park

·        Wasini island  and dolphines spotting.

Cost of the holiday package USD 1355 per person (minimum 2 maximum 4) 6th of January to 31st of march 2015

Included in the cost

·         Return transfers per the program

·         5 nights leopard beach hotel in standard room on Half board

·         Safari in a private safari van

·         More than eight years experienced proffesional driver guide,

·         Unlimited water/coke/fanta/sprite in the Minibus,

·         Safari checklist,

·         Overnight stay as per the program,

·         All meals on safari starting with Lunch ending with breakfast day 3,

·         Park fees,

·         Government taxes,

·         Night game drive.

·         Snorkeling tour on all inclusive but alcoholic drinks

·         Flying doctors insurance

NOT INCLUDED

·         Tips,

·         Drinks in the lodges and camp on safari.

·         All personal equipments

·         Extra optional activities as per the program.

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