Kenya: Safaris & Savannahs

Enjoy World-Class Game Drives Where the Safari Originated on this Gay Tour

DESCRIPTION

Our brand new gay tour of Kenya kicks off outside Nairobi – Safari Capital of the World – before we venture into the savannah. Here, authentic yet luxurious tents and lodges will provide shelter in Amboseli National Park and Masai Mara National Reserve. All meals are included on this excursion, including a fab Bush Barbecue.

QUICK FACTS

Duration:: 9 Days / 8 Nights
Starts In:: Nairobi
Group Size: Min 4, Max 16
Ends In: : Nairobi
Accommodation:: 3.5+ Star Hotels; Glamping Tents.
Deposit: $750
Physical Rating: 1/5

DEPARTURES & PRICES:

Aug. 17, 2019 to Aug. 25, 2019 - 5495.00 USD CLOSED
Aug. 22, 2020 to Aug. 30, 2020 - 5695.00 USD

HIGHLIGHTS

• Partake in the world’s most authentic safaris
• See elephants, giraffes, leopards, rhinos, leopards, zebras, and marvelous birdlife on safari
• Stay in luxury tents and lodge-style rooms
• Boat ride on beautiful Lake Naivasha
• Stay at a hotel in the marvelous Masai Mara National Reserve
• Private, 6-person, purpose-built safari vehicles


Hujambo! Welcome to Kenya. Your Out Adventures rep will meet you at the airport then transfer you to the hotel. Things kick off with our Group Meeting at 4PM and Welcome Dinner this evening.

After check-out we have a comfortable 4.5 hour drive to Amboseli, which sits in the shadow of Kilimanjaro – Africa’s tallest mountain. Enjoy an early check-in at our luxurious safari camp, with sumptuous mountain-view tents that feature generous beds, fine linens, ensuite washrooms and large balconies. There will be a game drive after lunch, followed by dinner at sunset. Be sure to step out onto your private veranda this evening to look up at the crystal clear constellations.

Today is fully devoted to exploring Amboseli with morning and afternoon game drives. The park is 392sq.km. / 151sq.mi. in size. It’s considered to offer some of the best wildlife-viewing IN THE WORLD! Don't forget to pack your binoculars as the park hosts 400 species of birds including pelicans, kingfishers, and hammerkops.

After check-out we have a 5.5 hour drive via Nairobi to Lake Naivasha. It’s the highest lake in the Rift Valley, and residents include hippos and crocodiles. After lunch, enjoy a 1-hour boat ride and Crescent Island walk and take in flocks of flamingos and other aquatic birds and thirsty mammals. After that, check in to your spacious room at our next camp, which is traditional in style and sits on the edge of a pond amongst the trees. After dinner, unwind at your leisure.

A morning game drive follows breakfast. The park is a sanctuary for Rothschild giraffes, leopards, and black and white rhinos. After a late lunch, enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure, followed by dinner. Take a dip in the pool, relax in your private suite with a good book or indulge in the lodge’s other incredible amenities.

Today we have a 6-7 hour drive via Narok to Masai Mara National Reserve. It offers wonderful scenery, plenty of game, and is one of the last places in Kenya to experience how abundant the animals were a century ago. Enjoy an early check-in and lunch at a luxurious tented camp near the Mara River, famous for the wildebeest migration and other great vistas. This afternoon’s game drive is followed by a sunset dinner.

Another full day at the reserve includes morning and afternoon game drives, and wraps with a special surprise for dinner. Keep an eye out for the abundant giraffe, buffalo, zebra, eland, hartebeest and Thompson's gazelle. All of which are a rich choice for top predators such as lions, leopards and cheetahs. You will also see nomadic tribesmen herding their cattle amongst the plains.

Enjoy one last day in the reserve, with morning and afternoon game drives to bid the animals adieu. Tonight we’ll celebrate with a Farewell Dinner, sharing our incredible photos from the past week.

After breakfast we’ll check out and head for Nairobi. There’ll be time for lunch and some final souvenir shopping before your flight home. Safe travels!  

• Arrival & departure transfers to/from Out Adventures’ joining/finishing point hotel
• All accommodations for the duration of the tour
• All safari game drives/excursions as indicated
• 1-hour boat ride on Lake Naivasha and Crescent Island walk

 

• All national park entrance fees
• Transportation in 6-seater 4x4 vehicles with experienced guides on safari
• Mineral water daily in safari vehicle (1 litre per person per day)

 

• International Airfare
• International departure taxes
• Meals and Activities not mentioned in itinerary
• Travel insurance is mandatory for all travellers. Visit www.outadventures.com/insurance for more details.

• Gratuities for guides/drivers/staff etc. (budget $150-$200)
• All items of a personal nature (laundry, drinks, etc.)
• Visa fees

 

OUT Adventures is all about good times with likeminded guys. Whatever's on the itinerary - from fireside camping to five-star decadence - our goal is to make the experience magical. We're also committed to supporting the communities we visit by hiring local guides, staying at locally-owned accommodations when possible, and celebrating local cuisine. It all adds up to a great way to immerse yourself in an array of cultures.

VISAS: You will most likely need an e-visa to enter Kenya. Click here for more info, and to apply online.  All visas are the responsibility of the traveller, and should be arranged in advance.

CULTURE SHOCK: Tourism in Kenya is developed, but know that service levels aren't on par with Western nations. You'll also see extreme poverty. Crime is common in the city so exercise caution, be discrete, and don't wander alone.

LOCAL LGBT SCENE: Sodomy is illegal and punishable by imprisonment in Kenya, same-sex marriage is banned, and people routinely disowned by their family. Alas, complete discretion is advised, since even heterosexual PDAs are frowned upon in this conservative nation. However, rest assured your crew, staff, and accommodations welcome you.

WEATHER: August is the dry season, a perfect month to check out the wildebeest migration. The sunny weather on safari hovers around 25C/77F.

REQUIRED VACCINATIONS: The WHO recommends vaccination against typhoid, hepatitis A and B, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, and the flu. To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, consult with your doctor or a travel medical clinic.

ELECTRICITY:
You may need an international travel plug/adapter for type A/B sockets. Visit http://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/kenya/ for more information.

CONNECTIVITY: All hotels and camps will have Wi-Fi (though possibly spotty). Feel free to tweet, pin, post and share your experience friends and family at home!

To keep things easy, all meals are included in the trip price. Breakfast and lunch will be served between certain hours at your leisure. Group dinners will be served at set times.

For everybody's peace of mind, medical travel insurance is required on all Out Adventures tours. At a minimum, your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses, emergency repatriation and personal liability, with a minimum medical coverage of US $50,000.

For more details, visit www.outadventures.com/insurance.

All Out Adventures are led by a gay (or gay-welcoming) guide. On this tour, you'll be personally hosted by both a Local Guide AND a Host from Out Adventures' head office. There may be a second Local Guide depending on the size of the tour.

Out Adventures are a great way to meet people from around the world and all walks of life. Bear in mind that everybody’s there for a good time, so mutual respect will go a long way. Please be on time for any meet ups, empathetic to the needs of others, and ready to roll with whatever the adventure brings.

Although we can’t tell you about your fellow travellers for privacy reasons, we can tell you many great friendships began with an Out Adventure. And just because we’re a gay tour operator doesn’t mean we’re exclusive: friends and family are always welcome to join the fun.

If you've never travelled on your own, it's an amazing way to get to know yourself while making new friends along the way. We can arrange for you to share a room with people in your age range at no charge, or you can pay a supplement for your own room. If there's an odd number of solos, we'll rotate a single room on a random basis. 

The itinerary is correct at time of publishing. If anything, it will only get better based on feedback from prior travellers and our own research. It's best to reference your final trip documents, rather than our website, in case there have been any changes that affect your departure.

Every Out Adventure offers optional excursions that are not included in price of this trip. Please check your daily itinerary in your final pre-trip packet to see what's available.

Sovereign Suites
Redhill, Kiambu, Limuru Rd, Kenya

Standard check-in time is between 2PM and 3PM. We are unable to arrange early check ins, however you are able to store your luggage and explore the central area near the hotel while you wait. If you would like a guaranteed early check-in, you will need to reserve a pre-tour night of accommodation.

 

Ashnil Mara Camp
Talek, Masai Mara

A group transfer will be provided to Nairobi Airport, or a Nairobi Airport hotel on the last day of the tour.

If you're pleased with the service throughout your trip, a tip is recommended. Details will be provided in your final trip documentation, but we recommend budgeting about $150-$200 USD.

The local currency is the Kenyan Shilling (KES). We recommend carrying a few small bills for small purchases and souvenirs. Credit cards are accepted by the hotels and safari camps, but there may be surcharges. We also recommend carrying about $400 USD in case of an emergency, or if your credit/ATM cards are placed on hold. 

Most Out Adventures entail carrying your own luggage on occasion. And while you'll never schlep far, things can quickly get costlier than a celebrity breakup if you don't keep your baggage under 20kg/44lb thanks to costly surcharges on domestic flights. You should also bring something smaller for day trips to carry water, your camera, and any souvenirs you find along the way.

The following packing list is a guideline, not gospel. Our Out Adventure Specialists are happy to answer any specific questions about how much or little to bring.

Travel Documents:

  • Passport/Visas/Flight Itineraries/Travel Insurance
  • Pre-trip packet
  • Credit/ATM card

General Personal Items:

  • Eye mask/ear plugs
  • Smartphone/camera/tablet/charging cords/International travel plug.
  • Daypack
  • Luggage lock
  • Personal Wipes
  • Guidebook/Phrase book/Reading material
  • Protection for your devices from water/dust
  • Glasses can get very dusty during safari. If you have a prescription, bring a few pairs of contacts. 
  • Travel-size towel

Shoes:

  • Socks
  • Walking shoes
  • Sandals
  • 'Nice' shoes for dinners

Bottoms:

  • Underwear
  • Pants/Jeans
  • Shorts
  • Swimwear
  • 'Nice' pants for dinners

Tops:

  • Short-sleeved shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Sweaters
  • 'Nice' shirts for dinners

Jackets:

  • Light jacket for cool evenings
  • Waterproof jacket/poncho

Other:

  • Warm hat and gloves (For morning game drives)
  • Sunglasses/Hat
  • Small Umbrella
  • Refillable water bottle(s)

Health-related Items:

  • Small First aid kit including ibuprofen, acetaminophen, zinc oxide tape and small scissors, blister pads, diarrhea tablets, dioralyte rehydration packs
  • Personal Medication
  • High protection sunscreen/lip balm
  • Insect repellent/bite cream/antihistamine
  • Antibacterial gel/wipes
  • Toiletries including toothbrush, toothpaste & deodorant
*Please note dull/neutral colours - khaki, beige, green - are best for safari. White and black attract bugs that bite!

We love when groups of friends join us on an OUT Adventure, whether you're celebrating a major milestone, or you just love to travel together. However, since we have travellers that will be flying solo, or as a couple, we would love your help ensuring everybody feels welcome and has an epic time. Here are some ways you can give us a hand, while also getting to know and befriending your fellow travellers:

Sit with (and get to know) different people at different meals
Mix up walking partners on excursions
Invite solo travellers to join you for an optional excursion or meal
Enjoy inside jokes in privacy, or let the group in on the secret ;)

If you'd rather relish an exclusive escape with just your own party, we also offer private departures. This is a great way to create and manage your own holiday guest list, while possibly saving money as well. Please contact one of our Adventure Specialists if you're interested in a customized quote.

All Out Adventures guests must have a good level of health. All tours, regardless of activity level, involve uneven steps, stairs, walking tours, and you will be required to carry your own luggage from time to time. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate individuals with limited mobility unless they are willing to absorb the cost of a private guide/assistant which varies by country and is only possible on a case by case basis. It is also your responsibility to advise Out Adventures of any pre-existing medical conditions that may increase the risk of you requiring medical attention, or that may affect the normal conduct of the tour and the enjoyment of the tour by other participants.

Below is a breakdown of our Physical Rating guide.

1 - Relaxing

  • Very little or no hiking
  • Light activities such as walking, bike tours, paddling or swimming are completely optional
  • Low altitude
  • Suitable for all fitness levels

2 - Light

  • Light walking and hiking (2 hours or less per day and at low altitude)
  • Light activities such as bike tours, paddling or swimming are completely optional
  • Suitable for most fitness levels

3 - Average

  • Light walking and hiking (3 hours or less per day, rarely at high altitude)
  • Some activities such as biking, paddling or swimming. Active days are mixed with relaxed days
  • Suitable for an average fitness level

4 - Demanding

  • Walking, hiking is a component of the tour (can range from 2 hours to 6 hours per day, at various altitudes)
  • Activities such as biking, paddling or swimming may be mixed in
  • Suitable for a good fitness level

5 - Challenging

  • Walking, hiking, biking, paddling or kayaking are the vast majority of the trip (can range from 2 hours to 8 hours per day, generally at high altitude)
  • Activities will likely happen day after day with limited rest days
  • Suitable for above average fitness level