21 Days N&H Crystals Kenya Gem Safari Tour


                                 
   Kenya Crystals and Gems Mine Tour Overview


Join us on an epic adventure in Kenya and let us show you a different side of Africa, not the Africa you see in the media but the adventurous, beautiful, wild and real Africa we know and love.

Kenya is an incredible country to discover with beautiful landscapes, friendly people, world class safari and some of the most beautiful beaches you’ve ever laid eyes on!

N&H Crystals and Mine  tours are culturally immersive trips created by us to show you a rounded portrayal of the country you visit and leave you with new beautiful memories that will last a lifetime.

We work with the best local operators to provide you with the highly personalised Kenyan adventure you’ve always dreamed of but without the hassle of planning it all yourself!

N&H Crystals and Mine tours aren’t typical ‘tours’. They’re fun and laid-back small group trips, that are similar to an independent backpacking trip, but with some free time to explore and do your own thing and a group of friends built in – the best of both worlds!

                    

                         
Essential Information

We offer:
10 Days express tour - Please click here
21 days leisure tour - Please continue to read below

* Duration:
A) 21 days (3 weeks) Please read below for the 3 Weeks Leisure Tour

3 Weeks Leisure Tour Dates Available 
18 May - 9 June SOLD OUT
28 May - June 18  50% SOLD OUT
11 June - 2 July


* Start: Nairobi (nearest airport - Jomo Kenyatta Airport)
* Finish: Nairobi (nearest airport - Jomo Kenyatta Airport)
* Maximum group: (for some activities) 8 ( 7 participants, 1-2 group leader)
* Group Leader: Sein and/or Nairesiae (N&H Crystal Co-founders)
* Minimum age: 18
* Connectivity: 1 SIM Card with 4G internet Data and Kenyan phone number (included)

* Cost:

 $3450 CAD / $2700 USD per person

* Deposit: $500 CAD/$400 USD (non-refundable)
* Balance Due: 18 April 2018 *Payment plans available*

*The below tour example is extra special for the dates of 18 May- June 9th because  it is tailored for some participants who will be attending the bi-yearly Decolonizing the Spirit Conference in Embu. The tour has 22 days instead of 21 days.  The remaining 21 days tours are 21 days*


Itinerary for the 3 week May 17-June 9th Tour


                                     
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“I had the best time ever on the trip & it was so much fun traveling with you! It was everything I had hoped for and more! It 100% met my expectations. I love the fact that your trips are more unique than a normal tour operator. I enjoyed being taken out of my comfort zone in some places and seeing some really different sides of Kenya. I enjoyed the fact that we were made to feel so at home everywhere we went and I’m sure that was helped by the fact you’ve obviously created a lot of meaningful relationships in the country during your time travelling and doing business there. I think you make a fantastic guide and your passion for the country definitely shows and adds to the experience.” (Aisha, Canada – N&H Crystals & Mine Tour 2017)

“Awesome trip.  It was 10 days and they flew by so fast but everyday was great. I love the many foodie spots you took us too an I loved meeting your friends and family.  I felt like I was back home and that made me feel very special. The adventures will be remembered for a lifetime and I will be back" (Bas, Canada N&H Crystals and Mine Tour 2016)

    N&H Crystals and Mines 
3 Weeks Tour
Kenya

 Day 1: Nairobi

Arrive in Nairobi and transfer to your accommodation for the night at Wasini Luxury Hotel and residence. Relax and get some sleep after a long trip. N&H Crystals and Mines Tour starts here. Karibu Kenya!

If you have time and arrive earlier, we can organize any other activities you wish to do.

*Dinner at the Hotel

 Day 2: Nairobi












We’ll spend our first full day easing into life in Kenya and getting on Nairobi time. After brunch in the late afternoon, we’ll take a visit to see the Karen Blixen Museum. We will stop by Dr Lucy's house (residence is 2 minutes from the museum) to say hello and have a glass of wine before heading out for dinner at Art Cafe at the newly built The Hub Mall or optional dining at your hotel. The mall we can do forex exchange and buy any forgotten toiletries at the supermarket etc.


*Breakfast at the Hotel, Lunch on your own, Dinner on your own

 Day 3: Nairobi
 
In the late morning, we’ll dine for brunch at African themed boutique Tribe hotel for their famous all you can eat brunch.  After brunch we will go to Nairobi National Museum and learn about Kenya's rich history. After spending a relaxing time at the museum we will stop at Bomas of Kenya to witness different aspects of Kenyan culture including living styles, crafts, music and dancing performance. In the evening we will drive through Nairobi, pointing out landmarks as we return back to the hotel.


*Brunch at Hotel, Lunch on your own, Dinner on your own

 Day 4: Nairobi

Monday morning we will visit the Karen suburb to visit Giraffe Centre and orphaned baby elephants at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. After we will  drive to Kazuri Beads factory and see how Kazuri beads are made by local women. Once the factory tour is finished we will drive to Ngong Hills known for its beautiful landscape views.  We will stop and visit a Maasai family on their farm and give you a chance to see how Maasai families try to hold onto their traditional way of living in an urban setting. We will end the evening dining at famous Carnivore restaurant .

*Breakfast at Hotel, Lunch on your own, Dinner at restaurant

 Day 5: Maasai Mara
You will depart Nairobi from Wilson Airport on Air Kenya in the morning for Maasai Mara. Your departure is 0800 am or 1030am‚ you will need to check in one hour before your flight departure. Flying time to the Masai Mara Game Reserve is approximately 45 minutes. Upon arrival at the Olkiombo airstrip you will be met by a driver/guide who will transfer you to the Mara Intrepids Camp only 5 minutes away from the airstrip. Check in and enjoy lunch at the Camp before a late afternoon game drive. Return to your camp in time for "sundowners" by the campfire. Enjoy your first dinner under the MasaiMara starlit sky. 

*Breakfast at Hotel, Lunch at Lodge, Dinner at Lodge

 Day 6: Maasai Mara



Spot wildlife‚ and track game over the endless savannah. Huge herds of plains game‚ lion‚ leopard‚ cheetah‚ large numbers of elephant‚ and a wide variety of other birds and animals frequent the Mara's tree flecked grasslands. There are several areas of dense hippo and crocodile populations in the bends of the traversing Mara River some Mara crocs are longer than 15 feet. Set in the heart of Africa's Great Plains‚ the Masai Mara boasts 1‚672 sq. kilometres of unspoilt wilderness. It offers the best game and bird-viewing not only in Kenya‚ but anywhere in Africa. The views across the rolling golden grasslands studded with acacia trees‚ rivers and forests are dazzling‚ the sense of space overwhelming. Throughout the year the Masai Mara is a place of natural drama‚ a kaleidoscope of colour and life. The famed "Big Five" - elephant‚ rhino‚ lion‚leopard and buffalo - roam the reserve‚ together with hundreds of other species.

*Breakfast at Lodge, Lunch at Lodge, Dinner at Lodge


 Day 7: Maasai Mara/Nairobi

Enjoy a final early morning game drive before breakfast‚ after which you will be catching your return flight to Nairobi Wilson Airport. Your safari ends upon arrival at Wilson Airport in Nairobi. You will be picked up from Wilson Airport and driven to your new home at Ibis Hotel in Westlands suburb in Nairobi.  Ibis hotel is a chic new boutique hotel with a top notch location and walking distance to many things. A chance to see another side of Nairobi in a safe leafy green suburb of the city where many international business headquarters are located (Pricewaterhouse Cooper etc). Relax at the hotel rooftop patio , if desired. Have an early night's sleep after an amazing first week. 

*Breakfast at Lodge, Lunch on your own, Dinner on your own


 Day 8: Nairobi

Free day! Roam the city at your leisure. We can give a list of possible attractions. Or stay in, relax and sleep.

(Optional - Lunch with a special guest at their office) former Mayor of Nairobi candidate.
(Optional - Masai Market)

*Breakfast at Hotel, Lunch on your own, Dinner on your own

*You will have a driver all day/night*


 Day 9: Nairobi
Free day!
 Roam the city at your leisure. We can give a list of possible attractions. Or stay in, relax and sleep.
(Optional - Nairobi National Archives)
(Optional - Ministry of Mining tour)
(Optional N&H's favourite Kenyan restaurant with traditional food for lunch)
(Optional - Jazz Lounge at seafood restaurant for dinner)

*Breakfast at Hotel, Lunch on your own, Dinner on your own

*You will have a driver all day/night*


 Day 10: Mombasa

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We will head to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in the morning to board a flight to Mombasa.  In 45 minutes you will be at the warm coastal city of Mombasa. You will be driven to an all inclusive Voyager Beach Resort (Hotel owned by the Kenyatta family -the first president of Kenya and the current president, his son). Enjoy the beach and relax into your new home for the next four days.

*Breakfast at Hotel, Lunch at Resort, Dinner at Resort

 Day 11: Mombasa
A whole day to relax at the resort and take in the fresh Indian Ocean air. Catch up on emails, read a book, treat yourself to a massage at the spa or simply spend your day in the pool. (Optional -Fort Jesus guided tour) 

*Breakfast at Resort, Lunch at Resort, Dinner at Resort





 Day 12: Mombasa

  
Spend the day however you like. Remember you are on beach time!
(Optional - Spice Market tour)
(Optional - Guided Walk through Old Town)
(Optional - Famous seafood Tamarind Restaurant  for dinner)
 

*Breakfast at the Resort, Lunch at the Resort, Dinner at Resort/Tamarind Restaurant

 Day 13: Mombasa

Spend the day however you like.  Remember you are on beach time!  Enjoy your last night in Mombasa.(Optional - Day activities Visit Gedi Ruins
(Optional - Home cooked dinner at our retired aunt and uncle's home. They have lived in Mombasa for 20+ years)

*Breakfast at Resort, Lunch at Resort, Dinner at Resort/Relatives home


 Day 14: Tsavo

Check out of Voyager Beach Resort after an early breakfast. Depart for the Madaraka Express Train from the 1 year old Mombasa Train terminal.  Enjoy the two hour train ride into Tsavo National Park, stopping at Voi train terminal in the early afternoon.  Your new home for the next 3 nights and 4 days Voi Wildlife Lodge. You will be joined by other mine tour participants (10 day express tour) also arriving at the lodge this day.  Take the rest of the evening to relax, reflect and take in the amazing landscape. Over dinner we will go over the Mine tour details, history of the gemstone industry in East Africa, safety while at the mine, and supplies we will be bringing to the miners (bottled water etc)

*Breakfast at Hotel, Lunch on your own, Dinner at Lodge

 Day 15: Tsavo

After breakfast we will hit the road for the 2 hour drive to the mines.  Upon arrival at the first mine known for red garnets and rubies we will meet and greet with some miners and the mine geologist.  We will listen to their stories of how crystals and gemstones are formed with an interactive class demonstrating how to spot a 'vein' and knowing where to start digging. The second mine, known for amethyst, green garnets and smoky quartz we will be given a chance, if desired, to dig for your own special piece to take home. We will again listen to the miners stories and get an insider perspective into the gemstone industry rarely seen  in the media.  We will depart for lunch at an iconic location for a relaxing bush lunch/picnic. After lunch, the third mine we will visit was once owned by American businessman JP Morgan. We will see large scale gemstone mining in action and speak with the current owner who is world renowned in the gemstone industry.  Relaxing dinner and personal time back at the lodge to end the day.

*Breakfast at Lodge, Lunch at Mines, Dinner at Lodge


 Day 16: Tsavo

There will be two different activities happening at the same time. 
A) Wake Up early for a yoga meditation session at sunrise overlooking the savannah before heading to breakfast at the lodge. After breakfast we will head to the Voi War cemetery - a forgotten piece of Kenya's colonial past. At noon we will head to iconic Lion's rock for a 180 degrees panoramic views over the golden green savannah rolling away to the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, the North and South Pare Mountains and the Taita Hills.  After we will head to Voi town to regroup with group B to check out the gemstone market where you can find cut and faceted rubies, sapphires, citrine, amethysts, aquamarines, opals, peridots and many more from local gem cutters at remarkable prices.
 
B) Wake Up before dawn for a safari game drive through Tsavo national park - largest game park reserve in Kenya. Have breakfast out in the bush and watch the sunrise over the magnificent savannah landscape. After we will head to Voi town to regroup with group A to check out the gemstone market where you can find cut and faceted rubies, sapphires, citrine, amethysts and many more from local gem cutters at remarkable prices.
(Optional - Rest of the afternoon is at your leisure)

*Breakfast at Lodge/Bush breakfast, Lunch at Lodge, Dinner at Lodge


 Day 17: Tsavo/Nairobi

Check out of Voi Wildlife Lodge for the journey back to Nairobi. We will take the 3.5 hour Madarak Express Train from the Voi Train terminal to Nairobi. Arrival in Nairobi will be in the mid afternoon, which you will be dropped at your accommodation at Wasini Luxury Hotel. The rest of the day and evening is at your leisure.  (Optional - Group dinner at Kenyan cuisine restaurant Nyama Mama)

*Breakfast at the Lodge, Lunch on your own, Dinner on your own
*You will have a driver all day/night*

 Day 18: Nairobi

FREE DAY! A day to reflect on the last 2.5 weeks and the many adventures you have been on.  Use this day to relax before we head out to Mt Kenya/Embu tomorrow morning.  Do some shopping, take it easy and enjoy a whole day at your pace.
(Optional - 2nd Tour group activity → Nairobi National Archives and tour through Nairobi by car

*Breakfast at Hotel, Lunch on your own, Dinner on your own
*You will have a driver all day/night*

 Day 19: Mt Kenya/Embu

Leave Nairobi early in the morning after breakfast for travel to Mt Kenya/ Embu. Enroute to  Embu we will stop at a primary school in the rural areas to say hello and offer words of wisdom and encouragement to the children. For lunch we will stop to have a Kenyan traditional dish Nyama Choma (bbq assorted meats accompanied with tomato salad and various vegetable dishes) . On our way to our destination we will stop by a relative's home to say hello and give gifts for blessings and gratitude (milk, bread sugar etc).  We arrive in Embu town in the early evening and take you to your last home on your Kenyan trip, Izaak Walton Inn 

*Breakfast at Hotel, Lunch at restaurant, Dinner at Inn

 Day 20: Mt Kenya/Embu
There will be two activities:
A) Attending the Decolonizing the Spirit Conference at the University of Embu Day 1. It will be a conference by world renowend African academics and foreign academics discussing colonization, identity and spirituality.


 
B) We will do a coffee and tea tour going to the fields where they are grown and sorted by grade and loaded on the truck.  We will end the tour at the tea factory where we will see commercially graded tea packaging for global brands and even taste test different tea blends. After we will head to the waterfalls to have a picnic lunch and learn about the history of the freedom fighters of Kenya as we overlook the Mau Mau caves. 

*Breakfast at Inn, Lunch at Conference/Packed lunch, Dinner at Inn


 Day 21: Mt Kenya/Nyeri/Nanyuki/Embu

There will be two activities:
A) Attending the Decolonizing the Spirit Conference at the University of Embu Day 2. It will be a conference on world renowned African academics and foreign academics discussing colonization, identity and spirituality.

B) On your last day of the tour, we will head to Mt Kenya early in the morning for pictures and time to reflect on your 3 weeks of adventure and an incredible journey.  We will stop for lunch at famous TreeTop hotel where Queen Elizabeth of England II went to bed a princess and woke up a queen. After lunch we will drive to the equator in Nanyuki for pictures. We will drive back to Embu for your last night at the Inn.

*Breakfast at Inn, Lunch on your own, Dinner at Inn

 Day 22: Nairobi


You will have breakfast at the Inn then depart for Nairobi.  This is where the tour ends :(  We hope you had an amazing once in a lifetime trip experience and we wish you a wonderful trip home!







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