Safari time

By Lucie Morangi | China Daily | Updated: 2018-06-17 12:30
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A tourist car stops for a sunset view in the Masai Mara National Reserve at the end of a day's game drive. More than 53,000 Chinese tourists visited Kenya in 2017. [PHOTO BY XIAO CHENGUANG/FOR CHINA DAILY]

Day 6

Breakfast is usually followed by a full-day game drive in the park. There is always something new to see in Masai Mara, said Zhang Tong, CEO of the Beijing-based Zhongfa Group that manages AA Lodges in Kenya.

"Actually, you can go for game drives everyday and have new experiences."

Picnics can be organized for you while you catch a glimpse of the hippos and crocodiles sunning themselves.

Later, a visit to a village to experience the Masai culture will make the safari memorable. An early morning hot-air balloon tour is also available that offers a mid-air view of the great migration, if you are lucky enough.

Day 7

One would catch an early morning game drive before checking out and taking the seven-hour drive back to Nairobi.

But visitors are advised not to take long walks, especially along low-traffic streets.

The city government allows a cultural market to be held in the central business district, at least once a week. Traditional products from Kenyan culture are displayed with bargain hunters having a field day. Some sellers speak Mandarin to communicate better with the growing number of Chinese tourists.

The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China has launched a credit card in partnership with Kenya's Stanbic Bank to help Chinese pay for hotels and other services.

It is also important to ask your preferred tour agent whether the itinerary provided includes park entrance fees, transport and game drives, accommodation at the campsites, meals and allowances for drivers and guides.

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