Kenya holidays, safari and beach holiday

Description of Kenya holidays, safari and beach holiday

The emphasis of the safari section of this trip is on giving you the very best wildlife and wilderness experience possible. We take you to Amboseli and the Masai Mara – so you can enjoy a range of different habitats and wildlife. Amboseli is where you'll get that view of Mount Kilimanjaro above the clouds. It's also one of the very best parks in Africa for seeing elephants. You will also get a chance to walk with Maasai trackers and take night drives.

The Masai Mara really is one the best places in Africa for seeing lions and leopards. However there are of course many other species. It is especially good from July-October (migration).

All the camps are in private conservancies, allowing exploration on foot and night game drives as well as game drives. You will be well looked after by the camp staff and your driver-guide is a wildlife and nature expert. Tents are 2-person Sundome tents (which you help put up and down) with comfortable sleeping mattresses. From safari to coast.

Pinewood beach is a fifty eight room resort just south of Diani beach. Stylish yet rustic, this is a wonderful setting on one of Kenya's best beaches.

Featured activities:

- Wildlife viewing
- Game drives
- Game walks
- Swimming
- Relaxing on the beach

Best time to go: This trip is run all year except for November and April-end of June. If you want to see the migration you need to book a departure between July and October.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1:Arrive Nairobi. We pick you up at the airport and drive you to your hotel for the night.
Day 2:You will be driven to Wilson airport for your flight to Amboseli. Here we will take you to Selenkay Adventure Camp in a private conservancy bordering Amboseli National Park. The 2-man dome tents, each have their own flush toilet and safari shower at the back of the tent. Service staff do all the camp work. Today you have an afternoon game drive in the conservancy.
Day 3:A full day in Selenkay Conservancy which has all the big cats as well as elephants and a wide range of species such as giraffes, zebra, and antelopes. This wild area of Maasailand is only open to limited visitors. Take a guided walk and visit a local Maasai village today. Between game drives you can relax at the camp.
Day 4:A full day in Amboseli National Park. Great views of Kilimanjaro, lots of elephants as well as many other species such as wildebeest, zebra and impala and over 400 species of birds.
Day 5:This morning you fly to Wilson, and connect with a flight on to the Masai Mara. Here you will be taken to the mobile camp in Ol Kinyei Conservancy. This is a private reserve adjacent to the Masai Mara, with no fences between. An afternoon game drivein the conservancy will introduce you to some of the wildlife for which the Mara is famous.
Day 6:An early game drive in the conservancy watching out for big cats. We return to camp for a late breakfast. Take a guided nature walk before lunch if you feel like it. In the afternoon we'll have another game drive in the Conservancy and end with a night drive, looking for nocturnal animals.
Day 7:A full day in the Mara Reserve with a picnic lunch. We hope to see the Mara's many big cats as well as the other varied wildlife of the reserve. If you catch the migration (roughly July to October) expect to see vast herds of wildebeest and zebra. But wildlife viewing here is good at nearly any time as the Mara supports large resident wildlife populations.
Day 8:Head to the coast. A final early morning game drive in the conservancy followed by lunch in camp before heading to the airstrip for your flight to Ukundu, 25 miles south of Mombasa. You'll be taken to the stylish beach resort of Pinewood Village, set on the beautifully secluded mile-long sands at Galu Beach where you have the next four nights to unwind. (B, L,D ).
Day 9-11By the Indian Ocean. Three full days at your lesiure to enjoy the simple pleasures of an unspoilt sandy beach, warm blue waters of the Indian Ocean and tropical forest. Pinewood Village is ideally situated for sea excursions, and there's a watersports centre here too. If that's too energetic just soak up the relaxing ambience. Maybe have a massage or one of the other many pampering treats on offer. (BD)
Day 12:Home time.You will have the use of your room and hotel facilities until it's time to take you to the airport for your onward journey or to connect to your flight home. (B)

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made between Jan - Mar and July - Oct to suit your requirements
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Holiday type
Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travellers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Kenya holidays, safari and beach holiday

Environment

On safari: As well as the community gaining from tourism to these community-owned areas, the wildlife is helped too. These large areas of land adjacent to the parks and reserves form a wider area for the wildlife to roam without persecution, and indeed, without to so many tourists!

Pinewood beach: In terms of the environment, Pinewood help protect Angolan Colobus monkeys in the adjacent forest, try not to sell anything in plastic bottles, harvest rainwater for hotel use, discourage the local sale of seashells, created a Whale Shark Trust to protect these animals and in collaboration with Sea World California support a tagging exercise, only wash towels when requested, and try to preserve the indigenous flora and fauna.

Carbon Offsetting: The tour operator is a multi-award winning responsible travel company, and for each person travelling with them they plant 10 indigenous trees in a degraded area of northern Tanzania.

Community

On safari: Our driver-guides and camp staff are all Kenyans, and our partners on the ground are as committed as we are to responsible tourism. We camp in two Maasai-community-owned conservation areas. These communities receive an income for the use of the land and also an entry fee per visitor, so they are now earning from their own natural resources – the land. In addition, roads in Selenkay were built with local labour, so direct employment is forthcoming from the tourism which comes here. Another form of employment is that local game scouts patrol the areas to protect the wildlife.

Pinewood beach: The hotel strongly believes in and practices support for the local community and local suppliers. For example, locals are employed out of preference, they buy vegetables and fish locally, they have an agreed policy/conduct code for any beach vendors, they arrange for guests to visit the local village, school and clinic. They also back the Kwale Eye clinic. They are currently setting up a trust fund to help local schools too, and are actively working against child labour and sex tourism.

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