Kenya safari & beach tour
Description of Kenya safari & beach tour
Explore the Masai Mara, one of the best wildlife safari destinations in the world, then relax on the sands of Diani, one of Africa's best beaches.
This trip showcases the best that Kenya has to offer: sun, sand and safari. First, you'll fly to the Masai Mara, home of the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino), as well as safari favourites such as hyenas, cheetahs, jackals, and bat-eared foxes, whilst hippos and crocodiles lurk in the Mara and Talek Rivers.
If you visit at the right time of year, you can see the greatest wildlife spectacle on Earth - the Great Migration. Witness this natural phenomenon as millions of zebra and wildebeest make their annual cycle from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Masai Mara in Kenya in search of greener pastures. Take a bush walk with a local Maasai warrior safari guide for a truly authentic safari experience.
After safari adventures in the Mara, you'll head to Kenya's south coast and the gorgeous Diani Beach, voted Africa's leading beach destination. The perfect post-safari destination, Diani offers white sands, palm-fringed coastline, diving, snorkelling, island-hopping and beachside bliss.
|Day 1:||Arrive in Nairobi & Fly to the Masai Mara - You'll meet our tour representative at Nairobi's airport, who will help you with immigration, customs and baggage collection, then escort you to the arrivals area, where you will meet your driver. Next, you'll transfer to the domestic airport and board a light aircraft to the Maasai Mara. Upon arrival at Maasai Mara, you'll be met by a representative and driven to your safari lodge or camp, where you will stay for the next four nights.|
|Day 2:||Explore the Masai Mara - Over the next three days, you will explore one of the best safari destinations in Africa. Enjoy incredible morning and afternoon game drives on the plains of Masai Mara. This iconic reserve offers amazing wildlife viewing opportunities and it’s highly likely that you’ll see zebras, impalas, gazelle, wildebeest, buffalo, rhinos, elephants and predators such as lions, cheetahs and leopards. There may also be the opportunity for a night-time game drive, where you’ll see nocturnal animals such as aardvarks and honey badgers.|
|Day 3:||Explore the Masai Mara - As well as game drives, there are a range of other optional activities you can participate in during your time in Masai Mara, including cultural visits to Masai villages and markets, guided bush walks, horseback riding and black rhino tracking experiences. You also have the option of taking an early morning hot air balloon flight over the plains and forests of Masai Mara.|
|Day 4:||Transfer to Diani Beach - Enjoy an early morning game drive before taking a transfer to the airstrip in time for your flight to Ukunda Airstrip on Kenya’s South Coast. Meet your guide on arrival and transfer to your accommodation, where you will stay for the next four nights.|
|Day 5-7:||Diani Beach - Diani Beach rests between the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean and the open plains of Shimba Hills National Reserve. Consistently voted as one of the best beaches in Africa, this 25-kilometre stretch of paradise offers amazing coastal views, pristine white sands and lush green forests. You can simply relax on the beach and soak up the sun. Or, if you want to, participate in any of the optional activities that are on offer. Try kite surfing, or diving and snorkelling. Join a boat excursion to Kisite Mpunguti National Marine Park to see dolphins and other marine wildlife. There’s also the option to visit Shimba Hills National Reserve, the impressive Fort Jesus, Diani Beach Art Gallery or Akamba Handicrafts Cooperative, where you can buy traditional wood carvings, masks, bowls and ornaments.|
|Day 8:||Depart from Diani Beach - Check out of your accommodation after breakfast and drive to the airstrip in Ukunda for your light aircraft flight to Nairobi. Meet our representative upon arrival and drive to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where you can catch your onward international flight.|
PlanetWe work with selected safari camps who are committed to promoting their local communities and to encouraging conservation efforts. Our recommendations will include camps which are focussed on both responsibility and sustainability.
The camps we work with are specifically selected for their fantastic guides and the conscientious approach they have to wildlife. Guides have perhaps the greatest responsibility in respecting wildlife - unfortunately malpractice, interfering with nature to create a more exciting safari, is still common in many parts of Kenya. We only work with camps we've been to ourselves and in many cases we'll even have specific guides to recommend you, so we know that our recommendations meet our high standards.
You will visit several national parks and reserves on this itinerary. In our detailed pre-departure travel pack we have included a note to remind you not leave any litter in the national parks and reserves – everything you carry in, you must carry out. Aside from the environmental damage, litter can be harmful to the wildlife.
Our UK office takes a leading role in setting the standards for an environmentally friendly work environment. We work with local government to recycle our waste and continually look for new ways to be greener.
PeopleThe safari accommodations we promote all have a strong focus on recruiting staff form within their local communities: many aim for at least 75% of their staff coming from their immediate local community. This provides jobs and skills and is one of the most direct ways of positively affecting community development.
Our accommodation choices make use of locally owned properties where possible and often include adventurous, authentic choices such as local homestays which therefore involve local people and their communities in the very fabric of our holidays.
Holidays are locally-guided by knowledgeable locals who possess a wealth of information on the local environment and culture.
We encourage all our travellers to research local customs and read your trip notes before you depart to ensure you are conscientious and respectful in a different culture.
In most cases we strongly recommend that you do not give money to children beggars. If begging is a successful enterprise, parents are encouraged to forsake their children’s education in pursuit of this opportunity.
Talk to us about packing for a purpose and see if you can get involved by making a small material contribution to the communities you are visiting. We have developed partnerships with charities and accommodations throughout Kenya and are constantly working to extend our reach with the help of our travellers.