Kenya safari and Zanzibar beach holiday

Description of Kenya safari and Zanzibar beach holiday

Enjoy a first-class safari experience in Kenya's Masai Mara, immerse yourself in culture in Zanzibar's Stone Town, then relax on idyllic beaches of white sand and turquoise waves on Zanzibar. This is Kenya and Zanzibar in pure luxury.

You'll start in the Mara, home of the iconic Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo), intrepid night and day game drives, as well as aerial safaris from the gorgeous vantage point of a hot air balloon. Fly above the wilderness to spot giraffe, zebra and more - with an epic sunset or sunrise as a backdrop. A trip to the Mara is also an opportunity to meet local Maasai warriors and engage in cultural experiences, such as a visit to the Singing Wells.

Next, you'll fly to Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous island off Tanzania, where you'll begin your explorations in UNESCO-listed Stone Town. Meander down alleyways, learn about Zanzibari history and soak up the rich culture.

After so much adventure, it's time to unwind on one of Zanzibar's stunning beaches and discover the underwater worlds of vibrant reefs just offshore.

You'll be provided with a choice of luxury accommodation, from exclusive safari lodges to private island resorts; every detail is tailored to your preferences and tastes. Enjoy Kenya and Zanzibar your way with this luxury Kenya safari and Zanzibar beach holiday.

Day-by-day experiences

Day 1:Arrive in Kenya - As soon as you disembark the aircraft from your international flight, you will receive a warm welcome from a friendly representative who will escort you through immigration, customs and baggage collection, and they will remain with you until you meet your driver in the arrivals area. You will then be transferred to the domestic airport, where you値l board a light aircraft flight to the Masai Mara. Upon arrival at the Masai Mara, you will be met by a representative and driven to your safari lodge or camp, where you will stay for the next four nights. We work with a number of luxury lodges and safari camps within the Masai Mara and in the outlying conservancies (including Sir Richard Branson痴 12-tented luxury safari camp within the Olare Motorogi Conservancy) and we will ensure that we match you to the most suitable accommodation for your requirements, sense of style and budget.
Day 2-4:Masai Mara Safari - Over the next three days, you値l enjoy incredible morning and afternoon game drives on the plains of the Masai Mara. This iconic reserve offers amazing wildlife viewing opportunities and it痴 highly likely that you値l see zebra, impala, gazelle, wildebeest, buffalo, rhino and elephant, plus lions, cheetahs and leopards. Your lodge or camp may also offer the opportunity for a night game drive, where you値l see nocturnal animals such as aardvarks and honey badgers. As well as game drives, there are a range of other activities you can participate in during your time in the Masai Mara, including cultural visits to Maasai villages and markets, guided bush walks, horse riding, and black rhino tracking experiences, or you may wish to take an early morning hot air balloon flight over the plains and forests of the Masai Mara followed by a champagne breakfast.
Day 5:Transfer to Zanzibar - Enjoy an early morning game drive before being driven to the airstrip in time for your scheduled light aircraft flight to Nairobi, where you値l board a connecting flight to the exotic island of Zanzibar. You will be met on arrival in Zanzibar and driven to your luxury accommodation in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stone Town, where you値l spend the next two nights. Your exquisite hotel is located in the "Old Town," surrounded by sultan's palaces, Portuguese forts, ancient dhow harbours, and colourful bazaars.
Day 6:Explore Stone Town - Today, you値l have a full day to explore Stone Town痴 labyrinth of winding alleyways and discover the ancient stone houses, carved wooden doors, Arabian arches, latticed windows and overhanging balconies. You may also want to explore cultural places of interest, including the Portuguese Fort, the old Dhow Port, the Old Slave Market, the Sultan's Palace, the House of Wonders, Livingstone House, the Hamamni Baths and the Persian Baths of Kidichi.
Day 7:Transfer to Zanzibar's Beaches - After breakfast, you値l check out of your Stone Town hotel and then you値l be driven to your luxurious beach accommodation, where you値l spend the next four nights. Whether you want to stay at an upscale all-inclusive resort situated on a private island off the northeast coast of Zanzibar or a luxury villa resort on the pristine sands of Bwejuu Beach, we'll match you to the most suitable accommodation, based on your requirements and sense of style.
Day 8-12:Explore Zanzibar - Enjoy Zanzibar at your leisure. There are plenty of excursions that you can join during your time here, including visits to Jozani Forest, Prison Island, the spice plantations and cultural tours to local villages. There痴 also a wide choice of adventure activities that you can participate in, including mountain biking, hiking, bird watching, wind surfing, kite surfing, sea kayaking and sailing, plus the island has fantastic coral reefs which are perfect for diving and snorkelling and you may even be lucky enough to see dolphins, green turtles and, at certain times of year, whale sharks.
Day 13:Depart from Zanzibar - After breakfast, you値l check out of your accommodation and you値l be driven to Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ) for your flight home. Your luxury tour of Kenya and Zanzibar comes to a close, but you'll be left with incredible memories of safari adventures and fully relaxed after unwinding in island paradise.

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Kenya safari and Zanzibar beach holiday

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

As with all of our luxury holidays, this itinerary has been crafted to ensure that it positively effects the local communities and environments visited. We show our commitment to conservation through the parks we include on our itineraries, as well as the accommodation providers and suppliers we use, so travellers can be assured their trip is in line with responsible values.

This itinerary includes trips to some of Kenya and Zanzibar's protected areas of natural beauty, including national parks and diving/snorkelling sites. By visiting these sites (all entrance fees are included in your luxury tour), you are supporting the preservation and conservation of these areas, and indicating to authorities that tourists are interested in protecting both Kenya and Zanzibar's incredible natural environments.

Kenya's Masai Mara is one of the best wildlife destinations in the world, home to Africa's Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino), as well as the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra, which takes place in a annual cycle between the Mara and Tanzania's Serengeti. A chance to witness this natural phenomenon is breathtaking.

Whilst out on safari, please ensure that you don稚 leave any litter everything you carry in, you must carry out. Aside from the environmental damage, litter can be harmful to the wildlife. Do not disturb the animals by calling out or waving to an animal to get their attention. Stay quiet, mute any devices you have and ask your guide before taking a photo, as clicks or flashes can disturb wildlife. Don稚 get too close to animals, as wild animals are unpredictable and can move very quickly when threatened. Never touch or feed a wild animal, and don't bring any food or drink on a game drive with you, except for water.

Never purchase items made from endangered species, such as coral, turtle shells, eggs, ivory, fur or bone. Instead, support the local communities by purchasing locally-made products as souvenirs, such as jewellery, wooden carvings and Maasai blankets.

In terms of protection of marine life, we advise against joining an excursion to swim with dolphins in Zanzibar. Although these trips have replaced the island痴 traditional dolphin hunts, there are no regulations for dolphin tourism in the region and tours are run by operators with no interest in animal welfare. If you're looking to swim with whale sharks during kaskazi season, make sure to leave some distance and not to touch these beautiful animals, for their own protection.

We also make a special effort to recommend accommodation providers which have responsible and sustainable initiatives. For example, luxury safari camp Saruni Mara participates in fantastic community-led conservation initiatives with local tribes, such as the Maasai, which aims to put local people at the forefront of land and wildlife conservation. Saruni is also amongst the founding members of Mara North Conservancy and part of Northern Rangelands Trust, which has reduced the number of elephants illegally killed and set up community-led sanctuaries for elephant, black rhino, hirola and giraffe. What's more, from an environmental perspective, Saruni Mara runs on solar power which provides electricity (220V) 24 hours a day and each cottage has a solar panel for water heating. In Zanzibar, Pole Pole Lodge eco-resort was built using locally-sourced materials and makes use of re-purposed wooden furnishings.

Kenya's government has recently introduced a ban on plastic bags. Travellers are also expected to adhere to the ban, therefore we encourage visitors to either travel with a cotton shopping bag or purchase one from a local market in Kenya.

Community

All the local guides referred to in this itinerary are paid a fair wage. We believe that using local guides is important, as it helps generate local incomes and creates jobs, plus it offers a more authentic travel experience.

We recommend independent local hotels, lodges, guesthouses and campsites, rather than international chain hotels, which helps support local communities and allows you to experience true East African hospitality. For example, Saruni Mara employs 80% local people, with many coming from traditional backgrounds, and can therefore offer a local's perspective on the wildlife and the land during safari excursions. The Saruni group also participates in the amazing Pack for a Purpose initiative, which invites guests to use extra luggage space to bring donations of supplies for local communities, such as schools.

This luxury Kenya and Zanzibar holiday includes the option for cultural experiences learning about local traditions with trips to local villages, where you can buy authentic souvenirs. We believe getting to know the destination and the people who live there means that you will have a more authentic and meaningful travel experience.

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