Fabled for being the five most dangerous and difficult animals to hunt, the Big Five are now the most sought-after animals to capture on a point-and-shoot. Whilst sitting firmly at the top of every safari checklist, nature’s most magnificent animals are as elusive as ever before, making tracking them an exhilarating and unforgettable adventure. Home to all five showstoppers, the national parks of South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia and Botswana, are excellent destinations for a chance to see them all. On foot, by horseback or in the comfort of a 4x4, traversing the plains of sub Saharan Africa in search of these celebrated animals is the undisputed original safari experience.
Capturing the spirit of adventure that Africa is famous, our Marketing Executive Suzie recounts her first time on safari in Kenya’s famous Mara Reserve. Read how Suzie caught the safari bug…
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Safari and beach is a winning holiday combination and as the home of the big five safari, Kenya is a leading light. Increasingly after a safari on the Kenyan plains we look to more exotic climes such as the Seychelles, Zanzibar and Mozambique for our beach R&R. Here our Kenya specialists say why we should stay closer to home and stick to the Kenyan coast for beautiful beaches and top watersports.
Combining the wildlife rich plains of Kenya with its own palm flanked coastline or the shores of Zanzibar makes for a truly unforgettable safari and beach holiday. Offering wildlife encounters and ultimate relaxation in equal measure, this tried and tested combination promises the best of both in eastern Africa.
With over a decade of experience, Mara guide William Ole Santian has to be one of the most knowledgeable, friendly and welcoming guides we have come across on safari. He tells us what it is like to be a safari guide in the Masai Mara.
A safari holiday with the family has adventure at its core, and there are few better places to explore with children in tow than the home of safari itself, Kenya. From spotting the Big Five in the Masai Mara and camel riding in Laikipia to enjoying some down time on its tropical beaches, Kenya is a brilliantly varied destination; perfect for a family getaway.
Family Friendly Kenya
Masai Mara & Diani Beach
Best for: Beach, Family, First time
The perfect Kenyan family safari and beach combination, taking in an exciting big five safari in the legendary Masai Mara while staying in an authentic tented camp before flying to the southern Kenyan coast to relax on the stunning white sandy beaches.
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This trip will work well for an introduction to the wonder of a Kenyan safari with a thrilling wildlife experience in the famous Masai Mara - home to excellent populations of big cats, all of the big five and between July and October approximately a million migrating wildebeest. A stimulating stay with expert guiding awaits in a beautiful setting with wonderful views and traditional Maasai culture. After an exciting time on safari there could be no better way to continue your holiday than flying to the beautiful Kenyan coast - home to crystal clear waters and white sands for a relaxing beach stay. For those who are more active there is plenty to keep you busy with watersports aplenty and for those after even more wildlife viewing we recommend a trip to the Shimba Hills Reserve which is home to an impressive elephant population.
Days 1 - 4 : Masai Mara, Kenya
Stay at Kilima Camp for 3 nights
On arrival into Nairobi you will be met and transferred to Nairobi’s domestic airport to fly to the Masai Mara. After landing in the reserve you will be greeted by your guide and game driven to the Siria Escarpment to Kilima Camp, where you will spend three nights sharing a deluxe tent with all meals, house drinks, game drives and guided walks included. Game drives will take place in the Mara Triangle which is home to the big five and has particularly impressive lion sightings. Between July and October you are also in a prime position for witnessing the annual wildebeest migration. Between game drives it is possible to visit a traditional Maasai village and school or just sit back, relax and enjoy the breathtaking views over the reserve.
Days 4 - 11 : Diani Beach, Kenya
Stay at Pinewood Beach Resort & Spa for 7 nights
After a final game drive this morning you will fly by light aircraft to the southern Kenyan coast. On arrival into Diani you will be met and privately transferred to Pinewood Beach Village to stay for seven nights in two rooms with breakfast and dinner included. Spend your days relaxing by the pool or on the beach. There are numerous watersports that can be arranged on site or in the local area, as well as a tennis court. For something a little more spoiling we recommend an upgrade to Almanara Boutique Hotel.
Day 11 - 12 : Diani to Nairobi
This afternoon you will be driven back to Diani airstrip, from where you take a light aircraft flight back to Nairobi Wilson airport. On arrival you are met and privately transferred to Nairobi international airport from where you make your way back home.
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Things to do
Mara River Crossings
The Masai Mara is the perfect location to see the Great Migration, as 1.7 million wildebeest attempt to cross the river to access the prime grazing land of the Mara. This is an unforgettable experience, dubbed 'the greatest spectacle on earth.'
Dhow cruises on the Kenyan Coast
Dhows have been used along the Kenyan coast since the first Arab influences arrived on these shores. Stunning in both design and decor, these boats offer a unique way to see the coastline and make for perfect sundowner spots!
Diving and Snorkelling on the Kenyan Coast
Diving and snorkelling have become intrinsically associated with this beautiful coastline. With a number of reefs, notably a stunner off Wasini Island (Msambweni), one can marvel in the presence of rays, turtles, huge numbers of fish and octopus.
Sundowners in the Mara
As the sun begins to set on your afternoon game drive you will be driven to a lovely quiet spot for sundowners and snacks. Your guide will be alert to any stirring wildlife whilst you sit and relax with a deserved drink in the middle of the Mara.
Kitesurfing on the Kenyan Coast
The Kenyan coast is renowned for being one of the best spots in the world for kite surfing. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro you are going to love this high octane water activity. A great way to burn off lunch!
Game Drives in the Masai Mara
Game drives in the Masai Mara is where the safari experience as we know it was born. Every morning and afternoon you will have the opportunity to head into the Mara with your guide and marvel in the multitude of wildlife that call this region home.
From $2475 per person
Accommodation based on a family of four travelling together
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
Specified meals and drinks
Activities as listed
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.