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.
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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.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
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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 private expert guiding awaits in a beautiful setting with wonderful views. 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, otherwise some well earned rest and relaxation is on the cards.
Days 1 - 4 : Masai Mara, Kenya
Stay at Speke's 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. On arrival into the Mara you will be met by your guide and will be transferred by a game vehicle to Speke’s Camp where you will spend your first 3 nights in the Family Pod with all food, drink and game drives included. Speke’s Camp is located on private land on the edge of the Masai Mara Game Reserve, close to the Musiara Swamps. This intimate camp is located in an excellent game area and offers an exclusive game viewing experience, with every set of guests getting private use of a vehicle throughout. Game drives take place within the reserve, 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.
Days 4 - 9 : Diani Beach, Kenya
Stay at WaterLovers Beach Resort for 5 nights
On your final morning at Speke’s Camp you will head back to the airstrip where you will catch your flight to Diani Beach on the Kenyan coast. On arrival you will be met and transferred to WaterLovers Beach Resort where you will spend the next 5 nights in a Villa with breakfast included. Spend your days relaxing by the pool or on the beach, or if you’re feeling a little more active, there are numerous watersports that can be arranged on site or in the local area such as kite surfing and wind surfing, diving and fishing, as well as many daily excursions. For something a little more spoiling we recommend an upgrade to Almanara Boutique Hotel.
Day 9 - 10 : 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 $3723 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.