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…
Our off-the-beaten track options will excite even the most jaded traveller.
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.
The Great Rift Valley, stretching from Lebanon to Mozambique, is formed by diverging continental plates. The East African Rift, east of Lake Victoria, slices dramatically through Kenya, containing stunning freshwater and saline lakes, volcanoes (both active and extinct) and breath-taking wildlife. Here’s a lowdown on the lakes of Kenya’s Rift Valley…
Established in 1962, the Masai Mara is one of the world’s best known nature reserves and its wildlife rich plains provide the setting for some of nature’s greatest spectacles. Home to the Big Five, a catalogue of unique safari experiences and a number of fantastic lodges and camps, the Mara is arguably the poster boy of Kenya’s reserves. Yet, the emergence of private conservancies throughout the last 15 years marks the changing face of safari in Kenya, bringing you closer than ever to the call of the wild.
Often described as “The Greatest Show on Earth”, the annual migration of over a million wildebeest and around 300,000 zebra is a natural phenomenon like no other. Following the rains, the wildebeest and zebra travel in search of lush grass and grazing lands whilst moving in a clockwise rotation up through the Serengeti. They will spend a couple of months in the Masai Mara before heading back to Tanzania in time for calving season – all whilst trying to evade the many predators en route.
Offering an outstanding safari experience, spectacular scenery and stunning Indian Ocean beaches, Kenya is a popular choice for weddings. From romantic ceremonies for just the two of you to traditional African jamborees lasting several days, here are our top three wedding spots in Kenya.
Kenya has long been regarded as the home of safari and offers an excellent big five safari experience. Here, our Kenya expert Emma gives us the low-down on riding safari options in Kenya, where you can make the most of the outstanding game viewing and spectacular scenery whilst galloping along with the wind in your hair.
Kenya with Teenagers
Masai Mara and Zanzibar
Best for: Beach, Family, Safari
A superb family safari to Kenya with fantastic wildlife viewing in the Masai Mara with expert guiding and luxurious accommodation before relaxing on Zanzibar's beautiful beaches in a family friendly beach resort.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
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A wonderful family safari adventure to Kenya, this itinerary is the perfect introduction to Africa and its impressive wildlife with an experience that is truly tailored to your family's specific requirements. Combining exceptional game viewing, expert guiding and luxurious accommodation, this itinerary is hard to beat in terms of experience and value for money. The trip begins with a safari in Kenya's game rich Masai Mara which never fails to impress with its plethora of wildlife which is arguably at its best from July to October when the annual wildebeest migration crosses the Mara's plains - a quintessentially African safari awaits you here! You will then fly across to Zanzibar where you will relax on the pristine white beaches with the east coast beaches being perfect for families with a gradual gradient and protection from off shore coral. Whilst Zanzibar is a wonderful choice for relaxation there is plenty to keep you busy with historic Stone Town, fantastic snorkelling and diving and educational spice tours.
Days 1 - 5 : Lemek Conservancy, Masai Mara, Kenya
Stay at Saruni Wild for 4 nights
This morning you will fly to the plains of the Masai Mara where you will stay at Saruni Wild Tented Camp with all meals, house drinks, reserve fees and twice daily game viewing activities included. This is beautiful camp located in the Lemek conservancy which has strict controls on visitor numbers, offering a more private safari experience without compromising on the quality of wildlife sightings. Full day game drives are recommended, especially during the wildebeest migration. For a different experience, try a guided game walk or even a night drive, when the predators stalk the bush and a whole new type of animal emerges.
Days 5 - 12 : Zanzibar Beaches, Tanzania
Stay at Breezes Beach Club & Spa for 7 nights
This morning you will be game driven to the airstrip for your flight to Zanzibar via Nairobi (where you will be able to visit the Giraffe Centre). On arrival onto Zanzibar this evening you will be met and privately transferred to Breezes Beach Club on the east coast of the island. You will stay here for five nights in a two bedroom family villa on a half board basis. The beach here is one of the nicest on the island, there is a large pool, spa and plenty of watersports for the more active members of the family. If you would like to continue the wildlife spotting then we recommend visiting Jozani Forest which is home to lots of red colobus monkeys who are highly entertaining.
Day 12 - 13 : Zanzibar Airport
Today you will be driven back to Zanzibar airport from where you will embark on your journey home.
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When to go
The only time to avoid Kenya is during the long rainy season in April and May. November is considered the short rainy season, however, these are less predictable and are much lighter. The best time of year to visit the Maasai Mara is during the Great Wildebeest Migration which tends to pass through the Mara between mid July to late October.
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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.'
Kite Surfing in Zanzibar
Zanzibar is fast-becoming a world-recognised kite surfing destination with kite surfers flocking to the east coast which has a number of professional centres with equipment for hire, lessons can also be arranged for beginners.
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.
Hot Air Ballooning in Masai Mara
Experience the magic of floating over the plains of the Masai Mara in a Hot Air Balloon. Balloon safaris are a fantastic way to experience the vast beauty of the Mara and provide exceptional photo opportunities with spectacular lighting and scenery.
Snorkelling in Zanzibar
Pick up a snorkel mask and head off into the azure blue ocean to explore the reefs and coastal line of Zanzibar. See how many of the colourful fish and different types of marine life you can spot hiding below the waters.
From $3693 per person
Accommodation based on 2 adults and 2 children under 16 yeasrs
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
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.