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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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.
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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.
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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.
Nairobi, Masai Mara, Msambweni Beach
Best for: Honeymoon, Luxury, Safari
Staying with giraffes in Nairobi, a big five safari in the Masai Mara and luxury on Kenya's beautiful coast you are in for a real treat with this sumptuous trip which takes in some of Kenya's most exquisite properties.
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As the name suggests, this itinerary offers the ultimate in terms of luxury and experience in Kenya and is the perfect choice for those looking for something truly special. A night at the famous Giraffe Manor in Nairobi is the ultimate in exclusive animal interaction experiences - what could be better than waking up to breakfast with giraffes at the window?! The Masai Mara is the ultimate in quintessential big five safari experiences with wonderful game viewing on offer, we recommend going in July to October if you would like the chance to catch the spectacular wildebeest migration. Regardless of when you go, you are in for a real treat at Serian with its wide range of activities - our top recommendation is to spend a night in 'The Nest', their romantic treehouse. After your exciting time on safari you will welcome the chance to relax on one of Kenya's most private beaches at the southern coastal village of Msambweni. You will be treated to a luxurious and intimate stay in one of Kenya's leading boutique beach hotels with lots of fabulous special touches to ensure you want for nothing.
Day 1 - 2 : Nairobi, Kenya
Stay at Giraffe Manor for 1 night
On arrival into Nairobi you will be met and privately transferred to Giraffe Manor in the exclusive neighbourhood of Karen. You will stay here for one night with all meals, house drinks and giraffe interaction experience included. You can spend today at leisure and have the opportunity to visit and feed the giraffes who regularly visit the manor house.
Days 2 - 5 : Mara North, Masai Mara, Kenya
Stay at Serian Camp for 3 nights
After breakfast with the giraffes this morning you will be transferred by private vehicle to Nairobi's Wilson domestic airport for your light aircraft flight to the world famous Masai Mara where an authentic safari experience awaits. Upon landing in the Mara North conservancy you will be met by your expert guide and game driven to Serian Camp where you will stay for three nights in a luxury tent with all meals, house drinks, park fees, and game viewing activities included. The safari experience at Serian is hard to beat. Not only are the guides amongst the most highly qualified in the Mara, but there is plenty more to keep you busy. Being located in a private conservancy you are able to go on bush walks and night drives as well as indulge in a bush bath. Or, how about spending the night in 'The Nest' - a private treehouse which is particularly special for honeymooners!
Days 5 - 10 : Southern Kenyan Coast
Stay at Msambweni Beach House for 5 nights
This morning you will go on a final game drive and have lunch in camp before flight by light aircraft to Diani on the southern Kenyan coast. Upon arrival you will be met by a driver and be privately transferred to Msambweni Beach House, where you will stay for five nights with all meals included. A luxurious, boutique property there is a high level of privacy on offer in an intimate setting. Situated directly on the unspoilt Msambweni beach, you are completely away from it all here. Spend your days beside the pool, enjoying watersports or indulge at the spa. Come evening, sundowners and nibbles around the fire before enjoying a sumptuous dinner under the African night sky.
Day 10 - 11 : Diani to Nairobi
In the afternoon you are met and taken to Diani airstrip, from where you catch a light aircraft flight back to Nairobi Wilson Airport. On arrival you are will be privately transferred to Nairobi International Airport for your onward international flight.
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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.
Nairobi Giraffe Centre
One of the best ways to spend time in Nairobi is by visiting the giraffe centre in the affluent Karen area. Get up close with the opportunity to feed these gentle giants...if you're lucky they may even give you a thank you kiss.
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.
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.
The Nest Treehouse
Spend a night at Serian's 'The Nest.' Perched out on a limb of a lone Warburgia tree overlooking the Mara River, this is the perfect picnic spot after a trek through the bushes or as a romantic getaway for the night.
David Sheldrick's Wildlife Trust
Visit David Sheldrick's Wildlife Trust in Nairobi, this is one of the most successful orphan-elephant and rhino rescue and rehabilitation programs in the world. You will witness baby elephants being hand reared and watch them being fed and playing.
From $5698 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
All accommodation as listed
Drinks on safari
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.