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.
Masai Mara & Zanzibar Honeymoon
Masai Mara, Stone Town, Zanzibar Beaches
Best for: Beach, Honeymoon, Safari
An incredible honeymoon to Kenya and Zanzibar which combines a wonderful safari in the world renowned Masai Mara with a culture in Stone Town as well as a luxurious stay on the divine beaches of Zanzibar, this is the perfect romantic honeymoon.
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This is the ultimate honeymoon for those who are looking for an amazing experience in luxury surroundings but at an equally incredible price. The Masai Mara is home to all of the big five and has some of the highest densities of game in the world, making for some particularly impressive wildlife sightings. For culture vultures, a visit to Stone Town is not to be missed with its unique blend of African and Arabian heritage, wonderful cuisine and plenty of locally produced crafts. Zanzibar is home to some of the best beaches in Africa and is the perfect spot to relax after your exciting safari in a cocoon of luxury with outstanding service and an exquisite beach to enjoy.
Days 1 - 4 : Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Stay at Ol Seki for 3 nights
Your holiday begins as you arrive into Nairobi where you will be met and transferred to the domestic airport for your scenic light aircraft flight to the vast plains of the Masai Mara. You will spend 3 nights at Ol Seki on safari in the Masai Mara, a location famed for the big five and an array of wildlife. If you're travelling between July and October, you may get the chance to witness the impressive wildebeest migration. Ol Seki is a luxurious tented camp in the exclusive Naboisho Conservancy which has a strict control on visitor numbers. Your stay here includes all meals, house drinks, game viewing activities and park fees. The tents here are very spacious and benefit from fabulous views over the reserve.
Spend your days exploring the plains of the Mara in the back of a 4x4 or on foot with a professional safari guide, being in a private conservancy also means it is possible to go on a night game drive which is a very special experience. We also recommend treating yourselves to a hot air balloon safari which is well worth it, for incredible views of the Masai Mara and excellent game viewing opportunities.
Day 4 - 5 : Zanzibar - Stonetown, Tanzania
Stay at Zanzibar Palace Hotel for 1 night
From the Masai Mara you will fly by light aircraft back to Nairobi, where you’ll be transferred to the international airport for the short flight to Zanzibar. On arrival you will be met by a private vehicle and driver who will drive you in to Stone Town where you will stay for one night at Zanzibar Palace Hotel with breakfast included.
Days 5 - 10 : Zanzibar Beaches, Tanzania
Stay at The Residence Zanzibar for 5 nights
This morning explore the cultural heart of Zanzibar, Stone Town. The winding streets are full of beautiful craft stores making this the perfect place to stock up on local souvenirs. From Stone Town you will be driven to the south west coast of the island, and stay at The Residence for five nights in a luxury garden villa on a half board basis. Rest and relax at this luxurious resort, set on one of Zanzibar’s finest beaches. There is a fantastic pool to relax by, as well as plenty of activities including diving, snorkelling, a spice tour and exploring the Jozani Forest.
Day 10 - 11 : Zanzibar Airport
Today you will be transferred to Zanzibar airport for your onward flight home.
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Things to do
Bride stays for FREE at Ol Sek
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Diving in Zanzibar
Located off the eastern coast of Africa, in the warm and clear Indian Ocean, Zanzibar is home to some great diving locations. Head to the tiny atolls off the north coast of Zanzibar and discover what the crystal blue waters have to offer.
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.
Historic walk through Stone Town
Visit Zanzibar Town's old quarter, Stone Town on the west coast of Zanzibar. Here you will find beautiful architecture and historic buildings dating back to the 19th century, revealing the complex history of Zanzibar and its links with the slave trade.
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.
Jozani Forest, in the forested interior of Zanzibar, is home to the rare red colobus monkeys. A visit here is an excellent half day visit which offers a chance to not only see monkeys but also a lot more too!
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 $6528 per person
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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.