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.
Masai Mara, Watamu, Nairobi
Best for: Beach, First time, Highlights
Perfect for a romantic getaway or family escape, this itinerary takes in incredible game viewing opportunities in the Masai Mara, combined with a relaxing and spoiling time on the white sands of Watamu.
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This is the perfect itinerary for those looking to escape the crowds, relax in luxury and enjoy incredible game viewing in the Masai Mara and wonderful marine life off the shores of Watamu. Spend three nights in the private Naboisho Conservancy, bordering the acclaimed Masai Mara reserve. Enjoy incredible game sightings both from camp and out on safari. Naboisho boasts excellent densities of game with large lion prides and elephant herds as well as good sightings of endangered wild dog making for wonderful photographic opportunities. Head out on foot with expert guides and learn about the flora and fauna or track animal footprints on a walking safari or enjoy a bush breakfast or picnic lunch under the shade of an acacia tree out on the open plains. The Masai Mara can be visited all year round however if travelling between July and October you may well be lucky to catch the incredible spectacle that is the great migration, as thousands of wildebeest and zebra cross the open plains and brave crocodile infested rivers in search of fresh grass. From the Masai Mara fly to the coast and enjoy five days relaxation at the beautiful Heminways Watamu, surrounded by picture perfect white sand beaches. Snorkel in the turquoise waters with a chance of seeing turtles as well large shoals of tropical fish.
Days 1 - 4 : Masai Mara, Kenya
Stay at Ol Seki for 3 nights
On arrival into Nairobi international airport you will be met by a local representative who will transfer you by road to Wilson Airport in time for your scheduled light aircraft flight into the heart of the Masai Mara. Landing at the airstrip you will be greeted by your guide, and enjoy a game drive to the luxurious Ol Seki Camp where you will spend the next three nights. Located in the private Naboisho conservancy, guests have the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of experiences including day and night time game drives, walking safaris and bush dinners. During the peak migration months between July and October, we recommend a day visit into the main Masai reserve in the hope to catch some of the famed migration crossings too. Ol Seki is located in a prime game viewing area with resident lion and leopard regularly seen as well as large herds of elephants.
Days 4 - 9 : Watamu, Kenya
From Ol Seki you will be flown by light aircraft back to Nairobi where you will connect with your onward light aircraft flight to Malindi Airport on the Kenya Coast. Enjoy five nights at the beautiful Hemingways Watamu Hotel which boasts incredible views out over the ocean. With a choice or watersports, excellent dinning options and a spoiling spa, days here can be as busy or relaxed as you like. Watamu is famed for its long sandy white beaches and turquoise water and days here will certainly not disappoint.
Day 9 - 10 : Nairobi, Kenya
Stay at Hemingways Nairobi for 1 night
After a leisurely morning you will be transferred to Malindi Airport in time for your return light aircraft flight to Nairobi Wilson Airport. On arrival you will be met and transferred the short distance to Hemingways Nairobi where you will enjoy your final night. If time allows we recommend a visit to the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage or Giraffe Centre.
Day 10 : Nairobi to London
Early this morning you will be transferred to the airport in time for your return international flight back to the UK.
When to go
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Bride stays for FREE at Ol Seki
Bride stays for FREE at Ol Seki during 2018 and selected dates in 2019. Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability.
Stay 3, pay 2 at Ol Seki
Stay for 3 nights and pay for 2 at Ol Seki during 2019, excluding July and August. Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability.
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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.'
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.
Walking Safari in the Mara
If staying in one of the conservancies of the Masai Mara you will have the chance to enjoy a guided game walk. This enables you to explore the Mara from an entirely different perspective and is a great way get closer to the bush
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.
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 $2855 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
Meals as specified
Selected game viewing activities
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.