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Laikipia Wilderness Safari & Beach

Superb safari and beach combination featuring one of our favourite camps in Kenya that gives you a real sense of the wilderness and wildlife of Kenya. After three nights of safari in the wilds of Laikipia, enjoy five nights relaxation on the coast at our favourite laid back beach resort in Kenya.

Tailor-made Classic 9 days

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $966 per person economy class from London

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Itinerary

Overview

On arrival, we'll whisk you from the Airport heading North by road to the stunning wilderness of Laikipia North. The Laikipia region is a vast expanse of wilderness spreading from the foothills of Mount Kenya towards the Rift Valley. Unlike Kenya’s prominent National Parks, this is an area where other tourists are few and far between and where game drives are combined with game walks, swimming in rivers and climbing crags - very much an 'out of Africa' experience.

This is a small, simple camp in a stunning location offering a very welcome balance of ambience, comfort and superb wildlife without being ridiculously expensive. The five tents are large and comfortable, each built on a platform with a private veranda, proper beds and behind the tent an en suite bathroom partially open to the skies allowing you to shower under the stars. There is a tented mess building with dining room, bar and sitting room/library, and a deck in front with open camp-fire in the evenings. Meals are simple home-made affairs usually served outside set around a camp fire.

The area offers fantastic wildlife with big numbers of elephants, giraffe, hippo, Grevy’s zebra, leopard, wild dog, lion, striped and spotted hyena, aardwolf, aardvark, and over 280 species of birds.

From the bush we wind down with five nights at Pinewood on the Kenya coast. One of our favourite laid back options on the coast, offering just the right balance between comfort and simplicity. Here you can expect relaxed days spent on the beach - the perfect end to an safari in Kenya.

This itinerary works equally well for couples and families. Laikipia Wilderness Camp is ideal for families, children can go on adventure walks, swim, raft and fish in the river and scramble and climb on nearby outcrops. The owners have three of their own children and will suggest a programme designed to suit you. We recommend a minimum stay of three nights, but you could happily stay a whole week. Some tents are close together specifically for families and all of the tents can comfortably sleep three, or four if it is two younger children. There is no minimum age restriction.

Day-by-day

ITINERARY IN BRIEF:

DAY 1: Arrive Nairobi and transfer to Laikipia
DAY 2: Laikipia
DAY 3: Laikipia
DAY 4: Journey to Kenya Coast
DAY 5: Kenya Coast
DAY 6: Kenya Coast
DAY 7: Kenya Coast
DAY 8: Kenya Coast
DAY 9: Depart

FULL ITINERARY:

DAY 1: ARRIVE NAIROBI AND TRANSFER TO LAIKIPIA
Accommodation: Laikipia Wilderness Camp
Meals Included: Dinner
Day Notes: Depart from Nairobi on private road transfer to the Laikipia Wilderness area. Afternoon activity and dinner at the lodge. There is an option to take a convenient scheduled light aircraft flight, do ask for details.

DAY 2: LAIKIPIA
Accommodation: Laikipia Wilderness Camp
Meals Included: All meals and local drinks
Day Notes: At the camp, your hosts will suggest a schedule to suit your family. Activities will include game drives combined with bush walks, and if the kids are willing, swimming, rafting and fishing in the river. Meals are simple home-made affairs usually served outside around a camp fire and there is the opportunity to head out for a night fly camping in the bush.

DAY 3: LAIKIPIA
Accommodation: Laikipia Wilderness Camp
Meals Included: All meals and local drinks
Day Notes: On safari in the Laikipia Wilderness area

DAY 4: JOURNEY TO KENYA COAST
Accommodation: Pinewood Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner
Day Notes: After your morning activity and breakfast in camp, you will be transferred by road back to Nairobi for your onward scheduled flight to Mombasa. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your lodge

DAY 5: KENYA COAST
Accommodation: Pinewood Hotel
Meals Included: All meals
Day Notes: Relax around the pool. Optional activities include sailing, canoeing, boat trips to the bay and Ramisi River creek fishing, massage, deep-sea fishing in the Pemba channel, scuba diving & snorkelling in the Kisite Marine National Park

DAY 6: KENYA COAST
Accommodation: Pinewood Hotel
Meals Included: All meals
Day Notes: At leisure

DAY 7: KENYA COAST
Accommodation: Pinewood Hotel
Meals Included: All meals
Day Notes: At leisure

DAY 8: KENYA COAST
Accommodation: Pinewood Hotel
Meals Included: All meals
Day Notes: At leisure

DAY 9: DEPART
Accommodation: n/a
Meals Included: Breakfast
Day Notes: Transfer to the Mombasa Airport

Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

Our rating

10/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Small intimate safari camp
- Superb Wilderness location
- Fly camping & Bush Walks
- Fantastic for Families

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Beach Hotel
- Good facilities
- Watersports Centre
- Tennis Courts

Details

Getting there

International flights from the UK to Kenya typically cost £550 - £1250 return per person (see below for more detail) depending on the airline and when you are travelling. Please get in touch for a flight inclusive quote.
Direct Flights from the UK (London Heathrow only): £650 - £1250 return
British Airways and Kenya Airways fly direct from London Heathrow to Nairobi. Prices start from £750 return but direct flights at this price are usually only available if booking very early or for visits out of the school holidays. During school holiday periods, prices are usually over £1000 return.
Indirect Flights from the UK: £550 - £900 return
KLM flights via Amsterdam are a superb alternative to direct flights, particularly if you are flying from Manchester, Glasgow or other regional airports, where you would need to stop anyway. Prices start from £550 return, and are usually available under £800 pp year round as long as you have a little flexibility in your dates. Qatar, Turkish and Ethiopian Airlines offer slightly less convenient one stop flights with longer stop-overs / less convenient flight times (e.g. Turkish lands at 4am in Nairobi). We sometimes recommend these flights for those on a tight budget or those late booking during peak periods when flight prices on BA, Kenya Airways or KLM can double.

Price includes

All accommodation, meals, local drinks whilst on safari, scheduled shared safari activities and transfers quoted in the itinerary.

Excludes: international flights from London to Mombasa via Nairobi. Flight quotes available on request.

When is best?

It is best to avoid the long rains that run from the second half of March, April, May and into early June. During this period it tends to rain through the night and into the morning. It is usually possible to get a dry spell between 10am and 2pm for getting out on safari.

The short rains bring some rain during September and October, but this is less of an impediment and they have usually cleared up by late October.

December, January, July and August are peak season, expect flight costs to be substantially higher.

Safety

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 613 reviews

(4.94/5)

  • The holiday was amazing! Everything we wanted it to be! The safari was so we'll organized and our guide was very good. All the accommodation was superb. At the Masaai village we stayed in a mud hut which was different to the tent described in the itinerary, but so much better.

    Pinewoods resort was lovely especially the staff who couldn't have looked after us any better. The food was exceptional.

    Missingpauline hasted reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 21 October 2015

  • Accommodation and food at Karen Rock House were good. It was very quiet there as we were the only guests. Our transport, guide (Elijah) and driver (Oliver) were excellent. Elijah was very informative and patiently answered our questions about everything we saw. Our first day was very full, a long drive to Hell’s Gate, bike ride and gorge walk. Elijah suggested that we postpone the boat trip on Lake Navaisha to the morning we left Nakuru rather doing it on the way and this worked well. On the bike ride, our youngest struggled with an adult sized bike with bald tyres. Fine for us and our eldest though. The gorge walk was great as was the boat trip on Lake Navaisha.

    Lake Nakuru Lodge accommodation, food and setting was excellent - as were the game drives with Oliver and Elijah. We saw a lot more here and close up than we did in Ol Kinyei and the Masai Mara.

    Maji Moto Camp was an interesting experience. Again, we were the only visitors and the facilities & food were good. We visited the school before travelling to the Mara Adventure Camp but could have spent longer as there was a lot to see and our children enjoyed playing football etc with the school children.

    The Adventure Camp was brilliant. We had a packed schedule of game drives (up at 5.30 every morning) and George and Wilson (guide and driver) were a lot of fun. They played football with us and were very entertaining on bush walks and game drives. We felt all the staff at the Adventure Camp worked really hard to make the experience an enjoyable one - from preparing the food, supplying endless hot water and tea and making sure we got to see what we wanted. The Ol Kinyei conservancy is beautiful (although we saw more at Lake Nakuru).

    Our itinerary was good - it was busy and varied which suited us very well. We felt a bit rushed on Day 1 - in hindsight, it really was too much for one day. The day we travelled to the Masai Adventure Camp was also time pressured and we had a to cut short our visit to the school.

    Overall, 5/5 - an unforgettable experience.

    MissingTim Sheppard reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 11 November 2014

  • If you’re looking for a more personal experience of Kenya, something a little different from the standard safari and beach package holidays, then you should definitely speak to Tourdust!

    We decided to have a family holiday with our two teenage boys in Kenya in 2014, a decision that turned out to be far from straight-forward as the FCO extended their no-essential travel guidance area by area in the months leading up to our holiday. After researching the travel companies specialising in Kenya , we chose Tourdust to organise our holiday, partly based on their highly informative website but mainly based on a conversation with Ben, who within a matter of minutes clearly understood what we were looking for.

    Ben’s recommendation of the Laikipia Wilderness Camp, followed by the Sosian Ranch and then the Msambweni Beach House was absolutely perfect for us. Everywhere we went the experience was personalised, the service was outstanding and the quality of facilities was second to none. Yes, we did safari drives to see the fantastic range of wildlife in the area, but we also swam in the rivers, rode camels, went on game walks and ate delicious meals cooked on an open camp fire before sleeping out under the endless African skies listening to the lions roaring! Then a flight down to the coast and we relaxed in the luxury of the a villa overlooking the Indian Ocean, with massages on the beach, personal staff on hand and nothing too much trouble.

    We knew that we didn’t want a standard package safari and beach holiday but what we got was beyond all our expectations – a truly personal, family experience of Kenya that we will remember forever!

    MissingJoanna Heard reviewing Best of Kenya Family Safari on 07 October 2014

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