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Masai Mara Safari & Beach

This one week bush and beach family safari is a fantastic introductory safari offering good value. This is a wonderful relaxing holiday combining a world class safari experience and relaxing Indian Ocean Beach Resort. You will enjoy game drives from an atmospheric small bush camp in the Maasai Mara reserve and then head on to the Kenya coast for a couple of days relaxing on the beach.

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

Flights are typically an additional $891 per person economy class from London

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Itinerary

Overview

Upon arrival in Nairobi you'll connect with a domestic flight to the Masai Mara. The Masai Mara National Reserve is Kenya’s premier safari park, a vast expanse of savannah grassland heavily populated year-round with wildlife. There is always a strong chance of seeing lion in the park. Leopard and Cheetah are rarer but sightings are possible. Elephant, buffalo and wildebeest are common. The rivers and hippo pools play host to crocs and hippos. In season the park plays host to the epic Wildebeest Migration (late June – early September).

You'll be staying in an atmospheric small bush camp in a superb location with experienced wildlife guides camp. We find Speke's Camp offers excellent value for this part of the Mara. For those with more budget to play with, we can recommend, the nearby Kicheche Mara Camp or if you prefer a larger lodge with swimming pool, Kichwa Tembo.

After safari it is always nice to end your trip with a relaxing few days on the beach. Pinewood is a small hotel on the Diani Beach, offering a choice of dining, tennis courts, gym, beach games, swimming pool and Jacuzzi. Optional activities include spa and water sport centre offering diving, snorkelling, deep sea fishing, kite surfing, ocean excursions and windsurfing. Pinewood offers excellent value for money, but those wanting a more paired down barefoot experience, we can recommend Funzi Keys.

This itinerary has been designed specifically with an eye on keeping costs down without sacrificing the quality of safari experience. Should you have more time and budget available, then we can recommend an additional night on safari in the Masai Mara and perhaps branching into a two-centre safari combining with a Camp in the Northern Laikipia region (which offers a more active, adventurous and remote safari experience).

Day-by-day

ITINERARY IN BRIEF:

DAY 1: Arrive Nairobi and transfer to Masai Mara
DAY 2: On safari in Masai Mara
DAY 3: Transfer to Kenya Coast
DAY 4: Kenya Coast
DAY 5: Kenya Coast
DAY 6: Kenya Coast
DAY 7: Depart

FULL ITINERARY:

DAY 1: ARRIVE NAIROBI AND TRANSFER TO MASAI MARA
After arriving at Nairobi International Airport, you will be met by a representative and transferred to the domestic airport for scheduled light aircraft flight into the Masai Mara. In the evening we go on a sundowner drive to watch the sunset over the Mara from a well-selected viewpoint. An extended rare night game drive to observe nocturnal wildlife is possible on the way back to camp (if weather conditions permit).
Accommodation: Spekes Camp
Meals Included: Dinner

DAY 2: ON SAFARI IN MASAI MARA
Get up very early for a 6am start after breakfast and spend a full day in the Masai Mara reserve on game drives. You’ll take along your picnic lunch to enjoy at the scenic Hippo pool on the banks of the Mara River. Ecologically Masai Mara is an extension of the great Serengeti plains and teems with abundant wildlife. We traverse the park in search of elephant, buffalo, lion, cheetah, leopard, zebra, giraffe, hippo, crocodile and a whole ark-full of other animals. Our expert naturalist guides ensure you get the very best chance of seeing most of these animals and understand their habits. From July to September, the Mara is home to the great wildebeest migration.
Accommodation: Spekes Camp
Meals Included: All meals

DAY 3: TRANSFER TO KENYA COAST
You'll fly back to Nairobi, to make onward scheduled early evening flight to Mombasa. (Flight to Mombasa part of your international flight ticket) On arrival you will transfer by road to your hotel.
Accommodation: Pinewood Beach Resort and Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 4: KENYA COAST
At leisure on Kenya Coast
Accommodation: Pinewood Beach Resort and Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 5: KENYA COAST
At leisure on Kenya Coast
Accommodation: Pinewood Beach Resort and Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 6: KENYA COAST
At leisure on Kenya Coast
Accommodation: Pinewood Beach Resort and Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 7: DEPART
Transfer to Mombasa Airport for your onward flight
Accommodation: n/a
Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Speke's Camp

Masai Mara

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Traditional small safari camp
- Very atmospheric
- Great location
- Good value

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 and meals as mentioned, park fees, scheduled shared safari activities and transfers quoted in the itinerary.

Excludes: Visa fees, travel insurance, drinks, items of a personal nature and international flights to Nairobi.

Price for ground arrangements is valid year round (except Christmas and New Year). Price quoted excludes international flights London to Mombasa via Nairobi. Please get in touch for a flight inclusive quote for your dates.

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 October half term.

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 612 reviews

(4.94/5)

  • Again, thank you for your help planning our wonderful holiday in Kenya. Both the Masai Mara and Lamu were a good fit for our family. Thank you for all the time you spent on the phone discussing possibilities and exploring options with me. This was a favourite family holiday. Having planned the logistics of other trips, it was wonderful to have you do this much more competently than I could have done myself.

    Our transfers went smoothly. We were met in Nairobi both times by Denis from Gamewatchers. He and the drivers were personable and competent, sharing information about Nairobi and discussing our trip with interest. When our daughter got sick upon return to the airport, Denis took good care of us, interceding with security to help us get her inside as quickly as possible.

    We most enjoyed our time at Masai Mara and The Intrepids. We were well looked after by the staff, our steward and waiter were personable and attentive, and the accommodations were a wonderful place to relax. The game drives were fun for all of us, and we especially enjoyed our guide, Katembo. Seeing such a concentration and variety of animals within the park was such thrill for everyone. Our teen daughter enjoyed the drives and appreciated wifi access, so she could post pictures from each day's sightings. Our 11 yr. old loved spending time with Judy in the Adventurers Club, and opted out of a couple of drives to stay back and do activities with her. Judy was excellent with her. On the last night, at our waiter's request, the chef cooked a traditional Swahili meal for us, which was the favourite meal of our stay. Intrepids was a good choice to accommodate all members of the family.

    We were very pleased with the choice of Lamu for our beach stay. We stayed at Kiwandani House in Shela. We truly enjoyed the beauty of the traditional Swahili style house and the relaxed and quiet atmosphere of the town. We were well cared for by a very adept staff. Asya the manager was accommodating and helpful. Chef culinary skills were excellent on both taste and presentation. He provided us a personal 4 star restaurant and over fed us with the most delicious food. He did very well at accommodating our preferences. Sylvester, our steward, was gracious and tireless and humble. We were very impressed at the attention to detail he gave, from setting the table to preparing our rooms. He was helpful, kind, and accommodating in all things. We spent much of our time relaxing by the pool or enjoying the ocean breezes from the upper floor, but found plenty to do to occupy our three days there. The highlight was participating in the release of a nest of baby sea turtles on Manda Island. Again, Lamu was an excellent choice.

    Our family enjoys nature so this was a highlight holiday. Never once did we worry about security or feel unsafe. We enjoyed the natural beauty of the country and the hospitality of the people. We loved Kenya and hope to return again. Thank you for following up with us once we were home to see hoe our trip went.

    MissingMichaela M reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 11 June 2014

  • 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

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