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Masai Mara Safari & Zanzibar Beach Holiday

This is a lovely combination of safari in the Masai Mara with a barefoot beach resort on Zanzibar. You will enjoy game drives from an atmospheric small bush camp in the Maasai Mara reserve and then head on to the Indian Ocean Island of Zanzibar for some serious relaxation on the beach.

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 $978 per person economy class from London

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Itinerary

Overview

  • Superb safari in the Masai Mara
  • Small atmospheric bush camp in remote Mara setting
  • Relax at a Zanzibar beach lodge

This nine night itinerary can easily fit into a week’s leave with excellent connections, minimal time difference and overnight flights, making this a perfect 11 day escape including international flights. The Masai Mara National Reserve is Kenya’s premier safari experience, a vast expanse of savannah grassland heavily populated year-round with wildlife. There is always a good chance of seeing lion but Leopard and Cheetah are rarer sightings. Elephant, buffalo and wildebeest are common. The rivers plays host to sun lounging crocodiles and laughing hippos. The epic Wildebeest Migration happens from late June – early September, but the Masai Mara is a fantastic safari destination year round.

You'll be staying in a comfortable small bush camp just outside the main reserve (with proper beds and en-suite hard standing bathrooms). It is a good base for morning and afternoon game drives in the Conservancy. Alternatively, you could take a picnic lunch and spend the full day out with the naturalist guide, you'll have every chance of seeing the best of the park, with very strong chances of seeing big cats, giraffe and a wealth of wildlife.

From the Masai Mara there are good connections across to the island of Zanzibar. You will still be able to have your morning game drive in the Masai Mara and be in Stone Town early evening. Early light the next day brings the call to prayer and with that Stone Town is brought to life. Enjoy a delicious breakfast before your guided walking tour of the narrow streets and then onto a spice farm tour to see the fascinating array of spices this island is known for.

Head to the northern tip of the island to relax at Matemwe Beach, one of our favourite options in Zanzibar. Matamwe Beach offers the perfect balance between comfort and simplicity. This quiet spot has a beautiful pool, lovely stretch of tidal coast line and a water sports centre with fantastic diving.

This is a tailor-made itinerary and we would be delighted to customise it to your requirements. For upgrades we recommend Kicheche Mara in the Masai Mara and Unguja Lodge and Anna of Zanzibar on Zanzibar. Those with more time might consider combining the safari in the Masai Mara with a camp in the contrasting Laikipia Wilderness area such as Laikipia Wilderness Camp.

Day-by-day

ITINERARY IN BRIEF:

DAY 1: Arrive Nairobi and transfer to Masai Mara
DAY 2: On safari in Masai Mara
DAY 3: On safari in Masai Mara
DAY 4: Transfer to Zanzibar Island
DAY 5: Zanzibar Island
DAY 6: Zanzibar Island
DAY 7: Zanzibar Island
DAY 8: Zanzibar Island
DAY 9: Return to Nairobi

FULL ITINERARY:

DAY 1: ARRIVE NAIROBI AND TRANSFER TO MASAI MARA
On arrival at Nairobi International Airport, you will be met and transferred by road to the domestic airport for scheduled light aircraft flight into the Masai Mara. In the late afternoon gather for first game 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. Expert naturalist guides ensure you get the very best chance of seeing most of these animals and understand their habits.
Accommodation: Spekes Camp
Meals Included: All meals

DAY 3: ON SAFARI IN MASAI MARA
Today you may want to rather do a morning game drive with return to camp to relax before the afternoon game drive.
Accommodation: Spekes Camp
Meals Included: All meals

DAY 4: TRANSFER TO ZANZIBAR ISLAND
Final morning game drive and breakfast in camp before your return light aircraft flight to Nairobi. On arrival you will be transferred by road to the international airport for scheduled early evening flight to Zanzibar. (Flight to Zanzibar part of your international flight ticket).
Transfer to your beach hotel.
Accommodation: Matemwe Beach Village
Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 5: ZANZIBAR ISLAND
At leisure on beach
Accommodation: Matemwe Beach Village
Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 6: ZANZIBAR ISLAND
At leisure on beach
Accommodation: Matemwe Beach Village
Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 7: ZANZIBAR ISLAND
At leisure on beach
Accommodation: Matemwe Beach Village
Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 8: ZANZIBAR ISLAND
At leisure on beach
Accommodation: Matemwe Beach Village
Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 9: RETURN TO NAIROBI
Road transfer to Zanzibar Airport
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

Matemwe Beach Village

Zanzibar & Islands

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 2

- Good value beach lodge
- Gorgeous beach
- Relaxed vibe
- Superb dive centre

Details

Getting there

International flights from the UK to Kenya typically cost £750 - £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): £750 - £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: £650 - £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 £650 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 as mentioned, scheduled shared safari activities and transfers quoted in the itinerary.

Excludes: Items of a personal nature, visas, travel insurance, medical requirements, international flights from London to Nairobi / Zanzibar. Flight quotes available on request.

Price for ground arrangements is valid year round (except Christmas and New Year).

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

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth office check www.gov.uk/travelaware

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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