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Masai Mara & Mozambique

Explore the vast plains of the Masai Mara and then head off to the charming Ilha de Moçambique offering diving, snorkelling, kayaking, visits to local villages or simply relaxing and enjoy this peaceful spot.

Tailor-made Luxury 10 days

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

Flights are typically an additional $955 per person economy class from London

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Itinerary

Overview

  • Remote camp in the Masai Mara
  • Big Five wildlife experience
  • Unique beach escape with history and culture in Mozambique

The Masai Mara National Reserve is Kenya’s premier Big Five safari destination, the open, seemingly endless savannah plains are saturated with year-round with wildlife. Here the king of the jungle, lion reign supreme but there is good chance of seeing leopard and cheetah. elephant, giraffe, buffalo, various antelope and wildebeest are common sightings. The rivers attract crocodile and hippo. The famous Wildebeest Migration happens from late June – early September, but the Masai Mara is a fantastic year round wildlife destination.

You'll be staying in a comfortable atmospheric small bush camp on a private conservancy bordering the Masai Mara Reserve. Here you get the best of both worlds, the private conservancy has all the same wildlife as the main reserve (there are no fences between), but none of the heavy game vehicle traffic that occasionally blights the main reserve. Short bush walks are also possible in addition to game drives.

The regular flights from Nairobi to Ilha de Moçambique make this beach extension a unique combination. This area is unspoilt with excellent diving, nearby islands to explore, snorkelling direct from the beach and kayaking in the crystal clear waters. There are lovely long stretches of quiet pristine white sand beach to walk and a boat trip across to the UNESCO World Heritage Ilha de Moçambique, the ex-capital of Mozambique with an interesting mix of colonial buildings and fascinating history of this trading route.

Alternatively, in the same area, Nuarro Lodge, a divers paradise. The location was hand-picked due to the continental shelf in front of the lodge which allows diving directly from the lodge, not forgotten the various reefs and islands in the surrounding area to explore. This eco-lodge has strong community ties and offers a genuine insight into daily modern village life and a staff member will be delighted to take you across. Other activities include snorkelling, seasonal whale watching, mountain biking, sunset cruises, kayaking, dhow sailing, massage and beach picnics.

This ten day itinerary can easily be extended to include another game reserve or wilderness experience in Kenya or take more time to enjoy the pristine diving in Mozambique.

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 Nairobi
DAY 5: Depart for Ilha de Moçambique
DAY 6: Ilha de Moçambique
DAY 7: Ilha de Moçambique
DAY 8: Ilha de Moçambique
DAY 9: Ilha de Moçambique
DAY 10: Depart

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: Kicheche Mara Camp
Meals Included: Dinner and afternoon game drive

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: Kicheche Mara Camp
Meals Included: All meals, picnics, local drinks, unlimited shared game-viewing drives, escorted bush walks, conservancy fees and laundry.

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: Kicheche Mara Camp
Meals Included: All meals, picnics, local drinks, unlimited shared game-viewing drives, escorted bush walks, conservancy fees and laundry.

DAY 4: TRANSFER TO NAIROBI
Final morning game drive and breakfast in camp before your return light aircraft flight to Nairobi. On arrival you will be transferred by road your hotel.
Accommodation: Mayfair Southern Sun
Meals Included: Breakfast and morning game drives

DAY 5: DEPART FOR ILHA DE MOÇAMBIQUE
Transfer to Nairobi Airport for your scheduled flight to Mozambique (Flight excluded). On arrival is it a two hour road and boat transfer to the lodge
Accommodation: Coral Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 6: ILHA DE MOÇAMBIQUE
Because of its unique location, Coral Lodge 15.41 has a huge variety of activities on offer. You can simply enjoy the resort, the beach and the water sports or satisfy your curiosity of Mozambique’s rich history and the culture of the Macua people. Coral Lodge 15.41 is only 10 minutes away from llha de Moçambique, which is the only UNESCO World Heritage site in Mozambique.
Accommodation: Coral Lodge
Meals Included: All meals, local drinks and non-motorised water sports

DAY 7: ILHA DE MOÇAMBIQUE
At leisure on beach
Accommodation: Coral Lodge
Meals Included: All meals, local drinks and non-motorised water sports

DAY 8: ILHA DE MOÇAMBIQUE
At leisure on beach
Accommodation: Coral Lodge
Meals Included: All meals, local drinks and non-motorised water sports

DAY 9: ILHA DE MOÇAMBIQUE
At leisure on beach
Accommodation: Coral Lodge
Meals Included: All meals, local drinks and non-motorised water sports

DAY 10: DEPART
Road/boat transfer to Nampula 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.

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Intimate 8 tent camp
- Prime wildlife area
- Game Walks & Drives
- Beautiful location

Our rating

6/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Historic Building
- Gardens & Pool
- Relaxing City Base

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Barefoot luxury lodge
- Snorkelling from the beach
- Professional diving guide
- Swimming Pool
- Unesco World Heritage Ilha the Mozambique

Details

Getting there

Daily flights to Nairobi with Kenya Airways or British Airways direct from Heathrow or a variety of options from regional airports.

There are currently flights four times a week from Nairobi to Nampula

Price includes

All accommodation, meals as mentioned, scheduled shared safari activities, non-motorised water activities and transfers quoted in the itinerary.

Excludes: Items of a personal nature, visas, travel insurance, medical requirements, international flights from London to Nairobi / Mozambique. 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 April and May. 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 612 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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