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Best of Kenya for Couples

This safari combines two wonderfully contrasting national parks and camps and a blissful barefoot Zanzibar Island beach retreat. You'll experience the remote and rugged Meru National Park and the wildlife rich plains of the Masai Mara, the unashamedly romantic Elsa's Kopje in Meru amd the traditional intimate bush camp atmosphere at Kicheche Mara.

Tailor-made Luxury 11 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

  • Romantic luxury at remote Elsa's Kopje in Meru National Park
  • Game Drives, Guided bush walks, bush meals, fishing and visit local communities
  • Superb wildlife in the Masai Mara
  • Relax on a beautiful Zanzibar Island Beach

This safari combines two wonderfully contrasting national parks, the remote and rugged Meru National Park in the North of Kenya and the wildlife rich plains of the Masai Mara.

Meru is a real gem of a park, little visited, rugged, beautiful and remote with a vast diversity of wildlife. In pride of place in the heart of the park, Elsa's Kopje is widely renowned as one of the most elegant and romantic lodges in Africa, serving up luxurious solitude with expansive views of the open plains of Meru and an incredible infinity swimming pool.

The Masai Mara is famous for its big cat populations and open savannah grasslands that offer exceptional game viewing year round. Around July - September, the great wildebeest migration passes through with incredible herds of wildebeest and dramatic river crossings, but wildlife populations are healthy year round. Kicheche Mara is a small atmospheric bush camp in a beautiful spot in the Mara North Conservancy. In addition to game drives, bush walks are available at both camps.

Some low key relaxed time on an Indian Ocean Beach is the perfect compliment to a safari. After a short flight from Nairobi to Zanzibar, you can enjoy barefoot beach bliss, diving, snorkelling and the rich Swahili Culture of Stone Town.

This is a tailor-made itinerary, and we would be delighted to customise it for you. For example, for those looking for more adventure (walking safaris, fly camping) there are some superb options in the Laikipia area of Northern Kenya. For the beach, we can also suggest the Kenyan Coast and Mozambique depending on the style of beach resort you prefer.

Day-by-day

ITINERARY IN BRIEF:

DAY 1: Travel to Meru National Park
DAY 2: Meru National Park
DAY 3: Meru National Park
DAY 4: Fly to Masai Mara
DAY 5: Masai Mara
DAY 6: Masai Mara
DAY 7: Journey to Zanzibar
DAY 8: Zanzibar
DAY 9: Zanzibar
DAY 10: Zanzibar
DAY 11: Depart

FULL ITINERARY:

DAY 1: TRAVEL TO MERU NATIONAL PARK
Depart from Nairobi on scheduled light aircraft flight to Meru National Park. You should arrive for the afternoon activity and dinner in camp
Accommodation: Elsa's Kopje
Meals Included: Dinner

DAY 2: MERU NATIONAL PARK
Meru National Park is a charming little known reserve which has some unusual species such as Ethiopia Ostrich, Lesser Kudu and huge array of bird species. There is the option of day and night guided game drives, bush walks, visits to rhino sanctuary, river fishing, cultural visits and swimming pool with spectacular view.
Accommodation: Elsa's Kopje
Meals Included: All meals and local drinks

DAY 3: MERU NATIONAL PARK
Exploring the Meru National Park
Accommodation: Elsa's Kopje
Meals Included: All meals and local drinks

DAY 4: FLY TO MASAI MARA
Transfer to airstrip for scheduled light aircraft flight to the Masai Mara. Arrive in time for lunch and afternoon game drive.
Accommodation: Kicheche Mara Camp
Meals Included: All meals and local drinks

DAY 5: MASAI MARA
Game drives into the game rich Masai Mara Reserve home of the big cats and endless plains to explore in search of the big five.
Accommodation: Kicheche Mara Camp
Meals Included: All meals and local drinks

DAY 6: MASAI MARA
On safari in the Masai Mara
Accommodation: Kicheche Mara Camp
Meals Included: All meals and local drinks

DAY 7: JOURNEY TO ZANZIBAR
After your morning activity and breakfast in camp, you will be transferred by road back to Nairobi for your onward scheduled flight to Zanzibar.
On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your lodge
Accommodation: Anna of Zanzibar
Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 8: ZANZIBAR
This intimate lodge only has 5 rooms, lovely central pool and stretch of sandy Zanzibar beach. You can enjoy snorkelling at high tide from the lodge or take a bike ride. Diving is high on the agenda in Zanzibar and this can be arranged with a local 5* Padi Dive Centre.
Accommodation: Anna of Zanzibar
Meals Included: All meals and local drinks

DAY 9: ZANZIBAR
At leisure
Accommodation: Anna of Zanzibar
Meals Included: All meals and local drinks

DAY 10: ZANZIBAR
At leisure
Accommodation: Anna of Zanzibar
Meals Included: All meals and local drinks

DAY 11: DEPART
Road transfer to the 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.

Elsa's Kopje

Northern Kenya

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Unusual Wildlife
- Romantic setting
- Eco-friendly
- Remote Meru NP location

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

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

Anna of Zanzibar

Zanzibar & Islands

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Barefoot luxury beach retreat
- Fresh water swimming pool
- Excellent hospitality

Details

Getting there

International flights from the UK to Zanzibar typically cost £650 - £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): £550 - £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.

Price includes

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

Excludes: international flights from London to Zanzibar via Nairobi, drinks, visa fees, travel insurance and items of a personal nature

When is best?

It is best to avoid the long rains that run 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

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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