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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 $981 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 494 reviews

(4.96/5)

  • The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
    There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
    Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!

    MissingWilliam K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

  • We both suffered but enjoyed it immensely. Just how it should be!!!!
    Our route up the mountain, the Burguret trail is very arduous and certainly should not be used for people who are not very fit and experienced trekkers. It mainly followers animal trails through the forests and bog lands around the mountain. The Chogoria route down was great. The guide and porters were great. Wild camping means just that, really just what I wanted, but I have lived in Kenya.

    MissingJonathan B reviewing Mount Kenya: Burguret Chogoria Traverse on 24 September 2018

  • Speke's camp was absolutely ideal - small and personal, with great hosts. We'd definitely recommend the "tented safari" experience to others. The kid's didn't miss having a pool (too interested in Safari). Speke's camp give you your own landrover and driver/guide, which gave us great flexibility (much better I suspect than what is offered by some of the larger camps). Our guide was brilliant. See below for the review we just posted on rip Advisor.

    I think the only negative of the trip was getting through Nairobi airport (multiple security checks, and they ask you to "board" two hours in advance, which in fact means going into crowded transit lounge with no facilities), but there's not anything anyone can do about that

    It's also worth saying that Peponi really is a unique experience. It's a proper East African institution, with all the locals dropping into the bar. It's the perfect antidote to anyone wanting to get away from the soulless all inclusive resorts which could be absolutely anywhere in the world (which seem to be a bit of a feature of Zanzibar). Lamu is still amazingly undeveloped.

    We stayed at Speke's camp for 4 nights in August 2018 - a family of two adults and two children. For us it was the perfect location to experience the Mara. The camp is only a short drive outside the main Mara reserve and is in an amazingly picturesque location, set by a small river in the shade of trees. Wildlife roams near (and sometimes through!) the camp. You get to feel very close to nature when you have a buffalo rooting up grass just outside your tent in the middle of the night!

    The camp itself is small and has a very personal feel to it. There are only eight or so guest tents, so you get to meet everyone passing through. One of the great pleasures was getting to chat to other guests over the evening meal or round the camp fire, swapping stories of the day's sightings. If you do want a little more privacy, then it's absolutely fine to eat in your own group.

    Whilst you do sleep and eat under canvas, it is an extremely civilised experience: the beds are comfy (with hot water bottles provided to ward off the chill of the evenings); there are bucket showers which sound much more primitive than they really are; the communal area is very elegantly laid out; tea is brought to the tent before setting out on early morning game drives, and the food was fantastic.

    What really makes the experience however are the wonderful hosts. Both Adrian and Veronique made a real effort to get to know us and ensure we were well looked after; and it's certainly worth picking Adrian's brains on the history of the region (it's not called Speke's camp for nothing)

    The final word must go to our wonderful guide/driver Ambrose and our Masai spotter Marco. It was a real privilege to have our own land-rover and to be shown the reserve by such knowledgeable and charming individuals. Ambrose is a proper naturalist, can identify a lilac breasted roller at 200 yards, and knows where to see the best wildlife without simply following other trucks. On our final afternoon, with 30 minutes before we had to leave the Mara Triangle, we had seen every animal and bird that was on our wish list (including a live Cheetah kill), but had not seen a rhino. Marco saw a speck on the horizon, Ambrose drove like the clappers and as a parting gift we were able to see this most elusive animal up close. Notwithstanding all the awe-inspiring nature, I think my wife's personal highlight was driving the land rover back to amp along the dirt track through herds of zebra and ambling giraffe. A truly amazing experience all round.

    MissingJonathan I reviewing Laikipia & Masai Mara Safari on 24 August 2018

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