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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 11 days

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

Flights are typically an additional $1,047 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 resort

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 fantastic small bush camp in a thoroughly wild setting in the Mara with tents with proper beds and en-suite bathrooms. A typical day on safari generally starts with an early morning rise for a game drive to see the animals at their most active. You then have plenty of time to relax at the lodge in the middle of the day before heading out again in the late afternoon for a game drive and sundowner. The exact plan depends on the time of year and the weather and will be coordinated with your guide upon arrival.

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 on the beach in Zanzibar in the early evening.

Breezes Beach Club and Spa is a super resort located on the Southeast coast of Zanzibar. Set on one of Zanzibar’s most picturesque beaches, Breezes has a fantastic range of facilities and activities and is a great choice for active families. Breezes is an old favourite and gets consistently good feedback from our clients.

The facilities at Breezes cater for all interests and include several restaurants specialising in different cuisines, an award winning spa, large swimming pool, floodlit tennis courts and an activity centre. Venturing down to the beach guests can take part in snorkelling trips, beach volleyball, windsurfing, kayaking and paddle boarding. A certified diving centre also teaches scuba diving to both advanced and novice divers.

Whilst in Zanzibar, we recommend a visit to Stone Town, with a guided walking tour of the narrow streets and visit to a spice farm tour to see the fascinating array of spices this island is known for.

This is a tailor-made itinerary and we would be delighted to customise it to your requirements. For upgrades on safari we recommend Karen Blixen Camp for a good value camp with a swimming pool or Kicheche Mara for a more upscale small bush camp. On Zanzibar, Breezes is a fantastic choice for families and those wanting a range of facilities at the beach, but Pongwe is a fantastic alternative at similar price for a more laid back experience and is great for couples. Baraza Beach Resort is an excellent upgrade option. 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: Zanzibar Island
DAY 10: Zanzibar Island
DAY 11: Fly Home

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).
Depending on which airline you fly, you may need a first night in Nairobi before heading onto the Mara.
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: Breezes Beach Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner

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

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

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

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

DAY 9: ZANZIBAR ISLAND
At leisure on beach
Accommodation: Breezes Beach Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 10: ZANZIBAR ISLAND
At leisure on beach
Accommodation: Breezes Beach Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 11: RETURN TO NAIROBI
Road transfer to Zanzibar Airport and fly home
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
- Best value in the Mara

Breezes Beach Club

Zanzibar & Islands

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Popular beach resort
- Excellent Facilities
- Fantastic service
- Specialised Diving 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

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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

  • 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

  • Everything was exceptionally well arranged and the whole trip, from checking in on line and printing out the outward journey boarding cards from home, until return to Heathrow, was completely seamless.

    Although arriving slightly earlier than scheduled, we didn't have to wait before being collected at Nairobi by Elijah, our guide and Samuel the driver. On being told that we had hardly slept at all on the outward journey, they took us to a small B&B place they use (sorry, I've forgotten the name of the place) and we were able to rest/sleep for some 3 hours before setting off on our adventure. This was very much appreciated by us as that first day was full on after that.

    They looked after us really well and both were very knowledgeable and good company and were flexible to our needs, with nothing being too much trouble for them.

    The accommodation you picked for us was spot on. We were particularly taken with Sunbird Lodge (I could have spent the whole week there if it were not for being on the move due to the nature of the trip), which was quite informal and extremely friendly. We then moved on to the Maji Moto Eco Camp, where again everything was fine. Having stayed in similar places before, at my age now, the one night suited well and I was surprised when Dan was so taken with the place that he would have liked to stay another night! I think the camp fire might have had something to do with it. The visit to the school was also well worth it from Dan's perspective.

    On then to Ilkeliani and I concur with what you say about it being so well priced for what it offers, that it is a good recommendation. This was slightly more formal at mealtimes than Sunbird Lodge but nevertheless, the staff were equally friendly. As adults, both my husband and myself enjoyed the food although the feedback I provided on their customer satisfaction questionnaire was that perhaps the evening meals could possibly have slight variations for children. We didn't see any signs of the suspended footbridge and as we didn't ask about it, I don't know whether it's still there or not.

    I have to say that the beds in both Sunbird and Ilkeliani were very, very, comfortable.

    The Mayfair Southern Sun was again a good choice although I think the room we had was perhaps a standard twin room. There were two what I call "three quarters" sized beds, i.e. larger than a single but not quite a double bed size, which meant it was a bit of a squeeze for 2 persons in one bed.

    Both the Giraffe Centre and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Sanctuary were ideal additions to the itinerary. We had a 10 year old who was reluctant to leave Kenya!

    MissingMartha Ann Eileen C reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 14 May 2018

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