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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

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Flights are typically an additional $981 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.

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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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