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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 $981 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

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

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  • 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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