Itinerary Highlights
    • Admire spectacular vistas in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lake Naivasha.
    • Spot big game on the wide-open plains of the Masai Mara.
    • Relax on sandy shores and swim in the Indian Ocean on the Kenyan coast.
    • Visit an elephant orphanage and giraffe centre in Nairobi.

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Combining adventure-laden safaris with plenty of sightseeing and chill-out time, this 12-day itinerary captures Kenya at its best. This is a country where picturesque landscapes and spectacular sunsets await on every leg of your travels, and Big Five safaris promise wildlife thrills. A holiday to this East African nation is hard to beat.

Your Kenyan escape begins in Lake Naivasha, a lush region renowned for its rich wildlife and awe-inspiring views, where you’ll have ample opportunity to explore on guided game drives and canoe trips. After this first taster of safari life, you’ll head south towards the Masai Mara Game Reserve. World-renowned for its abundance of diverse wildlife, your days spent exploring the expansive plains are certain to be memorable.
Learn all about Masai culture, and sample delicious Kenyan cuisine from the comfort of your luxury accommodation. Waving goodbye to the magical Masai Mara, your next few days will be spent relaxing on the glittering coast. You’ll stay in the tranquil paradise of Diani, a beach resort where sandy strolls and delightful dips in the ocean await. Feeling reinvigorated after your stay in this picture-perfect idyll, you’ll move on to the final part of your trip. It’s time to visit Nairobi, where you’ll get to know orphaned elephants and gorgeous giraffes on a first-name basis before heading home.


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DAYS 1 & 2

Welcome to Kenya

Head to the airport and relax in the lounge before your eight-and-a-half-hour flight to Nairobi, which lands in the early hours of the following morning. Upon arrival, you’ll be sped through passport control and customs before being privately transferred to Nairobi’s domestic airport, a short 30-minute drive away. Your next flight is just 20 minutes and you’ll land mid-morning in the spectacular Naivasha, a lakes region listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here, a private transfer awaits to take you to your hotel for the next two nights, a charming guesthouse and former farm nestled beneath ancient acacia trees.


Exploring Naivasha Lake

Today, you’ll have time to unwind after your long journey in the beautiful setting of Lake Naivasha. Located northwest of Nairobi in the Great Rift Valley, Naivasha’s freshwater lake was made famous as the setting for Joy Adamson’s novel Born Free. With views of the extinct volcano, Mount Longonot, your luxurious country-style guesthouse is perfectly placed for you to explore the region and the nearby lake is loved by hippos and various bird species, meaning you’ll likely enjoy the first of many wildlife encounters of your trip.

If you’re keen to kick off your holiday today, the guesthouse can arrange guided game drives and excursions including a canoe trip to Crescent Island for a chance to mingle with giraffes, zebras and wildebeest. Back at your accommodation, take in views over the lake from the serene infinity pool, indulge in a relaxing spa treatment and enjoy a delicious dinner before finding a spot on the spacious veranda to watch the sinking sun.


Masai Mara Bound

This morning, it’s time to bid a fond farewell to your idyllic lakeshore guesthouse as you embark on a drive south towards the Masai Mara, a journey which will take between five and six hours. Spend the drive gazing out the window at the shifting landscape, as steep green slopes make way for large scrubby plains, and observing daily life as you pass through towns and villages. As you travel further south, you may notice the temperature warming up (it’s time to get the factor 50 out).

When you reach the Masai Mara after your scenic drive, settle into your home for the next three nights: an intimate and luxurious tented camp with incredible views across the game-abundant plains. Watch the sun go down as you enjoy dinner and sundowners, and put your feet up after a long day of travelling.

DAYS 5 & 6

Magical Masai Mara Safari

Famous for the annual migration of over two million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle, the Masai Mara Game Reserve offers an unforgettable safari experience. Your exclusive camp is located in a secluded location in the reserve, far from other lodges to allow for unrivalled game viewing. For the next two days, expect breakfasts and picnics in the bush, atmospheric night drives and full access to the reserve and Mara River. Whether it’s the majestic lion or the elusive leopard you’re hoping to spot, your knowledgeable guide will know where all the action is happening. Just make sure to have your cameras and binoculars at the ready, as you never know what you’ll encounter out on the great plains. We also recommend heading out to visit a traditional Masai village to learn about their cultural practices and traditions, many of which originate from their nomadic way of life.

After days full of activities, return to camp to chill out on one of the stylish viewing decks with a glass of wine as you debrief on the day’s excitements. In the evenings, enjoy dinner on your private veranda or out in the bush. You can look forward to a cuisine inspired by familiar European favourites with a contemporary Kenyan twist. Come nighttime, retire to your elegant tented room for a restful night’s sleep.


Hello Diani Beach

Sadly, it’s your final morning in the reserve, so cherish the magnificent vistas while enjoying your last breakfast out on the veranda. For the next leg of your trip, you’ll be privately transferred to the nearby airport, where you’ll catch a two-and-a-half-hour afternoon flight to the coastal city of Mombasa. Once you’ve touched down, you’ll be greeted by your driver, who will take you to your hotel in Ukunda Diani, about 20 minutes away, on the south coast. Your accommodation for the next three nights is a sumptuous boutique lodge located on a tranquil private beach.


Diani Beach by Bike

This morning, you’ll be waking up in a beach paradise, so enjoy a leisurely morning spent exploring the lush grounds of the lodge. Included in your itinerary today is a private guided bike ride along the south coast, where you’ll visit the Ukunda market and the surrounding villages. Breathe in the fresh sea air as you pedal along, meeting locals and learning about their lives. The scenic bike tour will last four hours, and then you’re free to while away the hours walking along the glorious stretch of beach, basking in the sun and taking a dip in the cerulean waters of the Indian Ocean. For dinner, take a seat in your hotel’s restaurant and tuck into delicious culinary creations infused with coastal African flavours and locally-sourced ingredients.


Delightful Diani Beach

Enjoy another day in this idyllic beach haven. After all the excitement of the trip so far, you may choose to laze on the private sandy beach (you’ve earned it). If, however, you fancy more of an active day, there’s plenty to get involved with. Your accommodation has stables on site, so hop on a horse to explore the beach and surrounding Kaya forests, which are considered sacred by the Digo people. There are also tennis courts, boat excursions, yoga and various watersports to satisfy adventure lovers. This evening, settle into a hammock or secluded spot on the sand to watch one last sunset over the Indian Ocean with a gin and tonic in hand.

DAY 10

North to Nairobi

Today is your final morning in Diani Beach. Enjoy breakfast and coffee on your veranda and head out for a final stroll along the sand and dip in the serene waters before a private transfer picks you up early afternoon. Your next destination is the country’s capital, Nairobi, which is a one-hour flight away. Upon arrival, you’ll be privately transferred to your hotel for the next two nights. Located in a leafy residential suburb, just 30 minutes from the airport, your small guesthouse has a homely environment with plenty of cosy areas for you to relax in for the night.

DAY 11

Animal Action

After a hearty breakfast, it’s time for a private visit to a nearby Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Centre. The orphanage is world-renowned for its work rescuing and rehabilitating baby elephants, and you’ll have a front-row seat for their feeding time. Learn all about and interact with the world’s tallest creatures at the Giraffe Centre and, if you’re feeling brave, get involved with feeding these gentle giants. After a full day of animal interaction, head back to your accommodation for some down time. Cool off in the guesthouse pool, try your luck with a board game or settle on the veranda with a good book for the final night of your trip.

DAY 12

Return Flight

It’s a bright and early start this morning as you’re privately transferred to the airport for your direct nine-hour flight back to the UK. When you land in the mid-afternoon, it’s likely that you’ll immediately come down with a case of the holiday blues. But you’ll have a camera full of photos and plenty of stories to share to relive the trip for years to come.

A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The cost for this trip starts from £5,220 to £8,400 per person.

The final cost of the trip depends on the way we tailor it especially for you. The final cost varies according to several factors, which include the level of service, length of trip and advance booking time. The exact price will be provided on your personalised quote.

The average starting price for this trip is £6,700 per person.
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