13 days from £2835pp plus international flights.
This is a great value family holiday where you can discover some of Kenya's secrets together. It's all about discovery, wildlife, culture, adventure finished off with some beach time - a little of everything.
The holiday begins with a morning flight to Samburu, and the adventure kicks off on landing, as your guide is there to meet you and take you straight on a game drive. Children are well looked after with activities adapted to suit their ages and interests. You experience this special area of Kenya together, as a family, under the guidance of your Samburu naturalist who will look after you and share their knowledge.
A short flight will take you all to your next location, the famous Masai Mara. Here you can explore on full game drives, visit a local village and more. By now the kids will be hooked, and thirsty for more wildlife experiences.
Leaving the Mara, you fly back to Nairobi in time for lunch at the famous Carnivore Restaurant (we can change this if you're vegetarian!) before driving to Lake Nakuru on the edge of the Rift Valley.
After 2 nights at Lake Nakuru, you drive back to Nairobi and fly to the coast for 5 nights of R&R by the sea. There’s plenty to do here, or not, depending on how the mood takes you. Turtle Bay has an excellent reputation as an all inclusive family resort, the Kids Club organises lots of activities for the children, while you relax by the adults only pool – sheer bliss – you won’t want to go home.
[Not travelling as part of a family? Don't worry, this is in fact a wonderful trip whatever age you are, so if you're interested in this holiday do get in touch and we can cost it for however many adults, or indeed older children, are in your party].
When you arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by our representative who will drive you across town to Wilson Airport. Here you'll board your one hour domestic flight to Samburu. The excitement will start to build on landing. You're in the bush now. Your guide will be at the airstrip to meet you and take you to camp in time for lunch. You'll have ample opportunity to relax, familiarise yourself with camp before your afternoon game drive. Families can join the Adventurer's Club, a family programme providing kids with the opportunity to learn about wildlife, life and survival in Samburu from one of the Samburu naturalists. They'll be enthralled. If you have intrepid teenagers, then the Young Rangers' Club could be for them. Lunch, dinner.
You've a full day in the Samburu to explore this region, and meet the wildlife and the people. The day starts early so you make the most of it, there will be time later for a siesta if you need to catch up on sleep. Together with your guide, you can choose what to do today, be it bush walks, game driving or a rewarding visit to a neighbouring Samburu community. After your morning activity, return to camp for brunch and a bit of down time, either a nap or a dip in the pool might be in order. After high tea, set off on your afternoon activity which will culminate in sundowners, a must on safari. Return to camp for dinner, chat by the fire and a good night's rest. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
This morning you will leave Samburu and take the morning flight to the Masai Mara. The flight is about 1h45, and will give you the opportunity to view things from the air. The airstrip is about 45 minutes' drive from camp. You're sure to see wildilfe on the way. Settle in and enjoy a delicious 3 course lunch and have a rest. Afternoon tea is served overlooking the Mara River and then, together with your guide, you'll decide on what to do this afternoon. It could be a game drive or a guided walk, your first real taste of the famous Masai Mara. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Today presents a wonderful opportunity to spend a full day in the Masai Mara National Reserve. You'll set out with your guide in the game drive vehicle, with a tasty picnic lunch packed in the back. As you don't have to return to camp for lunch, you can penetrate deeper into the park, with more chances of excellent wildlife sightings. Each game drive is different, so you never know what you might encounter. Along the way your guide will share his knowledge and wisdom, and answer any questions you have. Return to camp in time for dinner. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Another early start as wildlife is most active before the heat of the day sets in. Perhaps take a game drive to the renowned 'Leopard Gorge', made famous in the BBC's progamme Big Cat Diary. Back at camp, before lunch, take part in an eco-walk to see how an eco-friendly camp is run. After lunch enjoy a swim and perhaps a little armchair game viewing from the deck with a drink. You could even indulge in a relaxing spa treatment or an interesting visit the Maasai village. Later take a night drive in the Mara North Conservancy with your guide, see what nocturnal animals you can find. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
You can have a more relaxed start to the day. After breakfast you'll be transferred to the airstrip for the morning flight to Wilson Airport. You'll be met on arrival and driven to the famous Carnivore restaurant for lunch, an experience in itself. Afterwards, when you've had your fill, you'll be driven to Lake Nakuru in time for dinner. The drive is around 4 hours, you can sit back and enjoy the scenery as you pass through countryside and villages. You'll skirt Lake Naivasha before arriving at Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge, overlooking Lake Nakuru and the national park, a haven for birds and wildlife. Breakfast, lunch dinner.
Start the morning with a game drive leaving the lodge at 06.30. As well as all the different species of birds, including the impressive numbers of flamingo that flock here, other animals that are found in the national park are Rothschild's giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah and both black and white rhino. Return to the lodge for breakfast and then have the rest of the morning and early afternoon at leisure. Meet up again mid afternoon to enjoy an evening game drive. No two game drives will be the same. Return to the lodge as the light begins to fade, and enjoy dinner before retiring for the night. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
This morning, you are moving on to pastures new. Your driver will take you back to Wilson Airport in time for the afternoon flight to the coast. You'll be met at Malinidi airport and be driven to the Turtle Bay Beach Resort. It's time to kick off your shoes, wash of the dust and relax into beach life. There's plenty to do here, it's perfect for both beach lovers and watersports aficionados alike. The Kids Club makes it popular with families too, with lots of activities to keep them entertained while you relax in the adults only pool or simply enjoy a good book, knowing your kids are in safe hands. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
A typical day at Turtle Bay starts with a delicious breakfast, the ocean views make everything taste even better. Then you can decide to spend the day as you wish. If you want to be active, choose from tennis, beach soccer, volleyball, table tennis or have a go at water aerobics in the pool. If you want to take time out and just enjoy the beach and the ocean breezes, or enjoy a book in a quiet corner. Why not book on a Dhow cruise out on the ocean, enjoy some snacks and drinks as you watch the sunset before returning to shore. Finish off the day with dinner and entertainment at the resort. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
With two more full days at your disposal try the complimentary paddle skis and boogie boards or go out on the pedalos. The resort has a dive centre with PADI instructors, and the diving school is open all year round except May. A guided snorkel trip is one of the best ways to see the marine life. The resident naturalist will point out the fish and coral from the glass-bottomed boat before you reach the Coral Gardens and jump in. You may want to explore on land, take a guided trip to the Gede ruins and the nearby Kipepoe Butterfly Project, or visit the local town of Malindi and the falconry centre, and visit the craft market for some souvenirs to take home. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Enjoy a final breakfast at the resort and perhaps a last walk along the beach or dip in the pool. At a pre-arranged time, your driver will transfer you to Malindi Airport for your flight back to Wilson airport in Nairobi. From here, you will be transferred across town to the international airport for your flight home after a fantastic holiday combining safari and beach. Breakfast
Guide price from (pp sharing): £2835 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: 2018 guide price pp sharing, from: March £3240; April £2835; May-June £2870; July-Oct £3700; Nov-19 Dec £3270; 19 Dec-1 Jan 2019 £4045.(These are the total price divided by 4 - 2 adults and 2 children).
Meet and greet at Nairobi Airport; all transfers as per the itinerary; domestic flights from Nairobi to Samburu to Masai Mara to Nairobi; park and conservancy fees; meals as specified; lunch at Carnivores Restaurant; excursions at Samburu Intrepids, Karen Blixen Camp; certain activities at Turtle Bay.
International flights; departure taxes; visas; travel insurance; meals not specified; drinks; items of a personal nature; tips.
Getting there: This holiday starts and ends in Nairobi. International flights from the UK cost from around £750, depending on season and availability. We are ATOL-bonded and can book these for you.
Departure dates: This is a tailor made holiday that we can arrange for you at any time of the year. Just let us know when you'd like to travel and we'll do the rest.
A beautiful eco-friendly luxury camp on the banks of the Mara River.
Perched on a hill, with breathtaking views over Lake Nakuru and the Rift Valley
A comfortable tented camp enjoying a riverside location in the Samburu National Reserve.
Turtle Bay Beach Club offers all-inclusive accommodation and provides entertainment for the whole family.
How this holiday helps
Not only is this a wonderful Kenya holiday, but it has superb credentials when it comes to doing its bit for both the wildlife and some local communities.
Three of the places we’ve chosen for this trip are giving back to their areas in fantastic ways.
Samburu Intrepids Camp is silver-rated by EcoTourism Kenya. They put staff welfare firmly at the front of their agenda, but local produce from the local community where possible, and employ a local dance troupe. In addition, they have excellent policies on wastes, water and energy usage, have a weekly environmental day, a tree planting initiative, and they support both the Kenya Wildlife Service and Ewaso Lion Project with wildlife monitoring.
Karen Blixen Camp is gold-rated, and rightly so. They offer huge amounts of support to their local community, such as a Hospitality School, women’s empowerment classes, a village school, and provide staff with a welfare committee and vegetables from their organic garden. As well as this they are 100% solar, recycle everything they can (their hospitality school was made from blocks from old tetra packs!), they plant trees and support the Mara Elephant Project too.
Turtle Bay is also gold-rated. Again, they have huge commitment to staff and locals, supporting such things as a community dispensary and maternity wing, and various orphanages in the area. They are keep their energy, waste and water usage as low as possible.
You can certainly come on this holiday feeling good that you will have a great time, but at the same time, you will be having a really positive impact on the places you’re visiting.
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Flight time: Flights from Europe to Nairobi take about 9 hours direct.
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