Project Description

WILDLIFE AND WAVES

13 Days & 12 Nights | Kenya

Nairobi, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Olderkesi Conservancy & Diani Beach

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HIGHLIGHTS

GREAT FOR

Families – Plenty of exciting activities to keep everyone busy

Honeymooners – Romantic camps ending on a beautiful beach

Photographers –Lots of different subjects to explore

AVAILABLE ACTIVITIES

Game drives

Night drives

Cultural tours

Birding

Sundowners

Nature walks

Horse riding

Helicopter scenic flights (extra cost)

Water sports

Snorkelling

Yoga

BEST TIME TO GO

High Season:  July to October

Green Season:  November to June

OVERVIEW

As exhilarating as safari is, there’s no doubt that it can also be tiring. In addition to early morning wake-up calls to be on game drives by dawn and late nights in the boma, you may have long transfers on bumpy roads or several flights to catch, packing and unpacking every few days. This itinerary recognises all of those realities and gives you five nights at a dreamy beach villa on the Kenya coast so you can go home truly de-stressed and refreshed.

Starting at a bush lodge in Nairobi, spend time in the incomparable Lewa Wildlife Conservancy before heading to the Masai Mara. Then fly to one of Kenya’s most beautiful beaches to top up on sleeping in and lazy days.

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THIS ITINERARY WAS DESIGNED BY ADELE

I’ve been privileged to spend months at a time in Kenya, seeing how the Masai Mara works and exploring more far-flung destinations like Samburu and Ol Pejeta. A major highlight was being lucky enough to see the wildebeest cross the Mara River – truly heart-stopping action!

TRIP SUMMARY

DURATION

12 Nights / 13 Days

DESTINATIONS VISITED

Nairobi, Kenya

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya

Olderkesi Conservancy, Masai Mara, Kenya

Diani Beach, Kenya

ACCOMMODATIONS VISITED

DAILY ITINERARY

If you’re coming on safari, why not spend your first night in Kenya on safari? The Emakoko, an intimate lodge on the edge of Nairobi National Park, makes this a no-brainer. Your driver-guide will meet your flight at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and whisk you through the city to the park, where you can enjoy your first game drive mere hours after landing.

The park has four of the Big 5 so look out for lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo.

Why we love The Emakoko:

  • Superb boutique lodge on the border of Nairobi National Park
  • Convenient funicular to take you up to clifftop suites
  • A true safari feeling a stone’s throw from Nairobi
  • Perfect as an overnight stop with access to airports
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After breakfast and your first evening of getting attuned to the night sounds of Kenya, you’re taken to Wilson Airport, the regional hub, for your light aircraft flight to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.

Lewa is home to significant populations of highly endangered black and white rhino, rare Grevy’s zebra and other species like Verreaux’s eagle owl. Your home for three nights is Sirikoi, the perfect base from which to go horse riding, take scenic helicopter flips and visit Ngare Ndare Forest.

Why we love Sirikoi:

  • In one of Kenya’s most successful conservation areas
  • Tents, cottages and a family house to choose from
  • Surrounded by expansive lawns dotted with acacia trees
  • Organic kitchen garden growing 80 species
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Today you change scene and fly to Keekerok or Cottar’s private airstrip for the next leg of your journey. The Masai Mara awaits… If you’re visiting between July and about November, then huge herds of wildebeest will be present, making for wonderful sightings.

Your bed will also be waiting at Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp, an easy-going mix of classic safari style and modern convenience. Being in a conservancy with access to the national reserve gives you unending options for game watching.

Why we love Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp:

  • A long history of safari, dating to 1919
  • Old-fashioned bush baths in traditional tubs
  • Learn survival skills from Maasai guides
  • Night drives in search of shy nocturnal animals
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It’s been an enthralling adventure so far but one with early morning wake-up calls and late nights around the campfire. For your final five nights, you can make up for any lost sleep with time at Diani Beach, where the alarm clock can be firmly switched off.

The Alfajiri Villas let you do as much or little as you like. Catch a ride on the ngalawa to the reef for snorkelling or simply sunbathe with a good book and iced drink.

Why we love Alfajiri Villas:

  • Highly private collection of beach villas
  • Three configurations to choose from
  • Each has a large swimming pool
  • Daily massages and trips to the reef
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After being pampered with daily massages, your own pool to swim in, delicious meals, kite surfing, shopping, diving and toasting Kenya’s fluffy pink sunsets, it’s time to begin your journey home.

Today your driver will take you back to the airport for the short flight back to Nairobi, where your memorable bush-and-beach vacation began. From the secret gems of Lewa and the rolling plains of the Mara to the balmy breezes of Diani, this is a holiday to remember.

INCLUDED

  • All activities specified
  • All transfers specified
  • Private vehicle if booked (extra cost)
  • All meals, drinks and sundowners
  • Laundry

EXCLUDED

  • Hot-air balloon flights
  • International flights
  • Items from the safari shop
  • Pre- and post-itinerary accommodation
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical insurance, tests and vaccinations where stipulated
  • Tips / gratuities

PRICE IS IMPORTANT

This itinerary is here to inspire you and prices may change due to availability, season and the year that you plan to travel.
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