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16 days

Hakuna Matata & beach holiday in Zanzibar

Enjoy the best of Kenya. You get up close to the nature and unique animal life in some of the country’s best national parks before digesting your experiences on white sandy beaches in Zanzibar.

Hakuna Matata & beach holiday in Zanzibar Hakuna Matata & beach holiday in Zanzibar
16 days

Hakuna Matata & beach holiday in Zanzibar

Enjoy the best of Kenya. You get up close to the nature and unique animal life in some of the country’s best national parks before digesting your experiences on white sandy beaches in Zanzibar.

Choose this tour because…

This tour is for those who want a more in-depth look at Kenya and to round it off with a beach holiday.

On this tour, you as good as walk in the Danish author Karen Blixen’s footsteps. You will soon understand why she was so enchanted by this East African gem. You cross the equator and have the opportunity to get right up close to the amazing and diverse wildlife of the Samburu and Masai Mara game reserves. Samburu offers some amazing landscapes and special animals you won’t find anywhere else, while Masai Mara is alluring with its characteristic acacia trees that provide shade for the savannah animals. You’ll discover the amazing landscapes of the 5,000 km Great Rift Valley with waterfalls, volcano craters and Lake Naivasha, which is famous for its hippos and varied birdlife. There is also the opportunity to visit the tall, red-clad Masai in their villages.

After this adventure, it’s time to chill in wonderful Zanzibar, where you can relax on the white sandy beaches, explore the historic Stone Town, savour the island’s spices and exotic fruits, take a boat trip in a traditional dhow or explore the Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park.

What is included in the price?
This package includes the following
  • Flights from the UK to Nairobi, including transfer
  • Local English-speaking guide/driver
  • 7 nights in Kenya with full board
  • Visit to the Giraffe Centre and lunch at Karen Coffee Garden
  • Visit to Karen Blixen Museum
  • Culinary experiences at Carnivore Restaurant
  • Samburu Game Reserve – cross the equator and go on safari in search of leopards, elephants and lions
  • Boat ride on Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley
  • Masai Mara – the world’s largest concentration of wildlife
  • Transport and safaris in a 4WD Land Cruiser with Wi-Fi and power
  • Drinking water on the safaris
  • Admission and fees to the national parks and wildlife reserves mentioned
  • Flights from Nairobi to Zanzibar including transfer
  • 6 nights in Zanzibar at Ocean Paradise Resort**** including half board
  • Option to extend your beach holiday in Zanzibar
  • Flights from Zanzibar to the UK including transfer
  • 24-hour manned emergency telephone throughout the tour
  • Departure guarantee – the tour will take place regardless of the number of participants
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Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Departure to Kenya

Today is departure day, and you fly to Kenya with stopovers on the way.

Day 2: Nairobi - Karen Blixen & giraffes

On your arrival in Nairobi, you will be met by a local driver/guide, who drives you to your hotel.

After a quick freshen-up, you’re ready to explore Nairobi and its surrounding areas. Today, you will be visiting the Giraffe Centre, where you will enjoy your first experience of African wildlife. Here, you will be allowed to hand feed, stroke or even hug the elegant giraffes.

Lunch is served at Karen Coffee Garden – the old administration building of her coffee plantation – followed by a visit to the legendary Karen Blixen Museum. If time permits, there will be a chance to visit the nearby Kazuri ceramics workshop and jewellery factory or the elephant orphanage, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Naturally, dinner is enjoyed at the world-renowned restaurant, Carnivore.

Day 3: Nairobi - Samburu

After breakfast, the tour heads north. You cross the equator near Mount Kenya and are given a demonstration of the Coriolis effect, i.e. why the winds are deflected to the right in the northern hemisphere and to the left in the southern hemisphere.

After standing with a leg in the northern hemisphere and one in the southern hemisphere, you drive to Samburu. Along the way, you will experience several climate and vegetation zones: plateaux, mountain areas and more dry areas. On your arrival in Samburu, you will check in to your lodge, where lunch is ready for you.

After lunch, the tour’s first game drive awaits you. Samburu is characterised by a number of animals which are only found here: Grevy’s zebra, the Gerenuk antelope, the enormous oryx, the Somali ostrich and the reticulated giraffe, to name but a few. On this tour, you actually have the opportunity to get right up close to no fewer than three giraffe species: reticulated giraffes in Samburu, Rothschild giraffes at Lake Naivasha and Masai giraffes in Masai Mara.

Day 4: Samburu

Samburu consists of no fewer than three reserves: Samburu, Buffalo Hills and Shaba. Today, you will bring a packed lunch – and perhaps even breakfast – with you in the car so you have the whole day to experience the varied landscape and the many exciting animals found here. In addition to the “special five” found here, you may also see elephants, leopards, lions, cheetahs, impalas and lots of birds. The locals believe that Samburu has a bird sound all of its own.

Please note that the itinerary is subject to change

Day 5: Samburu - Lake Naivasha

After breakfast, you will drive down into the Rift Valley – a 5,000-km-long gorge that extends through the whole of East Africa and is filled with ancient volcanic craters.

Lunch is enjoyed at Thompson Falls.

If the traffic and time are on your side, you’ll go on an afternoon boat ride on Lake Naivasha, which is located at the highest point of the Great Rift Valley at 1,890 metres above sea level. The area is famous for its hippos, giraffes, waterbucks, vervet monkeys and profusion of birds, both sedentary and migratory. You go ashore and go for a walk on the small island, Crescent Island, which is home to zebras, giraffes and wildebeest, all of which are relatively tame, so you can get right up close to them. If the traffic means that you can’t make the boat trip today, you’ll do it tomorrow instead, before heading to Masai Mara.

Day 6: Masai Mara

The tour then heads to the fantastic Masai Mara National Park, the Kenyan part of the vast Serengeti ecosystem and, in the rainy season, home to probably the world’s largest concentration of wildlife.

On the mighty plains, you will encounter large herds of elephants, wildebeest, zebras, hippos, giraffes, gazelles and other herbivorous prey of the hunting lions, hyenas, leopards and cheetahs.

You will get right up close to a host of animals, which you experience from the protection of the Land Cruiser.

From July to October, you can experience the 1,200 km long migration for water and fresh grass of more than one million wildebeest along with a couple of hundred thousand zebras plus countless Thompson gazelles. It is during this migration that many gazelles fall victim to the huge Nile crocodiles when crossing the Mara River.

It’s a wonderful moment when, after a great safari, you get to experience the magnificent starry sky and hear the sounds of the savannah at night.

Days 7-8: Masai Mara

Over the next couple of days, you will be going on a game drive morning and afternoon. On some days, you will bring both breakfast and a picnic lunch with you, which you can enjoy along with amazing views, but this is all agreed with the guide, who knows everything about the animals and weather conditions.

You never have too much Masai Mara as the savannah is so changeable – the light, the colours, the smells, the mix of animals – everything changes all the time.

If you would like to visit a Masai village, you should arrange this with the guide on the safari. It costs 25 USD per person (not included in the price of the holiday) and this is paid directly to the Masai people. The Masai are a proud people who live just as their ancestors have done for 400 years. The Masai measure their wealth by the number of cows and wives they have. The more they have, the richer they are. The wives are each installed their own hut, and they do the domestic work, such as building huts and fetching firewood. Their daily diet is milk mixed with cattle blood and perhaps a little corn porridge. For celebrations, the meat of their own animals is served.

Why not experience the Savannah as the sun rises – from a hot air balloon?

In a hot air balloon over the bush

Day 9: Masai Mara - Nairobi - Zanzibar

After breakfast, you will leave Masai Mara’s amazing wildlife and drive to Nairobi, from where you fly on to the exotic island of Zanzibar, where you will be spending six nights.

On your arrival in Zanzibar, our representative will be waiting to drive you to the hotel, where you will be welcomed by friendly staff.

It is possible to purchase a direct flight from Masai Mara to Nairobi to avoid the drive. Contact us for a price.

Days 10-14: Relaxation and experience Zanzibar

The days are spent at your leisure.

Located in the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar consists of the main islands of Unguja (unofficially known as Zanzibar) and Pemba, as well as myriad small islands. When it comes to nature and culture, the island of Zanzibar is truly spoilt: white sandy beaches, azure sea and a stunning coral reef. A warm and sunny climate all year round. The island’s dramatic history includes Arab sultans, Portuguese seafarers, slave trade and European explorers, all of which have left their mark on the island. And one of Africa’s most exciting cities, packed with beautiful Arabic architecture. Not forgetting the delicious Swahili cuisine and the friendly people.

Possible upgrades
Day 15: Start of the trip home
Day 16: Arrival in the UK

You arrive in the UK after a fantastic holiday.

Day Distance Approx km
Day 3 Nairobi - Samburu, about 5 hours 320
Day 5 Samburu Lake Naivasha, about 5 hours 340
Day 6 Lake Naivasha – Masai Mara, about 4,5 hours 250
Day 9 Masai Mara – Nairobi, about 5 hours 265

A total of approximately = 1175 km – without game drive

Remember all distances and times are approximate, being subject to changes in weather. The roads in Kenya are not like those of Europe.

Extend your tour

Discover Stone Town, 2 nights

Price:
Per person in a double room: + £180
Per child under 12: + £82
Single room surcharge: + £88

If you love Marrakesh, you’ll love Stone Town too. Narrow, winding streets without pavements, constant swarms of children and adults, bicycles, donkeys and merchants peddling everything in small shops sitting right out into the road. At the square’s “barazas” (built-in benches) in the middle of the labyrinth, men sit and talk over cups of strong coffee while children play ball and a cat stretches lazily in the sun.

At first sight, the city looks quite ramshackle, but just take a look at the doors! The big, heavy, elaborately decorated wooden doors are in many ways synonymous with Zanzibar’s biggest city.

There are markets and museums here, plenty of excursion opportunities and a vibrant waterfront. During the day, the waterfront is well-frequented by locals taking strolls, young men making trips from the quay as well as fishing and tourist boats both arriving and setting off. In the evening, there is a local market here.

Stone Town is in many ways practically an experience of the senses. Here you will find smells and sounds, flavours, colours, history and culture – Stone Town has it all. It is no mystery that the town is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Single room supplement £931
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