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Ha Kuna Matata Safari & holiday in Zanzibar

Highlights of this tour:

The Giraffe Centre, Karen Coffee Garden, the Karen Blixen Museum, the Equator, Samburu National Park, Great Rift Valley, Thompson Falls, Lake Naivasha, Masai Mara National Park, Zanzibar.

This package includes the following:

  • Flights from the UK to Nairobi incl. transfer
  • Local English speaking guide/driver
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in Kenya incl. full board
  • Visit to the Giraffe Centre and lunch at Karen Blixen Coffee Garden
  • Experience the culinary delights of the Carnivore Restaurant
  • Samburu – Cross the equator and look for leopard, elephant and lion on safari
  • Boat trip on Lake Naivasha located in the Great Rift Valley
  • Masai Mara – The world’s biggest concentration of wild animals
  • Transport and safari game drives in a four-wheel drive Land Cruiser
  • One bottle of water provided daily during safari
  • Park fees
  • Flights from Nairobi to Zanzibar incl. transfer
  • 6 nights’ accommodation in Zanzibar at Ocean Paradise Beach Resort**** incl. half board
  • Possibility to extend the beach holiday in Zanzibar
  • Flights from Zanzibar to the UK incl. transfer
  • ATOL certificate
  • Emergency hotline staffed 24/7 throughout your trip
  • Departure guarantee – the tour will take place regardless of the number of participants

Single room supplement £630

Choose this tour because….

This trip gives you the chance to walk in the footsteps of Danish author Karen Blixen – and you will soon come to realise why she found this East African gem so enchanting. You will cross the equator and have the opportunity to experience the fantastic and diverse wildlife in the Samburu and Masai National Parks, with the distinctive acacia trees that provide shade and shelter for the animals of the savannah. You will also view magnificent landscapes around the 5,000 km long Great Rift Valley, with its waterfalls, volcano craters and Lake Naivasha, which is famous for its hippopotamuses and rich population of birds. Moreover, you will have the chance to visit a Masai village and see the tall Masai people in their distinctive red clothes.

After this magnificent adventure, it is time to kick back and relax on magical Zanzibar. Enjoy the brilliant white sandy beaches, explore historical Stone Town, taste the local herbs, spices and exotic fruits, go sailing in a traditional dhow, or discover the delights of Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park.

Detailed Itinerary
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Day 1: Departure to Kenya

Departure day, where you will fly to Kenya with connecting flights along the way.

Day 2: Nairobi - Karen Blixen & giraffes

Your happy to help driver/ guide will be waiting for you at Nairobi Airport, before you embark on a string of breathtaking and unforgettable experiences.

We check into the hotel and after a short break we head to Karen Blixen’s farm at the foot of the Ngong Hill. We also visit “The Giraffe Centre” where our first close encounter with the African wildlife takes place. Here you can hand feed, pat or even hug the majestic giraffes.

Lunch at The Karen Coffee Garden – The old administration building for her coffee plantation.

You will later enjoy an evening meal at the world famous Carnivore.

Overnight stay Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel *****

Day 3: Nairobi - Samburu

After breakfast we drive north and cross the equator with Mount Kenya in sight.  Here you can see the Coriolis effect demonstrated, which shows how wind motion and the earth’s rotation effect the Northern and Southern hemispheres in different ways.

After standing with one leg in the northern hemisphere and one in the south , we drive towards Samburu and pass through different climate and vegetation zones consisting of scattered terrain, mountain area and arid landscape. Lunch at Samburu Sopa Lodge.

After lunch we drive quietly with an open rooftop on our game drive, to get up close to the animals. Samburu is characterised by a number of unique animals that can only be found here : Reticulated giraffe , Grevy ‘s zebra, Vulturine guinea fowls and Somali ostrich amongst other wildlife.

Overnight stay Samburu Sopa Lodge****

Day 4: Samburu

Full day game drive where we bring along a  picnic lunch and maybe even breakfast, to ensure maximum time on safari.

In addition to the rather unique animals, there is the opportunity to see elephant, leopard, lion, cheetah, impala and different species of bird.

On this safari you can experience three different types of giraffe : Reticulated in Samburu , Rothschild giraffe at Lake Naivasha and Masai giraffe in Masai Mara.

Overnight stay Samburu Sopa Lodge****

Day 5: Samburu - Lake Naivasha

After breakfast we drive south into the Rift Valley – a 5,000 km long canyon that stretches throughout East Africa and is filled with ancient volcanic craters. Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake located in a mixture of volcanic rocks and sedimentary deposits.

Lunch at Thompson Falls.

We enjoy an afternoon boat trip along the lake situated at the highest point of the Great Rift Valley, standing 1,890 metres above sea level . The area is well known for finding hippo, giraffe, waterbuck, velvet monkey and a rich and varied birdlife consisting of both sedentary and migratory birds.

Overnight stay Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge****

Day 6: Masai Mara

Today we head to the stunning Masai Mara National Park, the Kenyan part of the vast Serengeti ecosystem and in the rainy season, home to arguably the greatest concentration of wildlife.

Covering the fabulous plains we encounter large herds of elephant, wildebeest, zebra, hippo, giraffe, gazelle. These animals are prey to the hunting animals such as the lion, hyena, leopard and cheetah.
The next day we get even closer to a host of animals that are viewed from the protective Land Cruiser.

From July to October you can experience the 1,200-kilometer journey by over a million wildebeest, the Thompson gazelle and over a hundred thousand zebra, in search of fresh water and grass.   It is during this journey that some of the animals fall victim to the enormous Nile crocodiles when crossing the Mara River.

There is no better way to finish a safari than sitting by the fire, gazing at the large stars and listening to the night sounds of the savannah.

Overnight stay Masai Mara Sopa Lodge ****

Day 7: Masai Mara

This day consists of game drives in the morning and afternoon. We will take breakfast and a picnic lunch along with us, which can be eaten while taking in the stunning views.

The Masai Mara really is a place that you can not get enough of. The constantly changing environment of the savannah brings amazing light, colours, smells and range of animals to give memories that will last a lifetime.

How about experiencing the savannah during sunrise, from an air balloon? Read here for more details.

Overnight stay Masai Mara Sopa Lodge ****

Day 8: Masai Mara

Today we set off again on a game drive into the Masai Mara.

If you wish to visit a Masai village, please arrange this with your safari guide in advance. The cost is 25 USD / approximately £16 per person (Not included in the tour price) and is paid directly to the Masai. The Masai people are proud people and live just as their ancestors did over 400 years ago.

The Masai people measure their wealth by the number of wives which they have and cows owned. The more they have, the richer they are. Women often live in their own huts and it is they who carry out work such as building and collecting firewood. This leaves their husbands with plenty of time for relaxation.

Overnight stay Masai Mara Sopa Lodge ****

Day 9: Masai Mara - Nairobi - Zanzibar

Today, we will leave the savannah and drive back to Nairobi where you take the flight to Zanzibar.

Overnight stay Ocean Paradise Beach Resort ****

Days 10-14: Relaxation and experience Zanzibar

The days on the island are yours to do with as you wish.

Surrounded by the waters of the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar consists of the main islands of Unguja (also called ‘Zanzibar’) and Pemba, as well as a number of smaller islands. The island of Zanzibar is a treasure trove of natural and cultural treats. Brilliant white sandy beaches, azure seas and a truly amazing coral reef. A warm and sunny climate all year round. A dramatic history, liberally sprinkled with Arabian sultans, Portuguese seafarers, unscrupulous slavers and European explorers, who have all left their mark on the island. And one of the most fascinating towns in Africa, dotted with fine examples of beautiful Arabian architecture. Not forgetting the delicious Swahili cuisine and the accommodating population.

Here is a small selection of tours that can be purchased during your stay in Zanzibar:

Overnight stay Ocean Paradise Beach Resort ****

Upgrades available on Zanzibar:

Day 15: Start of the trip home

The time has now come to leave Zanzibar and head for home. You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the airport to catch your flight to the UK, which will include connecting flights along the way.

Day 16: Arrival in the UK

Arrive back in the UK after a magnificent holiday packed with wonderful experiences.

Highlights of this tour:

The Giraffe Centre, Karen Coffee Garden, the Karen Blixen Museum, the Equator, Samburu National Park, Great Rift Valley, Thompson Falls, Lake Naivasha, Masai Mara National Park, Zanzibar.

This package includes the following:

  • Flights from the UK to Nairobi incl. transfer
  • Local English speaking guide/driver
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in Kenya incl. full board
  • Visit to the Giraffe Centre and lunch at Karen Blixen Coffee Garden
  • Experience the culinary delights of the Carnivore Restaurant
  • Samburu – Cross the equator and look for leopard, elephant and lion on safari
  • Boat trip on Lake Naivasha located in the Great Rift Valley
  • Masai Mara – The world’s biggest concentration of wild animals
  • Transport and safari game drives in a four-wheel drive Land Cruiser
  • One bottle of water provided daily during safari
  • Park fees
  • Flights from Nairobi to Zanzibar incl. transfer
  • 6 nights’ accommodation in Zanzibar at Ocean Paradise Beach Resort**** incl. half board
  • Possibility to extend the beach holiday in Zanzibar
  • Flights from Zanzibar to the UK incl. transfer
  • ATOL certificate
  • Emergency hotline staffed 24/7 throughout your trip
  • Departure guarantee – the tour will take place regardless of the number of participants

Single room supplement £630

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.