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12 days

Rhinos, Masai Mara & beach holiday in Zanzibar

Enjoy a taster of Kenya. Discover the Great Rift Valley and Masai Mara. Round it all off with an exotic beach holiday in Zanzibar.

Rhinos, Masai Mara & beach holiday in Zanzibar Rhinos, Masai Mara & beach holiday in Zanzibar
12 days

Rhinos, Masai Mara & beach holiday in Zanzibar

Enjoy a taster of Kenya. Discover the Great Rift Valley and Masai Mara. Round it all off with an exotic beach holiday in Zanzibar.

What is included in the price?
This package includes the following
  • Flight from the UK to Nairobi, including transfer
  • Local English-speaking guide/driver
  • 5 nights in Kenya with full board
  • Boat ride on Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley
  • Hike on Crescent Island – get right up close to the animals
  • Bike ride in Hells Gate National Park
  • Full-day excursion to Lake Nakuru with a good chance of spotting rhinos
  • 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 game reserves mentioned
  • Flights from Nairobi to Zanzibar including transfer
  • 4 nights in Zanzibar at Ocean Paradise Beach Resort **** including half board
  • Option to extend your beach holiday in Zanzibar
  • Flight from Zanzibar to the UK including transfer
  • ATOL certificate
  • 24-hour manned emergency telephone throughout the tour
  • Departure guarantee – the tour goes ahead regardless of the number of participants

The tour in short

This is the perfect tour for those wishing to combine a slightly shorter safari with a few days on a lovely beach in Zanzibar.

The major highlight of the trip is, of course, Masai Mara and its amazing wildlife.

Before getting here, however, you first experience the freshwater lake Lake Naivasha, which is part of the Great Rift Valley. The lake and the surrounding areas offer excellent opportunities for active experiences, and you will go on a boat trip on the lake, on a hike on Crescent Island and on a bike ride in Hells Gate National Park before heading on to Masai Mara.

The days in Masai Mara promise world-class animal experiences. There’s no way of knowing quite what you’ll experience at Masai Mara – that’s the charm of nature. However, we guarantee that no two days are alike here – and that you will return with your camera full of great “shots”.

You round off the tour by flying to exotic Zanzibar, where you can laze on the white sandy beaches for a few days and digest all your safari experiences.

Why choose this tour

  • You get a mix of classic safari adventure and active experiences
  • You are in with a really good chance of seeing the Big 5
  • You go on safari in Africa Safari’s own Landcruiser with power and Wi-Fi
  • You round off the tour with a fabulous beach holiday in exotic Zanzibar

Our prices always include

  • All international and domestic flights
  • All destination transfers
  • All specified excursions and activities
  • All accommodations
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Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Flight to Kenya

Today is departure day, and you will be flying to Kenya with connecting flight(s) on the way.

Day 2: Arrival in Nairobi – Great Rift Valley and Lake Naivasha

Our driver and your guide for the next few days will be there to meet you at the airport. The tour heads straight from the airport to the north-west and the Great Rift Valley, which extends 6,000 km from the Jordan Valley through East Africa to Mozambique.

The Great Rift Valley consists of gorges and rifts – some quite narrow, some as much as 100 km wide. The freshwater lake Lake Naivasha is part of the Great Rift Valley and is known for its large pods of hippos and abundant birdlife.

The first experience of your tour awaits you on your arrival at Lake Naivasha: a boat trip on the lake. The skilled captain locates the pods of hippos in no time, and with great dexterity he manoeuvres the boat so you can get close without bothering the animals.

The lake scenery is beautiful. Crooked, leafless trees stand like sculptures in the water, forming excellent landing posts for storks, herons, ibis, etc.

The small Crescent Island is located on the eastern shore of the lake. Herds of zebras, giraffes, wildebeest and antelopes live here. There are no predators on the island, making a walking safari possible. As the animals have no natural enemies, you can get right up close to them and, for example, discover just how tall a giraffe really is.

The last experience of the day is a bike ride in Hells Gate National Park. The park is especially famous for its stunning rock formations and a number of hot springs.

It is one of the smallest national parks in Kenya and, like on Crescent Island, you can move among the animals in a slightly different way to usual.

Day 3: Full-day excursion to Lake Nakuru National Park

Situated just north of Lake Naivasha is Lake Nakuru National Park, which is the destination of today’s excursion. It is one of the best places on the continent to see the endangered rhino. The white rhino is most commonly spotted, but you may also be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the even more endangered black rhino here.

In addition to rhinos, the park is known for its buffaloes, zebras, antelopes and, occasionally, the big cats, too. There are no elephants here, however.

Day 4: Lake Naivasha – Masai Mara

Most of the day is spent on getting there. The traffic in Kenya can be unpredictable, so it’s hard to say exactly how long the drive from Lake Naivasha to Masai Mara will take. It is, on the other hand, an exciting drive through the Kenyan landscapes – interspersed with villages with lively markets, beautiful views and traders peddling their fruit and vegetables to the drivers.

Sit back in your seat, listen to an audio book or some music and enjoy the sight of Kenya passing by outside. Bear in mind that there is Wi-Fi and power in the car, so you can also take the opportunity to make your friends and loved ones at home jealous with a couple of holiday snaps.

The closer you get to Masai Mara, the more men dressed in bright red Masai robes you will see. You drive through local villages, which are a hive of trading, and in many places, the villagers will wave eagerly to the passengers in the cars. If you wish, you can buy some fruit along the way – just let the driver know.

A short stop is made in Narok, the capital of the Masai, before continuing to Masai Mara. As the villages thin out, the number of wild animals increases.

You also have the option of visiting a Masai village. This should be arranged 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. Many of the villages have small markets selling homemade jewellery, etc. Remember to bring some cash with you.

Days 5-6: Experiences in Masai Mara

The next couple of days are spent in Masai Mara – 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.

How this will take shape depends on the weather, the wildlife and you. You will normally agree on how you wish to spend the day with the guide – if you have any special wishes – and the guide will make use of his extensive experience of the wildlife and the area.

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.

Many people believe it is best to visit Masai Mara during the great migration, but there are animals on the grasslands all year round.

Day 7: Masai Mara – Nairobi – Zanzibar

Sadly, the time has come to say goodbye to the savannah, but fortunately a relaxing beach holiday awaits you, when you can digest all your experiences. You head back to Nairobi before flying to Zanzibar in Tanzania.

On your arrival in Zanzibar, you will be picked up from the airport and driven to your hotel. You will spend four nights in Zanzibar, but it is possible to extend your stay if you wish.

Days 8-10: Relaxation and experiences on Zanzibar

The days in Zanzibar are yours to do as you please.

Located in the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar consists of the main islands of Unguja (also 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 hot and sunny climate all year round. The island’s dramatic history features 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.

Day 11: Zanzibar – The journey home

You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the airport, from which your journey home begins, with connecting flight(s) along the way.

Day 12: Arrival in the UK

You land in the UK after a lovely holiday in Kenya.

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Discover Stone Town, 2 nights

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.

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