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18-day Kenya and beach: lots and lots of everything!

This is a trip for people who want to do and see it all, as you cruise through nine national parks before you hit the beach.

If there ever was a chance to see the Big Five, this is it. First you go to Ol’ Pejeta Conservancy, where you can see plenty of rhinos. Then off to Samburu National Reserve where you are bound to bump into some elephants. In Aberdare National Park you get to stretch your legs chasing waterfalls, after which you again might encounter rhinos on Lake Nakuru. Lions, buffalo’s and leopards await you in the Masai Mara National Reserve, and hippos in the water of Lake Naivasha. In Amboseli it’s again the elephants that cross your road. To top it off, all of the Big Five pass you by one more time in Tsavo West en Tsavo East National Park, before the beautiful beaches of Diani await you.

This is an exclusive, private safari that allows you to travel at your own pace. There are numerous advantages to such a trip. First of all: rejoicing in a private safari vehicle and a personal guide. This allows you to decide what time to leave in the morning and what time to come back, taking into account your guide’s advice. Secondly, once you are in a national park, you can observe specific animals or herds for as long as you like. No one will push you to move along. And lastly, your personal guide knows your wishes and will advise accordingly, turning your trip into an unforgettable experience… which begins tomorrow morning!

The hotels shown below are Gold Class. If you prefer more luxury, you can also opt for Platinum- or Diamond Class hotels.

Day 1: Arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

‘Jambo!’ As you walk out of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, your personal Africa Safari Trips guide greets you with a big smile on his face. ‘Karibu Kenya – welcome to Kenya!’

Our Africa Safari Trips guide takes you straight from the airport to your hotel, which gives you the first impressions of the vibrant city of Nairobi. You take in the skyscrapers, the traffic with the motortaxis and colourful matatu’s (local public transport), and the hussle and bussle of people living their every day life…

Ask your guide anything that comes to mind, because he knows all about Kenyan life and culture. But not only that; he also gladly tells you everything about the beautiful national parks you are about to visit. So ask whatever you want – he will do his utmost best to answer all your questions…!

Golden hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Tamarind Tree Hotel

Day 2: Ol' Pejeta Conservancy

At a three to four hour drive from Nairobi you will today find yourself in what we call heaven on earth for rhino fans. With a population of 140 black rhinos the Ol’ Pejeta Conservancy is the largest sanctuary for these massive animals in East and Central Africa.

Black rhinos are critically endangered since 1993. Back then, there were only an estimated 2300 left worldwide. These days their number is up to over 5000 again. In Ol’ Pejeta, their number grew steadily from 20 in 1995 to a population of 140 today. Besides, it’s also home to the last two remaining northern white rhinos in the world and 39 southern white rhinos.

To top it off Ol’ Pejeta also hosts a sanctuary for abused chimps, and in the park itself you can spot the Big Five and many more animals.

Golden hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Sweetwaters Serena Camp

Day 3: Afternoon safari in Samburu National Reserve

With beautiful landscapes and hundreds of animals, Samburu National Reserve guarantees the sort of game viewing you otherwise would only experience watching National Geographic. At a five hour drive from Ol’ Pejeta, it has a semi-dry desert and savannah landscape, which allows for great visibility over the park and over its river that attracts many animals.

This park is 165 square kilometers big and, with over nine hundred elephants roaming around in large families, this is a spectacular park to visit. Follow the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River for the best game viewing. It is is the only source of water for many animals, especially during dry seasons. Four of the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo) roam around, as well as the Samburu Special Five: Grevy Zebra, Gerenuk, Beisa Oryx, Reticulated Giraffe and the Somali Ostrich.

Golden hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Samburu Sopa Lodge

Day 4: Full day safari in Samburu National Reserve

In this full day in Samburu you get the chance to really search for the Big Five, and of course observe the elephants. During the day it can be hot, and game viewing is best done in the morning and afternoon. In between you can take a rest at your hotel, or visit the beautiful Samburu people.

This is a traditionally nomadic tribe related to the Masai. They live in secluded bomas: little villages with a circular wooden fence. Their huts have rounded roofs made out of cowdung, since they are pastoralists with mostly herds of cows, sheep or goats. Especially the Samburu women wear complicated and colourful necklaces and headwear, that they make themselves out of small beads.

As a break in between safaris, it’s possible to visit one of their bomas to get familiar with the traditional life of Samburu people. You will see their houses, learn about their way of life, how their necklaces are made and what the secret messages are inside.

Golden hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Samburu Sopa Lodge

Day 5: Aberdare National Park

Not your traditional savannah but still a chance to see all of the Big Five – at a five hour drive from Samburu you find yourself in the mountains of the Aberdare National Park. With its highlands, moorlands and rainforest with many waterfalls in between, this park gives a different experience than most. It stretches over 766 square kilometers with altitudes varying between 2000 en 4000 meter. This means temperatures are generally lower, and it’s wise to take some warmer clothes.

Despite the many trees it’s relatively easy to spot wildlife in Aberdare. Bush elephants, the occasional lion and rhino, buffalo’s, several monkeys and leopards live here, as well as many different species of birds. The usual game drives are alternated with hikes to the different waterfalls, the tallest of which almost reaches 300 meters in height…!

Golden hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Ark Lodge

Day 6: Lake Nakuru National Park

Picture yourself as you drive above the hills of the Great Rift Valley, bend a corner and see a glimmering lake in between the hills. Welcome to Lake Nakuru! At a mere four hour drive from Aberdare, this 45 square kilometer big lake lies at the bottom of the Lake Nakuru National Park. With its 88 square kilometers, this national park is relatively small but home to four of the Big Five.

Lake Nakuru National Park is one of the soda lakes in the Great Rift Valley. It used to have millions of flamingos, but ten years ago, rising water levels caused these birds to move elsewhere. Fortunately, they slowly came back again.

Besides, Lake Nakuru is famous for its population of black and white rhinos (introduced in the 1990s), giraffes, buffalos, lions, leopards, baboons and over 400 different bird species. It’s especially easy to spot the white rhino on the edge of the lake – a unique sight!

 

Golden hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Lake Nakuru Lodge

Day 7: Afternoon safari in Masai Mara National Park

Today you make the beautiful five hour drive from Lake Nakuru through Kenya’s Rift Valley to the Masai Mara National Reserve. Be ready for a  jawdropping sensation when you arrive on the amazingly beautiful savannah plains of the Masai Mara…!

After lunch you will get your first impression of these plains with its abundance of wildlife. The Masai Mara borders Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and together they are home to Africa’s best known natural wonder: the annual great migration. Over 2,5 million animals roam the plains of Serengeti and the Masai Mara together, following the rains in search of green pastures.

The Reserve is named Masai Mara in honor of the Masai people. The Masai (also spelled Maasai) have lived in this region since they migrated from the Nile Basin centuries ago. Mara means spotted in the Maa language and refers to a landscape marked by many short bushy trees scattered all over the outstretched savannah.

Golden hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Zebra Plains Mara Camp

Day 8: Full day safari in Masai Mara National Reserve

The Masai Mara is known for its abundance of wildlife, and today you have a full day to try and see it all! The National Reserve is home to more than 95 animal species and over 400 species of birds. From mid September to mid October the great migration arrives here. This means that huge herds of wildebeests, zebras, gazelles, antelopes and impalas can be seen trying to cross the Mara River.

In other months you can spot the famous Big Five in the Masai Mara, as well as cheetahs, servals, hyenas, bat-eared foxes, black-backed or side-striped jackals, hippos, crocodiles, baboons, warthogs, topis, elands, waterbucks, oribis, reed-bucks and many, many more… A perfect way to end your safari adventure!

Golden hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Zebra Plains Mara Camp

Day 9: Lake Naivasha & Crescent Island

The mesmerizing Lake Naivasha lies in the Kenyan Rift Valley at 1,884 meters above sea level. Today you drive in four to five hours from Masai Mara National Reserve to this 139 square kilometers large freshwater lake.

Nestled in between swamps, forests and rock formations, Lake Naivasha is the perfect place for an amazing boat safari in between groups of hippos…! After that you take a guided walking safari on Crescent Island (the ‘hidden gem of Naivasha’) in the middle of the lake.

In between 1937 and 1950, Lake Naivasha was a landing place for Imperial Airways planes. They flew from Durban to Dublin at a time when this took a several days of flying. Nowadays the lake forms a popular daytrip for Nairobi residents. It’s perfect to combine with a visit to Hell’s Gate National Park.

Golden hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Sawela Lodge

Day 10: Afternoon safari in Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park lies on the border between Kenya and Tanzania at a seven to eight hour drive from Lake Naivasha. You arrive here just in time for an afternoon gamedrive at sunset…!

Amboseli is almost 400 square kilometers in size and offers a magnificent view of the beautifully snowcapped Mount Kilimanjaro. The park is home to many animals but foremost famous for its large groups of free-roaming elephants. Here you will have the chance to take some iconic pictures of elephants in front of the Africa’s highest lone-standing mountain.

Up until 2020 the park was a safe haven to an incredible bull elephant named Tim (see picture). This mighty leviathan quickly became one of Amboseli’s major attractions because of his size and iconic tusks that reached the ground. He was around 50 years old at the time of his death in February 2020.

 

Golden hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Sentrim Amboseli Lodge

Day 11: Full day safari in Amboseli National Park

Today we advise you to get up early, and take the chance to do a gamedrive at sunrise – the time when animals are most active.

This day is reserved completely for game drives, which allows you to explore Amboseli to the fullest. It stretches over an area of 392 square kilometers and is dominated by acacia woodland, rocky thorny bush, swamps marshland and a Pleistocene lake. The usual safari suspects roam around here in good numbers: giraffes, zebras, buffalos, elephants of course and big cats like lions, cheetahs and leopards.

The Masai live close here and are actually the ones who gave the park its name: Kioko Lake is a lake in the middle of the park that often completely dries up during the dry season. The ashy earth that remains is called amboseli by the Maasai people. This is where the park’s name came from. During your time to Amboseli, you can also discover Maasai culture by visiting one of their villages.

Golden hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Sentrim Amboseli Lodge

Day 12: Tsavo West National Park

With green hills, savannah, water and lavarocks from nearby volcanos, the landscape of Tsavo West National Park is very diverse. With its 9,065 square kilometers it is huge and home to all of the Big Five. They roam the land together with giraffes, zebras, antilopes and many different birds.

Tsavo West is famous for the Shetani Lava Flows, where fifty square kilometers of volcanic black rock spread over the land. Also the Mzima Springs are worth a visit; a series of four natural springs with fifty million gallons of crystal clear water that gushes out of from under parched lava rock. Hippos and crocs love the clear, fresh water of Mzima Springs, which means they are easy to spot…!

Founded in 1948, the Tsavo brothers are two of the oldest parks in Kenya. They are seperated from each other by the high- and railway that connect the coastal town of Mombasa to the capital, Nairobi. From Amboseli it’s a mere three hour drive to Tsavo West, which you then cross en route to Tsavo East.

Golden hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge

Day 13: Tsavo East National Park

The Tsavo East National Park at a two hour drive from Tsavo West is impressive and huge with its 13,000 square kilometers in size. It’s mostly famous for its many lions and elephants. Here you cruise the outstretched savannah of the Yatta Plateau, while large groups of elephants walk these red dusty plains. En route you pass a spectacular amount of other animals. All members of the Big Five live here, together with zebras, African wild dogs, cheetahs, antilopes, impalas and more.

There are a few spots in Tsavo that are perfect for admiring wildlife: Madunda Rock, Lugard Falls and the Aruba Dam. The 1,6 kilometers rock formation of Madunda allows for great viewing of animals drinking below. Lugard Falls is not an actual waterfall but a series of rapid waters that are filled with hippos and crocs. Last but not least, the Aruba Dam creates a waterbassin in the Voi River that is a favorite drinking spot for many animals. Tsavo East National Park basically has it all!

Golden hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Voi Wildlife Lodge

Day 14 - 17: Diani Beach

Diani Beach lies 20 kilometers south of Mombasa. Today you leave Tsavo East National Park to hop on the train to Mombasa.

A driver will be waiting for you at the train station to take you straight to the 15 kilometers long stretch of beach called Diani. With rows of coconut trees, white powdery sand, amazing sunsets, beautiful resorts, high-class restaurants, water sport centers and even wildlife, Diani Beach basically has it all.

Use your days to go scuba diving or snorkelling and continue your safari under water. You can also go kite surfing, windsurfing, do boat rides or go jet skiing. And of course you can just relax on the beach, take your cocktail and enjoy the sunsets…!

Golden hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Papillon Lagoon Reef Hotel

Day 18: Catch your flight back home

As all good things come to an end, today is the day you fly back home. Enjoy your last hours on the beautiful Diani Beach before our driver takes you to Mombasa for your flight home.

Lovers of old cities can use this last day to stroll around in Mombasa (at 20 kilometers from Diani). This city is definitely worth your while with its famous Old Town, ocean view, abundant markets and several historic sites. Mombasa is much smaller than Nairobi, but its merchants atmosphere, old buildings, cobblestone streets and Arabic influences make for a totally different experience…!

How to book this safari and beach holiday?

  1. Make your choice of Gold, Platinum or Diamond Class lodges at the top of this page.
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18-day Kenya and beach: lots and lots of everything - Gold 2 persons 4 persons 6 persons
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(March + April + May + November 1st - December 19th)
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(July + August + 20 dec – 10 jan)

* Prices mentioned above are per person.
* Minors (below 16 years of age) travel at a discount. This discount is calculated when you request a personal travel offer.

 

Prices above include:

 

  • Pickup from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and transfer to the lodge.
  • Transfer from your resort to Moi International Airport when departing.
  • Domestic flight/ train.
  • All accommodations.
  • Game drives in the national parks.
  • Park fees for all national parks.
  • Luxurious, private 4×4 safari Jeep with pop-up roof and big windows, designed specifically for high-end safari game drives.
  • Private, English speaking guide for the duration of your safari.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner during your safari (Full Board).
  • Drinking water in our safari jeeps.
  • 24/7 service from our local office in Kenya.
  • Reservation costs.
  • Fully accredited and bonded under SGR.

 

Prices above exclude:

 

  • International flight tickets and visa.
  • Insurances such as a travel- or cancellation insurance or the Flying Doctors insurance.
from $2944 p.p. *