The Kenya Family Safari and Beach experience offers you a taste of Africa’s best wildlife destinations from sea to bushveld, and an insight into Kenyan culture. Journeying from city to conservancy to beach, this itinerary showcases all the very best Kenya has to offer.
Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta Airport, be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay. Once you arrive at your accommodation the evening can be spent at leisure.
You will be transferred to Wilson Airport for your scheduled flight to Lewa. You will be met on arrival by the camp’s staff, who will transfer you to the camp in time for lunch. Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is a legendary safari setting where the vast ecosystem plays host to the planet’s most astonishing wildlife spectacle. Enjoy an afternoon game drive in the conservancy before heading back to your camp for dinner.
Loisaba Conservancy is privately owned and is rich in biodiversity which can be explored through engaging and adventurous activities. It is home to over 260 bird and mammal species, such as endangered Reticulated giraffes, Grevy’s zebras, herds of elephants, lions, cheetahs, elusive leopards and the nearly-extinct wild dogs.
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Horse and Camel Safaris
For a unique and traditional way to safari through the bushveld you can head out on horseback or on a camel walk. You can get up close and personal with the animals of the bushveld, who are untroubled by the presence of other animals. Horse riding is available to experienced riders only and is subject to availability.
Guided Bush Walks
For the more adventurous, exploring the Conservancy’s diversity on foot is an option. Accompanied by rangers with an exhaustive knowledge of the local flora and fauna, trails, micro-ecosystems, history and culture of the area, as well as hands-on knowledge of rhino conservation.
Visits to the Local Samburu Village
You can visit the local Samburu village while staying at either Elewana Loisaba Star Beds or Elewana Lewa Safari Camp. They are a pastoralist tribe who are renowned for their colourful and impressive dress. While visiting the village learn about the culture and traditions of the Samburu, and have the opportunity to purchase some local handicrafts.
Sundowners at Lewa Safari Camp
Few places have such stunning sunsets as Africa. Sundowners are a safari tradition, and after a day spent in the wilderness, stop and watch the huge red equatorial sun sink below the horizon and savour the moments with a gin and tonic or glass of champagne.
From the local airstip, a light aircraft will transport you to the Maasai Mara National Reserve – a region of over 500 square miles of savannas, woodlands, and rivers. You will be met on arrival in Mara North by the camp’s driver who will transfer you to the camp to check-in, followed by lunch. An afternoon game drive will be your first taste of the beautiful Mara North Conservancy, which is a part of the larger Maasai Mara ecosystem. Keep your eyes on the bushveld as you may see zebras, cheetahs, wildebeests, gazelles, and the Big 5. Unwind from the day and enjoy the amenities at this distinctive tented camp before a superb dinner.
You will have a further 2 full days in Mara North with two unforgettable game drives per day in this astonishing land where Maasai communities coexist with wildlife. Immerse yourself in the dreamlike Maasai Mara, which was the setting for the popular film Out of Africa.
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Game drives offer the unforgettable opportunity to enjoy the diversity of animals and birds living permanently in the Maasai Mara, as well as many migratory species. Guests can also learn more about the Maasai people, proud pastoralists and warriors, many of whom still retain their traditional nomadic lifestyle.
Hot Air Balloon Rides
You will have the opportunity to go on an early morning hot air balloon ride with a champagne breakfast at an extra cost, which can be quoted separately.
Visit to Karen Blixen Museum
You can visit the informative Karen Blixen Museum. Karen Blixen was a Danish author who lived in Kenya in 1914-1931, and wrote many books based on her life here. The museum gained fame after the release of the movie ‘Out of Africa’ which is based on the autobiography of Karen Blixen. The 1912 farmhouse is an insight into an age gone by in Kenya.
At either camp guests can enjoy relaxing spa treatments. Guests can choose from a range of wellness treatments and spend an afternoon for some well earned self-indulgence time. Enjoy a variety of massages, facials or pedicures with a unique view. Guests can choose from a Swedish massage, deep tissue massage or aromatherapy to melt away any stress and tension.
With a local Maasai guide, you can learn how to use a traditional Maasai spear and a Maasai bow and arrow. This is an educational yet fun activity.
Visit the Maasai Mara
Enhance your safari experience by immersing yourself in the culture of the area. You will have the opportunity to visit a Maasai Manyatta. A short stroll will lead you to the family Maasai village where you will be able to see the traditional way of Maasai life, learn about their culture, and have the opportunity to purchase local handicrafts.
Enjoy breakfast at the camp and spend the morning relaxing and making use of the camp’s facilities. After lunch you will be transferred to the airstrip for your afternoon scheduled flight to Ukunda. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your beach resort of choice where you will be on half board basis at AfroChic or full board at Alfajiri Villas.
Diani Beach is one of the finest destinations for those seeking a more active beach holiday. It is located along the Kenyan coast, approximately 19 kilometres south of Mombasa. This stunning beach is about 10 kilometres long, with shallow waters perfect for paddling near the shore. Spend your time here snorkelling, scuba diving, golfing, on a glass-bottomed boat trip, golfing, walking along the beach, exploring the surroundings or even skydiving.
Elewana AfroChic Diani Beach is the comfort accommodation option for days 7-9.
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Water Activities at Alfajiri Beach Villa
There are many water activities you can take part in at Alfajiri Beach Villa. Spend the afternoon deep sea fishing, explore the shallows with some snorkelling, or for the more advanced scuba diving is available, with course for beginners. Kite surfing is available, also with a course for beginners. For the who are adrenaline seekers, jet skiing can be organised from the villa.
Kisite Marine National Park visit from Alfajiri Beach Villa
Guests can hop into a traditional Dhow boat, and go to visit the Kisite Marine National Park. This park includes four small sandy, palm strewn islands and an amazing coral reef which is a paradise for ocean life. Guests may see moray eels, trigger fish, parrotfish, green sea turtles, hawksbill turtles and even dolphins.
Ocean Activities at Elewana AfroChic Diani Beach
Explore the reef at low tide with a local fisherman or ‘beach boy’ who will teach you about the starfish, sea spiders, sea urchins, and corals which inhabit the reef. Various different water sport activities are available including stand up paddle-boards, windsurfing, body boards and kayaks.
Shimba Hills National Reserve
Set inland, the luscious hills of Shimba Hills National Reserve offer unspoilt nature and cooling, fresh breezes and a paradise for nature. The mixture of soft meadows and dense forest is home to elephants, elusive leopards and the rare sable antelope. Breathtaking views over the vast Indian Ocean and on clear days, the towering Mount Kilimanjaro.
After breakfast you will be checked out and transferred to Diani Airstrip in good time for your flight back to Nairobi. When you arrive at Wilson Airport you will be transferred to Karen Blixen Tamambo Restaurant for lunch followed by a tour of Karen Blixen Museum and Giraffe Centre, before being dropped at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your evening flight back home.