Our 12-day Kenya Safari and Beach tour starts off at the Matthews Range and will keep you all captivated for three days; venturing into the mountains on foot with a tribal guide you will learn the ways of the bush and encounter elephant, buffalo and leopard if you are lucky, as well as some of the smaller wild animals, tropical birds and insects. Then it's on to the famous Maasai Mara for game viewing and finally, what better way to complement your holiday than with a relaxed few days on the East African coastline, swimming with fish and exploring the coral reef. This 12-day safari puts you up in luxury accommodation with transfers by road and air.
You will arrive into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and be met and transferred to your hotel where you will stay for one night before embarking on your family adventure.
After staying for one night in Nairobi we will transfer to Wilson Airport for our flight to Samburu. On arrival at Samburu Airport we will be transferred to Kitich Camp to begin the family safari of a lifetime.
Without wanting to waste any time, in the afternoon we will go straight into a safari activity of bush walking being led by our guide, and maybe take a dip in one of the refreshing rock pools.
In the evening relax by the open fire on the slopes of Matthews Mountain Range.
After an early breakfast we go out into the bush together with our expert guide once more for a shared experience of learning to track animals. We will look for the Melanistic leopard, also known as the ‘black panther’, giant forest hogs, Grevy’s zebra, and discover some of the 150 different species of butterfly in the area, and 350 bird species.
On our final full day in Matthews Mountain Range we will take a picnic into the bush, sit back and enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of remote central Kenya.
We also have the opportunity to encounter authentic Kenyan village life in Ngalai, meeting the local people and visiting the market and school.
After an early breakfast, we will transfer to the airstrip with the lodge vehicle for the scheduled flight to the Mara North Airstrip and the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
On arrival in the Mara, your family will be reunited with your safari guide who meets you off the plane and transfers you to the camp for lunch. In the afternoon, we will set off for our first game drive through the Maasai Mara.
We will spend two full days in the Maasai Mara enjoying family-friendly game drives with opportunities to enjoy bush walks (minimum age restrictions may apply) and visits to a traditional Maasai village.
Alternatively, on one of the days, you are welcome to enjoy a hot air balloon safari (at extra cost) for an epic flight over the savannah – certainly a memorable way to mark a family birthday or anniversary.
Whatever the time of year, all visitors to the Mara are rewarded with exceptional game viewing, and if you are a fan of the big cats, you will definitely not be disappointed. We will also visit the bank of the Mara River, a prime spot for hippo and crocodile and some beautiful birdlife.
All in all, this is the perfect park for a family safari as it offers so much variety of wildlife. There is so much to see, that neither the children nor the adults will be in danger of getting safari fatigue.
After breakfast, we will depart for our final, early morning game drive. We will return to camp in time for lunch and then transfer to the airstrip for our flight to Ukunda.
Following our adventures in the bush, we will spend two full days in Ukunda, an hour away from Mombasa, soaking up the sunshine on the beach – the perfect end to your Kenyan family safari holiday.
In these final few days of your family vacation you are free to choose whether you relax on the private beach at the base of the resort or venture further afield, taking a day trip to one of the local animal sanctuaries (for an extra cost).
You wouldn’t want to leave the Kenyan coast and Indian Ocean without being able to say you had been snorkelling in the ocean; between May and August it is possible to see turtles swimming towards the beach, you will swim with colourful tropical fish, and witness the beautiful reef with your own eyes.
If you want to pay a little extra you can be even more adventurous and choose to go scuba diving, or have a go at wind or kite surfing – why not make incredible lasting family memories on your final full day?
After a final morning of lazing and exploring the beach we will depart following lunch and transfer to the airstrip for your scheduled flights to Nairobi. From here you will continue with your own travel arrangements.
Hemingways Nairobi is just 40 minutes from the international airport, and is the very last word in opulence and detailed in-depth service.
Hemingways Nairobi is truly a magnificent place to begin your Kenya safari. The 80-square-metre bedrooms face the iconic Ngong Hills, and each has a personal butler and a private balcony. The extensive grounds further add to the hotel’s charm and ensure it sets the new standard for luxury accommodation in Nairobi.
Hemingways aspires to be the first Michelin starred location on the continent, outside of South Africa. With superb nouveau cuisine, cutting edge food preparation methods and the very finest ingredients, it looks well on its way achieving its goal. there are a number of way to sample the delights of the kitchen, including the hotel’s increasingly famous Champagne afternoon teas.
Elephant Pepper Camp is situated in the core of the Mara North Conservancy, just north of the main Maasai Mara Reserve.
The camp is small and exclusive and the spacious canvas tents are comfortably furnished, featuring en suite bathrooms with flush toilets and traditional safari showers. Elephant Pepper offers accommodation in six tents that are completely unfenced. Each tent boasts spectacular views of the bush with a private verandah that is perfect for relaxation whether before or after your safari.
The camp provides an excellent base for private game drives in a less crowded environment. Meals are taken al fresco beneath the shady acacia trees whilst game viewing; granting one the opportunity to enjoy a memorable and personal wildlife experience and explore the African wilderness in one of Kenya’s finest conservancies.
This forest hideaway provides exclusive accommodation in the remote Matthews Mountain Range (also known as the Lenkiyio Hills) and overlooks the flourishing gorge of the Ngeng River. Kitich Camp is part of the prestigious Elewana Collection of camps.
Nestling in a rich green forest grove on the upper slopes of the mountain range, Kitich Camp is a truly private lodge. Six semi-permanent tents sit under the tree canopy with welcoming safari comforts of fresh linen, iced drinks and Italian-influenced dining. Each tent has an en suite stone walled bathroom with bucket shower and long drop toilet. After a day in the mountains the camp’s natural rock pools formed by crystal clear mountain streams will entice you in. The open fireplace in the cosy lounge is a very pleasant place to while away the evenings.
Guides at Kitich Camp are from the Samburu and Ndorobo tribes nearby and therefore have a wealth of intimate knowledge about the area; its vegetation, history and wildlife. Preferring traditional bush walks over more modern game drives the guides will take guests on foot to get up close to see elephant, leopard, buffalo and spectacular butterflies, turaco birds and wild orchids. Other activities include river swimming, bush picnics, bird watching and a cultural visit to the local village of Ngalai.
Kitich Camp welcomes children over the age of 12 years due to the nature of the mountain range.
Tijara Beach Resort is an exclusive retreat set in five acres of colourful gardens overlooking the Indian Ocean and with its own private beach.
This is a Swahili haven of peace that hosts a maximum of eight people. Tijara succeeds in its aim of being an escape from civilisation; the four cottages are spaced a good distance apart from each other with large private decks and uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean. From Tijara you will only hear the roaring of the ocean as the breakers roll on to the reef, and the ever present bird song from any number of the hundreds of species that frequent the grounds. There is plenty of wildlife on the grounds such as dikdik, bush-buck, wild-pigs, genet cats, bush babies and an abundance of exotic species of butterflies.
For no extra cost Tijara guests can enjoy the highly recommended snorkelling experience, visit the local caves, beach and reef walks, play french boules and croquet on the lawns, as well as take part in bird watching activities. For an additional cost guests can indulge in nearby attractions such as golf, visiting the Elephant Sanctuary and Shimba Hills Game Reserve, a trip into Mombasa, deep sea fishing and kite or wind surfing amongst others.
For those who just want to relax you can have spa treatments such as massages, manicures and pedicures in the comfort of your cottage.