16 days – Active family safari in Kenya – Safari & Beach

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16 days
Private Safari
Nairobi - Mombassa
Kenia
Min Age : 4
Algemeen

Enjoy a safari through Kenya! Enjoy endless gamedrives and visit Ol Pejeta, Ngare Ndare Forest, Nakuru, Maasai Mara, Lake Naivasha en Diani beach. Keny is your classic safari destination and it is perfect for a first introductions to the African continent. Aside from your classical game drives, you will also do a canpy trail, you will visit Sheldrick’s Elephant Sanctuary, you can zipline, wild water rafting or enjoy a boat cruise. At the end of the holiday you can reminisce about your amazing timee on the white beach sand at Diani beach. Water activities such as sup boarding,sailing, snorkeling are all available. This is the perfect safari & brach holiday for a family with teenagers.

With your own private guide/driver you can enjoy endless game drives through the national parks, on the lookout for the Big 5 and other animals. You can discuss with your guide what time you want to start and end the day, how long you want to watch a sighting, you decide on the travel pace.

Highlights

Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Ngare Ndare Forest, Nakuru National Park, Lake Naivasha, Masai Mara Game Reserve and Diani Beach.

Optional excursions

Optional excursions such as an overnight with the Masai (very popular with kids), visit to a coffee plant, village visit, cycling tour, volunteering, cooking lessons etc. are all available on request and can be added to the itinerary.

Beach extension

Kenya has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. White beach sand, clear azure seas are available on Zanzibar, Mafia Island or on the coast of Dar es Salaam. This itinerary includes some of our favourite places, but we can amend, change or add other small scale resorts, boutique hotels hostels or private villas according to your preferences. Talk to us about options.

Note

This tour is suitable as a family trip, a partner trip, a honeymoon or as a trip with friends. Depending on the composition of the group, we will select suitable accommodation. Extra nights, upgrades and alternate routes are available on request. This is a tailor-made tour.

 

Start & End

Nairobi – Mombassa

Departure time

TBC

Included

  • Accommodation and meals as mentioned in itinerary
  • English speaking guide on safari days
  • All mentioned transfers and game drives in a private safari vehicle
  • Entrance and conservation fees for national parks and conservation areas
  • Travel App with offline access to itinerary
  • PDF of the itinerary
  • Transfer upon arrival and departure
  • 24/7 assistance
  • Coverage under Guarantee Fund
  • Bottled water on game drives
  • Membership Flying Doctors during safari
  • Seedballs to spread out
  • Train tickets SGR First Class from Nairobi - Mombassa

Excluded

  • Flight to and from Kenya (bookable via African Travels)
  • Tips (recommendation about 20 a 25 USD per day as a group)
  • Beach holiday extension (Diani Beach, Lamu, Mombassa, Watamu, Seychelles)
  • Laundry
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Travel- and cancellation insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Items of a personal nature

Accommodation

15 nights in safari lodges and tented camps

Pictures of Accommodation

Kleinschalige accommodaties

African Travels use small scale locations and establishments with great views and close to the local attractions and excursions. The accommodations add to the entire experience. As Africa specialists we would like to hear your accommodation preferences; do you prefer an onsite restaurant, pool, spa, gym? Do you like peace and quiet or do you prefer some more activity around you? Upgrades and additional nights are also an option.

Itinerary

Day 1Nairobi

Welcome to Kenya! On arrival you will be met by our local partner and transferred to the accommodation. The evening/afternoon is then free to relax after the flight. There are numerous restaurants in the vicinity.

Day 2Sheldrick Wildlife Trust & Nairobi Highlights

After breakfast you will leave for Sheldrick and pay a visit to this special project. Then you travel on to the giraffe center, you can have lunch at Karen Blixen (famous for the movie Out of Africa) and possibly visit a bead factory. You could also do a township tour.

Day 3Wild water rqafting or Kayaking in Sagana

After breakfast the adventure begins. About 1 hour from Nairobi you will reach Sagana, a small town that takes its name from Kenya’s second longest river Sagana. Choose from white water rafting in Sagana to kayaking through the Sagana gorges and also Zip-line trail. You will definitely like all the activities. In the late afternoon, continue your journey to Nyeri for dinner and overnight.

Day 4Ol Pejeta Conservancy

After breakfast, drive to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a beautiful private game reserve and home to rare species such as Beisa oryx, Rothschild’s giraffe and black rhinoceros. During the game drive you will have the chance to see the full range of African wildlife such as lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants and hippos.
Other optional activities include bird watching walks. Horse riding is also an option.

Day 5Ngare Ndare Forest

In the morning you will drive to Ngare Ndare Forest, a hidden gem of Northern Kenya. Mainly frequented by locals and residents who know of its existence, the forest is known for its azure waterfall and rock pools. Many elephants live here. The lush greenery spreads among the tall trees covered with moss. The sun makes its way through the hanging branches (100% sure Tarzan lives here and swings on the vines!), and hundreds of butterflies flutter around as you walk past. The Ngare Ndare canope trail runs here 10 meters above the ground. It is a suspended walking trail that takes you 450 meters into the forest, above and through the tallest trees.

Alternatively, you can spend another day to visit Ol Pejeta and the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary or book a camel ride.

Day 6Lake Nakuru National Park & Thomson's Falls

After breakfast, cross the Equator south and visit Thomsen Falls for lunch before driving through the Rift Valley to Lake Nakuru. Lake Nakuru National Park was created to protect the giant flocks of flamingos. With more than 1 million flamingos, the shore of the lake turns pink. Spot the hippos and clawless otters in the lake. Waterbuck, bohor reedbucks and zebras graze on the banks. This area is home to black and white rhinoceroses. In 1987, only two black rhinoceroses remained due to the devastating effects of poaching. By establishing a rhinoceros sanctuary in the park and crossing several from Laikipia, the Kenya Wildlife Service (K.W.S.) has successfully reproduced rhinoceroses in the park. Wildlife spotting is relatively easy and will be possible until sunset. Buffalo, leopard, lion, red-shielded giraffe, colobus monkeys are plentiful. In the undergrowth you’ll find Eland antelope, ibex, impala, Chandler reedbuck and dikdiks, while rock hyrax and cliff duiker can be found on the cliffs and embankments. Another highlight of the park is the Euphorbia Forest – the largest in Africa.

Day 7Safari in the Masai Mara

This is home to the largest concentration of large mammals and is often known as the ultimate safari destination in Africa. The park is the northern extension of the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, known for the annual wildebeest migration. With a game drive on the way you will be brought to the lodge. After you have checked in, a hot lunch is on the program. Later in the evening, another game drive takes place in this spectacular place. Enjoy endless plains, and of course lots of wildlife.

On the way to the Masai Mara you can stop at a Masai settlement. Our guide knows the less touristy places.

Day 8Masai Mara

Today you have a full day to enjoy endless safaris through the Masai Mara. You will see elephants, giraffes, lions and thousands of impalas, topi and thomson gazelles. Birds are also well represented, including migratory birds of which over 450 species have been spotted, including 57 birds of prey. The Mara is the scene of the annual migration of millions of wildebeest from the Serengeti plains in search of water and grasses.
Book an optional hot air balloon safari followed by a gourmet champagne breakfast. You can also visit a Maasai village and enjoy entertainment with Maasai dancing.

Day 9Boat cruis Lake Naivasha

Leave the Masai Mara and travel on to Lake Naivasha. A completely different landscape than the previous ones. The second Rift Valley Lake on your tour, where you will be taken to Crescent Island. The tour usually lasts 2 hours and you can explore both the lake and the island with all the birds and animals. Once you arrive on the island, meet the guide at the pier. Your guide will show you the best animals: giraffes, hippos, Grant’s gazelles, the fox and maybe even the rare pythons. The boat will take you back to Lake Naivasha Country Club where you will have lunch. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 10-15Beach days Diani Beach

You will drive to Nairobi in the morning and take the afternoon train to Mombasa in First Class. The new railway runs right through Tsavo East National Park. On arrival you will be taken to the lodge (via a ferry). This lodge includes many activities offered by the lodge. Kinondo Kweto is run by a local couple who live there with their children. The green gardens, swimming pools and white sand beaches will feel like a wonderful home. A yoga deck, fresh meals, horses, sailboards and snorkeling equipment are all at your disposal.

Alternative larger resort
An alternative is Tiwi, a small coastal town in Kenya, south of Mombasa. The sleepy, shady and secluded contrast to nearby Diani Beach, Tiwi offers a lovely, peaceful cottage-like oceanfront escape. The wide, white beach is dotted with skinny palms. Tiwi also has a beautiful coral reef, part of which is teeming with starfish of all shapes and colors. A stable, pool-like area between the shore and the coral is great for swimming and snorkeling. You will stay at the beautiful Amani Tiwi Beach Resort, which offers you 5 restaurants, 4 bars, themed kids club, diving Dive Padi Course Dive School, floodlit tennis courts, separate vegetarian kitchen, 167 meter swimming pool with three islands.

Want to experience even more wildlife? Then book an extra safari to Shimba Hills.

Day 16End of itinerary

Our transfer will drop you off in Mombasa for the flight home.

Alternatively, a domestic flight to Nairobi from Ukunda Airstrip is 5 min from the lodge.

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