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Big Five Safari in Kenya Holidays Tours Masai Mara Amboseli Zanzibar 5

Escorted Tour Kenya: Masai Mara Safari + Diani Beach


KYA9N
9 NIGHTS
FROM £1,895
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
This fully escorted safari tour combines some of the best wildlife in Kenya, with time relaxing on a turquoise beach. Visit the Masai Mara Game Reserve, famous for its big cat sightings & Lake Nakuru with its rhinos, flamingos and giraffe. Departs Nairobi once a week (group size 2 to 7). English speaking guide, all game drives & park fees included.
Escorted Tour Kenya Safari Diani Beach Migration Masai Mara
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Escorted Tour Kenya
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Masai Mara Safari
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Big Five Game Drives
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Maasai Village
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Lake Nakuru
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Lake Naivasha
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Diani Beach
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Snorkelling
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Diving
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Diana Beach
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Escorted Tour Kenya
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Masai Mara Safari
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Big Five Game Drives
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Maasai Village
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Lake Nakuru
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Lake Naivasha
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Diani Beach
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Snorkelling
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Diving
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Diana Beach
Day 1
You will be met at Nairobi Airport and transferred to your hotel in this bustling city.
 
Check in and relax in your warm and friendly African surroundings.
Day 2
We leave Nairobi early this morning (07.00) and drive 4-hours across the scenic Great Rift Valley, travelling in a safari minibus (with pop-up roof for game viewing and guaranteed window seat).
 
We pass through Kenya's fertile highlands and head down the rift escarpment on a road built by Italian prisoners during World War II. Look for the charming chapel they built at the foot of the escarpment. We pass the impressive Longonot earth satellite station and head across the valley to Narok, before reaching the Masai Mara in time for lunch.
 
Masai Mara National Park is named after the Masai people and the Mara River, which divides the park. This park is famous for its exceptional population of game and the annual migration of zebra and wildebeest from the adjoining Serengeti National Park. This phenomenon occurs every year from July to October, when game migrates along a circular route from the plains of the Serengeti to the Masai Mara and back again in search of fresh pastures, followed by hungry predators - most notably lions and hyena.
 
Check into your lodge in this magnificent wildlife sanctuary and enjoy an afternoon game drive.
 
Note: On escorted group tours please note that for operational reasons it is sometimes necessary to substitute one hotel with another of similar quality. Luggage needs to be packed in soft side bags (sports bags are ideal) not exceeding 15 kg and 65 x 46 cm. Due to limited space in the vehicle, rigid suitcases are not suitable. Excess baggage can be left in Nairobi and collected after your safari.
Day 3
Today is dedicated to game viewing on the open plains of the world famous Masai Mara National Park.
 
Nestled within the enormous Great Rift Valley, the Masai Mara is famous for its many prides of lions, packs of hyena and other predators - as well as huge herds of wildebeest, which number over one million, zebra and giraffe. All the Big Five can be seen here, as well as numerous other species including the Thomson's gazelle, topi, kongoni, impala, roan antelope and hippo. The nocturnal bat-eared fox, rarely found elsewhere in Kenya, also inhabits this park as well as the endangered cheetah and black rhino. Bird watching is also excellent with over 450 different species including the vulture, marabou stork, secretary bird, hornbill, crowned crane, ostrich, long-crested eagle and African pygmy-falcon.
 
Set off early each morning, when game viewing conditions are at their best, to view the abundant wildlife of this region. Return to the lodge to rest in the heat of the day, before setting off again in the late afternoon for another game drive. We also visit a local Masai Village to see their way of life.
Day 4
A full day on the road today as we travel 6.5-hours from the Masai Mara to the Lake Nakuru region in the heart of the Great Rift Valley.
 
We drive across the "breadbasket" of Kenya, where acres of wheat and barley cover the landscape towards Narok, the district headquarters of this part of Maasailand. As we traverse the vast plains on the floor of the Rift Valley, keep an eye out for herds of giraffe and gazelle, before we head up towards Maai Mahiu and on to Lake Nakuru.
 
Following lunch and a siesta, enjoy an afternoon game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park, returning to the lodge as the sun sets.  A soda lake on the floor of the Rift Valley, at certain times of the year Lake Nakuru is home to many flamingos and over 400 different bird species.The lake is also a haven for certain endangered species including the Rothschild giraffe and black and white rhino.
Day 5
Following an early breakfast we drive 1.5-hours to Lake Naivasha. Enjoy a boat ride on this beautiful freshwater lake in the heart of the Rift Valley, with the opportunity to see hippo and over 400 different bird species.
 
Afterwards we continue 2-hours to Nairobi Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Mombasa Airport and transferred by road and local ferry to your beach resort on the south coast.
 
Check into your hotel situated on the shores of the sparkling Indian Ocean and relax in your warm tropical surroundings.
Days 6 To 9
At leisure to relax and soak up the sun on the Indian Ocean beaches of the warm Mombasa coast.
 
Enjoy the lush tropical gardens of coconut trees, fan-shaped travellers palms and the vibrant blooms of hibiscus, bougainvilleas and frangipani - as well the splendid coastline. Various watersports are available, as well as many optional activities such as a snorkelling trip to Kisiti Marine Park and Wasini Island, Mombasa city tour, scuba diving, deep sea fishing and golf.
Day 10
This morning transfer by road and local ferry for a half day tour of the port of Mombasa, the oldest city in Kenya and the second largest after Nairobi. It was also the first British colonial capital of Kenya.
 
A melting pot of Indian, Arabian and African languages and cultures, Mombasa was built by the Portuguese during their voyages of discovery and has served as an important trading centre ever since. The old city is situated on a 13 sq km island that is linked to the mainland by bridges to the north and west, and by ferry to the south. Most of the buildings in the new town are painted in the city colours of blue and white.
 
Sightseeing highlights include impressive Fort Jesus that was built by the Portuguese and the historic Old Town, where all the buildings are painted yellow. We view the two pairs of enormous aluminium elephant tusks, built to commemorate the visit of Princess Margaret in 1956 and now the symbol of the city. In nearby Uhuru ('Freedom') Gardens, you can see huge fruit bats hanging from the trees. Time permitting, also visit the market and the Akamba woodcarvers to see them at work, with the opportunity of supporting them by buying some of their products.
 
Afterwards transfer to Mombasa Airport for your flight home.
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