Safari
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE

Taste of Kenya offers a wonderful introduction to this wild country. Travel to the Eastern Rift Valley’s scenic lakes, best known for their birdlife and large rhino herds. Then head deep into the world’s most famous wildlife reserve, the Maasai Mara, where there’s the opportunity to take to the skies on an optional hot-air balloon ride. This shorter safari is a cost-effective way to fulfil a bucket-list dream.

• Nairobi: 1 night
• Lake Naivasha: 2 nights
• Maasai Mara: 2 nights

6nights Safari
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE
 
 
ITINERARY

Stay longer

Zanzibar beach 3 nights Just a short flight from Nairobi, the exotic ‘spice island’ of Zanzibar is the perfect post-safari tonic. The historic part of its capital (Zanzibar Town) is UNESCO World Heritage-listed Stone Town. This coastal city is a real mix of cultural influences, with labyrinthine alleyways, Sultan’s palaces, weathered historic buildings, intricate architectural details and vibrant markets. Stone Town is where you’ll find Zanzibar’s main cultural sightseeing, but it’s also worth taking a tour of the traditional farms, which grow cloves, cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg, for an insight into the spices that have such an influence on the local cuisine. The ‘stay longer’ reason here is Zanzibar’s palm-fringed sands, lapped by warm Indian Ocean waters. Regularly voted among the world’s best beaches, you can spend your days soaking up the sun, enjoying pampering spa treatments, trying your hand at watersports and snorkelling among the colourful corals.

Mombasa 3 nights Kenya's tranquil coast offers an affordable beach extension to any Kenya safari. The vibrant city of Mombasa is the gateway to the coast, where over 300 miles of palm-fringed beaches include Diani Beach with its glistening white sands, and where the warm, clear waters are excellent for snorkelling and diving.

Maldives 3 nights With private islands of dazzling white sands and swaying palms surrounded by marine-rich crystal blue waters, the Maldives is the ultimate beach stay following a Kenya safari. This picture-perfect archipelago has a great choice of island resorts and is perfect for honeymooners or those travelling for a special occasion (Flights from Africa operate via Doha).

Day 1: UK to Nairobi Depart the UK on your flight to Nairobi. On arrival, transfer to your hotel to relax ahead of your safari. Stay: Southern Sun Mayfair (or similar).

Day 2: Nairobi to Lake Naivasha After breakfast, drive to Lake Naivasha, arriving in time for lunch. This afternoon, there’s the option to take a boat ride or relax at your lodge, the Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge. Set in 150 acres of grasslands, this sprawling Sopa lodge sits on the shores of Lake Naivasha. Extensive facilities – including two swimming pools, tennis courts, a spa, main restaurant and pizzeria – are dotted throughout the grounds, sensitively designed to have minimum impact on the natural environment. 84 rooms are housed in 21 characterful cottages built of local stone and set close to charming rock gardens and colourful plants with birds and playful monkeys flitting through the shade of the acacia trees above. You might even be lucky enough to see a giraffe wandering through the gardens. Approx. journey time: 2 hours. Stay: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 3: Lake Naivasha Today you’ll head out on a day trip to Lake Nakuru National Park. The park is a haven for bird lovers, with over 400 species of bird – although be aware that the number of birds here fluctuates dependent on water level, so it’s best to check with the park if this is your primary reason for visiting. Lake Nakuru National Park also provides habitat for lion, leopard, buffalo and Rothschild giraffe, as well as white rhino and the endangered black rhino. After enjoying game drives and a picnic lunch, you’ll return to the Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge for dinner and overnight. Stay: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 4: Lake Naivasha to Maasai Mara After an early breakfast, drive to the Maasai Mara National Reserve with lunch en route at the Sarova Mara Game Camp. The most famous reserve in the world, the Maasai Mara is what safari dreams are made of – rolling grasslands and wide open savannah, rich in African wildlife. Here is the place to witness the incredible annual wildebeest migration between June and October as over a million animals thunder across the plains in search of water and grazing – but the Mara has mass appeal all year round. Spot lions basking in the shade or seek out an elusive solo leopard. Your accommodation here is the Mara Serena Safari Lodge, spectacularly located high on a hill with amazing views over the Mara River in one of the best locations for game viewing. Created to echo the feel of a traditional Maasai manyatta – a cluster of domed huts encircled by a boma of brushwood – this is a unique lodge, with twin rows of individual rooms and a rock-surround swimming pool. Soak up the views by day, and in the evening take a seat around the campfire for post-dinner drinks. The lodge’s ‘modular’ style rooms blend seamlessly into the landscape and offer uninterrupted views across the Mara from their private terraces. Inside, you’ll find earthy tones and swirling patterns, to echo the colours and shapes of the bush. Outside your room you might spot mongoose, warthogs and baboons, with bigger wildlife in the distance. Approx. journey time: 7 hours. Stay: Mara Serena Safari Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 5: Maasai Mara A full day in the Mara awaits, with the option of a hot-air balloon ride this morning. Take flight and drift upwards as the sun rises for an entirely different perspective of the Mara, when the bright pink-orange haze is visible for miles across the vast savannah and wildlife becomes distinguishable from their silhouette forms below. Afterwards, you’ll head out on morning and afternoon game drives. The reserve offers fantastic chances of seeing the Big Five – and even better opportunities for viewing big cats. Other wildlife to spot includes elephant, giraffe, hyena, impala, wildebeest and buffalo. Stay: Mara Serena Safari Lodge (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 6: Maasai Mara to Nairobi After an early breakfast, you’ll begin the long drive back to Nairobi. Approx. journey time: 7 hours. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK, arriving the following day. B.


Stay longer

Zanzibar beach 3 nights Just a short flight from Nairobi, the exotic ‘spice island’ of Zanzibar is the perfect post-safari tonic. The historic part of its capital (Zanzibar Town) is UNESCO World Heritage-listed Stone Town. This coastal city is a real mix of cultural influences, with labyrinthine alleyways, Sultan’s palaces, weathered historic buildings, intricate architectural details and vibrant markets. Stone Town is where you’ll find Zanzibar’s main cultural sightseeing, but it’s also worth taking a tour of the traditional farms, which grow cloves, cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg, for an insight into the spices that have such an influence on the local cuisine. The ‘stay longer’ reason here is Zanzibar’s palm-fringed sands, lapped by warm Indian Ocean waters. Regularly voted among the world’s best beaches, you can spend your days soaking up the sun, enjoying pampering spa treatments, trying your hand at watersports and snorkelling among the colourful corals.

Mombasa 3 nights Kenya's tranquil coast offers an affordable beach extension to any Kenya safari. The vibrant city of Mombasa is the gateway to the coast, where over 300 miles of palm-fringed beaches include Diani Beach with its glistening white sands, and where the warm, clear waters are excellent for snorkelling and diving.

Maldives 3 nights With private islands of dazzling white sands and swaying palms surrounded by marine-rich crystal blue waters, the Maldives is the ultimate beach stay following a Kenya safari. This picture-perfect archipelago has a great choice of island resorts and is perfect for honeymooners or those travelling for a special occasion (Flights from Africa operate via Doha).

ABOUT THIS SAFARI

Is this for you?

This safari offers an excellent introduction to Kenya and its most famous national reserve – a classic taster safari that can be combined with a beach stay.

Good to know

• All departures are guaranteed
• For guests over 7
• A maximum of 6 guests per vehicle
• Luggage must be in soft bags – try to pack lightly.

What to expect

• Time to get to know your group and guide

• Journeys of between 2 and 7 hours between destinations

• A relaxed and informal environment; casual, comfortable clothing is fine even in the evenings.

Accommodation on tour

The lodges on this safari are full of character. In Naivasha, the Sopa lodge has characterful cottages in 150-acre grasslands on the shores of Lake Naivasha. In the Mara, the Mara Serena is a unique Maasai-style lodge at the centre of the Mara Triangle. It has some of the best views in the reserve, reaching all the way down to the Mara River, and is superbly situated for migration watching in particular (typically from July to October).

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £105

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2018 Apr 16; May 14; Jun 11; Jul 09; Aug 06, 20; Sep 10; Oct 29; Nov 19; Dec 17

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local driver/guides
• Hand-picked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• 4x4 safari vehicles exclusively for Kuoni customers, with guaranteed window seats
• Park fees
• Guide tips
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private vehicle Upgrade to a private vehicle on the same itinerary from £498 per person

Private safari Upgrade to a private safari with a driver/guide on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £596 per person

Excursions

Day 5: Balloon Safari from £462 per person

Day-use room Pre-book a day-room to relax and freshen up on arrival or before your return flight from £85 per person

Why Kuoni?

Why Kuoni?

On this shorter safari, we’ve chosen to include the world-famous Maasai Mara for a classic, wildlife-rich safari experience. Instead of flying in and out of the Maasai Mara reserve, a couple of long drives make this itinerary more cost-effective. We’ve offered plenty of departure dates, with a great choice during August in particular – ideal for summer honeymoons and for chances of seeing the Great Migration.