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Dreams of Africa

Kenya Family Safari and Beach

By Helen Austin
Purchasing Manager for Alfred&

This relatively short holiday in Kenya has half term in mind or you could extend the trip for an incredible summer holiday. Enjoy game drives in the captivating Amboseli National Park with iconic Kilimanjaro as the backdrop. You’ll encounter the magnificent tusker elephants of Tsavo West and stay in a tented camp where kids can enjoy guided nature walks and learn how to make a fire with the help of a Maasai Kenyan. After safari adventures in the bush, head to the palm-fringed coast of Mombasa for a laidback Swahili escape.

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Length
10 days
Best months to go
January to March, June to October
Guide price range
TBC
including international flights

Top Experiences
Itinerary Highlights

Tsavo

Visit Tsavo, Kenya’s largest national park

While Tsavo East is great for unobstructed wildlife viewing, the west offers everything from lava flows to crater lakes...

Nairobi

Visit endangered Rothschild’s giraffes

It’s amazing to see the giraffes up close, you get to touch, feed and take photos with them - they’ll even give you a kiss...

Amboseli and Chyulu Hills

Discover Amboseli, a photographer’s paradise

Bag that signature shot of tusked elephants parading across the savannah, with the snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro in the background...

Day by day
Itinerary in detail

1

Arrival in Nairobi

Land in Kenya’s capital city and a vehicle will be waiting at the airport to take you to your conveniently located hotel only a short drive away. After an easy journey, drop your bags and unwind. Overnight at Eka Hotel.

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Nairobi

Today you have Nairobi at your fingertips to explore. For your first taste of wildlife and Kenyan conservation, we've included a morning at the Giraffe Centre sheltering endangered Rothschild’s giraffes that will happily lap up food from your hand with their long black tongues. In the afternoon you have time for an optional visit to the reputed Sheldrick Wildlife Trust where you can meet the orphaned elephants in an intimate setting and listen to their rescue stories. Warning, cuteness overload as you watch them race for feeding time and roll around in the mud. Overnight at Eka Hotel.

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3

Nairobi & Amboseli

Rise early for a 6-hour drive in a private 4x4 safari vehicle to Amboseli National Park, bordering Tanzania, with stops to stretch your legs and take in the rural scenery until the tarmac dissolves into red dirt roads. If long car journeys aren’t your thing, at an additional cost, a direct flight and a transfer will have you there in just a few hours. Your lodge lies in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro looming in the distance. Rooms with vibrant Maasai-red colours accommodate 2 adults and 2 children (under 12) while a fun kids club keeps children entertained with water polo, beading, painting, volleyball, football as well as board games such as Trivial Pursuit and Monopoly, fit for family competition. Overnight at Ol Tukai Lodge.

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Amboseli

Mid-morning and afternoon game drives cover ample ground in Amboseli’s rich terrain. No wildlife documentary can prepare you for seeing its postcard-worthy scenes from elephants parading in their thousands under Kili’s snowcapped peaks to hot pink flamingos flocking against the pale blue sky. The diverse landscapes - woodland, springs, savannah and hills - are home to a variety of prized game such as magnificent big cats, comical looking warthog, over 400 bird species and shyer species such as the striped hyena and bat-eared fox. When with wildlife, there are usually no guarantees, the feeling of awe is a sure thing. Overnight at Ol Tukai Lodge.

5

Amboseli & Tsavo

Drive 5.5 hours to Tsavo, Kenya’s largest and oldest national park and a renowned wildlife stronghold. Your tented camp sits in Tsavo West on a peaceful dam with glimpses of Kilimanjaro and neighbouring Maasai communities nearby. Your classic safari tent allows for 2 adults and 2 children (under the age of 12) and harks back to the days of the early explorers. The kids’ club offers nature walks along the dam identifying tilapia and supersized catfish, and swimming in the crater lake. Then there’s concocting cocktails out of foraged treasure, archery and learning how to make fire with the help of a Maasai village member using sticks and elephant dung. Don’t miss stargazing with a giant telescope too, a good excuse for a later bedtime. Overnight at Voyager Ziwani.

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6

Tsavo

Head out on game drives exploring the tumbling rock, lava flows, thick woodland and open grass looking for resident lion, leopard, buffalo or the regal looking lesser kudu. The area though is famous for its giant tusker elephants coated in the rich red soil. For an additional treat but totally worth the cost, you could request a thrilling hot-air balloon ride to stealthily watch the game below left to its own devices. Glide over monochrome herds of zebra or perhaps the rare gerenuk that stands on its hind legs to nibble at the trees. Arguably the best view though is of Kilimanjaro when the conditions are near perfect, and you can ascend above the clouds to see its mighty peaks soaked in the encroaching sun. Overnight at Voyager Ziwani.

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Tsavo & Mombasa

This morning, a 2-hour transfer will take you to Voi Station in good time for the midday train to Mombasa. This journey whisks you to the coast in a couple of hours, but should you want to keep to a private car, this can be included although the journey will be longer. On arrival, transfer to Serena Beach based on a Swahili village where the palms sway in the ocean breeze and and the waves roll lazily onto the golden shore. We’ve chosen this hotel for its wonderful laidback vibe whether paddling up to the swim-up pool bar or pondering an afternoon ice cream. Family Rooms include a double room for adults and twin beds for children, each room with their own bathrooms, televisions while sharing a sunny balcony. Should you wish to upgrade, Diamonds Dreams of Africa a couple of hours north in Malindi is a good option for sprawling luxury or take to Diani beach further south to Kinondo Kwetu for a boutique-style escape. Overnight at Serena Beach Resort & Spa.

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Mombasa

Spend the whole day doing as little or as much as you please. If your modus operandi is to decompress on the beach or next to the swimming pool, there is no better place to do this. Meanwhile, the kids (and grown ups) should visit the charming butterfly pavilion with experts on hand who happily share their wealth of knowledge, and don’t miss the turtle hatchery during March and September to see minute hawksbill and olive ridley turtles. While you could eat pizza and ice cream on tap, don’t miss the Jahazi grill for a bit of fun, fitted out like a Swahili dhow complete with a sandy floor and ship’s wheel. Overnight at Serena Beach Resort & Spa.

9

Mombasa

On your last day, why not break up the sunbathing with an invigorating massage or beauty treatment at the lovely spa. If you can summon the energy, there’s tennis, beach volleyball and a giant chessboard, perfect for children who can burn off steam. Round it off with a celebratory supper in the alfresco restaurant accompanied by live music and traditional cultural shows. Overnight at Serena Beach Resort & Spa.

10

Mombasa & Departure

Say goodbye to the sand and transfer to Mombasa airport for onward travel.

Alfred & Helen Austin

Helen was fascinated by travel from an early age, avidly watching holiday programmes and dreaming of future travel plans. Fantasy became reality when she joined Kuoni just over 20 years ago, and she has continued to explore ever since. She fell in love with Africa on her first safari experience in Zambia, watching an elephant herd meander across a dusty track as the sun set dramatically. Subsequent trips to South Africa, Namibia, and Kenya have further fuelled her passion for the wildlife, diverse cultures, and beautiful landscapes of her favourite continent.

Plan your holiday withAlfred&

Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Becky, who's travelled extensively in Kenya. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the rangers who'll ensure you'll spot the best wildlife in the Mara, the village chiefs who'll give you a genuine insight into local life and the camp managers who can recommend the very best spot for your sundowner.

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