Wilderness & Waves - Safari & beach holiday

A 14 day safari and beach holiday taking you through southeast Kenya visiting Amboseli with its herds of elephant and great views of Kilimanjaro, then explore the scenic sanctuary of Taita Hills, experience the wilderness of Tsavo and finally relax on the beautiful Swahili coastline with is white sands and warm waters where you can venture out on a dolphin safari...

Safari tour package:
A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Price per person*:
$2549 - $2999
Includes internal flights:
Yes
Length of safari:
14 days
Best months:
January - April, July - December
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Activity level:
Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
Adventure safaris Big five
*Prices are estimates and used as guidelines only. Please contact the tour operator for an exact quote.
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A wonderful 8 day safari tour through southeastern Kenya, visiting the National Parks of Amboseli, Tsavo West, the beautifully scenic wildlife sanctuary of Taita Hills and the scrublands of Tsavo East, followed by a 5 day stay on the beautiful Swahili coastline with it’s tumbling mosques, white sandy beaches and warm, blue waters.

With amazing views of Mount Kilimanjaro; opportunities to see many species of bird and animals - including huge herds of elephant, big cats and many other mammal species such as hyena, buffalo and even rhino roaming the savannahs and scrublands - this route makes a wonderful safari tour with beautiful landscapes and plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities that winds it ways through the southern wilderness towards the Swahili coastline.

Accommodation is in a mix of great value standard tented camps and mid-range luxury lodges, offering really good value for money. Transport is in a 4x4 safari tour vehicle van with lifting roof for game viewing.

What’s included in the price?
• All accommodation in a double room/tent all on full board basis
• Transport in a private, safari 4x4 tour van with lifting roof for game viewing (4x4 land cruisers are available, quotes on request).
• Unlimited game drives
• Experienced driver / guide
• All park fees that are payable to Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and private conservancies
• Local flights
• All airport transfers
• All excursions and entrance fees as stated in itinerary
• Drinking water while on safari
• Soft drinks & alcoholic drinks & activities at Turtle Bay only

What’s not included in the price?
• International flights
• Kenyan tourist visa
• Alcoholic drinks
• Soft drinks
• Tips & gratuities

Optional extra activities
• Masai village visit
• Night game drives

Day 1 – Nairobi, Wildebeest Eco Camp

On arrival at JKA International airport you’ll be picked up and taken to the Wildebeest Eco Camp. The camp is located just on the outskirts of Nairobi in Karen and is close to the David Sheldrick elephant orphanage and many other attractions such as the Giraffe Centre and the Karen Blixen Museum. The camp has a pool, restaurant, and games room and it’s all set in a very attractive site with lots of trees and bird-life. Spend the day sightseeing in Nairobi visiting the David Sheldrick elephant sanctuary in the morning and heading to either the Karen Blixen Museum or the Giraffe Centre in the afternoon. Alternatively you could head over to the Nairobi National Park and take a nature walk before returning to camp for dinner.

Day 2 & 3 – Amboseli, Sentrim tented camp

Depart Nairobi early morning for Amboseli (5 hours), a fantastic park that borders Tanzania, with great views of the imposing Mount Kilimanjaro and abundant wildlife including herds of elephants, big cats and bird life, it’s a park not to be missed! You'll arrive in time for lunch at the Sentrim tented camp, which is a good value standard camp with semi-permanent heavy canvas tents erected on a tiled concrete base. Each tent has a comfy bed, an en suite shower and toilet. Meals are buffet style and vegetarians are catered for.

After lunch you'll leave camp and head into Amboseli National Park, just a ten-minute drive away. After your game drive you'll return to camp for dinner and an evening relaxing around the fireplace.

You can spend the next day exploring the park; either spend the whole day in the park with a picnic lunch or venture out for an early morning and late afternoon game drive and spend the rest of the time relaxing in camp, it’s up to you!

Day 4 & 5 – Tsavo West, Serena Kilaguni

Wake up early to see the sunrise over the imposing Kilimanjaro, then after breakfast continue your safari onto Tsavo West, which is about a two hour drive. You’ll be staying at the stunning Serena Kilaguni Lodge situated inside the park where you’ll arrive in time for lunch at their restaurant, which has great views over the park. After lunch you'll be taken on a late afternoon game drive and a visit to the Mzima Springs where you may see hippos and Nile crocodiles and many different species of bird. You’ll then return to Kilaguni for dinner and spend your evening relaxing and watching the wildlife arrive at the watering hole overlooked by the lodge’s restaurant, lounge and bar. You can spend the next day taking game drives at your leisure, enjoying the lodges’ facilities or spend the whole day exploring the park with a picnic lunch.

Day 6 – Taita Hills, Sarova Salt Lick Lodge

After breakfast you will depart Kilaguni and head for the Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, an area full of wildlife. There are more than fifty species of large mammals and three hundred species of birds here, it’s not uncommon to spot two dozen species in a morning game drive, among them lions, cheetahs, large herds of elephant and buffalo! You’ll arrive in time for lunch at the Sarova Salt Lick game viewing lodge, where there is a water source which attracts a lot of wildlife, which can be viewed from the comfort of the lodge or from their very good ground-level hide. Later on you’ll be taken out by your driver for a game drive in this very scenic park before heading back to the lodge for dinner.

Day 7 & 8 – Tsavo East, Epiya Chapeyu

After breakfast you will leave Sarova Salt Lick and head out on a game drive through the sanctuary before entering Tsavo East; a plateau of open grassland with giant baobab trees where you'll get a great feeling of being out in the wilderness. You'll arrive in time for lunch at the Epiya Chapeyu camp situated on the Galana River, before taking an afternoon game drive and a visit to the Lugards Falls and Mudanda Rock. Epiya Chapeyu is a small family run camp that lies in the heart of Tsavo East; it has 20 en suite semi-permanent tents spread across a large area, all with views of the river and they also have great Italian food on offer! Spend the following day exploring the wilderness of Tsavo and we’ll include a visit to the Aruba dam, which is an attraction for many species of bird and mammals.

Day 9 to 13 – Malindi, Turtle Bay

(N.B. there are a multitude of choices for the coast depending on budget and interests  - see below).

After breakfast you'll head to Malindi, which is on a lovely stretch of the Indian Ocean coastline, with beautiful palm-lined beaches and tumbling mosques; our preferred accommodation here is Turtle Bay near the Watamu Marine Reserve.  Turtle Bay has an eco-responsible policy to the environment and community issues.  It’s a large hotel with a friendly atmosphere, with very good facilities and is excellent for families and couples and those looking for good value. (Turtle Bay is an all-inclusive resort).

You can spend your time here just relaxing on the beach or alternatively there are numerous activities and worthwhile excursions such as a visit to the Gedi ruins - a Swahili town inhabited from the 13th to 17th century and now deserted; bird watching at the stunning Mida Creek, renowned for its bird population and amazing sunsets; hiking at Hell’s Kitchen; dhow trips and dolphin watching; snorkelling & diving in the Watamu Marine Reserve (Turtle Bay has its own dive centre and dives are paid for locally).

Day 14 - Internal flight transfer to Nairobi

After breakfast, you will transfer to the local airport for your flight to Nairobi to connect with your international flight.

 

A Few Coastal Alternatives:

Kilifi Creek, Mnarani Beach Club

Kilifi is a creek surrounded by baobab trees with fantastic birdlife and is the place to go if you want water sports and other activities in a truly stunning location.  With all-inclusive packages with the Mnarani hotel and water sports provided by 3 Degrees South, this is the place to go for a great value activity holiday.

Activities included in the price:

·       1 Sailing Lesson (1 hour) 


·       1 Windsurfing lesson (1 hour) 


·       Kayaking 


·       Catamaran Joyrides (A chauffeured sail on a Dart16) 


·       Use of the following equipment (if competent to do so): 


–      2 Picos, 2 Laser Ones, 1 Laser Bahia, 1 Dart16, Kayaks, SUPs, Beginner windsurf kit

Kilifi additional activities include (water skiing, diving and any tuition is paid locally poa):

·       Dinghy sailing

·       Windsurfing

·       Water skiing

·       Snorkelling trips & diving

·       Dhow trips

 

All seasons from:                   price per person per night $77 / £51

Supplements apply for Easter & Christmas; there are no single supplements

 

Shimoni – Mwazaro Eco Lodge

If you are looking for something a bit different, off the beaten track and a bit more rustic, then this could be the place for you. With just a few beach huts and coral houses set among the mangroves on a near deserted part of the coastline, Mwazaro really does offer a small piece of paradise!   

Activities at Shimoni include (paid locally, kite surfing packages available poa):

·       Kite surfing

·       River boat rides

·       Visit the Three Sisters, a complex of caves inhabited by bats

·       Dhow trip to see the pod of resident dolphins

·       Snorkelling and diving around Wasini Island

 

All seasons from:                    price per person per night $58 / £39 HB

Supplements apply for Easter & Christmas. Single supplements apply.

 

Diani - The Sands at Nomad is a small beach hotel with just 37 chalets and cottages but it is set in 26 acres of pristine coastal forest with 225m of beachfront! This is a place of luxury and tranquility; there is also an activity centre for water sports.

Low season 1st May to 30th June:                        closed

Mid season April, July, Sept to December:       price per person per night $140/£ 94

High season August, Jan to March:                 price per person per night $153/£102

Supplements apply for Easter & Christmas

 

Diani - Elewana’s Afrochic is a hidden away gem; a small ten-room boutique hotel with outstanding service and great food and is just the place to relax and get away from it all and is perfect for couples.

Low season 1st April to 30th June:                       price per person per night $182/£122

Mid season 1st October to to 31st December:   price per person per night $240/£160

High season Jan to March & July to Sept:        price per person per night $272/£182

Supplements apply for Easter & Christmas

 

For more choices contact us directly...

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • Wildebeest Eco Camp Nairobi
  • Sentrim tented Camp Amboseli
  • Serena Kilaguni Tsavo West
  • Sarova Salt Lick Lodge Taita Hills
  • Epiya Chapeyu Tsavo East
  • Turtle Bay Beach Club Malindi (numerous alternatives available for coastal stay)

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Parks you will visit

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Animals you will see

African buffalo
African buffalo
African caracal
African caracal
Baboon
Baboon
Bat-eared fox
Bat-eared fox
Rhinoceros
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Horseback riding
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