Safari adventures in the Masai Mara's Naboisho Conservancy followed by Zanzibar's idyllic beach life and fascinating multi-culture is a classic African holiday Travel in September and October to save money with a free night and discounted accommodation at the Ol Seki Hemingways Camp and The Residence Zanzibar.
A safari across the Masai Mara conjures up iconic images of Kenya and, indeed, Africa. Groups of zebra and wildebeest cantering across the dusty plains, cheetahs and leopards relaxing in the twisted branches of the acacia trees, hippos wallowing and crocodiles swimming down the Mara river, herds of elephant and prides of lion stopping at the water's edge for a cool down. This wildlife gathering, played out amongst the dozens of Maasia villages, is an incredible sight to be seen on diverse safari activities.
Finish your holiday in Zanzibar, the allure of the Spice Island tempting you to the UNESCO site of Stone Town. An exceptional melting pot of African, Arab, Indian and European cultures, Stone Town is a historical city stay. Wander the winding streets which are full of heritage from its years as the trading centre of East Africa 200 years ago. Travel to the south of the island for five nights alongside the beautiful coast. The last five days, in a landscape of swaying coconut palm trees, sparkling water and fine white sand, are yours to spend as you wish.
Day 1 Check in at London Heathrow for your overnight flight to Nairobi with Kenya Airways.
Day 2 Upon your early morning arrival, you will be transferred from Nairobi International Airport to Wilson Airport. Relax on your light aircraft flight to Siana Airstrip inside the Masai Mara, an incredibly scenic introduction to the landscape you will soon be exploring. Transfer to Ol Seki Mara Camp, a luxury and intimate lodge found in Naboisho Conservancy. The 10 tents and communal areas are elevated on a rocky promontory so you will be surrounded by awe-inspiring panoramas, the views of the Mara stretching for miles. Head out on arrival for a bush picnic, instantly immersing yourself in the incredible landscape with a hamper packed full of delicious food. Once the sun has set on your first day in the Masai Mara, head out for a night time game drive. With absolutely no light pollution, underneath a sky heavy with stars you will be enveloped in the darkness, following the beam of red-filtered UV light in search for the nocturnal animals. With a heightened sense of sound and smell, expect a dramatic night spotting animals which remain hidden in the day and crawl of their dens and warrens.
Day 3 Founded in 2010, the Naboisho Conservancy is one of Kenya’s most exciting and exclusive safari destinations. Feel part of the nature on your safari experiences in this exceptional eco-system, your two activities a day helping to improve the local communities. The 200km2 of pristine wilderness borders with the Masai Mara, with no fences to block the pathway of the Great Migration. During the months of September and October the herds of wildebeest make the Masai Mara their home staying here till the smell of rain encourages them south to Tanzania in November. Watch on a morning and afternoon game drive as thousands of wildebeest graze, the peaceful ambience broken up by the hungry predators of hyena, leopard, cheetah and the lesser known aardwolf. The knowledgeable guides will lead the vehicles across the rolling savannahs, showing you herds of elephant, prides of lion and towers of giraffe.
Day 4 Start your day with a leisurely breakfast before heading out into the Masai Mara for a full day in the fascinating eco-system. For those who are interested in learning about the authentic and fully functioning Maasai villages, a cultural visit can be included in your stay. The guides, who are from the neighbouring communities, will take you to the village he grew up in or one where he has friends and relatives. You will learn about a completely different way of life, one which has remained untouched by commercialism and modern technology.
Day 5 Take one last game drive across the Masai Mara before flying into Zanzibar and Stone Town, via Nairobi. Stroll through Stone Town’s labyrinth of streets and alley ways, the exceptional mix of architecture much the same as it was in the 19th century. The last functioning historical city of East Africa, Stone Town is full of richly textured history dating back 300 years ago from its time as trading centre.
Day 6 On a three hour walking tour, you will not only learn about Stone Town’s heritage but also experience it’s vibrant personality. Wander along the narrow alleyways, dwarfed by the tall buildings, passing the travelling tea sellers with their perfumed carts. Make stops at the many bustling bazaars and aromatic spice troves to buy a selection of authentic souvenirs and mementos. While the streets are too slim for cars, motorbikes and bicycles still whizz through adding to the exciting charm of a day spent familiarising yourself with the heart and soul of Zanzibar. Dotted throughout the maze of the city are buildings of historical importance, including the Sultan’s Palace, a museum dedicated to the history of Zanzibar, and Livingstone’s House, home to the African explorer during his last journey to the island.
Day 7 Travel south to the tip of the island for your five night stay at The Residence in a Luxury Garden Pools Villa. Spread across 32 hectares of an estate filled with palm trees, running alongside a stunning beach, this villa resort combines the fascinating culture and intriguing heritage of the archipelago with luxurious style and impeccable customer service. A charming resort with thoughtful touches, every guest has their own bicycle – the perfect way to explore the beauty of the surrounding area at your own pace. The Residence has plenty of activities for you to experience all the island has to offer over the next five nights, for an additional cost. However, you are of course free to choose to do nothing more than swap between reclining next to the beachfront infinity swimming pool, practising yoga on the jetty over the ocean and drinking Mai Tais in the cocktail lounge overlooking the endless horizon of the Indian Ocean.
Day 8 Journey into Jozania National Forest Reserve, Zanzibar’s only natural park and one of the last remaining sanctuaries for the rare Red Colobus Monkey. The dense thicket, grassland and bushland hold other intriguing species, including the fluffy faced Sykes monkey, and an incredible array of butterflies and birds. Take a 30 minute boat ride to the small islet Chanquu, nicknamed Prison Island, to walk through the remains of the old prison. Once used as a quarantine centre, vibrant peacocks and grand giant tortoises have made these ruins their home. These activities are available from The Residence for an extra cost.
Day 9 Overwhelm your senses on a Spice Tour of a rural plantation. Learn where East Africa cuisine gets its exotic flavour and hear the tales of spice merchants from the past. Visit the picturesque fishing village Kendwa to buy fresh produce from the fisherman before learning how to cook it in a traditional style, a delicious, simple and authentic dish of the island. These activities are available from The Residence for an extra cost.
Day 10 An incredible stretch of clear turquoise water brimming with marine life, the extraordinary Indian Ocean is warm and inviting for all those who wish to discover the vibrant underwater world of coral reefs, clown fish, turtles, stingrays and much more. There are plenty of choices for scuba divers with five dive sights between 30 minutes and an hour from the resort. Hop between the small islets circling Zanzibar on a traditional Dhow, peacefully gliding through the ...
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