12 Days Kenya Bush and Beach Family Safari

Start your Kenyan family safari in Nairobi; the vibrant, exciting place and Africa’s fourth largest city. You and your family/friends will explore Nairobi’s cafe culture, unbridled nightlife, National Museum, the Karen Blixen Museum.
Visit the beautiful Lake Naivasha that is fringed by papyrus and acacia trees as well as supports a vast array of bird species such as pink flamingos.
The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park. Witness large prides of lion, elephants and giraffes in grasslands, gazelles as well as eland. However, aside from traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential and you can even do a horseback safari.
Enjoy the beaches of Mombasa; characterised by long stretches of white side, palm trees swaying in the breeze, coral reefs which break the power of the waves and provide a haven for snorkelling and scuba diving and beyond the deep blue sea teeming with game fish.

Summary

  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Price:
  • Destinations: Lake Nakuru National Park and Masai Mara Game Reserve
  • Accommodation Type: Mid-Range
  • Best time to visit: All year
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INCLUSIONS

  • English-Speaking Resident Tour Director® and Local Guides
  • Hand-Selected Luxury Accommodations
  • Airport Meet and Greet with Private Transfers
  • Travelling Bell Boy® Luggage Handling
  • Breakfast in Bed on Select Days
  • Full Breakfast Daily; Select Lunches and Dinners
  • Your Choice of Activity on Design Your Day®
  • Traveller’s Valet® Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Entrance Fees, Taxes, and All Gratuities Except Resident Tour Director
  • 24/7 A&K On-Call Support
  • Guaranteed Departures with Just Two Guests

Itinerary Overview

Day 1-2

Welcome to Kenya

  • On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Jacaranda Hotel. This will be your home for the next two nights with your bed and breakfast included.
  • A beloved landmark dating back to 1904, Fairmont The Norfolk has played a pivotal role in Kenya’s historical legacy notably as the town and later the modern city of Nairobi grew around the property. A hidden gem with alluring old-world charm and elegant contemporary design, Fairmont The Norfolk offers guests a sophisticated retreat in the city with easy access to key business districts of Gigiri, Westlands and Upperhill in addition to leisure hubs and the bourgeoning Nairobi art scene.
  • Enjoy buffet dinner at hotel as well as city tour that will give you the opportunity to spot Nairobi’s National Museums, the Karen Blixen Museum, unbridled nightlife and cafe culture.

Accommodation: Hotel Fairmont The Norfolk

Day 3-4

Drive to Lake Nakuru National Park

  • After spending two nights at Jacaranda Hotel. Drive to Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge; set in 150 acres of grasslands studded with Acacia bushes and trees. The resort is not only home to resident giraffe, waterbuck and both Vervet and Colobus monkeys, but it is also a night stop for the hippos when they leave the lake every night to come and trim the grass on the expansive lawns.
  • Stay for two nights with all your meals included. Highlights will be boat rides on the lake, morning and afternoon game drives, picnic lunch and nature walks.

Accommodation: Naivasha Sopa Lodge

Day 5-7

Spot Large Prides of Lion

  • Located on the slopes of Oloongams Hills. Masai Mara Sopa Lodge is one of the first lodges to be built in the Masai Mara Game Reserve. This will be your home for the next three nights with all your meals included.
  • Here, you’ll explore morning and night game drives and nature walks that will give you the chance to spot wildlife such as large prides of lion, elephants and giraffes in grasslands, gazelles as well as eland. You and your family/friends will also enjoy hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains and horseback safari.

Accommodation: Masai Mara Sopa Lodge

Day 8-11

Explore the Deep Blue Sea

  • Drive to Nairobi and after lunch, you will be transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for the scheduled flight to Mombasa. When you arrive at Mombasa Airport you will be transported to the Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa.
  • Situated on 22 acres of the longest pristine and pure white sandy beach front; the resort stands out as being amongst the favorite Mombasa beach hotel. Spend four nights with your bed and breakfast as well as lunch included (Half Board).
  • Enjoy the beauty of Mombasa and visit the Minazi Café, Lido Seafood Grill, Cocos Beach Bar, Tulia Spa & Health Bar and over the Indian ocean.

Accommodation: Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort

Day 12

End of service

  • After breakfast, you and your family will be transferred to Mombasa airport for your scheduled flight to Nairobi.

Our website contains all you need to know to start researching your Tanzania adventure. We keep it as informative as possible, but it is always worth getting in touch directly, by email or telephone. As with any destination, things change and the excellent deals we get from our suppliers vary from week to week, which means your best source of information, travel advice, and recommendations will always be our expert consultants.

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Our Planning safari Guide to Tanzania is a good place to start if you are in the initial research stage of your planning. It provides a brief overview of what a Tanzania holiday has to offer, a few of our favorite things about Tanzania, and how the experts here at Tanzania Odyssey can craft an itinerary to suit your special interests and expectations.

The majority of Tanzania’s wildlife is resident year-round, so safari experiences and wildlife viewing can be fantastic year-round. However, April and May can be rainy and are probably best avoided – especially if you are also planning time on the beach. Generally, the best time for dry-season wildlife viewing is from July – October. However, The Great Migration is exceptional in February, as this is calving season, so there are definitely exceptions to this rule! We cannot stress enough that the most effective way to find the best itinerary to suit you is for you to call us and discuss.

Zanzibar: Most people visit the island of Zanzibar after their Tanzania safari. Zanzibar has a huge variety of boutique hotels to suit a range of tastes and budgets, with a similarly wide range of activities, including diving. The island does mostly conform to the Indian Ocean idyll that its name suggests, although some beaches are tidal, so it is worth doing a bit of research on our Zanzibar beaches page before setting your heart on a specific beach resort. Stone Town is also a great non-beach town to explore whilst staying on the island.

Tanzania experiences two dry seasons, lasting from January to March and June to September. If you’re coming to Tanzania for the sublime array of wildlife then we recommend timing your visit with either of the dry seasons. The reason being that the vegetation is less dense, so game viewing is somewhat easier and animals tend to head to commonly known waterholes, rivers, and lakes for refreshment.
The second dry season from June to September is the most popular time to visit Tanzania. So if you want the great weather and easily found wildlife but fewer crowds, maybe plan to visit between January and March.

April to May and October to November mark the rainy seasons in Tanzania. The first rainy season, from April to May is seen as the heaviest and a raincoat is a must-have. The second, from October to November, then sees lighter rainfall.
The rainy seasons can be a beautiful time to visit as the vegetation is at its most lush and green. Rainfall tends to fall in short showers, interspersed with bursts of sunshine, which can make for some excellent photography. April to May is also the low season in Tanzania, so parks are usually less crowded and rates for accommodation and tours can be lower.

If you’re visiting the vast Serengeti, time your visit with the second dry season from June to September to experience the annual highlight of the great migration. This epic natural event sees millions of wildebeest, zebra, and antelope migrate north to the Masai Mara in Kenya from July to November.

This is also a great time to visit if you’re looking to do a combined safari to Tanzania and Kenya. But if you’re looking to avoid the crowds the migration brings, visit the Serengeti in the first dry season from January to March, which is also the wildebeest calving season.

Wildlife viewing inside the Ngorongoro Crater is excellent year-round. However in the dry seasons, from January to March and June to September, the grass on the crater floor is short – making Africa’s iconic wildlife much easier to spot.

If you are looking to climb Kilimanjaro then there are a few things to bear in mind. The warmest months are January and February, however these also bring with them the largest numbers of trekkers. By March through to May the rains come making trekking potentially more challenging – however there are considerably less people on the mountain.
June to August then see colder temperatures but less rain and September and October are fairly dry with pleasant temperatures. November to December see the rains return but the temperatures are still quite mild. Despite what the daytime temperature is, it gets cold at night on the mountain and naturally the closer you are to the summit the colder it will be.

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