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Classic Kenya Safari and Beach holidays: Masai Mara with Kenya Coast or Zanzibar. Excellent travel infrastructure – all price categories – ideal for families and honeymooners

Kenya: the home of the original safari. With its famous safari parks and expansive coastline, Kenya is the obvious choice for a safari and beach holiday. However, due to mainstream tour operators now sending over a million visitors a year to the country, safari&beach are very particular as to where we might direct you. We limit our recommendations to smaller lodges, off the beaten track and away from the minibuses.

Kenya Safari and Beach Holiday offers a diversity landscapes from the open plains, deserts and stunning beaches to the Great Rift Valley, giving way to vast and spectacular lakes, Mount Kenya and neighbouring Mount Kilimanjaro. Most of the parks lie in the south-west quarter of the country, dominated by the Masai Mara spilling into the Serengeti in Tanzania.

As well as spectacular wildlife and the annual migration in the Masai Mara or the richness of Amboseli, there are some lesser known more discrete parks, reserves and conservancies well worth a visit. For a safari and beach holiday to Kenya, we would recommend combining one or a few of the following:

Masai Mara – one of Africa’s most famous national parks and home to the annual wildebeest migration (alongside the Serengeti). The Masai Mara offers an abundance of both wildlife but, unfortunately, tourists. We tend to stick to the smaller concession areas where game is plentiful but minibuses are rare.

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Amboseli – beautiful landscape hence being one of the most photographed areas of the world: mount Kilimanjaro forming the backdrop to the numerous herds of elephant populating the region

The Kenya Coast – vast stretches of white sandy beaches lapped by turquoise seas but regrettably spoilt by tourism. Head north towards Malindi or Watumu or south towards Tiwi or Diani for some good beach options. However, Mombasa, where Africa embraces mass tourism with high-rise hotels littered along the coastline, is not a place Safari&Beach would recommend.

Lamu and Manda – relatively unspoilt islands retaining original Swahili charm and great beach hideaway options

Nairobi – the gateway to safari in Kenya and a central hub for many eastern African airlines. Only really worth a night’s stopover at the beginning and/or end of your trip

Kenya evokes all kinds of emotions and memories from the story of Joy Adamson, The young Queen at Treetops, the beaches of Mombasa, to the hustle and bustle of Nairobi. We guarantee a trip to Kenya will leave you with plenty of your own emotions and memories and Safari&Beach look forward starting that process with you.

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The famous three

The Masai Mara is one of the most famous national parks in the world and is not only home to the wildebeest migration but pumps with wildlife throughout the year.  Amboseli, standing in the shadows of Kilimanjaro, benefits from huge elephant herds, whilst Meru is where Joy Adamson released her lioness, Elsa, back into the wild.

Amboseli And South Amboseli And South

Amboseli, famous for it incredible population of elephant, combined with the stunning backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro, is a visual spectacle and a great park to visit in its own right or part of a fuller Kenyan safari.

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Masai Mara Masai Mara

The Masai Mara is unquestionably one of the most famous parks in the world and quite rightly so. The enormous herds of migrating wildebeest attracting several predators makes for an unrivalled wildlife spectacle. This eco system, attached to the S...

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Meru Meru

Meru National Park is a green and lush park with 13 rivers and springs running through and a thus a great contrast to dry savannah of Kenya’s other parks. It is beautiful here with an impressive variety of vegetation, landscape and wildlife ...

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Coast and Islands

Kenya’s coastline is amongst the best in the world.  Soft powdery white sand lapped by turquoise seas  make it a dream beach location.  Safari&Beach tend to move away from the popular mass market resorts found in Mombasa and head south towards Diani and Msembweni.  Sea temperatures that never drop much below 30C make it perfect for snorkelling and diving or a gentle swim after lunch.  For the more adventurous a trip to Lake Victoria makes a great bolt on to a northern safari.

Kenya Coast Kenya Coast

Kenya is home to vast stretches of white sandy beaches lapped by turquoise seas, lying on the coral reef which runs fairly continuously along the east coast of Africa. The Kenya coast is easily combinable with a Kenya safari with air connections d...

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Lake Victoria Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria is the setting for a holiday that’s about as far away from it all as you can possibly get. It’s the world’s second largest freshwater lake and is the magical source of the Nile. The Lake is rich in fish and bird life, its islan...

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Lamu Lamu

Lamu Town, Island and Archipelago, all of the same name, lie 2 degrees south of the Equator along Kenya’s coast. The archipelago is a chain of islands separated from the mainland by a narrow channel bordered with dense mangrove forest and protec...

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Also worth a visit

Laikipia is becoming recognised as one of the best safari locations to visit and has been one of Safari&Beach’s favourite spots for a while.  We love the arid landscapes with its own rare species including reticulated giraffe, gevry zebra and an increasing population of rhino in Lewa.  As you head north, Samburu , sees a fantastic collection of wildlife conjugating round the Ewaso Nyiro river and with the spooky Mount Kenya in the background the vistas are quite magnificent.    A trip to Kenya is difficult without a stop in Nairobi and there are an increasing amount of really good places to stay overnight or to spend a day before or after your international flight.

Laikipia Laikipia

The Laikipia Eco-System is a 9,500km² plateau made up of large private conservancies and Samburu tribal lands. Laikipia, being private land, has always conserved its wildlife, and is the only area in East Africa where wildlife numbers are increas...

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Nairobi Nairobi

The gateway to safari in Kenya and a central hub for many eastern African airlines. Only really worth a night’s stop over at the beginning and/or end of your trip.

Nairobi is a typical African city but suffers a bad repuation for heavy tr...

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Northern Parks Northern Parks

Away from the crowds in northern Kenya you will find some stunning northern parks with their own private conservancies. Samburu National Reserve, Shaba National Reserve or Mathews Range all offer something a little bit different. Here you can im...

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Kenya

Richard’s Camp

Richard’s Camp

Masai Mara, Kenya

Angama Mara

Angama Mara

Masai Mara, Kenya

Saruni Ocean

Saruni Ocean

Kenya Coast, Kenya

House Of Waine

House Of Waine

Nairobi, Kenya

Giraffe Manor

Giraffe Manor

Nairobi, Kenya

Hemingways Nairobi

Hemingways Nairobi

Nairobi, Kenya

Cottar’s 1920s Camp

Cottar’s 1920s Camp

Masai Mara, Kenya

Diani Blue

Diani Blue

Kenya Coast, Kenya

Entim Camp

Entim Camp

Masai Mara, Kenya

Governors’ Camp

Governors’ Camp

Masai Mara, Kenya

Karen Blixen Camp

Karen Blixen Camp

Masai Mara, Kenya

Little Governors’ Camp

Little Governors’ Camp

Masai Mara, Kenya

Elephant Pepper Camp

Elephant Pepper Camp

Masai Mara, Kenya

Naibor Camp

Naibor Camp

Masai Mara, Kenya

Rekero Camp

Rekero Camp

Masai Mara, Kenya

Saruni Mara

Saruni Mara

Masai Mara, Kenya

Saruni Samburu

Saruni Samburu

Kenya, Northern Parks

Ol Donyo Wuas Lodge

Ol Donyo Wuas Lodge

Amboseli And South, Kenya

Mara Plains Camp

Mara Plains Camp

Masai Mara, Kenya

Kinondo Kwetu

Kinondo Kwetu

Kenya Coast, Kenya

Pinewood Resort And Spa

Pinewood Resort And Spa

Kenya Coast, Kenya

Ilkeliani Camp

Ilkeliani Camp

Masai Mara, Kenya

Eka

Eka

Nairobi, Kenya

Ole Sereni

Ole Sereni

Nairobi, Kenya

The Fairview

The Fairview

Nairobi, Kenya

Loisaba

Loisaba

Laikipia, Kenya

Waterlovers Beach Resort

Waterlovers Beach Resort

Kenya Coast, Kenya

Mara Toto

Mara Toto

Masai Mara, Kenya

Lewa Safari Camp

Lewa Safari Camp

Laikipia, Kenya

Governors Private Camp

Governors Private Camp

Masai Mara, Kenya

Il Moran Camp

Il Moran Camp

Masai Mara, Kenya

Kicheche Bush Camp

Kicheche Bush Camp

Masai Mara, Kenya

Kicheche Mara Camp

Kicheche Mara Camp

Masai Mara, Kenya

Kicheche Valley Camp

Kicheche Valley Camp

Masai Mara, Kenya

Offbeat Mara Camp

Offbeat Mara Camp

Masai Mara, Kenya

Ol Seki Hemingways Mara

Ol Seki Hemingways Mara

Masai Mara, Kenya

Porini Lion Camp

Porini Lion Camp

Masai Mara, Kenya

Porini Mara Camp

Porini Mara Camp

Masai Mara, Kenya

Sala’s Camp

Sala’s Camp

Masai Mara, Kenya

Serian Camp

Serian Camp

Masai Mara, Kenya

Amboselli Porini

Amboselli Porini

Amboseli And South, Kenya

Amboselli Serena Lodge

Amboselli Serena Lodge

Amboseli And South, Kenya

Tortillis Camp

Tortillis Camp

Amboseli And South, Kenya

Msambweni Beach House

Msambweni Beach House

Kenya Coast, Kenya

The Funzi Keys

The Funzi Keys

Kenya Coast, Kenya

Kicheche Laikipia Camp

Kicheche Laikipia Camp

Laikipia, Kenya

Ol Malo House

Ol Malo House

Laikipia, Kenya

Ol Malo Lodge

Ol Malo Lodge

Laikipia, Kenya

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp

Ol Pejeta Bush Camp

Laikipia, Kenya

Mfangano Island Camp

Mfangano Island Camp

Lake Victoria, Kenya

Peponi Hotel

Peponi Hotel

Kenya Coast, Kenya, Lamu

Red Pepper House

Red Pepper House

Kenya Coast, Kenya, Lamu

The Majilis

The Majilis

Kenya Coast, Kenya

Elsa’s Kopje

Elsa’s Kopje

Kenya, Meru

Rhino River Camp

Rhino River Camp

Kenya, Meru

Joy’s Camp

Joy’s Camp

Kenya, Northern Parks

Kititch Camp

Kititch Camp

Kenya, Northern Parks

Sasaab Lodge

Sasaab Lodge

Kenya, Northern Parks

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