9 Days Kenya Safari and Beach

Great-value Bush-to-Beach Safari

Activities

Game Drive & Beach

Best Season

May to January

Start/End Point

Nairobi

9 Days, 8 Nights Kenya Safari and Beach

Discover the ultimate ‘beach and bush’ escape with our 9-day Kenya Mara & Diani Beach safari – a dream for honeymooners, romantic seekers, and families. Experience classic allure with family-friendly lodgings.

Begin with Kenya’s gem – the Masai Mara National Reserve. Nestled within a private concession, Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp offers exclusive game sightings and stunning Mara plains views. This corner of the Masai Mara transforms during the wildebeest migration, with Kichwa Tembo on the Migration route, treating guests to dramatic crocodile-crossing spectacles.

Journey to Diani Beach on the Indian Ocean coast, where Waterlovers Beach Retreat, a serene escape, awaits. Amid palm trees and coastal forest, relish white sands and crystal-clear waters, often visited by playful monkeys.

End at Ololo Lodge outside Nairobi, where a tranquil evening rounds off your vacation. Relive safari stories around the campfire, shop, or explore Nairobi’s gems like the Karen Blixen Museum and Giraffe Centre. Our Kenya Best-Value Mara & Diani Beach safari promises an ideal blend of adventure and relaxation.

Tour Highlights:

  • Iconic world-famous game park – see the Big Five
  • Private guide, conversant in English or language of your choice
  • Unlimited game drives with exclusive use of pop-top safari vehicle
  • Elephant, giraffe, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah, zebra, wildebeest and more
  • Immense herds of wildlife
  • Unforgettable Savannah vistas
  • Masai people and culture
  • Unique accommodations – safari lodges/tented camps

Safari Itinerary

Days 1-3: A private Masai Mara safari

Your adventure begins upon arrival at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, followed by a transfer to Wilson Airport, the domestic hub. From there, a flight transports you to Kenya’s iconic Masai Mara National Reserve and the renowned Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp. A beloved haven among safari enthusiasts, this camp offers sprawling savannah vistas and elegant canvas-and-timber suites. Nestled within a private concession, Kichwa Tembo offers the privilege of exclusive game sightings and unique activities like spot-lit night drives, not permitted in the main reserve. For a bird’s-eye perspective, consider a hot-air balloon ride over the Masai Mara.

With two full days at your disposal, immerse yourself in the abundant wildlife of the region. Traverse the terrain via 4X4 and, if desired, on foot, an excellent way to uncover intricate details guided by experts. Positioned on the seasonal Migration path, Kichwa Tembo thrives from August to November when the magnificent wildebeest herds are present. Witnessing river crossings during this time is a highlight, as wildebeest brave the waters, navigating past lurking giant crocodiles. Abounding with wildlife year-round, Kichwa Tembo guarantees exceptional game viewing throughout your stay.

Days 4-7: A beachside retreat
A scheduled flight whisks you from Kichwa Tembo to Ukunda Airport, south of Mombasa on the Indian Ocean coast. Here you are met and transferred to Waterlovers Beach Retreat where you can kick back after the drama and early morning starts of your Masai Mara safari. This family-owned and -run resort has everything you need for complete relaxation: it sits on the dazzling white sands of world-famous Diani Beach and its rooms are air conditioned and come with complimentary Wi-Fi. There is an in-house spa offering massages, beauty and wellness treatments and reflexology. Enjoy little touches such as seats shaped like whale tails and relaxed atmosphere that is very child friendly.

You also have the chance to be as active as you like: there is a popular beginner’s coral reef nearby, an 18-hole golf course and bikes to rent. Imaginative meals are enjoyed with sand between your toes and the menu changes daily: dishes include roasted pumpkin ravioli in crab and fish ragout, and passion fruit mousse with white chocolate flakes.

Day 8: A night in Nairobi
A final night in Nairobi means there is no rushed end to this tour. You sit back on a flight from Diani to Nairobi’s Wilson Airport and a transfer to Ololo Safari Lodge, one of the Kenyan capital’s most original accommodations. Ololo is set overlooking Nairobi National Park, the only big game reserve on the outskirts of a major city and home to plenty of heavyweights including lion, giraffe and buffalo. There are opportunities to see Nairobi’s sights such as the Karen Blixen Museum, the Giraffe Centre and Daphne Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage or perhaps you would like to do some last-minute shopping (buy sculptures and jewellery at Matbronze, glassware at Kitingela, handmade beads at Kazuri and décor made from reclaimed ocean plastic at Ocean Sole). You may also prefer to take things easy by sitting and watching wildlife as it moves around in front of camp.
Day 9: Goodbye Kenya
After breakfast at Ololo Safari Lodge you are transferred to Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your onward travel arrangements and the end of this tour.

Tour Price Includes

Courtesy Nairobi airport-hotel pick up/drop off transfers

Services of an experienced English/ other language speaking safari tour guide/driver

Transport in a customized 4×4 pop up top Land Cruiser jeep

Private game viewing drives
Bottled drinking water in safari vehicle
Park entrance fees
Meals on safari

Pick up /drop off at your Nairobi airport/ Nairobi hotel or residence

Government taxes and local levies

Tour Price Excludes

Bottled & Soft Drinks
Items and services of a personal nature
Tips & Gratuities.

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Why Book this Safari with us

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Professional safari guides

Our guides are very knowledgeable and experts in the field. They will be your moving encyclopedias for all the information that you may want while on safari.

Professional safari guides

Our guides are very knowledgeable and experts in the field. They will be your moving encyclopedias for all the information that you may want while on safari.

24-7 Customer support

We are experts in customized customer concierge service. We take care of your safari needs before you arrive until you take your flight home.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the common questions which our clients ask as they plan for their African safari.

Do i need visa/passport?

Yes! To visit Kenya you will definitely require a passport and a visa. Your passport should have at least 2 blank pages and should be valid for a minimum of 6 months past your arrival date. This is to ensure that its validity does not expire before your safari is over.

There are 3 ways to obtain a tourist visa to Kenya;

  1. Visit a Kenyan embassy and apply
  2. On entry to Kenya you can apply for a landing visa. For a landing visa, you need to present your passport. A visa application form and a landing cad will be provided for you to fill out. You will then be required to pay the visa fee in US dollars, which is 50 USD.
  3. For a Visa to Kenya you can apply only by visiting http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html
Can my children accompany me during the safaris?

Of course! The most beautiful African safari experiences are had as a family. Your children will enjoy seeing the many animals they only read about in books or watch in the movies.

It will be a memorable experience for them. However, it would help if you continually keep your children in sight, especially when in the bush or in a camping site or lodge. Some camps and lodges are not fenced and wild animals roam around freely. Safari guides, however, are always on the lookout to keep you and your children safe.

Kindly let us know during booking if your children will accompany you so that we can make prior arrangements to make their stay comfortable.

What do you mean by unlimited game drives?

A safari is all about freedom and flexibility in exploring the wild. This is what we give our guests. We give you freedom to exclusive wildlife viewing with no restriction on fuel and mileage.

As long as you are within the designated game drive area and the park’s operational hours you can drive for as long as you want. The game drive area also has to be in accordance to your itinerary. For example, if your itinerary reads ‘explore Maasai Mara National Park’, you can drive within Maasai Mara all day but at no one point can you cross over the Mara River into The Serengeti.

Are there bathrooms in the bush?

Your bathroom needs will catered for throughout the safari. There are several public bathroom facilities around picnic sites, camps, lodges ranger stations, visitor centers and museums.

This being a private safari there might not be any public bathroom facilities in sight. However, you will be given an opportunity to use bush bathrooms when no vehicle can be spotted nearby.

The big safari vehicle will keep you hidden as you go about your business. Bush bathrooms are convenient and you will adapt to them.

What kind of clothing should i bring with me?

For comfort throughout the safari, bring with you light casual clothes. Avoid extreme colors; not too dark (black and dark blue are a no) and not too bright. Try neutral colors.

Safari clothing tips

  • Avoid dark colors like black and dark blue. Recommended safari colors are brown, green, khaki, olive and beige.
  • Lightweight jacket or windbreaker
  • Casual, loose-fitting clothes
  • Comfortable walking shoes (i.e. Sneakers, hiking shoes)
  • Sandals or flip-flops
  • Swimsuit
  • Hat
  • Extra cotton socks and underwear
  • One warm sweater

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If you would like more information on any of the range of safari trips we provide, contact the Access to Kenya Safaris. You can call us at +255 767 081 050 or contact us online and we will get back to you as soon as possible.