Masai Mara meets Zanzibar
Our best value ever safari and beach holiday. This two-week holiday combines the wildlife rich plains of the Masai Mara in Kenya (within a private conservancy no less), with the silky, soft beaches of Zanzibar.
This trip pairs the world-famous Masai Mara with exotic Zanzibar. From Nairobi, you'll take a light aircraft to the Masai Mara, before being whisked away to Eagle View safari camp. This small, 10-room camp has plenty to boast about. Sat on a ridge, overlooking a natural waterhole where game comes to drink, it has some of the best views in the Masai Mara, plus National Geographic named it one of the top 25 eco-lodges in the world. Located in a private conservancy, the wildlife viewing here is amazing, and the service and guiding will not disappoint.
Whilst here, you have the option to add on a sunrise hot air balloon flight over the Mara. A signature experience, and although not a cheap addition, a true bucket list activity, floating gently above the plains as the sun pokes its head above the horizon and game go about their day below.
Next up, it's Zanzibar, famous for its pristine sandy beaches and stunning coral reefs. Start your week with a night in historic Stone Town allowing you to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site and cultural gem, before heading to Zanzibar Queen Hotel, set on one of the most beautiful coral beaches in the world - Matemwe - a true gem among Zanzibar resorts. Spend the rest of your trip relaxing on the beach, snorkelling, eating delicious seafood and generally living the good life.
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Day 1: Happy Holidays!
Depart the UK on an overnight flight to Kenya.
Day 2: Head to the Masai Mara
Arrive in Kenya early this morning. You will be met on arrival and have a private transfer to Wilson Airport (25 minutes) where you will board your light aircraft to the Masai Mara, enjoying the wonderful changing landscape as you fly over the plains below. On landing, you will be whisked away to Eagle View in Naiboisbo Conservancy where you spend 4 nights on safari.
Day 3 & 4: Safari Time
Enjoy early morning and late afternoon game drives where you can see big cats, giraffes, zebra, wildebeest and much more. In between game drives, relax at Eagle View which overlooks a natural waterhole making for superb predator and prey interactions.
Day 5: Hot Air Balloon Ride (Optional)
Today you have the option to add in an early morning balloon flight over the Masai Mara, followed by a champagne breakfast in the bush. A balloon flight over the Maasai Mara is widely considered a bucket list activity that offers a serene and spectacular experience floating over the vast, lush, and game-filled plains as the sun slowly rises above the horizon lighting up the plains below. An experience you'll never forget.
If you choose not to do this, you will instead enjoy another morning game drive, and depending on the time of year may even see the Great Wildebeest Migration.
Day 6: Goodbye Mara, Hello Zanzibar
Today you will say a fond farewell to the Mara, enjoying a final game drive en route to catch your light aircraft flight back to Nairobi. You will have a private transfer to the international airport for scheduled flight 12h50 to Zanzibar (1.5 hrs)
In Zanzibar you will be met at the airport and transferred to Zanzibar Palace Hotel in Stone Town where you will spend one night. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stone Town is Zanzibar's historic capital that dates back to the 1600s.
Day 7: Explore Stone Town
Enjoy a guided walking tour of historic Old Town, where you'll learn of Zanzibar's dark past at the centre of the world's slave trade, visit many historical buildings and explore the buzzing narrow streets.
After lunch at a rooftop restaurant transfer to the Zanzibar Queen Hotel located on one of the most beautiful coral beaches in the world where you will spend six nights in this idyllic paradise.
Day 8 - 12: Beach Relaxation
Spend your days relaxing on the talcum powder soft sand beaches, enjoy yoga classes, relaxing massages and diving in the waters of the Indian OceanPlush spacious rooms with views.
Day 13: Departure Day
After a morning relaxing on the beach, in the late afternoon, you'll be transferred (45 mins) to Zanzibar Airport in time for your flight to Nairobi, connecting with your overnight flight to the UK.
Day 14: Arrive Home
Arrive early this morning back in the UK.
Duration: 14 Days
Location: Kenya, Africa
From £2,690pp (excluding international flights).
This trip includes:
- All transfers and domestic flights.
- On safari - Full board accommodation, all meals, all safari game drives and other activities, park and conservation fees, and laundry.
- Zanzibar Palace Hotel - breakfast included + private guided tour of historic Stone Town
- Zanzibar Queen Hotel - breakfast and dinner and most non-motorised activities included.
This trip excludes:
- International flights (expect these to cost from £600pp for economy flights. Please note; pricing can change significantly depending on the time of year and how far in advance flights are booked)
- Optional Hot Air Balloon (£495pp)
- Single supplements
We've worked hard to create a safari and beach holiday that offers unbeatable value - we think the best on the market. The Masai Mara and Zanzibar combination is an all-time classic, and we've included some of our favourite lodges within this, however, we want to take a moment to highlight the difference between value and price. You will find cheaper itineraries elsewhere, this is not a bargain basement trip, our focus is first and foremost good quality holiday experiences, but we want to give our clients the best value possible and so are proud to launch our 'Unbeatable Value' series.