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13 days Masai Mara, Stone Town, Zanzibar Beaches
13 days Masai Mara, Stone Town, Zanzibar Beaches
Experience it all with incredible wildlife safaris, spectacular Kenyan scenery, vibrant Stone Town culture and history, and exclusive beaches on the pristine shores of Zanzibar.
Your luxury Kenya & Zanzibar holiday begins with a phenomenal safari adventure in Kenya's iconic Masai Mara. You'll roam the dramatic plains with expert guides, as you go in search of Africa's 'Big 5', including lions, leopards, elephants, rhino, and Cape buffalo.
See the magnificent wildlife on shared or private day and night game drives, and even from the air with a hot air balloon safari. You'll also have the opportunity to visit local Masai Mara communities and witness some incredible cultural experiences.
Next, you'll fly to Zanzibar and stay in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stone Town where you'll wander the maze of magical alleyways, soaking up the colourful culture and rich history. Your luxury holiday ends on the stunning shores of Zanzibar's resplendent east coast, where you can discover incredible marine life and relax on the white sandy beaches in lavish luxury.
You will be met on arrival at Nairobi international airport by our VIP meet and greet service. A representative will escort you through immigration and customs to your driver, who will transfer you to the Nairobi domestic airport for your light aircraft flight west to the Masai Mara. Light aircraft flights are great adventures in their own right and if you're lucky, you can even spot wildlife from the air as you fly in.
You will be met on arrival at your airstrip in the Masai Mara and a representative from Saruni Mara, where you will spend your next 4 nights. After lunch, you can venture into the bush on your first safari activity, as you begin your search for Africa's iconic Big 5.
Enjoy your first full day on safari in the Masai Mara, a world-renowned wildlife reserve and one of the best 'Big 5' safari regions in all of Africa. The Masai Mara is a fantastic option for first timers, migration followers, and experienced safari lovers alike. Saruni Mara includes shared day game drives and nature walks as the core safari activities. On top of these classic activities, Saruni Mara offers a wide range of extras, including cultural village tours, hot air balloon rides and much more. These are all wonderful optional extras that our friendly Africa team would be happy to arrange to personalise for your safari experience.
The Mara is a fantastic year-round safari destination with especially clear game viewing in the long dry season from July to October, and beautiful touches of green to the scenery in the shoulder and rainy seasons. The Great Migration typically occurs in the Masai Mara during the long dry season, making this a traditionally excellent time to go on holiday in Kenya.
An interesting fact about the Masai Mara is that it contains one of the highest densities of lions anywhere in the world and yet you can see the Maasai tribesmen grazing their cattle in the surrounding land. You'll gain first-hand insight into the conflict that occurs between humans and wildlife, as cattle and predators roam side by side.
This morning you have time for your early morning walking safari or game drive before you leave Saruni Mara and head back to the airstrip in time for your scheduled light aircraft flight. You'll arrive in Nairobi in the early afternoon, where you'll be met and transferred to one of our favourite nearby restaurants to have lunch and relax. In the afternoon you'll be driven to Nairobi's international airport for your direct flight to Zanzibar. You'll be met on arrival in Zanzibar airport and driven the short distance to Stone Town, where you'll stay for two nights at the authentic Zanzibar Palace Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis.
Today after you have finished breakfast at the Zanzibar Palace Hotel you will have a free day to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stone Town at your own leisure. A couple of great options we love to recommend are a locally guided walking tour through the maze of alleyways and colourful bazaars, a trip to Prison Island, or a half day visit to Mnarani Turtle Sanctuary to see the giant tortoise. We can pre-book any tours to ensure you get the most out of your time in Stone Town.
This former spice trading port is filled with a melting pot of cultures with Swahili, Persian, Arabic, European and Indian influences. Discover the ancient stone houses, beautiful mosques, carved wooden doors, and Arabian archways. There are several cultural places of interest including the Portuguese Fort, the old Dhow Port, the Old Slave Market, the Sultan's Palace, the House of Wonders, Livingstone House, the Hamamni Baths and the Persian Baths of Kidichi.
This morning you'll check out of Zanzibar Palace Hotel and will be driven across the island to Pongwe Beach Hotel on the stunning east coast of Zanzibar. You can take a tour to see the local spice plantations on your journey from Stone Town to the east coast. A spice plantation tour lasts about an hour and it's a great introduction to Zanzibar's world famous exotic spices and their significance to the Zanzibar islands. After your optional tour, you'll arrive at your luxury accommodation by the beach, where you'll stay for six nights on a half board basis.
Spend your next 5 days relaxing and enjoying your time on the tropical beaches of Zanzibar, reading a book lounging on the soft white sand, swimming in the sparkling turquoise waters, or sipping cocktails and coconuts by the pool.
Pongwe Beach Hotel is in a very untouched corner of the island, far from the normal tourist trails. Taking a trip into the local town will allow you to experience an authentic, real-life view of the ways of life on the island. The locals are extremely friendly and will be happy to show you around.
There will also be options for extra activities, including snorkeling, taking boat trips along the coast of the island and much more. All can be organised before the trip or whilst you are there with the hotel.
We recommend that one of you days should be spent in Jozani Chwaka National Park, one of the last remaining sanctuaries in the world of the Red Colobus monkey. The forest is full of incredible wildlife including Sykes monkeys, bush pigs, Ader's duiker and Suni antelopes, elephant shrews, chameleons and lots of birdlife and butterflies
Your Luxury Kenya & Zanzibar Holiday has sadly come to an end. Enjoy a final breakfast this morning at Pongwe Beach Hotel before checking out of your beach resort. You'll be driven to the Zanzibar airport to check-in for your international return flight.
You'll be leaving east Africa with many amazing memories and special stories, and a unique appreciation of the wildlife, people, history, culture and stunning natural beauty of Kenya and Zanzibar. After such an incredible adventure, you'll be itching to explore another beautiful corner of the world. Where will you go next?