Cheetah in Masai Mara

Mara Leisure Camp

Mara Nyumbu Camp

Mnarani Beach Cottages

Mnarani Beach Cottages

Maasai Mara and Zanzibar

A trip to Kenya for those who want to experience a good but shorter safari in Africa's richest animal sanctuary; Maasai Mara. You will then complete the trip with a relaxing seaside experience at wonderful Zanzibar. The trip includes;

  • A night in a high-class hotel in Nairobi
  • Three-day safari in the Maasai Mara
  • Three nights at a tented camp n the Masai Mara
  • Private safari jeep and safari guide
  • Seven nights half-board at Mnarani Beach Cottages, Zanzibar
  • Insurance with Flying Doctors, including air transportation to hospital in case if serious illness or injury

 This Safari trip suits those of you who wish to see the great majority of Kenyas’s large mammals in a shorter and more intense safari. If you want to see the animals and get the real safari expereince but do not want to travel between Kenya’s various park, this is the trip for you.

After the safari you will fly to Zanzibar to enjoy a week of sunshine by the ocean. The standard price includes half-board accommodation in standard garden view room on Mnarani Beach Cottages. Upgrades are possible. Click here to read about all our hotels in Zanzibar.

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Itinerary

Day1: Departure from UK
Flights from UK leave at night

Day 2: Arrival in Nairobi
Upon arrival in Nairobi you will be met by our representative and transfered to you accommodation at Eka Hotel The car journey takes about 30 minutes. The rest of the day will be spent on you own. No meals are included on this day.

 

Day 3: Nairobi to Maasai Mara
Breakfast at the hotel and then departure towards Maasai Mara. The car journey will takes around four hours and you will arrive at your lodge in time for lunch. After lunch its time for your first game drive in the Maasai Mara. This is Kenya's animal richest park and among the many animals you can see here, are lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, jackal, impala , buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, elephant, giraffe, Grant's gazelle, Thomson's gazelle, hippo, crocodile, etc. In the evening, you will drive to your lodge for dinner. Accommodation at Mara Nyumbu Camp or Mara Leisure Camp. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. Beverage is not included

 

Day 4 & 5: Maasai Mara
Full days Safari in the Maasai Mara. You will enjoy a picnic lunch at the rest stop during the day. The entire day is spent with safari you will return to your lodge at dusk. Accommodation at Mara Nyumbu Camp or Mara Leisure Camp (same lodge as the previous night). Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. Beverage is not included

 

Day 6: Maasai Mara to Zanzibar
You leave the Maasai Mara after breakfast and drive to Nairobi. In Nairobi you will be driven to a restaurant where you will have lunch (not included) on your own. After lunch your journey continues towards the airport for flight to Zanzibar. Upon arrival in Zanzibar you will be met by our representative who will transport you to your hotel. Accommodation at Mnarani Beach Cottages in the standard price but opportunity exists to upgrade. Here you will find information about all our hotels in Zanzibar. Breakfast and dinner are included. Beverage is not included

 

Day 7-12: Zanzibar
The days are free to spend on you own. There are opportunities for day trips to go sailing, snorkel, and diving. You can also visit the medieval capital of Zanzibar, Stone Town or any of the island's spice plantations. Breakfast and dinner are included. Beverage is not included

 

Day 13: Departure
We will pick you up at the hotel 3 hours before your flight departs for transfer to Zanzibar Airport. Breakfast is included on this day.

Dates and prices

Price includes flight Kenya- Zanzibar. Prices above are quoted per adult (> 15 years old) sharing a double room. Discounts for children and youth applies.

Included in the price

  • Flight UK-Nairobi, Nairobi-Zanzibar and Zanzibar-UK  (applies provided the tickets at cheapest booking class available) 
  • Flight taxes and fees
  • All hotel nights, meals and transfers as specified in the itinerary
  • Part of the Safari Vehicles
  • Safari Guide, (your guide is knowledgeable and experienced with a very good English)
  • Insurance with Flying Doctors, including air transportation to hospital in Nairobi or Mombasa incase if serious illness or injury

Not included in the price

  • Visa to Kenya 
  • Visa to Tanzania 
  • Departure tax from Zanzibar. Currently $40/person (2014-04) payable in cash on departure from Zanzibar. Can not be paid in advance. 
  • Travel Insurance 
  • Cancellation insurance 
  • Tip to the Guides 
  • Personal expenses such as mini bar, laundry, telephone and Internet

For travel insurance and cancellation insurance, we recommend

  1. Check what travel insurance is included in your home insurance
  2. Pay your journey with creditcard. Many credit cards include a good travel insurance. NOTE the conditions of various cards differ check carefully what is included in your card. We accept MasterCard and VISA
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Name:
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Phone:
Preferred travel date:
Number of people:
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is of coures free of charge and
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Hotels & Lodges

Eka Hotel
Newly built hotel near Nairobi National Park just outside of Nairobi. The hotel has an ideal location close to both the international airport Jomo Kenyatta Airport and the domestic airport Wilson Airport. The hotel holds international standard with new and clean rooms, restaurant, bar aswell as a pool. A perfect hotel to rest up after your flight so that you gather energy for your Safari.

Mara Nyumbu Camp 
Great tented camp in a good location right on the border to the Masai Mara National Reserve. Here you will stay in one of the animal richest land areas in the world and wildlife is often seen close by the lodge. All rooms are located in their own tents which are spacious and well kept. All tents have proper beds, toilet and shower. Learn more about Mara Nyumbu Camp.

Mara Leisure Camp
A tent lodge of great quality with a stunning location along the Talek river bank inside the Masai Mara. The lodge has large spacious tents with real beds and bathrooms with toilet, shower and a bathtub. Each tent has its own veranda and since there are no fences into the lodge animals sometimes walks between the tents.

Mnarani Beach Cottages, Zanzibar 
Mnarani Beach Cottages is a nice and affordable midrange hotel. They offer simple but clean rooms in the main building as well as independent bungalows. The standard rooms in this lodge provide basic amenities and has either ocean or garden view. We recommend upgrading to the deluxe or superior rooms, which are much larger, have a balcony and are far more comfortable (the price difference isn't too big) The hotels 2 large family bungalows with four beds is a good alternative for families travelling with children. The atmosphere is calm and relaxed. Read more about Mnarani Beach Cottages here.

Upgrade your accommodation in Zanzibar
We can offer a wide selection of hotels on Zanzibar and the neighboring island Pemba to suit all tastes. We at Africana Travel have no partnerships with large resorts nor charter hotels - but work exclusively with smaller boutique hotel. From mid-range to luxury. Learn more about our hotels on Zanzibar here. 

Prior to your trip

Before your departure you might want to go through our checklist below to make sure you have everything you need.

Visa, If you choose to apply for your visa before your departure it should be done through their respective embassy. We recommend that you apply at lest a month in advance. There is also the possibility to buy your visa upon arrival. Make sure you have the correct amount (in USD) easily accessible in your hand luggage.

Visa to Kenya, you can apply for at the Kenya Embassy alternatively buy on arrival in Kenya. Applying at the Embassy cost £30 for a visa and on arrival the price is USD 50. There tends to be long queues for visa applications at arrivals. We therefor suggest that you apply for you visa at lest a month before departure. Download the application form *here*. Note that your passport has to be valid for a minimum of six months after your return flight and you passport can't be damaged in anyway. If you apply for a visa at arrivals in Kenya you will have to be able to show your return flight.

Visa to Tanzania, you can apply for a visa through the Tanzania High Commission for £40 and upon arrival in Tanzania the price is USD 50. There tends to be long queues for visa applications at arrivals. We therefor suggest that you apply for you visa at lest a month before departure. Download the application form *here*. Note that your passport has to be valid for a minimum of six months after your return flight and you passport can't be damaged in anyway. If you apply for a visa at arrivals in Tanzania you will have to be able to show your return flight.

Vaccinations, Visits you vaccination clinic well in advance to receive the vaccinations and any medications you might need. Bring your proof of vaccination to your destination.

Travel Currency, It's best to have USD in cash. Visa cards are also good, Mastercards are accepted fairly often but Amex and Diners Club are rarely accepted. Note that in many places in East Africa there is a fee up to 5% on card transactions.

Ticket; Usually you will receive an e-ticket on your email. Print your ticket and bring it to the airport for check-in. Make sure to check your flight ticket before your journey. You can do this by using your surname and booking reference to log in to checkmytrip.com. (This does not apply for group bookings) If you cant access you booking for any reason feel free to contact us and we will assist you.

Luggage: Pack your belongings in soft bags so they easily fit into the limited space in the safari jeep.

Baggage Allowance; This varies between the different airline. Check with each airline website for their current conditions. Most domestic flights in East Africa only allow one bag with a limit of 20kg/person. Smaller safari planes often only allow 15kg/person including hand luggage.

Insurance; Before you travel make sure have an adequate travel insurance. Note that with several debit/ credit cards you travel insurance is included if you pay your trip with card. Check the conditions for your home insurance and card carefully before purchasing additional travel insurance. Africana Travel do not sell any travel insurance or cancelation insurance.

Flight check in: You can either check-in at the airport or the airlines website. Most airlines offers online check in 48h before departure. Note that not all airlines offer online check-in, therefor please look at your airline website prior to your journey. We can't check-in for you or book you a specific seats with extra legroom. Some airlines allows you to reserve specific seats with extra legroom on their website for an additional fee. This can be paid online by credit or debit card.

Terms of Purchasing; Trips booked with us are covered by general and special conditions. When purchasing a trip from Africana Travel your automatically accept these. Therefore, check our terms and conditions carefully.

What to bring on your Safari

To make your safari as pleasurable as possible we put together a checklist of things you should consider to include in your luggage.

Soft Luggage; Pack your belongings in soft bags so they easily fit into the limited space in the safari jeep. Note that the domestic flight to Zanzibar only allows one bag per person.

Binoculars; Many animals will be close to the car but it's good to bring a binocular if we happen to see a leopard or rhino in the distance. 

Flashlight or headlamp; It gets very dark at night in the African wilderness, so bringing a flashlight or preferably a headlamp is recommended.

Wipes or/and Hand Sanitizer; Useful if you want to clean your hands before a meal. Can also be used to clean any grazes etc 

Hiking shoes (low): Hiking shoes are the absolute best to have on your feet whilst on safari, not only for your own comfort but also to protect your feet from any nasties on the ground such as scorpions, sharp rocks or acacia thorns. A lot of camping and hiking stores will recommend Gore-Tex shoes which are waterproof however you will want to make sure that whatever shoes you bring will be breathable as it can get quite hot. The absolute best is if you have comfortable walking shoes that are water resistant.

Sandals or Sneakers. It's nice to have a pair of comfortable well-worn shoes to wear at the lodge in the evening. 

Hat or Cap; To protect you head from the sun

Sunglasses; The sun is extremely strong in East Africa so it's important to protect your eyes.  

Mosquito Repellent

Sunscreen; Bring plenty of sunscreen with a high SPF. If you’re travelling during the European autumn/winter it's especially important to wear a sunscreen with high SPF in the beginning. Bring as much as you will need since it's difficult to find in East Africa and where it's available it tends to be expensive. 

Light Clothes; bring thin t-shirt and trousers/shorts. Functional materials are more comfortable than cotton. In some areas, such as the Ngorongoro crater you will experience chilly night (especially between May and September), so we recommend you to bring a light jacket or fleece. 

Small backpack or bag to carry camera and similar things during the day

IMPORTANT!! Before your trip make sure to visit a vaccination clinic and get the vaccinations and malaria prophylaxis you need!

FAQ

We have collected the frequently asked questions here.

Weather and Climate

Kenya lies on the equator and most of the country has a tropical climate. A part of the country is located on the East African plateau where the climate is noticeably cooler and drier than the coast. Northern parts of Kenya are dry and consist largely of semi-desert. Daytime temperatures in Kenya's safari parks, Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara ranges from about 25 degrees between May and August to between 25 and 35 degrees the rest of the year. The warmest months are December and February. It rains very different in various parts of the country and rain normally occurs every month. The rainiest months are March, April and May and the driest are July to October. Learn more about weather and climate in Kenya in our Safari Guide Kenya.

Zanzibar has a distinctly tropical climate with warm weather all year round. Afternoon temperatures generally range between 25 degrees during coolest months of May-July and 35 degrees in the hottest months, October to February. Typically the night temperatures fall to around 20 degree. The rainiest months are March, April and May and the driest is June to October. Although rain can occurs all year round.

 

Reservation

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