11 Days Masai Mara/Naboisho Conservancy Safari and Watamu Beach Journey from US$3,603.-

This journey takes you from the glowing amber sunset of the Masai Mara to the azure horizon of the Watamu Coastline. This is Kenya at its best…..wildlife, cultures, scenery….

Ol Seki Hemingways Mara is located in the heart of the Naboisho Conservancy which borders the Maasai Mara Reserve. The conservancy limits entry to clients actually staying inside the area and offers an incredibly private safari experience. You beach boutique resort is an iconic tropical paradise on the Kenyan coast sitting right in the middle of the pristine Watamu Marine National Park with its idyllic white sand beach and turquoise waters. 

AccommodationDestinationBasisRoom TypeDuration
Ole Sereni HotelNairobiB&B1x Superior room1 Night
Ol Seki MaraMasai MaraFI1x Nina Tent4 Nights
Hemingways WatamuWatamu BeachHB1x Ocean View Double5 Nights

Key
HB: Half Board – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
B&B: Bed and Breakfast
FI: Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities

Price

*US$3,603.- Jan 5 to April 14th, Nov 1 to Dec 19th, 2022; single supplement US$780.-

*US$3,968.- July and August 2022, single supplement US$980.-

*US$3,874.- June, September and October 2022, single supplement US$940.-

Included

Accommodation and meals as per package, domestic flights, all transfers, wi-fi, 

Safari Lodge: standard alcoholic beverages, 2 shared game drives per day in Naboisho Conservancy, 1 shared bush breakfast, 1 shared night game drive,  Naboisho Park fees,

Beach Hotel:  mineral water, use of gym and tennis court, snorkeling trip on a glass bottom boat (excluding marine park fees) 

Excluded

International flight to/from Kenya, optional tours, premium drinks at safari lodge, visa, activities at beach hotel, 

Covid testing and other covid related costs.

Day 1:            Ole Sereni Hotel, Nairobi            

Kenya

Resting in the magnificent Great Rift Valley and presided over by the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, Kenya is characterised by hauntingly beautiful natural landscapes of forested hills, patchwork farms, wooded savanna and vast forests brimming with an extraordinary abundance of wildlife. The nation’s diverse range of traditional African cultures is influenced by over 70 unique ethnic groups from the Maasai, Samburu, Kikuyu, and Turkana tribes to the Arabs and Indians that settled on the coast. Add to this: an exquisite tropical coastline fringed with breathtaking golden sand beaches; gorgeous coral gardens providing excellent snorkeling and diving opportunities; and a slew of lively beach resorts, and it is easy to see why so many visitors flock here from around the world to experience a truly unique African adventure in one of the world’s most pristine safari destinations.

Nairobi

Situated along the Nairobi River in beautiful Kenya, the capital of Nairobi is East Africa’s most cosmopolitan city. It serves as an excellent starting point for African safari trips around Kenya. Nairobi is Africa’s 4th largest city and is a vibrant and exciting place to be. There are some fascinating attractions: its cafe culture, unbridled nightlife, the National Museum, the Karen Blixen Museum and most notably, just 20 minutes from the city centre, wild lions and buffalo roam in the world’s only urban game reserve. Make sure you pay a visit to the elephant orphanage operated by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for a once in a lifetime experience.

Day Itinerary

Arrive in Kenya and transfer to your hotel overlooking Nairobi National Park. Rest and relax. 

Overnight: Ole Sereni Hotel 

Located just off Mombasa road Ole-Sereni is the only hotel bordering a National Game Park. The title of the hotel is taken from the Maasai name for the area meaning ‘place of tranquillity’. Ole-Sereni captures the essence of Nairobi, which is the only city in the world that boasts a natural game park within its precincts. The hotel offers its guests views of animals in their natural surroundings at the waterhole in the park from the restaurants, bar, swimming pool and other parts of the hotel.

As ‘The City Hotel by the Game Park’ Ole-Sereni combines the best features of a modern City Hotel and a traditional wildlife lodge where guests can enjoy nature’s tranquillity from a very close range. Ole-Sereni is strategically positioned close to the Airport and the city centre, offering world-class facilities and personalized services to business as well as leisure travellers. The hotel also enjoys proximity to the central business district, international organizations, financial institutions, government offices and the industrial areas of Nairobi.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 2:            Ol Seki Mara, Masai Mara        

Masai Mara

The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve. The image of acacia trees dotting endless grass plains epitomises Africa for many, then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The undeniable highlight of the Masai Mara National Reserve is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration traversing the vast plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. It is known as the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. Large prides of lions, herds of elephants, as well as giraffes, gazelles and eland can also be spotted in the reserve. Aside from horse riding safaris and traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential.

Day Itinerary

Take a bush flight and enjoy your first safari this afternoon. 

Overnight: Ol Seki Mara          View iBrochure

Set on a rocky promontory, overlooking the Isupukiai River Valley, our luxury Ol Seki Hemingways Mara camp enjoys panoramic views in a gorgeous wilderness area teeming with game on the Naboisho Conservancy north of the Mara Reserve. The area provides a rare opportunity to enjoy wildlife viewing in a pristine setting away from mass tourism. The oasis of inspired and beautifully designed tents is nestled amongst Cordia and Acacia trees attracting an abundance of wildlife and birds, many of which are seen from the tents in the valley below. Ol Seki Hemingways Mara is a partner with the Naboisho Conservancy thus involved in the management and major decision making process of the conservancy.

Nina Tent

These tents are ideal for couples. The high dome centers over a double bed decked out in fine linens. Six opening panels encompass the bed on three sides, which mean that from the comfort of your pillow, you can watch the dawn break in panorama. The rear section of the tent houses your en-suite bathroom and dressing area and in front of the tent is a large deck where you can enjoy private dining, sunbathing and star gazing.

Activities

Game Drives Safari

Optional

Guided Walks
Community Visits
Horseback Safari
Balloon Safari

Game Drives Safari

Days are as action packed or as relaxed as guests want and being in a conservancy means we have the freedom to head out on game drives whenever suits; that might be at first light to capture the sunrise and an early morning cheetah hunt or that might be after dark to experience some of the alternative wildlife that you wouldn’t see during the day.

Especially during the months of the migration, many guests do enjoy one full day in the Mara Reserve itself, along the main rivers in the hopes of spotting a wildebeest crossing. We will of course arrange this for you, sending you out with a lovely picnic lunch and the drinks of your choice to enjoy the day.

Guided Walks

Being in a conservancy we are also able to offer guided walks through the wilderness where you have the chance to learn about the area, the Maasai culture and all the plants of the region and their traditional uses.  You’ll also have the chance to learn the tracks and scat of the animals that have passed by that day.

Community Visits

As we work so closely with the local community, we have also been invited to take our guests along to some of the local village homes for an introduction into the Maasai lifestyle.  There is always beadwork and carvings for sale during these visits so this is a perfect time to collect your souvenirs with the added benefit that your money contributes directly to the local Maasai women producing these exquisite artefacts.  Don’t be afraid to bargain and barter however, it is expected.

Horseback Safari

Explore the spectacular wilderness of the Mara Reserve on horseback. A morning’s horseback safari will give you a chance to experience the wild savannah of the Mara up close. During the adventure, you will probably come across the paw prints of lions rather than the footprints of human beings. There are also well trained and experienced guides to ride with you and show you the ropes. After the unforgettable adventure, treat your horse with a horse-friendly cookie for a job well done. Don’t just drive, ride.

Balloon Safari

One of the iconic experiences of a safari in Africa, a sunrise hot air balloon flight over the Mara Reserve is a great way to get a different perspective on the park. The early morning Mara breeze will float you southwards towards Tanzania and as you follow the Mara River all the wonderful animals of the Mara are visible. The flight usually lasts about an hour and once you’re safely back on solid ground, celebrate the early morning escapade with a champagne breakfast in the bush.

Basis

Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities

Day 3:            Ol Seki Mara, Masai Mara        

Day Itinerary

Today you might like to venture on a walking safari. 

Basis

Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities

Day 4:            Ol Seki Mara, Masai Mara        

Activities as per previous day.

Basis

Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities

Day 5:            Ol Seki Mara, Masai Mara        

Activities as per previous day.

Basis

Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities

Day 6:            Hemingways Watamu, Watamu          

Watamu

Located north of Mombasa, the small coastal village of Watamu is renowned for the Watamu Marine National Park. The park boasts three sparkling bays, white-sand beaches and an underwater coral wonderland offering one of the best snorkelling and diving experiences on the East African coast. This charming village is surrounded by an abundance of natural beauty; fringed by lush tropical rainforests and mangroves. Visitors flock here to spend lazy days on the beautiful Watamu and Turtle Bay beaches, explore the Gede Ruins, and fish in the mangrove-edged waterways of Mida Creek. Don’t the miss the opportunity to visit the nearby Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve to spot monkeys, elephants and a variety of rare bird species.

Day Itinerary

Your guide will drive you to the airstrip for your flight to the coast. 

Overnight: Hemingways Watamu     View iBrochure

Hemingways Watamu is an iconic tropical paradise on the Kenyan coast sitting right in the middle of the pristine Watamu Marine National Park with its idyllic white sand beach and turquoise waters. The exceptional personal service and sincere charm of this established hotel has come to represent Kenyan coastal luxury to so many travellers for close to 30 years. And it’s just got even better with a mega makeover.

There is so much to do here – learn to kite-surf; get your PADI certificate, take a sunset dhow cruise on Mida Creek, play a round of golf on the nearby world class golf course, Vipingo Ridge; or go on safari for a few days in Tsavo or the Maasai Mara. If that all sounds a little too energetic, relax around the pool with a good book as you work your way through our cocktail menu.

Ocean View Double

Spacious and with easy access to the beach and the botanical pool, our ocean view rooms are found in the North Wing of the hotel on the ground and first floor. En-suite bathrooms and a beautiful balcony overlooking the Marine Park provide guests with the utmost comfort and luxury. The quiet grassy area in front of the rooms is a relaxing place to read and soak up the coastal sunshine.

Basis

Half Board – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 7:            Hemingways Watamu, Watamu         

 

Day Itinerary

Relax on the beach~ 

Optional activities are: 

Stand up paddle boarding
Scuba diving
Snorkelling
Canoes and Creek Rides
Explore Gede Ruins
Deep Sea Fishing
Whale watching

Stand up paddle boarding

Stand Up Paddle (SUP) is one of the most up and coming sports for everyone, which is fun and great for communing with wildlife on their level. Whether its watching sea turtles take a breath or the sharks and rays swimming in Turtle Bay, or to entice the curious Watamu dolphins who may join you, this is the best, most natural way above the water to view the marine life in our Park and Reserve.

Scuba diving

Diving takes place all year round although in our rainy season can be limited to inside the lagoon. Dives range in depth from only 6 or 7 metres to 30 metres, all taking place on the fringing reefs that grow along the shore of Kenya. The Watamu Marine Park is amazingly rich with over 500 species of fish inside the lagoon and over 1000 if you include the second and third reefs. Lion fish, groupers, barracuda, damsels, moray eels, butterfly fish and parot fish abound. Wonderful Nudibranchs are also fascinating to watch. 

Whale shark and Manta rays are also seen and provide a very special experience even to the experienced diver. Over 200 brightly coloured coral species also inhabit the waters giving food and shelter to this underwater world.

Certified courses available: PADI, BSAC, SSI and VDST

Snorkelling

Exceptional snorkelling conditions in the Park allow all visitors easy access to the spectacular undersea life. Whether a newcomer to the sea, or an experienced diver, you’ll be able to find some exciting things to do.

The Marine Park is about 5 kms long from North to South and approximately 1 km from the shore to the fringing reefs. Snorkelling conditions are ideal at low tide, and especially good at spring low tide. There are hundreds of beautiful coral reef fish which leave you awestruck and dazzled by their vibrant colours. If you are lucky, you may see a sea turtle, a guitarfish or large grouper.

Canoes and Creek Rides

Get out on the water at sunset in a locally made bamboe canoe with a fisherman guide, your camera and your balance!

Very famous is the Crab Shack at Dabaso fish landing site. This is a wooden walkway leading to a number of wooden shelters from where you can relax with amazing views and perfectly observe the birdlife of Mida Creek. You can also enjoy a Swahili fusion lunch and dinner, or simply drinks watching the glorious sunset.

Canoes can be chartered either from the Mida Creek Boardwalk or from the Dabaso Landing Site, a small anchorage ground for canoes on the east side of the creek. Mida Creek Conservation Community group offer special trips to Kirepwe Island including a picnic with traditional food of fish, rice and fresh fruit. Alternative experiences include a trip to Dongokundu to be entertained by traditional Giriama dancers.

Explore Gede Ruins

Gede Ruins, an archeologist’s delight, was one of the ancient Arab towns that dotted the East African Coast. It dates from the late 13th or early 14th Century and was finally abandoned in the early 17th Century. Excavated since 1927, many areas have been revealed, including the Great Mosque, the Palace, several residential houses and pillar tombs. Surrounded by tall shady trees, a walk through Gede is a must for anyone interested in the Swahili people and Kenya’s history.

Deep Sea Fishing

Fishing charters are 10 hour full day excursions or 5 hour half days, depending on your preference and normally kick off just after sun rise when conditions are calm and often best for an early catch. Our experienced crews are happy to work with beginners and help them through each step on the fishing learning curve or just sit back and watch a master at work in the chair on a big fish. Children interested in fishing are very welcome too.

Basis

Half Board – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Whale watching

Humpback whales are the most majestic animals in the ocean, and are seen annually passing through the Watamu National Marine Protected Area on the Kenyan Coast.

Ask any tourist to name the Big Five of Kenya, and they will no doubt give you the usual list of land animals. Although visitors to Kenya are aware of Kenya’s beautiful beaches, coral reefs, fishes and sea turtles, not many know that 10 different species of dolphins and whale have been identified in Watamu, which could easily be included in the “Marine Big Five”.

Each year whales are first sighted along the coast of East Africa in early June as they make their annual migration north from Antarctica. Whales travel to warm tropical inner reefs during both breeding and birthing. Newly born calves typically remain with the mothers for about two years, until weaned. The return journey is made in October, swimming over 4,000km to the cold, food-rich seas of Antarctica, their main feeding area for sardines or krill. These magnificent marine mammals can reach a length of 15 metres and weigh around 30 tonnes (about six times the weight of an elephant). Watching them in their natural environment leaping out of the water, sometimes in pairs, or larger family groups, is an unforgettable sight. They can sometimes even be seen from land in Watamu, as you sip a cold beer facing the marine park.

Basis

Day 8:   Hemingways Watamu, Watamu 

Choose from activities above for the next couple days.

Half Board – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 9:            Hemingways Watamu, Watamu          

Basis

Half Board – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 10:         Hemingways Watamu, Watamu          

Basis

Half Board – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 11:         End of Itinerary      

Day Itinerary

Take a flight back to Nairobi to catch a flight back home. 

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

FLIGHT INFORMATION:

DateFlightAirlineDeparture AirportTimeArrival AirportTimeClassRef
 Scheduled Nairobi Airport Ol Seki Hemingways Mara   
 Scheduled Ol Seki Hemingways Mara Nairobi Airport   
 Scheduled Nairobi Airport Hemingways Watamu   
 Scheduled Hemingways Watamu Jomo Kenyatta International Airport [NBO]   

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