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Masai Mara Safari and Zanzibar

Masai Mara Safari and Zanzibar holidays 14 nights start from £3331 per person including scheduled flights and sharing a double room.

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Kenya

Sitting astride the equator on Africa’s eastern coast lies Kenya, with its open plains and shimmering lakes

Safari holidays in Kenya remains one of the top safari holiday options in Africa. The country is home to a number of different tribes including the Maasai and Samburu, resplendent in their distinctive red cloaks, beadwork collars and ceremonial lion spears, they are a common sight on safari holidays in kenya

Kenya has a wealth of different national parks and private game conservancies. The most famous, the Masai Mara is renowned for the annual zebra and wildebeest migration and a popular location for a safari holiday in Kenya. It is home to the Big 5 game animals and with its wide open plains its habitat is particularly suited to cheetahs. If however, you are looking for a quieter alternative there are other parks that offer a safari holiday that is just as rewarding.

The coast of Kenya, with its miles of white sandy beaches is a short flight away, enabling you to combine a relaxing Kenya beach holiday with an exhilarating safari holiday in Kenya

We often create private escorted tours in Kenya complete with a private  tour guide. Our tours include some of the top Kenya safari locations; the Samburu Reserve, Masai Mara National Reserve, Lake Nakuru and Amboseli National Park.

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Masai Mara Nature Reserve

The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park.  The image of acacia trees on an endless grass plain epitomises Africa for many, and then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further.
The annual wildebeest migration through the Serengeti and the Masai Mara is the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains.  But that is not where the game viewing ends; large prides of lions, elephants and giraffes in grasslands, gazelles and eland to mention but a few.  Aside from traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential and you can even do a horseback safari.

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Day 1:                    Depart from London Heathrow for your overnight flight to Nairobi (regional indirect flights available at a supplement)

Day 2-4:                Governers Camp, Masai Mara

Full board and activities are included

On arrival at Nairobi, you will be met and transferred to Governers Main Camp for 3 nights.

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The setting of Governers Camp is magical. So much so that almost a century ago it was reserved, exclusively, for Kenya’s colonial Governors. Governors’ Camp nestles in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River, it’s waters teeming with bird-life, hippo and crocodile, in the heart of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve.

Some of the tents line the riverbank, tucked into the forest they enjoy uninterrupted views over the Mara River, others have views across the sweeping plains of the Masai Mara. Created in 1972 Governors’ Camp set new standards in luxury for a tented camp. Today it’s still Africa’s best.

Everything is under canvas, all tents have en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water and flushing toilets. There is a bar tent with deck overlooking the Mara River and dinning tent with views over the plains.

Governors Camp has just been awarded a Silver Eco Rating from Eco- Tourism Kenya due to our sustainable tourism practices in place in camp.

Shared game drives in 4×4 vehicles are included here.

Recommended activities include:

Governors’ Balloon Safaris:  The adventure begins just before dawn. Departure is from a perfect natural launch site behind Little Governors’ Camp, and flames from the hot air balloon burners light the darkness as the crews inflate their craft. The first, pink tongues of sunlight flicker across the skies as the hot air balloon fills, then rises. Suspended in a basket beneath the rainbow-coloured canopy, you’re off for a game-viewing adventure with an entirely different perspective. What amazes most first-time balloonists is the absolute stillness: the silence as you float above the plains, the forest and the rivers of the Masai Mara. Even if you’ve flown elsewhere, this is a unique experience. The flight lasts an hour or so, drifting wherever the air currents take you, and with ample opportunities for photography and video filming. Then your Kenyan Hot Air Balloon Safari finishes with a flourish. In the time honoured tradition of balloon flights the world over, you toast your return to earth with a champagne breakfast, cooked wherever you land. The Balloon Safari ends with some leisurely game viewing on the way back to Camp.

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On day 4, enjoy your early morning game drive before being transferred to the Mara airstrip for the Governors Aviation flight to Nairobi Wilson. On arrival you are met and transferred to the Pollmans Club Lounge until your flight to Zanzibar.

Zanzibar

Rising up from the Indian Ocean approximately 25 miles from the Tanzanian coast, this idyllic archipelago consists of Zanzibar and Pemba islands as well as numerous smaller islets. Zanizibar Island (known locally as ‘Unguja’) is characterised by exquisite white sand beaches fringed by palm trees and lapped by turquoise waters lined with coral reefs brimming with an abundance of exotic marine life. This underwater paradise is a mecca for water sport enthusiasts who flock here for the excellent scuba diving, snorkeling, deep sea fishing, kayaking, windsurfing, water-skiing and sailing on traditional local dhows. The island’s cultural heart is its old city, Stone Town – said to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa – with its maze of narrow alleyways, lively bazaars, mosques and ornate Arab houses. Whether you choose to spend your time: exploring the charming boutiques, bars and restaurants of Stone Town; lounging in a deckchair by the pool of a luxurious resort on the exclusive private island of Mnemba, or hopping from island to island to snorkel or scuba dive, there really is never a dull moment in the island paradise of Zanzibar.

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Day 5-14:             Dream of Zanzibar, Zanzibar

This property is fully inclusive and also includes locally branded drinks.

Dream of Zanzibar is a superb 5 star all inclusive Resort, proud member of The Emerald Collection. The Resort is nestled in the midst of exotic gardens on the beach front at Pwani Machangani overlooking the turquoise water of the Indian Ocean.

Dream of Zanzibar offers 104 deluxe gardens rooms, 40 ocean view junior suites, 10 additional junior suites with Jacuzzi and 3 beach villas with private pool. The 5 Restaurants offer guests an exceptional variety of dining options and 3 bars feature relaxing environments to enjoy refreshing drinks and cocktails.

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Recommended activities here include:

Stone Town: Stone Town is the old city and cultural heart of Zanzibar and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Famous for its winding alleys, bustling bazaars, sultan’s palace, mosques, House of Wonders, Portuguese fort and gardens and the extravagant merchants’ houses with their remarkably ornate doors. Stone Town is home to 51 mosques, 6 Hindu Temples, a Catholic and an Anglican Cathedral.

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Dolphin Tours Zanzibar: This full day tour will takes you to Kizimkazi from where you set out on a boat to search for dolphins.   Kizimkazi was one of the earlier capitals of Zanzibar and you can still see traces of the Old Shirazi settlement, mosque and graves.  From a small fishing village your dolphin safari will set off and hopefully successful you will return for lunch at Kizimkazi overlooking the sea.

Spice Tours: The history of Zanzibar is synonymous with the spice trade and the Sultans of Oman and slaves that went with it.  Tours to the spice plantations dazzle the senses, you will be amazed by the variety, their alternative uses and fascinated to see what cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla and many other spices look like before they get to your kitchen.

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Day 15:                 Departure

You will be transferred to Zanzibar airport in the early hours for your return indirect flight to London to arrive later the same day.

Contact our expert staff for more information about Masai Mara Safari and Zanzibar holidays or Kenya safaris, Masai Mara Safaris or holidays to Zanzibar on 01444 225640 or e-mail us at info@visionsofafrica.co.uk