Kenya Safari and Beach
This 10-day Kenya safari and beach holiday is ideal if you want to introduce the children to a safari but need to balance this with plenty of time on the beach. Spend six days exploring Amboseli and Tsavo National Parks with a specialist safari driver-guide before heading to the coast near Mombasa. Here you can either bag a sun-lounger or take part in the wide variety of watersports depending on how active you are feeling.
Spy elephant herds in Amboseli
Enjoy beautiful Kilimanjaro views
Spot the Big-five in Tsavo
Idyllic sunsets over the Ocean
Beautiful white sandy beaches
10 days from £1,950 pp
Plus international flights from £850
A ten-day trip for a family of four including beach and a short safari will usually start from around £7,800 excluding international flights, based on mid-range accommodation. Cheaper options may be available.
A safari is one of the more expensive types of holiday that we arrange. Prices in Kenya do vary significantly depending on the season but are generally highest over Christmas and during the summer holidays in July and August. The exact cost will depend on how many of you there are, when you are travelling and whether the children will share a room with you or are old enough to be on their own.
As a general guide, a two-week trip for a family of four to Kenya will usually start from around £11,500 excluding international flights. This is based on comfortable tented camps and lodges (all with en-suite facilities) but not luxury ones. Transport will primarily be by road, perhaps with one internal flight to the coast.
If you want to stay in more luxurious accommodation (perhaps in some of the private conservancies that are adjacent to the national parks) and fly between destinations, the price for a family of four will start from around £18,000 for a two week holiday, excluding international flights.
With any safari in Kenya, one decision that you need to make is the type of vehicle to be used. The less expensive option is to take a minivan with a pop-up roof. This is perfectly comfortable and because of the pop-up roof you get a good view of the animals when the vehicle has stopped. The (more expensive) alternative is to have a 4WD jeep, which has big picture windows and again a pop-up roof. This is much more spacious and offers better game viewing ‘on the move’ but it may be less comfortable for longer journeys. We can base our quote on whichever option suits your family.
Can you do Kenya on the cheap?
There are a small number of excellent small campsites located in private conservancies in some of Kenya’s premium wildlife viewing areas. These offer simple accommodation in 2-person dome tents and basic facilities, but the service is excellent and the wildlife viewing is superb. If you are happy to forego a few creature comforts and use these campsites, the price for a two week trip for a family of four will start from around £9,500. This includes a week safari and a week on the beach.
Generally, bear in mind that the expensive element of any trip to Kenya is always the safari, as once you get to the beach there are many relatively inexpensive beach resorts. Therefore if you need to keep the price of your holiday as low as possible, one way of doing this is to reduce the duration of the safari and increase the duration of the time on the beach.
All prices exclude international flights. These start from around £400 per person if you take an indirect flight, with a duration of usually around 12-13 hours.
You can fly directly from London to Nairobi in just over 8 hours. Prices start from £500 per person.
Flights are available for booking approximately 11 months in advance. If travelling during UK school holidays we suggest that you book your flights as far in advance as possible to get the best fares. Prices will rise considerably the closer to departure that you book.
There are no age limits on any of our holidays but do think about whether your children are old enough to really get the most out of a safari. Find out more about children on safari here.
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All you need to do is let us know a few key details about you and your family and we will do the rest. We will produce an itinerary that we think will suit you but you can review this as many times as you need to until we get it just right.
Kenya Safari & Beach day-to-day itinerary
Arrive in Nairobi where you will be met by your guide and accompanied to your hotel.
Day 2 Nairobi – Amboseli
After breakfast depart for Amboseli, arriving in time for lunch at your lodge. This afternoon you will take your first game drive.
Amboseli is one of the most scenic game reserves in Kenya, the grassy savannah, rolling hills and picturesque acacia trees set against the magnificent backdrop of snow-capped Mount Kilamanjaro, just over the border in Tanzania. The park is particularly famous for its large herds of elephant which can be seen ambling across the plains. There is also an abundance of other big game; this is classic safari country.
Day 3 Amboseli
A full day to explore Amboseli National Park. You can either take an early morning and late afternoon game drive and return to the camp for time to relax during the middle of the day, or alternatively you can spend the full day on a game drive, taking a picnic lunch with you.
Day 4 Amboseli – Tsavo West
After breakfast you will depart for Tsavo West National Park, taking game drives en route to your lodge. Once you arrive in Tsavo you will have lunch at your tented camp before heading out for an afternoon game drive.
The two game reserves of Tsavo East and West combine to create Kenya’s largest national park in an area that is larger than Wales. Tsavo West is the more scenic of the two, with rolling hills, stark volcanic outcrops, bubbling springs and ancient lava fields. Tsavo East is much flatter but the parched bushveld is cut through by the Galana and Athi rivers where large populations of crocodiles lurk in wait of prey.
All of Africa’s most iconic animals can be found in significant numbers in the park, so there are excellent game viewing opportunities. Our favourite part of the park is the Mzima Springs, a series of pools filled with crystal clear water and shaded by palm and fig trees which the children will love as they are home to lumbering hippos, hungry crocodiles and hundreds of chattering monkeys.
Day 5 Tsavo
A full day of game drives.
Read More Day 6 Tsavo West – Beach Once you leave the park behind you it is a relatively short drive to the relaxing beaches of the Indian Ocean. You have four nights to kick back, relax, grab a cocktail (or mocktail for the children) and enjoy the beautiful sunsets. There is a wide range of resorts to choose from but we will ensure that wherever you end up there will be wonderful views over the ocean, beautiful white sandy beaches and a few swaying palm trees to provide a bit of shade. Depending on your budget and the interests of your family we can either suggest a small personal resort on a peaceful section of beach, or a larger hotel with lots of water sports and activities if you like to intersperse your sunbathing with a bit of action. Days 7 – 9 Beach Day 10 Beach – Airport
After breakfast you will take a final game drive as you work your way to the edge of the park en route to the beach. Hopefully you might spot one final lion before you finish your safari!
Three full days to relax and enjoy the beach. Although we usually leave you with free time on the beach, if you would like us to organise excursions for you we can arrange a visit to the old town of Mombasa, a boat trip in search of dolphins or perhaps a diving course. Please ask us if you would like suggestions.
Transfer to the airport in time for your flight home.
Day 6 Tsavo West – Beach
Once you leave the park behind you it is a relatively short drive to the relaxing beaches of the Indian Ocean. You have four nights to kick back, relax, grab a cocktail (or mocktail for the children) and enjoy the beautiful sunsets.
There is a wide range of resorts to choose from but we will ensure that wherever you end up there will be wonderful views over the ocean, beautiful white sandy beaches and a few swaying palm trees to provide a bit of shade.
Depending on your budget and the interests of your family we can either suggest a small personal resort on a peaceful section of beach, or a larger hotel with lots of water sports and activities if you like to intersperse your sunbathing with a bit of action.
Days 7 – 9 Beach
Day 10 Beach – Airport
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Kenya in pictures
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