Safari and Beach: Seychelles and Kenya (14 days)
DAY #1- Denis Island, Seychelles - Denis Island
Begin your safari and beach adventure in the sands of Seychelles. Your own private island paradise awaits at Denis Island. Its collection of 25 private cottages are set within verdant gardens and manicured hedges ensure that each luxurious retreat remains completely secluded from its neighbor.
DAY #2- Denis Island, Seychelles - Denis Island
Time spent on Denis Island is as active or as relaxed as desired. Embrace the motto “Do as you will, without disturbing others” with a wealth of activities possible. Take a day trip to neighboring islands or opt to snorkel and dive in the astounding blue waters, greeting the turtles, rays, reef sharks, and colorful fish that commute through the coral.
DAY #3- Denis Island, Seychelles - Denis Island
On land guests can embark with a naturalist guide to uncover the invigorating conservation projects managed by the island staff, including reforestation and birdlife protection.
DAY #4- Denis Island, Seychelles - Denis Island
Spa treatments in the open-air spa center further connect guests with the nature of the island, and activities designed especially for children imbue them with the spirit of natural conservation.
DAY #5- Mahé, Seychelles - MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa
Continue next to Mahe, Seychelles’ largest island, and bathe in the sublime opulence of the MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa. At the resort, you are attended by your own private butler and enchanted by a stunning 180-degree view of the Indian Ocean from your villa.
DAY #6- Mahé, Seychelles - MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa
Families are welcome at MAIA, and the array of child-friendly programming will keep everyone entertained and enriched. Exploring together is also among the options, with day trips possible to local islands to catch a glimpse of the turtles, rare birds, and marine life of this stunning region. Dive below the waters for scuba and snorkeling over the reefs, indulge in spa treatments or yoga practice, or simply retreat to the private balcony of the villa.
DAY #7- Nairobi, Kenya - Giraffe Manor
The beach half of your safari and beach journey ends here. After a flight to Kenya, spend the night at the iconic Giraffe Manor. The resident giraffes are your first neighbors in Kenya and will wake you up early for breakfast.
DAY #8 - Samburu National Reserve, Kenya - Sasaab
Have breakfast with the giraffes before beginning the safari half of your journey in Shaba National Park. Sasaab Camp is hidden away on a rocky ridge above the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River, in prime position for adventure.
DAY #9 - Samburu National Reserve, Kenya - Sasaab
Create your own safari activities over the next two days. The area surrounding Sasaab is Buffalo Springs National Reserve, a region rich in its natural diversity, delivering frequent viewings of elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, oryx, giraffe, zebra, antelope, and ostrich. Witness the wildlife by game drive, night drive, or by camel—a completely unique viewpoint and a delightful activity for young children.
DAY #10 - Samburu National Reserve, Kenya - Sasaab
Dinner at Sasaab occurs under the stars, with North African menu items prepared from produce straight from the camp’s vegetable garden. Do not be surprised if a herd of elephants joins the freshly prepared bush breakfasts or if a leopard and her cubs play on the nearby rocks during sundowners. It is simply a part of the whole Sasaab experience. Meanwhile, the spa treatments at the lauded SpaSaab are influenced by African and Samburu techniques and provide ultimate pampering and rejuvenation for guests, all within view of the beautiful Kenyan landscape.
DAY #11 - Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya - Mara Plains Camp
Conclude your safari in the famed Masai Mara National Reserve, one of Africa’s premiere sites for big game and birdlife. Situated within the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Mara Plains Camp is a luxurious Kenyan escape that offers amazing game viewing opportunities and uncompromising service.
DAY #12 - Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya - Mara Plains Camp
Spend the last few days of your adventure enjoying game drives, bush walks, sundowners, and activities in the beautiful Masai Mara, experiencing the plains on your own custom safari. For a romantic evening, guests can request to have a private meal on the plain under the stars.
DAY #13 - Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya - Mara Plains Camp
Experience the wild on a morning, evening, or nighttime game drive in open 4×4 vehicles and see a myriad of animals in their element. Visit a local Maasai village and learn more about the traditions and culture of the historic community. Guests can also tour the landscape and see wildlife during an exciting hot air balloon excursion.
DAY #14 - Nairobi, Kenya Giraffe Manor
Today you depart for your return journey, enjoying the use of a day room at Giraffe Manor before catching your evening flight. At the appointed time, you will be met and transferred to the airport with VIP services from your Ker & Downey guide.
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