Perfect for a family of four or two couples travelling together, this 12-day East African holiday wings you from a historic hotel in Nairobi to a rustic safari house in the famed Mara North Conservancy before settling you in at an idyllic beach house on Zanzibar’s gorgeous East Coast.

Ideal for those wanting ‘something of everything’, this bush-and-beach break has the extra benefit of private villa accommodation throughout with ‘home from home’ comforts in both Kenya and Zanzibar.

In addition, you decide how active you want to be: scuba diving, jet skiing, kite surfing, tandem paragliding and tours of historic Stone Town and the touching Giraffe Centre and Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage can all be added to your fun-filled itinerary. 

  • Tour duration: 12 days
  • Start: Nairobi
  • End: Zanzibar
  • Destinations:
  • Accommodation:
    1 night at Karen Blixen Coffee Garden & Cottages
    5 nights at Nyati House
    5 nights at Matemwe Beach House
  • Comfort Level: Comfortable
  • Type of Accommodation: Accommodated

Itinerary Highlights

  • Private guide, butler & chef in the Masai Mara
  • Superb game viewing in Mara North Conservancy
  • Plenty of optional water sports: diving, jet skiing & kite surfing
  • Try tandem paragliding
  • Tour Stone Town & spice plantations


Day to Day Itinerary

Days 1-2

Touch down in Nairobi

After jetting into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you are whisked to the Karen Blixen Cottages to wind down and settle into the rhythm of East Africa. Your accommodation is the perfect combination of rustic simplicity and excellent service; set among landscaped gardens in a tranquil enclave of Nairobi, it sets the scene for the rest of your holiday. Take afternoon tea on the cool veranda and end the day with a nightcap in front of the roaring fire.

If your schedule allows it, visit the Giraffe Centre to learn more about endangered Rothschild’s giraffes – and feed them in a ticklish ‘giraffe kiss’! – and the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, where little ones are cared for in a safe sanctuary environment.

Days 2-7

The magic of the Masai Mara

Leave the hustle and bustle of Nairobi behind as you fly out to one of the most famous safari destinations of all: the Masai Mara. Your final destination is Saruni Nyati House in the Mara North Conservancy, a private reserve with very low visitor and vehicle numbers.

For five blissful days, you will be cocooned in this very special part of Kenya, with a private guide, chef and butler to ensure a highly personalised experience. Set off at dawn to seek out the Big 5, returning to pass the heat of the day like the animals do: by settling into a cool spot on the wide verandah for forty winks or perhaps catching up with your reading (there is complimentary Wi-Fi connectivity for those who can’t manage a full ‘digital detox’). After a refreshing afternoon tea, head out again to enjoy sunset in the Mara and the first rustles of elusive nocturnal animals like leopard, bushbabies and owls.

Days 7-12

Bliss out on Zanzibar

Having made a thorough acquaintance with the African bush, it is now time to discover the splendours of the African beach. Leave the Masai Mara behind for five sun-soaked days on the east coast of Zanzibar. Matemwe Beach House is just five paces from the powder-soft sand: wake up to the lapping waves and enjoy your first cup of coffee watching the sun rise over yet another perfect beach day.

Zanzibar is a great spot to try new water sports or perfect your rusty skills. Your options include a scuba diving course – the classic diving months are February and March, and July and August – jet skiing, a kite-surfing lesson or a thrilling tandem paraglide, high above the turquoise waters.

Landlubbers can have their fill too: Stone Town is a mesmerising maze of cobbled streets, studded ‘elephant-proof’ doorways to secret passages, shops, temples and mosques. And discover the ancient spices that secured the island its place in historic trade routes: smell out-the-earth cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and pepper on a plantation tour. After a day absorbing all this intriguing Indian Ocean island has to offer, sit back on your patio at Matemwe Beach House, pour yourself a drink and toast your good fortune to be in Africa…


  • 1 Night at Karen Blixen Coffee Garden & Cottages on bed and breakfast basis
  • Flights as specified in itinerary
  • Transfers as specified in itinerary
  • Visit to Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
  • Visit to Giraffe Centre & Nature Walk
  • Full day Stone Town & Spice Tour
  • 5 Nights at Nyati House on exclusive, fully inclusive basis
  • 5 Nights at Matemwe Beach House on fully inclusive basis


  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
Anza Snyman

Anza Snyman

Africa Safari Expert

"This is the perfect combination of private safari and beach accommodation that’s suitable for families or friends traveling together with private chef, manager, guide and game drives at the 2-bedroom Nyati House in the Mara and personal chef, private butler and private direct access to the beach at the 3-bedroom Matemwe Beach House in Zanzibar… topped up with loads of activities in Zanzibar, Stone Town and Nairobi."

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