1 night Nairobi | 1 night Aberdare | 2 nights Samburu | 2 nights Ol Pejeta | 1 night Lake Naivasha | 3 nights Masai Mara | 4 nights Mombasa
- Ultimate Kenya
- Boutique Accommodation
- Aberdare National Park
- Big Five Game Viewing
- Samburu National Reserve
- Exclusive Kenyan Wildlife
- Lake Naivasha Magic
- Masaai Mara Spectacular
- Mombasa Beach Experience
- Chimpanzee Interaction
My wife and I recently returned from 2 weeks of exceptional experiences in Kenya. Our itinerary was developed and arranged by Anya Visser of Pembury Tours. Her insights and attention to detail provided us with experiences we would have missed if we arranged the trip on our own. In addition, during our trip Anya was always available to make changes to our trip whenever necessary. We visited numerous places in Kenya and the setting and service at each of these locations was superb. Most importantly, the people we met along the way were friendly and welcoming. I highly recommend a visit to Kenya with Anya Visser’s assistance.
Tour Consultant's Overview
I was contacted by Zack in late 2018 with an interest to visit East Africa and specifically Kenya. The couple wanted to experience a true African Safari and visit places that were unique and assisted the country with conservation efforts. With the information of the couples interest, I proposed an itinerary that would suit their budget, interests and tick all the boxes for this memorable journey to East Africa! Zack and Safari reviewed the itinerary and were happy with the layout of the itinerary as it included a comprehensive safari and a few days of relaxation in the coastal city, Mombasa. The entire itinerary would allow the couple to enjoy all the areas of Kenya and some beach time without having to add any extra flights should they have opted for a beach holiday in Zanzibar.
The couple arrived in late March which is the rainy season in Kenya. Although they had a few odd and short lived rain fall in the late afternoon, they were able to capture some of the most beautiful photographs with the dramatic African Sky, animals on the move and colourful birds! After the exciting safari, they enjoyed a relaxing time exploring the beaches of Mombasa and the various historical and cultural attractions in the coastal town. The adventure was a huge success!
Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you are met by our representative who will assist you through customs to our arrival lounge. At our arrivals lounge, you will meet by our representative and transferred by road to your hotel for your one night stay. Upon arrival at your hotel, you are taken to your room and you settle in for your one night stay. The rest of the afternoon and evening is at leisure.
Transfer Time: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Hotel in Nairobi – approx. 30 minutes
This morning, you enjoy breakfast at your hotel before you are met by your guide. Your guide will brief you on the next few days and you set off to the Aberdare region. You arrive at the base hotel in the Aberdare National Park, The Ontspan Hotel. Upon arrival at this hotel, you are met by a hotel member and enjoy lunch before you pack an overnight bag, leaving your luggage at the storage facility at the hotel.
Once your overnight bag is packed, you are transferred by road to your Tree Hotel in the heart of the Aberdare National Park. You have time to settle into your room and game viewing is done from the lodge terrace. Alternatively, you may decide to go on a game drive in the National Park (Additional Cost & should be pre-booked)
Transfer Time: Hotel in Nairobi to Aberdare National Park – approx. 3 hours
You enjoy breakfast overlooking the waterhole at the Treetops Lodge before you are transferred by road to the Ontspan Hotel to collect your luggage. Once you have collected your luggage, you depart the Aberdare National Park and drive along Kenya’s rugged North Eastern region towards the Samburu National Reserve.
Arriving at your tented lodge in the Samburu National Reserve around noon, you have time to settle in and enjoy lunch before departing on your afternoon game drive in the National Reserve. You return to your lodge in the early evening and enjoy dinner before retiring for the night.
Transfer Time: Aberdare National Park to Samburu National Reserve – approx. 5 hours
Samburu National Reserve is situated at the south-eastern corner of Samburu District in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya. It is bordered to the south by the Ewaso Nyiro River, which separates it from the Buffalo Springs National Reserve.
Palm groves and riverine forests, in the midst of arid and semi-arid ecosystems, create the magnificent landscape of the Samburu National Reserve. This vast expanse of remote pristine wilderness is inhabited by iconic wildlife and a tranquil ambiance blankets this wildlife haven. Located in the North of Laikipia, one of the less-visited regions in Kenya, this reserve promises an authentic wilderness experience.
Home to the rare northern special five species (Grevy zebra, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk and the beisa oryx) this craggy, rugged region provides a romantic, awe-inspiring safari experience. Captivating Samburu elephant herds saunter over this game rich reserve and big cats prowl through thick acacia forest.
You enjoy breakfast at your tented camp before you are met by your driver and transferred through the central highlands to your tented camp in the Sweetwaters Game Sanctuary on the Nanyuki, Ol Pejeta Conservancy. You arrive at your tented camp in time for lunch and there is time to settle in to your tented suite. In the mid-afternoon, you are taken on a game drive through the Sweetwater's Game Sanctuary, Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
Transfer Time: Samburu National Reserve to Ol Pejeta Conservancy – approx. 3 hours
The privately owned 22,000 acre Sweetwaters game reserve and chimpanzee sanctuary has an abundance of wildlife and tropical vegetation and enjoys magnificent views across the bush to the snow-capped peaks of Mt. Kenya. It boasts all of the "Big 5" game - Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Leopard and Buffalo. Only 2.5 hours or 250 kilometres north of Nairobi on a good highway, the reserve is easily accessible and has the highest density of wildlife per square kilometre in the area. There are many advantages to visiting this private reserve.
As it is a private reserve, guests can enjoy special activities such as night game drives, game walks and horseback game viewing rides. The reserve boasts abundant wildlife - over 400 species of birds, lion, elephant, rhino and cheetah to name just a few. The night game drives allow sightings of the elusive leopard and other nocturnal species. The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary opened in 1993. Lonrho Africa, the Jane Goodall Institute and Kenya Wildlife Services established a facility to receive and provide sanctuary and housing to an original group of three chimps orphaned at a young age by the bush-meat trade. The aim of the chimpanzee sanctuary project was to set up a colony where chimps could be introduced, rehabilitated and taught to fend for themselves in an area similar to their natural living conditions.
This morning, you enjoy breakfast before the departing the Conservancy with your driver and make your way south to Lake Naivasha on the Great Rift Valley. You arrive at your new lodge in time for lunch. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the hotel grounds with its resident giraffe and waterbuck.
Spanning an area of 13,900ha with a surrounding swamp, this freshwater lake north of Nairobi is home to wallowing hippo pods, a plethora of birdlife, and other game. Lake Naivasha can be found sprawled across the highest elevation point of the Kenyan Rift Valley. This area is well-known for its superb hiking and nature trails, day and night game drives, cycling, and camping. Its proximity to Nairobi makes it an easy add-on to your Kenyan itinerary, either for a day trip or a few overnight stops at the various lodges and camps in the vicinity.
Transfer Time: Ol Pejeta Conservancy to Lake Naivasha – approx. 4 hours
After breakfast at your resort, you depart the Great Rift Valley and make your through the Rift Valley and ascend its western rim into the Masai land. Red-clad with spear, Masai warriors tend their herds of cattle among the wildlife, admirably unmoved by the presence of large predators.
You enter the Masai Mara National Reserve and make your way to your tented camp in the heart of the reserve for your 3 night stay. You met by a lodge member upon arrival and settle into your tented suite before you enjoy lunch. After lunch, you depart on your first afternoon game drive in the Masai Mara National Park!
You return to your lodge and enjoy dinner before retiring to your tented suite.
Transfer Time: Lake Nanyuki to Masai Mara National Reserve – approx. 5 hours
The Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya covers an area of 1 510 square km. This vast protected landscape is one of the top wildlife destinations in Africa, and is Kenya's flagship conservation area. It has fenceless borders with a number of private conservancies, as well as with Tanzania's Serengeti National Park, forming the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. The lack of fences allows one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth to make place unfettered – the great migration.
The Masai Mara was named for the Maasai people who inhabit the area, and for the Mara River, which flows through this great reserve. In addition to the abundant wildlife in the reserve, no Masai Mara safari would be complete without a cultural experience with the Maasai people.
Game viewing in the Masai Mara is excellent all year around thanks to the diverse population of resident game, including the Big 5 – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino – plus popular species like zebra, giraffe, hyena, eland and gazelle. The Mara’s big cats are even the stars of a popular wildlife TV series.
The calving season also happens in the Mara between December and January. Known as the green season, it’s a time when surface water is plentiful and wildebeest, zebra and antelope give birth to their calves, foals and fawns. With so much easy prey around, it is also a good time for predators to raise their cubs and pups, making for wonderful photographic opportunities.
After you enjoy breakfast at your tented camp, you are met by your driver and transferred by road to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. Upon arrival at the International Airport, you catch your direct flight to the coastal town of Mombasa. You arrive at Moi International Airport, Mombasa and you are met by our representative who will brief you on the area and transfer you by road to your resort along the North Coast. You arrive at your resort in the late afternoon and the rest of the evening is at leisure.
Transfer Time: Masai Mara National Reserve to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport – approx. 6 hours
Flight Time: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Moi International Airport – approx. 50 minutes
Transfer Time: Moi International Airport to your resort – approx. 40 minutes
Mombasa is located on the Eastern coastline of Kenya bordering the Indian Ocean which has made it a popular destination for its beaches. Mombasa offers diverse marine life, world-class hotels and a friendly atmosphere.
Mombasa is steeped in history. Kenya’s largest port and second most populous city, it was first mentioned by name by the 12th century Arab geographer Al Idrisi, who described it as a prosperous trade emporium selling spices, gold and ivory to ships from Arabia and Asia. Today, the bustling island-bound city centre is overlooked by the imposing Portuguese-built Fort Jesus, and its languid older quarters possess an organic layout and historical feel rare in more modern cities.
Mombasa is connected to the mainland by bridges and ferries. The town overlooks a wide harbor, where commercial shipping mingles with traditional sailing dhows. The true heart of Mombasa is found in the exotic old town, among the narrow winding streets and Arab architecture. The air here is always heavy with the scent of spices.
After breakfast, your Kenyan Adventure has come to an end. You are transferred by road to Moi International Airport. Here, you connect with your flight home.
We Bid You Farewell!
Transfer Time: Your resort to Moi International Airport – approx. 40 minutes
Tamarind Tree Hotel is ideally located southwest of Nairobi near Langata and Karen suburbs. These suburbs are among the liveliest and most popular in Nairobi with world-class shopping malls and excellent restaurants. The hotel offers easy access to all parts of the city, its national park, as well as to the country’s many diverse attractions via the neighboring Nairobi Wilson airport and Southern Bypass.
Each of the 160 guest rooms and suites have been exquisitely designed using modern fittings while expressing an authentic earthy feel. All rooms are air-conditioned, have complimentary WIFI; a flat-screen television with international satellite channels; complimentary in-room tea and coffee facilities and double-glazed windows to ensure you have a peaceful night’s sleep.
The Tamarind Tree Hotel offers a variety of dining venues. Whether relaxing over afternoon tea in the Dawa Lounge, sipping your favourite cocktail by the pool, or dining at the iconic Tamambo Restaurant, there are opportunities to indulge your every taste. For light bites, our 24-hour Duka Coffee Shop offers an impressive selection of fresh and healthy snacks.
The Tamarind Group’s restaurants are famous across the region. Just a short nature walk from the hotel is the world famous Carnivore Restaurant “home of dawa” renowned for its “Beast of a Feast” all-you-can-eat meat experience and entertainment. An evening at the Carnivore and adjoining Simba Saloon is a true African dining experience and an essential part of your stay in Nairobi.
Located in the Aberdare National Park, the Treetops Lodge Nyeri tree-house lodge on stilts is famous as the place where Queen Elizabeth II visited as a princess and left as queen.
Originally built in 1932, Treetops Lodge lies in the path of an ancient Elephant migratory route between the Aberdare Ranges and Mt Kenya National park, and is strategically sited right in front of a natural watering hole and salt lick, making it the perfect place to view game.
Treetops is as much a part of nature as it has an ancient tree growing right through the hotel, with the lodge being built around it. It is the perfect fusion of nature and comfort sporting a rustic look that fits right into the Aberdare’s.
Enter a rustic world when you enter one of the rooms. Treetops Lodge Nyeri has 32 standard rooms and 3 suites which make it one of the best accommodation lodges Nyeri has to offer. It also has a family room for our guests who would like to spend some time watching television. The standard rooms have twin beds that can be converted to a king-size double bed. All rooms are en-suites with showers and are fitted with a luggage rack for the safari suitcase.
Experience fine dining Treetops has to offer with an intimate set up designed to help you savour the scenic views while enjoying sumptuous meals. Mini-chandeliers illuminate all the tables and restaurant furniture making mealtimes a truly unforgettable affair.
Meals are prepared with world-class precision by experienced chefs who have mastered International recipes. All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) are served at the Lodge except the first day’s lunch which is served at the Outspan Hotel after Check-in.
Ashnil Samburu Camp is a luxury tented camp set in the spectacular backdrop drop of the Mighty Ol Olokwe Mountain fronting Ewaso Nyiro River. The 30 exclusive luxury Tents are spread out along the shady banks of the river under a thick stand of doum Palms.
It features an outdoor swimming pool surrounded by sun lounges, a garden and a Lounge bar offering views of the African savannah. Each tent features a decked Terrance with views of the Ewaso Nyiro River.
The restaurant offers views of the river and serves a variety of menus comprising of Oriental, traditional and international cuisines. A range of activities are available on request and comprise of game drives, nature Walks and a cultural visit to the samburu village, bush meals like bush lunch/ dinner and sundowner.
Located on the plains below Mount Kenya, in the centre of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Sweetwaters Serena Camp is a sheltered, luxury safari camp that will provide you with a true taste of Africa's wildlife. Ideal for those who want to see as many wild animals as possible, the camp is built around a watering hole where animals regularly come to drink and graze. The reserve still boasts many conservation efforts, with the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, as well as the only chimpanzee sanctuary in Kenya.
And with the conservancy's wildlife-to-area ratio being the highest of any Kenyan national park, you are guaranteed an unforgettable safari experience. Your days will be spent going on early morning, afternoon or evening game drives to search for the members of the Big 5 as well as an abundance of other African wildlife. You can also indulge in exciting camel treks, guided nature walks and bird-watching excursions.
The camp consists of 39 luxury tents, positioned in a cluster around the waterhole. Each has a private veranda or balcony that overlooks the waterhole, and all chalets are connected to the main buildings with stone pathways that wind through the landscaped grounds.
The spacious tents feature an en suite bathroom with hot and cold running water and a flush toilet. Additional children's beds or cots can be added on request.
The Rhino Restaurant is housed in what used to be the manager's house and features floor to ceiling windows that overlook the waterhole. Breakfast and lunch take the form of a buffet, and offer a range of international options to choose from as well as many vegetarian choices. Dinner is served in table d'hôte style and is accompanied by a salad buffet, soup, entrée and dessert.
Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort is situated on the southern shores of Lake Naivasha – the only fresh water lake within Africa’s Great Rift Valley. The Resort is ideally located, as it is easy to explore nearby National Parks, wildlife sanctuaries and the surrounding countryside – just one hour from Nairobi by road.
The surrounding landscape is home to a variety of game including zebra, giraffe, buffalo, the elusive black faced colobus monkey and hippos, which can also be seen grazing within the lodge grounds. There is also an abundance of fresh water fish and bird life – a paradise for avid bird watchers.
Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge has a total of 21 crescent-shaped cottages each containing four hotel rooms for a total of 84 rooms, all of which have panoramic views of the resort surroundings and the lake. All 84 rooms are tastefully furnished with mahogany coloured furniture, from the beds, side tables, dressing table, wardrobe, luggage rack and cabinet. As a contrast to the mahogany colour, the walls are peach in colour and the fabric used for curtains and bed linen, match perfectly including the carpet. The walls have paintings and locally woven sisal pieces placed in embedded concrete frames which form part of the wall.
The rooms are spacious, airy and light due to floor-to-ceiling rounded glass windows and are equipped with mini bars, TV’s in 48 out of the 84 rooms, telephones and safes. The cottages are connected by brick walkways surrounded by lush gardens and you will come across zebras, giraffes, gazelles and monkeys meandering around the Sopa Resort grounds.
Ashnil Mara Camp, located in the Masai Mara National Reserve and close to the Mara River, famous for the wildebeest migration. The luxury Masai Mara Camp is arguably in one of the very best positions in the Masai Mara for game viewing and also provides the perfect setting to sit and relax at the end of an exciting day of game drives.
The central guest area has a contemporary feel throughout, with a vast dining hall under canvas serving buffet-style meals. In a separate section is a huge open-sided lounge bar, where an extensive choice of drinks is served. Just below the main deck is a lovely swimming pool with a curving terrace where traditional African dinners are sometimes served under the stars. Bush dinners in the boma are special occasions, with cultural displays such as dancing and storytelling around the fire.
A line of forty luxury tents along the river offers elegant and modern double or twin suites, all with electricity and hot and cold running water. Décor is light and natural, with splashes of colour in the ethnic rugs and throws adding an African feel. Vast beds under swathes of mosquito net, richly coloured timber floors and roll-down canvas panels give the interiors a sense of traditional safari style. Each has a private sundeck overlooking the river.
The Voyager Beach Resort overlooks a beautiful stretch of sandy beach. A fantastic base for a holiday with endless amenities to choose from. There are three restaurants, each offering a different kind of fare. After dinner why not enjoy a drink in the Lookout Bar, with fabulous views of the private bay!
With a choice of three swimming pools, indoor games area and water sports galore there is plenty to keep everyone entertained. There's also a kids' club for younger members and an 18-hole golf course nearby at the Nyali Golf & Country Club.
The resort has 236 rooms, all with private terrace or balcony, air-conditioning, satellite TV, mini-fridge, tea/coffee-making facilities, telephone, complimentary limited WiFi and safe. Garden View Rooms have 2 king-size beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.
The on-site dining areas include Mashua Restaurant (buffet), Captain's Table, Smugglers' Cove restaurant (à la carte seafood restaurant), Minestrone Restaurant (Italian cuisine), Sports Bar, Kaskazi Bar, Harbor Lounge Bar and Lookout Bar.
Sports pool, relax pool and fun pool with whirlpool, kids' pool and Indoor games area are part of the fun activities available. Beach activities such as Sand volleyball court and two tennis courts are located on site. The Water sports centre will assist you with planning your windsurfing, sailing, canoeing and snorkelling (marine park fees payable locally)
Go on a nature walk and explore the fauna and flora of the Aberdare National Park with a 30-minute naturalist guided tour within the fenced off “jungle” adjacent to the Treetops Lodge. Enjoy close-up photography of animals at the lodge waterhole in the two photographic hides on the ground level and the rooftop viewing deck.
A full-day fishing excursion to Moorlands in Aberdare National Park is available on request. The guests are allowed to self-drive with a Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) ranger. Fishing gear is not inclusive in the package. After the fishing expedition, the Treetops Lodge Kitchen prepares the guest’s catch as preferred for free.
With prior booking and availability, enjoy a 7km horse ride expedition from Treetops to “Prince Charles” Campsite and Jungle Bar Tea / Coffee and back. Enjoy scenery and game viewing. It is limited to 2 pax and the availability of KWS rangers and horses.
Visit Outspan Hotel:
Take a 30mins drive to Outspan Hotel in Nyeri (17Km away) for lunch, nature walk, jogging Trail or simply a drink “in the City”.
The reserve is rich in wildlife with fame for abundance in rare northern specialist species such as the Grevy Zebra, Somali Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk and the Beisa Oryx (Also referred as Samburu Special). The reserve is also popular with a minimum of 900 elephants. Large predators such as the Lion, Leopard and Cheetah are an important attraction (Kamunyak the Miracle Lioness that adapted the baby Oryx is a resident in the reserve). Wild dog sightings are also a common attraction to this unique protected area. Birdlife is abundant with over 450 species recorded. Birds of the arid northern bush country are augmented by a number of riverine forest species. Lesser Kestrel and the Taita Falcon are species of global conservation concern and they both utilize the reserve. Five species categorized as vulnerable have recorded in the reserve. These are African Darter, Great Egret, White-headed Vulture, Martial Eagle and the Yellow-billed Ox-pecker. Critically endangered species under CITIES – Pancake tortoise (malacochersus tornieri) is found in the reserve.
All members of the "Big five game" (lion, Cape buffalo, African elephant, leopard and rhinoceros) can be found on the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Both black and white rhino thrive here. Other rare animals that can be found on Ol Pejeta include the endangered African wild dog, oryx, Jackson’s hartebeest, Grevy’s zebra, serval, cheetah and bat-eared fox. The more common African wildlife can, of course, be found here too, including giraffes, vervet monkeys, baboons, hippos, impala, eland, Grant’s gazelle, dik-dik, plains zebra, silver backed jackal, hyena. There are also over 300 bird species on the Conservancy. All animals are free to move in and out of the Conservancy by way of specially constructed "game corridors" that only restrict the movement of rhinos. Knee-high posts in the ground, situated very close together, present no challenge for elephant, antelope and carnivores, who are easily able to jump or step over. Rhinos, however, are unable to do this, and as a result are restricted from moving into areas where they are in danger of being slaughtered for their horn.
The bush walk and ravine river bird walk gives visitors the opportunity to learn about game trails and spoor identification as well as the insects, birds and smaller mammals of Ol Pejeta. The walk is not designed to be strenuous however a reasonable level of fitness is required, as you can expect to be walking for around two hours.
Take a morning or an evening ride within the 600-acre Endangered Species Enclosure, accompanied by knowledgeable staff on Ol Pejeta’s safari horses. These rides will take you on a journey through a predator-free area set aside by Ol Pejeta for the recovery of the northern white rhinoceros. As well as meeting the last three remaining northern white rhinos on the planet, you will ride through herds of the highly endangered Gravy’s zebra and Jackson’s hartebeest. You will also encounter many other species including southern white rhinos and a myriad of plains game. The rides will only be open to experienced riders and some proof of riding ability will be required at point of booking; clients judged to be of insufficient riding ability will not be permitted to undertake this activity.
A unique opportunity to track and learn about the lions of Ol Pejeta and contribute towards their conservation. Guests can participate in helping us to gather vital research information needed to monitor the collared lions. In the event that the collared lions are inaccessible, other lion sightings are reported and the same identifying features such as whisker spots, ear tears and nose spotting recorded. It is a great way to learn about lions and all of the information gathered is passed on to the Ol Pejeta Ecological Monitoring Department.
Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Sanctuary Visit:
Visit the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Sanctuary for a unique opportunity to learn more about the day-to-day care of the chimpanzees in our care. Gain exclusive access to feeding time and the enrichment activities within their enclosures. Chimpanzees are not indigenous to Kenya. One can also adopt a chimp.
Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake in the Kenya section of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, and is located north west of Nairobi with the town of Naivasha on its north eastern shore. At 1,890 meters (6,200 ft) above sea level, the lake is at the highest point in the Kenyan rift, and is set in a complex geological combination of volcanic rocks and sedimentary deposits from a much larger Pleistocene era lake.
The Lodge boasts 150 acres of grassland studded with Acacia bushes and trees. The resort is not only home to resident giraffe, waterbuck and both Vervet and Colobus monkeys, but it is also a night stop for the hippos when they leave the lake every night to come and trim the grass on our expansive lawns. The lodge features two swimming pools with a children’s section and a pool complex with a bar, snack kitchen, pizzeria and health spa and tennis court.
Additional activities available include: Boat rides, horse rides, biking, and outdoor boma dining area, bird watching, nature walks, card & board games.
Game viewing in the Masai Mara is excellent all year around thanks to the diverse population of resident game - including lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo – plus popular species like zebra, giraffe, hyena, eland and gazelle. The Mara’s big cats are even the stars of a popular wildlife TV series. From July to November one of nature’s greatest spectacles, the Wildebeest Migration, reaches the Mara - the sheer number of wildebeest arriving in the area is staggering. The migration is a dramatic mass movement of almost two million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle in a seasonal annual cycle driven by rainfall. To reach the Mara’s fresh grazing, wildebeest make dramatic river crossings, facing enormous crocodiles to feast on the Mara plains and regain their strength. November's short summer rains trigger the last leg of the migration, when the wildebeest move south to their Serengeti calving grounds. The calving season also happens in the Mara between December and January. Known as the green season, it’s a time when surface water is plentiful and wildebeest, zebra and antelope give birth to their calves, foals and fawns. With so much easy prey around, it is also a good time for predators to raise their cubs and pups, making for wonderful photographic opportunities.
The activities cater for everybody, from sailing lessons, SCUBA diving, and all your favourite water-based hobbies to gym on the beach, spa treatments, themed dinners, fun galore for children, and nearby Mombasa to explore.
Some the popular activities include game fishing, windsurfing, sailing & glass-bottom boat rides. There are daytime trips to Bamburi Nature Trail and Crocodile farm, and daily dhow safaris with picnics or sundowners. There is also the opportunity for a round at an 18-hole golf course at Nyali Golf and Country Club. Fishing is always an attractive option and big game fishing is aboard a modern fishing boat. Watersports include: windsurfing and sailing lessons and contests, and scuba diving. Those who prefer to stay above the water can see the coral reefs from a glass-bottom boat.
Voyager Beach Resort activities include a daily entertainment programme and family shows plus kids activities at the famous Adventurers' Club.
Mombasa City Tour:
Mombasa is steeped in history. Kenya’s largest port and second most populous city with rich history and culture. Today, the bustling island-bound city centre is overlooked by the imposing Portuguese-built Fort Jesus, and its languid older quarters possess an organic layout and historical feel rare in more modern cities.
A popular day trip from Diani, Wasini Island is known for its so-called ‘Coral Garden’, a bleakly attractive landscape of partly exposed coral outcrops, sand flats and mangroves that can be explored from a boardwalk managed as a community project by a local women’s group. The spectacular coconut crab, the world’s largest terrestrial crustacean, might be seen here at dusk.
Shimba Hills National Reserve:
Visiting Shimba Hills is an excellent goal for a day safari. The only Kenyan stronghold of the handsome sable antelope, it is also home to giraffe, zebra, warthog, elephant, buffalo and leopard, and protects a patch of coastal forest inhabited by the likes of Angola colobus monkey, Blue duiker, Red-bellied coast squirrel and Green-headed oriole.
Mombasa Old Town:
Overlooking the old harbour north of Fort Jesus, Mombasa Old Town is the city’s oldest continuously settled district and several of its mosques were founded in medieval times. It comprises narrow alleys lined by two- and three-storey Victorian buildings adorned with oriental-influenced fretwork balconies, carved window frames, and Zanzibar doors.
Fort Jesus has cut an imposing figure above Mombasa’s old town harbour since it was constructed by the Portuguese in the 1590s. UNESCO World Heritage Site, the fort has more-or-less retained its original plan and incorporates a museum housing an impressive collection of artefacts unearthed during excavations, ranging from Chinese porcelain to Arabic pottery. A panel of wall paintings executed by an unknown Portuguese sailor sometime before 1639 can be seen in situ.