Beach and bush safari holidays in Kenya

elephants A bush and beach safari is the best way to enjoy all the wonderful facets of Kenya

Kenya is ideally suited to a beach and bush holiday. Indeed, you could say that it is tailor-made for this combination of activities. Safari options are covered in detail elsewhere on this website, but we would broadly recommend 7-10 days on safari, ideally split between two or three major reserves, broken up with overnight stays at Lake Nakuru and/or one of the Tree Hotels of the Aberdares and Mount Kenya. This could be followed with 4-7 days at a beach resort such as Diani, Malindi or Watamu.


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Watamu and Malinda

Sailing in Malinda | Credit: Make it Kenya Like Mombasa, Malindi is an ancient Swahili trading port that fell under Portuguese influence in the 16th century. It is far smaller and more low-rise than Mombasa, and has a less conspicuous sense of antiquity, though the old town is scattered with a few important historical landmarks. These days, Malindi, more than any other comparably large town in Kenya, functions largely as a beach resort, offering a good choice of midrange lodges…

Big Five safari holidays in Kenya

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust does amazing work in Kenya for elephants who are poached for their tusks Kenya is one of the best places anywhere in Africa for ticking off the Big Five: lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino. A good short safari combination for those hoping to see all these charismatic creatures (and much more besides) would be Masai Mara (for lion, leopard, buffalo and elephant) and Lake Nakuru (for black and white rhino). Other top safari destinations that…

Mombasa and surrounds

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. For…


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These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

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