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Tsavo East National Park, Kenya, Africa

Highlights of Kenya including Masai Mara and Coast



11 Days

Prices Start from

£5,500pp (ex. flights)

Set out on a classic exploration of Kenya’s varied landscapes, beginning amidst the grasslands of Lewa, before exploring the Masai Mara’s Big-Five plains. Combine this safari experience with a beach break beside the Indian Ocean, staying beside the beautiful white-sand beaches of Diani.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Rhino silhouette, Laikipia, Kenya 1

Endangered Rhinos

Explore the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, home to both black and white rhinos.

Kenya Leopard, Talek River in Masai Mara, Kenya 2

Masai Mara Safari

Explore the game-rich plains of the iconic Masai Mara, home to a wealth of animal life.

Walking, Offbeat Mara Camp, Masai Mara 3

Private Conservancies

Stay in private conservancies throughout, with the freedom to drive off-road and at night.

Diani Beach, Kenyan Coast, Kenya 4

Diani Beach

Relax beside the balmy, azure waters of the Swahili Coast.

Why we like it

This trip combines three of Kenya’s most popular destinations. But making use of private concessions, domestic flights and secluded locations, it avoids the crowds and kerfuffle of many tourist hotspots. Abundant wildlife, stunning surroundings and wonderful service all feature, showcasing the best of Kenya’s richly diverse landscapes and fauna.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1

    Nairobi - Laikipia

  • Day 2 - 3


  • Day 4

    Laikipia - Masai Mara

  • Day 5 - 6

    Masai Mara

  • Day 7

    Masai Mara - Nairobi - Kenyan Coast

  • Day 8 - 10

    Kenyan Coast

  • Day 11

    Kenyan Coast - Nairobi

Day 1

Nairobi - Laikipia

Day 2 - 3


Rhino silhouette, Laikipia, Kenya

Endangered Rhinos

Explore the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, home to both black and white rhinos.

Day 4

Laikipia - Masai Mara

Kenya Leopard, Talek River in Masai Mara, Kenya

Masai Mara Safari

Explore the game-rich plains of the iconic Masai Mara, home to a wealth of animal life.

Day 5 - 6

Masai Mara

Walking, Offbeat Mara Camp, Masai Mara

Private Conservancies

Stay in private conservancies throughout, with the freedom to drive off-road and at night.

Day 7

Masai Mara - Nairobi - Kenyan Coast

Day 8 - 10

Kenyan Coast

Diani Beach, Kenyan Coast, Kenya

Diani Beach

Relax beside the balmy, azure waters of the Swahili Coast.

Day 11

Kenyan Coast - Nairobi

Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

More details

Lewa Safari Camp, Bush Walk, Rhino, Kenya

Big-Five Conservancy

Explore rhino-rich landscape of Lewa. The rolling grasslands of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy are home to a wonderful array of wildlife, including endangered rhinos and Grevy’s zebras.

Stay at the beautifully situated Lewa Safari Camp, which embraces its wild surroundings. Immersed in the safari feel of this tented camp, explore the protected areas that surround it. Talented guides make the most of every encounter and their knowledge of this rugged environment is second to none.

End of the migration, Masai Mara, Kenya
Masai Mara, Kenya

Masai Mara Safari

Continue to the Masai Mara, where safaris were born. Here, avoid the crowds of the reserve and head to the exclusive Mara North Conservancy. Stay beneath a grove of fig and elephant pepper trees, at the aptly named Elephant Pepper Camp. Classically themed, this intimate camp is a firm favourite.

Explore the wild conservancy landscape, in search of leopards, cheetahs and lions. During migration season, watch as the terrain is flooded with waves of zebras and wildebeests. And take guided bush walks across the plains, learning about the quirks and intricacies of this fascinating ecosystem.

Boats on Diani beach, Kenyan Coast
Kenyan Coast, Kenya

Diani Beach

Leave the safari circuit behind for the sandy beaches, weather-beaten dhows and ungainly palms of the Swahili Coast. Embrace the comfort and tranquillity of the AfroChic Diani – set slightly back from the waters of the Indian Ocean. Perfect for relaxation or exploration, this quiet retreat features direct access to the beach and a network of verdant gardens.

Alternatively, the ocean offers a myriad of more adventurous activities. Venture out on the waves, exploring above and below the surface. Amongst the available options are diving, kite surfing and snorkelling.

How does this holiday make a positive impact?

Travel to the areas included in this holiday idea provides direct financial support to conservation areas in Kenya. These include the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and the Mara North of Conservancy, both of which are home to a number of endangered African species. In particular, Lewa is renowned as one of the last sanctuaries for the critically endangered eastern black rhino and its continued existence is pivotal to the species’ survival.

This holiday idea includes a stay in the Mara North Conservancy, which is a hugely successful community conservancy located on the edge of the Masai Mara National Reserve. Created in partnership with the local community, the conservancy leases land for the purpose of tourism and conservation. This in turn provides income for the local land owners, ensuring that there is a shared desire for success at the heart of this innovative partnership.

Historically, much of Kenya has been given over to grazing and agriculture. But the wildlife areas included in this holiday ideas have largely been rewilded, converting former farmland into wildlife areas. This is not just an investment in biodiversity but also an investment in the land itself. Low-value grazing land has become high-value wildlife habitat, generating significant economic benefit for the surrounding communities.


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.

Elephant Pepper Camp £££££

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  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Taking its name from the Elephant Pepper trees under which the camp sits, the camp offers a classic, East African safari experience, with each of the eight safari tents offering adventure in style. The camp has also been the driving force behind the creation of the award-winning Mara North Conservancy. This conservancy provides some of the best game viewings in the Mara region and has operated in partnership with the local Masai community for two decades.

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Lewa Safari Camp £££££

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  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Lewa Safari Camp is a charming and very homely safari camp, with an excellent reputation in the world-renowned Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. The sense of space is the first thing that strikes you about the camp, with the spacious bar and dining room looking out across the manicured lawns and pool, with expansive views across Lewa Downs.

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AfroChic Diani £££££

  • Kenya
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Lying on one of Kenya’s most beautiful beaches, the AfroChic Diani offers an Indian-Ocean escape that is both comfortable and intimate. Uniquely styled and with an ambience of relaxation and exclusivity, this beautiful property is perfectly located for making the most of its idyllic surroundings. Just 10 boutique rooms, with ocean and garden views, are housed within this small hotel. Each one is decorated in its own eclectic, individual style, but they all feature en-suite bathrooms, balconies and sun loungers.

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A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
From £5,500 Per person

When to travel

Kenya in January

The hottest month across much of the country, and an excellent time to spot wildlife with lower visitor numbers. The seas are at their clearest, the landscape is still lush, but it is dry and sunny in general.

Kenya in February

The high temperatures continue, and it remains virtually dry, but the landscape should still be fairly green. Conditions are still excellent for wildlife viewing, with lower visitor numbers.

Kenya in March

The start of the main rainy season, but still good for wildlife viewing with the chance to see newborns.

Kenya in April

This is not the ideal time to travel. Some lodges close as the rainy season gets into full swing. Roads can be treacherous, and the coast becomes very hot and wet.

Kenya in May

May is the height of the rainy season and so many places will be closed with driving conditions becoming poor due to the heavy rainfall.

Kenya in June

The rains start to abate, and the landscape is as green and lush as it gets. This does make spotting wildlife a little trickier, but it is a beautiful time across the country.

Kenya in July

The start of the mass migration into the Masai Mara. Dry weather dominates across the country, with the occasional shower. This is the coolest month, with visitor numbers increasing.

Kenya in August

This is peak season in Kenya, especially in the Masai Mara, where it is the peak of the Great Migration. Exceptional game viewing is possible as animals congregate around watering holes and rivers.

Kenya in September

The weather remains dry, and there are still fantastic opportunities for game viewing in the Masai Mara as wildlife gathers around watering holes.

Kenya in October

As the temperatures rise, so does the chance of a shower or two. The herds of wildlife begin to leave the Masai Mara, but plenty of residents can still be seen. Visitor numbers are lower and it is a great time to visit across the country.

Kenya in November

The start of the short rainy season, as temperatures continue to increase. Many destinations are open, but around Laikipia, places close at this time.

Kenya in December

The end of the year brings the peak of the short rainy season. Hot and wet conditions dominate, but the scenery is beautiful and green, and there is still plenty of wildlife to be seen.

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