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Masai Mara Green Season, Kenya

Highlights of Kenya including Masai Mara and Coast

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

11 Days

Prices Start from

$5,715 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.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
    Nairobi - Laikipia
  • Day 2 - 3
    Laikipia
  • 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
Lewa Safari Camp, Bush Walk, Rhino, Kenya
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.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Elephant Pepper Camp £££££

  • Kenya
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge
  • Tented Camps

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 £££££

  • Kenya
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge
  • Tented Camps

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. The tented rooms themselves sit under a permanent thatched roof, with private en-suite bathrooms at the back, with the main bedrooms designed to let in light and the landscape, so whilst small, feel very much part of the scenery offering panoramic views from inside. Unlike some of the other former homestead ranches in the area, Lewa Safari Camp is unstuffy and very relaxed allowing you to be as convivial or as private as you feel and the staff are as happy to sit and chat as they are to leave you in peace to enjoy the ambience of the place. The lodge has also been involved in the heart of the excellent Lewa Wildlife Conservancy success story, working hand in hand with the local communities, now famous for its pioneering rhino breeding programme.

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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
Price
From $5,715 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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