The African Oyster

6 Days Bush and Beach Safari

on request
6 days
All year around
minimum 2 persons
Selected meals included
Masai Mara and Diani Beach
per person 2,547 usd
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The African Oyster

6 Days Safari to Masai Mara and Diani Beach

This safari combines two very different destinations in one seamless safari. Spend a few days experiencing exceptional game viewing in the heart of Africa’s most iconic game reserves, Masai Mara, and then round off the adventure with a beach holiday on Kenya’s best beach, Diani Beach to soak up some sunshine along tropical beaches. Kick back in the soft white sand shaded by coconut fronds as you engage in a range of water sports like sailing, windsurfing, snorkeling and swimming with dolphins. This is the ultimate bush and beach safari experience!

Day 1

Your adventure begins upon landing at Olkiombo Airstrip. You will be met by our skilled Maasai guide ready to take you through your first game drive en-route to our camp. Masai Mara is one of Africa’s greatest wildlife reserves. Enjoy the scenery of the acacia dotted plains, abundant wildlife and an array of birdlife.  Watch out for the pride of lions stalking their prey, observe a herd of elephant and their fascinating social structure among other wildlife. Arrive for lunch at Basecamp Masai Mara, located along the banks of the Talek River, the natural border to the Maasai Mara National Reserve. After lunch, you will have time to unpack and settled in as you explore your surroundings. Later, meet with your guide for your first afternoon game drive for some of the best wildlife sightings that Masai Mara National Reserve has to offer. Return to camp for the dinner followed by story sharing and stargazing around the fireplace.

Lunch and Dinner included
Basecamp Masai Mara

Day 2

Rise early for a morning game drive in Masai Mara National Reserve. Tea, coffee and snacks, will be ready before you embark on your game drive. Enjoy driving across the vast Mara Plains and keep your eyes open, for anything is possible! Watch out for the herd of elephant and listen to the distinctive lion’s roar. Head back to camp for breakfast. After breakfast, you will set out for a Camp Walk with our Naturalist Maasai Guide. During your walk, our guide will introduce you to some of the elements that make Basecamp one of the leading sustainable tourism operators in Kenya. In addition, you will visit some of the community programs supported, including the Fairtrade-certified handicraft business, Basecamp Maasai Brand, as well as Basecamp’s Tree Plantation. We encourage guests to follow in the footsteps of the Obama Family and offset their carbon footprint by planting a tree at a minimal fee. At around mid-day you will have lunch then gather your things and prepare to continue your journey through the Basecamp Circuit. Your next destination is Wilderness Camp in Mara Naboisho Conservancy. The conservancy boasts of having the highest lion density in Africa and is also home to large numbers of wildlife and bird species. Arrive at Wilderness Camp for dinner. Wilderness Camp is our nostalgic tribute to the safari of the early explorers and safari pioneers. With only five tents, you will have the privilege of ultimate seclusion. Enjoy the tranquil surroundings and the passing wildlife. Enjoy dinner, followed by story sharing and stargazing around the fireplace.  Retire to your tent and be lulled to sleep by the sounds of the savannah.

All meals included
Wilderness Camp

Day 3

Wake up early to the sights, sounds, and smells of the African bush. Together with your guide, you will embark on a bush walk in Naboisho Conservancy. No feeling can match walking across the open savannah together with the Maasai the true specialists. During the walk, your Maasai guide will introduce you to the finer details of life on the savannah, including showing you how to interpret tracks and recognize the Small Five. Head back to camp for breakfast. Spend the rest of the morning enjoying the tranquil surroundings and the wildlife passing by. After a sumptuous lunch, join your Maasai guide and discover more about Basecamp Explorer’s do good projects. Visit the students at Koiyaki Guiding School, a capacity-building institution supported by Basecamp Explorer. Round off your afternoon with an evening game drive. At sunset, you will stop over at a scenic spot to enjoy Basecamp Sundowner drinks and snacks. As darkness sets in embark on a thrilling night game drive which allows you to see predators on the prowl and the many nocturnal animals that live in the conservancy. Return to Wilderness Camp for dinner, and story-telling around the fireplace.

All meals included
Wilderness Camp

Day 4

Make the most of your last game drive safari as you take in the sights and sounds of this unique region. Marvel as the savannah springs to life before returning to camp for a sumptuous breakfast then have some time to say your goodbyes. Depart the Mara region for Diani. Arrive at the airstrip in time for your direct flight to Diani Beach, along Kenya’s coast. The flight to Diani is approximately 2 hours. Diani Beach is one of Kenya’s most popular beaches, located in the southern part of Mombasa City. It is characterized by white sandy beaches, fringing coral reefs, with underwater sandbars near the surface allowing wading with a clear view of the white sand. Upon arrival, you will be met by Basecamp driver at Ukunda Airstrip and transferred to Waterlovers Beach Resort. Check in at the resort, freshen up and have a sunset walk along the beach to familiarize yourself with the area. Return to the resort in time for dinner and entertainment.

Breakfast and Dinner included
Water Lovers

Day 5

Have an early tropical breakfast and then proceed with your guide on a Dolphin Safari to Wasini Island. The island excursion is done aboard an Arabian-style dhow – a traditional style of sailboat. The traditional dhow’s most notable feature is its triangular lateen sails, which allows the boat to sail closer to the wind when traveling against the breezes. Wasini Island is a gateway to an underwater wonderland. It is also a great place for water sports. You can try scuba diving and snorkeling and discover the colorful ocean life that lives here. You may also try swimming with dolphins. Enjoy a traditional lunch, served Swahili-style on the beach. As you eat, keep your eyes on the waves for dolphins coming to play. Spend the afternoon at leisure sunbathing on the island. After a short siesta, board the Arab dhow to sail back to Diani. Return to the resort for dinner. Later unwind at the Beach Bar, which is perfectly located to overlook the ocean. A nice place to enjoy cocktails, fresh fruit juices, aperitifs and good music.

All meals included
Water Lovers

Day 6

Sleep in and prepare to enjoy a well prepared late tropical breakfast. After breakfast, head to the beach to relax as you enjoy the sound of gentle waves and the slight breeze of the swaying palm trees one last time. Return to the resort, gather your things ready for your departure. You will check out in time for your flight back to Nairobi where you will connect to your international flight back home. As you embark on your plane, treasure the feeling of having the best bush and beach adventure that Kenya has to offer.

Breakfast included

Summary

Price:
USD 2,547 per person (January-March & July-Jan 2018)
Departure: On request
Minimum: 2 persons
Age limit: no age limit

What’s included?

Accommodation & Activities according to the program
All meals mentioned in the program
Return domestic flights from Nairobi to Mara – all taxes included
Airport transfers in Nairobi
Airstrip transfers in Mara
Unlimited Game Drives and Walking safaris at Wilderness Camp
Bird walks at Basecamp Masai Mara
Sunset sundowner at a scenic point
Optional picnic breakfast and lunch
Tea and coffee service in own tent if desired
Private dining at the platform, on availability
Optional visit to our community projects
Free Wi-fi at Basecamp Masai Mara
Masai Mara Reserve park fees and Mara Naboisho conservancy fees

What's not included?

International airfares and visa fees, drinks, supreme bush meals, balloon safari, laundry, telephone calls and tips, other incidental charges

Recommended equipment

Comfortable Safari clothes – avoid white due to the dust, warm sweater of fleece for the evenings, wind and water proof jacket, solid hiking boots for the walking safari, comfortable footwear for the game drives, binoculars, sunscreen, sun hat & sunglasses, a good book, camera and extra battery, head light, pack in solid soft bag.

Note

As a small and personal company we tailor-make all our safari programmes. Each element of the this Itinerary can be changed to suit your personal preferences.

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