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Sarova Mara Game Camp, Masai Mara

Sarova Mara Game Camp is ideally located in the heart of the Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya and offers a unique African safari experience for game viewing. The camp is set on an elevation surrounded by two streams.  The luxury safari camps include 20 Club Tents, 30 Deluxe Tents, 19 Standard Tents, 3 Family Tents, the main restaurant, bar and a free form swimming pool that has its own pool bar. All Sarova Mara Game Camp tents include an en-suite bathroom. The Club Tents offer a spectacular view of the rolling plains of the Savannah. The cuisine is exceptional with organic garden and bush dining options available. In addition, the Sarova Mara Game Camp has its own fleet of well-equipped safari vehicles with excellent safari guides.  Come explore the Seventh “New” Wonder of the World, the Masai Mara!

Sarova Mara Game Camp

Kenya Romantic Safari

Kenya

Nairobi | Masai Mara Game Reserve | Kenya Coast

Enjoy the Romance of Wildlife and Beach Vacation on the Indian Ocean Coast.

Our Kenya Romantic Safari to the Masai Mara is a private departure flying to the Masai Mara Game Reserve and thence onward to the Kenya Coast. This private journey reminds us that Kenya is home of the safari and romance.

Tour Length: 11 days

Land from $2,995 per person sharing

Kenya Romantic SafariWhen you think about safaris you first think of Kenya – the home of the African safari. Kenya is an amazing land, rich in wildlife and culture. Kenya has game parks filled with an incredible variety of animals year round, including more than a million and a half wildebeest which visit the Masai Mara during the annual migration. The Kenya Romantic Safari game viewing is  in modern 4 x 4 safari vehicles, with each client enjoying a window seat for viewing a panorama of wildlife.

The Kenya Coast all inclusive resorts, Neptune Paradise Beach Resort & Spa or the Baobab Beach Resort and Spa, are the perfect finale to a Kenya Romantic Safari experience.

More time to explore? Consider adding a Tanzania extension, or a thrilling gorilla trek in Rwanda.

Kenya Romantic Safari Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Nairobi 

The Kenya Romantic Safari excitement begins when you touchdown in Nairobi, Kenya. On arrival at the Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, after clearing customs and immigration formalities, you are met by a representative of Great Safaris representative and transferred to the Tamarind Tree Hotel for your stay.

Day 2 Nairobi

Kenya Romantic SafariFull day at leisure (with optional activities), overnight at the Tamarind Tree Hotel.

Day 3 Nairobi /  Masai Mara

After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to Wilson Airport for a scheduled flight to Masai Mara enjoying the magnificent scenery on your flight.  Upon arrival, it’s onto the Sentrim Mara Camp (Classic level) or Sarova Mara Game Camp (Luxe level) for lunch and a afternoon shared game drive, followed by dinner and overnight in the Masai Mara full board.

Day 4 – 6 Masai Mara

Set out on early morning game-drives, experiencing breathtaking vistas and panoramas of vast rolling plains, hills and woodland, returning for breakfast. Mid-morning is spent at leisure and lunch at the camp.

Enjoy morning and afternoon shared game drives in the Masai Mara, where wildlife is abundant.  Have your camera ready!

Day 7 – 10 Masai Mara / Kenya Coast

Kenya Romantic SafariAfter breakfast transfer, your Kenya Romantic Safari continues as you bid farewell to Masai Mara as you are transferred to the airstrip, with a picnic lunch, for a scheduled flight to Nairobi Wilson Airport; connecting with another scheduled flight to Mombasa Ukunda. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to the Kenya Coast and your beach resort for four nights on all-inclusive basis in a superior ocean front room.

Day 11 Kenya Coast / Nairobi /  Departure

Departure day and transfer to Mombasa Ukunda airstrip for your scheduled  flight to Nairobi Wilson Airport and thence transfer to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your international departure flight home with warm memories of your Kenya Romantic Safari.

Baobab Beach Resort and Spa

Located on the world famous Diani Beach, the Baobab Beach Resort and Spa is set within 80 acres of tropical gardens, overlooking the Indian Ocean. An oasis of tranquillity and serenity, the resort’s picturesque location is nestled on a coral headland overlooking vast stretches of golden beach. Shaded by indigenous coastal vegetation and exotic coconut palms the resort stretches over 500 metres of golden beach front offering the ultimate luxury beach holiday.

Guestrooms at the Baobab Beach Resort and Spa have been specifically designed to provide paramount comfort and luxury for all our clients. Guests may utilize leisure facilities across the resort, including 3 swimming pools, dining areas and much more.

Baobab Beach Resort and Spa is renowned as Kenya’s leading all-inclusive resort and takes pride in an exemplary level of service and attention to detail. Our staff are on-hand to ensure your stay is both relaxing and unforgettable. We look forward to welcoming you to Baobab Beach Resort and Spa – “In a world of its own”.

Baobab Beach Resort and Spa

Neptune Paradise Beach Resort & Spa

The Neptune Paradise Beach Resort & Spa is set in a beautiful tropical garden and was totally renovated in 2016. The 92 rooms are in makuti roofed cottages bungalows, with only 4 rooms per unit; giving you a relaxing and quiet holiday. Restaurants and bars form a perfect match between hotel and nature and offer a real African atmosphere.  The resort is located at the South Coast at the famous Diani Beach.

At the Neptune Paradise Beach Resort & Spa there is a refreshing fresh water swimming pool. The water sports center is located on the beach. The kids club, pool table, table tennis, darts, mini golf (putting), aqua-gym, water volley ball and beach volley ball are shared with Neptune Village Beach Resort & Spa as well as the 2 flood-lit tennis courts. Nearby there is golf course with 18 holes (Leisure Lodge Club).

Neptune Paradise Beach Resort & Spa

Sentrim Mara Camp

Sentrim Mara is located in Masai Mara Game Reserve, 3 km after the Sekenani gate.  The entire 10 tents are spread out in serene surroundings amongst acacia trees that surround the camp.  The main guest area consists of the reception, lounge area, restaurant and bar.

The Masai Mara is a large park reserve in south-western Kenya. Named for the Maasai people and the Mara River, which divides it, it is famous for its exceptional population of game.

Balloon Safaris can be organized on request, at additional cost.

Sentrim Mara Camp

Tamarind Tree Hotel

Ideally located just 5 kms southwest of Nairobi, within the spacious Carnivore grounds and its iconic Carnivore Restaurant, Tamarind Tree Hotel has easy access to Nairobi, its national park, and the country’s diverse attractions via the neighboring Wilson Airport and Southern Bypass. The nearby Langata and Karen suburbs are among Nairobi’s liveliest and most popular with world-class shopping malls and excellent restaurants.

Tamarind Tree Hotel

Safari and Seaside: East African Romance

Nairobi | Masai Mara Game Reserve | Zanzibar

Tour Length: 10 days

From $6,495 per person sharing

For many people, a safari is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and East Africa is the perfect choice for the ultimate romantic getaway, whether you’re celebrating a honeymoon or anniversary, or simply the joy of spending quality time together. Africa is made for romance and for romantics.

The sounds of the African bush are all around you while, above you, a kaleidoscope of stars lights up the night sky with their ethereal light.  Come morning, don’t miss the chance to take an optional hot-air balloon ride and float above the vast, game-rich plains and enjoying a beautiful sunrise, followed by a champagne breakfast in the heart of the bush – an experience you and a loved one are sure never to forget

And after your time on safari, it’s time to move on to the sea and Zanzibar is the perfect destination for post-safari relaxation.  An incredible mix of culture, history, white sand beaches, sapphire blue waters and hidden rainforests, Zanzibar offers the ideal island getaway.  Indulge in a relaxing couples massage, explore the winding alleys of Stone Town and watch a beautiful sunset sitting on a serene beach while sipping ice-cold champagne – it  never gets old and boring.

Safari and Seaside: East African Romance Itinerary

Day 1 (Daily)  Arrive Nairobi 
The safari excitement begins when you touchdown in Nairobi, Kenya. On arrival at the Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will be met by a representative of Great Safaris and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2 Nairobi
A day of private sightseeing in and around Nairobi includes the Karen Blixen Museum, Giraffe Center and the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for a visit with the orphaned elephants and rhinos.

Days 3 -5  Nairobi /  Masai Mara
After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to Wilson airport and enjoy the magnificent scenery on your flight to the famed Masai Mara. Arrive in time for lunch and your first afternoon gamedrive.

Masai Mara is an extension of the Serengeti ecosystem to the south.  The Mara is noted for its abundance of lions – particularly the superb black maned males. You’ll see lots of elephants here often in large herds, and if you’re lucky leopard, cheetah and rhino. All of the Big Five are residents.

Your three days here are filled with morning and afternoon gamedrives while the middle of the day allows for time to relax by the pool or join an escorted nature walk to observe some of the area’s smaller resident. Your time here also includes a private bush breakfast.  For the non-acrophobic,  an optional sunrise hot air balloon excursion offers a different perspective from which to enjoy the Masai Mara, soaring soundlessly above the early morning wildlife as the skies continue to lighten as the sun rises.

Day 6 – 9  Masai Mara / Nairobi / Zanzibar
Fly back to Nairobi Wilson Airport, where you’ll complete Customs formalities before boarding your onward flight to Zanzibar, Tanzania. You will be warmly welcomes by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

During the four days you have on this exotic island paradise, you’ll enjoy an escorted exploration of historic Stone Town, a sunset dinner cruise aboard a dhow, a visit to a local village, a tropical garden filled with numerous indigenous butterfly species and the Jozania Forest, home of the red Colobus monkey.  All this while still having time to soak up the sun while lounging on the white sands or around the pool and a relaxing couples massage.

Day 10  Depart Zanzibar
After breakfast, bid farewell to the tropical island life as you transfer to the airport for your departing international homebound flight.

Kati Kati Tented Camp, Serengeti

A mobile tented camp located in Central Serengeti, Kati Kati is strategically located to cover the vast Serengeti Plains. The solar powered camp offers comfortable accommodation and a unique opportunity to enjoy a real safari camp experience. The camp is only a two hour scenic drive from Olduvai Gorge and Grumeti River.

The tents at Kati Kati, while reasonably simple, are spacious and comfortable, allowing you to enjoy the experience of sleeping under canvas in the heart of the Serengeti. The tents and furnishings are khaki colored in order to blend in with the natural surroundings, with plastic windows allowing plenty of natural light while keeping mosquitos at bay. Each tent comes complete with either one king sized bed or two twin beds, each tent also has its own en suite bathroom with flush toilet, hand basin and safari shower to the back, as well as a small shaded veranda at the front. Lighting is solar powered.

Food is served under canvas in the central mess tent and is eaten communally. Despite being located in the middle of the Serengeti, Kati Kati’s chefs provide wholesome and hearty meals with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, much of which has been sourced from the gardens of the camp’s sister properties in the nearby Ngorongoro highlands. Before dinner, guests can gather around the campfire for appetizers and snacks.

Lake Burunge Tented Lodge, Tarangire

Situated on the shores of Lake Burunge and located in the migratory corridor of Manyara and Tarangire, Lake Burunge Tented Camp is only 20-minute drive away from Tarangire National Park.

The camp has twenty thatched guest rooms and pleasant elevated public areas. Lake Burunge Tented Lodge consists of 20 Luxury Tents and 10 Lodge Rooms nestled in a shady bush land grove, with spectacular views onto Lake Burunge. All rooms at Lake Burunge offer large beds with mosquito netting, en-suite bathrooms with built in showers, private verandas and views of Tarangire National Park and Lake Burunge. Since tap-water is piped from the lake, you are advised that it is neither for drinking nor tooth-brushing; bottled water is supplied for this purpose.

The lodge offers both refreshing outdoor and cosy indoor dining. Food is simple and abundant, a combination of European and local dishes. The latter are tasty, spicy and naturally adapted to the climate.  All ingredients are produced in local communities and are fresh, usually organically grown. Buffet meals are served in the dining room, or you may dine on your own verandah or take picnics by arrangement. The main building offers a central lounge and bar/dining area built on a raised wooden deck.

Lake Burunge Tented Lodge offers unrivalled opportunities to experience close quarters with native wildlife, from dik-diks bounding on the hillside and geckos frolicking in your thatch, to thousands of birds flitting through the trees, fighting for insects around the camp and serenading you throughout the life-throbbing African night.

Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp, Lake Manyara

Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp is located just outside the Park on the northern shore of Lake Manyara, with spectacular views of the steep 1,950 foot high Great Rift Valley escarpment and beautiful sunsets to the west.

Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp offers comfortable accommodations while remaining true to the natural element of the safari experience. The camp comprises of ten canvas tented lodgings and sixteen self-contained cottages, all with deep soaking tubs, and other standard amenities include rainfall showerheads, coffee makers and private balconies or patios overlooking the real Africa, majestic, unfiltered and unadorned.

The thatched double-storey main lodge houses the restaurant, bar and upstairs lounge, all with views across the floodplain. The restaurant serves continental classics and contemporary Indian and traditional dishes with vegetables and herbs grown from the local villages. Meals can be served in the restaurant dining room, the garden next to the pool, or the upstairs lounge.

An infinity pool in front of the lodge shares the view and is a wonderful place to cool down after a hot day viewing game in the park. If you want to catch up on news or sport, there is a flatscreen TV in the upstairs lounge. A cold cocktail in the informal lounge or outside next to the pool, is a perfect way watch the sun set on another spectacular day in Africa.

The Last Word, Franschhoek

An intimate, five-star hotel of just 10 guestrooms and suites in the heart Franschhoek, the French corner of the Cape Winelands, The Last Word Franschhoek is best described as elegant and contemporary in style. The 8 Superior Double Room offers 45 square metres of floor space, sufficiently spacious for a double bed or twin beds, bedside tables and lighting, a chaise longue at the foot of the bed/s, a separate seating area, and ample storage space. En-suite facilities comprise flush toilet, twin washbasins with mirror over, and bathtub with shower attachment. Additional amenities include air conditioning, under-floor heating, heated towel rails, telephone, flatscreen satellite television, DVD player, bedside alarm clocks, tea-and-coffee tray, port/sherry decanter, safe, Wi-Fi, hairdryer, shaving points, robes, and slippers.

The common areas include the pleasant lounge, in which plush sofas and armchairs surround coffee tables and ottomans, all under the twinkling lights of a chandelier. The breakfast room features chic individual tables-and-chairs, laid in readiness for your first meal of the day. This can be the setting for lunches and dinners too, but most guests prefer to venture out to enjoy the amazing experience of fine dining in Franschhoek! A small bar within the hotel serves a good range of drinks, and you can request spa treatments such as massages within your own room or suite. The gorgeous gardens also promote relaxation, with their fragrant roses and bougainvilleas – and of course the solar-heated swimming pool!

 

Dulini Leadwood Lodge, Kruger Park

Leadwood captivates its guests by taking deep root in their hearts, much like the ancient trees after which the Lodge is named. Leadwood Lodge is the ultimate safari choice for discerning travellers in search of luxurious exclusivity and solitude. Tucked secretively into the lush elbow where the Mabrak and Sand rivers confluence, four Leadwood suites whisper of lavish luxury, designed with crushed stone, raw cement, rough granite and glass with air conditioning, fireplace, sitting room, ensuite bathroom, outdoor shower and private  eternity-edge pool with a wrap-around deck.

The contemporary elegance of the Leadwood suites is complemented by the chic attention of personal butlers, and the exclusivity of the experience. Meals are sometimes served at separate tables in conventional restaurant style, whilst at other times a single large dining table is used, usually hosted by managers and guides. Private tables and special meals can usually be accommodated. Bush meals, picnics and sundowner drinks are also a possibility.

Akademie Street Boutique Hotel, Franschhoek

Just under 1,000 ft  from the Franschhoek monument, in the heart of the Franschhoek Wine Valley, Akademie Street Boutique Hotel offers luxurious suites and traditional cottages, some with their own private swimming pools. All of the accommodation at Akademie Street is set in lush gardens and many have views of the mountains of the Cape Winelands. Each suite or cottage has its own theme and the property boasts with wood fired hot tubs and fragrant landscaped gardens. Gelatenheid, Oortuiging and Vreugde each have their own sun-kissed swimming pool and shady, private garden.

A full English breakfast is served each morning.  Since Franschhoek is considered the gourmet capital of South Africa, your lunch and dinner should be enjoyed at any one of the award-winning restaurants in town, complimented of course by local wines from the nearby estates. The hotel’s concierge desk is open 24/7 to help you with restaurants, wine tours, hikes and advice on what to see and do.

Villa Santorini, Mozambique

Nestled above the red cliffs of Kingfisher Bay in Vilanculos, Villa Santorini Mozambique is like a small Greek village in the heart of a raw African landscape – a magical combination. The main villa is your home away from home and offers guests the choice of two swimming pools, a snug lounge, snack kitchen and many private terraces and smaller annexes that are ideal for private dining by candlelight.

There are five individually named suites in the main villa and views of the Bazaruto Archipelago are visible from the rooms. All the rooms are light and airy and decorated in nautical tones with large, comfortable beds, modern bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers, standalone bathtubs and private terraces with loungers where you can enjoy the sweeping sea views. Rooms include air conditioning and fans, iPod docking stations, Wi-Fi access and private room safe.

The white sandy beach below is a short walk down wooden steps where you can laze on bean bags under your private thatched beach banda or take out a kayak or paddle board into the ocean. Explore, island hop, snorkel, laze in the warm Indian ocean or around the courtyard pool.

Mont D’Or, Franschhoek

Mont d’Or Franschhoek is in the center of the historic picturesque town of Franschhoek, surrounded by beautiful scenery within the Cape Winelands.

This beautifully renovated boutique hotel has eleven air-conditioned en-suite rooms, each decorated emitting its own unique character. Each room has a choice of satellite TV channels, complimentary Wi-Fi access, tea and coffee making facilities, a mini fridges (which can be stocked upon request) and a safe for peace of mind. Each decorated in a rustic, yet charming, luxurious style. Breakfast is served on the veranda, prepared using only the finest local ingredients.

The in-house Mont d’Or spa will offer you a chance to fully unwind with a choice of treatments. A welcoming home lounge area, a garden with a pool and sun loungers, perfect for enjoying a relaxing afternoon in the African sun.

Walking distance to a wide selection of restaurants and wine tasting venues many with a French feel reflecting the influences of the French in the area. Only a few minutes walk to an array of up-market boutique shops, chocolatiers, art galleries, museums and historic monuments.

Hoanib Valley Camp, Kaokaland

Hoanib Valley Camp is located in the Sesfontein Community Conservancy, set back in a hidden valley and surrounded by a range of jagged mountains, just outside the private Palmwag Concession.

Hoanib Valley’s six guest tents blend almost perfectly into the rugged environment. The colours, textures and patterns are inspired by the experience of the Hoanib; the rich ochre of the dunes, the geometric patterns of the Himba people and, of course, the giraffe that inspired the project. True to the ethos of Natural Selection, they’ve sourced materials locally, and you’ll find furniture shaped by the local Rundu carpenters and Himba carvers, and baskets weaved by the people of the Omba Project in Windhoek.

The whole camp is a clean and green sort of place, leaving virtually no footprint on this fragile eco-system. It’s entirely solar powered to ensure carbon emissions are kept to a minimum, and the tents sit on decks made of a wood, bamboo and 70% recycled-material composite.The area is a melee of towering mountains, sand dunes, and huge expanses of desert, scattered with unique wildlife and nomadic Himba settlements. It’s also one of Namibia’s most remote and wild environments, and one that not many will get the chance to discover in a lifetime.

Shipwreck Lodge, Skeleton Coast

Ten guest rooms are available here – eight standards and two for families. Inspired by the shipwrecks lining Skeleton Coast, this is absolutely stunning accommodation! Each unit is constructed from wood and glass, featuring details such as beams and portholes. Appropriately, there’s a deck, set with chairs and a small table. A timber-framed glass door leads into the room, which in the case of a standard includes a double bed or twin beds with lighting over, bedside tables, a seating area, and a tea-and-coffee station. The en-suite facilities comprise flush toilet, washbasin, and shower. Each family room benefits from all these amenities, in addition to sleeping space for a maximum of two children. And all rooms boast a wood-burning stove, perfect for keeping cozy!

The design of the communal structure at Shipwreck Lodge also owes much to the property’s surroundings. Another timber-and-glass build, it too has a deck where guests can relax and admire the spectacular scenery! Inside, there’s a lavish lounge, featuring armchairs, sofas, and even a swing seat, all with sumptuous throws. A wood-burning stove adds to the warmth of this space, while a sand-colored floor and a classic explorer’s chest continue the national park theme. In the lodge’s dining area, chic wooden separate tables and chairs beneath elegant lighting provide the setting for delicious meals. The adjacent bar is well stocked, and the chunkiness of its fittings lends an attractive ship’s cabin feel! Outside, there’s a swimming pool.

Activities on offer during your two days here include game drives, sundowner drives, 4×4 excursions, and shipwreck visits – a great range of things to do.  Game drives take place within the national park, and among the rolling dunes you can look out for species such as desert-adapted lion, black rhino, elephant, brown hyena, baboon, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, and black-faced impala. Towards the ocean, there are large colonies of beautiful Cape fur seals! Keen birders enjoy spotting skuas and jaegers here, with Rüppell’s bustard and Benguela long-billed larks sometimes appearing farther inland.

 

 

Kwessi Dunes Camp, Namibrand Reserve

At Kwessi Dunes, you’ll find 12 cool and comfortable (and air-conditioned) chalets all with canvas walls and thatched roofs.  In the bedrooms, you can expect vintage four-poster beds, striped canvas walls and a separate ‘star gazer’ room that’s completely open to the sky for maximum galaxy-gazing as you fall asleep. Each bedroom also has an ensuite bathroom with both indoor and outdoor showers and a shaded, outdoor veranda. High thatched roofs will keep you cool during the hot desert days (and nights!) and you’ll be pleased to hear that the bedrooms are air conditioned too.

The view from the lodge is spectacular and the glass windows and doors at the main area look out onto the undulating sand that only ends when it meets the mountains, far in the distance. Inside, there’s a well-stocked bar, library area and several seating and dining areas. When the sun rises in the morning, head to the camp fire for a morning cuppa, while in the heat of the day, the swimming pool is the only place to be. Enjoy quad biking, scenic drives and walks and day trips to Sossusvlei.  Hot air ballooning and helicopter flights are available at additional cost.

 

Tamarind Tree Hotel, Nairobi

 

Perfectly situated between Nairobi’s two airports, The Tamarind Tree Hotel is a modern concept hotel, imbued with an African flavor which incorporates innovative features to suit the needs of the business and leisure traveler. The 160 rooms have all the amenities of a modern hotel: spacious rooms, excellent free wi-fi, satellite TV, a rain shower in a separate cubicle, hair dryer, air conditioning and complimentary tea and coffee.

 

Other hotel facilities include the Duka Coffee Shop where tea, coffee and fresh and healthy snacks can be enjoyed; the Dawa Lounge, which offers the perfect spot for afternoon tea or cocktails in the evening; the Tamambo Restaurant where guests can dine in the evening and take breakfast in the morning, and a heated swimming pool for those who have a little extra time to relax in the afternoons.

 

Ilburo Safari Lodge, Arusha

 

 

Ilboru Safari Lodge has been welcoming guests to Tanzania for seventeen years. Nestled on the lower slopes of majestic Mt. Meru, the legendary Ilboru Safari Lodge is ideally located between the northern safari circuit and Kilimanjaro Airport. Providing simple comforts and fine hospitality – crisp white linen, extra pillows, fluffy towels, a desk to write in your journal – Ilburo is everything to make our sanctuary your home.

 

Ilburo has forty-eight cottages in which to accommodate our guests ~ single, double, twin, triple and family rooms. Four cottages are in the main building, close to the pool and other facilities, each with a balcony overlooking the garden. The rest of the double cottages are situated throughout the lushly landscaped grounds. Complimentary wi-fi is available in the main areas of the lounge, reception, lounge, restaurant and swimming pool as well as the conference center.

 

The lodge restaurant is a favorite with locals as well as guests and serves three meals daily offering a seasonally adapted menu featuring fresh produce from the surrounding local farms on Mt Meru.