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An African Adventure: Our Kenya and Zanzibar Itinerary

I rarely do anything spontaneous but when I saw flights to Kenya available on with my air miles, I went ahead and booked it! Now our itinerary is fully confirmed and we’ll be flying into Nairobi on the 14th of October. I’m so excited to tell you a little more about our plans for our next big African adventure!

A giraffe runs through the bush in Nairobi National Park. The city of Nairobi, Kenya is clearly visible in the background. This clearly demonstrates, how close the "wilds" of Africa are to even its most urban inhabitants.

We’ll be landing in Nairobi in the early evening and staying in the Kenyan capital over night before catching an early flight the next day for the adventure to really begin!

Maasai Mara: The safari part of our adventure starts with two nights in the legendary Maasai Mara National Reserve. The area is world-renowned for the hugely abundant wildlife with a large population of lions, cheetahs, leopards, herds of buffalo, rare black rhinos and lots of elephants. With the great migration taking place July to October we may be lucky to bear witness to one of nature’s greatest spectacles!

The annual Great Migration of wildebeest and other grazing herbivores across the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem is one of the greatest spectacles in the natural world. About 200 000 zebra and 500 000 Thomson's gazelle ...and one-and-a-half million wildebeest partake to this journey !

We’ll be staying in a beautiful new safari lodge in a room suspended on the edge of an escarpment with a perfect panoramic view of the Mara plains below! We’ll experience daily game drives, world class food and, if I’m feeling brave, a hot air balloon ride!

Samburu: From Maasai Mara we’ll be chartering a flight to beautiful Samburu, another wildlife area of natural beauty and the potential to see some species found mostly in Kenya’s Northern Plains.

Grevy's zebras

We’ll be staying in a luxury tented camp on a hillside from which we’ll enjoy daily game drives, walks along the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River and sundowners while sitting on the rocks.

Going on safari in South Africa was one of the best travel experiences of my life and I cannot wait to experience it again in Kenya at these iconic national parks.

Zanzibar: Very early mornings can mean safari adventures are a little gruelling so from Samburu we’ll fly back to Nairobi before hopping on a flight to Zanzibar for six nights. Now, honestly the Zanzibar archipelago off the coast of mainland Tanzania had never really been on my radar but pictures of the powdery white beaches soon caught my eye after I discovered it was only an hour’s flight from Nairobi. 

Zanzibar is the semi-autonomous part of Tanzania in East Africa. It is composed of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25–50 kilometres off the coast of the mainland, and consists of many small islands and two large ones: Unguja and Pemba.

We’ll be staying in a beautiful beach retreat so that Mr S can get in some much needed relaxation time! I’m planning to do some exploring though such as visiting the UNESCO world heritage site, Stone Town, as well as the famous spice plantations. I thinking of including a boat trip too.

Nairobi: Feeling well rested, we’ll be heading back to Nairobi to stay in a very unique hotel which I can’t wait to tell you all about! We’ll also have time to visit the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and perhaps squeeze in a bit of time to explore the food scene in the Kenyan capital.

As you can imagine, I can’t wait for our next big adventure and I love to hear from you if you’ve been to Kenya or Zanzibar and if you have any tips!

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Kenya and Zanzibar Itinerary

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  • Sounds amazingly exciting! xx

  • I’ve been to both! Kenya I actually really didn’t enjoy all that much, but Zanzibar has a lot more to it than expected, especially if you want to go on boat trips to some of the nearby islands.

    Nicola // pink-confetti.co.uk

    • Richard Smith

      I’m intrigued. What was it in Kenya you didn’t enjoy?

      • Yes, I’m intrigued too. Most of our time in the country will be on safari so we won’t be in Nairobi for long.

  • Hi Angie. Sounds like we have similar itineraries – we may well cross paths! So exciting. I can’t wait to visit the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage either, it sounds like a very special place. Hope you have a wonderful trip!

    • I hope that you have a fab trip, I can’t believe that we’ll be going around the same time.

  • Gary J Berry

    Really excited to see all your photos! Gary x

  • TravelWithNanoB

    Eeeek, so much fun ahead of you! Please do try hot air balloon ride!

  • This looks AMAZING! Very jealous 🙂

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  • Melissa Beare

    We went to the Mara a few years ago during the Great Migration and were thoroughly impressed by the game viewing (saw all the big 5 and cheetahs) and loved our tented camp. I highly recommend going to see a local Masai village if you have time but be sure to ask where you are going. We found out some villages are set up strictly for tourists and all they want you to do is buy handicrafts. We asked the guide at our hotel and he took us to his childhood village – we even gave his mother a lift along the way. Also, I don’t know what the visa requirements are for UK citizens but US citizens required a tourist visa to enter Kenya. I got ours in advance by mailing our passports to the Kenyan embassy in Washington DC but you probably have one in London you could visit in person and take care of it immediately. You can also get the visa when you arrive at the Nairobi airport but be prepared to wait in a long, slow line. It was nice to walk past the 100+ people waiting in the visa line and head straight to the hotel. I’m very jealous of the Zanzibar visit – we simply didn’t have time. It will be a great trip.

    • Richard Smith

      Kenya have introduced e-visas now Melissa, so there’s an online application rather than having to mail passports anywhere. It didn’t work well when they first introduced it, so they still allow people to get their visas on arrival. Generally that queue for visas is about the same time as it takes for bags to the carousel, so it’s six of one and half a dozen of the other. Glad you seem to have chosen the better option the day you arrived though.

      • Melissa Beare

        Good to know!

  • What a fantastic holiday you have planned, Angie – I can’t wait to go along with you via the blog!

  • It’ll be amazing! Looking forward to reading about Zanzibar, we almost went there on holiday until I realised it was the wrong season!! I will be in the depths of work trauma so watching your photos to brighten that bit of October!

  • Is that the Giraffe Hotel that you’ll be staying at in Nairobi? I’ve heard it’s incredible

  • Sounds fantastic! My advice about Zanzibar – don’t prebook any excursions as in my case I booked 2 and none of them showed up to ever pick me up… so just heads up 😉

    • I’m asking the hotel to help me excursions so hopefully they’ll know the best people to book through.

  • I cannot, cannot wait to see your trip, especially Giraffe Manor!

  • How incredible! You are going to have the best time, Zanzibar is beautiful. Immy x

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  • What an exciting holiday you have coming up! I’m really scared of going on safari incase I end up in the minority of people that gets attacked…that being said I would really love to go next year anyhow once I pluck up the courage to book. I’ve heard some amazing things about Zanzibar too!

    • Honestly, I worry about that too but I think we both know it’ll be ok really 🙂

  • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

    You’re going to have so much fun Angie! Can’t wait to follow along.

  • So jealous! Have fun!

  • Wow, so excited for you! I’ve been on safari in Kenya when I was working on a project in Nairobi, but unfortunately didn’t make it to the Masaai Mara. And how amazing would it be to see some of the Great Migration! I absolutely loved Zanzibar (it’s been ages though: 2001). Don’t miss the night (food) market, it’s an experience. Looking forward to following your adventures.

    • I know! I loved my South African safari and I can’t wait for this! Oooh thank for the tip.

  • Miu

    Your itinerary sounds amazing! I’m already looking forward to seeing the pictures 😉

  • What an exciting itinerary! Africa is a dream destination for me. I’ll be following your updates for sure 🙂