Kenya Family Safari Holiday
Experience a Kenya family safari holiday in one of the best family safari destinations in Africa. Laikipia is non-malarial, packed with large game and many lodges operate child specific safari activities. Combine this with time on the beaches of Zanzibar and exploring the underwater world of the Indian Ocean and you have the perfect safari holiday for you and your family.
Prices: On request
Duration: 10 nights
Availability: Year round
Destinations: Laikipia Plateau, Zanzibar Island
i) Beautiful accommodation options
ii) Children’s safari activity programme
iii) A variety of game viewing activities
iv) Rare and endangered wildlife viewing in Laikipia
vi) Picture postcard beach life in Zanzibar
vii) Option to visit UNESCO site Stone Town
viii) A variety of beach, wildlife and marine activities
An all-round African holiday itinerary that provides you and your family with exceptional safari, cultural history and much needed beach time. The non-malarial reserves in the Laikipia region are perfect for those families who are new to safari and keen to avoid malarial zones. With exceptional wildlife abundance and biodiversity, and child specific safari activities, these private reserves are amongst the most family friendly safari areas anywhere in Africa. Nothing complements a busy safari more than escaping to Zanzibar Island where pristine white sands and turquoise waters covering a labyrinth of coral reefs awaits you.
Best time to visit?
So when is the best time of year to take this trip to maximise your overall experience? Without knowing you yet this is a difficult question to answer. With so many variables to consider we need to know what is important to you before we advise on the preferable time for you.
There are many variables to consider when attempting to recommend the best time to visit. Specific considerations include the whereabouts of migratory animals, the effect the density of the vegetation and height of the grass has on wildlife viewing, special wildlife moments such as the birth of baby animals, and the effect weather patterns has on wildlife behaviour. Other factors to consider are the variation in prices at different times of the year, visitor traffic, whether you prefer a lush or relatively arid environment and of course the annual climate, namely temperature and rainfall values.
For this reason we present detailed information for each individual destination in the locations section to help you understand what may work best for you. We will of course have an in-depth discussion with you prior to making a booking so you are completely happy with the time of year you decide to travel.
- Game drives
- Night drives
- Horseback safari
- Camel safari
- Walking safaris
- Mountain biking
- Loisaba Conservancy’s unique anti-poaching unit experience.
- Samburu village visit
- Masai cultural experience
- Visit to Stone Town
- PADI 5 star diving
- Domestic flight Nairobi to Laikipia
- International flight Nairobi to Zanzibar
- Airport transfers in Kenya & Zanzibar
- 10 nights accommodation as stated
- Meals and drinks as stated in the daily itinerary
- All included activities as above
- Half board accommodation in Zanzibar
- All relevant taxes and surcharges
- International flight to Nairobi
- International flight from Zanzibar
- Airport transfers in home country
- Meals and drinks not stated in the daily itinerary
- Optional activities as above
- Applicable VISAS
- Tips and gratuities
- Health innoculations and medications
Your Ultimate Wildlife Adventure Begins
Your adventure begins as soon as your board your overnight flight to Nairobi, Kenya.
Loisaba Tented Camp, Loisaba Conservancy, Laikipia (L, D)
On arrival in Nairobi you will be extended a warm Kenyan greeting by one of our representatives who will facilitate your onward journey to the Loisaba Conservancy in Northern Kenya.
On arrival in Loisaba you will be met at the airstrip by your guide and transferred to the beautiful Loisaba Tented Camp. The drive back to camp will double up as your first game drive as your guide will stop and discuss any interesting or special sightings.
On reaching camp you will have the opportunity to freshen up, orientate yourself with your new home, and satisfy your hunger and thirst, before heading out on your first game drive.
Loisaba Tented Camp, Loisaba Conservancy, Laikipia (B, L, D)
These next 3 days will be dedicated to safari and wildlife viewing. With 240 km² to explore and very little human traffic you will feel as though you will have your very own slice of African wilderness to yourself. The beauty of staying at Loisaba Tented Camp is there are an abundance of game viewing activities. You are free to choose whether you would like to observe wildlife on a game drive, on horseback, on the back of a camel, or on foot as part of a walking safari. Other available activities are fishing, mountain biking down the escarpment, or an educational experience as you spend time with the conservancy’s anti-poaching unit.
Wildlife is extremely abundant at Loisaba with recordings of more than 260 species of birds and 50 mammals. Wildlife you are likely to see are large herds of buffalo, dozens of the endangered Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe and the greater kudu. Elephant lovers are in for a treat as Loisaba supports up to 800 elephants roaming through the conservancy. Big cat lovers won’t be disappointed as the feline populations are thriving with more than 3 prides of lions within Loisaba’s boundary at any one time. Wild dog, once thought to be extinct in the area, have made a comeback and sightings are once again relatively regular.
Breezes Beach Club & Spa, Zanzibar Island (B, D)
Today you will leave behind the rolling hills of the Loisaba Conservancy and fly to the island known as the Spice Island, Zanzibar. You will have one last opportunity to spot any animals you may not have already seen on the way to the airport.
Your flight from Laikipia to Zanzibar is via Nairobi and will take around 5 hours when considering transit times. On arrival at Zanzibar a representative from Breezes Beach Club and Spa will greet you and transfer you to the resort. Relax, orientate yourself with your new surroundings and the facilities on offer before settling down for a much needed pre-dinner refreshment at the beach bar.
Breezes Beach Club & Spa, Zanzibar Island (B, D)
With 5 full days to enjoy and a plethora of activities on offer at Breezes and beyond you can be as active or inactive as you desire. Some guests choose to relax with a good book around the pool or watch the world go by on the pristine white sandy beach. Others are simply waiting for the next experience. Whichever guest you are Breezes can accommodate your desires. Take a cultural visit to Stone Town, visit the Jozani Forest to observe the endemic and endangered red colobus monkeys, kayak in the Indian Ocean, snorkel or even learn to dive at the on-site PADI 5 star diving centre.
The End Of Your Ultimate Wildlife Adventure (B)
Today marks the end of an unforgettable experience in Africa. Laikipia and Zanzibar, extremely contrasting destinations, no doubt provided a wealth of memories for you and your family to reflect on and reminisce about for years to come.
You will transfer back to Zanzibar Airport for your flight back to your final destination.
Loisaba Tented Camp
Loisaba Conservancy, Laikipia
Overview: Perched on the edge of an escarpment, Loisaba Tented Camp is designed to capitalise on unhindered views across Laikipia’s mottled landscape all the way to Mt Kenya. All accommodations and main areas enjoy a breathtaking vantage point over an expansive panorama. African-themed sophistication and style is the flavour of Loisaba Tented Camp. Spacious and airy tents are custom-built with large floor-to-ceiling doors and windows, high ceilings and polished wood floors.
Accommodation: Twelve incredibly spacious en suite tents, with breathtaking views that can be enjoyed from the verandah area. The bathroom is equipped with double vanity basin, large shower and an enclosed flush toilet. The camp has three family combinations, each comprised of a double tent and a convertible twin/double tent adjoined by a walkway. Each en suite tent enjoys an inside lounge area, verandah sitting area, a bathroom with double vanity basin, large shower and an enclosed flush toilet. One of the family combinations and an en suite tent enjoy exclusive access to a second private infinity pool.
Facilities & amenities: The inviting main areas of Loisaba Tented Camp include a large open dining area, separate open lounge and bar, a large wooden decking area for outside dining, relaxing and enjoying the view, and one of Africa’s most picturesque infinity pools.
Power & communication: The lodge operates on full electric power. WiFi and mobile phone network coverage are available but may at times be unreliable.
Activities: Game drives, night drives, fishing, horseback safari, camel safari, walking safaris, mountain biking and Loisaba Conservancy’s unique anti-poaching unit experience.
Children: Children of all ages are not only welcome but extremely well catered for. The camp accommodates children through special safari activity programmes and children’s menus.
Breezes Beach Club & Spa
Overview: Breezes Beach Club and Spa is a beautiful resort located close to the village of Bwejuu in the quieter south-east part of Zanzibar. the island. It is fronted by a pristine and relatively untouched beach that has previously been voted one of the top 30 beaches in the world by Conde Nast.
Accommodation: 72 bungalows of which 20 are suites, 40 are deluxe, 10 standard and 2 villas. All rooms are well appointed and have all the amenities and facilities one would expect of an accommodation of this stature.
Facilities & Amenities: Frangipani Spa. Fitness & Aerobics Centre. 4 restaurants, 3 bars, and a tea room. Swimming pool. Tennis courts.
Power & communication: Full mains electrical power. WiFi is available. Good mobile network coverage
Activities: The water club offers snorkelling, kayaking, pedal boats, sailing, kite surfing, and wind surfing. The resort is home to the only National Geographic affiliated Dive Centre in East Africa. This PADI 5 star dive centre caters for beginners through to advanced divers with 14 dive sites available for exploration. The Swahili Experience and The Zanzibar Experience (see website for details).
Children: All ages are welcome at the resort. Breezes also boasts a fitness and aerobic centre and flood lit tennis courts, as well as the Frangipani Spa to relieve sore muscles and aching joints after all the strenuous activity.
- Special Status: Stone Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Location: Indian Ocean – 22 kilometres off the coast of Tanzania
- Land mass: 2461 km²
- Marine species: 1000+ fish species
- Mammal species: 54
- Bird species: Approximately 240
- Cultural day trips
- Spa & relaxation
- Beach and water-based activities (windsurfing & kitesurfing)
- White pristine beaches
- A visit to historic Stone Town
- Visit the endangered red colobus monkeys at Jozani Forest
- Swimming with whale sharks
- Underwater safari
Zanzibar Island, more accurately known by its official name of Unguja, is the largest island in the Zanzibar Archipelago. The archipelago consists of more than 50 islands and islets. The island is 2461 km² and is little more than 85 kilometres at its longest point and 30 kilometres at its widest. Despite its relatively small size it is packed with interesting culture and history, world-class coral reefs, inland forests, and miles upon miles of beaches.
Located only 25 kilometres from the coast of Tanzania and with an excellent aviation infrastructure, Zanzibar is easily accessed and combined with the famous safari areas on the mainland. The one important thing to consider with Zanzibar is the sea is tidal in many parts. For some this is not a problem and the allure of a reef walk outweighs any potential negatives. However, for those that like access to swimming in the sea at any given moment it can cause frustration. This can be avoided by staying in the north of the island as the beaches of Nungwi and Kendwa are non-tidal, as is the case at Pongwe beach as it is nestled in a cove.
Relaxation and recuperation are what many people come to Zanzibar for but for those wanting to gain experiences there are endless activities to keep you busy for weeks. Visiting Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and capital of Zanzibar, is a must. Guests often combine 1 or 2 nights here prior to heading off to their chosen beach destination. Snorkelling and diving are excellent ways to extend your safari and swimming with whale sharks is one of the most exhilarating marine wildlife experiences on the planet. The endemic red colobus monkeys at Jozani Forest are a must and there’s often a great opportunity to get up close with them. Continuing on the wildlife theme is a visit to Prison Island, not actually a prison but a former leper colony, to observe Aldabra giant tortoises.
Best Time To Visit
The main factor our guests consider during the planning phase of any trip to Zanzibar is overwhelmingly the climate. The island’s weather patterns perfectly complement those of the safari destinations on the Tanzanian mainland making for an easy combination itinerary.
March to May are considered to be the months of the long rains with April followed by May being the overwhelmingly wettest months of the year. Rainfall at this time of year can be torrential and persistent. The temperatures exceed 30 degrees Celsius with high humidity.
June sees a dramatic drop in rainfall and signals the start of the dry season which runs through to October. Temperatures and humidity drop during June, July and August before rising again in September and October. It is an extremely good time to visit Zanzibar.
The rains return in November and December but are less reliable and heavy than earlier in the year. January and February see a respite in precipitation before the cycle begins in earnest again in March.
Zanzibar boasts year round exceptional conditions for diving and snorkelling with water temperatures ranging from 26 to 29 degrees Celsius and visibility reliably ranging between 12 and 40 metres.
Wildlife enthusiasts must take note of the whale shark migration season. Between October and March Zanzibar’s waters are populated by the world’s largest fish.
As with mainland Tanzania, accommodation prices correlate closely with the weather patterns. The dry season months being the hardest on your wallet, the long rainy season prices being the least expensive, and the other months offering a compromise.