Combination of fly-in and overland safari
This is the best way to plan an itinerary as it gives guests the best of both worlds. Two of the best combinations are as follows:
1. Fly from Nairobi to Samburu National Park where a driver / guide meets the guests with a vehicle to begin their overland safari. They start in Samburu, drive on to Mount Kenya, then onto Lake Nakuru or Lake Naivasha and finally onto the Masai Mara. The Masai Mara marks the end of the safari and the driver / guide drops the guests off at the Mara airstrip for the flight back to Nairobi where a representative meets the guests to transfer them either to their hotel or to JKIA for their flight home.
2. The driver/guide meets guests on arrival in Nairobi where they start the overland portion of their safari. From Nairobi they drive to the Aberdares, onward to Mount Kenya and then Samburu where upon completion of their stay they fly to the Masai Mara from the Samburu airstrip. Upon arrival in the Mara a guide from the lodge will collect the guests and take care of them for their stay in the Mara. Upon departure, the lodge transfers the guests to the airstrip for their flight back to Nairobi. The Masai Mara tends to be the highlight of the safari, which is why we recommend that it is put at the end of the itinerary if possible.
There are any number of fly / drive combinations that can be done and by flying some portions, the safari is not quite so exhausting for guests.
Luxury mobile safaris
The luxury mobile safari was basically conceptualised and born in Kenya many years ago. As a result the Kenyan mobile safari is probably one of the most polished and slick mobile operations in Africa. The concept is that a combination of luxury lodges and Hemingway tents are used for accommodation and as the crew dismantles the mobile tented camp and move onto the next stop, guests either drive or fly on to a luxury lodge for a couple of nights after which they continue on their journey to meet up with their mobile camp. This is probably the most exciting way to do a safari in Kenya. If budget is of not much consequence and the guests have an adventurous spirit, this is the ideal type of safari to book. The itinerary is tailor-made with regard to which areas are visited and are generally 10-14 days in length.
The Kenyan Coast
The Mombasa coast has long been known as one of the best beach holiday destinations in Africa. The city of Mombasa is not where guests generally head to as the main beach resorts are on the north and south coasts. The resorts along this coastline tend towards being very large and very touristy, the smaller more private properties are further up the North Coast in Malindi, Watamu and on Lamu island. When booking, we recommend that the North coast hotels (such as Voyager, Whitesands and Serena) take preference over the South coast properties, as they are generally of a higher standard and run by the more reputable hotel operators.