Arrive in Kenya and within a couple of hours you're lounging on a private wooden deck gazing across at large elephant herds roaming beneath the snow-tinged peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. Amboseli National Park offers one of the planet's most distinctive vistas, the long tusks juxtaposed with lush grasslands and domineering mountain. Raise a glass of congratulations and wait for the safari to come to you. Giraffe towers are equally hypnotic when blended with the omnipresent backdrop, a gaggle of antelope species come to say hello, and a zebra herd is your nearest neighbor. Amboseli isn't far from Nairobi International Airport and your guide will be waiting in the arrivals hall to transfer you to the park.
Africa is probably a long way from home and you might be unsure about long flights or jet lag. But there's no better cure for any travel fatigue than lounging in your deluxe suite and watching wild Africa roam around outside. Safari is thrilling and adventurous, yet it's equally calm and charming, especially in Amboseli. Whenever you're ready, an expert guide takes you on a private game drive. Hippos wallow in pools and rampage through the shallows. A lion pride is spotted beneath a lone tree, close enough for you to see teeth as it lazily yawns. Herds litter the plains; black and white zebra stripes mingling with the curled horns of buffalo and a colorful assortment of grazing antelopes. Today will run at a very easy pace dependent on your mood and energy level. Safari here isn't about long drives. It's about going slow and stopping everywhere to admire the beauty.
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Open the curtains to the majestic view. It doesn't matter how many times you see it, elephants wandering beneath a snowy mountain is always a personal postcard image. In the morning light the Amboseli plains are at their most active, the predatory cats sizing up the breakfast menu as you sip on mugs of fresh coffee. Now there's thrill and drama on the grasslands. Gazelle graze tentatively, aware of danger but unable to identify the lurking leopard. A tail moves, a neck dips, and the leopard is gone. You scan the grass. Nothing. Now your partner scans the grass with the binoculars and still there is nothing, the leopard's camouflage refusing to be betrayed. A yelp rings out and you instinctively grab each other. The gazelle also didn't see the leopard in the grass.
After a long morning game drive you return to the sumptuous lodge for a lazy afternoon. Enjoy a huge buffet lunch in the lapa area, rest in a personalized version of safari paradise, and read a book on your private verandah, occasionally glancing from the pages at a friendly giraffe. While African safari always brings thrills, it's also wonderfully adept at removing stress and allowing both of you to fully decompress. As the day's heat rescinds you take a late afternoon game drive, getting intimate with the eclectic characters that call Amboseli home. It's probably left to the elephants to leave the final goodbye, a mother chaperoning her trunk-swinging baby past your balcony at sunset.
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Amboseli is an idyllic safari introduction as all the famous sights are available in a compact national park. The Maasai Mara is an enchanting next step. The herds are larger and nowhere else in Africa has such a liberal array of big cats. As you drive into the Maasai Mara the grasslands flicker beneath a patchwork of hooves, wildebeest and gazelle clumping together across huge areas of grassland. Settle into the Mara Serena Safari Lodge and the action once again comes to you. Each suite is carefully positioned to maximize the immersion in nature and ensure privacy. It's wonderfully escapist, you and your partner enjoying your own piece of the world's most famous safari destination. Just like the Amboseli Serena, the spacious suites are elegantly decorated with old-world charm and you just need to open the curtains to watch the wildlife.
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Drive away from the lodge and the scale begins to impress. With every few hundred meters a new herd comes into view, those on four legs lapping up the flourishing greenery of the Mara. Hills roll beyond the horizon and every turn leaves you further alone with nature. Today you take a long, full day game drive across the Maasai Mara, exploring remote corners with a luxury lunch on board. Wildebeest charge across crocodile infested rivers, cheetahs inspect gazelle from elevated rocks, and you'll be going slow enough to take it all in. Four lionesses wander towards the safari truck, inspecting the wheels and returning your gaze. You instinctively step backwards, hands back in the safari vehicle. Don't worry, you're not on the dinner menu. The lions just wanted to rest in the shade beside the front wheel.
Romantic getaways always feature fine dining and tables for two. But how many can include a picnic table perched above a small lake of marauding hippos? Admire their interaction over a glass of wine; males grunt, youngsters push, females wallow in peace, and a huge pod of snouts is raised above the water line. Your expert guide understands discretion, so while an informative narrative will have accompanied much of the game drive, now is a time for just the two of you. Today brings intimacy and touching moments with Kenya's wild mammals. But it's also about marveling at the scale of the Maasai Mara. African safari is not a two hour drive around a few preconceived sights. It's day after day of being engulfed in the theater of nature.
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Another morning brings another new grazer beside your balcony. Today it's buffalo, a herd of bushy haired beasts accompanying breakfast. On your final day of safari adventure the itinerary is deliberately left free. Perhaps there's a sight that escaped your check-list? Maybe you're both fascinated with the grace of giraffe? The game drives are tailored to your interests and you soak up a final day of Africa's famed wildlife. You think you've seen it all by now, but then a set of horns emerges from the trees and you stand wide-eyed. It’s a rhino. A mother and calf plod past with a grace that belies their size. Is this the final lasting safari impression? Or does that come an hour later when you're lounging on the verandah and watching cheetahs accelerate across the horizon, a trail of dust creating a mirage illuminated by sunset?
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As the focus shifts from safari to beach, the views from your room lose none of their beauty. Sapphire Indian Ocean waters lull onto wide expanses of white sand, and lavish palm trees add further shades of green to the landscape. Dazzling Diani Beach offers the idyllic retreat for the next six nights and your own private beach house is surrounded by natural hues and serenity. Some would call the Olerai Beach House a villa. After all, it has spacious living areas, an exclusive pool, beautiful balconies, and a tranquil garden. But beach house is more fitting given the location. You don't even need footwear as it's practically straight out of the gate and onto the sand.
From the Maasai Mara you'll take a short hopper flight to Nairobi and a second short flight to Mombasa, less than an hour's drive from Diani. With your driver waiting in arrivals, the transformation from safari to beach should take less than three hours so images of wildebeest are fresh in the memory as you sip on a cocktail served in a fresh coconut. Take a stroll, splash through the crystal clear shallows, and drift asleep to the gentle sounds of the ocean. Welcome to white sand paradise.
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Day 8 - 12
Diani Beach stretches for 15 miles, a beautiful expanse of sand that squeaks beneath your feet. In some places you'll find cute shacks selling barbecued seafood and cocktails. Occasionally there's another guesthouse or hotel standing above the ocean. But it's mostly indelibly serene. Your piece of Diani is the most tranquil, the beach practically devoid of footprints. Spend the days lounging around, reading books beneath the palms, enjoying fresh lobster dinners on candlelit tables for two, and savoring another personal piece of Kenyan paradise. Many people visit the Seychelles or Maldives for their beach getaway. Diani offers the same clear warm Indian Ocean waters and the same shimmering white sand with the added benefit of being far more personal and individualized.
A private driver is available for the duration of your stay. He'll take you to wine bars further up the beach, nature reserves filled with monkeys, or dive centers offering trips into the marine blue. Want the best restaurant in the area? He'll book you a secluded table for two and transport you to the door. Alternatively, the driver can go meet the fishermen and return with fresh catch to grill on the fire. You don't need the driver for a snorkeling adventure as the vivid coral begins from just off shore. Another option is to sail on a traditional dhow and cruise along the exquisite coastline, occasionally stopping in secluded bays for a quick swim and a hearty lunch.
Gradually the unhurried atmosphere lures you into hibernation, time becoming irrelevant as you soak up this haven of tranquility. Beautiful sunrises and enduring sunset tones are sometimes the only means of guessing the time of day. Rest. Relax. Grill some fresh crab on the fire. And toast to yourselves with seemingly nobody else around for miles. The activities and setting may be different, but just like your two safari destinations, Diani Beach offers a private haven away from the rest of the world. After five days you'll be wishing that you could stay for five months.
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What will be your lasting impression of this romantic Kenyan getaway? It's a question you ponder on the flight home, the images scrolling through your mind. Perhaps the rare rhino sighting, or maybe the first footsteps on Diani Beach, Amboseli's elephants, or could it be the predatory cats on the plains of the Maasai Mara? They're all good memories. But it's hard to beat the feeling of taking a shared adventure into the untouched beauty of Kenya.
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This safari and beach itinerary is all about escaping into a hidden world, one where there are few other tourists and nothing interrupting private revelry. It's indelibly tranquil and personal. Yet, at the same time, few destinations can rival Kenya for making you feel so alive. It's not just the two of you wallowing on a private verandah; you're sharing the scene with thousands of four-legged locals: elephants, big cats, buffalo, antelopes, and everything in between. Part beach indulgence and part dreamy safari getaway, this handcrafted itinerary showcases the untouched charm of Kenya.
Kenya's bewildering landscapes provide the omnipresent backdrop for shared adventures; elephant herds juxtaposed with Mount Kilimanjaro, endless grass plains patrolled by lions and leopards, white sand beaches awaiting just two pairs of feet. Admire these exquisite sights from secluded suites in the wilderness, the two of you alone with the vast beauty of Kenya. Then explore. This luxury safari to Kenya harmoniously blends the calmness of a getaway with the thrill of adventure.
How's this for a first impression of Kenya? You're lounging on a private wooden balcony, wine glass in hand, watching huge herds of elephants walking beneath the snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. Amboseli National Park is ideal for first time safari adventures. The big game wanders past your delightful luxury suite, a compact landscape ensures you see everything without long journeys, and the landscape couldn't be any more distinctive. Sit back, relax, and soak up aesthetics that blend drama with enchantment. And don't worry about jet lag or travel fatigue. Just open the curtains and you can watch it all from your bed.
After three days you'll be primed for more adventurous safari journeys. Head into the world-famous Maasai Mara and the same great mammals are waiting. But the scale has changed. Herds number thousands, big cats are too frequent to count, and the grasslands roll on past the horizon. This is where wildebeest get chased across rivers by lions, buffalos cross paths with rhinos, and long private game drives reel off the sights like a wildlife documentary. Your luxury lodge occupies an idyllic part of the park, offering romantic seclusion in the heart of the planet's most renowned reserve. Think champagne sunsets watching wildebeest migrate, remote picnic spots admiring hippos, and waking to grazing zebra.
World-famous safari isn't Kenya's only hypnotic attraction. A long Indian Ocean coastline imbues dreamy images of white beaches and palm trees. Sand squeaks beneath your feet, vivid marine delights wait just beneath the water, and fresh seafood is personally barbecued and delivered to your patio. This is idyllic beach bliss for the final six nights of your Kenya vacation. And there are few more romantic settings than a private villa standing alone in a tropical wonderland of green. An individualized program of tours and excursions is suited to your exacting tastes, whether that's diving to see the beautiful coral or sipping cocktails in fresh coconuts beneath a palm tree. So grab your partner by the hand and jump into a vacation of fresh adventures and idyllic paradise.
$5845 per person (excluding international flights)
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