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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