Experience bush adventures and blissed-out beaches...
Wednesday , 09 December 2009
© Kenya

Enjoy a soft landing in East Africa with a city stopover in the five-star Laico Regency Hotel in the capital Nairobi. Boasting 196 rooms with stunning views over the beautiful atrium garden, plus a lush outdoor pool, it’s the perfect pampering treat before your wildlife adventure begins.

Next up, head to Masai Mara – Kenya’s most famous game reserve – to spot lions, cheetahs and wildebeests in their natural habitat on a mud-splattered game drive. After sunset, enjoy delicious food washed down with the local tipple dawa (vodka, honey and lime) around the campfire back at your canvas-tented base.

The following day, get a taste of pure Kenya as you enjoy endless green vistas, pick up authentic Kenyan crafts (must-buys include ethnic jewellery and fabulous lamps) and see robed Masai warriors, as your sun-soaked outback adventure continues. You can also opt for a horse-riding safari, or to explore the wilds with a camel and a Masai warrior tour guide.

Next up, hit the stunning beaches of Watamu, where you can enjoy workouts and yoga on the sand or indulge in some pampering at one of the many luxe spas. While water babies and diving pros should head to Watamu Marine National Park.

While you’re there...

Go up, up and away!

A hot air balloon ride over the Masai Mara is well worth the early start, thanks to awesome aerial views of zebra and antelope grazing in the buttery first morning light.

Escape to the beach

Hit one of the glorious private beaches south of Mombasa for a well-earned sun-lounger break, after your adventures in the bush. Infinity pools, free massages and sunset cocktails await.

Be inspired

In Nairobi, don’t miss a visit to the home of Karen Blixen, whose life inspired the movie Out of Africa, starring Meryl Streep.