The Original Bush & Beach Adventure
Experience a 9 days iconic Kenya bush and beach itinerary, taking you from the heart of the wilderness in the Masai Mara to the white sands and warm, turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean at Diani Beach on Kenya’s south coast.Explore the world-renowned game viewing of the Masai Mara, unrivalled in abundant and diverse wildlife and fascinating ancient culture, experiencing this natural wonder in luxury and exclusivity.Discover the ancient shores and teeming, warm waters of Diani flanked by 25km of pristine beachfront. Enjoy this paradise from the beauty of a secluded retreat, and be as adventurous or as relaxed as you desire.
Day 1 – Saruni Mara / Saruni Wild
Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where a Saruni vehicle will transfer you to Wilson Airport for your flight to Mara North. Depart Nairobi in the morning*, arriving at Mara North an hour later, where your Saruni guide will meet you. Game drive with a picnic lunch to enjoy under an acacia tree or by the river next to a pod of hippos. Or head to Saruni Mara or Saruni Wild for some rest and an exclusive game drive later in the afternoon in Mara North Conservancy - over 30,000 acres of plentiful, protected land bordering the Masai Mara National Reserve. Enjoy a completely different and less-explored corner of the Mara ecosystem in total privacy, brimming with wildlife.
Day 2 – Saruni Mara / Saruni Wild
Early morning game drive to look for the big cats and other predators of the Mara, returning to the camp or lodge for lunch and treatments at the Maasai Wellbeing Space. In the afternoon, a game drive will take you to a special area where the largest tower of giraffe can be seen, followed by dinner at the lodge or camp and an optional night game drive.
Day 3 – Saruni Mara / Saruni Wild
Walk through the valleys and plains surrounding Saruni Mara, accompanied by a vehicle, or a game drive up to the top of Kilileoni, the highest mountain in the Serengeti-Masai Mara ecosystem - led by your skillful and knowledgeable Maasai guides. In the afternoon you will discover more of Mara North and its surrounding conservancies and experience first-hand what makes the Mara one of the most exciting wildernesses in the world. Weather permitting, experience a bush dinner in the middle of nature under the vast African sky, with Maasai warriors singing and dancing around the fire.
Day 4 – Saruni Mara / Saruni Wild
Venture through the plains of Mara North Conservancy in pursuit of the more rare and elusive species. Another wildlife-abundant game drive with a leisurely bush breakfast completes another exciting morning. Head back into Mara North for a late afternoon game drive, finishing your drive with refreshing sundowners overlooking the immense plains surrounding you before heading back to the lodge or camp for a hearty dinner.
Day 5 – Alfajiri Villas
Visit the rhino sanctuary on the way to the airstrip and once again admire the hippos and the crocodiles of the Mara River. The flight to Diani’s Ukunda leaves the Mara at 14:00 PM and arrives in Ukunda at 16:00 PM. An Alfajiri vehicle will be waiting to transfer you to the peace and calm awaiting 5 minutes away at the worldfamous Alfajiri Villas. Unwind from your journey by taking a refreshing dip in your private swimming pool, followed by a welcome sundowner on your lavish veranda overlooking from high the white sands of Diani beach and the Indian Ocean, cooled by the early evening tropical breezes. Enjoy an elegant seafood offering paired with exquisite wines before falling asleep to the lulling sounds of the sea.
Day 6 – Alfajiri Villas
Set off on a thrilling morning of deep sea fishing, trying your luck with a heavy line to hook a prized marlin or wahoo. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at sea, before returning home in the afternoon for a lazy siesta or a bit of retail therapy and souvenir shopping at the nearby shopping centres.
Day 7 – Alfajiri Villas
Head out on the clear ocean on a traditional dhow to visit Funzi Island for a day of sailing, fishing, swimming with dolphins and discovering rare turtle before casting ashore for a delicious fresh seafood lunch. Spend the evening relaxing barefoot on the beach collecting seas shells.
Day 8 – Alfajiri Villas
Wake up with the sea breeze and spend your morning kayaking and snorkelling as you discover the colourful aquatic life of the Indian Ocean. If you are feeling adventurous, you may want to give kite surfing a try! After lunch, relax at the pool or enjoy a massage treatment. Finish off another heavenly day with a sundowner dhow ride at sunset, and a sumptuous fresh seafood dinner.
Day 9 – Departure
Enjoy your final morning waking up in paradise and relax to your fullest with a leisurely stroll on the white-sand beach. After a morning unwinding and rejuvenating, depart in the afternoon for your flight back to Nairobi, which leaves Diani at 16:00 PM and arrives at Wilson Airport at 17:30 PM. Transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport with Saruni driver and vehicle. Depending on the time of your international flight, stop at the Talisman or Carnivore restaurant for dinner.
SARUNI MARA / SARUNI WILD
All-inclusive accommodation (full-board accommodation including soft drinks, beers, house wines and select non-luxury spirits), one complimentary Back & Neck massage (30 min.) per room per stay at our Wellbeing Space, limited laundry service, shared day & night game drives in 4x4 vehicles, guided bush walks, bush meals, sundowner & picnic excursions, Warriors Academy (where available and upon request in advance), local cultural visits transfers, all internal flights and return airstrip transfers, airport assistance, temporary Flying Doctors cover, daily conservation fees, VAT & taxes.
Exclusive use of the villa and pool, full-board accommodation including soft drinks, beers, house wines and non-luxury spirits, à la carte menu, nannies available 24 hours, personal butler at your disposal, laundry, complimentary Wi-Fi, a guest library and games, use of golf clubs, use of snorkelling equipment, Ngalawa (local African boats) at disposal for excursions to coral reef for snorkelling, massage, chauffeured transport
within Diani Beach area, visit to community projects, orphanage and to local villages in Diani beach area, gym and sauna at a nearby property
SARUNI MARA / SARUNI WILD
Exclusive use of vehicle, premium drinks (champagne, luxury spirits and special wines), additional Wellbeing Space treatments, any payable extra activities, entry fees to local cultural visits, childcare, transport & entry fees to the Masai Mara National Reserve in the Mara, gratuities to staff & guides, own private guides & drivers, any payable extra services, anything of a personal nature, international flights & visa fees, late departure fees, and all statutory increases beyond our control.
Diving and diving courses, deep sea fishing, kitesurfing and kite courses, dhow excursion to the Kisite Marine National Park, golf
at the nearby 18 holes golf resort & day safaris to Shimba hills and Tsavo East National Park.