Combine a wild safari with a romantic island on this Kenya and Malawi holiday. Beginning in Kenya, you’ll head to Amboseli to see herds of elephants under the shadow of Kilimanjaro. Heading over to the Masai Mara, look out for leopards stalking their prey and zebras grazing the grasslands. Finish your holiday on a remote and romantic island in Lake Malawi. It’s the perfect safari and island combination with a difference!
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Depart the UK from your chosen airport.
You’ll touch down in Kenya in the early morning. After being met at the airport, you’ll be driven south through the serene Athi Plains and into the wilderness of Amboseli National Park, in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro. Enjoy a heart lunch at your lodge, where you’ll check in for two nights.
The morning mist in Amboseli rises to reveal stunning views of Kilimanjaro. Look out for families of elephants wandering across the savannah. Soak up the African sunrise and head out on an early game drive, looking for leopards returning from their nightly hunts and baby wildebeest learning to walk. Zebras and impala graze the grasslands while baboons gallop across to wash in the water, carefully avoiding the hippos as they bathe.
When you’re not out enjoying the morning and afternoon game drives, you can relax at the beautiful lodge. In the evenings, gather round the campfire for dinner and tell stories about your day.
After breakfast, you’ll be driven back to Nairobi. Here, you’ll stop for a mouth-watering lunch at the famous Carnivore restaurant. Later, you’ll continue to the lush Great Rift Valley. Your hotel overlooks Lake Naivasha and, believe us when we say, these views are worth waiting for. This beautiful freshwater lake is fringed by thick papyrus. It is a wonderful spot to go boating amongst the reeds or walk along the lake shores. At night, hippos graze on the long grasses outside the rooms and Colobus monkeys hoot into the darkness.
Depart early morning for the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve, arriving at your lodge in time for lunch. Following a short siesta, head out on an afternoon game drive. Head across the golden plains under the glow of the fading sun, as the animals come out into the cool evening air.
Mornings are great for spotting predators, but the middle of the day is excellent for seeing classic safari wildlife. Watch zebras braying to each other, giraffes munching lazily on acacia trees and wildebeest grazing the grasses. From the banks of the Mara River, you can spot hippos in a mud bath to keep the sun off their skin, while crocodiles lurk in the water nearby, waiting for antelope to come to the edge for a drink. Depending on the time of year that you visit Kenya, you may see lots of babies. Think single-file lines of little ostriches racing after their mothers and cheetah cubs playing in the shade.
Enjoy one final morning game drive before heading back to Nairobi. Spend the evening relaxing and reminiscing over your safari adventure.
This morning you’ll be driven to the airport for your flight to Lilongwe in Malawi. On arrival you’ll connect onto a short flight to Likoma Island, in the middle of Lake Malawi. You’ll be taken to your lodge, Kaya Mawa, where you’ll be spending 5 nights.
'Kaya Mawa’ translates as ‘maybe tomorrow’. This beautiful little lodge sits on Likoma Island in Lake Malawi. Likoma Island is one of the most isolated, beautiful destinations in Malawi. At the southern tip of the island sits Kaya Mawa Lodge, on a curved shaped beach of fine golden sand. Surrounded by mango trees, this lodge has an air of secluded luxury in traditional surroundings. It was built entirely by hand, in partnership with the local community.
The main beach is private, with a thatch-roofed bar, hammocks and rope-beds scattered around. The main camp is a rocky outcrop, consisting of a bar, dining room and rock pool and the location is perfect for a holiday of total relaxation and romantic evenings. You can chill out, relax and explore beautiful Lake Malawi. It’s the perfect for relaxing, sipping a cocktail and finishing your trip in a remote and peaceful spot.
After breakfast you’ll be taken back to the airport for your short flight to Lilongwe, where you’ll connect with your international flight home.
Kenya lies on the equator, so it has a pleasant, tropical climate all year round. It’s warmer on the coast than inland. Kenya is too close to the equator to experience a real winter and summer but there is a pronounced dry season (between June and October) and wet season (between November and May). January and February are often the driest months of the wet season, but it’s always impossible to predict how long the dry spells will last.
In Malawi, the wet season stretches from November to April, while May to October brings warm and dry weather. Lake Malawi is cool in the evenings but days are usually filled with sunshine and warm breezes.