Travel east of the Maasai Mara to some of the most celebrated beaches and coral reefs Africa has to offer.
Remotely located in the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles is a group of beautiful tropical islands and is the definitive unspoilt tropical paradise. Renowned for its palm fringed white-powdered beaches and cerulean waters, brimming with a kaleidoscope of marine life, ideal for diving and snorkelling.
Rich in Swahili culture, Zanzibar offers so much more than a fly and flop beach destination. Wonder through Stone Town, an old Arabic trading port, or spend an afternoon on the spice route before settling down and digging your toes into the white sand of one of Zanzibar’s many beautiful beaches.
The Kenyan Coast
Kenya’s Indian Ocean coastline is home to endless stretches of impossibly beautiful white beaches. With a strong influence from the early days of trade with Arabia, the Swahili-inspired seafood dishes, warm hospitality of coastal Kenyans and the gentle lapping of turquoise waters, home to a dazzling array of sea life, offer the perfect ending to an East African safari.
Amboseli National Park
Experience pristine, private and wild Africa at in Amboseli National Park. This is a place of timeless wilderness presided over by the magnificent summit of one of Africa’s greatest icons – Mount Kilimanjaro.
An island archipelago off Kenya’s Swahili coast, Lamu is a jewel in the country’s tourism crown. It still retains its charm and gentle way of life, fascinating culture and white sand beaches. Here there are no roads, but rather alleyways and footpaths, and just a rare few motorized vehicles.
Offering some of the best private villas, this is barefoot luxury at its best.
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Amboseli is best accessed by a short 40-minute scheduled or private flight - these all connect from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport. Both the Kenyan coast and Zanzibar are easily accessible by scheduled or private flights either directly from the Mara or Nairobi’s Wilson Airport for same day travel. The Angama Safaris team would be delighted to book these flights for you. The Seychelles requires an international flight booked from Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Alternately, private flights are available for this routing.
Travel east from the Mara and spoil yourself on one of the Indian Ocean’s many beach destinations. The names alone conjure up the beauty of the Swahili coast: Lamu, Malindi, Watamu, Diani and of course, Zanzibar.
All these partner properties have been handpicked by the Angama Safaris team because of the exceptional experiences and high standards they consistently deliver, making each an exceptional destination in an East African Safari.
Seychelles private barefoot luxury at its best, North Island has just eleven guest villas offering each guest an unparalleled sense of exclusivity, and a feeling of ‘this is all mine’. This retreat evokes a sense of place, with each villa sitting in harmony in the surrounding natural vegetation and spectacular ocean views.
& Beyond Mnemba Island
A teardrop-shaped island just 3kms off the northeast coast of Zanzibar, Mnemba Island is an award-winning barefoot beach paradise. Including world class diving on its own atoll, this private getaway is the perfect end to an East African safari, and the iconic benchmark for other beach properties in the region.
Perched on a clifftop overlooking Kilifi on the Kenyan coast, Sirai Beach is a private house comprising of six bedrooms. Perfectly placed on its 4.5acre grounds, with views stretching over the Indian ocean, Sirai is the perfect place for families and friends to come together, enjoy the cool ocean breeze and enjoy the incredible infinity pool.
Six Senses Zil Pasyon
Found on Felicite Island in the Seychelles, Zil Payson is tucked between massive granite boulders overlooking coral-fringed beaches. An all-villa resort with private infinity pools and ocean views, Zil Payson offers an underlying commitment to wellness, a cornerstone of the Six Senses brand.
Comprising of three completely unique villas overlooking Kenya's Diani beach, Alfajiri offers a secluded escape from which to enjoy the best of the Indian Ocean, and is ideally suited for families. Villa stays are private with personal service, delicious Italian-Swahili food and ultimate ‘downtime’ with daily massages and and lovely views of dhows sailing by with their white sails set against an impossibly blue sky.
A private island in the Seychelles archipelago, Fregate has only 16 villas but seven private beaches. You will feel you are the only guests on this lovely island. Each beach has its own charm, many with excellent snorkelling on the coral reef and protected swimming.
Four Seasons Mahe
Four Seasons Mahe is located in a dramatic setting on the granite island of Mahe in the Seychelles. Combined with the legendary service that is the global benchmark of The Four Seasons, this lovely beach resort is in a league of its own.
Xanadu Villas & Retreat
Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, white sands and the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean, Xanadu makes for a romantic Zanzibar hideaway. Experience a unique blend of architectural styles, some offering secluded rooftop plunge pools, while others display tall, traditional cathedral windows. Natural tones are intermingled with bursts of colour, ensuring rooms are bright and welcoming.
Baraza Resort & Spa
Baraza Resort & Spa is a boutique resort located along a beautiful white, sandy stretch of beach on Zanzibar's coast. With just 30 villas, this lovely fully inclusive boutique hideaway evokes the heritage of Zanzibar dating back to the era of the Sultans.
A Relais & Chateaux property and part of the Great Plains group of lodges, ol Donyo sits on a gently sloping hillside with views out over the Green Hills to a distant Kilimanjaro. Designed to merge outdoor and indoor living, a series of unique suites and villas (no two are the same) appear to emerge from the dramatic landscape.
After four years of being asked the same question time and again ‘What is so special about the beaches of Kenya?’ I decided it was time to find out for myself. My history of the Kenyan coast dates back to Christmas of 1960 when my father drove my sister and I from Nairobi to Malindi...
Two Stories – One Island
Tyler Davis & Tammy Porter
Tyler: Zanzibar. Few destinations, few names, few words conjure such images of exotic tranquility, idyllic romance, tropical escape. And unlike the mythical utopia of Atlantis, we know exactly where to find Zanzibar. The question is, does it live up to its hype? I’ll get to that shortly but first, a quick overview of what, exactly,...
Kate Fitzgerald Boyd
Growing up in this industry, I will be the first to admit that I have been spoilt (rotten some would add). Although it was all work for them, as children on school holidays, my sister and I accompanied our parents to some of the most beautiful places in Africa. For instance I spent every Christmas...
Our knowledgeable and experienced team of East African experts answer some of the commonly asked questions
Please note that all scheduled flights carry a luggage restriction of 15kg per person in soft bags, including carry-ons. The acceptance of excess baggage is at the sole discretion of the airline but some offer the option to purchase an additional freight seat for luggage weighing up to 75kg.
We are delighted you have chosen to travel to East Africa. You will meet some wonderful people during your stay and be amazed at how friendly and welcoming everyone is towards visitors. It almost goes without saying but please be sensitive to others and aware of local customs. Should you wish to take a photograph of someone, please ask permission beforehand. Generally the answer is yes but sometimes it comes with a request for a small donation.
While theft is not very common, please take responsibility for the safety of your valuables by keeping them in a money belt or a hotel / lodge safe. Please take caution when in the urban areas, especially at night. We kindly request that you do not bring sweets for the children.
In an effort to reduce the impact on the environment, Kenya has recently made the use and importation of all plastic bags illegal. The ban applies to carrier bags, flat bags, zip lock bags etc, with severe consequences if not complied with. Plastic bags (includes those from duty-free shopping) are known to be confiscated upon arrival in Nairobi.
We are often asked, understandably, by travellers ‘how safe will I be?’ It is a good question to ask and simply put the answer is that Angama Safaris will do all and more to ensure your personal safety and the safety of your possessions every step of your journey. We have teams on the ground in Nairobi, at our lodge in the Maasai Mara and in Johannesburg all of whom are on call 24/7. As a lodge operator in Africa with over 25 years of operational experience in the safari business across 6 countries we know that keeping our guests safe is paramount. We have done, and continue to do this, day in and day out. Angama Safaris applies the same stringent adherences to safety as does the Angama Mara lodge team. Should you have any specific questions in this regard please ask your travel planner.
- Comfortable cotton clothing
- Both long and short sleeve shirts, shorts and trousers
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Sunhat, sunglasses, sun block, lip balm
- Bathing suit
- A jacket and/or warm fleece – layers are always good as it can be cold at altitude
- An extra pair of reading glasses (if you need ‘em)
- Camera, binoculars, extra memory cards, charging equipment
Tanzania and Kenya are two of the many African countries where yellow fever is endemic, and a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travelers over one year of age who are arriving from other countries classified in the endemic zone (much of Africa and Latin America). Vaccinations need to be administered 10 days or more prior to travel, and the certificate will need to be provided as proof. Depending on your onward travel plans, or country of residence, you may also be required to have the vaccination in order to leave Kenya.
Although there are many areas that are considered low-risk, malaria does exist in East Africa, and we recommend that travellers contact their local medical clinic for professional advice, and that they obtain comprehensive travel insurance, including health cover, prior to travelling.
You will need to enter Kenya you will need:
- A valid passport for at least six months from the date of entry, with at least three consecutive blank pages (temporary passports will not be accepted)
- Visas are required for visitors from many countries, including the UK and the US
- Visas for Tanzania are available upon entry at all official entry points or in advance from a Tanzania Mission abroad (recommended)
- Ordinary / Tourist visas cost US$ 100 for American citizens, and US$ 50 for other nationalities, and applications must be accompanied by two recent passport sized photographs
- Visitors from certain countries do not require a visa: for a full listing, and more information please see the website of Tanzania’s Ministry of Home Affairs, or the Tanzanian Embassy in Washington DC
- Visas for Kenya can be applied for at the point of entry or online at the new eCitizen portal
- Single entry visas are valid for three months from issue, and cost US$ 50; multiple-entry visas cost US$ 110 – these fees can also be paid in Pounds Sterling & Euro, but must be in cash
- Visitors from certain countries do not require a visa: for a full listing, please see the website of the Kenyan Embassy in Washington DC.
- In Tanzania, the local currency is the Tanzania Shilling (TZS) and approximately TZS 2,314 / US$1
- US$ are widely accepted, though you may have some trouble with notes of larger denomination or those issued prior to the year 2000. At certain bank branches US$ are available over the counter, but are not available for withdrawal from ATMs
- We recommend travelling with some US$ in cash, for any eventuality, and in multiple denominations
- Many local restaurants will accept US$, though prices are shown in Shillings and typically inclusive of all taxes and levies
- All major credit cards are widely accepted: Visa, MasterCard, American Express & Diner’s Club etc
- Gratuities are entirely at guests’ discretion and are not included in Angama Safaris quotes. There is no hard and fast rule for this, and tipping recommendations vary from property to property across the country. However as we are frequently asked for advice, herewith a guideline:
* Restaurant waiters: 10 – 15% (often asked for in cash and not included on the bill)
* City drivers: US$10 - $15
* City guides: $30 per day
* Porters: $5
* Lodge safari guides: $20 - $30 per day
* Lodge butlers / waiters: $10 - $20 per day
* Members of staff at a lodge (generally pooled and distributed): $10 - $20 per day
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