Travel east of the Maasai Mara to some of the most celebrated beaches and coral reefs Africa has to offer.
East of the Mara is best accessed from Nairobi, be it a short 40-minute flight to the Amboseli / Tsavo ecosystem, a longer hop to the Kenyan Coast or Zanzibar, or a 3-hour international flight to the Seychelles – all of which can allow for same-day travel if departing from the Mara that morning.
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.
Kenya’s Indian Ocean coastline is home to endless stretches of impossibly 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
In Tanzania, the local currency is the Tanzania Shilling (TZS) and the current rate of exchange is approximately TZS 2,314 / US$1. To get an up-to-date rate of exchange, we recommend visiting Oanda.com
–US$ 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.
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
–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.
–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
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