The ultimate family adventure

Combine the high adventure of an East African safari with a tropical island idyll in Zanzibar for the ultimate family escape

Take your family on their greatest adventure yet: discover the vast, untamed wilderness of the Greater Masai Mara on a Big Five safari and then explore the underwater world and tropical waters of Zanzibar island.

Explore the magic of the bush with an unparalleled wildlife experience at the Mara Bush Houses, where you can safari 100% on your own terms in a remote, uncrowded wilderness notable for its rich, dense wildlife. Extremely rewarding twice-daily game drives explore the Mara North Conservancy – a private wilderness area covering over 300km² bordering the Masai Mara National Reserve. The conservancy includes Leopard Gorge, made famous by the BBC’s ‘Big Cat Diary’, while the scenic Lemek Hills are an important refuge for the endangered African wild dog. During the Loita Hills migration (December to May), thousands of wildebeest pass through the Mara North Conservancy. Wash off the dust from your safari and discover the marine life of the Indian Ocean with a tropical island holiday at Matemwe Beach House on Zanzibar, your luxurious home from home.

Itinerary overview

Duration9 days/8 nights
CountryKenyaTanzania
AccommodationMatemwe Beach HouseMara Bush Houses
Suited ForFamily & friends; wildlife adventure; tropical beach living
HighlightsTwice-daily game-viewing drives; big cat sightings; Loita Hills wildebeest migration (December to May); children’s safari programme; cultural & community visits; tropical island beach life; snorkelling; dhow trips

Itinerary in detail

Image of Mara Bush House, Masai Mara, Kenya

Settle into your exclusive-use private home in the heart of the Greater Masai Mara wilderness, where a personalised, highly flexible safari adventure awaits. Look out for the big cats and explore the hills, valleys and plains of the Greater Mara area for uncrowded and unbelievably rewarding game viewing. Expert guides, your own private game-viewing vehicle, gracious hosts and a private cook ensure that everyone – from smallest to tallest – has the experience of a lifetime.

Image of Matemwe Beach House, Zanzibar

A lush walled garden leading directly off the white sands of Matemwe Beach encloses one of Zanzibar Island’s most exclusive villas, the light and airy Matemwe Beach House. The transparent tropical waters of the Indian Ocean are on your doorstep, making snorkelling, kayaking, boat trips and diving excursions totally accessible – or simply laze the day away in a shady hammock with sparkling sea views or on a day bed beside your swimming pool.

Accommodation in Kenya

Mara Bush Houses

Mara Bush Houses consists of three separate houses, each accommodating six people. This can get no more private: guests enjoy an intimate bush experience with an entire house to themselves, complete with wonderful staff to see to their every need. Each house comes with its own vehicle and guide, so the guests’ wishes shape each day’s game viewing. A guided bush walk gives children of all ages the chance to learn their bushcraft. The delicious home-cooked meals are flexible – dine ‘at home’ or take a packed meal for an extended game drive. Chefs cater to special dietary needs. The…

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Mara Bush House
Accommodation in Tanzania

Matemwe Beach House

Privacy and exclusivity are the order of the day at this traditional three-roomed villa, making it the perfect tropical escape for families or groups looking for a secluded slice of Zanzibar’s beautiful coastline. Blissful Matemwe Beach, with its shallow, coral-fringed lagoon, is ideal for a tropical beach holiday – exactly what you need after a busy game-viewing safari. Just off the coast is the world-famous Mnemba Atoll, said to provide some of the best diving and snorkelling on the continent. The warm turquoise waters off these coral reefs provide mesmerising sightings of bright reef fish, turtles and dolphin, while the…

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