Combine a wild and thrilling African safari with the hedonistic allure of an Indian Ocean beach paradise for a special holiday for two.

There is nothing as good as escaping to the remote wilderness of Africa – unless it is extraordinary wilderness encounters followed by unwinding in a pristine tropical beach paradise. Start at Elsa’s Kopje in the heart of Meru National Park. This beautiful wilderness – home to abundant wildlife including the Meru lions and leopards and other members of the Big Five (elephant, rhino and Cape buffalo) – was made famous by Joy and George Adamson and the Born Free books and film. After the thrill of the hunt for one-on-one game viewing, the idyllic Ocean Spa Lodge in Msambweni close to Diani Beach is the perfect retreat for sheer luxury, romance and relaxation, tropical beach style.

Itinerary overview

Duration8 days/ 7 nights
CountryKenya
AccommodationOcean Spa LodgeElsa’s Kopje
Suited ForRomance; friends; adventure; tropical beach
HighlightsBig Five sightings; tropical beach escape; snorkelling & diving

Itinerary in detail

Image of Elsa's Kopje, Meru National Park, Kenya

Wildly romantic Elsa’s Kopje, overlooking the vast Meru plains, is the perfect base for an exclusive, intimate and action-packed classic safari. Explore wild, unspoilt Africa and outstanding game-viewing in this beautiful national park – home to plentiful lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant and rhino, as well as over 450 bird species. When it’s time to relax, unwind with a cocktail beside the infinity swimming pool or retreat to your suite for an outdoor bubblebath overlooking the vast Meru plains.

Image of Ocean SPA Lodge, Msambweni Beach, Kenya

The Ocean Spa Lodge is an idyllic honeymoon hideaway. This secluded tropical oasis far off the beaten track overlooks the pristine white sands of a 4km-long beach. Pampering is a priority here, with outstanding personalised service, beautiful spacious suites and delicious meals served in romantic beach side settings. Relax post-safari in the sparkling waters of the huge infinity swimming pool or treat yourself to an excellent massage in the spa.

Accommodation in Kenya

Elsa’s Kopje

Built into Mughwango Hill, Elsa’s Kopje overlooks the site where George Adamson raised orphaned lion cubs. The boutique safari lodge is named for the first of these, the famous Elsa. (A "kopje" or "koppie" is an isolated hill.) While the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) revived the fortunes of Meru’s animals, Elsa’s Kopje re-established Meru as a top tourist destination. Guests still feel they have the wilderness to themselves as Elsa’s Kopje is one of only two lodges situated within the vast park. Atop its granite hill, the lodge enjoys 360° views. Elsa’s Kopje was opened in 1999 by Dr Richard…

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Accommodation in Kenya

Ocean Spa Lodge

Fourteen airy and spacious thatched suites enjoy magnificent views of the turquoise waters and white sands of Ocean Spa’s private beach. Two fantastic family suites accommodate families or other groups. The decor is sophisticated yet understated, with locally sourced furniture and touches of Swahili style. The lodge accommodates a maximum of just 36 guests. The Sarunity Spa at the water’s edge reinvigorates jaded safari travellers with its wellness and beauty therapies, massages, yoga and fitness studio. Children will love the huge beachside pool, and the Water Sports Centre offers snorkelling, body boarding, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding for the energetic. More…

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"We have all had a wonderful trip and have some great memories.Your planning and organisation was excellent and the whole trip ran extremely smoothly, which made it all the more relaxing for us. We are all keen to return to Africa again sometime."

The McCallum family – England

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