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Kenya: The Ultimate Bush to Beach Escape

The experts in bespoke travel experiences, Black Tomato, have designed the ultimate Kenya experience that perfectly balances bush with beach and shows off why this place is Africa's jewel.

Black Tomato, the experts in organising 100% bespoke trips around the world, have curated a truly special holiday package in the original safari destination, Kenya. Home to all manner of African icons, from the Mara to the Migration, it packs a serious wildlife punch. So whether you’re looking for an adventure-packed safari trip from start to finish, or a beach-safari combo – we've found the answer in Kenya. Perfectly balancing bush with beach, our Africa travel experts have put together this week-long trip to show off just why we love Kenya so much.

As an exclusive for 55/Redefined members who book this package with Black Tomato, you will be gifted an intimate picnic for two on the crest of the Out of Africa kopje that is featured on the movie’s poster. More details below.

For now, enjoy viewing the images and reading below and expect to fall in love with this African jewel.

"Kenya is an African jewel"

Out of Africa

After a quick overnight in Nairobi at the chic 148 Boutique Hotel, you’ll kick off your Kenyan escape with a short domestic flight from Wilson Airport. Don’t be surprised to start your safari from the skies as you skim over the open savannah and wind your way through the bush to one of the most secluded safari lodges we have come across. Tucked high in a remote valley, overlooking some of the most wildlife abundant plains in the entire continent, you’ll feel as though you’ve finally made the trip to an old friend’s African hideaway, a friend with excellent taste we might add. Welcome to Angama Mara. Exuding a dreamlike ambience with spellbinding views and expert Maasai guides, Angama makes for a real stand-out safari getaway.

"Angama Mara exudes a dreamlike ambience with spellbinding views"

If you’re looking for a true out of Africa experience, this is indeed the place for you, having been the real-life location for the blockbuster classic. Here, you will have the unique opportunity to learn the ways of the wild as you walk in the footsteps of the Maasai for the next three days. Marvel as your Maasai guides pass on just a snippet of their accumulated ancestral wisdom and introduce you to their homeland. Your best opportunity is to rise early as the bush awakens and float above it all on an awe-inspiring hot air balloon ride that will take you soaring above the life of the Mara. Pass over acacia dotted plains and lush mountain valleys and get a whole new sense of perspective on Kenya.

Through the heat of the day, retreat back to the lodge for a massage whilst giraffes graze from surrounding trees before gathering around the boma by nightfall for sundowners with one of the most sensational views on the continent. If you’ve timed your trip to perfection, you’ll have a front row seat to one of nature’s greatest spectacles. The Great Migration. Be awe-inspired as 1.3 million wildebeest (from the neighbouring Serengeti) thunder into the Maasai in search of pastures new. What follows this is perhaps even more breath-taking, the migration breathes new life into the plains and with it many a chance for some lion and cheetah spotting.

A difficult goodbye then follows before we fly you down towards Kenya’s shimmering coast for some surprisingly much-needed rest and relaxation. But Angama Mara will always be waiting to welcome you back into its luxurious embrace.

Cast-away

Sure you’ve considered it on many occasions, but what three essentials would you take should you find yourself destitute on a desert island? Well, fear not, at Alfajiri Villas you’ll enjoy an unrivalled sense of seclusion yet at the same time, stellar service will leave you wanting for nothing. A collection of three villas that will feel like a home away from home in the Indian Ocean, spend a few days gently moving between palm fringed sapphire waters and the welcome shade of your veranda. Take your meals wherever and whenever you please as you indulge in an ever-changing menu of fresh seafood. And if you’re not quite done with Kenya’s wildlife? Take up the chance to snorkel with whale sharks off the coast, or for any adrenaline junkies, the area offers perfect wind and kite surfing conditions.

So there you have it. A perfect bush to beach Kenyan escape.

Exclusive Add-On for Free for 55/Redefined Members

As a nod to the romantic tale that was filmed on the site of a favourite lodge of ours Angama Mara, when you book this package you will be gifted an intimate picnic for two on the crest of the Out of Africa kopje that is featured on the movie’s poster. A Maasai naturalist escorts you up the hill to discover an old-world private picnic scene: checked blankets and a picnic basket. Picnics can be enjoyed anytime of the day: for breakfast soon after sunrise, or with evening sunset drinks as the sun sets behind. This is a truly amazing and a really great first day experience as it gives you context to the huge expanse you will be exploring on safari in the days ahead. To access the exclusive gift, don’t forget to say you’re a 55/Redefined member to ensure you get your member value add when you book.

Prices from £6,450 per person. Inclusions: All accommodation detailed, private guides, private transfers (including internal flights) but excluding international flights.

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