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The ultimate luxurious adventure combining safari and yacht cruising. Start your journey by visiting Samburu Game Reserve and Masai Mara Reserve for an opportunity to see the “Big Five” before you continue with a cruise to the beautiful Seychelles.
Lose yourself in the diverse African and European cultures that epitomize island life, and learn more about the history of the Seychelles, from its uninhabited years to the colonial era to present day. When you’re ready to take a break from exploration, simply find a quiet spot on one of the many beautiful white-sand beaches, and relax under the Indian Ocean sunshine.

Inclusions
  • 2 night hotel in Nairobi and Mahé
  • 6 nights on safari on full board basis
  • 7 night all-inclusive cruise aboard Emerald Azzurra
  • Safari Transport in a custom designed 4×4 safari Land cruiser with an English-speaking guide.
  • All game drives and park entrance fees
  • Unlimited supply of bottled water with refillable bottles
  • Internal Flights between Masai Mara & Nairobi, Nairobi & Mahe
  • Roundtrip transfers from the airport to hotel to ship
  • Dining Highlights:
    • 42 superb meals including 15 Breakfasts (B), 12 Lunches (L), 15 Dinners (D)
    • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner on the cruise and a bush dinner in the Masai Mara
    • While yacht cruising complimentary wine, beer, soft drinks & selected cocktails throughout the day
  • The services of an Emerald Cruises Tour Manager
  • Complimentary WIFI on the ship
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Save $4600 per cabin! (price reflects discount)
December 21 or 28, 2024 Cruise Only
Oceanview $15329  $12999
Balcony $17469  $15169
Taxes & Fees $1006

New Booking only – Based on Double Occupancy.
Deposit is due at booking.
Promotion is subject to change without notice.

  • Multiple opportunities to see the ‘Big Five’ (Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard, and Rhino)
  • Three nights in the Masai Mara
  • Visit a traditional Maasai Village
  • Sundowner drinks at Lake Nakuru
  • Explore eight islands with their suggestive Seychelles scenery.
  • Praslin Island, stunning tropical jungle-fringed beaches, emerald waters and powdery sand compliment the Vallée de Mai, UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Discover La Digue, known for its world-famous beaches such as Anse Source d’Argent, contrasting with granite boulders and aquamarine waters.
  • Curieuse, a rugged island swathed in unspoiled wilderness, home to hundreds of resident Aldabra giant tortoises, mangroves and magnificent beaches.
  • The breathtaking Aride nature reserve, gem of the nature of the Seychelles, inhabited only by the island rangers and an important breading site for the seabird population of the Indian Ocean.

 

December 21 or 28, 2024
Tour Map

Day 1 Nairobi (D)
JAMBO – Welcome to Kenya. Upon arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Nairobi, Kenya’s colourful capital city. Meet your experienced Driver – Guide and enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening.
Overnight Stay: Nairobi

Day 2 Nairobi – Samburu Game Reserve (B,L,D)
Your African safari begins this morning as we head north via Nanyuki for the Samburu Game Reserve set in the rugged, semi-arid northern region of Kenya, with spectacular scenic landscape.
Your first safari drive is this afternoon. Samburu is visited by large herds of Elephants, drawn by the promise of water. It is one of the best places to find several endemic Northern species, including the reticulated giraffe, the Somali ostrich and Grevy’s Zebra. The Samburu culture is a truly fascinating one, sharing a great deal of ancestral and linguistic ties to the Maasai.
Two-night Stay: Samburu Game Reserve

Day 3 Dec Samburu Game Reserve (B,L,D)
Enjoy morning and afternoon game viewing drive. The entire Samburu region is a place of breath-taking and magical beauty, a place where the vision of a deep red sunset silhouetting the doum palms along the river brings the perfect end to a day on safari.

Day 4 Samburu Game Reserve – Lake Nakuru National Park (B,L,D)
After breakfast depart for Lake Nakuru National Park with a brief stop at the Thompson Falls for a breath-taking view of the great scenery.
The park is one of the best game viewing parks with various animal species including prides of lion, Cape buffalo, waterbucks, warthogs, the endangered Rothschild giraffe, the black & white Rhino, the Burchell’s zebra, impala, and the elusive leopard among many others. Over 300 bird species have been recorded here too. Lake Nakuru National Park is one of the best places to see the endangered black and white Rhino.
Enjoy an African sunset experience with drinks and canapes.
Overnight Stay: Lake Nakuru National Park

Day 5 Lake Nakuru National Park – Masai Mara Game Reserve (B,L,D)
Visit the Mission in Action Orphanage and hear the stories of how it was started by an Australian family. Continue to the Masai Mara National Reserve – Kenya’s most renowned game reserve offering wonderful scenery and plenty of wildlife. Arrive at your tented camp for lunch and a little bit of leisure time before you depart on an exciting game viewing drive. The rolling plains and grasslands, stretching far into the horizons as far as the eye can see is home to the black-maned lion, the savanna elephant, the Cape buffalo, wildebeest, the elusive leopard, cheetah, the spotted & striped hyena, the rhino, Burchell’s zebra, the Maasai giraffe among many others.
Three Night Stay: Masai Mara Game Reserve

Day 6 Masai Mara Game Reserve (B,L,D)
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Optional Hot Air Balloon Safari (extra expense)

Enjoy a full day in the Masai Mara with morning and afternoon game drives.
Visit a traditional Maasai Village and experience the culture of this world-famous community. The Masai still live as they did for centuries -interact with these nomadic people and experience their way of life as you learn about their customs and traditions.
Dine under the stars tonight.

Day 7 Masai Mara Game Reserve (B,L,D)
Another day of game drives with an opportunity to see more of the ‘Big Five’ that Maasai Mara is famous for. These include the lion, savanna (African) elephant, the Cape buffalo, the leopard and the black rhino.

Day 8 Masai Mara Game Reserve – Nairobi – Mahé Seychelles (B,D)
Bid farewell to your Driver – Guide before your included flight back to Nairobi this morning. This afternoon a visit to the Giraffe Centre followed by the Karen Blixen Museum. Enjoy an early dinner at the Carnivore Restaurant before transferring to the airport for your included flight to the Seychelles.
Overnight Stay: Mahé Island

Day 9 Mahé Island – Sainte Anne Channel (B,D)
Your tropical cruise begins in Mahé island, where you’ll be transferred to your Emerald Cruises luxury yacht and embark on your discovery of the Seychelles. In the afternoon, we sail to Sainte Anne Channel.

Day 10 Sainte Anne Channel – Cousin Island – Praslin Island (B,L,D)
Sainte Anne Island is encircled by a Marine National Park, home to incredible marine life including more than 150 species of fish. Sainte Anne is now a significant nesting site for Hawksbill turtles.

Late morning, we sail to Cousin, a small island renowned as a haven for seabirds. The granitic islet was a private property until 1968 when it was purchased by the International Council for Bird Preservation to transform it into a nature reserve. It’s the most protected island in the archipelago, providing a breeding ground for eleven sea bird species annually and a habitat for five birds native to the Seychelles. We stay overnight in Praslin.

Day 11 Praslin Island (B,L,D)
Praslin, the second largest island in the Seychelles, is visually stunning with tropical jungle-fringed beaches, emerald waters and powdery sand. Anse Lazio beach has been voted one of the world’s best several times and there’s a dazzling reef just offshore brimming with coral and marine life. On land, coconut palms and granite boulders create a picture-postcard landscape. In the centre of the island, discover the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve.

Day 12 Praslin Island – La Digue Island – Curieuse Island (B,L,D)
Early in the morning, we sail to La Digue Island, the smallest of the three populated islands in the Seychelles. Like Praslin Island, it also possesses world-famous beaches, with one of the most recognisable being Anse Source d’Argent. It has pink-hued sands contrasting with granite boulders and aquamarine waters. We will navigate to Curieuse later in the evening.

Day 13 Curieuse Island (B,L,D)
Curieuse is a rugged island swathed in unspoilt wilderness and home to hundreds of resident Aldabra giant tortoises. Apart from its obvious natural beauty, it has a fascinating history. It was once a quarantine station, and the original French colonial doctor’s house has a museum and visitor’s centre.

Day 14 Curieuse Island – Aride Island (B,L,D)
Early in the morning, we sail to Aride, a nature reserve in the Indian Ocean. Nature enthusiasts and wildlife photographers flock to this island, where more than thirty rare bird species nest in the verdant vegetation. The landscape is enticing with fine-sand beaches, coconut palms and soaring cliffs.

Day 15 Mahè Island (B,L,D)
Mahé is the main island of the scenic Seychelles and the largest of the archipelago. It’s home to the capital Victoria, which was founded in the French settler period in 1778 and named later by the British, after Queen Victoria. The island of Mahé has pristine beaches dotted with huge rocks and tranquil nature trails threaded through the Morne Seychellois National Park.

Day 16 Mahè Island (B)
Your Emerald Cruises voyage concludes in idyllic Mahè island. From the yacht, you will be transferred to the airport for your journey home or to continue your holiday.

Please book your flight to depart out of Mahé, Seychelles after 08:00 AM.

* The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Emerald Cruises cannot guarantee the cruise will be operated unaltered from the itinerary states above.

Flexible Booking Plan
Our Flexible Booking Plan has been introduced for complete peace of mind. We understand you may need to adjust your plans, so we’re offering the flexibility to change your travel arrangements or re-book for a more suitable time if needed.
Our Flexible Booking Plan allows you to defer your booking to an alternative date, or cancel your journey, up to 90 days prior to departure, less third-party fees. We will provide you with a Future Travel Credit to use on an alternate tour/cruise, which is valid for 24 months.
This plan is available to purchase for a wide range of destinations* for departures in 2022 and onwards.
*Excludes Russia, Galapagos & Amazon
River Cruising Yacht Cruising
$125 $200
Terms and conditions:
  • Should you choose to defer or cancel your booking, the total monies paid to us (less third-party fees) will be applied as a Future Travel Credit which is valid for 24 months for you to use on an alternate tour/cruise.
  • If you do not re-book within 24 months, your FTC it will be forfeited.
  • Non-refundable. Non commissionable.
  • Excludes Russia cruising.
  • Not available to guests using COVID Future Travel Credits
Platinum Protection Plan

The Platinum Protection Plan (“PPP”) is available for new river and ocean cruising bookings for travel after 1 January 2022 for Scenic and Emerald Cruises (“Eligible Booking”). By adding this plan, you are covered if you unable to travel due to health reasons, or your travel plans are impacted by COVID-19, up to 31 days prior to departure with a 100% refund (less airline cancellation fees and PPP cost), or a 70% refund between 15 and 30 days prior to departure (less PPP cost). The PPP must be purchased together with the Eligible Booking at time such booking is made and may not be added at a later date. The PPP is provided at a cost of $395 per person per river cruise, $495 per person per cruise on Emerald Cruises yacht cruising and $595 per person per cruise on Scenic Eclipse voyages (“PPP Fee”).

The PPP is not available on Oberammergau, Amazon and Galapagos cruises or land tours and the PPP is also not available to new bookings using a Future Travel Credit.

 

Kenyan Visa
Australian, New Zealand, Canadian, US and British Passport holders require a single entry visa for Kenya. Applications can be submitted up to 3 months prior to travel.
We highly recommend you apply for the visa prior to departure by visiting https://evisa.go.ke/

Please note you may be required to supply a physical address, phone number and email address for our Ground Operator in Kenya when applying for your visa.
Twiga Tours
Suite 9, 4th Floor,
The Greenhouse,
Ngong Road, NAIROBI.
P.O.Box 652,
NAIROBI, 00606
Kenya
T: +254 709 145000
E: [email protected]

Terms & Conditions

All rates are per person, based on double occupancy in Canadian dollars (unless otherwise stated) New bookings only. Space and price may be limited and subject to availability at the time of booking.  Errors or omissions may occur on the above information with no guarantee of being honoured. Terms and conditions apply. Tax is not included in the above base fare. Above tax amount includes non-refundable $30 per adult Booking Management Fee. $50 per adult cancellation fee. Not included in the above rates: Xpresspost fee, recommended medical, cancellation or baggage insurance. Child rate is applicable when travelling with 2 paying adults sharing 1 hotel room, using the existing bedding. Price Match Policy: Travel Best Bets makes every effort to remain competitive by offering our ‘Match or Beat Any Price’ offer however due to certain restrictions  there will be some product we cannot match or beat. Please note the star ratings found on www.travelbestbets.com are determined by Travel Best Bets based on a number of factors and may not match the star rating found in the Tour Operator’s brochure. Please view our star ratings by clicking here. Due to an increasing volume of disputed bookings, we will only accept payment for air only travel to India, the Philippines and the continent of Africa through the following means: book and pay cash in person or by direct deposit into our business account – once the transaction is verified and a copy of the receipt emailed or faxed to our office, we will confirm the booking. Please contact us for details on how to book using this method. Please contact [email protected] for photo credit information. BPCPA #3287