Ultimate safari for teenagers - Kenya and Zanzibar
Lewa Conservancy, Maasai Mara and Zanzibar
An action-packed safari in Kenya, ideal for teenage families, followed by watersports and beach time on Zanzibar. Great for any of the school vacations and the perfect trip for your last big family adventure before University.
At a Glance
Action-packed safari and beach vacation to keep even the most restless teenagers busy
Perfect for your last big family adventure together
Safari activities include horse riding, camel riding, walking, game drives and for the ultimate adventure, a scenic flight in a vintage biplane!
Zanzibar has so much to offer, from dive courses and snorkeling to sailing, kite-surfing and beach football with the local village teenagers
Enjoy some of Africa's finest wildlife in the Maasai Mara - particularly good for big cats
Travel in the summer, at Christmas, February or October
Meet our specialists
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation.
Combining incredible wildlife experiences, plenty of sporting activities and a mix of safari and time relaxing and enjoying watersports by the beach, this is a great combination for families with teenagers looking for an unforgettable adventure in Kenya and Zanzibar.
Start your safari adventure in Kenya on the Laikipia plateau, exploring the stunning Lewa Wildlife Conservancy by camel, horseback, safari vehicle and even from the skies, flying in a bright yellow bi-plane. Wildlife here is diverse and includes good numbers of rhino, lion, wild dog and elephant as well as more unusual species such as the reticulated giraffe and Grevy's zebra. Your lodge, Lewa Wilderness, is where the conservancy began, and the owners Will and Emma Craig are passionate about wildlife conservation, adding a really interesting and personal side to your safari here. For those that are interested, you can meet some of the rangers and anti-poaching patrol teams.
From here you'll fly out to the Maasai Mara for the second part of your safari, home to some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa. If you are here in August or September, you may catch sight of the Great Migration, where 2 million wildebeest and zebra flood the grassy savannah plains, and big cats lie in wait for the perfect moment to pounce. Year-round the wildlife here is incredible, though, with pods of hippos wallowing in the mud, herds of elephants, prides of lazy lions lounging on the top of the rocky kopjes and cheetah who have even been known to sit on the roof of a safari vehicle as a vantage point! For a real treat, take to the skies in a hot air balloon to get an aerial perspective. Serian adds to your traditional safari experience by offering warrior training, great for teens - going jogging with the Maasai, learning to throw spears and earning your place in the tribe!
After this, some beach time is in order, and where better than Zanzibar, just a short hop away by plane. Staying at Baraza, a luxurious resort on one of the island's best beaches, enjoying a 2-bedroom villa with your own garden and plungepool. Parents may want to unwind here and indulge at the spa, whilst the teenagers head to the beach to play football or volleyball, or try their hand at kitesurfing, sailing or doing an introductory dive course.
|Fly to Nairobi|
|Light aircraft flight to Lewa|
Lewa Downs, Northern Kenya
|Light aircraft flight to the Masai Mara|
Maasai Mara, Kenya
|Fly to Zanzibar via Nairobi|
|Baraza Resort and Spa|
|Fly home from Zanzibar|
Location & Directions
Lewa Conservancy, Maasai Mara and Zanzibar
Lewa Wilderness is located in the heart of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, on Kenya's Laikipia Plateau, not far from Mount Kenya. Serian is located in the Mara North Conservancy, bordering the main Maasai Mara reserve, in an area with limited numbers of lodges and vehicles (a real advantage for game-viewing). Baraza is located on the south-east coast of Zanzibar on the stunning beach Bwejuu.
When to go
The only time to avoid Kenya is during the long rainy season in April and May. November is considered the short rainy season, however, these are less predictable and are much lighter. The best time of year to visit the Maasai Mara is during the Great Wildebeest Migration which tends to pass through the Mara between mid July to late October.