WHY IT RATES: Guests can experience the best of both worlds with a calming, breathtaking cruise around the Seychelles and an exciting, adventurous Kenya Safari to the world famous Masai Mara National Reserve.—Jessica Zickefoose, TravelPulse Associate Editor
Beyond Cruises announced a new unique cruise itinerary combining a Kenya Safari to the world famous Masai Mara National Reserve with a small ship cruise exploring the Seychelles (often called the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean).
Both Nairobi (Kenya) and the Seychelles were recently named on Travel + Leisure’s Best Places to go in 2019. Available all-year-round, this itinerary takes advantage of the new Kenya Airways non-stop service from New York to Nairobi, Kenya’s capital and the gateway to East Africa.
After landing in Nairobi, East Africa’s most cosmopolitan city, guests will experience the beauty and wonder of Kenya’s vast savannas and snow-capped mountains. On either a 5- or 7-day safari, guests will visit some of Kenya’s most renowned game-viewing locations.
The itinerary includes two nights at the Lake Naivasha Country Club. Lake Naivasha, a fresh-water lake and part of the Great Rift Valley, is famous for its multitudes of pink flamingos. The program includes a boat ride across the lake, and game drives in Nakuru National Park.
The next two days are spent in the Masai Mara National Park, game viewing in a 4×4 safari vehicle, and taking in the beauty of the vast savannas. Guests will stay at Keekorok Lodge, the oldest lodge located in the heart of the Masai Mara Reserve, which was recently refurbished to offer a more luxurious look and feel, with bright and airy rooms decorated with tribal art and craft.
The itinerary will include daily game drives to spot some of the famous inhabitants of the reserve including lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras and hippos. This is also the location of the annual great Wildebeest migration that cross the Mara River. Safari-goers looking for an adrenaline rush can book an optional Balloon Safari which includes a champagne breakfast.
After a short flight from Nairobi to Mahe, Seychelles, guests will depart from Port Victoria to begin a 5- or 7-night small ship cruise to explore this Indian Ocean archipelago, located just under a thousand miles off the coast of East Africa. The Seychelles offers fantastic snorkeling, world-famous white sand beaches, and unparalleled coral reef diving.
Island hop aboard the 21-cabin M/Y Pegasos in this unspoiled paradise, stopping at islands which will capture your senses.
Discover Giant Aldabra Tortoises in the Mangrove forests of Curieuse Island. Swim and snorkel at world-famous Anse Lazio beach on Praslin and view the Seychelles remarkable underwater world, packed with vibrant reefs, tropical fish, and awe-inspiring shipwrecks.
Stop to walk through the centuries-old rainforest at Vallee de Mai, and view unique fauna and flora including the rare black parrots and the world-famous Coco de Mer palm trees. When you’re ready for a break, sit back, relax, and enjoy the Seychelles lush hills and topaz waters from the deck of a Mega Yacht.
About the M/Y Pegasos
A mega yacht, the Pegasos accommodates up to 44 guests in 21 cabins, in a relaxed and congenial atmosphere. On board guests can enjoy magnificent sea views as they stroll on its 2,550 square feet of open deck. Passengers can relax with friends in the handsomely appointed lounge and enjoy ocean view dining in the warm and spacious restaurant area. A platform on Pegasos’ stern enables guests to swim when weather and anchorage conditions permit. A Zen mini spa is also located on the Lower Deck for passengers’ added relaxation.
The Kenya Seychelles Itinerary starts at $4,768.00 for a 5-Night Safari/5-Night Cruise. Government taxes are included in the price. A $300.00 port charge is not included. This Safari/Cruise experience is available for booking with four options:
This new itinerary will serve to compliment Beyond Cruises’ already enticing roster of iconic and exotic destinations including Cuba, Iceland, the Adriatic Sea, Greece, Dubai, Thailand, Vietnam, the Mekong River, the Rhone River, the Marne-Rhine Canal, Bali, Costa Rica and Panama, India, Spain Portugal, and The Eastern Mediterranean.