Fabled for being the five most dangerous and difficult animals to hunt, the Big Five are now the most sought-after animals to capture on a point-and-shoot. Whilst sitting firmly at the top of every safari checklist, nature’s most magnificent animals are as elusive as ever before, making tracking them an exhilarating and unforgettable adventure. Home to all five showstoppers, the national parks of South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia and Botswana, are excellent destinations for a chance to see them all. On foot, by horseback or in the comfort of a 4x4, traversing the plains of sub Saharan Africa in search of these celebrated animals is the undisputed original safari experience.
Capturing the spirit of adventure that Africa is famous, our Marketing Executive Suzie recounts her first time on safari in Kenya’s famous Mara Reserve. Read how Suzie caught the safari bug…
Our off-the-beaten track options will excite even the most jaded traveller.
Safari and beach is a winning holiday combination and as the home of the big five safari, Kenya is a leading light. Increasingly after a safari on the Kenyan plains we look to more exotic climes such as the Seychelles, Zanzibar and Mozambique for our beach R&R. Here our Kenya specialists say why we should stay closer to home and stick to the Kenyan coast for beautiful beaches and top watersports.
Combining the wildlife rich plains of Kenya with its own palm flanked coastline or the shores of Zanzibar makes for a truly unforgettable safari and beach holiday. Offering wildlife encounters and ultimate relaxation in equal measure, this tried and tested combination promises the best of both in eastern Africa.
With over a decade of experience, Mara guide William Ole Santian has to be one of the most knowledgeable, friendly and welcoming guides we have come across on safari. He tells us what it is like to be a safari guide in the Masai Mara.
A safari holiday with the family has adventure at its core, and there are few better places to explore with children in tow than the home of safari itself, Kenya. From spotting the Big Five in the Masai Mara and camel riding in Laikipia to enjoying some down time on its tropical beaches, Kenya is a brilliantly varied destination; perfect for a family getaway.
The Great Rift Valley, stretching from Lebanon to Mozambique, is formed by diverging continental plates. The East African Rift, east of Lake Victoria, slices dramatically through Kenya, containing stunning freshwater and saline lakes, volcanoes (both active and extinct) and breath-taking wildlife. Here’s a lowdown on the lakes of Kenya’s Rift Valley…
Established in 1962, the Masai Mara is one of the world’s best known nature reserves and its wildlife rich plains provide the setting for some of nature’s greatest spectacles. Home to the Big Five, a catalogue of unique safari experiences and a number of fantastic lodges and camps, the Mara is arguably the poster boy of Kenya’s reserves. Yet, the emergence of private conservancies throughout the last 15 years marks the changing face of safari in Kenya, bringing you closer than ever to the call of the wild.
Often described as “The Greatest Show on Earth”, the annual migration of over a million wildebeest and around 300,000 zebra is a natural phenomenon like no other. Following the rains, the wildebeest and zebra travel in search of lush grass and grazing lands whilst moving in a clockwise rotation up through the Serengeti. They will spend a couple of months in the Masai Mara before heading back to Tanzania in time for calving season – all whilst trying to evade the many predators en route.
Offering an outstanding safari experience, spectacular scenery and stunning Indian Ocean beaches, Kenya is a popular choice for weddings. From romantic ceremonies for just the two of you to traditional African jamborees lasting several days, here are our top three wedding spots in Kenya.
Kenya has long been regarded as the home of safari and offers an excellent big five safari experience. Here, our Kenya expert Emma gives us the low-down on riding safari options in Kenya, where you can make the most of the outstanding game viewing and spectacular scenery whilst galloping along with the wind in your hair.
Laikipia, Masai Mara, Diani Beach
Best for: Off the beaten track, Safari, Wildlife
An active safari and beach holiday, getting off the beaten track in the spectacular Laikipia Plateau with unique wildlife species, enjoying a traditional big five safari in the Masai Mara and rounded off with the chance to relax on stunning beaches.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
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This is the perfect trip for those looking for a classic safari adventure filled with plenty of activites. It begins with an exclusive safari in the Laikipia Plateau, one of the most scenically beautiful areas of Kenya with many endemic species including Grevy's zebra and gerenuk. This is a far more active safari experience than you can have elsewhere with walking, camel and horse riding all on offer as well as rhino tracking; making it the perfect option for those looking for a truly adventurous stay. A more traditional safari awaits in the Masai Mara which is home to the big five, with a stay in one of the most remote areas of the reserve which is far away from the crowds but with exceptional game viewing. Finally, there is the chance to relax on the beautiful beaches of the southern Kenyan coast at Diani, the perfect way to round off this exciting trip to Kenya.
Days 1 - 4 : Laikipia, Kenya
Stay at El Karama Eco Lodge for 3 nights
On arrival into Nairobi you will be met and transferred to the domestic airport for your flight to Nanyuki, the gateway to the spectacular Laikipia region. This is an area of intense beauty and unique wildlife species and home to fantastic wildlife populations. Spend three nights in Laikipia staying at El Karama Lodge on a fully inclusive basis. There are a plethora of activities on offer at this working ranch with game drives, bush walks, night drives and farm visits all on offer, as well as camel and horse riding and rhino tracking on Ol Pejeta. There is also an eco pool to relax at with fabulous views over the Aberdares and Ewaso Nyiro river.
Days 4 - 7 : Masai Mara, Kenya
Stay at Speke's Camp for 3 nights
Today you will be transferred to Nanyuki for your light aircraft flight to the Masai Mara. On landing you will be met by your expert guide and enjoy a game drive to Speke's Camp in a quiet corner of the reserve where you will see few other vehicles. You will stay here for three nights with all meals, park fees, game viewing activities and a private vehicle for ultimate flexibility included in your stay. This is a particularly great spot from July to October when the wildebeest migration is in the Mara with incredible river crossings to be witnessed. Speke's has access to some of the best game viewing spots and river crossing while keeping within its own private location in the Mara. Speke's Camp is a traditional bush camp which offers a fully immersive wildlife experience which is not to be missed.
Days 7 - 12 : Diani Beach, Kenya
Stay at WaterLovers Beach Resort for 5 nights
After a final game drive this morning you will be flown by light aircraft directly to the southern Kenyan coast. On arrival into Diani airstrip you will be met by a driver and privately transferred to WaterLovers Beach Resort where you will stay for five nights with breakfast included. There are just eight suites making for an intimate stay on one of the best beaches on the Kenyan coast. Relax here on the gorgeous beach and by the pool, or if you prefer there are plenty of watersports on offer to keep you busy.
Day 12 - 13 : Diani to Nairobi
In the afternoon you are met and taken back to the airstrip, from where you take a short flight back to Nairobi Wilson domestic airport. On arrival you are met and taken to Nairobi international airport, from where you will catch your international flight home.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Mara River Crossings
The Masai Mara is the perfect location to see the Great Migration, as 1.7 million wildebeest attempt to cross the river to access the prime grazing land of the Mara. This is an unforgettable experience, dubbed 'the greatest spectacle on earth.'
Sundowners in the Mara
As the sun begins to set on your afternoon game drive you will be driven to a lovely quiet spot for sundowners and snacks. Your guide will be alert to any stirring wildlife whilst you sit and relax with a deserved drink in the middle of the Mara.
Game Drives in the Masai Mara
Game drives in the Masai Mara is where the safari experience as we know it was born. Every morning and afternoon you will have the opportunity to head into the Mara with your guide and marvel in the multitude of wildlife that call this region home.
Horse Patrol on Mount Kenya
Spend a morning or afternoon in the foothills of Mount Kenya, the second highest mountain in Africa. Here you will spend the day with the ranger patrol whilst learning about the conservation efforts and protection of the mountain ecosystem.
Kids Activities at El Karama
El Karama is an excellent camp for families, and with a range of fun activities children will have endless fun. From 'poo safaris' and camera traps to termite clay sculpting and taking plaster casts of animal tracks, there's an activity for everyone.
From $6178 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
Meals as specified
Selected game viewing activities
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.