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.
Samburu, Masai Mara, Diani Beach
Best for: Beach, Imagine Favourites, Safari
Taking in two of Kenya's most impressive wildlife areas, this itinerary offers an outstanding safari in scenic Samburu and the plains of the Masai Mara before the chance to relax on Kenya's beautiful coastline while offering excellent value for money
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
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Perfect for first timers to Kenya and return visitors alike this wonderful itinerary takes in some of the country's most exquisite areas. Staying in some of Kenya's most luxurious properties you are away from the crowds in areas that offer an outstanding experience which is truly exclusive and shared with few others. This trip has it all, with superb game viewing in the lesser visited Samburu National Reserve which is famed for its elephant population and Samburu five of Grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe, Beisa oryx, Somali ostrich and gerenuk and an immersive insight into the colourful Samburu tribesmen. From here a scenic light aircraft flight transports you to the Masai Mara where you will have a quintessentially African safari experience with all of the big five, endless plains and expert Masai guides. Between July and October you can also expect to witness the great wildebeest migration. Finally relaxation is provided with a luxury beach stay on the remote beach at Almanara one of Kenya's least visited stretches of coastline offering an exclusive and indulgent stay.
Days 1 - 4 : Samburu, Kenya
Stay at Saruni Samburu for 3 nights
You will arrive into Nairobi where you will be met and transferred to the domestic airport for your scenic flight to the glorious Samburu National Reserve where you will spend 3 nights. Located in the drier and rugged region of Northern Kenya, Samburu National Reserve is considered to be one of Kenya's most scenic regions and is home to one of the highest concentrations of elephant and the rare Grevy's zebra. Here you will spend three nights at Saruni Samburu, a beautiful and luxurious six villa lodge in the private Kalama Conservancy. Spend your time walking, on game drives, and visiting local Samburu tribal villages. Guided by expert Samburu warriors through their ancient lands you can learn all about their traditions, culture and history. This is a fascinating and very special experience.
Days 4 - 7 : Masai Mara, Kenya
Stay at Saruni Mara for 3 nights
Today you will fly southwest from Samburu to the breathtaking and vast plains of the Masai Mara. On arrival you will be met at the airstrip and game driven to Saruni Mara, a luxurious lodge with breathtaking views over the Mara North Conservancy, a private conservancy with limited numbers of other tourists. You'll stay here for three nights. Saruni Mara is a small lodge with individually styled cottages which offer the most wonderful and intimate experience. This region is abundant in wildlife so expect to see plenty of plains game and even big cats during your 4x4 game drives over the next few days.
Days 7 - 11 : Diani Beach, Kenya
Stay at Almanara Boutique Hotel for 4 nights
You will fly out of the Masai Mara and head to Kenya's stunning coastline. You will be met on arrival at Diani airstrip and be driven to Almanara. Located on Kenya's secluded south coast, Almanara is the perfect escape after a safari located on an impressive beach and large luxurious suites. Spend the next four nights relaxing here in style.
Day 11 : Msambweni Beach to London via Nairobi
Today you'll catch your flight from Diani airstrip to Nairobi where your arrangements and wonderful holiday come to an end.
That’s just one idea…
We have endless ideas on holidays to Kenya and are experts at designing unique holidays tailored specifically to you. Call us on 020 3141 2810 to talk through your ideas and let’s see what we come up with. It’s what we do best.
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.
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.'
Samburu Game Walk
This guided bush walk experience will give you an insight into thousands of years of Samburu culture and local history. Alongside this you will have an opportunity to marvel in the small things that are so frequently missed on a game drive.
Dhow cruises on the Kenyan Coast
Dhows have been used along the Kenyan coast since the first Arab influences arrived on these shores. Stunning in both design and decor, these boats offer a unique way to see the coastline and make for perfect sundowner spots!
Diving and Snorkelling on the Kenyan Coast
Diving and snorkelling have become intrinsically associated with this beautiful coastline. With a number of reefs, notably a stunner off Wasini Island (Msambweni), one can marvel in the presence of rays, turtles, huge numbers of fish and octopus.
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.
Hot Air Ballooning in Masai Mara
Experience the magic of floating over the plains of the Masai Mara in a Hot Air Balloon. Balloon safaris are a fantastic way to experience the vast beauty of the Mara and provide exceptional photo opportunities with spectacular lighting and scenery.
Activities at Saruni Samburu
Spend your days at Saruni Samburu enjoying a wide variety of wildlife and cultural activities which are included in your stay. Choose from game drives, visits to the hide or visits to the Samburu community and much more.
From $5371 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
All accommodation on a full board basis including meals, soft drinks and house wines
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.