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.
We've put together a guidebook with everything you need to know about Kenya. Written by our specialists, it details destination information, a wildlife guide, some suggested itineraries and plenty more to inspire your holiday. Fill in the form below and if you live in UK, your guidebook will arrive by post within the next couple of days. For those who live abroad, we will send you a copy by email.
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.
Kenya in Green Season
Masai Mara, Diani Beach & Nairobi
Best for: Wildlife, Safari, Spectacular scenery
This green season Kenya holiday offers an incredible bush and beach combination out of peak season. Generally the bush is a little more dense and the grass a little greener, but this time of year still offers some incredible animal sightings to make your safari unforgettable.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
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By travelling in 'green season', you will experience not only less visitors where you're staying, but greener scenery and lower rates, thus making it an ideal time to visit. This itinerary pairs the world-renowned Masai Mara with the soft white sand of Diani Beach along the Kenyan Coast. Although 'green season' typically means more rain, rainfall generally tends to be in short bursts with the days mainly offering dry and sunny weather to make game drives and relaxing in the sun possible. Our top recommendation for travel for this itinerary would be for June, October and December to make the most out of low season rates along with fairer weather.
Days 1 - 4 : Masai Mara, Kenya
Stay at Saruni Mara for 3 nights
Your holiday in Kenya begins as you fly into Nairobi and are met by a representative before being transferred to Nairobi Wilson, the domestic airport. From here you will take a light aircraft directly into the Masai Mara where you be staying at Saruni Mara for the next three nights.
Located in the exclusive and private wildlife concession, the Mara North Conservancy, Saruni Mara offers boutique accommodation and some excellent game viewing. Each day you will head out with a Maasai warrior guide who will be able to share their ancient wisdom of the area and animals, as well as their fascinating way of life.
Days 4 - 9 : Diani Beach, Kenya
Stay at Pinewood Beach Resort & Spa for 5 nights
After an exciting three days on safari, the next part of your holiday takes you to the coast. You will have one final game drive before heading to the airstrip where your light aircraft flight will take you to Diani Beach.
Diani Beach is well known for it's soft white sand beaches and crystal blue waters of the Indian Ocean. You will spend the next five nights here at Pinewood Beach Resort. This boutique beach-front hotel also offers the chance to use their spa, or for the more active, kite surfing, beach volleyball and tennis are also available.
Day 9 - 10 : Nairobi, Kenya
Stay at Crowne Plaza Nairobi Hotel for 1 night
Today you will head back to Nairobi for one final night in an airport hotel before your morning flight home the following day. Your afternoon in Nairobi could be spent at the David Shledrick Elephant Orphanage, or even on a tour of Nairobi National Park (both extra cost).
When to go
The best time of year to visit the Masai Mara is during the Great Wildebeest Migration which passes through the Mara between mid July to late October. Travelling in January and February also offers fantastic wildlife viewing without the crowds and the climate is perfect with warm days and bright blue skies. This is also the time of year when plains game give birth to their young meaning predators are never far away. The only time to avoid the Masai Mara 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.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
From $3145 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
All accommodation as listed
Drinks on safari
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.