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.
Mountain Gorillas and Big Five
Parc National des Volcans Rwanda, Nairobi, Masai Mara
Best for: Highlights, Safari, Specialist
Tracking mountain gorillas in Rwanda and spotting the big five on a safari to Kenya combine to offer a truly exceptional East African wildlife encounter which is sure to blow your socks off.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
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Showcasing the best of East Africa's wildlife gems, this trip is the perfect choice whether you're looking for a bucket list, once in a lifetime visit to Africa, or are a seasoned visitor looking for something different. Rwanda's endangered mountain gorillas in the breathtaking Virunga Mountains are one of Africa's most sought after wildlife encounters which few people have the chance to experience. Not only does this trip allow you the opportunity to visit the mountain gorillas, but also shows off the intense beauty of Rwanda - the land of a thousand hills. After tracking the gorillas you will fly to Kenya for an authentic safari in the world renowned Masai Mara National Reserve. The Mara is home to all of the big five, has one of the highest densities of lion in the world, and from July to October the magnificent migration of over a million wildebeest traversing from Tanzania's Serengeti into the Masai Mara and back again. As wildlife experiences go, there could be few more breathtaking or broad than this trip allows for.
Days 1 - 3 : Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda
Stay at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge for 2 nights
On arrival into Kigali you will be met by your specialist driver/guide and driven to Parc National des Volcans. The three hour drive is incredibly scenic and shows why Rwanda has been termed the Switzerland of Africa and the land of a thousand hills. You will stay at Bishops House for two nights with all meals, park fees and one gorilla tracking permit included. Your first afternoon will be at leisure - the views of the Virunga Mountains are incredible and hiking is possible should you wish to stretch your legs. Early the next monrning you will be driven 15 minutes to the park headquarters where you will be told which gorilla family you will be tracking. The length and difficulty of the trails vary and your guide and porters will assist you throughout. And so begins a true once in a lifetime experience as you have the chance to get within close quarters of these endangered giants - a truly unique encounter. Depending on the length of your trail you will have the afternoon to spend as you wish, either relaxing at the lodge or enjoying the incredible scenery.
Day 3 - 4 : Nairobi, Kenya
Stay at Tamarind Tree Hotel for 1 night
After a morning a leisure, you will be driven back to Kigali in time for your flight to Nairobi. Upon landing into Nairobi early evening, you will be met and privately transferred to the Tamarind Tree Hotel, which is located right next door to Nairobi Wilson airport, perfect for your flight to the Masai Mara the next day.
Days 4 - 7 : Masai Mara, Kenya
Stay at Naibor Camp for 3 nights
This morning you will be collected and driven the short distance to Nairobi Wilson domestic airport for your scenic light aircraft flight to the Masai Mara. Upon landing into Masai Mara you will be met by your expert safari guide and game driven to Naibor Camp where you will stay for 3 nights in a traditional safari tent with all meals, house drinks, park fees and game drives included. Naibor Camp offers a truly authentic safari experience in a remote corner of the Masai Mara National Reserve with fantastic game viewing experience. All of the big five can be spotted here and there are particularly impressive sightings of otherwise difficult species to spot including black rhino, leopard and wild dog. As well as exciting game drives you can absorb your spectacular surroundings with bush breakfasts on the wide, open savannahs as well as enjoying evening sundowners; the highlight of any safari.
Day 7 - 8 : Nairobi, Kenya
Stay at Crowne Plaza Nairobi Hotel for 1 night
Today you will catch a flight back to Nairobi where you will spend your final night in an airport hotel before catching your early morning flight back home.
Day 8 : Masai Mara to Nairobi
After a final game drive this morning and lunch in the bush you will be flown by light aircraft back to Nairobi. Upon arrival in late afternoon you will be met and privately transferred across Nairobi to the international airport to continue with your journey 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.'
Gorilla Tracking in Parc National des Volcans
Cross off one of life's ultimate bucket list experiences as you head into the misty Virunga Mountains in search of the majestic Mountain Gorilla. Trekking can take a full day through the volcanic forests, but the hour with the gorillas is worth every step
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.
From $8890 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
Accommodation as listed
Activities as per the itinerary
Internal light aircraft flights
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.