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.
Return to Kenya
Best for: Imagine Favourites, Off the beaten track, Safari
A fantastic itinerary for a second or third timer to Kenya, looking to get off the beaten track and explore Northern Kenya's private reserves. Enjoy a range of activities including game drives and a three day walking safari with expert guides.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
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Discover some of Kenya's lesser explored northern reserves home to incredible wildlife, spectacular views and welcoming hosts. This itinerary is perfect for those looking to return to Kenya, get away from the crowds and learn about conservation, endangered species and enjoy an active approach to safari.
Northern Kenya is the perfect place to enjoy a wide range of activities including day and night game drives, bush walks, fly camping, fishing, wild swimming and bush picnics. El Karama is home to four of the big five excluding rhino, however day visits are offered to the neighbouring reserve Ol Pejeta where rhino can be found in large concentrations. For those looking for true adventure, a Karisia walking safari is hard to beat. Led by expert guides and trackers and accompanied by camels, a walking safari offers a rare glimpse into the true African wilderness walking with Masai guides from camp to camp. Listen to the sounds of the bush, track wildlife, learn all about the flora and fauna and how the local tribes use them for medicinal remedies. This itinerary ends with a few nights at a relaxed guest farm, Olepangi. The perfect place to rest up, enjoy some delicious home cooking and simply relax and reflect on what will have been a magical Kenyan adventure.
Days 1 - 4 : Laikipia, Kenya
Stay at El Karama Eco Lodge for 3 nights
On arrival in Kenya fly by light aircraft to the heart of Laikipia and enjoy three nights at an Imagine favourite, El Karama. Located on its own private ranch, El Karama boasts 14,000 acres of private land, allowing guests to explore freely and enjoy a wide range of activities during their stay. The reserve is home to over 80 different mammal species including lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo and a number of endangered species including the grevy zebra and wonderful bird life too.
Enjoy guided walks, 4x4 game drives, fly camping in tree tents, bush dinners and day trips to other near by reserves. The lodge is a firm favourite with families with plenty of activities for little explorers to enjoy as well from mud sculpting, fishing, wild swimming, animal tracking and learning about farm life.
Days 4 - 7 : Laikipia, Kenya
Stay at Karisia Walking Safaris for 3 nights
From El Karama enjoy a game drive to the starting point of your Karisa Walking safari and meet your guides who will be your hosts for the next three nights.
A walking safari with Karisia, is a unique opportunity to get out on foot and discover the true wilderness, enjoy close up wildlife sightings and be at one with nature. Walking safaris can be tailored to your interests, party size and level of fitness and can last anything from a couples of nights up to a week.
A typical day starts before sunrise waking to a freshly brewed tea or coffee and a light breakfast before setting off with a Masai tracker, guide and camels into the wilderness. Plenty of stops are made en route to take in the views and enjoy refreshments and snacks before arriving at the next camp in time for a gourmet lunch. Afternoons can be spent relaxing around the camp, cooling off in the streams, trying your hand at fishing, before heading out on an evening walk with sundowners. Before dinner, hot showers can be enjoyed before settling down to a good story around the camp fire.
All ages are welcome on a walking safari and no prior experience is required although a reasonable level of fitness is expected. While no strict age policy is in place, for maximum enjoyment, we recommend children of 12 years upwards.
Days 7 - 10 : Laikipia, Kenya
Stay at Olepangi Farm for 3 nights
For your final three nights, relax and unwind at Olepangi, a private guest farm located in Laikipia in the foot hills of Mount Kenya. Olepangi is the ideal end to a busy itinerary in northern Kenya and days here can simply be spent relaxing with a book or enjoying day trips to the nearby reserves and forests or enjoying some horse riding on the ranch.
Day 10 : Nairobi - London
Today fly from Nanyuki to Nairobi where you will be transferred to the international airport in time for your return flight to the UK.
When to go
The Laikipia Plateau has a fantastic climate for much for the year with warm and settled temperatures throughout July and October with cooler conditions at night. The only time to avoid the region is during the long rainy season in April and May as well as November which sees the short rains. During these wet months, the majority of camps and lodges in the area close as roads are impassable and wildlife is harder to spot through the thick vegetation.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
The mighty rivers that cut across the Laikipia region and numerous rock pools have long been heralded as refreshing for a dip. Today, however, lodges have found new and exciting ways to explore them from tubing to waterfall jumps!
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 $6092 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.