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 and Masai Mara
Best for: First time, Honeymoon, Safari
A spectacular Kenyan safari honeymoon combining the stunning Laikipia Plateau, which offers a diverse activity filled safari in the wildlife filled Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the world class Masai Mara where a traditional big five safari awaits!
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The perfect safari honeymoon to Kenya with an indulgent week packed full of wildlife spotting whilst staying in romantic tented camps in prime locations. Laikipia is one of Kenya's most spectacular wilderness areas with impressive views of Mount Kenya. What sets Laikipia apart from elsewhere in Kenya is the range of safari activities on offer and Kicheche Laikipia is a wonderful choice with romantic luxury tents and plenty to keep you busy. A quintessential African safari awaits in the world renowned Masai Mara, famed for its big cat sightings, annual wildebeest migration and being home to the big five. We recommend making the most of the views with a romantic hot air balloon safari followed by bush breakfast - there are few better ways to start a morning on safari!
Days 1 - 4 : Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Stay at Kicheche Laikipia Camp for 3 nights
On arrival into Nairobi you will be met and transferred to Nairobi’s domestic airport to fly to Nanyuki. Upon landing you will be met by your guide and driven to Ol Pejeta Conservancy where you will be staying at Kicheche Laikipia Camp for three nights in a luxury tent with all meals, house drinks, day and night game drives, and guided walks included. You will go on twice daily game drives during your stay and being in a private concession you also have the added bonus of being able to go on night game drives. In addition to this there are a range of other activities on offer including visit a white rhino sanctuary, lion tracking, bush walks, canoeing, mountain biking and visiting Ol Pejeta Chimpanzee Sanctuary which highlights the diverse nature of a safari in Laikipia.
Days 4 - 7 : Mara North Conservancy, Kenya
Stay at Kicheche Mara Camp for 3 nights
This morning you will fly by light aircraft to the iconic plains of the Masai Mara; the jewel in Kenya's safari crown. On landing into Mara North airstrip you will be met by your guide and game driven to Kicheche Mara Camp; a small tented camp with eight tents. You will be here for three nights with all meals, house drinks, game drives and guided walks included. You will go on twice daily game drives and if you like, will also have the opportunity to have a full day game drive with a picnic lunch - perfect if you would like to visit the main reserve during migration season. Additional activities (at an additional charge) include a village visit, walking safari with fly camping and hot air balloon safaris.
Day 7 - 8 : Masai Mara to Nairobi
After a final game drive this morning you will enjoy a final lunch in camp before being game driven to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight back to Nairobi Wilson domestic aiport. Upon arrival you will be met and privately transferred to the international airport for your international flight home.
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Things to do
A horse riding safari in the Masai Mara offers guests a totally different way to encounter wildlife, allowing you to get closer than ever before making for a truly memorable experience.
Game Drives in Laikipia
Enjoy a game drive across the rocky hills and past the huge acacias and lush springs of the Laikipia region. The perfect habitat for game and wildlife, and home to some rare northern species such as the gerenuk, Besia oryx, Grevy zebra and much more.
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 $4520 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
All meals, soft drinks, house wine and beer drinks (premium spirits and wine not included)
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.