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…
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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.
When to go to Kenya
The best time to go to Kenya depends on the kind of holiday you are looking for.
The Cool Dry Season - June to October
This is the cooler dry season, when temperatures are the coldest in Kenya. Daytime temperatures vary between 23C to 28C on the coastal areas. These days are sunny with clear skies. The wildebeest migration reaches the Masai Mara in July and remains until October when they move back to the Serengeti in Tanzania. The wildlife is easier to spot because the bush is thinner and animals gather around waterholes.
The Short Rains - November
In November, Kenya experiences what is called the 'short rains'. While the forests and trees look very nice and green, you may see less animals on safari as they tend to hide in the bush.
During this month, it doesn't rain all day - it's usually more short outbursts and the temperatures are only a little bit lower than in the dry season.
The Hot Dry Season - December to February
This hot dry season is excellent for birds and animal viewing, though long grass may make some smaller species hard to spot. January through to February is the calving season. The days are hot and the nights are warm, making this high season a popular time for safaris and good for diving and snorkelling. The diving and snorkelling conditions are still good at the beginning of the month.
The Wet Season - March to May
Rains start to fall in March and the weather is characterised by spring-like conditions. During March to May the rains can be continuous and, when not raining, the skies are often clouded. Some lodges and camps close down during part of the wet season. Heavy rains bring run-off into the rivers, reducing visibility in the sea, so if you are planning to go diving, these months are best to be avoided.