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.
Diani Beach, Kenya
Best for: Beach, Family, Honeymoon
Almanara Villas enjoy a fabulous location at Diani Beach on the southern Kenya coast. A luxury boutique offering, it is consistently an Imagine favourite for the sumptuous accommodation, flawless service, exceptional food and beautiful beach on offer.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Almanara Villas offer an exclusive beach stay and are the perfect place to relax after an exciting safari in Kenya's famous wildlife reserves. Diani Beach is characterised by pristine white sands and warm Indian Ocean waters, making for a truly exceptional beach retreat. Diani is one of the nicest beach resorts in Kenya, with plenty to keep you occupied without being overdeveloped. This is the ideal choice for those looking for luxury and privacy in an intimate setting.
Being situated on one of Kenya's best beaches, Almanara lends itself to those looking to do little more than laze on a sunlounger with a fabulous view. If you would prefer a more active stay though there is plenty to keep you occupied with a dedicated watersports centre, the opportunity to snorkel just off-shore as well as day trips to the Shimba Hills National Reserve which is famed for its elephants. A stay here also includes a chauffeur service so that you can explore the surrounding area. Almanara is also home to Sails Restaurant which is one of the finest restaurants on the Kenyan coast with exceptional seafood in particular.
Almanara Villas is small and intimate with just six three bedroom villas all of which come with dedicated butler service and private chef. Each villa has three double bedrooms all of which are en-suite, veranda and air conditioning throughout as well as a spectacular roof terrace which is the perfect spot for enjoying sundowners. All guests have the use of a central swimming pool with bar as well as a jacuzzi.
When to go
Mombasa and the Southern Coast are at their best from September to October and December through to March when visitors can expect warm temperatures ranging from high 20s to mid 30's, bright blue skies and sandy white beaches. The warmest month is March and the coldest June & July when temperatures dip between low and mid 20s.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Stay 7, pay 5 at Almanara
Stay for 7 nights and pay for just 5 at Almanara Boutique Hotel and Villas, Kenya. Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability.
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Dhow cruises on the Kenyan Coast
Dhows have been used along the Kenyan coast since the first Arab influences arrived on these shores. Stunning in both design and decor, these boats offer a unique way to see the coastline and make for perfect sundowner spots!
Diving and Snorkelling on the Kenyan Coast
Diving and snorkelling have become intrinsically associated with this beautiful coastline. With a number of reefs, notably a stunner off Wasini Island (Msambweni), one can marvel in the presence of rays, turtles, huge numbers of fish and octopus.
Kitesurfing on the Kenyan Coast
The Kenyan coast is renowned for being one of the best spots in the world for kite surfing. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro you are going to love this high octane water activity. A great way to burn off lunch!