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.
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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.
Crowne Plaza Nairobi Hotel
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Ideally located just a five minute drive to and from Nairobi airport, this is the perfect stay for anyone with an early flight the next day. Comfortable and classy the Crowne Plaza Nairobi Hotel has numerous facilities to ensure every need is met.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Formerly the Lazizi Premiere, the Crowne Plaza Nairobi Hotel is the only official hotel located at the Jomo International Airport. It offers contemporary designed comfortable rooms, perfect for an overnight stay. Guests no longer need to travel into the city to stay when they have an early start the next day, The Crowne Plaza cuts out traffic issues with transport into and out of the city.
With 144 rooms, the hotel is large and spacious and offers a room for every type of guest. Room grades start at Superior, moving onto Deluxe and Premium Rooms with Balcony. Decorated with muted colours, rooms are relaxing, some with excellent views of the sun setting the evenings. Breakfast is included and the Kitchen 9 restaurant offers evening dining options as well as the Aroma coffee shop for an afternoon break, and the Velocity Bar for evening cocktails.
Other facilities include an onsite Spa, gym and swimming pool available for guests to relax and unwind before or after a long flight.
When to go
Although Nairobi is situated in the middle of East Africa, its high altitude—about a mile above sea level—means that the city's climate is mild year-round. Summer months in Nairobi are December through March and winter months are June through to September. The wettest months are from March through June.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Nairobi, Lake Naivasha, Masai Mara
Express Kenya is perfect for those who have limited time and want to get in some real highlights of Kenya. From Lake Naivasha where you can enjoy some Kenyan country life and explore the Great Rift Valley to the Masai Mara where Big Five game viewing awaits.
Parc National des Volcans Rwanda, Nairobi, Masai Mara
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.
Masai Mara, Diani Beach & Nairobi
This green season Kenya holiday offers an incredible bush and beach combination out of peak season. Generally the bush is a little more dense and the grass a little greener, but this time of year still offers some incredible animal sightings to make your safari unforgettable.