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.
Tana Delta, Kenya
Best for: Honeymoon, Family, Wildlife
Delta Dunes lies on a remote stretch of the Kenya coast midway between Malindi and Lamu. The lodge has an elevated position in the sand dunes at the mouth of the Tana River, offering views out over the Indian Ocean, as well as the Tana Delta Wetlands.
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The lodge's accommodation comprises five castaway-style cottages (one of which has two bedrooms). Each cottage has its own stunning location offering panoramic views. Far apart for total privacy, the rooms are connected to one another (and the top and bottom dining areas) by stone paths and steps threading steeply through the dunes. Spacious en suite bathrooms offer al fresco showers open to the stars. There are also two self-catering lodges – Mto Tana and Mulikani. Both sleep four people in two rooms, and are semi-open offering wonderful views.
Delta Dunes Lodge has plenty to offer to the more active guest including fishing in the creek, guided walks, boat trips and sundowners in the estuary as well as excellent game and bird viewing from the lodges private boat. Visits to the local Pokomo tribe are a popular option. The Pokomo cultivate banana and mango in groves along the banks of the Tana River, and are renowned for their singing and music. Another interesting cultural experience for guests is the opportunity to meet the Orma, a tribe who follow the rain with their cattle and live in unusual cone shaped thatched huts. The beach at the lodge stretches for miles in either direction, and slopes gently into the Indian Ocean. Boat trips, snorkelling, water skiing and numerous beach games are all possible. Delta Dunes Lodge is a romantic hideaway which does rustic luxury with style – living in the open air has never been so enjoyable! Price includes all meals, conservation fees, game and bird viewing by boat. Water skiing, sea cruises and trips to the visit the Pokoma and Orma tribes are extra – payable locally.
When to go
Watamu is at its best between December and March when visitors can expect hot temperatures ranging from high 20s to mid 30's, bright blue skies and sandy white beaches. As a result of trade winds, seaweed does build up along this stretch of coast line between July and September.
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Things to do
While Watamu's beaches are the big draw card, the surrounding area offers plenty to do and see. Discover the mangrove forests in the Mida Creek reserve, explore the ancient Gede Ruins or head in land to Tsavo National park for a safari experience.