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.
Elewana Tortilis Camp
Best for: Honeymoon, Wildlife
Tortilis Camp is stylishly rustic tented safari camp next to Kenya’s Amboseli National Park. With truly inspiring views of Kilimanjaro, Tortilis Camp is in prime elephant country and its game drives and bush walks all but ensure epic elephant encounters
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Tortilis Camp nestles under a thicket of umbrella-shaped thorn trees (Acacia Tortilis) from which it gets its name. Dwarfed by the majestic snow-capped peak of Mt Kilimanjaro, this luxury safari camp has seventeen spacious tents. Each has a modern en-suite bathroom and a raised wooden deck ideal for an afternoon siesta. The tents have either private views over the bush, or out towards Kilimanjaro – the highest mountain in Africa. At the centre of Tortilis Camp, there is a good sized swimming pool, whilst above on the hill there is a relaxing lounge area with lots of interesting coffee table wildlife books, board games, and a well stocked bar. The food at Tortilis is a real highlight, and attention to detail is evident in the consistently tasty delicacies served at mealtimes.
Guided safari game walks (with a trained Masai guide) and night drives are available at Tortilis, as well as the daytime 4x4 game drives in Amboseli. Guests at Tortilis Camp have access to both the famous Amboseli National Park, and the 30,000 acre Kitirua private conservancy adjoining the park. Guests can enjoy game drives, walks, sundowners and bush meals in complete privacy. There is an abundance of game within the Amboseli ecosystem that concentrates during the dry season around the spring fed swamps of the park. These swamps, with sedge grass and stands of papyrus, provide an important food supply for the grazing species, especially buffalo and elephant. The elephants in Amboseli are some of the finest 'tuskers' to be found in Kenya today and are the basis of the longest-running elephant study in Africa. A visit to one of the local Masai manyattas (villages) can also be arranged.
When to go
The best time of year to visit Amboseli is during the dry season between June and October when weather is settled and temperatures are warm. For bird enthusiasts, migratory birds can be seen between December and March. The only time to avoid is during the long rainy season in April and May. November is considered the short rainy season, however, these are less predictable and are much lighter.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870