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.
Best for: Wildlife, Culture History, Family
Giraffe Manor is one of Nairobi’s quirkiest boutique hotels, where you can step back in time and revel in the colonial feel, while perhaps sharing your breakfast with one of Giraffe Manor’s endangered resident Rothschild giraffes.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Giraffe Manor is perfect for a 1 or 2 night stay at the beginning or end of a safari to Kenya. We can create a fantastic tailor-made trip for you, please see our Luxury Kenya itinerary for inspiration. Prices start from £5,150 per person.
One of Nairobi’s most iconic historical buildings Giraffe Manor dates back to the 1930s and is reminiscent of the early days of Europeans in East Africa. Giraffe Manor offers the unique opportunity to get up close to the Rothschild giraffe – watch them from the terrace as they meander throughout the grounds or enjoy breakfast with them as they stick their heads in to say hello! It is an exquisite hotel and a peaceful retreat to start or end a safari in East Africa.
Located in the leafy suburbs of Langata on a 140 acre sanctuary of indigenous forest, Giraffe Manor is home to a variety of animal life including bushbuck, dik diks and warthogs plus some 180 species of birds. The manor offers a unique opportunity to meet the resident giraffe, all of whom are the endangered Rothschild species that can only be found in East Africa. From 1974, Giraffe Manor was the home of Jock and Betty Leslie-Melville, whose lifelong ambition became the preservation of this beautiful and threatened species. At this successful breeding centre you can observe, hand-feed or even kiss the giraffes from a raised circular wooden structure, and it is quite an experience. The center is open daily for tours and visits from 9am - 5.30 pm. Close up encounters with the semi-habituated giraffe, as they put their heads through the windows at breakfast, creates an unforgettable memory for guests of all ages as the giraffe are always keen to be hand fed!
There are twelve luxury rooms which are all en-suite, filled with antique furniture and decorated with works of art. The Karen Blixen Suite is a larger room at ground level containing a double bed, and two singles, making it suitable for wheelchair users and families.
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
Things to do
Nairobi Giraffe Centre
One of the best ways to spend time in Nairobi is by visiting the giraffe centre in the affluent Karen area. Get up close with the opportunity to feed these gentle giants...if you're lucky they may even give you a thank you kiss.
Nairobi National Park
Just a short drive out of the central business district is Nairobi National Park. Wide open grassy plains are set against the backdrop of the city skyscrapers and are home to a variety of wildlife such as black rhino, lion, leopard, buffalo and giraffe.
David Sheldrick's Wildlife Trust
Visit David Sheldrick's Wildlife Trust in Nairobi, this is one of the most successful orphan-elephant and rhino rescue and rehabilitation programs in the world. You will witness baby elephants being hand reared and watch them being fed and playing.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Nairobi, Masai Mara & Msambweni Beach
This itinerary offers true luxury, from staying with giraffes in Nairobi to experiencing a big five safari in the Masai Mara, before ending with luxury on Kenya's beautiful coast.