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: Imagine Favourites, Honeymoon, Luxury
Hemingways Nairobi is perfect for overnight or longer stays in Nairobi. A plantation style boutique hotel in the exclusive Karen area it combines flawless service, luxury rooms, beautiful views and gourmet food effortlessly; it's a real Imagine favourite.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Hemingways Nairobi has an unrivalled location in the exclusive Karen area of Nairobi, nestled between Nairobi National Park and the Ngong Hills – made famous by Karen Blixen (after whom the suburb is named). You couldn't be further from the bustle that is usually associated with Nairobi here, instead the hotel fosters an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. This is the perfect place to rejuvenate after a flight or as a convenient base for exploring Nairobi.
You are perfectly situated here to explore Nairobi's highlights – not only are you right on the doorstep of Nairobi National Park here, but are within easy reach of the Giraffe Centre where you can interact with and feed giraffes. Another highly recommended activity is to visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust which has an orphanage for elephants. A visit to the Karen Blixen Museum is an excellent way to spend a morning with lots of history surrounding her time in Kenya, as documented in her seminal work – Out of Africa.
Hemingways Nairobi has 45 suites - 43 Junior Suites and two Penthouse Presidential Suites. Airy and spacious, the suites are decorated in muted tones and perfectly marry a contemporary feel with a vintage air reminiscent of Hemingway's own time in East Africa. All suites have an en-suite bathroom with separate bath and shower and are air-conditioned throughout. The services of a dedicated butler are also included in your stay here and will cater to your every need to ensure a hassle-free and truly memorable stay. It is such attentive and seamless service which really marks Hemingways Nairobi out. Make sure you also make time to eat in the restaurant which is amongst the finest in the city and offers a very special afternoon tea in the picturesque gardens.
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
Masai Mara, Nairobi, Praslin
A luxury big five safari in Kenya's iconic Masai Mara combined with a deluxe beach stay in the picturesque Seychelles for the ultimate safari and beach holiday packed full with wildlife and watersports.
Masai Mara, Watamu, Nairobi
Perfect for a romantic getaway or family escape, this itinerary takes in incredible game viewing opportunities in the Masai Mara, combined with a relaxing and spoiling time on the white sands of Watamu.