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.
We've put together a guidebook with everything you need to know about Kenya. Written by our specialists, it details destination information, a wildlife guide, some suggested itineraries and plenty more to inspire your holiday. Fill in the form below and if you live in UK, your guidebook will arrive by post within the next couple of days. For those who live abroad, we will send you a copy by email.
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.
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After a two year refurbishment, Hemingways Watamu reopens in its prime position overlooking the white sands of Turtle Bay in Watamu. Refined and elegant, Hemingways is perfect for unwinding, snorkelling, diving, and big game sports fishing.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Hemingways Watamu is a beachside retreat overlooking the stunning beach of Watamu and the Watamu Marine Park. The hotel comprises 39 hotels rooms all with ocean views, 21 spacious one, two and four bedroom private residences perfect for long stays or family getaways. All rooms are light and airy with large windows looking out over the ocean. The hotel rooms are split between Ocean rooms and Deluxe Ocean Rooms. The Ocean rooms are situated on the ground floor with direct beach access and first floor which enjoy private balconies looking over the marine park. The Deluxe Ocean rooms are located on the top floor with unrivaled views out over the ocean from the comfort of your bed and private balcony. The private residencies are located on the opposite side of the property from the rooms, maximising their exclusivity. They all feature large terraces, comfortable living and dinning areas and fully equipped kitchens. Guests staying in the residences have full access to the hotel facilities alternatively if looking for privacy, they can be entirely self sufficient.
There are a choice of restaurants and bars including the brasserie style restaurant offering fresh seafood with a hint of swahili flavour. For informal dinning during the day, the Gede Cafe bar overlooking the pool serves a selection of fresh paninis and pizzas and is famed for its excellent Gelato or the Rock bar which serves light bites.
Days can easily be spent relaxing and unwinding by one of the two swimming pools, on the white sandy beach or being pampered in the spa, however for those looking to be active, there are a choice of activities to be enjoyed both at the hotel and surrounding area. These include a range of aquatic sports, such as kite-surfing, windsurfing and waterskiing on Mida Creek; scuba diving or snorkelling – the coral reefs in the Marine Park are spectacular; and big game fishing on one of Hemingways’ own boats. If you want to burn some energy and stay out of the sun then there is a fully equipped gym available as well as a floodlit tennis court. There are also plenty of areas around Watamu to be explored, such as Mida Creek, Gede Ruins and the Arabuko Forest.
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.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
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.