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.
Karisia Walking Safaris
Best for: Wildlife, Family
Karisia Walking Safaris are breaking the mould in Northern Kenya with some truly stunning walking safari itineraries. Pioneering a new style of safari with groundbreaking conservation methods many believe these methods are pivotal to Kenya's future.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Kerry Glen and James Christian purchased Tumaren Ranch, a stunning 3000 acre property in Laikipia, back in early 2006. Their ambition was simple - to create a unique community-friendly safari that gives back to the local fauna, flora and people whilst providing guests with an amazing experience. Deeply focused on conservation and driven by the desire to protect this incredible landscape they have managed to do all of this and more with a stunning product.
All guests are treated in a fully bespoke manner and there are some amazing options when it comes to designing your itinerary. Our favourite way to experience this incredible terrain is on a camel walking safari. These consist of 2-7 nights with your private group and a local guide alongside a diligent team of camels carrying your mobile tents and bags. It is a truly unique way to take in the bush and perfect for those looking to experience a different side to Africa than more traditional game drives. Difficulty levels vary and again this is fully tailor-made to whatever your group desires - if someone is tired and wants to hop on a camel for a few hours then they are more than welcome!
The tents themselves are canvas and spacious enough for 2 single or a double mattress, blankets and pillows for your comfort. You will also be provided with a solar light and drinking water in the tents and you can lie in bed with the canvas open, but netting closed so that you enjoy the stars and sunrise insect free. There are very few insects in Laikipia and malaria is not a problem.
If a full walking safari - where you move camp each day to a new location is not your cup of tea then you can base yourself on the ranch in the stunning Tumaren Camp. This is a fantastic base for shorter walking safaris and also gives you the chance to explore other activities, such as a night game drive or the local samburu market. This is still an exclusive safari and you can choose to stay in the smaller Tumaren Satellite camp or in the new luxurious Tumaren camp. Both are fantastic.
Wildlife in the immediate the region comes in all shapes and sizes. Common sightings include Gerenuk, Impala, Steinbuck, Common Zebra, Grevy's Zebra, Elephant, Grant's Gazelle, Warthogs, Ostriches, Oryx, Reticulated Giraffe, Waterbuck, Spotted Hyena, Jackal's and Dikdiks. Several days spent in the area will likely find the more shy or less common species such as Lesser Kudu, Eland, Bat-eared Fox, or the endangered Lelwel's Hartebeest. The lucky visitor may see the local Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, Aardwolves or Wilddogs and as night falls and spotlights come out Aardvarks, Zorillas, Caracals, Wildcats or White-tailed Mongooses can be seen.
When to go
The Laikipia Plateau has a fantastic climate for much for the year with warm and settled temperatures throughout July and October with cooler conditions at night. The only time to avoid the region is during the long rainy season in April and May as well as November which sees the short rains. During these wet months, the majority of camps and lodges in the area close as roads are impassable and wildlife is harder to spot through the thick vegetation.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Riding with rhinos
Jump on horseback to ride through the 600-acre Endangered Species Enclosure of the Ol Pejeta Reserve to get closer than ever to the last ever three northern white rhinos left in Kenya. This predator-free area is also home to zebra and hartebeest.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
A fantastic itinerary for a second or third timer to Kenya, looking to get off the beaten track and explore Northern Kenya's private reserves. Enjoy a range of activities including game drives and a three day walking safari with expert guides.