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.
Diani Beach, Kenya
Best for: Family, Imagine Favourites, Spa
Kinondo Kwetu is a boutique beach hotel on Kenya’s alluring Diani Beach. Offering peace, relaxation and outstanding service, Kinondo Kwetu is ideal for a Kenya beach honeymoon, enjoying snorkelling, diving and sailing or simply kicking off your shoes.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Kinondo Kwetu means 'Home from Home' and is a private hideaway on the beach of the Indian Ocean. The names certainly fits the bill. It is hosted by the owners (Filip and Ida) who also manage the beach lodge and make you feel part of the establishment.
Kinondo Kwetu is a small, all-inclusive luxury resort which combines lovely food, drink and service with classically styled accommodation and a whole host of land and water based activities. The emphasis is on peace and tranquility and of freedom and rest where one can feel at home to do as they please when they like. There is more than enough space on the beach and a plethora of swahili style loungers and day beds strewn about the grounds - there is always a quiet spot where one can retreat to after a large lunch. Kinondo Kwetu is situated on the south coast of Kenya, 1 ½ hours ride south from Mombasa, on the beach of the Indian Ocean. With room for no more than 38 guests, you will always find your own private spot at Kinondo Kwetu, which makes it a very special hideaway for honeymooners.
It is also the perfect place to gather family or fiends for a private celebration or wedding. With two kitchens in separate buildings, the place can easily be divided into two. In the grounds, you find two pools, one of them with a depth that allows training for PADI diving certificate, three horses, and a tennis court. Kinondo Kwetu’s dhow and outriggers are out on the water, waiting to take you sailing. Kinondo Kwetu and its operation are working in harmony with the village Kinondo and its inhabitants, many of which are working at the hotel. In order to facilitate the life of the villagers we have founded Kinondo Kwetu Foundation.
When to go
Mombasa and the Southern Coast are at their best from September to October and December through to March when visitors can expect warm temperatures ranging from high 20s to mid 30's, bright blue skies and sandy white beaches. The warmest month is March and the coldest June & July when temperatures dip between low and mid 20s.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Honeymoon Offer at Kinondo Kwetu
Bride or Groom gets 50% off accommodation at Kinondo Kwetu during 2018 and 2019.
Kids stay FREE at Kinondo Kwetu
One child under 15 stays for FREE, and any child aged 12-21 will receive a child rate when sharing with parents at Kinondo Kwetu during selected dates in 2018 and 2019.
Stay 3, pay 2 at Kinondo Kwetu
Stay for 3 nights and pay for 2 at Kinondo Kwetu during selected dates in 2018 and 2019.
Stay 4, pay 3 at Kinondo Kwetu
Stay for 4 nights, pay for 3 at Kinondo Kwetu during selected dates in 2018 and 2019.
*All offers are subject to availability and terms and conditions. Please contact our team for more information.
Diving and Snorkelling on the Kenyan Coast
Diving and snorkelling have become intrinsically associated with this beautiful coastline. With a number of reefs, notably a stunner off Wasini Island (Msambweni), one can marvel in the presence of rays, turtles, huge numbers of fish and octopus.
Kitesurfing on the Kenyan Coast
The Kenyan coast is renowned for being one of the best spots in the world for kite surfing. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro you are going to love this high octane water activity. A great way to burn off lunch!
Horse Riding at Kinondo Kwetu
Kinondo Kwetu has their own private stables with five well trained horses to suit guests of all abilities. Go for a canter down one of the mile long beaches and if you happen to be here on a full moon, you could go for a moonlight beach ride after dinner.