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: Honeymoon, Family
Kizingo is a barefoot lodge full of style and character. The design is simple, the atmosphere informal and the hospitality unparalleled. Set on a remote tip of Lamu on the Northern coast of Kenya, Kizingo offers uninterrupted ocean views.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Kizingo is a secluded and tranquil escape from the modern world. The lodge is situated at one end of a spectacular 12-kilometre beach stretching from Kizingo to the fashionable village of Shela. There are eight beautifully appointed thatched bandas (cottages), set well apart from each other, with unrivalled sea views.
Guests can be as private or as social as they wish, opting to enjoy fine dining on the balcony of their banda or join other guests in the bar and dining room with their magnificent views across the bay to mainland Kenya where giant baobab trees spread into the brilliant blue sky. Kizingo is owned and run by Mary Jo and Louis Van Aardt, both of whom were born in Kenya and couldn't be more welcoming hosts.
The swimming is excellent, both in the Indian Ocean and in the calm waters of the channel that separates Lamu from the mainland. For the more energetic there is a big choice of activities including a guided tour of historic Lamu Town, excellent snorkelling, deep sea fishing and cycle rides to the friendly African villages on the mainland.
From October to June green turtles come up to the beach to lay their eggs, sometimes quite near to Kizingo. The incubation period is 90 days and when the eggs hatch, the lodge staff take any interested guests to watch over the baby turtles as their find their way to the ocean, protecting them from crabs and birds.
Kizingo is strongly committed to conservation, ecologically sound practices and a symbiotic relationship with the local community. Kizingo was built using the knowledge and expertise of villagers to construct the bandas. Only locally produced materials were used such as mangrove poles, star palm leaves and coconut palms which all help the lodge blend into the landscape.
Hot water and most of the electricity used is provided by solar panels. Shower water and kitchen grey water is recycled to grow their plants and trees.
When to go
Lamu is at its best between 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 February and the coldest July when temperatures dip between low and mid 20s. May is the wettest month along the coast, but April and June can also see high levels of rain.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870