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.
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya
Situated within the 45,000-acre Lewa Wildlife Conservancy on the northern slopes of Mt Kenya, Lewa House is a stunningly attractive private house with nine bedrooms. Lewa House can either be taken on an exclusive basis or by the room.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Located at the very heart of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, the owner run and hosted Lewa House is set on top of a hill with extensive views over gentle rolling hills. The luxurious house faces Mount Kenya to the south, and the rugged Matthew’s Range and sacred mountain of Ol Lolokwe to the north.
The thatched main house is the focal common area, with the accommodation in separate cottages around the grounds, each with unique views of Kenya’s Northern Frontier. The central area is a large elegant building with an open fireplace at one end where guests can relax during the day and mingle while having a drink before dinner. At the other end of the main building is a large family dining table where the evening meals are served, hosted by Calum and Sophie Macfarlane, a young family whose connections to Lewa go back over five generations! There is a large shaded verandah extending from the main lodge with a comfortable sitting area from which you can enjoy a cool afternoon drink and soak in the very special atmosphere of Lewa House. Beautiful shaded gardens surround the lodge and breakfast or lunch is often served on the lawn. The lodge also has a large swimming pool which overlooks a waterhole providing some of the best game viewing on Lewa!
The charming cottages are part of the original house and are ideal for families. Spread out along the hillside, all looking to the expanse of wilderness to the north, they are built using the traditional Lewa architecture of rough stone walls and thatched roofs and are furnished with beautiful rough-hewn hardwood furniture. There are three thatched family cottages, each comprising of two homely en-suite rooms and a large shared veranda. The four single room cottages are built in a unique design with sustainable, ecological principles in mind whilst still being exceptionally comfortable and spacious, with wonderful views across the surrounding landscape.
The latest additions to Lewa House are four rooms (or earth pods), each with en-suite bathroom and private verandah. Their novel architecture is designed to disappear into the landscape, collect and store rainwater and maintain an even temperature. They have a simple, elegant décor that compliments the impressive views. In the bathrooms the indoor showers have a luxurious feel, while the outdoor baths let you lie under the African sky.
Inclusive activities include day and night game drives, guided bush walks with Calum, bush breakfasts and picnic lunches plus the traditional sundowner. Other activities that can easily be arranged are horse and camel riding, both of which are great ways to get up close to the wildlife, and for those who love flying, you can take to the skies in a yellow Waco bi-plane, and experience a birds-eye view of the stunning landscape below.
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
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21 Year Olds Stay Offer - Lewa House, Kenya
Make incredible savings when travelling as a family. 21 year olds can stay at Lewa House in Kenya at a child stay rate.
Complimentary Private Vehicle Offer - Lewa House, Kenya
Receive complimentary private vehicle usage for your family when you book a combined stay at Lewa House, Cottar's 1920s family tent and Kinondo Kwetu.
Waived Single Supplements - Lewa House, Kenya
Benefit from waived single supplement costs when you book a stay for one at Lewa House, Kenya over certain dates in 2018 and 2019.
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Panoramic flights over Kenya
There is no better way to see Kenya than by helicopter or biplane, an experience you won't find anywhere else in Africa. You will journey over forests, herds of game, through ravines and over inaccessible cliffs to see Kenya like never before.
The mighty rivers that cut across the Laikipia region and numerous rock pools have long been heralded as refreshing for a dip. Today, however, lodges have found new and exciting ways to explore them from tubing to waterfall jumps!
Game Drives in Laikipia
Enjoy a game drive across the rocky hills and past the huge acacias and lush springs of the Laikipia region. The perfect habitat for game and wildlife, and home to some rare northern species such as the gerenuk, Besia oryx, Grevy zebra and much more.
There is no better way to get up close and personal with Kenya's big game than to go on a riding safari. The big game and scenery is observed in a dynamic and spectacular way when on horseback, and it is possible to get unusually close to the wildlife.
Bush walks in Laikipia
A bush walk is one of the best ways to get up close and personal with the nature and landscape of Laikipia. Walks usually last around 2-3 hours with an experienced guide who will be on hand to point out animal tracks, small insects and flora and fauna.
Try out the traditional mode of transport in the drylands of Northern Kenya and go on a camel ride. While your camel does all of the work, you can take in all the surroundings of the bush and wildlife close at hand, and even stop off for a picnic lunch.
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.