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.
Lake Naivasha, Kenya
Best for: Spectacular scenery, Imagine Favourites, Family
Loldia House has an unrivalled position on the shores of Lake Naivasha; one of Kenya's Great Lakes. A colonial-style property, Loldia is the perfect choice for a relaxing stay surrounded by natural beauty with a diverse range of activities on offer.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Loldia House has a spectacular setting on 6,500 acres of farmland on the western shore of Lake Naivasha; only two hours drive from Nairobi. This is one of the most scenically-pleasing areas of Kenya and is the ideal spot for relaxation before or after a more-intensive safari experience. You are in the heart of Kenya's flower growing region here with vast rose plantations hugging the lake shore and on the doorstep of a number of Kenya's best national parks with impressive views of Mount Longonot.
Whilst Loldia House offers a haven of peace and tranquility, making it the perfect place to relax with a good variety of wildlife on the farm itself, including buffalo, ostrich, Grant’s gazelle, zebra, wildebeest and plenty of hippo, as well as over 400 species of bird – meaning you can enjoy game viewing from the comfort of the house itself. There are plenty of activities on offer to keep you busy with game drives around the surrounding area, bush walks, boat trips on Lake Naivasha, fishing and night drives. It is also conveniently located for day trips to the famous Lake Nakuru National Park with its famed flamingo population and to Hell’s Gate National Park, with its spectacular canyon, hot springs and abundant wildlife where it is also possible to do walking and cycling safaris. Guests also have the option to climb Mt. Longonot with stunning views on offer from the crater rim or take a picnic lunch on the picturesque Crescent Island.
Built in 1930, Loldia House is one of the oldest colonial farms still operating in Kenya. Retaining a colonial charm and character, luxury accommodation is provided in four double en-suite rooms in the main house, two cottages in the grounds each with two independent en-suite double bedrooms as well as Loldia Cottage, which is set up on a hill with impressive views over Lake Naivasha in a private setting with three en-suite bedrooms making it the perfect choice for a family or group of friends travelling together. Loldia House prides itself on a very high standard of cuisine and personal service. Guests can eat alfresco under the spreading fig tree in the gardens or within the colonial-style dining room.
When to go
The Rift Valley Lakes have a good 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.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Visiting Lake Naivasha
Enjoy a day trip to the beautiful Lake Naivasha, at over 6,000 feet, it is the highest lake in the Rift Valley and one of its most beautiful. The lake is vast and surrounded by Acacia woodland and open grassland and is home to a host of wildlife.
Hell's Gate National Park
Hell's Gate National Park is best known for its interesting geology and spectacular scenery. The towering cliffs, water-gouged gorges and scrub clad volcanoes bursting with geothermal steam, make it one of the most atmospheric parks in Africa.
Day Trip To Lake Nakuru
Guests can enjoy a trip to Lake Nakuru National Park, although this is one of the smaller parks, it's beauty is beyond compare. Famous for its millions of pink flamingos, the park is also home to warthogs, baboons and black and white rhinos.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Masai Mara, Lake Naivasha, Rift Valley Lakes
This is the ultimate Governors' Kenya itinerary, combining the Great Rift Valley, Masai Mara and Lake Victoria in an incredible flying circuit.