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.
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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.
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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.
Me to We Lodge - Bogani Cottages & Tented Camp
Masai Mara, Kenya
Best for: Culture History, Family
Set in the rolling hills of the Masai Mara, a short flight form Nairobi, Bogani Cottages provide a comfortable, immersive experience based around the sustainable development projects of the Me to We Charity, working with the local Masai Mara communities.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
For those looking to experience life in the Masai Mara, while making a valuable contribution to their host communities, Bogani Cottages and Me to We offer an unparalleled opportunity. With a well-curated range of activities that sensitively bring guests into the lives of the Maasai and Kipsigi people, a stay at Bogani is a chance to discover more about this fascinating culture, while enjoying the beauty of the region.
Though this area is known for its wildlife, and this is where the focus of many trips would lie, combining this with a 3-night stay at Bogani provides an insight into the social and cultural life of the people who live side by side with the animals. Your time at Bogani could see you learn about village life from the women of a beading circle, or herbal medicines and traditional Maasai hunting techniques with one of the famed warriors. You could participate in a development project, working alongside fellow guests to leave a lasting legacy of empowerment for the community.
Set amidst the rolling hills and acacia trees of the Masai Mara, the accommodation at the camp is comprised of simple huts and cottages spread across the lush green landscape. Colourful local art and traditional fabrics adorn the rooms, taking inspiration from the local environment, and creating a comfortable escape after a full day. The open-sided restaurant, with its tented roof of colourful fabric, is a vibrant spot to enjoy freshly prepared meals created by the onsite chef using local ingredients.
A stay at Bogani Cottages is a memorable experience, and one that is likely to have a long-lasting effect. Perfect for families and couples, or as a unique part of a honeymoon, it is ideal for those looking for an immersive and safe chance to experience a fascinating culture in comfortable surrounds. While families of all ages are welcome at Bogani, we recommend this is best suited for older children who can really engage & participate in the different activities.
When to go
Kenya can be visited all year with the exception of April and May which brings heavy rains and November however, these are less predictable and are much lighter.
If you are looking to combine your time at Bongani Cottages with a classic safari, the best time of year to visit is between mid July to late October during the Great Wildebeest Migration which passes through the Mara at this time. Travelling in January and February also offers fantastic wildlife viewing without the crowds and the climate is perfect with warm days and bright blue skies. This is also the time of year when plains game give birth to their young meaning predators are never far away.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Day 1 - Me to We: Bogani Cottages
Today is a chance to acclimatise to your surroundings and explore the camp while learning about the impact of Me to We on the local Maasai community.
Day 4 - Me to We: Bogani Cottages
After a full couple of days, today sees your departure from the camp and time to say goodbye to new friends.
Day 3 - Me to We: Bogani Cottages
A second full day at the camp provides more time to work on your project and see it take shape before joining a beading circle to discover how the women are creating their own livelihoods.
Day 2 - Me to We: Bogani Cottages
Your first full day in the camp is a chance to meet the local villagers, and in particular to spend time with the women who are being empowered by the Me to We projects.