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.
Ocean Spa Lodge
Diani Beach, Kenya
Best for: Imagine Favourites, Beach, Family
Ocean Spa Lodge is a luxurious boutique hotel on Kenya's beautiful southern coast. Located on the quiet and unspoilt Msambweni beach, this is the perfect spot to relax for a few days with spa treatments and watersports on offer.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Ocean Spa Lodge (formerly Saruni Ocean) has become one of the most sought after boutique beach retreats on the Kenyan coast since it opened in December 2014. Offering a unique spa experience it is a popular choice for those looking for beach relaxation, particularly as part of a safari and beach combination with the Masai Mara, or any of Kenya's other leading reserves. Situated on the unspoilt and peaceful Msambweni beach, this is the ideal place to retreat from the pressures of the outside world and enjoy a slower pace.
A stay at Ocean Spa Lodge is completely tailored to you and focuses on relaxation and rejuvenation with a dedicated spa offering a range of treatments as well as the chance for daily yoga. For the more active there is a watersports centre offering snorkelling, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, kite surfing and windsurfing. It is also possible to arrange diving, deep sea fishing and a safari experience in the nearby Shimba Hills National Reserve.
The flexibility of accommodation on offer makes it a versatile property whether you are a honeymoon couple, family or group of friends travelling together. There are fourteen private suites spread across six individual villas which can be taken in their entirety or occupied individually without any compromise on privacy. All suites are air-conditioned and have ocean views with a spacious bedroom and living area as well as a terrace to enjoy the vista from. The Coral Villa is a magnificent add-on to the Lodge and with two Double Suites and two Triple Suites, accommodating ten guests, this is a perfect stay for larger families or groups travelling together. One of the greatest attractions at is the vast infinity pool with its own 'beach' - perfect for cooling off in during the heat of the day.
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
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!