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.
Pinewood Beach Resort & Spa
Diani Beach, Kenya
Best for: Imagine Favourites, Beach, Family
Pinewood Beach Resort & Spa is a small spa resort on the southern Kenya coast. Perfect for couples and families, Pinewood Beach Resort & Spa offers great value and a wide range of water activities along with a friendly relaxed atmosphere.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Pinewood Beach Resort is an intimate boutique style hotel on the quiet and deserted shores of Galu Beach, one of the finest beaches south of Mombasa. Set amidst colourful bougainvillea and tropical palms, there are 40 rooms and 20 one bedroom suites which come complete with a personal chef for dinner.
The rooms are spacious, with en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning and a private balcony, while the villas additionally have a lounge and dining area and kitchen and come with an experienced private chef, allowing you to eat within the privacy of your own villa or take meals in the hotels main restaurant. Other facilities include an attractive swimming pool, snack bar, the Peponi Beach Bar & Restaurant, a dive base, a floodlit tennis court, a shop and a beauty salon.
Kitesurfing hire and lessons, waterskiing, kayaking, windsurfing, quad bikes, sailing, snorkelling trips and barbecues on Chale Island can all be arranged at the in-house watersports centre called Aqualand.
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
15% off at Pinewood Beach Resort
Book to stay at Pinewood Beach Resort and Spa in Kenya before 31st March 2019 and receive up to 15% off. Subject to availability and terms and conditions.
Honeymoon Offer at Pinewood
Celebrate you wedding by spending your Honeymoon at Pinewood Beach Resort and Spa, Kenya. Receive 20% off your stay, as well as other complimentary benefits, when you book for a minimum of seven nights. Subject to availability and terms and conditions.
Stay 4, pay 3 at Pinewood
Stay for 4 nights at Pinewood Beach Resort, and pay for just three. Subject to availability and terms and conditions. Please contact one of our Africa specialists for more information.
*All offers are subject to availability and terms and conditions. Please contact our team for more information.
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!
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Masai Mara & Diani Beach
The perfect Kenyan family safari and beach combination, taking in an exciting big five safari in the legendary Masai Mara while staying in an authentic tented camp before flying to the southern Kenyan coast to relax on the stunning white sandy beaches.