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.
Mathews Range, Kenya
Best for: Honeymoon, Off the beaten track, Riding
Sarara is a leading community-run tented camp set in the Matthews Range of Northern Kenya. Accommodation is in six double tents, each with flush-loos and open air showers. A natural rock swimming pool overlooks a waterhole frequently visited by animals.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Sarara has six luxury tents, each positioned to maximise the stunning views of the Mathews Range of mountains and the animal watering hole. Preserving the romance of the tented camp, these tents are spacious and high ceilinged, with plenty of cupboard space, electric lighting and 24 hour hot and cold running water. There is an outdoor bathroom offering a superb view of the hills from the shower. But there is also an indoor toilet and sink at the back of the tent for midnight visits. Each tent has its own private terrace with table and chairs -morning coffee and tea are brought to you so that you can wake up gazing out over the mountains. In the mornings, tea, coffee or juice is brought to your tent at the time of your choosing. Breakfast is available in the mess building at any time to accommodate those coming back from an early morning safari and those just getting up. Eggs any style,the full English breakfast, toast, and fresh fruit. Lunch is often set up under a tree or in the mess if it is hot. Buffet style, lunch consists of a variety of dishes including fresh salads and followed by a cheese platter. Drinks and dinner might be set up on the terrace overlooking the pool or somewhere a little more wild. After a game drive or a walk, the pool beckons. The temptation to remain, submerged in water, and studying a herd of elephant, impala or warthogs interacting at the water hole below may make you late for tea!
Sarara has established itself as one of the 'hot spots' for quality leopard viewing in Africa and equally, for close-up sightings of the normally extremely shy lesser kudu antelope. The African wild dogs are frequently encountered in the Sarara valley too. Elephant, buffalo, giraffe, gerenuk, impala and warthogs are now regularly seen on game drives and bush walks, and are very much on the increase in numbers.
When to go
Northern Kenya 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
Things to do
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.
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.
Fly camping in Laikipia
Fly-camping in Laikipia is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the bush for an evening. This is not for the faint hearted, you'll be able to hear every movement of the wildlife around you and experience the wonders of the night sky like never before.
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.