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.
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Saruni Samburu is one of Kenya’s iconic safari lodges. Expect spectacular views over the Kalama Conservancy from the contemporary and luxurious villas. With expert guiding by Samburu warriors you can be assured of a unique cultural element too.
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Saruni Samburu is one of Kenya’s most breath-taking lodges and is situated in the Kalama Conservancy; part of the Samburu ecosystem. The lodge's unique position on top of an escarpment affords it truly stunning views and the lodge has been constructed to make the most of these. Located in a private conservancy bordering the famed Samburu National Reserve, you can be assured of an exclusive safari experience in an important wildlife corridor. This is an off the beaten track experience, away from the crowds found in Kenya's more well-known reserves.
A stay at Saruni Samburu can be as active or relaxed as you wish. Game drives, bush walks, night drives, a photographic hide, cultural village visits, and treks up Mount Ololokwe are all on offer. With families in mind Saruni have created a Warriors Academy where children can learn the bush skills of the Samburu and how to track animals. If you are looking for some rejuvenation then there is a fantastic spa offering treatments with a Samburu twist as well as not just one but two infinity pools which make the most of the impressive views. The spectacular setting and Samburu staff also make Saruni Samburu a truly unique and very special option for a safari wedding in the bush.
Saruni Samburu comprises six suites, all with large bedrooms, bathrooms with baths and outside showers, large lounges and dining areas and decks where you can relax and absorb the incredible views. The large family suites are enormous with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The food at Saruni Samburu is one of the real highlights with a strong Italian influence. The lodge makes the most of the natural surroundings too to create unique dining experiences under the stars.
When to go
Samburu can be visited much of the year, however the best time to visit is between July and October or December and February when the weather is settled temperatures warm. By September and October grasses are at their lowest and much of the ground water has dried up forcing wildlife to congregate around waterholes making for easier game viewing. Temperatures in the region can vary from highs of up to 40°C during the day to less than 20°C at night. The long rains between April and May are best avoided as is November when many camps and lodges are closed.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
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Spend 3 nights at Saruni Samburu exploring this unspoilt wilderness with its colourful tribes, before spending 3 nights in the iconic Masai Mara at Saruni Mara or Saruni Wild, and save £450pp. T&Cs apply. Subject to availability.
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Samburu Game Walk
This guided bush walk experience will give you an insight into thousands of years of Samburu culture and local history. Alongside this you will have an opportunity to marvel in the small things that are so frequently missed on a game drive.
Trek the Sacred Mountain
Take the opportunity to trek up Mount Ololokwe, a sacred Samburu landmark and experience the magnificent view of Samburuland. This is a lovely and relatively gentle activity and your guide will set the pace dependent on how comfortable you are.
Activities at Saruni Samburu
Spend your days at Saruni Samburu enjoying a wide variety of wildlife and cultural activities which are included in your stay. Choose from game drives, visits to the hide or visits to the Samburu community and much more.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Samburu & Sera Conservancy, Kenya
For those seeking a Kenyan safari adventure, this might be the perfect itinerary. From exploring the unspoiled wilderness of the Samburu in a game vehicle and on foot to tracking the endangered black rhino in it's natural habitat.
Samburu, Masai Mara, Diani Beach
Taking in two of Kenya's most impressive wildlife areas, this itinerary offers an outstanding safari in scenic Samburu and the plains of the Masai Mara before the chance to relax on Kenya's beautiful coastline while offering excellent value for money