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.
The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille
Best for: Honeymoon, Wildlife, Culture History
Set in the heart of Laikipia, The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille is a boutique luxury lodge perched high on a hill within 40,000 acres of private wildlife conservancy, 75 miles north of Mount Kenya.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Ol Lentille is so much more than just a stunning destination – it is one of the foremost community-based conservation tourism properties on the continent, “having fun, doing good” takes on new meaning here!
Perched on the flanks of a wooded rock kopje in the heart of a private conservation area is The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille – a collection of four private, full-service, fully staffed luxury villas. Large bay windows offer almost uninterrupted views over the rugged hills and the desert to the north.
Laikipia is a stunning part of Kenya, dramatic, exclusive and an easy combination with the Masai Mara and also other parts of northern Kenya. It is also a stand alone safari offering an off the beaten track experience with numerous activities to enjoy above and beyond your game drives.
In the Ol Lentille conservancy elephant numbers have really grown in recent years and most months they record several thousand sightings! In the conservancy there are an incredible number of wild dog, there are six packs (averaging twenty) that traverse the area around the lodge so sightings year round are very good.
Ol lentille offers huge flexibility with its accommodation and is suitable for honeymoons, family safaris and perfect for exclusive use.
The Chief’s House has three double bedrooms, sitting and dining rooms, and a kitchen. The sitting room has a charming open fire, as well as a plunge-pool on the outdoor deck. Each bedroom has a dressing room and bathroom. The master bedroom has a large outdoor bath set in the rocks for candlelight bathing under the stars.
The Sultan’s House is a stone-built house designed in “Lamu” style under a huge roof thatched with twisted papyrus. The house has one enormous double bedroom, a huge sitting/dining room, a kitchen and two bathrooms. The space of this house is such that it can be converted to provide a second (childrens) bedroom.
The Colonel’s House has two double bedrooms, sitting and dining rooms, and kitchen. Each bedroom has a dressing room, shower and a sunken bath. There is a courtyard for outdoor dining, featuring a plunge-pool.
The Eyrie is a very special villa perched at the top of a rock kopje. The Eyrie has one en-suite bedroom, sitting room with open fire, dining room, deck and kitchen. It is seductively furnished. The circular bedroom has a gigantic round bed, and it is but a few steps to your own secluded outdoor double rock bath with views over our rugged hills to the deserts of the north.
There is an endless range of activities to choose from, including day and night game drives, bush walks, abseiling and rock-climbing, mountain biking, quad biking, horse and camel riding. For those who wish to get to know the African bush a little more then there is a Bush Skills course and also a chance to get involved with Conservation work. Further activities such as helicopter trips, kayaking and river rafting can also be arranged or you can simply relax and unwind at the lodge which boasts a Library, Spa and gorgeous pool.
When to go
The Laikipia Plateau 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.
Fishing in Laikipia
Relax next to a local river or dam and try your hand at a spot of fishing with equipment being supplied together with drinks and even a picnic. Or you could even combine a trip to Mount Kenya to do some trout fishing!
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.
Riding with rhinos
Jump on horseback to ride through the 600-acre Endangered Species Enclosure of the Ol Pejeta Reserve to get closer than ever to the last ever three northern white rhinos left in Kenya. This predator-free area is also home to zebra and hartebeest.