Kenya immortalised the safari in the eyes of the western world and it's easy to understand why.
A Kenya holiday offers perhaps one of the best introductions to safari, with plentiful wildlife and big game, thrilling migrations and an incredible choice of activities. There’s also the opportunity to twin your holiday to Kenya with a stay on the coast, or on the paradise islands of Zanzibar or the Seychelles.
Kenya is both familiar and surprising. Many will have seen the country depicted on countless wildlife documentaries, its enormous savannah stretching away into the shimmering horizon, teeming with wildlife. But to see it in person is to understand its true beauty and wonderful contrasts: of snow-capped Equatorial mountains; rich red earth inhabited by vibrant cultures; dense forests; and blissful beaches to rival the Indian Ocean’s most tranquil atolls. Staying in a mobile tented camp or rustic lodge affords the best way to see Kenya’s stirring landscapes in all their glory; rise early to watch the morning mist uncurl from around the knotted acacia trees as the savannah melts into view. Many of the lodges in Kenya have won awards for their design and facilities, offering not only a comfortable place to rest your head but well-thought out programmes of game drives, learning experiences and cultural tours. From safari spotting to hot air balloon rides over the savannah, to dipping your toes in the Indian Ocean, Kenya’s variety is vast.
Wildlife holidays to Kenya
Most people are spurred on to book Kenya holidays thanks to the country’s immense population of wildlife. The highlight of any safari holiday to Kenya is surely the chance to get front-row seats to the annual Great Migration, watching the huge herds of wildebeest thundering tirelessly across Kenya and into Tanzania, returning later in the year and always pursued by predators. Overland migration sees 1.5 million wildebeest chase the rains in search of grazing, and the annual circular pilgrimage is said to be one of the most spectacular wildlife shows on Earth. As well as following the perpetual cycle of movement between the Serengeti and Masai Mara, you could choose from any number of activities to spot wildlife in Kenya. Game drives can be done on foot or in safari vehicles, or even on horseback. Enjoy an early breakfast on the banks of the Mara river and watch the hilarious antics of the hippos. Learn how to track a lioness and her cubs with a local guide, or join reformed ex-poachers to visit the endangered white rhino. Kenya’s abundance of wildlife ensures that encounters are always spectacular.
Cultural holidays to Kenya
As well as Kenya’s abundance of wildlife, the country has many cultural facets worth exploring. Discover the traditions of the colourful Maasai tribes with guided walks through Maasai villages constructed from cow-dung built huts, where you can throw yourself into the music and dancing of this famously warm and welcoming people.
Hidden under ancient trees, deep in the forest are just ten tents lining the banks of the Mara River. Each tent offers hand crafted beds made from ancient fallen Olive trees, a Victorian style bath and shower, and a large Verandah from which you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the bush, or enjoy a private romantic dinner for two. The cordon-bleu chef will prepare gastronomic meals that will ast...
Sir Richard Branson opened his Kenyan Safari Camp in 2013, in collaboration with the local Maasai communities. Mahali Mzuri aims to leave as minimal a footprint as possible on the land and to promote low-density tourism which creates less pressure on the environment. Accommodation is in tented suites close to all the action. Each one sits on a raised platform and includes a spacious bedroom wit...
Angama Mara is a high-level safari lodge in Kenya that leaves nothing to chance, ensuring that guests are treated to the most astonishing views, luxurious facilities and flexible activities, all within this ever-captivating corner of the Masai Mara. The lodge is made up of two separate camps, North and South Camp, each made up of 15 spacious Tented Suites, promising 180-degree views of the Great R...
- Witness one of the seven wonders of Africa
- Perfectly located offering prime game viewing
- Sun and white sandy beaches for the ultimate in relaxation
- This lodge is away from the crowds and has only six tents
- Watch the world renowned Great Migration as it passes through the Masai Mara
- Experience luxury on the beaches of Zanzibar
- Zanzibar Island is rich in history and has so many cultures to discover
The Ocean Spa lodge boasts an intimate and exclusive atmosphere, with just six eco-chic Villas encompassing 14 suites. Each separate, Italian designed suite has its own separate entrance and uninterrupted views of the white sand beaches and Ocean waters. During your stay at the Ocean Spa Lodge you have access to some world’s best snorkelling and diving adventures as well as deep sea fishing excu...
The &Beyond Bateleur Camp offers its guests luxury accommodation within the stunning settings of the Masai Mara National Reserve. The Bateleur Camp is made up of two camps of nine tented suites. Each suite has an en suite bathroom and a large wooden viewing deck. The camp has a large lap pool as well as complimentary Wifi, and meals are served al fresco and chased with port and cigars by the fir...
This intimate six tented camp is located south east of the Masai Mara in Mara Naboisho, a secluded valley with views across the game-filled plains. The generously-sized insect-proof tents are raised on decks and equipped with an en suite bathroom. Naboisho is a bird watching haven and you can expect to see some really rare species here such as the White-headed buffalo weaver, Pigmy falcon, Bush...
Experience some phenomenal guiding as you search for wildlife in the Mara North Conservancy. The Saruni Mara is the only small boutique lodge within the Mara; the surrounding area is also one of the only places that you can track black rhino on foot. The lodge, made up of five guest cottages and two villas, is a perfect location during your Kenya holiday for seeing the famous Great Migration of ...
Spend a few nights at Giraffe Manor to interact with and admire the endangered Rothschild giraffe. The Manor is a boutique hotel with ten beautiful rooms; its location in Nairobi means it’s a perfect stop either on the way to or back from your Kenyan safari adventure. The hotel’s building itself dates back to the 1930s, and all the rooms are individually and elegantly decorated. As the hotel’s ...
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