A safari holiday should be on everyone’s wish list of life’s greatest adventures. In Swahili, it translates as ‘going on a journey’ and Kenya, the birthplace of modern safaris, is the place to head for a once-in-a-lifetime sojourn in the bush.
At the heart of Africa, straddling the equator, this breath-taking land is wildlife documentary heaven; nowhere else are animals so visible as on the high plains of the Masai Mara, home to the ‘big five’ and host of the largest animal migration in the world. Push the boat out and take to the sky with a hot-air balloon ride – there’s no better way to see this incredible spectacle and it’s sure to be etched into your memory ever after.
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There are very few places in the world where I really can't find the words to capture how unique and very special they are. To be part of something that is so valued and embedded in the local Samburu community is quite unique; this morning we spent several hours at the singing wells as the herdsmen sang and watered their cattle (a tradition that goes back thousands of years and has never been filmed or photographed to reflect the beliefs of the local people who believe photographs take away part of their soul). A truly remarkable place - we are losing our hearts to Kenya!!
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With a flight time of just 8 1/2 hours from London to Nairobi, Kenya is a natural choice for a first-time safari; if you catch an overnight flight from Heathrow you can transfer to a light aircraft the next morning and be in the Masai Mara in time for brunch. All this is possible thanks to an established and efficient safari industry that has grown over the years to provide visitors with a superb choice of accommodation and experiences.
Kenya delivers variety in spades. Nairobi is a thriving metropolis – ideal as a stopover before or after a safari. We recommend combining the Masai Mara with the contrasting North around Lewa, Laikipia and Samburu, famous for elephant conservation.
There are high concentrations of game throughout Kenya. In the Central and Northern Regions, the Laikipia plateau at the foot of Mount Kenya is firmly on the safari circuit with good populations of rhino and rare species of zebra, giraffe and antelope. It also has the appeal of game-drive alternatives, such as riding safaris and walking with camels.
For dramatic landscapes and glittering lakes, the Great Rift Valley cuts through Kenya from North to South. And there’s more than just wildlife and scenery – this region is packed with culture. It’s fascinating to see the different tribes in all their finery wherever you go, and a visit to a Masai village is a highlight.
Finish with some time on the beautiful Kenyan Coast, with its white-sand beaches and azure-blue ocean.
Please note this country is malarial.
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When to go
Located on the equator, Kenya has no obvious summer and winter but does have rainy and dry seasons.
There is a short dry season in late January and early February, and a much longer one lasting from late June to October. The short rains fall in November and December, but by far the wettest season is the period from March to May. April and May are best avoided altogether as bush roads become impassable and camps close down.
Temperatures are relatively consistent in each region, but vary according to elevation. The coast is considerably hotter than the plateaus of central Kenya, while Mount Kenya is permanently capped with snow.
If the focus of your trip is a safari then the best time to visit is from June to October, during the country’s dry season. Be aware that our midsummer is the African winter and you will need warm clothes for dawn game drives. If you want to witness the Great Migration when herds cross the crocodile-filled Mara River the best time to travel is August. In September and November the Mara plains are full of game.
Flights: Kenya’s main International airports are in the capital, Nairobi, and in the coastal resort of Mombasa. From both airports, you will be able to catch onward connections to other destinations, such as Masai Mara or Nakuru. You can fly direct to Nairobi from London in under 9 hours with BA or Kenya Airlines. Flights are also available with connections including KLM via Amsterdam or Qatar via Doha. Flights to Mombasa require a stopover with BA, Kenya Airways or Lufthansa. Typical carbon emissions for a return flight (Economy) per person: 500 kg.
FCDO travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/kenya
Time Zone: GMT+3
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Capital City: Nairobi
Where to Stay in Kenya
Lewa Safari Camp - Central & Northern Regions
House in the Wild - Masai Mara
Giraffe Manor - Nairobi
Sarara Camp - Central & Northern Regions
Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp - Masai Mara
Kinondo Kwetu - Kenyan Coast
Lewa House - Central & Northern Regions
Kicheche Mara Camp - Masai Mara