When most people think of Africa, its Kenya they are generally imagining… it’s the home of the original safari holiday and the “Out of Africa” landscapes and abundance of wild animals are world renowned.
Highlights during any trip to Kenya include:
- Nairobi: Kenya’s capital and largest city
- Masai Mara: Famous for the Great Migration that occurs between July and October of each year.
- Amboseli National Park: dominated by snowcapped Mount Kilimanjaro
- Great Rift Valley: The valley forms a trench down the length of Africa that is visible from the moon! Take in the alkaline lakes, flamingos, hot springs and abundant wildlife…
- Lake Victoria: The world’s largest tropical lake so perfect for relaxing on unspoilt beaches and Dhow sailing to secluded islands.
- Mombasa Coastline: A wonderful beach add-on to a safari!
- Samburu: Home to some of Kenya’s most unique wildlife.
- Tsavo: The largest safari destination in Kenya.
Best time to travel:
- The most popular months are January and February, when the weather is hot and dry and the wildlife tends to congregate around waterholes.
- From June to October the Migration takes place and it’s an extremely busy (and exciting!) time to visit.
- During the long rains (March to May) travel isn’t recommended.
Travel Regions Within Kenya
Kenya is the home of the original safari holiday and the annual migration from the Serengeti in Tanzania to Kenya’s Masai Mara and back is truly an once-in-a-lifetime sight.
Perhaps the most famous game reserve in the world, the Masai Mara is a land of vast savannahs. It is home to Africa’s Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo)...
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Tsavo West National Park
Located in the Tsavo West National Park, Finch Hattons Luxury Camp is set around natural fresh water springs within 9,065 square kilometers of pure untouched wilderness, surrounded by views of Mount Kilimanjaro and the magnificient Chyulu Hills. Designed to be minimally intrusive, the camp offers guests stunning views from the 17 luxury suites, fusing modern design with rustic charm to provide an experience that seamlessly combines the thrill of a safari adventure with the opulence afforded by contemporary comforts. The open plan design of the tents invites the cooling breeze closer over the water, transporting in all the authentic African sounds, tastes and smells.
Mantis Mutara Tented Camp
North of the ancient Aberdares Forest, and west of the snow-capped Mount Kenya, the exclusive Mantis Mutara Tented Camp sits above the tropical equator in one of the most unique places on earth. Mantis Mutara Tented Camp is the only accommodation in the 20,000- acre Mutara Conservancy, with just 15 tents. It borders the famous Ol Pejeta Conservancy and guests have unlimited access to this wilderness property. Together, these properties comprize the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa. The luxury, tailor-made canvas tents boast top-class interior furnishings and en-suite bathrooms; it is very easy to forget you are in a tent!
Mantis Impala Lodge
Mantis Impala Lodge, situated within the Impala Sanctuary on Lake Victoria, Kisumu, remains hidden from civilization and the trappings of the modern world. The sights and sounds of the surrounding forest serve to invigorate the senses and enhance a blissful solitude about 3 kilometers from Kisumu City Centre. This unspoilt destination is home to hyenas, olive baboons and vervet monkeys, as well as lion, hippos, leopard, buffalo, giraffes, zebras, and rhino. The endangered Sitatunga and a variety of bird and reptile species also find refuge here. The 12 luxurious cottages offer affordable 5-Star comfort and amenities. While not game viewing or participating in the numerous recreational activities on offer, guests can soak in the sun next to the scenic pool, relax in the comfort of the ‘Lake View’ lounge or enjoy the ‘Bubbly’ Champagne breakfast, breezy lunch or a sundowner at the specially designed jetty, an idyllic over-water structure from which to explore the deep secrets of Lake Victoria with its unequalled lakescapes. What a way to witness the sunset!
Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club
The Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club is found right at the foothills of Mount Kenya, an extinct volcano with snow crowned peaks. This safari club is set in a long gone era, with peaceful streams, green lawns, wonderful gardens and most importantly, views of Mount Kenya in the distance. Here you will find a tranquil environment after a day filled with exciting adventures. The Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Camp offers many different activities for its guests like spotting various game on safaris, swimming in the heated pool, enjoying a massage, fishing or playing golf. An incredible place to enjoy a snapshot of Africa.
Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel
Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel is Nairobi’s most famous hotel and is a renowned landmark in both Kenya and Nairobi. The hotel opened its doors in 1904 and since then it has welcomed people of all kinds of status: from royalty to stars alike. The hotel is the perfect stop at the beginning, end or middle of a safari or business trip and provides excellent facilities and comfort to all of its guests. The lobby bar is popular in Nairobi’s social scene and is a permanent fixture. The rooms and suites are incredibly spacious and are set around a courtyard, providing the ultimate relaxation. A true gem in the heart of Nairobi’s buzzling city.
Mahali Mzuri, meaning ‘beautiful place’ in Swahili, is a Safari camp based in Kenya which was launched by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Limited Edition in August 2013. Found in the Maasai Mara ecosystem, in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, the camp is in the perfect position to view the Great Migration as well as many other game who roam that area. Mahali Mzuri consists of 12 raised tented suites, overlooking the wildlife below. Each suite is well decorated in rich African design, designed specifically to blend in with the local surroundings. Food is very important to the Mahali Mzuri group and will certainly be a highlight of your stay. Guests can also enjoy a game drive, local excursions and also a dip in the 12 meter infinity pool. This safari camp has a restriction on guest numbers and therefore all guests visiting will have a unique experience and memorable time.
Fairmont Mara Safari Club
The Maasai Mara National Park ranks as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. In this incredible park you will find the Fairmont Mara Safari Club. This camp is surrounded on three sides by the Mara River, providing ample viewing grounds for animals who reside there, such as hippos and crocodiles. These 2 animals are the main focus here, with all the en-suite tents placed in the perfect position to view them playing in the river, an incredible site! Heated pools, private massage tents and poolside bars are just a few features that make this camp so memorable. Guests to Fairmont Mara Safari Club are spoilt for choice with hot air balloon safaris, game drives and walking safaris to name a few. As the Fairmont name prides itself on providing the ultimate experience for its guests, you will not be disappointed.
Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp
Located in one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, The Masai Mara in Kenya, Cottar’s 1920’s Safari Camp is an exceptional example of a top class safari camp that is unspoiled and natural in every sense of the way. It is undisturbed by hot air balloons, traffic and low-flying aircraft’s and is owned by the oldest safari family in Africa. Set in a time of romance, exceptional guiding, elegance and a numerous amount of game, the Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp is authentic and is a well-kept secret.