Bush and beach
Fantastic for families
Teeming with game
Deserted white beaches
Whether your image of Kenya stems from the romantic and pioneering age made famous by Ernst Hemingway and Karen Blixen or more recently Disney’s Lion King, Kenya lives up to and exceeds all safari expectations.
The landscapes are dramatic and wide ranging; from rolling plains and open savannahs teeming with game to cooler highland retreats and to deserted white coral beaches. Perhaps the jewel in Kenya’s crown is the iconic Masai Mara National Reserve where the migration of wildebeest make their annual pilgrimage and cross the Mara River – surely one of the most spectacular events of the natural world.
Kenya is the birth place of the original safari, the word comes from the Swahili meaning journey. As Ernest Hemingway said
‘It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end’
We believe that Kenya offers one of the best bush and beach combinations in the world and is therefore is well suited to all, be they families, honeymooners or first time safari goers. However, for those seeking more adventure there is still plenty to captivate you.
We create itineraries to ensure you spend as much time as possible enjoying the diversity that Kenya offers and most importantly keeping you away from the crowds. We combine a selection of handpicked camps and lodges and link them by scheduled or charter flights to ensure you get the most out of your time on holiday.
The Laikipia Plateau and Northern Kenya
Set in the foothills of Mount Kenya the majestic Laikipia Plateau is home to a number of beautiful private concessions. Staying on these concessions gives you the opportunity to enjoy both the wildlife and landscape with few other tourists around. The land has passed through generations and the stylish lodges, reminiscent of colonial Africa are built on the foundations of the old cattle ranches. Staying on private land allows a wider array of activities which you can’t do in the National Reserves –camel trekking, horse riding, walking, sleeping out under the stars or, for a truly ‘out of Africa’ experience, a flight in a 1940’s bi-plane.
Thanks to very successful conservation efforts this is the only region in Kenya to have seen rising numbers of animals in recent years. This includes half of Kenya’s black rhinos, the second largest population of elephants in Kenya, and the globally threatened Grevy’s zebra.
Spending a few days in Laikipia is a perfect start to your safari and amongst our favourite lodges are the family owned Lewa Wilderness, Sabuk perched high on a cliff, Loisaba with its renowned starbeds, Sosian Lodge for riding and family fun, and the intimate Ol Malo.
Either as an alternative or combination we would also highly recommend visiting one Northern Kenya’s beautiful National Parks or Game Reserves – The Samburu, Meru or The Mathews Range. Each has unique character and rich cultural heritage and again the camps and lodges that we recommend take you into wild untouched corners of this magnificent country. In the Samburu stay at Sasaab with its Moroccan influence and spellbinding views, or immerse yourself in the romance of Elsa’s Kopje in Meru National Park or for those seeking the wild and remote base yourself at the charming Kitich Camp while your explore the forest trails and crystal clear mountain streams of the Mathews Range.
Masai Mara and Southern Kenya
The Masai Mara Reserve is probably the best known national park in Africa and between July and October is host to the exhilarating migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra crossing the Mara River where crocodiles lie in wait. While this is certainly a sight to behold the Mara has fantastic resident game all year round.
Whether it is game viewing from your private safari vehicle or from a hot air balloon, the sights are breathtaking making the Masai Mara a must for a Kenyan itinerary. The key to any stay in the Masai Mara is having a knowledgeable guide who will keep you away from the notorious minibuses and all the camps that we use have been handpicked for these very reasons.
For dramatic scenery and incredible views of the snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro visit the serene Chyulu Hills, where you are utterly spoilt for choice with the beautiful lodges of Ol Donyo Wuas or Campi ya Kanzi, or stay at Tortilis Camp on the elephant filled plains of the Amboseli.
A few days at the coast is the perfect end to any safari and what is more blissful than the warm, inviting blue waters of the Indian Ocean and long deserted, white beaches.
Kenya’s historic coastline, like its interior is influenced by the passage of time – here the African and Arabian architectural influences blend harmoniously. For the more active, the deep sea fishing offers the thrill and challenge of sailfish and marlin fishing. Likewise the diving is exhilarating with its drop offs and amazing coral reefs offer the chance to see dolphins and turtles.
There are romantic hideaways and divine boutique lodges or hotels great for honeymoon couples and equally amazing places for families.
Kenya also combines beautifully with Zanzibar or the Seychelles; we can also help to organise specialist walking safaris with professional guides, mobile tented safaris and riding safaris (horse or camel). Expeditions to Lake Turkana (the jade sea) and the flamingo fringed soda Lake Natron and climbs up Mount Kenya are more of the exciting options available.