Kenya has attracted explorers and adventurers for centuries. One of the world’s most famous travel destinations, Kenya is renowned for its remarkable diversity of landscapes, animals and cultures. From vast plains to snowcapped mountain summits, Kenya provides a striking backdrop for Africa’s most classic safari adventures. Witness the Great Migration in the Maasai Mara. Hear elephants trumpet in Amboseli. Scout for rhinoceros making a comeback at Lewa. At night, tucked beneath canvas under a canopy of stars, listen to a lion roar across the savanna. It’s all here in Kenya, Africa’s original safari destination.
Kenya’s tremendous biodiversity includes 25,000 different animal species. In the Maasai Mara, the plains darken during the annual wildebeest migration, with predators in stealthy pursuit. The reserve has plenty of cheetah but is above all the Lion Kingdom, with large prides holding court. Other carnivores include spotted hyena, jackal and bat-eared fox. The Mara is home to large grazing herds of zebra, giraffe, buffalo, gazelle and topi. Hartebeest, waterbuck, dik-dik, duiker, klipspringer, oribi and the rare roan round out the antelope varieties. Crocodile and hippo are thick in the Mara and Talek rivers, while the acacia woodlands shelter 470 of Kenya’s 1100 bird species. Amboseli National Park, famed for elephants, also has some endangered rhinos, which are seen more often at Lewa Conservancy, a project devoted to their recovery. Visitors to Samburu may see leopard and two endemic species found only in northern Kenya: Grevy’s zebra and the reticulated giraffe.
No other African country boasts the diversity of Kenya. From its palm-fringed coast to the 17,057’ summit of Mt. Kenya, from lush tea plantations to desert scrub, Kenya’s varied landscapes are matched only by its variegated cultures. Kenya is bordered by the Indian Ocean, Somalia, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania. The Great Rift Valley bisects the central highlands, one of the richest agricultural regions in Africa. English and Swahili are the official languages. Kenya is the regional hub for trade and finance in East Africa, and its economy is dominated by tourism, transportation, communications and agriculture. Principal cash crops are tea, horticultural produce and coffee.
Nairobi is Africa’s 4th largest city and is a vibrant and exciting place and although it has developed a reputation which keeps tourist visits brief there are some fascinating attractions: its café culture, unbridled nightlife, the National Museum, the Karen Blixen Museum andmuch more.
Mara North Conservancy is a beautiful private wilderness area of more than 74,000 acres. It is home to a spectacular array of plants, reptiles, birds and mammals; including elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and large concentrations of wildebeest, zebra, gazelle and other migratory wildlife.
Rugged and a semi-desert, the Samburu reserve lies on the edge of northern Kenya’s savannah. It’s one of three game reserves that are clustered around the Ewaso Ngiro River. Due to its mix of savannahs and forests, Samburu has first-class game viewing.
Boasting one of the biggest black rhino population in East Africa, the Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a great safari destination in central Kenya. It’s also the only place where you can see chimpanzees and three critically endangered white rhinos.
Less than two hours’ drive from Nairobi lies Lake Elmenteita. One of the soda lakes of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Elmenteita lies between Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha. Protected by the Soysambu Conservancy, the lake is known for its large flocks of water birds including flamingos and pelicans.
Kenya is the home of the original safari holiday, and the Masai Mara is the country’s best known reserve. A land of vast savannahs, the Masai Mara offers a true big game experience and a wide selection of luxury safari camps either in the national park or its neighbouring conservancies.
Centrally located in Kenya, Laikipia Plateau stretches from the famous Mount Kenya to the Great Rift Valley. Made of farms and conservancies – this place has been described as “heavenly” and “iconic”, and is one of Kenya’s biggest wilderness areas.
Situated in northern Kenya, the Lewa Conservancy covers over 60,000 acres of wilderness. That’s bigger than the Caribbean island of Montserrat! Game viewing is excellent in this region and home to the endangered Grevy’s zebra and black rhino (12% of Kenya’s black rhino live here).
Situated in Kenya’s south-west, Tsavo is a massive protected area that’s made up of Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Park. Both make up the biggest park in Kenya and is one of the world’s largest game sanctuaries with 22000 km² of untouched wilderness.
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/ July to October the Migration takes place and it’s an extremely busy (and exciting!) time to visit.
Winter/ Rainy season
During the long rains from March to May travel isn’t recommended.