Where to go on safari in Kenya?
- Certainly the jewel in the crown of Kenya’s safari destinations, the Masai Mara (the most commonly used phrase when referring to the National Reserve and the Greater Mara concessions) offers, on its day, the best safari viewing in Africa! Think wildebeest jumping across turbid waters while crocodiles snap away or lionesses in full hunt across the plains. Amboseli National Park - If you are after the “famous” view of elephants wandering past Mount Kilimanjaro, then this is the place to come! Located right on the border of Kenya and Tanzania, this stunning little park is definitely a firm favourite of ours and somewhere that is often included on a safari itinerary for a few nights. Laikipia Plateau - Located to the north of Nairobi, this area was once the main ranch region of Kenya and contained a series of small holdings with cattle and other domesticated animals on them. Over the years, however, it was realised that both the financial and the conservational benefits it turning the land back to safari activities and animals was better. Northern border parks - Still one of the last frontiers in Kenya, this region, including Samburu National Park, Buffalo Springs National Reserve and the sublime Shaba National Reserve, is a superb destination for those who are still after some good game viewing without the crowds of the Mara. As one of the traditional regions for the Samburu (a nomadic offshoot of the Maasai tribe, meaning “butterfly” in the Maa language) there is also a chance to visit their singing wells or a local village to experience their symbiotic lifestyle. The Great Lakes - The final major destination in Kenya is, of course, the great lakes of the Rift Valley that runs north to south through the western side of Kenya. The two main lakes (along with a few others, such as Turkana and Baringo) are truly a great destination to consider for those that are wanting a bit of down time. The game viewing, on the whole, is more about lakeside species such as flamingoes and hippo, but the properties are normal idyllic and relaxed.
Where to go for the beach in Kenya?
The main two areas that have become known along the coast are the regions to the north and to the south of Mombasa. Mombasa itself, while still offering plenty of beach options, has, in our view, become so over run these days by the larger, package companies, that it is not somewhere that we tend to recommend. With a little research and perseverance, there are plenty of smaller, family run operations that are well worth a look, in particular the lodges to the south of the city and on through to Diani on the Tanzanian border.