Where to go

Kenya

An overview of where to go and what's on offer in Kenya...

Masai Mara - Giraffe
Masai Mara - Masai
Kenya Samburu Warrior

As one of the most bio diverse countries in Africa, taking in the palm fringed shores of the Indian Ocean to the east, the mountainous highlands of central Kenya, the desert scapes of the northern frontiers and the sweeping plains of the Masai Mara, Kenya is a destination that usually has something to satiate any requirement. In this section we have run through a few thoughts that should help you to decide where should be on your list...but there is no substitute for talking with one of our trained experts!

The Masai Mara

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. Read more…

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. Read more…

The 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. Read more…

Samburu National Reserve

Still one of the last frontiers in Kenya, this region, including Samburu National Reserve, 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. Read more...

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. Read more...

The Kenyan Coast

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. Read more...

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    At a glance.... Kenya

    • Size 585,644 km²
    • Location East Africa
    • Recommended time 7+ nights combining a safari and a beach stay
    • Time to visit All year but avoid April and May which is the rainy season
    • Safari Activities Game drives, walking safaris, camel rides, horse riding, tubing, diving, snorkelling, hot air balloon rides
    • Topography Open grassland/Acacia scrubland, dense woodland, Victoria Falls

    Further reading...

    Where to go in Kenya:

    Our top five hotels & lodges in Kenya:

    1. Naibor Camp

      Naibor Camp

      Naibor Camp is a luxury tented camp in the heart of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. On the banks of the Talek River, the camp has resident families of hippo that seem to love the camp and its location as much as we do! With simple furnishings, a candlelit communal dining area and very accommodating... More...

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    2. Governors Camp - Cheetahs

      Governors' Camp

      Governors' Camp, in a nutshell, is all about its location, location, location. The camp, which was once reserved exclusively for Kenya’s colonial governors, hence the name, is today still one of the favourites in the Masai Mara. In the past, renowned photographers, documentists, and the BBC have... More...

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    3. Sasaab Lodge

      Sasaab

      As part of the Safari Collection, Sasaab is a piece of paradise in the midst of the Samburu’s heat. Samburu has a rich diversity and concentration of animals- including the Samburu Five- a collection of species that are rare and endemic to the Samburu ecosystem. Sasaab prides itself in its service... More...

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    4. Loisaba Camp - Bedroom

      Loisaba Tented Camp

      On a clear morning in Loisaba Tented Camp, spectacular views stretching across the Laikipia plains to Mount Kenya can be seen from the comfort of your own bed in a modern and sleek canvased tent. The camps location is an all-rounder. It not only provides great game including some more rare species... More...

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    5. Saruni Ocean

      The Ocean SPA Lodge

      The Ocean SPA Lodge is off the beaten track, priding itself nothing less than a hidden paradise on the glistening Indian Ocean. The grounds of the lodge are large and spacious, yet it still maintains an intimate and personal atmosphere with only six ocean front villas. The architecture, design,... More...

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