One of the most iconic safari destinations, Kenya has a strong case to call itself the original Africa Safari country.
With over 40 national parks and reserves, it offers some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in the world.
The most well-known of all its game parks is, of course, the Masai Mara – the subject of many wildlife documentaries, with its wide open savannah, annual migration and majestic big cats.
But there is far more to Kenya than the migration and the Mara, with just as much on offer for experienced wildlife enthusiasts as first-time safari goers.
Amboseli National Park is home to large herds of elephants with the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro acting as natural panoramic backdrop. Seek out the unique wildlife of Samburu National Reserve, such as the long-necked gerenuk or reticulated giraffe. Or spend time on one of Laikipias private ranches staying in either small private traditional tented camps or in one of Kenya’s iconic luxury lodges. Bird lovers will always be kept busy with over 1000 species recorded in Kenya, in particular along the Great Rift Valley’s lakes.
There are many ways to discover Kenya. We recommend flying between destinations in private or schedule light aircraft or driving in comfortable 4x4 vehicles with a knowledgeable guide. You can stay in national parks or neighbouring conservancies; choose from rustic mobile walking safaris with camels to the ultimate in luxury lodges. For horse riding enthusiast Kenya provides several options including mobile riding safaris through the Masai Mara or being based at a lodge and riding out from there each day. You can choose which best suits you depending on your experience and the length of ride you prefer.
Kenya is also one of the best places for a safari and beach holiday - a popular honeymoon choice.
This Indian Ocean coastline boasts a diverse blend of cultures, sights, and over 300 miles of palm-fringed beaches stretching from the small town of Malindi in the north to the dazzling white sands of Diani in the south. Brilliant year round temperatures coupled with azure waters make for a wonderfully relaxing break – or a more active one if you desire it, with plenty of watersports on offer too.
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Discovery of the remnants of the earliest human ancestors in the Turkana Basin has led scientists consider it as the original birthplace of humans.
- After coffee, Kenya’s biggest income generator is tourism.
- Kenyan environmentalist Professor Maathai won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. She was the first African woman to do so.
- Kenyan long distance runner Patrick Makau ran the marathon in 2011 in a world record time of 02:03:38.
- Male lions defend the pride’s territory while females do most of the hunting. Despite this, the males eat first. A lion’s roar can be heard from as far as 5 miles away.