Kenya

Once the preserve of wealthy hunters like Ernest Hemingway and Theodore Roosevelt, Kenya is the birthplace of the safari. Indeed, the word “safari” is originally a Swahili word that means “long journey”. Kenya is the iconic African safari adventure where herds of migrating Wildebeest thunder across the grassy plains in their millions, where the red robes of the tall Masai tribesmen stand out in stark contrast to the lush green surrounds, where lakes are so thickly carpeted in so many flamingos as to appear pink rather than blue. The classic movie, Out of Africa, was fittingly filmed in Kenya and it perfectly captured the romance, thrill and excitement of the place. You will encounter forests, mountains, deserts, lakes and a staggering abundance of wildlife. But as incredible and unbeatable as a Kenyan safari is, Kenya offers much more than just wildlife. It is a wild country of contrasts from the sun drenched beached of the Indian Ocean to the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya.

An East African safari is indeed a trip of a lifetime and if there is one thing that is not to be missed during this adventure is to go hot air ballooning. Arguably there can be no better way to take in the landscapes and uninterrupted views of the picturesque countryside than by seemingly floating above it in a bubble. An early morning start is required but it is well worth getting out of a warm bed in the dark once you have gently lifted off the ground and are leisurely floating along with the wind as the sun makes its first appearance. As the sun grows in height, the warm rays of first light spread their arms from horizon to horizon and Mother Nature is revealed in all her magnificent beauty, bathed in the gentle glow of the morning sun. All this while animals go about their business completely oblivious to your presence above them.

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Regions of Kenya

Aberdare National Park

Just 160km north of Nairobi is the Aberdare National Park, also one of Kenya’s best kept secrets. The Aberdare National Park covers the higher areas of the Aberdare Mountain Range of Central Kenya. Despite the reserve having a thick vegetation, you might stilt spot the Big-5 if by looking closely.

Amboseli National Park

A very popular National Park because of the spectacular view of the Kilimanjaro mountain and famous for the big herd of elephants. These elephants have some of the largest tusks in the world because they have never been affected by the ivory poaching. This is one of the smaller game parks where animals are easy to spot.

Great Rift Valley

A geographical feature that affects the environment around it enormously.  The Great Rift Valley runs through all of East Africa and runs through the centre of Kenya. Expect great wildlife, mind-blowing landscapes with lakes, mountains, lakes and endless plains. Altogether, this supports Africa’s outstanding safari destinations.

Laikipia

Located on the Central Highlands from Mount Kenya to the rim of the Great Rift Valley and also the gateway to the Northern Frontier is the Laikipia Plateau. Elephants are attracted by the two rivers that run through Laikipa and the second highest concentration of wildlife as well as untouched nature can be found here.

Lamu Island

Just off the coast of Northern Kenya there are a number of islands, together called the Lamu archipelago. Lamu Island is the most well-known island, but still a less crowded tourism destination with only the capital city and three smaller villages. Lamu Island could a relaxing finalise your safari in Kenya.

Masai Mara

Named after the inhabitants of the area, the Maasai people and the Mara River. The highlight from July until October is the Great Migration, when two million animals cross the Mara River for the Masai Mara. With the open plains and the highest concentration of wildlife, one is ensured of breath-taking views.

Mombasa

The second biggest city in Kenya and a true melting pot of cultures and people: it is a blend of India, Arabia and Africa.  The Mombasa Coastline is a seaside paradise with various water activities and restaurants that will satisfy your culinary needs.

Mount Kenya

Less famous than the highest mountain in Africa, but the highest mountain in Kenya is definitely worth the climb. Also those who are not that experienced are able to climb to Point Lenana, the third highest summit of the mountain. With all truth can be said that Mount Kenya is Kenya’s response to the Kilimanjaro.

Nairobi

Kenya’s capital city, known as the ‘Safari City’ or ‘Green City in the Sun’. The latter refers to the National Park that can be found on Nairobi’s doorstep. Nairobi is also one of the leading cities in Africa and an important financial and commercial hub in East Africa.

Samburu National Reserve

One of Kenya’s best safari destinations is the Samburu National Reserve. It is also a must-visit for wildlife addicts. However, the best aspect of the reserve is not only the wildlife and the chance to spot unique animals but it is the peaceful atmosphere that creates the unique wilderness experience.

When to Travel

Travelling to Kenya can be done all year round, however we do not specifically recommend to travel in April and May as there are heavy rainfalls and this sometimes makes game viewing impossible. Temperatures are more pleasant from June to October and for the best wildlife viewing, you should visit Kenya in September or October which has more comfortable temperatures for game viewing. 

Our Bucket list of experiences in Kenya

Balloon Safari

Ever since the first man laid eyes on a bird, he envied his feathered friend’s ability to fly. We as humans have long sought after the freedom and joy our winged friends are blessed with and hot air ballooning is one of the oldest forms of human flight that finally granted us the same access to the sky. Arguably there can be no better way to take in the landscapes and uninterrupted views of the picturesque countryside than by seemingly floating above it in a bubble. An early morning start is required but it is well worth getting out of a warm bed in the dark once you have gently lifted off the ground and are leisurely floating along with the wind as the sun makes its first appearance. As the sun grows in height, the warm rays of first light spread their arms from horizon to horizon and Mother Nature is revealed in all her magnificent beauty, bathed in the gentle glow of the morning sun. All this while animals go about their business completely oblivious to your presence above them.

In the Heart of the Bush camping

The African bush is one of those places where you can feel its magic and beauty in your soul. And its alluring pull will tug at your heart even more so at night when it reveals its true power and mystery. What better way to experience the call of the wild than to spend the night in the heart of the African bush in the ultimate bush bedroom? A tree house room is a totally secure and lavish platform out in the open under the African stars, with all the comforts that you can expect from a five star safari lodge. You will be taken to your private and exclusive tree house at sunset, where drinks and a delightful picnic dinner await you. The hours of African dusk can be enjoyed relaxing and absorbing the vastness of the bushveld as it transforms from day to night, before turning in for slumber beneath the vast and incredible night sky. Your will spend the night completely immersed in the sounds of the bush from the roar of a pride of lions to the haunting cry of the hyena, taking it all in from the safety and comfort of your very own private kingdom in the heart of the African bush.

Our Itineraries in Kenya

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