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Tribal lands rich in colour, culture and diversity, exclusive hillside retreats and exquisite riverside lodges overlooking waterholes which teem with game. Bounteous wildlife and bead-clad tribes people; gourmet bush dining under a canopy of trees, the silver cutlery and white linen gleaming in the moonlight. Kenya holds unforgettable sights and surprises at every turn. To the south, elephants traverse Amboseli National Park in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, a dry and dusty land dappled with swamplands to attract nature’s giants, the early light of dawn turning the snow on the peaks into an ethereal pink. Unspoilt tropical beaches stretch along a glorious coastline, with miles of coral reef that, when the tide is low enough, can be reached across the sand. Lush plantations of banana, sugarcane, coconut, sisal and cashew nut cover the verdant coastal strip, nurtured by equatorial rains. Inland lie the wondrous sights of the Great Rift Valley and the Masai Mara Game Reserve where wildebeest and zebra mass for the Great Migration. In turn, the predators gather – lion and hyena scenting their prey. The scene creates one of the greatest wildlife shows on earth. More natural wonder awaits on nearby Lake Nakuru, the giraffe, rhino, waterbuck and tree-climbing lions taking second place to the pink explosion of over a million flamingos dotting the soda lake’s surface. To the country’s north, Mount Kenya rises majestically to the only peak where snow is found on the equator, brooding above an array of scenery from vast open savannah in Samburu to the dry plains and kopjes of Shaba National Reserve. Nature in the raw, viewed best from captivating wilderness camps topped by decadent Kenyan skies assuring endless memories and authentic luxury Kenya holiday experiences.

Explore /Kenya in depth

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Masai Mara

With its diversity of natural habitats, it is small wonder that Kenya boasts a bountiful array of wildlife and more than a thousand species of birds. The Great Migration is, of course, the main act of this spectacular show, when the migrating wildebeest and zebra thunder across the Masai Mara National Reserve in their millions, attended closely by predators including lions, cheetahs, hyenas and leopards. For a unique perspective on the migration – one of the Seven New Wonders of the World – go up in a hot air balloon, departing in the early morning and followed by a Champagne breakfast in the savannah with crystal glassware, crisp linen and a chef on hand. Dining in the bush is also a special treat, be it a simple picnic by a hippo-strewn river, ‘Out of Africa’ sundowners on a kopje high above the plains or a romantic candlelit feast to the accompaniment of fine wines and the sound of lions roaring in the distance.

Nairobi

Spend a night or two in Nairobi and take time to adopt an orphaned elephant at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Foster parents receive regular news of their adopted orphan. Further exciting wildlife encounters await at Nairobi’s Giraffe Manor where guests can have close encounters with these majestic mammals as they visit the Manor throughout the day or take a stroll across the lawns to the AFEW Giraffe Centre just next door.

Mombasa and Watamu

Barefoot luxury is the order of the day on the unspoilt beaches that line the coast, with miles of coral reef that can be reached across the sand when the tide is low. In the Mombasa National Marine Park the reefs teem with iridescent fish. Snorkel, dive or try your hand at windsurfing, kite surfing, water-skiing or wakeboarding. Anglers will enjoy the challenges of the excellent deep sea fishing or fly fishing in Watamu, one of the best areas in the world for catching black marlin and sailfish. Saddle up for a refreshing gallop along the beach, take a picnic to a remote sandbank, go mountain biking through the coastal forest or join a sunset dhow cruise to spot local dolphins.

Kenya /Hotels

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Kenya /Itineraries

Nairobi, Laikipia, Samburu, Masai MaraPeaks 2017: Classic Luxury Kenya

Appreciate Kenya’s spectacular scenery and varied terrain as you journey through the valleys and plains enjoying many wildlife encounters along the way. Experience Laikipia, a vast and varied landscape and Samburu, where large herds of elephant gather. Lions reign supreme as zebra and wildebeest ...

Nairobi, Masai Mara, Samburu and LaikipiaLuxury Family Escapes: Kenya In Style

Explore Kenya in style staying at exclusive retreats in the Masai Mara National Reserve, Samburu and scenic Laikipia. The plains of the Mara, teeming with game, set the scene for the spectacular river crossings of the Great Migration usually between July-September (not guaranteed). In contrast ...

Nairobi, Masai Mara, Amboseli National Park and Samburu National ReserveClassic Kenya

This classic itinerary offers the opportunity to witness huge herds of wildebeest, zebra and their accompanying predators. The herds make their way through the Masai Mara from July through to September each year, following the rains and fresh vegetation. Dramatic river crossings are a highlight of ...

Nairobi, Masai Mara, SeychellesSafari and Seychelles

A journey that takes you from predator-filled game reserves to pristine beach hideaways. Venture into the famed Masai Mara for Big 5 game viewing before catching a plane to the Seychelles where cool, clear waters and unfettered pampering await.

Nairobi, Amboseli National Park, Meru National Park, Masai Mara National ParkKenya Classic SkySafari by Elewana

Kenyan safariing reaches new heights with the introduction of SkySafari, an opportunity to travel in executive class airborne comfort during a thrilling game viewing itinerary. The country’s finest sights await, from the vastness of the Mara Plains and the drama of the Mount Meru foothills, staying ...

Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha & Masai MaraGovernors Collection Safari

The Governors’ Camps are set in some of East Africa’s most spectacular scenery, in the heart of the best wildlife viewing areas. The Masai Mara is one of Africa’s prime areas for Big 5 sightings, with resident game year round and a healthy lion population. Elephants, buffalo and rhino roam the ...

Nairobi, Mara, SeychellesSafari and Beach

A journey that takes you from predator-filled game reserves to pristine beach hideaways. Venture into the famed Masai Mara for Big Five game viewing before catching a plane to the Seychelles where cool, clear waters and unfettered pampering await.

Cape Town, Kruger National Park, The Victoria Falls, Nairobi and the Masai Mara National ParkIcons of Africa

Three countries and four of the continent's most iconic destinations: cosmopolitan Cape Town, with easy access to the infamous Winelands, Kruger National Park for the first of two Big 5 safaris, the awe inspiring Victoria Falls, finishing with four nights overlooking the great Kenyan plains of the ...

Uganda and the Masai MaraSanctuary Retreats: Gorillas and the Big 5

A trip of a life time to see the endangered Silverback Mountain Gorillas in Uganda. Stay for four nights in a mountain lodge and trek twice in the company of an experienced guide to observe these fascinating primates in one of their last remaining natural habitats before flying onto the Masai Mara ...

Kenya /Best Experiences

  • Watch the sunrise over the Masai Mara from a hot air balloon
  • Witness a river crossing as thousands of wildebeest and zebra migrate
  • Ride a camel or quad bike across Laikipia's plateau
  • Adopt an elephant at Nairobi's elephant orphanage
  • Take a guided walk with Samburu tribesmen
  • See hundreds of pink flamingos on Lake Nakuru
  • Relax on an island beach retreat

Kenya /When is the best time to visit Kenya

January to March is hot and dry with the long rains usually falling from April to early June. Between June and October it is warm and dry during the day but cold at night. The migration usually arrives in the Mara from July with river crossings from Tanzania generally taking place between July and September. The herds rest in Kenya before crossing back to Tanzania in October/November. Kenya’s coast enjoys a tropical climate – April to June can be humid, tempered by monsoon winds. Nairobi is pleasant year round due to its altitude.

Kenya /Reviews

Awaking each morning to the breathtaking sights and sounds of the Masai Mara, Carrier’s Africa Product Co-ordinator, Fiona Miller is on the trip of a lifetime in Kenya.... more

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Few experiences are more thrilling and rewarding than encountering wild animals in their natural environment. From witnessing the Great Migration pass through the Mara, giraffe and zebra roaming freely amongst the Big Five or huge herds of elephant frolicking in the Selinda Spillway, here is my selection of some of the best places to experience the different slices of Africa that stir the senses and the soul. ... more

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Our Africa Product Manager, Suzanne Walford has recently returned from an unforgettable trip to Kenya, staying in two of the most spectacular safari camps - Finch Hattons and Mahali Mzuri. Read on to share her remarkable experience.... more

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Approximate flight times
London to Nairobi: 8 hours 25 minutes
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Kenya /Essentials

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British passport holders require a visa which can be obtained on arrival.

Multi-centre Options

A stay at a Kenyan beach retreat or Zanzibar can be easily added onto a safari itinerary. For a unique experience that will leave a lasting impression, we suggest adding on a few nights in Rwanda or Uganda to track the Silverback gorillas – regular flights operate between Nairobi and Kigali or Entebbe.

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