Kenya

Kenya pioneered the safari experience.  It is also a country of contrasts: a land spanning from snow-capped mountains to lush, tropical rainforests and golden beaches. This quintessential safari destination offers wide-open spaces, picturesque landscapes, access to unique cultures and wildlife galore.

“Kenya is a special safari destination. It offers incredible diversity of flora, fauna and habitat, and is easy to combine with a relaxing beach stay on the Indian Ocean.”—Rose Loggi, Consultant

 

Highlights

See and do:

  • Interact with giraffes at Kenya’s unique Giraffe Manor hotel
  • Take in Kenya’s breathtaking landscape during a hot air balloon safari over the Masai Mara
  • Stay at a camp/lodge north of the Equator to see unique wildlife not found in the south, such as the reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, and gerenuk

Pairs well with:

  • Uganda or Rwanda to experience the magic of trekking to see the few remaining mountain gorilla
  • Tanzania during migration season (July-Sept) for the best chance to view herds on both sides of the Mara river.

Kenya is a wonderful safari destination for first-time and repeat visitors alike.  Here, guests can experience wildlife in a variety of landscapes and ecosystems in addition to experiencing local indigenous cultures such as the Maasai and Samburu.

One of the most unique aspects of a visit to Kenya is the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra, as millions migrate across the vast plains of the Serengeti in Tanzania and Masai Mara in Kenya.

If you can’t schedule your trip to coincide with the migration, don’t worry. A visit to Kenya outside of migration season is still well worth it.  Amboseli National Park and the surrounding Chyulu Hills (the “green hills of Africa” as written about by Ernest Hemmingway) have unrivaled views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and support an excellent elephant population as well as lots of other game.

The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is a personal favorite of consultant Rose Loggi because of its focus on Rhino conservation, and the unique opportunity to see northern game species not found south of the Equator. Here, both traditional game drives are available day and night as well as guided walks and horseback safaris.

The Masai Mara and surrounding conservancies also offer excellent game viewing year-round.  We recommend staying in a private conservancy here to experience a low density of both tourists and accommodation (approximately 1 tent for each 700 acres of land!).

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Enjoy the diversity of East Africa's safari wildlife on a 13-day trip showcasing stunning landscapes from the rolling foothills of Mt. Kenya to the sweeping plains of Tanzania's Serengeti. Meet the Maasai people, embark on a bush walk with an anti-poaching unit and photograph cheetah, lions, zebra and more on a comprehensive East African safari.

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