Safari means ‘journey’ in Swahili and it was in Kenya that the concept originated. Kenya is renowned for its wide-open spaces and golden beaches, but it is best known for some of the most dramatic wildlife viewing in Africa, including the annual great migration of two million wildebeest into the Masai Mara, rumoured to be visible from space. As well as wildlife, Kenya offers the chance to experience fascinating indigenous cultures, such as the Masai and Samburu peoples.
Although Kenya has gained a reputation for being a busy safari destination, there are many beautiful lodges in secluded areas away from high-volume tourism. Kenya has a beautiful coastline stretching down to Funzi island in the south. With old Swahili towns, traditional dhows sailing across the water, and idyllic beaches, the Kenyan coast is an ideal place to relax at the end of your time on safari…
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Currency: Kenyan shilling
Flying time from London: 9.5 hours
Official language(s): Kiswahili, English
Time difference: +3 GMT
Visa requirements: Required for UK passport holders.
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The adventure begins just before dawn in Kenya’s Masai Mara, and what follows is quite literally one of the most uplifting experiences imaginable. Without the limitations of roads or the disruptive noise of cars, float above some of nature’s most beautiful landscapes and watch as the Big Five come out to play.
See the great wildebeest migration
Between July and October, millions of wildebeest gather in the Masai Mara. Staying in one of the Governors’ Camp properties puts you – safely – right in the heart of the action, close to the unforgettable sights and sounds.
Admire flocks of flamingoes in Lake Nakuru
Take a day trip from Loldia House in the Great Rift Valley, out to picturesque Lake Nakuru National Park: where millions of colourful flamingoes perch in the waters, as rhinos graze among the trees. Best enjoyed from a shady spot, with a sumptuous picnic lunch.
Go off the beaten track
Although Kenya has gained a reputation for being a busy safari destination, there are many beautiful lodges in secluded areas away from high volume tourism. Among Kenya’s lesser known gems are the remote Laikipia Plateau, the isolated Chyulu Hills, the expansive scenery of the Shompole Private Conservancy and the serenity of Meru National Park.
Visit Kenya’s Beaches
Kenya’s 490km Indian Ocean coastline is one of the country’s key attractions. Running from Lamu in the north to Mombasa in the south, this area offers a striking combination of Swahili culture, beautiful palm-lined beaches and good coral reefs. Use the opportunity to take a traditional dhow sail-boat cruise.
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"We had a marvellous time! Our driver Rarjed was brilliant at finding the animals and positioning the car just so. Seeing our first lion on the first day was so exciting. The view of the Masai Mara from Serena Mara lodge was an awe inspiring experience. Watching two male giraffes fighting was an unforgettable sight. As you can see it is impossible to pick the most inspirational moment, the whole trip was a dream come true."
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