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Kenya

One of Africa’s premier safari country’s. the remarkable and diverse environment of land with a huge range of animals from gorgeous gazelles, towering giraffe, elephants and plenty of impressive predators, a rather famous wildebeest migration along with palm–fringed beaches and Maasai villages this really is an all–round destination.

Group Safaris

There’s a whole host of group safaris on offer in Kenya and we have hand-picked a range from budget camping to luxury, all with reliable operators visiting many of the highlights of this evocative destination

04 Day Discover Kenya Scheduled Safari

This scheduled, accommodated safari offers great value for money and the chance to enjoy an exciting and comprehensive 4day tour of Kenya taking in the fantastic and iconic Masai Mara for exceptional game viewing, Lake Nakuru for its flamingos and a visit to the Nairobi Giraffe Centre to see these wonderful and very tall animals close up.

08 Day Kenya Escapes Scheduled Safari

This fabulous 8 day road safari takes in the highlights of Kenya, and a perfect way to see some of Kenya’s best game–filled locations along with an insight to the culture and way of life of the local people. It includes comfortable lodge and transport in a 4x4 safari vehicle.

08 Day Kenya Classic Scheduled Safari

This 8 day road safari sees the highlights of Kenya, covering Nairobi, Samburu National Reserve, the Aberdares, Lake Nakuru and the Masai Mara. Includes comfortable lodges and transport by 4x4 safari vehicle. Operates weekly starting in Nairobi on a Friday.

14 Day Masai & Gorillas Scheduled Safari

This scheduled safari departs from Nairobi in Kenya and journeys through the country’s most enchanting areas with national parks and Masai migration, continues on to Uganda for more thrilling experiences where you track chimps and gorillas. Gradually return via Jinja with the chance to enjoy thrilling white water rafting, and finally finish in Nairobi. This trip is offered with both camping and accommodated versions.

15 Day Highlights of Kenya & Tanzania Scheduled Safari

This scheduled accommodated safari takes you from Dar es Saleem in Tanzania to the beautiful island of Zanzibar famed for its stunning beaches and spice tours, from here visit stunning Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park renowned for world–class game viewing opportunities, from here we experience Maasai Mara and Lakes Nakuru famed for pink flamingos before finishing our tour in Nairobi, Kenya and a visit to the Nairobi Giraffe Centre.

Kenya Regions: take a closer look

Variation of wildlife, beaches, landscapes and culture.
Wildlife:  part of migration route (Masai Mara July onwards normally).  Plus rhino as being protected, lions, leopard – often quite close sightings.
Beaches – along the east coast of the country great beaches and Indian ocean so warm
Landscapes – Great Rift valley, lakes, plains.
Culture – masai and Samburu tribes (Samburu in north)
There are diverse eco systems and open for year round tourists.
Open for budget orientated as well as increasing high quality lodges
Numbers vary according to season as well as external forces such as political stability
There are often higher densities of tourists staying in hotel style lodges, and during migration there can be huge numbers of vehicles
However, there are increasing number of luxury lodges offering more exclusive experiences and further north is starting to open up to more options.

At around 21,000sq km the park has been split into two sections west and east, with the Nairobi–Mombasa road splitting the areas. The “west” is the most developed with striking landscapes and the chance to get out of your vehicle and walk in some places. The “east” is more remote with most the animal–action near the Galana River.

Tsavo West National Park
With a huge array of landscapes from ancient volcanic cones and lava flows providing much of the areas appeal, along with wooded and savannah areas this is an idyllic area for Kenyan wildlife. Though there is at time some dense vegetation, which makes for harder spotting, it remains a rewarding place. The most famous area of the park is Mzima Springs (producing around an astounding 350m litres of fresh water a day), but for the visitor the attraction here are the hippos and crocs – there’s a great underwater viewing chamber to watch them along with some primeval–looking fish. There’s some great viewpoints to spot various eagles and vulture soaring the skies and scanning the plains below as well as plenty of animals from plains game to carnivores.

Tsavo East National Park
By far the largest of Kenya’s parks (13,700km) this is home to enormous herds of elephants as well as the beautiful spotted serval cat, along with cheetah and lions. Along with Grevy’s zebra and gerunuk, waterbuck, hippos and crocs there are a number of flat–topped escarpments to sit and enjoy the view. One of Kenya’s largest rivers, the Galana cuts across the plains of this markedly flatter and drier section of park, but the thorn trees and wavering grasses make for an arresting sight and there are plenty of rolling hills to the south as well as the ancient lava flow Yata Escarpment to the north of the river to add diversity.

We’ve all seen them…. Thousands and thousands of pink flamingos sitting on a lake with the back drop of the mountains and wondered where it is… Lake Nakuru is the answer!  Or should I say it used to be, with drought conditions the lake doesn’t always contain water and they fly to nearby lakes such as Lake Bogoria. One of the most visited parks in Kenya, not only is it easily accessible and included in itineraries but one of the best places to see both the greater and lesser species – naturally numbers fluctuate depending on water levels (and the food source it provides) and drought plays a huge part in the future of this lake.  Back on a positive note, the reserve is also home to white and black rhino and offers a superb chance (if not the best one) of seeing these animals, as well as the rare opportunity to spot a tree–climbing lion.  Add this to various bucks, leopard, baboon, buffalo and hyraxes, and the majestic Rift Valley cliffs reaching 1000m high, volcanic landscapes you can see why this gem of a park and the surrounding region is so popular.

Certainly less famous than many other reserves, Samburu and its dry lowland country is located north of Laikipia and famous not only as home to the original camel–herders but nowadays more for the blue–legged Somali ostrich, beisa oryxes, gerenuk and Grevy’s zebra, some of these species are not found elsewhere in the country so if you want an “unusual” spot then this is the place to come.  Add this to the unsurpassed beauty of this small–but–perfectly–formed reserve full of rocky kopjies, willowing palm trees and natural springs it is surprisingly one of the least visited parks.  Elephants wander through the open savannahs and forest–lined rivers whilst lion take shade under the trees.

Who hasn’t heard of Nairobi the main hub and capital city?  Whilst visitors may choose to only remain a night or so here, it is the main entry point to the country so tends to be unavoidable but there are a couple of places worth visiting whilst here, along with the “Maasai” curio markets.  Just outside the city centre, with a backdrop its skyscrapers, lies Nairobi National Park where you can start your game viewing experience – watch plains game, giraffe, rhino, along with cheetah and hyaena….  Also worth a visit is the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust who do a sterling job with elephant and rhino orphans and where you can get close to these intelligent animals whilst supporting the incredible work they carry out.  Another recommendation is Giraffe Manor, an important breeding centre for giraffe where you can be eye–level to the giraffe thanks to a raised structure.  You can feed or even kiss them (kids love it), whilst at the same time finding out about this endangered species which also provides environmental awareness and education.  Giraffe are released into the wild and numbers are increasing partly thanks to this programme.  Take a walk in the grounds on self–guided trails or visit the adjacent Gogo River bird sanctuary and the Karen Blixen Museum …a good way to pass a few hours away from the hub of the city.

Heading north–east of the country lies Meru, this part of the country has a different feel to other areas with grasses shimmering in the wind, baobab trees and tree–lined flowing streams and rivers, add that to good game–viewing it’s located near to Mount Kenya and is often regarded as Kenya’s best–kept secret despite its fame for the release back into the wild of the lioness Elsa by Joy and George Adamson.  Unfortunately, poaching took its toll but with dedicated support, the park is returning to its former glory and appearing on more itineraries.  This sizeable park is worth a few days exploration – try to include a visit to Elsie’s kopjie with magnificent 360degree views, in addition there’s good chances to see the Big–5, along with cheetah and other plains game.  The successful and secure rhino sanctuary is worth a stop if you have the chance.

Bordering the Serengeti in Tanzania, the “Mara” is most famous for the annual wildebeest migration (starts July–August through to October) and this huge spectacle of animals arrive from the south searching for fresh pasture. Hundreds of thousands of zebra and wildebeest cross the churning rivers, where predators lie in wait, and add to the resident antelope, giraffe and elephant. The endless plains are full of animals making this reserve and spectacular beauty of the place enthralling.  The migration is now regarded as one of the Natural Wonders of the World, and it’s easy to see why, however, the down–side to this time of year means the Mara gets very busy with vehicles jostling for position.  Adjoining the National Reserve are a number of conservancies and camps offering a variety of accommodation options and can be considerably quieter.  Just remember that you don’t have to travel during migration season to enjoy rewarding game drives, game walks, in the classic heartland of the Maasai people.

At Africa’s second–highest mountain, the icy massif attracts visitors wanting to trek to the summit of the sacred mountain peak, or Kirinyaga (Mountain of Mysteries).  Located in Central Highlands and just 16km from the equator, standing on the freezing peak you’ll wonder just where you are.  Both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Biosphere Reserve the Bation peak, despite being worn down over the millennia by glaciers still remains an impressive 5199m.  There are various routes to the top, hiking through a wealth of ecosystems, the most popular is the 4 day Naro Moru route, along with 5–6day scenic Sirimon route, as well as the spectacular Chogoria Route (5–7days).

A wild and vast area northwest of Mt Kenya, this is a region “off the beaten track” and is typical “bush” country of semi–arid savannah.  Today, the main attraction is a growing area for wildlife conservation including wild dog and rhino programmes where numbers are increasing thanks to the constant monitoring and management, along with support from local communities who generate an income for them.  With fewer visitors to the area you won’t feel like it’s a tourist trap.

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