Kenya is one of Africa’s prime gameviewing areas, renowned for its dramatic scenery, magnificent game parks and abundant wildlife.
The Samburu Game Reserve to the north is a semi-arid region of great beauty with lots of exciting big game like lion and elephant, as well as strange desert-adapted species such as blue-legged Somali ostrich and Gerenuk antelope. By contrast, the famous Masai Mara in the south is a wide open landscape of undulating plains to which a multitude of wildebeest and zebra migrate from July to October each year. These herds attract predators from lion and leopard to cheetah and wild dog, and their intense interactions are a thrill to watch. Other highlights include flamingo-rich soda lakes such as Nakuru, the well-run wildlife-rich Lewa and Laikipia concessions, and Amboseli, which offers reliably good elephant viewing. Kenya is also home to fascinating tribes such as the Maasai and Samburu.
Mt Kenya, Mt Kilimanjaro and the steep escarpments of the Rift Valley provide a stunning backdrop to amazing wildlife encounters.
Below are some of our preferred accommodation options in Kenya, carefully selected for their superior safari locations, service and level of comfort. Explore the highlights sections above to view more of our handpicked luxury tented camps and lodges in Kenya.
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Nairobi Hotels & Tours
Kenya’s capital Nairobi is a vibrant African city. Popular day tours include visits to the Karen Blixen Museum, Giraffe Centre, Daphne Sheldrick Animal Orphanage and a day of volunteering through our “Hands on in Nairobi” program.
This is a 7 day classic itinerary to Kenya’s finest wildlife parks including Samburu in the arid north, Mount Kenya, Lake Nakuru National Park and the Masai Mara, famous for the great wildebeest migration.
Spend more time watching wildlife and less on the road on this 6 day air safari which combines Samburu Game Reserve with the Masai Mara. Enjoy exclusive safari camps and game drives with some of Kenya’s best guides.
Every safari to Kenya must include the famous Masai Mara. Fly from Nairobi to one of our carefully selected safari camps and lodges for an extravaganza of wildlife viewing. We highly recommend a minimum stay of 3 nights.
Fly north beyond Mt Kenya to the spectacular, semi-arid savanna of Samburu with its dramatic mountains and the life-giving Uaso Nyiro River. See all the big game such as leopard and elephant plus unique endemic species.
Leave the crowds behind and fly from Nairobi to the beautiful Lewa or Laikipia concessions, where conservation efforts are helping to protect endangered species. Enjoy cultural encounters, thrilling walks and game drives.
Discover Kenya’s Great Rift Valley lakes whilst staying in boutique accommodation. Beautiful Loldia House on Lake Naivasha, Mbweha Camp near Lake Nakuru and the Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp can all be included.
Fly south to the game-rich savannas beneath Mount Kilimanjaro, home of the Maasai. Here you can choose from 3 beautiful safari camps near Amboseli National Park, the Chyulu Hills or Tsavo West National Park.
Why Kenya: Since the early 19th century, Kenya has captivated visitors with its astounding quantity and diversity of wildlife as well as with its majestic scenery. The country has well-established tourist infrastructure and a good standard of accommodation.
Game Viewing: Excellent gameviewing year round. Jul-Sep is popular when the wildebeest migration is in the Masai Mara.
Culture: Maasai and Samburu pastoralists who continue their traditional way of life.
Climate: Temperate climate (22°- 25°C) due to high altitude but hot in low-lying areas like the Rift Valley (30°- 35°C). Hot and humid along the coast. “Long rains” take place in Apr/May, whilst “short rains” occur in mid-Oct to mid-Dec.
Combine With: Tanzania, which is situated on Kenya’s southern border and is easily reached by road or air from Nairobi. Mt Kilimanjaro straddles the two countries and Kenya’s Masai Mara is part of Tanzania’s Serengeti ecosystem, the arena for the wildebeest migration.
Getting There: The gateway to Kenya is Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Nairobi is linked by daily air services from Australia via the UAE or Qatar in the Middle East or via Johannesburg in South Africa.