Kenya is the most established safari country, and consequently you have to step a little off the conventional route to find real wilderness, but it’s certainly there. Kenya also has much going for it as a family destination, and also a good number of very individual safari camps and lodges with a personal approach that makes your experience very special. Kenya also has a particularly diverse ecology which ranges from snowy mountains to true desert, rolling grassy plains filled with wildlife to craggy scrub intersected with dry riverbeds, sparkling beaches and volcanic ranges.
Some recommended experiences in Kenya
Family safari through Kenya
A relaxed family safari in Kenya and a chance for everyone to let their hair down. Safari adventures, swimming in rivers, riding camels, barefoot on the beach.
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Game ranch experience in Laikipia
A no-fuss holiday on a private game ranch on Kenya's Laikipia Plateau, complete with genuine hospitality and masses to occupy your time.
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Game viewing in Masai Mara
A safari to see the best of big game, staying in small camps in outstanding wildlife areas in Kenya's Masai Mara. Great guiding, far from the crowds.
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Laikipia is a vast expanse of wild country in the central highlands - it covers almost 2 million acres and runs from Mt Kenya in the East to the Rift Valley in the west.
Meru National Park
Meru is a stunning, little visited and remote park that was home to George and Joy Adamson in the 60s.
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Masai Mara National Reserve
The Masai Mara Reserve constitutes a relatively small part of the whole Mara eco-system, which is a tiny piece of the eco-system that includes the vast Serengeti.
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The conservancies on the edge of the Masai Mara still offer some of the best game viewing in the world, with tented camps that have remained true to that authentic safari experience. Some of the less well known parks such as Meru and the Chyulu Hills, and the private ranches in Laikipia are unlike anywhere else in Africa in terms of scenery, not to mention some unusual wildlife.
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One of Kenya's real drawcards is the variety of activities on offer, and the freedom afforded by small, highly personal camps and lodges. This is what still makes Kenya special despite the growth of other magnificent safari countries elsewhere in Africa. And then there's the beach....much of the Kenya coast is quite built up but the Swahili town of Lamu and islands of the north coast, plus one or two beaches in the far south make a great end to safari in Kenya.
The months between June and October, and December to March are the most popular times of year to visit Kenya. April, May and November can be quite wet.