The Kenyans practically invented safaris and the country has become a magnet for wildlife lovers from all over the world. True, this means some areas are clogged with minibuses and harassed animals. But step off the conventional route and you’ll discover the real Kenya: one of Africa’s most diverse, creative and welcoming countries. Miss it at your peril.
Away from the tourist trail you’ll find a raw and breathtaking wilderness, as well as some outstanding small safari camps and lodges. Many are privately owned and run by families that have been in the business for generations. They are masters at delivering creative twists on the traditional safari camp experience.
With an amazing intensity of wildlife and an air of relaxed confidence, Kenya is an exhilarating choice for a family safari. For something entirely unique, you could mix some excellent game viewing with a visit to one of Kenya’s intensely wild areas. Explore the brick red earth and colourful wildlife of the Laikipia Plateau, the rugged Meru National Park or gems like Shaba – a region that’s small on visitors but big on wildlife.