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What I love about this country is its incredible diversity. Whether you are visiting the home of safari, 'the Masai Mara' or soaking up the culture of the Samburu, Kenya will leave you wanting to come back again and again.Contact Georgie
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Why we love Kenya
The latest insight from our time spent exploring Kenya.
Home of Safari
The heart of the country is perhaps its most famous export, the Great Wildebeest Migration in the Masai Mara Game Reserve. But, safari in Kenya is by no means limited to the Mara, to view it as such would mean missing out on some of the most remarkable safari destinations in Africa. Recently, there has been a surge in demand for northern regions of Laikipia and Samburu. Rugged mountain ranges burst out of the plains below them, offer a discerning traveller the chance to experience luxurious safari away from the crowds.
Kenya's coastline has long been famed for its white sand beaches and relaxed atmosphere. A destination in itself, but also the perfect way to complement some time on safari. The Kenyan coast offers no shoes relaxation, luxurious spas, beautiful villas and perfect beaches if you’re looking to lay back and relax, but if you are the type who can't sit still, then enjoy a fantastic variety of activities from world-class deep sea fishing, scuba diving, and other water-sports.
Kenya is an extremely diverse country, straddling numerous climate zones and contains a vast range of landscapes and cultures. It offers an array of experiences, from remarkably remote, luxurious camps to more accessible and more affordable safari accommodation. From the big game of the Masai Mara and Chyulu Hills; to the heat and intensity of the Chalbi Desert and Lake Turkana; to the white sand and turquoise water of the Swahili Coast.
Land of Legends
Kenya is a land of legends; from Karen Blixen to George and Joy Adamson of Born Free fame. The Mara big cats have long been well documented in Big Cat Diary, and the conservation successes of conservancies like Lewa Downs is well known, especially of late with HRH the Duke of Cambridge standing as Royal Patron of Tusk Trust. Kenyan safari is going from strength to strength and a young generation of new passionate conservationists fills us with enthusiasm for Kenya’s future.
How to Explore Kenya
These itineraries cover routes and places that are particularly popular with our guests and are designed to inspire. Every single trip we create is tailor-made and highly personalized to meet your specific requirements.
The Great Wildebeest Migration
- Experience the magic of the Masai Mara at dawn in a Hot Air Balloon, observing the vast plains and wildlife from the air.
- From 7 nights at £5,850 per person including accommodation, flights and a hot air balloon ride.
- The Masai Mara
The Best of Laikipia and Samburu
- Explore Samburu for its incredible culture and spectacular surroundings. Head to Laikipia to explore its wildlife and scenery on foot.
- From 7 nights at £5,500 per person including accommodation and flights.
- Laikipia, Samburu, Matthew's Range
The Ultimate Family Safari
- Enjoy breakfast with giraffes at Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, before heading to Lewa for its beautiful and diverse landscapes. Finish in the Mara for an unparalleled wildlife experience.
- From 10 nights at £6,250 per person based on a family of 4 sharing, including accommodation and flights.
- Nairobi, Lewa, the Masai Mara
Kenya Beaches and Safari
- Discover the magnificent wildlife of the Masai Mara, before unwinding on the beautiful white sand beaches of Kenya's coastline.
- From 7 nights at £4,500 per person, including accommodation and flights.
- The Masai Mara, Diani, Lamu
- Uncover the very best of Kenya on horseback, getting up close and personal with the wildlife.
- From 7 nights at £6,800 including accommodation and flights.
- Laikipia, the Masai Mara
Explore Kenya on Foot
- Get to know the real Kenya by exploring on foot, from a gentle stroll to a hike up Mount Kenya!
- From 7 nights at £4,000 including accommodation and flights.
- Mount Kenya, Laikipia, Samburu, Chyulu Hills
Boasting exceptional year round wildlife, the Masai Mara is a must visit for anyone on safari in Kenya for the first time. This is especially the case from July to October during the Great Wildebeest Migration. Well-managed examples of sustainable tourism have developed as conservancies around the Masai Mara, these areas are carefully controlled areas of land, managed by the high-end safari lodges who lease them from the local Masai. A long term initiative to involve Kenyans with high end tourism and protect wildlife at the same time. The Masai Mara is a single destination in itself, however, it also combines excellently with the safari areas to the north and indeed the Serengeti across the border to the south.
Nairobi is Kenya’s bustling capital city, often used as the starting point for safaris into East Africa. In addition to its urban core, the city is home to Nairobi National Park, an excellent game reserve known for breeding endangered black rhinos, giraffes, zebras and lions. We would recommend taking in the elephant orphanage operated by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust as well as the Karen Blixen museum during your time in the city.
Amboseli National Park sits like an oasis in a land of dry savannah, with the picturesque backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro across the border in Tanzania. It remains the very best place in Africa to see large herds of elephants but less known is that is has it's own wildebeest and zebra migration as well as thousands of resident game throughout the year. We love to combine Amboseli with time in the rarely visited Chyulu Hills. With a great amount of game located in wooded savannah, the Chyulu's provide our guests which such a rich contrast in both landscape and ecosystem from other regions of Kenya and in peak season, you can explore all day without seeing another vehicle.
Meru National Park
Meru National Park, situated in northern Kenya, covers an area of 870 square kilometers. It is fringed on its western boundary by the chain of the Nyambeni Hills which raise up to 2500 metres above sea level. These hills, with pockets of protected forests at their top, act as a formidable water catchment system. Thus they are the source of 13 permanent rivers that eventually cut across the Park itself. Such an abundance of water flowing through a predominantly arid part of Kenya creates a mosaic of different habitats making Meru one of the most diverse Parks in the whole Africa.
The Matthews Mountain Range is located in Kenya's Northern Frontier and is one of the wildest areas in the country. The place is home to numerous types of wildlife as well as the famous Samburu people.
Many Kenyan’s struggle to cope if they can’t spend time at the beach at regular intervals. Once you have visited for yourself it is easy to see why this is. Blessed with some of the best beaches of the Indian Ocean, there are jewel like locations right from the north to the south of the coast. We love the mix of Swahili culture and beach-life you can experience right from Lamu in the north to Diani in the South. A great way to end a holiday after longer days on safari, the Kenyan coast is equally a place to lay back and relax with a cocktail as it is a mecca for water-sport lovers. Watamu is an iconic deep-sea fishing destination and kite-surfing is big up and down the coast with the consistent trade winds. There are fabulous villas, luxury hotels, barefoot beach bandas and more, so just let us know what you are looking for and we will be able to help.
Laikipia & Samburu
The high plains of Laikipia sit under a majestic snow-capped Mount Kenya, and are made up of a patchwork of private reserves with superb family run safari lodges. This is regarded as one of Kenya's best safari regions with plentiful game and few visitors, an example of sustainable tourism at its best, and the location of some truly beautiful lodges. True Luxury Travel’s specialists often find ourselves drawn back to this area and if you were to ask about our favourite areas in Africa, Laikipia would be close to the top. Heading further north takes you into the Samburu and the heat of the desert, a land of winding sand-rivers and doom palms, flanked by the majestic Matthews Range and the Samburu’s spiritual mountain Ololokwe. Stumble upon huge bull elephants and big breeding herds heading for water and be astounded in the volume of life in such an arid part of the world, this is an excellent area for wild dog and leopard sightings.
Diani Beach is a major beach resort located on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya, about an hour south of Mombasa. The beach is about 10km long, from the Kongo river to the north and Galu beach to the south. Diani beach is highly popular with tourists, as a location for several safari lodges, but also for its stunning white beaches and lush greenery. It is by no means your typical resort town, but instead has some of the best accommodation in Kenya, attracting honeymooners, families and water sport enthusiasts alike. It is the perfect location in which to unwind with some beach time following on from the excitement of a safari.
Lamu or Lamu Town is a small town on Lamu Island, which is a part of the Lamu Archipelago in Kenya. Lamu Town is unique in the fact that is approached by water. It is the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa. The town is built in coral stone and mangrove timber, and characterised by its inner courtyards, verandas, and elaborately carved wooden doors. Lamu makes for a blissful beach escape, with white sand dunes that hem the island, exceptional snorkelling opportunities and old narrow streets, making it no surprise it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Malindi is an old atmospheric town, located on Malindi Bay at the mouth of the Galana River, and lies on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya. It has a distinct European feel, attracting locals and Europeans alike. Malindi is among Kenya's finest beach resorts, and has the advantage of being well connected, and has good hotels and plenty of restaurants, bars and shops. The idyllic tropical beaches are particularly popular for their diving, surfing and deep sea fishing (for marlin, shark and sailfish). Malindi Beach is the perfect relaxing hideaway destination.
Watamu is a delightful village located approximately 105 km north of Mombasa and about 15 km south of Malindi on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya. This ultimate tropical retreat lies on a small headland, between the Blue Lagoon and Watamu Bay. It is lined with Kenya's finest white sandy beaches, and is an ideal location from which to snorkel, swim and explore. The village is filled with charming Kenyan shopping stalls called dukas, but it is also possible to visit the Gede Ruins, a 12th Century Swahili Village.
Where To Stay in Kenya
Explore some of our highly recommended lodges within our Kenya Collection.