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  • Overview

    Few countries steal the senses and capture the imagination like Kenya. It is a land of breathtaking, magical beauty, and of epic, cinematic scenery. Where deep, broad skies, lowering and sheltering in quick succession, brood over snow-capped mountains. Where vast savannahs, infinite in width and depth, are scattered with trees as exotic as the animals who bask in their dry as dust shade. Where the air is as clear as a glass of pure water. Where flocks of soft pink flamingo drift on light sweet winds, above the mirage-inducing heat haze, of endless salt flats. Where hot air balloons floating high above rugged escarpments, disrupt a sky-blue canvas with teardrops of primary colours. And where the lush, palm-fringed white sand beaches and turquoise waters meet the tropical, spiky hues of the Indian Ocean’s coral reefs.

    Famed for its rich abundance of animals, Kenya is home to some of the finest wildlife viewing in Africa. One of the natural wonders of the world, the Great Migration sees more than two million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles, with predators in pursuit, move through the Serengeti and Maasai Mara. There are red elephants in Tsavo and grey elephants all over; Amboseli is the best place to see them. Lions steal the show from the cheetahs and hyenas in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, although it’s a brave predator who will hunt the mighty buffalo which are found amongst the large herds of zebra, giraffe, antelope and gazelle which graze there. Lake Nakuru is home to the massed millions of pink flamingos and the largest population of the white rhinoceros. Black rhinoceros, even more rare, are most likely to be spotted on the Maasai Mara. The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, in the north, is home to a wide variety of endangered wildlife including the black rhino. Visitors to Samburu may well be in with the best chance of seeing the elusive leopard – look in the tress rather than on the ground - and two endemic species found only in northern Kenya, Grevy's zebra and the reticulated giraffe. Crocodiles and hippopotamus doze in the waters of the Mara and Talek rivers and lakes Baringo and Turkhana.

    And although Kenya is justly celebrated for its national parks, reserves and wildlife conservation communities it's also home to some of the continent's best beaches. Sharing roughly the same latitude as the Maldives and Bali, there is sun, sea and sand in abundance. The warm and welcoming Indian Ocean is coloured in varying shades of green and blue. Coral reefs provide habitats for a plethora of sea-life. From Kenya there are excellent connections to Tanzania, Mauritius, Rwanda, Uganda and the Seychelles.

    When to visit

    The long rains occur from late March in until late May, and from late October to early December, although this should not necessarily be an impediment to travelling as visitors can enjoy the lush, emerald vegetation. January to March is hot, June to October is generally warm and dry, although evenings can be chilly. Wildlife viewing is good all year round: the short rains of December greet migratory birds and newborn animals, the Great Migration visits Kenya between late July and mid October. The coast enjoys an inviting tropical climate, although showers are always a possibility.

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Few countries steal the senses and capture the imagination like Kenya. It is a land of breathtaking, magical beauty, and of epic, cinematic scenery. Where deep, broad skies, lowering and sheltering in quick succession, brood over snow-capped mountains. Where vast savannahs, infinite in width and depth, are scattered with trees as exotic as the animals who bask in their dry as dust shade. Where the air is as clear as a glass of pure water. Where flocks of soft pink flamingo drift on light sweet winds, above the mirage-inducing heat haze, of endless salt flats. Where hot air balloons floating high above rugged escarpments, disrupt a sky-blue canvas with teardrops of primary colours. And where the lush, palm-fringed white sand beaches and turquoise waters meet the tropical, spiky hues of the Indian Ocean’s coral reefs.

Famed for its rich abundance of animals, Kenya is home to some of the finest wildlife viewing in Africa. One of the natural wonders of the world, the Great Migration sees more than two million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles, with predators in pursuit, move through the Serengeti and Maasai Mara. There are red elephants in Tsavo and grey elephants all over; Amboseli is the best place to see them. Lions steal the show from the cheetahs and hyenas in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, although it’s a brave predator who will hunt the mighty buffalo which are found amongst the large herds of zebra, giraffe, antelope and gazelle which graze there. Lake Nakuru is home to the massed millions of pink flamingos and the largest population of the white rhinoceros. Black rhinoceros, even more rare, are most likely to be spotted on the Maasai Mara. The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, in the north, is home to a wide variety of endangered wildlife including the black rhino. Visitors to Samburu may well be in with the best chance of seeing the elusive leopard – look in the tress rather than on the ground - and two endemic species found only in northern Kenya, Grevy's zebra and the reticulated giraffe. Crocodiles and hippopotamus doze in the waters of the Mara and Talek rivers and lakes Baringo and Turkhana.

And although Kenya is justly celebrated for its national parks, reserves and wildlife conservation communities it's also home to some of the continent's best beaches. Sharing roughly the same latitude as the Maldives and Bali, there is sun, sea and sand in abundance. The warm and welcoming Indian Ocean is coloured in varying shades of green and blue. Coral reefs provide habitats for a plethora of sea-life. From Kenya there are excellent connections to Tanzania, Mauritius, Rwanda, Uganda and the Seychelles.

When to visit

The long rains occur from late March in until late May, and from late October to early December, although this should not necessarily be an impediment to travelling as visitors can enjoy the lush, emerald vegetation. January to March is hot, June to October is generally warm and dry, although evenings can be chilly. Wildlife viewing is good all year round: the short rains of December greet migratory birds and newborn animals, the Great Migration visits Kenya between late July and mid October. The coast enjoys an inviting tropical climate, although showers are always a possibility.

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Best of Kenya

This 7 day escorted and small group safari will take in two of Kenya’s most popular and wildlife-rich national parks, the Maasai Mara and Amboseli, in addition to a night spent by the bird watcher’s paradise of Lake Elmenteita in the Eastern Rift Valley.

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Highlights of Kenya

An eight day wildlife-rich safari taking in three national parks and staying in comfortable safari lodges along the way. Journey through the world’s most famous wildlife park, the Maasai Mara, the smaller Amboseli National Park set in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro and the spectacular Lake Nakuru National Park, home to pink flamingos, white rhinos and the endangered Rothschild’s Giraffe.

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Leopard Beach Resort

4 star

This ward wining beach resort is set within vast tropical gardens, dotted with water features and visited by inquisitive monkeys, and located on an expansive sweep of the white sands of Diani Beach.

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Sarova Whitesand Beach Resort & Spa

4 star

Enjoying the longest beachfront of Kenya’s northern coast, Sarova Whitesands is set amongst vast naturally landscaped gardens next to the pristine white sand of Bamburi Beach.

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Featured hotels

Best of Kenya

This 7 day escorted and small group safari will take in two of Kenya’s most popular and wildlife-rich national parks, the Maasai Mara and Amboseli, in addition to a night spent by the bird watcher’s paradise of Lake Elmenteita in the Eastern Rift Valley.

Highlights of Kenya

An eight day wildlife-rich safari taking in three national parks and staying in comfortable safari lodges along the way. Journey through the world’s most famous wildlife park, the Maasai Mara, the smaller Amboseli National Park set in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro and the spectacular Lake Nakuru National Park, home to pink flamingos, white rhinos and the endangered Rothschild’s Giraffe.

Leopard Beach Resort

4 star

This ward wining beach resort is set within vast tropical gardens, dotted with water features and visited by inquisitive monkeys, and located on an expansive sweep of the white sands of Diani Beach.

Sarova Whitesand Beach Resort & Spa

4 star

Enjoying the longest beachfront of Kenya’s northern coast, Sarova Whitesands is set amongst vast naturally landscaped gardens next to the pristine white sand of Bamburi Beach.

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