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Kenya

As a holiday destination, Kenya has it all. There are beaches of the best sort - dazzling sand, palm trees and the gentle, warm Indian Ocean. There are the cool highland regions, temperate despite their tropical location. There are lush forests blanketing the ancient bedrock of the Aberdare mountain range, with treetop lodges among them. There's snow on the equator, on the imperious crags of Mount Kenya. There's the devastatingly dramatic sight of the Great Rift Valley, where the ground falls away and stretches out in miles of savannah and where the lakes are coloured white by pelicans and pink by flamingos. [See Kenya itinerary ideas]

The wildlife in Kenya is legendary - this is the home of safari. There are a large number of national parks to choose from, each distinctive from the next thanks to Kenya's vast range of habitats; red dust and elephants in Tsavo; the stunning silhouette of Kilimanjaro serving as a backdrop to wildlife in Amboseli; cheetahs and their chases over the immense plains of the Masai Mara; lions amidst the fever trees in Meru - home to Elsa of Born Free fame; leopards along the river in the otherwise stark and arid Samburu.

All this and culture too - the coast in particular is rich in history. It's where all visitors once arrived. Arab and Indian traders reached the Kenya coast in the 9th century, and their mingled heritage led to the distinctive Swahili culture that characterises the coast to this day. The history of the interior is equally compelling, both tribal and national, and there are stories to be heard at every bar in every town, in edgy, buzzy Nairobi or relaxed, charming Mombasa.

The main problem for travellers to Kenya is how to fit it all in. Beach holiday or luxury safari? It would be a tragedy to have one without the other.

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Essential Experiences

We’ve rounded up our list of recommended sites and things to do. Click on the map to enlarge it and see what we suggest or follow the links in the list to discover how to get the best out of your holiday.


Regions [10]

Click on a place name below to find out more. Alternatively, to start planning where to go in Kenya, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0611.


Itinerary ideas [24]

The itinerary ideas listed below are designed to give you a flavour of the things to do in Kenya. We can adjust any element and tailor-make your trip though, to suit your individual needs and available time. To start planning your trip, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0611.

Nairobi to Cape Town Adventure

Marvel at the world's highest sand dunes, float through the Okavango and meet the San Bushmen in the blazing Kalahari Desert on this epic overland adventure. …

Kenya Safari Experience

If you’re of the opinion that ‘safari’ doesn’t have to be synonymous with ‘roughing it’, have we got an adventure for you! Designed for travellers …

Masai Mara Camping Safari

If you’re short on time, this adventure serves up the colours, culture and wildlife of Kenya in four incredible days. Journey across the rolling plains and …

Masai & Tanzania Camping Safari

Long on yearning for the savannahs of East Africa but short on time? This should do the trick. This adventure spreads the wonders of the Serengeti, the …

Kenya & Tanzania Camping Safari

Led by a certified safari guide, this 15-day tour will bring you to the famous wildlife habitats of both Tanzania and Kenya. Descend into the Great Rift Valley …

Kenya Camping Safari

From dramatic savannahs to the Great Rift Valley, experience Kenya in all its glory. Travel the vast open plains and rolling hills of the Masai Mara and scour …

Tanzania Camping Safari

Witness big game on open savannah and experience the beauty of the Rift Valley. Led by a certified safari guide, you'll journey to Tanzania in search of …

Kenya & Tanzania Safari Experience

Whether you travel in style or by the seat of your pants, the sprawling, wildlife-rich grasslands of Kenya and Tanzania are a sight to behold. This trip …

Local Living Kenya - Masai Village

For ages, the Masai people of East Africa have preserved an authentic way of life that includes training warriors, communicating with wild animals across the …

Nairobi to Joburg Overland

Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Kruger National Park, Lake Malawi, Zanzibar, Victoria Falls—we originally called this trip ‘Africa Complete,’ …

Kenya & Tanzania Overland Adventure

For those who want it all, this 16-day adventure offers the promise of Kenya and Tanzania's best wilderness as well as plenty of time at Zanzibar's beaches and …

Kenya Overland Adventure

Beginning and ending in Nairobi, this 6-day adventure offers up wild Kenya on a budget. Track the Big Five across the legendary plains of Masai Mara and spot …

Kenya & Tanzania Overland

Nairobi's convenient international airport is your gateway to this 10-day adventure that serves up all of Africa's wildness for a decidedly mild price. Here, …

Ultimate East Africa

Beginning in Nairobi, with its convenient international airport, this 24-day African adventure offers up the prizes of Uganda before heading east towards the …

Nairobi to Victoria Falls Adventure

Inhale the fragrant perfume of Zanzibar’s spice plantations, hunt for the perfect snapshot of the ever-elusive Big Five across the Serengeti, feel the thunder …

Nairobi to Zanzibar Adventure

From the buzz of Kenya's capital Nairobi to the excitement of tracking the Big Five across the Serengeti, feel the pulse of Africa on this 11-day journey. …

Kenya & Uganda Gorilla Adventure

Meet mountain gorillas and other amazing wildlife on this 2-week overland adventure. Spot chimpanzees in Kalinzu Forest and join experienced trackers while …

Amboseli Safari Experience

Spot big game on this safari over the open plains of Amboseli National Park, returning in the evenings to the comfort of your own luxury tent. With the …

Masai Mara Safari Experience

Travel through the Great Rift Valley on to our safari lodge in Kenya's premier wildlife reserve—the Masai Mara. Explore diverse wilderness crossing rolling …

Places to stay [22]

The places to stay listed below only represent a handful of the accommodation options available in Kenya. We can also recommend and arrange accommodation to suit your personal tastes and budget. To start planning where to stay in Kenya, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0611.

AfroChic Diani, Mombasa

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WEXAS accommodation rating

  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).
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£££££ typically more than £400 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £400 per room per night

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£££££ typically up to £200 per room per night

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Note that hotel rates can vary widely depending on factors such as season

Beach Relaxation

AfroChic Diani, with its beautiful furnished landscaped garden and its free form crystal clear swimming pool, is situated right on the edge of the gorgeous …

Kicheche Mara Camp, Masai Mara

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WEXAS accommodation rating

  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).
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WEXAS price guide

£££££ typically more than £400 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £400 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £300 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £200 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £100 per room per night

Note that hotel rates can vary widely depending on factors such as season

Wildlife Natural world Activity & adventure

Kicheche is a classic bush camp, where game viewing starts right from the camp itself. Walking safaris are also possible and an excellent way to discover the …

Kicheche Laikipia Camp

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What does Deluxe mean

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WEXAS accommodation rating

  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).
£££££

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WEXAS price guide

£££££ typically more than £400 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £400 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £300 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £200 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £100 per room per night

Note that hotel rates can vary widely depending on factors such as season

Wildlife Natural world Activity & adventure

Kicheche Laikipia Camp camp has 6 luxurious tents which are custom designed and are fully insect-proof with en-suite bathrooms

Serena Beach Hotel, Mombasa

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WEXAS accommodation rating

  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).
£££££

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WEXAS price guide

£££££ typically more than £400 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £400 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £300 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £200 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £100 per room per night

Note that hotel rates can vary widely depending on factors such as season

Beach Relaxation

Fringed by coconut palms and powder white sand beaches, this stretch of Kenyan coastline offers the ultimate tropical paradise. Set in beautiful tropical …

Baobab Beach Resort & Spa, Kenya

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WEXAS accommodation rating

  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).
£££££

What does this price mean

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WEXAS price guide

£££££ typically more than £400 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £400 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £300 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £200 per room per night

£££££ typically up to £100 per room per night

Note that hotel rates can vary widely depending on factors such as season

Beach Relaxation Diving

Located on the beautiful Diani beach, and set amongst tropical gardens, the Baobab Beach Resort & Spa is the perfect spot to unwind and relax. It’s an oasis …

Satao Elerai Camp, Amboseli

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WEXAS accommodation rating

  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).

Satao Elerai Camp is located in a quiet, unspoilt, unique setting on a 5000 acre private conservation area 12 kms south east of Amboseli National Park at the …

Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp

Deluxe

What does Deluxe mean

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WEXAS accommodation rating

  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).

Laid out along the banks of the Sabaringo River on the edge of the Oloololo escarpment, Kichwa Tembo Masai Mara Tented Camp looks out onto the seemingly endless …

Keekorok Lodge, Masai Mara

Keekorok Game Lodge lies at the southern end of Masai Mara National Reserve and is sited in the direct path of the annual migration. At the height of the …

Royal Mara Safari Lodge, Masai Mara

On the banks of the Mara River, in the Western Koyiaki conservation area, The Royal Mara Safari Lodge is situated in the richest game view section of the …

Kinondo Kwetu, Kenya

Kinondo Kwetu is home to Ida and Filip Andersson, a Swedish Family who've established this luxury 'home-from-home' paradise on the stunning Kenyan …

Elephant Pepper Camp, Masai Mara

Elephant Pepper Camp, in Kenya's protected Mara North Conservancy, is surrounded by 3,600 square kilometres of untouched wilderness. Hidden in a secluded grove …

Joy's Camp, Kenya

Featuring ten elegant en-suite tents and a prime location in the heart of the Shaba National Reserve, Joy's Camp provides guests with exclusive and stylish …

Saruni Samburu, Kenya

Set in 95,000 spectacular acres of prime conservancy in the Samburu National Reserve, Saruni Samburi offers guests stunning accommodation in the heart of …

Serena Mountain Lodge, Mount Kenya

At 7,200 feet on the slopes of Mount Kenya, Mountain Lodge is ringed by a dense rain forest that comes alive at dusk with a myriad of sounds of creatures of all …

Olonana Tented Camp, Masai Mara

Olonana is situated on the banks of the Mara River, in the heart of Kenya’s Big Game country. This unique setting offers a world of remarkable opportunities …

Palacina Suites, Nairobi

At the Palacina Suites, the emphasis is on making guests feel at home during their stay in Nairobi in an atmosphere of understated elegance and warm …

Chui Lodge, Lake Naivasha

Chui Lodge is situated in the privately owned 20,000 acre Oserian Wildlife Sanctuary just above the shores of Lake Naivasha within the Great Rift Valley. Chui …

Kiangazi House, Lake Naivasha

Kiangazi House is situated in the wildlife corridor adjacent to the privately owned 20,000 acre Oserian Wildlife Sanctuary just above the shores of Lake …

Severin Safari Camp, Tsavo West Nat Park

Severin Safari Camp has a panoramic view over the game-rich plains lying beneath the lush Chyulu Hills and snow capped Mount Kilimanjaro, the camp provides an …

Satao Camp, Tsavo East National Park

Located within the Tsavo East National Park and nestled amongst trees and surrounding a central water-hole, the semi-circular layout of the camp provides an …

Sarova Mara Game Camp, Masai Mara

The endless plains of East Africa are the setting for the world’s greatest wildlife spectacle where, from the vast Serengeti plains to the champagne colored …

Karen Blixen Camp, Masai Mara

Karen Blixen Camp in the Masai Mara offers an authentic ’yesteryear’ experience for visitors wishing to gain that little extra from their safari. Set on the …

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