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Kenya holidays and safaris

Introduction

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.

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.

At a glance

Flying time from UK
8½ hours

Time Zone
GMT +3

Currency
Kenya shilling (KSh) = 100 cents

Language
Swahili and English

Visa
Please check the FCO for latest advice

Where to go in Kenya

Lake Naivasha

Naivasha means ‘Rippling Water' and the glittering waters of Lake Naivasha resemble a gem strung along the stunning necklace that is the Great Rift Valley. The approach from the top of the escarpment into the Great Rift Valley is perhaps one of the most stunning views in Kenya, with the stark volca…

Lake Nakuru

Lake Nakuru, with its swathes of pink flamingos, is the focal point of the small but perfectly formed Lake Nakuru National Park. Its size belies the great diversity of flora within - from the striking succulent Euphorbia tree to a glorious forest of fever trees.

Mount Kenya

The rugged peaks of Mount Kenya, sacred to the local Kikuyu tribe, dominate the landscape of the Central Highlands. The name Kenya in fact derives from the Akamba word Kiinya - mountain of the ostrich - as the twin peaks of Nelion and Batian are said to look like an ostrich feather.

Mombasa

Mombasa is Kenya's second city and perhaps its most charming. Saturating the offshore island it's situated on, it's a crowded city but somehow always chilled, far less frenetic than the capital, Nairobi.

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Top itineraries in Kenya

Kenya Safari & Coast

14-day tailor-made journey from £2,695 pp incl. flights

This wonderful 14-day safari holiday takes in the beautiful landscapes and abundant wildlife of Kenya before heading to the coast for a relaxing beach break on the spectacular Mombasa Coast.

Kenya Safari and Beach break

10-day tailor-made journey from £3,195 pp incl. flights

This classic 10-day ’Conservancy Safari’ visits two diverse eco-systems in the hands of expert guides, while staying at two luxurious bush camps.

Kenya Air Safari

12-day tailor-made journey from £4,095 pp incl. flights

The delights of Kenya can be enjoyed on this air-safari whilst staying in some of the finest accommodation this beautiful country has to offer.

Amboseli, Meru & the Mara

12-day tailor-made safari from £4,795 pp incl. flights

Kenya is rightly regarded as one of the world's premier wildlife holiday destinations. The country boasts an incredible variety of animal and bird species in a diverse range of habitats with spectacular landscapes providing breathtaking backdrops at every turn.

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Top places to stay in Kenya

Severin Safari Camp, Kenya

Contemporary lodge

Spread across 25 acres of wild bushland in the heart of Kenya's Tsavo West National Park, under the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, Severin Safari Camp is perfectly integrated into the magnificent, wildlife-rich nature that surrounds it.

AfroChic Diani, Mombasa

Contemporary hotel

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 white ands of Diani beach, 27 km south of Mombasa on Kenya's east coast.

Kinondo Kwetu, Kenya

Accommodation

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 coast.

Elephant Pepper Camp, Masai Mara

Accommodation

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

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Kenya articles

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  • How to avoid high season crowds

    Lots of destinations around the world have a best time to visit or a high season, when the majority of travellers arrive. Whilst these periods can often be driven by good reasons, there are also ways in which a savvy traveller can get away around these months, escape the crowds and save money. We r…

  • Come to Kenya!

    Big Cat man and Wexas Honorary President Jonathan Scott lends his heartfelt support to his adopted country's people and wildlife

  • When the Lion Roars

    Big Cat Man and Wexas Honorary President Jonathan Scott speaks out on his love affair with Kenya and why you should still consider visiting.

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