Kenya holidays and safaris
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 conundrum for travellers 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
Top itineraries in Kenya
See the best of Kenya from the Masai Mara’s famed wildebeest migration to the Great Rift Valley and Mt. Kilimanjaro’s elephants. Along the way, you’ll enjoy game drives, gourmet dining and luxury stays throughout.
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.
This classic ’conservancy safari’ visits two diverse eco-systems in the company of expert guides, while staying at two luxury bush camps. You'll then head to the Mombasa coast for five days' palm-fringed relaxation.
Top places to stay in Kenya
One of Kenya's most iconic hotels, Giraffe Manor offers a glimpse of a bygone age where a safari was the preserve of the super-wealthy. But the most famous residents are its gentle, graceful Rothschild giraffes.
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, 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.
Where to go in Kenya
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, 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.
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.
Big Cat man and Wexas Honorary President Jonathan Scott lends his heartfelt support to his adopted country's people and wildlife
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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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