Kenya pioneered the modern day safari. In fact it is where the term safari was born (from the Swahili word meaning “journey”). The Maasai Mara continues to be one of Africa’s most productive game parks and offers an incredible game experience. This has been accentuated in recent times with the advent of private safari concessions on the northern side of the reserve offering a relatively exclusive safari experience.
Kenya is home to a great diversity of landscapes; the semi-arid areas in the north, the fecund plains on the footstep of Mt Kenya, the wide open plains of Amboseli and its environs and the rolling grassland of the Maasai Mara, the classic “Out of Africa” landscape.
Most safaris to Kenya are built first and foremost on a stay in the Maasai Mara. From there, there are a myriad of options, be they in country or to neighbouring countries. Kenya combines very well with Tanzania and/or Rwanda and Uganda. It all depends upon your expectations. We have operated a myriad of different combinations; Kenya centric – the Mara, Samburu, and Amboseli/Chuyulu Hills, the Maasai Mara with Tanzania, The Mara with Uganda and Rwanda for example.
As a general rule most clients like to combine between 3 and 4 different locations and experiences into an itinerary with safari duration ranging from 9-14 days..
Kenya offers a sheer abundance of wildlife in the Masai Mara, iconic game-filled plains with Mount Kilimanjaro as your backdrop in Amboseli, and the harsh, dry but achingly beautiful landscapes of the northern regions.
Each year the Mara plays host to the world’s greatest natural spectacle, the wildebeest migration from the Serengeti. From August to October, the promise of rain and fresh life-giving grass in the north brings more than 1.3 million wildebeest together into a single swarming herd. At the Mara River they mass together on the banks before finally plunging forward through the raging waters, creating a frenzy as they fight against swift currents and waiting crocodiles.
Steeped in history and wonderfully diverse, a Kenyan safari experience is an authentic cultural journey into the heart of the African land and its people.