Luxury Kenya Safari Tours & Vacations

Experience the magic of a Luxury Safari in Kenya, known for 54 national parks and unique landscapes, inspiring Disney’s Lion King. The Masai Mara offers exceptional game viewing with iconic wildlife. What sets Kenya apart are diverse activities like camel riding and rhino sanctuaries. Nairobi offers captivating experiences, from adopting baby elephants to breakfast with giraffes.

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When it comes to a Kenya safari, the Masai Mara is the jewel of the safari crown. To enhance your safari experience, I’d recommend staying further north of the Reserve – in one of the Mara Conservancies. With a larger choice of game-viewing activities and a maximum of 5 vehicles per sighting, it’s more exclusive.

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Gemma D Souza

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Best Kenya Tours Itineraries

Our experts know Kenya like the back of their hand, and having travelled extensively around the country, they have put together some trips and tours, and some of the best safari camps and hotels to get you inspired. All of our trips are tailor-made and can be customized to suit you – our aim is to curate the perfect luxury safari for you, and with our friendly and knowledgeable specialists, we are confident we will.

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Kenya is a country of beautifully bold contrasts. The Great African Rift Valley is a dramatic ridge that runs through Kenya, from north to south. Over thousands of years, this Rift Valley formed monumental geographic landmarks that still shape the country today – from mountain peaks that dominate the skies, to glacial lakes that sparkle under the African sun. An incredibly diverse and rich number of wildlife – from elephants to crocodiles – calls these plains, forests, and lakes home.

Luxury safaris in Kenya are regarded one of the best in Africa. The Masai Mara National Reserve is arguably the best game-viewing in Kenya, if not Africa! Morning and afternoon game drives here offer incredibly reliable sightings of animals like elephant, lion, hippo, hyena, leopard, giraffe, cheetah, and much more. The Masai Mara shares the same ecosystem as the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, so between the months of July and September, the wildebeest migration herds can be seen in the Masai Mara.

There are plenty of safari activities you can do across Kenya. Of course, game drives are offered across all national parks and reserves. Night drives are also offered in some privately-owned conservancies which is a great opportunity to see species like genets, servals, and porcupines. Other parks, like Amboseli, the Laikipia Plateau and Samburu offer activities like cultural visits, fly camping, and walking safaris.

Best Places to Go in Kenya

  • Laikipia Plateau

    Laikipia Plateau

    Laikipia Plateau in central Kenya, served by Lewa, Nanyuki, and Loisaba airstrips, offers distinct experiences and active adventures. Ideal for families, it features river tubing, quad biking, night drives, camel riding, and stunning vistas.

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    Samburu National Reserve

    Samburu National Reserve, in Kenya’s Rift Valley, provides exceptional safaris. Look for the “Samburu Five” – Grevy Zebra, Somali Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk, Beisa Oryx, alongside elephant, lion, leopard, antelope, and sometimes wild dogs around the Ewaso Nyiro River.

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    The Kenyan Coast

    Kenya’s eastern coast, near Mombasa, boasts stunning white-sand beaches. Diani Beach, north and south of Mombasa, appeals to families, honeymooners, and water-sports lovers. Conveniently combine it with a Kenyan safari for a relaxing post-safari escape.

    The Kenyan Coast
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    Masai Mara

    Southern Kenya’s Masai Mara is an iconic safari destination, renowned for its abundant wildlife. It boasts exceptional game viewing, including big cats and the incredible wildebeest migration from July to November.

    Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Amboseli National Park

    Amboseli National Park

    Amboseli National Park, the ‘Land of the Giants,’ hosts vast elephant populations and some of Africa’s largest tuskers. It offers excellent wildlife sightings, with a backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro, making it a superb standalone or combined safari destination.

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    Nairobi

    Nairobi, Kenya’s safari launch point, offers more than hotels. Must-see spots include the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for orphaned elephants, the Giraffe Center, and the Karen Blixen museum. Consider a unique start at Giraffe Manor, known as one of the world’s most incredible hotels, offering breakfast with giraffes. Reservations fill up quickly.

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When to Visit Kenya

The best time to visit Kenya is during the dry seasons from July to October and January to February. These times are excellent for witnessing the Great Migration in the Maasai Mara and for game drives in the country’s national parks, with pleasant weather and abundant wildlife sightings.

For more on where to visit in Kenya, see here.

What to do in Kenya

Kenya is one of the most iconic safari destinations in Africa, and rightly so. Home to vast open plains with an abundance of wildlife, the vibrant mountain peaks of the Rift Valley, white-sand beaches with azure water, and natural lakes that sparkle under the African sun, Kenya really does offer something for everyone.

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    Watch the Wildebeest Migration

    The Masai Mara is home to an exceptional amount of wildlife, including elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, buffalo, giraffe and many more. On top of that, visit the Masai Mara between the months of July and November, and you will get to see the famous wildebeest migration – an annual pilgrimage of over 1.5 million wildebeest.

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    Visit protected rhinos in Ol Pejeta

    There are only two northern white rhinos left in the world! These are two female rhinos, named Najin and Fatu, who are protected and monitored continuously by dedicated rangers in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Because of the species’ vulnerability, visiting the rhinos is one of the most popular things to do in Kenya.

  • Loisaba Starbeds

    Sleep under the stars in Laikpia

    Experience the awe of African stargazing in Kenya’s Laikipia Plateau. Loisaba Starbeds, with just four rooms, provides an iconic stargazing opportunity. Your four-poster bed is wheeled onto a private veranda at night, allowing you to sleep under the stars, complete with nearby bathroom facilities and a mosquito net.

Kenya advice from travel experts

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    Kenya or Tanzania – which destination is best for me?

    While the African continent offers some incredible safari experiences, East Africa offers a very wild and authentic safari. The national parks and reserves and unfenced which means that animals can roam as much as they want, migrating for hundreds of miles in some cases (the wildebeest migration). There are several safari destinations in East Africa. Uganda and Rwanda are much smaller, and more specialized safari destinations, focusing particularly on primates like the habituated chimpanzees and the mountain gorillas. Ethiopia is not really a core safari destination, but there are some interesting experiences to be had there, like seeing the baboons in the Simeon mountains. Above all, Kenya and Tanzania are the best destinations to head to for an East Africa safari. They offer a fantastic safari – arguably one of the best in all of Africa. But with two exceptional safari destinations, offering similar experiences, how do you know which destination is best for you? This small guide may help answer just that. Image: Angama Mara, Kenya
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    Best Time to Visit Kenya

    Kenya is a beautiful and diverse country – home to mountain ranges, the African Rift Valley, forests, lakes, savannahs and extended coastlines. Although each of the specific destinations have best times to visit, Kenya enjoys warm temperatures and good conditions year round.
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    Horse riding safaris in Kenya

    Although the most conventional way to see wildlife in Africa is on a safari vehicle (called a game drive), a horseback safari is a unique and thrilling way to see wild animals in their natural habitat. Not only do you get a different perspective for game viewing, you also get the additional benefit of enjoying a riding holiday in itself. The best thing is that there are different options for riding in Kenya based on your ability and experience. This guide gives you a little insight into the different places you can ride in Kenya.
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    11 bucket-list safaris in Africa

    An African safari is on so many travelers bucket lists, and rightly so. There are so many fantastic destinations to do a safari in Africa - with Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana, and Zambia to name a few. Each destination offers a unique experience and our safari specialists can advise and organize a trip that suits you perfectly. Whether it’s vast open savannahs or dense forests, sightings of a wildebeest migration or a family of endangered mountain gorillas whilst gorilla trekking, Africa offers something for everyone. For some inspiration, we’ve put together our top 10 bucket-list safaris in Africa.
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FAQs

How long should I go on a Kenya safari for?

We would recommend between 3-6 nights. 3 nights minimum. This gives you enough time to experience fantastic wildlife, but also get to know the staff, managers and your safari guide.

Which Kenya safari is best for me?

KenyaA great place to start is determining which animal sighting(s) you’d like to experience (e.g. the great migration), activities you’d like to experience (e.g. walking safari, night game drives, hot air balloons). We can advise which time of year to go based on the above and more.

What is a typical day on safari like?

A typical day usually starts at 5.30am with plenty of tea/coffee. You will head out on your sunrise game drive around 6.30am for prime wildlife sightings, returning around midday for lunch, and/or a swim and a siesta. Afternoon game drives take place around 4pm. On average, a luxury Kenya safari will include around 7-8 hours on safari.

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