Destinations: Kenya

The original safari destination for many Europeans. Kenya enjoys a historical reputation for safaris, and still enjoys that ambience. Nairobi is the capital, and itself has a number of ‘need to see’ attractions. Kenya is a combination of the Masai Mara and private conservancies in the east, north and surrounding the Mara. The colourful red ‘shuka’ and adornments of the Masai and Samburu people are the country’s trademark, together with the red dust of the north. There are a number of boutique camps in the north which favour discerning travelers.

Nairobi. Karen Blixen’s home, Elephant Orphanage, markets. The traditional start to any East African safari!

Mount Kenya. The iconic mountain that stands alone on the equator. It overlooks Lewa!

Sarara, Elephant Watch. Boutique wildlife camp owned and run by Oria Douglas Hamilton in the Samburu tribal lands. Walks and drives.

Amboseli and Tsavo National Parks. On the northern foothills of Kilimanjaro. Dry and typical of much of Kenya, with great elephant populations and not a lot of anything else. Bordering on the Masai Conservancies. Great photographic opportunities in Amboseli.

Masai Mara Game Reserve. The migration. Most famous game reserve in western Kenya, contiguous with Serengeti on Tanzanian border, so the migration comes through from late August until November, at the latest. Several Masai conservatories along northern boundary which are very beneficial to all the wildlife around there.

Mahale and Gombe. The finest chimpanzee viewing of wild, ‘habituated’ chimpanzees!