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Best Kenya Safari Experiences Our Curated Selection Of The Best Safari Experiences in Kenya

Anyone who’s read (or seen) Out of Africa knows that Kenya is alive with safari possibilities, including some of Africa’s best safari experiences. Apart from game drives – which are always wonderful – you can explore it by helicopter, biplane, hot-air balloon, horse or even camel. Which of the best Kenya safari experiences will you choose?

Kenya’s great variety of landscapes – and its proud tradition as a safari destination – mean that there’s an almost limitless range of activities available. We’ve collected together what we consider to be Kenya’s best safari experiences – now all you have to do is choose … which, when you consider just what’s on offer, may prove to be easier said than done!

Kenya excels at classic safari experiences, such as game drives and guided walking safaris. These are still the best way to get up close and personal with the wildlife in iconic reserves such as the Masai Mara and Amboseli.

Mention Kenya to almost anyone, and their first mental image is likely to be of the Great Wildebeest Migration. While witnessing this is undeniably an unmissable experience, so too is adventuring in some of Kenya’s lesser-known reserves, far off the beaten track.

Taking to the air on a scenic flight is a wonderful way to experience the drama and romance of Kenya’s landscapes. Back on terra firma, spending time with the locals brings things back to a much more personal scale and is the best approach if you want to get to know the ‘real’ Kenya.

After all, it’s the people that make the best Kenya safari experiences so memorable, and who will inspire you to return time and again.

A ride over Kenya in a biplane lets you appreciate the wilderness from above.

Soaring Over Kenya In A Biplane

Don goggles, scarf and fur-lined jacket and take to the skies of northern Kenya in the exact 1930s biplane used in the movie Out of Africa. This little yellow aircraftContinue Exploring…...

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The wildlife of on a Chyulu Hills safari is presided over by Africa’s towering icon, Mount Kilimanjaro.

Exploring The Enchanting Chyulu Hills On Safari

If you’re looking for a more active, varied adventure, choose a Chyulu Hills safari in southern Kenya, one of Kenya's best safari experiences. Apart from the usual game-drive activities, this areaContinue Exploring…...

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Meet the majestic Samburu people during your Warriors Academy.

Learning The Ways Of The Samburu Warrior

At the Saruni lodges, families can take a break from unfettered luxury and enjoy a different kind of safari experience: joining the Warriors Academy and learning the ways of aContinue Exploring…...

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The Maasai guides who accompany you on your Masai Mara walking safari know everything there is to know about the Masai Mara.

Going On A Private Walking Safari In The Masai Mara

One of Kenya's best safari experiences, a Masai Mara walking safari is a walk like no other, a chance to explore a wild corner of Kenya on foot. With aContinue Exploring…...

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Samburu elephant safari | There are 66 elephant groups that live in Samburu National Reserve and its surrounding ecosystems.

Experiencing Elephant Encounters In Samburu

Get close and personal with elephant on a Samburu elephant safari. The Douglas-Hamiltons are a family synonymous with elephant conservation in Kenya. They’ve created a unique safari experience. Guests atContinue Exploring…...

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Your kids will love the Giraffe Centre. © Art of Safari

The Best Nairobi Day Trip Experiences

Kenya’s capital has plenty of vibe and urban energy. Indeed, there are more than enough Nairobi highlights to make a Nairobi day trip a great start or end to aContinue Exploring…...

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Wait patiently for elephant and other wildlife to come to you while you sip wine in a ol Donyo log-pile hide

Watching Wildlife While Hiding Out In Secret

Sitting quietly in a log-pile hide in the heart of Kenya’s wilderness is a soulful experience – one of Kenya's best safari experiences. Slowly, the game start coming to drink,Continue Exploring…...

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A Laikipia safari offers a truly remote safari experience.

Going On Safari In Lovely Laikipia

Laikipia is a stark, arid wilderness in northern Kenya that’s home to the Big Five and healthy populations of African wild dog, reticulated giraffe, Grévy’s zebra and sitatunga antelope. OneContinue Exploring…...

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Drift over elephant, and more, on out Masai Mara balloon safari.

Drifting Over The Masai Mara In A Balloon

A Masai Mara balloon safari – one of Kenya's best safari experiences – is one of those dream-like adventures you’ll tell the grandchildren about one day. It offers the ultimateContinue Exploring…...

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Bush sundowners are a must when on a Meru safari.

Exploring Marvellous Meru On Safari

Meru National Park is set in the dry wilderness of northern Kenya, far off the beaten track of the regular safari. When on a Meru safari – one of Kenya'sContinue Exploring…...

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Flamingo safari | A flock of flamingo gather on Lake Nakuru.

Dancing With Flamingos In East Africa

The Rift Valley Lakes of East Africa provide the incredible spectacle of immense flocks of flamingos gathering to feed and breed on these otherwise inhospitable stretches of sodic water. TheContinue Exploring…...

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The Wildebeest migration crossing the Mara river running to river bank

Watching The Great Wildebeest Migration Cross The Mara River

The Great Wildebeest Migration is astonishing. Each year, more than 1.5 million wildebeest trek from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara and back again in search of fresh grazing. Their crossingContinue Exploring…...

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You can wear shorts or long pants on a camel ride in northern Kenya, as you prefer.

Camel Trekking The Striking Samburu

For a very different take on Kenya's best safari experiences, try a camel ride through the country’s northern wilderness. Traverse the stark, arid landscape at a gentle pace to the softContinue Exploring…...

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Maasai cultural experience | The majority of the Maasai people live in Kenya.

Getting To Know The Majestic Maasai

A highlight of any East African safari – and one of Kenya's best safari experiences – is a Maasai cultural experience, when you interact with these proud pastoralists in theirContinue Exploring…...

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A Masai Mara treehouse deck affords spectacular views over the Mara River..

Spending The Night In A Masai Mara Treehouse

A luxury Masai Mara treehouse offers you the chance to sleep under the stars in the middle of the African bush and experience the wild savannah in its intoxicating, night-timeContinue Exploring…...

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Asilia Rekero Camp

Going On Safari In The Magical Masai Mara

The Masai Mara provides perfect safari country. The wide-open grasslands teem with creatures of every shape and size, often in vast herds. Climb aboard a 4x4 and begin your MasaiContinue Exploring…...

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You’ll see the most spectacular sunrise from your Loisaba star bed.

Getting Starstruck In A Kenyan Star Bed

There’s no better way to experience the African night sky than sleeping in a star bed. One of Kenya's best safari experiences, this offers this unique engagement with the wilderness.Continue Exploring…...

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Many of the guides taking Amboseli safaris grew up nearby, so they know the area intimately.

Going On Safari In The Amazing Amboseli

One of the finest places to view elephant on the African continent is Kenya's Amboseli National Park, with the snow-capped cone of Mount Kilimanjaro as a tall, brooding backdrop. AnContinue Exploring…...

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From Sirikoi, you can go on a helicopter safari to Mount Kenya.

Whizzing Across Northern Kenya On A Helicopter Safari

Skimming low over the treetops or soaring up and over an escarpment like an eagle on a rising thermal, the best way to absorb the grandeur of Africa’s landscapes isContinue Exploring…...

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On an elephant safari you will see the more than 1,000 elephant inhabit Amboseli National Park.

Watching Elephant In The Shadow Of Kilimanjaro

Amboseli National Park is one of the finest places in Africa for an elephant safari. The prize is to watch a herd of elephant browsing in the foreground with the coneContinue Exploring…...

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Sadly there aren't many black rhino left in the world.

Rhino Tracking In Northern Kenya

Experience the primaeval thrill of getting close to game on foot – a sensation that’s heightened by the creatures in question being critically endangered black rhinos in Kenya. The SeraContinue Exploring…...

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A Samburu safari puts you in touch with the arid, wild north of Kenya.

Going On Safari In Samburu's Semi-desert

A Samburu safari in puts you in touch with the arid, wild north of Kenya. Take a game drive in this elemental wilderness on one of Kenya's best safari experiencesContinue Exploring…...

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You can get a real sense of the vastness of the wilderness during Kenya horseback safari.

Taking A Horseback Safari In The Kenyan Wilderness

Exploring the wilderness of East Africa on a horseback safari is an adventurous alternative among Kenya's best safari experiences. Ride among grazing antelope and become part of the herd. Whether it’s aContinue Exploring…...

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Breakfast with giraffe | The giraffe eat pellets right off your breakfast table at Giraffe Manor.

Having Breakfast With Giraffe In Nairobi

Giraffe Manor provides guests with one of Kenya's best safari experiences: the unique and thrilling opportunity to have breakfast with giraffe in a gracious, colonial home in the outskirts ofContinue Exploring…...

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