A Luxury Safari in Kenya

There are many reasons I’d choose Kenya for a luxury safari. Firstly, what’s amazing about the country is that there aren’t any fences, allowing the wildlife to move around as it’s always done. So although the conservancies and reserves are teeming, you can actually see animals almost everywhere, which gives you a real sense of being in Africa.

Not only is the wildlife abundant, but so are the opportunities for unforgettable experiences. The day- and night- game drives are fantastic, but you can also do balloon, camel, horseback, helicopter or even biplane safaris … you are totally spoilt for choice! But most importantly you can enjoy these experiences (and more) in complete comfort and style. Wherever you go, your every need is thoughtfully taken care of, from a cool, scented hand towel as you step out of a dusty vehicle to a hot water bottle in your bed at night.

Speaking of beds, Kenya has luxurious, world-class accommodation offerings. I adore the lavish tented camps, but experiences like sleeping in star beds or in a luxury treehouse are absolutely not to be missed. Plus, as Kenyans are naturally kind, warm people they are fantastic hosts. Their tribal culture is also wonderfully alive, so, among other things, you’ll get to see young Samburu and Maasai boys herding cattle, as they’ve done for centuries.

When to Go

This is the best time for a luxury Kenyan safari. Firstly, the weather is dry and cool, perfect for game drives – especially in arid northern Kenya. Secondly, it’s just after the long rains, so while the bush is initially lush it gets progressively sparser, making wildlife easier to spot. And most importantly, the Great Wildebeest Migration returns to Kenya from July to September, so visitors to the Masai Mara get to see this natural wonder. Note, some of the more popular parks will get relatively crowded at times.

In this period, following the short rains, the dry season takes hold. The vegetation thins out completely and the animals congregate near rivers and waterholes, making for excellent game viewing. While you won’t see the Great Wildebeest Migration in Kenya during this time, you’ll also miss the crowds … and anyway Kenya’s ample resident game ensures a superlative safari experience year round, rivaling anywhere else in Africa. For the best of both, visit Tanzania now too, and catch the herds’ southern Serengeti leg, which coincides with the wildebeest’s dramatic birthing season.

Kenya’s long rains, which fall steadily throughout April and May, are followed by short rains in November – generally short afternoon bursts. While muddy roads can make getting around a bit tricky, as it’s a quiet time for tourism wildlife experiences are exclusive … plus the vegetation is in a growth period, so game sightings are plentiful. All in all visitors get good-value holidays during this time, provided they pack their sense of humour (and their gum boots!).

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