In many ways, Kenya is the purest expression of luxury safari travel, thanks to its variety of landscapes and the incredible experiences on offer.
A luxury Kenyan safari will doubtless involve game drives and rivers, whether advancing with the Great Wildebeest Migration as it prepares to cross a river in the Masai Mara, or simply spending a day with elephant on the banks of a river in Samburu.
Kenya’s landscapes can even dominate the wildlife, especially in the case of snow-capped Kilimanjaro towering over Amboseli’s elephant or the jagged peaks of Mount Kenya dwarfing the rhino on your Meru game drive.
Your safari could begin with breakfast with Nairobi giraffe, and end with some serious relaxation on the south coast beaches. Opt to stretch your legs on a walking safari in the Masai Mara, or use someone else’s legs: camel safaris are a great way to explore the drier north of the country.
I always enjoy letting wildlife come to me – watching them from a Chyulu Hills hide is a great way to get close-ups, or you zoom out and soar or glide above the herds in a historic biplane or silent hot-air balloon.
Meeting the famed Maasai during a cultural experience will bring you back down to Earth in the best possible way. Their relative lack of material possessions is no poverty when compared to the riches of their heritage.
Exhausting? Not at all. Time spent in Kenya is invigorating, although you’ll always sleep well. Some of the best rests of my life have been on star beds in northern Kenya or in luxury treehouses in the Mara.