Luxury Safaris in Kenya

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 Kenya 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.

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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