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Kenya’s Best Safari Experiences A curated selection of the finest safari experiences in Kenya

Anyone who’s read (or seen) Out of Africa knows that Kenya is alive with safari possibilities. Apart from game drives – which are always wonderful – you can explore it by helicopter, biplane, hot-air balloon, horse or even camel. Which of Kenya’s best 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 Kenya’s best safari experiences so memorable, and who will inspire you to return time and again.

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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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, you'll discover arid country,Continue Exploring…...

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Getting to know the majestic Maasai

A highlight of any East African safari is a Maasai cultural experience, when you interact with these proud pastoralists in their own environment. They’ve made the Masai Mara their homeContinue Exploring…...

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Getting starstruck in a Kenyan star bed

There’s no better way to experience the African night sky than sleeping in a star bed. A luxury Kenyan safari offers this unique engagement with the wilderness. Crawl under yourContinue Exploring…...

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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-time incarnation.Continue Exploring…...

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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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Taking a horseback safari in the Kenyan wilderness

Exploring the wilderness of East Africa on a horseback safari is an adventurous alternative to the traditional luxury Kenyan safari. Ride among grazing antelope and become part of the herd.Continue Exploring…...

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Learning the ways of the Samburu warrior

At Kenya’s 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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Having breakfast with giraffe in Nairobi

Giraffe Manor provides guests with the unique and thrilling opportunity to have breakfast with giraffe in a gracious, colonial home in the outskirts of Nairobi. During your stay, you’ll alsoContinue Exploring…...

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Camel trekking the striking Samburu

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

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Watching elephant in the shadow of Kilimanjaro

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

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Watching wildlife while hiding out in secret

Sitting quietly in the ol Donyo log-pile hide in the heart of Kenya’s wilderness is a soulful experience. Slowly, the game start coming to drink, just metres away from yourContinue Exploring…...

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Experiencing elephant encounters in Samburu

Get close and personal with Kenya’s 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. GuestsContinue Exploring…...

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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 and come face to face with theContinue Exploring…...

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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. Apart from the usual game-drive activities, this area offers excellent hiking, mountain biking and horseContinue Exploring…...

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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 Masai MaraContinue Exploring…...

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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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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. AContinue Exploring…...

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Drifting over the Masai Mara in a balloon

A Masai Mara balloon safari in Kenya is one of those dream-like experiences you’ll tell the grandchildren about one day. It offers the ultimate ‘romantic Africa’ moment: being suspended inContinue Exploring…...

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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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Going on a private walking safari in the Masai Mara

A Masai Mara walking safari is a walk like no other, a chance to explore a wild corner of Kenya on foot. With a Maasai spotter keeping an eagle eyeContinue Exploring…...

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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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