Safaris were pioneered in Kenya–and this magical country remains at the forefront of tourism and conservation on the continent. Many might connect with Kenya through the literature of Karen Blixen, Ernest Hemingway, and Beryl Markham. Their memoirs conjure up the romance and nostalgia for vintage safaris teeming with game and exotic cultures. Those experiences can still be found, from the Masai Mara to the shores of Lake Turkana. Kenya is still wild and romantic, evolving with the times into a trailblazer in creating private conservancies and community-led initiatives.
At its core, Kenya is “Big Five” country, with some of the most diverse wildlife viewing within its borders. Visitors flock to the vaunted Masai Mara to learn about the famed pastoralist culture of the Maasai people and their harmonious relationship with wildlife. Nestled in the Great Rift Valley, the dramatic plains dotted with acacia trees are iconic. The arid northern territories of Laikipia, Samburu, the Mathews Range and Turkana house unique and rare species of common animals. Reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, and the elegant gerenuk are specially adapted to thrive in these striking environments.
Kenya hosts a wealth of diverse private conservancies and community-led conservation projects. Offering varied activities like horseback riding, camelback safaris, fly camping, and walking safaris far from the crowds, this is your chance to find hidden Kenya. In private villas, wilderness lodges on family homesteads, or intimate tented camps open to nature, service is exemplary but unpretentious with succulent and innovative cuisine. Connect with a myriad of cultures all of whom rightfully take deep pride in their heritage
What we love about Kenya
For elephant lovers—In the far reaches of northern Kenya, lies the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy, one of the most private safari experiences in the country. This community owned sanctuary rescues orphaned elephant calves and empowers the local people to determine their own destiny. The authentic cultural interactions are beyond compare. Further south, in Tsavo East National Park, come face-to-face with elephant orphans who are being introduced into the wild populations through the tireless work of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
Hit the trail—Push the boundaries of your comfort zone and participate in a transformative exploration on foot. Overnight walking safaris in the Loita Hills near the Masai Mara or in Laikipia reveal a Kenya few intrepid travelers get to know. Immerse yourself in true wilderness with your expert walking guide. Your camp crew sets up a comfortably rustic camp beneath a canopy of stars where the sounds of the wild lull you to sleep.
Mystical energy—Some places just have a vibe or special energy that emanates from every surface. Lake Turkana, also known as ‘The Jade Sea’ is such a place. The region pulsates with vibrancy of ancient history, rock art, fascinating cultures, and sacred locations. Stride across this rugged landscape on interpretive walks, meet the fishermen on the shores of the lake, and witness ceremonies in local villages. Time spent here is simply unforgettable.
Kenya’s year can be divided into two wet seasons and two dry seasons. The dry seasons are best for wildlife viewing and more comfortable travels by land or air. Peak months for tourism are July to October and mid-December through March, with warm temperatures and sunny days. The rains typically arrive in November and again in April through May. Expect moderate to heavy rainfall and muddy conditions. Let us help you decide when to safari in Kenya!