Why this adventure works:
What makes Kenya so special is that there are so many of the amazing experiences people visit Africa for, all within one country. Spectacular game viewing, a beautiful coastline, fascinating community visits and a whole array of activities away from the conventional game-drive vehicle. Depending on the lodges you choose (we can guide you on this) this could make for a wildly romantic honeymoon or an unforgettable family safari.
ACTIVE SAFARI IN LAIKIPIA (3-5 days)…
Kenya’s Laikipia Plateau is home to a large number of private conservancy areas where small, often family run, lodges give you the chance to get out of the vehicle. Try walking safaris, camel trekking, horse riding, tubing in the river or just soak up the stunning scenery. We’d pick Sabuk for an amazing community feel, Sosian for riding, or Ol Malo for an action-packed family adventure.
INCREDIBLE GAME VIEWING IN THE MASAI MARA (3-5 days)…
If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a hundred times- the Masai Mara has some of the very best game viewing in the world, and a safari here is unlikely to disappoint. Choose a camp in a conservancy area for wilderness and privacy or head to the main reserve to be in the thick of the action. For a serious treat, add a dawn hot air balloon flight over the plains.
TOTAL RELAXATION ON THE KENYAN COAST (4-7 days)…
It’s an easy hop or two out from the Mara to Kenya’s ridiculously beautiful coastline- Diani’s insanely pretty powder-white beaches, the remote villages further south, or the laid-back boho paradise that is Lamu. Frankly, we’d want to stay in any of these places for about a month, but at least four days will give you a chance to properly relax and wind down before coming home.
Other ideas for your African adventure: If you have time to spare, Meru is one of our favourite parks in Kenya- the logistics are a bit more complicated, but that’s what keeps it so wild and unspoilt, despite the truly excellent game viewing. Or, instead of heading out to the coast, take a hop across the border into Tanzania and continue your safari in the Serengeti. If you’d like to catch a glimpse of Mount Kilimanjaro you might like to replace Laikipia with Amboseli National Park.
Make your safari Extraordinary by… ditching the lodge in Laikipia and spend 3 or 4 days on a walking safari, alone but for your Masai guides and a team of camels. This is the ultimate in slow-paced, authentic adventure.
When to go…? Highlights are the wildebeest migration in August/September and amazing diving and snorkelling during January and February, but to be honest, it’s all so special you could have a wonderful time at almost any time of year. The only months we’d probably steer clear of are the really wet months of April and May- not much fun being on the beach during torrential rain!
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