In my opinion, there is nothing quite like a Kenya Luxury Safari. The country has such diverse vegetation, some of the finest, most concentrated wildlife viewing in Africa, especially during the wildebeest migration which occurs from July through September with over 2 million animals converging on the Masai Mara plains. Then you have probably the most beautiful tented camps and lodges ever built with the most amazing backdrop – of Mount Kilimanjaro or Mount Kenya and the savannah plains. To this you can add the Great Rift Valley with its magnificent lakes, especially of Baringo and Victoria- and Lake Turkana which you can fly in by helicopter to see. Then there is the beautiful coastline – with an array of chic, Robinson crusoe retreats, to private luxury villas which come complete with their own skipper and boat so that you can go snorkelling at a whim. Coming from Kenya myself and arranging beautiful, tailormade safaris to the country for over the last 25 years with a team of specialists from Africa, we can make your next safari entirely extraordinary!
There is nothing so wonderful as a luxury safari in Kenya. Kenya still offers those dreamy, archetypal safaris depicted in so many films, including Out of Africa! Infinite savannah plains, teeming with wildlife – and jaw dropping scenery. The best way still of going on safari is to do it privately – either having a private house with your own guide and vehicle and combining it with a private mobile tented camp – that is erected just for you – with your own family or group of friends.
See Africa in the old fashioned, private way – which offers complete flexibility and freedom – to choose each day as you please – and to rely on your hosts and guides to show you the very best of Kenya that there is to see! You become as one unit – one family – and each day is fun and interesting. Having the finest guides teach you all about the bush is the most privileged thing you can do!
Then perhaps finish your safari on the coast – a private villa, complete with your own private boat and skipper. Or – perhaps go riding – staying in a beautiful homestead – chatting with the owners and learning even more about the country.
Whichever way you want to experience Kenya – a private safari remains unsurpassed and a luxury safari in Kenya will only enthrall and delight you! With a team of specialists from Kenya and over 25 years experience of assembling the finest, luxury safaris – we are the perfect people to assist you!
There is nothing quite so fabulous as a luxury safari in Kenya. To begin with, Kenya is the most amazing country to go on safari. It offers you those incredible, archetypal views with infinite savannah plains teeming with wildlife. All the things that make a perfect safari – extraordinary scenery, extraordinary wildlife including the wildebeest migration which occurs for three months of the year from July through September and rich culture – with over 49 different tribes.
Then – we come to the accommodation and activities that one can do on a luxury safari Kenya. Kenya designers have impeccable taste! They marry the informal with ingenious architecture and beautiful local fabrics. They have the most wonderful artists – be they sculptors, waterpaint or oil artist, incredible clothes and furniture designers and the end result is cutting edge design inspired lodges – where the walls are curved and there is not a harsh line in sight! Whether it is staying at one of these lodges or private villas and having an exclusive safari with your own private vehicle, guide and villa – or whether you even contemplate luxury camping, or glamping as they call it these days – where you sleep between Egyptian cotton sheets, with down pillows and eat exquisite cuisine – camping has never looked so good! You can also sleep in a tree house!
Coming from Kenya, I am biased but I believe it offers greater diversity than most other African countries – and wildlife that is unequalled!
You can then end on the coast, either at a private villa which comes with your own private boat and skipper, or at a chic Robinson Crusoe retreat or a small, boutique hotel with loads of character.
Then there are so many activities on offer – from a traditional, vehicle based safari, to walking safaris, horse riding safaris, camel trekking safaris, fishing safaris or even taking a helicopter to Lake Turkana. Kenya is perfect for family safaris too as they offer so many options and variations to families and I believe it to be the perfect country for a family safari.
Luxury safaris in Kenya are a real joy to experience! Whether its a walking safari, arriving hot and dusty at your tented camp, only to be greeted by a warm, broad smile and an ice cold drink, or sitting on a rock on a plateau, with what seems like the entire country sprawling out at your feet, with 360 degree views.
Kenya is simply magical – and having spent many a weekend going out on safari whilst living there with my family, I consider myself to be privileged. It is a heady mixture of eclectic cultures and extraordinary wildlife – culminating in the wildebeest migration which occurs for three months of each year – where two million animals can be seen crossing the Mara River.
Whether one spends time in one of the beautifully designed lodges, perhaps at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, or in a private tented camp erected purely for yourself in the Masai Mara complete with private guide and staff, or at a farmhouse with third generation Kenyans, or perhaps fishing on one of the lakes, staying in a log cabin or horse riding across the Chyulu Hills – this country offers such diversity - in culture, scenery and wildlife – that I know few other countries in Africa can rival! For ultimate in luxury, we will supply you with your own private guide, your own aircraft and your own private villa, house or mobile tented camp wherever you wish to be!
There are lots of wonderful ways to experience Kenya, but none quite so wonderful as a Kenya Luxury Safari. For me, the best way of exploring an area is to have the most amazing guide to bring the region to life for you – the guide is in fact the most crucial aspect of any safari! Then – one of my favourites is a private camp in the Mara which is set in a truly game rich area – and one of the best for the migration. Here you have wrought iron candelabra in the bathroom to add a sense of occasion and the sitting area which overlooks the bush and is open on all sides with a huge candelabra to give a warm light in the evenings. Having no electricity creates a wonderful atmosphere. The days are spent viewing some of the finest and most concentrated wildlife in Africa, whilst the evenings are spent laughing and chatting about what you have seen during the day. Perhaps even go out on a sundowner flight across the Mara, arriving as the sun begins to set. This truly is spectacular!
Then perhaps travel to Meru or Samburu National Parks, north of the equator and stay in a beautiful lodge or tented camp – whichever takes your fancy! Perhaps go and visit an elephant research station or take a walk with a Samburu warrior, learning all about their culture as well as seeing superb elephant and other wildlife in the park. In the evening, at sundowners, watch the Samburu guides dance and become mesmerised with their simulanteous chanting and the finery of their clothing. This truly is Africa – and the continent delivers a pulsation that no other can equal!
There are few places in Africa where one can obtain a truly luxurious safari – but a Luxury Safari in Kenya must rate one of the highest, alongside South Africa, Botswana and even Tanzania these days. The Kenyans really understand an informal style alongside the most fantastic, concentrated wildlife viewing in Africa. There are some wonderful lodges in the Masai Mara, where fabulous wildlife can be seen in close proximity, especially during the phenomenal wildebeest migration. Samburu, which lies north of the equator, boasts two of the most luxurious lodges in Kenya.
Further south in Magadi, sits the most gorgeous lodge which also has a private house and a two bedroomed house with the most superb views and astounding wildlife. It is a community based project which is fantastic to see how proactive many of the Kenyan lodges are in working hand in hand with the local communities who greatly benefit from their existence.
Laikipia also has its fair share of drop dead gorgeous lodges and houses set in the dramatic landscape of the Laikipia escarpment. Many of these lodges are informal and homely but with the most tasteful of touches everywhere. This area is particularly good for horse riding. All in all, Kenya remains one of my favourite countries in Africa and a very obvious first choice for most people who want to go on safari!