The Masai Mara National Reserve is arguably Kenya’s premier wilderness high spot, home to the famous Big Five and much more. Kenya is also a birdwatcher’s paradise, with over 1 000 species recorded.
The Masai Mara National Reserve was named for the Maasai people who inhabit the area, and for the Mara River, which flows through this great reserve. It shares a border with Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and is essentially a continuation of this park, forming the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem.
The Masai Mara is home to an excellent year-round concentration of game and is renowned for its annual visit by the two million animals that make up the Great Migration. Covering an impressive 1 115 km² (430 square miles), the Masai Mara is a land of breathtaking vistas, abundant wildlife and endless plains.
Experience classic safari style, where wildlife adventures by day blend with elegant panache under canvas at night, at Bateleur Camp.
Commanding sweeping views over some of the premier game viewing regions in the world, this intimate camp reflects the ambience of the Kenyan explorers of the 20s and 30s.
Verdant branches that open up onto an expansive panorama provide endless views of the Masai Mara as soon as you open your eyes in your vast wooden bed. The Masai Mara is home to an excellent year-round concentration of game and is renowned for its annual visit by the two million animals that make up the Great Migration. Covering an impressive 1 115 km² (430 square miles), the Masai Mara is a land of breathtaking vistas, abundant wildlife and endless plains.
Known as Kenya’s best loved safari camp, Kichwa Tembo Masai Mara Tented Camp offers a quintessential game viewing experience, with sweeping vistas of the Masai Mara or the Sabaringo River.
Located where the riverine forest meets the sweeping plains in the path of the awe-inspiring Great Migration, the camp provides an authentic dose of African wilderness, delivered with legendary Kenyan hospitality.
Kichwa Tembo is renowned for its gracious teams of Kenyan staff whose warm welcome, charming service and effortless energy delight guests from all over the world.
The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy had its beginnings as a cattle farm. It was run by the Craig family, who valued the wildlife that shared the land with their cattle.
In the mid 1980s, the poaching of rhino in Kenya had reached its zenith and the family, along with Mrs. Anna Merz, realised that the only way to preserve the species was to create a sanctuary – and so Lewa Wildlife Conservancy was born. Lewa now spans over 24 281 hectares (60 000 acres) of pristine wilderness and is home to black and white rhino, the elusive sitatunga (an aquatic antelope), the endangered Grevy’s zebra, lion, leopard, elephant and a flourishing population of bird species. Lewa also boasts two important archaeological sites – a one million year old hand-axe site and a pastoral cave.
Nestled in the heart of the privately owned Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is the beautiful Lewa Safari Camp. It is here, with the magnificent snow-capped Mt Kenya as its backdrop, that guests can enjoy an unforgettable combination of scenery, hospitality and a plethora of some of Kenya’s most prized wildlife. 12 comfortable, permanent tents boast lovely ensuite bathrooms and comfy double or twin beds.
Guests can enjoy a variety of delectable menus, which are prepared from only the freshest locally sourced produce. The guest areas include an intimate dining area, a cosy sitting room, which overlooks a floodlit waterhole, and a swimming pool. Guests can also enjoy a fine glass of wine while they sit around a blazing campfire and chat animatedly about the day’s events. Activities include day and night game drives, guided bush walks, a visit to a prehistoric archaeological site, horse riding, camel safaris and birdwatching.
With its incredible wildlife and picturesque surroundings, it’s peaceful atmosphere and the authentic wilderness experience set it apart from the country’s better-known wildlife reserves.
Situated on the banks of the Ewaso Ngíro River, with its palm groves and dense forests, Samburu boasts plentiful wildlife and the birdwatching is especially good. The remainder of the reserve is semi-arid, making for easy game viewing. Nestled along the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River in the arid heart of Samburu National Reserve is the spectacular Samburu Intrepids camp. Twenty-seven luxurious tents overlook the river, each beautifully furnished with four-poster beds and classic safari furniture. Spacious ensuite bathrooms feature steaming showers and a private veranda offers the perfect retreat to enjoy a refreshing sundowner.
Guest areas include breezy thatched dining areas with lovely river views, a sitting room and discerning bar area, a swimming pool, sunbathing garden and a boutique store filled with souvenirs and safari essentials. Guests can also enjoy bush breakfasts, starlit dinners and professional flex body therapy sessions. Adventures include twice-daily game drives, walking safaris, raft excursions and an educational Adventurers’ Club for children.
Mombasa is an eclectic port town, steeped in history and colourful traditions. Situated on an island just off the mainland of Kenya and connected by a series of bridges and ferries.
Mombasa is a commercial gateway, but its true heart lies in the heavily spice-scented Old Town. A labyrinth of winding streets display beautiful Arab architecture and a bustling market place, which is lit up by the brightly coloured kikoys (traditional garments) of the locals. Mombasa is home to many historical attractions, most notably Fort Jesus.
This looming fortress overlooks the harbour and played a significant role in the battle between the Portuguese and the Shirazi Arabs.
Lamu is a place like no other, a peaceful tropical island where life moves at its own tranquil pace. Visitors will be enchanted by the historical beauty of the island as they make their way through the winding streets of its medieval stone town.
The town of Lamu began life as a 14th century Swahili settlement, but the island’s many visitors, including Portuguese explorers, Turkish traders and the Omani Arabs, have left their mark in the architecture and traditions.