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Kenya safari

Mark and David's verdict:

Nowhere in Africa can match Kenya for spectacular scenery and the sheer volume and diversity of its wildlife. The Masai Mara should be on everyone's list of must-sees, not only during the annual summer migration of millions of wildebeest, but throughout the year to view lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena and hundreds of species of birds.

Recommended tour operator: Abercrombie & Kent

View majestic wildlifeAfrica; Kenya; Laikipia; Loisaba Wilderness; Samburu warriorPrivate mobile camping - in styleRelax on the beach

Abercrombie & Kent says

Kenya is the birthplace of Abercrombie & Kent and with more than 50 years of operating in the country, we feel we know it inside out.

  • Beach combinations
  • Luxury camping options
  • Remote locations

We offer a range of itineraries, such as our signature seven-night Classic Kenya safari, but we also pride ourselves on offering completely flexibility, backed up by insider knowledge, to tailor make your holiday.

Undoubtedly the best way to experience the African bush is to sleep under canvas. Our luxury private mobile camping options offer true luxury and exceptional service. Head out on a private safari in one of our open vehicles, on horseback or on foot.

Explore the rolling grasslands of the Masai Mara, home to the annual wildebeest migration (usually between July and October). Sanctuary Olonona has a prime location, where your private deck overlooks the hippo-filled Mara River. It’s the perfect setting for sighting the ‘Big Five’ – lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino. Early risers can take a bird’s eye view with a hot air balloon ride.

Kicheche Laikipia Camp is in the heart of the Ol Pejeta conservancy, home to elephant, cheetah, lion and plains game. Bang on the Equator, you are likely to see rarer northern species including the Grevys zebra, Jacksons hartebeest and Beisa oryx, as well as the wonderful views of Mount Kenya.

Further afield, the Mathews Mountain Range is a rugged area of forest and mountain peaks. You may be fortunate enough to witness the Singing Wells, where the Samburu warriors bring their cattle down to watering wells. Human chains are formed down these wells, some of which are 10 metres deep, and while passing water up, the warriors chant traditional Samburu songs.

The endless white sandy beaches and turquoise waters of the Kenyan coastline are the perfect finale to any East African safari – we offer a range of luxury resorts, boutique hotels, villas and beach houses.

Find out more about Abercrombie & Kent’s range of luxury Kenyan holidays.

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