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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

Our company was born in the wilds of Kenya. It was here that A&K’s founder – Geoffrey Kent, with little more than a refrigerated ex-Army truck and the best tents money could buy – reinvented the modern safari.

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We’ve been perfecting the art of the Kenya luxury safari for over 55 years and nobody does it better. We can create your bespoke holiday to Kenya any way you’d like it. On our website, you’ll find suggested holidays like our 11-night Classic Kenya safari, which offers the opportunity to experience unmissable Kenyan sights on safari, on foot, by helicopter and on a camel trek.

Explore the rolling grasslands of the Masai Mara, home to the annual wildebeest migration (usually between May and November). Kicheche Mara Camp has a prime location in the Mara North Conservancy, where it overlooks the Olara Orok stream. It’s perfect for sighting the ‘Big Five’ – lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino.

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’re likely to see rarer northern species including the Grévy’s zebra, Jackson’s hartebeest and beisa oryx, as well as wonderful views of Mount Kenya.

Further afield, located in the drier northern region of Kenya, the Samburu National Reserve is bisected by rugged hills, arid bush and the winding Ewaso Ng’iro River. From a base at Larsens Camp, you’ll spot the park’s unique residents including the reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, Grevy’s zebra and the ever-graceful gerenuk.

The endless, white sandy beaches and turquoise waters of the Kenyan coastline are the perfect finale to any East African safari. Kinondo Kwetu offers guests a piece of paradise. It’s the only hotel on a private, white-sand stretch of Galu beach.

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

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