Kenya is the birth place of the African safari and tourism has been a major contributor to the country’s economy for decades. Kenya offers a fantastic wildlife experience in diverse parks and reserves, but most travellers’ bucket-list tick is no doubt an epic safari in the Masai Mara Reserve where the extraordinary Great Migration can be witnessed in all its splendour. Apart from the popular Masai Mara, there is plenty on offer in the way of unforgettable wildlife experiences: float over millions of wildebeest in a hot-air balloon, get closer to nature on a walking safari, hike in Kenya’s Central Highlands, get off the beaten track in Tsavo, or go leopard tracking in the Samburu region.

Kenya is a cultural melting pot too with traditional Maasai communities heavily involved in the conservation of its wild areas, and along the coast, Arabic, African and Indian influences are abundant. A vibrant, multi-faceted and rich safari (and beach) experience is the name of the game in Kenya!


Kenya and Tanzania share a border peppered with the most popular safari destinations in the region and visiting both countries, with their respective wildlife hotspots, is relatively easy to do in one trip. Small charter companies make flights over the border easy with only one stop in a main hub to clear immigration. It’s worth seeing what destinations fit into your timeframe to ensure you get the most out of your East African safari!

Masai Mara Reserve

See millions of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle on their annual pilgrimage for sweet grass on their Great Migration through this reserve. Famous for the Mara crossing between September and October, herds must cross the Mara River while dodging massive Nile crocodiles, hiding lion prides and opportunistic leopards – it’s a wildlife spectacle you won’t find anywhere else on Earth. Dramatic encounters with Africa’s top predators also unfold on the open plains, so take a front row seat at a luxury lodge or bush camp and embark on game drives, walking safaris or hot-air balloon rides to witness this natural spectacle.

Amboseli National Park

Not far from Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, lies the second most visited park after the Masai Mara. Amboseli is a haven for African elephants (they are subject of the longest elephant study in the wild) and offers excellent wildlife sightings in a picturesque setting with perfect views of Mount Kilimanjaro in the background! The park’s swamps teem with life in the dry season and over 300 bird species can be seen along the many trails and roads. Amboseli also has a rich cultural facet – the Maasai people share this land with the great herds and visitors can learn more about their culture and connection to the wildlife when visiting.

Tsavo National Park

Tsavo comprises 4% of Kenya, making it one of the world’s largest parks, and is divided into east and west by a railway. Both sides offer abundant safari and wildlife opportunities with unique outdoor and adventure experiences. Rock-climbing is hugely popular in the cliffs of Kitchwa Tembo in the west, where climbers can hang eye-to-eye with soaring eagles. The clear waters of Mzima Springs attract countless hippos and Nile crocodiles, while the endless plains of Tsavo East are home to maneless lions, leopards, and reddish-tinged elephants. This is a unique landscape well worth a visit, especially if you prefer to be far from the crowds that frequent the Masai Mara and Amboseli.

Laikipia Plateau & Samburu

North of Nairobi lies Laikipia, on the rim of the Great Rift Valley – an area thriving with private reserves and luxurious family-friendly accommodation. It’s a must for those wanting an air of exclusivity and a diverse Kenya safari experience away from the sometimes-crowded parks.

Samburu National Reserve also lies to the north where Kenya’s savannah gives way to a drier region of scrub and mountains. This area is also well known for its healthy leopard population and unique species you won’t see in other parks, making it one of Kenya’s most rewarding destinations!

Central Highlands

Visitors wanting an “off the beaten track” experience of Kenya’s wild areas should head for the beautiful Central Highlands. Mount Kenya towers over this exceptional wildlife destination, which has a collection of unique parks and reserves to explore: from Meru National Park and the Lewa Conservancy in the foothills of Mt Kenya, to the alluring forests of Aberdare National Park and Mount Kenya National Park. Embark on exciting game drives, walking safaris, and exceptional birdwatching; and help support world-class conservation at Lewa Conservancy, which is home to 14% of Kenya’s rhino population!

Kenya’s Coast & Beaches

Alongside Kenya’s exceptional safari destinations lie a host of fantastic beach and island destinations – with a unique African twist! The coastline around Mombasa north to Malindi is a popular family choice offering affordable resort accommodation on long stretches of white beaches. More exclusive island and beach destinations are enjoyed on both Lamu and Manda Island further north, where scuba diving, snorkelling, sunset dhow cruises and swimming with dolphins is all on offer, not to mention incredible local architecture, culture and seafood!


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