Kenya - The Original Safari Destination


Kenya is the original safari destination and fulfils most peoples idea of what a safari should be all about. Kenya has been blessed with amazingly varied and attractive scenery, from pristine white beaches to snow capped mountains, from game covered plains to shimmering deserts, from rich tribal culture to an exotic Swahili influenced coast: A Kenya Safari has it all in abundance.

As Kenya is only 8.5 hours flying time from London and the time difference is only two or three hours, getting here on an overnight flight makes it a perfect exotic destination and hence the country is amazingly popular.

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Safari Club take you in style to areas where tourists are fewer and the sights and sounds of Kenya can be experienced in peace. Safari Club tailor made safari holidays in Kenya aim to give our clients excellent value without any compromise on the quality of your safari experience.

Most Safari Club tailor made safaris use the excellent flight network to transfer between national parks avoiding long, slow, overland journeys on badly maintained roads.This ensures that most of your time is spent in the wonderful game reserves and National Parks viewing Kenya's fabulous wildlife.

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For larger groups and families we also organise personalised overland trips on a privately guided basis in your own 4x4 safari vehicle or minibus visiting some of the principal highlights of Kenya listed below.

Amboseli National Park well known for its large tuskers and other game with Mount Kilimanjaro and its snow covered summit looming above the plains.

Meru National Park is the least visited of the large Kenyan parks and as such is an unspoiled and pristine wilderness, the place where Joy Adamson hand reared a lion cub and released it back into the wild as made famous by the film "Born Free."

Shaba National Reserve is semi desert with a rugged hilly terrain, great rocky kopjes (small hills) and lots of springs supporting the abundant wildlife located in the Samburu region of Kenya, this area too has few visitors and you are unlikely to see other tourists on your drives.

Laikipia Conservancy is on the edge of the rugged Northern Frontier District where the management of our camps work with the local Masaai and Sumburu community to preserve the environment. This area has the second highest game density in Kenya and most of the camps offer other activities including horse riding, camel safaris, bush walks and fly camping.

The Masaai Mara is a place that every traveller should visit on that journey of a lifetime, a place where nature still rules supreme and where the annual wildebeest migration, one of the wonders of the world cannot fail to hold you enthralled. We have small bush camps and lodges both inside the park boundaries and in the surrounding conservation areas. A chance maybe to meet the feline stars of BBC's big cat diary

The rift valley lakes of Lake Nakuru, Naivasha and Baringo with their huge flocks of flamingos and Lake Nakuru National Park a stronghold for both black and white rhino are another Kenya favourite.

Why not combine your safari with a few days on an tropical beach.

Our favourite beach resorts in Kenya are in the romantic Lamu Archipelago and include Manda Bay, our beach resort on Manda Island, Kiwayu and Lamu itself. These resorts are the perfect place to unwind after a safari. With powdery white sand, freshly caught seafood and few other tourists, it would meet most peoples idea of the perfect tropical island hideaway.

Less expensive to visit but also an attractive add on to your safari are the beaches of the South Coast of Mombasa and at Watamu near the marine reserve.

The best times to visit Kenya are probably October to February for scuba and clear seas, whilst the best time to visit Kenya for game viewing safari are the drier months from June to October and January to Mid March. The annual wildebeest migration generally takes place from July to October but varies from year to year.


FEATURED SAFARI CAMPS

We've taken a selection of 3 camps from the 8 Main Safari Parks and many camps they hold:

Kenya Safaris - Little Governors CampLittle Governors Camp

Location: Maasai Mara

The Camp that Africa's old hands swear by, Little Governors' casts its spell over all who visit from honeymooning couples to Presidents. "Our favourite camp in the Mara" according to the guide 'Kenya's Best'.

 



Kenya Safaris - Elsa's Kopje CampElsa's Kopje Camp

Location: Meru National Park

Elsa's Kopje was named after Elsa the lioness who was made famous by George and Joy Adamson in the film "Born Free". Situated on a kopje, meaning small hill, the lodge camouflages itself into the hillside of Mughwango Hill, George Adamson's original camp.


Kenya Safaris - Sabuk LodgeSabuk Lodge

Location: Laikipia Plateau

Sabuk is positioned on the edge of the Laikipia plateau overlooking the Ewaso Nyiro River. The 5 uniquely designed cottages all have river-facing views and all have ensuite bathrooms. The cottages are crafted from local stone and ancient cedar and olivewood from the local area.



FEATURED PARK: THE MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE

Kenya Safaris - Maasai Mara

THE MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE

The Maasai Mara is the Kenyan part of the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem which with the Serengeti National Reserve in Tanzania forms arguably the finest destination in Africa for viewing wildlife. The ecosystem includes many excellent private game reserves and concessions as well as private conservancies where game viewing can be conducted without the crowds of tourists found in some areas of the Maasai Mara reserve.

The Maasai Mara Reserve itself comprises approximately 1,800 square kilometres of designated animal reserve, the park contains a stunning array of large mammals and spectacular birdlife. All the big cats are present and relatively easy to spot as are elephant, buffalo and the huge crocodiles that lurk in the Mara River. A few highly endangered black rhinos also remain. The terrain of the reserve is primarily open grassland, with clusters of the distinctive acacia tree in the south-east region. Along the western border is the Oloololo Escarpment of the Rift Valley, and wildlife tends to be most concentrated here, as the swampy ground means that access to water is always good and being furthest from Nairobi less tourists visit this area.

The terrain makes the animals very visible at any time of the year making for great photographic opportunities and enhancing the possibility of witnessing predator action.

It is the Wildebeest migration that plants Kenya and the Maasai Mara in the imagination, when, with lemming like instinct, nearly two million wildebeest, zebra and gazelles gather on the parched plains of the Serengeti to begin the long journey north to the rich sweet grasses of the Maasai Mara.

The animals arrive in July and August pouring across the Mara river with its giant crocodiles, the river claims thousands of animals as they try to cross, often in treacherous conditions, most fatally injured as they plunge in or are trampled by the herd, the ever watchful crocodiles pick off even more. The animals normally head back to the Serengeti in late October once again running the gauntlet of the crocodiles as they cross the river.

The noisy impact of the migration is awesome both at the river crossings and on the plains where the multitudes graze and frolic for as far as the eye can see and the superabundance of meat ensures a healthy predator population.

The region that surrounds the park itself also makes up part of the game viewing area and is a fine example of how game conservation can work for the benefit of those who live side by side with Africa's wildlife. Many joint ventures with the local Maasai people have provided employment, training, education and access to health services bringing to tangible benefit to Kenya and the local people ensuring that maintaining the wildlife on the land brings greater benefit than hunting and killing the animals to make way for traditional agriculture.