Kenya is the origin of the safari, and has some marvellous wildlife areas with good infrastructure. Amboseli has magnificent views of Mount Kilimanjaro across the border in Tanzania, and has some of the most studied elephant families on the continent.
Samburu Reserve has real dry area oddities such as the long necked gerenuk antelope, the scimitar-horned oryx and Somali ostrich, as well as good populations of elephant and giraffe, making it a fascinating area. Kenya’s most famous reserve is the Masai Mara, the northern extension of the Serengeti National park, which has good year-round concentrations of wildlife, but when the migrating wildebeest, zebra and gazelle are present normally from July to September, the game is truly spectacular. Lion, leopard and cheetah are all in the Mara in good numbers and particularly during the migration, seeing hunters in action, or the migration crossing the Mara River, is by no means uncommon.
Whilst there are a number of large lodges in Kenya, and it is possible to drive around the country, poor roads make this a harder option and there are now regular scheduled flights to the major parks and any number of smaller, more exclusive camps and lodges on offer to suit most budgets.
Kenya’s major wildlife areas include: The Masai Mara Game Reserve, Amboseli, Samburu, Nakuru and Mount Kenya National Parks as well as some excellent private reserves such as on the Laikipia Plateau.
Click below to see two sample Kenyan safari itineraries:
1. The Kenyan Safari, 12 days for $6,775 per person.
2. Kenya’s magnificent Masai Mara and Rwanda’s Gorillas, 7 days from $3,276