Kenya

More than just safaris

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Julie Olum

The Great Wildebeest Migration

Exploring Africa’s biggest wildlife phenomenon

Horizon Guides’ Great Wildebeest Migration is your one-stop-guide for advice on what to see, when to go and how to book a great migration safari.

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Think of Kenya and you might think of a 4x4 safari vehicle chasing a big cat on the prowl for its next catch or a herd of elephants peacefully grazing. But for a relatively small country, the variety in Kenya’s natural landscapes, cultural heritage (there are over 40 tribes and spoken languages in the country) and cities is impressive — so much so that many visitors return time and again.

You can race camels in the desert, hike snow-capped mountains, watch migrating humpback whales and have a drink on a rooftop overlooking Africa’s Silicon Valley, all in one week if you have time.

That’s not to say that the safari experience is overrated. There are new lodges and hotels to experience, a growing conservation culture and most importantly, people who are proud of their land and all its gifts. But look a little deeper, and Kenya will offer you an experience beyond your expectations.

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  • Masai Mara National Park

    Masai Mara National Park

    The world-famous Maasai Mara is one of Africa’s most popular destinations, with safari-goers flocking to the reserve to glimpse lions, leopards, rhinos, buffalo and elephant...Read more
  • Mombasa

    Mombasa

    Mombasa is Kenya’s largest port and has been a gateway into the country for centuries...Read more
  • Nairobi

    Nairobi

    Most visitors to Kenya simply fly in and out of capital Nairobi – which is a huge mistake...Read more
  • The Great Rift Valley

    The Great Rift Valley

    The Great Rift Valley stretches across Africa from Mozambique into Lebanon in the Middle East...Read more
  • Mount Kenya

    Mount Kenya

    Mount Kenya might only be Africa’s second-highest mountain – but it’s almost certainly it’s most beautiful...Read more
  • Lake Victoria

    Lake Victoria

    Lake Victoria is the largest freshwater lake in Africa and is one of the sources of the Nile...Read more
  • Laikipia

    Laikipia

    The high plains of Laikipia offer an excellent alternative safari experience to the better-known Maasai Mara...Read more
  • Gede

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Nairobi and Mt. Kenya

Nairobi-Mount Kenya-Lake Nakuru
Approx. 6 days
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Kenya’s coastal hotspots

Mombasa-Watamu-Lamu
Approx. 7 days
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Natural beauty in the Rift Valley and Kenyan highlands

Naivasha | Nakuru | Kakamega Forest | Nairobi
Approx. 10 days
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The Best of Kenya and Tanzania

Exploring wilderness in Kenya and Tanzania
Approx. 13 days
Nairobi (1 days) → Masai Mara National Park (4) → Serengeti (4) → Karatu (2) → Arusha (1) → Dar es Salaam (1)
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The Great Migration from Kenya

Approx. 7 days
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Things to do in Kenya

Our recommended experiences and activities

Sail a traditional dhow boat in Lamu
Kenya

Sail a traditional dhow boat in Lamu

Set sail off the Swahili Coast aboard a traditional dhow. With a fascinating history, the town of Lamu on Lamu Island is Kenya’s oldest continually inhabited town, features the 200-year-old Lamu Fort, and is the perfect place for an Indian Ocean adventure.

Where to go in Kenya

Our recommended places

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