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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.

Safari in Kenya

Kenya's best safari reserves and camps

My single most important tip for Kenya safari first-timers is to avoid the mistake of non-stop game drives. Standard tour operator itineraries shuttle you from park to park with a gruelling schedule of game drives. Yes, this is the best way of seeing large mammals up close, but the bumpy tracks, early starts and long hours quickly exhaust even the most ardent wildlife-watcher...read more

3 days

Fly-in Masai Mara safari

See the Mara’s Big Five
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6 days

Laikipia and Mara safaris

Kenyan safaris north and south
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5 days

Fly-in Masai Mara safari plus Great Rift Valley

The Big Five and Kenya’s lakes
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8 days

Mara, Laikipia and Great Rift Valley

Kenya’s wildlife hotspots
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8 days

Kenya for all ages

Family-friendly safari route
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8 days

Amboseli, Masai Mara and Lake Naivasha itinerary

See the Kenya safari highlights in 8 days
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8 days

Kenya’s wildlife conservancies

Explore the national parks saving Kenya’s wildlife
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7 days

Climbing Mount Kenya

Scaling Africa’s second-highest peak
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  • Masai Mara National Reserve

    Masai Mara National Reserve

    The big beast of Kenya safari
    The king of Kenya safari, the sweeping grass plains of the Mara (as it’s usually referred to) are home to the densest concentration of large mammals on the planet...
  • Mara North Conservancy

    Mara North Conservancy

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  • Naboisho Conservancy

    Naboisho Conservancy

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  • Olare Motorogi Conservancy

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  • Ol Derikesi Conservancy

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  • Mombasa

    Mombasa

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

    Nairobi

    Most visitors to Kenya simply fly in and out of capital Nairobi – which is a huge mistake...
  • Nairobi National Park

    Nairobi National Park

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  • The Great Rift Valley

    The Great Rift Valley

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

    Mount Kenya

    Mount Kenya might only be Africa’s second-highest mountain, but it’s considerably more beautiful than it’s bigger cousin, Kilimanjaro...
  • Lake Victoria

    Lake Victoria

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

    Laikipia

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

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  • Ol Pejeta Conservancy

    Ol Pejeta Conservancy

    If you’ve ever wondered what the hide of a rhino feels like, wanted to experience a safari at night or dreamed of running (or riding) in the wild, open air of a safari reserve, head to Ol Pejeta Conservancy...
  • Meru National Park

    Meru National Park

    Kenya's forgotten national park
    Meru National Park is one of the least visited wilderness sites in Kenya, yet it still offers sightings of the Big Five and excellent birdwatching...
  • Amboseli National Park

    Amboseli National Park

    Sprawling across the Kenyan-Tanzanian border, the greater Amboseli ecosystem is one of East Africa's preeminent wildlife viewing regions and Amboseli National Park is the postcard park of Kenya...
  • Samburu Game Reserve

    Samburu Game Reserve

    Far removed from mainstream Kenyan safari, the three interconnected reserves of Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba have a wild reputation...
  • Lamu Island

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  • Lake Nakuru National Park

    Lake Nakuru National Park

    One of Kenya’s most popular parks, Lake Nakuru National Park is made up of grasslands, acacia woodlands and rocky escarpments...
  • Lake Naivasha

    Lake Naivasha

    One of the freshwater lakes that dot Kenya's Great Rift Valley, the large but relatively shallow Lake Naivasha is a sanctuary for a diverse range of wildlife, from hippos and zebras to over 400 species of birds, including the majestic African Fish Eagle...
  • Chyulu Hills National Park

    Chyulu Hills National Park

    Located between Tsavo and Amboseli National Park, Chyulu Hills is one of the lesser visited national parks in Kenya, but the rolling green hills of the volcanic field make it worth the visit...
  • Shimba Hills National Reserve

    Shimba Hills National Reserve

    A densely forested coastal park, the reserve is made up of rainforest and grassland...
  • Watamu Marine National Park

    Watamu Marine National Park

    Located north of Mombosa on the north coast of Kenya, Watamu Marine National Park is a large coral reef about 300 meters offshore...
  • Lake Bogoria National Reserve

    Lake Bogoria National Reserve

    North of the city of Nakuru, Lake Bogoria is a soda lake, so when conditions are right, it attracts tens of thousands of flamingos...
  • Aberdare National Park

    Aberdare National Park

    Aberdare National Park is an area within the Aberdare Mountain Range consisting of two different ecosystems with a high, cold moorland and a dense tangled montane jungle below...
  • Kakamega Forest Reserve

    Kakamega Forest Reserve

    The Kakamega Forest Reserve is an example of what’s left of the rainforest that used to stretch across central Africa...
  • Tsavo East & West National Parks

    Tsavo East & West National Parks

    Separated by the Nairobi-Mombasa highway, Tsavo East and West National Parks cover a massive area of Kenya, but despite their close proximity, they are distinctly different...
  • Diani Beach

    Diani Beach

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  • Taita Hills Game Sanctuary

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  • Loita Hills

    Loita Hills

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  • Saiwa Swamp National Park

    Saiwa Swamp National Park

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  • Ruma National Park

    Ruma National Park

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  • Chalbi Desert

    Chalbi Desert

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Places to go in Kenya

Kenya Tours

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Ol Pejeta Wildlife Sanctuary Safari

Two day safari from Nairobi

2 daysFrom $330
Nairobi, Amboseli National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park (and 1 more)

Highlights Of Kenya Private Safari

See the very best of Kenya on this exclusive adventure

8 daysFrom $2,950
Nairobi, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Samburu Game Reserve (and 1 more)

Classic Kenya Safari

Discover the allure of Kenya

10 daysFrom $2,699
Tanzania, Kenya

Kenya & Tanzania Safari

Visit the gems of East Africa: the Masai Mara & the Serengeti

15 daysFrom $3,999
Masai Mara National Reserve, Nairobi

Luxury Masai Mara Safari

Exclusive safari on the edge of Africa's Great Rift Valley

6 daysFrom $5,999
Nairobi, Meru National Park, Amboseli National Park

Wings Over Kenya Flying Safari

Kenya's most exclusive safari experience

8 daysFrom $5,950

Kenya Travel Companies

Africa

Discover Africa Safaris

Authentic Luxury African Safaris, tailored for you
East Africa

Governors' Camp Collection

Luxury Safari holidays in East Africa
Kenya

Odyssey Safaris

Creating unforgettable experiences in East Africa
Mount Kenya

Kenya Treks

Guided walking tours to Kenya's highest peaks
Africa

Wild Frontiers

Safaris into East, West and Southern Africa
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Rwanda Eco Company & Safaris

Tailor made gorilla and wildlife safaris
East Africa

Natural World Kenya Safaris

The leader in customized and budget-friendly East Africa safaris
Africa

Take Me To Africa

Experts in small group travel to Africa

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