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Kenya home of the Maaasai Mara, Samburu, Amboseli, and Rift Valley lakes

Kenya

Visit Kenya, the birthplace of the African safari holiday, with Gane and Marshall

The original and still one of the best safari destinations, Kenya has that wide geographical diversity typical of East Africa - coral fringed coastline, savannah plains, the enormous lakes of the Great Rift Valley, acacia bush, highland deserts, and the glaciated mountain peaks of Mount Kenya and Mount Elgon.

With a huge choice of National Parks, game reserves and private concession areas, a Kenya safari offers a simply wonderful wildlife experience. Choose from small intimate safari camps to grand lakeside colonial houses, or privately-owned ranches and farmhouses. There are also some excellent camps with special children’s clubs making a Kenya safari ideal for families. Game viewing is abundant and with a standout regional flight system you can easily visit two or more national parks on your safari.

The wildlife is abundant and diverse. The Big 5 are to be found among Kenya's many game parks, and the Masai Mara is host to the famous wildebeest migration, which can usually be seen between July and October. Marvel as hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, antelope, and their accompanying predators travel from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Masai Mara. With good reason, the Masai Mara is often called "the most magnificent natural theatre in the world".

Tsavo, Amboseli, Samburu and Shaba National Parks also offer excellent safari experiences, each with their own characteristic terrain and wildlife. Most Kenya safaris are vehicle based, but a number of parks offer walking safaris. Amboseli National Park is located at the base of Kilimanjaro, and can combine well with one of our Mt Kenya or Kilimanjaro treks.

Kenya has numerous coastal options for those seeking a beach holiday - an ideal start or finish to any Kenya safari! For an insight into Swahili culture and architecture consider the legendary 13th century Swahili town of Lamu and the nearby islands of Manda, Kiwayu and Funzi Keys, which all offer stylish accommodation and private beaches. Diving, snorkelling and boating are excellent and readily available.

NEW small group departures to the greatest parks and reserves of Kenya, including the Masai Mara, Amboseli, Tsavo East and West, and Samburu, all at fantastic prices. Click here to view our mini-brochure.

Contact us today to start planning your holiday to Kenya. Take advantage of our special offers when booking your tailor-made Kenya safari with Gane and Marshall.

KENYA TRAVEL ADVICE

  • The Kenya safari dry seasons normally occur June to October and December to mid March.

  • The long rains normally come to Kenya between mid-March and May, the short rains in November.

  • A trip to see mountain gorillas in Rwanda or Uganda combines well with a Kenya safari in the Masai Mara.

  • Kenya is an excellent family destination.

  • Kenya has great beaches and coastal resorts including Lamu and Mombasa. See our dedicated Kenya beach holiday pages for more.

Kenya

Regions in Kenya

Amboseli National Park - Masai herdsman

Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park is one of the most popular safari parks in Kenya, due in large part to its stunning views of Mt. Kilimanjaro, as well as its excellent game viewing. Amboseli consists primarily of grassland and bush, with only limited woodland, allowing for easy game viewing. The game is rich and varied, with lion, leopard, and huge elephant herds among the regular sightings.

Chyulu Hills & Tsavo National Parks

Chyulu Hills and Tsavo National Parks

Chyulu Hills & Tsavo National Parks are located in south eastern Kenya between Kilimanjaro and the coast. They are among Kenya's oldest and largest parks, and home to an incredible array of wildlife. Classic game-safari territory, Tsavo East and West are defined by their open plains and savannah bushland, just what East Africa is famous for.

Laikipia

Laikipia

The Laikipia Plateau sits atop the equator line at the very heart of Kenya. Developed in the 19th-century as ranch land by colonialists, Laikipia is today famous as a vast wilderness the size of Wales. Wildlife in the region is superb, with large populations of rhino, wild dog and elephant. Activities range from Masai-led walking safaris and 4x4 game drives, to horse and even camel riding safaris.

Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria

The largest lake in Africa, Lake Victoria is shared between Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. It is home to thousands of individual islands and archipelagos, a number of which offer private island resorts where you can spend a few nights relaxing at the end of a busy safari.

Sunrise on Lamu Island, Kenya

Lamu and Kiwayu

The Lamu Archipelago incorporates the beautiful islands of Manda, Lamu, Kiwayu and Pate. A quieter alternative to the busy beach resorts of Zanzibar and Kenya's mainland coast, Lamu is the perfect spot to end a Kenyan safari. It offers beautiful beaches and a vibrant Swahili culture.

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy - Kenya safari

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is a private reserve in north-eastern Kenya, on the eastern edge of the Laikipia Plateau. One of Kenya's best known private conservancies, it is home to a number of endangered species including rhino. It accommodates only a very small number of visitors at a time.

Masai Mara National Reserve

Masai Mara National Reserve

The Masai Mara is perhaps the most famous safari park in the world, and with good reason. Part of the same eco-system as the Serengeti, the Masai Mara hosts with it that great natural spectacle, the annual wildebeest migration.

Meru National Park

Meru National Park

Among the smallest and least-visited of Kenya's safari parks, Meru has a great deal to offer. It encompasses a huge variety of terrain, including acacia woodland, low-land swamp and dry savannah plains. The game has in the past been poor, but it is rapidly improving.

Mombassa and South Coast

Mombasa and South Coast

The southern coast of Kenya is notable for its rich history and former Swahili settlements, its isolated islands, and of course, its beautiful beaches. Mombasa, Kenya's second largest city and coastal entrepot, has a lively atmosphere and charming Swahili architecture, though we recommend a stay in one of the quieter beach retreats or private island lodges outside the city.

Nairobi

Nairobi

Nairobi is a lively capital with good hotels and a number of attractions, including its own National Park, where you can view rhino, lion and giraffe.

Rift Valley

Rift Valley Lakes

The Kenyan Rift Valley is a section of the 6,000km Great Rift Valley, which stretches from the Dead Sea in the Middle East all the way to Mozambique. It is one of Africa’s defining geographical features. The Lakes allow for excellent game-viewing, either by vehicle in guided game drives, or by boat.

Samburu National Park, Kenya

Samburu and Shaba National Parks

The Samburu National Reserve is situated on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River, central Kenya. One of Kenya's least known and least visited game reserves, Samburu is home to a number of species rarely seen elsewhere, including Grevy's zebra, the reticulated giraffe and the Beisa oryx.

Example itineraries in Kenya

The Best of Kenya

This small group itinerary is perfect for those who want to see as much of Kenya as possible but who have relatively little time in which to do so. Visiting the parks of Samburu, Lake Nakuru and the incredible Maasai Mara you will have the opportunity to see plenty of wildlife including some endemic species such as Gerunuk and Rothschild Giraffe. You will also stay in excellent lodges and travel with knowledgeable guides, making for a fantastic introduction to East Africa.

Scenic Kenya

This seven day, small group Kenya safari takes you from the open plains of the Masai Mara to the flamingo pink waters of Lake Nakuru and the swamps of Amboseli. These are some of the most picturesque regions in Kenya and will provide you with the perfect opportunity to spot the Big-5 and to capture the incredibly diverse scenery which Kenya has to offer.

Kenya Small Group Safaris

These low-cost Kenya safaris will take you to the greatest game reserves and national parks of Kenya, including Amboseli, Tsavo East and West, and of course, the Masai Mara. They are open, small group itineraries departing from Nairobi at fixed dates throughout the year. We can also offer these safaris (or similar) for private groups at additional cost.

7 Day Northern Kenya Walking and Driven Safari

An extraordinary program with easy walking opportunities in unique destinations in the north of Kenya. The program combines leisurely walks, game viewing safaris and interactions with the local people.

Rift Valley Lakes and Maasai Mara Eco-tour

A short, low-cost safari visiting Kenya's Maasai Mara and Lakes Nakuru and Naivasha, perfect as a standalone trip or as an extension to one of our Mount Kenya climbs.

Kenya in Style

Escape the crowds and experience Kenya at its most wild and remote on this 9-day luxury safari and beach holiday visiting the private Mara North Conservancy in the Masai Mara and the newly-opened luxury beach lodge, Saruni Ocean, on the southern Kenyan coast.

Laikipia Camel Safari

This walking and camel safari with beach extension is perfect for families and small groups. Enjoy free days exploring the remotest corners of the Laikipia Plateau on foot and by camel, before travelling to Mombasa for four nights relaxation on the coast.

Masai Mara Sleepout

This 4-day Masai Mara Sleepout offers you the ultimate romantic getaway. Spend a night in Serian Safari’s most intimate property, the Nest, a unique tree house with room for just two guests. This is a chance to experience the Masai Mara in quiet isolation – to completely immerse yourself in the serenity of the African bush.

Pyramids of Life

This is a unique opportunity for you to join a safari guiding team in East Africa on one of their annual training programmes. Expert guide Chris Stamper will be leading the training for Serian’s award-winning guiding team, as they explore the wilds of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara on a three-week training course covering everything from animal identification to traditional bush skills.

Mount Kenya 360 Degrees Mountain Bike Safari

Circumnavigate the base of Mount Kenya on this new low-impact cycling itinerary. On this 7-day programme (6 days riding), you’ll follow a newly-established cycle route which avoids the busy highways and populous town centres in favour of the Kenyan countryside and tribal regions. The terrain varies from rainforest to dry savannah and on to the lush farmlands on the eastern slopes of the mountain, where you’ll pass through small rural communities.

Discover Kenya Family Activity Safari

‘Discover Kenya’ is an adventurous alternative to a traditional driven safari, offering families a chance to escape the beaten path and explore on foot, by bike and by 4x4 the best that Kenya has to offer. Designed for holiday fun and not as a challenge, the 7-day itinerary is suitable for active families with children aged 10 and over.

Saruni Rhino Tracking Safari

February 2017 will see the opening of Saruni Rhino Camp in the wilds of Samburuland, northern Kenya. The opening of this new property marks the return of the endangered black rhinos to the lands of the Samburu, after an absence of 25 years – an historical achievement for conservation and tourism in Kenya. The new Saruni Rhino Camp will offer safari-goers the first ever opportunity in East Africa to track the majestic black rhinos, on foot.

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