When you close your eyes and dream of Africa you’ll probably see Kenya with its rolling plains, flat topped acacia trees, lakes full of flamingos and Mount Kilimanjaro shimmering in the distance. It is a land where you can float in a balloon above a million wildebeest and zebra making their long migration across the Masai Mara, and can listen to the timeless stories of your scarlet clad Masaai guide as you sit around the campfire under a star filled sky.
In years gone by a safari in Kenya involved long dusty minibus journeys between three star safari hotels. Now, Africa Exclusive can take you quickly and easily by small plane to a series of beautifully designed exclusive camps and lodges to enjoy a safari of a lifetime in privacy and comfort. These luxury safari lodges are usually on private game reserves where you can enjoy walking, open vehicles, horse riding and hot air ballooning.
Imagine taking your family or friends on a Kenyan safari holiday of a lifetime. Flying in to small exclusive lodges on huge private wildlife reserves. Enjoying exciting encounters with elephant, leopard and rhinoceros with your own expert guide. Doing everything at your pace, having everything organized around what interests your family. You can fly in a hot air balloon and even go walking through magnificent scenery and camp out under the stars as your Maasai guides sing around the camp fire. Round off your safari with a few days fun and watersports on the exotic Kenya Coast or Zanzibar. These are the finest family safaris that money can buy.
The weather in Kenya is good for safaris at all times of year, though there is a greater chance of encountering rain from mid-April to the end of May and in November. Some people like to travel in these “rainy” months when dramatic cloud formations gather over the Mara plains, there is a sense of refreshment and grasslands are carpeted in new flowers. Daily temperatures are influenced by altitude, so in the higher areas like Samburu and Laikipia you need a fleece for the cool early morning drives, but by 9am this is discarded as temperatures rise to the high 20s. After a delicious lunch you take a siesta during the warm early afternoon with temperatures in the low 30s. Head out on safari around 4pm as it gets cooler and the animals start moving, remembering to take the fleece for when the sun has dipped below the horizon.
Weather is more a consideration at the coast, so don’t visit the Kenya coast from the first week of April to the first few days of June as the rains are heavier in coastal areas. At all other times of year the Kenya coast weather is warm, gently humid and breezy, at its very best from late November through to March.
Kenya - Useful Information
Kenya is approximately 8 hours flying time from London and 2 to 3 hours ahead of UK time. A visa (US$50 depending on your nationality) can be obtained on arrival. Africa Exclusive will arrange your travel within Kenya by air so you visit different safari locations and the coast by “hops” of one to two hours. This gives you maximum time enjoying your safari and the occasional aerial view of spectacular scenery. You should pack in soft bags and travel fairly light as all camps and lodges have same day laundry and you will wear similar clothing at each place.
Kenya is extremely suitable for a family safari as the animals are numerous, varied and easily visible, especially from July to late October when the Great Migration passes through the Masai Mara. It’s possible to make a private visit to a village school to meet friendly local tribal people, and some luxury lodges have two bedroom family accommodation. Also the coast and Zanzibar are easily accessible for a few days relaxation before coming home.
The food at the safari lodges used by Africa Exclusive is excellent and hygienically prepared and bottled water is always available. Please consult your medical doctor for information about vaccinations and protection from malaria.
The Mara Migration
Animals, animals everywhere! From mid-June to late October tremendous herds of gazelle, zebra and wildebeest crash across rivers full of crocodiles to reach the fresh grasses of the Mara plains. The migration ebbs and flows for four months before heading back south to the Serengeti. We’ll book your safari on the camp with the location, comfort level and style and activity mix that’s right for you.
Meet the Maasai
Most of the camps we use in Kenya are on big private reserves owned by local tribes who benefit from your stay. You get a “minibus-free” safari, the animals enjoy open natural spaces and people who once saw them as a nuisance are now active wildlife conservationists. While you’re there we can arrange for you to visit the people’s village in a natural way to meet them and see their way of life.
Small Private Lodges
Enjoy Kenya’s richly diverse scenery and wildlife from small lodges and camps run by people who are passionate about what they do. The quality of the menus and the architecture of your suite is just as important to them as an unrivalled safari experience. These people are not interested in big numbers, they want you to delight in the big spaces, peace and beauty of a corner of Africa that they’ve grown to love. Fly from one superb lodge to another between the ancient Samburu hills, the Great Rift Valley, the Mara plains, the refreshing rivers of Meru, the hills and wetlands of Amboseli...
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A Great Family Holiday
The migration coincides with the European summer school holidays so it’s a superb time and place for a family safari. Children from four to teens will adore the chance to see wild animals in beautiful surroundings on a real adventure. Fly between two or three magical safari locations then maybe finish with a few days on the coast. This is absolutely NOT a package holiday. We’ll select each idyllic place and tailor every day so that it’s perfect for you.
These are just a few of the experiences you can enjoy on your safari with Africa Exclusive. Contact us now to plan your perfect safari.
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Andrew & Sara Sharman
"Can I just thank you so much for arranging our wonderful holiday. Everything was perfect!!!
It was truly an experience we will never forget. The accommodation, locations, hospitality and wildlife expertise were outstanding. We will have to return in the future to collect the pieces of our hearts we left there."