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 trip here involved long dusty minibus journeys between three star 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 holiday 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 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 adventure with a few days fun and watersports on the exotic coast or Zanzibar. These are the finest family safaris that money can buy.
The weather in Kenya is good for trips 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 thrilling game drives 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 the country by air so you visit different locations and the coast by “hops” of one to two hours. This gives you maximum time enjoying your holiday 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.
This location 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 camps and 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.
“Every day brought new adventures and we learnt so much about every aspect of Kenya, its people and the wildlife. Within 24 hours of leaving home we were sitting overlooking Samburu, eating a bush picnic lunch while watching elephants and getting to know our two Samburu guides. How amazing is that?!
Every single person we met helped to make our trip so special and we all have so many special memories. Plus a full camera - 500 photos!
I would also like to say how much our children got out of this trip. Educationally and socially I couldn't have asked for more and they were made to feel very special by everyone they came into contact with. They were treated with great respect and made many, many friends along the way.”
Why should you choose Africa Exclusive to arrange your safari?
We are Africa specialists with 23 years’ experience
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Our holidays are beautifully engineered
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All our staff regularly visit Africa so we know it intimately
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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.
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 adventure with Africa Exclusive. Contact us now to plan your perfect holiday.
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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."