It is said that the concept of the safari experience started life in Kenya. The word ‘safari’ itself even stems from local Swahili dialect for ‘journey’. However, in Kenya this is no ordinary journey, and here wildlife roams the grassy open plains in front of majestic snow-capped mountains, savage nature contrasts with absolute luxury and adventure combines all too well with a relaxing stay at the beach. It is a cocktail of diverse and scenic beauty, indigenous wildlife, pristine coastline, unique culture and value for money that has seen Kenya flourish spectacularly to justify its position as one of the best-known safari destinations in the world.
Located in the heartland of the Masai in southwest Kenya the Masai Mara National Park, covering over 1,000 square miles, is undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest and most infamous reserves, offering great concentration of wild game. Opportunities for first-timers to Africa to view the ‘Big Five’ and the big cats remain some of the best on the African continent. The park is also centre stage for one of the world’s greatest animal spectacles, the Great Migration, where herds of in excess of 1.5 million wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, gazelle and more begin their epic journey from the Serengeti plains to the lush grasslands of the Mara, under the watchful eye of hungry predators, from crocodiles to lions. This is a sight to behold for any safari-goer, seasoned or not, as these wild animals sprawl the plains and cross dangerous rivers on their 500km round trip between the Southern Serengeti and north edge of the Masai Mara.
The tribal culture of the Maasai is another highlight of a visit to Kenya. Mainly situated in the southwest of the country, the Maasai are characterised by their distinctive red robe costume, jewellery and beading. Their traditional life as nomadic cattle herders, who shun the modern world and live a much more primal existence, is a fascinating insight to any inquisitive traveller.
Your Kenyan Safari
The type of itinerary on offer in Kenya has evolved somewhat. Following its independence in 1963, a modest tourism industry grew, which had generated from the Big Game hunters in earlier years. This developed rapidly during the 80's and 90's to such an extent that the various parks became overcrowded. This has been remedied in recent years with new circuits being developed and new parks being founded that are developing a key role in conservation, resulting in the pressure being taken off certain hotspots. This enables us to use first-hand knowledge to tailor holidays that steer clear of the mass market and take you to some of the most authentic low-key lodges in which to truly enjoy the sights and sounds of this magical country.
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