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Why Kenya Safari Holidays are truly unique...

It is said that the concept of the safari holiday experience started life in Kenya. The word ‘safari’ itself even stems from local Swahili dialect for ‘journey’. However Kenya safari holidays are no ordinary journey, 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 holiday destinations in the world. 

Kenya Holiday Highlights

  • Exclusive wilderness – Staying on private game reserves enjoying a variety of different activities.
  • Mara River – Watch this river explode into life around August to September as the herds make their way north from Tanzania.
  • Concession conservation – Kenya is leading the way in terms of private concessions which focus on the needs of the communities and the wildlife.
  • Beautiful beaches – The Kenyan coastline sits right on the Indian Ocean and has beautiful turquoise waters and white sandy beaches.
  • The Maasai – Interact with Africa’s most famous tribe who dominate the tribal landscape in southern Kenya.
  • Daphne Sheldrik Trust – Home to a large number of orphaned elephants this is a great place to visit if you have any spare time in Nairobi.

The Masai Mara and Masai Culture

Kenya, the Masai Mara and Masai Culture

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 Kenya safari. Mainly situated in the southwest of the country, the Maasai are characterised by their distinctive red robecostume, 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. Relying on animals for food, the men herd cattle whilst the women are responsible for cooking, collecting sticks for the fire and building the home. They are traditionally a proud and independent tribe and the sense of community and togetherness you feel when around them is awe-inspiring to say the least. Joining in with their dances and singing is a privilege and not to be missed by anyone with an interest in other cultures and lifestyles.

Where to go in Kenya

  • Laikipia Plateau – From the foothills of Mt Kenya to the tribal heartland of the Samburu people this is one of Kenya’s lesser known wildlife areas, but one of its best. 
  • Maasai Mara Reserve – A legendary game reserve and still one of Africa’s finest. Home to the great migration in August & September. 
  • Kenyan Coast – White sandy beaches and turquoise waters just a short flight away from some of Africa’s finest nature reserves. 
  • Amboseli National Park – One the best places in Africa to see large bull elephants among a large array of other wildlife with stunning views of Mt Kilimanjaro. 
  • Lake Nakuru – A stunning sight of thousands of pink flamingos feeding in a soda lake nearly 2 kilometres above sea level.

Your Kenya Safari Holiday

Your Kenya wildlife safari holiday, Male Lion

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 and new community backed conservancies 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 Kenya safari 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.

Did you know...

The hit BBC series “Big Cat Diary” was filmed exclusively in the Maasai Mara Reserve and the team based themselves at Governors Camp for the duration of the filming. This is classic big cat country and if you want to meet some of the “stars” of the show then this is the place to be.

Great for family holidays

There are 3 private houses available in the conservancies surrounding the Maasai Mara that are perfectly suited to families. They are available on a private basis only and come with their own team of staff to make sure your stay is perfectly suited to your family’s requirements; and it is not often that you can rent a private house where the only problem is the elephant on the lawn!

Planning your Kenya safari  

For further information on what wildlife you can see on a Kenya safari, can you drink tap water in Kenya, what vehicles are used on safari, etc, please visit our Kenya Frequently Asked Questions.

See what our clients think

Kenya Holidays – tailor-made safaris 4.9 out of 5,
based on 8 reviews. Natural World Safaris tailor-make Kenya safari holidays to your requirements and preferences. We work hard to make each safari bespoke for our clients and love to receive feedback after our trips. Below are reviews from our clients who have travelled to Kenya with us.
NWS went the extra step
Kenya Holidays - tailor-made safari Reviewed by Bryan B. Rating: 4.6 / 5 Excellent communication and NWS went the extra step to provide us with options that met our needs.
Very easy to communicate with and NWS also has access to favourable discounted rates that we can take advantage of.
NWS was very helpful as always
Kenya Holidays - tailor-made safari Reviewed by Debbie J. Rating: 4.8 / 5 NWS was very helpful as always and ensured the trip he organised met my requirements. The information he provided on the two camps I stayed at was completely spot on.
Very enjoyable Kenya holiday!
Kenya Holidays - tailor-made safari Reviewed by Linda M. Rating: 4.4 / 5 We enjoyed the whole trip. Safety and security were a big plus and we were in good hands the whole time.
We have been very impressed...
Kenya Holidays - tailor-made safari Reviewed by Carol S. Rating: 4.7 / 5 We were extremely impressed by Miahy [our guide]. He was professional, patient, helpful and very knowledgeable in all aspects. Roland at Isalo was also very knowledgeable and helpful.
Although we have no immediate plans for further safari-type holidays at present, we would definitely look at whatever NWS has to offer if and when we do consider another trip like this.
We have been very impressed by the personal and attentive service you provide and also the professional relationships which you foster with your partner companies. It is reassuring to see such good working relationships and cohesion in planning and implementation. This offers great confidence to your clients.
Mobile camping exceeded my expectations
Kenya Holidays - tailor-made safari Reviewed by Carol P. Rating: 4.7 / 5 I wasn't exactly sure what to expect with a mobile camp and it exceeded my expectations. We were impressed with the knowledge of the places being visited and everything went well.
All camps were excellent and very impressive…
Kenya Holidays - tailor-made safari Reviewed by Claire F. Rating: 4.3 / 5 All camps were excellent and very impressive. Slightly preferred the feel of Rekero and Olakira as they were a bit more rustic whilst being extremely comfortable. Staff at Rekero and Olakira were fantastic (Olakira could do with a female influence in the team for those perfect touches!). Rekero staff particularly impressive. Management couple at Rekero very good, the couple at Naboisho were stand-ins and it did show a little, their knowledge was slightly lacking but nothing problematic. Kenneth, manager at Olakira dealt with a very tricky situation very well and that was much appreciated.
Excellent guiding!
Kenya Holidays - tailor-made safari Reviewed by Richard D. Rating: 4.9 / 5 Guide used (as requested) - Julius Kisasi. He was excellent, unbelievable ability to spot animals at vast distances. [NWS have a] good choice of camps and knowledge to tailor trips to suit individual clients requirements.
Lewa Camp guide was superb
Kenya Holidays - tailor-made safari Reviewed by Sharon J. Rating: 4.9 / 5 In Lewa safari camp the guide Festus was superb. He was welcoming, friendly knowledgeable and made everything seem effortless. He was polite, interesting to talk to and had so much information to share that even driving around looking for game was enjoyable. I would recommend this park and Festus as a guide to all my friends.
We hope to return in a couple of years’ time and will have no hesitation in travelling with you again.

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Travel Facts: Kenya

Flight Time from UK

8h30m (to Nairobi)

Time Difference


Best Time to Go

Dec - Feb & Jun - Oct


Swahili / English


Kenyan Shilling KSh

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British Airways, Kenya Airways

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