The Safari Gems you’ve Never Heard of!
Every time I return to Kenya, the friendly “Jambo” rings in my ears and reminds me of my favourite movie, Out of Africa, where Karen Blixen is fondly greeted by her Swahili cook. Having visited Ms Blixen’s original homestead in Nairobi, it’s hard not to feel the romance all around and imagine yourself sipping tea with her, on the wide shady veranda overlooking the Ngong Hills.Whether you have a crush on Robert Redford or not, doesn’t really matter as it’s so easy to lose your heart in Kenya and dream of abandoning your life of normalcy for a lifetime of adventure amongst the elephants.. Kenya is a bucket-list destination for most and rightfully so. It’s a fantastic stand-alone safari destination but also an easy combination with a longer Tanzanian safari, Kilimanjaro climb, gorilla trekking in Rwanda or the exotic forests of Madagascar!
Beyond the Masai Mara
Rich and Exotic CultureThough Kenya has many cultural and ethnic groups, the semi-nomadic scarlet cloaked Masai are undoubtedly the most photographed and most famous. Cultural tours give you the opportunity to learn more about their impressive survival and hunting skills and get a taste of their traditions. The handmade beaded jewelry and colourful Shuka’s make for spectacular art pieces back home and memories of your African safari.
Off the Beaten TrackThe Masai Mara may the most famous of Kenya’s National Parks and should be on the top of your list, but there are many hidden gems to explore away from the crowds. Lake Naivasha with its abundant birdlife and flocks of pink flamingoes are a favourite as are the hills of Borana where scenes from the Lion King movie were shot. Explore Lewa and Loisaba, sharing your wildlife sightings with no other – whether by vehicle, on foot, horseback riding or even on the back of a camel.
Fabulous Farm ExperiencesKenya is blessed with abundance. From the fertile volcanic soils of the Rift Valley that produces a bounty of fresh vegetables, tea, coffee, nuts and flowers to the Kenyan Coast and its great source of tropical fruits and seafood. A Farm tour is a great addition to any safari experience, and you’ll be in awe when you see the lavish produce and exceptional export quality.
Conservation in ActionSome of Africa’s most successful rhino conservation projects are found on Kenya’s private reserves and in the heart of the Nairobi, the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage is a worthy visit along with Giraffe Centre. Purpose-driven safaris ensure sustainable tourism experiences and Nairobi city is one of the best examples of conservation in the heart of an African city.
Unusual Safari ActivitiesBesides game drives and bush walks, Kenya may just offer the widest variety of safari activities we’ve come across. If you’re active you can join the anti-poaching team for morning boot camp, run the Nairobi Marathon or go on an adventurous multi-day camel or horseback ride – spending your nights in comfortable mobile camps. Fancy a flight in a vintage Tiger Moth airplane (a la Robert Redford) or kite surfing on the coast. Don’t forget climbing the snow-capped Mount Kenya, hiking Hells Gate or mountain biking one of the many off-road trails – with or without the wildlife!
Family Ties and RelationsKenya is steeped in history and multi-generational families passionately conserve huge swathes of land, opening them to tourists and sharing their infectious stories. Many of the safari accommodations are beautiful family homesteads where the owners have a hands-on approach and staff and guests alike are treated like family.
Easy Flight ConnectionsIf you’re still looking for reasons to make Kenya your next safari destination, give us a call and we’ll tell you about the easy flight connections from Europe or North America. Combining a second destination on to Kenya makes just as much sense as there are direct flights to Madagascar, South Africa, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, Ethiopia and parts of