The essence of Africa rolled into one country? Maybe. From dense mountain forests to acacia-studded savannah; colourful tribes to vibrant coral reefs; and chalk-white beaches to some of the continent’s best wildlife, this is a country that certainly packs it all in.

"Kenya is a great choice for combining safari and sea, with heavenly tropical beaches and coral reefs both north and south of Mombasa: itself home to a buzzing nightlife, historical old town and the mighty Fort Jesus."

Romantic. Peerless. This is Africa. More specifically, this is safari. It’s where the whole idea of big game hunting trips was invented well over 100 years ago.

While cameras have replaced rifles, Kenya is as good as ever in terms of wildlife. Big game doesn’t come any bigger than the annual Great Migration – when over two million wildebeest, gazelles, zebras and attendant predators cross into the fabled Maasai Mara in search of good grazing.

But that’s just one aspect of wildlife viewing here. There are the picture-postcard views – like the definitive Kenyan wildlife shot of elephants against a backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. It’s a top destination for birds too, especially the flamingo-fringed shores of Lake Nakuru and the sightings-rich Marine National Park on the Indian Ocean coast.

A well-developed tourist industry means many options for travellers, from classic safari camps to colonial country houses, and bush cool to barefoot luxury. Add a human population as fascinating and varied as its animals (with around 40 different ethnic groups), and it’s no wonder that Kenya is one of Africa’s crown jewels.

What you need to know

  • Capital City

    Nairobi

  • Time Difference

    GMT +2

  • Best Time to Visit

    July to October

  • Currency

    Kenyan Shilling (US$ are useful for tipping)

Kenya

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Choose from the cream of Kenya's finests lodges

  • Elephant Bedroom Camp Samburu National Reserve

    This small and comfortable camp (named after the huge herds of elephants that visit) with 12 tents on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro is perfect for an authentic East African experience.

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  • Sasaab Samburu National Reserve

    With commanding views towards Mount Kenya, Sasaab uses Moroccan principles in its design: each room is huge with enormous open-air bathrooms and massive beds with a light and airy feel.

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  • Elsa’s Kopje Meru National Park

    One of the most elegant lodges in Kenya, in a spectacular setting, this beautifully appointed lodge brilliantly incorporates the hillside's natural features throughout its open bar, lounge, dining room and infinity pool.

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  • Tortilis Camp Amboseli

    Renowned for its large elephant population, Amboseli National Park has the best views of Kilimanjaro; and in an area of acacia woodland, Tortilis Camp comes with spacious tents, exquisite public areas, and - you guessed it - those those awesome views.

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  • Governors’ Camp Maasai Mara

    A group of four camps - Governors' Camp; Little Governors'; Il Moran; and the super-exclusive Governors' Private Camp - set on a stretch of the Mara River in a magical setting. Choose your camp according to how much luxury, privacy and exclusivity you want.

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  • Naibor Maasai Mara

    Tucked away on the banks of the Talek River, Naibor's stylish contemporary-luxe tents put you in pole position to see the legendary Migration, close to all the major wildebeest crossing sites over the Mara River.

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  • Karen Blixen Camp Maasai Mara

    This is a wonderful combination of luxury tents (all with undisturbed views along the Mara River), modern comforts and an ambience of the exciting 1920s explorations of Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa.

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  • Mara Plains Camp Maasai Mara

    Seasoned safari lovers will love it here (but then so will first-timers). A small, seven-roomed camp under canvas, the quality is first class and matched only by the enormous range of activities available, and unrivalled access to wildlife habitats.

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  • Kinondo Kwetu Diani Beach

    Small and perfectly formed, Kinondo Kwetu sits on its own stretch of private white powder-soft beach. Being owner-run, the emphasis is on making you feel completely at home; with characterful rooms and cottages, and plenty of quiet corners.

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