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Mystic and wild – a photographer’s paradise

An ancient land born of ice and fire, Kenya’s extreme climate ranges from tropical heat to glacial ice, forming a diversity of habitats found nowhere else on Earth.

A vast mosaic of lion-gold savannah, rolling grasslands, ancient rainforests and volcanic plains, Kenya rises from the idyllic shores of the Indian Ocean to the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya which, at 5,199 metres above sea level, is an extinct volcano some 3½ million years old.

The real draw is going on Safari (“journey” in Swahili), in the numerous national parks, conservancies and game reserves, home to the Big Five — elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino. And with more than 50 ethnic groups, Kenya’s peoples are warm and hospitable – best expressed with the national motto ‘Harambee’ meaning ‘let’s all pull together’.
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“Africa is mystic, it is wild, it is a sweltering inferno, it is a photographer’s paradise, … an escapist’s Utopia.”
Beryl Markham, West with the Night

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Testimonial:
We would like to thank you for planning the most amazing trip to East Africa. It went beyond our expectations.
The locations we visited were perfect, loved moving camp every 2 days.
We saw all the animals we had dreamed of and actually had the BIG 5 in one day.

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The Republic of Kenya

Area: 583,000 km²
Capital: Nairobi
Currency: Kenya Shilling (slang: ‘bob’)
Population: 41.9 million
Official language: English (official), Swahili (national), multiple ethnic languages
Time: GMT +3
Climate: The coast is hot with an average daytime temperature of 27-31°C, whilst the average daytime temperature in Nairobi is 21-26°C.
July and August mark the Kenyan winter. Nairobi can become cold enough for coats and fleeces; temperatures elsewhere depend on altitude.
• Best time to visit
The main tourist seasons are the drier months of January, February and June to October, when the weather is generally considered to be the best. During the latter period the annual wildebeest migration takes place with thousands of animals streaming into the Maasai Mara from the Serengeti.
During the long rains (from mid March to May) and the short rains (from October to December) things are much quieter.

Newsflash: In promoting Family Safaris, Kenya has abolished travel visa fees for children under 16. The government has also reduced the park fees and removed VAT charges.

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Kenya for Connoisseurs

11 Day* Fly-in Eco Safari from US$5,940 (GW-01)

This fly-in Eco Safari is unlike any other, experiencing the African wilderness in private conservancies and without the presence of other tourists.
*The itinerary can be customized to suit your desired length of stay.

Highlights:

  • small, authentic tented safari camps
  • exclusive access to wildlife areas
  • personal attention of qualified safari guides
  • game drives in open-sided 4×4 safari vehicles
  • escorted game walks and night game drives

Testimonial:
“Our African safari was everything you said it would be and much more. We want to express our sincere gratitude for your guidance, expert opinion and skill in the planning of our trip.
When the safari camp was suddenly closed due to the severe storms and flooding, you arranged for alternate accommodation which was exceptional.

In all aspects, your recommendations were spot on. We already look forward to our next African excursion with your direction.”

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Day 1: Nairobi
Upon arrival at Nairobi Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel in Nairobi, set on 12 acres of landscaped gardens and embracing the traditionally hospitable nature of Kenya to make you feel right at home. Simple luxury and comfort can be enjoyed in the privacy of spacious rooms that overlook the lush gardens. Facilities include a pool with deck and terrace where guests can unwind and enjoy beverages and light meals.

Optional excursions in Nairobi:
Enjoy an excursion to the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage – where a team of trained elephant keepers rehabilitate orphaned elephants and transition them back to the wilderness.
Visit the Rothschild Giraffe Centre – rescuing the endangered Rothschild giraffes and providing conservation education for school children and youth of Kenya and the world.

Day 2: Amboseli
Morning flight to Amboseli and transfer to your safari camp. With just 9 spacious guest Meru-style tents, this camp retains all the charm of the traditional luxury camps of days gone by.
Enjoy an evening walk with the Masai, sundowners & night game drive in the conservancy.

Day 3: On safari in Amboseli
Enjoy a full day’s game viewing around the world-famous Amboseli National Park

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Day 4: Ol Pejeta Game Conservancy
Morning flight to Ol Pejeta Game Conservancy, your base for the next 2 nights.
Your camp, on the banks of a seasonal river and under the shade of acacia trees, consists of just 6 spacious and comfortable guest tents, each having been carefully sited to take advantage of the wonderful surrounding views and  designed to have minimum environmental impact.

Day 5: On safari at Ol Pejeta
Enjoy a day of game activities on open-sided 4×4 safari vehicles and expert safari guides in the Ol Pejeta Game Conservancy, boasting a higher wildlife-to-area ratio than any of Kenya’s national parks. Also included is a visit to Chimpanzee Sanctuary.

Day 6: Maasai Mara – Ol Kinyei Conservancy
Morning flight to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve and the Ol Kinyei Conservancy, your home for the next 2 nights. Placed in a unique and beautiful setting under yellow-barked Acacia trees along the banks of the Laetoli River, the camp consists of just 6 spacious guest tents and has an exclusive, yet friendly feel. The camp chef uses fresh ingredients to prepare high quality meals and even home-baked bread.
Optional:  Hot Air Balloon Safari

Day 7: On safari in the Ol Kinyei Conservancy
Enjoy a full day of game activities and experience the wilderness without the presence of other tourist vehicles. This exclusive 17500 acre wilderness area has open plains, forests, rivers and stunning views and provides the ultimate safari adventure in an unspoilt area, away from the crowds. It borders the 50,000 acre Naboisho Conservancy, which is also fully accessible for game viewing.

Day 8: On safari in the Mara and Olare Orok Conservancy
Game drive through Naboisho Conservancy to the next camplocated in a unique and stunning setting on the banks of the seasonal Ntiakatiak River within the Olare Orok Conservancy. The camp – with just 10 tents – ensures guests have a genuine “away from it all” experience deep in the African bush.

Days 9 & 10: On safari in the Mara and Olare Orok Conservancy
Enjoy the next 2 days on safari in this large conservancy, which borders the Masai Mara National Reserve and a full day in the reserve with a picnic lunch.  This conservancy is home to an abundance of animals including the Mara’s renowned Big Cats. There is unsurpassed game-viewing within the conservancy due to its unspoiled natural state.

Day 11: Depart Africa
Spend your last morning enjoying the uninterrupted views of the spectacular African bushveld before being transferred to the airstrip for your flight to Nairobi.

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Testimonial:
“Spectacular! It’s the only word to describe my entire trip. As the camps are located in conservancies adjacent to the national parks, visitors experience peaceful and virtually private access to an amazing variety of wildlife. Each camp provided rather different experiences and wildlife, but what they had in common was friendly and helpful camp staff, comfortable tents, excellent food and such wonderful guides who were not only knowledgeable and took such enjoyment in showing us such a variety of wildlife, they also had a remarkable ability to find the perfect spot for sundowners at the end of the day.”

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Our Eco camps provide an exclusive yet friendly experience with a maximum of 12 – 24 guests at a time. Tents are set on a wooden platform, are tastefully furnished and have solar powered electric lighting with en suite bathrooms including shower, wash basin and flush toilet. Some camps have bucket showers.
Your stay is fully-inclusive of all meals, drinks and game activities, including day and night game drives, guided walks and sundowners.

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Great Northern Frontier

12 Day* Fly/Drive Eco Safari from US$6,825 (LBS-01)

This off-the-beaten-track safari has it all – abundant wildlife, spectacular scenery, extraordinary cultural diversity, all the while supporting local villagers. This safari is as much about enjoying the wildlife and wilderness as it is about discovering the local culture – both intricate parts of what Kenya has to offer. For a wilderness experience, you simply can’t beat it.

*This tour is suitable for families with young children and can be customized to suit your desired length of stay.

Testimonial:
“We are just back from East Africa and I am moved to thank you for all your efforts. Everything went off without a hitch. All of the connections, drivers and hotels were on time and as planned.
The whole trip was a great success.”

Itinerary Highlights:

This safari is sustainable: when visiting wildlife conservancies, we support the local communities who in turn ensure that Africa’s wildlife is protected.

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Experience:

  • day & night game viewing  in a 4×4 vehicles
  • guided bush walks
  • balloon safaris
  • mountain biking safari
  • lion tracking
  • canoeing
  • horse-riding
  • camel trekking
  • bush breakfasts and sundowners
  • educational talks on the history and the day-to-day operation of a wildlife conservancy
  • for children there is Bow & Arrow training with the Maasai and fishing in the Mara River.

You can also enjoy visits to:

  • Wildlife educational centre
  • Chimpanzee sanctuary
  • Northern White Rhino enclosure
  • Maasai Village

Tour dates: scheduled through the year, however customized private departures are available

Includes:

  • 11 nights in award-winning eco lodges, in double rooms with private facilities
  • Most meals
  • Transportation in air-conditioned and in open game drive vehicles with air transfers to the Mara
  • Services of highly qualified professional local guides
  • All transfers, touring and game drives
  • Park entrance and conservation fees

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Kenya, Tanzania & Zanzibar

15 Day Fly/Drive Lodge Safari from US$4,165* (AH-KTZS15)

This best-seller safari starts with 1 night in Nairobi, ends on the spice isle of Zanzibar and showcases a panoramic selection of East Africa’s most famous game parks and beaches.

Testimonial:
“We had a fantastic trip! I have travelled extensively and this was the best trip I have ever been on.
Your partner in Nairobi is an excellent company. Everything ran smoothly and according to plan.”

Itinerary Highlights:

  • game drives in the famous Maasai Mara (3 nights)
  • relax at Lake Victoria (2 nights)
  • explore the mighty Serengeti (2 nights)
  • world-famous Ngorongoro Crater (1 night)
  • ancient baobabs of Tarangire National Park (1 night)
  • relaxation , historic discovery and Indian Ocean pleasure on the magical island of Zanzibar (4 nights)
    whilst staying in both luxury tented safari camps and traditional lodges.

Tour dates: scheduled through the year, however customized private departures are available

Includes:

  • 10 nights in Meru-style tented camps and traditional Safari Lodges, and 4 nights at a beach resort in double rooms with private facilities
  • Most meals
  • Transportation in air-conditioned and in open game drive vehicles
  • Services of highly qualified professional local guides
  • All transfers, touring and game drives

*Low season rate. Add $585 for Park entrance and conservation fees.

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Highlights of Kenya

8 Day Lodge Safari from US$1,895* (AH-KS8)

Featuring traditional safari lodges, this value-for-money road safari offers a wonderful overview of Kenya’s national treasures and the opportunity to view Big 5 against exceptionally varied backdrops.

Testimonial:
“We would like to thank you for planning the most amazing trip to East Africa. It went beyond our expectations.
The locations we visited were perfect, loved moving camp every 2 days.
We saw all the animals we had dreamed of and actually had the BIG 5 in one day.”

Itinerary Highlights:

Click here to request the detailed itinerary

Tour dates: scheduled through the year, however customized private departures are available

Includes:

  • 7 nights at traditional Safari Lodges, in double rooms with private facilities
  • Most meals
  • Transportation in air-conditioned game drive vehicles
  • Services of highly qualified professional local guides
  • All transfers, touring and game drives

*Low season rate. Add $395 for Park entrance and conservation fees

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More about Kenya:

Landscape
The landscape of Kenya is distinctly divided into two – the eastern half which slopes gently to the coral-backed seashore, and the western portion, which rises abruptly through a series of hills and plateaus to the Eastern Rift Valley, then slopes to Lake Victoria.
Snow-capped peak of Mount Kenya (5,199 m) is the highest point in the country and the second highest mountain in Africa.
The main rivers are the Athi/Galana and the Tana. Major lakes include Lakes Victoria, Turkana, Baringo, Naivasha, Magadi, Jipe, Bogoria, Nakuru and Elementeita.
The coastline extends some 536 kms between Tanzanian in the south and Somali in the north.

National Parks and Reserves
Kenya’s total wildlife conservation area is 44,359 km² or 7.6 % of the total area.
One of the most popular tourist destinations, the Maasai Mara, is designated a National Reserve and is the site of the annual Wildebeest Migration.
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Flora
Kenya’s flora is diverse. Coastal forests contain palm, mangrove, teak, copal and sandalwood trees.
Forests of baobab, euphorbia and acacia trees cover the lowlands to an elevation of approximately 900 m.
Extensive areas of savannah are interspersed with groves of acacia and papyrus, which characterize the terrain from 900 to 2,750 m above sea level.
Bamboo and camphor are common in the dense rainforest of the eastern and southeastern mountain slopes.
The alpine zone (above 3,550 m) contains many Senecio and Lobelia plants.

Fauna
There are 80 major animal species ranging from the ‘Big Five’ (elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros, lion and leopard) to tiny antelopes such as the dik-dik, which is slightly larger than a rabbit. At least 32 endemic species are endangered.

Avifauna
Kenya boasts around 1,137 species of birds. Spotting over 100 bird species in a day is not uncommon.

World Heritage Sites
Fort Jesus, the Gedi Ruins, Koobi Fora, Mount Kenya, Hell’s Gate National Park and the Maasai Mara National Reserve.

National Museums & Historical Sites
Kenya has over 400 historical sites ranging from paleolithic remains, 14th century slave trading settlements, Islamic ruins and the 16th century Portuguese Fort Jesus.

Travel Visas are are required by most passport holders.

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Wildlife regions in brief:

Maasai Mara
Justifiably one of the most famous reserves in Africa, the Mara covers 1,510 km² of great rolling plains of savannah grasslands, dotted with the distinctive flat-topped acacia trees, which sustain the greatest variety of wildlife in Africa and indeed in the world. The concentration of game is at its highest from July through October when the Mara is host to the annual migration of more than a million wildebeest.
The Mara is the Kenyan section of the Serengeti Plains and game viewing is excellent year round with giraffe, buffalo, zebra, eland, hartebeest and Thompson’s gazelle offering a rich choice for the predators lion, leopard and cheetah. It should be noted, however, that during the rainy season, the grass is fairly tall in some areas, which may affect visibility and restrict game drives slightly.
The Maasai people, after whom the park is named, are nomadic. While on game drives, you will often notice young tribesmen herding their cattle amongst the plains game. They are colourfully attired, usually wrapped in bright red cloths, and armed with spears.

Aberdare National Park
The Aberdares are an isolated volcanic range that forms the eastern wall of the rift valley, running roughly 100km north south between Nairobi and Thomsons Falls. Soils are red and of volcanic origin, but rich in organic matter. There are two main peaks, Ol Donyo Lesatima (3,999m) and Kinangop (3,906m) separated by a long saddle of alpine moorland at over 3,000m.
The topography is diverse with deep ravines that cut through the forested eastern and western slopes and there are many clear streams and waterfalls.  The Aberdares are an important water catchment area providing water to the Tana and Athi rivers and part of Central Rift and Northern drainage basins.
The National Park lies mainly above the tree line running along the 10,000ft contour with some forest and scrub at lower altitude in the ‘salient’ area near Nyeri with the boundary running down to the 7000ft contour the unusual vegetation, rugged terrain, streams and waterfalls combine to create an area of great scenic beauty in the National Park. The park is surrounded by a predominantly indigenous forest. Mist and rain occur throughout much of the year, with precipitation varying from around 1000mm yearly on the north western slopes to as much as 3000mm in the south east. Heavy rainfall occurs through most of the year.
Attractions include Lesatima peak, Kinangop peak, waterfalls, walks in the moorlands, Twin hills, Elephant hills and Table mountains, Elephants, second largest population of black rhinos in Salient and Northern Aberdares. the Kimathi Hideout, night viewing of wildlife at the Ark and at Treetops.
Fun fact: Queen Elizabeth learned of her accession to the throne at Tree-tops.

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Kenya Safari, GiraffeAmboseli National Park
Towered over by the magnificent bulk of Mount Kilimanjaro (5,896 m), Africa’s highest mountain, Amboseli is one of Kenya’s oldest and most-visited parks and is famous for its populations of large mammals. Endlessly panoramic, yet comparatively compact, it is dotted with emerald green swamps in which great herds of elephant wallow half submerged in the papyrus grasses. The permanent marshlands also provide a potent draw to hippos and buffalo herds, while offering a haven for the abundant water birds.
An International Biosphere Reserve, the park largely constitutes the usually dried-out lakebed of Lake Amboseli, which is surrounded by flat grasslands relieved by very few trees. Wildlife includes lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, zebra, hippo, spotted and striped hyena, giraffe, numerous antelopes such as oryx, wildebeest, gerenuk, impala and Grant’s gazelle. Birds: 425 recorded species.

Laikipia Wildlife Conservation area
Lying on the threshold of Kenya’s wild Northern rangelands, Laikipia stretches from the slopes of Mt Kenya to the rim of the Great Rift Valley and is the second largest Kenyan national park. Its magnificent escarpment descends into the arid lands and semi deserts of Northern Kenya.
A sanctuary for over 80 mammal species including black rhino, elephant, lion, leopard, Grevy zebra, reticulated giraffe, aardwolf, wild dog and a wealth of African game, Laikipia’s biodiversity is globally unique.
The ‘Laikipia experience’ comes largely free of the constraints that apply in most national parks and reserves. Night game drives, guided nature walks, bike tours, horse-riding and camel treks – prohibited in most parks – are just some of the exhilarating activities that await visitors to Laikipia.
People too are an integral part of the Laikipia experience. A well-developed tourism infrastructure complete with high levels of community involvement and participation gives the visitor privileged access to the cultures and customs of the region’s Mukogodo Maasai, Samburu, Pokot and other peoples.
Laikipia is a classic example of how well-designed tourism investments can lead to major conservation and economic gains. Hundreds of thousands acres of land has been set aside over the years by local communities for conservation and ecotourism developments.

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Since being established in 1961, Lake Nakuru National Park has increased considerably in size and now covers an area of 200 km². It surrounds a shallow soda lake, famous for millions of flamingos migrating to its shores,  along with tens of thousands of other bird species. It is a magnificent sight.
The lake level fluctuates by up to four meters annually. When the water is low the soda crystallizes along the shoreline as a blinding white band of powder. It’s surrounded by grassland, bush, forest and rocky cliffs – home to the white rhino, the rare Rothschild’s giraffe, waterbuck, warthogs, large herds of buffalo, Thomson’s gazelle, leopard, hyrax, hippos and many more.

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy represents a microcosm of one of the world’s most important biological regions in Eastern Africa savannah grasslands. Spanning 61,000 acres, Lewa is home to over 11 percent of Kenya’s black rhino population, over 14 percent of Kenya’s white rhino population and the world’s largest single population of Grevy’s zebra.
Lewa has embodied its mission as a catalyst for conservation. With a proven track record, their model of community-based conservation development is being spearheaded across northern Kenya, and emulated by other East African conservation organizations.
Lewa is also home to the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT), an innovative partnership with communities who have set land aside for wildlife conservation. It provides support to local regions through projects geared towards improving livelihoods and alleviating poverty. Lewa was instrumental in creating the NRT, which has allowed wildlife to begin to migrate once again throughout their historical natural range.

Mount Kenya National Park
This 700 km² park is named after Kenya’s highest mountain, said to be home of the Kikuyu God, “Ngai”. Mount Kenya rises to a height of 5,199m and above the 3,200m contour it forms a biosphere reserve. The mountain consists of three principal zones: the rocky peak with its crown of glaciers, tarns and snowfields; the alpine zone with distinctive giant vegetation; and the vast gentle slopes covered in upland forest and bamboo jungle, fed by natural mineral springs. The Tana River, largest and longest in Kenya, begins its journey here meandering eastwards for hundreds of kilometres before spilling into the Indian Ocean

The forest belt is teeming with plants and animals including 11 unique species. Suni antelope, Mount Kenya mole rat, montane viper, black fronted duikers, giant forest hog, and genet cat, are some of the animals on the list. For the seasoned and physically fit climber, the trek to the peaks is a little difficult and one is advised to spend some days getting acclimatised before making that journey. The climb itself is well worth the effort, seeing the different birds and animals, vegetation, and the changing landscape.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy
The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is 90,000 acres of wilderness and offers an incredibly uncrowded environment to enjoy quality game viewing. The Conservancy is home to Kenya’s largest population of Black Rhino, large numbers of elephant, cheetah, lion, leopard, plentiful plains game and the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees . There are also a number of rarer Northern species such as Grevys Zebra, Jacksons Hartebeest and Beisa Oryx. The Conservancy lies on the Equator and affords wonderful views of Mt Kenya.

Samburu Game Reserves
Lying in the lower curve of the dry northern Kenya region, the three reserves of Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba make up a combined area of over 235 km², and are well worth a visit to view an ecosystem that spans arid terrains, hills, shrub- and grassland. The main water source, the Uaso Nyiro River, feeds the riverine forest and swamp. The patches of forest and Doum palm dotting the landscape provide an ideal setting for exuberant primates, sombre hippo and sedate crocodile. Elephant families visit the river’s shallows for a shower or to immerse themselves totally in the invigorating, cool water.
The exciting animal life also includes game only seen north of the equator, namely grevy’s zebra, beisa oryx and reticulated giraffe, gerenuk gazelle and the Somali ostrich – known as the ‘big five of the north’. As the name implies, this is home to the Samburu, a colourful tribal people who have lived in harmonious accord with nature over the years, maintaining cultural conservation practices based on a deep respect for the ecosystem.

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