A family safari holiday is unforgettable and Kenya is the original and still as wonderful as ever.
Apart from being the land of the Masai Mara, Tsavo and Taita Hills, Kenya’s recognised for a longstanding commitment to conservation. The penalties for poaching here are harsher than anywhere else in Africa. Game parks are well managed and private reserves closely monitored for safety and sustainability. It’s also the country for the Great Rift Valley, stunning views of Kilimanjaro, Mombasa on the Indian Ocean and ancient living cultures of people like the Samburu, Maasai, Turkana, Swahili and Kikuyu.
Flights all year round from London to Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.
A world-class destination for all-inclusive family safaris.
One of Africa’s leading big-5 countries and the continent’s leader in game conservation and protection.
Popular game reserves like Masai Mara and Tsavo are balanced by Laikipia’s smaller, less crowded conservancies and several national parks and reserves.
Amboseli Elephant Park is in Kenya.
The country sits on the equator and has fantastic beach resorts in and around Mombasa on the south east coast.
Southern and central Kenya are safe to visit with kids and safari accommodation is superb ranging from camps to beautiful, traditional lodges.
22,000km² Tsavo is the largest game reserve in Kenya and one of the largest in the world. Divided into east and west by the railway line from Mombasa to Nairobi, Tsavo’s wild residents include black rhinos, lions, leopards, hippos, cape buffalo, giraffes and elephants.
One of Kenya’s most breathtaking parks, Amboseli is famous for huge herds of African elephants and the magnificent view of Kilimanjaro on the Tanzanian border.
This high plain region to the north west of Mount Kenya is one of the country’s greatest conservation success stories and an outstanding safari experience for families. Over half of Kenya’s black rhino population are found here as well as vast herds of migrating elephants and packs of rare African wild dogs. It’s also one of the few places to see Grevy’s Zebra along with the big-5 and more endangered species than anywhere else in the country. Community conservancy is practiced across Laikipia too and local Samburu, Ilaikipiak and Mokogodo Maasai communities are involved in and directly benefit from the region’s safari tourism.
Kenya’s ultimate safari destination is most famous of all for the Great Migration, normally between July and August. For this and a million other reasons including a huge density of wildlife and the Masai people themselves, this is one of the busiest safari destinations in the country. So if you’re looking for a low-key, unhurried and peaceful relationship with a unique environment, a summer holiday here could disappoint.
The sensational Great Migration happens in late summer when herds of wildebeest stream across the Tanzanian border into Kenya.
All-inclusive family holidays are the best and easiest way to safari in Kenya. If you’re driving remember, it’s a wild and rugged country, subject to extremes of weather and mostly sparsely populated. Avoid the northern regions and in particular the Somalian border. If you’re visiting one of the major cities, don’t drive if you can avoid it, use taxis or have your hotel organise transport.