1. Maasai Mara
People come to the Mara to see the amazing variety of animals roaming free in the wild. The big 5 (leopard, lion, rhino, elephant and buffalo) are all here, as are a whole host of incredible creatures including giraffe, zebra, antelopes of all shapes and sizes, aardvark, hyena, ostrich, hyrax,wild dog, warthog and so many more. The Mara is also famous for the beautiful nomadic tribes people. Here you will see the Maasai people in their traditional bright red blankets and multicoloured beaded jewellery. You can see inside their traditional homes and learn what it’s like to live in harmony with nature. Between July and October, don’t miss one of the greatest wildlife spectacles in the world, when over a million wildebeest, migrate into the Masai Mara as from Tanzania as they leap and swim across the Mara river desperately trying to avoid the snapping jaws of crocodiles who lay in wait!
Recommended Camp: Fairmont Mara Safari Club
2. The Coast
Recommended Resort: Blue Bay Village , Watamu
Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba National Reserves are found in the north of Kenya. This is a hot arid region with acacia woodland reserves. Here you can see di fferent varieties of rare and endangered animals not seen in other parks such as the long necked gerenuk (an antelope which stands on two legs to eat) reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, and Beisa Oryx. There are also many elephant and cheetah and leopard. Birdlife is plentiful with large flocks of guinea fowl seen and the pygmy falcon and sandgrouse frequently seen. Traditional Samburu homesteads are interesting to visit with these tall regal people dressed in colourful attire.
4. Lake Nakuru
Recommended Lodge: Sarova Lion Hill Lodge
5. Lake Naivasha
Recommended Resort: Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort
Recommended Camp: Tortilis
7. Mount Kenya
Recommended Hotel: Mount Kenya Safari Club
Lamu and i t’s surrounding villages and islands, have an appeal that many find irresistible! This picturesque Swahili town with it’s quaint narrow streets and absence of cars, epitomizes the slow, gentle way of life in this part of the world. It’s relaxed rhythm and charm, makes other quiet places on the east coast seem like sizzling metropolises! After flying in, the usual way to arrive is to sail across to Lamu by dhow (a locally made sailing boat). There are various places to stay from lovely Swahili houses with rooftop patios overlooking the sea, to hotels with pools and all mod cons. The Lamu Archipelago includes some very beautiful uninhabited islands and exclusive very upmarket destinations visited by rockstars and royalty.
Recommended Resort: Kipungani
10. The Aberdares
Recommended Camp: The Ark
Other great places to fit into your trip
Urban Africa with contrasting images. art galleries, shopping malls, entertainments, great restaurants, elephant orphanage, giraffe centre etc
Recommended Hotel: Serena Hotel
Baringo & Bogoria
Crocodiles, hippos, fish eagles and other amazing array of birdlife, hot springs.
Recommended Camp: Roberts Camp
Remote desert environment, camels, tribal people and their homesteads
Recommended Tour: Turkana Experience
Remote wilderness. Spectacular scenery, private ranches
Recommended Lodge: Loisaba Lodge
Handy for the coast, great treehouse accommodation, elephants if you’re lucky but few animals to see
Recommended Lodge: The Sands at Nomad
Tropical rain forest
Largest Lake in Africa, good for fishing & relaxing
Recommended Lodge: Rusinga Island Lodge
Fossils of prehistoric man
Meru National Park
Off the usual toursit route, this beautiful park was where Else the lion was taken and released.
Recommended Lodge: Elsa’s Kopje