Nairobi | Maasai Mara | Mt. Kenya | Amboseli National Park | Lamu Archipelago | South Coast | Tsavo East and West National Parks | Hells Gate Natinal Park | Nakuru National Park | Lake Turkana with Sibiloi National Park | Laikipia Plateau | Shimba Hills National Reserve | Aberdare National Park | Kisite Mapunguti Marine National Park |
What to expect on your Kenya Luxury Safari?
This cosmopolitan capital is a metropolis of museums and malls interspersed with market stalls, galleries and game reserves.
A day in the city is really no wasted time, there is so much to do and so much to see. In the suburb Karen you can discover the origin of the Out of Africa book/movie.
Nairobi also offers some absolute unique locations to take a breather after your Kenyan safari and spend the night before flying out.
One of our favourite places to stay in Nairobi is the Ngong House in Karen, where you spend the night in tree-houses built in the backyard of an old colonial house. The tree-houses offer a stunning view over the Ngong Hills. From here you are very close to the Karen Blixen Museum, the Giraffe Centre and the local Wilson Airport.
Maasai Mara and the Great Migration
The Maasai Mara, also known as the spotted plains, are abundant with wildlife especially during the world renowned “Great-Migration“.
From July all the way through to October, millions of wildebeest and zebra travel from the Tanzanian Serengeti over the Kenyan Maasai Mara where they have to cross the Mara River and then return back to Tanzania. This enormous spectacle attracts ofcourse many tourist from around the world and it can get a bit busy at this time of the year. Luckily the Mara area stays full of life even after the Migration and it absolutely worth a visit at any time of year!
When visiting the Mara Triangle in Kenya, to spot the Great Migration or any other time of the year, Kilima Camp is probably the best choice for your accommodation! The camp consists of twelve stylish tents, complete with their very own verandas and en-suite bathrooms. There is a large tent that serves as a central meeting point where guests gather together to enjoy a nice dinner, have a drink, chat with the other guests, play board games, plunge into literature about Kenya and Africa, or to sit back and enjoy the breathtaking view.
With the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro as a backdrop this National Park filled with elephants is a must-do on your Kenya Luxury Safari. Because of its location at the foot of the Kilimanjaro it has some interesting volcanic spot and receives fresh water from the ice melting on top of Africa’s tallest mountain.
Tawi Lodge is ideally located in a private conservancy, bordering Amboseli National Park and facing the mighty Mt Kilimanjaro. This boutique lodge is perfectly integrated with the environment and consists of twelve private cottages with traditional thatch roofs offering spacious and comfortable rooms.
This collection of islands lies just south of the equator with Lamu, Pate and Manda as its biggest Islands. Lamu is Kenya’s oldest town and the whole town/island is filled with traces of that amazing history. The accommodations we have available here are real stunning and old-style Lamu houses with top service. Lamu Town was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Msambweni Beach House
Msambweni Beach House & Private Villas is in a quiet, unique setting on a stretch of completely unspoiled sandy beach surrounded by 28 acres of natural land. The property has 700 feet of private beach along a four mile stretch of coastline with palm trees offering peace and tranquility where guests can really be at one with nature while enjoying a luxurious, yet discreet, stay with attentive service in beautiful surroundings. Dining at Msambweni Beach House & Private Villas is a pure delight. Our kitchen staff are thoroughly trained by a celebrity Belgian chef. Enjoy seafood, Swahili dishes, Belgian and French cuisine. For us a “must-stay-at” during your Kenya Safari
What is better than to end an active and adventurous safari with a few day on beautiful beach in complete calm and luxury. One could travel to Zanzibar to do this but that is not needed. Kenya has some amazingly beautiful private beaches and Atelier Africa made the right selection of only the top range for you. So no need to travel far, stay in Kenya, a short trip and you are out of the bush and under a palm tree.
Tsavo East and West National Parks
The two Tsavo National Parks form the largest national park in Kenya. Tsavo East is known for its huge wealth of animal. Besides the famous “red elephants” there is also a good number of lion prides, probably descending from the famous “Tsavo Maneaters”, pictured in the movie “The Ghost and the Darkness”. At the turn of the 20th century during the railway construction from Mombasa to Uganda they terrorized the railway workers. Tsavo West impresses with its multiple landscapes. Savannah with impressive acacia trees, black jagged volcanic erosions and the evergreen surroundings of Mzima Springs, the well that supplies the entire city Mombasa with water. Tsavo offers a fair chance to see the “Big Five” in a single day.
Hells Gate National Park
Near the small town of Naivasha, known for its flowers and especially rose industry, lies Hells Gate National Park. Even getting to the access road to the park feels like a safari by itself. A fantastic landscape of rolling hills with majestic candelabra euphorbias, spotted with giraffes, zebras and antelopes on both sides of the road. In and around the lake linger thousands of pink flamingos and some lazy hippos. Since there are no dangerous animals in Hells Gate, it is possible to reach the park entrance on foot or by bicycle. Guaranteed, that some buffalos, zebras, various gazelle and antelope species as well as some of the more than 100 bird species cross your way. The descent into the actual gorge leads past fantastically colored sandstone formations and hot springs.
Nakuru National Park
Amid the Kenya Great Rift Valley is the town of Nakuru with its salt water lake, known for its myriads of pink flamingo flocks which bathe the shores in rich pink, spotted with some white pelicans. After all, Nakuru National Park has much more to offer. The Rhino Sanctuary is home to Black and White Rhinos, both of them threatened with extinction: Black and white Colobus Monkeys inhabit the trees in search of leaves, Baboon families playing on the green meadows and rare Rothschild Giraffes towering skywards. Waterfalls, cliffs, forests and scrubland make Nakuru National Park one of the most diverse parks in Kenya.
Lake Turkana with Sibiloi National Park
Lake Turkana, also known as Jade Sea, in northern Kenya near the Ethiopian border is the largest desert lake in the world. The bright green lake, declared a UNESCO World Heritage in 1997, lies like a precious stone embedded in fascinating moon-like volcanic landscape in all hues of red and black. Some of the volcanoes are still active. Near the lake are some very important archaeological sites with some of the oldest human remains, among them the 2.5 million-year-old Homo Rudolfensis and two extinct species of primates, dating back 17 million years. The Sibiloi National Park offers large groups of Nile Crocodiles, gazelles and giraffes as well as the rare Grevy Zebras. About 60 species of fish, including heavy weight Nile Perches of over 100-kg live inside the lake.
One of the most exclusive safari destinations in Kenya and home to the Samburu, a colorful tribe, closely related to the famous Maasai warrios. At the Morani Information Centre you can learn more their history and culture. Since the Laikipia Plateau is malaria-free, it has always been a popular farm for white settlers in Kenya. The landscape consists of a mixture of farmland and wildlife sanctuaries. Many of the settlers have turned their homes into luxurious accommodation, from where you can easily explore the enormous wildlife diversity of the area. Laikipia is home to the last Kenyan wild dogs, but also of rhinos and Grevy Zebras. The Ol Pejeta’s Chimpanzee Sanctuary with it two large enclosures, has rescued a number of chimpanzees with a cruel history from all over Africa.
Shimba Hills National Reserve
Near Diani Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the whole of Africa, is a game reserve, which may not offer as many animals as other Kenyan parks, but is landscape wise one of the most beautiful areas on the Kenyan coast and is definitely worth a day trip. Rolling hills, covered with pristine coastal forest alternate with waterfalls and green meadows with some roaming giraffes, elephants and antelopes. Ornithologists delight in rare birds such as the Red Zanzibar Bishop. The most interesting inhabitants of this reserve are the last, highly endangered black Sable Antelopes with their impressive more than one-meter long horns
Aberdare National Park
The picturesque forest with deep ravines, open moors, numerous streams, waterfalls and impressive trees is home to some extremely rare animals. Giant Forest- and Bush Pig, Bongo Antelope, Golden Cats, African Wild Cats, Civets and Serval Cats, and even Black Panthers, as well as 250 bird species inhabit this diversified region. In 1952 Elizabeth I, then still Princess visited the famous Treetops Hotel in the Aberdares where she learned about her father’s death, which led to her coronation.
Kisite Mapunguti Marine National Park
At the southern end of Kenya, near the Tanzanian border is Kenya’s probably most amazing underwater park. The underwater adventure starts in Shimoni, a small fishing village opposite the island of Wasini. Sailing or motor dhows bring you to an unrivaled coral reef. Along the way you will encounter some of the about 70 dolphins, resident in the neighborhood, who enjoy to give the visitors a show. Clapping your hands seems to motivate them even more into increasing their leaps, twists and turns. Swimming with dolphins is prohibited. They are wild animals, and that’s what they should be. The coral reef awaits enthusiastic snorkelers and divers with 250 fish species, several different turtles, seasonal humpback whales on their annual journey and over 50 different coral species. Before returning to the mainland the tour stops for a delicious meal at Wasini island which also offers a fascinating coral path, maintained by the Wasini women’s group. A boardwalk leads past bizarre coral formations to a pristine mangrove forest.