Maasai Mara Reserve
The land of Big Cat Diary and for many, the recognisable face of safari in Kenya, Maasai Mara with its rich ecosystem, certainly contains the densest wildlife populations in Kenya, and one of the most iconic anywhere in Africa. Famed for the annual Great Migration when over one million stampeding wildebeest and zebra make their way from the Serengeti in Tanzania to Kenya’s Maasai Mara in search of fresh pasture, braving the Mara and Talek rivers as they go
Amboseli and Chyulu Hills
Lying on the border of Tanzania, Amboseli National Park (one of the oldest in Kenya), will astound you with its vast sweeping vistas and remnants of a volcanic past in the Chyulu Hills – home to the largest lava tube in the world. View the majestic elephant with Kilimanjaro serving as an epic backdrop; it’s genuinely one of those moments when you’ll have to pinch yourself.
Central Highlands & Laikipia
On the other side of the Great Rift Valley, you’ll find the heartland of Kenya’s largest tribe, the Kikuyu, and the home of Africa’s ancient mountains. It is diversity of experience that really shines in this special part of Africa, soar over Laikipia in a yellow biplane, trek with your own private mobile camp and camel train or fly by private helicopter north through Suguta Valley and on to Lake Turkana. . In addition, here is where you’ll find Mount Kenya, a challenging technical climb for those looking to arrive at the summit, but a source of simpler treks available to guests with simpler ambitions. .
For the real rough-and-tough explorers, the Northern Frontier District will throw you straight into the unexplored rugged bush with an enthralling and challenging wilderness experience. Where the only human inhabitants of this wild landscape are tribespeople, you’ll be far from the tourist hotspots. Unlock these untouched areas with a helicopter, trek through dunes on the back of a camel, encounter elephants in the acacia woodlands and explore prehistoric islands with traditionally dressed warriors.
Samburu National Reserve, a community-based wilderness, is situated in the southeastern corner of the Samburu District in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya. This reserve is notable for the ‘Samburu Special Five’ (Somali ostrich, grevy’s zebra, gerenuk, reticulated giraffe and beisa oryx). Another famous resident is that of elephant researcher, Saba Douglas Hamilton, whose camp here (Elephant Watch) has remained a drawcard for many visitors.