The birthplace of the African safari, Kenya delivers all the key elements for an exemplary safari experience. This East African country is well-known for the great wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara, towering Mount Kenya, picture-perfect beaches along its extensive coastline and superb wildlife viewing. A highlight for the first time safari-goer is watching herds of wildebeest make the death-defying cross over the crocodile-infested waters of the Mara Rivers during the annual migration. Also home to the Big-5 and big cats, guests can get up close to some of Africa's most iconic wildlife species on game drives, bush walks and hot air balloon rides over the Mara plains. A great add-on destination is Amboseli, in the south of the country. Mount Kenya acts as the backdrop to this picturesque reserve, where large-tusked elephants, towering giraffe and secretive black rhino roam the landscape. Off from the main safari circuit, is the stark, desert terrain of Samburu. With quirky game like gerenuk and reticuated giraffe, and a chance to interact with the regal Samburu tribe, this rugged wilderness offers a spin on the classic safari. On the edge of the Great Rift valley lies the Laikipia plateau: a conservation success story for endangered species like wild dog and black rhino. Tsavo East and West forms the biggest reserve in Kenya and also house the biggest herds of elephant. Expect few crowds, red-tinged earth and dramtic, game-filled landscapes. A relaxing end to any Kenyan safari is time spent on one of the many beautiful beaches that dot the coast. The bohemian island of Lamu, the world-class marine park of Watamu and dreamy Diani Beach are top picks to end-off a thrilling safari.
✓ Witness the annual wildebeest migration across the Masai Mara plains
✓ Soak up powdery white beaches and crystal clear sea at Diani and Watamu
✓ Photograph big tuskers against the scenic backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro in Amboseli
✓ Be dazzled by a sea of pink flamingoes at Lake Nakuru
✓ Meet the iconic Samburu tribe and see unique animals in Samburu
✓ Encounter big cats and wide open spaces in remote and uncrowdedTsavo