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Wildlife

See the “big five” a few times over. Also, rare dogs and big cats, a diverse abundance of birds, and endangered species under vigilant protection.

Geography:

From the craggy slopes of Mt. Kenya to the verdant forests of Kakamega and the Great Rift Valley in between—with abundant plains all about.

Culture:

Try your hand at herding cattle with Maasai villagers, dig the Singing Wells with local Samburu warriors, join local women at a beading workshop.

Seasonality:

The long dry months from July to October bring the famous migrations through the Mara. Wetter months mean lush greenery and fewer tourists, and dry spells offer spectacular photographic opportunities.

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Whatever visions dance in your head when you dream of an African safari, odds are they are of Kenya.

Lions lounging in the savannah’s shady spots. Elephants nozzling at a watering hole. Cheetahs darting through the brush. We hate to sound so clichéd, but it’s all real, and it happens every day here in Kenya.

There’s everything to see and do here—Kenya is the classic safari experience for good reason. Find adventure by land, sea, and sky: roving outlanders, dug-out canoes, and soaring hot-air balloons are among your vantage points for thousands of birds and beasts. Lay eyes on the “big five” in the Maasai Mara, where wildebeest and zebra—and their hungry pursuers—swarm the countryside by the millions during Earth’s largest land migration. At the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, meet Fatu and Najin, the last two northern white rhinos known to the world. See where flamingoes flock florid on Lake Nakuru, and roam free with gregarious elephants in Amboseli National Park. We could keep naming animals, but there are still lava-carved caves to spelunk, rivers to ply, namesake peaks to summit—and sundowners waiting for us at camp.

Wherever you travel here, you’ll connect with the people who call Kenya home. Walk a mile in the shoes of the nomadic Maasai, and learn a new joke in Swahili. Sing a round with the Samburu and see if dancing near the equator doesn’t put a little lift in your leap.

 

From landscapes to wildlife to people, we love Kenya for this perfect microcosmic blend. There are a lot of emerging safari destinationsout there, but it’s hard to pass up a good thing.

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