Can I go now – Kenya
Kenya started to welcome visitors again on 1st August. One of the most popular destinations for our clients’ holidays, Kenya is fabulously versatile, with brilliant options for honeymoons, anniversary and birthday celebrations, families and multi-generational safaris. The wildlife action, exceptional year round, becomes truly extraordinary when wildebeest migration is in town. For a quick glimpse of one of the famous river crossings have a look at this video we received recently which was taken by Adrian Allen at Serian Camp.
We’ve recently written a handy guide on ‘how to do Kenya‘ and this article is designed to give you some inspiration if you are looking for a holiday idea in Kenya.
Our suggested Kenyan adventure begins when you arrive in Laikipia, Kenya’s rugged northern region. With spectacular views of Mount Kenya and an assortment of wildlife rarely seen elsewhere including wild dog and Grevy’s zebra, this is a wonderful wilderness to explore. Your camp, Kicheche Laikipia, is nestled into the edge of an indigenous forest in the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy. It’s a proper, classic safari camp where the six elegantly chic tents marry beautifully with the surrounding wilderness.
The conservancy is home to Kenya’s largest population of black rhino and large numbers of cheetah, elephant, lion and leopard. While you’ll spot plenty of wildlife from the comfort of your own verandah, the outstanding array of activities ensures you get the very best from this fascinating region. Day and night wildlife drives, fly camping, mountain biking, walking, and horse riding are all available.
It’s a short flight to the Masai Mara, the most famous reserve in Kenya, if not Africa, and host to the wildebeest migration between July and October. Synonymous with open plains, Masai people and great resident wildlife it’s a stunning wilderness. Our suggestion here is to stay just outside the reserve itself in one of the private conservancies. You get the same habitat and wildlife – there are no physical boundaries so animals roam freely – but with fewer visitors. You can go into the Masai Mara Reserve if you wish, but non-conservancy residents may not enter the private reserve, so you have the best of both worlds.
Kicheche Bush Camp is a perfect hideaway in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy. It’s unfenced so the wildlife wanders past at will, and each of the six tents has an expansive view over the surrounding plains. The top notch guides who lead wildlife drives in customised 4x4s are particularly good at getting you in the best place for photo opportunities. They won’t impose any limit on the length of the outing, so if you’ve found something fascinating you can stay as long as you like. Away from the vehicle, guided walks are on offer as is the chance to spend the night fly camping (safari speak for a sleep out under the stars in a simple tent) in the bush.
Of course there’s plenty more to add to a Kenyan itinerary; a few days on the beach always works well and a network of regular internal flights means you can be on safari in the morning and sipping a sundowner on the beach the same afternoon.
Update 15 September
The UK Foreign Office’s current advice for Kenya is similar to much of the globe and ‘against all but essential travel’. The US State department’s advice isn’t quite as forthright, but at Level 3 where they suggest travellers ‘reconsider travel’. We have arranged for clients to travel in such circumstances, but understanding the situation and having the right travel insurance in place is key. Please do talk to us if you’d like to:
- Know more about travelling now
- Have us contact you when the travel advice changes
Let us know if you would like further itinerary ideas and we’ll put something together for you. Email is probably the best way to contact us right now and we’ll respond as quickly as we can – usually on the same day. We very much look forward to talking to you.