The original safari destination, Kenya has been connecting us with the animal kingdom for decades. Home to all manner of African icons, from the Mara to the Migration, a luxury holiday in Kenya packs a serious wildlife punch. By all means, pack binoculars, but don’t miss out on the old world colonialism of Mombasa, the tea fields of Kericho, the coffee plantations of Thika or the vast isolation of the Great Rift Valley.

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From historic, sea-facing Mombasa to bustling Nairobi; from tropical Lake Victoria to the breathtaking plains of the Maasai Mara nature reserve, Kenya has as many identities as wild animals. Regardless of what you chose to do in this ancient, pastoral land, a luxury holiday in Kenya will stir the senses and bring you face to face with the natural world.


To many, Kenya is synonymous with safari. Not only was it the first country to host these spectacular sightings of wild nature, but it remains one of the best. Safari (coming from the Arabic word safar) means ‘to make a journey,’ meaning that your travel options are appropriately diverse: from luxury safari holidays that do away with modern vehicles, to an eye-opening hot air balloon safari that gives you a bird’s eye view of these lustrous landscapes.

At the same time, Kenya’s safari experience places as much emphasis on simply ‘being there.’ Our luxurious lodges and hotels offer unrivaled opportunities to simply gaze upon this remarkable landscape, softly shaded beneath branches of supple acacia.


Any luxury holiday to Kenya is unthinkable without witnessing the immense, mind-altering spectacle of the Great Migration. Possibly the greatest show on earth, this event is an overwhelming and quite simply awe-inspiring wildlife experience during which time (once a year) over 1.5 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebras, and 350,000 gazelles gather on the plains of Tanzania’s Serengeti and slowly – and then quickly – travel toward Kenya’s Maasai Mara. The thing you’ll remember most (more than the sight) is the sound: as the earth itself shakes and rumbles with the impact of millions of hooves, kicking up immense clouds of richly brown earth.


On first glance, you imagine that some monolithic being has literally punched a hole into the earth. So vast, and so spectacular, is Kenya’s Ngorongoro Crater that it conjures up only the most mythological of associations. This caldera was formed by the collapsing of a volcano into itself. Filled with water, the area has become an unbeatable a wildlife magnet; drawing to it an enormously dense concentration of animals. A visit to the Ngorongoro Crater during your luxury holiday in Kenya is an undeniably soul-stirring experience, and one that can be tailor-made for you (whether you witness it from a hot air balloon, walking trip, or jeep).


Two years away from its independence in 1963, this vast swathe of Kenya – 520 square km in total – was carved out and designated as an area in which industrialisation and human settlement would stop. The result, across these great plains of rolling grassland – is the Maasai Mara, which should be on the itinerary of any luxury holiday to KenyaThe villages of the Maasai people, who have preserved their way of life against unwanted modernisation, keep watch over the lands, and over the millions of wild animals (hyena, zebra, giraffe, and more) that call this landscape home.


When planning almost any luxury holiday to Kenya, you will – almost certainly – think zoologically. If safari and the blockbuster spectacle of the Great Migration are your thing, we’ve got you covered. But there are yet more ways to experience Kenya’s wildlife. Some enjoy the comfort of game drives, hitting out across the verdant ground in jeeps to watch nature glide by. Others prefer something more intimate – with rhino tracking. There’s nothing quite like watching your guide release puffs of incense-like chalk into the air, holding your breath. And then the group halts – an arm is raised – before glimpsing these stunning creatures through bright green blades of tall grass.

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Whether you’re visiting Kenya for its vibrant city life or the wilds of the great plains, the country has an abundance of luxurious hotels and unusual accommodation that will suit any taste.

Nairobi of course has its fair share of chic hotels filled with contemporary design and Maasai artefacts, while the bush camps of the interior feature next-level luxury only a stone’s throw from the wildlife who call these beautiful landscapes home.


Kenya’s coast offers an entirely different optics on this immensely diverse country. Facing the many-shaded hues of the Indian Ocean, areas such as Diani Beach offer powder-soft sand which you’ll share with playful colobus monkeys who scamper through the trees.

Luxurious beach houses are a sure-fire way to enjoy everything that these oceanic oases have to offer.

The palatial Sirai House, adjoining its own cliff top view in Kilifi, does an amazing job of framing the sparkling ocean beyond, shaded by the branches of ancient baobab trees.


Located in Nairobi, Kenya’s bustling capital, Giraffe Manor is a small, boutique hotel where guests share their (admittedly luxurious) digs with a herd of resident giraffes.

The long, open windows of the hotel become portholes through which these long-necked animals poke their heads, often (or, always) in search of a treat.


When travelling to the sprawling grasslands of the Maasai Mara, and when experiencing the unparalleled safaris of these pastoral lands, many choose to stay in Kenya’s luxurious bush camps. Often remote, and accessed by private airfields, these locales are a far cry from simple ‘camping.’

Angama Mara, a remarkable owner-run safari lodge, was inspired by the Swahili phrase meaning, ‘suspended in mid-air.’ The reason? These stunning camps are located high above the breathtaking floor of the Great Rift Valley.

Meanwhile, the outdoor, horizon-kissing pools of Saruni Samburu give unparalleled views onto stunning Mount Kenya. It’s also the only lodge within 200,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness.

  • Population Population 45,545,980
  • Capital Capital Nairobi
  • Language Language English, Swahili, Indigenous Languages
  • Time Difference Time Difference GMT+3 | ET+8
  • Expert Tip Expert Tip "Take time to witness the fascinating tribes in the Samburu, well that's when not on a riding safaris in the Mara"

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