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Tailor Made Holidays To East Africa

Otherworldly landscapes, fascinating culture and spectacular wildlife - you won’t be able to resist falling in love with Kenya. Snow-capped mountains loom over sweeping savannahs, ancient tribes live side-by-side with the Big Five and bustling cities give way to swathes of white sand. Our tailor-made Kenya holidays take you to one of the most captivating corners of Earth - East Africa, a place so wonderful and so welcoming you’ll never want to leave.

It’s here where you’ll find the ultimate safari country. Wildebeests and zebras migrate in their millions, big cats and wild dogs prowl the untamed wilderness in search of their next meal and elephant families graze undisturbed near glass-like lakes. Nowhere else in the world are these beautiful animals more visible than on the limitless plains of the Maasai Mara. Whichever way you choose to explore - by vehicle, boat or on foot - these breathtaking scenes will be etched into your memory forever. 


Though the animal kingdom reigns supreme, don’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in Kenya’s vibrant culture. You’ll soon find yourself wrapped up in the group-orientated values of the humble Bantu and Nilotic Kenyan tribes, experiencing with your own eyes the walking rainbow of the Masaai as they roam side-by-side with the kings and queens of the animal kingdom. And nowhere else is there a richer ethnic tapestry than along the coastline, where Asian, European and Middle Eastern influences blend seamlessly with contemporary Swahili culture. 

Then there’s the awe-inspiring landscapes. Kenya is home to some of the continent’s most iconic scenery, much of which remains refreshingly unmarred by human interference. Whether you’re gazing in disbelief at the sheer size of Great Rift Valley’s natural trench, cruising past the 5,199m peak of Mount Kenya or watching the flamingoes swarm Lake Nakuru National park, jaw-dropping views are simply part of the package here. 


So what are you waiting for? A holiday of a lifetime waits just around the corner.

Our top Kenya tour destinations

Whether you choose to marvel at Kenya’s wildlife in the immersive safari of the Maasai Mara, the placid Samburu National Reserve or against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro in Amboseli park, you’re sure to experience some unforgettable destinations. And let’s not leave out the thrilling visits to culture-packed cities like Mombassa. With so many unique and exciting experiences to be had, planning the ultimate adventure can seem daunting. Luckily, help is at hand. Our destinations have been carefully chosen to make sure you see the very best of what these countries have to offer.

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Maasai Mara

Maasai Mara is the ultimate African safari experience. Tick the Big Five off your bucket list and marvel at the jaw-dropping spectacle of the great migration of wildebeest and zebras. There’s also the chance to visit Maasai villages and delve into Kenya’s indigenous culture.

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Samburu

Samburu National Reserve is ranked among the best parks in northern Kenya - and it’s easy to see why. Nestled on the banks of the Ewaso Ng'iro River with views of the Koitogor and Ololokwe mountains, the park’s picturesque setting is hard to beat.

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Amboseli

The diversity of the wildlife at Amboseli is matched by the diversity of the landscapes. From swampy wetlands and lush woodlands to the sprawling savannah and dried-up lake, the park boasts some truly spectacular scenery.

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Mombasa

Mombasa is a melting pot of African, Indian, Arabic and European culture. This rich ethnic tapestry flows throughout the city, manifesting in everything from the architecture to the cuisine. Explore the eclectic mix of forts, mosques, churches and townhouses and dine on freshly-caught seafood, crispy baijis and hearty stews.

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Lake Naivasha

Beyond the grassy banks are swamps, woodlands, flower farms and remnants of ancient volcanic activity - Lake Naivasha is truly an oasis of lush landscapes.

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Nairobi

Nairobi – the heart and soul of Kenya. Once a frontier town, it’s now one of Africa’s most buzzing urban hubs. Holidays here give you the best of both worlds - get lost in the maze of concrete jungles and be in awe of the stunning natural beauty surrounding the city.

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Experiences & Attractions in Kenya

For an irreplaceable cultural insight, we’ve got the right places for you. Get ready for experiences like visiting the ancient Maasai tribes themselves in the Great Rift Valley or becoming your own King of the Jungle in Hell’s gate, a national park offering the bare bones of the safari experience. You won’t be short on things to see and do here, that’s for sure.

Hell’s Gate National Park

The park itself was established back in 1984 and named ‘Hell’s Gate’ due to the intense geothermal activity that occurs within its boundaries.

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Lake Nakuru National Park

A game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park is essential to discovering Kenya’s wild heart. From watching a lioness napping in the branches of an acacia forest to picnicking with a picturesque cascade as a backdrop at Makalia Falls, this is one of the country’s finest spots when it comes to embracing earth’s natural beauty.

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Bomas of Kenya

It’s a tourist village that owns what it is. After all, built to teach visitors about the country’s various tribes, there’s no way that this cultural centre can be anything but touristy.

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At a glance

  • Time Difference

    GMT +3hrs

  • Flight Time

    8-12 hrs

  • Currency

    Kenyan Shilling

  • Language

    Swahili, English

  • Electricity

    Kenya 230V

Visa requirements

British citizens require a visa to travel to Kenya. Visit www.gov.uk for up to date visa requirements. Make sure that your visa is valid for the length and purpose of your stay and that you have at least six months left on your passport from the date you arrive in destination. Whilst it is possible to receive a visa on arrival, it's advisable to complete the process at least 3 weeks before travel to avoid long queues at the airport.

Vaccinations

You should visit your doctor at least six weeks before travelling to Kenya to see which vaccinations you require.

Your Pre-Travel need-to-know

Kenya Travel Guide

When to visit

Kenya can be enjoyed year-round, but there are certain times of year that are better for wildlife viewing. July to October marks the dry season which is usually the best for game spotting, and it’s also a great time to watch the great migration of wildebeests and zebras.

Money & tipping

If you’ve booked a tailor-made Kenyan holiday with us, the currency you’ll need to get your hands on is the Kenya shilling (denoted as KES). Much like here, tipping in Kenya is considered a courtesy rather than obligatory. At restaurants, anything from 5-15% of the total bill is considered acceptable. It’s also common practice to tip your safari or tour guide - anything from £10-15 should be fine, depending on the type of safari and size of the group.

Etiquette & clothing

The dress code in Kenya is generally conservative, with many people adhering to different religious and cultural styles. Casual clothing is considered acceptable for tourists, though you might want to leave those hot-pants and midriff-baring tops at home. Remember that in many places, especially coastal cities like Mombasa, a large proportion of locals will be Muslim, and showing too much skin might be considered disrespectful. And as for etiquette, do give hand shakes (greetings are important), don’t point (it’s considered rude), and avoid eating or handling food with your left hand (for hygiene reasons).

Religion

The majority of people in Kenya are Christian, with many also following the Muslim faith. A small amount of people also practice traditional African religions, Buddhism and Hinduism.

Kenya Inspiration

Our tailor-made holidays will have you bewitched by Kenya’s stunning scenery and captivating culture from the moment you arrive. Whether you’re spotting the Big 5 on a safari, soaking up the vibrant city scenes or relaxing on a flawless beach, memorable moments await around every corner. 

The crowning jewel of East Africa
Maasai Mara Safari

Brimming with bucket-list wildlife and spectacular scenery, the Maasai Mara is a safari hotspot.

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The Underdogs Of Africa

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The low-down
East African Game Drives

Having recently done our Kenya Classic itinerary himself, Philip gives the low-down on the nitty gritty of what to expect on a game drive.

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The Ultimate Serengeti Safari

Home to an epic natural phenomenon that has taken place for centuries.

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Getting the lowdown with Philip
Why flight hopping is the only way to safari in 2019

Our East Africa expert, Phillip Adams, brings you all the facts about why a flying safari is the hottest way to travel this year.

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