Considered the birthplace of safari, Kenya is one of those African destinations that can easily conjure up a sense of romantic escapism. Kenya is one of Africa’s best luxury safari destinations.
This guide was created to give you a tour on all you stand to enjoy when you travel to Kenya with us
This guide is in 3 parts
Stay: Premium accommodation choices at Kenya
Eat: Exotic Kenyan cuisine to try out
Explore: Things to do & places to go in Kenya
Before touring the city, here are some luxury safari hotels to hang your hat
Loldia is a luxury safari lodge, lying on one of Kenya’s oldest farms, it evokes a sense of nostalgia reminiscent of a slower, more gracious time. It is a perfect lodge in a bird-lover’s paradise, with stunning views of Lake Naivasha & Mount Longonot.
When staying at Lentorre Lodge, you’ll feel as if you have the entire Southern Rift Valley to yourself. Set far away from the crowds, this Kenya luxury safari lodge is the only property on the Olkirimatian Conservancy, a Maasai community initiative developed to help the local people protect their wildlife, traditional lifestyle and heritage.
A boutique hotel located between Nairobi National Park and the Ngong Hills, Hemingway’s is the perfect spot to relax after a long-haul flight before heading off into the African wilderness. Set away from the hustle and bustle of city life in the peaceful neighbourhood of Karen, guests are guaranteed a blissful stay.
Rated one of the most luxurious villas in the world, this is a beach getaway like no other. Set on the shoreline of Diani Beach, Alfajiri offers dramatic views of the white-sand shoreline and turquoise Indian Ocean. The three unique villas each come with their own butlers and private swimming pools, guaranteeing a personalised experience.
Kenya has over 42 tribes and almost every community has its own unique dish. The culinary scene varies throughout the country. You may never taste all of them but here are some top picks
Ugali is the most common Kenyan food staple, usually made from cornmeal that is added to boiling water and heated until it turns into a dense block of cornmeal paste.
- Irio (Mixed Peas & Potato Mix)
Irio is one of the most famous dishes in Kenya, a food that originated as a Kikuyu staple and spread throughout the country.
Green peas and potatoes are boiled and then mashed up before whole kernels of maize (corn) are added to give the mash some extra starch and texture.
Pilau is a combination of rice cooked with flavor bursting spices like cumin, cardamon, cinnamon, and cloves. The fragrant rice is fantastic to eat with a form of meat stew and a few slices of fresh tomato and onions.
- Mandazi (Kenyan Donut)
Mandazi’s make a great snack or a light breakfast with a cup of sweet chai. They can be smelled from a kilometre down the street, that lovely familiar scent of a blob of deep-frying dough.
- Wali wa Nazi (Coconut Rice)
Coconut rice is a popular Kenyan food mostly along the Indian Ocean coast. White rice is cooked with grated coconut meat to create a fragrant twist on plain boiled rice. Wali wa nazi is best enjoyed with a serving of fish or chicken curry, some vegetables, or even bean stew.
For the love of safari, for the love of culture, here are some places to visit:
- Visit Maasai Mara Game Reserve
Maasai Mara National Reserve (also “Masai Mara”) is one of Africa’s most magnificent game reserves. Bordering Tanzania, the Mara is the northern extension of the Serengeti and forms a wildlife corridor between the two countries.
It’s named after the statuesque, red-cloaked Maasai people who live in the park and graze their animals here, as they have done for centuries.
- Lamu Island
The small island of Lamu, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lamu Old Town is Kenya’s oldest continually inhabited settlement, with origins dating back to the 12th century. Strolling the labyrinthine streets is one of the top things to do here. You can see the island’s rich trading history reflected in the buildings with architectural features from the Arab, Europe, and India but with a discernible Swahili technique.
- Lake Naivasha
Lake Naivasha lies at the highest point of the Great Rift Valley with over 400 species of birds spotted there. Just south of Lake Naivasha, the Hell’s Gate National Park protects a wide variety of wildlife and offers excellent climbing opportunities, with two extinct volcanoes and the red cliffs of Hell’s Gate Gorge.
- Visit the city of Nairobi
If you’re looking for things to do in Kenya other than a safari, you’ll have plenty of choices in the country’s capital and largest city. Nairobi is legendary for its colourful colonial history. It was once the capital of British East Africa, luring settlers who came here to stake their fortune in the coffee and tea industries.
1 Passenger – $1,900 per person
2 Passengers – $1,660 per person
3 or more passengers – $1,580 per person
- International flight
- Airport transfer
- Domestic flight to Mombasa
- 4* resort with breakfast 6 nights
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This is a guide itinerary and all tours are subject to change due to availability on indicated days or weather.
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