Holly & Philippa’s Trip to Kenya
As you might have seen on our Instagram stories, we headed to Kenya for a week in February. Our itinerary, put together by Jo (our Africa expert) aimed to give us a taster of some of the very many highlights Kenya has to offer. It certainly did just that.
There are too many highlights to mention but here is what stood out…
Of course, the African landscapes had us in awe, but in equal measures so did the warm hospitality, wonderful people and the collaborative conservation efforts. The lodges were remarkable too, with each one being so unique yet equally magical – immersed in nature, the views, the farm-to-fork food, the most comfortable bedrooms, thoughtful touches and attentive service.
And then there’s the wildlife. It is hard to put into words quite how incredible this is unless you experience it. Driving out into the wild at sunrise and looking out at some of the most spellbinding scenery is enough in itself. Combine this with guidance from a Masai Warrior who knows the land like no other is just the most extraordinary and fulfilling experience. With their knowledge, you get the very best, from spotting the big cats, baby rhinos, and elephant families to learning all about the Kenyan bush and culture.
We really had the most special and unforgettable week. A trip of a lifetime that we plan to recreate with our families in the not-too-distant future.
Who is it for?
Safaris in Kenya are the epitome of romantic, meaning that couples and honeymooners naturally flock here. The lodges themselves are intimate and are in beautiful locations with breathtaking scenery, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and picturesque sundowners. Heaven.
It is also a remarkable place for families. We particularly love the knowledgeable and passionate guides who bring the bush to life. We literally hung onto their every word. The variety of activities from game drives, walking safaris, horseback safaris, camel safaris, sleep outs to numerous cultural experiences also makes it a bit hit with every age group.
When is best to go?
Thanks to its location on the equator, temperatures are high in Kenya throughout the year (June and September can feel a little chillier). There are two dry seasons – December to March, and then July to October – making it the perfect winter destination. Most of the game areas in Kenya are at high altitude often around 2000 metres, so temperatures even when hot aren’t unbearable and very comfortable at night.
Why Kenya over other destinations?
Every African country is so different and has its own USP but Kenya has rich tribal culture, breathtaking landscapes, incredibly friendly people with a brilliant sense of humour and lastly some of Africa’s most game-rich national reserves and conservancies. A safari here is also easily paired with a beach break making it ideal for adventure and relaxation rolled into one.
A unique experience – Giraffe Manor
A short transfer from Nairobi airport, Giraffe Manor is a completely unique offering (you may have seen it on Instagram) where you can get up close to giraffes, they like to pop their heads through the window to say hello! So much thought and work goes into the conservation of the giraffes with many calves released back into game reserves and national parks.
Safari – Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
On the second day, we flew to Lewa – an hour’s flight on a light aircraft from Nairobi. Lewa Wildlife Conservancy stretches over 62,000 acres and is home to Lewa House and Lewa Wilderness. In the 1980s, Lewa became home to a rhino sanctuary with the conservation of rhinos so embedded in its legacy. We think Lewa is a must-visit destination for its stunning scenery (on a clear day you can see Mount Kenya), its home-from-home atmosphere, its big game species and its variety of activities. Philippa’s WOW moment of the trip was horse riding next to a giraffe.
Safari – Maasai Mara
We rounded off our trip to Kenya by staying in the Maasai Mara for three nights in two different conservancies.
We fell in love with House in the Wild, a stunning lodge on the edge of the Mara with families at its heart. The accommodation is designed with children in mind with plenty of open space, fun facilities, tailored activities and family cottages. The owners are committed to conservation and community with an extensive re-wilding programme that has seen the area restored to its natural state.
Those who want an ultimate luxury safari experience will love Mara Plains on the Maasai Mara National Reserve’s northern boundary. Here, you have access to 40,000 hectares of private conservancy and some of the best game viewing in the Mara. With copper baths and stunning food, this is as far away from camping as you can get.
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