Reasons to Visit
If you are looking for superb game viewing, Kenya is a serious contender. You are likely to see leopard, lion and cheetah in the Masai Mara, home of BBC’s Big Cat Diaries, in addition to fantastic and varied game viewing both here and in Kenya’s other parks and reserves.
In the Great Migration two million ungulates including wildebeest, zebra and antelope species, undertake a journey of roughly 1,600 kilometres. The herds reach the Masai Mara in July and remain there until October when, following the rain, they start the slow march southwards back to the Serengeti Plains.
If you want to enjoy the game reserves to yourself and don't mind the odd rain shower, June it is an excellent time to visit Kenya. During this time the animals take advantage of the abundant food and give birth to their young. They can be a little harder to spot because of the increased vegetation but you should not have to wait too long before seeing something new and you should still see all the animals that you would during the dryer months. It is also worth mentioning that travel at this time can be less expensive than travel later in the year.
Dawn over the Mara from a hot air balloon is a very special sight. You float up high, guided along the course of the Mara river by the prevailing winds, above delicate networks of animal tracks across the landscape. Champagne breakfast in the bush awaits you on landing.
Kenya is home to the iconic Masai and Samburu. For centuries they have lived a traditional semi-nomadic lifestyle herding their cattle to areas of water and grazing. A stay at a community lodge means you can support local people, help preserve wilderness areas and enjoy a great safari.
The Masai Mara is one of the most famous reserves in Africa. Home to the extraordinary Great Migration, which sees hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra cross the Mara River each year, it has always been a favourite location for countless wildlife documentaries.
Meru achieved world recognition with Joy Adamson's 'Born Free' and the story of Elsa the lioness. Meru is well of the beaten safari trail and is located to the North East of Nairobi. On clear mornings you can see the snowy peaks of Mount Kenya to the southeast, and when the sun is directly behind, the Nyambeni Mountain range the backdrop is amazing! The game here was depleted in the 1940s as it was a popular area with hunters. However, animal life is now plentiful as the land has been protected sine 1959. The variegation is mainly Bushland so binoculars and a keen eye will be essential to find the game.
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Joy's Camp is situated at the original campsite of Joy Adamson with stunning views over the nearby Shaba Hills. The camp is built around a natural spring, a magnet for all sorts of birdlife and game.
The camp comprises of 10 large, luxury tents, three twins and seven doubles all complete with a dressing area, private veranda and en suite bathrooms. The spacious tents are decorated in a mixture of African and Arabian styles, with whitewash walls, Moroccan-style lamps and jewel-coloured silks. At night-time the pathways between the tents are lit by tiny glowing lanterns, and fire flies can be seen glinting amongst the grasses. The main area including a lounge, bar and dining room is also very stylishly themed and fits in well with the local environment whilst still being incredibly luxurious.
Guests can base themselves at the camp for game drives or walking trips out into the reserve. If you fancy doing something a little more relaxing, there is a lovely little pool with beautiful views over the Shaba Reserve, perfect for sundowner drinks or for lounging in the shade for a lazy afternoon. The camp is built around a natural spring, a magnet for all sorts of birdlife and game, particularly in the dry season.
Responsible Tourism: Joy's camp has tried to ensure it has only had a positive impact on the delicate environment of Shaba. Glass is recycled, solar panels provide light and hot water to the camp, and wood is only used if it is dead wood or has been sustainably grown. Water use is also limited wherever possible, which is particularly important in this arid area. More than 70% of the staff here are employed from the local community, ensuring that the population benefit from the long term protection of the wildlife.
The Shaba National Reserve lies to the east of the Samburu National Park and covers an area of 130 square kilometres north of the Ewaso Ng'iro River. It is remote and wild but there is still plenty of large game to be seen, as well as an array of interesting birdlife.
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