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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Ngong House is a lovely luxurious property in the Karen suburb of Nairobi. Ngong House is a lovely luxurious property in the Karen suburb of Nairobi.
Ngong House is a lovely property in the leafy Karen suburb of Nairobi. Owned by Paul Verleysen, Ngong is totally unique.
In the old house are two spacious guest rooms and in the wild ten-acre garden, six superb tree-houses and the smaller Christoff's House. The tree-houses are well spaced from each other and reached by small paths through the bushy gardens. Each tree-house is accessed by climbing steep spiral wooden steps. Inside there is every possible comfort and not a detail overlooked. There are stained-glass windows, polished wooden floors, rich kilims, shining brass pots and very comfortable four poster beds. The en-suite bathrooms have brass fittings, hand-painted ceramic basins and hot water. At the front of each house is a living room with table and chair where meals can be served on request. Finally there is a wonderful veranda looking towards the Ngong Hills.
On the same property there is also a luxurious family house which is a large private house able to accommodate 5 or more. The house has its own huge sitting room area, pool table and private bar area.
Dinner at Ngong is served under the stars in one of several private locations dotted around the gardens, which is a wonderful way to end a day here.
Although you are only 20 minutes from central Nairobi you feel as if you're in the African bush. You can wander around the gardens, take a dip in the pool, and in the evenings enjoy good meals served by candlelight and accompanied by fine South African Wines.
Nairobi is the largest city in East Africa and while not a tourist destination as such, it does have some worthy attractions. The Giraffe Centre and the Daphne Sheldrick (elephant) Orphanage, are both well worth a visit.
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