A Luxury Kenyan Safari Guide by Zainab Daham, Founder of Discovering Kenya

“There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows, and feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne – bubbling all over with heart felt gratitude for being alive.” These are the words penned down by Karen Blixen in her book ‘Out of Africa’… and Kenya is the home of safari.

Kenya is a land of incredible diversity, with glaciers in the equator, dense forests, endless savannah,  bush country, lakes that stretch as far as the eye can see, deserts, mountains and miles of beautiful beaches – this is the original safari country and there is nothing like it anywhere else.

A safari holiday should be on everyone’s wish list of life’s greatest adventures. The reasons to go on a safari have not changed – the need to experience the wild, spend time in the sun and then under the stars.  Come face to face with Africa’s wildlife, not behind bars but moving free as the wind across the savannah – this is what makes a safari holiday special.

Angama Mara, Photo By: Angama Mara

Angama Mara, Photo By: Angama Mara

Africa comes wild, but the wild can also be experienced without sacrificing an inch of comfort in Kenya’s luxurious camps and lodges whose standards and facilities are equal to any world-class city hotel. I’m going to take you across a luxurious Kenyan safari across three different locations in Kenya.

Angama Mara, Photo By: Angama Mara

Angama Mara, Photo By: Angama Mara

Flying by light aircraft from the capital city of Nairobi we fly down to the Masai Mara – Kenya’s most famous national reserve and home to the Great Wildebeest Migration, one of the seven new wonders of the world and also known as The World Cup of Wildlife. No where in the world is there a movement of animals as immense as the wildebeest migration, over two million animals migrate from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the greener pastures of the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya during July through October.

Segera Retreat, Photo By: Segera Retreat

Segera Retreat, Photo By: Segera Retreat

At the Masai Mara, we stay at the best of the best: Angama Mara. Inspired by the Swahili word “suspended in mid air”. Angama Mara lies high above the floor of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. The safari lodge sits on the site where the most memorable moments in ‘Out Of Africa‘ were shot. The family run camp has set a modern standard for high-end safari properties. Angama’s 30 tented suites are spilt between two totally separate camps and have been crafted by Nairobi’s finest tent maker, using the world’s largest custom built cutter/plotter and a further 42,000 man hours to complete.

Another short bush flight and we’re off to the Laikipia Plateau – set against the backdrop of Mount Kenya, the Laikipia Plateau extends over 9500 sq. km of semi-arid plains, and dramatic gouges and acacia thicket covered hills. Right there on the grasslands of the Plateau lies Segera Retreat, its six timber and thatched villas raised above a profusion of botanical life looking out to Mount Kenya. Segera helps conserve the second highest density of wildlife in Kenya. This is an exclusive retreat, which expresses just how luxurious sustainability can be.

Sarara Camp, Photo By: Sarara Camp

Sarara Camp, Photo By: Sarara Camp

Our last stop is Sarara Camp, found within the lands of the Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust. An area of approximately 850,00 acres which lies folded around the southern corner of the fabled Mathews Mountain range of Northern Kenya. This is home of the proud Samburu Tribe – a group of semi – nomadic pastoralists who have long shown tolerance for the wildlife that co-exists alongside their cattle. One of the highlights of the Namunyak area is a visit to the famous “Sarara” Singing Wells. Samburu warriors bring their cattle’s to these watering holes during the dry season.

Sunrise Angama Mara Photo By: Sunrise Angama Mara

Sunrise Angama Mara Photo By: Sunrise Angama Mara

Activities while on safari:
Game Drives: day and night to see the wildlife and the beauty of conservancies
Game Walks
Horse Riding
Cultural and Village Visits
Bush Breakfasts, Lunches and Picnics
Sundowners

A Kenyan safari is the ultimate African wilderness experience with much to be explored and enjoyed.

Cheers!
Zainab

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Many thanks to Zainab Daham of Discovering Kenya for contributing this informative and wonderful Travel Guide to Kenya! We’re already buying our flights!

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