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Kenya was once considered the home of safari, although compared to Botswana and Tanzania the safari quality in Kenya is quite poor.

Safari locations in Kenya are the Masai Mara, Amboseli National Park, Naivasha, and Samburu.

Safaris in Kenya

Masai Mara

Most visitors seeking a safari experience in Kenya visit the Masai Mara, in south-west Kenya.

The wildebeest and zebra migration occurs during the peak visitor season of July to October. December to February is dryer and a good time to see the Big Cats.

Due to the mass tourism affecting this small area, it is wise to choose your lodges carefully. Perhaps consider private concessions to the north and east.

Winter Sun and Safari Fun

To compensate for the poor safari quality in Kenya, many people on safari in Kenya combine wildlife viewing with a week's beach vacation.

Perhaps it's really about combining a winter holiday on the beach with a visit to a nature reserve included in the package.

Although Tanzania does the beach and safari combination better, Nairobi flights connect well with the Seychelles and other Indian Ocean islands.

This makes a Masai Mara and Seychelles safari and beach package holiday a good seller for many travel companies.

The Popularity of Kenya as a Safari Destination

Born Free Born Free and the BBC's Big Cat Diary have brought the lions of Kenya into our living rooms and subsequently made a pilgrimage to the wild film set in Kenya a magnet for many.

Some tourists even consider it a must to visit Elsamere, George and Joy Adamson's former home in Naivasha; a market town on the shore of Lake Naivasha, Nakuru County.

Colonial Mansions in Kenya

Kenya's place in the hearts of the British aristocracy and colonial rulers have left some great architectural reminders of their time here and many of the old colonial mansions are now being converted into luxurious tourist accommodation.

Deloraine House:
Located on the western edge of the Great Rift Valley, on the lower slopes of Mount Londiani, Deloraine was built by Lord Francis Scott in 1920. Now the home of Offbeat Safaris founders, Tristan and Cindy Voorspuy, guests are encouraged to join in with the house party atmosphere.

Giraffe Manor:
Set in 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the Langata suburb of Nairobi, Giraffe Manor is an exclusive boutique hotel reminiscent of 1930s grandeur.

Hippo Point House:
Built in 1933 and lovingly restored in 1998 by Dodo Cunningham-Reid to luxurious standards, Hippo Point House has survived to fully reflect the English romantic character.

Loldia House:
With beautiful views of the dormant volcano, Mount Longonot, Loldia House is conveniently located for day trips to the famous Lake Nakuru National Park.

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Kenya Safari Companies - Safaris in Kenya

Chalkoko Birding and Wildlife Tours:
Privately owned Mombasa-based company that provides tours and travel agency related services in Kenya.

Eastern and Southern Safaris:
Lodge and camping safaris in both Kenya and Tanzania.

Kenya Safaris:
The magnificence and diversity of the wildlife and landscape in Kenya is unsurpassed and you are guaranteed to tick off the full roster of the big five on a safari: lion, buffalo, leopard, rhino and elephant.

Natural World Mombasa Safaris:
Established in 2002, Natural World Mombasa safaris is a mid-level economy tour operator with a strong bias on the traditional and tested safari routes, circuits and destinations.

Safaris in Kenya - Kenya Safari Lodges and Camps

Borana Lodge:
With the snow-tipped peaks and glaciers of Mount Kenya to the south and a panorama of mountains and desert to the north, Borana provides an idyllic setting for any African experience.

Camp ya Kanzi:
Situated at the foot of the Chyulu Hills, this luxury camp offers a combination of 5-star luxury, first class wilderness adventure, amazing wildlife, and authentic immersion in Maasai culture.

Ol Donyo Lodge:
Tuck yourself away in the Chyulu Hills, on 275,000 acres of scenic and wild Africa, where wildlife can be found free and roaming, without tourists in mini buses or a fixed schedule to adhere to.

Sosian Lodge:
Beautifully restored African ranch house located in the heart of the Laikipia plateau. Built in the 1940's by Italian artisans, Sosian accommodates up to fourteen guests in the atmosphere of a private home.

Tassia Lodge:
Situated on the 60,000 acre Lekurruki Community Ranch with a breathtaking view of the Northern Frontier District, staying at Tassia means removing yourself from the world as you know it (no tv, no internet, no cell reception).

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