Private Tour of Kenya
Kenya : Safari Explorer
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Samburu National Reserve
Set on the banks of the Ewaso Ng'iro River and neighbouring the Buffalo Springs National Park, Samburu National Reserve is characterised by a spectacular landscape of rugged hills, undulating plains and riverine forests. The park is home to abundant wildlife including a variety of rare species such as the reticulated giraffe, the long-necked gerenuk, Somali ostrich, Grevy's Zebra, and Beisa Oryx. Visitors can also enjoy spotting over 900 elephants, a variety of predators, and over 450 bird species. The ancient culture of the Samburu people is still alive here, and it is possible to see two unique customs firsthand. In the first, watch as herds of cattle respond to each man’s individual voice as they call. In the second, see the tribesmen perform incredible dances that go back hundreds of years.
Situated along the Nairobi River in beautiful Kenya, the capital of Nairobi is East Africa's most cosmopolitan city. It serves as an excellent starting point for African safari trips around Kenya. Nairobi is Africa’s 4th largest city and is a vibrant and exciting place to be. There are some fascinating attractions: its cafe culture, unbridled nightlife, the National Museum, the Karen Blixen Museum and most notably, just 20 minutes from the city centre, wild lions and buffalo roam in the world’s only urban game reserve. Make sure you pay a visit to the elephant orphanage operated by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for a once in a lifetime experience.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Resting at the foothills of Mount Kenya and the Aberdare Mountain Range, in central Kenya's Laikipia County, the Ol Pejeta Conservancy is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa. It is also home to some of the last remaining northern white rhino in the world. Originally a working cattle ranch in colonial Kenya and now a pioneering wildlife conservancy, Ol Pejeta works to protect wildlife and provide a sanctuary for rescued chimpanzees. The Conservancy is a popular safari destination and is home to the renowned ‘Big Five’ as well as a wide selection of other African animals including zebra, giraffe, hippo, cheetah, jackal, serval, hyena, vervet monkey, and many more. Visitors can look forward to an assortment of outdoor activities such as horse rides, game walks, and nocturnal game drives.
Lake Naivasha, in Kenya's Nakuru County, is the highest of the Great Rift Valley Lakes and despite having no outlet, it is one of only two Rift Valley freshwater lakes. Fringed by papyrus and acacia trees, this gorgeous setting is a unique geologic landscape that supports over 450 bird species. The lake serves as the main drinking hole for wildlife in the area such as zebra, eland, hippo, waterbuck, buffalo and many more animals, allowing for some superb game viewing. Visitors can look forward to intriguing night safaris, and boating excursions around the lake as well as to beautiful Crescent Island for spectacular bird watching. Other popular activities include horse riding, village visits and tours to several impressive neighbouring national parks.
The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve. The image of acacia trees dotting endless grass plains epitomises Africa for many, then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The undeniable highlight of the Masai Mara National Reserve is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration traversing the vast plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. It is known as the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. Large prides of lions, herds of elephants, as well as giraffes, gazelles and eland can also be spotted in the reserve. Aside from horse riding safaris and traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential.
Vast, wild and unpredictable, Africa has always had a rugged mystique, enticing travellers to its tropical jungles, game-rich savannah lands, exquisite beaches and undulating deserts. For many years the continent was ravaged by war and unrest – between indigenous people and colonial powers, as well as internal factions – and there are still certain parts of Africa that are considered no-go zones, but many previously hostile regions have settled into peace and opened up to tourism, providing a brand new set of adventures for the intrepid tourist. From the beaches of Cape Town to the historical ruins of Great Zimbabwe, and the plains of the Serengeti to the coral gardens of the Egyptian coast, Africa offers some of the most striking scenic, natural and cultural attractions in the world.
Sandwiched between Mount Kenya and the northern deserts, Laikipia is where Kenya’s wild and semi-arid northern frontier country begins. The region is made up of privately owned and community ranches centred around the Laikipia National Reserve. Known as one of Kenya’s best safari areas, and renowned for its protection of rare animals, the high plains of Laikipia feature vast open stretches of African savanna scattered with abundant game including Grevy’s zebras, lions, leopards, black rhinos, wild dogs, buffalos, giraffes, lesser kudu, gerenuk, Beisa oryx, Jackson’s hartebeest, Somali ostrich, and thousands of elephants. Take a boat trip along the beautiful Ewaso Nyiro River, enjoy a guided walk, bird discovery tour, horse ride, and more. Laikipia is often seen as a strong competitor with Masai Mara Park. The breathtaking Great Lakes of Kenya are nearby.
The Rift Valley
The Rift Valley is a colossal geological feature stretching for 6000 kilometres. It runs from the Middle East all the way down Africa to northern Botswana into Kenya and can be visited just a short drive north of Nairobi. The ground drops away and opens up to a massive valley which is home to lakes, soda lakes, savannah and impressive volcanic formations. This spectacularly scenic landscape is scattered with abundant plains game, a string of reserves and Maasai villages. Visitors can soak up these stunning panoramas against beautiful backdrops. Some highlights include: the dramatic cliffs of Hell's Gate, Mount Longonot, Lake Elmenteita, and the beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park.