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Kenya, East Africa
 
When you close your eyes and dream of Africa you'll probably see Kenya with its rolling plains, flat topped acacia trees, lakes full of flamingos and Mount Kilimanjaro shimmering in the distance. On a Kenya safari you can float in a balloon above a million wildebeest and zebra making their long migration across the Masai Mara and can listen to the stories of your scarlet clad Maasai guide as you sit around the campfire under a star filled sky.
In years gone by a safari in Kenya involved long dusty minibus journeys between three star hotels. Now, Africa Exclusive can take you quickly and easily by small plane to a series of beautifully designed exclusive camps and lodges to enjoy a Kenya safari in privacy and comfort. These luxury safari lodges are usually on private game reserves where you can enjoy walking, open vehicles, horse riding and hot air ballooning. Imagine taking your family or friends on a holiday of a lifetime. Flying in to small exclusive lodges on huge private wildlife reserves. Enjoying exciting encounters with elephant, leopard and rhinoceros with your own expert guide. Doing everything at your pace, having everything organized around what interests you. You can fly in a hot air balloon and even go walking through magnificent scenery and camp out under the stars as your Maasai guides sing around the camp fire. Round off your adventure with a few days fun and water sports on the exotic coast or Zanzibar. These are the finest safaris that money can buy.
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Kenya
CALENDAR: JANUARY AND FEBRUARY
 
Find your winter sun in East Africa: it’s a fantastic time of year to explore all that Kenya has to offer. The country is known, understandably, for its safaris, and the lakes and ridges of the Great Rift Valley provide a remarkable natural backdrop to your travels. The climate is also perfect for exploring your surroundings on foot, perhaps heading out with Samburu warriors as they lead their livestock, learning as you go about their traditional way of life and insight into their environment. Cap your stay with a few days on the beach: the water is so inviting!
CALENDAR: MARCH
 
The high plains of Laikipia rival the Masai Mara for safari experiences, but are far less well known, and hence much quieter. The picturesque ranges are criss-crossed with rivers, the largest of which still have water in this last month before the long rains arrive. In Laikipia and the Masai Mara herds of zebra and antelope can be seen drinking along the river banks. In Lewa, half of all Kenya’s black rhino graze the undulating plains. Kenya's landscape lends itself to active exploration: mountain and quad biking appeal to the energetic. Those who prefer to traverse the reserves at a more leisurely pace can walk or horse ride.
CALENDAR:  APRIL AND MAY
 
Watching a storm come in with a wall of rain and lightning advancing across the plains will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end with excitement. And it’s not only people who love this time of year in Kenya: the animals are much more energetic too, as with the rains comes water and fresh vegetation to eat. The birds in particular are thriving, so we recommend April for birders. Prices in the camps tend to be lower too, making it a win-win time of year.
CALENDAR: JUNE
 
Following the rains, Kenya’s dustier landscapes are refreshed, turning into a vibrant green. Animals which were lean a few weeks prior are now in their prime, thriving and well fed. It’s a magical time of year to explore the Samburu region, with its vast elephant herds drinking and playing in the river. Amboseli too is rejuvenated, and the snow capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro set against a bright blue sky forms the perfect back drop to game viewing in the region. If your safari ambition is to see African wild dog in their natural habitat, we recommend spending part of June in Laikipia. Watching the pups frolicking in the grass is an experience without parallel.
CALENDAR: JULY
 
Prepare to witness the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth: The Great Migration in Kenya’s epic Masai Mara. This month the first herds of wildebeest start to amass and migrate to pastures new. The big cats and other predators follow in their wake, sleeping in the shade by day and becoming active in the early evening. Wherever you go in Kenya at this time of year you’re guaranteed superb wildlife viewing. We have our favourite spots, of course, but by spending July in Kenya you really can’t go wrong.
CALENDAR: AUGUST
 
Bring your school-age children to Kenya in August: it’s one of the best times of year for a family safari, cooler at night and warm during the day - the perfect game viewing conditions. The herds are on the move in the Masai Mara, and the sheer number of animals will make a bold impression on even the most blasé of teens. You’ll also have the important opportunity to meet the local tribal communities who own private reserves. They have vast amounts of knowledge to impart, and sharing their activities, learning from them firsthand, is a truly enriching educational experience.
CALENDAR: NOVEMBER
 
A short flash of rains dampens down the dust in November and brightens the landscape as trees and plants leaf and flower. It is a very good month to travel to northern Kenya to track rhino through the bush, as not only as the rhino more easily visible whilst the undergrowth is low, but it’s low season and relatively quiet. You won’t be competing for sightings with other game vehicles and might well have a small camp to yourself. Prices are correspondingly lower, which further increases the appeal.
CALENDAR: DECEMBER
 
If one half of your family wants to spend Christmas on the beach, and the other is lobbying for a more active escape, give both sides what they want and arrange to celebrate in Kenya. The country boasts some incredible family-friendly accommodation with plenty of room to party, and the standard of food and drink will far exceed anything you could make at home. The beaches along the Indian Ocean coastline are sublime, and after a few days you can swap the sand for a safari in a stunning national park.