Why Kenya - What to expect
Masai Mara Game Reserve
The Masai Mara is well known for its grassy landscapes and savannahs typical of Africa. By choosing the ‘right’ lodge you can enjoy wonderful wildlife observation. This game reserve, together with the neighbouring Serengeti in Tanzania, is a perfect place to experience a grand safari, since it is the showplace of the annual great migration of animals.
The 480 km palm-lined coast on the Indian Ocean is a unique idyllic setting for an outstanding holiday. Here you can experience luxurious sea-side living. Carefully picked accommodations are suitable for bigger families, also including several generations, as they offer a plenty of space and comfort. We could certainly also organise the perfect romantic lodge for your honeymoon. Due to the coral reefs off shore, the ocean is enjoyable to swim in. Waves are usually small and the temperature pleasant.
The largest private Game Reserve in Kenya offers a strong contrast to the Masai Mara. It is characterized by vast hilly landscapes and acacia trees, which embody the typical ‘Out of Africa’ image you may know from movies about Africa. At a distance you see the snowy summit of Mount Kenya. Laikipia is also well-known for the various activities that can be undertaken. Whether it is walking safaris, horse riding safaris, mountain biking, camel riding, cultural encounters or a sleep-out – it offers something for everyone.
Although Mount Kilimanjaro is situated in Tanzania, you see this impressive mountain even better from the Kenyan side. The Chyulu Hills is a mountain range in the southern part of Kenya. It is approximately 100 km long and up to 2.200 m high and consists of many small volcanoes and solidified streams of lava. Attractions are the many lava caves in this area, which can be delightfully explored on horseback.
Kenya is known as the birth place of safari tourism. Even though the image of the country was, due to different reasons, not the best in recent years, you can experience exceptional holidays with professionally arranged tours here, as well as very unique safaris.
Did you know...,
the population in Kenya is very diverse? It consists of over 40 different cultural groups who differ strongly from each other, both culturally and linguistically. The most common tribes are the Kikuyu and the Luo. The Kikuyu are at home in the Kenyan Highlands and mainly live from farming. The Luo tribe lives near the Victoria Lake. Other ethnic groups include the Luyia, Gusii, Embu, Meru, Kamba, Taita and Taveta.
Ol Donyo Lodge in the Chyulu Hills is a true hidden in my eyes. Surrounded by scenic hills and located between Tsavo and Amboseli National Park, it offers a spectacular view of Mount Kilimanjaro when weather conditions provide clear visibility. Special highlights during my visit here were a horse safari through the vast plains of the private concession area as well as the exciting sleep-out in a so called star bed on the roof of our suite.
In Kenya we purely arrange fly-in safaris. Since roads are in poor conditions, this is the best way to reach remote areas quickly and comfortably. We also recommend a combination of safari and beach, since Kenya offers both safari areas as well as wonderful beaches. There is also a great 18-hole golf course at the coast.
Be inspired for your journey by our Best Moments Tour. We would gladly contact you to discuss your individual expectations and are looking forward to being your professional partner for the organisation of your travel arrangement to Africa.
|Official Name:||Jamhuri ya Kenya (Swahili); Republic of Kenya|
|Currency:||1 Shilling (KSH) = 100 Cents|
|Total land surface:||580.367 km² (World rank 46), thereof 29% forest, 4% farmland, 6% pasture land|
|Expansion:||West-East: 850 km, North-South: 1.000 km|
|Official Language:||Swahili; English|
|Largest Cities:||Nairobi (1.504.900), Mombasa (465.000), Kisumu (185.100), Nakuru (162.800), Machakos (92.300)|
|Climate:||Generally Kenya can be toured throughout the year, whereby one should consider the rainy seasons. Kenya has tropical to hot climate at the coast and temperate climate in the highlands. The capital Nairobi and most of the National Parks lie at a height of approx. 1.600 m above sea level, which makes most of the visitors appreciate the climate there as pleasant. At the coast the rain is at its peak between April and June with an average day temperature around 28°C. The driest and warmest months in the coastal area are January and February with an average day temperature of 32°C. In the highlands the rainy season is from April to June and short rains again in November. Mostly there are short and heavy rains in the evenings or at night, but no non-stop rain like in Europe. The lowest average daytime temperature in Nairobi is around 21°C in July and the highest average temperatures are around 26°C in February / March. The nights in the highlands as well as in Nairobi get chilly.
Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya
Drawing on more than eighty years of safari service, the Cottar family provide guests with high standards of personalised and professional guiding. Cottars’ 1920 Safari Camp in the Masai Mara returns to the original spirit and essence of 'safari' and is recalling an era of luxury and quality, an era of romance, professional guiding, adventure and elegance, in a timelessly unspoiled setting with panoramic views and boundless game. Cottars’ 1920 Safari Camp is situated in an extensive and exclusive concession between the Masai Mara, Serengeti and Loliondo Reserves where a few Purko Maasai still roam. This area has been untouched by any kind of tourism or development and offers the discerning client a guarantee of privacy.
The camp accommodates guests in 10 authentic white double canvas tents, spacious and luxuriously furnished, incorporating the original safari antiques from the twenties. Guests can enjoy a small dressing area and bathroom with old-fashioned styled tubs, showers and flushing toilets, main bedroom and an outdoor veranda. Four of these tents are family units, each with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a shared sitting room area.
Activities include game drives guided by professional and experienced guides in open 4x4 safari vehicles. As the Cottars concession is outside the game reserves, guided walking and night drives are also recommended. By walking, guests can get that much closer to nature. A masseuse is based full-time at the camp for optional massages, manicures and pedicures. Other needs that guests may have are met by personal hosts, who have been trained to provide guests with discrete, yet attentive service. You could also go fishing or participate in a cultural excursion. The swimming pool has been built a short drive away from the camp as such.
Diani Beach, Ukunda, Kenya
Considered by many as one of the finest private houses on the Kenyan Coast, Alfajiri overlooks the Indian Ocean and its elevated position ensures privacy and stunning views. Alfajiri is a rare breed of paradise you can genuinely call your own. Because Alfajiri Villas purely caters to family groups and exclusive bookings, the pace and activities at Alfajiri are entirely at yours dictate.
Alfajiri Cliff Villa is a bright and airy Caribbean style private house, beautifully decorated, with artefacts from Africa and the Far East. It comprises 4 suites, all with private verandas to ensure privacy. Interiors feature local artwork, wooden furniture and fabrics from Africa finest craftsmen. The theme is large glass windows, ivory Danish floors, wooden beams, Lamu doors and impressive African and Far Eastern Artefacts. The gardens are meticulously maintained and include many palms from the villa's nursery. One large veranda with huge hand carved sofas with cushions dominating the front of the house. A stretch swimming pool sits on the edge of a small cliff merging into the sea and the horizon. In the lush gardens at the water's edge, you can lounge in complete privacy or float in to the horizon of the sea-touching pool.
Fresh seafood is brought daily to order from the beach and includes some of the best crab, prawn, lobster and sea fish available. The food at Alfajiri Villas is very healthy with a Mediterranean influence.
While staying with Alfajiri Villas you can enjoy unlimited golf inclusive of green fees, caddy fees and use of golf clubs. An 18-hole championship golf course is ideally located less than two minutes drive away from Alfajiri Villas. Home to the Diani Beach Masters, this is recognised as one of the most exciting golf courses in East Africa. Fully irrigated fairways run through Palm, Cashew nut and Casuarinas Pine trees.
Activities such as snorkelling to the coral reef with local fishermen in a traditional African boat, massages and reflexology, tennis, squash and gym at a nearby property, windsurfing and golf can be organised at no extra costs for you. There is a driver available for local excursions within the Diani Beach area. Deep sea diving, diving courses and deep sea fishing can be organised at an additional cost for you.