The leopards and baboons were vocalizing under the almost full moon while we slept under the stars on the deck of our Banda… Wonderfulness all.
— Rosemary R., Sunnyvale, CA

Kenya MapFrom the late 70’s when Next Adventure’s founders traversed Mount Kenya and went on a camping safari in the Masai Mara and Samburu, Kenya has been an absolute favorite. We find its classic and dramatic East African beauty unparalleled. Today still the country’s savannas, deserts, highlands, snowy peak and beaches host a rich and varied wildlife including unique desert-adapted species.

Kenya has it all – warm and welcoming people, fascinating cultures, stunning scenery and distinctive wildlife attractions including the magnificent annual wildebeest and zebra migration, so it remains a not-to-be missed safari destination.

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Safari Ideas

Kenya has an international reputation for its classic East African beauty. The country has savannas, deserts, highlands and beaches that contain a rich and varied wildlife population. The presence of a colorful diversity of culture is also one of Kenya’s greatest attractions. Over thirty tribes inhabit Kenya. The five largest and best known are the Masai (or Maasai), the Samburu, the Tugen, the Turkana and the Kikuyu. These groups share a semi-nomadic, pastoral lifestyle, and each has a unique and rich culture. Kenya’s hospitable people, fascinating cultures, great tourist destinations and, especially, stunning scenery and wildlife make it a popular and unique destination.

Kenya is a large and diverse country. Although straddling the equator, the landscape is mostly semi-desert savannah. The climate is generally dry with warm days and cool nights although altitude and prevailing winds affect local conditions. Mount Kenya’s highlands are typically cooler while the northern and lower desert areas are warmer. Safaris operate year-round although East Africa has two rainy periods. The “short rains” fall in November/December and the “long rains” in April/May when lower rates may be available, and the environment is lush and full of life.

The Masai Mara is the centerpiece of any first safari in Kenya. Depending on the season we might recommend camps in different areas of the National Reserve or the surrounding private/community conservancies (especially during Peak Season.) We often combine the Mara grasslands with the rugged Northern Rangelands around Laikipia and Mt Kenya or the spectacular marshes and views of Mt Kilimanjaro in Amboseli.

Quality safari experiences can be found at a wide range of budgets, incorporating overland and flying circuits, and there are outstanding options for small groups of friends and families.

Access is always improving, and Kenya itineraries easily combine with destinations in Tanzania for longer safaris or Rwanda & Uganda for primate trekking experiences.

Kenya Safari Destinations

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Kenya Camps & Lodges

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Mara Plains Camp

Mara Plains Camp is a one-of-a-kind, seven tent camp located in the private 35,000-acre Olare Motorogi Conservancy, just on the […]

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Mara Nyika

Mara Nyika, meaning “Large Plains or Great Plains,” is the newest edition to the Great Plains Conservation family of camps […]

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Mara Expedition Camp

Mara Expedition Camp sits in a small bend in the Ntiakitiak River, where thick forest meets savannah, and just a […]

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Kenya Experiences

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Near-term Safari Opportunities 2020-2021

We’re excited to see African countries safely reopening and welcoming international travelers back to their borders. With a careful understanding […]

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Best Vacation Ever on Safari in Kenya

“This was my best vacation EVER. I’d gladly try another safari.” — Eric I’d like to start by saying that […]

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Big Reveal! Kili's Secret Safari of Surprises

About 2 years ago, a group of travel-giddy friends put their safari planning in Kili’s hand’s for a Secret Safari. […]

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Linda & John's Quintessential African Experience

“There aren’t very many places where we’ve been and are dying to go back. Patagonia is one we’d go back […]

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Borana's Lengishu House

Borana has always been a special place; a truly family-oriented conservancy, adjacent to the world-renowned Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, that offers […]

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On Location in Kenya with Parts Unknown

In March 2018, Kili McGowan, Next Adventure’s Managing Director, accompanied the Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown crew during their time on Lewa […]

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Karen Gables

This lovely guesthouse is a great option in Nairobi’s Karen District. It is peaceful and charming, and we’ve received excellent […]

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Lewa Walking Wild

Lewa Walking Wild Fly Camping Walking Wild is a camel safari outfit based out of Lewa Wilderness. This venture offers […]

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Bee & Chaz Capture Rare Safari Moments

On the way to the airstrip at Mara Plains we watched this baby gazelle being born on New Year’s Day. […]

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Family Safaris - Our Personal Picks

As you might have guessed, the Next Adventure team fully supports taking the whole family on safari! As family safaris have […]

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Kenya - Our Personal Picks

Kili’s Pick: Mara Plains Camp, Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Masai Mara There are many luxury camps throughout Kenya, but none captures […]

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Bruce and Patty's South Africa, Uganda and Kenya Safari

Bruce & Patty first travelled with us 5 years ago on a Wilderness Dawning camping safari. This time around they […]

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Anisa & Taylor's Semi-Extreme Honeymoon Safari

Both Anisa & Taylor were eager to get out of the vehicle and experience the African wilderness first hand. Check […]

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Kili's Kenya Safari - October 2013 - Trip Report

After a few days of meetings in Nairobi and a stay at the lovely new Hemingways Hotel, my Kenyan safari […]

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Memories and Photos from Bill & Cindy

We asked Will & Cindy if they would share some of their stories and pictures from their past trips, and […]

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Small Safari Camps for Groups & Families

Traveling with your family or a small group of friends can be complicated: making restaurant reservations for a group can […]

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Tanzania Family Safari Trip Report

Arrival in Tanzania Our guide, Emanuel, met us at Kilimanjaro International Airport for the 45 minute transfer to Lake Duluti […]

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Something Special at The Emakoko

In May of this year, we finished our Northern Circuit family safari with a great stay at The Emakoko. Not […]

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