Hot-air ballooning over the Masai mara, camel-trekking, private game viewing

The migratory herds and ‘big sky’ of the Masai Mara, the tropical rainforest, the North Frontier’s rugged mountain terrain, and the sugar-white beaches reaching into the depths of the Indian Ocean… Almost a microcosm of Africa, with its incredible array of landscapes and abundant wildlife, Kenya’s richness and diversity will satisfy even the hungriest traveller – regardless of whether you’re an Africa ‘first-timer’ or already know the continent.

Kenya is leading the way in responsible tourism and many of the Kenyan safari lodges and camps are now heavily involved with community projects.

Developed by safari operators in conjunction with the local tribes, this admirable relationship is designed to preserve the country’s natural resources, while delivering real and lasting benefit to the tribal communities. Our carefully sought out, owner-run safari camps, set in spectacular areas of Kenya, offer an authentic, ecologically and socially responsible, highly comfortable and, above all, deeply memorable, safari experience.

All itineraries are individually designed, but as a guide, we can arrange a ten day safari in Kenya excluding flights from £3700 per person.


The creation of each individual itinerary starts with a client’s dream. In discussion we translate these initial desires and aspirations into our vision of the best achievable holiday. Our meticulous planning and love of our destinations ensure that we create once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We promise you precious and everlasting memories.

Safari + Beach Bliss

Luxury Travel Kenya

Safari is all about being in the right place at the right time. But it is also about being with the right set of eyes and ears as your guide. This is where a small camp in the heart of the Masai Mara delivers in a way that nowhere else in Africa can. We have…

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Places to Stay

At c+l, we have no vested interest in the hotels and lodges which we select - we review everything and choose the best for a particular client. And because we visit our three regions on a regular basis and have detailed conversations with over 90% of our clients on their return, our choices can be refined continually. The choice of what is best for the client is our only consideration.

lewa wilderness kenya luxury safari lodge

Lewa Wilderness, Laikipia Plateau

Lewa Wilderness is one of Kenya’s most successful private conservation projects and is one of very few private lodges in the world where guests can see such a remarkable variety of wildlife; including many endangered animals such as both black and white Rhino species, Grevy’s Zebra and Sitatunga. Situated in the central highlands just North of Mount Kenya in the Laikipia Valley, Lewa Wilderness has been the family home to the Craigs since 1924. Set in an area of beautiful countryside, Lewa offers a magical combination of thoughtful hospitality and unforgettable scenery.

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The Emakoko

The Emakoko, Nairobi National Park

The Emakoko offers our clients a totally different experience just outside Nairobi. Situated in Nairobi National Park, you would be forgiven for thinking that you are in the depths of the bush rather than a stone's throw away from the city centre. The owners, Anthony and Emma Childs, are on hand to welcome you to their lovely safari home. The exceptional game here is free to move throughout the lodge, so it is likely you will be lucky enough to spot a buffalo whilst sitting at the bar or relaxing in your spacious room.

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Elephant Watch Camp

Elephant Watch Camp, Samburu

Elephant Watch Safaris is a wonderfully colourful and exotic camp set on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River, beneath big Kigelia trees and Acacias. We have known and loved this camp for many years and we just love the fact that it is owner-run by world renowned experts in elephants and conservation. Iain and Oria Douglas-Hamilton, or one of their daughters Saba try to be in camp when guests visit, but due to their increasing importance on the world’s urgent elephant conservation stage they are often travelling.

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Kinondo Kwetu

Kinondo Kwetu, Diani Beach

Kinondo Kwetu’s laid back atmosphere and cheerful staff put you at ease and make you feel at home before you have even got your bags to your room. From the second you arrive you are met from the car by the impossibly glamorous owners Ida and Philip who welcome you into their home. Shoes are most certainly optional here and relaxation is the aim of the game. If you want a swanky air conditioned resort then this is not it but for those who want a down to earth home from home with bags of character (and personalities) look no further.

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Rekero Camp

Rekero Camp, Maasai Mara

Rekero is the perfect example of an authentic bush camp with brilliant management and inspiring guides. Of the many camps to choose from in the Masai Mara this has for a long time been one of our firm favourites. At c+l we believe that the staff and guides are the ones who really make or break your safari experience and this is where Rekero camp really shines. All are Maasai or Dorobo, they grew up in the local area so know the eco-system very well and are more than happy to take you to their villages to meet their families.

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Kerry Glen’s Camel Safaris

Kerry Glen’s Camel Safaris

The camel walking safari is one of the most authentic ways to see Africa; this really is a trip like no other and is a wonderful addition to any Kenyan adventure. It also offers the perfect break away from a vehicle. Like the Nomads you will walk from camp to camp with a train of Maasai, Samburu and Turkana tribesmen and camels who carry your camping provisions. Experience Kenya the way the first safari goers did and the real bonus is that every walk is privately booked meaning you can go at a pace that is right for you.

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Sosian, Laikipia Plateau

There is so much to do at this beautiful lodge in Laikipia and with the manager having previously worked at cazenove+loyd we know your experience will be a memorable one at Sosian. You might find yourselves camel trekking or horse riding one day, clay pigeon shooting the next and sleeping under the stars the day after. The most common feedback we get from clients about Sosian is “we wish that we could have stayed for longer”.

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For over 20 years we have been creating the best luxury tailor-made holidays, we know our countries inside and out and really know how to get under the skin of each one and the best way to experience them.



The Masai Mara is the most famous National Park in Kenya, home to the ‘Big 5’, and the scene of the annual migratory crossings of the Mara River. It offers the best game viewing in the country and is renowned for good cat sightings. Its best lodges are small and intimate tented camps, many still owner run. They stand apart because of their excellent guides and very personal service.

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A helicopter safari is the ultimate way to explore the hugely varied landscapes of Kenya. Helicopter trips make the most of the various regions exploring mountains, lakes, deserts and forests. Your pilot will take the most scenic route, touching down wherever possible.They also give you access to far flung and harsh environments which are largely untouched by other humans.

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A camel walking safari is one of the most authentic ways to see Africa, this really is a trip like no other and is a wonderful addition to any safari. It also offers the perfect break away from a vehicle. Walk from camp to camp with a train of Masai and Samburu tribesmen with camels who carry your camping provisions. We have the best walking guides who have been operating safaris like this for many years.

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More and more we are finding people choosing to end their holidays with some time in a ranch style lodge in the Laikipia region rather than going to the coast. There are so many activities on offer that you can happily spend five nights without getting bored and beautiful swimming pools provide the perfect spot for some R&R. This works particularly well for families and the guides love to get out there and have fun in nature's playground.

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These tall elegant red caped tribesmen teach children how to build a house, make fire, bead bracelets, cook mealie pap. And it’s the real thing rather than a commercial pastiche. The resident leopard Ngali makes great company too. It keeps children entertained as well as being a great experience for the whole family.

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Sleeping under a blanket of stars is a must do. Many lodges in Kenya offer this, but up on the Laikipia with zero light pollution and local tribesmen as your only company, it is truly magical. It is hugely recommended as an exciting as well as romantic thing to do, and can only be experienced to be truly understood.

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Laikipia Plateau

You get to experience the game by horseback in this fantastic area, allowing you to get right up close to the animals. And when tired after a day in the saddle you can experience the vastness of the African sky with a night out under the stars.

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As every one of the holidays we create is unique, all of our clients come back with different and interesting stories. We love to hear from our clients on their return to find out about their most memorable moments. We from c+l are also always travelling to our destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences.


Riding camels at Sosian Ranch

Grace experienced her first African safari aged 13. Her highlight of the trip was the time they spent siding camels on the Laikipia Plateau being led by Samburu villagers.

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Rhino Conservation in Kenya

On a research trip to Kenya, Louise Holman-Baird experienced first-hand the processes and the ways rhino are being conserved. After hearing all of the horrific stories of rhino poaching, Louise spent time at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the Rhino sanctuary, where the last of the Northern White rhino live.

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Learning Bush Skills in Kenya

Honor Gell, aged 8 recalls her memory of her first time in Kenya, and how she spent her days with her Maasai guide, understanding their culture, learning their traditions and taking part in activities that demonstrate their skills.

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Kenya is the perfect location for a multi-generational celebration. With so much to do for all ages, and a great way for the family to all get together, let c+l plan all the special activities that will make the celebration truly extraordinary.

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Bird’s eye view of Kenya

We were whisked through the airport on arrival at Nairobi and met by Phil our helicopter pilot. We all shook hands and jumped on only to take off straight away – our luggage was to come later in another plane. This is the perfect way to travel!

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A Surprise Family Safari

Before Abigail Tentner arrived at Heathrow airport she had no idea that she was about to board a plane to Kenya let alone that her ultimate safari dream was about to come true.

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Off the beaten track in Kenya

For Octavia Bolitho, a trip to Kenya is not just about the wildlife and safari but also the cultural experiences on offer such as visiting a local school. With fabulous game viewing, wonderful people and incredible experiences, it is only a matter of time before Kenya lures Octavia back.

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Half Term in Africa with the children

Wondering where to take your child on their next holiday? Africa is the answer as Antonia Kaye tells the story of her short trip to Kenya which kept her child entertained as well as teaching him a fair few things.

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The thrills and spills of the great outdoors

The secluded Sosian lodge is full of entertainment from tracking animals in the bush to tubing down rivers as our client Harry Mckerrell describes this magical place full of fear and fun.

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A simple life is a very special life in Kenya  

Eleven year old Marina describes a day she will never forget, meeting the Masai tribe comparing her experiences of home to Kenya as well as her and her family experiencing a private male ritual.

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A Luxury Family Safari

An experience of a lifetime for the Boden family, where they undertook the most incredible riding safari for five days which seemed like five seconds as Katie Boden writes.

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The perfect start to the perfect day at Borana, Kenya

The Borana ranch in Kenya is much more than a morning and evenings game drive as Louise Holman-Baird writes about her new found friendship with Glenda.

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We know Kenya better than most. The possibilities are endless and ever-changing. On the map below, we have plotted some of our current favourite places to stay, some c+l highlights and a few pertinent client stories. And you can see if there is a team member travelling in that particular country and link through to them and what they are up to, so you can get them to call you on their return.

Best time to visit

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Best time to go

Kenya has two main seasons for game-viewing; December through March when resident game are dropping their young and July through October when the migration arrives and lingers in the Masai Mara in search of available water sources. The herds in turn encourage great predator sightings and of course offer visitors chance to see the famous Mara river crossings. For those who want to take in the coast as well this is best from December to March as it tends to be more windy/the sea rougher from July to September, though it is still an ideal time in terms of temperatures and reduced humidity.

For keen birders and flower enthusiasts visit in June/ July when the migratory birds are in situ. Kenya combines well with Tanzania and also with Rwanda or Uganda. And although it does have good beaches along the Indian Ocean coast, many take a direct flight to The Seychelles where the archipelago has some of the best beaches and natural beauty in the world. Alternatively Zanzibar works well and takes less time to reach.

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