Africa + Indian Ocean Kenya 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. Stories Places to Stay Highlights Location Stories As every one of the holidays we create is truly tailor-made, 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. Our Destination Experts are also always travelling to our extraordinary destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences. Kenya & the Seychelles on honeymoon Having just returned from a magical honeymoon in Kenya and the Seychelles I cannot recommend this combination more highly for it combines adventure and the spirit of Africa with intimate paradise and surprisingly little travel to endure. Find out more 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. Find out more 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. Find out more 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. Find out more A FAMILY CELEBRATION IN KENYA 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. Find out more 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! Find out more 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. Find out more 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. Find out more 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. Find out more 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. Find out more 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. Find out more 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. Find out more 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. Find out more Show All Places to Stay At cazenove+loyd, we have no vested interest in the hotels, lodges, boats, trains and tented camps which we select. We only choose what is right for a particular client. We visit each destination in our three regions on a regular basis and have detailed conversations with our clients on their return so our choices are continually refined. Here are just four c+l reviews. This is by no means a prescriptive list, but hints at what we look for and value in places to stay. 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. Find out more 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. Find out more 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. Find out more 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”. Find out more Highlights 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. A PRIVATE WALKING SAFARI IN THE MASAI MARA 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. Find out more HELICOPTER OVER LAKE TURKANA 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. Find out more CAMEL SAFARI IN THE NORTH OF KENYA 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. Find out more A FAMILY RANCH EXPERIENCE 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. Find out more BE A SAMBURU WARRIOR FOR THE DAY 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. Find out more SLEEPING UNDER THE STARS 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. Find out more 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. Find out more Show All Location 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 Kenya Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 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. Meet the Team Africa + Indian Ocean Hamish Henrietta Claire Millie Cara We'd love to hear from you Our well travelled Destination Experts have extensive first hand knowledge of their destinations and can open doors that others simply can’t.