Kenya

AN INCREDIBLE ARRAY OF LANDSCAPES AND ABUNDANT IN WILDLIFE

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 traveler – 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 lodges and camps are now heavily involved with community projects.

Developed by safari operators in conjunction with the local tribes, this admirable system 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 camps, set in spectacular areas of the country, offer an authentic, ecologically and socially responsible, highly comfortable and, above all, deeply memorable, safari experience.

Best visited: July to October and December to March

All itineraries are individually designed, but as an indication, we can arrange ten days in Kenya (excluding international flights) from $6800 per person.

WHAT OTHER PEOPLE SAY
“I'm so grateful to Henrietta Loyd for persuading me to take the children to Africa now”
Louisa Bell, NY USA

HIGHLIGHTS

For over 20 years we have been creating the best luxury tailor-made vacations, 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.

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HELICOPTER OVER LAKE TURKANA

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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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CAMEL SAFARI IN THE NORTH OF KENYA

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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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A FAMILY RANCH EXPERIENCE

More and more we are finding people choosing to end their vacation 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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Be a samburu warrior for the day

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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 Negali 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 the stars

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Sleeping under a blanket of stars is a must do. Many lodges in Kenya offer this, but up on the Lakipia 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 a romantic thing to do, and can only be experienced to be truly understood.

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Lakipia plateau

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You get to experience the game by horseback in this fantastic area, allowing you to get right up and 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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Itineraries

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 vacation. Our meticulous planning and love of our destinations ensure that we create once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We promise you precious and everlasting memories.

luxury family holiday in kenya

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A trip to Kenya is not compete without experiencing Masai life, the Masai Mara is the best place for a first rate game experience for an African 'first timer'. It is a country with real adventure, keeping all ages entertained from experiencing the life as a Samburu warrior as well as fabulous game viewing which can be experienced on horseback, foot, helicopter, or even camels for the more adventurous.

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Stories

As every one of the vacations 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 traveling 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 riding 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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a family celebration in kenya

Kenya is the perfect location for a multi-generation 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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Guides

Our relationships count for a lot and we still work with some of the same people we have worked with for twenty years. There is also constant change and the teams are always reviewing and adding to the experiences which they can offer and the lodges, hotels and guides they work with.

Kerry Glen

Guide

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Kerry has safari in her blood, having been brought up in Kenya accompanying her parents and brother on safaris all over East Africa. She comes from a fine heritage, her father was the well-known sculptor, Robert Glen and her interest in the natural world extended to her education having studied Environmental and Geographical Sciences at the University of Cape Town. 

With Kerry’s creative flair, she went on to build the renowned lodge, Sabuk in Laikipia, from where she guided adventurous walking safaris and camel hikes, leading clients through some of the most stunning and rugged country in Kenya.  Her daredevil spirit is infectious and with Kerry you never know what you might find yourself doing next. 

One client recalls seeing a herd of elephant drinking in the river and proceeding to get into the water to join them, swimming up close and observing them from behind some rocks and rapids so they did not know Kerry and her group were there. 
On another occasion, mountain biking early in the morning, Kerry found her clients amongst a herd of zebra and Grant’s Gazelles and tried to overtake them as they pedaled faster along the dusty track. 

A safari with Kerry Glen is exhilarating and unpredictable, but her talent is enormous, which is why we love her so much.

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Reviews

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 details 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

KinonDo kwetu

Luxury Kenya safari lodge

Kinondo Kwetu’s relaxed atmosphere and cheerful staff put you at ease and make you feel at home from the moment you arrive.  You are met from the car by the 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 smart air conditioned resort then this is not it but for those who want a down to earth place with lots of character (and personalities) look no further.

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rekero camp

Luxury tented safari camp Kenya

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 favorites. 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 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 camel safari

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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

Luxury holiday to Kenya safari camp

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 horseback- 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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