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  • Hi Rob and team, Just to say thank you so much for organising such a fantastic holiday for us. Every part of it was exciting and memorable, (sometimes a little too exciting!) and the variety was perfect. Both Impala camp and Kicheche Mara were fantastic. The setting of Kicheche Mara, especially, was stunning. Our guide at Impala, Gerard, was particularly great. He was brilliant with the kids and was a real inspiration to a budding zoologist like James. Similarly, Rosie and especially Simon at Sosian, were also fantastic with James and Imo. Simon made there stay a real ‘adventure’. They both felt very at home there! Giraffe Manor, as expected, was a completely memorable experience for everyone, and a real treat. Zanzibar provided a perfect bit of relaxation (not to mention a bit of education for us all) and the staff gave James a very special 12th birthday. Emakoko laid on 8 Rhino (2 extra in addition to the 6 that Jen had jokingly requested on entering the park!) plus a first class supper. Once again thanks very much for your hard work, it was very much appreciated.

    Nick, Jo, James and Imogen travelled on a family holiday to southern Tanzania and Kenya

Kenya

Wildlife Highlights

Wildlife Highlights of Kenya

Kenya offers wonderful big cat viewing, especially in the renowned Masai Mara, home to the BBC’s Big Cat Diary. Other good areas for the cats include Samburu, Nakuru, Amboseli and the Lewa Conservancy.

Elephant viewing is excellent in Amboseli, Samburu and The Mathews Range. Specialist elephant safaris are possible at a few camps in these areas, where your hosts are passionate and knowledgeable about elephants.

Some of the best viewing of black & white rhino in Africa is found in Nakuru, Lewa Downs, Ol Pejeta and various other private conservancies. The rare African wild dog can be seen throughout the country, but are not common.

The north of the country is home to some special species more adapted to arid conditions such as gerenuk, Beisa oryx, the very rare Grevy’s zebra and reticulated giraffe.

The Masai Mara, perhaps the most famous wildlife area in the world, supports an incredible variety of mammals. The plains are dominated by large herds of herbivores of which the wildebeest, zebra and Thompson’s gazelle are the most numerous. Eland, the largest antelope, mix with the other giants – elephant, buffalo, hippo and giraffe, usually under the gaze of the predator species – lion, leopard, cheetah, hyaena and crocodile. The smaller species are well represented too – dik dik, bat-eared fox, serval, caracal, aardwolf, a variety of mongoose, baboon, monkey, warthog etc.

The main seasonal wildlife highlight in Kenya is the annual wildebeest and zebra migration which usually arrives in the Masai Mara in late July, and stays until mid-late October. River crossings, when the herds ‘swim the gauntlet’ across the croc-filled Mara and Talek rivers, can be seen during this period.

Birding in Kenya is superb, with over 1100 species found through a variety of different habitats. Migrant species are most likely to be seen from October to March. Greater and lesser flamingo populations migrate between the Rift Valley lakes throughout the year, but not to a set pattern.

Please see our regions section for more detailed information on Kenya’s different wildlife areas. Please contact us to discuss specialist trips as well as general game-viewing safaris.