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Kenya Private Safari


Private guiding is widely available throughout Kenya, either with local guides in specific safari areas, or with specialist private guides who host you across multiple destinations throughout your time in Kenya. You may wish to consider a Kenya private safari if you are experienced on safari, have specialist wildlife interests or would simply like to prioritise the flexibility and exclusivity that a private safari will offer.

There are also a number of completely private safari houses or family suites which can provide very exclusive and flexible safari experiences. Naturally, private safari houses and suites are perfect for families or groups of friends travelling together.

Kenya Private Guided Safaris Trips: Private Vehicles & Activities

Whilst it is very possible to book your entire Kenya safari to be hosted by one private guide, we often recommend combining a few different private guides who each specialise in their particular geographical areas. For example, an itinerary combining three different safari regions could include a private guide in each area. The benefit of this approach is to get the best guiding for each region and to enjoy a more varied overall experience. Some of the local guides are truly exceptional, especially when it comes to detailed knowledge on the local landscape and wildlife, and they usually offer a deeper cultural experience too. This style of private safari is also usually less expensive as you are not paying for extra travel and accommodation costs for a freelance private guide.

This style of private safari tends to be very appealing to more experienced safari travellers who have specific interests such as birding or photography, or to travellers that just prefer higher levels of exclusivity and personal service.

Where to stay for a private Kenya safari

Whilst it is usually possible to pay extra for private guiding and activities in most safari camps and lodges we recommend in Kenya, some properties will actually give each set of guests their own private guide and vehicle at no extra cost. This can be viewed as a significant advantage when deciding where to stay. The following Kenya safari accommodation includes the exclusive use of a guide and vehicle as standard:

As mentioned above, there are also several great options for entirely private safaris, whether that is staying in exclusive safari houses or private safari camps. Some good examples are:


Taking things one step further, it is possible to hire specialist ‘private guides’ in Kenya. Historically, the safari industry in East Africa developed from privately guided safaris, and it is still common today to find reputed specialist guides hosting families and groups on a private basis. This can be within the framework of permanent camps and lodges, or combined with a luxury mobile tented safari, where permanent lodges are visited for a few nights while your private camp is moved from one region to another.

With many years’ experience as a leading Africa specialist, we know personally and have worked with a wide range of specialist and professional guides. While we do not promote ‘hand holding’ just for the sake of it, the benefits of travelling with a top quality private guide are not limited to just their guiding qualities and the wildlife experience, but extend to encompass your whole safari experience. Hosting at meal times, smoothing your way through transfer arrangements and telling entertaining stories of Africa around the camp fire all fall under the remit of a top private guide.

If you feel that you would appreciate private activities during your safari, or would like to consider hiring a specialist private guide for all or part of your safari, please advise us when you speak to us. We are very flexible and all our safari itineraries are individually tailored to suit personal requirements. Different regions present different opportunities, so we will simply work with you to include the level of exclusivity and guiding that you desire.

To start planning your luxury Kenya private safari or if you are interested in finding out more about Kenya private guides, please call our friendly and knowledgeable team on +44 (0) 1787 888590 to discuss your requirements, or email us via our Contact Us page.