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What is the best safari in Kenya?

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This is of course, very subjective - but clearly the best safari in Kenya should comprise of four elements - a private 4 x 4 vehicle and a private guide, flying between each safari region, concentrated wildlife and few tourists!

I am naturally biased as Kenya is my home, but having been brought up going on safari here as well as elsewhere in Africa, Kenya really does have a number of elements that its counterparts simply don't.

Let's start off with the wildebeest migration - Africa's greatest animal migration and amongst the biggest, if not the biggest, animal migration in the world. If you can try and capture your safari during this period, which occurs from July through to September in the Masai Mara, then this is pretty magical, without a doubt and rates pretty highly on most people's lists!

Then the cultural aspect. With over 49 different tribes, Kenya is pretty special and this is all completely authentic and genuine. None of this running off and donning loin cloths to satisfy the tourists which occurs in other countries. You can go even deeper still, by perhaps taking a walking safari accompanied by mules and the Maasai, and explore untrodden regions around the Masai Mara, not seeing another tourist in sight. Learn all about their culture and the difficulties they face in eschewing westernisation, its always a fascinating subject! Perhaps go on a camel assisted walking safari in the Samburu region with the regal Samburu people and learn what it takes to become a warrior these days and how they preserve their own identities.

Meru is another of my favourite parks - made famous by George Adamson and here one has the most incredible, gentle game viewing in a truly beautiful park, with few tourists. With just a couple of really lovely camps and lodges to choose from, this is a must for the best Kenya safari.

Tsavo East is also lovely and for anyone interested in a walking safari, this region is not only incredibly beautiful and excellent for seeing elephant, but its also a fabulous park to walk in. Stay at a beautiful, luxury tented camp or have a private, tented mobile camp erected for you with your own private guide. For those wishing to go deeper, perhaps have a day with a lion scientist or learn more about Africa's most efficient predator, the very elusive wild dog. I would always start off in Laikipia where we have several friends who have ranches and this is the perfect way to acclimatise and learn more about Africa from famillies that have been here for generations. For anyone who enjoys horse riding, then for me a riding safari in Kenya offers some of the finest experiences - especially in the Masai Mara during the time of the wildebeest migration where one can ride alongside the wildlife.

For those searching for utter privacy, then we can erect private tented mobile camps around the Masai Mara with your own private vehicle and guide. This is the ultimate way to be on safari in Kenya.

For the best safari in Kenya, I would combine Meru and the Masai Mara with Laikipia and then perhaps fly by helicopter up to Lake Turkana for a day trip or even a night. This is simply amazing - the Jade sea as recounted by the great explorer, Count Teleki on his expedition.

You can then end on the coast, taking a private villa or house which would be the ideal - complete with your own private boat and skipper, so the days can be spent exploring and snorkelling, fishing and having picnic lunches on deserted islands. With a team of specialists from Kenya, call us now to start planning your private, tailor made safari to Kenya.