Connoisseurs of wildlife watching know how rare it is to see endangered black rhinos and rare white rhinos at the same location. But Lewa is one of those special places. Set on the Laikipia Plateau, this private conservancy has a limited number of visitors and an almost unlimited stock of wildlife. It’s also an apt curtain-raiser to the Masai Mara’s incredible wildebeest and zebra migration and watching the huge numbers of lions, leopards, elephants, giraffe, gazelle, buffalo and waterbuck that roam across the region’s rolling savannah.
But safaris aren’t Kenya’s only ultimate experience. The southern coast welcomes you to world class beaches and the Indian Ocean.
Now for a wonderful game-viewing experience. Lewa is a private conservancy comprising 62,000 acres of prime savannah and rolling bush. It has all the diversity and richness of game you’d expect of a major national park, but Lewa is private so there are no crowds, meaning you’ll see more animals than people.
In fact, Lewa is one of the few remaining places where you’ll see endangered black and white rhinos as well as plains animals like zebra, giraffe, antelopes and any number of fascinating birds. The scenery is also breath-taking, with sweeping grasslands stretching off to a horizon shaped by the snowy peaks of Mount Kenya.
Stay: Three nights in a double room at Lewa Wilderness Camp.
A light aircraft will fly you over miles of Kenyan grasslands to the heart of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. You’ll be staying in a small, tented safari camp close to the confluence of the Mara and the Talek Rivers, on the course of the annual migration of over a million wildebeest and 200,000 zebra across the Masai Mara – one of the most awe-inspiring sights in all of nature.
You’ll be surrounded by savannah grasslands punctuated by iconic thorn trees, rounded hills and towering forests – the natural home to a huge diversity of bird species, as well as elephants, buffalo, waterbuck, Thomson’s gazelle, eight different types of monkeys, lions, cheetah, kongoni and topi.
Stay: Three nights in a double tent at Rekero Camp.
Now it’s time to see another side of Kenya. Just south of Mombasa lies a special place. Kinondo Kwetu is a family-owned beach lodge standing beside a spectacular stretch of white sand. Even by Kenya’s standards, this is a phenomenal beach offering you some irresistible pleasures.
You can scuba dive or snorkel in the crystal clear Indian Ocean, go kite surfing or deep sea fishing or ride a horse along the sands. There are tennis courts and one of Kenya’s most beautiful golf courses is just 20 minutes away. Altogether, it’s a brilliant way to round off an ultimate Kenyan adventure.
Stay: Five nights in a double cottage at Kinondo Kwetu
Nairobi – London
You’ll be taken back to Nairobi International Airport in time to board your flight back to London, arriving at Heathrow in the afternoon.