Kenya

Kenya is the ancestral home of the safari and the quintessential “Big Five.” In its borders, the modern safari was born, and conservation efforts pioneered. From the Great Rift Valley, snow-capped mountains, wide savannas and arid plains, Kenya is host to some of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. Add some vibrant cultures co-existing with each other among wildlife and Kenya really does have it all.

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What to Expect

Kenya offers such a wide range of services and destinations to her visitors, that it is hard to discern what will work best. That’s where we come in! We draw from our deep connections in Kenya to keep you away from the crowds.

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In iconic locations like the prolific plains of the Masai Mara and the salt pans dotted with elephant herds in Amboseli, we deliver an experience that will steal your soul and have you yearning for more. Choose between an overland safari, a flying safari or a combination of both—we make helpful suggestions for both your style and budget. Small groups, families and avid walkers will be thrilled with the many private homes and intimate camps available for exclusive use. Horseback and walking safaris are some of the best on the continent in stunning wilderness areas like Chyulu Hills near Amboseli or the Laikipia Plateau in central Kenya. Relish in finding your own private Kenya with the right combination of activities and diverse destinations.

Don't Miss Out

The Essence of Kenya — Put yourself in the famous documentaries and magazine articles about wildlife and conservation—stay in one of the camps away from the crowded main reserve and be surrounded by the migration and wildlife drama at its finest.

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Intrepid Explorations—step out of your comfort zone and explore on foot from your camp or with an overnight walking safari in the Loita Hills or on the Lewa conservancy. Sleeping under a canopy of stars from your rustic camp will be unforgettable!

The Maasai and the Samburu—with over 70 ethnic tribes in Kenya, the Maasai and Samburu are some of the most distinct. Immerse yourself in their way of life on authentic visits to their manyattas or learn about the bush on a walk led by expert guides from the community.

Hit the beach—The Kenyan coastline is stunningly beautiful with the azure hues of the Indian Ocean, white sandy beaches, and spectacular snorkeling and diving. Delve into the Swahili culture that dominates the sleepy coast and unwind after your action-packed safari.

Hidden gem—there is a special energy in the Northern frontier, near the shores of Lake Turkana. For those who seek an experience only known to the few, fly up to remote lodges for rock art, ancient cultural traditions, and out-of-this-world landscapes.

Need to know

Flights are easily arranged into Nairobi (NBO), now non-stop from New York and direct flights from European gateways like Amsterdam, London, Frankfurt, and Zurich. Flights via Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha or Addis Ababa are also quite popular.

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  • We recommend 7-14 days in Kenya; it is a perfect complement to a safari in Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, or the Indian Ocean islands.
  • Kenya is ideal for first-time safari goers and safari veterans alike; it oozes romantic adventure for honeymooners and offers wide-ranging options for families. For those who are curious about history and culture, Kenya delivers.
  • Visas are required for most visitors, but inoculations may be recommended. We suggest you see a travel medicine specialist for advice.
  • The Kenyan domestic flight network is far better than the road system, but overland safaris are possible here despite rough road conditions.
  • English is widely spoken throughout the country, especially in the hospitality industry.
  • Kenya boasts outstanding guides with excellent qualification programs.
  • Throughout a safari, you will find varied international and local cuisine with fresh ingredients.

When to go

Kenya basically has two dry seasons and two wet seasons. Based on your dates of travel, we will design the best safari itinerary for you with weather in mind.

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Know that wildlife viewing is good year-round but can differ between parks.

July – October: This is the long dry season and when the wildebeest migrations cross the Mara River. Wildlife congregate around water sources. Guests can expect cool mornings and evenings. This is peak travel season for visitors.

Mid-December – mid-March: The short dry season and a good time to travel with the warmest temperatures being February. Lots of babies around after the rains!

November to mid-December, April – May: These are the two rainy seasons, when landscapes are lush and skies dramatic. Wildlife is a bit more dispersed but still plentiful. Expect showers in the morning with clearing in the afternoon before clouds roll in again for heavier rains in the evening. Many properties close during April-May and roads can be muddy and impassable.

Accommodation

Kenya is most known for small intimate camps and private homes which are perfect for small group travel or exclusive private bookings. There are also many choices for wilderness lodges in private conservancies as well.

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Most of these accommodation types are on private land which allow for off-road driving, night drives, walking experiences, and deep cultural connections. In the prime national parks and reserves, there are larger properties which cater to group travel. Every property booked on a Rothschild Safari is vetted by staff and offer the highest standards in each category.

What our travelers say

Amy Lundberg

Wow, wow, wow!! We are back in LA now, recovering from jet lag and still in shock and awe regarding our experience. From the moment we landed in South Africa to the moment we touched down in LA, our experience was seamless and amazing. 

Betsy Robertson

We were thrilled with the trip. It was as good as or better than described at every turn. The prep, attention to detail, willingness to make changes and ensure we were ready and prepared was outstanding. Our Travel Designer was awesome! 

Dawn Jacobs

Choosing a safari expert is never easy given the choice and lists upon lists of "top suppliers"....but we made the BEST choice for us....why....because above all, Rothschild listened ....really listened to what we wanted to experience.

George Kowalski

It was a well organized trip. It was easy to get around since we were guided through all of our itinerary. Everyone was pleasant and very helpful. This is an excellent way to travel. Rothschild Safari did very well and brought a fantastic African experience to us.

Jackie Smith

My trip was beyond AMAZING! I truly enjoyed every moment. The itinerary allowed me to experience a variety of different activities all of which I enjoyed! When I originally thought of going to Africa I was just thinking of safaris. This trip opened my eyes (and my family/friend's) to so much more Africa has to offer.

Jamie Scarlett

Trip was PERFECT!! Every single detail was planned out and the accommodations and people were wonderful. This trip exceeded all of our wildest expectations. Every place we stayed was just lovely and each each camp had a different vibe, which was really neat. Everyone we worked with was outstanding. 

Joe Moravec

On behalf of the Moravec’s and the Stone’s……thank you for arranging a trip of a lifetime. Every detail was accounted for and all the recommendations were perfect. It honestly could not have gone any better.

Kim Mather

Meggan Woody and Kim Killick were extraordinary at crafting THE PERFECT safari for our family of 8. They both listened (actually 'read' my email) to EXACTLY what we wanted, within the budget that we needed, and miraculously pulled off miracles in obtaining the properties that we wanted! 

Lisa Anderson

Every aspect of my trip went according to plan and the plan Rothschild's help me to orchestrate was magnificent! I loved every lodge that I was blessed to be in! They were all very different yet all high end and very accommodating.

Mary & Rob Johannigman (and family)

It was the most exciting, scenic, inspiring trip we've ever taken. To say it was a trip of a lifetime doesn't begin to capture our experience. Pam Langhoff and the Rothschild team did an outstanding job of helping us plan this trip.