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Discover The Top Five Treasures On Your Trip To Kenya

  • Written by Bradley Yandell



A safari is usually top of the list for any trip to Kenya! And no wonder, because experiencing the Big Five in Kenya, roaming wild and free, is a very special experience. However we recommend you head away from the crowds. Discover some of Kenya’s hidden treasures and experiences, as recommended by our Africa destination experts.

 

On Your Trip To Kenya: Laikipia

An endless, lonely landscape of mountains and valleys stretch into the horizon. Far in the distance, Mount Kenya makes an appearance, and wildlife roams freely through the rugged, vast terrain. Welcome to Laikipia - the land of exclusive bushwalks and authentic cultural experiences.

 

Located within the Central Kenyan Highlands, to the northwest of Mount Kenya, cultural tours of Laikipia are a great way to meet the nomadic people who call it their home. Almost everyone breeds livestock such as cattle, sheep and goat, and grows corn, vegetables and grain.

 

As for the wildlife, Laikipia is the most biodiverse region in Kenya.

 

What our experts say:

If you are looking for unusual experiences, then Laikipia is the place to be. In the private reserves of this area, you can watch rhinos and go horse riding. Combine a visit to this region with a journey to Masai Mara for an unique experience.” - Samuel Nordberg, Africa Travel Expert, Enchanting Travels



 

The Great Migration in Masai Mara's Private Reserves

Peppered with sprawling acacias, the hilly Savannah of Masai Mara National Reserve is among the most biodiverse areas in the world.

 

Every year, the region serves as a rich backdrop to the legendary migration of wildebeest. August onward, up to one and a half million wildebeest and zebra cross into the Masai Mara on their perilous journey north from the Serengeti, attracting many predators as they traverse the plains in search of fresh grazing. Then, the hunt truly begins!

 

What our experts say:

The ideal way to experience the Great Migration is with a combination of private game reserves bordering the Mara, and smaller camps away from the crowded areas in the main park of Masai Mara. Private game reserves offer exclusive experiences - you can enjoy bushwalks, game drives at night, and fly camping. Witness thousands of wildebeest and zebra crossing the Mara River and trying to avoid the jaws of wily crocodiles - it’s a breathtaking spectacle!” - Danielle Cicci, Africa Travel Expert, Enchanting Travels



 

Cultural Encounters with the Samburu

An encounter with a Samburu warrior is an extraordinary experience! The Samburu are a nomadic tribe of about 75,000 people and speak Nilotic languages that are indigenous to the Nile River Valley.

 

The Samburu people migrated to Kenya from North Africa in the 16th century and have lived here since.

 

Their traditions are very similar to those of the neighbouring pastoralist Maasai. Meeting with the Samburu is a great chance to learn more about their culture as well as their survival tactics, and to gain a deeper understanding about the flora and fauna of the area.

 

What our experts say:

Meeting and spending time with a warrior is an adventure in itself! You will learn about the spectacular landscape in Northern Kenya and discover the local culture and traditions - and it’s a fantastic experience for guests of all ages, even children.” - Angela Wright, Africa Travel Expert, Enchanting Travels

 

On Your Trip To Kenya: Beaches

The Kenyan coastline by the Indian Ocean boasts some of the most magnificent beaches in Africa. Silky white sands and crystal clear water surrounded by verdant woodlands are a highlight in themselves! Add to this a fascinating blend of African and Arab cultures, which is a result of the centuries-old history of trade and commerce.

 

Coastal Kenya is known for its special brand of relaxed 'hakuna matata' flair, encompassing sweeping ruins to impressive Swahili culture.

 

What our experts say:

Kenya’s coast is ideal for travelers with a sense of romance. The powdery white sands and palm-fringed beaches invite you on long, romantic walks. These beaches are a wonderful place to take a break from everyday life and end your Kenyan safari.” - Danielle Cicci, Africa Travel Expert, Enchanting Travels

 

Fly Camping on your trip to Kenya

Fly camping is the ultimate way to hone your senses and gain insights into the African wild. Spend a magical night in the Savannah away from civilization with infinite bush around you and a crackling bonfire to keep you warm and the predators away.

 

As the gentle breeze ruffles your hair, feel the hairs on the back of your neck stand upright as you hear the lion’s roar - don’t worry, it may sound uncomfortably close but a lion’s roar can carry for around five miles!

 

Watch the shadows of passing wildlife fall on the thin fabric of your tent, and hear the chewing of herbivores snatching at blades of grass, always alert to the danger of stealthy predators. Not for the faint-hearted, this experience may feel daring but is a memory you will never forget!

 

What our experts say:

Fly camping in the private reserves of the Masai Mara is a fantastic experience if you are looking for adventure. Head out from your luxury camp base to spend a night in the middle of the Savannah and get up close and personal with the wildlife. It offers a whole host of varied experiences and unforgettable memories to take home with you.” - Samuel Nordberg, Africa Travel Expert, Enchanting Travels

 

Discover hidden gems on a luxury African tour to Kenya with Enchanting Travels. Get in touch with us by email or phone!



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