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Why go on a custom luxury safari to Kenya?

Kenya is home to the original safari. It’s where African safari was born, and to this day remains the ultimate destination for unparalleled game viewing—the country is home to an astounding number of different species—around 25,000. Of course, you’ll find Africa’s ‘Big Five’ throughout the country, but those are just a handful of the unique animals found here. From the forests along the coastline of the Indian Ocean to the lush grasslands and sprawling savanna, Kenya is full of opportunities for cultural interactions with indigenous tribes, exceptional wildlife experiences, and unique activities. A safari in Kenya offers a tremendous diversity of both landscapes and animals.

What is a safari in Kenya like?

A safari in Kenya is the holy grail of African safari—there’s truly nothing that compares. Every year, the open and grassy plains of the Maasai Mara are host to one of the most sought-after experiences in Africa and greatest wildlife spectacles on earth—The Great Migration of 1.4 million wildebeest and thousands of zebra and gazelle. On Kenya’s border with Tanzania, you’ll find Amboseli’s stunning views of the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro and an incredible concentration of elephants. In the north of the country, the arid landscapes of Samburu are home to several wildlife species rarely found elsewhere in Kenya—including Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, gerenuk, and Beisa oryx. The colorful Samburu people who live here can guide you on a bushwalk through a wildlife reserve. Just outside the capital, Nairobi, in the Langata suburb is the storied Giraffe Manor where you can have the most unforgettable breakfast in the world in a historic manor accompanied by a herd of endangered Rothschild giraffes who often peek their heads in.

Conservation is central to Kenya’s tourism industry and is of great importance throughout the country for the economy. The work of local communities and families with historic ties to the land ensures the continuity and success of Africa’s wildlife conservation initiatives. From the rhino breeding programs in Lewa to the elephant research at the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and predator programs, there is a groundswell of support for the precious resources of this fascinating country. We also offer immersive, conservation-focused safaris where you can monitor and track wildlife—like this elephant conservation safari.

ow to create a custom, luxury safari to Kenya

Crafting your custom Kenya safari is what we are best in the world at. We take care of every single detail so that you can immerse yourself in the wonder of Kenya—from the magic of watching the sunrise during your morning game drive with exquisite light over the savannah to going on a bushwalk with the Maasai or Samburu people, or witnessing nature in all its glory as hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, amongst other wildlife, thunder across the plains during The Great Migration. Whatever vision you have in your mind of an African safari, you’ll find it in Kenya and we’re here to make sure it comes to life.

Give our trustworthy team of experts a call and tell us about the trip you’re dreaming of taking—we’re passionate about making that dream a reality. We’re here to listen to what you’re interested in, and from there craft a personalized and extraordinary trip of a lifetime in Kenya. 

Everything we create at Extraordinary Journeys is custom—you won’t find anything ordinary about an adventure planned with us. Simply put, we travel differently, and we’re the best in the world at creating one-of-a-kind luxury and life-changing travel experiences through phone calls and sharing with our experts. Plus, our support doesn’t stop once your trip is booked—we have exceptional service with a hands-on approach, with a designated client liaison, on-the-ground concierge, and a line that’s open 24/7 throughout your entire stay.

We usually recommend spending eight to 10 days in Kenya—check out all our recommended Kenya safari itineraries here for some inspiration.

Our favorite areas for Kenya safari:

  • Rarely the Maasai Mara isn’t included in a Kenya itinerary—it is second to none in Africa for game-viewing.
  • Kenya is a country of varied landscapes, cultures, animals, and activities that make for a wonderfully diverse safari experience. Samburu, Amboseli, and Meru each offer a wonderful mix of those elements.
  • We love including the Laikipia area, particularly the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, in itineraries to give you the chance to get out of your game vehicle (if you’re feeling adventurous) and out into the bush on a horse, camel, or on foot.
  • There are great opportunities for different kinds of cultural interactions throughout Kenya, particularly in Samburu, Laikipia, and the Maasai Mara.
  • A night or two in Nairobi offers a chance to see a bit of the city and get up close and personal with giraffes and elephants while shaking off the jet lag.

How much should I budget for a safari to Kenya?


So, how much does a Kenya safari cost? Planning a Kenyan safari is truly an extraordinary trip of a lifetime, and as you dream and plan, a lot of factors play into the cost including location, time of year, mode of transport (fly-in or private guide and driver), priorities, and level of comfort required.

Budget itineraries can start as low as $300 per person per night, but this is the bottom of the range for mass-market tourism and we don’t recommend or sell these trips. None of our itineraries cost less than $500 per night as we choose places that offer exceptional service, personalized attention, and authentic, once-in-a-lifetime experiences.


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