Kenya

Safaris originated in Kenya; formerly known as British East Africa by colonialists, colonists and pioneers. These expeditions were initially for sporting or hunting purposes; venturing into the lesser explored regions of the “protectorate”.

Kenya is a well established destination for safari goers; where early exploration gave way to intrepid colonial exploits and many romanticized novels detailing the adventures of early African pioneers such as Karen Blixen’s “Out of Africa” novel. In fact, one of the destinations I would highly recommend on my safaris when in Kenya is an historic colonial farm; Gogar Farm – of which a part belonged to Denys Finch-Hatton & his original cottage still stands today. Nowadays my good friend and colleague Hamish Grant farms 4,000 acres of mixed Arable & a select herd of dairy cattle. A visit to Gogar Farm is always a highlight of a Kenyan safari.

'We, like Selous, Stanley, Hemmingway and the Queen of England have seen the snows of Kilimanjaro. The question is: Will you?

Camping in the Shadows of Mt Kilimanjaro

Amboseli is a magnificent park with stunning scenery, with the 19,450 feet Mount Kilimanjaro dominating the view. Located on the Kenya -Tanzania border it's well known for prolific elephant herds.

Lakes & Parks of the Great Rift Valley

Stretching 6,000 kilometres from the Red Sea to Mozambique. Avian enthusiasts are enthralled by the millions of Flamingoes in Lake Nakuru & Lake Bogoria in Kenya’s Rift Valley lakes which also boast a huge diversity of other aquatic species.

Northern Frontier District & Laikipia Plateau

Further up North from the Rift Valley in the Northern Frontier District lies a trio of semi-contiguous reserves - Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba National Parks. These parks flank the Ewaso N’giro river - Kenya’s second longest river which eventually flows into the Lorian swamp.

Lake Victoria

Africa’s largest lake by area and the largest tropical lake in the world. The Nile river drains from Lake Victoria and is a great place to relax, fish, jet-ski whilst soaking up some Livingstone/Stanley era exploration history, as well as important archaeological dig sites unearthed by Dr Leakey.

Indian Ocean Beach Escapes

After a safari in Kenya I always recommend a trip to the Indian Ocean coast for some 'R&R' where immersing yourself and unwinding on white sandy beaches or going on a cruise in the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean is an unforgettable way of unwinding.

Giraffe Manor, Nairobi

Giraffe Manor is one of Nairobi’s most iconic historical buildings dating back to the 1930s. A herd of resident Rothschild giraffe visit the Manor mornings and evenings to greet guests and sniff out some snacks before venturing back out into their sanctuary.