Kenya’s Most Vibrant Places for Safari Tours
Safari tours started sometimes back in the 1920’s when Europeans and Americans began flocking in Africa to see beautiful (and not so beautiful) wildlife. These well-heeded visitors travelled in style and searched for places to get the best experiences. They carried with them cameras to capture with them lifetime memories.
In modern days, safari tours remain the same with some slight changes. You no longer need to maneuver with funny-looking cameras. Rather, an iPhone 7 camera or any other smart phone’s camera is powerful enough to get a perfect shot. But to maintain that same feeling, some explorers still prefer their lovely old school cameras. Modern once have powerful lenses while still maintaining the same original design.
Kenya has set the safari bar too high, playing host to top guests like Teddy Roosevelt, Prince Edward and Ernest Hemingway. The country still pushes further in the 21st century like it did in the 1920s.
Explore below the most awesome places to get a lifetime safari experience in Kenya.
$800 during the low season for doubles
$18,240 for exclusivity
The first thing to hit most people’s minds anytime they talk of a safari tour to Kenya is the Great Migration. The awe-inspiring spectacle is not justified by words until you have had a personal witness of its majesty.
Boasting of about 150 camps, lodges and cool places to spend a night, Mahali Mzuri equals the Disney experience. The land is owned by Richard Branson and is strategically placed to complement the Maasai Mara.
Your mind will immediately be carried away at your first glance of the architecture. The futuristic tents that you will meet are designed by Nairobi’s Jan Allen and London’s Real Studios. It is like two massive cities combining to create a mind destructive item.
Branson uniquely blends panache and adventure to create a camp of its own kind.
Loisaba faced extinction due to a 2013 bush fire but was reopened in May 2016. The rebirth came with even extravagant features for comfort and high standard luxury.
Apart from the top-notch luxury tents – with jaw-dropping views of the snow-capped Mt. Kenya, the new reincarnation will soon have super-exclusive canvas. The additional feature will have private pool and has been scheduled for launching in May 2017.
The mobile Starbeds are one of Loisaba’s most outrageous overnight experiences. These allow guests to sleep under the star-filled African sky.
Ol Pejeta House
$311during the low season for doubles
The upmarket Serena group is now responsible for managing Ol Pejeta House – a one-time safari retreat of Adnan Khashoggi: a Saudi Arabian billionaire arms dealer.
Some of the prominent features that the magnificent safari tour home brags of include a drawing room, a guest cottage, 4 bedrooms, and menu tastes for specific guests.
What’s more, Ol Pejeta Conservancy is boosted by the presence of Kashoggi’s crash pad. This is a private game reserve located on the Western side of Mt. Kenya. It is respected due to its remarkable chimp and rhino conservation programs.
A short drive from the luxury Sweetwaters Tented Camp, the house enjoys all the exclusivity of its private location while being close enough to the camp to have access to all its many facilities.
Ol Jogi Ranch
$200 000 – $300 000 per week – exclusively
Some of Kenya’s most exclusive safari experiences are enjoyed in a private game reserve, north of Nairobi (Kenya’s capital).
Set on a land previously owned by Alec Wildenstein – a French Art billionaire dealer and his wife Jocelyne (The famous Cat Woman), Ol Jogi now preserves endangered species.
Its ultra-extravagancy is brought about by the fact that it has sprawling manor house, well aligned cottages and sufficient ranch space to use at a fair charge per week.
What you get to enjoy here is exactly what you would have felt 20 or 30 years ago.
The ranch director, Alec Wildenstein Jr. says on the website: “There is no other place in Africa where you can have an entire 60,000-acre wildlife conservancy entirely to yourself. You will never see another tourist, never see another minivan.”
Finch Hattons Luxury Camp for safari tour
Rates from $590 per adult – low season
Finch Hattons caters for every taste while you get a range of activities you can choose from. You can decide to go for a leisure walk, dining or just lazy in the pool. All is availed to you.
You can enjoy game drives at any given time and will last for 2 to 3 hours. But the best times to go for one are early in the morning or late afternoon. Get to experience quintessential African landscape in the open game viewing vehicles. Some of the beautiful scenery that waits your discovery is flora, fauna and birds that thrive in the peaceful environment.
There is also an area dedicated just for children fun activities such as guided walks, bush survival skills, locating animal footprints and lessons on how to make own bow and arrow.
Bird enthusiasts respect The Tsavo as the place to go. Finch Hattons is home to over 500 bird species that reside in the hippo pools.
And what can you do in the evening after a daylong full of discovery and fun? Well, you can relax and energize in total peace and calm. The surrounding nature facing the beautiful Chyulu Hills will help keep you calm yet for another eventful day.
Elewana Flying Safari Tour
Low season charges range from $6,429 per person
Elewana recently launched SkySafari Kenya to push further the tradition set by Prince Edward and Finch Hatton in the late 1920s when they started flying photographic safari.
SkySafari conveniently blends incomparable luxuriant accommodations, intimate game-viewing opportunities, dining choices and tailor-made experiences all combining to create a series of unsurpassable and lifelong memories.
The safari tour starts at Wilson Airport in an executive class Cessna Grand Caravan and penetrates through Amboseli, Meru and Maasai Mara national parks. It then extends to Diani Beach on Kenya’s coast.