Luxury Kenya Holidays & Safaris 2024/2025

Wildlife wonders like the Great Migration and flamingo-covered lakes make Kenya’s luxury safaris one of Scott Dunn’s unrivalled holiday destinations.

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Kenya

Kenya, on the east coast of Africa, is the home and iconic heartland of 'safari'. The country is evocative of a romantic and pioneering age, made famous by the book and film Out of Africa, and Kenya holds a special place in the hearts of Africa-lovers.

One of the best spots for game-viewing year-round is the Maasai Mara, part of the greater Serengeti ecosystem, where you'll find big cats aplenty, and during some months it is also home to huge herds of wildebeest grazing on the sweeping plains on their annual migration.

Throughout the country, there are high concentrations of "big five" game, of which Kenya’s luxury safaris have some of the highest numbers in Africa. North and east of the Mara, the Great Rift Valley cuts a swathe through the middle of the country, with glittering lakes and dramatic landscapes.

The Laikipia plateau at the foot of Mount Kenya is another rewarding location for a Kenya safari holiday, with good populations of rhino as well as rarer species of zebra, giraffe and antelope, and a wide variety of safari activities ranging from riding safaris to walking with camels.

If looking for a mix of beach paradise and intrepid wildlife excursion, head for the Indian Ocean coastline to relax on miles of white sand beaches, like Diani Beach, one of our favourite places for Kenya’s luxury beach holidays.

Top Tours in Kenya

We’ve travelled the length and breadth of Kenya and tested every possible route to enable us to curate luxury Kenya holidays that work absolutely seamlessly, taking in the country’s many highlights at just the right pace. Packed with unique experiences and Kenya's luxury hotels, our trips deliver unforgettable travel moments.

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Kenya's Top Luxury Hotels

Our specialists have travelled every inch of Kenya and stayed in countless hotels so that we can recommend only the very best ones to match your preferences. Whether you want to stay at the hottest property in the area or are looking for somewhere with rustic charm, our handpicked selection of Kenya's luxury safari lodges and hotels has every angle covered.

Meet Our Experts on Luxury Holidays in Kenya

Matt Shock

Africa & Safari Specialist

Safari encapsulates everything that I love and yearn for in travel – wildlife, remote landscapes, wonderful people and special memories – and I am so lucky to have been able to form a career around these passions.

Key Information About Kenya

  • Best time to visit: July to September
  • Flight time: +8.5 hours
  • Time difference: +3 hours GMT
  • Currency: The Kenyan shilling

FAQs About Your Luxury Kenya Holiday

Wondering what to expect on a luxury holiday in Kenya? From the best time for safaris and what to wear to family holiday tips, our experts answer some of our most asked questions.

  • When is the best time to go on a Kenya safari?

    According to our experts, generally speaking, the best time to visit is between July through September. This is when the Great Migration is in full swing in the Mara and the weather is favourable and dry.

    However, if the migration isn’t a priority for your trip, some gorgeous shoulder months for ideal safaris are October, February and March. During this time there are fewer visitors, the rates are lower and the game-viewing is still fantastic.

  • Where are the best Kenya safari holidays?

    For a classic Africa safari holiday, Maasai Mara is where you should go. Open grasslands, herds of animals, big prides of lions – it’s truly the safari we all imagine in our heads. If it’s your first time visiting Kenya or you’re really wanting a holiday full of game drives, we recommend coming here.

    That said, Kenya’s Laikipia region also offers incredible game viewing, in addition to a much wider range of activities. There’s horse riding, quad bike excursions and fishing trips to Mount Kenya or Lake Turkana. It’s a great place for those who have visited Kenya before or are with a group of travellers with multiple tastes to satisfy.

  • How long are your Kenya safari holidays?

    Our luxury safaris in Kenya range from 8 to 12 days; however, our tours are bespoke so we can create a holiday that suits your timings.

    We recommend at least 4 days for a safari, but after that, you can country-hop or head over to the beach for a bit of R&R in Diani or even the Seychelles. When you speak with our travel experts, they’ll work with you and your schedule to create the ideal trip.

  • What animals can I see on a luxury safari in Kenya?

    When on safari in Kenya, you can expect to see the “Big Five”. This includes lions, leopards, elephants, African buffalo and rhinos. However, you’ll also come across, hippos, zebras, giraffes, and cheetahs.

    If you’re hoping to witness the Great Migration, then fully expect to see wildebeest, zebras and gazelles barrelling through the wild on their constant migration through the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem.

  • What should I wear on a Kenya safari?

    When it comes to clothing, we always recommend our guests focus on layers when it comes to our luxury Kenya safaris.

    Kenya is a high-altitude country, so when the sun goes down, so does the temperature. For morning game drives, we recommend a fleece paired with a windbreaker or light puffer coat for maximum comfort, but by midday be prepared to strip back to your t-shirt and shorts.

    For colours, keep it neutral. Think creamy whites, light greys, olive greens, tans and browns. No need to go full camouflage, but best to leave any brightly coloured clothes at home or kept for festive dinners at the lodge.

    For the beach, the weather is warm and humid, so lightweight clothing is ideal. Linen, cotton, and breathable material will have you living your best beach paradise.

  • Where are the best Kenya safari lodges?

    Finding the best Kenya safari lodges depends on what the traveller is looking for.

    If you’re looking for ultimate luxury, the Angama Lodges, now in both Maasai Mara and Amboseli National Park, or camps from Great Plains Conservation are excellent choices. Picture glass-fronted suites, exclusive views over the plains and stargazing from your own private balcony.

    For a more low-key boutique option, and for those who prioritise guiding, the Serian Camp and Cottars 1920s safari camp are perfect. Get an authentic “Out of Africa” feel with these luxury-fitted tents, private game drives and some of the best guides on offer. The benefit of the private drives is you’re not bound to the early morning if you prefer to sleep in a little longer, and there’s also the option of night drives.

    Families will love Lewa House or Kicheche Mara Camp. The cottages at Lewa House are perfect for families and kids will love visiting the local villages. Kicheche has a more intimate feel, really immersing you in nature with their safari tents. Kids adore the feeling of adventure this camp brings to your family holiday.

    If you’re travelling with grandparents as well, Lengishu and Cottars safari villa are ideal for accommodating a multi-generational safari holiday. It has a distinct home-away-from-home feeling that will have everyone holidaying in comfort.

  • Can I book a luxury Kenya safari for my honeymoon?

    Yes! In fact, not only can you book a Kenya safari for your honeymoon, but we also highly recommend it. According to our Africa expert Matt Shock:

    “The charm and intimacy that our authentic tented camps in Kenya provide will have honeymooners swooning. Your time in Kenya will be designed to thrill you with intimate wildlife encounters, adventurous activities from hiking to horseback riding, and the nights to spoil you with the romance of Africa.”

  • Is a Kenya safari suitable for family holidays?

    Kenya is one of the most family-friendly destinations in Africa. Almost all camps accept kids from a young age, which isn’t always the case with safari lodges. Amongst our favourites is Lewa House paired with properties such as Kicheche Mara, Angama Mara or House in the Wild. These camps are fabulous at keeping young kids engaged and included in the wildlife activities.

    If you’re looking for a family beach holiday, Kinondo Kwetu is an excellent boutique hotel on Diani Beach. Relax on the beach or partake in activities like water sports, tennis, cultural visits to the local villages and even game drives.

    Location-wise, the Maasai Mara can be a little dull for younger children as it’s “only” game drives, which do require continued patience and silence. However, in the Laikipia region, there is more to do such as horse riding, fishing, tubing in rivers and other family-friendly activities.

  • Where are the best destinations for luxury Kenya beach holidays?

    The best destination for a Kenya luxury beach holiday is Diani Beach on Kenya’s southern coast. Our Africa expert Matt Shock had this to say.

    “If you want to finish on an idyllic white sanded beach, but still have the African mainland charm, then Diani will tick all your boxes. The small boutique hotels and lodges have a true home-away-from-home feel to them, and your money will go further than any other beach destination in the region.”

    If you want to add in a mix of country-hopping, the Seychelles is another beach destination we love to pair with a luxury Kenya holiday.

    “Seychelles is probably one of the most beautiful pristine beach destinations in the world. It is the perfect blend of nature and relaxation as you can spend your days on the beach or diving, snorkelling, hiking or island hopping. Perfectly combined with a safari in Kenya with direct flights between Nairobi and Mahe.” 

  • When is the best time to go on a Kenya beach holiday?

    While July through September is prime for safari, December through February is when Kenya’s beach holidays thrive.

    With an average temperature of the mid-30s, Kenya’s beaches are ideal for grabbing some winter sun and ending (or starting) the year on a high note.

  • Where do your luxury holidays to Kenya fly from?

    Most direct flights to Kenya’s Nairobi Airport fly from London Heathrow and Gatwick, however, we can fly you from anywhere in the UK.

  • How much do your luxury Kenya holidays cost?

    Our luxury Kenya holidays start at about £7,000 and go up from there. However, as our trips are bespoke, these are estimates based on the sample itineraries we’ve put together. The final cost will be unique to your trip and dependent on the experiences, accommodation and flights you book.

    You’re updated on costs throughout the entire planning process though, so you’ll know the exact cost before booking.

  • How do I book my Kenya safari or beach holiday?

    To book your Kenya safari or beach holiday, get in contact by calling the number listed below or filling out our online enquiry form.

    From there, our travel experts will be in touch to start the introduction and get to know you a bit more before crafting your incredible tailor-made trip.

Call us on 020 3468 1971 to start planning your holiday

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