There's no denying that Kenya has had its problems of late, but the fact that the country still remains one of Original Travel's most popular destinations is testament to the country's enduring appeal, and the impressive stoicism and loyalty of our clients. As a result, we'd like to take this opportunity to pass on an appreciation for your support from the lodge owners and guides we work with in Kenya, and to remind you, if you needed reminding, that Kenya remains one of the most magical destinations for luxury holidays and safaris on our planet.
While Kenya is best known for the lodges and landscape of the Masai Mara and the multitudes of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle who migrate there annually, there are other - more family-friendly - lodges in Meru National Park from which to enjoy a safari in the Laikipia region. This really is a heavenly place to bring the family, with children able to spend their holiday in Kenya identifying animal tracks, making bows and arrows, fishing, horse riding or camel trekking in the company of Samburu or Masai warriors. It's also an incredibly romantic destination and we can recommend the best parks and lodges to stay in if you're planning a honeymoon to Kenya.
Elsewhere, and relatively untouched by the modern world, the beaches of the Kenyan Coast are lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. We work with only the very best hotels and can arrange a huge variety of watersports, from waterskiing and windsurfing to swimming with dolphins, snorkelling and diving on the reefs and exploring mangrove creeks by kayak. The enduring legacy of the Omani empire that once stretched along this coastline adds an additional angle, with a visit to the culturally fascinating Lamu Town a big recommendation.
Finally, we can arrange private trips to the more remote corners of the Rift Valley Lakes - havens for flamingo and myriad other birds - while further north still Lake Turkana, the Jade Sea, sits in a desert wilderness. This was the birthplace of the first proto-humans and you don't need to be a disciple of Darwin to feel a sense of the profound importance of the place.
On the subject of origins, most original of all in Kenya are our exclusive helicopter safaris into the wilds of the Northern Frontier District. This sparsely inhabited but intensely beautiful region occupies basically the top half of the country, and so helicopter is often the best, and sometimes the only, way to explore.
Several members of the Original Travel team have lived, worked or were brought up in Kenya. We revisit existing properties and new lodges on a regular basis and work with only the very best guides and can always recommend the best watering hole to spot elephants cooling off, or that serve an ice cold Tusker beer, depending on which type of watering hole you're after.