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
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.