The neighboring East African nations of Kenya and Tanzania are among the best places on this planet to go on safari. Here, epic swaths of land under the protection of nature conservancies, game reserves and national parks are the domain of creatures of the wild.
Visitors might encounter stampeding wildebeest, grazing giraffes, families of elephants, stalking leopards and snoozing lion prides as well as spectacular birdlife, such as million-strong flocks of flamingos. Besides the glut of wildlife, these captivating countries also provide access to some of East Africa’s most recognizable tribes, including the red-cloaked Maasai and their semi-nomadic kin, the Samburu.
A safari tour around the grasslands of Kenya and Tanzania makes the perfect first-time introduction to East Africa’s incredible wildlife.
Embark on game drives in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro at the eco-minded Porini Amboseli Camp, located in a Maasai wildlife conservancy
Search for the “big five” in the world-renowned Masai Mara Game Reserve
Meet Maasai communities and find out more about local life
Look for huge flocks of flamingos feeding in the nutrient-rich waters of Lake Manyara
Inspect stuffed specimens, early human fossils and tribal artifacts in the excellent National Museum in Nairobi
Set within its own private conservancy in Masai Mara Game Reserve, the Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara offers luxury tented accommodation inside the boundaries of the wildlife-rich park. In between game drives, guided walks and horse-riding expeditions during which you can watch the drama unfold on the grasslands, chill out at the base camp’s pool, sip sundowners in a tented bar or relax in the spacious lounge.
Nairobi’s culinary scene has exploded in recent years, with a variety of excellent dining establishments setting up shop in the Kenyan capital. But even with all the new competition in town, the longstanding Open House Restaurant remains a firm favorite, attracting a loyal clientele with its delicious Indian fare.
While many wildlife-watchers are content to track animals by land, it is also possible to look down upon the Masai Mara plains from a high-flying hot air balloon.