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Where to go in Kenya – Planning your Kenya itinerary

So, you’ve decided to give Kenya a go - and we don’t blame you. With its wildlife-rich parks, sky-high mountains, cosmopolitan cities and pristine beaches, you won’t be short on things to see and do, that’s for sure. The tricky part is choosing where to go - and that’s where we come in. We’ve hand-selected some of Kenya’s best destinations to make sure you get the most out of your trip and leave with some unforgettable memories. Explore our Kenya holidays here.

In terms of must-visit destinations, make the cosmopolitan capital city your first port of call. Nairobi is a vibrant urban hub - modern, yet packed full of culture. Don’t leave without sampling the city’s buzzing nightlife or visiting the Bomas of Kenya for a sensational spectacle of tribal dancing and singing. Mombasa is an equally alluring location with its mix of luxurious white sand beaches and artsy nightclubs. You really do get the best of both worlds here. 

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When it’s time to escape the bustle of the city and spend some quality time with nature, we’ve got a selection of wildlife reserves on offer to you. The National Parks of Amboseli and Lake Naivasha are the places to go for breathtaking wildlife which comes hand-in-hand with the lushest of landscapes. The former offers an insight into Kenyan customs thanks to the traditional Maasai villages which surround it, whilst the latter is an oasis of tranquility amidst grasslands and flower farms.

And let’s not forget about one of Kenya’s most ancient national parks, Tsavo East, or the Samburu National Reserve with its views of the Koitogor and Ololokwe mountains. And listen to the best part- when the need for a thrill takes over you once more, the natural playground of Hell’s Gate National Park is right beside you. Enjoy the experience which lures the thrill-seekers from far and wide with its hiking, biking and rock climbing tours. 

If it’s the more heart-stopping type of animal encounters you’re craving, you can’t get much better than the Maasai Mara National Park. All members of the Big Five can be seen here, and it’s also a crucial part of the world-famous migration circuit. Every year, millions of wildebeests and zebras migrate from Tanzania’s Serengeti plains to Maasai Mara in a never-ending race for food and water. This is one of the world’s most breathtaking wildlife displays - and yes, a safari here really does live up to the hype. 

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Kenya Locations

Tsavo West

Spot the larger African mammals as they roam the parks fascinatingly diverse terrain

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Nanyuki - Ol Pejete

Close to Nairobi, this private reserve is home to Africa's largest population of black rhino

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Maasai Mara

Maasai Mara is the ultimate African safari experience. Tick the Big Five off your bucket list and marvel at the jaw-dropping spectacle of the great migration of wildebeest and zebras. There’s also the chance to visit Maasai villages and delve into Kenya’s indigenous culture.

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Samburu National Reserve is ranked among the best parks in northern Kenya - and it’s easy to see why. Nestled on the banks of the Ewaso Ng'iro River with views of the Koitogor and Ololokwe mountains, the park’s picturesque setting is hard to beat.

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The diversity of the wildlife at Amboseli is matched by the diversity of the landscapes. From swampy wetlands and lush woodlands to the sprawling savannah and dried-up lake, the park boasts some truly spectacular scenery.

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Mombasa is a melting pot of African, Indian, Arabic and European culture. This rich ethnic tapestry flows throughout the city, manifesting in everything from the architecture to the cuisine. Explore the eclectic mix of forts, mosques, churches and townhouses and dine on freshly-caught seafood, crispy baijis and hearty stews.

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Lake Naivasha

Beyond the grassy banks are swamps, woodlands, flower farms and remnants of ancient volcanic activity - Lake Naivasha is truly an oasis of lush landscapes.

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Nairobi – the heart and soul of Kenya. Once a frontier town, it’s now one of Africa’s most buzzing urban hubs. Holidays here give you the best of both worlds - get lost in the maze of concrete jungles and be in awe of the stunning natural beauty surrounding the city.

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