Kenya lies on the east coast of Africa. Nowhere in Africa will you find nature that as wild and pristine as here. In terms of scenery and traditional tribal Kenya is incredibly diverse and a wonderful country to go on safari.
For one you can spot the Big Five in Kenya (elephant , rhino, lion , buffalo and leopard ). There are also many traditional tribes that you can visit, such as the Maasai and Samburu who still maintain their ancient traditions. During your safari in Kenya you have the chance to enjoy its beautiful coastline. The warm Indian Ocean and colorful tropical underwater world is ideal to end your safari in Kenya as it provides relaxation and beautiful environments.
Kenya is the country where Wild Times originates. We have traveled extensively and lived for more than twenty years in Kenya and know what makes the country so special. Through our network, we can offer a range of unique activities, and you can also sleep at our private houses in the bush or on the coast that are exclusive to Wild Times. In short, all kinds of special features that create a unique safari in Kenya with Wild Times.
Going on safari in Kenya is a unique adventure! Wild Times specializes in organizing tailor-made safaris. Guided by your ideas and preferences we create an itinerary that suits you and your travel companions best! To give you an idea of the possibilities you will find some example safaris below, though it goes without saying that organizing tailor-made safaris is what we do best.
“Cate and I want to thank you for making the vacation of a lifetime exceed our wildest dreams. From the time we connected in Nairobi until the time we left, our experience was exceptional. All of our needs at every camp were not only met but were taken care of with first-class quality, attention, and service.
Each leg of our journey through Kenya seemed like it could not be surpassed, yet with every new camp we went to, the new adventure exceeded our previous one. Each new day just kept bringing on new fantastic experiences. Needless to say, this is a result of the itinerary you established for us. Our drivers and spotters seemed to be a perfect match for us. Their expertise in meeting my photography needs was truly amazing.
Cate and I are so grateful for your incredible ability to put together exactly what we wanted in our safari and exceed our expectations at every level. From the time we landed in Nairobi we felt totally comfortable and pampered at every turn. Of course, when we return to Africa, as we will, without question you will be our choice for creating another unforgettable African experience.
Wishing you all the best.”
Two weeks on safari with your besties, your club, your sorority or board members. Sorted from beginning to end. You will travel in a (overland) truck or in safari vehicles and the program can be as action packed as you like it. Wild Times in Kenya! The price? We should be able to keep it wihin your budget!
This is unique!! First you will engage with the Masai and go on a safari on foot with them. They will guide you and together you will spot the animals. After three days you will travel to the sacred forest of the Masai. This is the most sacred place of the Masai where they gather each year for their traditional ceremonies and where you will be able to explore on foot. You will stay in tents that are being erected by staff as you go. A truly unique experience to experience the Masai culture from within.
This classical safari in Kenya shows you all that makes Kenya so special within just a few days. Spot rhinos, elephants and buffaloes in Lake Naivasha from a boat. March through the bush with local guides and enjoy traditional game drives in the Masai Mara.
This safari combines three of the most beautiful places in Kenya in just a week: Lake Naivasha, Laikipia and the legendary Masai Mara. This safari takes you on a boat trip on Lake Naivasha, gives you the experience of doing a bush walk in the Masai Mara and has you enjoying breakfast near hippo’s!
This nine day safari takes you to the secluded Speke’s camp in the Masai Mara. Look for wildlife together with Masai warriors. After four days travel through to the sacred forest of the Masai. This is the most spiritual place where the Masai annually get together for ceremonies and where you will have the unique opportunity to walk along with Masai Masai go exploring. You will stay in tents that are set up along the way. You will get a unique experience to the Masai culture from the inside.
This unique safari is a real family adventure: a combination of wildlife, unique trekking in the wild with camels, lots of wildlife in the Masai Mara and the ulitmate beach experience at the Indian Ocean.
This eleven day safari takes you to Kenya’s most spectacular areas: Laikipia, the Masai Mara Game Reserve and the Tana Delta.
Kenya has over 50 National Parks and reserves, each with different ecosystems and wildlife species. Below are descriptions of some of them. Please let us know what safari parks and beach destinations you wish to include on your safari The degree of success of your safari relies on the election of accommodation and the order of the parks. That is our strength, so email or call us for advice or a personal travel plan.
Watamu is known for its vast white beaches and coral reefs, which are a protected area within the Watamu National Marine Park. This beautiful coastal town was voted one of the ten most beautiful beach towns in the world. At low tide there are many pools that can be explored filled with breathtaking marine life. At Watamu you will find whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays, lionfish and brightly colored crabs. Because the saltwater creek borders mangroves, there is also plenty of opportunity for bird watching and canoeing between astonishing vegetation.
The combined parks of Tsavo East and Tsavo West together form one of Africa’s largest nature reserves. Tsavo consists of 10 million acres of pure wilderness, savannas, several mountains and hills, acacia woodland and a large river sy0stem. The sheer size of Tsavo offers you a chance to escape reality and explore the wilderness of Tsavo in total isolation.
Shaba is a relatively small reserve between Samburu and Mount Kenya. This park is well-known due to celebrity writer Joy Adams and her lioness Elsa.
Shaba, Buffalo Springs and Samburu form a large nature reserve in the remote parts of northern Kenya. In this unique habitat where northern and southern animals live together you will find a number of rare species, including the Gerenuk, Somalia ostrich and endangered Grevy Zebra.
With its stunning wildlife and picturesque surroundings, it is a real surprise that Samburu National Park remains one of the less visited areas of Kenya. Samburu is different from the more famous parks in Kenya because of its soothing atmosphere and authentic wildlife experience. A visit to Samburu ensures a beautiful addition to your safari in Kenya.
Masai Mara offers an absolutely unique variety of animals. The reason is that this hilly region is both humid and fertile, and is crossed by the rivers Mara and Talek, full of crocodiles and hippos, which carry water the whole year round. The banks of the rivers are covered in thick forest, which gradually makes way for bush and grassland. The abundance of water and excellent availability of food are the reasons why the Masai Mara, which in fact is a continuance of the Tanzanian Serengeti National Park, has the greatest population of wild animals in the whole of Africa.
Malindi, after Mombasa, is the second largest city on the Kenyan coast. Due to the vast sandy beaches, palm trees and protected coral reefs of Malindi Marine National Park Malindi is a popular beach destination.
The town also reveals the various historical influences of Arab traders, Portuguese Explorers, European settlers and Indian immigrants. Malindi is one of the few beach destinations with a cozy village. There are nice shops and good restaurants to be found in Malindi making it a nice addition to your safari in Kenya.
North of Mount Kenya lies Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, a protected area of 55,000 acres. As a result of poaching in the 80s, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy was founded. Ever since, wild life population has grown tremendously, including many protected species. In Lewa you will have a chance to see the protected white and black rhino, Grevy zebras, lions, leopards, elephants and beautiful bird populations. In Lewa, you will find two important archaeological areas, where hand axes a million years old can be found as well as a pastoral cave.
Lamu is an island that has no equal. It is a peaceful tropical island where life takes its own pace. All transport on the island is done by mule and because there are no cars on the island Lamu has a soothing atmosphere. The only way to reach this island is by traditional dhow, the traditional transport on the sea around the island. Visitors will be enchanted by the beauty of this historic island when they walk through the streets that bring you straight back into the Middle Ages.
Lake Victoria is the second largest freshwater lake in the world and dominates the geographic area of 70,000 square kilometers. Despite its huge size, this murky lake is not so deep, only 100 meters at its deepest point. A safari in the area of Lake Victoria is an unforgettable experience.
Lake Nakuru is located in the Rift Valley and is especially famous for its flamingo spectacle. More than one million flamingos live around this lake, which makes for a beautiful sight. But also more than 400 different species of birds (including pelicans) migrate through Lake Nakuru. The area around the lake is also habitat of lions, rhino, giraffe, buffalo, gazelles and the rare leopard.
Lake Naivasha is one of the two freshwater lakes in the Rift Valley. This large shallow lake has a unique history. In the early 20’s Lake Naivasha had dried completely and brought back to life a few years later through heavy rains. While the lake looks beautiful and peaceful during day time, the water at the end of the afternoon triggered by heavy rainfall is usually full of dramatic waves. The lake’s name emphasizes this. The locals, the Maasai, had named the lake Na’iposha, meaning wild waters. The British later spelled this incorrectly as Naivasha.
Lake Baringo is located in the remote desert area of the Rift Valley, an oasis of calm and beauty in the rough, dry, yet magical landscape. Because it is a freshwater lake, Lake Baringo is a habitat for crocodiles and hippos, as well as more than 400 different species of birds including the giant Kenyan osprey. It is an enchanting lake with a number of small islands that can be reached by boat. Because the 130-square-kilometer lake is so remote, it’s not touristy. So it is really off the beaten track and a lovely addition to your safari in Kenya.
Laikipia is a remote and pristine nature reserve in Kenya. There is a huge variety in wildlife in a spectacular setting. Two rivers, the Ewaso Narok and Ewaso Ng’iro, flow through the landscape. These rivers also attract a lot of wildlife, including the largest elephant populations in Kenya.
The South Coast of Kenya is a tropical paradise of white sand beaches stretched with palm trees, where the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean come together with beautiful coral reefs. The protected reefs have created perfect beaches with calm waters for you to enjoy a bit of relaxation during your safari in Kenya.
Amboseli is renowned for its elephant populations and large herds, including some impressively tusked bulls which are drawn to a series of large, lush swamplands. This area is home to many Masai communities, centered around the Amboseli National Park. It is 400 sq kms, with its southern boundary along the Tanzanian border. Here you may have the opportunity to observe herds of wildebeest, zebra and impala graze on the open plains. There are areas of acacia forest that make for good birding and are home to many small mammals. Cheetah is also often sighted here.
Safaris are available in all shapes and sizes. Wild Times would like you to enjoy an authentic safari experience. Therefore, our preference goes to small-scale accommodation and game drives in open Land Cruisers or Land Rovers. Apart from great itineraries, it is also possible to include the following activities to your safarin in Kenya.
As golfing holiday destinations are concerned, there are few more unlikely than Kenya. Kenya is well-known for its safaris, however it is also home to incredible golfing venues. Coastal cities such as Mombasa are situated next to picture perfect beaches, which provide a unique scenery for golf courses. Nairobi, albeit busy of course, offers stunning golf courses too! Golfing holidays in Kenya’s combine golf, leisure and pure safari adventure, making it one of the most suitable countries for golfing holidays in Africa.
Monkeys and hippos will occasionally cross the golf course in Kenya, something that you can only experience in Africa. Nairobi has five incredible golf courses, in the bush and along the Kenyan coast.
Kenya, bordering the Indian Ocean on its east side, provides abundant opportunities for snorkeling. Furthermore, the country’s shoreline features lagoons and coral reefs, creating a sheltered environment that enable marine animals to thrive. The waters in Kenyan coastal areas tends to remain warm and offer high visibility.
Our local charter fishing companies have their hands full with guests from all over the world. The Indian Ocean is a popular spot to try and do a Grand Slam of fishing: catching 4 Bill Fish in 24 hours. They are all there and willing to bite. Interested? Ask us about options, we will hook you up!
A honeymoon safari in Kenya will make a lasting impression on you and your lover. A honeymoon safari in Kenya is very romantic. Enjoy luxury and boutique camps in the African wilderness, a special bush dinner or a warm bath under the African sky. During your honeymoon safari in Kenya you will have a lot of privacy being together in the wilderness brings you closer to your lover.
Visit the remarkable elephant rescue centre in Nairobi where dedicated keepers act as mother substitutes for Kenya’s abandoned and orpaned elephants. Few things are more endearing than a baby elephant. The best place to see them and to learn about these fascinating creatures is at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi. It is named after the late naturalist who started Kenya’s Tsavo National Park.
If you want a real adventure, we offer incredible game walks in Kenya. Along with a guide, you will enter the bush during your game walk. A game walk means you can see the wild without the protection of a car, but do not worry you will maintain a safe distance from the big five! A game walk in Kenya is nice way to get up close and personal with the Little Five as well: rhinoceros beetle, buffalo weaver, elephant shrew, leopard tortoise and the ant lion.
A horseback safari in Kenya is a nice opportunity to see game and interact with wild animals from a close distance! Imagine huge herds of wildebeest and zebra as far as your eyes can see! On a horseback safari in Kenya you get the chance to make your way down a narrow gorge to discover a lush valley filled with wildlife. These and many different unique experiences come along with a horseback safari that you would not experience on a regular safari.
For the adventure of a lifetime we offer the unique experience of a balloon safari over the plains, forest and rivers of the Masai Mara Game Reserve, famous for its abundance of wildlife throughout the year. Lions, elephants, buffalo, hippos, crocodiles and prolific numbers of plains game are regularly seen, as are the countless species of birds both in flight and atop their lofty perches in the trees. The annual migration of the wildebeest & zebras from July to October is a sight that, viewed from the vantage point of a balloon is never to be forgotten.
The migration over the months of September and October of thousands of wildebeest and zebras is a unique sight and experience. Zebra and wildebeest are always on the lookout for green grass and this green grass of course depends on the rains. Predators follow the heards, which makes for spectecular game viewing!
A safari in Kenia is something unforgettable and quite an adventure, but the view over vast plains, mountains, lakes and wildlife from the air in a helicopter is truly unique. Seeing the wildlife from a helicopter at a great height while hovering in the air is breathtaking.
Hotels & Lodges
Hotel & Lodges
We strive to offer our customers small-scale lodges and camps. A beautiful safari often depends on the right choice and order of accmmodation. Wild Times designs itineraries based on authenic and remote lodges between 3* and 5* ratings. Because of our long-term relationships with African partners our prices are equal or lower priced compared to the prices you could arrange directly. Because we have visited all the lodges and camps we offer, we know which ones suit your needs best within each price category. Below you will find a small selection of our African accommodation.
House of Waine is an attractive colonial boutique style hotel in the suburb of Karen in Nairobi, situated in a lovely garden. House of Waine offers the charm and elegance of a country house amidst exclusive and quiet residential environment.
The Fairview Hotel is situated in a beautiful garden of five hectares where city sounds vanish and make place for the peace and quiet of chirping birds. Since its opening in 1946, the Fairview is known for its modernity in relation to technology and trends. The Fairview is a large hotel that offers several types of rooms and there is a wide variety of services on offer. There are five restaurants, a wine cellar and beautiful wines. In short: a stunning garden, lovely pool, central location.
Elsa's Kopje is a luxury oasis in the wilderness of Meru National Park. The lodge is named after Elsa the lioness that was raised by George and Joy Adamson, two famous conservationists, and was made famous by the movie "Born Free". She was later on released in the Meru National Park.
Little Governors camp is an intimate camp with 17 luxury ensuite-tents that are situated around a waterhole. The camp is only accessible via a short boat ride over the Mara river and a short walk through the riverine forest. Vehicles are left behind on the banks of the river so camp is very quiet and peaceful.
Karen Blixen Camp is an eco-friendly camp that brings you back to the twenties of the last century when Karen Blixen was in Africa. It is a luxury camp that offers a wonderful retreat after a day filled with adventure in the bush.
Peponi is a smallscale boutique style hotel on the tropical island of Lamu in the Indian Ocean. It is situated on Shela Beach, where Peponi was opened in 1967 by the Korschen family, that still runs the hotel today. Peponi is very popular because of its relaxed style and character.
Delta Dunes, “The Wild place by the Sea”, is a lodge that offers a unique combination of beach, river and bush in one unforgettable experience. Situated on top of sanddunes with a stunning view over the old delta of the Tana river, with on the one side the Indian Ocean and on the other the river it creates an unforgettable sereen scene.
Mbweha Camp is situated at the southern border with Lake Nakuru National Park and offers stunning views on the Eburu and Mau mountains. The area is a well known base for antilopes and this offers unique spectacles when predators come and visit camp !
Sabuk Lodge is situated on a cliff with stunning views over the Ewaso Nyirorivi river. The banda's with open fronts have a beautiful view and comfortable beds, colorfull local art graces the walls, Wonderful food and spacious quiet decks make sure that your stay is relaxing and a most wonderful experience.
Loisaba is a luxury lodge in harmony with the surroundings, full of adventure yet an oasis of peace and quiet. In the area you will find elephants, lions, leopards and the rare Northern Grevy zebra. Not much has changed since the Great Rift Valley split Africa in two and created the hills on which the lodge is situated.
Lewa Safari Camp lies in the Northwest of the conservancy. On the horizon are Mount Kenya and the Northern Lowlands. Camp consists of 12 tents only. All fitted with ensuite bathrooms, hot and cold running water and flush toilet. Each tent has its own grass roof and veranda, all in typical Lewa wildlife style.
Waterlovers is a special little place on the tropical coast of the Indian Ocean. The beach is known for its sandy white beaches and turquoise water; the perfect setting for a holiday in paradise. The beach is situated within a lush green rainforest filled with colorful birds and the almost extinct Colobus monkey. The Shimba nature reserve is closeby and is the home base for elephants, buffalo, antilope and other game.
Tortilis Camp is named after the umbrella tree, the Acacia Tortilis and lies in a forest of these trees. With clear skies you can see Mount Kilimanjaro, world's highest free standing mountain, which is covered in snow. Safari game drives, walks, sunsets and bush meals take place within the park and with its own conservancy of about 30,000 hectares.
Saruni Samburu is an exclusive lodge at 7 kilometers north of the Samburu National Park. It is surrounded by 95.000 ha of private Wildlife Conservancy land and is situated in the wild North of Kenya. From your own private house you can see the animals come drink at the waterholes, such as Grevy zebra, the famous Samburu Elephants, giraffes and Oryx.
Elephant Bedroom Camp offers luxury in an area of breathtaking beauty. It lies at the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro river in the shade of palms and other trees that are part of this spectecular riverine forest.
The Samburu National Park is an area with stunning landscapes of dry areas that are alternated by the river meandering through, Mount Kenya provides an impressive backdrop.
Best time to travel
Best time to travel
Almost all months are fit to travel. Each season has something special.
January to March is a great time to travel through Kenya. There is plenty of wildlife and it is dry so you’ll see many different animals. It is also the time of the season in which you’ll find many species giving birth so there will be many young cubs,zebras.
In April and May it is the season of the long rains. It rains especially at the end of the afternoon and night. Certain areas are closed, but at this time we choose parks and areas that are naturally drier. The advantage is that prices are lower and there are few tourists.
In June , the wildlife parks are flourishing and particularly green and colorful. July and August and September are ideal for safaris because of the weather and the annual migration where millions of wildebeest and zebras in the Masai Mara via rivers are the highlight of this time of the year.
The short rainy season starts in October and November, as the rains are often short heavy showers falling in the afternoon it is still a very nice time to go on safari.
In December, the weather is dry and this is the time of the African summer.