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Say 'safari' and the first thing to spring to mind is more often than not the Masai Mara, prize jewel in Kenya's dazzling crown. The Great Migration is one of the world's most spectacular wildlife shows and the Masai Mara plays host to some of its most dramatic moments as millions of wildebeest and zebra cross its many rivers in search of greener pastures. As the Masai Mara has a massive number of predators, action is all but guaranteed.
If you even just peek beyond the boundaries of this world-famous reserve you will encounter a plethora of safari opportunities that can do nothing but enhance your stay. In Lewa Downs you will find incredible rhino conservation work against the backdrop of magnificent Mount Kenya. Laikipia is where you can experience the wild from close quarters: on foot, bicycle or on horseback. Feeling intrepid? Why not venture to the Matthew's Mountain Range – home to incredible blend of walking and wild camping in the bush, affording gatherings with remote Samburu tribes (the Singing Wells are a marvel to behold).
And after the exhilarating safari, early mornings, and late nights of retelling stories around the campfire, nothing is more rewarding than lying on a beach next to the crystalline waters of the Indian Ocean. Take a few nights, or more, to unwind on Kenya's dazzling coast (think Zanzibar without the crowds). As you can see, the possibilities in Kenya are endless and holidays here can be tailor-made to suit you.
Kenya with A&K
How about this for the ultimate sundowner? We heard about it from two guests, recently returned from Kenya's Mara North Conservancy. Their game drive ended on an isolated hill with a poetry-inducing 360-degree panorama. As the setting sun stained the vast wilderness blood red, their guide handed them Masai blankets, traditional weapons and an iced G&T with freshly cut lime. For a perfect crescendo, they spotted a huge leopard as they drove back to camp, following it for twenty minutes without another human in sight.
In Kenya, of course, we offer more than superlative sundowners. A lot more. This is our heartland, where A&K was born over half a century ago, and nobody understands the country like we do. It's the core of our East Africa operation: a one stop shop offering seamless regional travel with 400 experienced staff, many of them multi-lingual - including superb guides with specialities from bird watchers to first-time safari-goers - 24-hour emergency contact, and the continent's best vehicle fleet.
Take an Abercrombie & Kent Kenya holiday and we'll give you a vintage taste of glorious nature with a Hemmingway-style mobile camping safari. We've finessed the art for several decades so you enjoy hot showers, flushing loos and 'tent butlers', all in fabulous game viewing locations. And don't forget the bread; our chefs bake it fresh each day in traditional ground ovens. You're under canvas but you're certainly not roughing it.
We'll show you a country whose prolific wildlife comes with snow-capped peaks and wide savannah punctuated by volcanoes, rounded off with palm-fringed Indian Ocean beaches. There are the Masai Mara's grassy plains, alive with lion, leopard and cheetah, and staggeringly impressive annual migrations; Lewa Downs, a conservation success story for endangered species; and Amboseli, where herds of elephant roam beneath Kilimanjaro's photogenic slopes.
Head to the centre for the drama of the Rift Valley, overlooked by the Laikipia Plateau, one of the black rhino's final refuges; there are vividly coloured crater lakes frescoed with pink flamingo, while further north the arid lowlands of the Samburu Reserve provide the stage for safaris on foot or camel. If you can't find a perfect sundowner spot in Kenya, we'd be very surprised.
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Debbie Duncan-Studart - General Manager
+ 971 2 245 8100
Debbie loves exploring the World, but Africa is her true passion and she know it intimately. Her favourite travel memory is sitting in a canoe on Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe watching the sun go down behind the Matusadona Mountains whilst listening to the sound of hippos splashing around us. Next on her list is Vietnam as it has several of the world's top beaches along with an amazing history, world heritage sites and fabulous cuisine. It's also really easy to see a lot in Vietnam in a very short time.
Camille d'Harambure - Senior Travel Consultant
+971 2 245 8103
Camille grew up in South America and Africa and as a result knows these destinations extremely well. After a year as a bush guide in the horn of Africa, she spent several years as a tour leader across Africa and the Middle east. Following this experience, she lived in Mauritius for four years where she founded a small travel agency specializing in luxury travel in the Indian Ocean. Camille joined A&K in Abu Dhabi at its opening in 2014. With her passion for adventure and luxury travel expertise, she creates inspiring journeys for the most discerning travellers.