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Easy to get to and the home of the world famous Masai Mara. A great beach and safari destination

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    Flight time: 8 hours
    Best time to go: December - March & June - October
    Time difference: GMT +3 hours
    Currency: Shilling
    Visa required: Yes
    Inoculations needed: Yes (malaria area)

    Family Safaris in Kenya

    To many people Kenya is Africa; this magical country is home to the original Safari and some of Africa’s most incredible game viewing. Kenya is an extremely popular destination but rest assured that the camps and lodges we use are as exclusive and unspoilt as anywhere in Africa. With a flight time of only eight hours and a great coast to combine with a safari this is a great family safari destination.

    There is a huge diversity of safari options, from the un-missable Masai Mara with its exceptional, year-round game viewing to small, intimate camps in private reserves, well off the beaten track. It is worth spending some time in one of these lodges in addition to the National Parks as although they place less emphasis on game viewing they offer a greater variety of activities for the whole family including horse riding, cycling, camel trekking and fishing. And when you’ve had enough of the bush you can head to the idyllic coast where there are some stunning lodges or onto the islands of Zanzibar or the Seychelles. You do need inoculations for Kenya so we recommend it for families with older children.


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    Karen, Nairobi, Kenya

    A beautifully appointed, peaceful boutique hotel located in one of Nairobi’s most serene suburbs. House of Waine has retained much of the charm of a family home with the rooms decorated with traditional African fabrics, which makes the house a welcome hideaway.

    House of Waine is closed in May.

    Suitable for: Children of all ages.

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    House of Waine

    Our rating: Blue Collection Rating explaination
    Rooms: 11
    Interleading rooms: Yes
    Childrens facilities:No
    Setting: Residential
    Style: Colonial
    Kids club: No
    Baby sitters: No
    Nightly rates from:
    Per Person: £160 pppn BB
    2 adults & 2 children from £540
    Complimentary age sharing: <2 yrs

    When to Travel

    75% of Kenya is arid or semi-arid and whilst there are regional differences in rainfall and temperatures (typically in the Highland areas) the country has two ‘main’ climatic areas.  Central or inland Kenya which includes the Masai Mara and the Rift Valley as a lovely climate with hot days and cooler nights.  Here the ‘Short Rains’ typically fall from late October to early December and the more substantial ‘Long Rains’ fall from March to May.  In particularly dry years it isn’t uncommon for the short rains to be missed completely.

    The second climatic region is the coast.  Here it is hot and humid all year round with temperatures between 26C and 32C.  The heat is tempered by the refreshing winds of the southeast monsoon from April – July and the northwest monsoon from September to March.

     

    • January - Best
    • February - Best
    • March - Best
    • April - Not at its best
    • May - Not at its best
    • June - Best
    • July - Best
    • August - Best
    • September - Best
    • October - Best
    • November - Hit and miss
    • December - Best



    Kids

    Kenya does have malaria in parts so you will need to take anti-malarial tablets.  Therefore it isn't a destination we advise for very young children. Although some of the anti-malarial tablets are suitable for babies or toddlers these often aren’t the most effective and it can be a really struggle to get your little ones to take the medicine so you are probably worth waiting until your children are old enough to swallow a tablet.

    For older children Kenya is one of the most wonderful countries to explore.  It is easy to get to and the jet lag is none existent.  When you are there you have incredible safaris to experience, wonderful lodges from which to explore the countryside and then the beach to finish off any holiday with.  Most of the lodges and camps are extremely welcoming to families, you just need to let us know if you have younger children so we can recommend the best ones for you.  The camps and lodges away from the main game parks have riding, mountain biking, camel trekking, walking and all sorts of fun activities for children as there is no dangerous game nearby.  The guides and staff all work tirelessly to bring the bush alive for children who leave having had a fantastic holiday and learned an incredible amount about the fauna and flora.

     

    Country Info

    Flights: British Airways (day flight out, night flight return), Virgin (night flight out, day flight return), Kenyan Airways (night and day flights out, night flight return)

    There are numerous safari parks to visit in Kenya, each has its on pros and cons.  Out of the parks you have some lovely private lodges which offer more to do than just game drivers.

    Masai Mara

    The most famous of Kenya’s national parks. Home to the legendary Masai warriors this wonderful reserve is the Africa you see on wildlife programmes.  Wide open plains make game viewing easier than in other areas and the vast number of animals of all sorts make the Masai Mara (and its sister the Serengeti) the best place to see game in Africa.  When the park crosses the border into Tanzania it becomes the Serengeti.  The Masai Mara is the stage for the great wilderbeast migration at the end of August and into September.  The park isn’t fenced so the game viewing in camps just outside the parks designated limit have just as good game viewing as those within the park.

    Samburu

    The second most famous park in Kenya and a get place to see good game and experience the culture of the Samburu people.  The park makes a good combination with the Mara if you want two different safari locations.

    Amboseli

    In the south of Kenya this park is overshadowed by the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro and home to the greatest density of elephant in Kenya.

    Meru National Park

    North east of Nairobi the Meru was made famous by Elsa the lion and the Born Free film.  George and Joy Adamson rear the lion cub Elsa here in the 1970s.  These days this rugged park is a stunning place to visit but has less game than the other main parks.

    Tsavo

    The Man-Eating lions of Tsavo immortalized this park which lies between Nairobi and Mombasa on the coast.  Whilst it has a good elephant population and great bird life it isn’t a park we normally send clients to as the game is harder to see in the thick bush than in other parks.  

    Lake Victoria

    This vast inland ‘sea’ is situated on the border of Uganda and Kenya.  Here families can fish for the mighty Nile Perch.

    Lake Naivasha & Lake Nakuru

    Heading down into the great Rift Valley from Nairobi you come to the stunning Lake Naivasha.  This area has become famous for its vast rose production.  Loldia House, on the edge of the lake is a wonderful place for families to be based to explore this region.  From here you can do easy day trips to see the flamingoes and rhinos of Lake Nakuru (the best place to see rhino’s in Kenya)

    Kenyan Coast

    The Kenyan coast stretches from the island of Lamu in the north down to the beaches south of Mombasa.  Daily flights from Nairobi to Lamu and from Nairobi to Mombasa make it very easy for families to add a few days on the beach to a Kenyan holiday.  Lamu is a mini Zanzibar, as yet untouched by some of the mass tourism on parts of Zanzibar Island.  Far down south the beaches of Diani and Tiwi are some of the best in East Africa and offer a number of lovely beach lodges.  Barefoot luxury epitomises the Kenyan Coast. Set on beautiful beaches with fantastic service, these beach lodges combine perfectly with a safari, or are an idyllic beach destination in their own right. The beach lodges of Lamu offer a wonderfully laid back beach option with a family atmosphere, while the larger beach lodges of mainland Kenya are very easy to reach with lots to do – a great place to introduce an older child to the excitement of deep sea fishing or diving. Due to the presence of Malaria the Kenyan Coast is not recommended for younger children.

     

    Things to do

    Please find below a range of activities available in Kenya.

    Suggested Itineraries

    We know it is often difficult, with the huge number of hotels out there, to know which one to go for, which combines with which and what sort of costs they are going to be. Here we have put together a few of our favourite options to give you a starting point. Any of these options can be changed, tweeked or added to so please do ask. The prices are per person and include international flights and private transfers. As the rates at all hotels change a great deal from their High Seasons (i.e the most popular times of the year to be there) to their Low Seasons (they often have great discounts at this time) we have based the 'From' costs on a good time of year to be in the country, the dates are included in the text at the bottom. Please do call us for a quote based on your dates.