Why Kenya should be bumped up to the top of your bucket list right now 

In a time of a pandemic with lockdowns and travel bans, show us a person who’s not craving wide open plains, vibrant colours and dramatic sunsets. Kenya is, to put it simply, intoxicating. It’s one of those countries in Africa which has such a diversity of activities that you can visit it over and over again and never get bored.

Spotted show-stopper

What kind of travel guides would we be if we didn’t recommend you start your Kenyan safari with curious giraffes poking their heads through the windows to share in the breakfast delights on offer? Make the Giraffe Manor boutique hotel your first stop, and you’ll start to get an idea of just how special your adventures in Kenya are going to be. (Not to mention the fact that your Instagram account is going to go viral with the pics of you sharing your pancakes with the elegantly spotted giants of Africa).

Adventure awaits you

Looking for one of the best views in Africa? Angama Mara, situated in the heart of the famously game-rich Mara Triangle, overlooking the Great Rift Valley, is the answer. Here you can take your pick of extraordinary things to do: Try your hand at crafting your own beadwork jewelry at the Angama Mara Bead Studio, spend time with the on-site photographer and level up your photography skills, relive the iconic Out of Africa picnic, hire a photographer for the day and make your Christmas card one to remember, and float above the endless plains in an unforgettable hot air balloon ride over the Masai Mara.

Paying it forward

If, like us, you like to travel lightly and be a part of your destination’s conservation efforts, we highly recommend spending some time at The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s elephant sanctuary. It’s well-known for its Orphans’ Project, the first and most successful elephant orphan rescue and rehabilitation program in the world.

Another organization that has made a huge impact on us is the Maasai Association. You can visit various community projects as part of your safari, all of which empower the Maasai people through job creation and skills building.

And lastly, if rhino conservation is close to your heart, you can round off your trip with a stay at one of the many lodges on the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. This area’s formidable conservation efforts have resulted in the black rhino population steadily recovering. There are now over 600 black rhinos in Kenya, and your stay within the conservancy makes a contribution towards ensuring these numbers grow even further.

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