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10 Best Kenya Safari Tours: Our Top Picks

Kenya is a safari destination that offers incredible natural beauty, soul-stirring cultural encounters, sensational game viewing and, of course, the thrills and spills of the Wildebeest Migration. No wonder it’s the birthplace of safari travel!

From seeing the wildebeest mega-herds in the Masai Mara and Amboseli’s legendary elephant herds against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro to cultural encounters in Samburu, a Kenya safari will not disappoint. Plus, you can effortlessly combine our Kenya safari tours with gorilla-trekking adventures in Uganda or Rwanda, or even a tropical beach holiday overlooking the turquoise waters and fluttering palm trees of the warm Indian Ocean.

Here are our top 10 Kenya safari tours, all tried and tested and completely customisable to meet your travel wishes:

1. Authentic Safari Camping in Amboseli & Masai Mara

Duration: 7 Days | Destinations: 3 | Accommodation: Luxury Tented Camps

Experience nature up close on this wildlife-focused Kenya safari tour, while staying at award-winning eco-camps that are perfectly located for observing game. Generous hospitality and personal attention come standard at these intimate camps, which are ideal for couples and honeymooners.

Lion game viewing in Amboseli

Tour Highlights:

  • Private concessions away from the crowds
  • Intimate and award-winning eco-camps
  • Personal attention from friendly staff
  • Day and night game drives
  • Nature walks with Maasai guides

Best Suited For:

  • Couples
  • Honeymooners
  • Families
  • Small groups

2. Fly-in Safari to Amboseli, Meru & Masai Mara

Duration: 8 Days | Destinations: 4 | Accommodation: Luxury Hotel, Tented Camps, Private Lodge

On Kenya safari tours, flying in a light aircraft from one destination to the next allows you to experience a large area in a relatively short space of time. It also means you’re able to spend more time in each reserve and totally immerse yourself in the best that Amboseli, Meru and the Mara have to offer. Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives; a walking safari and a bush breakfast in Amboseli National Park; sundowner drinks in Meru; and dinner under the stars in the Masai Mara.

Romantic bath with a view at Elsas Kopje.

Tour Highlights:

  • Luxury Kenya safari tour, flying into three premier parks
  • Walking safari in Amboseli
  • Massage at Elsa’s Kopje in Meru National Park
  • Full-day game drive in the Masai Mara

Best Suited For:

  • Couples
  • Honeymooners
  • Families
  • Groups

3. Fly-in Safari to Amboseli, Samburu & Masai Mara

Duration: 9 Days | Destinations: 4 | Accommodation: Luxury Tented Camps

Kick off your Kenya safari tour with a couple of days in one of the only national parks in the world that borders a capital city, Nairobi National Park. Spend the rest of your week under the expert guidance of Maasai and Samburu rangers as you learn about their culture, encounter the great elephant herds of Amboseli, savour relaxing massages, and see vast herds of plains game and ravenous predators.

Enjoy easy game viewing in Nairobi National Park

Enjoy easy game viewing in Nairobi National Park, situated on the outskirts of Kenya's capital.

Tour Highlights:

  • Cultural tours to Samburu and Maasai villages
  • Visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi
  • Encounters with giraffe at Nairobi’s Giraffe Centre
  • Optional spa treatments, helicopter flips and hot-air balloon rides

Best Suited For:

  • Cultural tourists
  • Couples
  • Honeymooners
  • Families
  • Groups

4. Family Safari in Masai Mara & Laikipia

Duration: 9 Days | Destinations: 3 | Accommodation: Boutique Hotel, Private Farmhouse, Safari Villa

Enjoy the freedom to determine your family’s preferred Kenya safari tour schedule which could include activities like game drives, guided nature walks, helicopter flights and a memorable trout-fishing excursion on Mount Meru. Laikipia may not be as well-known as the Masai Mara but it is a very rewarding destination if you’re looking for something a little off the beaten path while still offering superb game viewing and comfortable accommodation.

Spectacular view of the Laikipia region.

Tour Highlights:

  • See the Wildebeest Migration in season (between about July and October)
  • Trout-fishing excursion on Mount Kenya accessed on a scenic helicopter flight
  • Convenient fly-in transfers
  • Exclusive-use accommodation in the Mara and Laikipia

Best Suited For:

  • Families
  • Groups

5. Private Family Safari in Samburu & Masai Mara

Duration: 7 Days | Destinations: 2 | Accommodation: Luxury Safari Villas

Let your family be whisked away to the middle of the bush, without sacrificing on creature comforts. Luxurious safari villas offer superb privacy, space and a wonderful home-from-home environment. Hike up a sacred Samburu mountain, watch elephants search for fresh grazing in the Kalama Corridor, follow the Wildebeest Migration, and have fun with the kids on the Warriors Academy – an interactive learning programme perfectly suited to luxury Kenya safari tours for families.

Elephant game viewing with Saruni Samburu Lodge.

Tour Highlights:

  • Perfect for parents, children and teens – great combination of fun, adventure, wildlife and culture
  • Stay in private villas on a luxury Kenya safari
  • Unwind in the Samburu and Maasai Wellbeing Spaces
  • Nature walks and fascinating cave paintings
  • Learn more on the Warriors Academy – an interactive programme for families with children
  • Optional hot-air balloon rides and biplane flips

Best Suited For:

  • Families
  • Groups

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6. Family Adventure to Laikipia, Samburu & Masai Mara

Duration: 10 Days | Destinations: 4 | Accommodation: Luxury Guesthouse, Lodge, Tented Camps

Have breakfast with endangered Rothschild’s giraffes at The Giraffe Manor in Nairobi. Board a short-haul flight to one of Kenya’s first-ever private rhino conservancies, followed by another fly-in to Samburu National Reserve. Go on camelback safaris and fly-camping while you discover the Samburu Special 5. Cap off this luxury Kenya safari tour with front-row seats to the Wildebeest Migration between about June and September.

The beautiful grounds and exterior of The Giraffe Manor in Kenya.

Tour Highlights:

  • Have breakfast with Rothschild’s giraffes in Nairobi
  • Stay in a rhino sanctuary in Laikipia
  • Horse riding and mountain biking with Maasai near Mount Kenya
  • Optional helicopter flights around Mount Kenya
  • Visit a Samburu manyatta (a traditional village)
  • Camelback safari and fly camping in Samburu
  • Spectacular Great Migration viewing in season (from about July to September)

Best Suited For:

  • Active and adventurous travellers
  • Cultural tourists
  • Families
  • Groups
  • Couples

7. Good-Value Safari in Amboseli, Laikipia, Meru & Mara

Duration: 10 Days | Destinations: 5 | Accommodation: Tented Camps

This affordable Kenya safari tour starts in Nairobi National Park, the world's only national park located within a capital city. Then you'll take a short flight to Selenkay, a private conservancy alongside Amboseli National Park, where you'll stay at an authentic safari camp. Go on game drives in search of Amboseli's iconic elephant herds – they have some of the biggest tusks in Africa – and enjoy sundowner drinks with gorgeous views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Next stop: Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a wonderful conservation success story and a sanctuary for black and white rhinos. Meru National Park follows, affectionately known as Kenya's 'complete wilderness' due to its large populations of elephant, hippo, buffalo, lion, cheetah, leopard and countless other classic African mammal species. Crown your Kenya safari in one of Africa's best-loved wildlife destinations, the magical Masai Mara.

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Tour Highlights:

  • Stay at intimate and authentic tented camps with small eco-footprints
  • Walk with Maasai warriors in private conservancies
  • Day trips to Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Visit a sanctuary for rescued chimpanzees
  • Handfeed a blind rhino, Baraka
  • Game drives in the Masai Mara
  • Hot-air balloon safari

Best Suited For:

  • Budget-conscious travellers
  • Families
  • Groups
  • Couples

8. Family Safari with Pre-Teens (9-12) in Samburu & Masai Mara

Duration: 8 Days | Destinations: 3 | Accommodation: Luxury Lodge, Tented Camps

This well-paced Kenya safari tour is perfect for families with pre-teens of nine to 12 years old. You’ll spend enough time in each major destination, enjoying Samburu’s diverse wildlife and of course, the Wildebeest Migration in the Masai Mara. Mara Intrepids Camp is situated in the best position for the Migration’s dramatic river crossings from about July to October, but the Mara is still a fantastic big game destination year-round. The lodges and camps welcome older children, offering dedicated adventure clubs featuring safari activities with local guides.

A pride of lions soaking up the sun in Kenya.

The Mara's ubiquitous lion prides deliver heart-stopping predator action, especially during the Migration.

Tour Highlights:

  • See three of Kenya’s major reserves
  • Fly-in safari – no long drives!
  • Family-friendly accommodation
  • Fantastic wildlife viewing throughout
  • Age-appropriate children’s activity clubs
  • Swimming pools, spa treatments and Wi-Fi access
  • Interactive and fascinating cultural experiences for young and old

Best Suited For:

  • Families with children aged nine to 12

9. Ultra-luxury Bush-to-Beach Safari: Masai Mara & Diani

Duration: 11 Days | Destinations: 3 | Accommodation: Ultra-luxe Lodge, Beach Villa

This 11-day vacation is perfect for honeymooners who want the ultimate bush-beach break. Staying at extremely luxurious accommodation throughout, you start off with a night in vibrant Nairobi before winding your way to the iconic Masai Mara and ending it all off with five nights on Kenya’s beautiful white-sand coast.

Hassle-free and seamless, every aspect of this journey has been carefully designed to offer a full selection of Kenya’s best experiences, from classic game viewing and sundowners overlooking the endless golden plains to excellent snorkelling and balmy evenings on a pristine tropical beach.

Incredible view from your Angama Mara suite, overlooking Kenya’s Maasai Mara.

Tour Highlights:

  • Incredible views of the Masai Mara
  • Great Wildebeest Migration viewing in season
  • Private beach bliss at Alfajiri Beach Villa
  • Ideal for bush & beach honeymoon

Best Suited For:

  • Discerning travellers
  • Couples
  • Honeymooners

10. Great-value Bush-to-Beach Safari: Masai Mara & Diani

Duration: 9 Days | Destinations: 3 | Accommodation: Luxury Tented Camp, Lodge, Beach Resort

Ideal for couples or honeymooners looking for great value, this fly-in Kenya safari tour begins in a beautiful private corner in the Masai Mara with splendid and exclusive animal sightings. The Mara is a wonderful year-round game viewing destination, although Kichwa Tembo is also ideally located close to the croc-infested Mara River – providing the scene of heart-stopping river crossings during the Migration. Then it’s off to Kenya’s world-famous Diani Beach for some R&R on its powder-soft sand and crystal-clear water.

Diani Beach offers powder-soft sand and crystal-clear water.

Get whisked away to Diani Beach's postcard-perfect white sand and turquoise waters...

Tour Highlights:

  • A rewarding beach-to-bush itinerary
  • Stay in a private concession in the Masai Mara
  • Game drives, guided walks and cultural tours
  • Excellent for the Migration river crossings (about August to November)
  • Superb en suite accommodation and family units
  • Experience the Swahili Coast at Diani Beach
  • Explore Nairobi’s sights and shops

Best Suited For:

  • Couples
  • Honeymooners
  • Families
  • Groups

More Kenya Safari Tours

Kenya is a pretty big country – almost double the size of Italy – and although we’ve mentioned a notable amount of our favourite trips above, there are still many fantastic Kenya safari tours available.

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