If a Tailor Made Holiday in Kenya means travelling at your own pace, seeing exactly the places you would love to, spending as much time at each site as you wish, staying at a hand-picked selection of accommodation to suit your taste and budgets and eating out at the best local restaurants, then a tailor made holiday is just right for you. We plan journeys to far flung exotic destinations around East Africa, 100% tailored to individual requirements. We plan an itinerary that suits your needs, suggest unique things to do and must-see places to visit. If we don’t get it exactly right the first time around, we happily tweak it for you until it’s perfect.
Kenya has an awful lot of experiences to pack into a two-week holiday, so a Kenya tailor made holiday will ensure you focus on what interests you the most – whether that’s climbing Mount Kenya, living with the Maasai, photographing the Great Migration – or chilling out on a beach. Our expert suppliers will help you plan your perfect trip – from accommodation and private transport to daily activities and local guides.
Do you want to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat and then relax on the Mozambique coast? We can make it happen on a Tailor Made Holiday. Fancy a self-drive ‘Big Five’ safari before sipping the finest South African wines? We can sort that for you on a Tailor Made Holiday. Keen to explore the ancient buildings in Ethiopia’s royal city or raft the white-water beneath Victoria Falls? Leave it to us as the safari experts to plan it for you on a Tailor Made Holiday.
Creating a bespoke Tailor Made Holiday has been our passion for nearly 10 years and we want to share our expertise with you. Whether you’re a big game fanatic, a couple looking for both culture and romance, honeymooners wanting luxury in Africa’s remotest locations or you are looking for a first time, family-friendly safari – we can help.
If you’re seeking inspiration read the itineraries of those we’ve helped before. Tell us the animals you wish to see, which activities you would like to do and which countries have caught your eye and our well travelled, impeccably informed and enthusiastic team are confident they will make your perfect holiday a reality.
Whether a Tailor Made Holiday is as new to you as the Ngorongoro Crater or as old as the Okavango Delta, or even if you’re a traveller looking to do it all, get in touch as we are committed to bringing you everything you want from your time in Africa.
Tell us what you want!
Do you want more activities in your itinerary, visit a local market or travel in a local train? We include it in your travel program!
Use the knowledge of our local guides, tour leaders and lodge managers. They can advise you on the small off the beaten track places to visit, a special project, a brilliant local restaurant, a woman empowerment or conservation project. Be spontaneous while travelling and find the hidden gems!
You don’t have to worry that we put you in lodges with busloads of tourist, standing in line for the buffets. However, extremely remote, special small-scale (eco) lodges are of course slightly more expensive. In our standard travels we therefore choose the best price-quality lodges, not too main stream but rustic and comfortable accommodations in a beautiful setting.
Whether you want to drive behind the crowds on a game drive (if a lion is spotted you will soon find out via a radio) or just want to find the quiet places, it’s up to you. Talk to your guide continuously and you will have a blast!
Here are some examples of Tailor Made Safaris;
Tailor Made Activities.
Nothing new here….but I couldn’t leave out either of these now could I? After all, this is how most of you will experience your safari. It will be either from the back of a game drive vehicle or, where available, on a walk with a qualified guide.
Game drives, in either open or closed (with pop-top) 4×4 vehicles are pretty much standard fare on all safaris – either as a shared experience with other camp guests or with your own driver/guide in a private vehicle.
They say that going on a game drive is like going to see the movie, but that taking a guided walk is like reading the book. Actually, I don’t know if anyone ever said that, but I think you get the idea. Walking is more about the smaller things (and the big things look even bigger on foot!).
Guided walks are generally also available from most camps and lodges where walking is allowed.
Most walking on safari is done in the mornings with an armed (and licensed) guide, and generally for only a couple of hours as an activity option. Be warned: some walks offered are really only nature walks and are conducted in close proximity to camp or within. There are also walking trails and trails camps. In recent times the true walking trail, where you walk from camp to camp, has been dumbed-down somewhat. Now it mostly consists of a walking camp, from where the main focus of the safari is on walking (although game drives are also offered). Very few true walking trails remain. A slight variation is the fabulously down-to-earth walking safaris in Laikipia and Loita Hills in Kenya. Here, they will transport all your overnight camping gear by a string of camels (or mules) and local Maasai guides escort you across the open savannah. Very cool.
Speak with an Africa travel specialist about the type of walking safari you are looking for.
The more adventurous amongst you should definitely consider any of these options. Each offers a totally unique wildlife experience. Imagine gliding silently downstream, navigating the channels and open water in search of wildlife, great birding, open skies and stunning sunsets. What’s not to like?
There are canoe safaris on the Zambezi River, above the Victoria Falls. But it is the Lower Zambezi (below Kariba dam) that is the home of the most exhilarating multi-day canoe safaris. From participatory (putting up your own tent, with food preparation) through to luxury camping (large tents and serviced – waiter/cook and camp staff). This is an exciting adventure activity that I highly recommend, although you will need to overcome any apprehension about crocodiles and hippos beforehand! All canoe safaris have experienced river guides and incidents are few and far between.
Kayaking and Rafting
Kayaking and rafting are not your standard safari activity, but you can kayak down the Orange River in South Africa or raft the Kunene River in Namibia. If you are visiting the Victoria Falls, the white-water rafting there is some of the best in the world.
If it’s a mokoro (dugout canoe) we must be talking the Okavango Delta. It’s the only place that uses these traditional dugout canoes (although you might see something similar in Chobe and possibly in parts of Zambia or along the Zambezi). The mokoro is usually ‘poled’ along by an experienced ‘poler’ who needs to know his way around the maze of channels. Don’t miss out.
Wherever you find water you will find motor boats and boating activities on offer. Whilst boats are sometimes only used to transport guests to/from camp, many safari operators offer game viewing by boat. These are Okavango Delta, Selous GR, Lake Kariba, and the Zambezi River – to name a few. It offers a whole new perspective and will often allow you to get a lot closer to the wildlife than in a vehicle or on foot.
In my humble opinion, some of the VERY best locations to enjoy a balloon ride are on safari. It’s one of the best activities while on safari. Balloon over the open grass plains of the Masai Mara or Serengeti, or above the stunning sand dunes of the Namib Desert in Namibia. And soon over the lush waters of the Okavango Delta!
If you are an avid horseback rider, or even a competent weekender, to be able to get up close to some of Africa’s wildlife on horseback is possibly the ultimate thrill. If this is your fancy, you will need to seek out an established horseback safari operator with well-schooled horses and experienced guides. Good locations include the Okavango in Botswana, Laikipia, Chyulu Hills & Masai Mara in Kenya.
Whilst on safari you may transfer between camps by small charter planes (e.g. Okavango Delta) or between game reserves (e.g. Samburu to Masai Mara in Kenya). These flights offer a wonderful view of these regions from the air and you should always have your camera at the ready. Fast shutter speed, min 1/500, and a polarising filter – if you have one. But if the opportunity arises, I strongly recommend a microlight flight (available at Tafika Camp in South Luangwa, Zambia). Or a flip in a helicopter (available by prior arrangement throughout the Okavango Delta in Botswana)…or arrange a complete helicopter itinerary along the Great Rift valley in Kenya. Some truly stunning photographic opportunities and an exhilarating experience.
You might think there would not be place for either of these on safari. Wrong! They’re great activities while on safari! In certain locations quad bikes come into their own and are a wonderful experience. For example; having an outstanding biking experience arranged by Diani Bikes!
If you are passionate about Africa’s wilderness and wildlife, you may want to consider undertaking a field guide’s course. A number of training organisations in South Africa have started courses of various lengths – for both trainee guides and overseas visitors. Learn about the vast biodiversity to be found in the African bush. And the elements that make up the ecology and varying ecosystems, and how they affect and interrelate with each other. Through a series of daily lectures and practical activities in the field you will built up your knowledge and experience. And you can even work towards an industry qualification. Courses range from 2 to 6 months for field guide courses and 7 to 14 days for a general bush skills course. These are great activities while on safari.
In addition, some safari operators encourage their regular clients to join their own annual ‘guide training exercises’ conducted at their respective camp/lodge. For example, Chiawa Camp in Zambia and Alex Walker in Kenya & Tanzania. Ask your Africa Travel Specialist.
Everyone in the vehicle gets to put on a set of headphones and your safari guide uses a parabolic microphone to capture, and explain, the different sounds of the bush around you. Can you imagine…your guide picks up a call, swings the microphone in that direction. It’s a leopard’s rasping cough. You listen through your headphones to the amplified sound as clear as if it were sitting next to you! Wow. Or picture yourself, sitting quietly after dark, listening to the eerie night sounds all around you. You try to work out which nightjar it might be, which are crickets and which frogs…and then, wait, what was that? Brilliant and, by far, one of the best activities while on safari.
Generally, they range from 4 days to 2 weeks (photographic tour). They are accompanied by a professional photographer. These workshops offer practical photographic advice and an opportunity to review and improve your skills, whilst enjoying all the attractions of being on safari.
There’s So Much More
Whilst there are a good many available options for activities while on a tailor made safari in Kenya, not many safari camps/lodges can offer more than one or two. Mostly due to location. If you like the idea of any of these, you need to raise this with your Africa travel specialist in the planning stages.
In this post, I only mention the available activities while on safari. I did not include scenic flights over the Victoria Falls or show cruises off the islands in Mozambique or Zanzibar. Nor did I include ‘birding’ which should be on everyone’s activity list on safari, and can usually be done whether walking, on game drive or ANY of the other activities.
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