Modern day Kenya is a complex place, one about which it seems easy to eulogise one minute and despair the next.

There is no doubt that the country contains some of the best known safari locations ... the Masai Mara, Amboseli, Naivasha, Samburu ... plus a naturally beautiful tropical Coast.

But in comparison with countries such as Tanzania, Zambia and Botswana, the general quality of safari in Kenya is really rather poor. This is the home of the packaged safari, with most of the main parks being dominated by large mainstream lodges and fleets of minibuses.

For a quality safari one has to plan carefully to combine smart raids into these busy areas with relaxed sojourns in more remote and pristine locations.

For most visitors the starting point should be the Maasai Mara, which can still deliver a high quality safari experience for those who plan very carefully.

The quickest way to find out where the other good lodges are hidden is to take a look at our full list of lodges for Kenya.
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Shira
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Lemosho
Machame
Umbwe
Marangu