Kenya Central Highlands safaris, tours & holiday packages
The Central Highlands
Mount Kenya looms large near some of Kenya's best national parks, where you might spot unusual animal species
The central highlands, dominated by the Aberdare mountains and Mount Kenya, are often visited because it's so easy to get there from Nairobi. The highlands are drained by rivers towards the east into semi-arid areas. They were traditional ranch land and are mostly privately owned. Recently, private owners have combined areas to create space for wildlife to return. There are wonderful conservation areas that have well-managed safari experiences. The central highlands include some species not found in the southern parts of Kenya. The chance of spotting Grevy's zebra, beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich and gerenuk make visiting the northern parts of the central highlands floodplains worthwhile. It's a secluded area that's well managed and, recently, well conserved. Old elephant routes and trails have been reopened and it's a sanctuary for endangered species like rhino.
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See the beauty of nature's greatest wildlife spectacle in two countries
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It's easy to see why so many visitors flock to Kenya from around the world to experience a truly unique African adventure in one of the world’s most pristine safari destinations.
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Explore the jewel in Kenya's crown; the wildlife-rich Masai Mara National Reserve
The central highlands in Kenya's Laikipia province is a wonderful end to your safari. I recommend that you go to the south and the renowned Masai Mara first to get the big cats and migration out of the way, then visit a few Laikipia properties for the perfect end to your Kenyan safari.
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Laikipia East includes the Lewa Wildlife Reserve and the reserves of Shaba, Samburu and Buffalo Springs. Laikipia North used to be the core cattle ranching area but it's now being restored to its original glory, with excellent safari experiences. The Eastern part of Laikipia isn't often visited but includes Meru National Park, which is well worth visiting for its good sightings and lack of traffic. It's better to fly into the central safari circuit than to drive because of Nairobi's traffic and the uncomfortable two-hour drive to get to the central highlands. Southern Laikipia includes the town of Nanyuki, which acts as the hub of central Kenya, and this is where you'd fly to when visiting the central highlands. Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the northern edge of the saddle between the Aberdares and Mount Kenya, is the main attraction of the southern parts.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kenya Central Highlands
December to March are the sunniest months and perhaps the best time to visit. There are some cloudy periods and rain from March to May, and drizzle from October to early December which may restrict clear views. However, Mount Kenya National… go there.
The months of December through March and July through October are dry, making them by far the best months to visit the Samburu National Reserve. When the wildlife viewing is at its prime. go there.
May to October is the best time to visit Tsavo East and West National Park. The wildlife is easier to spot - since they gather around the waterhole. go there.
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This was my first safari. I didn’t expect to be so pampered. Everything was first class. We had everything provided for us before even asking. We had a dedicated team at our service. Megan was on call whenever we needed something and she…
Tanya was an absolute delight to deal with. From the first phone call she was extremely polite, professional and very eager to facilitate my requests regarding our safari. Our 3 nights at the V & A Hotel were fabulous and Motswari Game…
Perfectly tailor-made tours that take all your wishes and requests into consideration. All my expectations were beyond fulfilled.
Living afar and trusting in an organisation with whom you have no previous knowledge can lead to feeling of mistrust and wondering whether what we have paid for actually exists. A little more proactive communication would have eased those…
I just wanted to thank Discover Africa and Karl Svendsen - the safari was great - we saw many more animals than expected including cheetah, leopard, many lions and even a three-day old elephant calf. Additionally, we had our own hippo…
Planning the trip was managed extremely well especially since travel was at a busy time of year and not much notice was given. All communication was by email, and was responded to promptly and efficiently. Different options were provided…