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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.

Popular Kenya Central Highlands safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

Kenya family safari - Bush and Beach Itinerary

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.

Price on Request

per person

12 days

Migration Safari in Kenya and Tanzania

See the beauty of nature's greatest wildlife spectacle on one of the grandest stages of them all

Price on Request

per person

8 days

Masai Mara safari adventure

Explore the jewel in Kenya's crown; the wildlife-rich Masai Mara National Reserve

$ 3,170

£ 2,387

R 45,845

2,696

per person

7 days

Kenya free night offer: Mara and Ol Pejeta

If you have an adventurous spirit, don’t miss out on this opportunity to experience a level of safari solitude and serenity simply unheard of in the Mara and Ol Pejeta

$ 3,525

£ 2,655

R 50,979

2,998

per person

7 days
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Andre Van Kets says

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

When is the best time to visit Mount Kenya National Park?

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.

How does the weather influence a safari?

While a safari holiday can be at any time of year, it is worth noting that seasonality will impact the type of experience you’re likely to have as well as the cost of your safari. During the dry season, the wildlife tends to congregate… go there.

Can I bring my children along on a safari?

Family safaris in Africa are a worthwhile and meaningful experience. Aside from spending quality time with your nearest and dearest under a wide blue African sky, a safari in Africa offers invaluable experiences including unique cultural… go there.

What is a typical day on safari like?

Life on safari has a rhythm of its own, largely dictated by the animal's movements. Generally, the most rewarding times for game viewing is in the cooler early mornings and also late in the afternoons when the animals are most active. A… go there.

When is the best time to visit Samburu National Reserve?

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.

When is the best time to visit Tsavo East and West National Park?

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.

When is the best time to visit Lake Nakuru?

June to October and January to February. The wildebeest migration reaches the Masai Mara in July and remains until October - when they move back to the Serengeti in Tanzania. However, wildlife is easier to spot since the animals gather… go there.

What is the best time to see the great migration?

The best time to see the wildebeest migration is in August as the herds cross the Nile crocodile infested Mara River, crossing an international border between Kenya and Tanzania. go there.

Will I be able to use my smartphone during my safari?

Wi-Fi is the best option when planning on using your smartphone during your African safari. Using apps such as Skype for Android and iOS, Viber for Android and iOS as well as Google Hangouts for Android is the best way to stay in touch with… go there.

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Reviews on our Kenya Central Highlands safaris

Discover Africa and Carel has put in such an effort for us to experience the annual wildebeest migration, meticulous planning and accurate predictions with logical and the best accommodation options both sides of the Mara River guaranteed us…

Jates and Hil Oettle

from South Africa

Thank you for the way you organised the trip for us. It was a pleasure dealing with Discover Africa and Matthys in particular. From start to finish, everything was simple and easy. Our trip has been tremendous and we would fully recommend…

Craig and Sue Wood

Our trip was arranged by Carel Verhoef at discoverafrica.com and was perfectly organised. We flew into the Masai Mara from Nairobi and all flight connections and transfers were arranged for us and went like clockwork. Carel was also very…

Geoffrey Burton

Our service from Discover Africa was outstanding. The recommendations on the timing of our trip, the lodges we should booked, communication and overall assistance ensured that our trip went off very smoothly and that we were in the right…

Patti Legg

Although our safari was very expensive for us as South Africans, we were satisfied that we got a value for money experience. It was a once-in-a-lifetime safari. Knowledgeable, professional guides - an experience far beyond our expectations.…

Uwe and Doreza Kersandt

All details were covered, all staff and food excellent, service was perfect - would highly recommend for sure.

Ron

from United States of America

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