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kenyaThis is the Africa that most people dream about: the birthplace of the safari. Kenya is a land of contrasts, from towering Mount Kenya, to vast savannahs, to breathtaking coastlines. It is unparalleled as the greatest safari destination on Earth. Nowhere else offers the traveler the experience found here, along with the unique culture of its people.

An absolute highlight of any trip to Kenya is the game of each region. The most popular area for discovering the different species here is the southern region, in the Great Rift Valley. Here, one can discover the endless plains of the Masai Mara, as well as a number of conservancies. Popular game to search for on any trip to Kenya includes Elephant, Giraffe, Buffalo, Wildebeest, Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Hyena, Zebra, and hundreds of others.

The popular destinations  include Amboseli National Park, with its stunning views of Africa’s highest mountain – Mount Kilimanjaro; the world famous Masai Mara National Game Reserve, offering unforgettable vistas and unlimited opportunity for spotting game; the secluded and intimate Samburu National Reserve in the north; Lake Victoria – the world’s second largest freshwater lake, as well as countless others.

Kenya is a unique destination in that it offers the traveler a chance to discover an array of wildlife, and an opportunity to interact with a culture that continues to parallel the traditions of human origin. There are over 40 indigenous tribes found in the country, one of the most prominent being the Masai. Many itineraries to Kenya are highlighted with a day or two of cultural village visits, school visits and/ or boma encounters, which is not only a thrilling experience, but a great opportunity to gain insight into this traditional way of life.

Kenya’s pristine white sandy beaches and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean offer travelers the chance to relax and unwind after a safari. Swimming with dolphins, snorkeling, big game fishing, or lying quietly on your sun bed, Kenya’s coast is the perfect end to every safari.

Overall, Kenya can accurately be described as one of the greatest destinations on the planet. Whatever your interests may be, every traveler will be spoiled with opportunity here.
View an example Kenya itinerary.

Our Kenya Properties

Hemingways Expeditions is the sister company of Hemingways Hotels, who own and operate three completely unique and distinct properties in Kenya, including the new flagship hotel in the Karen area of Nairobi, our new game lodge in the Mara region and the venerable Hemingways Resort in Watamu on the Indian Ocean coast. Combing the heritage of the classic safari experience with fanatical attention to detail, we are thrilled to offer our expanded Hemingways portfolio.

Over the past 55 years, the Hemingways team has hand-picked a few locations across our country that we feel offer the very best of the Kenyan safari experience. Our properties in Watamu, the Maasai Mara and opened in April 2013, Nairobi, all offer a true sense of Kenyan history and safari pedigree which travelers will experience across our Hemingways Property Collection as well as Hemingways Expeditions.

Hemingways Nairobi


Hemingways Nairobi,  is a luxury, boutique hotel set in the quiet and exclusive suburb of Karen, situated just southwest of Nairobi. Each of the 45 expansive suites includes a Hemingways valet service.

The elegant architecture of our Nairobi property fits discreetly into the rolling landscape and blends into the traditional Karen architecture. The planning and orientation of the property respond to the unique features of the site with the aim of optimizing the views over the forested valley and most importantly the famous Ngong Hills.

The hotel’s main public building is positioned at the top of the plot and opens onto large, airy terraces on both the ground and first floors with sweeping, un-interrupted views towards the Ngong Hills. The bedroom wing is divided into double storey blocks of four rooms each which gently step down the slope of the land. Here too the orientation of the buildings is set overlooking the rolling lawns and the Ngong Hills in the distance. A wellness centre is on site, along with a pool, gym and spa.

Hemingways Nairobi is built around personal service, and offers travelers tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of the Nairobi city centre, albeit only 15 kms away.

Hemingways Ol Seki Mara


Located in the spectacular Naboisho Conservancy, adjacent to the famed Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Hemingways Ol Seki offers privacy and exclusivity in one of Africa’s most spectacular wildlife areas. From each of the 16 luxury safari tents guests enjoy a breathtaking 270 degree view of the Mara plains below. All of our tents are designed to meet environmental demands, creating the smallest of footprints. While true to the adventure and romance of a traditional colonial safari in Kenya, the tents at Hemingways Ol Seki are expansive, luxurious and totally unique. The thoughtful modern architecture creates a luxurious living space in our six uniquely rounded tents, each boasting a double and a single bed, dressed in the highest quality linen. A large en-suite bathroom and changing area with flush toilet and hot shower allow for total comfort whilst maintaining the Safari atmosphere.

In addition to the spectacular wildlife abundant in the reserve, additional activities at Hemingways Ol Seki include night drives around the Naboisho Conservancy, guided game walks, sundown safaris, visit to the local Maasai Village and visits to the highly-regarded Koiyaki Guiding school.

Hemingways Watamu


A tropical retreat on one of Kenya’s finest beaches, Hemingways Watamu is a 76 room resort overlooking the stunning beach of Watamu Marine Park, 60 miles north of Mombasa.

Watamu is blessed with a world renown marine park, a large mangrove creek; a famous ancient archeological site at Gede and the birders paradise of the Arabuko Sokoke Forest all within five miles of the hotel. So in addition to relaxing on the Indian Ocean coast, there is plenty to keep you active. This is also one of the premier areas for big game fishing.

Hemingways Watamu obtains farm fresh vegetables and fruits from Kenyan farms at Lake Naivasha and Timau in Nanyuki, which are flown in on a daily basis. Of course, our own fishing boats bring plenty of fresh seafood for the kitchen daily. Dining at Hemingways Watamu is a highlight.