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Safaris in Kenya

Cox & Kings

Tel: 800 999 1758 (toll-free)

Ker & Downey

Tel: 254 20 891 625

Micato Safaris

Tel: 800 642 2861 (toll-free)'s insider take:

Ask a dozen travel experts for the perfect safari, and you'll hear a single theme throughout: It all depends on the client. With the diversity of ecosystems and wildlife that Kenya has to offer, tailor-making a safari all depends on your priorities. Fortunately, established outfitters can help you wade through a bewildering number of options. Be prepared before you pick up the phone. If the "Big Five"—lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhinoceros—are the big draw for you, you'll probably stick to the southern safari circuit, especially when the wildebeest come marching through the Masai Mara from July to October. Birders will want to consider the stunning lakes of the Great Rift Valley—like Nakuru, Baringo, and Bogoria—while the truly adventurous might want to explore up north, where game-viewing takes a back seat to the sheer thrill of getting off the beaten track. Whatever you decide, timing is an important factor. For wildlife watchers, it's worth braving the crowds, traffic, and high-season rates to catch the great migration in July and August. Divers should avoid the poor visibility in the summer months, though, and wait for clearer waters in December and January.

Cox & Kings is the longest-running show in the luxury safari business, with 250 years to their name. Ker & Downey offers legendary safaris. Micato Safaris also ranks high on safari lists.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.