1 Umani Springs

This stunning yet affordable designer lodge nestles deep inside the Kibwezi forest, just a short drive from the Mombasa highway.

2 The Taita Hills

The densely cultivated and untouristy Taita Hills rise steeply from the dry plains. Visit the skull caves, where the heads of Taita ancestors are interred.

3 Selenkay Conservancy

North of Amboseli National Park, this rewarding community conservation initiative, staffed by local Maasai, offers bush walks as the norm.

4 Mzima Springs

A remarkable oasis, bubbling with crystal-clear water and inhabited by hippos, crocodiles and a variety of other species, some of which can be seen from the underwater viewing chamber.

5 The migration

At any time of the year, the Maasai Mara yields an extraordinary wildlife spectacle, but a visit during the annual wildebeest migration can be truly awe-inspiring.

6 Mara Naboisho Conservancy

This new Mara region conservancy sets a shining example, combining conservation with community involvement and superb safari experiences. Attractions include lots of lions, big herds of elephants and all the other stars of the region.

7 Meru National Park

After years off the map, Meru is now a model national park, although it remains little visited. The welcoming Kinna banda site includes a swimming pool.

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