Travel Geeks online: plan the ultimate Kenya trip — 28 September 2021

Join us online for our upcoming Travel Geeks on 28 September, where the conversation with our expert panel will focus on planning a dream trip to Kenya.

By National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Published 5 Aug 2021, 10:21 BST, Updated 21 Oct 2021, 10:04 BST
Arrange the ultimate safari and learn how to best explore the country’s extraordinary plains and nature ...

Arrange the ultimate safari and learn how to best explore the country’s extraordinary plains and nature reserves at our upcoming Travel Geeks session.

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At our upcoming Travel Geeks session, we’ll be discussing the adventurous activities, wildlife and culture that Kenya has to offer travellers. We’ll focus on how to arrange the ultimate safari and how to explore the country’s extraordinary plains and nature reserves, as well as shining a light on outdoor experiences — from hot air ballooning to mountain climbing — and finding out about Kenya’s culture through its people.

Moderated by a member of the National Geographic Traveller team, Travel Geeks is just an hour long and offers the chance to hear from experts as well as ask your own questions and join in the discussion.

Register now to join us from 19.00 to 20.00 on Tuesday 28 September.

Here's what we’ll be discussing at the event...

Abundant wildlife

There are over 45 national parks, reserves and sanctuaries and over 100 conservancies in Kenya, so there are many ways to experience the country’s unique and diverse wildlife. From a classic big five jeep safari, to witnessing the Great Migration across the Maasai Mara or spotting one of the extraordinary number of birds — Kenya is home to about 11% of the world’s bird species, it’s one of the best places in the world for wildlife experiences.

Beautiful landscapes

Explore the vast tracts of desert and the wild shores of the world’s largest desert lake, in the north, or find out about lush areas such as the Karura and Kakamega Forests and Aberdare National Park, packed with countless tree and animal species. Or visit the unspoiled mountainous highlands and verdant valleys, the extraordinary lakes in the Great Rift Valley or the beautiful Indian Ocean coastline.

Culture & people

The northern desert is home to some of the world’s most important prehistoric discoveries. This is home to around 14 tribes, including the nomadic Rendille, with around 40 tribes spread throughout the country, including the Maasai, Mijikenda, Kikuyu and Meru people, which makes for a fascinating mix of cultures and languages. Cosmopolitan Nairobi has an excellent arts scene, with plenty of galleries and music venues to check out.

Outdoor experiences

Kenya’s diverse range of terrains make it an excellent destination for adventurous types. Options include joining a walking safari led by a professional guide or renting a bike and exploring the Great Rift Valley, Maasai Mara, Laikipia or the coast. Serious athletes can join one of the various running events that take place throughout the year. For something a little more relaxing, head to the fairways of one of 40 golf courses in the country, or take to the skies above the Maasai Mara in a hot air balloon.


Sarah Marshall
A freelance journalist and occasional photographer, Sarah is passionate about Africa and visits the continent several times a year. Alongside her travel writing, she works with charity Tusk Trust to profile and photograph finalists for its annual conservation awards. Earlier this year, Sarah spent two months travelling around Kenya as part of a six-month stint in Africa. She counts the country as one of her favourite places in the world.

Emma Gregg
Emma is a multi-award-winning travel journalist, guidebook author, photographer and Africa expert, based in the UK. She writes about nature, culture and conservation, both close to home and in the world’s wildest places. Passionate about responsible, sustainable approaches to travel, Emma has been a contributor to National Geographic Traveller (UK) since the first edition.

Greg Funnell
A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Greg is an award-winning travel and adventure photographer who’s worked across the globe for a number of high-end editorial and commercial clients for the past 15 years.

Grace Maina
Grace has worked for the Kenya Tourism Board for 11 years. As regional marketing manager she promotes Kenya’s experiences and is thoroughly versed in all that the country has to offer visitors. She’s also an ardent hiker and loves to travel all around Kenya.

Farida Zeynalova (moderator)
Farida is project editor at National Geographic Traveller (UK) and assistant editor of its sister title, National Geographic Traveller Food. Originally from Baku, Azerbaijan, her passions include documentaries, city breaks, Eurovision and Ricky Martin. During a trip to Kenya in 2018, she had breakfast with giraffes at Giraffe Manor in Nairobi and caught a glimpse of a rare white rhino in the Maasai Mara. 

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