We're looking forward to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations this weekend, and seeing as she discovered she would become queen whilst visiting Kenya in 1952, we thought it would be a fitting tribute to celebrate the majestic country where the most-well travelled monarch in history was "born."
Here are some Kenyan pursuits that we reckon Her Majesty would quite happily have partaken in whilst she was in the country.
G and Ts on the Veranda
We suspect the first thing Her Majesty would have done, having found out that she would be queen, was to have a stiff drink of G and T out on the veranda. For spectacular views whilst you’re sipping your sundowner, you can’t get much better than Else’s Kopje in Kenya's Meru where the classic British film ‘Born Free’ was based. Alternatively, if you’re after a camp that wouldn’t look out of place in the days of empire, we recommend Cottars 1920s Safari Camp in the Masai Mara, or Selous Safari Camp in Tanzania.
A Sedate Breakfast...with Giraffes
Whilst tucking in to breakfast at Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, you’re quite likely to have one of the residents of the rambling gardens poke their neck in through the window. For this and more, we think this quintessentially English manor is a splendid place to stay for grown-ups and young heirs alike.
A Right Royal Riding Safari
Riding safaris would almost definitely have been the Queen’s safari mode of choice – and with the chance to canter with giraffe, race with zebra, and stand eye to eye with elephants we’re loyal subjects to riding safaris too! Have a look at Offbeat Riding Safaris in Kenya, or check out our page on Riding Safaris all over Africa for more ideas.
A Brisk Bush Walk with the Samburu
The Samburu are no strangers to the Queen, and if you take a walking safari with Karisia it’s these very warriors who’ll be guiding you through their breathtaking homeland in Laikipia. Trekking from camp to camp each day, this is real back to basics adventure, so some stiff upper lip and empire-building spirit is required. Don’t worry though as there are camels to carry your cases and climb onto if you get tired!
A Hearty Dose of Sea Air on the Kenyan Coast
You may not have to tour The Commonwealth like the Queen, but there's a high chance you’re in equal need of some serious relaxation. For barefoot luxury on the Kenyan Coast, Kinondo Kwetu, Funzi Keys, and Peponi are the jewels in the crown.