Even in a country known for its super-swish safaris, Kichwa Tembo takes things up a level. This isolated camp on the edge of the north-western Masai Mara has 40 permanent 'tents', each with an en suite bathroom, private veranda, and a double bed covered in the softest cotton.


Morning hot chocolate is delivered by your butler, followed by a cooked breakfast on the Mara plains, then hours of wildlife-spotting: rhino, lions, cheetahs - you'll see them all.

Come between July and October and you'll witness the spectacular Great Migration. The sight of millions of wildebeest and zebra picking their way across this vast space is awe-inspiring.

You won't only see beasts from a jeep; learn the ways of the bush on a walking tour to the Laikipia Plateau. Then, come nightfall, lower the canvas and fall asleep to hyenas howling in the distance - or leave it up and wake to the sight of the dawn breaking over those seemingly endless plains.


WOW FACTOR: Take a hot-air balloon safari ride (www.skyshipcompany.com) and gaze down on giraffe, elephants and zebra as dawn breaks. Wow indeed.

GO: Mahlatini (www.mahlatini.com) offers four nights from £1,200 per person, all-inclusive. Includes transfers and two safaris a day. Kenya Airways (www.kenya-airways.com) one-way flights start at £560.

FLIGHT TIME: 8 hours, 30 minutes