Despite the travel warnings, Kenya remains the most popular safari destination in Africa. It has abundant wildlife, a good infrastructure, scheduled flights between national parks, and excellent beaches to wash off the dust at the end of a great safari. But Kenya's popularity as a safari destination has come with a price -- overcrowding. Kenya offers the best bang for your buck when it comes to wildlife viewing, but because of this, you may find yourself in a minibus queue to see a lion. It's not the "Out of Africa" experience most people envision when they think of a safari. But have no fear, you can still enjoy a unique safari in Kenya (even on a budget), when you go on safari in a conservancy.
Conservancies are large tracts of land, often adjoining National Parks, that eco-tourist operators rent from local communities or private ranches. The agreement is based on the understanding that the rented land is not used for grazing cattle or farming, but left alone for the exclusive use of wildlife, and a small tourist population armed with cameras. It's been a win-win situation for both wildlife, tourists, and traditional cultures like the Maasai and Samburu who live in these areas. By opting for a safari in a conservancy, you not only help support the local community and wildlife conservation efforts, but you also guarantee yourself a unique safari experience.