What: The Maasai Mara is the most stunning natural wildlife spectacle on Earth. Plus there's the "Out of Africa" connection with visits to Bogani, Karen Blixen's former coffee plantation. Several women-only tour operators run trips to Kenya, including WildTrek Safaris with a comprehensive introduction to the East Africa way of life. This fully escorted women-only safari in the mid-price range includes visits to some of the best known parks in Kenya, including the Mara, where you'll have the opportunity to experience a wealth of activities including the Great Wildebeest Migration, traditional cultures, and drives through the intricately picturesque landscape. Accommodations are at renowned lodges and tented camps such as El Karama Ranch, Stanley Hotel in Nairobi, Mount Kenya Safari Club that was once the retreat of Stephanie Powers and William Holden, and Elsamere Conservation Centre, which is the former home of George and Joy Adamson of "Born Free" fame. When to go: Late summer and early fall during the height of the Migration, now one of the new Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Why it's great for girlfriends: Women feel safer in numbers when traveling to destinations as exotic and far away as Kenya. Tour operators like WildTrek Safaris keep their groups small and intimate for higher quality of travel. Who to contact: The Kenya Tourist Board at www.MagicalKenya.com or Wildtrek Safaris www.WildTrekSafaris.com.
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