Getting there

Nairobi is served by British Airways (0844 493 0787;, Virgin Atlantic (08705 747 747; and Kenya Airways (01784 888222; from Heathrow.

To reduce the impact on the environment, you can buy an "offset" through Abta's Reduce my Footprint scheme (020-7637 2444;

Simon Calder joined a photographic safari with Paul Goldstein of Exodus (020-8772 3703;; he is running a series of nine-day trips this autumn in the Mara from £2,595. Dotted Plains, Spotted Game: Images from the Masai Mara by Paul Goldstein and Roger Hooper, is published by Crowley Esmonde (£25). Exodus has a classic week-long safari in Kenya running throughout the summer; from £1,649.

Staying there

The Sarova Stanley, Kenyatta Avenue, Nairobi (00 254 20 316 377;

Kicheche Mara Camp, Masai Mara (00 254 20 890 358;

More information

For the latest Foreign & Commonwealth Office travel advice: 0845 850 2829;

Kenya Tourist Board: 020-7367 0931;www.

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