Immerse yourself in nature with a safari in Kenya. Visit some of the top wildlife areas in Africa, boasting pristine landscapes and impressive numbers of game and birds. Combine this with cultural tours to the Masai and Samburu villages, two popular tribes that co-exist with wild animals.
- Kenya boasts an incredible and diverse topography that includes – flat desert landscapes, snow-capped mountains, extensive forests, the Rift Valley complete with hot springs and extinct volcanoes plus islands and coral reefs.
- The country has over 20 national parks and game reserves, most of them host Africa’s Big 5
- Kenya has an unspoiled coastline where visitors are treated to some of the world’s best diving and snorkeling.
- Find the ideal accommodation that suits your budget and preferences – there are luxury safari lodges, rustic campsites, hotels and beachfront resorts.
- Mount Kenya is the second highest mountain in Africa at 5199m above sea level. Hikes and excursions can be arranged to the summit.
TOP 5 KENYA HIGHLIGHTS
- MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE Pick a time that coincides with the Annual Wildebeest Migration and enjoy an intense wildlife spectacle with scintillating predator-prey interactions. Guaranteed sightings of the Big 5 plus large numbers of hippo pods and crocodiles in the Mara River will make your safari unrivaled.
- LAIKIPIA, CENTRAL HIGHLANDS Enjoy an off the beaten track wildlife experience in this picturesque region where half of Kenya’s black and white rhino populations are found. If you are an avid birder, the 1,100 bird species in Laikipia will blow your mind.
- MOUNT KENYA NATIONAL PARK Include this park in your itinerary and climb the 3-peaked Mount Kenya and explore the tropical forest where a variety of wildlife species and birds live. Nature lovers are in for a treat with a myriad of rare species of flora to be discovered.
- SAMBURU NATIONAL PARK The best of Kenya’s national parks, Samburu National Reserve affords visitors an off the beaten track safari in an unspoiled wilderness. Enjoy frequent sightings of the big cats and species endemic to the northern region.
- AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK Visit this park for a chance to get close to free-ranging elephants that carry some of the largest tusks in Africa. Plan a bush wedding and exchange vows with Mount Kilimanjaro as your backdrop. This is the best spot to meet the Masai tribes people.
TIPS FOR TRAVELING KENYA
CURRENCY Kenyan Shilling (KES) is the local currency. Most facilities accept US Dollars, Pound sterling and Euro. Credit cards are accepted at major hotels, restaurants and shops in Nairobi.
CLIMATE Kenya’s daytime temperatures average between 20°C/68°F and 28°C/82°F, but it is warmer on the coast. The coast is hot and humid all year round, but the heat is pleasant and tempered by the monsoon winds. Kenya is too close to the equator to experience a real winter and summer.
WHAT TO PACK If your safari is in winter, you will need a thick fleece or jacket for those early morning and evening game drives. You may want to consider gloves and a beanie too. Summer can be exceedingly hot, pack shorts, t-shirts, and if you burn easily, a long shirt is recommended. Make sure to include sunscreen as well as lightweight long-sleeved clothing for protection against mosquitoes at night and in the early morning. Don’t forget your costume as most lodges have swimming pools.
PEAK HOLIDAY SEASON June through to October are the best months to visit Kenya. The weather is pleasant ad drier and game viewing is exceptional. The wildebeest migration reaches the Masai Mara in July and remains until October.