Kenya is one of the top destinations in Africa.A Kenya safari has long been one of the most popular African holidays, often combining wildlife viewing in the Masai Mara National Park with a beach stay. Till today Kenya is still an excellent choice for a safari holiday attracting many tourists.
Safaris in Kenya are not all about mass market package holidays, and even the beach holiday options are far better than they were, with a selection of small boutique hotels and guest houses dotted along the coasts and islands. It is becoming a very good ecotourism and fair trade destination with many successful conservation projects also in action. Many safari camps today have no permanent footprint on the land and are owned by local communities who benefit directly from tourism in Kenya.
Kenya is a sovereign state with its capital and largest city being Nairobi. The country is named after Mount Kenya, the 2nd highest mountain in Africa. It is a nation abundant with wild animals, culture, history, beauty and friendly, welcoming people. Kenya is geographically diverse, from snow-capped mountain peaks to extensive forests to wide-open plains.
Kenya is famous for its safaris and diverse wildlife reserves and national parks such as the Masai Mara Game Reserve. There are several world heritage attractions such as Lamu, and Safari beaches where one can relax and unwind.
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- Kenya’s Heritage City
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Where to Go
Kenya’s most famous wildlife highlight is the Masai Mara Game Reserve, best known for the wildebeest migration and big cats. Kenya safari holidays here will definitely bring you close to some fantastic wildlife and we can find camps away from the crowded areas. However there is more the Kenya than just the Mara. There are the Rift Valley lakes (freshwater lakes – Naivasha, Turkana and Baringo, and soda lakes – Nakuru, Elementaita, Bogoria and Natron) and the huge Lake Victoria, plus many hilly areas such as Mount Kenya, Mount Elgon, the Mathews Ranges and the Aberdares. South of Nairobi is Amboseli National Park famous for spectacular views of Kilimanjaro and huge herds of elephants. In the surrounding highlands are excellent horse and foot safaris. For a high quality safari away from the crowds and spectacular scenery what about the incredible Laikipia Plateau region? A conservation success story, this region has a handful of rustic luxury lodges and overnight camel led fly camping treks, interesting village projects and miles and miles of wild, beautiful bushlands. North of Laikipia is the Samburu region, stretching to the arid lands of the Northern Frontier towards Ethiopia.
And of course there is Kenya’s 480km coastline which is the classic image of a tropical paradise; sweeping, white beaches bordering turquoise water teeming with colourful marine life and dotted with idyllic islands. All backed by the outstanding wildlife of the Kenyan wilderness and the fascinating culture of the towns and villages. Lamu islands are popular with Tribes clients, being a quieter option than the mainland coast and a fascinating Swahili history.
Highlights of a Kenya Safari
- Exciting wildlife watching in the Masai Mara, Amboseli, Tsavo and other reserves.
- White sand beaches of the mainland coast, and islands of Lamu.
- The Rift Valley lakes.
- Rich traditional cultures of the Maasai, Samburu and other tribes.
- Gorgeous accommodation from safari lodges and camps to colonial homes and ‘barefoot’ beach huts.
- Excellent hiking, fishing, and horse riding.
Kiswahili and English are the official languages.
Visas are required for European passport holders.
Malaria is present in most of the country. No vaccinations are compulsory, except yellow fever if coming from an infected area.
Best times to go
The dry season is from about June to September, and December to March. The short rains are around October and November. The long rains are from roughly late March to the end of May.
Flights from Europe to Nairobi take about 9 hours direct.