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Kenya safaris, tours & holiday packages

Home of the safari

Bucket list destinations in Kenya include the Masai Mara, Amboseli and Mount Kilimanjaro

Kenya is a balanced safari destination with enormous variety and abundance of wildlife. The southern parks and reserves like the Masai Mara and Amboseli National Park are well worth seeing. So are the northern parts of Kenya’s private concessions and Samburu reserves, where you can find the Special Five – reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, gerenuk, Somali ostrich and beisa oryx.

Combined with the sight of Mount Kilimanjaro, all this makes the Kenya safari experience unique. The annual great migration is best viewed from both sides of the Mara River, but you can experience the herds on the Kenyan side between August and October.

Popular Kenya safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

10-day wilderness safari in Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Experience the best of the migration and wildlife in Kenya, then travel to Zambia to witness Victoria Falls, ending your adventure at Hwange National Park.

$ 5,785

£ 4,439

R 78,174

4,966

per person

10 days

Kenya free night offer: Mara and Ol Pejeta

If you have an adventurous spirit, don’t miss out on this opportunity to experience a level of safari solitude and serenity simply unheard of in the Mara and Ol Pejeta

$ 3,525

£ 2,705

R 47,634

3,026

per person

7 days

HerdTracker Masai Mara wildebeest migration safari

Witness the wildebeest migration in Kenya's iconic Masai Mara National Reserve with HerdTracker

$ 4,510

£ 3,460

R 60,945

3,871

per person

7 days

Africa's biggest elephant and the endangered Hunter's hartebeest

Search for the almost extinct hirola antelope in Tsavo East, find Africa's largest elephants and visit Chyulu Hills to see Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak

$ 4,600

£ 3,529

R 62,161

3,948

per person

7 days

Kenya family safari - Bush and Beach Itinerary

It's easy to see why so many visitors flock to Kenya from around the world to experience a truly unique African adventure in one of the world’s most pristine safari destinations.

Price on Request

per person

12 days

Kenya’s top 3 southern attractions

Amboseli, Lake Nakuru and the Masai Mara are southern Kenya's superstars, the best places for your safari

$ 7,090

£ 5,440

R 95,809

6,086

per person

10 days

Best of Africa safari

Experience the best of Africa, from the Okavango Delta – one of Africa's Seven Natural Wonders – to the endangered mountain gorillas and East Africa's Great Migration

$ 16,865

£ 12,940

R 227,901

14,476

per person

16 days

Migration Safari in Kenya and Tanzania

See the beauty of nature's greatest wildlife spectacle on one of the grandest stages of them all

Price on Request

per person

8 days

Masai Mara safari adventure

Explore the jewel in Kenya's crown - the wildlife rich Masai Mara National Reserve

$ 3,170

£ 2,432

R 42,837

2,721

per person

7 days

The Migration River Crossings July to September

Experience one of Africa's greatest spectacles – smell the dust and hear the noise of thousands of animals crossing the Mara River in an epic struggle for survival

$ 11,315

£ 8,682

R 152,903

9,712

per person

10 days
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Megan Warrington says

Kenya is the original safari destination. You have a combination of Kenya Wildlife Service, Maasai and privately owned wildlife areas; combining these gives a varied safari experience, not to mention the unique species that set Kenya apart from its southern neighbours. 

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Introduction

Kenya is the home of the safari, the 'original safari' destination. For over a hundred years Kenya has fascinated adventurers and romantics from all over the world.

This is the home of Out of Africa and both Teddy Roosevelt and Ernest Hemingway came here on safari. In Kenya, you can still find the romance of gin and tonic, evenings around a campfire and nights under canvas with the distant roar of a lion in the African night. The magic of Kenya is in the sheer diversity of landscape, wildlife, human cultures and experience.

No other African country has such diversity within its borders. Here you'll find snow-capped peaks and rolling savannah, unspoiled beaches and tropical rain forest, herds of elephants and flocks of flamingo, nomadic tribesmen and dhow sailors. Kenya also offers you a chance to see different species that can only be seen here, such as Grevy’s zebra, reticulated and Rothschild’s giraffe, gerenuk and the critically endangered hirola or 'four-eyed antelope'.

Know before you go

Be careful consuming meat outside of luxury lodges, some cooking methods or the quality of the meat may not be suitable.

Always take your malaria meds before during and after your trip.

Just over the border to Tanzania is Mt Kilimanjaro, which many travelers to Kenya visit too. Be prepared because it can get freezing cold on the summit before sunrise.

Don’t wander the streets of Nairobi unguided, it can get risky for unassuming tourists.

Make a copy of your passport and keep it in your luggage.

Make several copies of your travel documents, leave a set at home, take a set with you and keep it in a location away from the originals.

Kenya has two major airports - Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta (NBO) and Mombasa Moi International (MBA). Depending on your arrival time, you may have to overnight before catching a connecting flight.

Don’t carry too much cash with you and rather don’t wander around empty beaches alone or at all.

Kenya is the Africa you think of. Endless plains of grasslands, ancient warriors and temming with wildlife.

When to go

​High-season: January, February, March, July, August, September

Mid-season: June, October, November, December
Low-season: April and May

What to pack

Your visa and any legal documentation pertaining to your trip.

Comfortable clothes including an anorak or something warm to protect from rain and boating activities where water is involved. A pair of zip-off pants to accomodate any weather changes. Don’t forget your swimming costume, as most lodges have swimming pools.

A pair of hiking shoes, comfortable sandals/walking shoes and socks for protection from stinging and biting creatures on ground level, as well as blisters.

The African sun is harsh, so pack in your sunblock, polarized sunglasses and a hat.

Over-the-counter medication such a mild painkillers, plasters/bandage and antibacterial lotions in case of scratches or scrapes, are wise items to include. Insect repellent is a must and any malaria medication your healthcare practitioner has prescribed for the duration of your trip.

Your camera, extra memory cards for all your fantastic shots and a pair of binoculars are a great investment before visiting Kenya.

Weather and Climate

​Owing to the fact that Kenya is close to the equator, there are no discernible difference between summer and winter. Daytime temperatures range from 20 to 28 degrees Celcius throughout the year, although there are rainy months and dry months. The temperature gets warmer along the coast with the heat and humidity being tempered by monsoon winds.

Safari / Holiday Styles

Family, luxury and budget safaris in the beautiful Masai Mara, or a relaxing beach holiday.

Where to stay

Our Recommended Accommodation

Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort, Mombasa, Kenya

Among the many Kenyan beach hotels, Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa stands out as being amongst the favourite Mombasa beach hotel,…


Naivasha Sopa Lodge - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Naivasha Sopa Lodge, Lake Naivasha National Park, Nakuru, Kenya

Set in one 150 acres of grassland studded with Acacia bushes and trees. The resort is not only home to our resident giraffe, waterbuck and…


Loisaba Tented Camp - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Loisaba Tented Camp, Laikipia

Perched on the edge of an escarpment, Loisaba Tented Camp is designed to capitalize on unhindered views across Laikipia's mottled landscape…


Hemingways Nairobi - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Hemingways Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya

A warm welcome to our guests at Hemingways Nairobi,we are honored to be constantly rated as one of the best hotels in Nairobi,Kenya and…


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Frequently Asked Questions about Kenya

When is the best time to visit Mount Kenya National Park?

December to March are the sunniest months and perhaps the best time to visit. There are some cloudy periods and rain from March to May, and drizzle from October to early December which may restrict clear views. However, Mount Kenya National… go there.

When is the best time to visit Samburu National Reserve?

The months of December through March and July through October are dry, making them by far the best months to visit the Samburu National Reserve. When the wildlife viewing is at its prime. go there.

When is the best time to visit Tsavo East and West National Park?

May to October is the best time to visit Tsavo East and West National Park. The wildlife is easier to spot - since they gather around the waterhole. go there.

When is the best time to visit Lake Nakuru?

June to October and January to February. The wildebeest migration reaches the Masai Mara in July and remains until October - when they move back to the Serengeti in Tanzania. However, wildlife is easier to spot since the animals gather… go there.

What is the best time to see the great migration?

The best time to see the wildebeest migration is in August as the herds cross the Nile crocodile infested Mara River, crossing an international border between Kenya and Tanzania. go there.

What types of plugs are used in the Southern and Eastern African countries?

Botswana: Electric plug M 230V and 50Hz Kenya: Electric plug G 240V and 50Hz Malawi: Electrical plug G 230V and 50Hz Mauritius: Electrical plug C & G, 230V and 50Hz Mozambique: Electrical plug C,F,M, 220V and 50Hz Namibia: Electric plug… go there.

What are tented camps in Kenya like?

Kenya has a world of variety when it comes to tented accommodation camps, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to another realm in the bush as your every desire comes try. go there.

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

What vaccinations should I get?

This is all dependant on the countries that you will be visitng and due to the status of certain vaccinations changing at times, please consult our experts before getting vaccines. go there.

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Reviews on our Kenya safaris

Discover Africa and Carel has put in such an effort for us to experience the annual wildebeest migration, meticulous planning and accurate predictions with logical and the best accommodation options both sides of the Mara River guaranteed us…

Jates and Hil Oettle

from South Africa

Our trip was arranged by Carel Verhoef at discoverafrica.com and was perfectly organised. We flew into the Masai Mara from Nairobi and all flight connections and transfers were arranged for us and went like clockwork. Carel was also very…

Geoffrey Burton

from South Africa

Our service from Carel at Discover Africa was outstanding. His recommendations on the timing of our trip, the lodges we should book, communication and overall assistance ensured that our trip went off very smoothly and that we were in the…

Patti Legg

from South Africa

Discover Africa planned our safari to East Africa and we were certainly in the right areas at the right time, our itinerary was well designed to maximize time with the migration and related sightings - logistics ran smoothly and all in all…

Billy

from South Africa

Well planned safari and good service. Discover Africa planned our safari to East Africa and we were certainly in the right areas at the right time, our itinerary was well designed to maximize time with the migration and related sightings -…

Billy

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