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Kenya Safari

The ultimate guide to your next Kenya Safari

Get to Know Kenya

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By Matthys van Aswegen

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A safari in Kenya offers breathtaking natural beauty in one of the world’s most pristine environments and allows you to get up close and personal with some of Africa’s most sought-after animals.

Combined with the sight of Mount Kilimanjaro, all this makes a Kenya safari experience unique. The annual Great Wildebeest 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.

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.

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Why Visit Kenya?

Wildlife Encounters:

  • The Great Migration: Witness the awe-inspiring spectacle of the Great Migration, where over 1.5 million wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles traverse the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem, braving the crocodile-infested Mara River in search of greener pastures.
  • Big Five: Kenya is home to the Big Five—lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and buffalos. National parks like Maasai Mara, Amboseli, and Tsavo offer some of the best opportunities to see these majestic animals in their natural habitat​.
  • Diverse Wildlife: Beyond the Big Five, Kenya boasts an incredible variety of wildlife, including cheetahs, giraffes, hippos, crocodiles, and over 1,000 bird species. It is a must for wildlife enthusiasts​.

Scenic Beauty:

  • Mount Kilimanjaro Views: Amboseli National Park offers stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro, providing a picturesque backdrop for your landscape and wildlife photographic safaris.
  • Diverse Landscapes: From the rolling savannahs of the Maasai Mara to the arid landscapes of Samburu and the lush forests of Aberdare, Kenya’s varied ecosystems offer you breathtaking scenery and unique safari experiences.

Cultural Richness:

  • Maasai and Samburu Tribes: Engage with the local Maasai and Samburu communities, learning about their traditional way of life, customs, and vibrant culture. You can visit local villages and cultural tours provide a deeper understanding of Kenya’s rich heritage.
  • Historical Sites: Explore historical sites like Lamu Island and Fort Jesus in Mombasa, which offer insights into Kenya’s colonial past and Swahili culture.

Luxury and Comfort:

  • Exclusive Lodges and Camps: Stay in luxurious safari lodges and tented camps that provide exceptional comfort, service, and immersive wildlife experiences. Many lodges offer private verandas, infinity pools, and bespoke dining experiences, ensuring a memorable stay​.
  • Gourmet Cuisine: Enjoy gourmet cuisine that blends local flavors of nyama choma (meaning ‘grilled meat’ in Swahili) or Matoke (a rich traditional stew) with international culinary standards, prepared by skilled chefs.

Adventure and Activities:

  • Game Drives: Experience thrilling game drives led by expert guides who help you track and spot wildlife.
  • Walking Safaris: Discover the park’s hidden wonders on foot with guided walking safaris, offering a closer connection to nature.
  • Hot Air Balloon Safaris: Experience the Mara from a unique perspective with a hot air balloon safari, providing stunning aerial views of the landscape and wildlife​​.
  • Beach and Safari Combo: Combine your safari adventure with a relaxing beach holiday on Kenya’s stunning coastline, where you can enjoy white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters.

Accessibility and Infrastructure:

  • Well-developed Infrastructure: Kenya boasts excellent roads, well-maintained camps, and numerous entry points, making it accessible and convenient for travellers.
  • Tourism Services: As a popular tourism destination, you have a wide range of services that ensure a smooth and enjoyable safari experience​.

Responsible Tourism:

  • Conservation Efforts: Your visit can support vital conservation initiatives aimed at protecting Kenya’s diverse ecosystems and wildlife. Many lodges and camps are involved in conservation projects that look to safeguard both Kenya’s environment and local communities​.
  • Community Support: Engage in responsible tourism practices that benefit local communities, fostering sustainable development.

A Kenya safari offers an extraordinary blend of wildlife, luxury, adventure, and culture. From the iconic Great Migration to the rich traditions of the Maasai people, it couldn’t be easier to plan a transformative Kenya safari experience that will leave you with memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Where to go in Kenya

Kenya is home to some of Africa’s most iconic safari destinations, each offering unique landscapes and wildlife experiences. The Maasai Mara National Reserve is a must-visit, renowned for the Great Migration where millions of wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles cross the Mara River from July to October. Amboseli National Park, with its breathtaking views of Mount Kilimanjaro and large elephant herds, offers another exceptional experience, especially from June to October. Tsavo National Parks, known for their red elephants and diverse terrains, provide an adventurous escape during the dry season. Samburu National Reserve, located in the arid north, is home to unique species such as the Grevy’s zebra and reticulated giraffe, offering excellent wildlife viewing year-round. Each destination promises an extraordinary safari adventure, rich with Kenya’s natural beauty and diverse ecosystems.

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When is the best month to travel to Kenya?

The best time to visit Kenya depends on your interests. For wildlife enthusiasts, the dry season from June to October is ideal, with the Great Migration peaking in the Maasai Mara between July and October. Birdwatchers and those interested in lush landscapes will enjoy the wet season from November to May, particularly the short rains in November and the long rains from March to May. Each season offers unique opportunities, from witnessing newborn animals to enjoying fewer crowds and vibrant scenery.


Looking for Something Unique?

Kenya offers a variety of unique experiences that go beyond traditional safaris. Enjoy cultural interactions with the Maasai and Samburu people, hot air balloon rides over the Maasai Mara, and guided walking safaris that bring you closer to nature. Birdwatching, photographic safaris, and visits to local conservation projects provide deeper insights into Kenya’s rich natural heritage. These unique experiences ensure a diverse and enriching travel experience tailored to your interests.

Kenya Safari Reviews

Hear from our guests who have experienced the wonders of a Kenya safari. Their stories of exceptional trip planning, life-changing adventures, and memorable experiences reflect the magic of our safaris and the unmatched beauty of Kenya. Visitors have marveled at the sight of the Great Migration, thrilled at close encounters with the Big Five, and enjoyed the serene beauty of Kenya’s landscapes. Cultural interactions with the Maasai and Samburu people, combined with the luxury and comfort of our lodges, have turned their safaris into unforgettable adventures. Come and experience the awe-inspiring wildlife, stunning scenery, and unique cultural heritage that our guests rave about.

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Our Recommended Activities in Kenya

Kenya is a land of unparalleled wildlife experiences and breathtaking landscapes. Whether you’re an adventure seeker, a nature lover, or a culture enthusiast, Kenya has something for everyone. Discover the beauty of its vast plains, the excitement of its wildlife safaris, and the depth of its cultural heritage to make your visit unforgettable. From witnessing the Great Migration to engaging in traditional Maasai village tours, Kenya offers a diverse array of activities that promise an unforgettable adventure.

See Kenya in Your Comfort

Kenya caters to all travel styles, offering a range of accommodation and transport options to suit your preferences. From luxurious safari lodges and tented camps to budget-friendly guesthouses and self-catering chalets, Discover Africa ensures you’ll find the perfect place to stay. Travel at your own pace with self-drive safaris, expertly guided tours, or exclusive private charters, providing a comfortable and personalised experience throughout your journey. Enjoy the freedom to explore this iconic destination in a way that suits you best, whether it’s an intimate bush escape, a family adventure, or an exhilarating self-drive safari in Kenya.

Holiday Styles and Options in Kenya

Kenya offers a variety of holiday styles to suit every traveller. Whether you seek adventure, relaxation, or cultural immersion, options abound. Enjoy thrilling game drives, serene bush walks, vibrant cultural tours, or luxurious retreats. Customise your trip with activities like guided safaris, bird watching, local community visits, and wildlife photography. Discover Africa’s tailored packages ensure a memorable and personalised experience in Kenya.

Who is Travelling to Kenya with you?

Planning your Kenya safari adventure? Tailor your journey with experiences designed for every type of traveller. Whether you’re exploring with a loved one, embarking on a family adventure, discovering solo, celebrating a honeymoon, or enjoying a trip with friends, Kenya offers unique and unforgettable experiences for all. Select your travel type to find the perfect itinerary and make the most of your safari holiday.

What You Need To Know

Planning a trip to Kenya involves considering several important factors to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience. From understanding visa requirements and health precautions to knowing the best times to visit and local customs, having the right information will help you make the most of your journey. Discover Africa provides essential tips and insights to help you prepare for an unforgettable adventure in this iconic wildlife destination.