Packing list for a Kenya holiday

Anti-malarial drugs are as good as essential and advice should be sought at least a few weeks in advance to be sure you use suitable medication. At the same time, check which (if any) vaccinations require updating. All over-the-counter medications are available at pharmacies in the larger cities, but not in game reserves or more isolated beach destinations, so best to buy any prescription drugs or others that you use regularly before you travel, along with essentials such as sunblock and insect repellent. People who wear contact lenses often find that their eyes are more irritable in the dry heat typical of many safari destinations, so it is a good idea to bring glasses as a backup.


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Kenya family safari - Bush and Beach Itinerary

day 1 to 2

Welcome to Kenya
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  • Kenya family safari - Bush and Beach Itinerary

day 3 to 4

Drive to Lake Nakuru National Park
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day 5 to 7

Spot large prides of lion
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day 8 to 11

Explore the deep blue sea
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Highlights of Kenya

People keep coming back to Kenya for the amazing wildlife viewing | Credit: Kicheche Camps Kenya attracts plenty of repeat visitors. The main reason for this is the unpredictability of its game reserves (no two days on safari are ever alike) and its immense variety of safari destinations (it would be difficult to do full justice to more than half of them in the course of one…

Amboseli National Park

Elephants in Amboseli National Park | Credit: Blieusong A long-standing highlight of Kenya’s safari circuit, 392 km2 Amboseli was set aside as a wildlife reserve in 1899 and made a national park in 1974. Renowned for its high density of elephants, the park forms the unfenced core of an 8,000 km2 ecosystem that includes large tracts of Maasai community land both in Kenya and across…

A Kenya holiday as a couple

Enjoying a game drive in Kenya | Credit: Ol Lentille Most parts of Kenya are suited to couples. The coast is ideal for a romantic getaways, while more active couples looking for quality time together might consider booking a private safari or renting a self-drive 4x4. Highlights The romance of a Kenyan sunrise Kenya’s beaches are among the most romantic in the world, all white…

Kenya food and tipping

Tip your safari guides and helpers if you feel that your expectations have been exceeded, which happens often in Kenya | Credit: Sambuk Lodge Tip in local currency where possible; it may be quite difficult for locals to exchange small amounts of hard currency into Kenya shillings. Tipping is not standard at eateries or bars catering mainly to a local clientele, but that doesn’t mean…

Solo travelling through Kenya

Even if you’re travelling solo, there are plenty of ways to meet people and have a great holiday | Credit: Governor’s Loldia House Most parts of Kenya are suited to solo travel. Independent travellers using public transport will find that locals are very friendly and keen to engage in conversation with single foreigners. On safaris, small tented camps and private concessions’ reserves…

Getting around in Kenya

Roads in northern Kenya A good network of scheduled and charter flights connects Nairobi to other major cities in Kenya, for instance Mombasa, Malindi and Kisumu, and light aircraft flights connect and all the main game reserves to Nairobi and to each other. Not that most but not all domestic flights to/from Nairobi depart and arrive nor from Jomo Kenyatta Airport but from the smaller…

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