Kenya is one of the most beautiful countries in East Africa. From game spotting in the national parks and beautiful beaches with warm water on the East coast to trekking adventures in the mountains and vast open spaces, Kenya has something for everyone.
Kenya gives visitors a real-life experience of the wild life of East Africa and offers animal and bird enthusiasts everything they have ever imagined. As the national parks and nature reserve are not fenced in, animals roam free. Highlights of a Safari in Kenya:
- see lions, cheetahs and leopards
- experience herds of elephants
- spot endangered rhinos
- see varied landscapes
- knowledgeable local guides
- interaction with local communities and tribes such as the Masai
Most popular safaris in Kenya
5 Day Safari, Accommodated
from 1,160 USD
On this trip you experience the Masai Mara Game Reserve which is famous for its high animal population as well as for the Lake Nakuru NP, the home of thousands of flamingos and other water birds.
8 Day Safari, Accommodated
from 2,080 USD
During this Kenyan safari you will be taken to the most popular national parks including the Masai Mara Game Reserve, the Lake Nakuru and Amboseli National Park as well as the Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks.
8 Day Safari, Accommodated
from 1,990 USD
Visit the world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve as well as other prominent wildlife sanctuaries. Enjoy the Kenya´s wildlife while on game drives and learn more about the culture of the Masai tribe.
8 Day, Fly-In Safari, Accommodated
from 5,100 USD
This Kenyan fly-In safari is all about luxury and you are taken to the different national parks by a Cessna. During the flight as well as on game drives you enjoy watching wildlife from different angles.
12 Day Overland Tour, Camping
from 1,745 EUR
This tour combines the highlights of Kenya and Tanzania and you get the chance to see the internationally acclaimed game parks that are also known as “the home of the Discovery Channel”.
Things to see in Kenya
Masai Mara Game Reserve
The Masai Mara is certainly the most prominent and well-known nature reserve in Kenya. Together with the Serengeti National Park it forms an ecosystem that supports millions of animals in their yearly migration for fresh food and water. Apart from buffalo, lion, leopard and families of elephant you might be lucky to spot one of the last endangered rhinos.
Lake Nakuru National Park
Lake Nakuru National Park is famous for two reasons. The first attraction is Lake Nakuru. This shallow salt lake is home to almost 500 bird species. A spectacular sight is certainly the huge flock of flamingos that feed on the algae: colouring the sky like huge pink cloud when they take flight. It is a sight never to be forgotten. The second reason to visit is the chance to see both the black and white rhino. These highly endangered animals are especially rare in East Africa.
Lake Naivasha National Park
Visit the Lake Naivasha about 100km from Nairobi. This freshwater lake is home to hippopotamus and hundreds of bird species. Travelling by boat to Crescent Island you can expect to see pelicans, cormorants and the African fish eagle. Researcher and author of the book “Born Free” Joy Adamson lived on the shores of this lake. She wrote the world-famous book about the lioness Elsa and her cubs. Her home Elsamere is now a museum and well worth a visit.
Amboseli National Park
You have seen the image: elephants and giraffes in the foreground and behind them the majestic snow-capped Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain on the continent. Here in Amboseli the ecosystem is mainly grassland and it is easy to come very close to large herds of free-roaming elephants. Not only will you see elephants, but buffalo, hippos, lion, cheetah, leopard and even wild dogs. It is also one of the best places to view Mount Kilimanjaro and visit the indigenous Masai culture.
Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks
These two national parks form one of the world’s largest natural parks – half the size of Switserland – but is split in the middle by the A109 highway. Here visitors should see the ‘Big Five': lion, buffalo, rhino, elephant and leopard. Tsavo East is flat and drier and while Tsavo West is wetter and more mountainous and abundant birdlife is found in the swamps.
Mt Kenya National Park
Mt Kenya (5199 m) is the second highest peak in Africa after Mt Kilimanjaro (5895 m). Many climbers choose to acclimatise themselves on Mt Kenya before climbing Kili. In contrast to Kili, climbers need suitable climbing gear to ascend Mount Kenya. The National Park and forest surrounding Mt Kenya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and herds of buffalo and elephant roam the region at the foot of the mountain.
Lamu Old Town on Lamu Island is one of the oldest Swahili settlements in East Africa. Here visitors can admire the Swahili culture and historical buildings dating from the slave trade era in the 1800’s. There are no roads on the island and visitors walk or are transported by boat.
North and South coast of Mombasa
Tired travellers can rest their weary bodies at resorts at the beaches north and south of Mombasa. Whether you want to relax next to a pool or on a sandy white beach, the Mombasa coast offers something for every taste and budget.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit depends on what the visitor prefers. From April to end of May is the rainy season and best to plan a lodge safari. This is also the low season and prices are competitive. The dry season is from June to October, with the busy holiday months in July and August. In November some rain can occur and till early December is middle season. Peak season is from around Christmas time to March. January and February are the hottest months, especially along the very humid coastline.
Kenya is an ideal base to extend your African journey. Affordable flights mean you can visit Uganda and Rwanda’s mountain gorillas or see Tanzania’s Mt Kilimanjaro, Serengeti or the Ngorongoro Crater. End your travels at the Indian Ocean on the Kenyan shore or at the idyllic island of Zanzibar.