16/08/2022
Our Top 10 Kenya Safari Holiday Tours

Kenyan safaris hold the promise of exciting adventures: from witnessing the thrilling annual wildebeest migration and climbing Mount Kenya to beach safaris along Kenya’s stunning Swahili coast. Visitors also have the unique opportunity to interact and learn more about Kenya’s prevalent Maasai tribe. On a Kenyan safari, every day is an adventure. To highlight this we have curated a collection of our best Kenya safari tours that will allow you to explore its beautiful wilderness areas and adventures, including the great wildebeest migration.

1. Kenya Wildlife Explorer Safari

Discover extraordinary wildlife across Kenya’s renowned national parks and game reserves, with an opportunity to spot Africa’s big five – buffalo, elephant, rhino, lion, and leopard. As well as game drives, explore on other activities such as boat cruises, birding trips and nature walks.

Safari Highlights

  • Stay at The Ark in the Aberdare Ranges which overlooks floodlit waterholes frequented by wildlife
  • Head to the Samburu Game Reserve for great landscape views and wildlife sightings including the less common Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, and gerenuk
  • Visit Naibunga Conservancywhere you can stay in unique star beds in the open air
  • Visit Kenya’s leading bird-watching centre, Lake Baringo, with over 450 bird species
  • Visit the flamingo teeming Lake Nakuru and spot other rare bird species at Nakuru National Reserve
  • Enjoy a cultural day at Loita Hills: meeting the Maasai tribe and participating in Maasai warrior training, among other daily activities
  • Watch the incredible wildebeest migration in one of Kenya’s key attractions – the Masai Mara National Reserve.

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2. The Great Migration Safari

Experience one of the world’s greatest demonstrations of survival of the fittest during Kenya’s remarkable annual wildebeest migration. During this migration safari, visitors will have the opportunity to see millions of wildebeest, zebras and other antelopes crossing the crocodile-infested rivers, closely followed by land predators at every turn.

Safari Highlights

  • Watch Rothschild giraffes wandering the grounds of Nairobi’s Giraffe Center
  • Contribute to the wildlife conservation efforts witha visit to the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphaned Trust
  • Learn about sustainable bead-making at the Kazuri Beads Women’s Factory
  • Spend days following the incredible wildebeest migration and other superb wildlife in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve

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3. Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, and Lake Naivasha Safari Adventure

This is a wildlife safari tailored for bird enthusiasts interested in exploring Kenya’s primary birding destinations – Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru – combined with a trip to the Masai Mara, where you can witness abundant wildlife including large mammals such as elephants and giraffes. They’ll also have the chance to explore Lake Naivasha,

Safari Highlights

  • A trip to the breathtaking pink lake,Lake Nakuru, covered with thousands of pink flamingos
  • Witness the diverse wildlife found in Lake Nakuru National Park, home to four of the big five (no elephants)
  • A boat safari to catch sight of the hippos in the fresh waters of Lake Naivasha, one of the unique freshwater lakes of the Great Rift Valley
  • A trip to Crescent Island, accessible only by boat, a beautiful spot for wildlife and bird spotting
  • Visit the Mara Game Reserve forexcellent game viewing – watching the predators and herbivores in their spectacular natural habitat

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4. Amboseli National Park Safari

Amboseli National Park, one of Kenya’s largest national parks, attracts visitors with its famous elephant herds and stunning views against the Mount Kilimanjaro backdrop. On game drives, you will have plenty of opportunities to spot the Amboseli’s highly diverse wildlife, such as giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, hyenas, cheetah, waterbuck, and crocodile.

Safari Highlights

  • An opportunity to see some of the 80 different mammals and over 400 unique bird species
  • Learn about the Maasai culture and history from your knowledgeable and experienced guide
  • Take in the breathtaking scenery with snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania as a magnificent backdrop

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5. Mount Kenya Climbing Adventure

This safari is for climbers and trekkers visiting Kenya who want to climb Kenya’s extinct volcanic mountain, Mount Kenya, via the popular Sirimon Route in the northwest. Climbers have to cover a distance of 25-26 kilometres, starting at an altitude of 2650 metres. Via this route visitors can reach the top in almost four days. On the way back down, you descend through the Chogoria Route, second of Mount Kenya’s popular climbing routes.

Safari Highlights

  • Climbing the mountain via the scenic Sirimon Route and descending onthe breathtaking Chogoria Route
  • Overnight stays at the well-known Old Moses Camp and Shipton Camp
  • Witness the beautiful panoramic views as you move upwards to the Mackinders Valley
  • Spend a day at Shipton Camp, acclimating to the altitude.

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6. Tsavo East Theatre of the Wild Safari

Spend two days exploring the ‘Theatre of the Wild’ at Tsavo East National Park. The park offers many opportunities for big five sightings, especially dust-red elephants playing around in the waters of the Galana River, other wildlife and numerous bird species. Visitors can enjoy a dip into the swimming pool overlooking the national park.

Safari Highlights

  • Access to waterholes frequented by the park’swealth of wildlife and birds
  • Rewarding game drives into the heart of Tsavo East National Park
  • Take atrip to the Aruba Dam, a great sport fishing recreational area located in the park
  • Stay at luxury Ashnil Aruba Lodge, where you can enjoy a dip in the pool overlooking the wilderness.

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7. Nairobi Excursion

This is an ideal day trip for visitors staying in Nairobi to see wildlife in nearby wildlife locations: Nairobi National Park, Nairobi Giraffe Centre, and Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Safari Highlights

  • Visit the Nairobi National Park, known for its stunning scenery and varied wildlifeincluding the endangered black rhino
  • Experience a fascinatingtrip to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Elephant Orphanage, a highly successful orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation program
  • Head to the Nairobi Giraffe Centre founded by the African Fund of Endangered Wildlife
  • Have delicious local delicacies at the Carnivore Restaurant in Nairobi

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8. Diani Beach Gateway

One of Kenya’s most beautiful beaches, Diania beach, located 30 kilometres south of Mombasa, entices visitors with promises of a relaxing and refreshing holiday spent lying on the sandy beaches sipping cocktails and enjoying a range of activities, including dolphin watching and snorkelling.

Safari Highlights

  • From here you can visitMombasa city, viewing its famous attractions such as Pembe Za Ndovu, ancient buildings in the Old Town and spice markets
  • Take in the local culture on Wasini Island
  • Relax onDiani beach followed by dinner under the stars
  • Go on a dhow cruise to Shimoni and spot dolphins as you sail through the waters
  • Snorkelling at the Marine Parkto see the beautiful marine life

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9. Kenya Cultural Safari

Learn about Kenya’s proud heritage on this eye-opening cultural safari that offers visitors an opportunity to meet the local tribes. Discover their resilience by shadowing them in their daily activities and through their inspirational stories. Visitors can also become honorary members of the tribe while they learn to throw a spear under the guidance of the tribal warriors.

Safari Highlights

  • Lend a hand at the Nairobi Soup Kitchen to feed the hungry children
  • Learn about the daily struggles of Kenyan women
  • Visit Kenya’s Lake Naivasha and spot the hippos wallowing in the waters
  • Visit the local pig farm and discover how biogas helps generate energy from pig waste
  • Learn about the Maasai family structure’s traditional rites of passage
  • Become an honorary Masai by learning to throw a spear

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10. Kenya Great Rift Valley Lakes Safari

A thrilling adventure that takes visitors on a journey of Kenya’s Seven Great Rift Valley lakes – Lake Magadi, Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, Lake Elmenteita, Lake Bogoria, Lake Turkana and Lake Baringo over a period of 14 days. On their trip to the lakes, visitors will also have the chance to visit the adjacent national parks and wildlife reserves.

Safari Highlights

  • Drive along with the famous Ngungun mountain and Olorgesailie archaeological site on the way to Lake Magadi, where you can enjoy a picnic at the Soda Ash hot springs
  • Spot the diverse birdlife such as flamingos and pelicans at Lake Magadi
  • Explore the wildlife and birds at Lake Naivasha and Crescent Island
  • On a trip to Lake Elmenteita, hike to the Sleeping Warrior Hill
  • Visit Lake Nakuru National Park to see a stunning flamingo-infested pink lake
  • Spot wildlife such as crocodiles and hippos at Lake Baringo
  • Visit the world’s largest desert lake, Lake Turkana.

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About author

MD and Co-Founder. Born in Zimbabwe, Robin has a long history in Africa, and safaris in general, from running lodges to marketing. He is always on the look out for new ideas and products from around the safari world.

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