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Overview

Kenya is the very essence of an Africa safari with its archetypal savannah landscapes laden with wildlife. Its richly diverse geography and ecology straddle the equator, lapped by the warm Indian Ocean to the east, reaching the coast of Lake Victoria in the west. It also straddles time, with the Great Rift Valley running north to south, reaching back to the origins of man. The government of Kenya has gone to great trouble to protect its fine natural resources and the country is home to a large number of national parks with an astonishing variety of wildlife. Kenya's safari holiday industry is mature and well-organised and you will find a huge variety of Kenya safari tours packages to suit most itineraries, budgets and preferences, with walking, horse riding, kayaking, cultural and beach safaris all on offer.

The tremendous wildlife is the highlight of safari trips in Kenya. Wildlife can be found almost anywhere in Kenya but the most popular game parks for safaris tend to be along the main road from Nairobi to Mombasa. Here you will find Amboseli, Chyulu Hills, Masai Mara and Tsavo East and West. That said, the game parks of Buffalo Springs, Samburu and Shaba in the north are also outstanding; an arid wilderness where game gathers to drink at the waters of the Ewaso N'yiro River, attracting large herds of elephants, leopards, gerenuk, oryx and giraffe.

The Kenya safari packages include one of Kenya's best-loved reserves is the Masai Mara National Park, home to Africa's largest population of lions and the staging ground of the great migration of wildebeest in July, one of the most spectacular natural events in the world. Tsavo (split into East and West) is the most easily accessible park from Mombasa, with some prime cheetah territory in Tsavo East while Galana riverbank is home to lions and crocs.

Kenya safaris from Nairobi include the famous Nairobi National Park. This park is Kenya's first national park and remains one of the country's greatest treasures with herds of zebra and giraffe, lion and rhino, just 20 minutes from the city centre. Northwest of Mount Kenya is the Laikipia ecosystem, a rolling 8000 square kilometre plateau of savannah, seasonal streams and bush. Some of the country's very best eco-lodges are here and the remoteness is rewarded with rhino, wild dogs, elephants, lions, leopards and cheetahs, and the opportunity to walk or ride with expert guides.

For bird watchers, Lake Baringo holds the world record for the number of different bird species seen in one day, while the Indian Ocean coastline with its 300 miles of pristine white sand coastline, calm, inviting waters and beautiful coral reefs is the perfect place to top or tail a safari and enjoy world class diving and snorkelling. The beaches are bordered by lush green coastal rainforest with prolific birdlife and a variety of wildlife including baboons, rare colobus monkeys and leopard.

Offered by the best Kenya safari tour operators, the below Kenya safari holiday packages provide you with the option of choosing a Kenya Safari based on your preference. Thus, check them out and send us an Enquire now!

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Quick Facts - Kenya

Kenya Safari Travel Seasons

  • Jun-Oct, Jan-Feb - High Season. Its hot and dry in January and February, good for wildlife watching, wildebeest are in the Mara from mid July to October. Lodge prices are at their most expensive, especially July to October.
  • Nov-Dec - Shoulder Season. Short rains fall in October and November, but it's still an excellent time to visit. Prices at most lodges and parks drop from November.
  • Mar-May - Low Season. The long rains mean that accommodation is quieter and prices are low. Wildlife is harder to spot as the bush is lush, rain can cause some tracks to be impassable.


General Information

  • Currency - Kenyan shilling
  • Lauguages - English, Kiswahili
  • Size - 580,400 square kilometres, more than twice the size of the United Kingdom
  • Population - 48.46 million (2016)


Health & Safety

  • Travel insurance is essential for all international travel. Click below to find out more:



  • The CDC recommends the following vaccinations for Kenya: hepatitis A and typhoid. Check with your doctor which other vaccinations you might need and make sure your routine vaccinations are all up-to-date. 
  • Malaria is present in Kenya - get medical advice on which prophylaxis to take. The risk of malaria is higher during the rainy season.
  • Yellow fever is a risk in certain parts of Kenya - check with your doctor if you need the vaccination based on your travel plans. Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required if you are traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever (this does not include the US).
  • It is best to stick to drinking bottled water.


Tourist Information

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Fantastic wildlife
  • Top premier national parks
  • Masai Mara/Serengeti migration
  • Beautiful coastline with many beach resorts
  • Traditional indigenous cultures
  • Well organised tourism industry

Cons

  • Very popular with high tourist numbers in some areas
  • Private conservancies are expensive
  • Prices during high season can be sky-high

Travel Info

Arriving in Kenya 

  • Nairobi is a major African travel hub with a large international airport, Jomo Kenyatta, situated just outside the city. Nairobi is used as a connection airport for many airlines which makes competition fierce and keeps prices down. Flying into Narobi is the best way to arrive in Kenya. Moi International Airport, Kenya's second busiest international airport is in Mombasa.

Getting Around

  • Charter and schedule domestic flights connect the coast as well as the major safari centers. This can add to the cost of a holiday but in terms of convienience it is fantastic.

Visas

  • An e-visa scheme is the simplest way to apply, pay and receive a visa almost instantly. Single entry visas are also available on arrival for most nationalities at Kenya's three international airports, as well as at Kenya’s land crossings with Uganda and Tanzania. It's also possible to get a visa in advance from a Kenyan consulate abroad.
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