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274 Safaris & Tours
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444 Partners
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8 Premier Parks,
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Overview

Kenya is the very essence of an African 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 into 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. The safari holiday industry is mature and well-organised, and you will find a huge variety of tour packages to suit many budgets and preferences, with walking, horse riding, kayaking, and cultural & beach safaris all on offer.

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 Kenya. 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.

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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)

Travel Insurance

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

Travel Health

  • 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.

Pros

  • Fantastic wildlife
  • Top premier Kenya 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

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 Requirements in Kenya

  • 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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