Experience a safari holiday in Kenya, the place where travel safari originated. The best tours in Kenya include safaris, Big 5 game views, incredible natural beauty, and cultural events, often combining the best of Kenya's attractions with Tanzania and the tropical beaches of the Kenyan coast.
The Kenya safari list includes the great migration of the legendary Masai Mara, the unforgettable Amboseli views on Mount Kilimanjaro and the Samburu Tigers. It has encountered fascinating cultures in the authentic Maasai villages and tastes the flavors of Africa, India, and Europe in the melting pot that is the Swahili culture.
Kenya's biggest attraction is the natural movement of large herds - wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle- in the wake of summer rains and sweet herbs on an annual journey called Great Migration. Depending on the date of the safari journey in Kenya, life and death conflicts at the Mara river crossings or dramatic encounters with Africa's top predators may be witnessed in the open plains.
Kenya easily combines with Tanzania and Rwanda, which means that you can add gorilla trips to your Kenyan safaris. You will also find a large selection of safaris and beach to make the best scenery and wildlife in Kenya outside Africa, almost with R & R on a tropical island.
Not only is Amboseli one of the most popular destinations for Safari-goers to Kenya, but it also offers some spectacular views of the highest free-standing mountain in the world - Mount Kilimanjaro.
Kenya's Central Highlands is a picturesque region with a diverse landscape consisting of lush jungles, rolling hills, and imposing mountains, with Mount Kenya the star of the show. The area is also home to the Kikuyu tribe.
Laikipia & North
Laikipia is a beautiful and remote region between Mount Kenya and Samburu. Covering a wide range of landscapes including high altitude plateaus, low forested valleys, and deep rocky river gorges.
Lamu / Kiwayu
The Lamu Archipelago is a small cluster of desert islands situated on Kenya's northern coastline. The largest of the islands include Lamu, Manda, Pate and Kiwayu, each offering a peaceful retreat with endless beaches and crystal clear waters
Mombasa is the largest city on the Kenyan coast and combines city excitement with beach relaxation. The coastal area features nearly 500 kilometers of tranquil white beaches, golden dunes, warm aqua water, and idyllic secluded islands.
The Masai Mara is named after the Masai people that inhabit the region and the Mara River which snakes through the reserve. It is home to the 'big five' among many other species, making a Masai Mara safari tour one of the most popular destinations and activities in Kenya.
Nairobi is Kenya's capital city and is often the main starting point for many safari holidays. Nairobi offers plenty to see and do with attractions such as the elephant orphanage, the National Museum, and the giraffe center.
Rift Valley Lakes
The central lakes of Kenya's Great Rift Valley include Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, Lake Mgadi and Lake Victoria. They are quite simply a birdwatcher's paradise with a plethora of bird species.
Samburu / Shaba / Meru
These national parks are a little lesser-known but are nevertheless teeming with wildlife. Visit Samburu for its rugged landscape and rare species; Shaba for its famous conservation past; and Meru to spot leopards.
The National Parks of Tsavo East and Tsavo West together form one of Africa's largest wilderness reserves and offers a quiet and secluded game viewing experience amidst a classic savannah landscape.
Varied geography means a changing climate throughout the country, but Kenya is a year-round destination for safaris and beach holidays.
Most safari destinations in Kenya are at their best between January and the end of March; the climate is mild, mostly dry and watching games at its peak. Of course, this is the best time to go to Kenya on safaris but visiting the rainy season - between mid-March to June and again between October and December - is worth considering to avoid crowds in the peak season and take advantage of cheaper, off-season prices On accommodation and tours.
But if it was to decide when to go to Kenya for the wild Masai Mara migration, then between mid-August and late October when the herds returned from their months in Serengeti, Tanzania.
The best time to visit Kenya's beach destinations is a controversial point: Kenya's coastline in the Indian Ocean is hot and humid all year round and can rain any time. However, we recommend avoiding the coast during mid-March to late May when temperatures and rainfall are at their highest.
Average summer temperatures: 20°C / 68°F to 34°C / 93°F Average winter temperatures: 18°C / 64°F to 29°C / 84°F Rainy season: mid-March to June ('long rains') and October to December ('short rains')
Flights and Getting Around
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport: East Africa's major flight hub is located 13km / 8mi outside Nairobi and is the gateway to the Masai Mara, Amboseli, Mombasa, and Kenya's beaches as well as Zanzibar and Tanzania. There are also good connections from here to Uganda, Rwanda, and Seychelles. Wilson Airport: a regional airport about 90 minutes by road from Jomo Kenyatta, Wilson is the hub for almost all of Kenya's internal flights and serves its fly-in safari locations. Ensure you have time between your international flight and domestic flight to make the transfer between the two airports. Moi Mombasa International Airport: located about 10km / 6.2mi northwest of the town itself, Mombasa's airport is the gateway to the Kenyan coast. Chartered flights are a great way to get around Kenya and avoid the country's often dirt roads; transfers from airstrips to lodges are conducted in 4X4 vehicles. Road transfers from airports and between major destinations tend to use minibusses as do scheduled safaris to popular destinations such as the Masai Mara. Sliding windows and a pop-up roof provide passengers on minibusses with ample viewing opportunities on game drives whereas safaris to more remote destinations and private conservancies use open-sided 4X4s.
Visa and Passport Requirement
Visas are required by most visitors to Kenya including British, American, Canadian, European, Australian and New Zealand passport holders. Citizens from some smaller Commonwealth countries are exempt. Visas are valid for three months from the date of entry and can be purchased upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Visitors can pay for their visas in local currency and they must possess a passport that is valid until six months after the initial date of travel. If you plan on traveling onwards from Kenya, visas for other East African countries such as Tanzania and Uganda can generally be obtained in Nairobi for around US$50 each.