Located halfway down the East Coast of Africa, astride the equator, Kenya is the most accessible country in the region, where wilderness safaris originated. This unique destination boasts culture, adventure and wildlife experiences that are unique in comparison to any other African or global destination.
Float over the savannah plains in a hot air balloon or witness the Great Migration in its earth shuddering trek through the Maasai Mara, skydive at Diani beach or track Wild Dogs through the Laikipia Wilderness – the list of wild and adventurous experiences in this East African wildlife mecca is long and glorious. Kenya boasts volumes of giraffe, zebra and wildebeest grazing in the expansive plains and hippo are commonly seen wallowing in the waters.
Expect to encounter a hyena mischievously sniffing about a lion’s kill. Look out for the endemic and eccentric gerenuk as well as the rare fringe-eared oryx. There have been over 1100 bird species recorded in Kenya, including the ground hornbill, white-bellied go-away-bird and hartlaub’s bustard.
Samburu National Reserve in Kenya
A year-round destination for the more discerning safari lover, the Samburu National Reserve is unlike its more popular counterparts, but offers nature lovers a truly unique experience in a pristine, diverse landscape – home to some endemic animals found nowhere else in the world.
Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya
Home to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, and considered one of the continent’s greatest wildlife reserves, the iconic Maasai Mara National Reserve is a proud feather in Kenya’s cap, offering a safari adventure like no other in the world.
Amboseli National Reserve in Kenya
Considered the “Home of the African Elephant”, and sitting proudly on the foothills of Africa’s most iconic tower of a mountain – Kilimanjaro – Amboseli National Park is a biodiversity hotspot and an absolute spectacle for the senses.
Rift Valley Lakes in Kenya
The main lakes of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley include Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha and Lake Magadi. The area is a birdwatcher’s paradise with a plethora of bird species.
Lake Nakuru National Park is a fenced area, which provides a sanctuary to one of the largest populations of rhinos in Kenya, as well as Rothschild’s giraffes, leopards and lions. The alkaline lake often attracts flamingos, pelicans, cormorants and terns.
Over 240 species of birds have been recorded in and around the freshwater lake of Lake Naivasha. The best time for bird watching is from October to March when the migrant birds from Europe inhabit the area.
Laikipia Plains in Kenya
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, the area has become a sanctuary for elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes and a wealth of plains game. The safari lodges in Laikipia are among the most luxurious in Kenya, and the involvement of local Samburu and Masai communities in tourism allows visitors a rare opportunity to meet local people in a genuine situation.
Tsavo National Park in Kenya
The National Parks of Tsavo East and Tsavo West together form one of Africa’s largest wilderness reserves. Tsavo as a whole consists of 10 million acres of pure wilderness, incorporating savannah and hills and an extensive river system. The sheer scale of Tsavo gives the visitor a chance to really get away from it all, and to explore the wild in total solitude. On safari here you will see large herds of elephants, their hides often bright red with dust, as well as lions, buffaloes, elands and giraffes. Tsavo is a birdwatcher’s paradise with numerous species of weavers, hornbills, sunbirds, rollers, and raptors commonly seen. Tsavo is easily accessed from the coast at Mombasa. We offer a short safari experience for those who are staying at a beach hotel.
Diani Beach in Kenya
Diani is a wonderful blend of different cultures ranging from India, Arabia and Africa. A melting pot of tradition and languages it sometimes feels like another world when you find yourself in the middle of it all. It is found in the southern coastline of Kenya and is a popular stop for many tourists for its beaches. The marine life in the area is exquisite and definitely something to experience. This would make a great stop for many after enjoying the adventures of a bush safari. There are numerous activities available for everyone in the area.
Best time to go and why?
Kenya is best experienced during the dry months between June and October. During this time, vegetation is less and animals gather around water sources, making wildlife easier to spot.
When is high season?
Between June and November as well as January and February, you are likely to experience some phenomenal wildlife encounters. January and February promise picturesque green landscapes, while June to November provides clear skies and fewer mosquitoes.
When is low season?
From March to May Kenya is an Eden of greenery. Although fewer camps and lodges are open, parks are less crowded and your safari will feel more exclusive.
When is the best weather?
Kenya experiences the best weather between June and October when there is very little rainfall. The parks are cool and dry, providing you with great game viewing opportunities.