Kenya has always epitomised everything that is Africa. It hosted the first real wildlife holidays and its diversity of landscape, people and wildlife has drawn more people to safari in Kenya than any other country in Africa.
There is such a huge choice of national park and private concession areas in Kenya that it is possible for the discerning visitor to admire breathtaking scenery and dense game populations in peaceful surroundings. Servicing these quieter Kenya safari areas is a wide range of excellent, small, little known safari camps.
Among the better known areas for a Kenya safari holiday are the Masai Mara Reserve, host to the incredible wildebeest and zebra migration between July and October; and Amboseli National Park with stunning views of snow capped Kilimanjaro. Less famous regions our clients enjoy for safaris in Kenya include the wildlife areas of Lewa Conservancy and Meru National Park. We also receive excellent feedback from areas with less big game but more varied activities (walking, horse and camel safaris, fishing and rivers to swim in) such as the beautiful Chyulu Hills, the dramatic Rift Valley scenery of Laikipia and Kenya's lakes, and the remote Mathews Range in the north.
Kenya Safaris - Travel Tips
- The ideal times for Kenya safaris are December to March and July to October.
- A trip to see mountain gorillas in Rwanda or Uganda combines well with a safari in Kenya.
- Palm fringed, powder white beaches on the Indian Ocean are easily accessible, making a beach add on an ideal start or finish to a Kenya safari.
- Kenya is an excellent family safari destination.
- The BBC’s Big Cat Diary team are based in the Masai Mara. You might spot your favourite big cats on a Kenya safari!
Kenya Safaris - A Personal View
I have spent plenty of time in Kenya over the years and it never fails to make an impression. Whatever you do here be it riding in the Chyulus, walking in Laikipia, kayaking across Lake Baringo, bird-watching in the Matthews ranges, game driving in the Masai Mara, or just chatting to the locals it is always a joyous event.
It is a populous country where there is great pressure on space for people and wildlife but where many superb conservation and development projects are doing excellent work, often on a small, local scale and instigated and managed by people who have a stake in the country and its future rather than expats who are there to do a job.
For me the sound of Kenya is laughter, chatter and birdsong; the sound of contented and happy people; people who know that despite the many daily problems they face life is a great thing to be involved in.
It feels like home, probably because it is where we all came from, and I always hate to leave.
Francis Naumann - One of Aardvark Safaris' Kenya safari specialists
Kenya Safaris - Ideas You Might Not Have Thought About
|Karisia – Walking Safaris with a Samburu Guide Escape the constraints of a vehicle; walk where no car will go and immerse yourself in the ever changing habitat; venture into the bush with a Samburu guide. Camels, as your beasts of burden, will carry an entire luxury camp; you can even ride them for a rest or to get a good vantage point for a picture.|
Star Beds - Sleep under the Stars at Loisaba "The biggest bedroom in the world". Tumble into a ‘Mukokoteni’, a uniquely designed bed on wheels, positioned on a dramatically designed wooden platform on stilts, for an unforgettable night under the stars.
Turtles - Help Hatchlings on Lamu Adopt a turtle nest on the exotic island of Lamu. Some visitors have even helped hatchlings into the sea during July and August, the optimum months. Peponi Hotel’s owner, Carol Korschen, will be delighted to show you the turtle conservation project that she has been running here since 1992.
|Visit a Local Village with Staff from your Camp Immerse yourself in the culture and community of the Masai people as they proudly reveal the lifestyle and history of their tribe. Staff from your camp whose family live in a local village can accompany you and show you around.|
|Explore the Chyulu Hills on Horseback Saddle up at Ol Donyo Wuas in Kenya's beautiful Chyulu Hills for long canters on the open plains with Mount Kilimanjaro as a stunning backdrop.|