Kenya embodies adventure in its purest form with a range of picturesque landscapes to explore, including wildlife-rich savannahs, bird-filled lakes and pristine white sand beaches.
An abundance of wild animals, including elephants, rhinos, buffaloes, lions and leopards – the classic “big five” game animals – make Kenya the ultimate safari destination. The white sand beaches of the coast offer a tempting escape from the mundane while the warm waters of the Indian Ocean present a whole new underwater world to explore.
Home to the largest number of savannah species in the world, the golden plains of the Masai Mara National Reserve in southwest Kenya are world-renowned for rich wildlife populations, including majestic lions, sleek cheetahs and stately elephants. From July to October, mega herds of wildebeest and zebra brave the crocodile-infested waters of the Mara River as part of the Great Migration, crossing from Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park into Masai Mara. The adrenaline-inducing crossing is considered the greatest wildlife spectacle on Earth.
To the southeast, Amboseli National Park spreads out over the Tanzanian border, offering postcard-perfect views of Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro. Big-tusked elephants gather in the hundreds to graze among the park’s swamps and marshes, the fringes of which sometimes also attract stocky hippos. The plains end to the northeast, where the verdant green slopes of Chyulu Hills National Park begin.
The jagged, ice-covered peaks of Mount Kenya, the highest mountain in the country, pierce the sky further to the northwest. Hailed by UNESCO as “one of the most impressive landscapes in East Africa,” this World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve is renowned as a holy site to several local communities, including the Kikuyu and the Meru. Two of the mountain’s highest peaks require special skills to reach, but the third, Point Lenana, can be reached by foot and offers astonishing views of the park’s rocky landscape and glacial lakes.
To the west of the mountain, the landscape plunges into sheer rock walls that form Kenya’s portion of the intracontinental Great Rift Valley. Dozens of lakes attract some of the most diverse populations of bird species in the world, including massive flocks of bright pink flamingos. A variety of big animals, including critically endangered black rhinos, graceful antelope and elegant giraffes, graze in the nearby plains and woodlands.
Travellers looking for a more personal and intimate wildlife experience will marvel at the herd of Rothschild’s giraffes living at Giraffe Manor, just outside the cosmopolitan capital of Nairobi. The peckish animals will sometimes poke their heads into the windows of the iconic, ivy-covered brick manor in hopes of leaving with a treat. Set on private land in 140 gorgeous acres of indigenous forest, the manor is known as one of the most Instagrammed properties in the world.
Fairly consistent weather in East Africa makes Kenya an excellent travel destination at any time of the year. The country has two dry seasons which run from late-June to October and from January to February. There are two rainy seasons. From November to December the “short rains” appear, characterized by quick downpours followed immediately by sunny skies. From March to May the “long rains” appear.
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The Great Migration River Crossing: Adrenaline junkies will be awed by the hundreds of wildebeest that try dodging crocodiles, lions and other predators to cross the Mara River for the Great Migration.
See The Big Five: People searching for the “big five” game animals will want to visit Masai Mara National Reserve, home to one of the highest densities of lion populations in the world.
Safari from Above: Glide over Masai Mara’s rolling grasslands, muddy swamps and Acacia woodlands in a hot air balloon.
Birdwatch in paradise: Kenya is home to more than 1,000 bird species, including powerful ostriches, colourful flamingos and other unique migratory birds.
Get Close to Giraffes: Near Kenya’s exciting and quirky capital, Nairobi, Giraffe Manor gives guests an incredible and unique opportunity to get to know its resident Rothchild’s giraffes.
Tropical beaches & Whale Sharks: Awesome marine life, including dolphins, sea turtles, whales and enormous whale sharks, dwell off the East African coast. Diving and fishing in the crystal-clear waters is second to none.
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We work with private campsites, small camps and exclusives lodges to give you the best and most authentic experience of Africa. With this in mind, the earlier we start planning your trip, the better. The ideal time to start organizing your safari is six to eight months before your planned departure date – especially if you want to travel during peak seasons, including around school holidays.