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KENYA

 

KENYA

 

KENYA

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Embark on an unparalleled safari experience in Kenya, the birthplace of safari travel. Distinguished as a premier destination, Kenya tours and safaris epitomize the essence of adventure, encompassing captivating Big 5 game encounters, awe-inspiring natural vistas, and enriching cultural immersions. Often, these expeditions seamlessly integrate Kenya’s foremost attractions with neighbouring Tanzania and the idyllic tropical beaches adorning the Kenyan coast.

The quintessential Kenyan safari itinerary features iconic highlights such as witnessing the Great Migration in the legendary Masai Mara, marvelling at Amboseli’s breathtaking panoramas of Mount Kilimanjaro, and encountering elusive leopards in Samburu. Delve into the intricacies of indigenous cultures through authentic experiences in Masai villages, and savour the eclectic culinary fusion of Africa, India, and Europe inherent in Swahili culture.

Central to Kenya’s allure is the spectacle of mega-herds—wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle—undertaking a natural odyssey known as the Great Migration, following the rhythm of summer rains and lush grasslands. Depending on the timing of your Kenya safari, you may witness the riveting dramas of Mara River crossings or dramatic confrontations between Africa’s apex predators on the expansive savannahs.

Kenya seamlessly intertwines with Tanzania and Rwanda, offering opportunities to augment your safari with gorilla trekking adventures. Furthermore, a plethora of safari and beach combination tours afford travellers the chance to bask in Kenya’s Out of Africa scenic splendour and wildlife, culminating in rejuvenation on tropical island retreats.

From captivating family safaris tailored to child-friendly activities to secluded hideaways catering to romantics, Kenya caters to every traveller archetype. Whether embarking on adventurous honeymoons or commemorating milestone anniversaries with intimate gatherings, Kenya’s hospitality is renowned for its elevated standards of service. Accommodation options span from opulent, colonial-style lodges to chic boutique hotels and comprehensive resorts, ensuring a bespoke holiday experience for discerning travellers.

A Tapestry of Natural Splendor

Kenya is not just a country; it’s a tapestry woven with threads of breathtaking landscapes and abundant wildlife. From the iconic Amboseli & Chyulu Hills to the vast expanses of Laikipia & Lewa Conservancy, Kenya beckons adventurers with its diverse ecosystems and untamed beauty.

Maasai Mara Magic

Kenya’s Maasai Mara isn’t just a destination; it’s a spectacle of nature that unfolds before your eyes. Experience the thrill of witnessing the great wildebeest migration, where vast herds traverse the sweeping plains in a timeless spectacle of survival. Here, amidst the golden grasslands, you’ll discover the true essence of the African wilderness.

Cultural Capital of Nairobi

Nairobi, the beating heart of Kenya’s cultural tapestry. Dive into its vibrant markets, where the sights, sounds, and flavours of Africa come alive. Explore the Nairobi National Park, where skyscrapers provide a dramatic backdrop to encounters with lions, giraffes, and rhinos—a testament to the harmonious coexistence of urban life and wildlife.

Samburu & Shaba Serenity

Kenya’s northern gems, Samburu & Shaba, offer a glimpse into the untamed beauty of the wilderness. Immerse yourself in the rugged landscapes, where elephants roam freely and lions prowl amidst acacia-studded plains. Here, beneath the vast African sky, you’ll find solace in nature’s embrace.

Kenya’s Coastal Charm

Kenya’s allure extends beyond its savannahs, reaching out to the tranquil shores of the South Coast. From pristine beaches to azure waters teeming with marine life, Kenya’s coastline is a sanctuary for sun-seekers and adventurers alike. Explore ancient Swahili towns, dive into colorful coral reefs, and unwind in luxury resorts—a coastal paradise awaits.

Best Places To Visit in Kenya

When Africa comes to mind, Kenya often takes centre stage. It’s a destination that features prominently on many travellers’ Africa bucket lists, and rightfully so. Kenya boasts an array of enchanting places to explore, each with its distinct charm and allure. While the Masai Mara is renowned for the dramatic wildebeest migration, there’s much more to discover in this East African gem. To navigate Kenya’s major holiday destinations effectively, it’s helpful to categorize them:

  1. Central Kenya – Typically the starting point for Kenya safari adventures, thanks to Nairobi’s status as the country’s logistical hub.
  2. Western Kenya – Home to the iconic Masai Mara National Reserve, the pinnacle of safari experiences.
  3. Northern Kenya – Offers superb safari opportunities, including Samburu National Park, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, and Laikipia.
  4. Southern Kenya – Boasts Africa’s tallest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, and hosts some of Kenya’s finest beaches along the southeastern coast.

Amboseli National Park

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Beyond its natural wonders, Amboseli offers a cultural tapestry enriched by encounters with the Maasai people. Their vibrant traditions and deep connection to the land add a unique dimension to the safari experience, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in a rich tapestry of history and heritage.

Laikipia and Lewa Conservancy

7 PLACES TO STAY

Laikipia’s charm lies in its family-run properties, where former ranching families have dedicated themselves to the cause of conservation. Here, hospitality reigns supreme, as guests are welcomed into a world where luxury seamlessly blends with environmental stewardship.

The Maasai Mara

7 PLACES TO STAY

The Maasai Mara beckons adventurers from far and wide, promising a magical journey into the heart of wild Africa. The Mara serves as a gateway to unforgettable adventures in Kenya and beyond, inviting travellers to embark on a voyage of discovery that transcends time and borders.

Nairobi

7 PLACES TO STAY

Nairobi is a bustling metropolis that effortlessly blends urban sophistication with natural splendor. Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Ngong Hills, this dynamic city beckons travelers with its unique fusion of culture, wildlife, and modern allure.

Samburu & Shaba

7 PLACES TO STAY

With its untamed beauty and cultural richness, Samburu and Shaba promise an authentic and captivating safari experience in the heart of Kenya. Here, amidst the rugged landscapes and ancient traditions, every moment is infused with the spirit of adventure, inviting travellers to forge connections with nature and heritage that linger long after the journey’s end.

Kenya South Coast

7 PLACES TO STAY

The Kenya South Coast, where pristine white sand beaches caress the shores, and warm, crystal-clear waters teem with vibrant marine life. From the timeless charm of Msambweni to the alluring Wasini Island, each destination offers a glimpse into paradise.

Your travel guide

WHEN TO VISIT

The prime period to explore Kenya is from June to October, characterized by minimal rainfall and pleasant daytime temperatures. Nevertheless, owing to its diverse geography and moderate climate, Kenya stands out as a superb safari and beach holiday destination throughout the year.

For optimal safari experiences, the period from January to late March is highly recommended. During this time, the weather remains mild, and predominantly dry, and wildlife sightings are exceptional. Considering a visit during the rainy seasons, spanning from mid-March to June and again from November to December, is also advantageous. This allows avoidance of peak-season crowds and access to discounted rates for safari lodges.

As for Kenya’s renowned beach destinations, pinpointing the best time is somewhat ambiguous. The Indian Ocean coastline experiences high temperatures and significant humidity year-round, with rainfall possible at any given time.

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RECOMMENDED HOLIDAYS & SAFARIS IN KENYA

Embark on your African adventure with Eyes on Serengeti. Our safari packages cater to every type of traveller, from family-friendly vacations to romantic honeymoon getaways and thrilling African safaris. Whether you seek adventure, luxury, or affordability, our flexible itineraries can be tailored to suit your preferences.

Explore our range of curated packages and tours using the links below. Don’t have time to browse? Connect with an Africa Safari Expert who will plan a tailor-made tour based on your interests, desires, and budget. Your dream African safari awaits!

12 Days Kenya Bush & Beach Family Safari

12 DAYS. 4 LOCATIONS.

This 11-day tour delivers a high-quality safari and beach holiday without breaking the bank. Perfect for couples and honeymooners as well as first-time safari travellers, the itinerary makes use of local flights rather than road transfers, giving you more time to relax and explore your destinations.

From USD 15,000 – per person

10 Days Amboseli & Maasai Mara Safari

10 DAYS. 3 LOCATIONS.

This 11-day tour delivers a high-quality safari and beach holiday without breaking the bank. Perfect for couples and honeymooners as well as first-time safari travellers, the itinerary makes use of local flights rather than road transfers, giving you more time to relax and explore your destinations.

From USD 15,000 – per person

6 Days Maasai Mara Safari Adventure

6 DAYS. 2 LOCATIONS.

This 11-day tour delivers a high-quality safari and beach holiday without breaking the bank. Perfect for couples and honeymooners as well as first-time safari travellers, the itinerary makes use of local flights rather than road transfers, giving you more time to relax and explore your destinations.

From USD 15,000 – per person

9 Days Big Five Safari in Samburu

11 DAYS. 3 LOCATIONS. 

This 11-day tour delivers a high-quality safari and beach holiday without breaking the bank. Perfect for couples and honeymooners as well as first-time safari travellers, the itinerary makes use of local flights rather than road transfers, giving you more time to relax and explore your destinations.

From USD 15,000 – per person

Our Africa Safari Experts are permanently based in Africa, are well-travelled, and have extensive first-hand knowledge of the destinations they recommend. They regularly inspect new lodges, experiences and activities to ensure these offerings meet our clients’ expectations.

There’s nothing like up-to-date, relevant travel information direct from someone who’s been there.

Tips for planning your Kenya Safari

Plan your timing carefully

The best time for a Kenyan safari depends on your preferences and the experiences you seek. Consider factors like wildlife migrations, weather conditions, and crowd levels when planning your trip.

Book early for high season

Kenya’s popular safari destinations can fill up quickly, especially during peak seasons. Secure your accommodations and activities well in advance to ensure availability and avoid disappointment.

Choose your activities

If witnessing the Great Wildebeest Migration is a priority, plan your visit to coincide with the migration’s movements. This awe-inspiring natural phenomenon occurs between the Maasai Mara in Kenya and the Serengeti in Tanzania, typically from July to October.

Explore diverse activities

Kenyan safaris offer a variety of activities beyond traditional game drives. Consider options like guided walks, hot air balloon safaris, bush dinners, and cultural visits to enhance your safari experience.

Pack accordingly

Prepare for varying weather conditions by packing lightweight clothing for warm days and layers for cooler evenings and early mornings. Don’t forget essentials like sunscreen, insect repellent, and a good pair of binoculars for wildlife spotting.

Money & Spending

Kenya’s official currency is the Kenyan Shilling. While foreign currencies like US Dollars are commonly used and often required for specific activities such as hot-air balloon safaris, it’s advisable to use the local currency for expenses like bar bills, souvenirs, and meals not covered by your itinerary.

It’s important to be aware that due to the prevalence of counterfeit notes, US Dollar bills printed before 2003 are not accepted in Kenya. For safety, it’s recommended to carry notes printed after 2006.

Banking services and ATMs are readily available in Kenya’s main travel hubs, and major credit cards like MasterCard, Visa, and American Express are widely accepted.

Banking hours typically run from 9 am to 3 pm on weekdays, and from 9 am to 11 am on Saturdays.

What to Pack

When preparing for your Kenya safari, opt for light and casual attire in neutral tones, avoiding white, black, and blue hues. Additionally, include a warm jacket for chilly evening game drives. For further guidance on safari packing essentials, consult our Africa Safari Guide travel advice section.

In Kenya’s urban centres, the dress code leans towards conservative yet casual. Women can comfortably wear jeans and modest tops. While swimsuits are suitable for beach outings, it’s important to cover up when in public areas.

Etiquette

Kenya maintains a predominantly conservative culture, particularly in areas influenced by Islam, where courtesy and etiquette hold significant importance. When photographing local individuals, it’s crucial to seek permission, and in popular destinations, it’s common to be approached for compensation. However, overall, Kenyan people are known for their easy-going nature, friendliness, sense of humor, and willingness to assist, which enhances the travel experience and interactions with locals.

Flights and Getting Around Kenya

Most visitors to Kenya, including passport holders from Britain, the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, are required to obtain visas. However, citizens of certain smaller Commonwealth countries are exempt from this requirement.

Visas are typically valid for three months from the date of entry and can be obtained upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Payment for visas can be made in local currency, and travellers must ensure their passports remain valid for at least six months beyond the initial travel date.

For travelers planning to continue their journey beyond Kenya, visas for other East African countries such as Tanzania and Uganda can generally be acquired in Nairobi for approximately US$50 each.

Airports in Kenya

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport serves as East Africa’s primary flight hub, situated 13km (8 mi) outside Nairobi. It acts as the main access point to iconic destinations like the Masai Mara, Amboseli, Mombasa, Kenya’s beaches, as well as Zanzibar and Tanzania. The airport also offers excellent connections to Uganda, Rwanda, and the Seychelles.

Wilson Airport, located approximately 30 minutes by road from Jomo Kenyatta, serves as the focal point for most of Kenya’s domestic flights and facilitates access to fly-in safari destinations. It’s essential to allocate sufficient time between international and domestic flights to accommodate the transfer between the two airports seamlessly.

Moi Mombasa International Airport, situated around 10km (6.2 mi) northwest of the town, serves as the entry point to the Kenyan coast.

Chartered flights provide a convenient means of transportation within Kenya, offering an alternative to the country’s often unpaved roads. Transfers from airstrips to lodges typically utilize 4X4 vehicles.

Safari Vehicles

Road transfers from airports and between major destinations commonly employ mini buses, which are also utilized for scheduled safaris to popular spots like the Masai Mara. These vehicles feature sliding windows and a pop-up roof, providing passengers with ample viewing opportunities during game drives. Safaris to more remote locales and private conservancies utilize open-sided 4X4 vehicles for enhanced wildlife viewing experiences.

What travellers enjoyed the most about Kenya

Kenya’s landscapes are as diverse as they are enchanting. So, why go? Because Kenya isn’t just a destination—it’s a mosaic of experiences waiting to be explored with Eyes on Serengeti.

Scenery

Beaches

Diverse flora & fauna

Wildebeest migration

Private safaris & conservancies

Hot air balloons

Camping

Cultural interactions

Why choose Kenya?

Kenya offers diverse national parks, rich wildlife, and stunning landscapes. From the iconic Maasai Mara to the Coastal region, it provides a unique blend of wildlife and cultural experiences.

When is the ideal safari timing?

Kenya welcomes visitors year-round, with peak wildlife viewing during the dry season. Timing depends on preferences and selected parks; expert advice ensures optimal experiences.

What am I likely to see during a Safari in Kenya?

Witness diverse wildlife, including the Big Five, against picturesque backdrops, cultural interactions with local tribes enhance the safari experience.

Are Safaris customizable?

Yes. Most of our safaris are custom-designed to align with your preferences.

Is Kenya a safe travel destination?

Kenya is considered safe for travelers; basic precautions contribute to a secure visit.

What are the Visa and vaccination requirements?

Most countries require visas; check with the Kenyan embassy for specific details. Yellow fever vaccination is also recommended; consult a doctor for health recommendations.

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