Travel To Kenya For Your Next Vacation In Africa
When you close your eyes and dream of Africa, you'll likely envision beautiful landscapes with magestic mountains in the background, spectacular wildlife roaming free with proud cultures as they've always been—warmly lit by glowing sunrises, and sunsets, and then you open your eyes and put a name to that place you've been dreaming of—that name is Kenya.
In Kiswahili, the word safari means journey, and Kenya is the place where this notion was born. Whether you've never been on a safari or have taken many, it makes no difference. No two are just alike and one safari is never enough. Kenya is the iconic destination for your journey into Africa. To say awe-inspiring just doesn't seem to begin to cover the emotions that Kenya evokes.
Kenya has more natural environments than can be counted for viewing the extraordinary wildlife. From national parks, game reserves, and conservancies to small community protected sanctuaries—and there are almost as many different ways in which to enjoy a safari.
While a safari is the number one reason people flock to Kenya, this magical country still offers so much more. For a diverse experience filled with exploration and adventure, offering many special moments to reflect, Kenya is the perfect place for discovering Africa. There are amazing beaches, unique geographic features both on land and in the water, 42 distinct tribal cultures to meet and of course, there is the annual Maasai Mara migration, the greatest show on earth.
When you think of traveling to Kenya, there are a number of considerations, and this is a research intensive destination. It is also a trip that should be planned well in advance. Not to say there aren't last minute options, but you don't want to leave too much to chance!
There are so many offerings and different experinces to work through. What you choose will have everything to do with what your goals are for your trip. We are Kenya specialists with special expertise in working with those interested in photography. We would love to help you navigate your many options and work with you to create an epic journey whether you be traveling solo, with your significant other or with your tribe.
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Visit Kenya's Iconic
National Parks and Reserves
The Great Rift Valley
The Great Rift Valley is a 6,000-mile fissure in the earth’s crust that stretches from Lebanon all the way down to Mozambique. Most dramatically, this unique geographic feature splits Kenya into two sections. Peppered with scenic lakes and savannahs populated with an incredible array of wildlife, this is truly one Africa’s most beautiful landscapes.
The Great Rift Valley is a migration corridor for many bird species, making this a birder's paradise in addition to traditional game viewing. This is also home to many vibrant communities whose way of life has changed little in the last thousand years. Exploring the many wonderful places here is a highlight for any visit to Kenya.
Maasai Mara National Reserve
A must go for any first time trip to Kenya, and likely one of the best places for potentially seeing all of The Big Five—the Lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, Leopard, and Rhinoceros. In concert with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, the Maasai Mara National Reserve forms Africa's most diverse and spectacular ecosystems. The annual Wildebeest migration is of course one of the most popular events in the world to witness.
This is a beautiful lake with an incredible abundance of wildlife like Buffalos, zebras, elands, impalas, waterbucks and other grazers gathering at this watering hole where hippos like to cool themselves off in the heat of the day. There are also more than 450 bird species here that are joined by migratory birds from about October to March.
Lake Nakuru National Park and Lake Bogoria
These lakes are two of the best places to see both the Lesser and Greater Flamingos in Kenya. As the flamingos depend on the levels of algae in the water, the numbers of these incredible birds will vary with the conditions.
The Ol Kinyei Conservancy & the Mara Naboisho Conservancy
In the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, the Maasai community, set aside the land of the Ol Kinyei Conservancy for wildlife conservation. Known for its open savannah, rolling hills, springs, streams and rivers, and expansive Mara plains, this is home to an abundance of wildlife including a lion pride of over 20 cats. Leopard have also been spotted here, as well as Cheetah, Giraffe, Cape buffalo and Elephants. The Wildebeest migration comes Likely the very best guides and one of the best experiences to have in Kenya, the local Massai offer game drives and walks through the conservancy.
The 50,000-acre Mara Naboisho Conservancy was established by about 500 Maasai landowners. Visitors are strictly limited here making this an ideal place to explore without the crowds, and where the the opportunity to visit traditional Maasai manyattas offers a deeper connection with the Maasai community. The wildlife is incredible here and includes herds of wildebeest, giraffes, elephants and many rare species such as the caracal, aardvark, serval cat, aardwolf, and the ratel—not to mention an array of birds including the pigmy falcon.
Hell's Gate National Park
When Should You Go To Kenya?
So much of when to go depends on what you would like to see and do when you are there. There is never really a bad time to visit the Kenya as itineraries can be arranged to meet the time of year.
If you wish to experience the annual Wildebeest Migration, you will want to go mid-July to early September for the best potential to see the migration at its most active.
The busy season in Kenya is during the dry season, which runs from June through October, and when we say plan early, we strongly urge you to do so.
Don’t count out the wet season! There are still amazing places for viewing the wildlife, and this is the time of year when you will have the opportunity to see newborn animals and migratory birds. With the exception of March, April and May, the rains are usually very short and might even be a welcome reprieve.
If you are planning to visit the coast for any diving and snorkeling in the amazing waters of the Indian Ocean, then October through January are best and especially December for optimal visibility. No worries, whatever you have on your bucket list, we can help ensure you are there at the right time.
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