Kenya is rich in natural attractions from its pristine beaches & coral reefs to its game reserves offering authentic safaris, where African wildlife safaris began.
The capital is Nairobi and is usually the starting point for visitors to Kenya. The international airport is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). Most of the safari flights depart from the smaller Wilson Airport; so transfers need to be arranged. It is usually best to arrive early morning if you want to embark on your safari on the first day. If not, you may need to overnight in Nairobi; either on the way to your safari or at the end of the itinerary.
We offer safaris at all the national parks in Kenya. Some of these include Masai Mara, Aberdare, Amboseli, Chyulu Hills, Tsavo, Meru, Northern Kenya including Samburu, Laikipia, Lake Naivasha, and Lake Nakuru. Mountain climbing is also a big draw card to Kenya. Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest in Africa. Actually, Mount Kenya is a more difficult climb than its neighbor, Kilimanjaro. In addition, it is not as busy. So if you are fit and want a quieter climb; Mount Kenya is the best choice.
Obviously; most people want to holiday in Kenya to witness the annual wildebeest migration from around July until September; depending on the rains; in the Masai Mara (the zebras and gazelle migrate with the wildebeest too); this is a bucket list safari for most and it is so well worth seeing.
Kenya is famous as one of the top places in the world to view the most remarkable range of avifauna; it’s a ‘birder’s paradise’ in every way.
No matter what your interests are, there will be something to please everyone. From the world’s largest bird (the ostrich), to the world’s most numerous bird (the red-billed quelea). Africa’s heaviest flying bird (the Kori bustard) to the dazzling array of tiny sunbirds that flit between the flower blossoms. Africa’s largest raptor (the martial eagle) to its smallest (the African pygmy falcon). As well as millions of filter feeding flamingos to the intricate nest builders (the weavers) – there’s no end to the assortment of birds that call Kenya ‘home’.
Many factors combine to make the country favorable to bird life; the equatorial climate, a diverse range of habitats (from wetlands to moorlands, tropical rain forests to deserts and mangroves to mountains), unique geographical features (from The Great Rift Valley to chains of ancient volcanoes) and an abundance of food resources for migratory birds.
When to visit
Kenya is divided into two almost equal parts of the equator; so the temperatures differ depending on where you are traveling to. Generally, it can be said that it is sunny; only moderately wet and warm. The ‘rainy season’ is between March and May and also between November and December. The coastal areas experience more constant warm temperatures but the humidity is less oppressive; than one might imagine due to the regular sea breezes. Obviously the higher the altitude, the colder it gets. The summer is from December to March and the winter is from July to August.
What to wear on your Kenya Vacation
Emphasis should be on comfort. Lightweight cotton clothing for the daytime. If you are doing a safari with walking, khaki or green-colored clothing is preferable. The evenings and early mornings can be cool at higher altitudes. Therefore we recommend lightweight jackets, warm sweaters, and long-sleeved shirts. Long sleeves also are useful to prevent mosquito bites in the evenings/early mornings.
Bring a dust proof bag for cameras & accessories. Please get consent from the Masai Tribe before taking their photo as they demand a fee!
Is it safe to vacation in Kenya?
We often are asked if it is safe to travel to Kenya. Generally, Kenya is a friendly country and very safe. However; recent safety concerns from isolated incidences mean that some of our clients don’t want to stay in central Nairobi or Mombasa. While most of these areas are safe; we understand your concerns. Therefore we can arrange for you to stay out of the city center; such as Giraffe Manor; where inquisitive giraffes are a common site – sticking their heads in everywhere!
Nairobi Tented Camp in the Nairobi National Park is the ONLY national park in a capital city in the world, and not far from the airport; therefore another great alternative. The National Park boasts a wide diversity of wildlife including lions and rhinos; so why not start your safari from the moment you touchdown?
Kenya vacations tie in well with other Eastern African countries. For example; visiting the Gorillas in Uganda, and then safari and beach vacations in Kenya. It is bordered by Uganda in the west; Sudan in the northwest, Ethiopia in the north, Somalia in the east; Tanzania in the south, and the Indian Ocean in the southeast.
Let Africa A-Z help you plan your dream safari vacation to magical Kenya.