Kenya vacation – rich in natural attractions from its pristine beaches & coral reefs to its game reserves offering authentic safaris, where African wildlife safaris began.
We offer safaris at the many national parks such as Masai Mara, Aberdare, Amboseli, and Chyulu Hills, Tsavo, Meru, and Lake Nakuru. Mountain climbing is also a big drawcard to Kenya with Mount Kenya; the highest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest in Africa. Actually, Mount Kenya is a more difficult climb than its neighbor, Kilimanjaro, and 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 vacations tie in well with other Eastern African countries for example; visit the Gorillas in Uganda, and then safari and beach vacation in Kenya.
Kenya 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.
The capital is Nairobi and usually the starting point for visitors to Kenya. The international airport is called Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) how 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 are wanting 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.
When to visit Kenya on a holiday
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 until 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 dustproof 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 get asked if it is safe to travel to Kenya. Generally, Kenya is a friendly country, however; recent safety concerns mean that a lot of our clients don’t want to stay in Nairobi or Mombasa. We understand your concerns and would, therefore; 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?
There has never been any danger for visitors to Kenya’s National Parks and beach resorts on the coast of Kenya (especially southern parts – away from the city and the border to Somalia).
Let Africa A-Z help you plan your dream safari vacation to magical Kenya.