Kenya Safaris

Sarah Fox, Kenya

I was fortunate to have my own ‘Out of Africa’ experience during a hot air balloon safari over the Masai Mara. The most mesmerising moments happened as I drifted over the herds of wildebeest coursing across the reserve below, a fantasy come true.

  • Sarah Fox

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Sample Kenya Safaris

Below are a set of sample itineraries to give you a flavour of each destinations highlights in terms of properties and attractions. Our travel specialists will listen to your requirements and tailor a bespoke itinerary to match your specific preferences and budget.

Shaba Laikipia & Mara Circut image 1 Shaba Laikipia & Mara Circut image 2

for 10 nightsfrom £3,520 pp sharing

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • Kenya

This holiday is a 10 day fly in safari taking in the Laikipia Plateau, the Shaba National Reserve and the Masai Mara.

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
3 nights
Laikipia
3 nights
Shaba National Reserve
4 nights
Masai Mara
Amboseli & Masai Mara Fly-In Kenya Safari  image 1 Amboseli & Masai Mara Fly-In Kenya Safari  image 2

for 6 nightsfrom £2,080 pp sharing

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • Kenya

Two of Kenya's most well-known National Parks - the Amboseli & the Masai Mara are included in this fly-in safari.Activities include game drives, village & school visits, sundowners and guided bush walks.

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
3 nights
Amboseli
3 nights
Masai Mara
Born Free Kenya Safari  image 1 Born Free Kenya Safari  image 2

for 10 nightsfrom £3,520 pp sharing

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • Kenya

This fly-in safari takes in the Meru & Shaba National Parks combined with the Masai Mara. Elsa' Kopje Camp is named after Elsa the lioness, made famous by George & Joy Adamson's book 'Born Free'.

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
1 night
Nairobi
3 nights
Meru
3 nights
Shaba National Reserve
3 nights
Masai Mara
Kenya Coast Fly In Escape  image 1 Kenya Coast Fly In Escape  image 2

for 6 nightsfrom £1,805 pp sharing

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • Kenya

This trip is a fly in luxury beach holiday which can be done as an addition to a safari or independently. Following a short stay in Lamu, the ancient Arab town, you will be transferred by boat to Manda Island and the 'barefoot luxury' of Manda Bay Lodge.

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
2 nights
Lamu
4 nights
Lamu
Kenya Safari & Mauritius Beach Holiday  image 1 Kenya Safari & Mauritius Beach Holiday  image 2

for 14 nightsfrom £2,565 pp sharing

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • Kenya
  • Mauritius

This is an example of how to combine a Kenya Safari with a beach holiday in Mauritius.

 

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
3 nights
Laikipia
3 nights
Masai Mara
1 night
Nairobi
7 nights
Belle Mare

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Kenya Honeymoons

Visit our Kenya Honeymoon page to find out more about visiting the vast plains, taking part in an adventurous safari and enjoying the romantic vistas this country has to offer. We also recommend the twin centres of Kenya & Mauritius and Kenya & Seychelles as a fabulous way to enjoy different aspects of Africa whilst on honeymoon.

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Kenya Family Holidays

Kenya is a perfect destination for a family Safari due to its reliable year round weather and coastal resorts, sample itineraries and relevant travel information can be found on the Kenya Family Holidays page.

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Overview of Kenya

Named after Mount Kenya, Kenya with its plethora of wildlife and views of the fabulous plains is well known across the globe for those travellers seeking the safari and beach combination. With its coastal south easterly border, plentiful Lakes and National Parks Kenya entices each of the handsome animals of the Big 5 making it a must for safari novices. Kenya is also home to an amazing and broad spectrum of birdlife most of which can be found in the region of the Great Rift Valley lakes such as lake naivasha and Lake Nakuru. Visitors to these tropical lakes will capture sights of the vivid flamingo colonies and will have the opportunity to take part in Nile Perch fishing in Lake Victoria, the largest tropical lake in the world and the largest lake in Africa. Family safari’s and safari trips which include children are well catered for in Kenya as the wildlife is bountiful, sightings are much easier with very few long journeys involved in order to enjoy views of the wildlife in its natural habitat. Laikipia Plateau is particularly popular due to its vast range of different animals and provision of exciting wilderness activities. Here you will find something to suit every explorer from mountain biking, horseback safaris and camel trekking to fly fishing and bird watching it will soon become an unforgettable experience.

As previously mentioned Kenya escapes the land lock on its south eastern coast with breath-taking views of the Indian Ocean. The white sand beaches are particularly popular with those choosing to finish an action packed safari with some relaxation. Not only can you choose to spend a number of days in resorts such as Mombasa, you can also take this opportunity to escape to the island of Lamu and Manda Bay. This area is famous for divers and snorkelers wishing to explore the coral gardens in the three natural marine reserves.

When to travel

There is never a bad time to travel to Kenya as each season has its own attractions and highlights depending on your interests. Kenya's dry season falls in two separate times of the year. December to February is the hot dry season. This is an excellent time for bird watching and game viewing. It is also calving season for the wildebeest and zebra, providing rich pickings for the predators.

The winter months fall from June to October where temperatures are moderate and it is largely dry providing excellent viewing conditions. The peak tourist season in Kenya falls largely in July and August. The wildebeest migration is present plains of the Masai Mara during these months returning to the Serengeti in around November. Travelling at this time of year greatly increases the chances of seeing game – the grasses will be shorter and more game is likely to head to the waterholes in the evenings.

Kenya's heavy rains fall between April and May. This by no means rules it out as a safari destination during these months. There is an abundance of wildlife activity in the reserves and the landscapes are green and beautiful. During these months your safari will be un-crowded (and more reasonably priced) and there can also be long periods of sunshine. Sometimes the road conditions can be difficult during these months but we will help and advise you on how to work around this. November too is wet with intermittent showers and some flash flooding. It is during this month that the birds begin to arrive from Eurasia.

The temperatures on Kenya's coast average around 28°C with an average of 8 hours of sunshine per day. It can rain during any month. In recent times, changing global weather patterns make transitions between rainy and dry seasons come and go unpredictably.

Speak to us about your specific interests and we will advise you on the best time of year to travel to the region which suits you best.

How to travel

Most visitors will start their journey in Nairobi which is only an 8 hour flight from most of Europe. There are daily connections from Nairobi to most European cities and regional flights across the African continent. From Nairobi there are regular scheduled flights to the popular reserves and national parks enabling you to make a 2 or 3 day visit.

Kenya's established infrastructure makes it an easy country to travel around. The more remote areas are best accessed by light aircraft; these flights are an adventure in themselves and enable you to enjoy a fish eagle's view of the African wilderness. You can choose to tour and enjoy a dedicated safari holiday in several locations, or, fly straight into a reserve or national park and then on to your chosen beach resort.

If it is a first time safari, we recommend you combine in a 5 or 6 day safari the famous Masai Mara and Amboseli National Parks in Southern Kenya. Most visitors to these two parks will encounter the Big 5, leopard, lion, rhino, buffalo and elephant. Animals in these two parks are well used to vehicles so they are easily observed, an ideal trip for photographers. You can access both these parks by road or by light aircraft and if we often recommend that you also incorporate a visit to one of the Rift Valley Lakes such as Lake Nakuru or lake naivasha. Nairobi is the point of access and it is from here too that you would fly home or connect with a flight to Mombasa for a beach break at the coast. Lake Victoria is also easily accessed by light aircraft from the Masai Mara. In many ways this would be termed a southern circuit.

If you looking for privacy and luxury, and really want to explore the country's less travelled parks, or indeed it is a second or third safari, we would recommend visiting Northern Kenya and the reserves of Samburu, Shaba & Mount Meru. These parks will provide real insight into Kenyan culture with the Samburu tribe. This northern circuit can also be expanded to include the Laikipia ranches. A safari in Lakipia is ideal for all age groups from young children to teenagers upwards. You can choose to participate in the activities as a family or the day can be tailored to suit the individual needs of the family. On a flying safari you could still combine the Masai Mara and the Amboseli with the above if so desired.

In many cases people do like to spend a night or two in Nairobi and visit attractions such as Nairobi National Park, the Karen Blixen Museum and the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. These safaris circuits are tried and tested but speak to us for advice on what would combine for your specific requirements.

Quick Facts

Flights:
Flights from Europe to Nairobi and Mombasa take about 8 hours. The main airlines include Kenya Airways, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways.
Vaccinations:
Malaria prophylactics are essential. Yellow Fever injection is required if arriving from an infected area. Diptheria, Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis A & B and Typhoid are recommended.
When to travel:
Kenya is a year round destination with each season having its own advantages and highlights. See our safari calendar.
Visas:
Passport must be valid for three months from date of entry required by all. Visas are required by most passport holders and can be obtained in advance or on arrival in Kenya. Please seek advice from us on the latest information regarding visa fees for your nationality.

Kenya Beach Holidays

Below are a set of sample itineraries to give you a flavour of each destinations highlights in terms of properties and attractions. Our travel specialists will listen to your requirements and tailor a bespoke itinerary to match your specific preferences and budget.

Kenya Coast Fly In Escape  image 1 Kenya Coast Fly In Escape  image 2

for 6 nightsfrom €2,185 pp sharing

Excludes international flights

countries visited:

  • Kenya

This trip is a fly in luxury beach holiday which can be done as an addition to a safari or independently. Following a short stay in Lamu, the ancient Arab town, you will be transferred by boat to Manda Island and the 'barefoot luxury' of Manda Bay Lodge.

Nights
Location
Recommended Accommodation
2 nights
Lamu
4 nights
Lamu

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Kenya Holidays

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Kenya Factfile

Timezone:
GMT +3
Language:
Swahili, English, many local languages
Currency:
Kenya Shilling, US Dollars
Best time:
Year round destination
Flights:
8 hours from Europe
Visas:
Required, call for info
Weather:
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