Kenya refers to as heart of Africa and renowned as the original home of the safari. More so, a land of the world best known for Masai Mara National Reserve where tawny colored lions feast off the millions of wildebeest that annually migrate into the country from neighboring Tanzania. More fact, Kenya is where lakes can be brushed pink by a million flamingos, population of elephant’s trends below the snows of Kilimanjaro and where red robed Maasai stride over savannah plains thus making Kenya quite remarkable destination possibly nowhere else in Africa better for a safari.
More fact, Kenya is well known as historical home of the East African safari, a land of sweeping savannah grasslands inhabitant for the diversity of wildlife species including the big cats – big five ‘’ elephant, buffaloes, lion, leopard and rhino’’ among others, scenic landscapes here stir up the soul with deserts in the north, dense forests in the west, Rift Valley lakes in the center and tropical coast out east. Travelers who want to see results on safari visit Kenya Wildlife Safaris will truly show you a seemingly endless boardwalk of wildlife against one of the most beautiful backdrops in Africa.
A Kenyan safari can be easy and luxurious or as remote. You can decide to travel by light plane from animal studded park to animal studded park while staying in some of the most luxurious safari camps in Africa and reaping the benefits of the continent’s finest wildlife guides. Or else you can use a matatu minibus crammed with locals going to market and camp out under an acacia tree all alone in the wilderness.
When is the best time to visit Kenya?
The best excellent time for Kenya Safaris is between the months of June to October. During these periods of the year, weather is generally dry – it can be really hot in October and the tail end of September and most trails are open. This can be best time for wildebeest migration events and zebras crossing in the Masai Mara. June to October can be dry season and as it progresses water sources for animals tend to dry up and become fewer thus drawing animals in numbers to those that remain.
Apart from June, ‘following month is one of the perfect months to visit’, high season prices apply. Crowds are also largely seen in some parks by this time. Just know, the queue of safari vehicles can take away something from your experience and some areas of the Masai Mara can be loaded with safari vehicle ‘’land cruisers’’ during the migration events.
Visiting from November to February also can be perfect time for migrating birds arrive. During this period there is less rains which rarely disrupt travel and the country is also transformed into a stunning shade of green. To most visitors tend to avoid March to May because heavy rains can end up disrupting your safaris and can transform safari trails into muddy bogs and slippery. Well, few travelers tend to show up in wet season though the prices for the lodge lowers and very affordable compared to dry season. So, we advise visitors who want to travel on budget to try out visiting the wet season.
Why visit Kenya, what are the major attractions?
Remarkable wildlife is the major highlight because one should visit Kenya. While number of visitors come to be part of migration. In fact, Kenya is perfect all year around, with large number of world class national parks. Leave alone the Masai Mara, check out on Amboseli, Samburu, Lake Nakuru, Tsavo East and Tsavo West – where superb wildlife adventure is almost guaranteed. All these adds up to Kenya safari possibilities to its diversity.
Kenya is a great destination for Big five adventure, with healthy population of elephant, buffalo, lion, rhino and leopards, but the birdlife is also rewarding. When it comes experiencing culture, Kenya is an excellent land with unique culture of the Maasai, Samburu, Turkana and others. The sheer number of habitats make for wonderful beautiful scenery with endless horizons in the Masai Mara, tropical forests in Kakamega, beautiful parks of the north and peerless Kilimanjaro views from Amboseli.
What does a Kenyan Safari cost?
Well, it depends on what sort of safari you want and that matches your budget. More so, Kenya has more in its store of safari than most other Africa safari destinations, with perfect options from the lower end of the pricing scale ‘’from USD200 per person per day’’ to luxury Kenya safaris ‘’up to USD1000’’.
This also determines accommodation cost for many travelers, depending on how you wish to travel between the various parks- air transfers, usually via Nairobi, can be expensive but dramatically reduce the amount of time spend on the road. Thereby maximizing the amount of time, you will get to spend in the national parks themselves. Take note, most Kenya safaris packages includes; transport, accommodation, all meals and activities including game drive viewings.
How is the wildlife viewing?
Fact, wildlife viewing simply means an activity that involves viewing of wildlife or watching of animals. This activity varies from park to park and one of the best recommended parks you can visit on Kenya safaris – Amboseli, Masai Mara, Samburu and Lake Nakuru – have an incredible wildlife watching opportunities. The dense wildlife populations in all of these parks make them good throughout the safari destinations that enable you to see as various animal species ‘’and different species’’ as you can in a short period of time.
Other parks act more for specialist like birds and primate’s species of Kakamega and the sitatunga in Saiwa swamp hence allowing you to tick off a hard-to-find species and without the crowds.
More of exclusive Kenyan safari experience is possible in the conservancies of Laikipia though it requires you to pay more but with the exception of OI Pejeta Conservancy, crowds are non- existent and wildlife viewing is rewarding. Visitors who usually visit these conservancies, can attempt to get off road, meaning that you will get a lot closer to the animals than you will in a national park.
How safe is Kenya for tourists?
Absolutely, Kenya Safari is safe and we simply recommend you to visit Kenya and experience some important things. Nairobi being the capital city of Kenya has got a lot tourist attractions though their other Kenyan cities that offers a reputation for violent crime. The best way to visit other Kenyan cities is to follow local’s advice when it comes to these cities.
Other danger you may face is you traveling on the country’s roads, of which accident rate is extremely high. You can try to minimize the danger by spending as little time as you can in Nairobi and other cities. Kenya’s charm unique places in its major urban centers – advise you not travel at night to the parks. The danger from wild animals is minimal; because Kenya safari trips and operators have perfect safety records and you should be well conversant on safari, if you follow the safety instructions given by the guides.
How do I select a reliable tour operator for a Kenyan safari?
The best options to select a reliable tour operator for a Kenyan safari experience is to visit the trip adviser review through reading all about the safari experience of other travelers. You visiting their reviews will answer many of your questions ‘’ before you’ve asked them’’ or speak to the professionalism of the many operators with whom they’ve traveled.
However, it’s extremely important that you contact any tour companies with whom you can contact before you make a booking, and ask any questions you may have. You could want to know from the mode of transport, frequency of meals or daily safari schedules to the language spoken by your guide or number of visitors in your vehicles. Note; You should be as specific as you can.
Note; Not all operators offer perfect Kenya Safari, but there’s no substitute for being informed. The operator’s willingness to answer questions can be a good guide to their dealing with people on Kenya tour.
What type of accommodation can I expect?
Generally, the higher your Kenya safari price, the better you can expect your accommodation to be. If you looking for lower accommodation ends – book campsites or budget lodge which are usually basic, and sometimes are not located within the national parks or reserves but are well priced and often have excellent facilities that may boost client’s minds such as showers and toilets.
Accommodations -lodges are the mainstay of the Kenya tour scene and the quality varies from many lodges within the reserves and national parks. But they all have excellent locations though they look old and in need of renovation. While others are perfect luxurious with good amenities.
Tented camps include mobile camps, where you will sleep in large, walk in tents. They look like lodge rooms in terms of size but with canvas for walls and floor. There are also canvas tents that provide comfortable stay in the middle of Africa jungle -enjoy great sounds of the African night.
Most lodge rooms and tents have comfortable beds, a desk and unique private bathroom; some lodges have perfected an outdoor shower with no roof but walls that protect your modesty.
What can I expect from a safari in Kenya?
A lot must be expected because Kenya ranks as one of the world’s most famous safari destinations for the Great migration on the Masai Mara Game Reserve, with its thousands of wildebeests and zebras following the green pastures. More so, a home rich to wildlife species ‘’Big Five’’, beautiful land scape as well as unique culture. Apart from, hosting diversity of wildlife, Kenya offers popular national parks and wildlife reserves.