KENYA

Kenya Safari Lions with Inspired Journeys
Kenya’s abundant wildlife includes the “Big 5”

Resting on the Great Rift Valley and presided over by Mount Kilimanjaro, Kenya is characterized by beautiful natural landscapes of forested hills, patchwork farms, wooded savanna and vast forests brimming with an extraordinary abundance of wildlife.

 

The nation’s diverse range of traditional African cultures is influenced by over 70 unique ethnic groups from the Maasai, Samburu, Kikuyu, and Turkana tribes to the Arabs and Indians that settled on the coast.

 

Add to this the golden beaches of the Kenyan coast, providing excellent snorkeling and diving opportunities and a slew of lively beach resorts.

 

It is easy to see why so many visitors flock here from around the world to experience a truly unique African adventure in one of the world’s most pristine safari destinations.

MAASAI MARA

The Maasai Mara is one of Africa’s most famous wildlife parks. The image of acacia trees dotting endless grass plains epitomizes Africa for many.

 

The undeniable highlight of the Masai Mara is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration traversing the vast plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. It is known as the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains.

 

Large prides of lions, elephants, giraffes, gazelles and eland can also be spotted in the reserve. Aside from horse riding safaris and traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential.

 

KENYAN COAST

Kenya coast inspired JoruneysThe Kenyan Coastline is a tropical paradise where palm-fringed white-sand beaches welcome visitors who come for the tropical weather, the teeming coral reefs, world-class fishing and to be embraced by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

 

The offshore reefs are remarkable, offering excellent snorkeling and diving in an underwater wonderland inhabited by a wide array of brilliantly colored fish, sea turtles, dolphins and dazzling coral gardens.

 

Adventure enthusiasts flock here for the water-sports, nature lovers visit for the immense beauty of the coastline, and all travelers can bathe themselves in the rich cultural heritage and fascinating history of the magnificent Kenyan Coast.

 

OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY

Rhino sanctuary Ol Pejeta Kenya

Ol Pejeta Conservancy is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa. It is also home to the last two remaining northern white rhino in the world.

 

Originally a working cattle ranch in colonial Kenya and now a pioneering wildlife conservancy, Ol Pejeta works to protect wildlife and provide a sanctuary for rescued chimpanzees.

 

The Conservancy is a popular safari destination and is home to the renowned ‘Big Five’ as well as a wide selection of other African animals including: zebra, giraffe, hippo, cheetah, jackal, serval, hyena, vervet monkey and many more. Visitors can enjoy an assortment of outdoor activities such as horse rides, game walks, and nocturnal game drives.

 

SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE

Rhino Tracking Kenya Samburu

Samburu National Reserve is remote, hot and arid. The reserve spans over 165 square kilometres of spectacularly scenic landscape featuring rugged hills, undulating plains and riverine forests. The park is home to a variety of rare species such as the reticulated giraffe, the long necked gerenuk, Somali ostrich, Grevy’s Zebra and Beisa Oryx.

 

AMBOSELI NATIONAL PARK

The landscape of Amboseli is dominated by the majestic snow cap of Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as open plains, acacia woodland, swamps and the massif of Ol Doinyo Orok. The birding is excellent, especially closer to the lakes and swamps. The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to large herds of elephants among other wildlife species.

 

NAIROBI

Nairobi National Park GiraffeThe capital of Kenya is East Africa’s most cosmopolitan city. It serves as an excellent starting point for African safari trips around Kenya.

 

Nairobi is Africa’s 4th largest city and is a vibrant and exciting place, and although it has developed a reputation which keeps tourist visits brief, there are some fascinating attractions: its cafe culture, unbridled nightlife, the National Museum, the Karen Blixen Museum and most notably just 20 minutes from the city centre wild lions and buffalo roam in the world’s only urban game reserve.

 

Make sure you pay a visit to the elephant orphanage operated by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.


LESS VISITED AREAS:

 

LAIKIPIA

Laikipia is where Kenya’s wild and semi-arid northern frontier country begins. The region is made up of privately owned and community ranches centred around the Laikipia National Reserve. Known as one of Kenya’s best safari areas, the high plains of Laikipia feature vast open stretches of African savanna scattered with abundant game.

 

LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK

Lake Nakuru National Park was created to protect the Lake and its large flocks of Lesser Flamingo, which are drawn to the algae that flourish in the saline waters of this soda lake. The national park is inhabited by over 50 mammal species including hippo, black and white rhino, Rothschild giraffe, buffalo and eland and is known as a bird watcher’s paradise, with over 450 bird species.

 

MERU NATIONAL PARK

Covering over 800 square kilometres, this park is wild and beautiful featuring diverse scenery with lush swamplands, thick jungle, vast savannah. Game to view includes some of the less regularly sighted animals like oryx, lesser kudu, duiker, dik-dik and over 300 species of birds. Visitors can soak up the spectacular views of Mount Kenya, spot game along the Tana River and view the cascading Adamson’s Falls.

 

TSAVO EAST NATIONAL PARK

Separating northern and southern Kenya, Tsavo East National Park features bushy grasslands, open plains dotted with baobabs alternating with semi-arid acacia scrub and lush woodlands. The arid environment with its unique red earth creates spectacular photo opportunities. This park is home to some of the largest elephant and buffalo herds in Kenya.

 

TSAVO WEST NATIONAL PARK

Tsavo West National Park stretches for over 9000 square kilometres and is one of Kenya’s most rewarding parks. Tsavo West has spectacular natural scenery which includes volcanic cones, swamps, rocky outcrops and lava flows, mountains, river forest, plains, lakes, natural springs and wooded grassland. Natural attractions include: the Mzima Springs, the main source of water for the Tsavo River; the Chaimu Crater; and the Roaring Rocks, offering panoramic views.

Quick Facts

Capital city: Nairobi

Area: 580,367 km2

Population: 51,114,087 (estimated 2018)

Languages: The Bantu Swahili language and English, the latter being inherited from colonial rule (British Kenya), are widely spoken as lingua franca. They serve as the two official working languages. Including second-language speakers, there are more speakers of Swahili than English in Kenya.

Climate & Seasons

Kenya lies on the equator and has a pleasant, tropical climate, but there are large regional climatic variations influenced by several factors, including altitude. Kenya’s daytime temperatures average between 20°C and 28°C, but it is warmer on the coast. The coast is hot and humid all year round, but the heat is tempered by the monsoon winds. Kenya is too close to the equator to experience a real winter and summer. There is, however, both a Dry and Wet season.

 

DRY SEASON

 

June, July, August, September & October – These are the coldest months. Temperatures vary significantly per region and because of their difference in altitude. Daytime temperatures are usually around 23°C at higher altitudes, such as the Masai Mara, and 28°C at lower altitudes, such as the coastal areas. During the Dry season, the sky is clear and days are sunny. Early morning temperatures at higher altitude are typically 10°C. It is advisable to pack warm clothing, as morning game drives in open vehicles will be cold. There is very little rain in most of the country, so these are the least humid months, making it the best time to stay at one of Kenya’s beautiful beaches.

 

WET SEASON

 

During the Wet season daytime temperatures are between 24°C and 27°C at higher altitudes. At lower altitudes daytime temperatures are more consistent and hover around 30°C. Mornings stay cool at higher altitudes, and it is advisable to pack warm clothes for early morning game drives in open vehicles. From December to April, the humidity is intense in Tsavo and the coastal areas.

 

November & December – ‘Short rains’: A period of unpredictable, short rains between November and December that lasts about a month. The rain is sometimes heavy, but mostly falls in the late afternoon or evening, and will seldom have a negative impact on your safari.

 

January & Februay – During these months, a dry spell in the rainy season occurs with less rainfall. How long the spell lasts and when it takes place exactly is unpredictable.

 

March, April & May – ‘Long rains’: These months get the most rain, and there can be a downpour on a daily basis, although it seldom lasts the whole day. It’s very cloudy, especially in the highlands, including Aberdare NP and Laikipia Plateau. Humidity is higher and will be particularly noticeable in the coastal regions

Map of Kenya National Parks

Covering 580,367 km2, Kenya is a big country. The common point of entry for a safari in Kenya is Nairobi. Nairobi is one of Africa’s biggest transport hubs. Many airlines fly to Kenya and competition is strong, making flights to Nairobi relatively inexpensive.

 

Kenya’s main airport is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), located 15km southeast of Nairobi. Kenya’s second international Airport is Moi International Airport (MBA), located 9km west of Mombasa, but aside from flights to Zanzibar, this is primarily used for domestic and charter flights.

 

From Nairobi or Mombasa, one can fly or drive between reserves, or opt to do a bit of both. The road to the Masai Mara is long and bumpy, and the location of the park is remote in comparison to others, which makes flying the most attractive option. Some of the private parks in Laikipia are also often traveled to by air. Other parks can easily be reached by road. Most domestic flights out of Nairobi depart from Wilson Airport (WIL), 6km south of Nairobi.

Kenyan Itineraries

Kenya Walking Safari - 15 Days
Come face to face with the big 5
This is an example itinerary built for the brave. It is focused on walking safaris in remote Kenyan regions.

It will offer you the opportunity to track black rhino in northern kenya and sleep in lion country in a small fly camp in the mara region.

A true african adventure that brings you up close and personal with the wilderness

Traditional Kenyan Safari - 11 DAYS
Immerse yourself in history and modern culture
Go for a traditional safari and maximize your chances of seeing most of the wildlife and natural splendour Kenya has to offer.

This example itinerary takes you through some of the highlights of Kenya, and gives you the opportunity to see the Great Migration (in the Maasai Mara), the Big 5 and much much more!

KENYA GALLERIES