When one thinks of Africa, one is generally thinking of Kenya. Kenya is the home of the original African safari. Within the borders of a single country, you will find savannahs rich with big game, timeless cultures, pristine beaches, coral reefs, equatorial forests, snowcapped mountains, searing deserts and cool highland retreats. A country with endless opportunities for adventure, discovery and relaxation.
Highlights during any trip to Kenya include:
- Nairobi – Kenya’s capital and largest city. This is the only city in the world that grew out of a national park. The Nairobi national park, a world heritage site, is just 20 minutes south of the city. The city now has twelve golf courses and is an emerging golf destination.
- The Masai Mara – known as one of the world’s greatest wildlife reserves and is famous for playing host to the world’s greatest natural spectacle, the great Wildebeest Migration.
- Amboseli National Park – a place of wide dry plains where the horizons become one with the sky. The sight of snowcapped Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, high above herds of elephant crossing the plains of Amboseli is a timeless African image.
- Great Rift Valley – forms a trench down the length of Africa that is visible from the moon! Take in the alkaline lakes, flamingos, hot springs and abundant wildlife…
- Lake Victoria – is Africa’s largest lake. It is also the largest tropical lake in the world, and the planet’s second largest freshwater lake. Perfect for relaxing on unspoilt beaches and enjoying dhow safaris to secluded islands.
- Lamu – is a peaceful tropical island where life is lived at its own relaxed rhythm, but a place whose history is as fascinating as the winding streets of its medieval stone town. The island itself is a beautiful place of rolling dunes and endless beaches, where tiny villages nestle among coconut and mango plantations and lateen sailed dhows ply the waters. Lamu makes for a blissful beach escape.
- Mombasa Coastline – located on Kenya’s Eastern coastline bordering the Indian Ocean, Mombasa is popular for its beaches, snorkeling, diverse marine life, world-class hotels and friendly people. The coast of Kenya has a well deserved reputation for big game fishing and is an excellent add on to a safari.
- Samburu National Reserve – one of the areas in which conservationists Geoge and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the lioness, made famous in the bestselling book and award winning movie Born Free. Home to some of Kenya’s most unique wildlife.
- Tsavo – the twin national parks of Tsavo East and West together form one of Africa’s largest wilderness reserves. Tsavo as a whole consists of ten million acres of pure wilderness. A bird watchers paradise.
Best time to travel:
It’s generally sunny, dry and not too hot for most of the year in Kenya despite being situated on the equator.
- The best time to visit Kenya is during the dry seasons from January to March and July through to October.
- From July to October the annual migration of millions of wildebeest, zebra and gnus descend on the Mara plains with predators close behind. It is an extremely busy and exciting time to visit
- The best time to enjoy Kenya’s magnificent bird life is from January to March.
- The rainy season is March to May and November to December.