With top-notch Game Parks, blinding white beaches, ancient sites, and traditional towns, African Safari Kenya takes you to one of the world’s most exciting safari destinations. Kenya Safari tours are highlighted with the real star of the show, wildlife. A Kenya safari holiday offers you this chance to get close encounters with the big five and big cats in their natural habitats. The key national parks in Kenya for a Safari are Masai Mara National Reserve, Amboseli National Park, and Samburu National Park but there are many other amazing parks in Kenya with the largest being Tsavo which is divided to Tsavo east and Tsavo west then there is Lake Nakuru National Park, Lake Naivasha and Nairobi National Park in the center of Kenya.
Kenya Safari Packages
Few destinations in the world can evoke such powerful and visual images the country offers. Kenya has vast savannas, immense herds of wildlife, and people with proud traditions on the soil where humanity was born. This is also the land of the Maasai Mara where over 1.3 million wildebeests and zebras migrate from Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park to Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve on an epic journey known as the Great Wildebeest Migration. A Kenya Safari Masai Mara takes you on a journey to track the events of the Great Migration as it happens in The Mara. Africa is the last great wilderness where these creatures survive, Kenya is a major weight to answer Africa’s call of the wild, there’s possibly no better place in the world to watch elephants than Amboseli National Park. In the country’s south is Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro which is the backdrop for seemingly every picture you’ll take here apart from elephant sightings, wildebeests, zebras, lions, and hyenas which may cross your path via its rolling Savannah studded with flattop acacia trees. Maasai Mara is an iconic East African landscape that’s home to some of the highest concentrations of wildlife on the planet occupying a special place.
Kenya Safari Masai Mara National Reserve
Kenya safari Masai Mara takes you to Kenya’s most visited National Park. Backed by the spectacular Esoit Oloololo Escarpment, watered by the Mara River and littered with an astonishing amount of wildlife is the renowned Masai Mara National Reserve. Embark on a Kenya Safari in Mara to visit this 1510 sq km of open rolling Savannah grassland which is also the Northern extension of renowned Serengeti National Park.
The Mara is considered to be one of the greatest wildlife reserves in African due to the incomparable population of lions, cheetahs, leopards, and Elephants within the Reserve among other wildlife species.
Although the concentrations of wildlife are typically highest in the swampy area around the escarpment on the reserves western edge, superior roads to Kenya Masai Mara safari Holidays draw most visitors to the eastern side. Of the big cats, sandy-eyed lions are found in large prides everywhere, and while on your Masai Mara Kenya safari game drives it is uncommon to see lions hunting. Breathtaking at any time of the year Kenya Masai Mara Safari reaches its peak during its wildebeest migration in July to September when millions of herd animals move north of Serengeti National Park into Masai Mara Kenya seeking lusher grass before they make another return journey in October.
Masai Mara comprises two major sectors; Masai Mara National Reserve and The Mara Triangle, however, it also encompasses other conservancies to include: Olkinyei, Siana, Maji Moto, Koiyaki, Naikara, Lemek, Ol Derkesi, and Oloirien. Cheetahs and leopards in Mara are less visible, but still fairly common and elephants, Buffaloes, Zebras, and numerous other grazers occur in quantities that boggle the mind. Maasai Mara National Reserve gets its name from the local Kiswahili word, “Mara” which means “spotted”. The wildlife reserve was named in honor of the local tribe who occupy the plains of the region known as the Maasai people. Kenya safari tours to Maasai Mara often feature visits to Maasai local communities for a cultural encounter with the tribe.
At Masai Mara Holidays, we emphasize our Safari book to this renowned reserve with tailor-made privately organized Kenya Masai Mara Safari packages from 2 days to multi-day tours features other safari destinations in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda.
While the wildlife is what’s put Kenya Maasai Mara safari on the map, these lands are also home to one of the most extraordinary tribes on earth, you’ve probably seen footage Kenya Safari Tours and Holidays comprising of the Maasai colored beads close-cropped hair the brightest of clothing and the most enviable of bone structure but beneath the striking athletic exterior looks lies a fearsome reputation renowned as warriors and cattle rustlers.
While on a Kenya Masai Mara safari, the Masaai village between Oloolaimutiek and Sekenani Gates welcomes you for a cultural visit. Maasai not only prefer their meat raw but they like to wash it down with pure cow blood. Circumcision is practiced in many cultures, the Maasai prefer to perform it without anesthetic.
The bright red color of most of their clothing is used to scare off predators. While they still look fierce, the Maasai People are also mighty friendly, they perform a dance to welcome visitors to their villages while on Kenya Safaris to the National Parks, and the same dance is traditionally used for other more vital purposes. The jumping dance they perform is a source of popularity within the community in a way that for a Masai man to have many girlfriends, he has to jump highest. On an African Safari to Kenya, you will have a chance to visit this unique tribe, the Maasai are known to settle within most National Parks
Amboseli National Park
A Kenya Safari Tour to Amboseli takes you to a home to more than 50 species of mammal including elephant, hippo, cheetah, leopard, hyenas, and much more. This prime elephant country should definitely make it to your Kenya safari itinerary if you want to shoot some photos of these monolithic beasts. At 392 sq km, Amboseli is a small national park though the landscape provides limited cover for wildlife which at some point is an advantage toward game viewing.
Amboseli National Park is a popular park with breathtaking views of Africa’s highest mountain, Mountain Kilimanjaro. A key attraction is centrally placed at an observation Hill which offers great views of the plains below. Although the park may not boast of greater wildlife found in Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru, it is considered the third most popular park for your Kenya Safari Holiday.
While on your African safari Kenya to Amboseli you will notice that Animals are easily seen on game drives. Amboseli National Park is one of the most photographed wildlife areas in the world, huge elephant herds stroll across the plains with a snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro forming one of the most recognized and iconic shots on the planet. Major sections of the park for clear game viewing while on your Kenya Safaris and tours include Amboseli’s permanent swamp of Enkongo Narok and Olokenya which are the Centre of elephants, hippos, Buffaloes, and water birds. Furthermore; look out for Normatior (observation hill) which provides a clear view to orientate yourself to the plains, swamps, and roads below. Towards the eastern side of Amboseli lies the largest and oldest parks in the country the Tsavo East and Tsavo West National parks.
Lake Nakuru National Park
Internationally known as an important Bird natural sanctuary, Lake Nakuru is home to thousands of different bird species. The 188 square kilometer Lake Nakuru is the only Kenya Wildlife Service administered reserve that is fully enclosed.
Once just a bird sanctuary, Lake Nakuru is now the best place for a Kenya Safari Holiday to see the highly protected black and white rhino rumbling like steamrollers through the bushes and at the Lakes southern end, other animals in the park include lion leopard, flamingo, Egyptian geese, waterbuck, giraffe, impala, buffalo, Babu’s velvet monkeys, and gazelles.
The park is most famous for the colony of pelicans and flamingos that cover the lake in thousands. However, the population of lesser and greater flamingoes has risen and fallen with the soda lakes erratic water levels
Samburu National Reserve
Kenya Safari Holidays to Samburu National Reserve take you to a home of the majority of large African mammals; elephants, rhinoceroses, hippopotami, big cats such as the lion and leopard, and an extremely large number of herbivores. The reserve also houses a large number of lesser species that take advantage of the resources of an environment that remains sterile for the greater part of the year during the dry season. The waters of the Oso nagito River flow even in the dry season except in years of prolonged droughts such as in 1986 and 1987 the course of the river enables large Nile crocodiles to live here which are to be seen sunning themselves on its banks. Encounter crocodiles can reach lengths of up to 5 meters on a Kenya Safari tour to Samburu National Park.
African safari Kenya Lake Naivasha takes you to a home of an incredible variety of bird species to include the fish eagle. Lake Naivasha covers an area of 170 sq km and is known to be one of the freshwater lakes in Kenya. Since the water can be used for irrigation, the surrounding countryside is a major irrigation farming area. The eastern side of the lake is Crescent Island Sanctuary, a protruding rim of a collapsed volcanic crater that is explored on a boat cruise. Further exploration on a Kenya safari in Naivasha take you to the adjacent Hells Gate National Park and Mount Longonot
Hells Gate National Park
Covering an area of about 68 square kilometers, Hell’s Gate National Park is one of the few game parks in Kenya where you can visit on a Kenya Safari tour and walk, run or cycle alongside zebra gazelles and other wildlife.
The breathtaking scenery of this park has over the years inspired the filming of various Hollywood movies including King Solomon’s Mines and Tomb Rider. Besides that, Hell’s Gate National Park features the fishes tower a prominent volcanic plug standing 25 meters high over the surrounding flat valley floor for seasoned rock climbing enthusiasts and beginners.
Hikers on Kenya safari Holidays will often be spotted scaling their way up this imposing tower. The jewel of Hell’s Gate however is Ol Karia gorge, a 24-kilometer deep ravine lined with the short cliff, it is endowed with hot water springs feeding a stream that meanders down the floor of the gorge as it cuts its way through the rugged and semi-arid surrounding landscape the gorge widens out as it weaves its way down and out of the National Park it is arguably one of the most beautiful places to go for a hike while of an African Safari Kenya.
Kenya safari to Mount Longonot takes you 75km northwest of Nairobi to Longonot village, few places in Kenya offer better rift valley views than the serrated crater rim of Mount Longonot. Hike the mountain to the back and back can be a day’s hike, further exploration depending on your fitness can take you to the rim tour on the top of the mountain. This is a major destination for adventurers seeking a less challenging hike on a Kenya safari tour combined with the western safari Parks.
This beautiful soda lake comprises of a shoreline that is often fringed in rainbow shades, courtesy of the hundred brilliant flamingoes and other birds. However, it is not a National Park So no entry fees are charged. While exploring on a Kenya Safari holiday, you can walk around parts of the shoreline that are not privately owned.
Tsavo East and Tsavo West National parks
These are located between the two cities of Nairobi and Mombasa at nearly 22,000 square kilometers, The two Tsavo parks are among some of the world’s largest National Parks.
The slightly larger Tsavo East fondly referred to as the theatre of the wild is generally flat with dry Plains across which the Galan River flows. Other features to explore while on a Kenya Safari Holiday to Tsavo include the yata plateau and the Lugosi Falls on the other side of the highway lies.
The land of lava springs and man-eaters. Tsavo offers some of the most magnificent game drives in the world’s vast herds of dust, red elephants, fat pods of hippos, giant crocodile,s and a kaleidoscope of birdlife
Meru National Park
Meru National Park is a rarely visited and remote park that was home to Joy and George Adamson in the 1960s in the 1970s that was visited by as many as 30,000 tourists each year mainly as result of the film “Born Free”. On its own mirror, Meru National Park is not particularly large, at just 870 square kilometers. It’s framed to the northwest by the young Bonnie Hills which separated from the neighboring Shaba and to the south the Tana River forms the boundary on its way from Mount Kenya. Meru is part of a complex of protected areas along the Tana River that includes the adjacent bazaar Nadi and Winkie national reserves brilliantly painted on a magnificent scale this park features luxurious forests, rivers, swamps, grasslands, termite cathedrals, and an ever-evolving dance between clouds with sky presenting superb wildlife viewing opportunities. The park has 13 permanent rivers that flow out of the Ambani hills and drain into the Tana River, the rivers break up the monotony of the open woodland and are a defining vital life force during the dry season. The National Park is rich in wildlife with an abundance of rare northern specialist species such as the Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, and the Baeza Oryx. Other animals found in the park include elephants, lions, and rhinos to be seen in the forty square kilometer rhino sanctuary within the park. The sanctuary is home to both white rhino and the indigenous black rhino, lavish vegetation stunning scenery big cats, giant tusks and glorious sunsets, Meru National Park in Kenya has it all.
Aberdare National Park
Aberdare National Park was created in 1950 to protect the forested slopes and more of the Aberdare mountains. The scenery in this park is quite spectacular and impressive as is the range of wildlife.
There are series of spectacular Falls with the famous Karuru Falls having the deepest drop plunging more than 300meters. The park is part of the Aberdare range. To the Kikuyu people, the range is known as the fara, the place of mist and blue. This according to the culture of the Kikuyu is the alternative place of their God whose main residence is on mounds camp.
The range was named the Aberdare range in1884 by the Scottish Explorer Joseph Thompson, the entire forest has been fenced to protect settlement farmers from animals and to create a rhino and forest sanctuary. Aberdare became famous in 1950 when Princess Elizabeth became Queen of England visited on a Kenya safari to the park, this was after the death of King George the 4th. She had been on honeymoon at the treetops hotel and had gone as a princess only to come down a queen. Rugged terrain streams and waterfalls combined to create an area of great scenic beauty in the National Park. The spectacular countryside picturesque way with no doubt cut your attention while on a Kenya Safari tour to Aberdare national park, the park covers an area of 767 square kilometers, the topography is quite diverse all into the deep ravines cutting through the forested eastern and western slopes. The park also has a wide range of landscapes including mountain peaks that rise up to 14,000 feet above sea level. Established in 1950 the Aberdare National Park forms part of the Aberdare mountain range. A visit to the park will undoubtedly expose you to various wildlife species within the park including members of the big five. Visitors can indulge in picnic and camping activities in a protected environment
Established in 1967 the name OLDONYO means a large mountain in the Masai language, it’s also referred to as Kili Mambo go in Swahili which means Buffalo Mountain. OLDONYO is a mountain in central Kenya, the peak at height of 2,145 meters was named by the Maasai pastoralists. It is a great Kenya safari holiday option for travelers who love outdoor activities. The ecosystem of OLDONYO constitutes a mountain that is entirely covered with dense montane forests except for a small area at the very top. The height makes a great bonding experience for a group of friends or family on a safari in Kenya. Near the peak of the mountain is the grave of Lord mac millan his wife and their beloved dog. Lord mac Millan was a decorated American soldier knighted by the king of England, he and his wife were great philanthropists and established the Matt Millen library in central Nairobi? A short drive east gets to Lord McMillan’s home visited by former American President, Theodore Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill amongst other very important guests. The house had served as a jailhouse during the Second World War; here you can get to explore the theory space the prisoners were kept captive. A visit while on a Kenya safari tour here will offer you a unique historical experience.
Ruma National Park
Ruma National park is situated in Lamba Valley in South Nyanza, 140 kilometers from Kisumu, 10 kilometers east of Lake Victoria, southwest of Homer Bay, and 425 kilometers west of Nairobi. The Park lies on the flat floor of the Lamba valley bordered by the Kanawha escarpment to the southeast grassy hills, Sumba Hill, and brewery hills to the north.
The park covers an area of 120 square kilometers it was initially established as the Lamba Valley Game Reserve in 1966 to protect its indigenous population of rare Rhone antelopes which exists nowhere else in Kenya. In 1983 it was gazetted as the Ruma National Park, it was renamed Ruma upon request of the local community,
the area had been named by one of Kenya’s most powerful wizards, the much-feared Gore Mejia who lived around the park. The park is large of black cotton soil and lies in western Kenya close to the shores of Africa’s largest inland lake, Lake Victoria. Ruma National park provides game viewing and birding excursions, tranquility, and peace for meditation, historians campers, team-building picnics, sundowners, and scenic beauty. Some of the wildlife you can view at Ruma are the Roan antelope, leopard, buffalo, hyena, Rothschild giraffe, baboons, honey badgers, and many more
Kora National Park
Few places offer a more genuine wilderness ambiance than the remote as the rugged Kora National Park, rarely visited utterly unspoiled and easily the most geographically diverse park in Kenya. Kora is a haven for Safari professionals and wildlife experts, alike the park is commonly described as the last wilderness. Its most easterly point is a place called Adamson’s falls on the Tana River. It borders on Mara National Park where Linus Elsa of Born Free Fame had lived and was in 1960. The two parks are linked by a bridge built over the Tana River forming one of the most important ecosystems in Kenya covering an area of 1,800 spectrometers. This is the third-largest park in Kenya and perhaps the whole park of Kenya’s conservation with its rich history and inspiration of the award selling book and film” born free” Once a low season forgotten part of Kenya, Kora owes a large part of its existence to George Adamson, the father of lions or Baba a Simba as he was fondly referred to. His pioneering efforts go back to the 1970s when he had rented the poorer area for the rehabilitation of his lions, the area was subsequently proclaimed a national reserve and it was Georgia’s long-cherished dream that Kora would one day be a national park was finally realized in 1989 just three days before he was murdered by poachers. George is buried in the park beside his brother Terrence who had died two years earlier and close to the graves of his two beloved lions. The grave is a simple mound of quartz boulders among the thorn trees, it is very close to Campea Simba where he lived. Campea Simba is situated at the base of the giant outcrop that is the Kora rock, here Georgia’s camp still stands as the camp’s fence, the workshop, and the remains of the old kitchen. Striking sites in Kora include the isolated rocky outcrops covered in vegetation which creates random islands above the plains. Only one source of permanent water serves this arid region and that is Kenya’s largest river the Tana. The sudden appearance of lush green oasis created by the lines of domed palms which shelter the banks of the river create a stunning contrast from the thorny scrub bush thicket abound in the park along the river elephants are easily spotted sheltering from the sweltering heat but perhaps the best feature of Korra is its mesmerizing sunsets truly a marvel of Kenya Safari
There are quite a number of factors you may need to consider when choosing what time of the year to visit Kenya. The main tourist season is January and February
Best time to travel Kenya
There are quite a number of factors you may need to consider when choosing what time of the year to visit Kenya. The main tourist season is January and February never the less the reason for your visit determines which Is the excellent time to visit.
If you visit for safari then it’s good all over the year but if you come for the wild beasts migration in Masai Mara then July to September it’s your time to be there. This is also the most expensive season for a Kenya Safari Holiday. Are you visiting for a beach holiday then January to March is perfect but if you wish to combine both Safari and beach holiday then July to October is the perfect season
Language Spoken in Kenya
Kenyans speak Swahili which is a mixture between Portuguese Arabic and the local Bantu language. This will be the most common language you will hear while on a safari to Kenya within the National Parks. Swahili is also spoken in other countries like Tanzania and also Uganda but never the less most of the people speak English in Kenya
Kenya Visa Acquisition
You will need a visa to travel to Kenya, applying for a visa to Kenya can be Both online and upon arrival. Upon arrival, acquiring a visa will cost you a fee of about 40 Euros. However, most recent updates inform us that visa on arrival could be banned and no longer considered an option there we advise that you apply online prior to your travel dates
ATM and money
When on a Kenya Safari, keep in mind to ensure that you sort out your money in bigger cities like Nairobi or Mombasa and because you don’t get to find ATMs everywhere. Most national parks in Kenya are located in rural areas where you won’t be able to access an ATM. Furthermore, ATM machines In Kenya only accept Visa cards, MasterCard, plus, and Cirrus international networks. It’s advisable to always have a little bit of cash with you or maybe also carry two different credit cards to be on a safer side. To not more, be aware that there’s a daily limit on some ATMs where you can only withdraw up to a certain amount a day
Yellow fever Certificate and Malaria
When you’re traveling to Kenya for a Safari you need to have a yellow fever certificate depending on where you an arriving from. There are regions considered to be yellow fever-free zones therefore travelers coming from such regions are exempted from the yellow fever certificate. Should your country lie within the yellow fever zone then you are expected to show this certificate at the airport or borders as a requirement to let you through. Malaria does exist in Kenya especially in Safari destinations that’s why you will find all Safari lodges with mosquito nets on their beds. It is advisable that you are required to carry with you mosquito repellent
Tipping people that work in bars and restaurants should be part of your agenda because these dedicated people don’t earn a lot so they depend on tips. It is advisable to tip them whenever you can.
There are different ways of getting around in Kenya to include; uber which works quite perfectly well in the big cities like Nairobi and Mombasa. Uber is very convenient in cases when there’s no rush hour, it really works. For the case of rush hour, matatus are three tire bikes specially made to beat the jam of the cities. As a tip, the best and cheapest option for you to travel is during the day, this also gives you an opportunity to mingle with the locals.