Kenya: A Romance with Africa
The original safari destination in Africa, Kenya is a classic. There’s a nostalgia here that recalls luxury camps, canvas tents, and gin and tonic sundowners. On a Kenya safari, it’s easy to believe you’re in a scene straight from “Out of Africa.”
A Kenya safari promises the thrill of the wild against a backdrop of savannah plains, acacia forests, and the snow-capped peak of Tanzania’s Mt Kilimanjaro. Then there’s the Masai Mara and its annual showstopping wildlife spectacle, the Great Migration. Add on the Great Rift Valley and Indian Ocean coastline, and Kenya is a country that indeed has it all.
Kenya’s legendary national parks and game reserves, from the Masai Mara National Reserve to the Lake Nakuru National Park, boast almost guaranteed sightings of Africa’s Big 5 (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant). Expect generous sightings of large herds of antelope and hundreds of colourful birds. Don’t be surprised, however, if the tall and dignified red-robed Maasai steal the show. These semi-nomadic people are one of the world’s last great warrior cultures and an enduring symbol of traditional Kenyan culture.
And when you’ve had your fill of the wild, there are miles of white sandy beaches inviting you to go diving, snorkelling, windsurfing, or just to put your feet up, kick back and adjust your body clock to Kenya time.
When to Go:
Game viewing is at its best during the dry seasons (May to September, and January through February). The safari high season runs from July through November, when the annual wildebeest migration is in full swing. If you’re a birder, visit Kenya between October and April when the migrant species have arrived.
Without a doubt, the Masai Mara offers spectacular game viewing, including the annual wildebeest migration.
Witness striking Mount Kilimanjaro from Amboseli National Park, home to the biggest tusker elephants in Africa.
Learn about the lifestyle of the Maasai people, Kenya’s fascinating pastoral tribe.
Top Destinations in Kenya Safari
The Masai Mara forms one of the largest natural ecosystems in East Africa, extending over the Kenyan border into Tanzania, where it meets the Serengeti National Park. During June and July, visitors flock to the infamous Mara River where the culmination of many months of traversing the southern and central plains of the Serengeti come to a head: the wildebeest migration arrives for the deadly crossing.
As crocodiles snap up wildebeest, zebra and gazelle, photographers delight in capturing the incredible moments on camera. But the wildebeest migration is not the only attraction. The reserve is known for its truly spectacular game viewing: lion, elephant, cheetah and leopard are all seen regularly out on the savannah, and amongst the scrub and hilly landscape.
The Masai Mara – also known just as ‘The Mara’ by the locals, was named in honour of the ancestral Maasai people who still live traditional lifestyles in the area. A visit to one of the local villages is a real highlight, as you’ll get to experience their unique way of life, and perhaps even witness the competitive jumping dance of the warriors!
When to Go
The Masai Mara offers year-round game viewing, during both the dry and green season. If you are keen to witness the wildebeest crossing of the Mara River, then you’ll need to be in the reserve in June – July, but be warned! This is high season in the Mara and you’ll want to book far in advance to ensure your spot.
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Witness the greatest wildlife show on earth when over a million wildebeest, gazelle and zebra charge towards better grazing areas, dangerously crossing the Mara River where crocodiles lie in wait. No wonder it is listed as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa.
The Maasai are known for their bright red tunics, jumping feats and intricate jewellery. Spend time with these friendly, semi-nomadic people on a safari which promises an authentic cultural experience.
Gallop among the herds of the Masai Mara on horseback. This game viewing experience will take you deep into the game-rich plains for up-close wildlife encounters.
One of the best ways to experience the Masai Mara is in a hot air balloon. Floating above golden plains crisscrossed with game tracks, while searching for leopard, rhino and other animals will both excite and move you.
Capture every moment on a Masai Mara Photographic Safari. From big predators to big events such as the Great Migration, your expert guides are with you all the way to make sure you find the perfect angle.