Fall in love with Africa on safari in Kenya.
The original safari destination, Kenya in East Africa stretches from the Indian Ocean coast in the east to Lake Victoria in the west, and borders Tanzania in the south. Encompassing savannah plains, lakelands and acacia forests – and home to the Big 5 (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino), Kenya promises a classic safari experience. There’s a nostalgia here that recalls luxury camps, canvas tents, and gin and tonic sunset cocktails. On safari in Kenya, it’s easy to believe you’re in a scene straight from “Out of Africa.”
Those in the know will tell you that the ultimate Kenya safari includes witnessing the Great Migration in the Masai Mara, seeing the snow-capped vista of Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro from Amboseli National Park, and taking part in authentic cultural encounters with local Maasai tribes.
Of course, it is the Great Wildebeest Migration that is the main drawcard for Kenya safari travelers. The annual event sees some 1.4 million wildebeest and a few hundred thousand zebras travel through Tanzania’s vast Serengeti National Park into the famed Masai Mara, Kenya, in search of new grazing. Beyond the well-known Masai Mara, Kenya is also home to Lake Nakuru National Park, famous for its large herds of antelope and hundreds of colorful bird species. 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.
Kenya is a picture-perfect destination for bush-and-beach vacations. When you have had your fill of the wild, head straight to the country’s tropical Indian Ocean coastline, home to the pristine shores of popular island-style destinations such as Diani Beach. Here, the white sandy beaches invite you to go diving, snorkelling, windsurfing, or just to put your feet up, kick back and adjust your body clock to Kenya time. Kenya also combines easily with Tanzania, and Rwanda, allowing you to add gorilla trekking to your combo Kenya safari.
For honeymooners, a Kenya safari epitomises classic luxury. For families, a Kenya vacation is a more affordable option than other, more remote regions in Africa, with plenty of child-friendly lodges catering to the needs of young adventurers (and adventurers who are young at heart).
Best Time to Visit Kenya:
Game viewing on a Kenya safari 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 Great Wildebeest Migration is in full swing. If you’re a bird-watching enthusiast, visit Kenya between October and April when the migrant species have arrived.
The Masai Mara in Kenya offers spectacular game viewing and is a popular destination for Great Migration tours.
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 National Reserve is Kenya’s flagship game park, and forms part of one the largest natural ecosystems in East Africa, extending over the Kenyan border into Tanzania, where it meets the Serengeti National Park. The park is home to an abundance of wildlife, including the illustrious Big 5 (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino).
The biggest drawcard for visitors on safari in Masai Mara is the Great Wildebeest Migration, in which almost 2 million wildebeest, gazelle and zebra migrate from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara. Most people choose to book a Masai Mara safari during June and July, when the migration arrives at the infamous Mara River for the deadly crossings. As crocodiles snap up wildebeest, zebra and gazelle, photographers delight in capturing the incredible moments on camera.
However, the Great Migration is not the only attraction. The Masai Mara National Reserve is known for its truly spectacular game viewing all year round. Lion, elephant, cheetah and leopard are all seen regularly in the wide-open savannah plains and hilly landscapes of the game reserve. Kenya is also a top-class bird watching destination, and the Masai Mara is no exception.
A safari in the Masai Mara provides opportunity for authentic cultural experiences. Also known as ‘The Mara’ by locals, the national reserve was named in honor 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. You’ll get to experience their unique way of life, and perhaps even witness the competitive jumping dance of the warriors!
Best Time to Visit the Masai Mara:
A Masai Mara safari 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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Top Experiences in Kenya Safari
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.