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Unforgettable wildlife experiences in the midst of iconic landscapes
Kenya has long been a safari favourite – home to some of the world’s most famous national parks and reserves, with rolling plains, great lakes and vast wildernesses, rich in African wildlife from big cats to even bigger elephants and rhino. And away from its destinations that top wildlife enthusiasts’ wish lists, it's blessed with a tropical coastline, where palm-fringed sands are lapped by clear waters.
- One of the best places in the world to spot the Big Five: lion, rhino, elephant, Cape buffalo and leopard
- The iconic Maasai Mara plays host to part of the annual Great Migration, hailed ‘the greatest wildlife show on earth’
- All our overland safaris seat a maximum of 6 people so you'll be guaranteed a window seat
- It’s not just about safari; Kenya also has a beautiful coastline perfect for a sunny escape
- We’ve been offering luxury holidays here for a long time and have great relationships with some of Kenya’s most iconic hotels
Best time to visit Kenya
• Kenya is warm year-round, but it can be cold in early morning and at night on safari
• January-March is generally dry and hot
• July and August are the most popular months to visit
• There are two rainy seasons from April-May and November-December – this is a good time to see new-born animals and benefit from the best value offers
• July-October is typically the best time to see the annual wildebeest migration in the Maasai Mara, depending on rains.
Kenya holiday highlights
With over 40 national parks and reserves, Kenya offers some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in the world. The most well-known of all its game parks is, of course, the Maasai Mara – the subject of many wildlife documentaries, with its wide open savannah and majestic big cats. People also flock here to witness what is hailed as the ‘greatest show on earth’; the annual migration. The largest mass movement of land mammals on earth, the Great Migration sees over one million stampeding wildebeest and other grazing herbivores journey the 300 miles from the Serengeti in Tanzania to Kenya’s Maasai Mara. A rough pattern occurs each year as the herds follow the rains to secure a good water supply and fertile grass – usually gracing the Maasai Mara between August and October.
But there is far more to Kenya than the migration and the Mara, with just as much on offer for experienced wildlife enthusiasts as first-time safari goers. Venture to the giants of Tsavo East and Tsavo West for wonderfully varied landscapes. Visit beautiful Amboseli National Park, home to herds of elephants dwarfed by magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro, or seek out the unique wildlife of Samburu National Reserve, such as the long-necked gerenuk or reticulated giraffe. Bird lovers will delight in the Great Rift Valley’s lakes.
In Kenya you’ll have a great chance of seeing the Big Five (a phrase coined by African hunters to group the five most difficult and dangerous animals to hunt on foot: the lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhino). Magnificent though they are – and they really are – don’t forget to appreciate the other species that inhabit this incredible country.
There are many ways to discover Kenya. Travel around by minibus, 4x4x or light aircraft; choose a scheduled safari or tailor-make your own; join a group or opt for a private vehicle. You can stay in national parks or neighbouring conservancies; and choose from rustic camping safaris to the ultimate in luxury lodges. For something extra special, opt for a hot-air balloon ride at sunrise, drifting over the vast plains as the first signs of life appear below.
On a safari with Kuoni, we ensure that each overland vehicle used for game viewing has a maximum of six passengers, so that each person gets a window seat and space to stand and look out through the pop-up roof.
Together with Tanzania, Kenya is also one of the best places for a safari and beach holiday - a popular honeymoon choice. The vibrant city of Mombasa is the gateway to Kenya’s tranquil coast which boasts a diverse blend of cultures, sights, and over 300 miles of palm-fringed beaches stretching from the small town of Malindi in the north to the dazzling white sands of Diani in the south. Brilliant year round temperatures coupled with azure waters make for a wonderfully relaxing break – or a more active one if you desire it, with plenty of watersports on offer too.
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