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 see 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's 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 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.

Kenya key facts

Time difference

GMT +3 hours

Capital

Nairobi

Currency

Kenyan shilling although US$ are widely accepted

Flying time to destination

8½ hours to Nairobi; 9½ hours to Mombasa via Nairobi

Language

English and Swahili

Passport & visas

Visas are required for UK passport holders. A new e-visa service has been introduced for UK passport holders. UK holidaymakers now need to apply for visas in advance of arrival into Kenya via the e-visa portal at www.ecitizen.go.ke.

Kenya good to know

Health and vaccinations

Several vaccinations are advisable; particularly yellow fever and cholera, and you should take precautions against malaria. Contact your GP or a specialist vaccination centre.

Tipping

It’s customary to tip 10% of the restaurant bill unless a service charge is included. The biggest tip will probably go to your tour driver if they’ve been helpful - as much as £3 per person per day is expected on safari.

Religion

Christianity