The Amboseli is a park in the south of Kenya. It boasts one of the largest populations of elephants in the world and offers exceptional views on Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro. Amboseli safaris typically last 2-3 days and can be combined with the Maasai Mara or the beach in Mombasa.
The Beginning of a Kenya Adventure
Kenya, a land of diverse landscapes is home to a variety of wildlife attractions and cultures. The highlight of a Kenyan safari being the large scale annual Great Migration, which sees more than 1 million wildebeest and 200,000 zebras cross the Mara River. Watch as the cunning zebra let the wildebeest go first and be eaten by crocodiles who merely need to keep their mouths open.
The Maasai Mara in Kenya is one of the best safari locations to view the popular Big 5, which includes the Lion, Leopard, Cape-Buffalo, Rhino, and the majestic African Elephant. Visiting safari destinations such as the national parks and viewing the annual migration between June and September is a big tourist attraction and is listed among the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. You can come to Kenya and simply do a safari, we promise you will be beyond satisfied, but we recommend spending a little more time in this country and exploring the cultural attractions too.
The country has a wide variety of terrains that expands from Lake Victoria to Lake Turkana and further south-east to the Indian Ocean it renders travelers a wide range of biomes to experience. During a Kenya safari, you can visit Lake Victoria, the largest tropical fresh-water lake in the world, Mount Kenya, second highest peak in Africa, or see Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, situated in Tanzania but with best views from Kenya’s Amboseli National Park. Don’t forget to include Diani Beach in Mombasa or the vibrant Arabian fairytale island of Lamu. Come to Kenya to experience the vast variety of animals and plants this country can accommodate. Making this one of the richest countries in the world when it comes to natural beauty.
Tourism in Kenya is a vital industry and Kenyans go above and beyond to accommodate guests. The main attractions being the coastal beaches and the popular Game Reserves, beside the Maasai Mara and Amboseli, the Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Park, which stretches 20,808 square kilometers (8,034 sq miles) in the South-East. Community-based tourism is valued in Kenya, many lodges and private game reserves are owned and operated by local indigenous communities. The Maasai especially own many tourism ventures.
Kenya is a democratic country, its lively political landscape attests to this. Kenyans hail from a variety of cultural groups, most notably the Kikuyu, Luu, Maasai, and Turkana. In total 62 indigenous languages are spoken in Kenya. A cultural experience is a must on any Kenya safari with many community-based tourism initiatives offering authentic cultural and wildlife experiences.
The Maasai people, who still graze their cattle in the game reserve, named the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The area hosts an exceptional population of Masai Lions, African leopards and cheetah. It is globally famous for the Great Migration that sees animals such as the zebra and wildebeest migrate to and from the Serengeti every year from July to October.
Mombasa is a vibrant coastal city with luxury and budget resorts dotted along its impeccable beachline. Now a high-speed train connects the city to the capital, Nairobi, in just 4 hours. Diani Beach in Mombasa is considered one of the best beaches in the world.
There are two national parks in the Tsavo, Tsavo East and West. The area is renowned for its man-eating lions which decimated the workforce that built the railroad in the early 20th century. Tsavo West is more mountainous whilst Tsavo East is more accessible. Both are renowned as biodiversity strongholds featuring the Big 5 and an active birdlife.
Lake Nakuru is a soda lake and home to thousands, if not millions of flamingoes. Lake Nakuru National Park is a sanctuary for both black and white rhinos and can be included in a Maasai Mara safari. You can also see the endangered Rothschilds’ Giraffe here. Only around 1600 remain today in Kenya, Uganda and South Sudan.
Best Time to Visit Kenya
- Kenya is in the dry season period and thus the best time for wildlife viewing.
- It's one the of the highlights of the world, the Great Migration normally reaches the Masai Mara in July, and the enourmous number of herds stay around Maasai Mara until mid October
- Kenya hits low season which means rates of lodges drop. Great opportunity to visit the country for those with tight budgets. This period is also an excellent time to view newborn animals and migratory birds between September and April.
However, we don't believe in seasons for visiting Kenya, and urge guests to visit Kenya year-round
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Things to carry on kenya tours
- Power adapter – Universal and kenyan
- Passport Holder
- Closed shoes - for hiking, safari; preferably ventilated shoes
- Sandals or flip-flops for beach and shared showers
- Hats/caps and sunscreen - to protect from the sun
- Swimwear - incase you decide to visit the beach/hotel pool
- Rain jacket if you come in winter
- Sunglasses and goggles for snorkelling
- Medication - customs allows you to bring 1 month supply of medication
- Insect repellent
- Casual clothes that can get damaged if it needs to
- Cellphone or camera – to capture the memories
- Bank card such as Visa or Mastercard are recommeded
- Comfortable clothes - light-coloured is best for safaris. Long sleeves and long pants to prevent bites.