A safari in Kenya offers you an incredible array of adventures from the white sand beaches of Diani and Lamu to the top of the snow-capped mountain of Mt Kenya.
Watch the incredible African wildlife from safari trucks, on foot, horseback, camels, hot-air balloon, helicopter, bi-plane or bike.
- Capital: Nairobi
- Area: 582,646 km²
- Languages: English and Swahili are the official languages but there are also 60+ tribal languages
- Where to visit: Masai Mara, Amboseli, Lewa and Lamu Island
- Wildlife to spot: Wildebeest migration, over 1,000 bird species, grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe and whale sharks.
Kenya is at the top of every wildlife enthusiast’s bucket list and it’s not hard to see why. Visit the wildlife rich rolling plains from your favourite African wildlife documentaries and safari epics such as Out of Africa.
In the south you can admire the great elephant herds of Amboseli National Park walking with the backdrop of the even greater Mt Kilimanjaro.
Glide above the incredible Great Migration by hot air balloon in the Masai Mara National Park with a champagne breakfast to top it off and enjoy gourmet bush dining under a blanket of stars while lions call in the distance the fire crackles.
Unspoilt, palm fringed, white sand beaches line the east coast of the country where life goes at a much slower pace.
When to go to KENYA
Being on the equator, Kenya doesn’t differ much throughout the year on temperature and daylight hours. However the rainy seasons can really dampen a safari experience, so unless you are looking for the cheapest rates we recommend not travelling in the months of April, May and November.
Peak season is during the wildebeest migration which also falls inside the English summer holidays so although an incredible sight to see it does draw the crowds, so if you are looking to get away from it all the Masai Mara National Park is not recommended in July and August.
Summer brings warm temperatures with little rain. The grass is still green which is for great photography and the ocean is at its clearest for snorkelling enthusiasts.
A great month for wildlife spotting as the grass gets eaten down by the plains game making it easier to spot the game. Temperatures are warm and rain should be minimal.
A good month for watching the animals as the grass is at its shortest. It can also be quite dusty which is ideal for atmospheric photography. There is a chance of rain.
The ‘long rains’ begin in April throughout Kenya. Wildlife spotting isn’t as easy as animals shelter from the rain. This is a good time to visit for a more affordable safari experience.
As the rains continue the parks get muddier and the rivers swell making the scenery spectacular. It is the time for the more hardier visitor to visit empty parks.
The rains ease off, nights get cooler although days are still warm. The colours of the green grass, blue skies and red earth is captivating, making photography vibrant.
Dry and not too dusty. The great migration begins as herds arrive from Tanzania. A great time to visit, especially earlier in the month before the crowds. It is the high season.
The migration usually in full swing. One of the best times for game viewing in the Masai Mara. Parks will be very busy as vehicles jostle for the best spots. Photography is excellent.
Crowds start to disperse, but if you’re lucky the migration may still be in Kenya. The grass is shorter from the migration and it is easier to spot big cats and other predators.
Usually a quiet time in the parks and reserves but a great time for wildlife watching as the grass is short. A few showers may start towards the end of the month as the short rains begin.
The short rains begin, and the parks can get muddy. A great time for affordable safaris with no crowds in the parks. Wildlife is harder to spot but worth certainly worth it.
The short rains start to ease off at the beginning of the month and the temperature is warm. A good time for wildlife viewing and the lodges may become busy for Christmas.