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Your guide to the perfect Kenya safari
Step into East Africa, the birthplace of the modern African Safari and get ready to have an unforgettable Kenya safari experience. There are plenty of wonderful and exciting experiences awaiting you when you choose to go on an African Safari.
Whether you thirst for adventure, seek to satisfy your curiosity, spend quality uninterrupted time with family and friends or want to experience a few wonders of the wild Africa, a Kenya safari guarantees all that and more.
Kenya safari What you need to Know
Kenya safari Holiday
There is no better place in the world to experience and African safari than in East Africa and Kenya in particular. Our welcoming national parks and game reserves are teeming with wild animals and some of the most stunning views. If surrounding yourself with the swaying trees and grassy plains that stretch for miles to refresh and revitalize your mind is what you are after, a Kenya safari will never leave you disappointed.
If you want to safely interact with the African animals in the wild and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, come for a Kenya safari. An African safari holiday is the only vacation that guarantees to be different every time. Unwind in this picture perfect setting and create memories that will last a lifetime.
While many of Africa’s regions offer plenty of experiences to enjoy, a Kenya safari or a Tanzania safari will ultimately quench any African safari wanderlust. For instance, Masai Mara, a world-famous game reserve in Kenya offers 583 square miles of raw, untamed country to explore. Wildebeest migrations, a whole collection of exotic animals, and luxury resorts are all available for your indulgence. The same can be said of similar parks like the Serengeti, Tarangire, Samburu, Amboseli, Tsavo and many other parks in the East Africa Region. To spice up your African safari experience, take a few more days on our un-spoilt beaches on the Kenyan, Zanzibar or Seychelles coast line.
Knowing the right time to travel, the kind of safari animals you would like to see, the places you would like visit, your preferred accommodation type and the mode of transportation from one place to another are some are key aspects that play a role in crafting the perfect African Safari experience. To make sure you are not leaving out any of the important details, look through all of the points below. We are keen on making sure that treat you to the best African safari experience possible.
What to Expect on a Kenya safari
There is no end to the things you can see and do on a Kenya safari in East Africa. While many people know to expect some of the more famous cast of wildlife creatures like gazelles, lions, and zebra, the fact is that experiencing it all in person is a completely different experience. But there are also plenty of surprises to be had along the way as well.
Safari Animals to See on a Kenya safari
Even though the Big five African animals; African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and Rhino are favorites to many, there is a full range of other safari animals you will get to experience first-hand on your Tanzania safari or Kenya safari. Graceful Giraffes, Masai cheetahs, Hippopotamuses, ostriches, and crocodiles just to name a few are all in abundance on the in a good number of the parks. Stop and take a moment to appreciate the other “lesser species”. Beach safaris will also take you a completely new ecosystem that offers hundreds of species of tropical birds, coral reef animals, and sometimes annoying monkeys to witness first hand.
Here is a list of 20 Safari Animals that you should be ready to see when on a Kenya Safari. You will definitely see many more animals and all kind of birds.
Places to go, People to meet on a Kenya safari
An African safaris can take you anywhere from the dusty trails of the open African country to the calm virgin and relaxing beaches of Lamu island? A Kenya safari is not just limited to the wild side of Africa. It’s one of the best opportunities to interact with friendly people in the region. Experiencing the full breadth of African culture is an adventure in its own right. Take some time and meet famous Masai people and interact with the rich Swahili culture. You stand to end your African safari more fulfilled when you’ve taken time interact and appreciate the African culture.
Add-ons to your Kenya safari
To your Kenya safari itinerary, here are a few things you should consider doing to spice up your African experience.
- Balloon Safaris will give you a completely different point of view on the gorgeous landscape, giving you a chance to see more wildlife, as well as hundreds of square miles of beautiful Savannah. Get your camera ready!
- Sundowners. Evenings in the park are crowned with unforgettable sundowners. Sip your drink as you reflect on the happenings of the day.
- Deep see diving. When having an extended African safari down at the coast, take a few diving classes, learn a few new water sports, dive in to the beautiful coral and see the sea come to life in front of your very eyes.
- Traditional Dhow Cruise. Take an evening off in a traditional dhow and watch the African sunset as you enjoy locally prepared beverages with your local guide.
Kenya safari Lodges, Hotels and Camps
While ‘roughing it’ is certainly some people’s idea of a great vacation, those wishing to have their own wildlife safari can also choose from different luxury accommodation options that will still bring them within a hare’s breath of safari animals.
Luxury Tented Camps
Many first time safari-goers are surprised by just how luxurious a tent can get. How does 500 square feet, electric lighting, full bath, and plush mattress sound? On safari, anything is possible. Luxury tented camps are an excellent way to get right to the heart of the action, while staying comfortable. It is also a perfect pick for those seeking maximum privacy, leaving you alone with your party to experience nature first hand.
Safari lodges are one option that come in all shapes and sizes. Many of the best offer pools, spacious sleeping quarters, open dining areas, and viewing balconies that will let you gaze for miles. The whole idea is to offer a place for rest and relaxation that will get you ready for the hours of adventure that lay ahead. Safari lodges are awesome for the cautious traveler who feels they would want to keep a safe distance with the wild African animals.
For those who love the sand and surf, East Africa has some of the best beaches and coast lines in the world. There are a wide range of resorts to choose from on the Kenyan Coast. Diani Beach, Lamu Isand, Watamu Beach are awesome beaches to consider when vacationing in Kenya. For Zanzibar, Nugwi beach ranks highly, Kiwengwa and Paje Beach are equally good. Hope this give you a good enough reason to have an extended African Safari.
Transportation while on a Kenya safari
While on a Kenya safari, getting from point A to point B safely and on time is important. Getting late can cost one a whole safari. It’s important to wisely choose the right mode of transport. There are 3 major modes of transportation, air, road and rail. We will discuss the first two since they are more reliable. (We are looking forward to the launch of the SGR in June. This will make rail travel to the Kenya Coast and Tsavo easy)
Flying Kenya safari
The distance from the major airports or between any two major parks can be 6 hrs or more. When you don’t want to spend a lot of time the road, flying comes in handy. Most of the flights flying to the parks are small planes – between 4 – 36 seaters. They are ideal since they can land on narrow airstrips in the parks. By choosing to fly You can cut down a 6 hours journey to less than 45min. If you main goal is to spend as much time of your African safari in the wild, flying from one park to the next will be a good idea!
Road Travel Kenya safari
There is a reason why the most popular African safaris go by ground. Cost is one of them. When on a Kenya safari with family or friends, road transport in one of the 6 seater Land Cruisers can significantly cut down the cost of the safari. Road transport also allows one to see the country side and see the way of life of the people living in the different regions. Our driver guides will make a point to stop at some scenic landmarks. The Great Rift Valley on your way to the Masai Mara is such one place, the picturesque Thomson Falls is another must stop place while on the Nyeri – Naivasha Route. With the right guide and right vehicle, your African safari road trip is sure to be unforgettable. Land Cruisers are recommended for anyone opting for road transport while on a Kenya safari.
Best time for a Kenya safari
Choosing when to schedule your Kenya safari is an important aspect that too many travelers overlook. Traveling at the right time will ensure you get the most out of your African safari. If you are hoping to make your trip soon, here are a few things to consider.
What wildlife do you want to see while on safari?
Due to the migratory behaviors of the African animals, setting your expectations for your African safari right is important. Create a list of the African animals you would like to see while on a Kenya safari. This will help you and our specialists narrow down to the parks, game reserves and conservancies to visit on your Kenya safari. We full understand the different safari animals and their migration patterns and it’s easier to guide you when we know your set goal.
Recently we have had more clients requesting for specialized African safaris. With a specialized African safari, you will select a lead, must see African Animal and build your safari around it, for instance “Living with the Giants” an African Elephant Safari itinerary is tailored to allow you to spend lots of time and have close interaction with the African Elephant you will however get to see many other safari animals. With a specialized African Safari you will not end your African safari experience having not seen what you wanted to see from the word go.
What sort of weather do you expect?
It is important to keep in mind that most of Africa is split into two main seasons: wet and dry. However when exactly these periods are can vary by region so doing some specific research and consulting with specialists on the ground is important. For East Africa, the dry season lasts from December to February and June to October and is generally the best time to go on safari since you won’t need to worry about lots of rain, and animals are easy to spot gathering around the watering holes. However in drier areas, September and November can also offer some great opportunities to view wildlife.
What’s your budget for the Kenya safari?
The low season for an African safari is between the months of March to May. During these times lodge and resort rates tend to be lower, offering great deals for those traveling for longer holidays. These are wet months in East African and african animals tend to stay “In Doors” however, there is still plenty of wildlife to see. It is actually the best opportunity to see migratory bird species, who flock to East Africa to indulge in the lush greenery vegetation. And while daily showers are common, they are short and will rarely compromise your safari experience. If you intend to have your African safari during this period, stay longer in Africa.
Cost of a Kenya safari
After you have made all the other major decisions that go into a great African Safari the final factor is the question of cost. Whether you are planning on traveling on a dime, or looking to spare no expense, there are a number of important elements that will affect how much you spend.
Time of Travel
The Green season or the Low Season is a great time to travel when you want to stay longer on your African safari and you want to pay less. This is in the months of March to end of June. Most hotels will offer some of their best rates during this season. Having the right guide during the planning phase of your african safari is crucial.
An African safari during the dry season is going to cost a bit more money since it offers some of the best animal viewing opportunities, and perfect weather. The dry season which is the high seasons and especially the Month of August causes some overcrowding in places like the Masai Mara and Serengeti. If you want to travel during this season, consider traveling in July and or September, you are likely going to have a much better experience then.
Mode of Safari Transportation
Here is another category in which the versatile land cruiser comes into play. If your goal is to find a cost-effective way to see all of Africa’s wildlife, these all-terrain vehicles are a great choice since they are better suited to most party sizes. Of course, opting for air travel during your tour is going to run a bit extra.
Type of Accommodation
Just like anywhere else, the greater your thirst for luxury during your African safari, the more money you will end up spending. Different camps, resorts and lodges may offer different rates depending on the season. East Africa is known to offer a range of affordable luxury options that don’t skimp on service. Even all-inclusive resorts can run little more than $100 per night.
Park Fees Cost
Most African wildlife parks come with their own fees which go to maintenance and upkeep of the area. Different park charge different fees; for instance if you are planning on staying in Masai Mara, your park fee will will be at around 70 usd per person per night, other parks will charge lower amounts of between $60 – $20 per person.
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