Why travel to Kenya?

Located on the equator in East Africa, Kenya is one of the most popular destinations on the continent.  Home to a population of around 45 million, it boasts over 50 national parks, glistening in-land lakes and glorious mountains across its breadth. Whilst Kenya is known primarily as a destination for wildlife safaris, seeing the ‘Big 5’ is only a part of what awaits you!   Take a look at our Kenya Travel Guide to learn more about this fascinating country.

The Masai Mara has a well deserved reputation as Kenya’s most impressive wildlife park.  Watch in awe as lions, cheetahs and leopards hunt down a myriad of game!  Travelling in the park means that you can get ‘up close and personal’ with the elephants and zebras to capture some memorable photos you can treasure for years to come. But don’t get too close … obviously!

Kenya is also home to both the white and the black rhino.  Seriously dwindling in numbers, these species are teetering on the brink of extinction.  National Parks are closely policed so as to reduce poaching, but this is a losing battle. Due to their scarcity, Kenya wildlife experts ask all visitors to disable the GPS on their cameras and phones.  Hunters are regularly scanning social media to pinpoint the location of one of these beautiful animals.

Once the wildlife bucket list has been well and truly ticked off, explore the cultural and geographical gems of Kenya at your leisure. Spend time with the Massaii people in their remote communities. Wander the lands of the ‘Lion King’ at Hells Gate National Park. Float alongside flamingos and hippos at Lake Naivasha, one of the only freshwater lakes in the Great Rift Valley!

Maybe combine your stay with an onward journey to Tanzania or on an overland adventure all the way to Cape Town.  However you decide to visit Kenya … it will be epic in every way.

Map & Highlights

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Nairobi

Kenya's capital city, Nairobi is the perfect introduction to what is in store. A bustling centre of

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Lake Nakuru

Lake Nakuru National Park is situated right at the heart of the Great Rift Valley. Covering an are

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Lake Naivasha

One of a handful of freshwater lakes in the Great Rift Valley. The Lake itself is fascinating with

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Masai Mara Reserve

Without doubt, the Masai Mara is the quintessential Kenyan experience for travellers. With its iconi

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Hell's Gate National Park

The dramatic cliffs of Hell's Gate National Park provided the inspiration for countless scenes in th

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Loita Hills

Thew remote region of Loita Hills is home to a traditional Maasai community. Here you will have the

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  • Nairobi

    Kenya's capital city, Nairobi is the perfect introduction to what is in store. A bustling centre of business, Nairobi is quickly becoming a cosmopolitan city of culture and experience. The Nairobi National Museum gives visitors an insight into the East African lifestyle and traditions. The Karen Blixen Museum is also an excellent way to spend the afternoon ... learning of the 'Out of Africa' reality.

  • Lake Nakuru

    Lake Nakuru National Park is situated right at the heart of the Great Rift Valley. Covering an area of 45 square kilometres, it is an ideal place to spot your first African wildlife. Home to members of the 'Big 5', you may come across the occasional rhino on your travels!

  • Lake Naivasha

    One of a handful of freshwater lakes in the Great Rift Valley. The Lake itself is fascinating with its papyrus reed floating islands and resident hippos! Its name is derived from the Maasai term for 'rough water' due to the sudden storms that descend on the lake. The region is also a perfect base from which to explore nearby Hell's Gate National Park - the home of the 'Lion King'.

  • Masai Mara Reserve

    Without doubt, the Masai Mara is the quintessential Kenyan experience for travellers. With its iconic grasslands stretching for miles around and home to indigenous Maasai tribes, this is the highlight of any trip to Africa. Lucky visitors can witness the great migration, where over two million wildebeest make their way from the plains of the Serengeti to the Mara grasslands.

  • Hell's Gate National Park

    The dramatic cliffs of Hell's Gate National Park provided the inspiration for countless scenes in the Lion King film. When you visit, its easy to imagine why. Best explored on bicycle or on foot, where you can quietly standby whilst zebras and giraffes wander across the path. The breathtaking scenery is best experienced on a hike through the gorge.

  • Loita Hills

    Thew remote region of Loita Hills is home to a traditional Maasai community. Here you will have the opportunity to spend time in their village , talk to local elders and experience their traditional customs. Prepare for basic facilities as you spend a night in a bush camp. An absolute once in a lifetime experience!

When to go

July to September is generally a popular time to travel to Kenya. This time of year is the dry season and generally coincides with the Great Migration. This means that the parks and reserves are at their busiest so it is best to bear this in mind when planning your travel. Don't forget, you don't have to visit Kenya during the Great Migration in order to see wildlife.

That said, travelling outside of the dry season can actually be an excellent choice. The 'long rains' hit the country between late March and May time, so it's best to stay away from these months. Some facilities will actually close during this period, and the roads can be difficult to pass. Visiting Kenya just after the long rains, or in the short rain season (October to December) shows the country at its dramatic best. June and early December are our favourites! Stormy skies, lush landscapes and short grasses make for excellent wildlife viewing.

January and February are the warmest months in Kenya. There is lots of wildlife to see at this time of year. The wildlife only tends to dwindle as we move into March and the rain arrives.

Temperature and Rainfall

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  • Nairobi
  • Masai Mara Reserve

Things to do

Meet the Maasai
Spend the night with Maasai Warriors, sleeping under the stars in Loita Hills.
Take an aerial view
Take a hot air balloon ride over the Masai Mara. It doesn't come cheap, but as soon as you see the sunrise over the horizon ... you'll forget the cost!
Hell's Gate Gorge
Explore the gorge on foot. Wander amongst the dramatic cliffs through the water-gouged gorge.

Food and drink

Ugali
Not a food you will make back home, but tasting this Kenyan staple food is all part of your immersive experience.
Nyama Choma
Roasted meat often served with ugali. Beautifully seasoned and often served at roadside stalls and restaurants.
Chapatis
A flat bread often served with stew. Kenyan chapatis are a staple food in local communities and perfect to accompany your dinner..

Fast facts

  • Capital city Nairobi
  • Currency Kenyan Shilling
  • Language English and Swahili
  • Time difference GMT+3
  • Flight time 8.5 hours

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