Experience Kenya Safaris & Tours
With over 40 National parks and reserves, few visitors return home without spotting the big five – Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Leopard and Buffalo. The Kenya coast too leaves a lasting impression – miles upon miles of unspoiled palm fringed white sandy beaches, stretching for 500 km, makes the Kenyan coast, the take off point for sun kissed beaches, exciting water sports and for trips into the hinterland.
Experience the “magic” of the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro! The annual migration of over a million wildebeest, zebra and other plains games with the ferocious predators following them to the Mara ecosystem will leave you obsessed until you return to experience this amazing spectacle again and again. Combine with this “mystical” Zanzibar and you will have experienced the best of East Africa.
Kenya’s different topographical regions experience distinct climates.
Generally, the hottest time is in February and March and the coldest in July and August.
The coastal region is largely humid and wet. The city of Malindi, for instance, receives an average rainfall of 1,050 mm (41 in) per year, with average temperatures ranging from 21° to 32°C (70° to 90°F) in January and 20° to 29°C (68° to 84°F) in July.
The low plateau area is the driest part of the country. There, the town of Wajir receives an average annual rainfall of 320 mm (13 in) and experiences average temperatures ranging from 19° to 37°C (66° to 99°F) in January and 19° to 34°C (66° to 93°F) in July.
Nairobi, in the temperate Kenya highlands, receives an average annual rainfall of 790 mm (31 in) and experiences average temperatures ranging from 9° to 29°C (48° to 84°F) in January and 7° to 26°C (45° to 79°F) in July.
Higher elevation areas within the highlands receive much larger amounts of rainfall. The Lake Victoria basin in western Kenya is generally the wettest region in the country, particularly the highland regions to the north and south of Kisumu, where average annual rainfall ranges from 1,740 mm (70 in) to 1,940 mm (80 in). Average temperatures in this region range from 14° to 34°C (57° to 93°F) in January and 14° to 30°C (57° to 86°F) in July.
The average annual temperatures in the main areas are:
Mombasa (coastal): Max 30ºC, Min 22ºC
Nairobi: Max 25ºC, Min 13ºC
North Plain lands: Max 34ºC, Min 23ºC
Rainfall occurs seasonally throughout most of Kenya. The coast, eastern plateaus, and lake basin experience two rainy seasons: the “long rains” extends roughly from March to June, and the “short rains” lasts from approximately October to December.
The highlands of western Kenya have a single rainy season, lasting from March to September. All parts of the country are subject to periodic droughts, or delays in the start of the rainy seasons. Kenya’s climate has had a profound effect on settlement patterns, as for centuries population has been concentrated in the wettest areas of the country.
Clothing on a safari should be practical and comfortable. Roads can be dusty and the temperature can fluctuate as much as 20 degrees during the course of the day. Layers are an ideal way to pack. Mornings are generally cooler – and in some areas cold. As the day progresses and the sun rises higher in the sky, the temperatures rise. The cooling process begins again in the late afternoon, as the sun sets.
Packing light layers will help you adjust to any climate condition, as you simply remove layers as the temperatures rise.
Safari clothing should be light in color – both for reflecting the suns rays, and for blending in with the natural environment.
Avoid dark colors such as brown, black and navy that absorb the heat.
Neutral colors such as beige, khaki and bush green are particularly suitable. Try to stick to cotton or other natural fibers. Cotton breathes and allows the cooler air to circulate, thus keeping you cool and comfortable.
Avoid clothing that needs to be dry-cleaned, as these facilities are not generally available at lodges and camps. Remember that casual dress is acceptable everywhere.
Often, clothing worn to dinner will be worn on safari the next day.
Recommended Clothing List:
- Long trousers/slacks
- T-shirts/polo shirts/long sleeved shirts
- Warm winter sweater
- Windbreaker or other light jacket
- Bathing suit
- Good walking shoes
- Sunglasses, Hat, and the most important aspect of a Safar a pair of binoculars.
- For Summer Safaris bring a light rain jacket(Summer for SA Nov to March/April, for Botswana Nov to March).
- For some destinations ie upmarket Safari lodges, Luxury hotels, more formal clothing would be appropriate.
Kenya offers a wide range of travel experiences that cater to various interests. Here are some notable travel experiences in Kenya:
- Safari Adventures: Kenya is renowned for its exceptional wildlife and is considered one of Africa's premier safari destinations. The Maasai Mara National Reserve, Amboseli National Park, Tsavo National Parks, and Samburu National Reserve are just a few of the many parks where you can witness the "Big Five" (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino) and an abundance of other wildlife.
- Maasai Culture and Traditions: Kenya is home to the Maasai, one of Africa's most well-known ethnic groups. Visitors can experience Maasai culture firsthand by visiting traditional villages, interacting with the Maasai people, learning about their traditional way of life, and even participating in traditional ceremonies and dances.
- Beaches and Marine Life: Kenya's coastline along the Indian Ocean offers pristine white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters. Destinations like Diani Beach, Malindi, and Watamu are popular for beach vacations, water sports such as snorkeling and diving, and opportunities to witness marine life, including dolphins and coral reefs.
- Mountaineering and Trekking: Mount Kenya, the second-highest peak in Africa, attracts climbers and trekkers from around the world. The mountain offers various routes of varying difficulty levels, allowing adventurers to experience the beauty of high-altitude landscapes and diverse ecosystems.
- Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha: These stunning lakes in the Great Rift Valley are famous for their birdlife, including thousands of flamingos that gather on the shores. Visitors can take boat trips, go birdwatching, and enjoy the scenic beauty of these picturesque lakes.
- Cultural and Historical Sites: Kenya has a rich cultural and historical heritage. Lamu Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a glimpse into Swahili culture and architecture. The Fort Jesus Museum in Mombasa provides insights into Kenya's colonial history, while the archaeological site of Koobi Fora reveals important fossil discoveries.
- Hot Air Balloon Safaris: Kenya's Maasai Mara is known for its iconic hot air balloon safaris, providing a unique perspective and breathtaking views of the savannah landscapes and wildlife below. This experience offers a memorable and enchanting way to explore the wilderness.
Important Things to Know:
Passport Requirement: Yes
Visa Requirement: Yes. All visitors are required to obtain an e-visa before departing for Kenya.
This Destination is Best For: See Above.
Is This a Family-Friendly Destination: Yes
Best Time To Travel to This Destination: June to October.
Recommended Vaccinations: Cholera, Hepatitis A&B, Malaria, Measles, Meningitis, Rabies, Typhoid, Yellow Fever, Chickenpox (Varicella), Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis, Flu (influenza), Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR), Polio and Shingles.