Kenya offers fantastic diversity for a safari holiday experience and is perfect for small groups and family vacations. From unimaginable luxury offering hot-air ballooning and helicopter excursions to authentic and exhilarating bush camps in wilderness zones focussing on walking safaris and fly-camping for true-wilderness experiences.
Like the Serengeti in Tanzania, Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve becomes part of the ‘great migration’, a never-ending circle of life followed by over a million animals. The infamous river crossings, with giant scavenging crocodiles and countless wildebeest charging across the Mara Rivers steep banks into the perilous waters below, are the most prominent happenings associated with this mind-blowing event.
Of course, Kenya is also famous for its big cats and elephants, including majestic 'Tusker' elephants, which can be seen throughout the year, together with a wide variety of other species in the parks, reserves and conservancies for which the country is so well known. The Maasai Mara is generally the building block for any Kenyan safari experience, and from there, you could build into the itinerary a visit to the northern reaches of the country, the coast for some beach time, Amboseli with the magnificent Mt Kilimanjaro backdrop or hop over to Rwanda or Uganda for their ultimate primate experiences.
Kenya's on the equator and is considered a year-round destination, so you can travel any time and still have an incredible safari experience. The climate varies across the different parts of the country - from the tropical humidity of the coast, the dry heat of the semi-arid savannah regions, to the cool air of the highlands above 6,000 feet; and Mount Kenya, the second-highest mountain in Africa, after Kilimanjaro.
It tends to be hotter from December to March, coolest in June to October, with rainy periods mainly in April and May, with another brief rain in November. The showers tend to fall primarily in the afternoon or at night, and usually, it's a short and heavy tropical downpour. Our favourite time is February - March when it's blue skies, sunshine and often less tourism!
The great wildebeest migration, with millions of grazing animals moving from the Serengeti National Park to the Mara, usually starts to arrive in the Mara towards the end of June and leaves by early October. Another smaller migration of wildebeest takes place from the Loita plains through the Mara Conservancies, starting in Ol Kinyei in February and March (when calving takes place) and then moving during the following weeks through Naboisho and Olare Motorogi Conservancies towards the Mara Reserve.
Kenya Airways and several other airlines offer daily connections to this part of East Africa, including Tanzania, Rwanda and Zanzibar. Kenyan safaris and experiences complement and connect well with primate trekking and beach and island holidays. Let Safari Guru guide you on a well-rounded and rewarding safari experience.
To experience a Safari in Kenya was in our bucket list since 1999, this was one of our biggest dreams… the experience was unbelievable, luxury accommodation, first-class treatment, exquisite local cuisine, great wine, spectacular romantic rooms and we were educated about nature, conservation, environment and animals like never before. This was a “one in a lifetime experience”, and we will recommend Safari Guru services to all our friends, colleagues and family.
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