When you contemplate about an African Safari, a Kenyan Safari is probably going to be the first safari option you are going to think about. For many years, Kenya has won numerous safari awards and without a doubt, the country is now firmly among the top safari destinations in the world. The constant top ranking of Kenya as a top safari destination has not been by accident but due to the breathtaking safari experiences that the country has to offer.
By choosing Kenya as your safari destination, you will be guaranteed unbelievable beauty, great cultural experiences, and extraordinary game viewing experience with the climax been the 8th Wonder of the world – Wildebeest Migration- that unfolds in the vast Masai Mara Game Reserve from late June to Early November. If you want to mix your Kenya safari holiday with a beach holiday, we are glad to inform you that Safari Fellows offers all type of safaris and holidays in Kenya. Just contact our support team and the will tailor make the best safari package for you.
Due to Kenya’s strategic location, you can also be able to mix your Kenya safari with safaris to other East African countries. For example, it is possible for you to combine your Kenya safari with a safari to either Uganda or Rwanda where you can go for a gorilla trekking experience. Moreover, you can also combine a safari with either climbing Mount Kenya or Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Here are just some of the many Kenya safari packages that Safari Fellows offer. Feel free to contact our Safari Experts for any inquiries that you might have.
Popular Kenya Safari Destinations
Masai Mara National Reserve
Masai Mara is a leading tourist destination. The game reserve is home to more than 450 bird species while about 100 animal species consider Mara to be their home. The wildebeest migration is one of the great animal sightings on offer in Masai Mara as more than 1.5 million wildebeest and zebras migrate from Serengeti to Masai Mara in search of greener pastures. Inside Masai Mara, there are different types of accommodating varying from budget to luxury lodges and camps. The Mara river which meanders across the reserve is one of the water sources for the resident animals. When on a safari to Masai Mara, you are likely to spot, the big five (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, and leopard), oribi, topi, eland, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelle, zebra, impala, baboons, crocodiles, hippos, hyenas and other wildlife.
Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park is located in the Southern part of Kenya. The park has been christened The Kilimanjaro Court due to the fact that it lies in the shadow of the highest mountain in the African continent. The park is famed for its high populations of elephants as well as the snowcapped peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro which provides the best scenes for wildlife photography. Nature enthusiasts going for a safari to Amboseli will be able to experience five different habitats that comprise of; Lake Amboseli, woodlands, savannah, wetlands and Sulphur Springs. For culture lovers, they can also arrange for a visit to a local Masai village where they will get to know more about the Masai culture and how the Masai have managed to maintain their culture in modern day times. To get to Amboseli, you can either travel by road of fly in to the park. Key attractions of Amboseli are, herds of elephants, Mount Kilimanjaro peak (weather permitting), buffalo, rhino, lion, leopard, and an observation hill from where you can be able to see the entire park with the views of elephants in the swamps.
Samburu Game Reserve
Samburu lies in the Northern part of Kenya which is usually arid. The game reserve neighbors River EwasoNyiro which is popular with the wildlife as it provides them with water to quench thirst. If you opt to go for a Kenya safari to Samburu, you are likely to spot lion, buffalo, giraffe, elephant, zebra and other animal species. In addition, you can also combine your safari to Samburu Game Reserve with a safari to other neighboring conservancies such as Ol-Pejeta which is famed for its leading role in helping save the endangered rhinos.
Lake Nakuru National Park
Lake Nakuru is located in Nakuru County in the Gate Rift Valley and a drive to the park from Nairobi CBD takes two to three hours depending on the traffic on the road. The park is based on the floor of the Great Rift Valley and is characterized by wooded bushy grasslands. A Kenya safari to Lake Nakuru offers divers ecological diversity as well as wide-ranging habits starting with the actual lake and the surrounding ridges and escarpments. The park offers game viewing, picnic, and bird watching options. The park has a number of gates which makes it possible for tourists to visit it from different places. For example, if you are visiting Lake Nakuru on your way from Masai Mara National Reserve or Lake Elementaita. By visiting Lake Nakuru National Park as part of your safari, some of the key attractions that you will see are, flamingoes and diverse birdlife as there are more than 400 bird species, over 50 species of mammals, three viewpoints (Baboon cliff, Out of Africa, and Lion Hill), Makalia waterfalls, and unique vegetation with over 500 different plant species.
Ol-Pejeta Conservancy is in Nanyuki and is size measures 90,000 acres. This private conservancy is on the equator and is famed for its key role in helping save different endangered wildlife species. In this conservancy, you will be going to spot the big five as well as the only species of chimpanzee that is found in Kenya. Other wildlife to be spotted in Ol-Pejeta comprises of hippos, hartebeest, and African wild dogs among others.
Tsavo East National Park
Tsavo East National Park is located close to the Voi town and is situated in an area that is semi-arid and, in the past, known as Taru Desert. The park has been nicknamed Theatre of the Wild. Tsavo East is the biggest park in Kenya and is home to tens of different animal species. The Yatta Plateau which is 300 kilometres long and the longest lava flow in the world is based in this massive park. In addition to that, the midnight blue waters of the Galana river that is palm-shaped offers one of the reminiscent images of nature in Sub-Sahara Africa. Inside the park, there are budget, economy, standard, and luxury types of accommodation. Some of the animal sightings on this park comprises of;
red elephants, rhinos, leopards, buffalos, lions, hippos, lesser Kudu, crocodiles, waterbucks, zebras, gerenuk and the prolific bird life species with more than 500 bird species.
Tsavo West National Park
This park is located in the coast and covers an area of 9,065 square kilometres. Even though rugged, the park offers breathtaking safari experience since apart from the diverse animals to be spotted, you see lava flows, Mzima spring which gushes out from the under parched lava rock, and the Acacia woodlands, grasslands, and scrublands. The game to be spotted in this park comprises of hippos, elephant, rhino, lions, leopards, cheetah, buffalos, assorted plant and bird species.
Chyulu Hills National Park
Chyulu Hills is located in Makueni county and measures 120km Squared in terms of its area which translates to more than 750,000 acres. It is among the youngest parks in Kenya and in the world. Nature enthusiasts opting for a Kenya safari to Chyulu hills will be spoilt for choice as the lush rolling hills, great blue skies, and the remarkable landscape views are some of the great sightings on this park. To the wildlife lovers, you are going to spot elephants, leopards, bush pigs, reedbucks, giraffes, buffalo, elands, and various reptiles. Apart from game and bird viewing, Chyulu Hills also offers mountain hiking, horse riding, and camping experiences.
Best Time For Kenya Safari
When you are planning a Kenya Safari, Safari Fellows recommends that you consult with our safari experts on when you should go for the safari depending on what you want to experience. The reason this is recommended is that it would be a nightmare for you to go for a safari hoping to see the Wildebeest migration only to find that the migration ended a few days or even weeks ago. However, if you are not too keen on the migration, you can go for the safari on any time of the year. Indeed, even if you want to go for a beach holiday in the Kenyan Coast, you will be able to have a good time at the white sands Kenyan beaches as the climate is favourable throughout the year. The following is a breakdown of different periods in Kenya and the different types of Safari that are ideal at each specific time of the year.
– January, February, March, July, August, September, October–These months are normally dry and hotter. As a result, there is less vegetation, and due to this, it is easy for guests to spot the animals. Moreover, the animals tend to frequent the waterholes, rivers, and springs among other water sources for the purposes of quenching thirst. Thus, by visiting the water sources, you are guaranteed to see different animals.
-April, May, November, December–These months are known as shoulder season since they are the months that are between the peak safari season and the off-peak safari season. The season provides great safari opportunities. There is less congestion in the parks making it a good time to spot the game.
-July, August, September, October –The long rains in Kenya start in March to May. By July, there is ample grass for the herbivorous animals such as zebra and wildebeest to feed on. It is for this specific reason that the Annual Migration takes place in Masai Mara during this period. If you are keen on witnessing the migration, then you have to make sure that your safari is booked to take place in this period.
-October, November–If your interest is bird watching, these are the best months for birding experience in Kenya.
Price of a Safari To Kenya
It is not possible to give a specific price of a Kenyan safari since there are various factors that come into consideration when determining the Kenyan safari. Specifically, the four main factors that will determine the price that you will end up paying for your safari are; duration of the safari, the parks/destinations you will be visiting, the standard of accommodation that you prefer when on safari, and the vehicle or transport that you will use to go on safari. Safari Fellows understands that different guests have different needs and preferences. For that reason, we are capable of offering different types of safari right from budget safaris to luxury safaris. Contact our Safari Experts now and get quotes for different safari packages offered by Safari Fellows. Our prices start from $50 for one-day excursion safari to over $1000 for a safari lasting a couple of days.
Preparing for a Kenyan Safari
You have searched about African safari, sought views and opinions from friends and colleagues, and you happen to finally make the right decision that you are going to go on a safari in Kenya. Here is what you need to do to make sure that you are well prepared for the safari:
Book the Kenya safari tour–You can contact Safari Fellows and discuss your safari requirements. The Safari Fellows safari experts will advice you on the best safari package for you. Thereafter, you can book the safari and get confirmation of your bookings. When booking your safari with Safari Fellows, you only need to pay a deposit and then pay the balance on arrival.
Book the flights–Once you have booked your safari with Safari Fellows, the next thing for you to do is to book the flight. Usually, the earlier you book the flight, the better the prices. Thus, you should make sure that you book the flight well in advance so that you are never disappointed.
Health preparations- When you go for a safari to Kenya, it is important that you ensure you have taken the health precautions. Thus, make sure that you if you are on medication, you take your medication with you. You also need to get vaccinations for Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid, and Malaria. When on safari, Safari Fellows ensures you with a Flying Doctor’s medical, emergency and rescue cover.
What to pack for safari –Ensure that you have packed enough clothes for safari. In the lodges or camps that you will be staying in, there are laundry services that you can use at a supplementary cost that you will pay directly to the lodge or camp. In addition, considering that you will be on the safari most of the times, Safari Fellows recommends that you do not carry white clothes since there are high chances of dust during the safari and white clothes will get dusty very quickly. You might also want to carry a high-quality digital camera for taking memorable photos, a binocular for closer viewing of animals, sunglasses, and even a hat.
Meals Served on Kenyan Safari
As a country that is rich in culture, Kenya’s food is inspired by the culture. Every Kenyan tribe has its own food even though when on safari, different foods from different cultures are going to be served by the safari lodge or tented camp that you will be staying in.
– Kenyan Breakfast on Safari –Since Kenya is a leading producer of tea and coffee in the world, these two beverages will always be on offer. Moreover, you are also going to be served with a continental breakfast that will among others have chapati, eggs cooked in different styles, pancakes, yoghurts, mandazi, samosas, fresh fruit juice, fruits, hot chips, mabuyu, toast, sausages, and other varieties common in any international continental breakfast.
– Lunches and dinner –You will be served with a variety of meals as well as accompaniments. Among others, some options served are ugali, rice, chips, fried potatoes, beans, nyamachoma, chapati, kachumbari, a variety of fruits, different sauces, chicken, goat, and beef cooked in different ways, fried vegetables and many more.
By booking your safari with Safari Fellows, you can be rest assured that you will have a great and enjoyable safari experience. We are a Kenyan based safari operator and our experience in the industry as well as our network puts us in a better position to offer you exceptional safaris in Kenya and Tanzania. For any queries, do not hesitate to contact our Safari Experts.