Visit Kenya

Why visit Kenya?

When it comes to African safaris, no better place does conjure such a spirit of adventure and romance than Kenya. By its location alone, Kenya is strategic and together with countless finest safari destinations, there is no doubt that it is a traveler’s bucket-list destination. One of the biggest cities in East Africa is right in Kenya and interestingly, there are many of Africa’s most popular National Parks all confined within Kenya not forgetting the finest beaches along the Indian coastline, unique cultures, and more.

Top Reasons to Visit Kenya

The Great Wildebeest Migration

The wildebeest migration is, without a doubt, the main highlight of most Kenya safaris. While on Kenya wildlife safari, Masai Mara National Reserve is the main area of interest for visitors traveling to Kenya to observe the wildebeest migration. The Masai Mara Reserve is considered one of the famous travel destinations in the world and it is one place to look out for while in Kenya.

Other than observing wildebeest migration, Masai Mara Reserve has a lot more to offer including the big game- leopards, lions, elephants, buffaloes, rhinos; cheetahs, gazelles, zebras, plus a variety of bird species.

Beautiful beaches

Kenya is by far one of the best beach holiday destinations, boasting of its gorgeous white sand beaches. For beach lovers, the finest beaches not to miss visiting include Diani, Chale Island, Kikambala, Gazi, Mambrui, Watamu, Nyali, and more.

Big five game safaris & other wildlife

Big five game safaris are the main highlight and one reason why you should consider visiting Kenya for a holiday. Kenya is famous as a home to African safaris for a good reason and amazingly, a complete list of the big five game members can all be spotted while on a safari in Kenya. The big five games to look out for include the African leopards, elephants, buffaloes, black/white rhinos, and lions. The best big game safari destinations in Kenya include Masai Mara National Reserve, Meru National Park, Samburu National Park, Tsavo National Parks, Amboseli National Park- ANP, Lake Nakuru NP, and many others.

There are also several other wildlife and bird species to look out for, one reason Kenya should be a must-visit destination. These include giraffes, zebras, antelopes including elands, birds such as ostriches, pelicans, flamingos, and others.

Unique culture

Kenya is a host to several distinct ethnic and cultural groups each with unique cultures, traditions, practices, dances, and more. The most popular of Kenya’s cultural groups/people are the nomadic Maasai people known for their strong abilities and hunting expertise.

Birding

Over 1100 bird species-both migratory and resident make Kenya one of Africa’s leading birding safari destinations. These range in the National Parks, Reserves, Forests, Lakes, Rivers, and other habitats. The key birding spots to explore while in Kenya include Lake Nakuru known for its flamboyant crowds of pink flamingos, Lake Bogoria, Lake Naivasha where superb starlings, golden-winged sunbirds, African fish eagles, and more.

The other special birding spots in Kenya include Masai Mara Reserve, Samburu National Reserve, Kakamega Forest, Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, Buffalo Springs National Reserve, and many more.

Other notable birds to identify while on Kenya holiday include Sokoke scops owl, malachite sunbird, vulturine guinea fowl, African fish eagle, Amani sunbird, Abbott’s starling, Taita thrush, Aberdare cisticola, Sharpe’s long claw, tana river cisticola;

Secretary bird, turner’s eremomela, Golden-breasted starling, Friedman’s lark, bar-tailed trogon, blue-headed bee-eaters, great blue turaco, Somali sparrow, Somali courser, red napped bush shrike, yellow-bellied wattle eye, and more.

The best time to go bird watching in Kenya is from September till April which offers a chance for birders to identify many migratory birds from Northern Africa and Europe.

Mountaineering

When it comes to adventure experiences like mountain climbing, Kenya still has hikers or climbers covered. Visit Kenya for mountaineering adventures, conquer Africa’s second tallest peak on Mount Kenya also home to 3 distinct peaks.

Mt. Kenya is Kenya’s tallest mountain and second in Africa, rising up to 5199m. The 3 highest peaks of Mt. Kenya include Nelion (5188m), Batian (5199m), and Point Lenana (4985m).

A visit to Mount Kenya also lets you visit Mount Kenya National Park, founded in 1949 mainly to protect the mountain and its surrounding. In 1997, the park and forest reserve were designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Best time to visit Kenya for a safari

The dry season is undoubtedly the best time to visit Kenya, that is from July, August to September- ideal months for observing the wildebeest migration. These are also the best months for big game/wildlife safaris and birding is ideal during the months of March, April, May, or November. A successful guided or self-drive safari to Kenya parks requires a strong 4×4 car because some parts of the country are impassable, especially during the rainy season.

Top things to carry/pack for a safari in Kenya

The essentials to bring on Kenya safaris include a good camera with extra batteries, a long-sleeved shirt, pair of binoculars, insect repellents, daypack, toiletries, sunglasses, sunscreen, waterproof hiking boots/shoes, trousers, and more.

Getting Around Kenya

By Road:

Kenya is surrounded by Uganda in the West, Ethiopia in the North, South Sudan in the North West, Tanzania in the south, and the Indian Ocean as well as Somalia in the East.

The country can be accessed by road through land borders such as Malaba, Busia, Namanga, Nakodok, Moyale, Taveta – Holili, Horohoro, and others.

By Air:
Kenya can be accessed by air through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi, Moi International Airport in Mombasa (MBA), Eldoret International Airport (EDL).