Wild and wonderful Kenya has a picture perfect coastline and some of the best game viewing in the world. It’s the land where “Out of Africa” and “Born Free” were filmed and that provided the backdrop for countless wildlife documentaries including “The Big Cat Diaries”.
Every year between July and October over two million wildebeest travel between the Maasai Mara and Serengeti National Parks. Once seen, the great migration is never forgotten. The Big Five are probably Kenya’s biggest draw with the Maasai Mara boasting the largest lion population in the whole of Africa. To avoid the busiest safari routes, stay in a remote homestead and track leopards, lions and the infamous black rhino on foot or even camel back. Alternatively have a bird’s eye view, floating high above the savannah in a hot air balloon.
Kenya is home to 11% of the world’s bird population, a staggering 1,089 species. November is the ideal month for birdwatching due to the brief rains. The country also has the most idyllic beaches with spectacular coral reefs perfect for snorkelling and scuba diving. Laze on the tropical shores where donkeys pull carts laden with fruit or join local fisherman out at sea in search of striped marlin and yellowfin tuna. Or take a traditional dhow and sail to the stunning islands of Lamu and Funzi.
From iconic landscapes to heart-stopping safaris, Kenya has something for everyone. As for the Kenyans themselves, you could not meet a more welcoming people. Watching the red robed Maasai tribesmen performing their warrior dance with wooden poles is an amazing sight to behold.
When to go
June to October is the best time of year to visit Kenya when it’s warmest. You can visit during other months of the year but avoid travelling in April or May as this is the wet season.
Special note: Kenya has always been a popular choice for wildlife safaris. However due to its precarious political climate and current instabilities, we are advising clients against travelling to Kenya. If you decide to go there on safari, for your own safety we recommend that you travel by light aircraft rather than overland by jeep.