Kenya

Country Profile

Kenya is the birthplace of safari. The word safari originates from the Swahili word for ‘journey’. While lodges and transport has changed enormously since the first safaris, game viewing is as good as it has always been.

Kenyan safari is most associated with the ‘Great Migration’ in the Maasai Mara in the south-west of the country. Visiting the Mara region also provides an opportunity to learn about the fascinating Maasai culture. If you are planning to see the Great Migration, it’s important to get your timing right - the wildebeest and zebra only pass through the Maasai Mara in search of food for a couple of months each year.

Safari with a difference

The Laikipia Plateau, further north into Kenya, is widely regarded as having Kenya’s best game viewing. Much quieter than the plains of the Mara in the south, it’s one of the few places left in the country where you can feel truly alone with the wildlife. Laikipia is also a fantastic place to see the endangered wild dogs on the hunt. Further north still, the semi-arid desert of Samburu is a great place for safaris with a twist. Try your hand at quad biking with elephants!

Kenya’s 430km coastline is dotted with spectacular beaches and luxury lodges. Diani and Watamu are world class destinations in their own rights. They can easily be factored into any itinerary, making Kenya a great place for Safari & Beach holidays.

When to go

The best time to visit Kenya is generally considered to be during the dry season between July and November, If you are planning your visit to Kenya to see the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra in the Maasai Mara, the best time to visit is when they are passing through the Maasai Mara between the months of July and September.

Travelling outside of these months will still mean fantastic game viewing, but with far fewer visitors. April and May are considered to be the months with most rainfall.

Practical Information

Time Zone: UTC +3

Currency: Kenyan Shilling (KSh)

Visa: Most nationalities require a visa to enter Kenya.

Travel Advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/kenya

Health: http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/africa/kenya

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