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Open grasslands dotted with wildebeest and antelope, acacia trees providing shady retreats for leopard, and vast salt lakes speckled pink by wading flamingos: Kenya is everything you’d imagine a safari destination to be. Our specialists have explored each of the country’s parks and reserves, and they can use their first-hand knowledge to help plan your ideal trip.

The drama of the Great Migration unfolds each year in the Masai Mara, where spotting members of the Big Five becomes second nature. Away from the well-trodden safari tracks is the remote Laikipia Plateau, where endangered species such as Grévy’s zebra and wild dog roam, and the sun-baked Samburu National Reserve, where elephant cool off in the Ewaso Ng’iro River. A holiday to Kenya also presents the opportunity to learn about local Maasai culture and spend time relaxing on the palm-fringed, white-sand beaches of the country’s long stretch of coastline.

The swaying grasslands of the Masai Mara National Reserve are like the Promised Land for millions of migratory wildebeest, zebra and antelope. These in turn bring predators such as lion, leopard and hyena. For us, safari destinations don’t get much better than this, and our specialists have enjoyed safaris across the country and can help you pick and choose where to go in Kenya based on your preferences.

There are also lesser-known places to go. Samburu National Reserve’s baked-brown landscape is interrupted by the Ewaso Ng’iro River, which provides a lifeline for elephant, buffalo and giraffe. Meanwhile, the wilderness of the Laikipia Plateau attracts more endangered species than anywhere else in East Africa, including Grévy’s zebra and wild dog.

A compelling destination for the first-time safari-goer, Kenya has gained a reputation for providing visitors with a wealth of rewarding experiences. Here you can witness the majestic Great Migration, support community development through the Me to We programme, and even combine game parks with snorkeling in the inviting waters of the Indian Ocean along Kenya’s coastline.

For an alternative wildlife viewing opportunity, take to the air for a hot air balloon flight over the Masai Mara, or pick up the pace on a quad bike in lesser-known Laikipia Plateau.

Ideas for experiencing Kenya

Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Kenya, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.

  • Hot Air Balloon Flight
    Hot Air Balloon Flight

    Hot Air Balloon Flight

    Masai Mara National Reserve

    Hot Air Balloon Flight

    Before dawn, guests are taken from camp to the hot air ballooning starting point which is behind Little Governors' Camp. You will be able to see the balloons being inflated whilst enjoying a hot drink and a biscuit.

    When the balloons are ready the guide will show you to your balloon. After a short briefing, the balloon rises up over the Mara. The direction of the balloon will depend on the wind and it will sail over the trees, plains and rivers.

  • Experience Life in a Rural Maasai Village
    Experience Life in a Rural Maasai Village

    Experience Life in a Rural Maasai Village

    Masai Mara National Reserve

    Experience Life in a Rural Maasai Village

    A stay at Bogani, near the Masai Mara, offers a unique opportunity to get to grips with what life is really like in rural Kenya. This is far more in-depth, interactive and rewarding than a typical village tour and allows you to spend time with Maasai villages over the course of three days.

  • Dhow Cruising
    Dhow Cruising

    Dhow Cruising

    Lamu Archipelago

    Dhow Cruising

    Local dhows are great for trips around Lamu Island and are run on a rotation system to ensure that all the crews get the opportunity for a little business.

  • Deep Sea and Fly Fishing
    Deep Sea and Fly Fishing

    Deep Sea and Fly Fishing


    Deep Sea and Fly Fishing

    Watamu offers some of the finest deep sea fishing in the world with a huge variety of different species close to shore. Black, blue and striped marlin, sailfish, broadbill, wahoo and yellowfin tuna are just some of the species available. All the boats operating out of Watamu have a tag and release policy.

  • Dhow and Dolphin Cruising
    Dhow and Dolphin Cruising

    Dhow and Dolphin Cruising


    Dhow and Dolphin Cruising

    It is possible to take a leisurely sunset cruise aboard a traditional dhow on the tranquil waters of Mida Creek, a large tidal estuary a few miles away from Watamu village. Mida Creek offers approximately 10km of unspoiled mangrove-lined waters where the only human inhabitants are a handful of local fishermen casting their nets in the traditional manner.

One of the best times to visit Kenya is from July to September, during the country’s dry season, which also coincides with the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra.

The rainy seasons are also good times to travel, as there are fewer visitors and you can admire the striking emerald vegetation. December in particular is a great time to travel to Kenya, since the rains are short and you have the chance to see newborn animals and migratory bird species. Only the peak of the ‘long rains’ in March, April and May are very wet.

Kenya Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Amboseli National Park 30°C 45mm 31°C 56mm 30°C 87mm 28°C 146mm 26°C 68mm 25°C 13mm 24°C 4mm 25°C 5mm 27°C 7mm 29°C 31mm 29°C 103mm 28°C 80mm
Lamu Archipelago 30°C 7mm 31°C 3mm 31°C 28mm 31°C 134mm 30°C 307mm 30°C 157mm 29°C 87mm 29°C 44mm 29°C 47mm 30°C 43mm 30°C 51mm 30°C 31mm
Masai Mara National Reserve 28°C 82mm 28°C 95mm 28°C 124mm 27°C 166mm 26°C 110mm 26°C 59mm 25°C 28mm 26°C 44mm 27°C 52mm 28°C 56mm 27°C 100mm 27°C 111mm
Nairobi 26°C 48mm 27°C 49mm 27°C 95mm 25°C 200mm 24°C 151mm 23°C 37mm 22°C 15mm 23°C 21mm 25°C 22mm 26°C 52mm 24°C 132mm 25°C 83mm
Samburu National Reserve 32°C 15mm 34°C 21mm 33°C 58mm 32°C 113mm 32°C 47mm 32°C 4mm 31°C 5mm 31°C 5mm 33°C 5mm 33°C 53mm 31°C 140mm 31°C 57mm
Watamu 31°C 14mm 31°C 10mm 32°C 34mm 31°C 170mm 29°C 286mm 28°C 141mm 28°C 96mm 28°C 70mm 29°C 61mm 30°C 76mm 31°C 80mm 31°C 47mm


Month-by-month guide for travelling in Kenya

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