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The birthplace of the traditional safari holiday, Kenya is the perfect place to tick off the Big Five and see some fantastic wildlife in action.

Kenya Overview

Kenya

The destination

The original birthplace of safari holidays, Kenya is one of Africa’s top destinations which sees visitors of all ages returning time and time again. From excellent chances of spotting the Big Five on safari, to seeing the Great Migration in the Maasai Mara, Kenya makes an outstanding holiday choice no matter what time of year you travel. For an active holiday, take part in horseback safaris for a different way to enjoy game viewing, or for something more relaxed, head to the Kenyan Coast for excellent chances to spot marine life whilst you snorkel. Feel the sand between your toes as you walk across stunning white sandy beaches and choose from beach front restaurants and bars as you devour some of the freshest seafood in Kenya, right from the Indian Ocean.

Situated in central Kenya, Laikipia is fast becoming one of the country’s best areas for wildlife, with excellent conservation areas and amazing safari experiences as well as being home to large numbers of rhino. The Maasai Mara, one of the most spectacular wilderness areas on the planet, is at the top of visitors’ bucket lists and is an absolute must see if it’s your first time in Kenya. Alternatively, the Kenyan Coast offers a great place to escape the crowds and enjoy a luxurious beach retreat on the Indian Ocean, showing a totally different side to Kenya.

Kenya works so well with many other destinations in the Indian Ocean, so why not combine an active week on safari with a relaxing week in the islands of the Zanzibar archipelago afterwards? Regular flight connections between these destinations make the journey hassle free, and you’ll be glad of the chance to recuperate by the beach after a busy week of game viewing on safari!

Where to stay

There’s a wide range of accommodation options to suit all travel styles in Kenya, with family friendly lodges, safari style tented camps and luxurious beach retreats each offering unique stays in excellent locations. A selection of our favourite hotels are listed below, however, this is just a sample, so please don't hesitate to give us a call on 01993 899430 or email inspire@oxfordprivatetravel.com if you would like to find out more and we will be delighted to craft your own tailor-made trip. 

Who should visit

We believe Kenya is perfect for families or small groups, with plenty of child friendly lodges and camps scattered around the reserves. It’s also a great choice for couples, with a whole host of extraordinary properties located on the coast or in the national parks, and a twin centre with Zanzibar or the Kenyan coast works perfectly as a honeymoon destination.

When to visit

July – September, during the country’s dry season, is one of the best times to visit Kenya, particularly because of the Great Migration that occurs every year during these months. Although game drives during this time can be crowded in the more popular areas, we know all the best places to escape the crowds, so it’s a fantastic time of year to visit Kenya. Outside of the peak period, and outside  the ‘long rain’ season (April-May) you can find excellent wildlife viewing all year round, with a fraction of the visitor numbers and many bargains to be had.

Passports and visas 

A passport with at least six months validity is necessary as well as at least 2 blank pages when you present it at immigration. A visa is required for all visits to Kenya, and you can either apply upon arrival at the airport, or online before you travel to minimise queuing time at the airport.

Location

Top tips

  • Tick off the Big Five whilst on safari in one of Kenya’s many national parks and reserves
  • Watch one of the world’s most spectacular phenomenon’s, The Great Migration, in the Maasai Mara, one of the best game viewing spots in Kenya
  • Enjoy a hotel breakfast like you’ve never seen before during a stay at Nairobi’s Giraffe Manor -admire these beautiful animals as they poke their heads into the windows of the breakfast room whilst you dine!
  • Make your way to the Kenyan Coast and relax with a few nights in a gorgeous beach resort on the Indian Ocean - the perfect ending to your busy safari holiday
  • If you want the best of both worlds, book a relaxing week either Zanzibar or the Kenyan Coast at the end of your busy Kenya safari trip

 

Local currency: Kenyan Shilling

Accepted credit cards: Visa and Mastercard (most places)        

Time zone: GMT +3 hours