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Kenya Safari

Kenya, the pioneer safari destination, ranks highly as a leading Africa safari destination. It’s hard to talk about African safari without mentioning Kenya somehow. With the world’s most spectacular wildlife show showcasing every year, Kenya takes up the number two position right below Botswana, according to Safari Bookings, a giant online tours booking website.

Kenya is an excellent addition to gorilla trekking in the neighboring Uganda or Rwanda. But if you want to wander only around the savannah wild, the destination on its own is fulfilling. You don’t have to cross any borders and avoid the COVID-19 bureaucracy. The coastal beaches provide a perfect getaway vacation to end your safari. Ask one of our consultants to guide you through the planning process at no charge.

The Great Migration

Over two million wildebeest and zebra cross the Mara river sometime between July and August. They repeat this every year in larger numbers. It’s not just the gnu that would attract you here, but also the healthy number of predators looking for an easy meal. This spectacle is not to be missed by any traveler on a Kenya safari holiday.

Kenya Safari Packages

Kenya Family Safari Holiday, Masai Mara & Mobasa coastal beach

Kenya Family Safari Holiday With Kids

10 Days | Best for Kids 4-10 yrs
Nairobi, Masai Mara & Mombasa Beach

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Kenya Family Safari for Teenagers

Family Safari Holiday With Teenagers

8 Days | Best for Teenagers
Nairobi, Laikipia & Masai Mara

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Classic Kenya Luxury Safari Holiday

Classic Kenya Luxury Safari Holiday

13 Days | Pure Luxury Travel
Nairobi, Tsavo, Laikipia & Masai Mara

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Masai Mara & Gorilla Trekking Safari in Kenya and Uganda

Masai Mara & Gorilla Trekking Safari

10 Days | Fly-in Kenya & Uganda
Entebbe, Bwindi, Masai Mara, Nairobi

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Where to go, which places to visit?

East Africa’s economic and logistics hub is Kenya’s capital Nairobi. Because almost every Kenya wildlife safari starts and ends in the capital city, it is hard for any traveler to miss Nairobi. Nairobi presents the authentic everyday African urban life, especially the city’s leafy suburbs, where the most exciting attractions are found. It’s not safe to meander downtown Nairobi unless you have the guts for entropic crowds and overcrowded spaces. You’ll probably be jetting in through Jomo Kenyatta Airport, but the regional flights connecting to Kenya’s safari destinations start 17 km (10 mi) from Jomo Kenyatta, at Wilson Airport.

Nairobi National Park just outside the city boundaries gives impressive meaning to the African bush city. Wide-open savannah plains and the backdrop of the city scrapers frame Nairobi into the greatest modern wildlife-city painting. You can view the big game like rhino, lion, leopard, cheetahs, hyena, buffaloe, giraffe, go camping and take nature hikes within the park saving you miles of travel into Kenya’s countryside.

Let’s take a look at other great places to visit on a Kenya Safari.

Masai Mara Kenya Safari

Masai Mara

The Great Migration, Family Safari

Masai Mara is a world-renowned wildlife paradise and wildlife photographer’s perfect scene. Named after the native Maasai people that still I’ve within, Masai Mara is the most famous and essential wildlife conservation and wilderness park in Africa. The park is overwhelmingly known for its massive numbers of lions, elephants, buffalo, giraffe, lion, cheetah, leopard, rhino, hippo, hippo in the Mara river alongside the migratory gnus. It’s the only park in Kenya where you’ll quickly see the BIG 5 African game animals. The Annual Wildebeest Migration of over two million wildebeest and zebra from the contiguous Serengeti National Park is the Mara’s biggest attraction. It happens between July and October every year.

Amboseli National Park kenya safari

Amboseli National Park

Photography & Great Wildlife

Amboseli offers great African game viewing second only to Masai Mara. The northern backdrop of the park is gracefully painted by the imposing Mount Kilimanjaro. Although Kilimajaro is on the Tanzania side, Amboseli has a perfect view of its snow-capped peaks, rising six kilometers above the vast savannah plains. It is a common choice for wildlife photography safari in Kenya. The park is small enough to be toured in a single day and is a great addition to a Masai Mara migration safari.

Mombasa kenya beach resort

Mombasa & Coastal Beaches

Family Resorts & Luxury Lodging

Away from the hooves, canines, and claws, Kenya is home to one of Africa’s most intriguing and historically essential coastlines. The Kenyan coast stems excellent natural beauty and is home to marine parks, bustling coral reefs, bird-filled and coastal forests, all of which make for a fabulously diverse holiday after your inland wildlife safari. The southern Kenya coast presents perfect don’t-make-me-think beach holidays with Diani, Galu, and Funzi beaches standing out getaways for honeymooners and romantics.

Suitable for diving and great for deep-sea fishing, Mombasa is Kenya beach destination for the younger, more social crowd, which means excellent restaurants, nightclubs, and adventures. And Mombasa’s airport means easy combining a Kenya safari with a beach holiday. The stunning Malindi region and Lamu islands are the northern delights of the Kenya coast holidays. Malindi and nearby Watamu are the sorts of places that once you’ve been, you tend to come back to.

Kenya Safari Attractions

When you think of Africa safari, you most probably are recreating Kenya images in your brain. Kenya has always been a top Africa safari choice because of its great vast savannah plains peppered with immense herds of wildlife, snow-capped equatorial mountains, and native peoples who bring soul and color to the Swahili nation. Picture the lone acacia silhouetted on the savannah against a horizon stretching into eternity. The lush, palm-fringed coastline of the Indian Ocean, the Great Rift Valley that once threatened to tear the continent asunder, and the dense forests reminiscent of the continent’s heart is why Kenya is a country of epic landforms that stir our deepest longings for this extraordinary continent.

Wildlife, Great Migration & the Big 5: Home to the highest concentrations of wildlife on the planet, Kenya’s rolling savannah plains are studded with flat-top acacia trees, fantastic for game viewing any time of the year. Although all cannot be seen in one go, the famous BIG 5 African animals (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, and rhino) are found here. The best attractions are in Mara’s plains and rivers flooded with two million-strong wildebeest on their great migration, along with herds of zebras, elephants, and giraffes. Trailing this walking buffet are lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, and crocs.

The Native Peoples: Filling the Swahili nation’s landscape, adding depth and resonance to Kenya’s unmatched wilderness, are some of Africa’s best-known peoples and their ancient cultures. The Maasai, Samburu, Turkana, and Kikuyu native peoples’ histories and daily struggles tell the native’s daily struggle to maintain traditions as the modern world crowds in, the daily fight for survival in some of the harshest environments on the continent. Drawing near to these African cultures could just be a highlight of your Kenya safari holiday.

For wildlife photographers, family safari travelers, romantic and luxury travelers alike, a Kenya safari will not disappoint.

For more security concerns, visit the US state website about Kenya.

Before you travel, please be informed of the likelihood of catching CORONAVIRUS if you don’t follow operating procedures put in place to protect you and others. For update local information, visit or the government website Otherwise, Kenya is open for tourism, and for entry, you’ll need a negative PCR COVID test certificate issued 92 hours before.

With the constant development of the safari industry in Kenya and regular lodge and camp openings, the message is loud and clear: Kenya is thriving and open for business. And there’s a reason it remains one of the most sought-after safari destinations: the game viewing is incredible year-round, the people friendly, and the logistics easy.

Because we live right in the center of this enchanting safari destination, we give first-hand travel advisory. Our guests are like family, and we would never give out wrong information to our families. Kenya’s superb open-space safari attractions are safe to visit, and its warm, hospitable people will make your safari holiday a memorable one.

The best of Kenya safari attractions are nowhere near the terrorist zones in the northern and northeastern borders that have been for a long time restricted to tourists. Exercise increased caution in the terrorist strongholds on the northern border due to crime, terrorism, and kidnapping. These incidents occur very far from the premier tourism attractions. You’re much safer on a game drive in a Masai Mara than driving your car on a multi-lane turnpike.

The Kenyan Government deals with the international terror threat in much the same way as other modern countries. You’ll find strict security at airports and visible policing in public places like shopping malls and outdoor markets, ensuring it is safe to visit Kenya.

Kenya, like many other democracies across the globe, occasionally goes through short periods of political change. This is centered around Nairobi, far from the country’s magnificent safari attractions. And cities, in this Coronavirus age, are a hot-bed for infections. In fact, in some instances, you’ll fly out of Nairobi immediately after landing, heading to the Samburu, Masai Mara, Amboseli, or any other attraction. Our staff traveling to Kenya regularly, staying in both Nairobi and the Masai Mara with travelers, have reported high airport security levels and that some hotels in the capital city have instituted security measures for additional peace of mind and ensuring it is safe to visit Nairobi.

Before you travel, please be informed of the likelihood of catching CORONAVIRUS if you don’t follow operating procedures put in place to protect you and others. For update local information, visit or the government website Otherwise, Kenya is open for tourism, and for entry, you’ll need a negative PCR COVID test certificate issued 92 hours before.

The majority of inbound travelers are not subject to quarantine upon arrival at any of our ports of entry, take advantage of the relaxation of overall protocols and take that much-needed holiday. All the suppliers and partners we work with are compliant because your safety comes first!


  1. Passengers entering or transiting through Kenya must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 96 hours before arrival. The certificate must be in English.
  2. Passengers whose medical certificates have expired due to the transit time will be subject to a test for Covid-19 at their own cost upon arrival at a recognized facility.
  3. Passengers are required to fill in a Passenger Locator Form during their flights to Kenya.
  4. Passengers must complete the “Travelers Health Surveillance Form” online at and must hold a QR code showing they have completed the form.
  5. Passengers are subject to medical screening and quarantine. A list of quarantine exemptions can be found at
  6. There is no quarantine for inbound travelers unless you show the virus symptoms on observation.

Before you go to Kenya, make sure all your routine vaccinations are up to date. The risk of malaria is low during Green Season and very low during peak season. It is higher if you are going into rural areas and villages outside the parks and reserves. If you are going scuba diving afterward, be sure to let them know to ensure they prescribe the correct prophylactic. Check with your travel doctor if you need vaccinations, and be sure to get them timeously.

Yellow fever (before 2013)

The country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travelers aged one year or over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.
WHO vaccination recommendation: yes

It is recommended for all travelers aged nine months or over, except as mentioned below. Generally not recommended for travelers whose itineraries are limited to the following areas: the entire North Eastern Province; the states of Kilifi, Kwale, Lamu, Malindi, and Tanariver in Coastal Province; and the cities of Nairobi and Mombasa.

Malaria (before 2018)

Malaria risk due predominantly to P. falciparum exists throughout the year in the entire country. Normally, there is little risk in the city of Nairobi and the highlands (above 2500 m) of Central, Eastern, Nyanza, Rift Valley and Western provinces.
WHO recommended prevention: C

Kenya’s main airport is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), located 15km/9mi southeast of Nairobi. Kenya’s second international airport is Moi International Airport (MBA), located 9km/6mi west of Mombasa, but aside from flights to Zanzibar, this is primarily used for domestic and charter flights. From Nairobi or Mombasa, one can fly or drive between reserves, or opt to do a bit of both. Most domestic flights out of Nairobi depart from Wilson Airport (WIL), 6km/4mi south of Nairobi.

Whichever mode one chooses for travel, in most cases our local driver or guide will pick you up at the airport and all further transportation as part of the Kenya safari package.

For direct affordable flights to Kenya, search within Kenya Airways (the national carrier), Virgin Atlantic or British Airways.

All arriving passengers into Kenya now must apply and get their Visas online; this is a much easier method which saves you time from embassy visitations or long ques that use to be for those who opted to get these on arrival at our airports.

The e-visa can be obtained through an online system. For questions or concerns, please visit Kenya Immigration’s website.

  • A passport with at least two blank pages, six months’ validity, and a visa are required to enter Kenya.
  • Single-entry visas are available online. Multiple-entry visas must be applied for prior to traveling to Kenya.
  • Obtain the latest information on visas, as well as any additional details regarding entry requirements, from the Embassy of Kenya, 2249 R Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008, telephone (202) 387-6101, or the Kenyan Consulates General in Los Angeles and New York City.
  • You should have proof of yellow fever immunizations, or you may be denied entry.

When is the best time for a Kenya safari holiday?

Generally, a Kenya safari is an all-year-round holiday. Traveler base on many options to tell when the best time is for a safari in Kenya. A traveler can consider how much they’re willing to spend, which places they’ll be visiting and how much time you have on your calendar fixed for the trip.

Most Kenya Safari attractions are showcasing their best during wildlife drama and action between January through March. During this time, the climate is friendly, mostly no rains, and wildlife viewing is climaxing. The dry season is the peak season for a safari in Kenya. Everyone else also considers this the best time for a Kenya Safari trip.

However, mid-March’s downpour through June and October through December, the rainy season, is mostly avoided by travelers. But we would urge you to travel during this time if you want to avoid the crowds and take advantage of off-season discounts.

When is the best time for the great migration in Mara, Kenya?

The best time for viewing the great migration in Masai Mara on a Kenya safari is between mid-August and late October when the wildebeest and zebra herds cross the border from Serengeti National Park. It’s not easy to accurately tell when the migrating animals will be crossing the Mara river, but it’s sometime between August and October. There’s no wildebeest movement from January through to June in Masai Mara. So that should help you narrow down your calendar options.

When is the best time to visit Kenya’s coastal beaches?

The best time to visit Kenya beach destinations is a moot point: Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast is hot and humid all year round, and rain can fall at any time. However, we would recommend avoiding the Kenyan coast during the mid-March to late May season when temperatures and rainfall are highest.

Explore the magic of a Kenya Safari on an airlift over the vast savannah plains.

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