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Top Trip Memories

  • Witnessing the annual migration of more than a million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles across the swift-flowing Mara River, where hungry predators lie in wait.
  • Searching for big game in Amboseli National Park, with Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, rising majestically in the background.
  • Waking to the rising sun in a game lodge with views of giraffes, zebras and wildebeests sipping water at an oasis just outside your window.
  • Encountering Maasai tribesmen in Maasai Mara dressed in traditional red cloaks herding their cattle as wildlife roam nearby.
  • Watching a leopard in Samburu Game Reserve resting on a tree branch after killing an impala – whose carcass has been stashed on a lower branch.
  • Gliding in a hot air balloon over the Rift Valley, home to a series of lakes that attract a wealth of large mammals.
  • Snapping the perfect photo of a lion springing after a warthog in the savannah.
  • Birding at Lake Nakuru National Park, home to a million flamingos, among 450 bird species.
  • Exploring the bustling city of Mombasa on the Indian Ocean, then relaxing on one of its nearby white sand beaches overlooking turquoise waters.
  • Taking a dhow ride through the mangrove swamps on the exotic Indian Ocean island of Lamu, an enclave of Islamic Swahili culture.
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Tour Tips

  • Amboseli and Maasai Mara are perhaps the two most accessible game parks in Kenya, relatively small, near to each other, and loaded with wildlife.
  • For tours to Great Migration in Maasai Mara, July-September is the time to go -- but expect lots of other visitors then, so book well in advance.
  • For fewer crowds, look for tours going to Meru National Park or Samburu National Reserve in northern Kenya, or the huge Tsavo East and West national parks..
  • The dry season (January and February into March) is an excellent time to view wildlife because that’s when animals gather at watering holes.
  • While high season in Kenya runs from January through September, springtime can bring heavy rains, occasionally making roads impassable and forcing some lodges to close.
  • When choosing a tour operator, consider the types of lodging offered, which can range from luxurious lodges to tent camping.
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Kenya Travel Reviews & Ratings

4.7 out of 5



935 Reviews

  • Excellent 717
  • Great 204
  • Average 11
  • Disappointing 2
  • Terrible 1

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Tour Reviews

This was my third trip to Africa (second with G Adventures), and it pretty much topped the list

Safari in Kenya & Tanzania

April 2017
G Adventures
Recommend: Yes
This was my third trip to Africa (second with G Adventures), and it pretty much topped the list. I went to see animals, and boy did I ever see animals!!! Kenya and Tanzania outdo South Africa by a long shot as far as wildlife goes. The Masai Mara, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro Crater were teeming with practically every African animal you can think of .... and were they ever active! And the hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti was a once-in-a-lifetime experience --- worth every penny!! Congratulations to G for not only coming up with a fascinating itinerary, excellent accommodations, and knowledgeable CEOs and drivers, but for their support of local projects in most of the countries they work in. Lead with Service, Embrace the Bizarre (can you say 'ostrich courtship'--), and Do the Right Thing .... that's my memory of Kenya and Tanzania.
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Mount Kenya Ascent

Mt Kenya Ascent

April 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
An interesting comparison with the Kilimanjaro trip I did 3 years ago. Mount Kenya is prettier and certainly less crowded. The final ascent of Mount Kenya is just as hard as Kilimanjaro but took 3 hours compared with Kili's 5-6 plus the extra altitude. Overall then because of the altitude, length of climb and number of walking days Kili is a tougher challenge. Mount Kenya is an excellent alternative though and worth doing on its own or as preparation for Kili.
Getting to the top. A lovely morning.

Peter was a great group leader. Interesting information and stories, particularly about Kenya and its tribes.

Get plenty of hill walking in before your trip. Its the best kind of preparation. You can leave bags at the Lodge so
bring a larger airline bag to put the Exodus one into if you want.

Lovely camp fires on the first two nights. Good for drying out wet things! EXCELLENT food. Thank you for the drinks during a stop over en route back to Nairobi where we were given our certificates. Unexpected and appreciated.

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An excellent mountain climbed in excellent company

Mt Kenya Ascent

April 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
Mount Kenya is a far more inspirational mountain than her big sister Kili. The setting is fabulous with austere peaks all around, languid tarns and rich vegetation. The climb on summit day is hard work but very doable - the reward at the top of the view to Batian and Nelion is worth every drop of sweat.
The climb over to the MacKinder valley past two tarns, up a steep scree leading to a col and then down a zig -zag slope with the crags of Batian and Nelion constantly looming to our right leading to the first sight of our final route.

Peter was cheerful and attentive and ensured that the pace suited all the members of our group. His side-kick Cyrus was a staunch and protective backstop for the slower walkers and was always willing to share his extensive knowledge of the mountain.
The cook, first-aiders and porters were cheerful and willing at all times.

Follow the packing advice carefully and take only what you need but don't skimp on layers - summit day can be cold at first.
Ensure you have a water-proof kitbag (or dry liners) and day sack cover - we did get a little rain and wet kit would have been miserable.
Ensure you carry spare camera batteries or a power pack for recharging = also head torch batteries.
Take it easy - it's not a race - enjoy the scenery!

There are many routes - we did the Burguret up Sirimon down route which involves 3 full and 2 half days hiking including summit day. For those with time on their hands the Chogoria route up is potentially more attractive and involves an extra day hiking through an impressive gorge.
Read 'No Picnic on Mount Kenya' before you travel or even during your climb. The route in the book is the Burguret route.

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Fantastic trip and crew!

Kenya & Tanzania Adventure

April 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
The four crew members, Erellah, Albert, Boniface and Amos were fantastic. Erellah is an excellent tourguide - very patient, funny, helpful: a delight and any group can consider themselves lucky to be in his care. Albert is a brilliant cook and made delicious vegan food for me: not easy to do in East Africa. He was fun and creative and all mealtimes were a pleasure. Boniface is by far the very best driver I've ever encountered: very patient, extremely skilled and was able to take us safely along very poor roads, while also taking care of the truck itself. Amos is very friendly and helpful and worked very hard to support the crew. I'm sure he will be a fantastic tourguide soon. All of the crew were fun to talk to and made us feel very welcome.
The trip itself was spectacular - we were very lucky and managed to see many beautiful animals, including elephants, black rhino, white rhino, lions, cheetah and a leopard. I was lucky enough to spot a serval from the truck, but it slipped away into the grass before anyone else could see it. The pace of the trip was good - we covered a huge distance, but spent enough time in each place to get good wildlife spotting. The last few days on Zanzibar were a welcome treat too and really rounded everything off nicely. I will always have fond memories of the group and the trip. The group members were all great: friendly, interesting people I enjoyed meeting and hope to keep in touch with.
Seeing a leopard in a tree.

Erellah is a star! He's very bright, knowledgeable, extremely helpful and fun to talk to. He really made the trip.

Beware of the African sun - it is vicious. This time of year was very good, because it's low season, fairly dry and all the animals have had their babies, which is lovely to see.

It would be great if it could be possible to request a specific crew for trips in the same area. I would love to assemble this crew again for other trips to Africa, such as the mountain gorillas in Rwanda.

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Classic Kenya Safari

Classic Kenya Safari - Premium

April 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
This trip exceeded my expectations.We were travelling at the end of the season,just as the long rains were due and I was a little anxious about "what" we would manage to see.We were looked after so well,and everyone did their utmost to ensure we had a perfect and memorable trip.
The smiling faces and generous hearts of the people we met.
The utter beauty of the landscape and unimaginable privilege of seeing wild animals in their natural habitat.
Watching from the " observation platform" as torrential rain poured down , after our last game drive was over .

Peter and Davis were our guides/ drivers.They were awesome.They were friendly, fun kind and thoughtful.Both were a mine of information about anything and everything. They kept us safe,informed and entertained and worked tirelessly to ensure everyone had a perfect trip.

Loose,comfy clothing that you don't mind getting dusty/ dirty.The trip notes are are little unclear and don't tell you that you will want to consider tipping at both venues - the lodge staff and the camp staff,they only allow guidance for your drivers/ guides and one set of staff.
We found our multi plug useful at the lodge as there was only one socket in the room.

Considering all that is included in this trip,it is excellent value.

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Kenya Trips & Tour Advice

Kenya, the heart of the former British East Africa, was the setting for the books and films “Born Free,” “Out of Africa” and many others that have inspired countless Westerners to want to visit Africa and experience a safari for themselves. If you’re one of them, Kenya may be the right country for you.

Its modern capital, Nairobi, provides a good transition when flying in and out, but the real action is in the savannahs and valleys of the south, the semi-arid deserts of the north, and the 300-mile-long Indian Ocean coast to the east, with its lovely beaches and intriguing Swahili culture.

Masai and Merchants

Kenya is diverse: scattered among the most populous native tribespeople (such as Kikuyu, Luo, Meru, Samburu), you’ll find red-robed Masai warriors in the far south, black-robed Muslim women on Lamu Island, merchants from China and east India along the coast, British expats in Nairobi, global archaeologists and anthropologists out in the field, and, nearly everywhere, visitors from around the world who come to view and photograph some of the most remarkable wildlife on earth.

If you book with an experienced safari operator, you can expect to see all or most of these creatures in their natural settings: lions, elephants, giraffes, Cape buffalo, rhinos (both white and black), hippos, leopards, cheetahs, zebras, wildebeest, hyenas, warthogs, ostriches, flamingos, and many more.

While it’s not necessary to visit a half-dozen different game parks to see most of the animals you want to see, tours that take you to several distinct parts of this fascinating country have the advantage of allowing you to drink in views of some of the most extraordinary landscapes on earth. The volcanic, lake-pocked Rift Valley, the vast sprawling savannahs, the red-tinged soils and desert sands of the interior, the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean – all combine to create magical backdrops that are doubly enhanced by glimpses of giraffes loping by the roadway or the sounds of elephants marching and trumpeting in the distance.

The Great Migration

While most everyone would like to be in Kenya in late summer and early fall for the Great Migration of wildebeest, zebras and Thomson’s gazelles racing north from Tanzania’s Serengeti Plains into Maasai Mara National Reserve, don’t overlook the quieter pleasures of game-viewing at Meru National Park or Samburu National Reserve in northern Kenya, or the wide-open spaces of vast Tsavo East and West national parks to the south.

The January-February dry season is ideal for these parks, but even during the spring rainy season game viewing can be productive and rewarding, especially in the hands of expert guides. To help you find those guides, Stride offers an ever-expanding list of reputable safari tour operators who respect the environment and know how to find the animals and the best angles for photographing them.

With a wide selection available, you’re sure to find the right Kenyan safari to suit your level of adventurousness and budget. And before you know it, you’ll be starring in your own production of “Into Africa.”

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