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When you think of the words “African safari,” Kenya may quickly spring to mind. Its outstanding game parks include Masai Mara National Reserve, where the annual Great Migration of wildebeest ends in the Rift Valley just north of the Serengeti. Kenya also has a sparkling Indian Ocean coast lined with white-sand beaches.
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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9 Day Kenya Luxventure Safari
Private Guided
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9 Day Kenya Luxventure Safari

Ker & Downey Africa
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 778 / day
$ 6,999
From : $ 7,979
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Visit Nairobi’s fascinating attractions like National Museum and Karen Blixen Museum
  • Experience Masai village culture
  • Enjoy  the safari  in Samburu National Reserve
  • Visit Amboseli National Park, Renowned for its excellent Masaai giraffe, lion and cheetah viewing. 
Visits:
Amboseli National Park, Masai Mara National Park, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Nairobi, Kenya
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Kenya Wildlife Safari

SmarTours
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
12 days
$ 333 / day
$ 3,999
From : $ 10,347
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Giraffe Center (Nairobi)
  • Samburu National Reserve
  • Mt. Kenya
  • Lake Naivasha
  • Masai Village
  • Tanzania Game Parks Extension, including the Ngorongoro Crater
Visits:
Lake Nakuru National Park, Mt. Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya
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Gorillas & Masai Mara - Camping

Exodus Travels
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
18 days
$ 272 / day
$ 4,899
From : $ 6,614
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy a precious hour in the company of Uganda's Mountain gorillas
  • Game drives in the Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru N.P. and Queen Elizabeth N.P.
  • Visit Murchison Falls National Park
  • Track chimpanzees and other primates in Budongo Forest
Visits:
Kigali, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda
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Classic Kenya 4WD Safari

Exodus Travels
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 431 / day
$ 3,449
From : $ 4,656
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Comfortable safari at an intimate tented camp with walk in tents and en suite facilities
  • Prolific wildlife of the Masai Mara including lion, elephant, hippo, and giraffe
  • Lake Nakuru, famed for its wonderful Black and White rhino population
  • Game drives, short nature walks and optional cultural village and walking excursions
Visits:
Nairobi, Kenya
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African Safari Adventure Summer 2019

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
14 days
$ 470 / day
$ 6,575
From : $ 8,087
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • View Thomson's Falls in Nyahururu
  • Visit Solio Game Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park, Lake Naivasha, Maasai Mara National Game Reserve, Lake Victoria, Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara National Park and Tarangire National Park
Visits:
Lake Nakuru National Park, Maasai Mara, Nairobi, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Kenya
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Bush To Beach Luxury Package tour
Private Guided
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Bush To Beach Luxury Package

14 days
$ 480 / day
$ 6,726
From : $ 7,668
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Visit Zanzibar
  • Have a chance to see Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru
  • Explore Arusha National Park and Tarangire National Park
  • Discover Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Visits:
Arusha, Masai Mara National Park, Mount Meru, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Tarangire National Park, Kenya, Tanzania
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Mt Kenya Ascent

Exodus Travels
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 322 / day
$ 2,579
From : $ 3,482
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Watch the sun rise over the Kenyan plains from Point Lenana
  • Trek a  remote path that is seldom used
  • Descend via the scenic Sirimon route
  • Extra day for acclimatisation
  • Amazing variety of flora and fauna in the national park
Visits:
Kenya
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Safari in Kenya & Tanzania

G Adventures
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
13 days
$ 510 / day
$ 7,599
From : $ 8,154
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Track the big five across the serengeti and masai mara
  • Enjoy daily wildlife safari drives in kenya's premier wildlife park
  • Meet some of the "maasai mamas" and learn about the clean cookstoves project
Visits:
Amboseli National Park, Arusha, Lake Manyara National Park, Nairobi, Serengeti National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, Rift Valley, Kenya, Tanzania
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Kenya Conservation Census Safari 2019

Global Basecamps
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
13 days
$ 1,029 / day
$ 13,380
From : $ 16,457
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Once in a lifetime opportunity to witness and take part in the action behind the scenes to truly make a difference while on safari
Visits:
Maasai Mara, Kenya
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Kenya & Tanzania Migration Safari

World Expeditions
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 463 / day
$ 5,090
From : $ 6,872
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Experience the abundant wildlife of the Masai Mara
  • Enjoy game drives in the wondrous Serengeti National Park
  • Marvel at the largest concentration of wildlife in the Ngorongoro Crater
  • Explore the vast African savannah at Tarangire National Park
  • Absorb the sounds of the African night on a fully serviced mobile camping safari
  • Learn about the intriguing culture of the Masai
Visits:
Nairobi, Tarangire National Park
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Kenya Family Wildlife Quest - Camping

Exodus Travels
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 281 / day
$ 2,249
From : $ 3,036
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Safari in the Masai Mara
  • Search for hippos on Lake Naivasha
  • Visit Nairobi’s Elephant Orphanage
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Kenya Adventure Safari – Samburu, Lake Nakuru & ...

9 days
$ 377 / day
$ 3,395
From : $ 4,176
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore Nairobi
  • Visit Shaba National Reserve
  • Experience unforgettable views of the Lake Nakuru from its hillside perch
  • Discover Masai Mara Game Reserve
  • Explore Shaba Game Reserve
Visits:
Lake Nakuru National Park, Maasai Mara, Nairobi, Kenya
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Mountain Gorilla Safari: Kenya, Tanzania & Rw ...

Tauck
By Tauck
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
16 days
$ 1,099 / day
$ 17,590
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Earth Journeys
  • crafted by Tauck and BBC Earth... Intimate safari drives in 6-passenger vehicles for amazing wildlife viewing
  • hot air balloon ride over Masai Mara
  • stays in safari lodges in Serengeti
  • Amboseli
  • Mount Kenya Safari Club and Mara Safari Club; private Gorilla Trek in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park; visits to Ol Pejeta Conservancy
  • Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary
  • the William Holden Wildlife Education Center
  • the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund Museum
  • and Kigali's Genocide Memorial Museum
Visits:
Amboseli National Park, Arusha, Lake Manyara National Park, Nairobi, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Kenya, Tanzania
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Kenya: Safari & Conservation

Discover Corps
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 490 / day
$ 4,895
From : $ 5,580
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Experience the world-renowned wildlife of the Masai Mara
  • Lend a hand on innovative conservation projects protecting lions, rhinos & cheetah
  • Come face-to-face with the world’s last remaining northern white rhinos
  • Venture into a Masai boma and experience traditional village life
  • Learn to identify tracks, dung & other signs of wildlife in the African savannah
  • Relax in a luxury tented camp with a private veranda overlooking the vast Kenyan plains"
Visits:
Maasai Mara, Kenya
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Gorillas & Masai Mara - Camping

Exodus Travels
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
18 days
$ 228 / day
$ 4,105
From : $ 6,975
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy a precious hour in the company of Uganda's Mountain gorillas
  • Game drives in the Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru N.P. and Queen Elizabeth N.P.
  • Visit Murchison Falls National Park
  • Track chimpanzees and other primates in Budongo Forest
Visits:
Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda
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Top Kenya Experiences and Attractions

Top Kenya Experiences

Witnessing the annual Great Migration of more than a million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles across the swift-flowing Mara River, where hungry predators lie in wait.

Birdwatching on Lake Nakuru home to a million flamingos, among 450 bird species.

Taking a safari at Amboseli National Parkwith Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, rising majestically in the background.

Hiking up Mount Kenya

Taking a sailing trip along Kenya’s coastline

Encountering Maasai tribesmen in Maasai Mara dressed in traditional red cloaks herding their cattle as wildlife roam nearby.

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Kenya Trip Reviews

419 Kenya Tour Reviews - Summary 99% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 332
Great 79
Average 5
Disappointing 2
Terrible 1
Value
4.8
Guide
4.8
Activities
4.8
Lodging
4.8
Transportation
4.8
Meals
4.8

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Amazing team lead by an amazing person!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Africa Joy Tours has one of the most friendly staff I have met and it shows that for them customer's satisfaction and happiness is the most important.

I went on a trek to Killimanjaro and the entire team ensured that I was well taken care off. From the moment I met them till the time I left Moshi, I was always made to feel like a part of their family.

A special thanks to the head of the show Mr. Clinton for making my birthday on Kilimanjaro so special and to Joseph my guide for ensuring I reach the peak safe and sound!

Thank you! You guys are amazing!

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Operator Africa Joy Tours

What a great experience

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

What a great experience. I did and seen things I thought I would never be able to do. A lot things I never even thought about. Just great. Leaders were amazing , knowledgeable , patient and encouraging.

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Operator Dragoman

By far the best trip I've taken!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 5.0

The guides were fun, friendly and so knowledgable. The luxury tents were so cool; bug proof, comfy beds and hot showers! The food and fresh juices were delicious. I learned so much about wildlife and conservation efforts. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming, plus English is very prominent there. Kenya is such a great place to go on safari. In addition to seeing every animal you could imagine, this trip really offers a great look into the Kenyan culture, different tribes, art, music and way of life. Loved every minute of this trip!

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Operator Discover Corps

Top notch First Class Safari services

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Myself and a family of 5 persons (6 in total). travel o Kenya for an adventure and I must admit wild race Africa Safaris delivered beyond our expectation.

From the time of trip inquiry to the last minute we were dropped back to the airport, Simon has been very helpful.
Very much prompt in his responses, very detailed, and flexible by all means.
The choices of lodges were excellent, good well maintained safari vehicles with excellent knowledgeable guides.

Phanuel our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly.
I would highly recommend Simon and the company anyone would want to experience Kenya Tanzania Safari with a touch of excellence from the local operators.

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Operator Wild Race Africa Safaris

Great tours

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Great tours and travels services thanks you

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Operator Advantage Travel

the staff and food and rustic luxury were wonderful

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We stayed at Mara Expedition camp in mid Feb 2018 after having to be switched from our original planned location at Mara Plains Camp due to a lioness and her cubs denning under our reserved tent! However we loved Mara Expedition and the staff and food and rustic luxury were wonderful. We had the BEST guide (Kevin) and simply sensational sightings literally from the drive in from the airstrip until the last moment of our transition day. Can not recommend highly enough. Just after our stay the torrential Mara rains and flooding started and the camp was washed away as it sits on the bank of the Ntiakntiak river. But they are rebuilding and planning on reopening shortly.

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Operator Great Plains Conservation

Kenya Tours and Travel Guide

Kenya Attractions & Landmarks Guide

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. As a result, countless Westerners have been inspired to experience a Kenyan 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.

Top National Parks in Kenya

Kenya has numerous National Parks, filled with beautiful scenery, botany, and animals.

Check out these parks on your Kenyan Adventure:

1. Mt. Kenya - this is the second tallest mountain in Africa. The surrounding area is filled with lakes, glaciers, dense forest and animals. Activities include mountain climbing, camping, and animal spotting.

2. Amboseli National Park - known as the “home of the African Elephant,” and is one of the best viewing areas to see herds of animals. Sitting by Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, there is a variety of habitats in the National park, including wetlands, savannah, and a dried-up lake bed.

For travelers looking for a local, authentic, cultural experience, visit the nearby Maasai community. Wildlife includes leopards, cheetahs, buffalo, elephants, giraffes, zebras, lions, and crocodiles.

3. Nairobi National Parksitting about an hour outside of Nairobi, this makes for an easy day trip from the city. Experience the wildlife (including black rhinos, leopards, lions, buffalo, and giraffes) running through the wide open grass plains, with the city skyline in the background.

4. Samburu National Reserve - a game reserve that sits on the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro river in the Rift Valley area of Kenya. The park is noted for being quiet and serene, since it’s distance and inaccessible prevented major tourism for a while. While the park is home to the normal big five, there are rare species that are exclusive to the park, including Grevy’s zebra, and Kenya leopard.

5. Maasai Mara National Park - one of the most famous safari parks in the world, and is known for its high density of lions and leopards. Many visitors come to Maasai Mara to watch the Great Migration that happens during the dry season (July-October). This reserve is also located in the Great Rift Valley. Most visitors of Maasai Mara are likely to see all of the big five because of the abundant wildlife.

Wildlife on a Kenya Safari

Like most African Safaris, there is a good chance that all five of the “big five” will live in the park. The big five include lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, and rhinos. Other common animals on Kenya Safaris include zebra, the African impala, giraffe, warthogs, and wildebeest.

In July-October, there is the Great Migration, where millions of animals (wildebeest, zebras, and gazelle) move up from Tanzania into Kenya. Of course, visitors will still be able to spot these animals throughout the year, but it’s a magical experience to witness the Great Migration.

No two safaris are the same, even if you go on multiple game drives in one day. Each drive offers an opportunity to see different animals. With that, there is no guarantee you’ll see every animal on every drive.

Regardless, little compares to the serenity and beauty of seeing wildlife roaming free. A lot of animals spend time in the shade midday, as the sun is hot. Consider safaris that offer sunrise and/or sunset tours, which is when most animals are out walking around. If you do go on a safari during the afternoon, keep a lookout under trees, and above branches, as they like to relax in the shady spots.

Luxury safaris in Kenya

For travelers who want to get out and see the animals and the wild, but may be hesitant about “roughing it” or sleeping out in a tent, a luxury safari may be the perfect solution! There are plenty of lodges that have actual bedrooms, viewing decks, provide breakfast, lunch and dinner, and even have spas and pools!

For those who are looking for a bit more of a “tent luxury safari,” consider a stay at the Angama Mara. The individual tents are made up of one glass wall that look over the rift valley. The other three walls, and the roof, are made up of canvas. Walk out the sliding glass door onto the deck incredible views of the valley. Feel the fresh air at night and hear the wild, by sleeping with the sliding door open. There is a mesh door that can be latched for safety.

Luxury safaris can start in the low hundreds (American dollars) per room per night, and can climb into the thousands, per night! Having all meals provided, and safaris with knowledgeable guides included are usually worth the high costs of luxury safaris.

Kenyan Cuisine

One of the best parts about traveling is getting to try new foods!

Here are some of the must try foods for anyone visiting Kenya:

1. UgaliKnown as Kenya’s most common food staple, Ugali is often made from cornmeal that is mixed with boiling water. The cornmeal is heating until it forms a block of cornmeal paste. It’s heavy and feels like a grainy dough. Ugali is often eaten with mixed vegetable or stew.

2. Irio - another famous dish in Kenya. Green peas and potatoes are boiled and mashed up before mixing with corn. Combine the mixture with some roasted nyama choma meat and serve. For vegetarians, substitute the meat for some stew.

3. Wali wa Nazi - a more popular food found on the coast along the Indian Ocean. White rice is cooked with grated coconut, giving it a fun hint of flavor. This food is often served with fish, chicken curry, vegetables, or stew.

4. Nyama Chomaalso known as roasted meat, is another popular food choice in Kenya. While the most common forms of nyama choma is goat and beef meat, there are also chicken and fish options. The roasted meat is combined with salt for a little bit of extra flavoring. Some places offer an option for the meat to be “fried” rather than roasted.

5. Chips Mayai - also known as a French fry omelet, is a combination of French fries that are mixed with beaten eggs. Pop the “fries” (or chips) in the pan, cover with the beaten egg, and cook.

This dish is often served with chili tomato sauce. Tomato sauce and fries are a popular combination in Kenya. Other options include KenyanBajias (French-fries with tomato salsa) or MasalaChips (French-frieds with tomato and chili sauce, herbs, and whatever other foods the chef decides to throw in.

6. Mandazi - this makes a great snack, breakfast, or dessert option. This deep fried dough is basically a Kenyan doughnut. Any doughnut lover should be on the lookout to try Mandazi when in Kenya

Masai and Merchants

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

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 galloping 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. Other great spots can be found in 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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Things to Know Before You Go

Best time to visit Kenya

The best time to visit Kenya is also the most popular time, which is in the dry season, between June and October. This is when the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra occurs. (Read more below about the Great Migration.)

If you're looking for a less crowded experience, consider the rainy season toward the end of the year, where there are fewer visitors. The landscape is still incredible, growing green and lush vegetation from the rain.

December brings an opportunity to see newborn animals. Rainy season does bring out more mosquitoes, though, so make sure you bring a lot of mosquito spray! April and May bring flooded roads, due to the wet weather, and limits the animal sightings.

When to see the Great Migration in Kenya

There are few things that compare to the Great Migration - the movement of over one million wildebeest, and hundreds of thousands of zebras and gazelle. This happens during the dry season, when the animals cross over the Tanzanian border to Kenya, in search of food and water. For travelers hoping to see the Great Migration in real life, the best time to see it is during the dry season, between July and October. A great viewing point for this action is at Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Travel Tip – consider going on the “should seasons” of the Great Migration to avoid the crowds. The animals are starting to cross in early June and are still making their way in September and October. July and August line up with school holiday schedules, making it an extremely busy period to visit. If the schedule allows, try to visit Kenya either right before July or after August, when schools are back in session.

Weather in Kenya

The temperature in Kenya is pretty consistent throughout the year, with highs in the 60’s to low 80’s. There is a dry and wet season. Expect lows to hover around the 50-degree mark year-round. If you’re looking for warmer, drier weather, the best time to go is between mid-December and March.

Temperatures begin to drop around April, as the rainy and cooler weather begins to roll in, lasting until August. Temperatures start to rise again in September, as the rain begins to clear out. Still expect some rain through early-mid fall. Heading out towards the coast will bring hotter and more humid weather.

Packing list for Kenya

Clothing 

When packing for your Kenya tour, it’s important to bring breathable clothing. Bring items such as t-shirts and shorts for during the day. At night, it’s important to have long pants and long sleeve shirts to cover up your body from the mosquitoes and other disease transmitting insects.

The sun in Africa can be deep and heavy, so make sure you’re protected with sunglasses and a hat, too. If you’re heading on a safari, make sure to pack neutral clothing, such as khaki, so you “blend in” with the surroundings. Bring proper footwear for the savannah, especially if you’re doing a hiking safari that involves a good amount of walking.

Other

Just like any international travel, make sure you have a proper travel adaptor for electrical outlets. If you forget yours, these are available to purchase at airports. Bring chargers for any electronics. You’ll need protection from the intense sun, so make sure to grab some sunscreen.

A first aid kit is advised, with any medication needed, and some anti-malaria medication. Since proof of vaccines may be required upon arrival, bring documentation of vaccinations.

For anyone going on a safari, bring binoculars. Most animals can be seen without binoculars, but if there is an animal in the distance, it may be worth bringing a pair. Don’t forget a camera too. Take plenty of photos to remember this amazing trip!

Other things to keep in mind before traveling to Kenya

1. Visas - Check to make sure you do not need a visa. As of July 2019, Kenya offers single-entry visas that are available upon arrival. Kenyan immigration plans to end that soon. If you need a multiple entry visa (such as you plan on leaving the country, and then coming back), you must apply for a visa prior to traveling to Kenya.

2. Vaccinations – In order to enter Kenya, proof of a yellow fever vaccination should be prepared. For those who are arriving from a country with a risk of yellow fever, that proof is required. Before traveling, check the Kenya Travel Information to ensure you’re up to date with all required (and recommended) vaccines.

Side Note – Malaria is common in Kenya. Taking precautions, such as covering up at night, and taking anti-malaria medication, can help reduce your chance of getting malaria.

3. Transportation – Kenya offers budget airlines, that can help travelers get to cities across the country (and internationally) for relatively low prices.

Make sure to read the terms and conditions before purchasing. Some budget airlines require check-in before reaching the airport, and require travelers to print their airline ticket at home.

Those who do not print their ticket before reaching the airport will be hit with a fee to print the ticket at the airport. Trains are also an affordable way to travel between destinations.

4. Currency and banking – The Kenyan currency is the Kenyan Shilling. Consider exchanging money through your bank before you leave home. For those who forget, or need to pull out more money, you can draw out Kenyan Shilling from ATMs. Check with your bank and make sure to set any required travel notices.

Failure to notify your bank may result in your card getting denied through the ATMs, meaning you can’t pull out money. Bringing cash is a good idea in case you have trouble withdrawing money. Also, some services allow payment in the form of United States Dollars.

5. Passport/Identification – In Kenya, it is required by law to carry your passport on you at all times. You may be asked to present it if you are stopped by police.

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