Kenya Travel Guide
Kenya – Synonym for Out of Africa Experience
Kenya could be twin sister country with Tanzania. When planning a trip to Kenya you will probably come across dilemma what to skip as there are so many attractions and possibilities for travellers that simply cant be done in one visit to Kenya. But for sure don’t skip Kenyan safari, even if you can afford only a day.
Unlike Tanzania, Kenya could be also slightly more interesting for families with children as there is so much to do already in Nairobi and surroundings.
Everybody finds something to do and see in Kenya. Adrenaline junkies can go for white water rafting or kite surfing, while nature addicts will enjoy all the hiking and climbing options in Kenya. Be it serious climb to Mount Kenya or pleasant treks in savannah hills.
No matter what, probably majority of travellers to Kenya will end up somewhere on the white sand beaches in Mombasa, Diani, Malindi or Lamu Island which is similar to Zanzibar in its cultural heritage.
However, Kenya, on general is swarmed with tourists and those who seek more authentic travel experience will courageously head to the north to Lake Turkana. This remote area will demand a little more effort and logistics but at the end you will be rewarded with unforgettable travel experience.
- Safaris to Maasai Mara, Samburu,Amboseli, Tsavo
- Play golf on world class golf courses
- Visit to Maasai and Samburu Tribes
- Walks to waterfalls and crater lakes
- Hike in Hells Gate National Park
- Climb Mount Kenya
- Lion tracking in Samburu
- Hot air balloon ride in Maasai Mara
- Sailing with a traditional dhow
- Go On Lake Turkana Festival (for advanced travellers!)
- Watch Wildebeest Migration Crossing Mara River
- Straddle the Equator
- Kitesurfing and Diving on Lamu, Diani, Malindi, Mombasa
- Big game fishing
- Beach holidays on Diani Beach, Malindi
- Have a breakfast with giraffes
- See Maralal camel derby (on the way to Turkana lake)
- Rafting along the Ewaso N’giro and Tana rivers
- Climb Mount Elgon
- Feed the elephants in Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
- Kiss a giraffe at Giraffe Center Nairobi
- Visit Kibera slum in Nairobi
When is The Best Time To Visit Kenya
Despite being situated on the equator, Kenya is not too hot as one could expect. The main rainy seasons last from March to May and between November to December. African winter between June and October is cool and chilly specially mornings and evenings, so keep this in mind when packing clothes for trip to Kenya.
Best time to Go on Safari in Kenya – Wildebeest Migration Safaris
This is the time when great migration already crosses the border with Tanzania and it’s the best time to be on safari somewhere in Maasai Mara. If you want to see this spectacle of millions animals grazing the plains, or crossing the Mara River, it is a must to go on Safari in this time frame.
Read more about: Great migration in Kenya
If you dont care for wildebeest migration cycle in Maasai Mara, then you can without worries book safari in Kenya during dry season months from January through March and July through October. Best parks for safari include Aberdare National Park, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Amboseli National Park, Samburu, Shaba and Buffalo Springs Natinal Reserve, Nairobi National Park, Tsavo East and West National Park and Lake Nakuru.
Good to Pack for Kenya
There are some essentials that are always useful to have in your bag when travelling in Kenya.
- head lamp will save you every time there will be electricity cut, and believe us, it will be!
- solar charger for gadgets and cameras is perfect saviour when hiking in remote areas and of course, again every time there is power cut.
- Deet mosquito repellant
- hand sanitizers or disinfection spray
- Sun cream with high protection factor
- UV protective cap
- all copies of your travel documents, yellow fever vaccination book, including travel insurance policy, passport, visa.
Eat Like A Local – Must Try Foods and Drinks
If never tried before, beginner mus try local foods are: Ugali, sukuma wiki, irio, mahagarwe,n jama choma, banana beer, baobab juice, tropical juices – passion fruit juice
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