Your expectations may have no doubt when you think of safari in Kenya, begin with a quiet African sunbird’s voice waking you up from your room before dawn. After dressing up, and having a coffee or tea, you head out for a few hours in a safari vehicle, our driver, guide and sometimes a ranger) looking for wildlife, this time, and the last hours before sunset, are ideal for a wildlife tour.
Travellers who have been to Africa will have more question because he or she knows what Africa means when it comes to wildlife, the main reason to visit Kenya. While many visitors come for wildebeest migration, Kenya is excellent year-round, with a large number of world-class national parks, apart from the Masai Mara, there’s Amboseli, Samburu, Lake Nakuru, Tsavo West & Tsavo East where superb wildlife and paradise for birds watching is almost guaranteed. It all adds up to Kenyan safari possibilities of great herds of Elephants. Kenya is a Big Five territory, with abundant populations of elephants, buffaloes, lions, hyenas, leopards and rhinos, but the birdlife is also outstanding, as is the cultural element.
Safari to Kenya can be visited throughout the year depending on the choice and interest of specific tourist, June to October is an excellent time to visit Kenya. During these months, the weather is generally dry (although it can get really hot in October and the end of September) and most trails are open. This also coincides with the wildebeest and zebra migration in the Masai Mara. This is the dry season, and as it progresses, water sources for animals tend to dry up and become fewer, drawing animals in numbers to those that remain.
From June in the early beginning of the high-season prices tend to raise up. The national parks get crowded with tourist, in some parks, the queue of safari vehicles can take away something from your experience, and some areas of the Masai Mara can be completely overwhelmed with vehicles during the wildebeest migration.
November to February also has its fans migrating birds arrive, the rains rarely disrupt traveller and the country is also transformed into a lovely shade of green. Most travellers avoid March to May because heavy rains are always possible and can transform safari trails into muddy. price is charged fairly till April, these make you feel lucky to find few other visitors (except for local visitors around Easter).
Tsavo West and Tsavo East national parks are Kenya’s largest protected areas. These scream with epic landscapes and excellent wilderness areas that harbor the major species of African safari experience. This is one of the few places in the world you will get to see the “big five” (elephant, leopard, lion, rhino and buffalo) all in a single day. An African safari here is rich in historical resonance as you encounter the highly endangered rhinos that managed to survive poaching, red soil bathed elephant families and the descendants of Tsavo’s famous man-eating lions.
This park lies in the shadows of Africa’s second-highest mountain and one of the rift valley’s shapelier peaks, Mt Kenya. The park has unfathomable beauty given off by its landscapes (green hills, riverine forests, palm and baobab trees) and wildlife.
Found in southern Kenya the park is a counterpoint to the vast congregations. This is where the landscape of Alpine moorlands and dense rainforest appear to triumph over their wild inhabitants. It is a familiar sight here to see elephants crash out the undergrowth of a tree just meters from a vehicle or black leopards and spy bongo antelopes creeping around in the shadows of the forest. There is an overflow of wildlife which offers an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the true questing spirit of the African safari.
It is only in Kenya in the whole continent that you will find surreal safari experience near the city. The sight of this from skyscrapers of downtown Nairobi is unbelievable. The three big cats, rhino, buffalo and giraffe can be found in this park. Regardless its small size compared to other park’s in the country, it is home to over 400 bird species.
The vertical number of habitats too, make for wonderful scenery, the Lake Victoria, endless skylines in the Masai Mara, tropical forests in Kakamega, the outspokenly beautiful parks of the north, and incomparable Kilimanjaro views from Amboseli.
It is from this park that you get the opportunity to have the best views of Africa’s majestic highest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro (5895m high) across the border in Tanzania. You will be able to come close to the largest tuskers in Africa, the elephants at Amboseli national park. These great animals coupled with the snowcapped Kilimanjaro in the background gives off such a signature image of the ultimate African safari.
The rich grasslands of Masai Mara are arguably the greatest wildlife show on earth especially from mid-June to October annually. The reserve in the southwest of the country draws zebra, wildebeests and other iconic herbivores as they battle for survival with Africa’s Kenya safari predators. This brings intense drama as cheetahs accelerate across the fields, lions stalking hungrily through the grass as the crocodiles lie in wait in the shallows waiting for the wildebeest to venture into their territory.
Sitting in the heart of Kenya’s rift valley, this impeccable park surrounds the saltwater lake beloved by mammoth flocks of pink hued flamingos and pearl-white pelicans. Black and white rhinos share the park with prowling troops of baboons, endangered Rothschild giraffes, prides of lounging lions and the elusive leopards. Dense stands of greenery, waterfalls and sheer cliffs add to the diversity of Lake Nakuru national park making it one of the must go to destinations in Kenya.
This park is found in the extreme north of Kenya which seems like an evocation of some remote island oasis amid the at times dispiriting desert. Elephants, leopards and lions inhabit here in one Kenya’s most spectacular forests. Walking safaris are guaranteed here as a way of sharpening senses and this experience is like no other.
Are you a solo traveller, or do you like joining group safaris or private tours, it all depends on what you want, Wild Experience Africa will make you Safaris to Kenya at an incomparable cost. We offer more variations of East African safari destinations, with excellent options from the lower to high pricing scale from US$100 per person per day to luxury Kenya safaris up to US$1000. Accommodation is reasonably what will determine the cost for travellers, it can also depend on how you wish to travel between the various park either by air transfers, usually via Nairobi, which can be expensive, but dramatically reduce the amount of time you’ll spend on the road, thereby maximizing the amount of time you’ll get to spend in the parks. Remember in all our Kenya safari packages we include transport, accommodation, all meals and activities including game drives.
The higher your Kenya safari prices, the better you can expect your accommodation. At the lower end, campsites are usually basic, sometimes crowded and not always in the best locations within the national parks or reserves, but they are well priced and often have ample facilities such as showers, toilets and a good meal. Most lodge rooms and safari tents of this kind have comfortable beds, sometimes a desk and usually a private bathroom; some even have an outdoor shower with no roof but walls that protect your modesty. Particularly in tented camps, you’ll most likely need to recharge your devices not in your room but at a power station in the main receptions. Lodges are the mainstays of the Kenya safari scene and the quality varies considerably, many lodges within the reserves and national parks have excellent locations. In tented camps, including mobile camps, you’ll sleep in large, walk-in tents. Canvas tents mean that you can hear the sounds of the African night. Hopefully, you won’t hear the sounds of your neighbouring guests if the tents are nicely spaced.
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