Kenya was immortalised as the home of the safari by legendary personalities such as Ernest Hemingway and Karen Blixen. The classic movie, Out of Africa, was filmed in Kenya and it perfectly portrayed the romance, thrill and excitement of the country.
Kenya boasts spectacular natural beauty and bountiful herds of wildlife, and is renowned for the annual Great Migration of millions of herbivores across the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. The Masai Mara National Reserve is arguably Kenya's premier wildlife highspot, home to the famous Big Five and much more. Kenya is also a birdwatcher's paradise, with over 1 000 species recorded. The capital Nairobi is a hub for the region, a vibrant city boasting numerous attractions ranging from an elephant orphanage to the Karen Blixen museum. A short scenic drive to the north of Nairobi lies the sweeping wilderness of Laikipia, a paradise for walkers, birders and safari enthusiasts. The stunning Kenyan coast is a collection of tiny towns set on pristine white beaches, home to superb marine reserves and some of the best diving and fishing on the continent.
Stop over in bustling Nairobi, perhaps visit the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and adopt an elephant.
Visit the Nairobi National Park, nestled beside the bustling hub of East Africa.
- Witness a dramatic wildebeest migration crossing in the Masai Mara
- Ride a camel through Kenya’s Great Rift Valley
- Relive the story in Karen Blixen’s garden
- Catch, tag and release a marlin off the Malindi Coast
- Feed the Rothschild giraffes at Nairobi’s Giraffe Centre
- Photograph an elephant under a flat-topped acacia with Mt Kilimanjaro as a backdrop in Amboseli National Park
Summer (September - April)
Winter (May - August)
Rainfall: April - May (long rains), November - Mid December (short rains)
- Best time to TravelKenya is a year-round safari destination with excellent game viewing throughout. Guests wanting to witness the famous Great Migration must plan carefully, as the migration path does vary from one year to the next - it is Mother Nature, after all!
- Traveling with ChildrenTraveling with children in Kenya is safe.
- Guest SafetyKenya is one of Africa’s top tourist destinations. It is a perfectly safe country to visit, although the usual safety guidelines apply – don’t leave your luggage unattended and always keep your valuables close by or locked away. It is advised you check with your tour operator or hotel concierge - they will know if there are any potentially unsafe areas along your travel route. It is wise to avoid deserted areas, particularly at night. Dress-down (i.e. don’t wear excessive jewellery) when exploring Africa’s diverse cities. Concealed travel wallets are recommended.
- WildlifeKenya is synonymous with safari and boasts several world class parks. View lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and in some places the endangered rhino. Explore the parks and open spaces by vehicle or on foot, horseback and, the more adventurous route, by camelback to get even closer to the wild.
- LanguageMore than 40 ethnic languages are spoken in Kenya, although the national language is Swahili. Most Kenyans also understand English.
- CurrencyATMs are found throughout Kenya’s major city centres and shopping complexes.The currency is the Kenyan Shilling, where KES1 is made up of 100 cents. Please check with your hotel for daily exchange rates.
Situated Southwest of Kenya, covering an area of 1 510 km2, the Masai Mara is a land of breathtaking vistas, abundant wildlife, and endless plains.
Tucked away between Tsavo West National Park and Amboseli National Park, Chyulu Hills National Park boasts striking and diverse landscapes.
Nairobi is the main airport for international flights. From Nairobi local carriers connect to the major tourist destinations in both National Parks an
Kenya is a great holiday destination and has been a prime safari destination for many years.
Kenya offers something for every taste. There is fantastic game viewing in the Masai Mara, Amboseli, Tsavo, Samburu and Shaba Game Reserves.