Kenya is a country in East Africa with coastline on the Indian Ocean. It encompasses Savannah, Lakelands, the dramatic Great Rift Valley and mountain highlands. It’s also home to wildlife like lions, elephants and rhinos. From Nairobi, the capital, safaris visit the Maasai Mara Reserve, known for its annual wildebeest migrations, and Amboseli National Park, offering views of Tanzania’s 5,895m Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Mara Migration

Famous around the world for its exceptional, abundant wildlife, the Maasai Mara National Reserve has become known as the seventh Wonder of the World.   Offering superb plains scenery, unmatched safari experience and diverse wildlife, the Maasai Mara is definitely a centerpiece of Kenya’s safari experience.  Apart from being home to the famous Big Five, over 100 mammal species and over 450 bird species live within the reserve among other wildlife, including the zebra, gazelle, antelope, ostrich, giraffe, cheetah, hyena and many more.  The Mara also hosts one of nature’s greatest spectacles – THE GREAT MIGRATION.  It is the largest animal migration in the world and a unique cycle of nature that replenishes the grasslands of East Africa. Watch in awe one of the world’s most dramatic survival stories as herds of wildebeests make their way from Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, crossing the crocodile-infested Mara River in search of water and grass. The Wildebeest have to cross the Mara River to continue their journey southwards back to the Serengeti.  As herds gather on the banks of the river, the pressure of numbers grow and grow. Suddenly, amidst the thundering of hooves, dust, primal grunting and manic jostling for position, the pressure becomes too much.  A frantic leap, a slip, a slide, or a wild dive. And crossing the Mara River begins. It’s murderous mayhem because crocodiles know about the migration too! They look forward to it. And guess where they are? They’re cruising in the river, or waiting on the banks to capture the wildebeests. In their desperate attempts to swim to the other bank, many animals drown, are swept downstream or get eaten by crocodiles. It’s a gloriously vicious spectacle. Survival of the fittest. While in the Mara, enjoy other activities such as bush breakfasts, sundowners, walking and horseback riding safaris and visits to Maasai villages to gain an insight into the culture and traditions of the local communities.

Things to do

The vast tracts of desert land found in Kenya’s Northern region provides a perfect setting for the best desert safari. It is the ideal destination for those looking to really get away from it all. From the baking deserts to the wild shores of the world’s largest desert lake and UNESCO World Heritage Site – Lake Turkana, also known as Jade Sea, a trip to this region guarantees nothing but the best desert safari experience.  The region, known as the Cradle of Mankind, is the site of some of the world’s most important prehistoric discoveries.  Combine this with the rich cultural heritage comprising about 14 tribes and you will never regret a journey to the North.  Attractions in this region include the Central Island National Park, Sibiloi National Park, Maralal National Reserve, Marsabit National Park, the Koobi Fora Museum and the Chalbi desert.  The annual Maralal International Camel Derby is a colorful spectacle with camel races and magnificent cultural displays (song, dance and artefacts).

Activities

  • Desert safaris
  • Game viewing
  • Birdwatching
  • Camel safaris
  • Boat trips
  • Trekking
  • Mara Cultural Village Visits
  • Donkey Safaris
  • Historical Tours
  • Lamu Cultural Festival
  • Islamic Festival of Maulidi

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Kenya has 7 cultural and natural sites that are designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites because of their importance in cultural, historical, natural and archaeological value. The cultural sites include:  the Lamu Old Town, Fort Jesus, The Sacred Kayas of Mijikenda and Thimlich Ohinga Archeological Site. The natural sites are Kenya’s Lake System in the Great Rift Valley (Lake Bogoria, Lake Nakuru and Lake Elementaita), Lake Turkana National Parks and Mt. Kenya National Park/Natural Forest. Lamu is a place like no other, a peaceful tropical island, with a magic of its own. Made up of a collection of idyllic islands at the northern end of Kenya’s coastline, the Lamu Archipelago is living history.  Made up of a wealth of beautiful, historic buildings, a visit to Lamu promises nothing but an original, authentic coastal experience. There are four main islands: Lamu, Manda, Pate and Kiwayu.  The Old Town’s narrow alleys, Arabic architecture, fort and mosques speak of age old culture, while the surrounding beaches and reefs sparkle in the sunshine. Lamu Old Town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001.  It is the oldest and best preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa. Lamu has been inhabited continuously for over 700 years and it has preserved its culture and traditions.  There are no vehicles on the islands.  Residents and visitors walk, ride donkeys or take boats.  The people of Lamu are predominantly Muslim.  Activities include dhow cruises, water sports, fishing and birdwatching.  The main festivals include the Lamu Cultural Festival and the Islamic Festival of Maulidi.

Getting Around

By Air:  Lamu is best accessed by air.  There are scheduled flights from Nairobi, Mombasa, Diani Beach and Malindi.  The island is serviced by an airstrip on neighbouring Manda Island.  The airstrip can also be used by private charters.

By Ferry or Boat:  Dhows ferry arriving visitors to either Lamu town or Shela.  Dhows regularly ferry passengers between Lamu Town and Shela.

By Vehicle:  There are no vehicles in Lamu (or islands), the winding streets are best explored on foot.  Organized dhow safaris can be used to travel to the surrounding islands Manda, Pate and Siyu.

By Foot:  Shela village and the beaches are also accessible on foot.

By Donkey: Donkeys are available for hire to ride around the island.

Culture

Kenya is a country like no other, and its people have a unique way of life that both pays homage to the traditional while also being modern and progressive. At the heart of this culture is how Kenyans communicate with each other. Rather than speaking directly, they often employ subtle methods of speaking and expressing ideas without actually saying anything out loud. Depending on their closeness, people in Kenya use these techniques to express feelings and pass on important messages – it’s a fascinating way of preserving traditions while also adapting to the current environment.

What is the weather like

Experience the beauty of Kenya’s diverse climate with a visit to the Kenyan coast! With its pleasant, tropical climate near the equator and temperatures ranging from 20°C/68°F to 28°C/82°F, Kenya is an ideal destination for travelers looking for an unforgettable experience. Whether you’re looking for an adventure in the mysterious highlands or a relaxing day on one of our beautiful beaches, Kenya’s varied landscape has something for everyone. Let us show you why millions of people choose Kenya each year for their perfect vacation destination.  From the stunning wildlife and culture of the safari reserves, to the white sand beaches of its ancient coastline, the true beauty and vitality of this incredible place can be felt no matter when you visit.  Whether you choose to explore during the dry season between June and October for a great safari adventure or any other time of year to enjoy all that Kenya has to offer with its temperate climate, you’re sure to experience an unforgettable journey. So come join us in discovering why Kenya is considered one of Africa’s greatest holiday destinations.

What to Pack

When traveling to Africa, you want to be prepared for every type of adventure and experience. These are all the essential items you need to make your journey worthwhile. From comfortable footwear for walking safaris, and wind jackets for a fresh morning breeze, to cameras to capture those special memories, sunscreen along with a sunhat to ensure safety from the strong sunny skies while in Africa, plus binoculars and – we’ve got it all. Don’t miss out on a single moment during your African expedition by bringing along a headtorch. Come get kitted out for the best African safari adventure ever.

Currency

The shilling is the currency of Kenya and a symbol of the pride and spirit of the country. For over 50 years, this has been currency used to buy goods and services as well as to save money for important purchases or investments. With its 100 cents, the Kenyan shilling helps bring stability to local economies, making it an essential part of daily transactions and enabling people to build stronger futures. With its strong purchasing power throughout East Africa, it’s a currency that is deeply rooted in history and provides modern Kenyans with a secure way to manage their finance.

Vaccinations

These are the recommended vaccinations to have when traveling to an African Country.  Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before every trip. Some of these vaccines include:

  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Flu (influenza)
  • Typhoid
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Malaria
  • Meningitis (Meningococcal disease)
  • Rabies
  • Cholera
  • Hepatitis A & B
  • COVID-19
  • Yellow Fever
  • Shingles

Travel Tips

With its incredible natural landscapes and vibrant culture, Kenya is the perfect destination for travelers looking to immerse themselves in African beauty. Whether you’re seeking a safari adventure or simply want to enjoy Kenya’s breathtaking beaches and picturesque mountain vistas, there’s something for everyone.  This lush country is full of friendly people who are eager to offer their hospitality and make sure every visitor enjoys a safe and unforgettable experience. Whether it’s sipping cocktails on idyllic white sand beaches, meeting wild animals up close on an incredible safari journey or exploring ancient historical wonders, Kenya has it all.  We’ll make sure you get the most out of your journey with our comprehensive and up-to-date information on hotels, restaurants, attractions, tours, transportation and so much more. Avoid hassle with tips from locals in the know – because experience is everything! Our experienced team will help you find just what you need for a safe and comfortable journey throughout this beautiful African paradise. Let us be your companion on the trip of a lifetime.  Please ensure that your passport needs to be valid for at least six months beyond your departure date out of Kenya. You also need at least two consecutive unstamped blank pages.