A Kenya safari is an adventure that needs to be seen to be believed. Which is why Tourlane has used the expertise of its Africa Travel Experts to create tailor-made trips that suit your needs. Visit Kenya and discover its impressive 54 national parks and countless wildlife species. Get ready to meet the “Big Five”, originally named by hunters these are five difficult to capture game animals: the lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo. Witness the great migration of wildebeest as they move across the plains. Rest in shadows of Mount Kilimanjaro, where the groves of acacia trees offer shade to dine in the wild with a tasty local dishes such as Kenyan Pilau. Whatever you want to get out of your visit to Kenya, Tourlane is there to plan and create a once-in-a-lifetime trip.
Ready for a Great Migration? At the Masaai Mara Game Reserve, the sight of countless wildebeest and thousands more wildlife species make the perilous journey across the Mara River. Many explorers travel to Kenya to witness this seasonal spectacle, watching from grass plains and steep embankments in a luxurious 4×4.
Mount Kenya peaks at over a huge 5,199 metres making it the second-highest mountain in Africa. If you’re feeling up to the challenge then there are several hiking trails can take you to the top. Take camp at the foot of the mountain after an authentic Kenya safari in the same national park as the mountain inhabits. Not enough in one day? Then explore exotic caves used by the Mau Mau as a military base in the 1950s, a great attraction for historians and wannabe archaeologists.
With Mount Kilimanjaro acting as the backdrop to a park where African elephants roam in herds among baobab trees—it’ll be tough not to fall in love with Amboseli National Park. Safari through sulphur springs and woodlands on the ride of a lifetime. You’re likely to see buffalo, leopard, lions, and packs of wild dogs—all native to the area. A visit to Kenya isn’t complete without this pilgrimage.
At the Tsavo East National Park, you can drive to the embankment of the Galana River and watch as crocodiles lurk for prey and hippos take time to cool down. Another iconic Kenya safari tour, it totals 13,747 square kilometres and can entertain for days as you move through swampland towards the Yatta Plateau, the world’s longest flow of lava. The “Big Five” and countless birds native to Kenya are also here to bedazzle visitors, day or night. Less
One of the best places to discover Kenyan food is in the capital, Nairobi. Here, in the vibrant and ever-changing capital city, you’ll find all the essential dishes that visitors should try during a Kenya tour. If you’re a meat eater, be sure to try nyama choma - which is Swahili for roast beef. Ugali is a popular side dish to go with this - and the main staple of the Kenyan diet. If you love fish, then try fried tilapia - a freshwater fish that originates from Lake Victoria. Feel the Asian influence on Kenyan cooking by trying a wa kupaka - a rich coconut curry featuring shrimps and prawns.
Although Kenya is famous as a safari destination and for its national parks, it also has a beautiful coastline along the Indian Ocean that is well worth visiting. If you fancy a beach vacation in Kenya, we recommend visiting Diani Beach, with its pristine white sands and palm trees. Close to Diani is a more secluded beach called Gazi Beach, perfect for travelers who want something peaceful and calm during their Kenya vacation.
If you’re interested in doing sports during your Kenya tour, Diani Beach is a great place for surfing, kitesurfing, and skydiving.
If you’re looking for something with more of a buzz, then head to Nyali Beach, Kenya’s most popular beach that is close to Mombasa. The coral reefs of Mombasa National Park are within easy reach and a great place for travelers looking to snorkel or scuba dive.
The best time for viewing wildlife in Kenya are the dry season months that run from June to October when you can see the great migration of wildebeest. The bush is also less dense at this time and waterhole gatherings more frequent. The wet season, November to May, provides greener scenery and a great chance to spot newborn wildlife.
If you're looking to spend time relaxing on the country's beautiful beaches, Kenya's geographical location on the equator and the Indian Ocean means it has favorable weather year-round for beach vacations.
With game reserves like the Masai Mara, Kenya is one of the world's leading safari destinations. East Africa in general is a great place to go on a safari vacation; many countries in this region offer something extraordinary. If you'd like to go on safari in more than one East African country, consider our East Africa Safari Tour which includes Kenya and neighbouring Tanzania.
We recommend spending at least one week touring Kenya.
Kenya is located in East Africa Time (UTC+3).
Kenya's official currency is the Kenya shilling (KES).
Kenya has two official languages: Swahili and English.
A tourist visa is required to visit Kenya. More information is available here.
Speak to your own Tourlane Travel Expert for more information on recommended vaccines.
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi has direct flights to the USA and is the country's primary international gateway.