Reasons to Visit
If you are looking for superb game viewing, Kenya is a serious contender. You are likely to see leopard, lion and cheetah in the Masai Mara, home of BBC’s Big Cat Diaries, in addition to fantastic and varied game viewing both here and in Kenya’s other parks and reserves.
In the Great Migration two million ungulates including wildebeest, zebra and antelope species, undertake a journey of roughly 1,600 kilometres. The herds reach the Masai Mara in July and remain there until October when, following the rain, they start the slow march southwards back to the Serengeti Plains.
If you want to enjoy the game reserves to yourself and don't mind the odd rain shower, June it is an excellent time to visit Kenya. During this time the animals take advantage of the abundant food and give birth to their young. They can be a little harder to spot because of the increased vegetation but you should not have to wait too long before seeing something new and you should still see all the animals that you would during the dryer months. It is also worth mentioning that travel at this time can be less expensive than travel later in the year.
Dawn over the Mara from a hot air balloon is a very special sight. You float up high, guided along the course of the Mara river by the prevailing winds, above delicate networks of animal tracks across the landscape. Champagne breakfast in the bush awaits you on landing.
Kenya is home to the iconic Masai and Samburu. For centuries they have lived a traditional semi-nomadic lifestyle herding their cattle to areas of water and grazing. A stay at a community lodge means you can support local people, help preserve wilderness areas and enjoy a great safari.
The Masai Mara is one of the most famous reserves in Africa. Home to the extraordinary Great Migration, which sees hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra cross the Mara River each year, it has always been a favourite location for countless wildlife documentaries.
Meru achieved world recognition with Joy Adamson's 'Born Free' and the story of Elsa the lioness. Meru is well of the beaten safari trail and is located to the North East of Nairobi. On clear mornings you can see the snowy peaks of Mount Kenya to the southeast, and when the sun is directly behind, the Nyambeni Mountain range the backdrop is amazing! The game here was depleted in the 1940s as it was a popular area with hunters. However, animal life is now plentiful as the land has been protected sine 1959. The variegation is mainly Bushland so binoculars and a keen eye will be essential to find the game.
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Our Kenya specialists are experienced and passionate about the country - between them they have spent many weeks a year researching new experiences and ensuring everything is of the highest standard. They know Kenya inside out.
MarkKenya Specialist01993 838 528
DonnaKenya Specialist01993 838 419
LibertyKenya Specialist01993 838 521
Kenya is widely perceived as being full of tourists, with hundreds of mini-buses and not a patch of untouched wilderness.
People imagine the coast as a hot bed of beach-hawkers and large hotels. In fact, the busy parts of the country are few and the mass market tends to stick to the same routes and hotels without venturing off the beaten track.
At Audley we know Kenya inside out, and it is a beautiful, wild and superb place with huge tracts of wilderness where you will not see another soul. These are the areas that we like, and we are sure you will too.
To access these areas, we'll fly you in light aircraft. Once there, we'll have pro guides on hand to ensure you get the most out of your safari.
The official language of Kenya is English and Kiswahili (also known as Swahili) is the National Language. There are also various tribal languages spoken throughout the country. Almost everybody involved in the tourism industry, either directly or indirectly, will be able to speak some English.
The traditional gratuity to safari guides or camp staff is not included in the price of your tour but is completely discretionary. If you want to tip because you have received good service, a brief guideline is as follows:
Where restaurant meals are involved, the tipping standard is usually 10% of the bill.
The currency of Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling (KSh). The exchange rate is approximately UK£1 = KSh119, US$1 = KSh76 and €1 = KSh81.
A few restaurants and shops in the tourist areas may also accept payment in US$.
Credit cards are accepted at some of the major hotels but a 5-10% surcharge will usually be added. There are ATM's in most banks in Kenya from which you can withdraw cash, however, pin fraud is relatively common so we don't recommend this. The best way to take money is in US$ cash.
Conservative casual wear is generally acceptable everywhere, but revealing clothes should be avoided since they may cause offence. When on the coast it is fine to wear your swimsuits around the hotel and private beaches, however you should cover up if going into villages and towns. Do not take pictures of people without asking permission.
'Born Free' by Joy Adamson, and 'I dreamed of Africa' by Kuki Gallman.
Kenya is home to an eclectic mix of music with traditional music still a real part of Kenyan life, with drumming, humming, singing and chanting playing a crucial role. Seek out the Kayamba Africa Group and Suzanna Owiyo, both nominees for Kora Awards (the African equivalent to the Grammy's) for a flavour of some of Kenya's more popular rythms.
Try and watch 'Out of Africa', starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, and the 'Big Cat Diaries', 'Elephant Diaries' and 'Game Ranger Diaries', filmed on location by the BBC.
Posho and schuma is a traditional dish consisting of maizemeal and a spinach sauce that you maybe able to try during your stay.
Tusker beer is the country's most famous and favourite beer and well worth a try.
'Safari njema' (Have a good safari!).
Safari, Maasai, Swahili, Maasai Mara, Amboseli, dhows, palm trees, wildebeest, migration, big cats, coffee, tea and marathon runners.
Kikois / sarongs, beaded jewellery and leather handicrafts.
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