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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Africa and The Indian Ocean
Kenya has an idyllic coastline, with miles of soft white sand fringed by palm trees and giving way to aquamarine seas. With temperatures averaging 28C and an average eight hours of sunshine a day, it is easy to see why Kenya’s beaches have become so popular.
Kenya has an idyllic coastline, with miles of soft white sand fringed by palm trees and giving way to aquamarine seas. Small fishing villages bask in the sun, nets hanging to dry on bleached sticks by huts tucked under cashew nut trees.
There are beaches backed by tall dunes where green turtles clamber up to nest, and the many offshore marine parks protect long coral reefs. A short distance from the coast there are a number of beautiful archipelagos, Lamu with its dhows and donkeys, Funzi with mangrove channels and sand banks and Kiwayu with its miles of deserted sand.
With temperatures averaging 28C and an average eight hours of sunshine a day, it is easy to see why Kenya’s beaches have become so popular.
The Tana Delta has a remote river camp and there are some stylishly converted Swahili houses overlooking the creek at Watamu. The islands of the Lamu archipelago offer a variety of accommodation from converted Arabic houses in Lamu Town and Shela Village, to simple beach lodges made of reed and palms on Kipungani Beach and Manda Island.
The Funzi Keys offers the ultimate in barefoot luxury with large chalets tucked into mangrove forests. With such a variety of hotels, whether you want a luxury hotel with every facility or a palm frond banda on a private island, Kenya will have something to suit you perfectly.
Finally, certain parts of Kenya’s coast are busy and best avoided - with Mombasa in particular having large hotels crammed together, countless curio stalls, kiosks and beach boys. However, we have travelled the length of the coast to find quiet spots and small boutique hotels.
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