Kenya is a classic safari destination, offering the quintessential safari experience, with such diverse scenery and wildlife and wide open plains to drive through.
It’s a country filled with phenomenal locations, such as the Maasai Mara, Lake Nakuru Amboseli and Samburu Game Reserve. All are places worth your time and showcase all that Kenya has to offer.
After landing in Nairobi the obvious first stop is to head east and visit the 580 square mile Maasai Mara. It’s a perfect place to track the ‘Big 5’, with vast open planes with wide open grasslands accentuated by acacia trees. Game drives in either the early morning or afternoon are almost always fruitful, as the conservation boasts a huge variety, alongside its abundance of leopards, cheetahs, lions and elephants.
Following the borderline of Kenya and Tanzania to the south East, Amboseli National Park is another highlight of a tour of Kenya. Known for its elephant population, it’s a vast space that’s set up perfectly for wildlife watching because its dry season ensures that vegetation is sparse, which in practice means you get a clear view of the park’s inhabitants from a distance.
Amboseli also sits in perfect view of Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s highest free-standing mountain, which unsurprisingly makes for an excellent backdrop to photos while on drive.
And that’s just two of the many National Parks Kenya has to offer. A shorter 7-10 night break is enough to concentrate on two to three locations, adding in a stop at Lake Nakuru for instance is a popular choice. Anything longer, and you have the freedom to add in off-days on beaches without impacting your safari experience.
The beaches of Mombasa and Zanzibar are easily combinable with Kenya safaris and Mauritius and the Seychelles are just a short flight away if you wish to make this a multi-centre break.