What is more exciting than a safari in Kenya? Nothing, and that’s the plain truth. If you have “been there-done that” you will never forget your Kenya safari experience and will definitely keep it in your heart as one of your life’s most precious moments.
Ready For A Kenyan Safari? But… What Type Of Safari?
The best way to experience Africa is on a Kenyan safari. Kenya is home to a rich variety of wildlife and traditional tribal villages. Choosing to go on safari means you will experience the Kenyan culture first hand, as well as coming into contact with all kinds of African wildlife.
There are several important considerations you should make before organizing your safari in Kenya. Location is of vital importance. Make sure you do you research about the kinds of animals in the area or National Park and accessibility. A walking safari might not be possible in some National Parks, for example.
Guide to Planning Safaris in Kenya
Undoubtedly, the very best way to experience Kenya is on foot. A walking safari allows you to live as part of the African wilderness and get up close and personal with the wildlife. Not for the faint hearted, a walking safari is led by an expert guide and either puts up camp or uses lodges and campsites as stopping points each night.
The variety in tours depends greatly on your desires.If you want a comfortable night’s sleep and room service, choose a safari that is based along a route of luxury resorts and hotels.
Although this makes a great vacation, if you’re interests lie in sightings of the rarer wildlife and experiencing the real Africa, a basic bush camp safari is more up your street.
Mobile safaris are very popular in Kenya. The use of vehicles means covering much more ground each day, as well as staying safe from wild animals. Again, these safaris have many variations. Some set out from the same resort or lodge each day, others stop at different pit stops each evening.
You can even choose to make your safari journey by air or water. Canoeing is a fantastic way to see the African wildlife and stay cool at the same time. Traveling by plane or balloon is obviously not quite the same experience as being on the ground. However, seeing Kenya from a bird’s eye view is pretty spectacular!
If you are really wild at heart, you might consider traveling alone.
It takes much more experience and time to organize your own safari, however it allows you maximum flexibility. One thing you won’t have on your own safari is a professional guide.
Why not compromise and opt for a private safari, with just one or two people and a Kenyan safari guide. There’s no better way to focus on the animals you really want to see and to have the full attention of a professional.
Before planning your Kenyan safari, prioritize your reasons for going on safari and choose the correct journey accordingly.
Think carefully about the kind of experience you desire and expect from a safari. Remember that luxury comes at a price. A basic walking safari gets you closer to nature and is cheaper than a safari experience that is more about the swimming pool than the outings.
Whichever type of safari you choose, take plenty of sun cream and enjoy the Kenyan experience!
Where to Go
There are so many tourist attractions in Kenya that you could spend a whole year there and still miss lots of great sights.
Kenya is probably most famous for its incredible wildlife experiences through safaris, national parks and game reserves. But there are also sunny beaches, deserts and mountains. Regardless of the vacation experience you are looking for, Kenya offers an activity or natural wonder worth exploring.
Some of the best tourist attractions in Kenya include:
One of the greatest valleys around. It stretches as far from the Dead Sea to Mozambique and thus runs through Kenya. Beautiful and spectacular.
As the second largest mountain peak in Africa and the largest in Kenya, Mount Kenya is part of what makes Kenya so diverse. The extinct volcano is topped in snow and the beautiful landscape includes lakes, mineral springs and glaciers to see; hiking and walking the trails are also popular activities. Mount Kenya is home to many varieties of plants and animals including antelope, elephants, bison, leopards and lions for game viewing.
Masai Mara National Reserve:
Considered one of the finest wildlife parks in all of Africa there are plenty of animals to see at Masai Mara including: giraffes, elephants, lions, cheetahs, warthogs and the rare black rhinoceros.
The capital of Kenya has several popular travel destinations worth visiting. Nicknamed the safari capital of the world, there are plenty of choices for adventure and wildlife safaris including the Nairobi National Park, home to hundreds of species of birds. As well as Nairobi’s Giraffe Centre, Sheldrack Elephant Orphanage and the Nairobi Snake Park.
Mombasa is the second largest city in Kenya and has a history dating back for centuries. In fact, this island city is actually the oldest settlement in East Africa. The historical monument and Portuguese based fort, Fort Jesus is in Mombasa and was built in the 16th century. This fort was a constant scene of battles in the 1600s through early 1800s as different nations fought for control of Mombasa.
Kenyan beaches are just as popular as its safari adventures with lots of hotels, restaurants, bars and shops. The Diani Beach resort is in Mombasa and features beautiful white sanded beaches and coral reefs, ideal for snorkeling, diving and fishing. Go camel riding and sail in traditional dhows vessels at Bamburi Beach. Both Malindi Beach and Watamu Beach are great for beach safaris and water sports.
Lamu Beach on the island of Lamu is an exotic beach locale with distinctive architecture and an Islamic culture to enjoy. No vehicles are on the island of Lamu and it is a popular destination for honeymooning couples.