Kenya holidays are perfect for experiencing a unique adventure against the backdrops of dramatic landscapes. The captivating beauty of Kenyan safari country, the thrill of encountering the 'Big Five' on the desert plains and the contrast of idyllic white sand beaches will reflect a true essence of Africa on your holiday to Kenya.
Safari: There is no getting away from it, Kenya is one of the best places in the world to go on safari. The Masai Mara National Park is undoubtedly one of the World's most famous reserves and is said to have the greatest concentration of wildlife on earth. However, there are plenty of other parks including Amboseli, Tsavo, Lake Nakuru and more.
Beaches: Kenya's coastline boasts some spectacular stretches of white sand fringed by turquoise waters and sheltered by coral reefs. From Diani beach south of Mombasa to the turtle nesting shores of Watamu in the north. You are sure to find your own slice of paradise here.
The Big Five: Lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos and buffaloes can all be found in Kenya's game reserves. See if you can spot them all!
The Migration: The greatest wildlife show on earth! Each year thousands of wildebeest and zebra migrate as the seasons change and they search for greener pastures. Dates can be unpredictable, however the wildebeest usually arrive in the Masai Mara between August and September.
Hot Air Balloons: Take a morning hot air balloon safari to get a birds eye view of the Masai Mara or Serengeti, followed by a delicious bush breakfast. This is an experience not to be missed!
When to go
Temperature Range: Mombasa: 20°C - 30°C
Nairobi: 13°C - 26°C
Most popular: January - February and June - October
Best value: April - May
Best weather: January - February and June - October
Direct flights: Kenya Airways, Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and Thomson Airways.
Indirect flights: Emirates, KLM
Visa information: Visa required
Health information: Vaccinations recommended
Time Difference: GMT +3 hours
When To Go
If you don't mind travelling in the rainy season, the months of April and May offer the best value. The resorts also tend to be quieter at this time of year so you may prefer to travel when there are less crowds. Rainfall may often be limited to relatively short afternoon showers and it will still be possible to catch the sun. However, it is harder to spot wildlife at this time of year.
Best Time to Go
Kenya has warm temperatures year round, however the most popular months are January to February and June to October. The latter coincides with the annual Wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara making for an unforgettable safari experience!
Although Kenya is warm all year round, the hottest (and driest) months are January and February.
Kenya has a tropical climate with an average maximum temperature of 30°C in Mombasa and 26°C in Nairobi. It can however be cool first thing in the morning and on an evening. The hottest months are January and Febuary and the coolest July to August. There are two wet seasons in Kenya, the long rains occur anytime between April and June and the short rains between October and December. When it does rain it is often in the form of heavy afternoon or evening showers.
Kenya Travel Information
There are a number of carriers flying to Kenya from the UK.
Direct Carriers: Kenya Airways offer direct flights from London Heathrow to Nairobi. Virgin Atlantic and British Airways also fly to Nairobi and Thomson Airways fly direct to Mombasa once a week. Kenya Airways has an unrivalled route network making any safari and beach combination possible.
Indirect Carriers: Emirates fly to Nairobi via Dubai and KLM offer flights via Amsterdam.
Departure Taxes: In Kenya there is a departure tax of US$ 20, however this is usually included in the cost of your airline ticket. If you are unsure, please contact your airline.
Fastest Flight Time: 09hrs (London Heathrow to Nairobi)
British passport holders require a visa to enter Kenya. Visa fee payable on arrival (USD 50 a for single entry visa or USD 10 for a transit visa). Please ensure you have two blank pages in your passport for your visa or you may be refused entry. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in Kenya. Please contact the Kenya High Commission for up to date country and visa information on 0207 636 2371.
How to obtain a visa
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