Kenya Holidays

Kenya offers an exciting way to embrace new cultures and take in the sights and sounds of East Africa across dramatic valleys and idyllic savannahs. It’s perfect for families or budding adventurers looking to walk on the wild side.

Kenya is home to two huge National Parks where you can see a variety of beautiful wildlife including lions, elephants and rhinos. Visit at the right time of year and you can also witness the amazing Masai Mara migration, an event which is known as the “Greatest Show on Earth” and involves over a million animals. You also have the chance to see Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa which sits 5,895 metres above sea level in the distance across the border of Kenya in the lush lands of Tanzania.

Adventurous Holidays in Kenya

When it comes to your holiday, Hayes and Jarvis offer holidays to Kenya that are tailor made to suit your needs. Using insider knowledge and local recommendations, we can create the perfect holiday for you. Whether that’s prowling the plains of Africa on a safari jeep or relaxing on a beach with the warm white sand between your toes, at Hayes and Jarvis we want to give you an experience you will never forget.

Why not pair a Kenya safari with Madagascar and visit the home of the Lemur? This cuddly creature is unique to Madagascar and appears nowhere else in the world. Alternatively, combine our Kenya holidays with Cape Town in South Africa and enjoy the chance to spot some rare creatures in the crystal clear blue waters. Those who prefer some retail therapy can take in the sights and sounds of the iconic city of Johannesburg, the home of Nelson Mandela.

Destination Highlights
  • Savanna hot air balloon rides
  • Have breakfast with giraffes
  • Relax on quiet sandy beaches
  • Stay in safari park hotels
  • See the big five
  • Enjoy the Mombasa nightlife

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

Kole Kole Swimming pool

Baobab Beach Resort and Spa

Mombasa

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,069 pp

Baobab Beach Resort and Spa
Swimming pool

Voyager Beach Resort

Mombasa

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,219 pp

Voyager Beach Resort
Tent Bedroom

Governors' Il Moran Camp

Masai Mara

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,419 pp

Governors' Il Moran Camp

Little Governors' Camp

Masai Mara

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,279 pp

Little Governors' Camp

Time Zone

GMT+3

Flight Time

Approx. nine hours; direct flights are available from London Heathrow. Indirect flights are available from UK airports on Emirates via Dubai, and KLM via Amsterdam.

Currency

Kenyan shilling (KES)

Visa Information

British citizens need to obtain a visa for Kenya.

Language

English is widely spoken.

Health Information

Special vaccines are required for travel to Kenya.

Kenya Attractions

No words can do it justice. You’ve got to see Kenya – Africa’s safari capital – for yourself to appreciate its wild and natural beauty. Seeing the Big Five in the world-famous Masai Mara – established as a wildlife sanctuary in 1948 – is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Let’s not overlook Kenya’s tropical coastline either, with some of the most stunning beaches on Earth.

  • The Great Annual Migration

    Watch the Masai Mara Migration

    At the top of a lot of people’s bucket lists is the annual migration of the Masai Mara’s wildebeest, zebra and antelope, which is known as the “Greatest Show on Earth”. Over 1.5 million wildebeest, thousands of gazelle and zebra migrate over the Serengeti plains to reach the grasslands in Kenya.

  • Elephants on safari

    Be dazzled by safaris

    Head out on a jeep and enjoy the jaw dropping scenery and diverse wildlife across one of Kenya’s 40 safari parks. Hear the call of exotic birds, watch huge prides of lions basking in the sunshine with their cubs or watch larger than life hippos yawning in the Great Rift Valley.

  • Maasai Tribe, Kenya

    Learn the tribal culture

    The Masai Mara National Reserve is home to the semi-nomadic Masai people and to really experience their culture, why not include a trip out to one of their tribal villages? The tribes are open, kind and welcoming to outsiders, making it the perfect way to get to understand a new way of life.

  • Leopard Beach, Mombasa

    Relax on beautiful beaches

    If safaris aren’t your game, we recommend spending your Keyna holidays retreating to the south coast where pristine and soft white sandy beaches await. Visit Diani Beach, a cove filled with natural beauty and gorgeous coral reefs, perfect for snorkelling or diving. Or soak up the beach life of Mombasa and enjoy that warm sunshine and sparkling sea.

  • Discover the History of Lamu Old Town

    Located on Lamu Island, this historic and quaint town is perfect for long weekends and quiet getaways. Surrounded by pristine beaches and offering a vibrant culture, the closed courtyards and intricately carved doorways offer a lovely labyrinth to get lost in while you soak up the history of the area.

  • Explore the Gede ruins

    If you want to double down on historical sites, the Gede Ruins are worth a visit. Built 1,000 years ago during the Ottoman rule, these ancient buildings lie on the Kenyan shore and offer an amazing insight into ancient Africa. Nestled amongst the baobab trees, it’s an idyllic retreat into the forest filled with trails and friendly locals. These ruins are also home to a local population of monkeys that are always a hit with any visitors.

Best time to visit Kenya

Select month

Average weather in January

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Mombasa
27ºC
37mm
Nairobi
20ºC
74mm
Masai Mara
28ºC
82mm

Average weather in February

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Mombasa
27ºC
15mm
Nairobi
21ºC
49mm
Masai Mara
28ºC
95mm

Average weather in March

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Mombasa
28ºC
49mm
Nairobi
21ºC
89mm
Masai Mara
28ºC
124mm

Average weather in April

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Mombasa
27ºC
124mm
Nairobi
20ºC
120mm
Masai Mara
27ºC
166mm

Average weather in May

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Mombasa
26ºC
238mm
Nairobi
19ºC
129mm
Masai Mara
26ºC
110mm

Average weather in June

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Mombasa
24ºC
85mm
Nairobi
18ºC
16mm
Masai Mara
26ºC
59mm

Average weather in July

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Mombasa
24ºC
61mm
Nairobi
17ºC
16mm
Masai Mara
25ºC
28mm

Average weather in August

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Mombasa
24ºC
60mm
Nairobi
17ºC
30mm
Masai Mara
26ºC
44mm

Average weather in September

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Mombasa
25ºC
54mm
Nairobi
19ºC
21mm
Masai Mara
27ºC
52mm

Average weather in October

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Mombasa
26ºC
113mm
Nairobi
20ºC
36mm
Masai Mara
28ºC
56mm

Average weather in November

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Mombasa
26ºC
118mm
Nairobi
20ºC
151mm
Masai Mara
27ºC
100mm

Average weather in December

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Mombasa
27ºC
69mm
Nairobi
19ºC
79mm
Masai Mara
27ºC
111mm
  • Barbara, Destination Specialist

    Barbara

    Destination Specialist

    “I loved visiting the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi – seeing the baby elephants playing with their handlers was fantastic.”

  • Gina, Destination Specialist

    Gina

    Destination Specialist

    “Don’t forget that the distances between national parks are vast – speak to a Destination Specialist to make sure you maximise your game viewing opportunities.”

  • Melissa, Destination Specialist

    Melissa

    Destination Specialist

    “If you want to contribute to Kenya's less fortunate, take school stationery to the local orphanages – there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing a child’s face light up over a new pen.”

Our Kenya destinations

Amboseli National Park

Kenya

Amboseli Safari

Amboseli Safari
Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara

Kenya

Masai Mara

Masai Mara

Kenya

Tsavo National Park

Tsavo National Park
Kenyan Sunset

Kenya

Lake Naivasha Safari

Lake Naivasha Safari

Kenya

Watamu

Watamu
Diani Beach

Kenya

Mombasa

Mombasa

Kenya

Samburu National Reserve

Samburu National Reserve
Saruni Wild

Kenya

Nairobi

Nairobi

Kenya

Nakuru National Park

Nakuru National Park

Kenya

Aberdare National Park

Aberdare National Park

Kenya

Meru

Meru

Types of Kenya holidays

Kenya Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Kenya Safaris

Kenya Safaris

Frequently Asked Questions

Flights to Kenya take around 8 hours and 30 minutes. There are currently daily direct flights from London Heathrow to Nairobi with British Airways and Kenya Airways, and various indirect flights to Nairobi and Mombasa from various UK airports year-round.

Yes. The departure tax is around $40 (£30) when you leave Kenya. For internal flights, you will need to pay $2.50 (£2) per person per flight. In most cases, this will be included in your airfare, but check before you travel. 

There are 54 national parks and reserves in Kenya. These include Aberdare, Amboseli, Lake Nakuru, Meru, Mount Kenya, Nairobi, the Masai Mara, Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks, as well as various national reserves and marine parks.

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