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. Kenya boasts some of the best National Parks and safari experiences in Africa, with Tsavo National Park being one of the largest in the world.
The iconic Masai Mara is a must-see, here you can set your sights upon Africa’s ‘Big 5’ amongst many other incredible creatures. Visit at the right time of year, and you can witness the “Greatest Migration on Earth” a spellbinding spectacle where you’ll see over 1.5 million wildebeest and 200,000 zebra, making their way to the refuge of the Masai Mara. See Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa which sits across the border of Kenya in the lush lands of Tanzania. The Rift Valley, northwest of Nairobi offers an open savannah studded with jagged volcanic outcrops and beautiful lakes, renowned for prolific birdlife such as flocks of flamingos that frequently amass at saline lakes Nakuru and Bogoria.
The beating heart of Africa
Spend a day in the city of Nairobi, haggling at busy street markets and sampling traditional African street food; visit the Bomas of Kenya, traditional tribal villages belonging to Kenyan tribes and explore the wilderness of Karura Forest, one of the largest urban gazetted forests in the world. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and Giraffe Centre are two very popular points of interest, here you can come up-close to rescued giraffes and orphaned elephants, which are hand-reared until ready to be released back into the wild.
For travellers looking to combine safari adventures with a little rest and relaxation, why not include a Mombasa or Watamu beach stay? The powdery white sand and jade-coloured waters of this stunning location offer a slice of tropical paradise where you can unwind at the end of a busy trip. Give our Destination Specialists a call today to plan the perfect tailor made Kenya holiday.
Great sample itineraries
We’ve created an inspiring selection of itineraries that can be included in your Kenya holiday package. Almost anything is possible so please give us a call to discuss all your options.
Luxury Kenya Safari Tour
East Africa Safari Tour
Our favorite hotels
From luxury resorts to tented safari camps and safari lodges, Kenya has it all. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help you find what you’re looking for.
Baobab Beach Resort and Spa
Voyager Beach Resort
Governors' Il Moran Camp
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Gedi ruins
If you want to double down on historical sites, the Gedi 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
One of the best times to visit Kenya is from December to March , and July to September, during the country's dry seasons, which also coincides with the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra. The rainy seasons are also good times to travel, as there are fewer visitors and you can admire the striking emerald vegetation.
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“I loved visiting the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi – seeing the baby elephants playing with their handlers was fantastic. Also pay a visit to the Karen Blixen Museum, former African home of Danish author Karen Blixen, famous for her book ‘Out of Africa’ which chronicles life at the estate.”
“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. Travel by rail from Nairobi to Mombasa on the Madaraka Express - view the beautiful landscapes and National Parks (such as Tsavo) from the comfort of a modern train.”
“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.”
Events & Festivals
Kenya offers a wide variety of fun events held throughout the year that can be enjoyed by everyone. Here are a few of our top suggestions.
The Great Annual Migration
Travel to Kenya in July and August to see one of the greatest movements of wildlife in the world - the great migration in the Masai Mara.
KCB Safari Rally
This is a two-day event held at the end of May every year for motorsports enthusiasts.
East African Art Festival
Held every year by the Kenya National Museum, this festival exhibits the artworks, architectural designs, traditional artefacts and paintings done by artists from the East African Region.
Kenyan Music Festival
Held every year at the Kenyatta International Conference Center, groups are selected from different schools, colleges and universities through regional competitions. Selected groups compete with each other and the competition may be dance-oriented, vocal or instrumental.
Kenya cuisine takes on its own unique personality through the use of native spices and local ingredients. Many traditional dishes such as curries and stews, are colourful and packed full of flavour, sure to excite even the most cultured palate
Ugali is a staple starch cornmeal made with maize flour, usually served as a white stiff porridge, good for dipping in stews or making into a makeshift spoon when you eat with your hands.
Nyama Choma, Swahili for ‘roast meat’, is usually beef, goat or occasionally chicken cooked on a flavoursome Swahili barbeque. Enjoy with a beer, and slowly dig in, piece by piece.
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