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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. 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.

Destination Highlights
  • Watch over 1.5 million wildebeest and 200,000 zebra, make their way to the refuge of the Masai Mara in ‘the great migration’ between July and October
  • Spend time visiting lesser-known National Parks such as Aberdares, Amboseli or Tsavo.
  • Visit the dramatic Rift Valley and Lake Naivasha
  • Enjoy a relaxing stay close to the powdery white sands of Kenya’s beaches.

Our favourite 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.

Kole Kole Swimming pool

Baobab Beach Resort and Spa

Mombasa

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £1,399  pp

Baobab Beach Resort and Spa
Swimming pool

Voyager Beach Resort

Mombasa

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £1,499  pp

Voyager Beach Resort
Tent Bedroom

Governors' Il Moran Camp

Masai Mara

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £2,499  pp

Governors' Il Moran Camp
a large tree in a grassy field

Little Governors' Camp

Masai Mara

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £2,699  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.

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.

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. 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.

  • a person wearing a red shirt and smiling at the camera

    Indianna

    Sales Performance Leader

    “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.

  • 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.”

Kenya Events and 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.

Local Cuisine

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

    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

    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.

Our Kenya destinations

a herd of cattle standing on top of a grass covered field

Kenya

Nakuru National Park

Nakuru National Park
a lion standing on a dry grass field

Kenya

Aberdare National Park

Aberdare National Park
Elsa Kopje activities sundowner

Kenya

Meru

Meru
Amboseli National Park

Kenya

Amboseli Safari

Amboseli Safari
Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara

Kenya

Masai Mara

Masai Mara
a herd of elephants walking across a dirt field

Kenya

Tsavo National Park

Tsavo National Park
Kenyan Sunset

Kenya

Lake Naivasha Safari

Lake Naivasha Safari
a group of clouds in the sky on a beach

Kenya

Watamu

Watamu
Diani Beach

Kenya

Mombasa

Mombasa
a cat lying on top of a dirt field

Kenya

Samburu National Reserve

Samburu National Reserve
Saruni Wild

Kenya

Nairobi

Nairobi

Types of Kenya holidays

a lion lying down in a forest

Kenya Safaris

Kenya Safaris

Frequently Asked Questions

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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