There are a couple of good reasons, and we’ll be going through some of the biggest draws to Kenya and why you should consider a safari holiday there at some point in the future.
The Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth
Nothing beats witnessing two million wildebeests, zebras and antelopes migrating across a river. If you’ve ever seen pictures of hoards of wildebeests gathering at sources of water, then you’ll know exactly what this is referring to! The uninitiated would just chalk it up to “someplace in Africa” but there’s only really one place to see this wonder: the Masai Mara.
Filled with a wide array of animals to spot, this brilliant location remains one of the most impressive wildlife reserves in the world. With superb tours, plenty of accommodation options and great year-round access, the Masai Mara is one of the biggest lures that constantly draws in tourists from all over the world. It is important to note that walking isn’t allowed in the Masai Mara, so if you are interested in a walking safari, you’ll need to visit one of the private conservancies.
If you want to witness the annual wildebeest migration, then be sure to visit the Masai Mara during the dry season, between July and October.
But the wildebeest migration is not all the Mara has to offer. No Kenyan safari trip is ever complete without witnessing the Big Five, and the Mara is home to all of them! Aside from the Big Five, you will also have the chance to see giraffes in open grasslands, plenty of cheetahs taking care of their cubs and sneaky leopards prowling around. If you visit during the wildebeest migration, then you may experience the wild in its most natural state - predators hunting for prey. It may not be a pretty sight, but it is as real as it can get.
Other Parks to Visit in Kenya
While the Mara should be on the top of your must-visit list when traveling to Kenya, there are other great parks in the country that are equally astounding and worth-visiting. Here are some of the many national parks in Kenya that you simply can’t miss:
●Amboseli National Park - Amboseli is popular thanks to the breathtaking views of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. However, it’s also home to over 400 species of birds and you’ll easily be able to spot leopards, elephants and hippos. There are many lodges and campsites to stay in. You can either take a short flight from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport or you can drive here in roughly 4 hours.
●Nairobi National Park - If it’s black rhinos you want to see, then look no further than Nairobi National Park. It has plenty of wildebeest migration too if you want to avoid the crowds at the Masai Mara National Reserve. Migration here is during July and August, which means a shorter time period, but it’s a very short distance from the centre of Nairobi.
●Lake Nakuru National Park - Famous for its large flocks of flamingos, this is a year-round location that features several private and public locations to visit. The park is also home to warthogs, ostriches and even hippos, giving you plenty of variety to explore.
Affordability that You Won’t Expect
Kenya is a relatively inexpensive tourist destination. It gives fantastic value for money and you’ll be surprised how far your money goes in Kenya. The cost of living in Kenya is low compared to Europe or America. Most major credit and debit cards are accepted in Kenya as well, so you don’t need to worry about accessibility or money issues. Of course, this doesn’t mean that Kenya is a budget location by any stretch. If you want luxury and privacy, then there are some beautiful locations to stay at that will rival any 5-star hotel you can find in popular cities.
If you want to travel on a budget, then try to plan ahead so you can reduce things like travel costs and accommodation. Safaris can get pretty expensive, especially if you fall into tourist traps, so make sure you do your research on the locations that you want to visit before you jump on a plane.
Wonderful Tropical Climate
Kenya generally has beautiful, warm weather all year round, with plenty of sunshine during afternoons and cooler evenings.Most of the activities in the national parks and beaches in Kenya can be enjoyed all year round, though you might want to plan ahead of time if you want to visit a national park. Wet season takes place between November and May, and while it’s absolutely fine to visit when there’s a bit of rain, a streak of bad luck could ruin your safari. March, April and May experience the heaviest rainfall so try to avoid those months.
The most popular time to go to Kenya for a safari would be between June and October. However, be warned, because this is means safaris will be packed, hotels will be fully booked and you’re going to be visiting places with countless tourists who have the same idea as you. You’ll also want to remember that the seasons are switched when you head to the southern hemisphere, so if you visit during June and October, it’ll be winter in Africa and you’ll want to pack some extra clothes.
World-Class Bird Watching
Kenya provides a fantastic eco-system for birds, which is why there are over 500 recorded species in Kenya alone. Kenya is often seen as a fantastic wildlife destination for land animals such as the Big Five, so the birds on offer here are often overlooked. The numerous lakes that dot Kenya have enabled a thriving bird population, boasting a wide variety of species that will certainly leave you in awe as you witness them on your game drive. Bird enthusiasts can even go on specialized birdwatching safaris as opposed to regular safari drives to truly experience Kenya’s bird paradise!
Want to make the most out of your Africa trip? Why not go on a multi-country tour and experience a combined Kenya and Tanzania safari!