Kenya Safari Tours | A Wildlife Holiday Destination
Kenya is an out-and-out safari destination. The country offers natural beauty, is rich in culture, and takes full advantage of the Big Five rich areas. The safari experience is highly developed in Kenya, with a range of tour operators, lodges, and transport companies welcoming thousands yearly.
Kenya offers budget safaris as well as the most luxurious lodging experiences. A reason why safaris are also so successful is that Kenyan safari packages are tailored to exactly what you want to experience.
From game drives to hot air balloon rides over landscapes that seem to be endless, Kenya offers so much. Here is our take on the best safaris in Kenya.
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Masai Mara National Reserve
In the Southwest of Kenya, the Masai Mara National Reserve is a land of breathtaking views. They have an abundance of wildlife and an endless landscape. The wide-open plains in Masai Mara provide a sanctuary for animals such as elephants, buffalos, zebras, giraffes, hyenas, leopards, loans, and cheetahs.
One of the best times to visit the Kenyan safari is between August and November when the wildebeests stomp through in their masses.
Safari Tours to do in Masai Mara
Our Favorite: Fly over the plains in a hot air balloon is definitely a favorite. Starting the first thing in the morning, flying over the plains and just taking in the spectacular views that they have to offer.
Firm Second: Mobile camping in the middle of the Mara, if you have the guts for it. If you are a fan of camping and thrilling experiences you can spend a few nights at different campsites and experience the thrill of camping in the middle of the bush surrounded by the sounds of wild animals.
Tsavo National Park
The largest protected wildlife sanctuary in Kenya, Tsavo is made out of two national parks, Tsavo East National Park and Tsavo West National Park. Located between Nairobi and Mombasa, Tsavo impressively covers 4% of Kenya.
One of the park’s biggest attractions is the Mzima Springs, which is a beautiful oasis that is separated into four different springs, where the water flows through volcanic rock.
In both Tsavo parks, you can spot the elephant, giraffe, cheetah, lion, serval cat, leopard, oryx, gazelle, buffalo, antelope, striped hyena, impala, and approximately 500 species of birds.
Safari Tours to do in Tsavo
Our Favourite: The day trip to the Tsavo East National Park is the main choice. A safari drive while spotting animals is truly amazing. With assistance from the guide, you’ll be able to see animals in their natural habitat from giraffes tongue-twisting through twigs for the tasty leaves, to predator animals stalking their prey.
Firm Second: Finch Hattons Safari camp. Luxurious accommodation that boasts everything other hotels have from a restaurant to the bar to the boutique store but the only difference is that it’s in the Wild. Amazing vistas as you sit on a deck overlooking the river, it’s absolutely breathtaking.
Lake Nakuru National Park
A shallow soda lake nestled in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya, Lake Nakuru is one of the most popular safari destinations in Kenya. The park hosts giraffes, lions, rhinos, flamingos, and hippos. Lake Nakuru is also a rhino sanctuary, the first in their country, dedicated to keeping safe and housing over 100 endangered black and white rhinos.
One of Lake Nakuru’s best attractions is the sight of thousands of beautiful pink flamingos feeding on the surface of the lake. The sublime sight is at its best in January and February when the birds flock there in their highest number. Together with the flamingos, you can find over 460 different bird species.
Safari Tours to do in Lake Nakuru
Our Favourite: Definitely the flamingos. Take a short drive to take in the pink beauties feeding on the edge of the lake and watch as they flock away while embracing the magnificent sunset shining on the lake – absolutely breathtaking.
Firm Second: A game drive through the Rhino Sanctuary. A somehow rewarding site as you watch the black and white rhinos live in peace protecting their calf.
Samburu National Park
The homeland of the Samburu people, the Samburu National Park is a vast expansion of remote and pristine wilderness. It’s located in the North of Laikipia and one of the less-popular regions in Kenya. Samburu is also home to one of the biggest rivers in Northern Kenya, Ewaso Nyiro that quenches the thirst of the abundant wildlife that roams the reserve.
Samburu’s most commonly spotted animal is the elephant, with over 900 of them living here. The park is also home to gazelles, baboons, lions, leopards, buffalos, waterbucks, hippos, river crocodiles, and many more.
Safari Tours to do in Samburu
Our Favorite: Fly camping in the Samburu. Fly camping provides you the opportunity to see what the ecosystem is like on the ground level while being surrounded by wildlife. It’s a scary one but walking through the park and embracing the beauty of the landscape while hearing the rustles of animals in your surroundings.
Firm Second: Experience the Samburu tribes tradition first hand. A more cultural experience and a very unique one. Wake up in the early morning and assist the tribe with their cattle, watch them sing and dance in unison and experience the tribe in their element.
Set off on your own Kenya Safari Tour
Kenya safari holidays are, by all means, a must. While nature is such an integral part of these safaris, the culture and heritage adds even more to the experience.
Kenya safaris boast some of the most exhilarating and spectacular wildlife and natural beauty.
Whether it’s the endless plains filled with the big five or the rivers that act as a water source for them it’s clear to see why Kenya is such a magnificent safari destination.