Kenya  

One of the best destinations for a classic safari experience, Kenya is definitely a place to see and experience. Its national parks and reserves are spectacular with impressive variety and concentrations of wildlife. It is home to the colorful Maasai tribe, Mt. Kenya, the white beaches and warm, blue waters of the Indian ocean, and to the world renowned elephant orphanage of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.  Together or alone, these plus other destinations within this beautiful country make it an ideal place for any world traveler.

 

Important Destinations

Amboseli National Park - One of the few places to actually see Mt. Kilimanjaro;  an elephant park with permanent water that keep the marshes wet and full of wildlife; incredible bird watching;  in Maasai land

Lake Nakuru National Park - A Rift Valley park of woods, bushy grasslands and an alkaline lake; a sanctuary for rhino and Rothschild Giraffe; supports a wide range of wildlife and bird species, including flamingos

Maasai Mara National Reserve - Kenya's extension of the Serengeti; famous for its large populations of big cats; enormous diversity of wildlife, the northern destination of the Great Wildebeest Migration

Nairobi - The capital and largest city; excellent shopping;  superb dining.  Important sites to see:

  • David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust - The world's premier orphange for baby elephants and rhino;  a leader in orphan elephant and rhino research; no other place like it anywhere
  • Giraffe Centre - An educational center to learn about and get up close and personal with the endangered Rothschild Giraffe; great for all ages
  • Karen Blixen Museum -  The farm home of Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa

Samburu National Reserve - A bush park; variety of habitats provide a home to a wide range of wildlife, including unique dry-country species; large elephants, all cats and enormous crocodiles and numerous bird species

Tsavo National Park - The largest park in Kenya, and one of the largest in the world; divided into two sections; teeming with wildlife; a bush park; less visited than other parks in Kenya so fewer crowds; spectacular scenery.

  • Tsavo East - Immense; semi-arid, grasslands and savannah with vast diversity of wildlife; home to huge herds of elephant and buffalo, known for its red dirt; has the longest lava flow in the world; a bird's paradise.
  • Tsavo West - Rocky landscape with grasslands; known for its large elephant herds; great diversity of wildlife and birds; a rhino sanctuary has been established with the park; large lion prides.

 

Best Times to Visit

The best times to visit Kenya are during the dry seasons:

  • January through March - for great overall game viewing
  • July through October - for great overall game viewing and to see the Great Migration of the Wildebeest
  • July through October - to trek up Mt. Kenya