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Kenya Safaris

Kenya is one of the iconic safari destinations in Africa. It is home to some of the most sought after wildlife reserves, including the Masai Mara, which together with the Serengeti, hosts the Great Migration from July to October.

Kenya. The Jewel of Africa.

Kenya is East Africa's premier safari destination and fondly regarded as the 'Jewel of Africa'. We can't deny that Kenya has it all, including incredible wildlife, beautiful mountains, deserts, salt lakes, cities, traditional culture and modern arts.

With one-tenth of all land in Kenya designated as national parks and reserves, Kenya truly is a place for devoted safari guests. The Masai Mara, possibly Kenya's most well known, has some of the biggest predator populations in Africa, so if a Big Cat safari is what you are after, this is the place to be.

Over 50 parks and reserves cover habitats from mountain forest to desert, and there are six marine parks in the Indian Ocean. Although the Masai Mara is Kenya's most famous attraction, Kenya boasts boasts many other national parks, outstanding wildlife, villages and beaches.

Sun Safaris Says

Kenya is known as the Jewel of Africa; it is the vast home of a wide variety of predators and herbivores, migrating through the Mara Plains every year.

It is rich in tribal culture and practice, where the brightly dresses Maasai people live by the earth, following the rains and avidly conserving Kenya's wildlife.

In addition to game-rich national parks and reserves, which are protected and valued as the wealth of the country, Kenya's Mombasa coast offers some of the most beautiful beach holiday spots on the Indian Ocean shoreline.

The Kenyan Rift Valley is the vast location of a number of salt lakes, where enormous flocks of flamingos paint the waters pink, and hot springs burst through the surface of the unexplored lakes creating a spectacle quite unrivalled.

 

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Meru National Park

Meru National Park is most known for the story of Elsa the Lioness, made famous in the book Born Free. Meru forms part of a complex of protected areas along the Tana River and it straddles the equator in the central part of the country.

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Tsavo East National Park

Tsavo East is generally flat with dry plains across which the Galana River flows. Other features include the Yatta Plateau, Lugards Falls, Mudanda Rock and Aruba Dam. The reserve is popular for short safaris from the Kenya coast, like Mombasa.

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Laikipia Plateau National Park

Laikipia District is a vast 8000 sq km plateau, one of 71 districts of Kenya located on the Equator. It stretches from the Great Rift Valley to the magnificent escarpments of the northern frontier. It has all the wildlife but none of the crowds found in the Masai Mara.

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Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha

Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha are two of the most well-known lakes in the Rift Valley, which includes some of the oldest, largest and deepest lakes in the world. Lake Nakuru has become a National Park, while Lake Naivasha is an important lifeline in the area.

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Masai Mara

The Masai Mara forms part of a huge eco-system incorporating the Serengeti and a number of smaller reserves. The Masai Mara is Kenya's most well-known National Park, famed for being part of the route of the Great Wildebeest Migration.

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Shaba National Reserve

Shaba National Reserve along with Samburu and Buffalo Springs are three small adjoining savannah national reserves that lie on either side of the northern Ewaso Ngiro River. It has a unique and varied landscape combining lava rock and riverine forests.

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Samburu National Reserve

Located on the southern bank of the northern Ewaso Ngiro River, Samburu is home to a large population of Nile crocodiles and is the second most visited game reserve in Kenya. Visitors to Samburu have the opportunity to see some rare wildlife species.

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Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park is located in the south of Kenya, on the Tanzanian border, and is famous for its spectacular view of Mount Kilimanjaro. Amboseli has fantastic game viewing and is particularly well-known for its elephant population.

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Tsavo West National Park

Combined with Tsavo East, this park forms Kenya's largest game sanctuary. Tsavo West covers a huge variety of landscapes, from swamps and natural springs to rocky peaks, extinct volcanic cones to rolling plains and sharp reddish outcrops.

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Lamu Island

Lamu Island embraces a laid back and slower pace of life, located just off Kenya's coast. There are no cars or roads, the primary mode of transport being donkeys and old dhow boats. Its population boasts an enchanting cultural mix of African, Arab and Indian.

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Mombasa

Located on Kenya’s Eastern coastline bordering the Indian Ocean, Mombasa has become popular for its exotic beaches, diverse marine life, world-class hotels and friendly people. This is a great destination at which to end off a safari.

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Lake Baringo

Lake Baringo is one of only 2 freshwater lakes in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya. Very little of the tourist traffic from Naivasha and Nakuru makes it as far as Baringo, keeping the experience peaceful. Known for spectacular birdlife.

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Lake Turkana

At Kenya’s far northern frontier lies one of the natural wonders of the world. Lake Turkana is a massive inland sea, the largest desert lake in the world. It is 250km long and widely known as the Jade Sea because of its remarkable colour.

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Lake Bogoria

Lake Bogoria is a saline lake that lies in a volcanic region of Kenya's Rift Valley, a little north of the equator. Lake Bogoria is the seasonal home to one of the world's largest populations of lesser flamingos, turning the lake pink.

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Kenya Game Viewing and Activities

Every year, thousands of devoted safari guests visit Kenya to witness the world's greatest wildlife spectacle - the Great Migration of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle.

The Masai Mara consists of open savannah, rolling grasslands and undulating hills. It is said to have the largest population of lion in Kenya. Other wildlife includes hippo, crocodile, warthog and giraffe, which are easily spotted on game drives. These and many more species of plains game offer a rich choice of food for the dominant predators; lion, leopard and cheetah which hunt in this pristine wilderness.

Whether it is the Masai Mara, Amboseli National Park, Samburu National Reserve or any of the other national parks or conservation areas in Kenya you will be visiting, the wildlife experience is bound to be incredible.

Seasons and Climate

Kenya is situated on the equator, meaning that hot temperatures unavoidable, particularly at some times during the year. The season known as the ‘long rains’ occurs from April to early June, while the cooler season with far less rain begins in late June and continues to October.

The ‘short rains’ arrive for a few weeks in November and December, followed by a dry season of hot, usually rainless, weather until March.

Normally, the dissipation of the long rains in late June brings about the arrival of the millions of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle that have migrated in search of new grass. This is a magnificent sight and is the demonstration of nature at its finest. One must be aware that the Migration is hugely popular and can get crowded during peak season, but there are camps nestled away offering more exclusive views of this wonderful scene.

Top Destinations

Kenya has an abundance of excellent safari camps and lodges to meet everyone's needs, catering for all budgets from backpackers to exclusive safari camps in remote areas.

In the much sought after Masai Mara, where the Great Wildebeest Migration takes place, we recommend Mara Intrepids Campsituated close to the Talek River; Kicheche Mara Campa traditional safari camp situated in a remote corner of the northern Mara plains; and Naibor Camp, luxurious safari camp overlooking the Talek River

The Amboseli Game Reserve, famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants, is the location of another 2 of our favourite camps: Tortilis Camp, offering unsurpassed views of Kilimanjaro; and Amboseli Porini Camp, located within the exclusive Selenkay Conservancy.

How to Get there

Sun Safaris arranges scheduled flights into Kenya from most major airports around the world, as there are many flights entering Nairobi each week with most of them landing at Jomo Kenyatta International airport (NBO).

Upon arrival in Nairobi, Sun Safaris will arrange the necessary domestic scheduled flights, as well as any additional road transfers required.

Most of Kenya's domestic flights depart from Wilson Airport situated just outside the city and this is also where most safaris depart from.

Moi Mombasa International Airport (MBA) is about 10km northwest of Mombasa and is Kenya's gateway to Mombasa and the Kenyan coast.

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