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 many other national parks, outstanding wildlife, villages, and beaches.
Kenya is the vast home of a wide variety of predators and herbivores, migrating through the Masai Mara Plains every year. Kenya 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. Samburu National Park offers a beautiful stark landscape with endemic animals like Grevy's Zebra. Amboseli National Park nestles in the shadows of Mt Kilimanjaro, the run off from it's snow capped peaks feed the swamps of Amboseli all year round.
In addition to game-rich national parks and reserves, which are protected and valued as the wealth of the country, Kenya's Mombasa coast and Lamu Island 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.
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 Governors' Camp situated on the Mara River; Kicheche Mara Camp , a traditional safari camp situated in a remote corner of the northern Mara plains; and Mahali Mzuri , luxurious safari camp overlooking the Mara.
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.
The Samburu National Park is well known for it's diverse landscpaes, mountains and the unsusal 5 - 5 animals not found in other reserves in Kenya. Elephant Bedroom Camp stretches along the Ewaso Ngiro River while Saruni Samburu is built into rock face hills affording superb views over the Samburu region.
How to Get there
There are scheduled flights into Nairobi from many major airports around the world, including a new daily direct flight on Kenya Airways from New York.
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.
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.
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.
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.