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Kenya

Kenya

The home of safari

Straddling the equator between the Rift Valley and the Indian Ocean, Kenya is a land of astounding geographical, cultural and biological diversity. Meaning ‘journey’ in Swahili, safari holidays originated right here in Kenya which is a richly rewarding place to explore.

The Maasai Mara is perhaps Kenya’s most iconic vista – savannah plains dotted with umbrella-like acacia trees and home to an incredible density of wildlife, especially so when the two million wildebeest and zebra on the great migration wheel their way onto the Mara from Tanzania. Camps in community-owned conservancies extending from the national park offer more freedom and exclusivity for your safari while directly supporting sustainable livelihoods for the Maasai people here.

Follow the frontier southeast to see Amboseli’s elephant herds backed by the white peak of Kilimanjaro, then wander Chyulu’s green hills and forests. North of Nairobi, in the shadow of Mount Kenya, the plains of Laikipia were once dominated by cattle ranches. Now, many are devoted to conservation and the region is once again a haven for endangered species, especially rhinos, African wild dogs and giraffes. Lodges here include some of Africa’s most exclusive, offering an adventurous experience about so much more than game drives.

As you head further north, the landscape turns khaki and arider. Samburu county, home to the Samburu people, is a rugged but beautiful place where you can learn about their culture and visit inspiring community-led conservation projects. Beyond this, the Rift Valley’s saline lakes, deserts and volcanic wilds are best explored by helicopter.

What's the weather like?

When to visit Kenya

The most popular time for a safari in Kenya is from late June to October, drier months that coincide with the wildebeest migration's arrival on the Mara. November and December’s short rains are a favourite for photographers and birders. January into March is warm and drier, a great time for the coast and safari.
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    Green season
    January - February
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    Long rains
    March - May
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    Dry season
    June - September
  • 27
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    Short rains
    October - December

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