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Kenya

Kenya is the birthplace of the African safari and is still what many tourists picture when they think of when picturing Africa. The amazing wildlife and majestic landscapes served as the inspiration for Disney’s The Lion King and were the setting of stories such as Karen Blixen’s Out of Africa and many documentaries such as The Big Cat Diaries series.

The Masai Mara in Kenya is where the crocodile-infested Mara River flows, which the herds of the Great Migration must cross. Many tourists come to witness the drama of this annual event. Kenya’s many national parks and game reserves offer some of the best game viewing in Africa. Visitors can watch herds of big tusker elephants in Amboseli against the majestic backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Off the Beaten Path

Explore off the beaten track in Tsavo which is known for its red coloured elephants and the legend of the Man-eating Lions of Tsavo. Discover the beauty of the Samburu people and unusual animals while exploring Samburu. Regions such as Laikipia are home to last Northern White Rhinos at Ol Pejeta as well as many private wildlife reserves which offer many varied safari experiences.

Tourists can descend into the Great Rift Valley and see the beauty of Lakes such as Lake Nakuru and Bogoria famed for their flamingos and other birdlife. Adventure seekers can climb Mount Kenya or cycle through Hells Gate National Park. Visitors can learn about traditional ways of life from the pastoral Maasai people with their red tartan cloaks.

Hidden Beaches

After an exciting safari, tourists can relax on the beach. Kenya has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world at places like Diani and Watamu. Tourists can relax on the beach, enjoy the warm waters of the Indian Ocean while swimming and during snorkelling excursions.

When is the best time to visit Kenya?

The best time to travel to Kenya depends on what you want to do during your trip. Kenya is considered a year-round destination for both safaris and beach holidays. Kenya has two historic wet seasons between April and June called the long rains and November to December called the short rains. The best times for safari are between January and March and July to October. However, January to March is a hot time of year to travel. 

If you want to see the Great Migration in Kenya, the herds are generally in the Mara from August to October, but climate change has affected the rainfall patterns, and this has become more unpredictable.

The Kenyan coast can be visited all year round but from mid-March to the end of May you can expect rain on the coast and stronger winds so this is not the best time to visit the Kenyan coast.

What is the weather like in Kenya?

Kenya has a tropical climate, but the landscape differs hugely across the country though many areas are dry. The temperatures are affected by altitude, so on Mount Kenya and in the Aberdare’s, it can be much cooler. Nairobi lies at 1660m in altitude, so it is much cooler than in the Mara. From July – August it can be as cool as 5°C at night, even though daytime highs in the shade at that time of year easily exceed 21°C. On the coast such as in Mombasa temperatures rarely drop below 20°C.

Kenya has two historic wet seasons between April and June called the long rains and November to December called the short rains. January and March and July to October are warm and generally have no rain so this is when most visitors come on safari. However, January to March is a hot time of year to travel. 

Embrace the Diversity

The diversity of game in Kenya is simply astounding. From the big five to the small five, Kenya’s game parks, reserves and other wildlife protection areas host some of the wildest game thus the reason why this is home for the safari. Dotted in their unique landscapes, geographical features, a vast array of game ensues. The icing on Kenya’s wildlife cake is the annual Wildebeest Migration at the infamous Maasai Mara migration between mid-August and late October. This is the best example of wild nature at its best as hundreds of thousands of wildebeests, zebras, Thomson’s gazelles, topi and elands.

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Country

Kenya

Visa requirements

A passport with at least two blank pages, six months' validity, and a visa are required to enter Kenya. Single-entry visas are available online and upon arrival at Kenyan airports; however, Kenyan Immigration plans to end visas upon arrival in the future.

Area

Uganda (Luganda: Yuganda), officially the Republic of Uganda (Swahili: Jamhuri ya Uganda`{`1`}`), is a landlocked country in East-Central Africa. It is bordered to the east by Kenya, to the north by South Sudan, to the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the south-west by Rwanda, and to the south by Tanzania. The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, shared with Kenya and Tanzania. Uganda is in the African Great Lakes region. Uganda also lies within the Nile basin, and has a varied but generally a modified equatorial climate.

Languages spoken

Swahili

Curency used

US dollars, Kenyan shilling (KES)

Economic Area

Tourism in Kenya is the second-largest source of foreign exchange revenue following agriculture. The Kenya Tourism Board is responsible for maintaining information pertaining to tourism in Kenya. The main tourist attractions are photo safaris through the 60 national parks and game reserves. Other attractions include the wildebeest migration at the Masaai Mara, which is considered to be the 7th wonder of the world; historical mosques, and colonial-era forts at Mombasa, Malindi, and Lamu; renowned scenery such as the white-capped Mount Kenya and the Great Rift Valley; tea plantations at Kericho; coffee plantations at Thika; a splendid view of Mount Kilimanjaro across the border into Tanzania; and the beaches along the Swahili Coast, in the Indian Ocean. Tourists, the largest number being from Germany and the United Kingdom, are attracted mainly to the coastal beaches and the game reserves, notably, the expansive East and Tsavo West National Park, 20,808 square kilometres (8,034 sq mi) to the southeast.

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  • Charles Maina

    May 4, 2023

    Greetings from Sharif Tour & Boat Safaris:

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    Jambo: @Everyone Team…

    I’m Charli a tour operator in Kenya at Sharif Tour & Boat Safaris.

    I’m the cofounder at Sharif Safaris. We’re registered local tour company in Kenya certified . Located at moi south lake road lake naivasha.

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