Kenya safari: A guide
If you plan on going to Africa for a safari, you should consider choosing Kenya as your destination. A Kenya safari will sweep you off of your feet. The article below will give you a glimpse of what you can expect from a Kenya safari in about six minutes reading time.
What to expect from a Kenyan safari:
A Kenya safari is the best way to have a close encounter with your favorite wild cats, including cheetahs, lions and leopards. You will also see many other wild animals such as giraffes, wildebeest, rhinos, African elephant, African buffalo, Hippos, zebra, crocodile and many more.
You will have the opportunity to go out with a knowledgeable guide who will take you on a safari to view these wild animals, from a safe, but relatively close distance. If you have a thrill for adventure and a love for animals, then this is highly recommended for you.
Where in Kenya you should travel to:
There are many different parks that you can visit in Kenya. The most popular being the Masai Mara National Reserve. This reserve is one of the most impressive reserves in Africa. It lies adjacent to the Serengeti National park in Tanzania. Below, we have put together the top reserves and parks throughout Kenya that you should visit.
Maisa Mara National reserve:
The Great Migration is arguably the greatest spectacle that one can witness. The Great Migration is a must-see if you are going to Kenya, in fact, it is the reason you should visit Kenya. Every year, over 2 million Wildebeest, Zebras, Gazelle and Eland travel from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the Maisa Mara National Reserve in search of water.
The Trek typically happens between July and October each year. This event is definitely one to be added to your bucket list if it is not already there.
Aberdare National park
Aberdere national park lies in the centre of Kenya. The wildlife that you are expected to see include lions, elephants, leopards, the giant forest hog, East African wild dog, jackal, various buck and many more.
There are also various other attractions such as the Karuru waterfalls and other river valleys.
Samburu National reserve
Samburu national reserve lies in the middle of Kenya. It lies on the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro river, which is the main source of water for the animals, and the reason why there are so many wild animals in this park. You can typically spot the African leopard, lions, the reticulated giraffe, elephants, hippo’s and many more including over 350 bird species.
Amboseli National park
Amboseli National park is known as the home of the African elephant. It is one of the best places to view large herds of elephants. There are also many other wildlife including leopard, cheetah, lion, giraffe, porcupine and many more. It also has views of the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, which lies just across the border in Tanzania.
Shimba Hills national reserve
The Shimba Hills National Reserve is an exquisite reserve that will give you a true Kenya safari experience. It has the highest density of African elephant in the whole of Kenya. Even though it is small, it also has various bird species and over 300 butterfly species.
Meru National park
Meru National Park is one of the most well-known parks in Kenya. This park is made up of grassland and beautiful riverine forests. There are over 427 bird species throughout the reserve. You can expect to view the big five in the reserve as well as cheetahs and many other species.
Lake Nakuru national park
Lake Nakuru is a pristine safari location in Kenya. This park was originally a bird viewing location. When visiting this lake, besides the typical safari wild animals, you will encounter over 400 different species of birds including flocks of flamingos, with up to 2 million flamingos all around the lake.
Nairobi National park
A beautiful park situated not far from Nairobi central, with wide-open grass, perfect for picnics. The park has various picnic locations as well as campsites. Nairobi National park is Kenya’s first National Park.
Tsavo West national park
Tsavo West national park is a popular location in Kenya because of its incredible scenery and safer roads than your average safari park.
Itinerary for a standard Kenya safari:
You will arrive at Nairobi Airport, be picked up and taken to Nairobi Serena Hotel.
You will be taken to the Elephant Orphanage, and have a free “chill day” in Nairobi.
You are taken to Sweetwaters Game Reserve, where you will have lunch and then go on an afternoon safari. You will camp overnight.
You will travel to Samburu National Reserve, where you will check-in at the Samburu Intrepids Camp, have lunch and then go on an afternoon safari. Dinner will be served at the camp.
You will spend the whole day at Samburu National Reserve, where you will have early morning and afternoon safaris.
You will take a small aircraft and travel to Masai Mara Reserve. You will be met by staff and will be taken to Kichwa Tembo camp. You will have afternoon safari drives. You will be able to witness the Great Migration from your camp if you are there at the right time.
Experience the incredible Masai Mara Reserve over the next two days.
While exploring the Masai Mara Reserve, you will have the opportunity to visit a Masai village, where you will participate in traditional dances and experience the culture of the Maasais.
After having breakfast, you will bid farewell to your staff and will be taken to the airstrip to depart for your flight to Nairobi to catch your flight home.
Is it safe to go on a Kenyan safari?
If you are worried about safety, rest assured that you can consider a travel to Kenya safe, especially an arranged safari trip.
It is, however, not recommended to walk around the streets of Nairobi alone, but if you are 2 or more people then
What kind of food you can expect to eat on safari:
When going on an African safari, the guides will generally cater for you, unless you are staying in lodges, which means you will dine in the lodges’ restaurants.
If you are going on a camping safari, you can expect to have pre-prepared food over a campfire or a gas stove. Your meals will look something like this:
You will have a combination of fruit, bread and cereal in the morning. Your drinks will be a selection of tea, coffee, juice and water. Occasionally you might be served a cooked breakfast which consists of bacon, eggs, sausage and fried tomatoes.
In the afternoon you will have a selection of breads, cold meats and salads.
For dinner, there will generally be a BBQ(a braai) which will consist of meat(typically beef/goat/roast chicken or fish) cooked on an open fire served with various salads, vegetables, pasta or rice and bread rolls. Some nights there will also be various curries or pasta.
Your guides will make sure that you never go hungry. There will be various snacks provided while on safari such as nuts, fruit, energy bars and more. There will also be cold drinks provided as well as cold water.
Your dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan and certain allergies) will be catered for, although sometimes it might be difficult catering for those that are gluten intolerant as starch is staple food in most of the regions. Be sure to let your safari company know before-hand if you have any dietary requirements so that they can be prepared, and also so that they can tell you whether they cater for your specific dietary requirement.
Note: Avoid tap water. You should try to avoid tap water in Kenya unless it is boiled. Bottled water will be provided by your guides.
What else you can do while on safari:
Kenya has various activities that you can participate in besides the typical safari, but what still includes animals.
Visit the Giraffe manor:
The giraffe manor is arguably one of the world’s most Instagrammed locations. It is a beautiful boutique hotel located in Nairobi. Guests have the opportunity of dining while giraffes poke their heads through the windows of the dining area in search of food. People travel from all over the world just to take pictures of this awesome event.
Go for a hot air balloon ride overlooking the Masai Mara:
There are various activities to do in Kenya but this has to be one of the best. This hot air balloon ride takes place early in the morning (you will be picked up at 4:30 am) so that you have the opportunity of viewing the sunset. You will have a view of the incredible Masai Mara, where you can spot various wildlife. After this 70-minute hot air balloon ride, you will have a bush breakfast served with champagne.
Summit Mount Kenya:
Mount Kenya lies in Mount Kenya National Park. There are various hiking routes that you can take. This is an awesome way of viewing animals as it is a forest reserve and is home to various wild animal species including rhinos, elephants, mongoose, duikers, tree hyrax, various bucks and so many more. It is also an awesome place to do bird watching, as there are a few hundred species of bird in this reserve (including several eagle species)
What a great way to view Kenya’s marine life, while having an awesome sailing experience. There various sailing cruising options, that you can include during your safari trip. This is an experience to view Kenya’s awesome marine life.
Commute with crocodiles:
There is a crocodile farm in Nairobi called the Nairobi Mamba Village. It has over 700 crocodiles that you can view and sometimes feed. The farm also has various other tourist attractions such as boat rides (in a man-made lake), camel rides and horse rides.The farm is also used as a venue for weddings, graduation parties, birthday parties as well as photoshoots and more.
It is great for an afternoon outing, as this is the best time to visit because the crocodiles are fed at this time. Feeding time means that you can view the crocodiles leaping for meat that is suspended in the air for them.
Kenya has many protected marine parks along the coast. Kenya’s coast has gorgeous coral reefs with many colorful fish species living amongst them. Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park is one of Kenya’s best marine parks.
If you are lucky you will be able to witness sea turtles as well as Humpback whales. Humpback whales can typically be spotted from June through to December.